This & That: August 28, 2020

Aug 28, 2020

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Books to take you to France, to Scotland, into the garden, into beloved chefs’ fridges and through all five of Jane Austen’s novels, vintage finds for your home at great prices, as well as new, yet classic tableware finds as well. Oh, and a heads up about a new Poirot film coming this fall! I do hope you enjoy. 🙂


The Artist, The Cook and The Gardener: Recipes Inspired by Painting from the Garden by Maryjo Koch and Jenny Barry

Be inspired by the four seasons and bounty the garden provides. Full of illustrations by Jenny Barry, discover how Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Cezanne, as well as Julia Child and Alice Waters, Patricia Wells and Jamie Oliver all drew/draw inspiration from the garden when it came to cooking and the seasonal fare each season provided. Released in 2013, this cookbook continues to receive positive reviews, and will be just as much fun to look through as cook with.

Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality and the Future of Humanity by Sam Harris

Neuroscientist, philosopher, bestselling author and podcaster Sam Harris has just released a new book inspired by his podcast of the same name – Making Sense. “This book includes a dozen of the best conversations from Making Sense, including talks with Daniel Kahneman, Timothy Snyder, Nick Bostrom, and Glenn Loury, on topics that range from the nature of consciousness and free will, to politics and extremism, to living ethically. Together they shine a light on what it means to ‘make sense’ in the modern world.”

British Finds

Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels by Rachel Cohen

Released this past July, author Rachel Cohen shares a memoir that details “the turbulent period around the birth of her first child and the death of her father and how turning to Jane Austen helped her to make sense of her new reality. Austen Years is a deeply felt and sensitive examination of a writer’s relationship to reading, and to her own family, winding together memoir, criticism, and biographical and historical material about Austen herself.”

Plaid and Plagiarism: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series (book 1) by Molly MacRae

Currently with three books in The Highland Bookshop Mystery series, Molly MacRae’s first book of the series is Plaid and Plagarism and the entire series looks to be delicious and playful fun. “Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.”


1930s Green Glass Pedestal Bowls, set of 4

If you are looking for a vintage set of unique dessert dishes, I found this set at One King’s Lane at a great price. Be sure to take a look.

Ralph Lauren Openwork Ceramic Bread Plates, consignment, set of 6

With an intricate lace-like design, these six plates are on sale at The RealReal. They are for bread, so smaller, so perfect for tea perhaps?!

Zara Home Glossy Stoneware Tea Set (honey or blue)

From teacups and sauces, and all of the accoutrements, this stoneware set at Zara caught my eye for its rustic, yet classic timeless look. Available in honey (shown) or blue, the price is great, and the quality is nice as well.

Zara Home Geometric Jacquard Cotton Bedspread & Pillow covers

I clearly spent a bit more time at Zara Home’s website than I had planned this week, but I couldn’t not share these jacquard geometric bedspread and pillow sets. For fewer than $100, if you are looking for a cottage, cozy touch to a bedroom and one of the three colors catches your eye, be sure to take a look.

Francophile Find

The Shooting at Chateau Rock: A Bruno Chief of Police Mystery by Martin Walker

The latest book in Martin Walker’s Bruno Chief of Police series, set in Dordogne per usual, was released this past May, and it all revolves around the case of “heirs of a Périgordian sheep farmer that learn they have been disinherited, and their father’s estate sold to an insurance company in return for a policy that will place him in a five-star retirement home for the rest of his life.” But food as well, good French food is enjoyed by the chief and described in delicious detail for readers.


