This & That: August 24, 2018

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Continually I hear recommended by entrepreneurs and anyone who wishes to simplify, and simply work smarter, the book Essentialism. And while many of its principles may be obvious to TSLL readers – determine your priorities and reduce or eliminate the rest – sometimes hearing a different voice and experience with the process of doing so helps us to understand the concept at a different level, and deepen our perspective. Case in point, I have put the book on hold at the library as I am curious to read it. 

Selfie: How We Became Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing To Us by Will Storr

Released this past March and already set to release the paperback edition next spring, Selfie is a bestselling book by novelist and journalist Will Storr (The New Yorker, Esquire, The Sunday Times, The Guardian). While the title is part of our everyday zeitgeist, Storr examines more deeply what influences us in our current culture, why we are “obsessed” with social media and its perpetuation of “perfectionism” which sets lofty, often unattainable ideals, and how to break its ‘spell’, so to speak. 

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World by Brooke McAlary

Released this past July, Brooke McAlary will be speaking your language I have a feeling based on the positive response to this Wednesday’s post about savoring everyday, simple moments. Offering practical advice to creating a life focused on what truly matters, and letting go of the outside world’s expectations, this is a book that I cannot wait to read. 


Love Is Here to Stay by Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

Earlier this month, I heard whisper from Diana Krall on her Instagram (she rarely posts) that she would be singing an entire album with Tony Bennett. And yes indeed, it is happening, and the album will be released this September 14th. However, the good news is two of the songs are now available to download, and one is below (in its entirety) to be enjoy – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”.


Container Store Sale

With fall preparations at home and the office underway to ensure we are off to a good start (check out this week’s episode of the podcast for a checklist), they may be a few items that would help with the organizational process. Now granted, it is better to eliminate rather than reorganized, but for those items such as containers for lunch and your spices being easy to find, as well as straightening up your desk, why not save 15% with promo code PICKUP15 when you order online and pick up in a store near you?

—Equipment Courtley Wide Sleeve Cashmere Sweater

The fall collections are officially available in stores, and there are many beautiful items to shop. While I have been pulling together this season’s TSLL Shopping Guide (to be released next Saturday – the 1st of September), I couldn’t help share a few items this week – and one is this cashmere sweater . . . 

Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton Twill Jacket

. . . and this classic, casual cotton twill jacket. I could live in this on the weekends here in Bend. Saving it now. 🙂 With Ralph Lauren’s current promotional sale, when you buy this jacket, which is over the $250 purchase mark, you save 30% off the price when you use promo code AUGUST.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Netflix

One of the few novels that nearly every friend I know who loves to read has recommended is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008) by Anne Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. And yes, I am late to this bandwagon, but I am on it now and the novel is being picked up as you are reading this post this weekend. Following the second World War, Guernsey (a small island in the English Channel, just off the northern tip of Normandy) was occupied by the Germans, and the plot begins with a note to the protagonist – Juliet – in a book by Charles Lamb (an English romantic poet and writer). 

Netflix just recently premiered the film staring Lily James (better known from Downton Abbey and Cinderella), with the cast that includes another lovely lady from Downton Abbey (playing Isobel Crawley) – Penelope Wilton, alongside Tom Courtenay, Matthew Goode and Michiel Huisman (the Dutch actor whom Juliet (James) receives the note from to come and visit Guernsey). After seeing the trailer below, I need to read the book very quickly, because I will be eager to watch the film (but I am challenging myself to wait until the book has been enjoyed – we’ll see how that goes :)).
~recipe for Blueberry Gallette and Cornmeal Thyme Crust~

Routines are very good things, even (and especially) when we give ourselves permission to step outside of them as we go about our days. I have to share that I have thoroughly enjoyed stepping back into the regular routine of the blog’s schedule this week. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely enjoyed and always look forward to French Week each year, but it was the return to the regular postings, being able to comment with each reader when they stopped by, and doing my best to offer posts to inspire or a moment to pause or provide a delicious option for a weekday meal that I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to do. Thank you for making TSLL a part of your weekly routine. I deeply appreciate you, and I hope your week went well. 

Below are a few articles and one video I thought you might enjoy as the weekend begins, and don’t forget that this upcoming Monday (August 27), while there won’t be a new episode of the podcast (season 5 begins on September 3), there will be a new post of motivation to kick off the week. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~THIS & THAT posts from the Archives:

~One Week Ago: August 17, 2018 

~One Month Ago: July 27, 2018

~One Year Ago: August 25, 2017

~Two Years Ago: August 26, 2016

~Four Years Ago: August 22, 2014

14 thoughts on “This & That: August 24, 2018

  1. Good morning Shannon and thank you for the heads up on the Tony Bennett and Diana Krall release, have pre-ordered; don’t you just know this is going to be fab!
    Have a lovely weekend, best wishes from the UK, Sue

  2. Hello Shannon , Happy Friday !

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film is very good, and I think you will enjoy it , the film is true to the book, and the casting is excellent .
    Guernsey is very picturesque, so visually the film is beautiful.

    If you have enjoyed Brooke’s book , she has a podcast, Slow Home, with her husband, Ben , which you might also enjoy .

    I’m not sure if you have come across Courtney Carver ? I really enjoyed her book Soulful Simplicity , her blog is called Be More with Less , thoughtful posts , well written .
    So pleased that you have had a lovely week , thank you for all the posts and links
    Enjoy your weekend !

  3. I love your posts, but you really need to pay attention to your typos – “ Downtown Abbey”?? Your posts are littered with them. Makes you look careless and unprofessional. Sorry, but as a former journalist, it’s one of my pet peeves.

    1. Annie, believe it or not, “Downtown” having been a mistake I made many years ago is something I know should be Downton – autocorrect is sometimes not helpful (although there are many times it is). Even after reading through I missed that the computer changed it back. Thank you for bringing it to my attention so gently. 🙂

  4. Good morning Shannon!
    I can’t wait to read those books, just the sort of stuff I love to read. Thank you and hope you have a happy Friday!

  5. Hi, Shannon. Earlier you wrote about 20 things that make you smile. Your This & That makes me smile. I look forward to it every Friday. Happy weekend!

  6. Shannon- I really don’t know how you do it all. I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for the blog, the podcast, the books, the Instagram, the planner pages. I am enjoying them all! I am thrilled that you respond so quickly to questions. I love that you are teacher and still live this inspirational life. It truly is well… Inspirational!

    1. You are very kind and your generosity to comment means a lot. I do my best, but I feel fortunate to have both of the jobs that I have. Regarding the blog, I continue to feel fortunate for readers like yourself. ☺️ Wishing you a beautiful, relaxing and joy-filled weekend.

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