This & That: No. 150

Mar 20, 2015

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~The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook

Dine as the artists and designers do in New York City with The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook which will be released this coming Tuesday (March 24). Located on the seventh floor on 5th & 58th and decorated by Kelly Wearstler (see below), the iconic Bergdorf Goodman restaurant is a luxurious place to dine. And while I’ve only perused the retail floors, I have been told by many in the blogging world that the restaurant, if only I can afford their a glass of champagne in celebration, is well worth the experience. But for those many times when I can’t jaunt to the east coast, this cookbook may keep the nostalgic fires alive. And yes, if you’re curious, the recipe for their famous Gotham Salad is included.

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~Cooking Show

~Dinner at Tiffani’s

A play on words of the beloved Holly Golightly story, Tiffani Amber-Theissen takes viewers into her home to share her passion of cooking. With each episode focused on building a menu for a small, intimate dinner party in which her celebrity friends stop by, help her cook and indulge in table-talk conversation (helped along by a little wine or a cocktail or two), it is a delightful new show to watch. I recently sat down and thoroughly enjoyed her bunch menu that was shared with Lance Bass and his husband as well as Grimm star Bree Turner. Simple, fresh and a touch of decadence, needless to say, it was right up my alley.


~It’s Me Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

If while growing up you were a fan of the children’s books starring Eloise who lived in the Plaza Hotel in New York City, you too have something in common with actress, writer and director Lena Dunham. In HBO’s new documentary to be aired March 23rd, Lena Dunham introduces viewers to the man behind the illustrations of the unique, quirky, strong and authentically herself protagonist Eloise. Have a look at the trailer below, and click here to check out the beloved books – ideal for young readers.

~Woman in Gold

I first learned of the painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, that was stolen from the Austrian family during WWII by the Nazis when I watched the documentary The Rape of EuropaAlso known by the name of the Lady in Gold (see below the painting by Gustav Klimt), Maria Altman is the niece of the woman in the painting, and in the upcoming film, to be released April 1st, Helen Mirren utilizes her talents to convey the resolute journey to reclaim what is rightfully her family’s. Have a look at the trailer below. Learn more about the story behind the painting here.



~Emerson Fry Portia Top

In light-weight textured cotton, this flattering cut will show off your sun-kissed arms this upcoming summer. Pair with a skirt, jeans or shorts, it can easily be dressed up or down.

~Joie Balina Boucle jacket (25% off)

Through March 23rd, everything on Joie’s website is 25% off, and as I was perusing their clothing, I came across this boucle jacket. Many readers have emailed me in the past about where to find Chanel-like tweed jackets, and well, this isn’t a bad imitation, especially when you save 25% with the JOIEFRIENDS promo code.  Below are a few more items that caught my eye.


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Ahhhh, the long spring holiday has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon. It feels as though a long breath has finally been exhaled after being held for far too long. Believe it or not, I am keeping it simple during my week of leisure and spending most of the days at my home. Being able to solely work on the blog during the work week is a treat I always eagerly look forward too, and as I will be preparing for my first book signing on the 28th, I can’t wait to savor the days leading up to the getaway to my home town.

I have been enjoying getting into the kitchen lately as evident by the recipe shared in this week’s Petit Plaisir, and this upcoming week off will be I have a feeling filled with other recipes attempted for the first time. There is something about tinkering in the kitchen knowing I don’t have to rush and can sip a little wine while I work in the evenings that really is inviting.

And I cannot thank enough two lovely bloggers for their review of Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life. Have a look at Diva & the Divine and Sarah DIY Lifestyle‘s very humbling words.

But in any event, the weekend off must including reading, and I have some wonderful reads for you . . .

~The Parisian Women Are (almost) Effortlessly Chic

~8 Things Emotionally Stable People Don’t Do

~You’re not alone! A Changing Trend when it comes to women and choosing to have children

~David Leibovitz shares a scrumptious recipe for a French Apple Pie

~15 Things Happy People Do Differently

~6 Habits of People in Happy Marriages

~Real style from real Parisian women

~And if you haven’t taken a moment to check out author Vicki Archer’s new website, you will want to do so soon – so many Francophile posts, you will be inundated in a very good way.

May you have a lovely weekend, and whether or not you have a week off, may you thoroughly enjoy doing what tickles your curiosities. Until Monday, bonjour.

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6 thoughts on “This & That: No. 150

  1. What a lovely start to the weekend, thank-you for the great suggestions, looking forward to Woman in Gold too.

  2. The two tweed blazer/jackets I own (1 pink and 1 navy) were both purchased on separate trips to paris, at very reasonable prices (around $200-$225 each). I have yet to find anything in North america of similar look/quality that is not $400-$500 each. And I’ve never found anything here that I’ve liked as much.

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