This & That: No. 171

Aug 14, 2015

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~Mistress America

With New York City and the much-talked about college experience not being all that was expected by college freshman Tracy, she is befriended by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke played by Greta Gerwig. The screenplay, co-written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach (While We’re YoungFrances HaGreenbergMargot at the Wedding and The Squid and the Whale), spotlights the spontaneity and ambiguity that is being a young adult and figuring out how to live and direct one’s life. While only in limited release, if you’re lucky, it may be in your city today. Either way, look for it on Netflix in the future. It looks like a worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours at the end of a busy week.

Francophile Find

~The Parisian Style Guide: Shop, Eat, Sleep by Elodie Rambaud

If you are heading to Paris at anytime in the future and wish to find shops, destinations and accommodations that will enable you to return with a one-of-a-kind experience as well as perhaps a few items to add to your home to remind you of your storied trip, pick up Parisian native and interior designer Elodie Rambaud’s book. Filled with more than 200 recommended shopping destinations, such as gourmet food markets, antique boutiques and beloved cafes, your eyes and itinerary will be full and enamored.


~At Least for Now by Benjamin Clementine 

The self-taught 26-year-old London-born musician, Benjamin Clementine, who has been calling Paris home for some time, even literally the streets of Paris for a while as he was homeless, shines in his first album, At Least for Now, which was released earlier this summer. As you will hear in the video below of his song “London” which is filmed with the Parisian skyline as the backdrop, his voice is phenomenally unique and powerful. With song titles such as “Winston Churchill’s Boy”, “St. Clementine on Tea and Croissants” and “Adios” a homage to Nina Simone, critics are taking notice, as the Parisian scene has been applauding for some time. Have a listen.


~Frame Denim Le Shirt striped washed silk-charmeuse dress

Stripes will never go out of style, but when Frame denim (I love their jeans as they cater to very long inseams) offered this lovely silk navy striped (white & burgundy) gem with a pussy-bow, I took notice. For a reasonable price, this investment item will be in the fall capsule wardrobe as well as the spring for years to come.

~Theory Gantrima K. Pencil Skirt in Tweed

Fall is coming and that means giving our capsule wardrobe a going over and determining what needs to be updated. Theory’s tweed pencil skirt would certain be a classic addition if you’re in the market. While they are only taking pre-orders at the moment, I have to say, I’m keeping my eye on this versatile piece.


~Palais des Thes Garden Herbal Teas

I will admit, I need my hot cup of tea year round to kick off the day and wrap it up in the evening, but it is fun to try new varietals as the seasons change. I was recently sent the Garden collection from Palais des Thes and have enjoyed allowing my tastebuds to dance with the fruity flavors of mango, kiwi, mint and papaya, just to name a few. Wanting to make a batch of iced tea for an outdoor dinner party, I seeped a couple of bags for an hour and then popped it into the fridge until company arrived, and oh, was it subtle and sumptuous. While there are many varietals to choose from, my go-tos have been the Tropical and Fruit Garden blends, or should I say, Jardin Tropical and Jardin Fruité.



~recipe for Key Lime Pie~

I am trying to control my excitement. There are so many reasons for this bottled up exhilaration, but one of them is the coming of the fall shopping season (the other are more personal and school related, but I’ll talk about those at another time). Vogue recently released a preview of its coveted September cover donning the ever-stylish Beyonce captured by Mario Testino wearing a sheer embroidered Marc Jacobs’ gown, and while this is her third cover for the fashion bible (April 2009 & March 2013), it is her first September cover. Look for the issue to hit stands and your mailbox August 25th.

Staying on the fashion topic, TSLL Fall Shopping Guide will be sent out to subscribers on Tuesday September 1st. If you haven’t subscribed to this bi-annual email subscription, click here to view this past Spring’s 2015 Shopping Guide, and if you’re interested, subscribe here.

Now, back to the weekend and that Key Lime Pie is something I’ve always wanted to make and just might have to in the coming days. While I will be staying close to home this weekend, I’m thinking about being a tourist in my new hometown. Why not? Who knows what will be discovered in this last few summer weekends. Below are a few articles you might enjoy weekend in your leisure time, but until next time bon weekend!

~15 simple conveniences that make a tremendous difference in our everyday

~The Atlantic’s recent cover story is worth reading, have a look here as it discusses political correctness and schools

~Two descriptors that will always remain mutually exclusive: pessimistic and successful. Read here to find out why.

~A simple checklist to make sure you’re not making your life harder than it needs to be from Marc & Angel

~Being a kid and being an introvert. Not always the easiest thing to be, but now that we know more, maybe we can make it better for the younger generation.

~And I’m wrapping up with an article I absolutely LOVED finding in my Sunday newspaper this past weekend, “I’m Too Old For This”. Hopefully you’ll love it too.

2 thoughts on “This & That: No. 171

  1. As usual, a heap of enjoyable reading in “This & That”, thanks Shannon for my Friday evening — or Saturday afternoon — smiles. I particularly liked the final link “I’m Too Old For This”. I turned 60 last May so I found myself nodding in agreement with Ms Browning. Gosh I’m so much smarter, so much wiser, so much more in tune with the human race than I ever was, age brings wrinkles to the face but perception and clarity to the mind.

    “But I am too old to try to change people. By now I’ve learned, the very hard way, that what you see in someone at the beginning is what you get forevermore. Most of us are receptive to a bit of behavior modification. But through decades of listening to people complain about marriages or lovers, I hear the same refrains.”

    How right she is! How much angst we could save ourselves if we knew — and accepted — this at 30.

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