This & That: July 15, 2016

Jul 15, 2016

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Sabon luxury body and bath fragrance shop

I was recently given Sabon olive oil body and hand lotion to try, and I must say I am impressed with the quality. Having moved to Bend, which is an unexpectedly dry climate (high desert!), I have been adjusting the lotion that I use and this fits my high standards for lasting moisture. Made in Israel, Sabon’s luxurious lotions are enriched with jojoba oil and are rich in antioxidants. The scent is fresh and subtle and for 250 ml (8.4 fl ounces), $30 is a reasonable price. With free shipping for orders over $69, take a look at not only their lotions, but their body oils, soaps and scrubs. A luxurious everyday treat for your skin.


The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

Released in 2008, Eric Weiner is determined to ascertain where happiness resides around the world and how it comes to be. Traveling to India, Switzerland and even throughout the United States, he not only serves as readers’ foreign affairs correspondent of happiness, but offers up humorous questions and receives some very enlightening and thoughtful responses. For anyone curious about the world, curious about how happiness comes to be around the globe and everything in between, this book will make you chuckle, make you think and at times surprise you.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Still on The New York Times best-selling list, Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection is worth reading if you have been meaning to get around to it, yet still haven’t. With its subtitle, “Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are”, if we all made this shift, think of the improved quality of life available to be lived?

The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha

Released this past spring, and already an international best-seller, Neil Pasricha, a Harvard MBA, and an executive of Walmart asks us to accept his paradox of wanting nothing and being able to do anything equates to having everything. Sharing his 9 secrets to happiness, Pasricha disproves commonly accepted practices relating to happiness, such as success leading to happiness and that more is better. Pick up your copy today or check it out from your local library. I know I am certainly eager to begin reading.


—Café Society

Woody Allen’s new film Café Society, in which he wrote and directed, stars Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, and Ken Stott. Produced and launched by Amazon, the reviews have been mixed, but the set designer Santo Loquasto is receiving brilliant acclaim for his attention to the details of 1930s Hollywood (click here to read more). What is the film about, you may be wondering? Well, it’s quite simple, Bobby (Eisenberg) falls in love with Vonnie (Stewart) who happens to be the secretary of his uncle Phil (Carell) who is  an agent to the stars. Okay, if nothing else, it will be a treat to be transported back to the golden age of Hollywood and take in more of Allen’s quirky insights about life and love.


Now typically, I am not a fan of action movies, but . . . I am a fan of these talented comedians, each one, and I am certainly going to support this third installment of Ghostbusters (1984 & 1989 previous films). Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as doctors, professors, an engineer and an MTA worker, the women end up working together to prove that indeed paranormal activity is among us. Hilarity is certain to follow. Have a look at the trailer below. The film opens today nationwide.

Francophile Find


Released last summer in France and now available here in the states, the French-Belgium drama stars Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin and Noémie Lvovsky. Having won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno International Film Festival, the film is an intriguing love story between two women whose magnetism is not understood by their families. Set in 1971, a young country farm girl falls for an outspoken, radical feminist in Paris, and the journey begins. And yes, as you might imagine, as set in the 70s, it is a bit of a tearjerker, but critics are applauding wildly. With English subtitles, have a look at the trailer below.


—Gräf + Lantz

As a follower of R. Nichols’ Instagram feed (illustrator for French Women Don’t Get Fat) I learned of this tote, handbag and accessories company. With a modernist approach using felt, leather and canvas, both men and women’s bags are available. Designers Holger Gräf and Daniel Lantz found their inspiration in Germany and Japan. A unique change on the classic tote and travel bags, these quality products would be great gifts for your loved ones or one for yourself. A few of the women’s bags that caught my eye were the Frankie Grey Tote and Ozzie Tote Hibiscus. Shop the entire collection here.

Halston Heritage Drape Halter Jumpsuit

As you may have heard on this week’s episode of the podcast, I am an unabashed fan of jumpsuits. And this season, we are seeing all sorts of different approaches to this style. Which is precisely why I wanted to share with you one that caught my eye: Halston Heritage’s draped halter jumpsuit, as it welcomes blatant femininity and absolute comfort.

Ralph Lauren silk wrap blouse (black)

Classic black blouses are a wonderful staple that can be worn in winter and yes, even summer, especially if it is made of silk, as Ralph Lauren’s short-sleeve wrap blouse is. Pair with white pants, a skirt or shorts and look classic, chic and rest assured be absolutely comfortable in the evening temperatures.

Tory Burch Everett Jacket (on sale)

In TSLL Spring 2016 Shopping Guide I shared Tory Burch’s white Everett Jacket (shop more of the Spring, Fall and All-Season Capsule Wardrobe here), and if you were a fan, but didn’t like the price so much, I have very good news. It’s on sale, and at a very good sale price at that, 60% off ($395, now $158).

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~see more of beautiful garden party and all the details here~


~the recipe for Mostly Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Tart~

A week of getting caught up, of checking in with reality and making a plan. This week has been productive, regular and because of this tandem team, perfect. Whether or not the weather here in Bend has been typical this July (I have heard it has not been), I am reveling in it. High 70s during the day and evenings in the low forties. Sleep is sweet and the days are ideal. I am not sure how long this will last, so it is a kind reminder to savor the present.

This week the blog has been full of talks about fashion with NYC stylist Tiffani Rogers on the podcast, a peek into Ina Garten’s garden, defining what exactly we should feel when we’ve cultivated a simply luxurious life for ourselves and more. I do hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you haven’t had time to stop by, but sure to scroll back or subscribe to the weekly newsletter to have all of the weekly posts delivered to your inbox each Friday morning (plus, enjoy an extra dose of inspiration each delivery).

I do hope you have a wonderful weekend. Let’s toast whether with a glass of rosé or whatever your preferred drink may be to good health, santé! After all, it is the grandest simple luxury indeed, non? Below I have some fantastic reading material beginning with the first link. I do hope you enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Jennifer Aniston made a powerful statement “For the Record” this week regarding women, objectification, children, marriage and more. Read it here and then read TSLL reader comments on Instagram, full of wonderful food for thought.

~Non-negotiables in relationships: 7 Qualities You Should Never Settle On in Relationships

~12 Habits of Genuine People . . . it is amazing how letting go of what others think helps us remain more sincere. So simple, but worth being reminded of.

~Want to keep Alzheimer’s at bay??? Walk, run, putter, bike . . . in other words, exercise! Read the Best Lifestyle Change to Prevent Cognitive Decline

~Walking rocks! The Science of Why You Do Your Best Thinking While Walking

~I found a fun new food blog this week and with France as the topic of one of her posts, I think you will enjoy it too – Viva la France!

~Enjoy listening to podcasts? These 10 Podcasts Will Make You Feel Smarter.

~On Tuesday, a poignant speech was made by President Obama about the heartbreaking events that occurred last week across the country. He was not alone in offering thoughtful words to ponder.

~And to end on a somewhat lighter note, 25 Excellent Pieces of Advice That Most People Ignore



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