This & That: August 4, 2017

Aug 04, 2017

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The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards

Carl Richards, a financial planner who is a contributor to The New York Times and NPR, as well as an author of a couple of books is known for his napkin doodles/illustrations to visually depict his larger point. The Behavior Gap was written in 2012, but it is still a book worth noting and reading. Rather than blame the economy, he suggests it is the acknowledgment and correction of our own behaviors with money that can solve many of our woes financially. Take a look at a few of his columns here to get an idea of his approach, and perhaps this book may be something you’ll want to dive into.

—The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier and More Beautiful by Yumi Sakugawa

A book full of illustrations by the artist and author herself, Yumi Sakugawa, discover new and worthwhile ways to shift and improve the dark circles under your eyes, the quality of your rest and sleep, improve your budget and more.

Released in May, perhaps this is just the simple dose of motivation to make small changes that will ultimately make a big difference.



Set in 1995 in New York City when yes, only landlines were our means of telephone communication, a family makes discoveries about those whom they live amongst all the while navigating the everyday ups and downs of life. After learning of their father’s affair, another infidelity is also discovered. Starring Edie Falco, Jenny Slate, John Turturro and Abby Quinn, the cast looks the part of the nineties, technology and all. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.


iHouse Bluetooth Dual Alarm Clock Radio

In an attempt to remove all other forms of technology from the bedroom, iHouse’s dual bluetooth alarm clock may be what you’re looking for. If you have your alarm on your phone, the music or sound machine as well, it’s hard not to keep your phone next to your bed. But what if you could connect it to this radio, set the sleep timer, place your phone in another room and fall asleep resting assured you would wake up when you needed to as well as your partner? This item makes it possible.

Spanish Olive Tray (round), two sizes

Presenting the food you have lovingly prepared on this Spanish olive tray would certainly exemplify the quality of the dish. Available in two sizes, 14″ or 17″, having this tray around could serve a multitude of purposes, and it would always look beautiful in between uses.


Vivienne Westwood Women’s Timan’s Dress – Black 

The midi dress, black, comfortable and yes, stylish. I am all over this dress for fall and winter.


The Last Tycoon

F. Scott Fitzgerald. The master behind The Great Gatsby. Just before his death in 1940, he had an idea for a new novel that caught the eye of his publisher. He assured them he could finish it in four months; they said yes. He began and was on track to finish until he died of a heart attack at the age of 44. The novel he was working on was The Last Tycoon. In 2016 Amazon bought the rights to the television series that begins with Fitzgerald’s premise: set in 1936 Hollywood inside a production studio, Monroe Stahr is the young and beloved rising producer who is said to be loosely based on the famous producer Irving Thalberg. Throughout each episode (there are nine in the first season), the battle of what is best for the company and what is best for society to see is debated between the top, seasoned producer Pat Brady (played by Kelsey Grammer) and Stahr (played by Matt Bomer).

It became available to view on Amazon (free to Prime Members) at the end of this past July, and after having watched eight of the nine episodes, I can say it is worth your time. Critics are giving it high marks and looking forward to the second season. A funny story, HBO passed on the script and chose Vinyl instead. And well, Vinyl is no more. Amazon found a gem. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Pistachio Tartelettes~

While the heat has been surging here on the west coast, I have been keeping busy in the office prepping for next week’s upcoming annual French Week here on TSLL. Kicking off on Sunday, August 6th, you can look forward to at least two posts each day, all French-inspired. Last year was the first time the week took place, and readers said they wanted it to return. The good news is, it is back and with so much more to enjoy. I do hope you’ll stop by and tune in (we have THREE interviews, THREE new episodes of the podcast).

In the meantime, I do hope August has begun on the right foot (nothing against the left foot, merely figuratively speaking), and you are savoring the leisurely days of summer, as well making sure these last few weeks are sweet and restorative before we dive back into September. Below are a few articles you might enjoy perusing this weekend, and until Sunday, bonne journée!

~Looking for a translator to make those delicious chef recipes in your home kitchen? Look to The Washington Post’s food writer Bonny Benwick. Listen to her interview on Splendid Table here.

~How to not look old and tired. So much starts with what you eat, but there is more. Have a look at this insightful Q & A and find infinite inspiration to live well for a very long time.

~Sign me up! 10 morning rituals That Make You Happier, Healthier and More Creative.  

~Dating advice from a couple going strong after 50 years.

~Without this woman’s insight, who knows how when we would have discovered Julia Child. Her talents will long be remembered.

7 Things the French are more Relaxed About than Americans and 8 Things that Drive French people nuts about American offices

~Use your money wisely and you can use it to bring more happiness into your life. Discover how to spend it well.

~Perhaps eating sugar is more detrimental to our mood than we thought. Check out this study about sugar and sadness. 

~A wonderful note to end on – Eckhart Tolle’s 15 Mindfulness Ways to Find Peace and Happiness in Your Life

5 thoughts on “This & That: August 4, 2017

  1. Along with the Behavior Gap, check out this week’s Freakonomics podcast, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask.)” It’s about financial literacy and the nine things to do. It’s 45 minutes well spent.

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