This & That: September 2, 2016

Sep 02, 2016

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A Life in Progress

Having discovered Canadian blogger Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui ‘s blog A Life in Progress, I noticed there were a handful of overlaps with the topics we share with our readers. Reading her latest post about Today Being Enough and the blog post that brought me to her blog in the first place focusing on the topic Mediocrity, I immediately knew I wanted to share.


The Light Between Oceans

Star studded with academy award winners Rachel Weisz and Alicia Vikander, The Light Between Oceans is based on the bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman. A tragic romantic tale about a couple who is unable to have children, miraculously finding a baby who has washed upon shore, the couple (Vikander and Michael Fassbender) raise the child as their own. Weisz (the baby’s mother) eventually realizes her baby is alive and the agony begins. However, the problem is too many people love and have dutifully cared for this child, Vikander’s character has named Lucy. A behind-the-scenes interesting tidbit, the leading roles played by Vikander and Michael Fassbender exhibit extraordinary chemistry on set, and in fact, fell in love themselves with each other during the filming. Being released in theaters today, have a look at the trailer below.

South Side with You

Premiering at Sundance this past January, John Legend produced the film South Side with You which is a romantic bio-pic about the first lady and President Obama’s first date in Chicago on an evening in 1989. Starring Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter, critics have been very receptive to the film based a brief description that President Obama wrote about in his second book. Released in theaters last week, I think I might just have to step into the theater this long weekend and enjoy. See what I am talking about in the trailer below:

Francophile Find

Becoming Madame: Inspired by reminiscences of a road less taken by Ollivia de la Valliere

If you’ve ever want to see through the eyes of someone who up and left it all for France and made a very happy and successful go at it, read Ollivia de la Valliere’s book which was released last year. A memoir detailing her decision to go to France in 2006 after leaving behind a high paying job and her fiancé, she quickly decided to make it a permanent decision. You can also follow her on her blog Becoming Madame.

~To peruse all the Francophile Finds that have been mentioned in the weekly This & That post, click here


Katie Couric

Katie Couric recently debuted her own podcast. Coined as “Unexpected, Unconventional and Un-buttoned Up”, I decided to tune in a couple weeks ago and was actually quite impressed (as one might expect being she was a beloved morning anchor). As I listened to her interview (or conversation) with Julia Louise-Dreyfus, I found the content to be playful at times, but then quite serious just as often which produced a beautiful balance. So far there are five episodes to listen to and so far, so good.


Closed Pullover with Alpaca and wool

TSLL Fall Shopping Guide will be released tomorrow morning for your Labor Day reading pleasure, but until then this lusciously looking soft Alpaca and wool pullover over looks to be a lovely addition to a capsule wardrobe.

Theory Oakland DF Open-Front Trench Coat

A quality trench is a must and with long trenches being a trend worth splurging on, this one has my eye.



~recipe for Summer Waffles 4 Ways~

Say it isn’t so . . . the last unofficial weekend of summer has arrived. Why not . . . make the most of it? From delicious summer waffles to indulging in a quick getaway to savor the sweetness of a beautiful season. I don’t know about you, but it has been a fantastically memorable summer, so I will be paying it the proper due this weekend one last time.

And with it being Labor Day weekend here in the states, that means TSLL 2016 Fall Shopping Guide will be released early tomorrow morning. I have been shopping the online stores, perused the collections and dove into the fashion tomes. Now I am excited to share what to splurge on and what to save on. So whether you are getting away or staying home, I hope you have a wonderful, restful time doing whatever makes you smile. Below is some reading you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~TSLL French Week may be over for the next 12 months, but the French finds will keep on coming . . . 20 Perfectly Genuine & Excellent Reasons to Move to Paris

~One more . . . Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains

~Simple and indeed it does work . . . Check out a simple and proven way to hack your to-do list

~How Successful People Stay Calm . . . deep breath

7 thoughts on “This & That: September 2, 2016

  1. Hello! Thank you for sharing my posts – I actually discovered your podcast a long time ago. I love Paris (and Québec), a simple life, and noticing and tasting the simple pleasures of every day; our common ground is what drew me to you:)

  2. Uggh. The few times I was subjected to Katie Couric in waiting rooms of hospitals was QUITE enough. I don’t think I need more of that in my life. Thanks for the “warning”.

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