This & That: August 5, 2016

Aug 05, 2016

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10 Reasons You Feel Old & Get Fat . . . : And How YOU can Stay Young, Slim and Happy

I cannot wait to read this book. Myths abound from the ignorant that our bodies will inevitably end up a certain way simply because we are a certain age. Not so! Released in February Dr. Frank Lipman and New York Times Best Selling author of The New Health Rulesthe truth is if we take care of our minds and bodies properly, we can remain slim and vigorous, enjoying life with a sharp mind well into our elderly years. Rather than buy into the myth that age means decline, begin looking around you. What does your community believe? Why do they believe it? If the ideas being shared are negative, defeatist and unhealthy, look elsewhere. And begin by reading this book. Beginning by dispelling the myths and then offering recipes, a shopping list, exercises and stress-busters, this book might just be the positive motivation you’ve been looking for to enjoy a full, vital, active and invigorating life no matter what your age.

Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent

Released this past May, a reader introduced me to Isabel Vincent’s new memoir Dinner with Edward. And upon reading the book jacket, I immediately put it in my shopping cart. Centered around two individuals, Edward, still mourning his wife’s death and aching to follow her, and Isabel, ready to give up on love, the two meet for weekly dinners that Edward has skillfully made. The conversation, the support and the food look to be the perfect recipe for a wonderful read.

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast by Josh Kaufman

Now, I am not normally one for speed, but Josh Kaufman’s book comes highly recommended. After having been published a couple of years ago and still receiving praise, I wanted to take a look, especially since I am in the middle of learning the French language. HIs approach is utilizing to its full potential the first 20 hours by breaking down the complex skills being introduced, ensuring practice is productive and then maximizing the approach as well as removing all unnecessary barriers that we don’t realize are standing in our way. I don’t know about you, but it looks like it would be worth taking a look at. If nothing else, to improve the quality of our learning experience of attaining any new skill.

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen

Yet again, TSLL readers continue to share fascinating books with me, and I am tickled that you know my predilections so well (thus the predilections of this blog  😉 ). The Nordic Theory of Everything was released on June 28th, written by a Finnish journalist who now resides in the states. With a firm foundation of the nordic culture, when we arrived in 2008 in America, she was shocked how quickly she became full of self-doubt and exhausted. She was surprised to find out, native Americans felt the same way she did, which motivated her to share what she had grown up with to cultivate a far more enjoyable, rich and fulfilling life.

Focusing on four areas, parents and children, men and women, employees and employers and government and its citizens, she promptly debunks the first argument that is uttered out of most outsiders’ mouths when they hear the same frustrations – Nordic countries are far more dependent on their government and far too socialist. I don’t know about you, but the key to improving is to look to those who have figured it out, and maybe Anu Partanen has something worth considering.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

The choices me make determine the quality of our lives, and this oldie (2009), but a goodie is worth reading. With backgrounds in behavior science and economics, authors Thaler and Sunstein offer ways to gently nudge us to make better decisions, whether with our personal investments, the food we eat, and how we value and treat the world around us.

~Find all books recommended on the weekly This & That post here.


Five Nights in Maine

Very few worthwhile films are being released in August as studios and production companies are holding their Oscar-hopefuls for the fall and holiday season, but with Oscar award winning actress Dianne West and Golden Globe nominee for Selma David Oyelowo starring in  Maris Curran’s directoral debut film, I wanted to share. Centered around the abrupt loss of Oyelowo’s wife (and West’s daughter) in a car accident, it is Oyelowo’s character who drives to Maine during his time of mourning to spend five nights at his mother-in-law’s house. Yes, it is a grief-laden dramatic film, but the scenery as you might imagine plays a significant and beautiful role and a relationship begins to find deeper roots. You can find it in theaters beginning today. Have a look at the trailer below.


Banana Republic cropped trench (navy)

During the transition from summer to fall, a cropped trench is a wonderful piece of outerwear to have on hand, and in navy no doubt, I am doubly happy. Neutral, darker than khaki and a simple sophistication, Banana Republic’s cropped trench will be a keeper for many seasons to come.

DVF Fall 2016 Collection

Just released this past week, Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall collection. I have had my eye on a few of the items since I saw them on the runway in the spring, and finally they are available. Take a look now, put a few things on your wishlist and maybe scoop up one of the must-have items to ensure you get what you want. Needless to say, the fall shopping season is coming!

SHOP a Few of my Favorites Below:


by Malene Birger Mynni Jumpsuit

A simple black jumpsuit for the end of the summer season. Accessorize with statement jewelry or even a beautiful silk scarf.



~see the entire tour of the Hampton’s seaside home here~


~recipe for fine pear tart with almonds (tarte fine aux poires et aux amandes)~

The 2016 Summer Olympics have arrived. With the Opening Ceremonies kicking off at 7:30pm tonight on NBC, (but in real time, it is 4pm Pacific time and actually taking place on the 6th of August for many TSLL readers in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), I am reminded of the opportunity I had to be in London four years ago during the 2012 Olympics (herehere, herehere, and here). The atmosphere, was magnificent, the people, the energy, and while there is far more controversy and concern around the games this go-around in Rio de Janeiro, it is the athletes who have worked and trained so diligently that I will continue to support all the way from the west coast of the USA. After watching NBC’s Olympic video below set to Katy Perry’s song “Rise”, it’s hard not to become engaged and excited for the fortnight of competition, moments and reminders that whether one wears the gold medal or not, it is the journey of putting forth our best that makes a world of difference.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, this first weekend of August, and below I have gathered more than a few articles I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~7 Things We Have to Stop Telling Ourselves About Other People

~11 Talents Introverts Didn’t Realize They Had

~Inslee illustrations and France – check out these lovely watercolors for the White House Correspondents’ Brunch

~When Women Win, Men Win Too

~6 Ways to Love Yourself for Better Mental Health

~100 Best Travel Tips from Five Years of Travel

~6 Strategies for Being Happier with Your Life

3 thoughts on “This & That: August 5, 2016

  1. Thanks for your book recommendations! I just read excerpts of 10 reasons and The Nordic Theory and both are really good so I’ll be buying those. I always look forward to seeing the books you include in the newsletter.

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