This & That: No. 208

May 06, 2016

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Beauty & Well-Being

With the founder’s mother and grandmother both having worked as beauty editors for French Vogue, Clémence von Muffling took to the career of writing about beauty almost innately. Having worked for Clarins and Dior, her blog Beauty & Well-Beauty is a passion for revealing how to live well and doing it in a healthy fashion. From posts on beauty, well-being and interviews with top names in the industry, be sure to bookmark this beauty of a blog.

I Will Not Eat Oysters

Always looking for a new recipe to try, and all too often it is the photographs that draw me in, chef, food blogger and author Danielle Oron offers her passion for food inspired by her Israeli and Moroccan background and shares the most delectable recipes. Have a look at her blog here.

Thou Swell

A decor blog to put on your daily reading blog list, Thou Swell is based in Atlanta and dives into the entire approach to living a well-styled life. Inspired by the jazz standard in 2013, Thou Swell is the brainchild of Kevin O’Gara who began the blog while in high school. Now attending Cornell University’s Design and Environmental Analysis, he continues to offer daily inspiration. From interior design to the garden, step into a world of inspiration to mix up traditional with contemporary design.


Clarity: How to Get It, How to Keep It and How to Use it to Balance Your Life by Steven Cesari

Seeking balance and want to discover how to know what to let go of and what to pursue? Steven Cesari’s book Clarity is the book to dive into. With tips on how to clarify your goals as well as to how to recognize the junk you need to edit, the book is a handbook for creating balance.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman by Christian Dior

Three years before his death Parisian designer Christian Dior gave all of us a gift to help us achieve the style we seek. Originally published in 1954, The Little Dictionary of Fashion covers how to tie to a scarf, what to wear for a variety of occasions and all of the timeless basics when it comes to grooming, cultivating a simple style with good taste.


—Those People

Set in New York City on the chic upper east side, Those People tells the story of a young gay artist who is torn when it comes to deciding to whom his heart will belong: to his dear best friend who has a penchant for bad behavior or a pianist who offers a few more years and his foreign intrigue. Being released in New York City and Los Angeles this weekend, look for it from Apple and on-demand this June. Have a look at the trailer here.

Francophile Find


On May 5th Netflix decided to dip its toes into the French language with the drama Marseille, starring Gérard Depardieu as the mayor of Marseille for 25 years. The series follows his attempt to attain a vote which would erect a casino in the center of the marina, and with his dogged determination, the battle begins against his one time protege and young rising star. Have a look at the trailer below:


Coach 1941 ’23’ Leather Saddle Bag

Many of you have singled out Style Inspiration images that are accessorized with the classic saddle bag, and the good news is Coach has available a quality option in the classic colors as well as this cornflower blue (I absolutely adore this hue). Under $400, it is much more reasonable than Chloé’s handbags and will certainly be around and in style for many seasons to come.

Mark & Graham Personalized Totes

Totes for spring and summer are a must, but even year round, having a simple cloth or chambray tote for farmer’s markets or the grocery store is a good idea. For less than $30, the white simple tote can be embroidered, and for a few Hamiltons more the North Tote made out of chambray with leather straps isn’t a bad looker either.

Max Studio Stripe Linen Top

Stripes for layering this spring and summer are a must on my Spring Capsule Wardrobe list, and for less than $70, this linen-blend version is a great buy.


Grace & Frankie, season 2 premiere

Last year, Marta Kauffman (former creator of FRIENDS) and fellow creators offered viewers of Netflix a hilarious and heart-warming glimpse into the lives of Grace & Frankie (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin). After I devoured the first season in a weekend, I patiently waited for the second, and finally it has arrived. Premiering today on Netflix,


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~recipe for Rhubarb, Raspberry and Orange Flower Water Galette~

The one thing I am missing this spring are the peonies that were in my backyard now far away in my former hometown. After a few years of tending to them, to see them burst with all off their long-awaited beautiful color was one of the sweet arrivals of spring.  While I know the peonies will eventually arrive here in Bend, I have no doubt the wait will be worth it, as so much in life proves this to be true. In the meantime, I am looking forward to planning my mini-garden in my backyard, picking up a few annuals for my pots and reading some new books that just arrived this week. Now with a rainy weekend expected, this sounds to me what a rainy spring weekend is all about, non?

Today’s This & That is the largest one to-date and I must say, between Grace & Frankie and my exhaustion, the weekend of leisure is looking quite enticing. However, it is the outdoors that rejuvenates me and my dogs excitement when they know we’re heading out the door to discover a new trail. After all, there are so many new episodes of my favorite podcasts to listen to. With that said, it is also a mother’s day weekend, and so for TSLL readers who are moms, I wish you a lovely weekend full of the much needed appreciation you undoubtedly deserve. For everyone, enjoy the two days doing exactly as you need and desire. Below you will find a few items I think you might enjoy, and until Monday bonne journée!

~A fantastic observation . . . This is the Best Way to Improve Every Part of Your Life

~Cultivate good habits now . . . 6 Habits of People Who Age Well

~Shopping local, eating local, now decor . . . Local Designs, Served Fresh

~The next time wanderlust calls . . . Do These 11 Things Every Time You Travel

~A worthwhile read . . . 15 Surprising Qualities of Creative Geniuses 

~Let go of this common way of thinking and welcome success.



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5 thoughts on “This & That: No. 208

  1. I am so glad you brought “Beauty and Well Being” to the attention of your readers, I have followed this blog for a long time, it is truly excellent and one of my firm favourites. Also, cannot wait to start watching season 2 of Grace and Frankie. I am not a great TV watcher, I never have the time and mostly I prefer to sit and chat with the family, but this is one that I watch with my eldest two daughters, we love it!!! Have a great weekend, Susan x

  2. Thank you for the lovely blog today Shannon, always a wonderful way to start my day! I am anxious to review the Beauty and Well Being blog . You continue to inspire me.. Enjoy your much deserved restful weekend. Debi

  3. Thank you, Shannon! I can’t start my weekend without “This & That.” I’m hooked. My peonies are getting ready to bloom. I can’t wait to see their big, fluffy heads. Have a wonderful weekend!

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