This & That: August 2, 2019

Aug 02, 2019

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Banish Your Self-Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work by Denise Jacobs

While released a couple of years ago, Denise Jacobs’ book Banish Your Self-Critic offers tips for unleashing your inner creative self. From identifying your voice of self-doubt and then learning how to quiet it, discovering how to overcome the fear of not knowing enough or being original enough and many other insights, learn how to set yourself on the path you may have doubted, but deeply wanted, to travel.

How to Fail by Elizabeth Day

Day’s new book, which was released this past April, was inspired by her podcast of the same name that debuted last year. Described as “Part memoir, part manifesto, and including chapters on dating, work, sport, babies, families, anger and friendship, it is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger”. I happened upon this book when I tuned into her latest interview on her podcast was with guest Samin Nosrat (of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat fame). Nosrat opens up quite a bit about her vulnerabilities and stumbles to success, and if Nosrat’s is any indication, our oopses in life should certainly be seen as treasures.

British Find

Vogue UK September 2019 Cover, Co-Edited by HRH the Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle)

This week, the fashion world was all abuzz about the official announcement and today’s release of Vogue UK’s September issue which is co-edited (the first time in the magazine’s 103-year history) by HRH, the Duchess of Sussex. In her own words, she introduces the issue, and with the goal of offering substance rather than solely surface, she explains her goal for the issue. Included in the issue is her interview with Michelle Obama, her husband’s interview with Dr. Jane Goodall and the profiles of each of the women featured on the cover.

With this announcement, it was also revealed that the Duchess will be partnering with a handful of fashion houses and brands to curate a capsule wardrobe to be available for a workwear wardrobe compiled of classic pieces that will benefit Smart Works which is dedicated to empowering women in their professional pursuits, of which the Duchess was appointed a Royal Patron in January.

While we will have to wait a bit longer to view the Duchess’s capsule collection, one of the brands she is working with is British design house Jigsaw (US site), and it’s an online destination to check out. Smart basics at affordable prices.

Vogue UK, September 2019 issue

Forces for Change


Bellocq wire mesh tea strainers, Food52

I love a good cup of tea, and always having a strainer on hand for loose tea is a must. These simple, yet beautiful wire mesh strainers would be perfect. Two strainers come with each order and are available in two different hues.

New Vintage Arrivals at One King’s Lane

Vintage pieces offers the opportunity to add signature decor touches to our homes which is why every once in a while, I stop by One King’s Lane to see what “new” items have been found. I have shopped many items below, but the above link will take you to the entire page of new arrivals.


Ode to Joy

While premiering next Friday (August 9th) in limited theaters, I could not wait to share with you this new film starring Martin Freeman of Sherlock fame as well as Morena Baccarin and Melissa Rauch (from The Big Bang Theory). Freeman is an actor I tend to gravitate toward, and having had the opportunity to see him on stage in London a couple years ago, there is just something special he brings to the screen, an unassuming air and delightful British-ness perhaps? The plot is fun, playful and the film looks like a joy to watch (pun intended!). Have a look at the trailer below.


I just learned of Netflix’s new film Otherhood which stars Angela Bassett, Patricia Arguette and Felicity Huffman which focuses on three mothers grappling with the empty nest stage of their lives. I look forward to watching it this weekend as it has just become available today on the streaming service and will air in select theaters around the country. Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

Berthe Morisot Exhibit at Musée d’Orsay in Paris

Serendipity has a beautiful sense of humor and lovelier still – timing. During my visit to Paris last month, I had on my places to visit the Musée d’Orsay not knowing about the new exhibit that had just opened – a focus on the French Impressionist artist Berthe Morisot. The entire upstairs right-wing of the museum is full of Morisot paintings, and I captured a few pictures for myself (I have included three below). But her biography is inspiring and her determination to continue her craft even thought she was highly under appreciated in her time is a reminder to pursue what internally inspiring you rather than what society applauds.

The exhibit is open through September 22nd in Paris, and I was happy to hear from TSLL readers while I was traveling that they too were able to enjoy the exhibit as it began its tour in Quebec, then moved to Philadelphia, this past spring traveled to Dallas, and now has arrived at its final destination – Paris.

Self-Portrait of the artist – Berthe Morisot

—Rabbit Hill Pop-Up Shop Open on Saturday

Let’s stay in France for a while more, shall we? Cat of the Rabbit Hill Farm blog is hosting her monthly pop-up online shop tomorrow, and as always, I take a look just in case there is an item that I want to welcome into my kitchen. Living in Normandy, France, with her family, she sells refurbished copper pots and pans and other wonderful brocante finds. As well, she also sells other French wares and dishes that are only found in France. Be sure to subscribe to her newsletter to be alerted exactly when the shop opens as items do go very fast.


