Thursday, January 19, 2017

Uncommon Goods from an Uncommon Company

The American consumer is spoiled by the abundance of cheap, convenient, mass-produced goods available to them, and they aren’t alone.  While the French consumer of my generation still prefers to pay a little more for local, artisanal products from baguettes to Birkins, their grandchildren are snapping up mass-produced jeans with American labels as fast as they roll off the assembly line. 





And so, when Uncommon Goods, an American Company that specializes in artisanal goods, asked me to feature them in a post, my French heart positively warmed to the idea.  I checked out their web site and was delighted by what I found. 


Friday, January 13, 2017

Another Year, Another List

No sooner has that big Waterford crystal ball dropped and the last glass of champagne been drunk, than the urge to take stock of our lives becomes overwhelming.  We start to make lists. 




Even if, like me, you don’t feel compelled to plan your life out for the next year, because you know how unpredictable life can be, everyone else seems to feel that urge.  Newspapers, magazines and blogs are full of lists of resolutions from the great, the near-great and the “who is that?” – “This year I’m going to do this, and I’m NOT going to do that.” 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house a sigh could be heard from this very tired spouse. 

The house is decorated, the shopping’s done and the wrapping will get done on Friday.  Time to sit down to a quiet breakfast and enjoy the blessed stillness of early morning. 




It’s also time to reflect on the ghosts of Christmas past and share with you a few of my favorite things. 


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Can a Birkin Beat the Stock Market?

The day following the election of Donald Trump all eyes were on the stock market, which was predicted to plunge to near Great Depression era levels by most of the same people who predicted that Hillary Clinton would win. 

 


In fact, as of this writing, the stock market has hit record highs, to the relief of those of us who realized that with interest rates kept artificially low over the last ten years or so, the stock market was really the best, if not the only, game in town. 

 

Friday, November 18, 2016

That’s Just the Way She Is

I have nothing against honesty.  All things being equal, it is usually the best policy. 





But when someone says, “May I be completely honest with you?” do both of you a favor and say politely, “No, thank you,” because what follows will probably be rudeness masquerading as honesty.  In fact, the mask of honesty is worn by a whole host of miscreants these days, the most insidious of whom are those who have deluded themselves into thinking they’re actually doing or saying this or that “for your own good.”  


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It’s Finally Sweater Weather – Yeah!!

Tempers may still be hot following an incredibly contentious election season, but the weather has cooled down considerably.  It’s time to pull out those warm, woolly sweaters neatly folded away in your dresser drawer. 



Courtesy of Rocaille Blogspot

I did a quick inventory of mine and then headed for my local Talbots where they were having a terrific sale that I just could NOT pass up. 

Here are some of the little gems I came home with. 



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