This & That: February 22, 2019

Feb 22, 2019

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American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt by Karen Harper

Set in the late nineteenth century and stretching through the second world war, a story of an American Duchess and her wedding and marriage to a Prince may seem all too familiar. Being released next Tuesday, Duchess Consuelo Vanderbilt’s tale begins with the “wedding of the century” and quickly becomes a life full of duties – primarily, producing an heir and a spare. Such obligation causes the marriage to strain, and so the Duchess seeks meaning for herself in a world that may not pay such a quest much mind.

The Victory Garden: A Novel by Rhys Bowen

Set during the Great War, the protagonist is twenty-one years young and falls in love with an allied soldier from Australia – only to lose him in the war and leave her with child. Her mourning inspires her to volunteer her time tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate where she finds a discovery that will change her destiny.

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s wildly popular course “The Science of Willpower”, inspired her best selling book. Readers will discover how becoming the master of their self-control can improve not only their health and productivity, but their happiness as well.


The 91st Academy Awards (aka The Oscars)

It is that time of year again! The 91st Academy Awards will air on ABC at 5pm Sunday evening (February 24th). Without a designated host, seeing how the show will be choreographed will most likely be a medley of new, now and revered actors. But one thing I am certain of is my particular anticipation to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s presentation of “Shallow”. Needless to say, I will be watching the entire show, perhaps with a coupe of champagne in hand.

Francophile Find (British Treat)

Christian Dior exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Open now in London at the V & A Museum, Christian Dior: The Designer of Dreams, is on exhibition. Through July 14th, believe it or not, it is already sold out, but stay tuned. Beginning in 1947, the famous French couturier was widely influential, and none more so than with his relationships in Britain. Even if you are not able to attend the exhibition, be sure to click through via the link above and see images spanning the decades of Dior and his clientele.


Field Company Cast Iron Skillet

A daily utensil I use in my kitchen is my cast iron skillet, and I must admit, a round skillet is the only way to go. Field Company’s skillets come in three different sizes, and 10″ is a worthwhile size for a variety of cooking occasions. Seasoned and ready to go upon its arrival, enjoy cooking with it for years to come.


Cuyana Classic Trench

Spring is coming! March 20th will be here before we know it, and as such, having a classic trench on hand is a closet essential for my wardrobe and perhaps yours as well. Cuyana’s new classic trench is just that, classic and without the unnecessary trendy touches. Perfect for a staple item.

Heist Channing stripe blouse

Bring on the stripes! Short sleeves and slightly oversized, bring a touch of color and freshness to your spring wardrobe.

Sézane Timeo jumper

I do love stripes, and this jumper (available in two colors) is oversized and with a boatneck that is flattering on so many.

~recipe for Honey Butter Cardamom Buns~

The last weekend in February is already here. This second month of the year always scoots by too quickly, and with more snow continuing to fall in Bend, cozying in still sounds like a good idea. However, with the symphony presenting their winter concert this weekend, I am going to try and attend. It might just be the perfect outing to socialize, yet relax. And of course, Sunday evening is the Oscars, and that too is a fun way to punctuate a chilly, winters weekend.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and enjoy a few articles and one video below to read as you relax, unwind and celebrate doing exactly what your well-being calls for. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Being an optimist really is a different way to appraoch daily life, which can make an awesome positive difference – discover 6 Things Optimists Do Differently [Marc and Angel]

~If you have a few minutes, listen to Understanding Why We Eat What We Eat [The Splendid Table]

~The world lost what felt like an abundance of well-known individuals this week, and Lee Radziwill was one such person. Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic shared a detailed post of all of Lee’s homes over the decades, and it makes for a intriguing read into her journey through design.

~For my fellow writers out there, a simple, but relatable poem about what we truly need to create. [Copyblogger]

~11 Simple Ideas to Change Your Life for the Better [LifeHack]

~French Vogue shares the most beautiful bars in the city of Paris

~And if you are traveling to Paris this year, save this calendar which lists the many exhibits coming to the city.

~Love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Love Paris? Read this post which shares the locations captured in Season 2 [Paris Perfect]

~And if you need to brush up on your French or start learning the language, a video (and blog post) below from Comme une Française

9 thoughts on “This & That: February 22, 2019

  1. Thank you for the weekend inspiration, Shannon! Winter break starts in Norway today and Rhys Bowen sounds like my book choice. I have never read any of her work but she has been on my list for a long time. Only a pity the Oscars start at 2 AM my local time so enjoy the live broadcast (and your bubbles). ?

  2. My two daughters and I have tickets tomorrow for the Dior exhibition – we are excited beyond words. Hoping for a wonderful day which spans the decades and generations. Enjoy your weekend x

      1. Shannon, all I can say is, if you ever get the chance it’s worth the travel and expense. Absolutely breathtaking.

  3. I had to google Champagne “coupe” versus “flute.” Truly the sign of an intelligent writer when I am always learning something from you Shannon 🙂

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