This & That: February 2, 2018

Feb 02, 2018

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—KUSC Classic Music Station

A couple months ago in this post/episode I shared the new app I play each morning when I wake up to listen to classical music rather than the news and again in a post last month. And while that particular station is based in Philadelphia and thus offers their specific weather, a reader kindly shared with me another classical music app whose station is based in Los Angeles, KUSC. In fact, this particular station offers no news even at the top of the hour and only plays beautiful, inspired classical music with knowledgeable deejays of their subject (as does WRTI). I must admit, upon checking out KUSC, I immediately downloaded the app and have begun listening to it more and more. If you too are looking for a solely classical music station, KUSC is for you. A tremendous thank you to TSLL reader who shared her find with me.


Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raising Our Achievement, Happines and Well-Being by Shawn Achor

Best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, Shawn Achor has just released his latest book Big Potential. Intertwining much of what he shares in his previous books regarding the newly recognized equation for success, he goes one step further to assert that true success is actually void of competition with others because ironically we need others to thrive and they us. Success, he argues, “depend[s] almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other”. A wonderful concept to explore in work and in life.

Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth and Happiness by S.J. Scott

“One Routine + Multiple Habits = Habit Stacking”. In S.J. Scott’s second addition of his well-received Habit Stacking, he shares the 127 small changes, as well as 13 steps to small, positive habits and 9 sample routines, along with the challenges many of us will face and how to navigate through them successfully that will improve our lives in a myriad of wonderful ways.


Dansk Niklas Airtight Containers

Earlier this week, I revealed one of my winter projects — organizing my kitchen cupboards. And one component was a uniform, yet simple and streamlined collection of glass storage containers. While I have already purchased my Weck jars, I couldn’t help but share these beautiful Dansk Niklas containers. I especially love the cap with the handle – unique and yet simple at the same time.


Belstaff casual jacket

The Belstaff brand began in 1924 in England and was created to offer clothing that could withstand the elements thus the coated and fully lined vestements. As decades pass, not only is each design capable of withstanding the wind and rain, but they also look quite stunning. Quality and style. Not a bad purchase.

Theory Sleeveless Silk Top

With the arrival of February and slightly warmer weather on the horizon, I cannot help but get excited for spring, and yes, a bit of excitement for summer is beginning to percolate as well (but for other reasons perhaps – more to come on that later). Theory’s ivory silk sleeveless blouse is a lovely layering piece in the early spring days and perfect on its own with a simple set of earrings or pendant necklace. On sale, be sure to check it out and begin to finesse your spring/summer capsule wardrobe.


David Letterman: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

For a few weeks now I have had David Letterman’s new series on Netflix on my watchlist, and finally this past weekend, I watched the first episode. The guest in this episode who needs no introduction was President Barack Obama, and the interview was intimate, jovial, insightful and quite enjoyable. Interview #2 is with George Clooney. I couldn’t recommend this series more. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Honey Lavender Macarons~

A weekend, the first in February, to take a deep breath as we have all made it through January. No January isn’t a bad month, but sometimes it is a daunting month. Whether we are trying to maintain our willpower as we set to make the changes we seek, or stretch the paycheck a little bit further as we catch up from December’s holiday spending or simply grin and bear the bad weather until spring arrives, knowing that the coldest and darkest month is behind us just feels good. And well, February is just a fun month to savor. It’s short, but oh so sweet.

Much like the macarons above, having something decadent waiting to be savored after putting in a good effort (the month of January’s goals being set into motion) and most likely making more progress than we realize, is something indeed to indulge in from time to time.

This weekend will take me to Portland for a bit of business and pleasure and then more time is carved out to work on polishing up edits on the book (we are getting so close!). I most definitely am ready to welcome February and all the goodness it may bring. How about you? However you may be spending the weekend, I have a few articles and one video you may enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Crepes with pear and cheddar – yes, I am intrigued!

~Season 3 of The Earful Tower podcast kicked off this week and listeners will discover how to tackle Paris food markets – sounds like a fun challenge to me.

~4 Things We Think We Need Today, But Won’t Matter in the Long Run

~It may no longer be the first month of the year, but here are 19 Things to Start Doing for Yourself in this new year that is 2018 to improve the quality of your days

~If you’re looking for clean, office style organization inspiration, check out Caitlin of Sacremento Street’s big reveal

And a video to take you to Paris and hear what 13 women recommend when it comes to their beauty secrets.

~VIEW THIS & THAT posts from the recent past and long ago past below:

~1 Week Ago January 26, 2018

~1 Month AgoJanuary 5, 2018

~1 Year AgoFebruary 3, 2017

~2 Years AgoFebruary 5, 2016

13 thoughts on “This & That: February 2, 2018

  1. If you want classical music with a French twist, check out Radio Classique (, where you can stream the broadcast or download podcasts. They even have games (Quiz Callas!). The station’s motto is a double-entendre: Vous êtes bien sur Radio Classique–it means “yes, you’re really at Radio Classique” but also “you are comfortable with Radio Classique.”

  2. Thanks for the tips on the classical music as well as the Letterman series. I’ve been looking for something new to binge watch on winter nights. I’ve been watching Louis Gates Jr. series on ancestry, plus fun shows like Grace & Frankie, but have been searching for something new. I always loved Letterman. I really enjoy your blog and have ordered a few of the books you’ve suggested — always great selections. Again, thank you!

  3. I love the classical music station in Austin, KMFA 89.5 (and yes, they have an app too). We’re so lucky in Austin to have at least 4 or 5 public radio stations that play all a variety of musical genres and at least one traditional NPR news station. As always, thank you for a thoughtful and engaging post!

  4. Thank you so much for the classical music stations! That is what I listen to every morning, but our local stations don’t play enough of the upbeat lighter classical music that feels happy and uplifting to me. Also can’t wait to check out Letterman.
    My husband and I finished all of season 4 of Grace and Frankie. Really liked it, but not quite as much as previously.
    As always Shannon I look so forward to checking out your blog everyday, it brings me happiness and I learn about so many different things!
    Thank you so much!!!!

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