This & That: No. 130



~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 taken room-by-room on a tour of DIY projects and ideas, as well as learn from Erin’s oops stories and many successes.

~Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

A few weeks ago I shared an article to read, written by author Tara Mohr which spoke to the need for women to cultivate a toolbox on how to accept criticism and use it to their benefit rather than allowing it to push them back into a corner. In her new book, Playing Big, Mohr offers women the tools to build their own toolbox on how to curate the changes they wish to see not only in themselves but in the world. Needless to say, she made more than a few valid points in her op-ed, so I am curious to have a look at what she suggests.

 ~Out & About

~David Sedaris

Humorist writer, David Sedaris is currently on tour, offering audiences an opportunity to experience first-hand his witty observations of the human condition. Labeled the “funniest writer in America” by O Magazine, a contributor to NPR and brother to the equally talented Amy Sedaris (who plays a supporting role in Alpha House mentioned below), I was ecstatic to see that he would be making a stop in my neighborhood – Walla Walla – on November 19th.  Author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and many other New York Times best-sellers, Sedaris’ current book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls was just released this past June.


~Isabel Marant bronze-tone enameled earrings

The OutNet just released a handful of beautiful jewelry from Isabel Marant, and these clip-on earrings in particular caught my eye. For day or evening, a necessary staple to have on hand.


~Alpha House Season 2

Last fall I recommended one of Amazon Prime’s original comedies, Alpha House. And as someone who enjoys the news and is fascinated by politics, the humorous touch to all that takes place in Washington D.C. was a breath of fresh air. Starring John Goodman,  Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos, season two kicks off today on Amazon Prime.

~House of DVF

As a few of my readers reminded last week, Diane von Furstenberg is coming to our television sets. Beginning on November 2nd at 10pm, House of DVF on E! will premiere. The docu-reality series stars Diane von Furstenberg and is set in her flagship store in NYC in the meatpacking district. Each week a gaggle of girls vies for the opportunity to become part of the DVF team, and Furstenberg takes them through the paces. While I’m not a fan of reality show drama, I am simply eager to see into the world of the queen of wrap dresses. Check out a preview below.



nutella ~recipe for Flourless Dark Chocolate Souffle with Earl Grey Cream~

One of the first episodes of SATC is still one of my favorites (see above). Partly because it involves fashion and a dose of sports, but mainly because well, wouldn’t it be fun to dress so extraordinary for such a casual event? So long as your girlfriends were with you, everything would certainly be splendid. As the World Series continues here in the states and the fall fashion season meanders into chillier temperatures, it really is a sign that fall is upon us.

And as such, a true fall weekend seems to be upon us and thankfully more than a few bronzed leaves are still holding on. A walk with the colors most certainly is in store and yet another leisurely weekend as well. I’ve been enjoying this book recently and am looking forward to finishing it this weekend. As far as what else is on my plate, it really is wide-open.

Before I go, be sure to download the new TSLL app for easy reading of all of the blog posts on your tablet and mobile devices, and as I’m planning a short book tour this spring and summer, I am all ears for any independent bookstores you think I should visit. A great list of recommendations has already begun here, so please do share.

And for weekend reading you might enjoy:

~A few enjoyable posts to improve your or someone else’s day –  How to Brighten Someone’s Day or 20 Good Character Traits to Cultivate Happiness

~Enjoying Friday evening in or even if you’re going out, be sure to DVR PBS’ Great Performance at 8pm when Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett perform on stage together singing classic jazz ballads and duets. Taped at Lincoln Center in New York City, their concert coincides with their recently released cd – Cheek to Cheek.

~A thought provoking post on whether events really do happen for a reason

~Love on your mind? Read 10 Research-Based Truths About People in Love

Have a lovely weekend, and until Monday, bonjour.

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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...]

TSLL Expands!


The beauty of blogging is that readers don't have to wait for the mail carrier to arrive with the most recent posts, but rather can read the content they choose whenever their schedule allows.  However, as more and more of us are turning from our computers and solely reading content on our tablets and smart phones, I began to realize TSLL needed to … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 129


~Book ~The Woman I Wanted to Be Hands down, Diane von Furstenberg is one of my favorite designers; her wrap dresses are what I would live in if I wore a dress everyday. In her new book, being released on October 28th, she takes readers back through her childhood in Brussels and along her journey to becoming the uber successful businesswoman. One … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: No. 42


Mixing up a handful of basic, timeless essentials today. And the good news is that the leather jacket and pumps are reduced 25% today (Thursday) only, so do be sure to use the promo code below to take advantage of this steal. Whether you prefer height or comfort, either shoe will provide style and an elongated leg. The cropped pant hits just above … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Shades of Black & Tan


One can never go wrong with basic hues, and as fall is upon us, reaching for shades of black and tan will always be a good choice. Whether it's black pumps, a camel cape, a khaki trench or a black over-the-knee boots, wear each item with confidence. It will work, and it will work wonderfully.   Images: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) … [Continue reading...]

Decor Inspiration: Ellen Pompeo’s Exquisite Remodel


Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, with the interior design expertise of Martyn Lawrence Bullard have remodeled her 1930s Los Angeles villa into a spacious sanctuary. (You may remember that they also paired up on her previous home for Elle Decor, and it is still one of my favorites. Have a look here.) I immediately was drawn to the large kitchen and … [Continue reading...]