This & That: September 16, 2016

Sep 16, 2016

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The Jane Austen Writers’ Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World’s Best-loved Novelist by Rebecca Smith

Being released on Tuesday, September 20th, Rebecca Smith will offer writers the methods and tools utilized by the one and only Jane Austen. Citing Austen’s well-known as well as lesser-known works, readers will learn and then see visually why her approach works. Discover her method to plotting, characterization and more.

When in French: Love in a Second Language by Lauren Collins

Released this past Tuesday, Lauren Collin’s memoir of her relationship with her French husband Oliver is a well-written, insightful journey into the nuisances of falling in love with someone from a different culture and how language can cause its own hilarity, frustration and memorable moments.

~Discover all the books recommended and shared on the weekly This & That here


Bridget Jones’ Baby

Critics are actually whole-heartedly applauding the third installment of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones. Now at the age of 43, Bridget is far more comfortable in her own skin, thriving Bridget-style (but still thriving) in her career, single and surrounded by her beloved friends (even though they now have their own families). Enter Dr. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and Colin Firth (the romance didn’t work out evidentially after the credits rolled in the second film). See it in theaters beginning (well, yesterday actually) today and enjoy a wonderful reminder that we don’t have to “do it right” or “be perfect” to have a wail of a fantastic life. Have a look at the trailer below.

The Hollars

Directed and staring John Krasinski, The Hollars is a film revolving around a dysfunctional family (albeit comically so) that has Come together due to their mother’s recently discovered brain tumor. Krasinski’s character, living in New York as an as of yet, unsuccessful graphic novelist, returns to his childhood home and steps back into his past: past rivals, ex-girlfriend confrontation and now confronted with becoming a father himself with his girlfriend played by Anna Kendrick. The film debuted at Sundance earlier this year and was released to limited theaters in late August. Now available more widely, have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French is Better Than Being French by Jordan Phillips

Just released this past June, Jordan Phillips having lived in Paris full-time until she moved to New York where she now resides, regularly visits her apartment in the City of Light. And this is exactly how she likes it. A bona fide Francophile, Phillips shares her experiences but also lifestyle inspiration derived from the French culture that she loves. I for one, cannot wait to read this book.

~Discover all Francophile Finds shared on the weekly This & That here


Marni woven dress

The Outnet continues to be one of my favorite places to find bargains on designer styles, and this woven dress by Marni is no exception. With a classic neutral hue, add one bold signature jewelry item and beautiful shoes and the outfit is complete enabling you to look stunning.

Ralph Lauren Capri Wrap Shirt

As soon as it was seen on the runway Tuesday night this week, it was available in stores and online. Ralph Lauren’s fall 2016 collection with themes of western and classic layers can be shopped now. And while the prices are designer high, his classic white cotton crisp shirts are items to ponder for sure, such as his white capri cotton wrap shirt included here.



~recipe for Drunken Pear Ginger Bread from Broma Bakery~

New York City Fashion Week has wrapped up and it was the queen of wrapping up that caught my attention as she did not produce a runway show, but rather a portfolio of looks that reveal a shift in the direction of the brand. With Jonathan Saunders as the new creative director and S/S 2017 his first collection, I have to give him a round of applause. The wrap is still apparent but it’s looser, longer and more feminine (a sample is above). Look at the entire collection here. Needless to say, I know where I will be shopping come March.

On an entirely different note, fall will be here next week, and when I saw the recipe above I couldn’t help but share. What better way to welcome the new season with the scent of this ginger pear goodness wafting throughout the house? I hope your week went well. The first full week of a new routine and when it goes rather smoothly, it is a very good thing I have to think, non?

Below are a few articles you might enjoy. Thank you for stopping by and until Monday, bonne journée!

~Good news for my fellow liberal arts majors, Your Peers Probably Won’t Outearn You Forever

~Keep it simple . . . 28 Ways to Stop Complicating Your Life 

~It all comes back to being simple in how we live: 16 Simple Rules for Living a Successful Life

~9 Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress

~As it is fig season . . . Baked Brie with Fig Spread

~Say it isn’t so! Are You Smarter in the Summer?

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