This & That: December 9, 2016

Dec 09, 2016

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How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking about Art by David Salle

Released in October and recommended by The Wall Street Journal as a holiday gift for the art lover on your holiday shopping list, David Salle helps readers answer the following questions: How does art work? How does it move us, inform us and challenge us? As someone who while not majoring in art at college chose a couple of art history courses in college, I became quickly enamored with art. I have a feeling having this book on hand to explore would be worth the time spent reading.

—The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

A book to shift your understanding of your mind. Moneyball author Michael Lewis returns with his already best-selling new book The Undoing Project to reveal what two brilliant Israeli psychologists discovered over forty years ago: the assumptions (in some instances referred to as intuition) we rely on for decision-making processes, may not be as reliable as we think. Fascinating and a book that has captured my interest. I look forward to making my way through it during the long upcoming holiday.


—The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend by Daphne Oz

As the cohost of ABC’s The Chew, best-selling author Daphne Oz puts the fun and the flavor back into the everyday menu. Discover 125 delicious, yet simple recipes such as Crispy-Crunchy Honey-Thyme Granola for breakfast or Truffle Salt Roast Chicken with Lentils and Squash for dinner. The flavors are amped up and why not? Just because it’s Wednesday, does not mean we need to skimp on treating ourselves.

—Simple by Diana Henry

A similar cookbook released this past fall, Diana Henry offers simple recipes made from what is already in our cupboards to satiate those we cook for and our own palate as well. For example, try Turkish Pasta with Caramelized Onions for dinner or Parmesan-roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme. Sounds delicious and if it’s simple, why not give it a try?


—Brass Watering Can

Functional and chic, CB2 brass watering can will look like a decor item on the shelf and be readily available for watering any of your indoor plants.


Frank & Lola

Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots star in a psycho-romantic thriller set in Paris which debuted at Sundance this past year. Shannon stars as a culinary talent from Las Vegas and begins a passionate affair with Poots’ character. All is wonderful as their relationship provides an escape from the lives that are missing substance they can’t seem to find anywhere else, until Poots has an affair. The trailer below teases the rest. Premiering in theaters today, it is certainly a different genre for this time of year, but maybe it is exactly the escape you are looking for.

Miss Sloane

A high-profile and successful lobbyist in Washington D.C. academy award nominee Jessica Chastain stars as Miss Sloane. Critics have gave their thumbs up, and I too cannot wait to slip into the theater for a dramatic escape. Asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she decides instead to assist a smaller firm to support the bill thus provoking the conflict. With her career, as well as her family and friends threatened for her position, the question arises, is one’s professional pursuit worth one’s life and those you love? Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.


Tome V-Neck Silk Stripe Shirt Dress

Did you know, there are drastic reductions going on at Moda Operandi that are being kept a little under the radar? However, if you have Shoptagr you probably already know that you can save an additional 20% the sale price with HOLIDAY20 at check out. I have been eyeing Tome’s silk blue and white stripe midi dress for weeks, but at this price, I might have to pounce for an investment item to enjoy for many summers to come. Below are a few other items to shop and save even more than the listed sale’s price.



—Mozart in the Jungle

The Golden Globe award winning comedy produced by Amazon returns today with its third season. The New York Symphony continues to be on the lock-out that wrapped up season two, but viewers can be expected to be whisked away to Venice with the eccentric conductor Rodrigo and Haley who decides to tour with Andrew Walsh. Prime members can view the season for free, and if the third season is anything like season one or two, we’re definitely in for a treat to perhaps binge on during a snowy day.

~recipe for Pear, Chocolate and Ricotta Tart~

The snow came down yesterday as the morning began and it didn’t relent until the afternoon. With more than eight inches of snow, winter officially arrived and with it a ginormous permanent grin on my face. After shoveling the sidewalk and driveway, saying hello to all of the neighbors as we scurried to make a path before the next snowfall arrived, I was reminded how lovely this time of year can be. Yes, we have to drive slowly and sometimes not drive as much, but to be forced by Mother Nature to slow down in all things, savor the simple moments of snuggling and sipping, I must say, it is a wonderful gift she brings us each year.

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the holiday season. Whether you have snow or not, just knowing that the end of the year is nearly upon us and celebrations just because with those we love and work with are made available is a worthwhile event to give cheer. As for me, the mountain beckons, so this weekend will see me classic skiing through the snow with the boys romping about. As well, some time to read and relax. I do hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for stopping by. Below are a few articles you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~NPR shares their Best Books of 2016

~The Best Places to Retire in France . . . dare to dream

~Speaking of France and a potential move, read How to Move to France by Oui in France

~No matter where you live, read this list to avoid wasting another moment of this extraordinary gift called life, 16 Insanely Popular Ways to Waste a Beautiful Day

~How to Achieve the Effortless Elegance of a Parisian . . .

~And if you still have a bit of shopping to do for the holidays, read this How to Be a Smarter Holiday Shopper 

7 thoughts on “This & That: December 9, 2016

  1. Loved the description of the places to retire to in France. Living just an hour and a half from Bordeaux I can honestly say it is quite true, it has become a really vibrant city and is well worth visiting at least for a weekend. Enjoy your snow, I am more than a little envious, we just have blue skies and very mild weather in south west France, I’m not complaining, but a little snow would be magical!!

  2. Behavioral economics is a favorite topic, and I was lucky to speak with Daniel Kahneman about it. For very plain-spoken explanations, check out “What Investors Really Want,” by Meir Statman.
    “Miss Sloane” looks chilling. I spoke to someone after the election who said that the result would have been the same regardless of the electoral college because of the will of the people with guns, who are willing to use them. A new “my way or the highway” mentality.

  3. I love that robe! There are few things I enjoy more during wintertime than coming home from work, getting into my pajamas and having a hot cup of tea. The ritual would be so much more delightful in that robe 😉

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