This & That: July 19, 2019

Jul 19, 2019

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The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The 25th anniversary of Julia Cameron’s bestselling book The Artist’s Way was released a few years ago with a new introduction by the author, and having finally purchased my own copy, I am just beginning to dive in. As TSLL readers responded to my IG post earlier this week when the book arrived at my home, it became clear it is a book that can be transformative for anyone looking for a path to personal renewal. Full hundreds of exercises, activities and prompts, if you are looking to unlock your creativity, this may just be the book for you.

Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myths of the Perfect Life by Paul Dolan

The author on happiness, Paul Dolan released a new book a few months ago, and it focuses specifically on dispelling the myths that so many follow only to be disappointed and discouraged. Happy Ever After presents the idea that “by freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living”.

Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paula Rizzo

I mentioned Paula Rizzo’s latest book Listful Thinking in last week’s readers’ favorite post Why Not . . . Make Lists? 20 Lists to Keep in Your Everyday Life, and it is worth mentioning again. Lists, whether on paper or on our phone, Rizzo argues, have the ability to eliminate an immense amount of stress in our lives and improve the productivity and quality in our everday personal and professional routines.

The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution HasTransformed Our Lives, Our Bodies and Our World by Bee Wilson

A “book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast”. Bee Wilson explores how our current food culture is both the best it has ever been and as unhealthy as it has ever been regarding the health of the majority of the people living in the country. Exploring how all of this has transpired, Wilson also shares how we can change what isn’t working well for us, for the better.



I recently learned of the film Phil, which not only stars Greg Kinnear but also marks his directorial debut. Phil is a comedy about a very somber subject – suicide. But fear not, it is an exploration into the “why” regarding a patient (Kinnear’s character is a dentist, and the newly deceased who has taken his life is a long-time patient) who he thought lived the “perfect” life. Emily Mortimer stars alongside Kinnear, and Luke Wilson and Bradley Whitford also appear. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.


DVF Eloise Silk Crepe de Chine Maxi Faux-Wrap Dress (on sale)

DVF’s maxi dresses are currently available in some beautiful prints, and this one happens to be on sale.

Mara Hoffman Luna Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses, as I shared last month, are a worthwhile staple for the summer months depending upon your style and stature. However, regardless of your height, if the length is tailored, the proportions and tailoring flattering, the dress can be a sophisticated look offering an abundance of comfort. Mara Hoffman’s Luna maxi dress offers a bold and beautiful print that will certainly turn heads.

Mary Thompson Canvas Totes

Earlier this month I shared on IG Stories my new canvas “Market Tote” with a turquoise bicycle. I love it, and then discovered that many more illustrations were available created by the artist Mary Lake Thompson. I have included a few above, but there are more than 25 illustrations to pick from, so be sure to have a look.

Paravel Weekender Bag

A good-size weekender tote that can easily be carried on the plane or packed in the back seat or trunk without a fuss is a good idea to have on hand, and Paravel’s is available in a handful of different colors with monogramming as well if you would prefer.

 ~recipe for Avocado Salad with Herbs and Capers~

Well, hello weekend, hello. Sweet sleep has finally found its rhythm here at home, and with a week full of both business, play and time in the kitchen taping the first episodes of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, I am looking forward to exclusively just relaxing and playing this weekend. Playing, by my definition involves planting a few new plants, reading a few books, maybe a nap (or two) and taking in a weekly yoga class. What will you be up to this weekend?

Whatever and wherever you find yourself this weekend, I do hope you have a wonderful time, and below I have a long list of articles you might be interested in reading. I finally caught up with my Sunday morning papers that have been waiting for me to explore after three weeks of patiently sitting on the table due to travels, and in so doing found some wonderful articles. So many in fact, I have saved a few for next week. Thank you for choosing to stop by today and until Monday, bonne journée.

~If a paid vacation is not an option, but you want to get away, Travel Pros Share How to Take a Working Vacation and Do it Right [The Zoe Report]

~How to Limit or Stop Shopping: 8 Ways to Save You Time and Money [Be More With Less]

~14 Ways Strong-Minded People Think Differently [Life Hack]

~Looking to Travel and Save Money with Your Next Plane Ticket Purchase? Airfare is Dropping and You Can Enjoy the Trend Through September [The Washington Post]

~The Earful Tower shares a worthwhile list to check out to help you visit Paris ‘like a local’

~And while your there, be sure to visit a few of the Best Cheese Shops in Paris [AFAR]

~If you need a speedy passport renew or replacement, FedEx Can Help You Out [The Washington Post]

~Heading to Provence? This writer for The Wall Street Journal shares the New Provence.

~But if you are traveling to Provence, read this article first before trampling into the lavender fields like so many other tourists and influencers.

~If you want a few more options for your Watchlist on Netflix, this article shares how to OutSmart the Algorithm [The Wall Street Journal]

~Garance Doré talks about her single life [Doré]

~A good read about Giving Yourself Permission to Cook Normal Food [Taste]

~I recently heard this story on NPR and could relate exactly to one of the passengers interviewed – I too was in tears after watching A Star Is Born desperately looking for some tissues. Evidentially, Science played a role in provoking my emotions even more than they already would have been.

~Flying is on my mind as of late and having traveled on British Airways in the past (their service is fantastic!), this video gave me a good chuckle, and yep, it’s James Corden again. Enjoy!

8 thoughts on “This & That: July 19, 2019

  1. Hi Shannon!
    I love todays stuff! The tote bags, James and Reggie take off for London, (what a riot), Phil trailer, Listful Thinking and more!!! I’m still checking it all out. Thank you and have a really nice weekend Shannon!

    1. Tamra, Sooo happy you enjoyed today’s This & That – yes, loved the video. Can you imagine to be so lucky to have been on that flight by chance? How much fun would that have been. Have a lovely weekend as well and thank you for stopping by!

  2. I was delighted to see The artists Way and English Ettiquet on your list. Both are in my stack of “to be read” books!

  3. I attended an 8 week workshop using The Artists Way at my local library about 20 years ago. I asked a friend to come with me as I thought I was signing up for painting classes. She did not want to come so I went by myself. You can imagine my shock when I found out what the workshop was all about. It turned out to be a great experience. My friend later told me that she had also attended a similar workshop previously and knew that I wasn’t going to get any painting lessons.
    There is a lot of value in using this book in this manner rather than just reading it. You could even coordinate a group on line.

  4. My favourite today, the film trailer for Phil. What a wonderful life affirming film that looks to be. It brought a tear to my eye and now I can’t wait to watch it

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