This & That: No. 146

Feb 20, 2015

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~John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Whether you live in England or the states, if you are someone who appreciates the talents of American Impressionist painter John Singer Sargent you will want to do your best to see the Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends exhibit. Containing 90 portraits of his friends who were writers, artists, actors and musicians, each portrait was left up to his own creativity as they were rarely commissioned. On display at the National Portrait Gallery in London now through May 25th and opening in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 30th and running through October 4th, be sure to stop in and savor his craft.


~Fred Vargas’ Commissaire Adamsberg Mysteries – “Chalk Circle Man

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to have dinner with a woman who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to books – new and old. And so I asked for a few recommendations of mystery series. When she began describing Fred Vargas’ tales (aka as Fredrique Vargas), I knew these whodunits were for me. With more than a handful of books in the Commissaire Adamsberg series, the debut novel is on my bed stand waiting for me to dive into this weekend. Set in France, these novels quickly became a best-selling French phenomenon and are now available in America. Happy sleuthing!



~The Rewrite

Hugh Grant returns to his romantic comedy roots and brings with him Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney and Chris Elliott in The Rewrite which premiered in the states earlier this month and last October in England. A struggling oscar-winning writer, Grant’s character tries his hand at being a professor in writing on the east coast, only to struggle with his craft in this capacity as well. Love however, has plans for him with a single mom who enrolls in his class. Have a look at the trailer below.


~We Are Owls Printed Cashmere and Silk-Blend Scarf

A beautiful quality scarf is always something to have on hand. Wear with your day trench or layer with a dress during the warmer months rather than a coat. For less than $100, We Are Owls at The Outnet offers a handful of color options, but this one was my top pick.



Amazon’s original drama Bosch, after much anticipation, is finally available with its first full season of ten episodes (chapters). Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling detective series, Connelly assists in the screen play, and it is indeed true to the pages as Titus Welliver steps into the leading role, playing the grumpy, but perceptive detective who refuses to ignore his hunches.

~The Odd Couple on CBS 

With Jack Lemmon and Walter Mattieu’s much beloved Felix and Oscar kick-starting a pairing that just can’t seem to be forgotten, or we don’t want them to be, Chandler (I mean Matthew Perry) and Thomas Lennon bring the two bachelors back to the small screen. Premiering last night, be sure to tune into CBS each Thursday at 8:30 to enjoy a few good laughs and a nostalgic respite. And if you want to see the original film that began it all in 1968, click here.


~recipe for Coconut Custard Vanilla Tart (vegan)~

With the weekend’s arrival, I am eager to get out of town, if only for an evening and a day. A quick respite to do some dreaming, catch up with a good friend and get lost in another world. A simple, but necessary escape.

In some very good news, did you hear? Two book signings/readings have been officially scheduled! Click here to learn more about each of them, and be sure to subscribe to the Book Updates newsletter so you will always be the first to know about the latest news and events involving the book.

No matter what happens during the weekend, Sunday evening is blocked out and saved for the 87th annual Oscars. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting, I have no doubt the evening will be entertaining and full of song and dance, and of course, I am curious to see what the women have chosen to wear down the red carpet.

In the meantime, have a lovely time this weekend, and here are a few items you might enjoy reading. Also, with NYFW having come and gone, below are a few of my favorites from the runway. I will continue to post my favorites as the fashion troops move to London next on my Pinterest page, so do feel free to follow along. Bonjour!

~Love this as it points out a lot of life truths – 5 Things I Learned About Success from a Cup of Tea

~Some thoughts on time management and life management

~Listen and watch this video interview with Victoria Beckham on how she balances work and motherhood.

~Healthy relationships are always part of the foundation of a well-lived life. I think you might enjoy reading 10 Signs of a Good Relationships

~And take a tour of this delightful country kitchen as well as the entire Australian home. The bathroom is right up my alley. Click here.



 ~Badgley Mischka~badgley



~Oscar de la Renta~



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