This & That: No. 137

Dec 12, 2014

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~Via Los Angeles

If you are planning a trip to the city of angels, you will without question want to consult Daniela Hummel’s newly revamped website – Via Los Angeles. Having had the opportunity to spend time with Daniela, let me attest, she epitomizes the cool sophistication and carefree welcoming personality that is the best part of California. From her impeccable chic style, to her mastery of beauty and ease of self, her expertise is quite apparent in the destinations, restaurant recommendations, boutiques and everything else you may want to discover in LA. Do yourself a favor, bookmark this website and refer to as your tour guide when making your itinerary. I know I will be.


~The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

If you are someone who is looking at 2015 and vowing to purge your home of the unnecessary and not just for the evanescent moment that is January, but year round, have a look at Marie Kondo’s international best-selling book. A Japanese cleaning consultant, Kondo introduces a category-by-category approach that is supposedly more successful in maintaining the order we create.


~Custom Brass Initial Necklace

Whether you are looking for an individualized gift for a loved one or friend or are on the hunt for an initial necklace yourself, these custom initial necklaces are a rather decent deal at $30.


~Cuyana Camel Infinite scarf

Made of baby alpaca wool, a simple, neutral accessory that will keep you warm and work with nearly everything you wear during the wintery months.

~Lauren Bengal Stripe Pajamas

When the winter months arrive, I immediately switch from my chemise as sleepwear to my pajama top and bottoms. Always on the look out for a color and style that catches my eye, as well as a good price, Ralph Lauren’s Lauren collection satisfied both criteria. For under $100 (and available in pink as well), this set would be ideal for leisurely mornings and cozy evenings in.


~recipe for Amaretto Cream Cheese Coffee Cake~

First let me begin by apologizing for this week’s Outfit of the Week being delayed. Trust me, it was for good reason, as now all of signed copies of Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide are officially en route to their recipients. If you were one of these readers, you should have received a confirmation email letting you know it is on its way and will arrive by the official launch date December 16th (international orders may need a few additional days). I am so eager for you to have your book, and want to thank all of my readers for their emails, Instagram pics and Facebook comments. Please note, any and all reviews on Amazon are greatly appreciated (and feedback for the 2nd book will certainly be taken into consideration as one is already in the works).

But on another note, it is the weekend! Maybe you already have your holiday decor up and the seasonal tunes ringing throughout the house, as many of my neighbors do. I so love living near and around people who enjoy the season. Can you believe it’s nearly mid-December? Or perhaps you are like me and are just now beginning to get your home in the holiday spirit. As is the case, I am thrilled to finally be getting in the groove and will be picking out my tree this weekend, as well as accessorizing the home. Without question, you can rest assured the classic Peanuts Christmas soundtrack and many others that are on my favorites’ list will be filling the house.

But in the meantime, hopefully you will be able to find some time to just relax and peruse a favorite book, magazine or anything that piques your interest. And if you’re looking to catch your eye, these articles may be something you might enjoy:

~Good news! Our brains were built for kindness, that includes during the month of December, but during the remaining 11 months as well.

~Happy coupledom is more than possible and here are 10 tricks to keep in mind.

~This Francophile post immediately caught my attention – 12 Reasons Living in France is Awesome – I’m saving for future reference.

~7 Behaviors Most People Thing Are Negative That Are Actually Healthy – breaking the rules, being alone and fitting in – yep, all good things.

~As you sit down to write your resolutions for 2015, maybe read 9 Ways to Get People to Take You Seriously – little adjustments that can make a big difference

~Catch up on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three day trip to New York City and Washington D.C. here.

Until Monday, bonjour!

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8 thoughts on “This & That: No. 137

  1. I have just finished reading Marie Kondo’s book and absolutely loved it! I am going to do a re-read of it over the holiday period to take some notes and really get stuck into the de-cluttering!

  2. I just finished “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and I already feel like I have a new outlook on my home. I can’t wait to put her methods into practice!

  3. Bonjour Shannon,

    I have been following your website for some years, and I must tell you how much I love it. Due to your advice, I’m shopping less, but buying better quality.
    I just wanted to know if your book is becoming available on Scribd as well?

    Take care

  4. Just finished “The life changing magic of tidying up”. It really is life changing. To feel lighter and free. This is a must have to live simply and luxuriously.

  5. I absolutely love your choice of links, especially the 7 Negative Behaviors that are Actually Healthy. I have always been a rebel and have enjoyed solitude. Most times these things are pathologized and it was really nice to see that these traits are being recognized as resilient. Thanks for the tip.
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