This & That: Janaury 10, 2020 & A Francophile & Foodie Giveaway!

Jan 10, 2020

Discover the premiere of a highly applauded new series inspired by Jane Austen’s last book, the return of one of the longest running series produced by Netflix, books to tickle your creativity, train your wine palette and offer guidance on how to raise a good human, and so much more. Oh! And I cannot forget to share something special and extra in today’s This & That: a truly luxurious giveaway to one lucky TSLL. If you love good food and the French culture, you have stopped by the right place. Here is this week’s This & That. Enjoy!

Books

Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty and Law by Jeffrey Rosen

Released this past November, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares in her own words her thoughts on life – from the professional experiences she has gained to the personal. With conversations recorded over the past twenty years with the head of the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen, discover Ginsburg’s “favorite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, how to lead a productive and compassionate life, and of course the future of the Supreme Court itself”.

The International Best Dressed List: The Official Story by Amy Fine Collins

Released this past October, the history of The International Best Dress is now available for the public to discover. Told by insider and IBDL Hall-of-Famer Amy Fine Collins, discover “the complete history of the much-lauded and highly visible International Best-Dressed List (IBDL) launched by Eleanor Lambert, ‘Godmother of Fashion,’ in 1940”. Full of illustrations and photographs, if you love fashion and history, this is the book to have in your library.

In Pursuit of Inspiration: Trust Your Instincts and Make More Art by Rae Dunn

Released last April, ceramicist and author Rae Dunn shares her favorite techniques for approaching a blank page and creating art. Full of colorful illustrations and artwork that will catch your eye, Dunn shares and inspires readers to discover the beauty in everyday objects, sights, and unexpected places, as well as offering tips, prompts, and exercises designed to help you trust your instincts and inspire creativity.

The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know by John Bonné

Acclaimed wine writer (and the man behind the column I shared last week which broke down the tariffs and how they will effect French wine) John Bonné “explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits” with his new book The New Wine Rules. “For example: A wine’s price rarely reflects its quality. You can drink rosé any time of year. Don’t save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day”. I love and appreciate these tidbits already, and could not agree more. Meant to be savored, meant to be paired, meant to be enjoyed, Bonné book will educate but also liberate you when it comes to wine and perhaps remind you what it’s really all about.

Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Good, Confident Kids by Hunter Clarke-Fields

Released this past December, Raising Good Humans shares “mindfulness skills for calming your own stress response when difficult emotions arise, strategies for cultivating respectful communication, effective conflict resolution, and reflective listening as well as how to examine your own unhelpful patterns and ingrained reactions that reflect the generational habits shaped by your parents, so you can break the cycle and respond to your children in more skillful ways”. While I may not have kids, this book sounds like a worthwhile read to be a better human no matter what our age.

Cookbook & Francophile Find

Franny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef’s Daughter, with Recipes by Alice Waters

If you love France, food and adventure, chef Alice Waters’ book (released in 2016) is a fun read to pick up. Inspired by her daughter Franny, Waters shares forty recipes to help any curious individual learn how to feel more confident in the kitchen as well as perhaps become even more intriqued and enamored with the French culture and cuisine.

Décor

The Citizenry Merapi Storage Baskets (2 different sizes and colors)

I have had my eye on these storage baskets as of late as I am looking for one basket to place in my mudroom for a recyclable bin for my weekly newspapers. While they quickly sell out when they become available, these durable hand-braided baskets from Indonesia are worth waiting for, and as soon as you receive the alert that they are back in stock, be sure to pounce.

Francophile & Foodie Lover’s GIVEAWAY

My Stylish French Box, Dans ma Cuisine (February 2020 box)

One lucky TSLL reader will receive Sharon Santoni’s expertly curated My Stylish French Box when the February 2020 box is shipped to subscribersc next month. As with each box, there is a theme, and this season’s theme is one of my favorites – Dans ma Cuisine. So for all of you cooks out there who are looking for a look and taste of France, this is the box you will want to patiently wait to arrive. The contents will undoubtedly be worth the wait.

