READ: May's Book Club

The warm temperatures and sun have finally returned to us this month and while my days are saved for as many outdoor activities as I can cram into the calendar, I have earmarked any rainy days (or lazy afternoons!) with the names of these books.
Pencilled in and bookmark ready by my side!



Touted as the next 'Gone Girl' thriller, Paula Hawkins' debut novel drew me in with the cryptic opening line “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” but the intertwining voices of three characters sharing their take of  assumed scenarios and what they think they saw kept me turning the pages. Reminiscent of Hitchcock's classic 'Rear Window' fast forwarded to 2015!

Karen Mordecai celebrates every aspect of the glory that once was 'Sunday supper', seen as the gathering of family and friends to connect and exchange. Simple recipes that can be mastered by any level of expertise and stunning photography (I've never seen a fried egg look quite as breathtaking!), I loved the way Ms. Mordecai morphed the essential elements of the Sunday supper into any meal of the day, regardless of who you invite over to break bread with you!

She will always be known as one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (her godfather, HRH The Prince of Wales has even written the foreword!) with a lineage as English as tea and crumpets but India Hicks invites you to take a peek at the life she has built for herself and her family on a island paradise as far removed from palaces and royals as you can get!




THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
 “Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter" shares the keys to streamlining our homes and lives. The Japanese based method of decluttering your mind via dejunking your home has elevated Marie Kondo to celebrity status in Japan and the honour of being hailed as the 'most organized woman in the world' by people in the know all over the world.

BETTER THAN BEFORE
Ever wonder why we choose to continue doing the things we do, even when we know that a change for the better is in order? Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling 'The Happiness Project' dissects the whys, why-nots and hows of changing the age-old habits that hold us back, physically and mentally.

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU
I usually veer away from stories about children meeting an untimely end but my nostalgia for the suburban life of the 1970's caught my eye. Set in Ohio during that decade, Celeste Ng's debut work paints the heartbreaking portrait of a family, unravelling after the disappearance and death of one of their children, a daughter they thought they knew but slowly realize they didn't.


What are you reading this month??



CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for May 2-8, 2015

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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KIERNAN SHIPKA
(colour-block sandals by Tory Burch)
 At the 1st Annual Bentonville Film Festival in Bettonville, Arkansas



BLAKE LIVELY
In Sam and Lavi
At an 'Age of Adaline' press event in Los Angeles, California



CHARLIZE THERON
In Christian Dior
(clutch by Dior, bracelets by Harry Winston)
At the `Mad Max: Fury Road` premiere in Hollywood, California



KERRY WASHINGTON
('Maia' skirt by Tanya Taylor, 'True Blue' sandals by Christian Louboutin, `Daphne` bag by Jason Wu)
At a 'Good Morning America' appearance in NYC, New York



SARAH HYLAND
At a Longines event at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. 



NATALIE PORTMAN
In Dior
('Pilgrim' clutch by Roger Vivier, sandals by Dior)
At the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Gala in Beverly Hills, California



AMAL CLOONEY
(suede trench by Gucci, 'The Dearest' clutch by Sarah's Bag
At a 'Hamilton' viewing at the Public Theater in NYC, New York



JENNA DEWAN-TATUM
In A.L.C.
Out and about in Los Angeles, California






HOW TO BEHAVE HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: Swearing in Public


To the hairstylist telling her client about her date.
Sounds like you had a great time last night and why shouldn't you? You are a (presumably) single young woman enjoying a little fun. How would I know you ask? My son told be all about it.
My 8 year old son who, unfortunately for the poor fellow, had to be dragged along to his mom's appointment. He was quietly sitting in the waiting area being a good boy like he promised his mom, no small feat for a boy who 'needs to dance' while brushing his teeth and and couldn't keep his hands still if he found them glued to one another.
I'm sure the fact that he was in hearing distance of a saucy, swear-word laden story being told by an adult kept his attention better than anything could. You knew he was there. You greeted him upon entrance, asked him if he wanted anything and made his cheeks blush a little bit when you remarked that he was a very handsome boy. So I was a little surprised that you would quickly become oblivious to him (and to everyone else around you) as soon as you turned back to your client and continued the colourful replay of your evening.
His recount of your date and all the sorted 'f-words' you used made for interesting conversation on the way back home which is when he decided to let me in on all that he heard (tucked away in a private room for about 15 minutes, I had missed the whole story).
It was a LONG ride home.
My boy doesn't live in a plastic bubble so I am pretty sure he had heard some of these words before, on the playground or quite possibly at the lips of some other adult who was just as oblivious of him and to the fact that it is pretty darn hard to teach children how we manoeuvre through life with a little courtesy, charm and respect when all they see and hear are inappropriate conversations and foul language from the 'grown-ups who should know better'. It brings to mind a quote from Fred Astaire who once said that "The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any."

We all drop the occasional f-bomb (and sometimes worse) in the heat of the moment but when our everyday vocabulary morphs into a scene from an R-rated movie, we bring ourselves down a notch and take our kids down with us.


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