This & That: December 14, 2018

Dec 13, 2018

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~The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow

Perhaps you have seen Ms. Paltrow in the WSJ magazine lately or popped on by GOOP to check out her wedding photos. But even if you haven’t, you likely have hear of her mega brand and online destination site GOOP, and it continues to expand as she now has her own imprint. Her new book, which will be released on January 8th, shares 100 recipes that will help readers “customize meal plans that offer taste, simplicity, and targeted health benefits”. Now that sounds like a helpful way to kick off a healthy new year, complete with quality, seasonal ingredients. 

~The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith

With experience gained from living in 13 different homes, blogger and author of Cozy Minimalist Home (2018) Myquillyn Smith shares “easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice” for decorating in real life. The book was released a few years ago, but cultivating a cozy sanctuary is always a worthwhile project especially as the new year is just a few weeks away. After all, our homes are where we rejuvenate and have the potential to truly relax. Why not make it exactly what would make us feel most comfortable and those we love?

~Small Space Style: Because You Don’t Need to Live Large to Live Beautifully by Whitney Leigh Morris 

Another decor and lifestyle blogger’s book, Whitney Leigh Morris of The Tiny Canal Cottage was just released last month. If you have followed her blog, you know that she and her husband, and their young child and two beagles leave in 400 square feet, and the home is spectacular. Sharing 200 tips for efficient, yet stylish living, if you are looking for ideas for living well in a small space, be sure to pick up this book. 

British Treat

~A Very English Scandal

Nominated for a Golden Globe awards, Hugh Grant stars in A Very English Scandal which is based on a true story which took place in 1979. Jeremy Thorpe, a member of Parliament, was tried for murdering his ex-lover Norman Scott. Thorpe was a rising politician, being the youngest leader of a political party in over 100 years beginning his career in the 1960s. The scandal was not helping his hoped-for legacy of historic proportions, at least not in the way he had hoped. Have a look at the trailer and be sure to check it out on Amazon Prime. 


~Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins indeed returns next week on December 19th. Emily Blunt stars as the talented and charming Poppins, now returning during the Great Depression in London, visiting the young children Jane and Michael she looked after many years ago. Why a visit from Mary Poppins to adults instead of children? To help them “rediscover the joy they knew as children”. Have a look at the trailer below and notice Lin Manuel Miranda stepping into the shoes once worn by Dick Van Dyke.


~Ceramic Fondue Set

The holidays, the cold weather, the gathering of friends and family and of course, the need for food that is simple, delicious and fun for many people. Fondue most definitely comes to mind, and with this beautiful ceramic set, it will be the center of attention for many wonderful reasons. 


~DVF Blaine belted silk-georgette jacket

On sale, DVF’s silk georgette jacket is a chic layering piece that adds a touch of color and a bit of warmth without the bulk. 

~Soho Home Harrison Slippers

I came across these slippers recently after being introduced to Laura Weir’s new book which was shared in this week’s Outfit of the Week. The concept of Cosy in so many things is shared in her new book, and these slippers certainly embody that particular quality in spades. Available in both ivory and grey, and for a very reasonable price, be sure to shop soon so they arrive for Christmas morning!

~Tibi Viscose Georgette Short Drawstring Dress, 50% off

When I saw this dress I thought how perfect would this be for a holiday soiree? Add knee-high boots and you will feel festive, yet stylish, and perfectly adorned.

~recipe for Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Browned Butter + Oregano Bread Crumbs~

In fewer than two weeks Christmas day will arrive, and in fewer than three weeks 2019 will arrive. Oh my. December is flying by. The boys and I have been getting outside up to the mountain to take in the snow, so this weekend we will be savoring a bit more of the outdoor beauty which always seems to infuse even more of the holiday spirit into my being. Now that the house is all decked, I am looking forward to just enjoying my cottage before travel plans begin to visit family for the big day. 

How are the holidays going for you? I do hope the season is treating you well, and be sure to do what brings you joy, whether it is what many others enjoy or not. After all, the holidays are for us all to savor, and that includes you and me as well. Be sure to check out the Holiday This & That that was posted this past weekend here on the blog, and the 13 things that made me smile this month so far as it may inspire a few ideas for your holiday experience as well. 

Below I have a fun  list of posts and articles you might enjoy, and one video for Francophiles and language learners this holiday season. Thank you for stopping by, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~Mrs. Maisel’s father, Abe Weissman, played by Tony Shalhoub talks to The New York Times about Paris, Austin and more

~Speaking of The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselIf You Love the Series, You Might Just Love These Books [The New York Times]

~Baking cookies this holiday season and looking to change it up as well as make a few healthier options? Check out the 9 Best Healthy Holiday Cookies from The Chalkboard

~Did you know? Films starring women do better at the box office? [The Washington Post]

~My goodness do I miss Sandra Oh on Grey’s Anatomy, but she left something important for us all behind – ‘You’re my person’: How Grey’s Anatomy Created a stand-in for ‘Soul Mate’ [The Washington Post]

~Check out this feel-good story – Is This Italy’s Smallest Library? [BBC]

~Yet another reason to learn that second (or third, or fourth) language – they help your aging brain! [The Washington Post]

~Kate and Pippa Middleton’s former London home is for sale, and you can now take a look inside via Vogue Living

~Discover what Wit Really Is and Why We Need It [The Washington Post]

~Discover many classic places to visit in the City of Light and a few you may not have considered in The Soul Searchers Guide to Paris [GOOP}

~Visiting Paris during the holidays? Where to see the best Christmas lights in Paris [The Paris Update]

~Geraldine is here to offer a bit of French-inspired festive holiday cheer! Learn Christmas Greetings in French in her new video below. 

4 thoughts on “This & That: December 14, 2018

  1. I always look forward to your Friday posts Shannon – there’s bound to be something that piques my interest! If you miss Sandra Oh on Grey’s Anatomy, have you watched her new show Killing Eve? It’s dark and funny and she is just brilliant!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Marcia. 🙂 I have heard of the show, not sure if my temperament would enjoy it, but I know it is well written and critically acclaimed. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

  2. I think I’m ready for the Christmas cookie baking! Are you doing any holiday baking Shannon? I’m sure whatever you pick would inspire me 😉

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