This & That: April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans and Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Released earlier this month and already a bestseller, Factfulness, is a book with the facts we often don’t know and what often isn’t shared. Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, along with two co-authors “offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective”. The good news is there is good news; we just need to look for it, as it often doesn’t make the headlines.

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr. 

Aaron Burr from the acclaimed Broadway play Hamilton (he’s a Tony winner as well) has a new book, and it is perfect for not only soon-to-be graduates, but anyone looking for that burst of inspiration to keep striving toward and eventually arriving at their dreams. Have a listen to his interview about his book here when he was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in the Digital World by Joanna Coles

Her analogies are no nonsense. Her advice is not sugarcoated. The former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire shares fifteen love hacks that enable readers to find worthwhile love in their lives. Pointing out how the “market of love” has become a commodity, she recognizes and distinguishes from real and “junk” love. Case in point, her language is direct, her message is clear: real love is possible to find, it’s just a manner of understanding how.

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness by Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson

Combining the fields of neuroscience, mindfulness and wellness, Resilient offers the steps for building the tools necessary – grit, gratitude, and compassion – to live well and not just survive. Our lives are full of struggle and angst – some of our own making and some that are completely out of our control. The key is understanding how to effectively navigate every single day in order to thrive. This book is a reader’s guide to building their inner resilience.


The Gospel According to André

Released to special audiences this weekend and nationally on May 25th, the documentary of André Leon Tally, the fashion and style expert who for years worked alongside Anna Wintour at Vogue, as well as at Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine, shares the intimate journey of André life.

Growing up in the Jim Crow South and rising to become a style setter for the world-at-large, have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile find

I Am Not An Easy Man

Last weekend I had the opportunity to watch a new film which debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, I Am Not An Easy Man. Not only will Francophiles appreciate this modern film as it is set in Paris and is written in French, but with the recent swelling of awareness surrounding the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp, the lead role stars a male chauvinist’s whose life is flipped upside down when after a concussion he wakes up in a matriarchal world in which men are inferior to women.

The satirical plot will perhaps have you laughing at times until you take a moment, pause, and then recognize how conditioned society has become to accept certain behaviors, roles and expectations of each gender. Watch it, absorb the message and then live more consciously. I know I was taking serious note of the message. The last scene alone was all too real of a wake-up call of where society is and the progress that still needs to be made. Have a look at the trailer below.

Waking Up in Paris: Overcoming Darkness in the City of Light by Sonia Choquette 

Join the author, Sonia Choquette, as she takes readers on her journey of having chosen to relocate to Paris after the ending of her marriage, discovering that yes, the journey is just as important as the destination. And what a wonderful city to call home while you navigate your way, Paris.


Joseph Belted cotton-poplin midi dress

A classic cut and color, wear alone or in layers, this Joseph midi dress is drastically reduced and a staple for a summer capsule wardrobe.

The White Company Linen Zip Shoulder Stripe T-Shirt

Stripes and linen just sing summer, non?


~recipe for Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze~

The weekend is here! And I am so excited because I have the opportunity I have been waiting for to finally see The Hot Sardines in concert! Yep, Portland, here I come!

Last week I shared that The Hot Sardines were coming to Portland as well as Vancouver, Canada, and an added bonus – they will be playing with the host city’s symphony. I know! What an awesome pairing. I will be sharing my experience on Instagram and IG Stories, so if you’re interested and aren’t able to go to the concert (tickets are still available!), I will do my best to share their modern New Orleans jazz tunes.

But until that much anticipated moment, I am going to relax something fierce and celebrate! It’s been a whirlwind of a week. And if you are a newsletter subscriber, there was some amazing news to share this morning with the latest issue (subscribe here). But before you go, below are a few articles and one video I think you might enjoy. Thanks as always for stopping by, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~A big deep breath, this post is here to save the day! How to Manage Stress – a Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress into Success

~10 phrases to wipe from your memory – What Successful People Never Say

~I am always trying to drink more, and this article reminds us of even more of the benefits of drinking water

~Traveling to Paris, or will be someday? Save this article which shares three luxurious restaurants to cap off a wonderful evening out and about in the City of Light

~PBS released their list of books for 2018’s The Great American Read. Learn more about it here.

Have you heard about this video series, My Life in Sourdough? If not, I think you will enjoy it. They offer video shorts which they describe as romantic comedies plus cooking lessons. They’re fun, well-down and well, have a look at one episode here and one of the trailers below. View the entire series here.


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4 thoughts on “This & That: April 27, 2018

  1. I always check your This and That, especially the film selection, and I have found my great films via your blog, so thank you!

    I can’t wait to see the “Gospel by André”!!

    I saw the “I’m not an easy man” film last week. It was funny and surprisingly thought provoking – my husband enjoyed it as well and we had a very good conversation afterwords.

    This week’s This and That, hit all the boxes for me, food, style, film. Just before I got this email, I kind of lost my temper with a work situation (I work alone, so no other person was hurt by my fuming…), but this really lifted my spirits! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Eija, Thank you so much for sharing what you enjoy about this weekly post. I am so happy your spirits have lifted and the day’s energy has improved. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Your description of the film “I am not an easy man” reminded me of a short film from a few years ago on the same topic. It was great. I looked it up–the title is “Majorité Opprimée”–and discovered it’s by the same director. Kudos to Netflix for backing her to expand her idea into a feature film.

  3. Another lovely this and that. Looking forward to seeing” the gospel according to Andre”. What an interesting guy! Also will be ordering “Waking up in Paris”That would be a dream come through for so many of us.?

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