Chef’s Fridges: More Than 35 World-Renowned Cooks Reveal What They Eat At Home by Carrie Soloman and Adrian Moore

Speaking of food . . . step into the kitchens to view exclusive photographs sharing the inside of well-known and beloved chefs’ fridges. Who are the 35+ chefs? Hugh Acheson, José Andrés, Dan Barber, Pascal Barbot, Kristian Baumann, Daniel Boulud, Sean Brock, Amanda Cohen, Dominique Crenn, Wylie Dufresne, Kristen Essig, Pierre Gagnaire, Carla Hall, Mason Hereford, Jordan Kahn, Tom Kitchin, Jessica Koslow, Ludo Lefebvre, Nadine Levy Redzepi, Barbara Lynch, Greg Marchand, David McMillan, Enrique Olvera, Ivan Orkin, Paco Perez, Anthony Rose, Marie-Aude Rose, Carme Ruscalleda, Nancy Silverton, Clare Smyth, Mette Soberg, Alex Stupak, Christina Tosi, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Alice Waters. Okay, I am in! Into their fridges I go!


Castañer pastel yellow Chiarita cotton-canvas wedge sandals (55% off)

Summer is not over just yet, so scooping up favorite summer wardrobe items on sale is a wonderful shopping to-do if the budget allows and it works with your summer capsule. I love my Castañer espadrilles, so when I saw their wedges (many other styles are on sale as well), I wanted to share. Both the soft yellow and mint caught my eye as they express the beauty and softness of summer, and the price is pretty wonderful as well.

Frame Tabitha Popover Leopard Multi, 100% silk

The fall season in fashion will arrive soon, and yes, new collections are coming (so too is TSLL’s annual Fall Shopping Guide on September 1st!), so I wanted to share a peek at one item from Frame. Their silk leopard popover would be a lovely piece for layering or wearing on its own with simple accessories. Versatile and timeless – a perfect addition to the capsule wardrobe.

Frank & Eileen Button Up Shirts

If you have been looking for button-up collared shirts in a variety of colors, fabrics, and styles, be sure to check out Frank & Eileen. From denim to cotton, to linen and viscose, as well as style designs from fitted, to classic to oversized, they have you covered.


Giada on the Beach

I am waaaaaay behind on this series, but it popped up on Hulu’s channels, and I wanted to share. Summer is still lingering, and thankfully so. With seven episodes, check out the series intro below (click on the play button), and soak up the final weeks of the season with some delicious beach fare.

The final weekend of August arrives with a quick pace. I can hardly believe September waits around the corner, but it does indeed.

To culminate the end of summer and shore up as much energy as possible for the new school year that will be anything but normal, the boys and I slipped away to the Oregon coast for a few days this week and had a wonderful time. Soon enough, the schedule will be a bit busier, but I am doing all that I can to ease into it as well as craft it in such a way that it need not become too full or busy. After all, this is our lives, and savoring the life we have the opportunity to live is crucial to living well and strengthening the bonds that are most important to us.

As I type this, I am pretty much barricaded in my office at home as the contractor is doing a final push of projects in the living area – finishing the painting, installing lighting, and details that it just makes it easier for the boys and myself to be out of the way. The hums and thrums from the tools is background music, but it is most certainly worth it after a long wait for it to all come together. I most certainly look forward to sharing in the coming months.

Changes seem to be afoot everywhere, and in most places, for good reason. Below I share one such change in the magazine publishing world, but I just want to take a moment to let new readers know about TSLL’s monthly free newsletter which is delivered each final Friday of every month. Beginning today, the once weekly newsletter officially becomes the monthly with its August delivery to subscribers’ inboxes. If you have not already subscribed or what to learn more, be sure to check out this post. Additional changes and improvements are coming to TSLL on October 1st, and I will be sharing more about those changes this coming Tuesday, September 1st, so be sure to stop by.

