This & That: No. 167

Jul 17, 2015

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Recommended by Frances Schultz, whose book I am currently loving and cannot wait to share with you in the coming weeks, I cannot believe I hadn’t found until now. Jesse Kornbluth, the founder and sole editor/writer of is aptly named a cultural concierge. With reviews on books, music, films, and much more, Kornbluth navigates all of the bombardment of information that new media and releases bring and shares with you what’s worth your time and money. His “About” page is quite delightful, and he writes from experience as he has contributed to Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Departures, and to The New Yorker and The New York Times. Be sure to put this on your reader.


~In A French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France by Susan Herrmann Loomis

To be able to shop with savvy, make an impressive, flavorful meal with whatever is either in season or in one’s pantry can seem a daunting task, but not it seems, to the much-admired French woman. Susan Loomis, an American expat long-living in France, shares the everyday French tips, secrets, and eighty-five recipes that allow them to turn every meal into a sumptuous occasion”. I for one, am eager to learn, learn and learn some more!


~Irrational Man

Starring Emma Stone as one of Joaquin Phoenix’s philosophy students, the two engage in an unadvised romance at the hands of, who else, Woody Allen. Phoenix’s character is at a loss for where is life is going, until . . . Stone’ character comes along. Opening today, Emma Stone will no doubt hold her own, while Parker Posey always adds her own flair. Check out the trailer below.


~Chanel’s Misia

Chanel’s latest addition to the beloved line of fragrances is Misia. Named after a close confidante of Gabrielle Chanel, Misia Sert, the fragrance is described as blending feminine May Rose and Violet with masculine hints of leather. I must say I am at least curious, aren’t you?

~Cole Haan ‘Bethany’ leather pump (other colors available)

Today marks the beginning of Nordstrom’s semi-annual anniversary sale, and with it Cole Haan’s classic pumps are reduced 35%. Part of just about any wardrobe I style or wear is a classic nude and black pump, and both are available at a fantastic price from a quality brand.


~Cedar Cove, season 3 Premiere

Summer time series are the best, aren’t they? Especially when they involve a cute, cozy town nestled up against a bay of pristine water, and minor drama, but relative simplicity. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove returns for its third season this Saturday for a two-hour premiere on Hallmark. Be sure to tune or DVR at 8pm.


lemonlavendertart ~recipe for Lemon Lavender Tart~

Well, the change I have been talking about for months and hoped and wished to become reality has taken place. Perhaps you’ve been following on Instagram and already know, but just in case you haven’tI have arrived and set up shop and home in Bend, Oregon. The last few days have been a world wind beginning last Saturday with a moving sale, but as I type, I am sitting in my house in Bend, Oregon. Whether you know about Bend or not, I hope you find it within yourself to pursue what speaks to you. It may take time (hey, it took me nine years to finally arrive), but if you keep listening and trusting your heart, it won’t lead you astray.

In other exciting news, a week from tomorrow, the second weekly episode of The Simple Sophisticate will air bright and early on Saturday July 25th, so be sure to tune it. This particular episode will be quite different from the Monday edition you’ve become accustom to, so I’ll be sharing more details about what you can expect early next week.

Wherever your weekend plans take you, may you enjoy and put down the technology for a bit. The outdoors, the markets, the sunshine, is waiting. Until Monday, bon weekend!

~Happiness . . . 26 Things to Remember If You Want to Be Truly Happy

~Yep, oh happy day! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are reuniting on the big screen later this year . . . learn more here.

~Speaking of true friendship, 6 Ways to Show Your Friends You Appreciate Them

~Are you going on vacation? Are you on vacation? Read this and then disconnect immediately! Why Staying Connected Constantly Is Your Enemy in the Long Run

~Seven Things You Gain When You Let Go of Control . . . Ah, a wonderful read, and #7 is worth reading a couple of times

~And if you haven’t picked one up yet, be sure to shop for a favorite journal this weekend. 6 Major Benefits of Keeping a Journal

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12 thoughts on “This & That: No. 167

  1. I had the perfect start to the weekend, Shannon. It snowed here today, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. A rare event and it was the biggest snowfall in 20 years. School was cancelled as the roads were all closed ( we just aren’t used to that kind of snow in these parts) but we spent the afternoon playing in the snow and followed it up with a coffee and lavender dark chocolate. It was divine! Enjoy your first weekend in your new home, exploring and settling in. I look forward to the second podcast, the first has bought me so much pleasure.

    1. Hello Belinda, it must have been an amazing day for you. I’m down on the coast south of Sydney, it was cold wet and windy, rest assured there was chocolate in my day too! (Though not lavender — yum!)

  2. Hello there! I love Friday “This & That”! You always have a great weekend suggestion. I love “Cedar Cove” and was excited to see it on my “Scheduled” list on my DVR. I believe it is on the Hallmark Channel, though, not Lifetime. Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Eloquent post about your move to Bend. Enjoy your weekend in your new home, and I know you will be creating new simple pleasures. Shannon, I just love how you keep me updated on some of my favorite things, Cedar Cove and Woody Allen movies!

  4. Just went to Headbutler! Shannon, what would I do without you? Thanks again for This & That. Enjoy your new home!

  5. I’ve vowed never to buy anymore Chanel products given her anti-Semitism and Nazi collaboration. With her company’s refutation of her activities and the growing tide of anti-Semitism in Europe, it’s the least that I can do.

    Cedar Cove, otoh, is a guilty pleasure. My DH even watches it, although we do really enjoy making fun of it.

  6. Uh oh…..I clicked over to Head Butler and I’ve already marked six books to check out/download. My husband may not see my face for the rest of the summer as it will be buried in a new book. And I’ve not even made it to the movie tabs! Thank you for a great tip, and much joy to you in your new home.

  7. I just finished (gobbled up, more like) Frances Schultz’s book on your recommendation. Loved it! It was such an interesting combination of decorating book and memoir. ThanksM

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