This & That: No. 131


Books, red wine, relationships, a bit of humor . . . yep, it’s all here in today’s This & That.



If you are an avid book reader and as well appreciate the business model of Netflix in which you can stream endless movies around your schedule without having to buy the DVD, you are going to love Oyster. For only $9.95, readers can stream more than half a million books to their smart phone or tablet and never be without something to peruse. From fiction to children’s literature, this app is a must-have. Download here.


~The closest app I have found to Hukkster is the WishClouds app. How does it work? Simply save the items you wish to purchase but won’t until the price is dropped, then when the price cut occurs, the app notifies you via email. It’s not as simple to use as Hukkster due to the fact that they don’t have a bookmarklet that you can easily click when you are shopping online, but the premise is the same. I just opened my account and am curious to see how it goes.

~Article to Read

~6 Ways to Stop Jealousy from Breaking Your Heart

Marc and Angel always offer worthwhile real-life advice, and in their upcoming new course, Getting Back to Happy, one of the topics is relationships.  With a glimpse into what the course will cover, they offer a short video on the topic of jealousy and how to tackle it and eradicate it from your life. Because as we know, if you’ve ever experienced the feeling, it’s not a productive way to build healthy, lasting relationships. Have a look, I think you will enjoy.

~Red Wine is the Drink of Choice on ‘Scandal’ and ‘The Good Wife’

On a lighter topic, let’s talk food, wine and female protagonists’ drink of choice on television. The New York Times takes a closer look at what the director’s choice means. Could something as simple as how and when the actresses drink the adult grape juice hold a deeper insight than we first might have missed? Read to find out.


~Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Comedian and actress, Amy Poehler’s first book was just released on Tuesday and is already racing up the charts. Full of personal stories, advice about life (take or toss), hilarious quips about sex, love, parenting and more, if you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud read that also will give you pause from time to time, you might want to check it out.


~Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook: More than 1,000 of the world’s best recipes for today’s kitchen

The editors of the highly revered cooking magazine, Saveur, are now offering readers a compilation of recipes for just about every type of dish. Straight from the trusted pages of the magazine, organized into 16 chapters, structured by course and food type, at-home chefs will have daily inspiration for just about anything their tastebuds are craving.


truffles~recipe for chocolate truffles

More moments of breath catching is what I am craving this weekend. And while I won’t be able to attend an art exhibit, as that would certainly be something up my alley, quiet time for reflection, I am looking forward to weekend chats over coffee, indulging in a yoga class and who knows what else. I hope you have a lovely weekend as well. Here are a few articles I think you might enjoy reading:

~A simple, but insightful dating tip to always keep in mind from Cup of Jo

~Looking for a confidence boost? These inspiring quotes may be just the perfect medicine.

~And one of my favorite weekly columns in the New York Times Sunday Styles section, “Table for Three”, paired up actress Julianna Margulies and Senator Kristen Gillibrand. An interesting conversation followed.

~Can too much positive thinking be a bad thing? “The Problem with Positive Thinking”


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Outfit of the Week: No. 44


The first temperatures to dip below the freezing mark will be this next week, and so I am beginning to pull out my sweaters. And nothing feels more comfortable than cashmere, and when it's on sale, it's even better. J.Crew is offering 25% off the entire site with  the REWARDSTYLE promo code (thru 10/31), so do be sure to take advantage. This week's … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Extra Length


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Decor Inspiration: A Beautiful Conversion


There's something about repurposing a space into something uniquely unexpected from the original intention that immediately intrigues me. By no means can it be easy, but when it works out, the juxtaposing of ideas and concepts never before thought of often creates the most beautiful and beckoning spaces. Such is the case with this 1880 church found … [Continue reading...]

5 Ways to Live an Examined Life


"I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates, Apology ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, Episode #10 Gaining knowledge and wisdom about life's workings has always been … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 130


~Book ~Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life Decor blogger, Erin Gates, recently released her first book, Elements of Style and I am eager to get my hands on it. With full-color and illustrations throughout, Gates shares detailed advice and inspiration on how to decorate your home in your own unique signature style. Readers will be … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: No. 43


One of my fantasy items when it comes to shoes is a pair of Stuart Weitzman's over-the-knee classic 5050 boots. Perhaps it is because Kate Moss expertly reminds us how chic they can look if only we had her physique and taste, or maybe it's because the boots really do all of the talking. Either way, I wanted to pull together an outfit revolving … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Oscar de la Renta


The fashion world lost a formidable talent Monday evening when Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82, and while most of us will only be able to enjoy his designs from afar, his attention to femininity coupled with elegance will always be remembered. Sarah Jessica Parker as well as endless other celebrities had the good fortune to be styled … [Continue reading...]

Decor Inspiration: Clooney’s English Sanctuary


When George Clooney wed human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin last month in Venice, it was hard to be envious that such a coveted bachelor was off the market as Amal's accomplishments, sense of quiet self-assurance and we can't forget her impeccable style seem to be an ideal match. And so, as the rumors begin about their potential real estate purchase … [Continue reading...]

6 Ways to Live Fully Each Day


~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #9 Last week it was announced by the CDC that the average life expectancy for a woman in the United States is 81.2 years (2012). Now having the opportunity to live to 81+ is a wonderful opportunity, and to exceed it, often an even greater blessing if one is in good health. However, simply because the … [Continue reading...]