This & That: February 10, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

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L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters at The Driehaus Museum

Dating from 1875 to 1910, five of the most renowned artists to create the iconic French posters that now are playful prints to hang in dorm rooms or frame for the Francophile in her kitchen, will be on display beginning tomorrow in Chicago at The Driehaus Museum. These original posters that advertised common grocery items to stage stars and entertainment of the time infused a passion for collecting these sign of the times and became known as l’affichomanie (the poster craze). If you are in the Windy City, and have a curiosity or even have a print of one of the 50 that will be featured (Steinlen’s Le Chat Noir and Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, are two that will be on display) in your home, perhaps you will want to stop by.


Mari Andrew

Instagram is a favorite means to gather life inspiration and transport me to France at any moment during the day. One of the latest IG accounts I discovered courtesy of author Brené Brown’s recommendation is illustrator Mari Andrew. Offering a daily illustration chronicling her journey and a hopeful, yet real outlook on life, I have been scrolling through her feed and finding endless inspiration. Now based in D.C. but originally from Seattle, follow and be delighted.


Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – And Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Sonenshein

Just released earlier this week, Rice psychology and management professor Scott Sonenshein reveals the journey to success is often paved with less, so long as we manage it better. A simple concept of which he breaks down in his new book that is already a best-seller, suggests that stretching versus chasing is the best approach. I must admit I am intrigued as he demonstrates that working with what you have is all you really need.


A United Kingdom

Inspired by a true story, A United Kingdom opens today depicting the emotional romantic story set in the 1940s when Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana returns from London having married a white woman to the chagrin of his countrymen. Starring David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), it debuted at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival and opened the 60th London Film Festival. Have a look at the trailer below.



Diana Krall Tour Dates Announced

I was giddy when I heard the news just a few days ago that modern jazz crooner Diana Krall was returning to her jazz roots in her new upcoming album Turn Up The Quiet (to be released May 5th). And I was even more ecstatic when I learned she would be playing right here in Bend, Oregon, this summer – July 25th. And as I dream, reality demonstrates that dreams do indeed come true, as she is returning to L’Olympia in Paris which is where she recorded her live album years ago. If you will be in Paris on October 7th or 8th, go and disregard the price. The theater is iconic (having enjoyed a concert by Melody Gardot in 2013) and her music in the hall . . . ahh . . . needless to say, I wish I could go.


Equipment Ansley Silk Bright White Multi-Floral Floating Shirt

If ever there was a blouse to epitomize spring, Equipment’s white multi-floral silk shirt is it. Sized to be slightly oversized and tailored with a feminine v-neck finish, wear with denim, wear with a simple solid skirt, wear layered, wear it however and radiate fresh, resplendent spring.



Katherine Heigl returns to primetime in CBS’s new drama Doubt. From the producers of Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl stars as Sadie Ellis, a top lawyer at a boutique firm that has been hired to defend a pediatric surgeon accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. As the drama unfolds, Heigl’s character begins to fall for her client who she isn’t entirely certain is innocent. Take a look at the trailer below, and tune in Wednesday February 15th at 10pm on CBS for the premiere.

~recipe for Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse Cake~

Let’s stay in and snuggle, oh and nibble on that chocolate cake. 😉

This weekend finds me wrapping up finals (grading them, not taking them – ?) and wanting to rest my eyes. The local Winter Symphonic Concert is the perfect remedy for a tired mind, and so I will be slipping away to enjoy the melodious music, perhaps having some fun in the kitchen and watching the snow begin to finally melt away over the next few days.

How about yourself? What are you looking forward to this weekend? Whatever your plans are, I have a few articles and a lovely, tranquil video of Paris that you just might enjoy when you begin to slow down, put your feet up and just relax. Take a look and may your weekend unfold exactly as you have dreamed. Until Monday bonne journée.

~Lovely, thoughtful advice from women with the life experience to demonstrate their words are worth trusting . . . Advice to My Younger Self

~While we may stereotype the French woman when we’re in France, imagine being a French woman living in America . . . Living Up to the Stereotypical French Woman in the US

~Speaking of France . . . 14 Ways to Decorate Like an Impossibly Chic French Woman

~And what would French food be without butter? Shoulda Known Butter: The Basics from Michael Ruhlman

~Staying in the kitchen . . . 5 Staples to Always Have in the Kitchen (butter is not one of them – what??? Perhaps it is the silent sixth.)

~How to Get Everything You Want in Life . . . their approach makes sense. Check it out.

~Wanting to travel to Paris soon . . . The Best Places to Walk in Paris 

~The millennials may have something to teach the Gen Xers . . . Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials. 

~And below, spend a few minutes in Paris, quietly, majestically, leisurely . . .

One thought on “This & That: February 10, 2017

  1. I have to say that my friends in France live up to every stereotype except the infidelity one. I think it comes down to two things: they cook every day (and so have gotten good at it, plus it’s healthier and keeps them slimmer) and they know themselves (the style part).

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