AND, beginning this year, Sharon has begun a new tradition with My Stylish French Box that is called My Golden French Key. One lucky receipient of the seasonal box deliveries will contain a Golden Key with a decorative tag and secret code.  The person who finds the key in their box can contact My Stylish French Box (aka Sharon Santoni and team) with the code and they will receive a beautiful gift of over $300 in value, from one of our partner brands. In the February box, the gift will be one of Annick Goutal’s luxurious products (see right).

How do you enter?

  • Leave a comment on this post
  • Enter by next Thursday January 16th
  • Ad-Free Subscribers (monthly and yearly), you may enter twice (leave two comments). Make sure you are commenting with the email address you have subscribed with so we can confirm your double entry.
  • The winner will be announced in next week’s This & That post, so be sure to stop by and see if you are the lucky winner. If you are the winner, you will need to contact me to claim your giveaway by Sunday January 19th. After the 19th, a new winner will be randomly selected if not claimed by the original winner chosen.

Don’t want to take your chances and want to purchase your Dans ma Cuisine box right now? I do not blame you as I immediately requested a box for myself as well. There are still boxes available (yep, there is a limited supply), but you can order yours here until supplies run out. Once your order is confirmed, you can expected to receive your box in mid-to late February. Sharon ships around the world, so wherever you call home, you can always welcome a touch of France. Bonne chance!

Shopping

Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Stripe Cashmere Blanket Scarf (two colors)

It has begun to remain in the freezing temperatures as of late in Bend, and I am in constant search of cozy scarves. Needless to say, these cashemre scarves held my attention and look exceptionally cozy at a fair price (currently 40% off).

Vince Boiled Cashmere Dolman Boatneck Pullover (three colors)

Yet another cozy comfort – a cashmere sweater with a boatneck neckline (my favorite). Yep, this would be one I could live in all day during the weekend.

Television

Grace & Frankie

The sixth season of Grace & Frankie premieres this coming Wednesday on Netflix, and the good news is, they are already planning to begin taping season 7 which means it will become the longest running Netflix series in the video streaming company’s history! After checking out the trailer below, this season looks to be quite entertaining, and I look forward to next weekend enjoying a few hours of laughter.

Sanditon, on PBS Masterpiece

Premiering this Sunday in the states on PBS Masterpiece (9pm) is the now finished Jane Austen novel, Sanditon (the series premiere in August 2019 in the UK).

“Jane Austen was chronically ill with a mysterious disease in early 1817, when she turned her thoughts to a happier subject. She started work on a witty and delightful novel set in a seaside town. She never finished it. Now, noted screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and PrejudiceLes Misérables, Primetime Emmy winner for Little Dorrit) picks up Austen’s plot and takes it in a glorious and satisfying direction, on Sanditon“. View the trailer of Season 1 below and settle in Sunday evening for the two hour premiere which begins the eight episode season. (and read the book here)


~recipe for Clafoutis aux Poires~

The first week back to work, and admittedly, it does take some getting used to; however, perhaps this adjustment reality is a signal that our time away went exceptionally well. While I was looking forward to returning to the classroom to see my students, it was a shift, as I miss my boys terribly when I go back; however, it went well, and for that I am grateful.

This weekend Bend is supposed to be greeted by a snow storm as are many other parts of the country, so for everyone about to receive some snow, stay warm, stay safe and enjoy cozying up inside or if you are going outside, have fun!

Before signing off today I want to extend my thoughts to Australia and all those affected by the horrendously heartbreaking fires. My heart upon continuing to hear of the ongoing tragic destruction and loss has been with you all, and as a TSLL reader if you are wondering how you can help no matter where you call home, read this article by The New York Times which shares specific organizations you can work with and how they will help. Thinking of you all, the animals especially and as well. Stay safe.

Below I have gathered more than a few articles and one video I think you will enjoy. Many of them this week are Francophile themed in celebration of the generous giveaway from Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Box (don’t forget to leave a comment below to enter!), but there are many more as well. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée.

Simple Health Advice to Heed in 2020 in 48 Words [The New York Times]

—Real Simple shares their Month-by-Month Guide to Having Your Best Financial Year Ever

—Learn about the 10 Clasic French Breads You’ll Find in Boulangeries Across France [Talk in French]

—Could it be true? Brains of Regular Tea Drinkers are More Organized and Efficient? [Inc.]

