This & That: No. 159



~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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Why Not . . . Move Forward Successfully?


"I couldn't say what I thought I'd find there, but I knew Paris would give me something I couldn't find anywhere else." -Kate Betts, My Paris Dream Life has a funny, and masterfully gifted way of revealing to each of us what we need. At the time we may not realize why or when the realization will hit us or occur in that cliched "lightbulb moment", … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: Getaway Attire


~Current/Elliot 'The Stiletto' Jeans~ ~'Drop Shoulder Asymmetrical' cashmere sweater~ ~Joie leather wedge sandal~ ~Nordstrom 'Coastal Toile' scarf~ ~Frye 'Melissa' Washed Leather Tote~ ~Jimmy Choo 'Juliet' 60mm Cat's Eye sunglasses~ SHOP THE OUTFIT: … [Continue reading...]

Word of the Week: No. 4


~My Paris Dream, by Kate Betts Click for Pronunciation:   ~WORDS OF THE WEEK FROM THE ARCHIVES: No. 3 - accoutrements No. 2 - serendipity No. 1 - alacrity   Image: (1) … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Loose & Chic


The idea of wearing well-tailored clothing is a grand idea, but from time to time wearing clothing that drapes, hangs loose and is free-flowing leaves a woman's shape to one's imagination and this isn't all a bad thing. So long as you choose the right fabric that moves, breathes and ever so slightly lays against the body when movement occurs to … [Continue reading...]

Life & Tech: Texting Etiquette 101


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This & That: No. 158


Book ~My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine by Kate Betts With a career in fashion writing and editing that most people dream about, Kate Betts takes her readers on a journey through her career as a young writer who moved to Paris and would take any job in order to reside in the city she was … [Continue reading...]

Good Grammar Is: Who vs. Whom


~Click here for a list of prepositions. ~THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM ARCHIVES: ~Well vs Good ~Mastering the Semicolon ~Word of the Week: No. 3 - accoutrements   Images: (1) … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: Safari-Inspired


~Equipment Tegan washed-silk dress~ ~Tory Burch Padlock Sandal~ ~Banana Republic Drapey Vest~ ~Tory Burch Kerrington Mini Square Tote~ ~Antik Batik Ankur Bracelet Set~ ~Ray-Ban 'Large Original Aviator' 62mm Sunglasses~ SHOP THE OUTFIT: … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: The Classic White Shirt


A classic item for every capsule wardrobe, as I suggest in this list, is the classic white button-up shirt. From fitted to loose, traditional or long, this collared, chic separate pairs perfectly for casual or more professional settings. This particular stretch version from Theory has recently taken the top spot in my closet when it comes to this … [Continue reading...]