This & That: February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020

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A flash sale on closet staples, a playful cup & saucer, a new pre-spring collection to ready you for the warmer seasons just around the corner, two books to improve the quality of your everyday, a new novel for all of the Jane Austen fans out there and so much more!


The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art by Erwin Raphael McManus

With a founding premise that “there are no shortcuts to quality”, McManus “celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves”. Utilizing “inspirational stories and insights from art, life, history, and scripture interspersed throughout, McManus walks readers through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder”.

The Comparison Cure by Lucy Sheridan

While released already in the UK (Dec 26), look for Comparison Coach Lucy Sheridan‘s new book The Comparison Cure to be released this April in the states. “Packed full of tips, examples and exercises to help you take back control of who you are and what you want, this positive and empowering book is the timely and necessary antidote we all need to the toxic comparison culture we’re living in”.

British Find

Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot Large Teacup & Saucer Set

I came across Emma Bridgewaters’ porcelain in the most recent issue of The English Home magazine, and as spring is about to arrive, I thought such a cup & saucer set would certainly bring a playful jump to one’s step and definitely a smile.

The Other Bennet Sister: A Novel by Janice Hadlow

Being released in March, Janice Hadlow’s new novel is already receiving wonderfully positive reviews with a book that spotlights Mary, “the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudice’s five Bennet sisters” In The Other Bennet Sister, [Mary] “emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own”.


Genius Recipes: 100 recipes that will change the way you cook by Food52, Kristen Miglore

While released in 2015, Kristen Miglore of Food52‘s cookbook Genius Recipes is a dependable resource for those recipes that will never disappoint. “Passed down from the cookbook authors, chefs, and bloggers who made [the respective recipes] legendary, these foolproof recipes rethink cooking tropes, solve problems, get us talking, and make cooking more fun”. 


Rejuvenation: Nickel and Fir Linnea’s Special Pour Candle

Last weekend, I made a day-trip to Portland and stopped into Rejuvenation. On sale, I found their special pour candles reduced 50%, so I scooped up 1-2 candles that combined Persian lime and fresh grapefruit with hints of vetiver which were displayed in a subtle, yet chic copper container. While that particular scent and container is no longer available (there may be a few left at the brick-and-mortar shop if you live in Portland!), they still have two different scents available online and for the same low price I came across.

Francophile Find

Maison Balzac J’ai Soif Carafe & Glass (more colors)

Having a carafe and glass in the bedroom for the master suite as well as for guests in their bedroom is a thoughtful touch that serves a need to help ensure a restful night’s sleep. Beautiful and simple, these carafes & glasses are modern yet classic at the same time.


Cult Gaia Roksana Canvas and Leather Tote

While an investment, Cult Gaia’s new tote is a statement piece that will remain in style for years.

Sézane Spring pre-collection

Recently French clothing company Sézane released their spring pre-colleciton, and it’s worth taking a look at. From their eyelet Patty Blouse (white or black) to their sleeveless ruffled v-neck blouse, find something classic, yet with a touch of femininity.

Theory Flash Sale

If you are looking for classic staples, be sure to check out Theory’s Flash Sale which runs through the end of today (February 21st). From statement, yet timeless black leather high heel sandal to an oversized scarf in alpaca wool boucle (grey or ivory).

~recipe for Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies~

February is cruising forward quickly, but not before a trip to my favorite bakery which I do not have the opportunity to visit very often (follow along on IG to discover where I am heading). This weekend will take me out of town for another day-trip (learn more about last weekend’s day trip here), but then returning home for, well, more time at home, which I greatly look forward to. I will be spending some time planning a gathering that will be hosted at my house in the coming weeks as well as perhaps doing a bit more planning for the garden that will need more attention sooner than may seem possible (I cannot wait for spring!). Nothing extraordinarily ‘wow’ this weekend, but so much that will wow me as I tinker about my home and yard.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, and below are more than a few articles you might enjoy along with two videos. Thank you for stopping by, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~9 Powerful Lessons from People-Pleasers Around the World [Tiny Buddha]

~It’s confirmed! Research says Having Fresh Flowers in the Home Can Actually Reduce Levels of Pain and Stress [Harpers Bazaar] (thank you to TSLL reader for bringing this article to my attention :))

~The best time to visit Paris? Springtime. Find out why here [The Standard]

~The One Mind Trick Succcessful Athletes Swear by to Attain their Success [Medium]

~More details are released about how Harry and Meghan will split from royal families duties [The Guardian]

~25 Beautiful Places to Visit in Paris [CNTravler]

~If you have found yourself a bit doubtful about romance, read this Modern Love column (and even if you haven’t, you will enjoy it as well) – How My Worst Date Ever Became My Best [The New York Times]

~4 Notes to Yourself that Will Stop You From Taking Today from Granted [Marc and Angel]

~Introverts: If the current political situation has you inspired to share your voice, or at any time you are wanting to express your support or dissent, read How to Be an Activist When You’re an Introvert [Introvert, Dear]

~The Louvre is to remain open 24 hours for three straight nights. Find out why. [The Connexion]

~See how wallpaper in Buckingham Palace is preserved . . .

~Have you been watching Next Fashion on Netflix? Have a look at a short clip in which Tan France and Alexa Chung’s Best Fashion Advice (they offer some unexpected tips, some I am very thankful to hear, some new ideas to ponder, and some to just enjoy from afar :).

4 thoughts on “This & That: February 21, 2020

  1. Just commenting on your Friday post, yes, just being present with someone can be helpful or healing. It’s not always necessary to resolve their problem because they just need to have someone listen and acknowledging their presence. I saw this many times in my psychotherapy practice. Shannon, I know you’re an introvert, have you read Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe? Happy Friday!

    1. Karen, thank you for subscribing to TSLL’s weekly newsletter. Thank you as well for sharing your professional experience. I don’t believe I have read this title. I will check to see. Looks right up my alley most definitely. Thank you for the recommendation!

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