This & That: No. 89

Dec 24, 2013

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Movies worth watching, a blog post to offer inspiration, a magazine to dive into and more . . .

~Blog Post to Read

~30 Things to Start Doing For Yourself

Written due to great demand from Marc and Angel Hack Life’s readers, have a look at 30 things that will bring more empowerment, confidence and quality into your life.


~French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude by Mireille Guiliano

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, but I have been waiting patiently for many years for Mireille Guiliano’s next book. Released officially today with R.Nichols’ well-known illustrations, if you’re looking for a book to enjoy and learn from during your holiday break, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. My copy is arriving today, and I can’t wait to dive in.


~Real Simple January 2014 issue

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may remember this post, and if you aren’t a subscriber to Real Simple, their January 2014 issue is one to pick up. Focusing on the theme of balance, the issue is full of articles focusing on all aspects of balance – life, love, work, beauty and more, and a great read to kickstart the new year.


Two movies will be released in the states on Christmas day that I am eager to watch. The first – The Invisible Woman – tickles my English major interests as it focuses on Charles Dickens and the woman he had a secret affair with Nelly Ternan. Based on Claire Tomalin‘s book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens, Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in a film that reveals the gradual, yet heartfelt affair that eventually prompted the end of Dickens’ marriage.

The second film stars Ben Stiller, which he also directs, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. While it is receiving mixed reviews, it is a film that is an adaption of a 1947 film that was inspired by a short story titled the same name written by James Thurber and appearing in The New Yorker in 1939. Co-starring Kristen Wiig, Ben Stiller’s character, working at Life magazine, sets out on an adventure to find a missing negative of an image from Sean O’Connell (played by Sean Penn) as the magazine wishes to use it as its final cover shot. Using the other negatives he does have as clues, he sets out on a quest and finds much more. (Premieres in the UK December 26th.)

~The Invisible Woman

~The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


~Fossil Georgia Three Hand Leather Watch – Black Es3148

While shopping for a black leather band watch for more than a year, I finally came across Fossil’s Georgia three hand leather gem. Over-sized, which I love, and priced less than $100, I was thrilled to discover exactly what I was looking for.


~Belkin Conserve Socket F7C009q Energy-Saving Outlet

While a month late for the holiday lights you have used in and on your house this season, I wanted to share with you a tech gadget that will come in handy no matter what the season. Belkin has made saving energy and protecting your home as simple as a button. With the conserve socket, you can set the timer to 1, 3 or 6 hours and the device which is plugged into it will automatically turn off after the designated time has passed. The Belkin WeMo Switch, for $40 more, syncs with your smart phone, tablet or any device connected to wifi so you can automate your electronics no matter where you may be (traveling, out to dinner, etc). So simple, so helpful – why not?

3 thoughts on “This & That: No. 89

  1. I love your “This & That” posts because I almost always find something new to try or read or see or think about. Today was no exception…I am so excited to hear that Mireille Guiliano has a new book out AND there is a new movie “The Invisible Woman” which shall go onto my “must watch” list. This list was a gift in itself!

    Happy Holidays!

  2. PLEASE write a review of the Mireille book! (I try to use my book budget very carefully. ) And thank you so much for the outlet recommendation. I have been looking for something like that for ages!

    Lists like this are not only fun to read but incredibly helpful. Thank you!

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