Top 5 Paris Cafes Right Now according to Hip Paris

The Brexodus is Real! Find out what it is and why it’s happening. [Complete France]

A makeover is coming to an iconic part of Paris [The Guardian]

—But we must stay abreast of the Transit Strike in France as well – now the longest one in more than 50 years [Travel & Leisure]

—Whether you are traveling to France or not, a Francophile list to read – 12 Resolutions to Live Your Best French Life [Frenchly]

—The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) announced unprecedented news on Wednesday. Make sense of it all here and how it will move forward into being. [BBC]

—Michelle Obama offers insight and guidance about overcoming Imposter Syndrome. Take a look. I think you will be inspired and reassured to step into your awesomeness.



275 thoughts on “This & That: Janaury 10, 2020 & A Francophile & Foodie Giveaway!

  1. Thanks again Shannon for another amazing post! Lots of wonderful This & That’s for me to explore over the weekend. Grace & Frankie has been a big favourite of mine and I can’t wait till season 6 starts, the storage baskets look great so I’ll have a look at those, the blanket scarfs are just beautiful (but which colour to chose!), Rae Dunn’s book appeals to me as I have just started painting classes so I’ve added that to my wishlist! And oh so much more!!! Merci beaucoup once again Shannon 🙂

  2. Chère Shannon,I’m truly humbled by your reminder that one can enter this fantastic giveaway as international readers. Truly a privilege, merci Madame ☀️??

  3. Good morning Shannon, as a follower of both TSLL and Sharon Santoni I would love to be entered into the giveaway draw as unfortunately the budget won’t stretch to a subscription at present. I have however purchased both of Sharon’s books (My Stylish French Girlfriends, My French Country Home) and would recommend. With best wishes from England, Sue

  4. What a delightful way to brighten the short, dreary days of winter. Thank you for introducing us to such charming and inspiring treasures!

  5. A wonderful gesture for your readers. Can I add how much I enjoy the music which accompanies your videos and podcasts which always cheer me up. With very best wishes, Sue.

  6. As always, a wonderful “This and That” post. I will admit, I love getting book recommendations from here, as well as stylish ideas to make my home and life more elegant and beautiful. Thank you for all that you do! And thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

  7. Dear Shannon,

    I always look forward to your Friday posts. You do all the ‘work’ for us! Sharon’s boxes are gorgeous. I would love to have one, as her taste is lovely. Thank you both for the giveaway.

    Warmly, Kathleen

  8. So much good stuff in this week’s “This & That”. “Sanditon” looks wonderful…as does that pear clafouti, yum! Thank you, Shannon, bonne weekend to you and the boys!

  9. Thanks to you, Shannon, I was immediately drawn to the life and surroundings that are Sharon Santoni. However, it was only just over the holidays that I discovered My Stylish French Box and My French Country Home. Sharon’s story of rediscovering and reinventing herself after raising her children truly inspired me to continue along this season of my life.

  10. I have only imagined the beautiful things that would be contained in Sharon’s French-inspired boxes! I am travelling to the south of France in May, and receiving the gift of a box would certainly set the mood for my trip. I love listening to Sharon’s podcasts and am a faithful reader and listener to the Simply Luxurious Life. Thank you, Shannon?

  11. I look forward to your posts on Friday. I love the variety of themes, all of them informative, motivating or inspiring. Bissou to your boys and thank you for your kind comments espressing consideration for hot, burning Australia.

  12. Love the This and That post every week. It is my favorite and I leave with interesting and fun articles to peruse over the weekend. Thank you!

  13. Thank you the give away, I love all things french and cooking! Been following your blog daily for 9 years, it gets better and better. Thank you!

  14. Your posts and your podcasts are already a gift in my life but A Stylist French Box would be icing on the top!

  15. Friday’s are always a little easier to wake up when I grab my tea, settle in and read my weekly email. You never disappoint. Honestly my favourite blog!

  16. As a big fan of you and this box all I can say is WOW what a generous gift! You both are such an inspiration for us all ✨.

  17. Thank you the give away, I love all things french and cooking! Been following your blog daily for 9 years, it gets better and better. Thank you!

  18. This blog is an absolute inspiration. As I go from my twenties to now the thirty this year it is that constant and gentle reminder of my goals and priorities. Thank you for all you do. I appreciate you so much.

