This & That: No. 169

Jul 31, 2015

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~Re Jane by Patricia Park

If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, you may be interested in Patricia Park’s contemporary spin on the beloved tale. Released this past May, the heroine is Jane Re, a half-American, half-Korean who lives in Flushing, Queens; however, continuously desiring to escape. And when she does, she welcomes a quandary that only she can solve.

~Stop Acting Rich: . . . And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire by Thomas Stanley

A recommendation by a long-time TSLL reader (thank you Rose!), upon reading the title alone, I knew I’d be interested. There are many misperception of what “rich” looks like, and Thomas Stanley aims to dispel these myths so we can all be financially secure due to financial savvy rather than simply appear that way.



If you use Google Chrome and have gmail account, you can now download Dmail. What is Dmail? Something we’ve all wished we had at some point when it comes to deleting emails we’ve either sent by mistake and wish to retract or a tool for deleting emails with sensitive information (“this email will self-destruct in 10 minutes”, etc).

Francophile Find

~GOOP’s The Classic Paris Guide

From where to stay, eat, shop and places to see Gwyneth Paltrow’s website has an entire section devoted to Paris. Certainly a place to bookmark should you be planning your itinerary. Soon this same guide will be available on their free app – goop City, but for now cities available on the app are London, New York City and Los Angeles. Download here.


~Merdinger House of Design

Doron Merdinger, the designer behind the European house of design has teamed up with TSLL to offer readers an exclusive deal. With dinnerware, tableware, stemware and jewelry available of stunning quality and precision of traditional precise skill paired with contemporary design, use promo code This&That to receive 15% your order.

Beautiful tableware is something that always catches my eye when I attend a dinner party, and since less is more when it comes to accessorizing the tablescape, attention to the details is a must. While I prefer classic white plates and dishes, stunning cutlery makes a powerful statement, and having a set that speaks to our signature style is an investment without question. I have my eye on the tea infuser (as it is absolutely unique and lovely) and the Ropes & Sails flatware collection. Oh, and the Jacobs Ladder teapot is quite impressive as well.

~Nordstrom Sale Wraps Up

The final day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be Sunday August 2nd, so be sure to stop by and take advantage of any sales on items you already know you need. I recently took advantage of it by buying this Rebecca Minkoff tote as did a few other readers as well. Below I have pulled together a few items that are reduced. And notice, that TSLL shopping experience has improved. You can now hover over the item in the picture to learn the price and brand. If you are further interested, simply click on the link to be take to the shopping page. Happy shopping!

earteacakes ~recipe for Earl Grey & Roasted Blackberry Petit Fours~

A wise woman reminded me this past week that anything worth attaining will take time, and as someone who lives by this philosophy, I wholeheartedly agree. Occasionally, I have to remind myself that so long as I’m taking two steps forward when sometimes I have to take one step back from time to time either due to mistakes or setbacks, I indeed am making progress.

It can become easier than we realize to become unaware of how acclimated we have become to a certain way of living until we are jolted back to reality. The good news to keep in mind is that we cultivated the environment that become so beloved and ingrained previously, so we will no doubt be able to do that again in the new environment.

Currently, I am in the process of finding a new yoga studio, thus touring the many in the Bend area and taking recommendations from the locales. While I’m not an avid yogi, I do enjoy going regularly once a week, seeing familiar faces and being part of a place in which I feel at home. Eventually, I will find this, I have no doubt.

Without question, my sense of gratitude has been riding on high lately amongst all the change I have chosen to incur. So when I read this article “The Structure of Gratitude”, I knew immediately I wanted to share. What we come to expect based on the lives we create for ourselves can often get in the way of the gratitude we express. A worthwhile approach is discussed, and I highly recommend reading.

The upcoming weekend will be warm and lovely as August begins, and as such, I may just slip into a local theater to watch a film I have been eager to watch whilst indulging in the complementary air conditioning. Oh, and then perhaps, to a nursery to add a bit of natural color to the new house. Who knows what else, but so far, I cannot wait to indulge.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, and for the many listeners who tuned in to the premiere episode of Au Courant Weekly last Saturday, thank you tremendously! It was an overwhelming success and I look forward to launching the second episode tomorrow morning (Saturday August 1st). Click here and here to see what listeners are saying. Until tomorrow, bonne journée!

~You remember author Susan Cain? Well, introverts will most likely immediately recognize her name. It was recently reported that she has spearheaded a Quiet Institute as reported by The New York Times. An example article you’ll find, How (and Why) I Meditate

~There has been a lot of discussing on TSLL blog about being an introvert, but what you only have tendencies of an introvert? Read this: Not an Introvert, Not an Extrovert. Maybe You’re an Ambivert from The Wall Street Journal

~Perhaps the cliche is wrong and it’s really Not Lonely At the Top as reported by The New York Times

~Seeking change? Read 7 Reliable Steps to Change Your Life at Any Age

~Top Parisian designer clothing and books all in one location? A dream come true!

~If you haven’t taken a vacation yet this summer (or winter), check out this article to see if you need to get away and in a hurry: 10 Signs You Need a Vacation

~Nothing cheeky or superficial about this list. Quite refreshing, actually . . . 5 Things That Attract the Really Good Guys (or a guy worth dating)


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