This & That: No. 162

Jun 12, 2015

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~Laura Mercier’s Secret Finish

Laura Mercier’s illuminator brightens the skin giving your face the appearance of a natural, fresh glow. Apply after you’ve put on your make-up or at the end of the day to perk up your visage, and achieve the radiance that you may feel has drained out up until that point. Many beauty experts recommend mixing moisturizer with an illuminator to create the dewey look many models were sporting on the recent runways, and while I haven’t tried it yet, this item is certainly on my wish list.


~100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

Marcia DeSanctis, the award-winning writer, speaks from her years of experience having traveled and lived in France as she shares where to go, what to enjoy and how to spend your time on your next trip to France. Having just been released this past November, this is the ideal gift or resource for the Francophile in your life (perhaps a gift to yourself is in order, no?).



Last weekend I was looking for a light-hearted film, yet something to catch my eye’s attention as well as pique my curiosity. Released in 2014, Barbecue is a French film situated the majority of the time in the countryside of south France, but also in the city of Lyon. Amongst a group of long-time friends, one suffers a heart attack only to have it prompt him to question his entire life’s approach to living well. Enjoy the laughter, the camaraderie, the tears, the frustration and the ultimate happy ending. Available on Netflix, be sure to put it on your watch list.


~Leon Bridges, Coming Home

As a lover of jazz since I was a teenager, I have already fallen in love with the classic talents, but I’m always looking for new talent that is able to grab that timeless touch that is recognizably jazz and make it their own. Leon Bridges, hands down, has done that, is doing that, and I implore you to listen. I mentioned Bridges a few weeks ago on my Instagram feed, but you have probably already heard his title song as it is music you hear in an Apple ad, a scene in TVLand’s Younger, and much more. The album isn’t released until June 23rd, but five of his songs are available for download. I recommend “Coming Home” and “River” so far, but I know there will be more. And if you are someone who enjoys concerts, check out his tour dates; he is everywhere: domestically and abroad, and even in Oregon (Happy Valley), this summer. Have a listen below.


~Emerson Fry Core Dress (more colors available)

Emerson Fry knows how to market clothing. Well, at least they know how to market to me because while their silk Core dress looks pretty basic and plain, it is the back that left me speechless. Ideal for summer days and leisurely warm evenings, wear alone or cinch with a belt, the options are endless, but be aware, when you walk away, you will catch people’s eye (in a very good way).


~Odd Mom Out

I know, I know. Another Bravo series, but Andy Cohen has figured something out. Scripted television with women in the starring roles choosing to embrace a life that is not the milieu is a winning combination. Writer and now leading actress Jill Kargman stars in Odd Mom Out which airs each Monday night on Bravo (premiere aired June 8th). Situated on the Upper East Side in New York City, Jill embraces her unconventional, quirky self as she raises her three kids and makes a life with her husband Andy whose family brings its own UES baggage. Have a look at the trailer below.


chocolateespresso ~recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake~

Dress me up, and let me relax. Oh, and let me eat a slice of that cheesecake above, no? The summer vacations may be just around the corner, but the weeks are still busy as everything has yet to settle. And while the weekend will be taking me away to my future home in Bend, I look forward to eating well, dressing up and relaxing. Not a bad trio, if I do say so.

Yesterday’s Thoughts from the Editor sparked some great conversation, feel free to have a look. And don’t forget that the sign-ups for the fall capsule wardrobe styling sessions are coming up on Saturday June 20th, so be sure to mark your calendars. Many people are already emailing, but I’m not taking names until the 20th, so be sure to email me bright and early on the 20th.

On an entirely different note, perhaps you’ve heard about the most recent Vanity Fair cover? Well, if you haven’t (and especially if you have), Elinor Burkett wrote a worth reading op-ed piece this past weekend for The New York Times, “What Makes a Woman?“.

In other, more light-hearted reading for your leisurely upcoming weekend . . .

~Oprah shares 5 Promises Every Woman Should Make (To Herself)

~As you’re prepping your summer travel plans, Must-Have Travel Apps

~The New Yorker explores the question, Can Reading Make You Happier?

~Do you work for yourself? The 8 Traits Shared By the Most Successful Entrepreneurs

~Martha Stewart takes Architectural Digest through her Maine estate (below). Take the tour here.


I do hope you have plans to look forward to this weekend, and no matter how they may play out, take a little time for you. Until Monday, bon weekend!

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12 thoughts on “This & That: No. 162

  1. I wish I could wear things like the Laura Mercier product. Sadly, I find that illuminators only work if you have perfect skin to begin with… in which case, you really don’t need them. If you have any lines, enlarged pores, or acne scars, it’s like highlighting them. I find that a completely matte finish works best for my type of skin. It may not look as “natural”, but “natural” for me is not a good idea.

  2. I love the Emerson Fry dress and I was not familiar with her. It is the perfect summer uniform and of course I will choose it in black. You have great skill as an editor, your This and tThat feature as well as your links are always interesting and culturally expansive. Thanks!

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  3. I just adoring reading TSL and listening to your podcasts. It always leaves me refreshed and motivated!

  4. As always, thank you for your blog. It is truly a delightful treat! I really enjoyed the linked articles you provided in today’s post. Thank you ever so much for sharing them all! May God continue to bless you in all of your endeavors in life.

  5. Yay, I love these round ups, Shannon! The LM secret finish is amazing – I’ve mixed it with moisturizer before and it definitely gives you that fresh-from-a-facial glow. And I will definitely be being up 100 places book and watching Barbecue! Thanks for sharing your finds 🙂

  6. Shannon I love This and That too. My takings today are Barbecue, Leon Bridges’ music and that delicious looking recipe. Merci et bon weekend!

  7. PS Thank you also for Elinor Burkett’s op-ed piece in the New York Times, what an extraordinary read! Many of the things she said were concepts I have had but have been unable to articulate. I’ll return to that piece.

  8. I’m reading Maria DeSanctis’ book about France right now. It’s perfect for your bedside table because each chapter is just a few pages long. I’m discovering some new places and enjoying her descriptions of old favorites. Definitely worth reading before a trip to France.

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