This & That: No. 189

Dec 18, 2015

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20 Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor

Enjoy pulling together dinner parties, large or small? Photographer and Indie rock start Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor (an ex-chef and an avid home cook, respectively), come together with a handful of friends to offer 100 seasonal recipes that will take you from appetizers to dessert all keeping your friends’ tastebuds tantalized.

The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil

Recently released in the states earlier this month, Karine Tuil’s novel The Age of Reinvention earned the prestige of being a finalist for France’s highest literary honor and continues to gain attention. Following the journey of a successful lawyer living the glamorous life in New York City, Sam Tahar appears to have the American dream, but the truth is much different. Having begun his life in Paris, born into a poor Muslim family, his journey leads to the states and culminates with a love triangle that began in France. Suspenseful and perhaps an intriguing read during the holiday vacation, I’ve already put it on my wishlist.

—Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzazrelli

If you’re ready to begin 2016 on a positive foot, stepping into your possibilities and closer to your full potential, Fast Forward will provide the inspiration and tools. Learn from 70 leading women from around the globe how to utilize your potential and grow your economic power to not only improve your life but the community at large.

Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix Cookbook: More Than 700 Simple Recipe and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities

If you’re looking to mix up your weekly menu, but don’t know where to begin, best-selling author Mark Bittman has a book to help you mix it up in the kitchen without getting too complicated. Former writer of The New York Times “Eat” column, Bittman shares flexible recipes paired with simple, concise directions that will change what you create in the kitchen.



Amy and Tina. More of Amy and Tina. Whether they are co-hosting the Golden Globes or tag teaming the Weekend Update desk on SNL, they are immediately missed when they move on to bigger and better career opportunities. Thankfully, they are moving on together this time in Sisters.

With their simpatico comedic performances converging again for their new film Sisters which premieres today nation-wide, Poehler and Fey star as sisters beckoned home by their parents to go through their belongings before their childhood house is sold. Immediately the entertainment  commences. Not one typically interested in crass, goof-ball comedies, however, this one I do want to see.

Also, if you are a Tina and Amy fan, tune into to Saturday Night Live this Saturday as the women will be co-hosting.


Me & Em cashmere stripe scarf

Me & Em is a British clothing shop that I thoroughly enjoy checking on regularly. Having purchased their classic Breton top a couple of years ago, the brand was introduced to me when Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge donned this wardrobe staple on her family’s trip to Australia. And the classic stripes continue to be available with a navy/white stripe cashmere scarf.

Nike Free TR Flyknit Mesh Sneakers (many colors, reduced further – 50%)

Net-a-Porter’s sale continues and the prices continue to fall (as far as $45) for a pair of Nike’s mesh sneakers. There are endless color options, but if you are in the market for a new pair of shoes for the upcoming workout season, now is a great time to buy.


~recipe for Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars~

With yesterday’s snow day, a tickle of a glimpse of what the holiday ahead will offer was revealed, and I was bundled up in my house (after taking Norman for a white, wet walk) sipping hot chocolate, dreaming up ideas for the new year here on TSLL and staying warm and cozy. While I’d like to think I appeared to look like Gigi Hadid (above), the truth was quite different. Regardless, I am deliriously giddy about my first winter holiday here in Bend. Many people, as they do with friends, colleagues and family members with the holiday approaching, have inquired about my plans, and with an instantaneous smile, “I am staying in Bend!” comes bursting out. A staycation in Bend, Oregon! A dream come true has officially become a reality.

Yes, dreams do come true, and with a few simple additions, offerings and news that will help you enjoy TSLL more easily with your schedule, I cannot wait for January 2016 to arrive. After all, living our own simply luxurious life is living our best life, and my goal each year is to offer you more tips, inspiration and ideas as to how to go about doing that. Bbbbbbuuuuuuuut . . . . it’s not here yet, and none of us wants to rush the festive time of year no matter how we prefer to enjoy it. With only two weekends left in 2015, I wish you a strong and memorable finish to what I hope was a magnificent year. Until Monday, bon weekend!

~A pause to be reminded of the simple things from Zen Habits . . . 31 Perfect Things

~10 Simple Habits That Will Save You Lots of Time and Energy . . . speaking of fine-tuning .

~Simple ways to uncomplicated our lives . . . 20 Reasons Life Gets Way Too Complicated

~Are you a lover of planners? A Bowl Full of Lemons takes readers into her planner and shares how she keeps it all organized. I especially love the Menu Planner idea.


One thought on “This & That: No. 189

  1. Love this list. I always enjoy these posts…but this one takes the cake, I think. Literally everything on this list interests me. Especially those yummy pretzel treats!

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