This & That: April 12, 2019

Apr 12, 2019

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Juliet’s School of Possibilities: A Little STory About the Power of Priorities by Laura Vanderkam

Released last month, discover a life lesson revealed through a modern fable. Travel with the young protagonist Riley as she comes to discover how “rethinking the balance between your present and your future, between the things you have to do and the things you want to do can free you from feeling overwhelmed and pursue your highest possibilities”.

The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age by Steven R. Gundry MD

Released last month and written by bestselling writer of The Plant Paradox, doctor Steven R. Gundry explore and shares how “the bacteria that makes up the microbiome—largely determines our health over the years”. Sharing nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve your longevity and the quality of your life, if you are looking to learn even more about your body’s health and how what we eat can be profoundly powerful in positive ways, be sure to check this book out.

A Tree in the House: Flowers for Your Home, Special Occasions and Every Day by Annabelle Hickson

I have been enjoying following Annabelle Hickson on Instagram as of late, as each image is full of an abundance of blooms, and her new book (released this past month) is no different. Capturing images and sharing ideas of how to arrange beautiful bouquets, the images are primarily situated in “rural homes, gardens and sheds using the beauty of what’s growing wild. Interspersed throughout are snapshots—in words and pictures—of rural life and that aspirational rustic country aesthetic”.

Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses by Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur

Having met in college in 2002, co-authors Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur draw on their long friendship to share “ways in which vulnerability, openness, and compassion—qualities central to so many women’s relationships—lend themselves to professional accomplishment and innovation”.

Francophile Find

~A Meal Observed by Andrew Todhunter

Two hundred and forty pages focused entirely on a singular five-hour meal enjoyed in Paris at the three-star restaurant Taillevent. Once you have a look at the restaurant’s website, you will appreciate how someone could possibly write so delectably and languidly about not only a meal, but an experience. Published in 2004, this may just be a perfect book to sweep you away to Paris this spring.


Welcome Home, Bon Voyage, Live, The Hot Sardines’ new album

The Hot Sardines are back with a new album full of live tracks captured during their many travels and performances around the globe this past year. Having had the opportunity to see them live in concert last spring (swipe through all three pictures and videos to hear them play my favorite song) and to meet Elizabeth Burgerol in person (she is even more lovely in person than she was in her interview for the podcast – and as you will notice, she is tremendously warm and engaging), I cannot wait for my album to arrive. Released next week, have a listen to one of the songs from the album below and enjoy jazz as only The Hot Sardines can create.


Bembien Gigi Hoop Earrings, Walnut and other woods (more sizes)

A creative fashion accessory which takes a classic hoop earring in a new, yet simple direction. Available in different sizes and different hoop shapes as well, choose the wood you prefer and let your earrings do the talking.

Mark & Graham Concourse Boarding Bag

The color combination of ivory and brown leather always hints at days-gone-by in a very good way. In other words, a classic choice that will never go out of style. Available in navy and leather as well, and with two different sizes as well as a monogram option, if you are looking for a chic new travel tote, you may have found it.

Nordstrom’s Annual Spring Sale

Discover discounts up to 50% through April 22nd at Nordstrom’s annual spring sale. No promo code necessary, just shop, shop shop!

Page Anchor

Bibliophiles, or if you have a bibliophile on your gift list, this may just be a fantastically perfect find. This small Swedish company has been crowd sourcing via a Kick Starter campaign for two years in order to create a simple, but highly functional product that will enable you to keep the book you are reading open so you do not have to hold it awkwardly. Weighing in at 23 grams, and made with the finest stainless steel these page anchors come in four different colors.

With the inspiration to create something to remind us to slow down and step away from technology, “reading has for [the designer] always been the perfect way to take a break and be more mindful”, and so the Page Anchor was born! You can save 10% off your order for nine more days and receive free shipping when you use promo code PREORDER.


The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

I have a feeling my British readers already know about this new spin-off series as it premiered in the UK last spring, and now it is finally available in the states. Available on BritBox (via Amazon Prime), The Bletchley Circle that we came to know during WWII and thereafter has flown to San Francisco to help the police solve seemingly unsolveable crimes. Set in the 1950s, the entire season is available now. Have a look at the trailer below.


Premiering this past Tuesday on FX (10pm), you can still watch the first episode here. A new series”Spanning five decades, Fosse/Verdon explores the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams)”. Have a look at the trailer below and as Michelle Williams shared in a recent press interview, it explores the reality of the creativity Verdon provided in Fosse’s life who many historians believe he wouldn’t be who we remember him to be without her.

~recipe for Apple and Cardamom Babka~

Spring weekends are some of my favorite weekends, and now that all of the snow has finally been soaked up by the lawn, I look forward to planning what will be shopped for at the nurseries in the coming weeks as my yard, garden, pots and tabletops are ready to be dressed up.

What will you be up to this weekend? I do hope this past week has treated you well and now you are getting excited for a few days of fun, relaxation or catching up with friends or family. This week I have found so many articles (and one lovely video I think you will enjoy) and am excited to share them with you. Wishing you a rejuvenating weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~Follow the official Instagram Account of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – @sussexroyal and discover their recent news regarding partnering with Oprah.

~5 Quick Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Brain As You Age [Pick the Brain]

~All the more motivation to grow your own garden, It Turns Out Gardening is Just As Good As Hitting the Treadmill [Domino]

~5 Cheapish Things to Get Rid of Distractions – one is a paper planner which is right up my alley [The New York Times]

~How to Avoid Those Unhealthy Dishes at Restaurants [The Washington Post]

~5 Seasonal Spring Produce Items to Look for at the Market [The Washington Post]

~Getting into the Zone is a great place to be for work, creative pursuits and exercising. Find out how to do it consciously. [The Washington Post]

~Recently, The Simple Sophisticate podcast’s episode #32 was linked in an article you might enjoy – 9 French Girls to Follow on Instagram for Endless Style Inspiration [Huff Post]

~If you are looking for leadership inspiration, look no further than Abby Wambach’s new book and this article highlights a handful of her eight ideas – I am applauding each one. [The New York Times]

~Where to Eat Breakfast in Paris [Every Day Parisian]

~Recently, Inslee Fariss (aka the illustrator behind all of TSLL’s illustrations) gave a tour of her West Village apartment. Click here or click below and sit back and enjoy.

7 thoughts on “This & That: April 12, 2019

  1. That Page Anchor is pure genius! They’re sold out — tells you something right there — but they’re going to make ideal gifts for all my reader friends. I just wish someone would invent a gadget that would allow me to comfortably read a (usually thick, heavy) book while have a cat in my lap. I can’t sit down without a Lap Cat taking immediate residence & the contortions I have to go through to hold up a heavy book & read it while not straining my shoulder or wrist, losing my place, dropping it on said cat & causing a scene worthy of any Shakespearean drama are exhausting. I have no idea what shape it would take (if I knew that I’d invent it myself), but it’ll make it’s inventor obscenely rich as I know I’m not the only cat-owned reader who could use it. And as always, Shannon, thanks for a great collection of goodies!

    1. If nothing else, you’ve inspired someone to create such a creation. 🙂 And, I agree, this page anchor is a great idea. Thank you Susanne for stopping by. Have a wonderful start to the week. 🙂

      1. Dear Susanne,
        I would totally buy the “holding-book” gadget as I, too, suffer from that same Lap-Cat issue (two cats!)… Just let me know when you invented it, OK?
        Greetings from Germany,

  2. Dear Shannon,
    Thanks for Friday’s newsletter. I wish there was Brit Box in Germany. But there’s hope. 🙂
    Have a great week,

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