This & That: No 90

Jan 07, 2014

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The first This & That of the new year, and it’s full of ways to make 2014 your healthiest, chicest, and most enjoyable year yet. Have a look . . .


~Goody Simple Styles Mini Spin Pins or Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

Whether you have fine or thick hair, you may have had your moments of frustrations with the classic bobby pin. Well, do I have a solution – the spin pins magically grab your bun, hold it in place and require far less fuss. Even with my extremely fine and straight hair, they hold like glue. And for just a few dollars, they are worth keeping in your beauty arsenal.


~The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz

When Cameron Diaz revealed her svelte, toned physique in the first Charlie’s Angels film more than 10 years ago, I must admit it looked unreal and who cares if she wasn’t buxom, she looked strong and healthy. So when she released her book on December 31st of this past year as it was focusing on food, fitness and mastering one’s mind, I wanted to take a look. Filled with Cameron’s cheeky humor, she offers nutritional knowledge based on research and medical findings revealing the whys to things we may understand to be unhealthy, but didn’t necessarily know the why. For example, while eating processed foods with preservatives is readily accepted as unhealthy, she breaks it down and explains why exactly preservatives are not our body’s friend (preservatives gobble up the good bacteria our bodies need to fight off disease and rid itself of toxins, etc). While the basics are there – eat well, be active, etc – the logic behind why we should respect our bodies is insightful, helpful and a guidebook for living with energy and to our full potential.

~Promise Land: My Journey through America’s Self-Help Culture by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

As the new year begins, resolutions understandably act as a means to help us improve our lives. Released this month, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro’s book offers insights into why we as a country are incessantly looking to self-help and what, if anything, we have gained.


~Calphalon nonstick frying pans

For the past 13 years I have been using a non-stick pan that has more than held up its part of the bargain, but it came to my attention a couple of years ago that it may be past its prime. In search of a nonstick pan that was durable, a culinary slip-and-slide for flipping omelets (if I ever should dare) and offered easy clean-up, I discovered Calphalon. One of the gifts Santa left me under the tree was Williams-Sonoma’s gift set of that is quite reasonably priced. The number one lesson I had to reteach myself, do not use aerosol nonstick sprays as they contain a chemical propellant that is difficult to remove and gradually eliminates the primary purpose for purchasing the nonstick pan. Simply use oil or butter, and then wash with dish soap – no abrasive cleansing pads. I couldn’t be more impressed and pleased.



As I woke up on New Year’s day this year, I discovered Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn were on one of my favorite channels. For some reason, having never watched Charade, and I quickly became enthralled as it is filmed in Paris and includes a young Walter Matthau (whom I very much adore) as well as two iconic stars that I never tire of. This comedic, yet romantic, slash thriller is one to watch if you have the time.


~DVF Genna boot

I have been searching high and low for a brown knee high boot with a classic heel and round toe, and when I found Diane von Furstenberg’s Genna boot, I quickly saved it to my Hukkster and patiently waited. Well, the sale began and thankfully my size was still available. What I love about this boot is that it does not hug my calf but rather appears big (on purpose) which makes the skinny jean look appear even more slimming. Available in black too, the leather is wonderfully soft and supple and you simply slide your foot right in. If you’re in the market for a classic boot, I recommend the Genna.

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8 thoughts on “This & That: No 90

  1. I have to agree on the Spin Pins, I have both sizes and they make putting my hair into a perfectly tousled bun easy. I keep a couple in my purse when in case of hair emergencies 🙂


  2. Love Charade! Audrey Hepburn is so elegant and stylish in that movie!
    I must say I am excited about your plans for your blog for 2014! I really enjoy your posts.

  3. Shannon, you are so fun to follow. How you manage it all is amazing!! Just ordered your Genna boots after thinking about it for a few days. Your expressed details and photos helped convince me. I’m 5’11” and 59 years young. Wife, mom, grandma and a finance professional. I now have some DVF boots for my capsule wardrobe. COOL! Thank you for your inspiration!

  4. Hi Shannon,

    Would you recommend The Body Book? I’m intrigued by it – curious about more of your thoughts after reading it.

    Best wishes!

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