This & That: February 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020

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Dresses for spring, a movie to bring some laughter, a modern, yet vintage-esque wool rug, cookbooks to inspire, a new podcast to check out and much more.


The Flower Fix: Arrangements for a Daily Dose of Nature by Anna Potter

Released last May, florist from Swallows & Damsons in England released a visually inspiring book to remind and teach us how to use what Mother Nature offers at our fingertips for seasonal bouquets. The Flower Fix shares how “with easy-to-find seasonal blooms, found items such as twigs and dried fruit, and any assortment of containers, simple [arrangements can be created] to bring a little bit of nature’s mystery into the everyday. Spanning all seasons and including both larger installations and smaller, simpler projects, there is something for anyone looking to play, experiment, and create atmosphere with flowers”.


Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone

Athena Calderone has a visually aesthetic talent for her homes, her style and her food. In 2017 she released her first cookbook, and coming soon (March 3rd), she will release a second book focused on how to Live Beautiful. Inside her cookbook that was overwhelmingly positively reviewed by critics and readers alike, discover “the secrets to preparing and presenting unforgettable meals, [how to] design stunning tablescapes, while emphasizing the importance of balancing the visual elements of each dish with incredible flavors”. 

Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel and Charlotte March

I learned of French chef Laurent Tourondel when I came across his La Cornue stove in a Pinterest pic. Quickly, I came across his cookbook which was released in 2010, and I was intrigued. Sharing “an appetizing and handsome guide to taking advantage of nature’s gifts, Tourondel highlights recipes from his childhood, early days as a chef, and [on] the menu of his New York’s BLT Market”.


Revival Block Wool Rug (three colors available)

Simple, yet unique, subtle, yet classic. Revival’s 100% unbleached wool rug is three pieces combined to create one beautiful piece of art on the floor. Available in a variety of sizes and in three different colors, this Block rug has my attention.



In 2014 Ruben Östlund’s 2014 Swedish film Force Majeur hit the big screens. In 2020 a “fairly faithful rendering” Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Farrell star in Downhill, but the critics are less impressed (read The Atlantic‘s tepid review here). But! It’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Farrell, and while Farrell is receiving far less of an applause than Louise-Dreyfus, if you want a good laugh, this may be the film for you this weekend. I know I am interested. Have a look at the trailer below.


Bach: Cello Suites, Evolution performed by Yo-Yo Ma

Ever looking to expand my classical music playlist, I continue to find myself returning or being drawn to Bach’s cello suites. Recognizing this, I am looking to add a complete collection of all of his cello suites, and Yo-Yo Man is my go-to for doing just that. His album Evolution, which was released in 2018, is introduced below and worth having as playing such music to fill your home, your life, your mind while you walk would most certainly be a positive infusion of energy.


More Than One Thing with Athena Calderone

I briefly mentioned Athena Calderone’s new podcast last week on This & That, and yep, I shared her first book above, and after listening to the first episode last week in which she sat down with her friend and the former Creative Director of J.Crew Jenna Lyons, I want to suggest you subscribe to this podcast. This week (yesterday), she interviewed Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent. Intriguing questions about the creative process and one’s journey of wearing many hats.


Le Creuset’s Meringue color collection

Classic white, but with something extra. If you are looking for neutral, muted colors of this classic cooking utensil, Merinque may just be your color.

Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cashmere Sweaters, on sale

Speaking of classic, Ralph Lauren’s cable-knit cashmere sweaters are on sale this weekend.

Polo Ralph Lauren Satin Long-Sleeve Wrap Dress

Spring is coming (in some places it has already arrived), and this classic blue and white striped satin dress would be a beautiful way to welcome the new season.

Tucker NYC Safari Shirtdress in Cobalt Sound

Travel plans for the spring break that is just around the corner or the summer trip you are anticipating would be well-dressed with Tucker NYC’s cotton slightly over-sized shirtdress. I will say, this looks perfect for market shopping – comfortable, yet chic as well.

~recipe for Linzer Torte, Valentine’s Day style~

Friday and Valentine’s Day, now that is a win-win combination. Whether you have romantic plans or not, it is Friday and it is time to share some love with yourself and those you enjoy spending time with (not a bad idea for the rest of the 364 days of the year as well :)). I will be with my boys and getting ready to enjoy a trip to Portland where a few decor explorations will be taking place, but not before I enjoy a wonderful meal, complete with dessert, and the cookies above look like a great way to celebrate the love holiday.

Below are more than a handful of articles I think you might enjoy and three videos (two are linked) that will take you to Paris, to London and England again. I do hope you enjoy, and may your Valentine’s Day be exactly as you hope it might be. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Art and Romance. Yep, one can help the other. [The New York Times]

~A MUST-READ! Was Jeanne Calment the oldest person to ever live — or a Fraud? Written by one of my favorite cultural journalists (she also contributes to Vogue and wrote When in French: Love in a Second Language) [The New Yorker]

~Everything You Need to Know About Chocolate [The New York Times]

~For my fellow introverts, relax, you can be your own best friend (and love it) [Introvert, Dear]

~Yes, she did. And she looked radiant. Laura Dern wore an after-Oscar party dress she wore 25 years ago, and yep, rocked it. [Page Six]

~Michelle Obama shares what life is like as an empty-nester [People]

~For girls who dare to be different. I cannot wait for the book from which this excerpt was pulled to be released in May. [The New York Times]

~Sartorial choices indeed do matter in a variety of situations, places, professions and circumstances – What The New York Times’s Rukmini Callimachi Wears To Interview The World’s Most Dangerous Terrorists [Elle]

~Small Kitchen Ideas for Smart Design and Functional Storage [Homes & Gardens UK]

~15 Soup Recipes to Enjoy All Winter [Basically]

~Baking with the Bread Whispers in Paris [Saveur]

~Video Highlights from the BAFTAs from Albert Hall in London [BBC]

~Watch how Cédric Grolet makes his quickly-becoming-a-favorite-in-Paris pain au chocolat [Vogue Paris]

~9 Types of Bias that Cloud Your Everyday Judgement [LifeHack]

~The French Open will never be the same again (at least aesthetically)! The roof is now on at Roland Garros!

~Celebrate Your Relationships throughout the Year, not just on Valentine’s Day [Maria Shriver’s Newsletter]

~A wonderful episode from Nigella: Recipes for a Rainy Day at Home

2 thoughts on “This & That: February 14, 2020

  1. Thanks for the terrific soup recipes! Am reading your first book (with a friend) and one of my changes to creating my luxurious life is to try new recipes – especially for soup! So the timing could not be more perfect!

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