This & That: No. 138


~Article to Read

~Paris: 10 Pieces of Cliche-Free Advice

A must-read article to rid yourself of the many misconceptions about the Parisian culture. From debunking myths about the rampant infidelity crisis and which destinations are truly worth wandering into, read it, save it and trust it. I found myself nodding in absolute agreement per my own traveling experiences in the city.


~My Paris Story: Living, Loving and Leaping Without a Net in the City of Light

An anthology of twenty-two authors sharing their stories of making their dream come true as they moved to Paris, you will discover their experiences, secrets, challenges and successes. I don’t know about you, but as I have the lofty dream of someday living in Paris, I’m eager to pick up this book to gather some inspiration and ideas.


~Quotation Marks Bookends

Updating your shelf decor? These quotation mark bookends offer a unique touch for any display of your reading material.


~Australia Luxe Nordic Shearling-trimmed suede boots

Warm winter boots that can allow skinny jeans to be tucked inside or worn with your skiing attire prior to snapping on your sliders. Be warm. Be stylish.

~Theory Trincy Cardigan in Evian Stretch

A beautiful winter white cardigan is an ideal layering piece for work or casual outfits. Wear over a cardigan, blouse or fine knit sweater and be warm, as well as classically chic.

~Bailey 44 Striped stretch-jersey top

For a very reasonable price, this black stripe jersey top can be dressed up or down as well as worn for summer or winter. What more could one ask from a clothing item?


meringuecheesecakebites ~Recipe for Mini Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Bites~

I am ready to get all dressed up and dive into a two-week vacation, but first I would like to take a nap and get energized. Does anyone else feel this way? I am more than eager to engross myself with the holiday festivities – many soirees, local last-minute gift shopping and nibbling and toasting to my heart’s content, but it’s Friday and I’m exhausted. Never mind that, this time of year only happens upon us once and because of such a fact, we must partake, revel and celebrate. Are you with me?

With great excitement, and to be honest, in a state of still-can’t-quite-believe-it, Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide, officially launched this week (in both print and ebook format). I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Jennifer L. Scott of Daily Connoisseur for not only spotlighting the book this week, but also offering a giveaway to one lucky winner. If you’re interested in entering, be sure to stop by and enter here.

But for now, it’s back to the holiday celebrations. Doesn’t the recipe above look absolutely mouth-watering? As someone who is infatuated with lemon meringue pie and was looking for a dessert recipe for an upcoming cocktail party, this particular combo bite caught my attention. Needless to say, I quickly put it on my menu and will let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, with the last weekend before Christmas having arrived, be sure to find a few minutes to catch your breath and just enjoy the gaiety that this season brings. And if you have a few moments to read, I have a couple of articles you might enjoy:

~Those Things By Which We Get Embarrassed . . . a beautiful thought about letting go of fitting in

~7 Rituals You Should Steal from Extremely Creative People . . . the good news, we are all creative, we just have to figure out how to tap into our talents

~A worthwhile tour of all that made the news in fashion this past year – The New York Times 2014 Year in Style pics

~6 Things Obituaries Can Teach Us About Living Better . . . as we sit down to write our 2015 resolutions, something to consider.

Until Monday, bonjour.


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Outfit of the Week: No. 51


Lately I have been looking for a classic pair of black ankle strap sandals for holiday parties, but also just to have on hand as they are staple that will never go out of style. And while I love these from Manolo Blahnik, I couldn't make myself expend so much money. So I was thrilled when I came across Stuart Weitzman's black leather sandals for … [Continue reading...]

An Insider’s Guide to Enjoying NYC During the Holidays


As the holidays are in full-swing, there are a handful of destinations that capture my attention, and one of them is without question New York City. While I have yet to visit during this festive time of year, it is on my list to do. So when New York City stylist and NYC resident, Tiffani Rogers, offered to give TSLL readers a virtual tour of the … [Continue reading...]

Dreams Can Come True


At the beginning of 2014, in fact the first post of the year, I shared the three goals I would be focusing on as I gave the year a theme "Yes You Can".  And I thought it fitting that as I began the year at the coast (in pictures, and in life), I should end it there as well. Because just as the ocean is full of the most powerful strength that we … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Those Shoes & Other Details


The shoes we wear each day really do seal the deal when it comes to finishing an outfit. And while I don't have all of the dream shoes I covet, not even close, just dreaming about statement shoes is a fun pastime. As well, other statement pieces can have just as much pop, but alas, it is the shoes that will always, at least for me, be the accessory … [Continue reading...]

4 Healthy Habits for Continual Self-Growth


~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #17 One of the popular maxims when it comes to life advice is that lessons repeat themselves until they are learned. And while I've heard this before, I always felt there was a negative tone to the reappearance of a life lesson that we had experienced before. As if to say, you failed, so let's try … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 137


~App ~Scribd For $9/month, you can have access to an unlimited digital library of any ebook you are eager or curious to read. Tempting, but still not sure? Sign up now, and enjoy Scribd for one month free. ~Blog/Website ~Via Los Angeles If you are planning a trip to the city of angels, you will without question want to consult Daniela Hummel's … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: No. 50


Holiday celebrations are well under way and you no doubt have a few you are going to have to or want to attend. However, why not shop for dresses or clothing that you can wear to other special occasions throughout the year? With the end-of-the-year sales in full swing, Osman's crepe dress above, while still an investment, is available at a … [Continue reading...]

2014 Top Books to Read & 2015 Planners


Winter weather beckons us to stay inside, snuggle up under blankets and dive into reading and planning for what will most certainly a grand year to experience. I can think of nothing better than enjoying a hot cup of something decadent and delightful and diving into a book that refuses to be put down. With the end of the year near, 2015 can't … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Wrap, Cap & Cape


Warmth is key when it comes to dressing up for the chilly months, but being bundled doesn't mean neglecting style. Whether wearing a cape, wrapping a scarf or donning a cap, all options provide an opportunity to reveal your signature style. Have a look . . .   ~STYLE INSPIRATION POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES: ~November … [Continue reading...]