The Simply Luxurious Life®: This & That: No. 63  

June 18, 2013

This & That: No. 63

Pleasure and thought-provoking reading, a new magazine full of substance, new stationery from one of my my favorite illustrators and more . . .


~Article to Read

1. Only Children - Lonely & Selfish? by Lauren Sandler via the New York Times

While the decision of whether or not to have children is already understandably quite ponderous, if one indeed decides to have children, is having only one a choice to be considered? Author Lauren Sandler, an only child herself, digs through the research to defend the many benefits for the child should they be the one and only.

Her article doesn’t focus on discrediting having multiple children, but rather challenging the stereotype she has perceived as a child and now as a parent of one child herself. Logically, emotionally and ethically she takes a look at only children’s successes and struggles and shares in her book One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, which was released on June 11th, extensive research and her findings.

~Blog

2. The Art of Manliness

Brett McKay has founded a website for men that is widely known as the largest independent men’s lifestyle website. The Art of Manliness focuses on a wide array of topics – style, literature, relationships, farming, money, sports and health, and even though I’m not the intended audience, I found myself scrolling repeatedly through the first few posts I came across. For example, 100 Must Read Books: The Man’s Essential Library and Stop Hanging Out with Women and Start Dating Them were two articles worth taking a look at.

~Book

3. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Earlier this month, the sequel of the best selling novel The Devil Wears Prada was released - Revenge Wears Prada, and I can't think of a better summer indulgence than in a fictitious story that involves fashion and even more fashion. Andy Sachs returns ten years later having paired up with Emily, her former colleague, to run a high-end bridal magazine. Seemingly blissful in her career and in her personal life (Andy's involved with a new leading man), the drama begins.

~Magazine

4. Verily

“A magazine that [speaks] to [women’s] hearts as women and celebrates who they are, not just what they’re told they should be.” The refreshing tone, direction and substance of Kara Eschbach’s premiere issue of Verily met and quickly exceeded my expectations.

When my issue arrived, I found myself spending as much time reading through each page as I would a much anticipated Vogue or Atlantic issue. Full of thoughtful articles in the arenas of Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, as well as a stand-out feature article on real world events and conflicts, if you’re looking for something different with more thought and less fluff, subscribe here.

~Shopping

5. Reiss

The London apparel company is having their semi-annual sale. With items marked down up to 50%, now is a great time to see if those items you’ve had your eye on are included. Last month’s Street Style post Stripe Dress (see below) has been reduced further, and after looking through the website, I found this emerald dress, this champagne sweater, and this handbag that I wouldn’t mind adding to my wardrobe.

~Stationery

6. R.Nichols New Note Cards

Having beautiful, signature stationery on hand is a simple, yet elegant detail that quickly allows you to send a note to a friend should any occasion arise - thinking of you, thought you would like this recipe, etc. And when R. Nichols recently released his new designs, two captured my attention immediately - the Patisserie note cards and the Hammock note cards ($17/8 cards). Have a look at all of the additions to his online shop. After all, who knows when you will need to say hello or thank you to a friend just because.

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