This & That: No. 125


~Article to Read

~15 Career Tips from Smart Woman

A Cup of Joe shares an inspiring round-up of advice from successful women in varying careers. While I found myself appreciating each of the 15 quotes, this one from Jessica Valenti stuck on for me:

Yes, the more successful you are—or the stronger, the more opinionated—the less you will be generally liked. All of a sudden people will think you’re too “braggy,” too loud, too something. But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it. Power and authenticity are worth it.


~The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah & Agatha Christie

If you were disappointed when the last Hercule Poirot mystery aired on Acorn this past August, I have some good news for you. Agatha Christie’s estate has given their blessing for a new novel with the beloved detective from Belgium to serve at its helm. Receiving very positive reviews, Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders includes the unexpected twists and turns as well as the Poirit idiosyncrasies readers have come to love.


~2 Days in Paris

A New York couple finds themselves in Paris for two days, and what a two day adventure they have. Julie Delpy directs as well as stars alongside Adam Goldberg in this tale of romance in which their attempt to rekindle what they once had takes a few laughable, interesting turns.


~Altuzarra for Target Faux Croc Belt (black)

Designer Altuzarra has paired up with Target to offer a handful of fall separates, and among these offerings are belts that would be wonderful classic accessories to have on hand. In even better news, buy the first item at full price and the second at 50% with promo code PREVIEW.

~Nili Lotan Cable Diamond Sweater

Fall and winter collections are full of chunky knits, and while I’m not a fan of extremely over-sized options, this gray boat-neck alpaca sweater caught my eye. I could see myself cozying up on the weekends by the fireplace or as a warm layer for outdoor excursions.


~Madam Secretary

Tea Leoni steps into the role of the United States Secretary of State in CBS’ new Sunday night drama Madam Secretary. Her character, a former CIA operative and college professor, is tapped unexpectedly to the highest seat in the cabinet and must juggle international diplomacy as well as her roles as wife and mother. I must say, after seeing the preview below, I’m eager to sit down to enjoy the premiere which airs at 8pm on CBS this Sunday.



~Recipe for Roasted Cherry Tomato Cappellini~

A full week has ended and the weekend could not look more sweet. Being out of the house during most of the work week, I haven’t had as much time in the kitchen, and I am eager to have some fun and pair new recipes with a glass or two of wine. Speaking of food, did you catch that simple, yet decadent dessert I shared on the 4th episode of The Simple Sophisticate podcast? Have a look/listen here.

However you plan on spending your weekend, I do hope you enjoy. Below are a few articles I discovered this week that you might enjoy reading in your leisurely time. Until Monday, bonjour!

~”How to Exert Self-Control” . . . The New York Times reminds us we have more control than we think with simple tricks to avoid temptation.

~Viola Davis stars in Shonda Rhimes’ new ABC drama which premieres next Thursday. Read what Davis has to say about her new leading lady role here.

~Busy? Maybe we’re getting in our own way. Read  “9 Lies That Keep Our Schedules Overwhelmed”

~Feeling stuck? Read this as a reminder that will ease your mind.

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Outfit of the Week: No. 38


Early fall weather offers the luxury of still not always needing a jacket so long as the top provides a bit of warmth. The cashmere striped sweater above is the perfect fit for this time of year. A casual, yet chic look, paired with khaki trousers and simple flats, such a simple outfit for timeless style. SHOP THE OUTFIT:   … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Skirts & Dresses


There is just something simple, yet seemingly complicated to the on-looker about skirts and dresses. The reality is, there is a freedom ironically to wearing a skirt or a dress, and as you will see in many of the images this week, so many different ways to wear these wardrobe essentials - with heels or flats, belted or loose, mixed with another … [Continue reading...]

Decor Inspiration: A Victorian School Turned London Flat


For anyone in the market in London for a unique space that will leave those who first enter an interior that is quite contrary to its exterior, take a look inside this former Victorian school which recently become available. Restored with a blank palette and keeping the space open, full of light, and in alignment with a learning environment (walls … [Continue reading...]

10 Essential Wardrobe Items – Updated


Each woman has a signature style that makes her feel her best and and highlights her body beautifully allowing her to exude confidence wherever her schedule takes her. In this week's podcast (#3), discover the 10 Wardrobe Essentials that will help create a signature capsule wardrobe. Listeners will discover how such essentials can indeed be unique … [Continue reading...]

10 Ways to Unearth Your Inner Francophile


Today I'm diving into the French culture and sharing nine ways you can unearth your inner Francophile. I always find it fascinating how many people from around the world self-identify themselves as Francophiles. While some of you listening know without question, like myself, that you have a strong fondness for the French way of life, I'd like to … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 124


~Article to Read ~What French Kids Eat for School Lunch Many of you may be astounded by the menu shared of everyday school lunches in France in this article, but those who have read other similar articles and books, will most likely nod your head without shock. While it may seem impossible for quality, balanced meals to be served at public … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: No. 37


As I mentioned this past summer, ankle jeans are a wonderful option for pant length, and are quite en vogue this fall season. And since fall is just about upon us, black is never a bad option to have at-the-ready when pulling together an outfit. Keep it simple, include mainly neutrals that you can mix and match with many other outfits, and then add … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: NYFW Cool Style


New York Fashion Week began last week amongst sweltering humid temperatures, but that only prompted the fashionable to have all the more fun. From Atlantic-Pacific's Blair Eadie to Northern Light's Hedvig Opshaug (a few of my favorite fashion bloggers) as well as Laura Remington Platt, Olivia Palermo and Anna Wintour, each exhibited their … [Continue reading...]

TSLL – New Weekly Schedule


As a new season begins, so too does a new schedule here on TSLL blog. The past two years have been an opportunity to dive into my blog content and write, edit, edit some more and final produce a book for publication as well as a podcast, but it didn't leave time for much else. So as I strive to rediscover the balance I adore in everyday living so … [Continue reading...]