Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.

Solid perfumes are great for travel!  Jo Malone London offers The Delightful Pair Solid Perfume Duo (in Nectarine Blossom & Honey and Peony Blush Suede), The Energetic Pair Solid Perfume Duo (in Zesty Lime-Basil & Mandarin and Tart Blackberry & Bay), and the Refreshing Pair Solid Perfume Duo (in Spirited Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Mellow English Pear & Fresia). Each duo is $76.00.  Wear them alone or mix to customize.

The Universal Marinade from Bon Appetit is a Vietnamese-inspired marinade with fish sauce, brown sugar and chilies.  It is a paste rather than a liquid so it clings to meat or seafood well.  A big bang for not much prep time.


  • 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed, tough outer layers removed
  • 1 serrano chili
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 1″piece ginger, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Using a microplane, finely grate lemongrass, chili (seeds and all!), garlic, and ginger into a medium bowl. (Alternatively, you can chop very finely, then mash to a paste using the side of your knife.) Add brown sugar, oil, fish sauce, and soy sauce and mix well.

San Francisco’s Crissy Field Blue Whale

Last fall a giant blue whale sculpture was unveiled in San Francisco’s Crissy Field.  It is made from 300,000 pounds of single-use plastic.  A real giant blue whale weighs 300,000 pounds which is why it was selected to be the model for the sculpture, commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the National Parks Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  300,000 pounds of single-use plastic enters our oceans EVERY 9 MINUTES! Watch this Monterey Bay Aquarium video on the project called Every 9 Minutes.  It is informative and alarming.

I once needed to buy a gift for Tory Burch.  On advice of my chicest friends, I went to Creel and Gow in NYC and found the perfect item.  You will enjoy browsing the collection of exquisite objects collected from around the world – a few a time.  Next time you are in NYC, Creel and Gow.


Here’s what else we wrote about ths week;

The Sculpture of Seward Johnson on Nantucket Island 2019

Sculptures of Seward Johnson


Zero Energy Buildings

zero energy building Bullitt Center