This & That: April 13, 2018

Apr 13, 2018

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Sephora Beauty Event

Get ready to stock up on your favorite and must-have beauty items. Beginning today, Rouge members have the opportunity to shop Sephora’s top beauty finds, receiving 15% through April 16th. Sephora VIB + Beauty Insiders Member Event begins on April 20 and runs through 23 where all VIB members will receive access to shop Spring Bonus products at 15% off, and Beauty Insider members will be able to shop the same at 10% off.

  • Rouge: 15% off, valid 4/13 through 4/16, 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYROUGE
  • VIB: 15% off, valid 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYVIB
  • BI: 10% off, valid 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYINSIDER

Learn how to become a Beauty Insider here, and take a glimpse at a few of the items I might be picking up in the near future below.


Food Pharmacy: A Guide to Gut Bacteria, Anti-Inflammatory Food and Eating for Health by Lina Aurell and Mia Clase

Understanding the power of foods to enhance our health can be overwhelming, but with the help of LIna Aurell and Mia Clase’s new book released this past January, you too can come to better understand what are superfoods and why, how to reduce inflammation and reduce chronic diseases, all the while teaching you how to live your healthiest life equipped with the right knowledge and food.

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

Journalist Kayleen Schaefer’s new book, which just came out in February, is homage to the power and importance of female friendships. Interviewing dozens of women historians, creators of the most iconic films and television shows about female friendship, authors and celebrities, discover how the female friendship has grown and matured as we realize its importance and value in our everyday lives as we navigate the journey of life.


At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson

Released earlier this week, Nigella’s new cookbook is a compilation of simple everyday recipes such as Chicken Fricassee, Chili Mint Lamb Cutlets, Eastern Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Carrots and Fennel with Harissa and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Enabling home cooks to enhance their skills but not be intimidated to give these recipes a try, the international bestselling cookbook author may just have another wonderful creation on her hands.

The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from our French Cooking School by Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini

Mother and daughter team, and American expats living in the Burgundy region, the duo cofounded a cooking school, a celebrated French cooking school, in the storybook town of Beaune, The Cook’s Atelier. Offering classes to travelers and locals, inside their new book which was just released this week, discover seasonal recipes as well as stories of their life and observations in the French village they now call home. (Check out their website here.)



If you are someone who prefers to watch movies in the theater, rather than at home, the MoviePass may just be what you need to save your budget. Similar to Netflix for movie theaters, pay fewer than $10/month, download the free app and view movies at 91% of theaters throughout the United States without paying one more cent. I kid you not. You can view one movie a day and only pay $10/month. Basically, if you go to the theater more than once a month, you are saving money. So why not give it a try? The Wall Street Journal shared their thoughts, so be sure to check them out here.


Helmut Lang Cutout wool-blend jersey dress

A simple, classic, figure flattering dress in the hue of black is a must-have in the closet. And when Helmut Lang makes such an item, I consider seriously bringing it into my closet. This particular just-below-the-knee dress is one to have for the evening outing you just don’t know what will be taking place, but you know you want to look effortlessly stunning. Add a statement piece of jewelry, beautiful pumps and a loose updo and you are set.

Seagrass Market Tote with Linen Liner

A new item for the summer farmers market shoppers. Made of seagrass and complete with a linen liner that has a drawstring to cinch items in during transport, this tote is large enough to make sure you can bring home some beautiful produce, but not overwhelming to be cumbersome. And it’s less than $50.

~recipe for Grilled Straweberry and Goat Cheese No-Bake Cheesecake~

A deep breath is necessary today. A wave of gratitude has overwhelmed me as of late as this past week brought unexpected stress and angst. But it was due to an individual’s unexpected actions in response that gave me great pause about a variety of things in my life and a feeling of deep thanksgiving. The incident occurred at school unexpectedly, and needless to say, I was reminded that there are indeed selfless, thoughtful people in this world. And I feel fortunate to call one of them my colleague. With that said, the weekend is one of the sweetest, and it wasn’t planned in the least bit.

In fact, this weekend was scheduled to be about attending a cooking class with my mom, and it still is. We will be learning about seafood over the course of one full day, so I am excited to get into the kitchen and learn something new, all the while spending some time with a very special person in my life. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well, and below are a handful of posts and one video I thought you might enjoy. Thank you for stopping by and bonne journée!

