Book Club Monday

Over the weekend a reader ran up to my table at dinner and said I had to feature today’s book. She was obsessed and of course, I had to share it!!! The Personal Librarian is a must read.

A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

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In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.


The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives. – Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE!!

Home Goods Round Up

Over the weekend I visited the Home Goods in Port Chester. July is a slow month there as the fall merchandise will start arriving within the next two weeks……There were some really great sales and a few outstanding pieces. It’s worth a drive over to check it out though. Here are a few things that caught my eye…

I love this tiger print ottoman…..

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These blue and white ottomans are outstanding looking…

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How cute is this comfy pink chair…perfect for a dorm room!!!

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This sofa is awesome…..

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I flipped over this rattan coffee table..It’s very Serena and Lily!!!

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Loved these rattan chests too….

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My girls love these lights for their dorm rooms!!!

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I should have bought these fabulous lanterns!!!

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I have been dreaming about these standing lamps…I would love them for my family room!!!

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I also love this outdoor rattan seating set….

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These baskets are so popular…I see them all over..I cannot believe they had them at HG..The yellow color is awesome too!!

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More very on-trend rattan lamps…

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I never can get enough of these faux fur pillows….great for sprucing up a sofa, side chair or even bed…

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And for those who are ready…

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Book Club Monday

This week’s cool book was recommended to me by another blogger, The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson! We could all use a little pick-me-up once in a while. This book will surely put a smile on your face….Here is what others are saying:

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‘This book is a not-so-small joy in itself.’
NIGELLA LAWSON

‘Parkinson has the gift of making you look with new eyes at everyday things. The perfect daily diversion.’
JOJO MOYES

‘Always funny and frank and full of insight, I absolutely love Parkinson’s writing.’
DAVID NICHOLLS

‘I loved this book . . . Parkinson’s writing transports you to unexpected places of joy and comfort . . . these pages contain happiness.’
MARINA HYDE

‘The twenty-first century feels a lot more bearable in Parkinson’s company.’
CHARLOTTE MENDELSON

Drawn from the successful Guardian column, these everyday exultations and inspirations will get you through dismal days.

Hannah Jane Parkinson is a specialist in savoring the small pleasures of life. She revels in her fluffy dressing gown (‘like bathing in marshmallow’), finds calm in solo cinema trips, is charmed by the personalities of fonts (‘you’ll never see Comic Sans on a funeral notice’), celebrates pockets and gleefully abandons a book she isn’t enjoying. Parkinson’s everyday exaltations – selected from her immensely successful Guardian column – will utterly delight.
‘A compendium of delights.’
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‘Delightful . . . a love letter to those little moments of bliss that get us through the daily grind.’
RED – Amazon.com

To purchase this book or for more information, click HERE.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary To The J House!

 The J House Greenwich is thrilled to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. After a decade of service as one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Fairfield County, Connecticut, The J House is commemorating its success with new renovations slated for this year. These renovations will further enhance the existing hip vibe at The J House as a destination offering a contemporary and unique lifestyle experience. 

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Over the past decade, The J House has been a hotel of choice for some of the most distinguished travelers visiting the tri-state region. It remains the cool place to be seen, and it has welcomed countless celebrities and high-profile executives who relish its unique hip, fun vibe. The staff at The J House puts together some of the grandest events and celebrations in the region – including everything from weddings and anniversaries to corporate meetings and conferences, art events, and social get-togethers. The J House is also well known for its romance packages, girlfriend weekends, and staycations. 

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“Since 2012, The J House has offered an unmatched dimension of luxury and sophisticated service. Celebrating 10 years of wonderful memories is a key milestone in our history, and we look forward to continuously exceeding the expectations of our guests,” said John Fareri, Owner of The J House Greenwich. “I would like to thank our guests and business partners for their support, and thank our amazing team for their consistent service and flawless attention to the details that truly define The J

House experience.”

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The renovations that began last year will continue throughout the hotel, including guestrooms, suites, and public spaces. All of the suites, including The Ambassador Suite, are receiving a fresh new look. Each of the hotel’s 83 high-tech guestrooms and suites will receive brand new luxury vinyl flooring, new furniture, new TVs, and mini-refrigerators. Hallways will receive new carpeting, and The Ambassador Suite’s expansive outdoor deck will also receive new furniture. One of their beautiful event spaces, known as The Riverside Room, will be completely transformed this summer with a fresh look that includes hardwood flooring and a sustainable green wall. Tony’s patio bar and waterfall will be enhanced with marble and new lighting. In total, these renovations will cost approximately $1,000,000.  

