This & That: No. 44

Feb 05, 2013

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A bit of decor, accessory shopping for spring and a tour in Paris you won’t want to miss . . .


~Becoming Minimalist

Last week I had the chance opportunity to come across Joshua Becker’s blog Becoming Minimalist, and I must say it was refreshing. Beginning in 2008, he and his family consciously made the decision to live with less. Featured on NPR, CBS Evening News and other national news programs, Joshua Becker shares insightful reminders on how life doesn’t need more to become richer.


~The Wow Factor: Insider Style Secrets for Every Body and Every Budget

If you are looking for a book to help you sort through the unnecessary fluff that the fashion world presents and discover what will work with your body type and your lifestyle, I suggest you take a look at Jacqui Stafford’s book The Wow Factor which is released today. Upon reviewing it over the weekend I was impressed with how she breaks down what we see in magazines, interviews, and runways and explains what it really takes to create the images that are used to sell products. With detailed descriptions on different body types, shape faces and colors, she reveals through many visual images what to focus on and what to ignore.


~Ray-Ban Mirrored original aviator sunglasses

A quality pair of aviators is a pair of sunglasses I’ve been wanting to add to my list of accessories. Attractive on nearly all face shapes, Ray-Ban’s original mirrored glasses work with both casual and more sophisticated ensembles. So long as they will last for many seasons to come and continue to remain in style, it is worth the investment.

~Target Brompton Tufted Wing back Headboard

There is just something about a tufted headboard that has always enticed me, so when I discovered that Target sells a handful of different styles, I quickly pinned it to make sure I didn’t lose track of it. With prices beginning at $180 (the Juliette Tufted Headboard), sizes as small as a twin extending up to a California King, and an extensive list of colors to choose from, if you’re in the market for a bedroom make-over, be sure to take a look at Target.

~J.Crew Tweed Crew Jacket in Navy

A simple tweed jacket looks wonderful with a pair of dark denim jeans or a well-tailored pencil skirt. J.Crew’s navy tweed jacket caught my eye as a wonderful addition to a spring wardrobe that is transitioning from winter to far fairer weather.


~Paris by Mouth

Many of you have written to me to share that you are traveling to Paris in the near future, so I am excited to share with you a tour you should certainly check out. Paris by Mouth offers food tours throughout the City of Light, and for $128 a tour, you can join a small group of fellow foodie enthusiasts to tour the wine shops, bakeries, chocolatiers, restaurants, ice cream shops and so much more. With consultants such as Patricia Wells, John Talbott, Bruno Verjos and many others who are well respected for their culinary expertise, what a wonderful way to be shown Paris either in the late morning or early afternoon. Bon appétit!

5 thoughts on “This & That: No. 44

  1. Good morning Shannon, if you have not checked out zero waste home blog you might enjoy it. Their life style is not for everyone but there are some excellent ideas.

    Have a great day!

  2. The Paris tour sounds interesting…I will be stopping in Paris for 2 days in August at the end of my Europe trip this summer…I might be able to squeeze this in!

  3. Thanks to you I always discover great blogs…so Thank You, Shannon ! I really enjoy the ”becoming minimalist” one. I always had a small problem with bringing home yet another Tshirt/statement necklace/classic flats – all very ”well justified” purchases : ”it’s timeless, sales, limited edition :)” well…not anymore – I really try to become a minimalist in a few areas of my life :))
    S from Montreal

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This & That: No. 43

Jan 29, 2013

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Some inspiration for those who love Parisian food and style, a book that will help you achieve financial independence and contentment and a heads up about a wonderful consignment sale you won’t want to miss.

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~Packing for Paris: How to Dress Like a Parisian

Malou Lasquite’s style post about how to dress like a Parisian is one to save. The post will not only ease your mind as you feel you have a few of the inside secrets upon reading it, but it will also allow you to avoid pitfalls as well as integrate your own style as well. With specific insights on “the look”, chaussures (shoes), handbags and accessories to be sure to pack (or purchase while you’re there), if you have plans to escape to Paris anytime soon, print it out and keep it somewhere where you can access it easily when planning your packing list.


