This & That: February 17, 2017

Feb 17, 2017

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Drop the Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu

Written by someone who has been through the trenches of great success only to realize that letting go was the best approach for both her rise and productivity in her professional field as well as in her personal world, Tiffany Dufu offers sage advice for all women who assume they must do it all to have it all. No more. Offering a new perspective and actionable advice, discover how you can live the life of your dreams in both spheres: family and business.

The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost by Donna Freitas and Christian Smith

As the younger generation continues to navigate the ever-evolving social media landscape, they do so having never known anything else. Unlike Generation X and beyond, projecting an image of happiness has for the most part always been the intent. Donna Freitas decides to interview college students on thirteen different campuses to discover the toll it has taken and to hopefully while revealing what is lacking (understanding that is okay not to feel happy all of the time), offer ease and peace of mind to let go of the hold social media can take in our lives.

Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance by Eve Pell

Last weekend on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Eve Pell was interviewed about her new romance which blossomed between herself (in her 70s) and her partner, an octogenarian. If you don’t know Eve Pell, you will want to. She was introduced nationally to New York Times‘ readers when she wrote a column for the Modern Love series about finding love later in life. Readers responded resoundingly which resulted in her book Love, Again which is part memoir and part inspirational note to remind us all that love is always waiting to be seen, explored, shared and enjoyed no matter what our age.

Style Your Mind by Cara Alwill Leyba

Using guided questions, Cara Alwill Leyba’s book is “A Workbook and Lifestyle Guide For Women Who Want to Design Their Thoughts, Empower Themselves, and Build a Beautiful Life”. In other words a life-coaching book to step into your best life. 


Banana Republic Scallop Italian Leather Mini Crossbody

When you don’t want to throw your tote over your shoulder, having a mini cross body is a great alternative. Available in nude, BR’s scallop leather option is practical and versatile.

Marysia Antibes Scalloped Bandeau Bikini (navy)

Swimsuit season, the spring holiday, is just around the corner. And even if nothing else, it is always a good idea to have a go-to classic swimsuit for soaking when the opportunity arises at a friend’s pool or hot tub, or maybe even a hot springs. Marysia’s navy bikini, while available in a neutral hue, offers the additional scalloped edges that add just the right touch of something extra.

Tod’s Suede Wedge Sandal

With winter easing into fall, suede is still a shoe of choice, and with the structure of a wedge, wear for work, wear for play and wear for simple style.


—The Good Fight

If you’ve been missing The Good Wife after it departed on CBS last year, the creators have written and director a new spin-off with two of the leading ladies returning. Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo take the helm of The Good Fight which will be given more freedom to explore topics and story-lines that were left unfinished only a year ago. Tune in to CBS All Access for the 10 episode premiere season and be reminded why we loved the ladies in law so much.

~recipe for Honey Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios~

A long weekend arrive and with it, a smile. A smile due to completion of projections, unexpected memorable moments and a weekend with much room to wiggle and play. I hope you too are smiling from ear to ear, excited for what is ahead as much as what you enjoyed this past week.

Below are a few articles you might enjoy, and more than a few will speak to the Francophiles. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit. Wishing you a lovely weekend and until Monday, bonne journée

~Do These 5 Things to be Taken More Seriously

~20 Things Not to Do with Your Life

~THe New Essentials of French Cooking . . . thank you to TSLL reader Maureen for sharing this link with me. I think my fellow cooks will enjoy!

~Yes, I do think we’re on to something . . . Why The French Lifestyle Isn’t Overrated

~A restaurant to visit the next time you are in Paris . . . La Rotunde

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5 thoughts on “This & That: February 17, 2017

  1. The Rotonde is amazing–that decor makes me think I’ll bump into Proust. I went tango dancing in the club in the basement.
    The link about the French lifestyle is interesting. Yes, the French are very good at moderation. But they have moderation in another way–much less of a gap between rich and poor. It means even people of modest income can live a good life. I wrote about it here:

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