This & That: No. 160

May 29, 2015

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~The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out by Mathilde Thomas

While you will have to wait until July 14th, you might just want to put Mathilde Thomas’ book on your wish list. As cofounder of the international cosmetic company Caudalíe, Thomas shares her experiences of growing up in Paris combined with her successful venture into the beauty industry. To further reveal the knowledge of the French when it comes to beauty, she compares the different approaches of their American counterparts to reveal how one’s beauty regimen should be something to luxuriate in and be done consistently to act as a preventative measure, rather than a reparative approach.

Included in the book are many all natural suggestions such as honey and oil to wash your face, and advice on what foods to eat for healthier skin, hair and nails. You better believe, it will be on my summer reading list this season. Enjoy!

~The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

When TSLL reader, Kelly, suggested I take a look at Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook, I took a moment to check it out. And upon recently doing so, I immediately put it in my shopping cart. Scheduled to arrive this weekend, I am eager to dive into this cozy mystery of a handbag left behind with a red notebook full of thoughts and jottings that intrigues the finder to take on the task of solving the mystery of the owner. The writer of several other similar tales, if you want a light-hearted read, you may have just found your next favorite author.

~The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good At It by Kelly Gonigal

Stronger, smarter and happier. Such descriptors probably don’t come to mind when we think of the effects of stress, but according to Stanford psychologist Kelly Gonigal, it is possible with careful attention. With the help of science, stories and exercises, Gonigal offers inspiring advice to best deal with the stress that is already in our lives.

~The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi

While searching for The Red Notebook mentioned above, I came across this lovely title that has been likened by reviewers to Under the Tuscan Sun and Eat, Pray, Love. As the title hints, each Thursday, a group of women gather in Italy’s Orvieto, for a meal I can only imagine will make your tastebuds envious, to share stories about their lives. Scheduled to be released in the US in November, it is already available in Europe and the UK here.


~The Nudes by Donna Karan

A reader recently asked for my thoughts on stockings – to wear or not to wear – and while currently I don’t wear pantyhose, I know they are more likely to be worn than not. In fact, it was Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) who stylishly reminded the public that they can be worn and worn well. The Wall Street Journal‘s style section recently addressed this question, and one of the most sought after brands is Donna Karan’s The Nudes. Available in four different shades, they are sheer enough that you see the woman’s leg, but offer just enough coverage to smooth the appearance of the skin’s tone.


~recipe for Fried Mozzarella and Carmelized Peach Caprese Burger~

The weekend has arrived and with it absolutely gorgeous weather. To stroll on the beach may be out of the question for me at the moment, but to take some time to enjoy a delicious meal like the one above is not. Summer time means time to slow down, savor, relax and let go a little bit more, and that is what I am most looking forward to. Today’s This & That is full of books to read for such leisurely moments this season, as that is one of my absolute favorite pastimes.

On a blog business note, many of you have emailed me to let me know that the daily email subscription service, as well as the App, are not being updated with new blog posts or you are not receiving the posts in your email. The good news is I am aware of this hiccup and in even better news, I am currently working with my web designer to rectify the situation. Hopefully sooner rather than later you will see the subscription working again. My apologies for this inconvenience, but please know the blog has continued to post as it regularly does, so in the meantime, you can simply stop by and see what is going on: Cannes’ Film Festival Red Carpet favorites, a sunny Outfit of the Week and the Similarities between Dating and Selling a Home were discussed earlier this week.

Now to the weekend, two days of relaxation, travel or play. Whatever is on your schedule, enjoy. And until Monday bon weekend!

~Fascinating and very true – The Four Stages of Life

~29 Food Rules We Can Learn from the French . . . wise words

~5 Simple Questions that Will Make You 5 Times More Successful

~Traveling to Paris? The New York Times offers frugal ways to enjoy the City of Light

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5 thoughts on “This & That: No. 160

  1. I breathlessly pre-ordered the book before I even finished reading your blog, lol! I love books on how you can make your own products, and I love all things francaise, so this is just my sort of thing! Thank you so much for the reccie!

  2. Shannon you’d better believe that that burger is going to be Friday night dinner this week! I can’t do peach at this time of the year but I should think autumn pears will be lovely with the mozarella!

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