~Secrets of Six Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

Last Friday I shared that this past weekend would be dedicated to reading, and one of the books I devoured was Barbara Stanny’s Secrets of Six Figure Women. Now on the surface, it may seem materialistic – why should money be the goal? – but don’t make such an assumption too quickly. What Barbara reveals is inspiring, helpful and the newest book I now consider a resource on how to successfully attain my own dreams. One of the significant insights she reveals is that money is a means to living a more contented, full life, not the goal itself. And it is when we harness our power, refuse to be paid less for our skills and abilities, that what we are capable of earning surpasses our own expectations. Whether you have a college education or not, the book shares secrets clearly laid out, explained through vivid precision and anecdotes from women who have been in the trenches. I highly recommend.

~Barefoot in Paris

As you may now be well aware, I am a tremendous fan of Ina Garten and her approach to cooking – simple dishes created with minimal steps that are capable of creating scrumptiously delicious results every single time. While Barefoot in Paris was published nearly ten years ago (2004), I just now have a copy to call my own, and it is a copy I am thrilled to have on my kitchen counter. The fourth cookbook in her long list of offerings, Ina shares personal stories and meals she creates in her Left Bank Parisian apartment as well as at home in the Hamptons. She also shares a full appendix of markets, fromageries, kitchen stores, chocolatier shops and other stores that she loves which are located in Paris. Certainly a cook’s resource if you want to bring Paris to your dinner table every once and awhile.

Before I forget, if you’re a fan of her Food Network show, she is airing new episodes every Saturday morning this month. This particular series is taped in Napa Valley and is full of ideas that include wine, fresh farmers’ market finds and simple entertaining.

~Cooking Classes

One of Ina Garten’s recommendations I discovered in the pages of Barefoot in Paris was cook and author Patricia Well’s cooking classes that she offers in both Paris and Provence. On her website you will find all of the dates for 2013 and 2014 as they fill up fast. While the price is a bit steep ($1500 for a week), the experience of a week of inside tricks, tips and tours around the city is certainly something to investigate is this would be your dream if training at the Le Cordon Bleu is not an option. If you’re like me, and don’t have an extra $1500 to spare, check out her raved about book The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris.

~Consignment Sale

~Seams to Fit

For my Pacific Northwest and specifically Portland readers, I want to share with a sale you don’t want to miss. My favorite consignment shop in Portland, Oregon, is having their winter clearance sale. The entire store is 50% off and is only available to walk-ins (alas, I won’t be in town this weekend). Beginning this Friday, February 1st through Sunday February 3rd, stop by Seams to Fit located at 2264 NW Raleigh St. in the Nob Hill district for some amazing finds.


~DVF Thandi dress

I couldn’t help including Diane von Furstenberg’s gray Thandi dress in this week’s This & That. Marked down 50%, this beautiful grey dress is a wonderful work or casual special-occasion dress that transitions well from winter to early spring. True to size, her designs love women’s bodies and it will be wearable for many seasons to come. Wear with a medium-large belt or a beautiful scarf, don flats or pumps depending on the occasion and you will look sophisticated, comfortable and chic.

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  1. ah! I have that dress in blue! It is really fantastic, I usually wear it to work when I also have somewhere to go afterwards. It’s very versitile.. great pick!

    I’m also thinking about picking up barefoot in paris – I love good cookbooks 🙂

  2. Hi….when you mentioned the “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” a few weeks ago, I had to head right out and buy a copy (had been considering buying one of her books, but hadn’t been able to decide which one). Made the lovely pot roast this past Wed-was very pleased with results. So, when I saw “Barefoot in Paris” and saw there was a copy at the library I borrowed it. Read it cover to cover this am (GREAT Sat am reading with coffee!) and will be picking up my own copy sometime soon before it’s due back at the library….guess I’m her latest new fan!! Thanks for another great suggestion!! Cathy Wong

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