This & That: No. 25

Sep 18, 2012

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Inspiration, a calendar full of French style tips and ideas as well as a recipe for a decadent comfort food indulgence . . .


~Splendid Market

In the beginning of September, Emily, author of the blog Splendid Market, shared with her readers that she had arrived in the South of France. Originally from Seattle, she excitedly welcomed her readers along as she spends the next five months in a world so many dream about. A diary of sorts, but with the addition of wonderful images and Emily’s wonderful prose and personality, if you’re looking for a taste of France no matter where you live, be sure to stop by her blog. 

~Blog Post

~8 Ways You’re Wasting Life – Marc and Angel Hack Life

I’m always in the mood for a pep talk, even when I’ve feeling pretty good about things. If nothing else, to reassure me that I’m going about things in the right manner. Marc and Angel Hack Life’s post “8 Ways You’re Wasting Life” is just the sort of post that regardless of how you are feeling, will serve as reminder to keep doing those things you know will lead you in the direction you want to go.


~Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

I’ve been watching Katie Couric’s talk show lately, and on Thursday last week, she had on her show (for the full hour) author of the recently released book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown. Her concepts are challenging, yet insightful. Her inspiration motivating and in their own way intoxicating as we all wish to discover the success that only taking a risk can bring, but she also speaks of the reality of risk taking. However, despite the chance that things may not work out, she offers up the thought to always keep in mind, what if you never tried? It’s a book I now have on my wish list and look forward to reading when I find a spare weekend.


~Lobster Roll – GOOP

Ever since I savored the decadent lobster roll at Pearl’s Oyster Bar in the West Village, I have had a inclination to seek out lobster roll recipes. So when I was perusing Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog GOOP and discovered a post sharing a recipe to make just what I was dreaming of, I wanted to share it with you. Not only does she share a recipe from her dear friend Patrick Keane, but she also shares her recommendations on where to find the perfect lobster roll in a handful of cities if you don’t feel like making one yourself. And guess what? Pearl’s Oyster Bar was on the list (the image is exactly how mine was served – spaghetti fries, a bit of greens and a wonderful entree). Definitely a recipe to keep in on file – just in case.


~Parisian Chic 2013 Weekly Planner by Ines de la Fressange

The success of former Chanel model Ines de la Fressange’s book Parisian Chic has provoked another publication filled with even more stylishly chic fashion inspiration. Just released this past July, Fressange’s Parisian Chic 2013 Weekly Planner is full of fashion tips and fresh beauty and style advice, as well as insights about how to live life to its fullest all tied into a weekly planner. I certainly look forward to bringing together two of my loves – “to-do” lists and fashion, don’t you?


~Yumi Kim Sophie Top – $143

Lately, I’ve been having a predilection for silk blouses, so when I discovered Yumi Kim’s lavender silk Sophie top, I was smitten. Ideal for spring, but easily transitional into fall with layers or tucked into a form fitting pencil skirt or more casual with straight-leg or skinny jeans, this hue of purple would be a wonderful blouse to add to a stylish closet.

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