This & That: No. 185

Nov 20, 2015

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~Man Up

A romantic comedy for the holidays. My attention is captured. Lake Bell and Simon Pegg inadvertently meet up for someone else’s blind date in London (well, it’s his, but not hers) and offer viewers a delightful film reminding us all why being ourselves (maybe not by name in Nancy’s (Bell’s) case) is always a very good idea. Single and 34 and divorced and 40, the two experience an extraordinary first date, then topple the happiness with the truth, then . . . well, you’ll have to go to theaters to find out how it ends. Released in the states last Friday, look for it in your local theaters. I know I will be.


Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassenbender star as Lady MacBeth and the film’s namesake in the latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Described by critiques as grotesque, but demandingly so, Cotillard is receiving much advance praise. Being released on December 4th, have a look at the trailer below.



Lately, I have fallen in love with the sound of the cello. Perhaps I have always loved it, but after attending the local symphony and orchestra recently, and then happening to hear the 2Cellos at a local bookstore, I took notice. Whether it’s a classic practice of the cello or a more modern approach as 2Cellos covers more well known rock songs, there is something quite lovely about the sound the cello cultivates. Listen to their version of U2’s “With or Without You”.


~3.1 Philip Lim metallic coated jersey pencil skirt

If you’re looking for a touch of holiday sparkle for the season Philip Lim’s metallic pencil skirt may be the perfect touch. Reduced to a lovely price and available in a handful of sizes, if gold was my color of choice, I’d already have it in my shopping cart.

~Kain ‘Alin’ printed crepe dress

When I first saw this dress, I thought it would be perfect for Thanksgiving, but then, I realized, it might just be dangerous. But truly, Kain’s gray crepe dress which falls at and below the knees would be a lovely chic dress paired with stunning heels and a beautiful pendant necklace. And . . . it’s only $115.


~Adele on Saturday Night Live

Whether you regularly watch SNL or not, be sure to set your DVRs this Saturday night as Adele will be the musical guest. With her new album 25 dropping today, to see her perform even two songs live will be a treat. But . . . just in case you miss this performance, NBC has commandeered her as she will be on the “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Nov. 23 and the “Today” show on Nov. 25.


~recipe for Pear Tart with Hazelnut Cream~

Finally the holiday week off has begun, and I am beaming! With plans for seeing friends and family I haven’t seen in many months, I am beyond excited. And especially with weekend plans for wine tasting to pick out a perfect Pinot Noir to pair with the turkey, the week could not kick off in a more festive manner.

This past week has been an emotional one to say the least for a laundry list of reasons, but it is my wish for all of us that we move forward with appreciation and strength and remember what is going well and be sure to celebrate these many things. After all, I am confident that there are more than we realize. Thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog, and I hope you have a most amazing weekend. Below are a few festive and cheerful articles you might enjoy. Until Monday, bon weekend!

~25 Ways to Be Happier . . . because . . .why not?

~Thanksgiving, the Julia Child Way

~Now this is a recipe I want to try. Perhaps this upcoming week? Foolproof Tarte Tatin.

~Worthwhile food for thought . . . 5 Tips for a More Intentional Holiday

~6 Habits All Happy and Healthy Have 

~How to Shop at the Grocery Store, Save Money and Eat Healthy

~And, another tip of the hat to Adele, her profile article in The New York Times magazine.

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2 thoughts on “This & That: No. 185

  1. “…for all of us that we move forward with appreciation and strength and remember what is going well and be sure to celebrate these many things.” Amen. Have a rejuvenating time off, Shannon and thanks for thinking of us, too! I shall keep this in mind today heading into the weekend and next week.

  2. Great list! I’ve seen Man Up two months ago and I loved it. I already bought tickets for the 2 Cellos performance in December and I just made that tart tatin for breakfast this morning 🙂

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