This & That: December 21, 2018

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~Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life by Christiana Coop and Aimee Lagos

From embracing natural elements, creating cozy spaces, making room for family, or finding your own personal charm in every space, step into 20 homes located across the United States that embody “coziness, companionship, and comfort, from an intimate apartment in San Francisco to a log cabin in Wyoming, a family home in Minneapolis, and a colorful oasis in Brooklyn”.


~Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One by Anita Lo

Released this past October, Solo has been named Eater’s Top Cookbook of the Year. Written by a Michelin-starred chef and Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters contestant, Anita Lo takes a light-hearted, but expert approach to meals for one with self-love through delicious food. Sharing beautifully photographed, accessible meals, feel confident that you too can eat well whomever is or isn’t in your company each night.


~Sunday Morning Kelly Bubble Bud Vase (multiple colors)

I recently was introduced to Sunday Morning and took note of more than a few beautiful glass items for the home. These signature bud vases (there are various sizes and colors) are playful, yet sophisticated, and be sure to check out their carafes as well.

Francophile Find

~City: The Making of Modern Paris by Rupert Christiansen

Released this past October, if you are curious about Paris’ history, you will enjoy this new book which takes readers back to 1853 when the city was transformed into the City of Light. Spearheaded by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the wide boulevards we know today, came to be under his direction. Discover how it all came together under Louis Napoleon’s rule and the turmoil as well that ensued.

~Le Mot Juste: How to Impress Tout le Monde with Your French by Imogen Fortes

A lovely gift for that Francophile on your gift list that is just beginning to learn the language. Pick up Imogen Fortes’ new book and learn 150 beautiful words and phrases in the language that delights your tongue and your ear.


~At Eternity’s Gate

Based on Vincent Van Gogh’s letters, but also common agreement on what multiple people have decided to be the truth as well as a touch of flourish, Willem Dafoe’s performance has already earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.

~On the Basis of Sex

I cannot wait to see this new film starring Felicity Jones as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the case of arguably her life in which as a young lawyer she argued before the court she would eventually sit regarding gender discrimination. Along with the support and help of her husband, her understanding of the law is undaunted and her tenacity something to be grateful for. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters next week.


~Atelier Paulin Personalized Bracelets in 14k gold (rings and necklaces too)

One of the many Parisian based bloggers I follow on Instagram is Aisling Grealling of Tresor Parisien, and she recently introduced me to a Parisian based jewelry company that makes personalized 14K gold rings, bracelets and necklaces. Beautiful and at reasonable prices as well. Perhaps a late holiday gift?

~Riley Slippers

A wool-blend fabric shaped into a slim, sophisticated design, if you are looking for simple, yet classic slide slippers, be sure to check these Riley slippers out for less than $50.

~recipe for Honey Pear Ginger Cheesecake~

The holiday vacation has begun, and two weeks of wide-open time to rest and enjoy are in store. With some exciting meetings taking place, time with family and time to just be on my own and wrap up 2018 and strive into 2019, I am ready for this holiday.

Beginning Monday, TSLL will be showcasing the Top Posts of each category in 2018. For eight straight days, enjoy posts on the Top Podcast Episodes, Style Inspiration, French-Inspired, Recipes, the Cooking Show, Why Not . . . ? as well as Style Inspiration and Decor. So while I may be taking my annual week off from the blog, there will be new content to take in and peruse until Tuesday January 1st when a brand new episode of the podcast will be shared.

Wishing you a lovely final week of 2018 whatever you are celebrating and however you are celebrating. May it be joyous, memorable and truly lovely. Below I have gathered together a handful of posts and one video I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~This Year’s Best Books of Paris [Hip Paris]

~Do you love Spaghetti Carbonara as much as I do? If so, you will appreciate this article about its “Murky History” [Taste Cooking]

~19 Uncomfortable Things to Start Doing for Yourself in 2019 [Marc and Angel]

~Will you be in New York City in the next nine months? If so, perhaps seeing Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird should be put on your itinerary. [The Washington Post]

~Enjoy the Holidays in Europe with Rick Steves – listen to his radio episode on the topic here

~The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks in 2018 [The New York Times]

~How to Host a Dinner Party and enjoy yourself [The New York Times]

~Travel to France virtually and see Lyon all decked out in festive holiday lights with these impressive before and after images of the town. [The Guardian]

~Looking to update your fitness regimen this new year? Be sure to add regular aerobic activity to combat aging. [The New York Times]

~And the final video of the year comes from a lovely TSLL reader in England, Sue. She brought to my attention that the trailer for The Downton Abbey film was just released. Have a look at it below.

10 thoughts on “This & That: December 21, 2018

  1. Merry Christmas Shannon! and all best wishes for a wonderful 2019. I look forward to another year of your blog – lots of inspiration, lots of great recommendations, and your always enjoyable podcasts. I just received your new book and am looking forward to diving in over the holidays. All the best to you and the boys, Catherine H

    1. Merry Christmas Catherine! Thank you for stopping by and tuning in. 🙂 I am so excited for what 2019 has in store for the blog, podcast and cooking show. I do hope you enjoy the book. ?❤️?

  2. Merry Christmas Shannon! thank you for a year of inspiring posts and a wonderful book which I am still enjoying:-) Enjoy the break x

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