This & That: February 26, 2021

Feb 26, 2021

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Books to find even more creativity and opportunity, chic capsule wardorbe ideas, a new British culture podcast, a film receiving Oscar buzz, David Suchet hosts a historical journey into an iconic author’s personal story, an international best-selling book on elevating the everyday and eradicating anxiety and much, much more.


The Art of Possiblity: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

While originally published in 2000, The Art of Possibility comes highly recommended and after reading the synopsis, I put it on my wishlist promptly. Sharing twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity and a sense of possibility into all of your endeavors, authors Rosamund Stone Zander’s knowledge of cutting-edge psychology and Benjamin Zander’s experiences as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra offer readers “deceptively simple practices are based on two premises: that life is composed as a story (‘it’s all invented’) and that, with new definitions, much more is possible than people ordinarily think.”

Power Hour by Adrienne Herbert

Brought to my attention by a TSLL reader, and originally first published in the UK, Power Hour speaks to that first hour in the morning which when intentionally used well can offer powerful, positive changes in our life.

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Everyday by Jay Shetty

Coming recommended to me from long-time readers of TSLL, Jay Shetty’s Think Like a Monk, published this past September, has received astronomical praise and high reviews. Host of the #1 ranked podcast On Purpose, Jay Shetty “distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life.”

British Finds

Break Out Culture

Anglophiles and British readers, tune in to a new podcast created by Country & Town House magazine. Hosted by culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf, they discuss the week’s cultural offerings with an edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape. Most recently, Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame joins the show in episode #26.

The Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet

I happened upon this 2014 PBS featured spotlight on Agatha Christie, her personal world, explored by the one and only David Suchet (aka Hercules Poirot) and was intrigued. Learn specifically what happened during those 12 days Christie went missing in 1926, meet her biographer who offers even more insight into her life as well, learn about her writing process. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy watching on Amazon Prime.


The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Released today on Hulu, Lee Daniels directs Audra Day (nominated for a Golden Globe and there is much talk about an Oscar nod as well) in a film inspired by the 2016 book Chasing the Scream. Set in the 1940s, jazz singer Billie Holiday is targeted by the government in an effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial song, “Strange Fruit.” Read the review from The New York Times and check out the trailer below.

Francophile Find

While Paris Slept: A Novel by Ruth Druart

First-time novelist Ruth Druart’s novel reveals the plot through alternating perspectives – one set in Paris 1944 and the other Santa Cruz 1953. “While Paris Slept reflects on the power of love, resilience, and courage when all seems lost. One woman must make the hardest decision of her life in this unforgettably moving story of resistance and faith during one of the darkest times in history.”


Able Krista washed leopard suede slide (more colors)

Made by a company dedicated to “ethical fashion that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty around the world”, Able’s slides look both comfortable and statement making.

Equipment Adalyn long sleeve silk shirt (white)

One of the best-selling blouses for Equipment, and one I have in my closet as well (and have enjoyed wearing for at least five years), the Adalyn is a staple that feels good against the skin and flatters the neckline beautifully.

J.Crew 50% off full price items

J. Crew is having a worth-checking out sale, and their Classic-fit crisp cotton poplin, navy and white stripe shirt dress caught my eye – navy and stripe were shared at the top of the post (more stripe colors).

Use promo code SALETIME to save 50% off full price items

La Ligne NYC Sailor Sweater

I am always looking for stripes, and navy stripes are typically the first to catch my eye. This casual v-neck, collared sweater is as unique in design as it is classic.

Tulipano Bag (more colors available)

Bring on spring! A leather tote which brightens your day just looking at it. 🙂

Vince Double Breasted Long Coat (cotton)

A classic, high-quality trench. Stunning.

~recipe for Molten Lava Cakes from a new-to-me French Food blog~

More snow is supposed to visit today, but I know that spring is just around the corner. My alliums were seen emergying from the ground, and this weekend I will be tidying up the yard – cutting back the Karl Foerster grasses, sowing seeds and taking a day (or two) to celebrate my birthday. A quiet affair for sure, but the fact that it falls on the weekend is quite lovely.

If you are a monthly newsletter subscriber (it’s free!), you will be receiving the latest delivery today to get caught up on all that has been happening on TSLL this past month. As well, TOP Tier subscribers, look for a new A Cuppa Moments video conversation to go live on the blog this coming Monday. I look forward to connecting with you again. 🙂

With days that bounce back and forth between hints of spring and reminders of the season that is nearing its end, I cannot help but savor the cozy moments inside as I know they will be fewer (which I will be okay with as well) as March begins to unfold. I have a couple of books which I will be enjoying this weekend, projects I am gradually making progress on and pups to snuggle with. It doesn’t get much better, non? 🙂

Thank you very much for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful final weekend in February. Below are a handful of articles and one video I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~The creative power of walks in the park [Pick the Brain]

~Dreaming of France? Dreaming even bigger and thinking about buying in France – Six things to think about before you do [The Local]

~In America, now you can more easily find where to get a vaccine – visit (learn more about this website here) [NPR]

~And once you get it, here’s an article to read as we navigate through the countries semi-vaccinated months [The Atlantic]

~Tour this historical British garden to welcome the tranquility into your day. Shute House – landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s garden. You may have seen it in Monty Don’s The Secret History of British Gardens (did you know Jellicoe is held in highest regard by Monty? Yep. Tour the garden here.

~France is searching for centuries-old oak to rebuild the spires of Notre Dame [The Guardian]

~The GOlden Globe Awards will air this Sunday at 8pm (eastern), hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, which means I will tune in just to see these two if nothing else. Check out the nominee list here.