Williams-Sonoma — France

Okay, maybe we’ll stay in France a bit longer. 🙂 Williams-Sonoma is for a limited time offering wonderful discounts on many of the French brands they offer. I have shopped a few of the brands below just to give you an idea, but if you have your eye on Le Creuset, Mauviel, Staub or any other French cookware, now is the time to scoop those items up for a low cost.


Mango Summer Sale

I happened over to Mango when I was pulling together yesterday’s Outfit of the Week, and was happy to see such great discounts on wonderful summer dresses. I have shopped a few below, but there are so many to peruse. Be sure to check them out.

~Me & Em Halterneck Pussybow Top (more colors)

This British company is one I always like to pop by and check out for affordable separates and stylish, chic pieces. These halterneck blouses caught my attention as they would be a comfortable, yet professional blouse to wear to work during the warmer months, but also would layer well with a blazer or suit in the fall and winter.

~recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Bars~

A week has passed, and in the simplest of ways it was wonderful. Nothing fancy, unexpected or grand happened, but it was steady, it was uneventful and sleep was sweet. In other words, a wonderful week.

I hope yours as well was enjoyable, and all went smoothly. Already we find ourselves in August, but hopefully July, no matter how quickly it passed by, was full of moments that make you reflect fondly. In fewer than two weeks, here on the blog, TSLL’s French Week will begin (Sunday August 11th). I have been busy organizing and finalizing what the week will entail, and I while I am glad I have a bit more time to finalize everything, I cannot wait for it to begin.

Below I have a few articles for you to enjoy as well as two videos. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée.

~While this article is designed for tourists in Paris, I think it would be helpful for any picnic occasion – Tips for Packing for a Delectable Picnic [Food & Wine]

~But if you are in Paris, refrain from doing these eight things [The Earful Tower]

~Now there is a new temporary destination to visit while in Paris if you would like to visit Notre-Dame for reflection or worship – Gensler’s Temporary Structure for Notre-Dame is Revealed [Architectural Digest]

~Discover the ceramics that restaurateur and cookbook author Alice Waters collects wherever her travels take her [The New York Times]

~Bibliophiles! Step inside the 20 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World [Veranda]

~Try these 7 brain foods recommended by a neurologist for better overall health [Well + Good]

~Why You Should Master the Art of Saying No [LifeHack]

~Looking for French Accessories? Hip Paris shares their favorite French Accessories Brands

~Enjoy an intimate conversation with Queer Eye’s Tan France as he returns to Manchester where he lived for seven years and shares why he is proud to represent the UK, as well as the one food dish he misses the most.

~And one more video which talks about the 3 Things You Should Know About Success

6 thoughts on “This & That: August 2, 2019

  1. I saw the Arm and Hammer exhibit maybe 35 years ago and fell in love with Berthe Morisot. I particularly like her. I have one of her prints. The widow with her daughter looking out over Paris. I absolutely love it.

    1. I will admit, I did not know a lot about her, only a mention when Impressionist painters were mentioned, but I was moved by her talent, journey and dedication to her craft. I will be writing and sharing more about my trip to the museum and her exhibit in two weeks. A true highlight. Thank you Mary for sharing what spoke to you.

  2. Shannon, have you seen the short YouTube documentary “Bookstores: How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content” from the channel Max Joseph? Your link about the 20 most beautiful libraries reminded me of the doc, which came out earlier this summer and clocks in at under 40 minutes. It’s full of interesting interviews in gorgeous bookish settings all over the world. If you haven’t encountered it yet, I think you (and your readers!) would so enjoy it.

  3. Thanks for Friday’s newsletter, and so may interesting reads.

    My favourite this week:

    – Otherhood;

    – Ode to Joy (fan of Martin Freeman right here too);

    – Berthe Morisot – Her work is great and special. I am very glad finally to see her “playing in the big boys league” 😉 at Orsay. Impressionism is my favorite Art period. This week I had the opportunity to “meet” for the first time, through Jennifer Scott’s blog, F. Childe Assam. I have never heard of him (in Europe), which is a pity. I am delighted with his work. Yes, I have my bias because I am an Art Teacher… but still. To me, it’s pure breauty.

    – Tan France – :-);

    – The 20 Most beautiful Libaries… (and thank you, Erin, for the tip on the documentary).

    Have a great weekend,

    1. Isabel, good morning and thank you for stopping by. 🙂 I too think the Impressionist period is my favorite, and my, was that exhibit lovely. Thank you for introducing us to another artist. I will certainly ga e to visit Jennifer’s blog. Have a lovely weekend. ?

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