This & That: No. 173

Aug 28, 2015

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~HousePad App

Whether you live with others or live on your own, the HousePad app is a way to keep your home looking and running smoothly and with each item folded, shelved and placed where it should as well as each chore completed. After all, one of the best simple luxuries is coming home after a long day at work to a clean and tidy house.

Do you have a cleaning person who stops by regularly? The app allows you to share exactly where dishes should go, towels should be folded, etc. I can see this being very handy for anyone who works with vacation rentals. But it’s also great for families. Create “to-do” lists for each member in your household and be alerted when each task is done. There are many features, so be sure to have a look here.


~Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

Originally I discovered Elle Luna’s book Crossroads of Should and Must on a list for recent graduates, but as the description shares, it is for anyone daring to pursue their passion and helping to navigate the “shoulds” and “musts”. Reminding us that we have choice, to choose the path between the “shoulds” and the “musts” when it comes to our careers and our callings. I certainly cannot wait to read.

~The Diamond Caper by Peter Mayle

Yes, it’s true! Provence-based author Peter Mayle will be releasing another caper this fall. As you can see, I am quite thrilled as I devour these lovely cozy mysteries and lose myself in the French details. October 6th will be the release date, so rest assured, fall will be golden indeed.

~Style Forever: The Grown-up Guide to Looking Fabulous by Alyson Walsh

Style is ageless and that is precisely what Alyson Walsh hones in on in her new book being released on September 8th, Style Forever. Sharing grown-up style essentials, blogger and fashion journalist Walsh shares endless ideas and recommendations for every budget.


~The Girl from Paris

As a Francophile, I am always looking for French films to satiate my language lessons (an enjoyable way to learn the language) and appreciate the French culture all the more. Released in 2001, The Girl from Paris chronicles the journey of a 30-year old Parisienne, Sandrine, who leaves her computer programming job in the City of Light to run a farm. Akin to Baby Boom with Diane Keaton, Sandrine (Mathilde Seigner), brings with her the city ways, but also much enthusiasm that continues to shock the locals. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to indulge. (Netflix also has it available on their DVD plan.)

~Sleepy Jones PJs

I am all about the pajamas lately as last week I was gushing about Brooks Brother’s wrinkle-free white men’s pjs, but to have a quality pair on hand especially as we get ready for the fall and winter season is always a good idea. Sleep Jones’ clothing specifically began with the idea that pajamas can be stylish and (if you want) worn for day. With many different prints and patterns, I picked up this women’s blue chevron top and these men’s matching pants. The women’s sleeves’ are 3/4, and the men’s pants were perfect in length (32 inseam).

foodiecrush~recipe for Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

The girl on the rooftop with the laptop is partially exhibiting what I will be doing. Unfortunately, I won’t be situated upon a Parisian rooftop, but I will be typing away curating this season’s TSLL Shopping Guide, and I must say, I am truly enjoying it. With so many classic, yet statement options, if you know the essentials you need, you will be able to find a quality item this season. Set to be released on Tuesday, get ready to shop, organize and elevate your capsule wardrobe.

With the last weekend of August to indulge in, I do hope you have a wonderful time. Perhaps you’re doing back-to-school shopping or maybe you’re taking the time to simply get away. I know many fellow colleagues are simply luxuriating in the last weekend of a long, restful vacation. I hope you are able to do the same. Below are a few varied articles you might enjoy this weekend, and until tomorrow’s Au Courant, bon weekend!

~Now here is a TedTalk to watch. In fewer than 7 minutes Bel Pesce explains 5 simple things you can do that will kill your dreams from becoming reality. 

~Summer is almost over, but Bon Appétit keeps are craving for the American classics alive by sharing 40 recipes that Are As American As Apple Pie

~a historical reminder of the 19th amendment allowing women in the United States to vote being passed 95 years ago this week.

~a bit more history this week, ever been curious about The History of the American Bachelor? The Art of Manliness goes in-depth.

~Fashion Week is almost here, or should I say Fashion Month, and Vogue‘s editor’s share their fall beauty muses.

~Simple is always a favorite topic and Marc and Angel know how to pique my interest . . . 9 Ways to Make Your Days Simple Again

~And as the summer season winds down, a lovely, light observation about What Your Vacation Says About You

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6 thoughts on “This & That: No. 173

  1. Hello here is Sandra from France, just to let you know that the film you spoke this week was filmed where I actually live the Vercors. I also wanted to let you again that I love all your work book blog podcast thank you for sharing this all with us. Hugs from My mountains

  2. I must say that I didn’t love “The Crossroads of Should and Must”. The art was beautiful in it, but I believe it belongs on the “graduate gift” booklist, where the recipient is likely to flip through it without ever really sitting down to read it cover to cover. A heavy dose of editing would have served it well and given it a more linear narrative. I truly did love the artwork throughout.

  3. Absolutely cannot wait for the TSLL shopping guide! I’m ready to invest in some quality pieces (day handbag, flats, cashmere) not only for this Fall but for many years ahead. I’m curious if the timing will correspond with any Labor Day sales…

    1. Molly, Thank you for your interest. I do hope you find some investment items you are looking for. Also, I just updated TSLL Shop which is full of wardrobe staples. It sounds like that may be something you’d find helpful.

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