This & That: No. 209

May 13, 2016

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70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade by  Jane Giddan & Ellen Cole

Yes, I realize I am a few years short of being half-way to my 70th birthday, but as someone who is always looking for wisdom from those with life experience, 70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade caught my attention. Inspired by their blog of the same name, 70Candles is aimed at unearthing the opportunity, the truth and the reality of septuagenarians and how they live rich, fulfilling lives. Released last summer, I’ve officially put it on my wishlist.

—Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power (Jewish Lives) by Neal Gabler

Speaking of being inspired, Barbra Streisand is a woman who has had my attention since I heard her unique vocal sound. Paired with her awe-inspired signature beauty and adamancy not to change what her genetics gave her or deny her Jewish heritage, a new biography released last month, written by Neal Gabler, approaches the Oscar-award winning actress through the lens of being the outsider and how it truly does make all the difference.


—Love & Friendship

Now I have a film to tickle your funny bone and also your predilection for 18th century romance and aesthetics: Jane Austen’s Lady Susan published in 1871. Starring in the adaptation, Love & Friendship, Kate Beckinsale (Lady Susan Vernon), the story revolves around Vernon’s seeking refuge at her in-law’s home while she resolves to find a husband for both her daughter and herself, all the while weathering society’s rumblings about her salacious private life. Originally debuting at Sundance this past January, it premieres in theaters today. Have a look at the trailer below.

Jack DeJohnette “In Movement” album

Ever looking for new jazz music, when a jazz great brings together a trio that involves the sons of John Coltrane and Jimmy Garrison – Matthew Garrison and Ravi Coltrane – my ears perk up. Over the course of six decades DeJohnette has had a career full of stories and introductions to talented musicians; two of which he played with as a young drummer were the elder Garrison and Coltrane. Have a listen to a song from the new album released earlier this month, In Movement.


Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuits

Sporty, simple, feminine. The new swimwear line designed by Lisa Marie Fernandez is offering something new: a luxe version of neoprene. With the ability to move how you need it to, it will also hold your curves exactly as you’d prefer. With one-piece and two pieces like the Poppy Stripe Bikini available, take a look at her entire collection here.

M. Gemi ‘The Stellato’ flat

After a year in the business, Italian shoe design company M. Gemi is one to take a look at. With classic pointed toe leather flats (black, red and nude), as well as sandals that will dress up any summer outfit without overpowering it, these mid-range priced items are top quality and full of über style.

Yolke Ivory Stretch Silk Pajamas

Earlier this year I shared the idea of building a capsule lounge wear wardrobe, and one of the items was a chic pair of pajamas. Well, Yolke will take care of this need without a doubt with their style and their comfort plus reduce the creases that immediately occur when we, well, sleep. Made with stretch silk, pajama sets come in a variety of colors (navy, print and ivory, just to get you started). Rest assured that when you don your new addition to the lounging wear ensemble, you will look and feel relaxed, as well as beautiful.



~recipe for Berry Apple Buckle Cake (gluten free)~

Between the yellow dresses seen at the Cannes Film Festival this week (Amal Clooney above in Atelier Versace and Jessica Chastain below), and the lavender design worn by Naomi Watts below, French aesthetics are dancing around in my mind. The color combination of soft yellow and blue/lavender mix always grabs my eye. For some reason there is a sense of freshness, as well as subtle confidence that isn’t too overpowering that has my admiration and piques my curiosity to see how and where I can incorporate more of it into my life.

With a warm 80 degree day upon us today and scattered rain showers tomorrow, I may add a few colors to my back patio and begin planting my garden followed by cozying up inside with a few good books when the rain begins to fall. A perfect combination in my mind. How about you? What do you have planned for the weekend? I do hope you have plans so greatly anticipated that you are dancing in place waiting for them to arrive. Such occasions may not happen every weekend, but when they do, it certainly is something to savor. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and until Monday bonne journée!

~5 Practical Ways to Better Yourself

~6 Dry Shampoos that Give Your Hair New Life

~Did you know? Having fewer friends actually may be a positive thing.

~Going to Paris? 5 Places to Visit ASAP according to Garance Doré

~It’s spring time and that means asparagus are in season. Why not make an Asparagus and Cheese Tart?

~4 Key Ways to Be Selfish in the Right Way

~And the one thing that is The Key to a Lasting Relationship according to science.


~Naomi Watts~


Jessica Chastain & Vincent Lindon

See more of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet looks here.

4 thoughts on “This & That: No. 209

  1. Hey Shannon! Thank you again for your wonderful information! I’m making my summer reading list. I wasn’t aware of the Jane Austen movie and that is going to be a must see for me. Have a great weekend!!

  2. I was in the theater recently and saw the trailer for Love and Friendship. It looks very good! They also ran the trailer for Me Before You (from the novel by the same name) and it looks to be a hit, as well. Thank you for the recommendations!

  3. The blog and book 70 Candles looks extraordinary Shannon. My dear friend Naomi has 70 on the far horizon, I think the book will be perfect for her so, thanks to you, I’m sending her a surprise.

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