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The renovations will further enhance the already existing boutique hotel experience that The J House offers its guests. The hotel offers fine dining via Tony’s restaurant, the “world-class” J Spa, exquisite banquet rooms, and attentive service that has set The J House apart from other hotels over the years. The hotel features a stunning outdoor seasonal heated pool with an expansive pool deck and cabana. It is also pet friendly and provides welcome gifts to its furry friends upon arrival.

Below is a list of amenities that have been established over the years at The J House since its inception in May 2012:

  • EV Charging Stations (2022)
  •  The J House will add convenient charging stations for guests driving electronic vehicles. 
  • NestSeeker’s International (2021)
  •  A luxury global real estate brokerage firm made The J House their home. At the nexus of technology and media, NestSeekers specializes in ultra-luxury and new development. 
  • Tony’s at The J House (2019)
  • Executive Chef Denis Radovic’s Italian Steakhouse menu presents homemade pasta, market fresh fish, prime dry-aged steaks, vibrant salads, seasonal specialties, and a revolving cheese selection. The wine list is expansive. In the summer of 2020, Tony’s at The J House partnered with “Miku” and serves fresh sushi daily. Managing Partner, Tony Capasso, keeps guests entertained with his lively personality and trivia. The restaurant’s patio also features a retractable roof – keeping it the perfect setting for any season.  
  • The J Spa (2015)
  • The Spa at The J House spoils guests with a complete range of personalized spa treatments, from a revitalizing facial to a heavenly massage or aromatic body treatment. Its range of treatments are suitable for both female and male clients and can be adapted to suit any specific requirements. The spa also features an extra-large treatment room for couples’ massages. 
  • The J House Coffee Bar (2014)
  • The J House Coffee Bar features premium brand espresso, drip coffees, cold brews, and specialty drinks brewed with beans from Bonjo Coffee. Gather with work associates around its communal table or pull up a comfortable seat in its lounge while enjoying a great cup of coffee or a bite to eat. 

For more information on The J House and to find out what it means to live the “J Life”, please visit www.jhousegreenwich.com. To make reservations, please call (203) 698-6980 or click here.  

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About The J House Greenwich

The J House Greenwich, a boutique hotel located in Greenwich, Connecticut, is one of the area’s premier luxury hotels for business or leisure travelers. Its event spaces are perfect for conferences and off-site meetings, as well as social events such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, and birthdays. We offer 83 high-tech guest rooms and suites featuring deluxe mirror televisions, fully automated lights, and shades, wireless internet, and many other amenities.

SHARKS AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY NOW EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2023

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 The American Museum of Natural History has announced that the special exhibition Sharks will remain on view through September 4, 2023. As reports of shark sightings are on the rise this summer, the Museum’s newest special exhibition sheds light on the facts and fiction behind these magnificent ocean animals. Fixed in the public imagination as toothy, fearsome predators, sharks are far more fascinating, and more complex, than their depiction in popular culture. The reality is that most sharks pose no threat to people and, in fact, play a vital role in healthy ecosystems. Through life-size models, touch-free interactives, real fossils, and dynamic media presentations, visitors to Sharks can discover the incredible diversity of this intriguing group of fishes and learn about the conservation threats they are facing today. 
WHERE:American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West
ADMISSION:Tickets that include admission to Sharks start at $28 for adults, $16.50 for children (ages 3–12), and $22.50 for seniors and students. Timed-entry tickets must be reserved in advance at www.amnh.org.
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Weekly Best Sellers

Here are this week’s best sellers…It sure has been a hot week so it’s been the perfect time to stay in the cool indoors and spend some quality screen time checking out what has been popular this week. There are some great choices and a lot of even greater prices. Hope you find some wardrobe inspiration!!

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  1. These glitter Gucci shoes are BEYOND!!!
  2. How amazing are these Pucci sunglasses?
  3. I love the simple style of these fabulous slides.
  4. Such a cute dress and you cannot beat the price!!!!
  5. Love this blouse, would look amazing with white or blue jeans.
  6. This color is fabulous and the shape of the blouse is great too.
  7. These jeans are an all-time best best seller for any season!!
  8. Love the shape of this blouse too.
  9. I cannot resist a green and white pattern.
  10. This Tom Ford body shimmer has been a best seller for a while now…A must-buy.
  11. I have featured this Dior airbrush foundation before. I was introduced to it by a makeup artist in Miami before the pandemic and have been using it ever since.
  12. I just bought this Dior sparkle highlighter. I wore it recently on a night out and everyone around me was hooked as well. A def must purchase!!!