This & That: No. 138

Dec 19, 2014

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~Article to Read

~Paris: 10 Pieces of Cliche-Free Advice

A must-read article to rid yourself of the many misconceptions about the Parisian culture. From debunking myths about the rampant infidelity crisis and which destinations are truly worth wandering into, read it, save it and trust it. I found myself nodding in absolute agreement per my own traveling experiences in the city.


~My Paris Story: Living, Loving and Leaping Without a Net in the City of Light

An anthology of twenty-two authors sharing their stories of making their dream come true as they moved to Paris, you will discover their experiences, secrets, challenges and successes. I don’t know about you, but as I have the lofty dream of someday living in Paris, I’m eager to pick up this book to gather some inspiration and ideas.


~Quotation Marks Bookends

Updating your shelf decor? These quotation mark bookends offer a unique touch for any display of your reading material.


~Australian Luxe Nordic Shearling-trimmed suede boots

Warm winter boots that can allow skinny jeans to be tucked inside or worn with your skiing attire prior to snapping on your sliders. Be warm. Be stylish.

~Theory Trincy Cardigan in Evian Stretch

A beautiful winter white cardigan is an ideal layering piece for work or casual outfits. Wear over a cardigan, blouse or fine knit sweater and be warm, as well as classically chic.

~Bailey 44 Striped stretch-jersey top

For a very reasonable price, this black stripe jersey top can be dressed up or down as well as worn for summer or winter. What more could one ask from a clothing item?

meringuecheesecakebites ~Recipe for Mini Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Bites~

I am ready to get all dressed up and dive into a two-week vacation, but first I would like to take a nap and get energized. Does anyone else feel this way? I am more than eager to engross myself with the holiday festivities – many soirees, local last-minute gift shopping and nibbling and toasting to my heart’s content, but it’s Friday and I’m exhausted. Never mind that, this time of year only happens upon us once and because of such a fact, we must partake, revel and celebrate. Are you with me?

With great excitement, and to be honest, in a state of still-can’t-quite-believe-it, Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide, officially launched this week and is now available in both print and ebook format. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Jennifer L. Scott of Daily Connoisseur for not only spotlighting the book this week, but also offering a giveaway to one lucky winner. If you’re interested in entering, be sure to stop by and enter here.

But for now, it’s back to the holiday celebrations. Doesn’t the recipe above look absolutely mouth-watering? As someone who is infatuated with lemon meringue pie and was looking for a dessert recipe for an upcoming cocktail party, this particular combo bite caught my attention. Needless to say, I quickly put it on my menu and will let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, with the last weekend before Christmas having arrived, be sure to find a few minutes to catch your breath and just enjoy the gaiety that this season brings. And if you have a few moments to read, I have a couple of articles you might enjoy:

~Those Things By Which We Get Embarrassed . . . a beautiful thought about letting go of fitting in

~7 Rituals You Should Steal from Extremely Creative People . . . the good news, we are all creative, we just have to figure out how to tap into our talents

~A worthwhile tour of all that made the news in fashion this past year – The New York Times 2014 Year in Style pics

~6 Things Obituaries Can Teach Us About Living Better . . . as we sit down to write our 2015 resolutions, something to consider.

Until Monday, bonjour.


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7 thoughts on “This & That: No. 138

  1. Again, so much interesting stuff to read!!
    I want that Paris story book!!!
    And, Mini Lemon Meringue Cheesecakes, oh, what a good idea, lemon, my favourite flavour, and, cheesecake, my favourite dessert!!!
    I must have a go at making those.
    At the moment, listening to Paris Cafe, on Jazzradio, which I discovered a while ago, here on the SLL…thank you!
    Have the most wonderful Christmas Shannon!

  2. There is more to the world than Paris, London, New York, and other parts of the US. I highly recommend travelling outside of your comfort zone and opening your eyes/mind to different cultures and experiences around the world. While I have been to Paris & traveled around France and enjoyed it, it gets quite boring when most of your articles are about Paris. Cheers!

    1. This is quite a rude post and you may want to take some lessons from Madame Chic on how to communicate with people. It’s more than likely your reason for remaining Anon

  3. Merci beaucoup for including “My Paris Story” on your list! We are honored! Wishing you joy filled holidays and a magical new year. (Also just read you have a book out too will definitely be checking that out.) – Dawn

  4. Hi Shannon! What a surprise to see you hilighting my friend’s book, “A Paris Story”! She organised the whole book and offered a chapter in there as well. If you ever want to interview her or any of the other ladies I’d be happy to put you in touch. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  5. Shannon, I picked up My Paris Story and absolutely loved it. Lots of inspiration for those of us dreaming of having our own place there! I also met one of the authors on my last trip to Paris and she was as cool as her story portrayed her to be – so the book is def authentic too! 😉

  6. Shannon I am still laughing along with the article at the top of the list — how brilliant!

    As an Aussie I must apprise you of “~Australia Luxe Nordic Shearling-trimmed suede boots – “. We call these “Ugg boots” as in “hug” without the “h”. 😀

    I love your This and That posts, they always contain wonderful gems.

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