~Grievance vs. Possibility, what the latter is the better choice [Seth Godin]

~How to learn to let go of what you can’t control [LifeHack]

~How to use pattern in interior decorating [House & Garden UK]

~20 Things to Stop Letting People Do To You [Marc & Angel]

~Let’s slip away to the British countryside and rent one of these idyllic holiday cottages, shall we? [House & Garden UK]

~Worth pondering thoughts on social currency, what it is, why we lack it and why we need to bolster it from New York Times columnist and PBS Newshour contributor David Brooks.

32 thoughts on “This & That: February 26, 2021

  1. Happy Birthday Shannon! I hope you have a wonderful day.
    Thank you for another engaging This & That post. I always enjoy your selections.

  2. Happy Birthday, Shannon! Thank you for your contribution to making our world a little brighter through your blog, books, podcast,etc. I always gain something when I read your posts!

    1. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. ☺️ And thank you for sharing what you have about these weekly posts. They are a true delight to create and share. Have a wonderful weekend. 😌

  3. Have a wonderful restful birthday weekend! Cheers to you. Thanks for sharing, as always, with your readers

  4. Wishing you Happy Birthday wishes. 🌹🎉🎂 I so enjoy all your posts and recommendations, and am looking forward to your new book. Have a wonderful weekend with your sweet boys .

  5. Bon anniversaire, ma chérie! 🎂💐💕 I always appreciate your blog posts, which are a refuge from my busy life and work. I especially enjoyed this “This & That.” I will have to check out Jay Sherry’s book, and I watched him in Jamie Kern Lima’s presentation last Monday, the day before she launched her book. I would love to make the molten lava cakes — absolutely divine! Enjoy a wonderful and relaxing birthday with a glass of wine, gourmet dinner, and a lovely cake. 😘🥂

  6. I had forgotten that you are my birthday buddy! Today is my bday and reading this post while drinking coffee by the fire is a wonderful way to begin the day, I think I am going to buy myself Jay Shetty’s book as a present to myself! I hope you enjoy a fabulous birthday (I think you are a couple of days after me?). Thank you for the wonderful post!,

  7. Bon Anniversaire, dear Shannon! I hope you treat yourself to some decadent chocolate cake.

    Loved this round up! I heard about the new Billie Holiday movie, but didn’t know it dives into the background of that particular song. The first time I heard “Strange Fruit” I was 19, an English major at University of California in 1999 and sitting in a Music & Literature class listening to the song as the professor played it for us on a cassette player. I remember getting chills down my spine reading the lyrics in my notebook and hearing Holiday’s devastating voice. Wow. I must check this out!!

  8. Happy, happy birthday. I hope this is a wonderful year for you. You have brought so much into my life by being who you are and sharing what you do.

  9. Happiest of birthday, Shannon!😊. I hope you have a lovely birthday weekend with your Boys. Thank you for sharing you beautiful life with us all & for your abundant, joyous spirit! Tout le meilleur !

  10. The happiest of birthdays to you, Shannon! 🥂 Enjoy a cozy and indulgent weekend. Love your This & That…it begins my weekend on a optimistic, happy note. Thank you! I ordered The French Art of Not Trying too Hard…looks like a lovely read.

    I’m curious if you’ve discovered Les Carnets de Julie (Julie’s Notebook)? I came across it on You Tube. Julie travels to and discovers regional cooking, often based around artists of the past who lived in that area (I THINK…maddeningly for this non-French speaking girl…I’ve no idea as it’s naturally in French with no sub-titles…) but it is beautiful all the same.
    I’m also reading and learning much from Atomic Habits, by James Clear…so well-written with immediately actionable advice. I’ve added several positive habits to my daily routine since beginning the book.
    Happy Birthday Weekend!

    1. Jeannine, Thank you for the birthday wishes and sharing all that you have! I did not know about Julie’s Notebooks and it sounds wonderful per your description. I will be sure to explore. Thank you again. 😌

  11. Happy Birthday Shannon! Don’t you love it when your birthday falls on a weekend (though this past year has felt like one really long weekend in some ways).

    Thank you so much for ‘This and That’ every week; my ‘to read/to watch’ list is now a separate notebook, and so many have (TSLL) beside them. I’m halfway through Vintage 1954 that you recommended a couple of weeks ago; how fun, and I see the author has more titles that sound really interesting. I love discovering a new author, and you have introduced me to so many.

    Enjoy your special weekend with your boys.

    All best wishes,
    Catherine H

  12. Joyeux Anniversaire Shannon. Hope you have a fabulous day whatever you’ve planned. I imagine the champagne is nicely chilled! Thank you for the recommendations. David Suchet is well known but he has an equally well known brother John in the UK. Their father was a doctor who worked with Fleming on role of Penicillin John was a broadcaster author and host on Classic FM .He has written books on a few classical composers and one “My Bonnie” as a tribute to his late wife who had dementia at an early age. She was American and they loved France. It’s a lovely book . Enjoy the Spring weather.

  13. Happiest of Birthdays Shannon! 🍰🍰🎈🎈 Enjoy the weekend (your plans sound wonderful!) I want to thank you for being a beacon of light during this past year. On many occasions, it was the anticipation of one of your blogs, podcasts, or videos that added joy to my day. Much like the anticipation of a new Cuppa Moments coming on Monday 😁 Raising a glass to you 🥂

  14. Happy birthday Shannon. Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for everything you’re doing for the TSLL community👍🙂

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