This & That: No. 159

May 22, 2015

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~Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour – Beige Pur

As a fan of nudes and neutrals when it comes to my nail color, when I came across this video on Kerry Washington’s Instagram, I took notice. Chanel’s Beige Pur polish for nails is now on my list. While I don’t deviate much from my color of choice, this one might have to be tried and tested.


~Nature’s Larder: Cooking with the Senses by Daniel de la Falaise

As a private chef living on his farm in the southwest of France, Daniel de la Falaise brings to his new cookbook the importance and know-how of true flavor. Flavor as food was intended. Having a column in French Vogue, Falaise offers recipes such as Bass Roasted on Wild Fennel, Carrot & Tarragon Soup and much more. If you are looking for ways to enhance the flavor and improve your everyday diet, his talents will impress not only your eyes, but most importantly, your tastebuds.



Opening Friday May 29th, Bradley Cooper stars alongside an impressive cast: Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, and Alec Baldwin in Cameron Crowe’s new film Aloha. Returning to Hawaii, the military contractor arrives at the site where much career success, as well as relationship strife occurred. Reconnecting with his old love, he comes to realize he must close one door before opening another. Have a look at the trailer below.


~James Perse ‘Bar Stripe’ Tank Dress

Having purchased a James Perse dress last year, I can attest that they are comfortable, flattering and ideal for travel. In large bar stripes this natural and black dress would be fun to wear with oversized black sunglasses or a fantastic black sun hat. Wear on the beach, wear during a summer evening, wherever you wear it, know you will look wonderful.

~Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Having just begun this past Wednesday, Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale has begun. With items marked up to 60%, take a look at what is reduced. Below are a few items that caught my eye:

~Tibi End-of-Season Sale

It really is beginning to be that time of year when half-yearly sales are ubiquitous, and Tibi is falling in line. With simple separates, this comfortable brand often offers unique timeless staples to add to your capsule wardrobe. Below are a few items I rounded up to take a look at:


appletart ~recipe for a Rustic Pear Tart~

A long weekend begins here in the states, and with time to peruse the farmer’s markets, I will be seeking the temporal availability of peonies. Oh, how I love peonies. Their layered beauty, and soft blush hues. Along with that will be time made for puttering in the garden, planting tomatoes and perhaps some lettuce as well, and oh, I must finish my herb garden, as the very best thing to have handy in these warmer months are flavors fresh from the garden for free, no?

What will you be up to? Whatever it is that you choose, dive in, lose track of time and savor this special time of year for before we know it, summer will be here. And while yes, warmer months are lovely, this time during the peak of spring is most ideal.

Below are a few links you might enjoy reading. Until Monday, bon weekend!

~7 Reasons It’s Time to Move On and Embrace Change

~9 Addictions 90% of Us Struggle With

~Practicing Non-Judgment

~7 Tips for Ordering the Perfect Glass of Wine

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3 thoughts on “This & That: No. 159

  1. I discovered your book through kindle. Reading it I felt understood and inspired. I have always felt like an odd duck for not choosing the typical marriage and children route I feel surrounded by. I also have goals that might not make sense to others but fill me with joy…such as reading all the great Russian authors or trying to figure out how to visit Paris once a year. I have been fortunate to have a circle of loved ones who,for the most part, let me be. Sometimes though I feel that pressure to “fit in”. Your book and newsletter have helped to remind me of my own truth. So,to get to the point, thank you. I find in your writing a kindred spirit and look forward to your weekly newsletters. I loved your post this week.

    1. Rita, Thank you very much for sharing your journey. I can’t help but think that there are many more who wish to follow their own path that many be against the “norm”. The more each of us who’ve gone against the grain share, perhaps it will be easier to do so.

  2. I’m a big fan of nude nail polish. I don’t take very good care of my hands, I’m afraid, so they show my age in a way the rest of me doesn’t. When I was younger, I loved wearing dark polish. Now, however, I don’t want to call attention to them, and Essie Mademoiselle makes my nails look natural… but better. Like they’ve actually been cared for, lol. The great thing about the right nude polish for you is that is there are chips, they remain invisible. But my Essie polish lasts all week without touch-ups (I think it’s because it is a sheer with just a touch of glimmer. Glimmer seems to last longer than opaque. Plus, I only use one coat. Layering with base coat, top coat and two coats of polish seems to be asking for chips!)

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