This & That: No. 17

Jul 24, 2012

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A few favorite summer sales, sensational jazz tunes, an article to ponder and so much more . . .

~App to Try

Tripit App

As I am going about fine-tuning my itinerary for next month’s vacation, I read about the Tripit app in The New York Times which helps to organize your itinerary, making it readily accessibly online or via their free smart phone app. What I loved most about it, is after entering all of the destinations and addresses I am planning on visiting, I can quickly access a map of directions with the simple click of a button. Also, I can privatize my trip and send a link to fellow travel companions or friends and family that want to know where I will be while I’m away.


~Dinah Washington – I Want to Be Loved album

I have been a fan of classic jazz music since spending time with my great aunt and uncle where he would play big band and jazz on his record players whenever I visited as a young girl. There is something that just grabs me, making me believe that good times are just a moment away. Upon hearing Dinah Washington’s song “I Want to Be Loved”, I quickly went online and found her album. If you too like jazz, have a listen to the samples. I think you’ll enjoy.


~Diane von Furstenberg Landy top – $160 (reduced from $285)

Last chance summer sale is going on at Diane von Furstenberg. Use the promo code SUMMERSALE for an additional 20% on regular and sale priced items. I fell in love with this silk ‘Landy’ top – perfect with white jeans or even a pencil skirt for spring.

~Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

Now through August 5th, shop Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and begin to prep your fall wardrobe. Denim is drastically reduced, Laundry has some beautiful dresses at even lovelier prices and of course the shoes – I have my eye on these and these.

~Article to Read

~“Friends of a Certain Age: Why is it Hard to Make Friends Over 30” by Alex Williams in the New York Times

As someone who has been quite driven by my career for over ten years and has been willing to move to take jobs that fulfilled my passions, I found this article refreshing and thankfully quite forthright. The reality is that as we grow older our values become clearer, our patience runs thin for flaky and drama-magnetic people and our time becomes even more valuable. However, the paradox is that we need friends – good, kind, supportive friends who lift us up. There are many suggestions in this article on how to navigate this social obstacle of finding friends that we want to bring into our lives – some you might embrace and some perhaps not. Either way, it was an enlightening read that I wanted to share.


~The Tents

If you enjoy documentaries and are curious about fashion and how New York Fashion Week wound up producing shows for 17 years in Bryant Park, this is a documentary to watch. The Tents, in homage to the large white tents that went up each fall and spring season in what became known as Fashion Park, is available for streaming on Amazon (to rent for $3.99 or purchase $14.99). As I prep for my first visit to NYFW this September, I was intrigued by the history, the orchestration of each show as each designer tries to captivate shoppers to purchase their clothing and who was manning the ship helping to propel American designers to the front of the the fashion world.

5 thoughts on “This & That: No. 17

  1. Great tips Shannon especially the article about making friends over 30. I’ve often thought about this myself. I think at 30+ we just are clearer about what we want and who we want to spend time with as time becomes more precious 😉

  2. I definitely agree about the friends over 30. Since moving back here to my hometown (a year ago), I’ve rekindled acquaintances, but I have not made one real friend. The one person I would be friends with is a co-worker. My employer doesn’t encourage friendships. It is a tough time in life! It is especially hard because my husband is well-known, with many friends.

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