This & That: September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

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Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Just released this past Tuesday, Designing Your Life is already a best-seller. Focused on the premise that the most recognizably and commonly used technological devices and products were created out of necessity, a problem that needed to be fixed, they apply this same approach to building a life to love living. Sounds intriguing, no?

The Improbability of Love: A Novel by Hannah Rothschild

When I first came across this novel in the New York Book Review section a few weeks ago, I immediately wanted to read it. Released this month, meet Andie McDee. A 31-year old living in London who works as a chef and has recently been dumped. Determined to find love, she begins dating, well, a loser. Looking for a birthday gift for him, she finds a painting at a second-hand shop, and when he doesn’t show up at his birthday date with her, she decides to keep it for herself. Cue the drama! With suitors in hot pursuit of the painting coming out of the woodwork, she begins to realize this painting may be something of great value. Along the way of keeping it safe, and herself too, she discovers more than she ever would have expected about European history and perhaps a new love.

Francophile Finds

French Short Stories for Beginners

If you are looking for a new or different way to learn the French language, why not read fictional stories written in French?  Just released this past July, the Language Academy released this book full of 9 short stories as well as bonus features which include vocabulary, summaries of each story and multiple choice quiz exercises to test your learning. Sounds like a fun way to mix up the language learning routine. Pourquoi pas?

Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France by Craig Carlson

Now, when I travel to France, one of the reasons I love visiting is because of the food. But I had to share Craig Carlson’s book as it is a story of chasing down a dream and falling in love with Paris along the way. His accomplishment of establishing his restaurant Breakfast in America is an American diner in Paris. Released earlier this month, discover how everything came together.


Ann Taylor Tallulah Suede Booties

Booties and suede are en vogue this fall and when they’re available under $200, all the better. Available in grey suede or black and brown leather, if you’re looking for this season’s staple item, be sure to have a look.

Gigi Hadid’s collection with Tommy Hilfiger

Recently, model Gigi Hadid partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to offer a mid-priced line of sailor inspired clothing. From the cotton cable net sweater, to denim sailor pants and a striped cotton roll neck sweater, the price points are below $300 and worth taking a look at (accessories too).


Native Union Charging Dock for iPhone or iPad

As someone who often puts my phone on speaker when I am in my office, enabling it be hands free would be wonderful, and if it could charge too while it was at it, all the better. I recently learned about Native Union’s charging dock for both iPhones or iPads in The Wall Street Journal and wanted to take a look. Available in three different colors, they require minimal space and offer a chic streamlined design. I must say, I think I may just have to add one to my office.


Good Girls Revolt

Inspired by real events and based on Lynn Povich’s book of the same name, Amazon’s new web-television series premieres on October 28th. The great news is if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can watch the first episode now, and it’s worth sitting down and enjoying. The book, and subsequently the series, chronicles the 1970 lawsuit filed by 49 women who worked for Newsweek (in the series the publication is News of the Week), which included screenplay writer, director and author Nora Ephron. Ephron’s character is played by Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer. Critics and viewers are raving (check out Vogue‘s review here), so be sure to check out the trailer below and the first episode (if you’re a prime member).

Life’s a Party with David Burtka

I just discovered David Burtka’s Food Network cooking show this past Sunday and was impressed with the recipes and tips and tricks he shared. While there are very few episodes (that I can find anyway), be sure to check out the episode I watched, “Surprise, Surprise”. Living in Harlem, he cooks a meal to enjoy on the terrace with friends, family and his children with Neil Patrick Harris. You can view  his recipes here.



~recipe for Dark Berries Tart with Basil~

It is the weekend and fall has arrived! With plans to step into the kitchen and make a hearty soup made from fresh produce picked up at the market as well as something sweet and lovely that will fill the house with fall scents, I cannot wait for the weekend to begin. What do you have planned?

Wherever your plans take you, I hope you have a wonderful time. Thank you for stopping by, and for your weekend reading, a few articles you might enjoy! Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO in October and you will want to read all about her thoughts on Carrie and how her new role is not Carrie grown-up living in the suburbs

~This post by Marc and Angel is worth reading and reading again until we have in our mind the story that works for us. Read it here.

~9 Habits definitely worth having

~The Emmys were a treat to watch this year as the speeches were . . . well . . . Julia Louis-Dreyfus . . . Sarah Paulson . . . and so many more . . . just nailed it. And more than a few dresses were absolutely stunning.

~Sharon Santoni has introduced us to another Stylish French Girlfriend and she is lovely.

~More for my fellow Francophiles . . . Top 20 Perfectly Genuine Reasons to Move to Paris

Image: learn more about the entire event pictured in #2 here

One thought on “This & That: September 23, 2016

  1. Did you see where some guy came out of a crowd and picked up Gigi Hadid and she clocked him? So proud of her! She has risen even further in my estimation. No guy should feel entitled to just grab a woman he doesn’t even know!

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