~I love this online destination. Her flower farm just makes me smile. Learn from an expert about How to Make a Simple Spring Centerpiece with Seasonal Blooms

~One of my favorite sites for calm, inspiration and growing appreciation . . . 31 Five-Second Reminders That Will Make Calmness Your Superpower

~Sometimes we do it without realizing it, but hopefully by reading this article, we can reduce the unconscious bad behaviors . . . 15 Ways You Are Wasting Time During Your Day

~Readers have asked, so when I came across this list, I wanted to share . . . 5 Size-Inclusive Brands Man Repeller is Loving

~We each have them, and not all of them are bad, but understanding what our biases are is crucial for true self-awareness and self-improvement . . . 7 Psychological Biases to Understand to Become a Stronger Person

~Saving this article . . . Expert Advice: An Insider’s Guide to Sleuthing Antiques and Housewares in Paris

~We know it’s the best thing to do, but it’s not easy by far. However, perhaps knowing the Benefits of Dropping the Mask and being Your Authentic Self will inspire each of us to give it a try one more time.

~A fun segment with Giada on Stephen Colbert to promote her new cookbook – Giada’s Italy. Enjoy!

~VIEW THIS & THAT posts from the recent past and long ago past below:

~1 Week AgoApril 6, 2018

~1 Month AgoMarch 16, 2018

~1 Year AgoApril 14, 2017

~2 Years AgoApril 15, 2016

8 thoughts on “This & That: April 13, 2018

  1. Dear Shannon Have a lovely weekend with your Mom. You are indeed fortunate to have such a relationship. It is of great sadness to me that my mother and I were not close, and since her passing any grieving is for how things could have been, despite trying on my part. Fortunately I have been blessed with a daughter with whom I have a wonderful, loving relationship. We live two hours drive apart which makes our planned weekends together very special. Looking forward to some seafood recipes on the blog. Best wishes from the UK, Sue.

  2. A mother-daughter cooking class sounds like a lot of fun and a memory you will treasure. It’s a gift that keeps giving–you’ll reminisce every time you make the dishes.

  3. As always, I love the links you share. I am curious about others’ thoughts on the 7 psychological biases one in particular. I think about the first point fairly often – “When people criticize others, they are often describing themselves.” I retrospectively recognize this behavior in myself – when I was young especially, judging others in the same way I would judge myself. It is great encouragement to never take anything personally.

    When someone calls another ugly or fat, it’s their own insecurities about body image coming through. Even if they’re currently “fit”, they are also criticizing themselves in the same light for other reasons or even being harsher on themseles, and would especially do so if they weren’t fit.

    But I wonder if the same holds true when we criticize someone for negative behaviors. Most recently I find myself getting frustrated when someone isn’t mindful or present, or judging when they are unable to let go of the crutches of technological distractions and just be with their thoughts, something that I personally love doing and which those close to me could do as well. Or criticizing someone for having narrow views based on ignorance (homophobia, racism, etc). As the article says, you hate in others what you hate in yourself and vice versa. But how can that be true in that scenario, if one’s view is ignorant and the other’s is informed? Or even something as simpe as disliking someone for always being rude to a waitress, but you yourself are extremely kind to wait staff.

    Curious about what other people think, as I’ve been pondering this a lot recently when I catch myself instinctively making a criticism. There may be a better way to interpret this quote than the way I am.

    Thanks again, Shannon – always thought provoking!

  4. Shannon what a lovely way to spend the weekend cooking with your Mom. You sound as though you have a lovely relationship.To be nurtured. My Mom is no longer with me and I miss her everyday!!. Have fun?

  5. Might I make a recommendation for you and your readers? Have a look at the current issue of the Lodestars anthology. It is a travel journal published 2-3 times a year. I say journal but it is more like a luxury coffee table book in journal form. The current issue is France. It is full of wonderful photographs with accompany short essays. I purchased mine yesterday with my weekly Saturday morning almond croissant and have been enjoying reading through it. I’m in the Uk but I believe they ship internationally. I’m a long time reader but have never commented – I enjoy reading your posts very much and eagerly await the next book!

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