    1. What a wonderful little surprise to find a give away!
      Fingers and toes crossed! But it was still a treat as always to read your post <3

  19. Thanks for the option of the second entry. Love the give-away and love the ad-free subscriber option! Second chance is the charm? 🙂

  20. Looking forward to settling in this Sunday to watch Sandition. Stay warm and cozy, Shannon. Thanks for allowing us to win Sharon’s beautiful French Box.

  21. Shannon, your newsletter today reminded me of my favorite quote –
    At Christmas I no more desire a rose
    Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
    But like of each thing that in season grows.
    – William Shakespeare.

    Wishing you joy in 2020~!

  22. I’m really enjoying La Liste that you recommended a couple of weeks ago – merci! Just checked out the New Rules of Wine from the library. May I recommend La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life by Elaine Sciolino? Working on her The Seine: the River that Made Paris right now, but La Seduction was also outstanding.

  23. Hi Shannon, would love to receive the box. It would come into my self care resolution for 2020 of building a fuller life through simple daily choices and actions. You are such an inspiration!!

  24. Thank you for the contest! I get so many book recommendations from you – I just checked out In Pursuit of Inspiration from my library – I have a blank sketchbook that is staring at me and I am so intimidated, so I hope this will get me started.

  25. Oh – What – Fun! After reading your Wednesday post about the “freedom“ in having a curated routine, I will now have more time to take advantage of these inspirations you’ve provided for us!

  26. Good morning! Each week, I look forward to reading This and That (and the rest of the newsletter), while snuggling my pups and drinking coffee! Thanks of the contest, too! Happy happy new year to all!

  27. Thank you Sharon for your lovely blog. I especially enjoy the Friday This and That.
    I love all your book recommendations and have discovered a lot of new music thanks to you as well!

    Please do add my name for the give away!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Margaret

  28. Hi, Shannon! Love your posts. Just finished your second book. One of my favourites is when you write about the things that have made you smile so far this month. Appreciate the gratitude.

  29. Happy Friday, Shannon! I always love your posts but particularly enjoy the “This & That” compilation of such great finds. Wishing you all the best for an amazing 2020!!!

  30. Good morning, Shannon,
    It’s been about five years since I subscribed to your blog. I am so grateful to read your insightful, positive comments and suggestions about how to live in peace. Each day I check out the book titles and clothing styles. I’m in my late seventies and I so enjoy you.
    Thank you for all your efforts. I am totally entertained.
    God bless
    Teresa

  31. I’m so excited to hear about Sharon Santoni’s French box giveaway. I hope to one day become a subscriber to her gorgeous boxes. Good luck to me and hope your weekend is cozy and lovely.

  32. So many high quality things of interest I would never have discovered if I hadn’t read your posts. Thank you for finding and posting them.

  33. I have your newsletter marked on my calendar every week! I always look forwatd to it and am never disappointed….AND getting at this fabulous box is such a bonus! Thank you!

  34. I always look forward to the the This & That post. So many intriguing topics to look into. Like many others, I struggle with imposter syndrome, and can’t wait to dive into Michelle Obama’s insights.

  35. Excited for a new PBS Masterpiece show! Recently added the PBS subscription to my Amazon Prime, mainly for “The French Chef,” but now I can check out this one as well!

  36. I always love reading your blog Shannon. I moved from Bend six months ago to the Central Coast of California. I can’t complain, but I do miss so much about Bend. I, of course, brought my crazy Francophile love with me…

  37. I am SO excited for Sanditon, and would love to enter the box giveaway. Thank you, Shannon and Sharon, for the opportunity to experience a little taste of France at home in my own kitchen!

  38. Love Sharon’s magazine, and thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway,
    Thank you for your blog and wonderful postings.

  39. I have just received your latest book as a gift and thoroughly enjoy your blog and videos. I would love to be entered in your drawing. Thank you.

  40. Thank you for the opportunity for such a fun look at a new subscription box! Also, thank you for the Grace and Frankie reminder! It is one of my favorite quirky little shows I have discovered over the last couple of years!

  41. Thank you so much for your hard work putting this all together for us. I love anything posted of France & always enjoy your self awareness posts — staying true to self, grounded, and self empowering, but admit I am totally overjoyed to see my imaginary friends Grace and Frankie are almost back ! yay !

  42. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway! I love reading all your finds on “this and that,” Michelle Obama is such an inspiration!

  43. Have been wanting to try a box from Sharon.
    How exciting to win one:) Love the This and That on Fridays. I read it and enjoy it during my break time at work. Great way to start the weekend.

  44. One of my aspirations for the new year is to take better care of me! Thank you for this giveaway & for making Friday mornings a favorite time of my week.

  45. I love reading the This & That Post each Friday, this is a good start into the week-end! Also very upset about the terrible fires in Australia…..
    Thanks for allowing all your readers to enter the prize competition!
    Have a lovely week-end!

  46. Love your books, blog, everything you’ve accomplished! Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your life & love of French culture with others. I’d love to win your wonderful giveaway.

  47. Bonjour, Shannon! Merci for the opportunity to enter to win the February “Dans ma Cuisine” Box from Sharon Santoni. I would be so happy to receive this delightful “cadeau” at my door!
    Bon week-end! xo

  48. I receive your blog on Friday, it is my Friday morning Routine! Thank you for
    Your thoughtful and helpful ariticles, I like your book suggestions.
    Thank you too for offering the Stylish Box giveaway, a real treat for those of us who are unable to afford purchase.

  49. In a world filled with hardship and strife,
    I’ve found my “sanctuary” in The Simply Luxurious Life.

    Shannon’s got the best tips for living a life with style,
    She’s the one stop shop for all of us Francophiles.

    Her petit plaisirs will have you saying oh la la,
    It’s undeniable she’s got that je ne sais quoi.

    When you feel like you’ve hit a rough spot,
    Shannon will inspire you to take action and say “why not?”

    There’s a lot of influencers out there but this one is my favourite,
    I’ve learned so much from this Simple Sophisticate.

    This giveaway makes me happier than a baguette with brie,
    And will have me saying “merci, merci, merci!”

  50. Bonjour, Shannon,
    Snowy and chilly here in Seattle, too. Purely cozy.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a box from Sharon! I’m thinking often of you with all the “scope for imagination” in your new residence. Enjoy the process, too.

  51. Love reading, watching and listening to all you have to offer Shannon! So inspirational and always learning from you!!

  52. I just joined receiving the blogs (through a friend of mine referring me to them) and I am loving every minute of them! In fact, I just purchased two of Shannon first book and my friend and I are going to read it together and challenge each other pull in new routines towards changing our daily lives! And now this wonderful and exciting give away!

  53. Thank you for this opportunity! And i love your ‘this ‘n that’…i look forward to it each Friday and pull at least one item or suggestion off each week! Thank you for your diligence to this post!

  54. Love your This & That Friday posts, Shannon! They are always current, well curated, and have great suggestions for everyone’s various interests. Well done!

  55. As always, a delightful This and That post. What a lovely giveaway as well! I have never received one, but those boxes always look amazing!

  56. What a lovely giveaway! And thank you for the oodles of inspiration- Friday mornings are not only great because they signal that the weekend is almost here, but because I get your newsletter to inspire a weekend of TSLL!

    Rinette

  57. Your TSLL posts are so much fun to follow Shannon. That sweater looks quite luxurious and cozy! Also like your photos and book recommendations. It would be great to win one of Sharon Santoni’s fabulous boxes.

  58. Thanks for another lovely This and That, Shannon ☺️ Your posts always brighten my day. I’m listening to Michelle Obama on Audible at the moment and find her v inspiring. I would simply love to win the fabulous box! What a treat

  59. Your newsletter and blog are always my Friday lunchtime treat to kick off the weekend, and winning a stylish French box would just be the cherry on the top!

  60. Fingers crossed for Sharon’s box! I have to say that I finally watched one of your cooking episodes, and now I’m making French omelettes every time I need a quick breakfast or lunch. I was surprised how easy it was, which is a testament to your great explanation skills! We’re supposed to get snow on Tuesday here in Portland, but it’s always a 50/50 chance of whether or not it sticks on the valley floor. I hope it does as it would give me a chance to watch and try to make another one of your recipes. Cheers!

    1. Thank you very much for Elizabeth and so good to hear! Enjoy this cozy stay-inside-most-likely weekend! It looked like Portland was getting quite a bit of moisture this weekend as you said. Enjoy exploring the cooking videos! ??

  61. This is the best giveaway EVER! I’ve been cooking and eating as a small part of my recovery from depression & it’s become a true passion. The Stylish French box is on my list of goals to save up for! Thanks for this amazing blog & books, they’ve really helped me in my journey to enjoy life again ♥️

  62. It would be such a joy to win The Stylish French Box by Sharon; my heart would actually sing with the joy’s of Paris coming to my door. Oh! how I miss Paris. I love your blog and books they bring Paris to me on a weekly basis. Thank you

  63. Thank you Shannon for all your hard work and inspiration. I have followed you for some time and reading through your blog is an enjoyable centering time for me during the week.

  64. Happy New Year, Shannon! And thank you for such inspirational posts – and the fabulous opportunity to win such s beautiful gift!
    Wishing you a simply luxurious and serene 2020,
    Anne
    xx

  65. Thank you Shannon, what an amazing opportunity to experience some of these goodies!
    Hope you are enjoying these cozy winter days , with a warm cup of tea and snuggled up to your boys!

  66. I’m a new fan, but I absolutely adore your blog and your podcast–waiting on the books to arrive from Amazon with only a little impatience. I’ve been a Francophile for most of my life, and reading your posts and listening to the podcast makes me feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit. Looking forward to reading, growing, and discovering with you. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

  67. Thank you for mentioning Australia. It is going to be a long, hard summer. I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and we are waking up most mornings to the smoke and smell of burning from Kangaroo Island. My husband leaves tomorrow to help with the fires on K I. He is a metro firie but bush fires are so very unpredictable. Your this and that column always introduces me to new things. Good luck choosing a wallpaper!

    1. May your husband return safely. I can even imagine your and his feelings during this time. Thank you for sharing how you and your loved ones are experiencing this difficult time. All my thoughts. ?

    1. Amanda, Congratulations! You are the lucky winner of Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Box! Please do email me with your shipping address so we can ship you your box! Thank you for visiting TSLL. 🙂

  68. Again a lovely this and that Shannon. I have binged on Grace and Frankie over Christmas and can’t wait for this. Also Sandition would love to discover what he does with it. Finally what a great giveaway so generous. Sharon has such a stylish eye.Might get lucky this time. Merçi beaucoup. Bon weekend?

  69. Love Sharon’s boxes and a cooking one cannot be beat. Thank you for this opportunity and for sharing your knowlege of France and all things French.

  70. I visited Paris for the first time in my 40+ year life after dreaming of the city of lights since I was 12. I’m a lifelong Francophile and would LOVE to win this box!! Also…I want to try that recipe for pear cloufoutis!!

  71. What a lovely combination, Sharon and Shannon, two of my favourite blogs and instagram feeds to enjoy .
    Thank you for collaborating on this wonderful give away……..I would love to win !
    Enjoy your snowy weekend, Shannon ⛷

  72. I am looking forward to the premiere of Sanditon! Thank you for the opportunity to win a box, they are always curated perfectly.

  73. What an exciting giveaway, thank you Shannon and happy New Year! Looking forward to your continued wonderful ideas and inspiration this year.

  74. Hi Shannon!

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the blog and podcast in 2020!. Thank you, ladies, for the giveaway!

    1. Shannon, thank you for your concern for all in Australia. On behalf of all of us down under I extend a warm welcome to you. Come visit….you will love it.

  75. Shannon you are always such an inspiration. I love reading your blog and listening to your podcast. They add so much value to my everyday. Thank you so much.

  76. What a glorious treat on a typically Pacific NW winter’s day (rain & snow & wind & snowy-rain & more rain that will probably be snow again by morning): This & That, and the chance of winning a French Box — they make the wet & cold a little less trying! Interesting to read the article about tea drinkers being (perhaps) more organized & efficient — based on the quantities I imbibe on a regular day, my brain must work like a Swiss train schedule! LOL! Thanks for a wonderful Friday post as always, Shannon.

  77. Always my go to at the end of the day, Thank you Shannon! Such inspiration, creativity with a zest for a grounded, responsible and wonderful life style, you rock!!!

  78. I absolutely love and look forward to reading your blog on Friday Shannon! I have been following your posts for several years now and I always find something inspiring to read. Thank you, Linda

  79. Thank you for your continuous outstanding articles and updates. You are my favorite person I follow and I’m lucky we have similar taste so I very much enjoy your posts. I haven’t yet subscribed to my French box and it would be a bonus if I were to win

  80. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift box. I look forward to your news letter each Friday and enjoy This and That to get your opinion on many things that I have enjoyed.

  81. This is great Shannon, such a beautiful giveaway! Everyday I am more in love with your content! I wish you a great weekend ?

  82. Thank you, Shannon and Sharon, for yet another opportunity to win one of Sharon’s beautiful French Boxes. It would be such fun to win!

  83. Thank you, Shannon and Sharon, for yet another opportunity to win one of Sharon’s beautiful French Boxes. It would be such fun to win!

  84. To win one of Sharon’s boxes would be the most wonderful beginning to 2020. Thank you both for your fantastic blogs and making this lovely offer possible!

  85. Good morning Shannon and thank you for filling my inbox each week with thoughtful inspiration. I started following Sharon Santoni on your recommendation and subscribe to her magazine as well !

  86. What a fantastic list. Had to check the basket from Indonesia immediately. Yes, please enter me in the Stylish French box giveaway!

  87. Thank you for the opportunity. I always look forward the This and That every week, a lovely weekend reading treat! Thank you, Shannon!

  88. Thank you for the generous offer, Shannon! I found Sharon Santoni through your site some years ago and have luxuriated in her marvelous books, magazine…and a lovely year of My Stylish French Box. As always, your content is fabulous! ?

  89. Just love so many of your recommendations Shannon! Would love to win the French box & can’t wait to watch Sanditon! ?

  90. Super excited to enter the giveaway! Have you seen the new book Cosy: The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir? Looks great!

  91. I really enjoy reading your blog! The Dans ma Cuisine sounds marvelous. Would love the opportunity to try it 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  92. Would love to win a box with Francophile finds ❤️❤️❤️Thanks for featuring the RBG book going to gift it to a friend and can’t wait to see the new PBS show Sandition .

    I always find the “ This & That” section always helps me discover new things. Keep it up. Reading this a ritual every Friday and I look forward to it in my inbox. Keep it up.

  93. This post is my favorite each week! It gives me great shopping ideas and wonderful reading suggestions. I love the French boxes and thank you for offering this to a lucky person!

  94. I really love these posts and this one has lots of great suggestions – can’t wait for Grace and Frankie’s new season. I would love to win the box, especially since I recently made my first trip to France and can now really appreciate your fascination and love of it.

  95. France is my soul country and it will be lovely to receive the gift. Thank you for the great opportunity to enter this competition

  96. Shannon,

    Thank you so much for the opportunity! As always, reading your blog fills me with inspiration and motivation.

    Have a wonderful week!

  97. Hi Shannon, I love your blog and podcasts. I would love to receive a My Stylish French Box from Sharon Santoni. They are SO Beautiful!

  98. Hello Shannon,

    the yellow/beige wallpaper seems like an energizing and sweet tone for the mudroom. Hope you chose that one.

    I would like to participate in the “My Stylish French box” giveaway. However, I am based in Greece. I am not sure, is the giveaway open to us as well?

    Always a pleasure to read your posts, take care!

  99. Bonjour Shannon! I would LOVE to win this box. Everything French just inspires my everyday life. Thank you for introducing me to such an elegant way of life. Your inspiration carries into every aspect of the way I live!

  100. So excited to enter! I have recently purchased your second book after having read the first one a few years ago. I’ve also just discovered your podcast and have enjoyed binge listening to past episodes!

  101. I’d absolutely love to win this box! I’ve dreamed of her quarterly boxes and it would be such a wonderful start to the year! Thank you for the opportunity!

  102. I love the synchronicity that sometimes plays out when you find a new blog, author or You Tube creator. It is always thrilling when the person you’re reading or following is somehow connected to a creator that you love. This happened to me with you, Sharon Santoni, Tish Jett and Jennifer Scott. It is somehow reassuring that you’re in the right space. You all provide high quality and extreme value in all that you do. Very exciting to see you partnered with Sharon Santoni and My French Country Box. Thank you for this very exciting opportunity!

  103. Your blog is such an inspiration! I would love to win the box as I have been following Sharon Santoni for quite some time and I love her taste.

  104. I discovered your blog and podcast about a year ago and have really enjoyed reading & listening as a fellow 40 year young woman hoping to move to Oregon soon. Really appreciate your voice to all of us who are figuring out how to best live our lives in our own way.

  105. How beautiful! I am new to this blog and podcast and find it so very delightful. It has already inspired me to do so many clever simple things! The box looks wonderful.

  106. Thank you for all the work you do on the podcast….gives me something to look forward to as I’m tackling a new week. Winning this box would be uplifting amidst the cold of winter!

  107. Happy new year to you as well. May the year be bright and peaceful for all. Love the Mrs. Obama trailer I’ve come to rely on your posts to keep me abreast of things that I am interested it, like Grace and Frankie and the PBS special on Jane Austin. Thank you for the reminders and suggestions. You’re the best.

  108. You Rock! This is the best give away ever! Your podcast is my Monday treat and motivation Shanon! Thanks for inspiring me : – )

  109. As a relatively new subscriber I’m so glad I came across your inspirational site! And, what a lovely (and generous) gift box offer.

  110. ohhhhh la la , I am excited and would love the chance to win the box. Thank you Shannon. As always, love and appreciate your work. Please keep it coming. 🙂

  111. I anticipate your podcast and blog each week. I work from home and when there isn’t a new episode out but I need some inspiration I will go back and listen to one from the same season a year or two back. Winning the box would be the icing on the cake! Thanks for all your hard work bringing us great content Shannon!

  112. This would’ve been a great birthday present for me! 🙂 I love the concept of a little box from France with simple pleasures!

  113. I am hoping for calm and relaxation this year. 2019 was a bit of stress. All the best for the new year for you and yours .

  114. Thank you for a chance to enter to win Sharon’s box full of French products – which I have loved learning about over the years!

  115. Shannon, I look forward to each week’s This & That and appreciate the time you take to carefully curate the items you choose to include. Whether it’s a new book, clothing item, movie, or series, there is always a new discovery to be made on each week’s This & That! And of course, thank you for organizing such a fabulous giveaway!

  116. I love Sharons koselige podcasts and blogg, all year around there are so many beautiful advice. Thank you! Hei, to all of you, from Sætre in Norway.

  117. Thank you, Shannon. Excellent addition to a This and That focused on food and lifestyle. I introduced my sister to your blog about a year ago when she was looking to make some changes and now we discuss topics during our weekly “virtual” walks (we live in different parts of teh United States and love walking together, so made a commitment a few years ago to walk and talk one morning every week and it is a simple pleasure I anticipate weekly). For Christmas, I sent her Sharon’s holiday box and was not sure about delivery dates. Even during this busy time of year, Sharon was gracious and made the time to answer my questions and personally confirm delivery. My sister was thrilled with this remarkable and special gift and I was pleased to have such a fantastic gift giving experience. Thank you for the introduction to My Stylish French Box and the opportunity to win one for myself. And thank you to Sharon Santoni for partnering with you on this. Happy New Year!

  118. Happy 10 years to your blog Shannon! Your daily posts are enjoyed on my lunch break, and are a lovely way to step away from my busy schedule and enjoy a little pause in my day. Thank you for continuing to share with us all.

  119. Greetings, Shannon! The giveaway sounds like a lovely way to perk up what will probably be a very cold February in the Midwest.

    I love listening to your podcasts on my daily walks outside or on the treadmill. You are the same age as my elder daughter (who has her own sewing blog–TomKat Stitchery), and we both appreciate French style, capsule wardrobes, clothing that fits well, and simpler lifestyles.

    Bonne journee to you!

  120. Love This & That. Every week at least one of your suggestions makes me say, “ooooh!” and a gorgeous give away makes this week’s even better!

    Thank you, Shannon.

  121. Dans ma cuisine! Perfect! I have my fingers crossed. And Franny in France looks like a superb read; thank you for the recommendation.

  122. Is it silly that I became a subscriber in order to have an additional entry? I think not- it was about time!

    Thank you so much for offering this incredible opportunity!

  123. Thanks Shannon for your amazing ideas, content and recommendations… I’m delighted to see how your following has grown!!

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