This & That: April 14, 2017

Apr 14, 2017

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Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème by Laura Mercier

Soufflé for your body? Yep. Love it. Have it. You will not be disappointed. (Other scents are available as well: fresh fig, crême brûlée, and amber vanillè.)


The Way She Wears It: The Ultimate Insider Guides to Your Personal Style by Dallas Shaw

Released on March 28th, Dallas Shaw is the fashion illustrator and style project designer that top fashion houses seek out to curate their showrooms and presentations. With knowledge to share in her new book The Way She Wears I, she offers a guidebook that functions much like a workbook, helping women find their unique style and encouraging them not be shy about it.


Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark 

The highly respected New York Times food writer and best-selling author Melissa Clark has just released her newest cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game. Released last month, Clark exclusively focuses on recipes for . . . you guessed it . . . dinner. Organized around the main ingredient and offering easy to prepare and full of flavor dishes, whether you are new to the kitchen or simply want some new ideas to mix it up, you may just want to pick this cookbook up.

On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen by Jeremy Fox and Noah Galuten

A Michelin-starred chef for his Napa Valley restaurant Ubuntu, Jeremy Fox’s first cookbook is finally available. Offering new and creative ways to mix it up with vegetables, On Vegetables shares with readers 160 recipes that the home cook can approach to bring wonderful flavors to the many vegetables waiting to be further appreciated.



Richard Gere is receiving a nod of approval from critics for his starring role in which he plays a fixer  living in New York City. Upon meeting an Israeli dignitary, his character ends up impressing the man after buying his shoes (as you will see in the trailer, it is a gesture that exceeds what Norman expected to offer). Needless to say, the dignitary is impressed and thus begins to build a strong relationship with Norman over the next few years. Then that same man becomes the prime minister of Israel. Things begin to change for Norman and not necessarily for the better. Being released across the country today, have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

The New Paris: The People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement by Lindsay Tramuta

A Paris like you may not know existed. Journalist Lindsey Tramuta takes readers into the ever evolving City of Light. The food, wine, pastry, fashion, coffee and much more that is becoming infused with ideas from newcomers while keeping that special Parisian flare. Full of photographs by Charissa Fay, the book is available on the 18th and worth taking a look at before your next jaunt to France.


~recipe for Coconut Custard Tart~

Springtime in April is a special time of year. The blossoms begin to burst with beauty, the birds begin to return, the daffodils slowly rise and offer they sunshine and the rains are fresh and welcomed. With tulips adorning the inside of my home at the moment, and my umbrella and wellies at the ready, I am doing all that I can to savor this month. And the good news is, we still have a few more weeks to do so.

Have a lovely weekend and if you’re celebrating Easter or Passover, wishing you and yours a lovely occasion of gathering and feasting. Below are a few articles you may enjoy this weekend, until Monday, bonne journée.

~Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection

~13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

~10 Ways Mentally Strong Do to Build Powerful Mindsets

~One Behavior Separates the Successful from the Average, find out what it

~A simple French recipe with a touch of west coast, Crab Croque-Madame

~Sleep. Get Some. It’s highly respected.

9 thoughts on “This & That: April 14, 2017

  1. Another oenophile/francophile movie for you: Ce qui nous lie (What Binds Us), about a prodigal son who leaves his winemaking family, to come home as his father is dying. Family and the land.

  2. Shannon- Your weekly this and that is our roadmap to a great weekend. We don’t always get everything in…but keep them on file and go back to review. Love the clarity inspiration too this week. You follow the same philosophy as we do at LBD. Clarity at home makes life wonderful!-Laurel Bledsoe

  3. So very enjoyable to view of latest post reads; I will pass on the movies suggested; other wise, thank you for sharing.

  4. Love Laura Mercier fragrances! I’m not a big gourmand fragrance fan, but I love the LM Tarte Au Citron. Every element of a French patisserie lemon tart is captured in this fragrance (warm vanilla, fresh lemon, buttery crust, etc.) … the body mousse & cologne is devine. I agree with you that the Almond Coconut Milk collection is pretty special. Thx, Shannon, for your beautiful, informative blog!?‍?

  5. I ordered The Way She Wears It based upon this post and I just wanted to thank you for your recommendation, Shannon! It is just excellent…modern and encouraging and fun with gorgeous photos.

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