This & That: No. 157

May 08, 2015

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~Leave your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht

Described as 288 pages of mentoring as you navigate the path toward your career goals in the twentieth century, Aliza Licht is the PR guru for Donna Karan. Nicknamed the “Reigning Queen of Social Media” by Women’s Wear Daily, Licht offers advice for anyone just getting started as well as anyone well on their way into their career. Just released this past Monday, ideal as a graduate present or for yourself as you gather up the gumption to keep striving forward, this should be a great read.

~Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

One of The New York Times columnists that I regularly find myself reading and enjoying is Frank Bruni. With a niece who was beginning to navigate the exhausting and at times overwhelming process of choosing a college and managing the price tag, Bruni decided to dive into research to answer a question: Does where you go determine your success in your chosen field? With numerous surveys and statistics, he comes to the realization that no, the Ivy Leagues do not have a monopoly on success. With spring comes graduation and a brand new beginning, perhaps this book will offer a reason to relax and refuse to over-extend oneself with student loans simply to acquire a particular name on a transcript.


~Whitney Museum of American Art

On May 1st, The Whitney officially became open to the public at its new location in the Meatpacking District at 99 Gansevoort Street after having originally been located on the Upper East Side. Dedicated to 20th and 21st century American art, it was originally founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Right next to Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship shop in NYC, I have a feeling I will be popping in this summer on my trip to the city in June. And I will be sure to take you along with me. Open from 10:30 am to 10pm daily, experience a new locale, art created by 3,000 artists and more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and new media.


~Citizen Eco-Drive Silhouette Bangle watch

An accessory worth investing in is without a doubt a watch (or two). And as someone who has gradually begun to do this, the only hiccup is having to replace the battery every few years. As someone who prefers simplicity, but has a predilection for beauty, when I was introduced to Citizen’s Eco-Drive watches, I immediately became a fan. First of all, they have a battery which is charged by being exposed to light that will last 40 years. Yes, you heard me correctly. No more frequent trips to replace the battery. And secondly, the Silhouette Bangle blends function with sleek beauty.

Given this exact watch, I was immediately impressed and smitten with its design. Available in silver/black as well, such a watch would make an ideal gift for someone special – one’s mother perhaps? Or maybe a graduate? After all, while yes, most of our cell phones have become our sense of time, having a beautiful accessory that keeps us pulled together and never lets us down, is an option worth exploring.

~Iris & Ink Mid-Rise White Skinny Jeans

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, and that means a quality pair of white denim is a capsule wardrobe stable to have on hand. At a very reasonable price, The Outnet‘s exclusive line – Iris & Ink – offers a stretch-denim pair of ankle skimming jeans in every size available. Put on your wishlist or purchase today and be set for a variety of casual or elevated style.


~Grace & Frankie on Netflix

Premiering today (Friday) on Netflix, Grace & Frankie is the much anticipated comedy created by FRIENDS alum Marta Kauffman. Starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, each woman learns their respective husbands have fallen in love with . . . each other. Each woman deals with it in her own way, but the tone is quite humorous. Along the way, the two develop an unmatchable bond that carries the series. With each of the four main stars with parts created by Aaron Sorkin to their credit, Sam Waterston (Law & Order) and Martin Sheen (The West Wing), round out the cast. I will admit, I am tuning in most definitely.

icnnamonswirl ~recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Loaf~

Here in the states, Mother Day will be celebrated Sunday and that means, I will be spending time with mine. Perhaps a stroll or walk through her garden, maybe an afternoon respite to sip tea or wine and just catch up. Wherever our time takes us, I am simply looking forward to leisurely downtime with a woman I am fortunate to call my mom.

This week on the blog has been busy, but deliciously wonderful. With a big announcement shared to gawking at the stunning styles on the red carpet at the Met Gala, I am ready to catch my breath and sleep in. Pair the above bedroom with some delicious nibbles such as the one above, and I will be a very happy girl.

This weekend I have ample reading options that I think you might enjoy. Have a look, and until Monday, bon week-end!

~I have just discovered this lovely decor blog, and if this post is any indication, it will one to visit on a regular basis.

~A light-hearted post on words that have gone by the wayside, but oh, how interesting they are.

~I’ve always been an advocate of regular alone time, and this article is speaking my language.

~26 Ways to be a wonderful friend . . .

~A tremendous thank you to Christy Linens for introducing me to their readers. Did you know? Save 25% off your first purchase with promo code LUX25. Offer runs through May 15th. (Here’s a peek as to how I’ve fallen in love with their luxurious bed linens.)

~Strawberries will soon be in season, and this recipe will be one to try.

~The best pastime to relinquish – worrying about what others think of you. How to bring it to a halt.

~A health article worth reading – eliminate these to improve your weight and more importantly, your health.

~Fellow travelers to Paris – 12 apps that will simplify your itinerary.

~A beautiful letter from Garance Dore to her younger self.

~Anna Wintour dabbles in comedy with Seth Meyers. Trust me, it will be worth your five minutes.


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2 thoughts on “This & That: No. 157

  1. Hi Shannon, great post as usual, but the link to 26 ways to be a wonderful friend isn’t working. Keen to read the article. Enjoy the day with your mom.

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