But first, it is the weekend, and I have gathered up a handful, plus a few more articles and one upcoming movie trailer I thought you might enjoy. Wishing you a lovely next couple of days to rest, rejuvenate and well, just do as you need. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Tour an Oxfordshire cottage that blends cosy with minimalism [House & Garden UK]

~For my fellow travelers who make reservations on Airbnb, this was an article I found worth reading – The Curse of the Airbnb Aesthetic [Financial Times]

~I am now narrowing down my choices for the sofa in the living room, and wanting to make sure I make the best choice that will last for years. British interior designer Rita Konig’s tips for doing so well are worth checking out. [House & Garden UK]

~Now could be the best time in history to visit Paris (if only we could travel there!) [Dmarge]

~It’s an introvert’s temperament, in their genes, to love their time alone. Here’s the science. [Introvert, Dear]

~A wonderful, helpful article for anyone who holds a leadership position in their career – Bosses Can Be Lonely at Work. Here’s How to Fix It [The Atlantic]

~The O Magazine is evolving, not ending as Oprah explains in her recent video on their website.

This English Manor and Garden restoration is an Anglophile’s English country home dream (okay, maybe it’s just mine ;)). Did you notice the trug on the table? 🙂

~Go behind the scenes of Vogue’s unprecedented cover creations for the September Issue 2020 Covers

~For Hercule Poirot fans, a new rendition of Death on the Nile is being released this fall, directed and starring as Poirot again Kenneth Branagh (his first go-round was in Murder on the Orient Express which was released in 2017), and also brings along a star-powered cast – Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright to name just a few. I cannot wait. (Don’t worry, I will include it again in the October This & That on its release date.)

20 thoughts on “This & That: August 28, 2020

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        1. Brigid, Good morning! So happy to hear you have found a subscription that works best for you. Yep, the daily (or whenever a new post goes live) is a great way to not miss a post. Thank you for stopping by and for your long-time readership. Have a wonderful weekend. 😌

          1. How do we receive all the emails — daily and monthly and special issues . . .i want all things “simply luxurious”

  2. I am a huge Poirot fan and can’t wait for the new film to arrive! Also, I watched the Frankie Drake series that you recommended last week and I am loving it! She somehow reminds me of you and I mean that as a compliment. I am finishing up my MBA thesis this month and the episodes have been small diamonds in my busy writing schedule. Luckily, I have saved some episodes for this weekend.

    Enjoy your weekend, Shannon!

    1. I will ABSOLUTELY take that as a compliment. ☺️ The series and each of the main characters are fantastic. I cannot wait and do hope they make a fourth season. So excited to hear you are enjoying the show. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely weekend as well. 😌

  3. Thank you SO much for letting me know about the new Martin Walker realease!!! We’ve been waiting for his next one, and I’ve just ordered it, so will hopefully be enjoying it next week!!

  4. Ah, yes, Poirot !
    But for me , he is not Kenneth Branagh , but David Suchet !
    I have been watching the re runs of Poirot mysteries on British ITV3 , I don’t know if you are able to access them in the States, Shannon, but you would love them !
    Superb acting, great sets and beautiful period clothes and cars .
    Sometimes set in English /Scottish country houses as well, so your love of British interior decor ( although in this case , from the 1920/30’s ) will also be satisfied.
    Best wishes from the UK.

  5. I will absolutely subscribe to your blog once the soft paywall is put into place. You work so hard to bring such excellent content to your readers week after week, and I know it is absolutely worth a small additional cost! Thanks for another great week of This & That!

  6. I recently discovered your blog and podcasts and I am devouring them! My husband and I got to visit London and Paris for the first time back in November and I, too, am a Francophile and Anglophile. Thanks for your entertaining and inspiring posts and podcasts!

  7. Belatedly catching up on This & That! Trying to get up to date with everything so I can fully inmerse myself as a treat in each monthly newsletter.
    Looking forward to Death on the Nile – with so much British talent including French & Saunders! Emma Mackey also plays a great role in Sex Education on Netflix (a light hearted comedy series I fully enjoyed with Gillian Anderson in a great role).
    I have added the Plaid & Plagiarism to my “to-read” list with #2 and #3 in the series too. Did you know the author has another book series called “the haunted yarn shop series”?
    Thanks again Shannon

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