This & That: January 13, 2017

Jan 13, 2017

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Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything by Victor J. Stecher

Now this is a book I want to read. Perhaps an even deeper and more significant benefit for living a life of purpose and clarity is that it will improve our neurons and eliminate aging ailments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. How? Released last spring a researcher in the field of behavioral science, Victor J. Stecher, reveals that discovering our purpose has more of a tie to not only our overall happiness but an improvement in our health as well. happiness.

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith

The timing of the release of Emily Esfahani Smith’s new book coincides with the beginning of a new year, a new start and a perfect pairing as we have time to slow down, contemplate and decide what do we want our life to be all about. The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters contemplates the possibility that it isn’t in all of our vast travels that we can discover meaning but perhaps right here in the now where we find ourselves. Full of stories and findings from philosophers, near-scientists, psychologists and sociologists as well as anecdotal stories, the book may ease your mind and remind us all that what we need is something we already have.


The Answer is Cooking by Epicurious

Last week I was listening to one of my favorite food podcasts, Bon Appétit, and one of their guests was a host of the food website Epicurious. What I learned was Epicurious has a new video series titled “The Answer is Cooking”. So far there are five videos, all of which are animated. Simple, engaging, they each offer a reminder of how the small decisions we make in the kitchen can indeed have a broader effect on our community and the world. In other words, knowledge is power, no matter how simple our actions may seem. As well, you learn how become a better cook and enjoy the process of making meals for yourself.

Williams Sonoma’s Cookbook holder with measurement chart

Cookbooks. I love them and have far too many, but just enough at the same time. And when I want to follow a recipe that I do not have engrained in my memory, propping it up can turn into an entertaining job of creativity and ingenuity. Needless to say, a cookbook stand would be very, very helpful. I have chosen Williams Sonoma’s stainless steel holder as it also offers something I need since I tend to use a variety of different recipes from around the world and knowing which measurement is equated to what is not something I have readily available in my mind, a measurement chart. However, below are a few more cookbook holders that may also interest you. Happy cooking!


Eric Bompard Cashmere, Soldes!

During only two months of the year, everything goes on sale in France. No seriously, these are not sales as you know them in the states. The inventory is not carefully selected to just reduce the price on the items that they want to get rid of. Everything is on sale in France, and beginning this week Les Soldes began! If you are the market for quality cashmere anything, check out Eric Bompard. I live in their cashmere sweaters and don their cashmere scarves, and at these reductions, the prices are very reasonable for what you will be gaining (they last for years!). Do remember, at least for me, to size up (I typically am a medium in sweaters but their large fits me like a medium), and enjoy building a quality winter capsule wardrobe.

Margaux, The Cashmere Slipper

Speaking of cashmere. Margaux, the ballet flat shoe company just began selling their cashmere slippers. I kid you not, as I am typing this their ivory pair is keeping my feet warm during our frigid temperatures. With the look of a ballet flat, complete with a simple tie on top and an elastic heel to fit your foot perfectly, these are a lovely luxury to have for your morning routine that follows the first stretch, a cup of tea and perusing the newspapers. The slippers are also available in heather grey.

Slip silk eye mask (many colors available)

One simple item to make sure you have with you when traveling trans-continental flights is an eye mask. And preferably a silk eye mask. I certainly appreciated mine the last time I ventured from Oregon to France and they are easy to fit into just about any carry-on or purse you bring aboard. I am excited to share with you Slip’s eye masks because they quality, simple and available in your favorite color (so many to choose from). No cheesy phrases on the eye mask, no frills, just a beautiful silk eye mask at a great price.


Queen Victoria on PBS

In PBS’s seven part series, Queen Victoria is what will hopefully replace the much missed Downton Abbey beginning this Sunday on Masterpiece. Starring Jenna Coleman (from Dr. Who). Have a look at the trailer below at the Queen who seemed to have it all.


~recipe for Chocolate-Pear Clafoutis~

I am closing my eyes and imagining what my yard looks like without all of the more than two feet of snow, and I am seeing green grass, perennials popping up along the walking path and blossoming trees full of blooms as the spring season begins. *deep breath*.

Oregon is experiencing a more intense wintery winter than normal. So much so our governor has issued a state of emergency. It is all sort of surreal, but it has given me an opportunity to work away on the blog and for that I am truly thankful. With school closed for a long 5-day weekend, I am dreaming of all that I can do, complete, enjoy and savor. The list is a dream.

After tending to my roof (the snow on the top was nearly up to my waist in some spots), I can sleep a bit easier now and am reminding myself that this winter will not happen annual, so I am doing all that I can to savor and appreciate the gifts and slower pace it is granting us. How about you? How are you doing as January unfolds?

January is a uniquely singular month because it’s often when we catch our breath, reorganize, re-evaluate as well as appreciate all that we’ve accomplished in the past year. We also come to be aware and thus motivated to attain life goals we are more capable of attaining due to the progress we’ve made up until this point. I hope your January is going well, and thank you for your time to stop by TSLL. Quickly, with some of my extra time to spend on the blog, TSLL Youtube channel is finally up and running with a total of five videos available. As additional interviews or projects are complete, I will be uploading them here, so be sure to subscribe to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Have a lovely weekend and below are a few links you may enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~11 Things People Know About You Before You Even Open Your Mouth

~10 Powerful Ways to Create Your Own Happiness

~What Not to Eat: ