This & That: August 30, 2019

Aug 30, 2019

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The Four Sacred Secrets: For Love and Prosperity, A Guide to Living in a Beautiful State by Preethaji and Krishnaji

Combining both science and ancient spiritual meditations, The Four Sacred Secrets, released this month, shares “easy-to-follow” meditations to help you explore your untapped unconsciousness and create a beautiful life.

Living with Color: Inspiration and How-Tos to Brighten Up Your Home by Rebecca Atwood

A new decor book by textile designer Rebecca Atwood not only shares the power of color in one’s personal sanctuary, but also offers an inspiring, yet practical guide to help you find the best colors for your home. Released on August 27th, if you are looking for color-filled inspiration, Living with Color is a decor resource book to check out.

On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation by Alexandra Horowitz

An interesting premise for a book, but one to inspire readers to observe the everyday minutia and discover how wonderful it actually can be. The author takes eleven walks, most of which occur in Manhattan, and shares her own observations around the city of the seemingly ordinary.

Thank You For Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Perusasion by Jay Heinrichs

While this is the third edition of Jay Heinrichs wildly best-selling book, as a writing teacher, I am picking up a copy for a variety of arenas of my life. Having flipped through this book for the first time while in Paris and perusing Shakespeare & Co., it is full of tips, examples and historical reminds to inspire you to have a civilized, yet sophisticated conversation that has the potential to yield the results you seek.

British Find

Our Hearts Are In England by Victoria magazine

Released earlier this month, Victoria magazine has published a book full of English countryside inspiration. With 232 pages of photography showcasing beloved destinations, the people and the homes of England, if you are Anglophile, you may have found your book to cozy up with this fall.


Brittany Runs A Marathon

Premiering this weekend in limited theaters across the country, Brittany Runs a Marathon stars Jillian Bell in a new comedy written by award-winning playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo. Have a look at the trailer below, and discover how an unexpected transformation reveals itself during the course of training for a marathon.

Francophile Find

Papier Merci Notecard set (multiple colors)

A simple thank you note is no small gesture, and often very much appreciated by the recipient. Inslee used to make her own “Merci” illustrated note cards, but since she not longer creates this design, I have been without and hoping to find a new set. Papier makes available just what I am looking for with their simple, streamlined, yet chic thank you set. Available in four different outline and font colors, buy a box set to have on hand.


Luxe Provence Camille Striped Linen Jumpsuit

Summer may be over, but that does not mean we cannot plan for next summer. Luxe Provence’s new Camille Striped Linen Jumpsuit is available for pre-order at the moment, and needless to say, I am trying to be very patient and self-restrained.

Maison de Mode Large Flower Studs in Gold

Statement earrings that when paired with a simple monochromatic outfit will pop perfectly.

Anthropologie Labor Day Sale

Labor Day weekend has commenced here in the states. The unofficial last weekend of the summer, and yes, that means sales as well. Steep discounts to help you afford items you have had your eye on for months. Perhaps Anthropologie’s gold regal mirrors have been on your list? For this weekend, take 20% off furniture, decor, bedding and more as well as 50% off sale items site-wide.

Crate & Barrel Upholstery Sale

Another sale not to miss if you have been saving up for a new sofa, chair, bench or ottoman. Save 15% off upholstered furniture.


Mango offers some wonderful items at great prices. And this weekend, save 30% off everything on purchases over $100 with code ​LBR19, 20% off everything on purchases over $49 with code LBR19. Their belt cotton dress (more colors available) is a staple for fall dressed up or down, layered or on its own.

Olivia Von Halle Coco Bluebelle Silk Pajamas, 30% off

Beautiful pajamas can be with you for quite a long time, and when it comes to luxury pajamas, Olivia von Halle is the brand. So when I saw this pajama set on sale for 30%, I wanted to share.

Williams-Sonoma Labor Day Sale

With summer wrapping up, perhaps you will be spending more time inside, and that may mean having some fun in the kitchen. Save up to 30% off and earn fast free shipping on all orders with code ​SAVEMORE. This Bonavita gooseneck tea kettle is a stylish way to have a proper electric tea kettle and save money as well.

~recipe for Peaches and Cream Crepes~

And with today’s arrival, the unofficial last week of summer commences. It will no doubt be bustling where many of us are, including here in Bend, and in my neck of the woods, we will be busy moving my life from one home to another. With family arriving to help and celebrate, I am looking forward to a wonderful long weekend of settling in.

School for many of us will be beginning as well on the other end of the weekend, if it hasn’t already, and I do hope for everyone, this weekend is exactly the few days of relaxing and having fun that is needed to start September fantastically.

Below I have many articles and posts you might enjoy, and don’t forget to stop by this Sunday for the posting of TSLL’s annual Fall Shopping Guide. Until then, bonne journée!

~A new idea for curtailing excessive tech dependency 52 Days a Year Without the Internet [Be More with Less]

~Having had the opportunity to enjoy a similar dish at Sharon Santoni’s home last summer, this is a peach dessert to save and savor as summer winds down [My French Country Home]

~A simple skill to polish up could lead to your best life [Life Hack]

~Frances Mayes of Under the Tuscan Sun fame is coming to PBS in a new special – Dream of Italy – mark your calendars and discover when it will air on your station.

~Which country enjoys taking the most holiday/vacation time off? Francophiles will not be surprised [Complete France]

~And while you are in France, read this to know How to Spot a Good Baquette [France-Amerique]

~Students are heading back to school and this article shares some worthwhile tips to help your student study at a variety of different educational levels [The New York Times]

~I found this article to be quite insightful and worth saving – How to Fall in Love Without Losing Yourself [Medium]

~Less than one month away. Downton Abbey’s big screen debut. But in the meantime, Harper’s Bazaar has switched the roles of a few of the main stars.

~The US Tennis Open kicked off on Monday, and each evening has found me tuning in. In fact, while Serena Williams receives much of the spotlight of the two champion tennis players, it was Venus that took the spotlight in The New York Times Magazine last weekend with an article to read.

~And with the opening of the tournament, the reveal of a new statue honoring Athea Gibson. Listen to NPR’s spotlight on a tennis great who had many firsts in the sport.

4 thoughts on “This & That: August 30, 2019

  1. Such an exciting time for you and the boys, hoping your new home will be filled with wonderful memories and blessings. Have a great weekend Shannon

  2. I loved your reading list for this week. I will get busy.
    I have owned the Gooseneck teakettle for five years, I love it and use it every morning.
    Do you watch the French murder series, Murder in … Every episode is set in a different region and each Travelogue is more wonderful each time. My French is woefully inadequate, so some I have watched twice. I do fairly well unless they speak too fast. I am getting wonderful vacation ideas.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience with that tea kettle. It is lovely aesthetically. And I too love Murder In … for very much the same reason!! Thank you for stopping by Beth. 🙂

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