This & That: February 9, 2018

Feb 09, 2018

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An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones

Oprah’s book club selection is one even I am eager to read, and I usually gravitate toward nonfiction. Released this past Tuesday, Tayari Jones’ novel is set in the twenty-first century in the New South. An up and coming newly married couple,   she is an artist whose career is about ready to blossom and just as life together is going smoothly, he is arrested for a crime she knows he didn’t commit. Sentenced to 12 years in prison, while he is incarcerated, she finds love with her husband’s best man and an intriguing story unfolds. Tugs at the heart, questioning of societal justice and figuring out the journey along the way, I am intrigued, and I have a feeling most of America will be as well.

Great Thinkers: Simple Tools from 60 Great Thinkers to Improve Your Life Today by The School of Life

From the School of Life series editor Alain de Botton who wrote most recently The Course of Love and from the collection that I most recently recommended and which inspired an episode on the podcast, How to Choose a Partner, the latest addition to the series looks to be a resource to tickle the mind.

Grow Rich with Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

While published more than 10 years ago, Napoleon Hill’s book, which marries wealth and serenity of mind, continues to receive top reviews as it offers a sound purpose and worthwhile goal for attaining financial peace of mind. Sharing with readers how to “succeed in life, succeed in being yourself, develop your own healthy ego, win the job you want–and keep going upward and turn every challenge into a new success” along with much more, if one of your goals this new year was to revamp your financial health, be sure to take a look.


The Creative Home: Inspiring Ideas for Beautiful Living by Geraldine James

Last weekend I stepped a new home decor boutique here in Bend and came across a decor book that offered an abundance of visual inspiration for the home that spoke to my preferred aesthetic – cozy, yet sophisticated; simple, yet not sparse. Released in 2016, Geraldine Jame’s book The Creative Home is organized into four themes offering not only visuals but ideas and inspiration for how to curate a space of your own: Cook and Eat, featuring kitchens and dining areas; Relax and Socialize, covering living rooms; Work and Create, which includes home offices and studios; Sleep and Bathe showcasing shows bedrooms and bathrooms. If you are looking for ideas about how to polish your own sanctuary, you might want to take a look.

Francophile Find

French Country Cooking by Elizabeth David

Recently a TSLL reader suggested I take a look at Elizabeth David‘s cookbooks, of which she wrote many, and her French Country Cooking cookbook caught my eye immediately. While originally published 60 years ago, this cookbook introduced Britons to the diverse offerings of their southern counterpart by sharing a collection of recipes organized by the regions in France. The sections include soups, fish, eggs, luncheon, supper and family dishes, meat, poultry, game, vegetables, salads, sauces and sweets, and be sure to check out her engaging introductions for each. Learn more about the British cookbookery writer Elizabeth David here.

Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie by Kathryn Kemp-Griffin

Just released this past Tuesday, Kathryn Kemp-Griffin’s new book asserts “to will help women feel at ease with their figures and show them how to integrate a lingerie lifestyle à la française to enhance their own femininity, confidence, and joie de vivre.” After all, lingerie is a must as part of its own capsule wardrobe (which was broke down in detail here on the blog a couple of years ago), and is most definitely for the woman wearing it first and foremost, each and every day, not just for special occasions. I look forward to reading this find.


Beaufille Damia Criss-Cross Dress

The simplicity of this midi-length dress caught my eye for summer travels. Made of elastane and rayon, the classic black and white stripe would pair easily with a pair of espadrilles or sandals, grab an overstized woven tote and hit the markets. Made in Canada, the dress would be one to enjoy every year and always look chic.

Fleur du Mal silk-satin slip (black also available)

Having a simple slip as a chemise to wear to bed is something I prefer as the temperatures begin to warm up. In classic black or a complementary shade of blush, such an addition to a sleep wardrobe will never go out of style.

Food52 Mosser Chelsea glass cake stands

Part of having fun in the kitchen is displaying and then sharing what we’ve made, and these Mosser blue cake stands would be a lovely addition for not only cake but any appetizer you are sharing with friends and family. Quite the presentation factor and multi-functional as well.

~recipe for Chocolate Pots de Creme~

As I type, I am listening to TSLL’s “Escape to France . . . “ playlist, and thinking to myself, Why I didn’t make this playlist years ago? An answer to this question I do not have, but I am so happy I have it to enjoy now. TSLL readers have been sharing their love for the playlist on Instagram, and I just want to thank you for the feedback. There is something soothing and reassuring about music that we know will be playing and at the same time, just being swept away by what we hear is a luxury for the mind.

This weekend has me escaping to Walla Walla for a brief visit. A bit of business, some pleasure as well and of course stopping into my favorite patisserie. I absolutely cannot wait to sip their chocolat chaud. In the meantime, weekly newsletter subscribers learned more details about the progress of the book when it arrived in their inboxes this morning. If this is something you’d like to stay apprised of, along with receiving exclusive updates and first-to-know information regarding giveaways, promo code discounts and much more before the information is shared on the blog, but sure to subscribe.

As well, the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea, have officially kicked off as of today, so I will be tuning in from time to time to see how the events are unfolding. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and until Monday (or follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to in Walla Walla and more!) bonne journée.

~Looking for some inspiration from women who have risen to their potential and continue to grow and succeed? Check out 8 Like Hacks from Brené Brown, Marie Forleo, Gretchen Rubin and more

~And for a few more tips from Gretchen Rubin, read her post on the Three Tips for Worrying Less

~Having too much good luck is not possible. Here are 6 Proven Ways to Generate Good Luck in Your Life

~Soufflés and France, the two just go together. Discover where to enjoy three of the best in Paris

~And since you are in France, why not go to Champagne! Discover how to Book the Perfect Champagne Tasting Experience in Champagne

~If you’re staying in Paris, bookmark this page from someone who lives and is currently exploring the city, Oliver Gee from The Earful Tower podcast – 20 Restaurants in Paris to Try

This week’s video is one to save! From a guest we’ve had on the podcast, Géraldine Lepere shares the Basic French Phrases to Survive Any Conversation below.

5 thoughts on “This & That: February 9, 2018

  1. A lovely post Shannon. An eclectic mix indeed. Will be checking out Elizabeth David again
    She’s my heroine. I learnt a lot from her before discovering French chefs. Have a great weekend and will be peeking instagram. Salut?

  2. Thank you so much for your This & That section. I have found so many good reads, great recipes and really look forward to your email weekly.

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