This & That: No. 121

Aug 22, 2014

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Mon Petit Four

For a food blog that is as utterly scintillating as it is simple and inviting in its lay-out, Mon Petit Four (which translates to “my little oven”), is a foodie’s delight. Beeta Hashempour, a professed Francophile, originally ran her own all-natural baked goods business in Laguna Beach, California, and now offers her talents to students in her own kitchen. With Julia Child as her muse, this French baker is someone whose talents I have no doubt you will enjoy. 


~The Resistance Man: A Bruno, Chief of Police novel by Martin Walker

My favorite pleasure reading is a fantastic cozy mystery, preferably set in France, so when international best-selling author Martin Walker released his seventh in the Bruno, Chief of Police series earlier this year, I put his series on my wish list. Recently interviewed about his main character, Martin Walker described Bruno like this:

Bruno is a peaceful, gentle fellow who likes to cook for his friends and is aching to settle down in St. Denis. And he aches to settle down with and be faithful to a woman who wants to bear his children and help share his vegetable garden, his horse and ducks and hens, and his reluctance to have a TV set in his house.

Intriguing, n’est-ce pas? Learn more about the series here.


~Paris Cafe, Jazz radio

If you’re looking for a radio station that plays a variety of jazz music, specifically a few French options, check out and select their Paris Cafe. Not only will you be able to work without distraction, but you’ll learn a bit of French as well.



Get ready to pay steady reductions on top designer clothing. Amuze is a new online retailer that alerts shoppers to flash sales. While you must be a member (it’s free), it is similar to Gilt or other member’s only sites, as you can earn $25 when you refer a friend. A few fantastic finds: Saint Laurent nude tote slashed 70%, a simple silk/cotton tank from Carolina Herrera reduced to $89 from $495 and a sleeveless white dress with piping.

~J. Crew Summer Sale

Through Monday August 25th, enjoy 25% off most of J.Crew’s online store (new items as well). Simply use the promo code SHOPNOW and save. A few lovely discoveries:

~Spanx Sale at Gilt

Running through Sunday August 24th, if you are in the need of a few essential undergarments, but Spanx prices slow you down a bit (although, I do believe they are worth the investment), this sale is not one to miss. With traditional SPANX shape wear and hosiery as well as sport and swimwear reduced 30%, be sure to stop by.

mintcookies ~recipe for 15 minute Thin Mints~

The weekend arrives and with it an event I have been wanting to attend for a handful of years – a farm-to-table evening pairing one of my favorite Walla Walla valley wineries with one of my favorite local chefs at Welcome Table Farm. And while I doubt a lush Victorian sofa will be our seating, I have no doubt, it will be lovely as the weather looks like it will cooperate. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I will try to share as much as I can.

This week felt a bit surreal here on the blog, and it all began with this post. To my lovely readers, I am so very grateful.

And while we all step away from our work this weekend, let it be a time to celebrate, appreciate and relax. As you are doing so, here are a few articles you might enjoy . . . until Monday, bonjour.

~Cup of Jo offers this delightful, and while unofficial, still worth-taking quiz – Are You Addicted to Your Smart Phone?”

~Enjoy David Leibovitz’s leisurely and scrumptious tour through France – just looking at these pictures makes my mouth water

~How to Find Your Purpose: An Unconventional Approach – something to try

~And if you’re contemplating whether or not to take that walk, do it! The New York Times shares why in “Why You Should Take a Good, Long Walk Right Now”

~One last bit of advice from the WSJ, “Advice to My Teenage Self – 10 Years Later

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11 thoughts on “This & That: No. 121

  1. Will spend the weekend reading some the articles you’ve linked above. The “how to find your purpose” link goes to David Lebovitz’s blog – can’t seem to find the article you’re referring to? Thanks for the help.

  2. Hi Shannon! Thank you for sharing my blog with your readers; your words were so kind! I’ve been a fan of your blog and often follow you through instagram as well, so being mentioned on here is such a compliment. I am so excited for you and your book too. I can’t wait to order my own copy. I’ve signed up to be alerted as to when it will be available for order because this is a definite must-read for me! I love everything that you do and stand for, and only wish endless miles of success for you!

    Bisous! <3

    – Beeta

  3. I picked up a copy of “The Resistance Man” on Friday and “lost myself” in it on the weekend-am enjoying it very much-Thanks for the suggestion.

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