This & That: No. 155



~A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer & Charles Fishman

Curiosity truly can be the tool to forever propel you to new and creative ideas, or that is what movie producer Brian Grazer reveals in his new best-selling book A Curious Mind. Having scheduled weekly “curiosity conversations” with strangers that were experts in their field, Grazer appears to have soaked up their knowledge and wisdom like a sponge. In his book, lessons in curiosity will reveal to readers a new approach to leading a fulfilling life. I’m curious. Are you?

~The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

Ah, the White House. As a civics teacher and someone who has an avid interest in politics and news, to step behind the doors and discover what it might be like for the families who live there is something I’ve always wanted to learn more about. With a part-time staff of just under 300 and 96 full-time staff, the second floor residence has stories to tell, and I am curious to discover them.

~The World of Shabby Chic: Beautiful Homes, My Story & Vision by Rachel Ashwell

You may recognize the name Shabby Chic from the slipcovers, furniture and decor Rachel Ashwell sells on her website. And now she tells her story in a beautiful coffee table book full of the shabby chic aesthetic her fans have come to love.

Francophile Find

~What to do on the Left Bank, Paris via The New York Times

Last weekend, the Sunday New York Times spotlighted in their weekly column “36 Hours” a lovely list of destinations to visit, things to do and places to see in the beloved Left Bank of Paris. With many recommendations that I myself enjoyed during my last visit (Paris by Mouth, Poilane and Cafe de Flore), I must say, I quite agree with their picks and am eager to check out those I have yet to enjoy. Planned around the schedule of a weekend getaway, the trip begins with ideas at 3:30 pm on Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon. Do have a look, I think you will enjoy.


~Rebecca Minkoff Bowery leather tote

A classic day tote in a neutral tone ideal for spring, but easily could be chosen year round. Reduced 50% at The Outnet, this is a bargain.

~Sam Edelman Becka Black Quilted Flat

Chanel’s quilted ballet flats are still out of my reach, but Sam Edelman’s are quite similar. For less than $150 and available in a couple of different combinations, if this feminine, Parisian chic style is your taste, you have found a bargain.



~recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Chocolate Tart~

April seems to have grown legs and ran away from me as already it is the last weekend of the month. Where did my favorite month escape to? On the bright side, it does mean that warmer weather and beautiful, colorful yards, porches and patios will be come more abundant, and I for one am ready for it.

This weekend will be a bit of a catch up as I must admit I am exhausted, but perhaps I’ll sneak over to my favorite nursery to pick up my herbs or a hanging basket or two for the porch. Either way it will be restorative as I hope yours will be as well. Below are a few articles I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonjour!

~SJP is returning to HBO next year . . . click here to find out more about the show

~10 Truths About Life We Forget Too Easily . . . a wonderful reminder

~A wonderful everyday habit that will add more fulfillment to your life – 13 Simple Things Mindful People Actually Do Everyday

~Absolutely loved this list! Domaine shared 20 Things to Know About Your iPhone (simple tricks and tips)


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Thoughts from the Editor: New Orleans


To have the opportunity to spend time in New Orleans is to be fortunate. New Orleans introduced itself and exceeded any expectation I had prior to arrival. While, yes, I was initially curious due to my Francophile predilections and love for jazz, it was the combination of these interests along with the regional cuisine, breath-taking architecture … [Continue reading...]

Word of the Week: No. 2


Click to listen to pronunciation ~Words of the Week Archives: ~No. 1: alacrity Image … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: Très Chic for Spring


~Ann Taylor Linen Chambray Peplum Top~ ~Joseph cropped stretch cotton-blend pant~ ~Alicia gold-plated druzy earrings~ ~Isabel Marant brass resin bracelet~ ~Calvin Klein Perdita wedges~ ~Ebby Rane 1887 Clutch or Brooks Brothers' tote~ SHOP THE OUTFIT: ~SHOP PREVIOUS OUTFITS OF THE WEEK: ~Simple Comfort ~Essential French Style ~White … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Australian Street Chic


Australia's Spring 2015 Fashion Week just wrapped up last week, and while it may not be buzzed about here in the states, the street style along with the collections are certainly something of which to take notice. Tommy Ton's street style pics always are one of my first go-tos when it comes to discovering fashion week sartorial choices of the … [Continue reading...]

Life & Tech: Email Etiquette


 "The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through." - Sydney Harris The Simple Sophisticate, episode #34 As someone who is thankful for the ability to email, as it gives me time to think about what I want to say, … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 154


Book ~Between You & Me: Confession of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris Working for three decades at The New Yorker in the copy editing department, Mary Norris brings the expertise of elevated and sophisticated grammar that has come to be the trademark of the prestigious publication. Her descriptions of the most common grammatical mistakes are … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: Simple Comfort


~American Vintage Jacksonville T-shirt (more colors), similar~ ~Mother Denim The Slit Rascal Jean in Dark Wash~ ~Iris & Ink Adelisa modal-blend trench coat (navy)~ ~French Sole Neptune flats (other color combos available)~ ~Isabel Marant Saul gold-tone crystal necklace~ ~Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Hobo Bag~ SHOP THE … [Continue reading...]

Good Grammar Is . . . Mastering The Semicolon


  ~PREVIOUS Good Grammar Is . . . POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES ~Rule #1 ~Word of the Week: No. 1 Image: (1) … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Denim, Khaki & White


Three basic color options that are classic and a treat to don in spring are blue, white and khaki. Whether the blue comes in the form of denim or a chic petit print on flats as the ones above, this classic pop of color can be as feminine or masculine as you'd prefer. And of course white and khaki are diehard classics that provide a neutral palette … [Continue reading...]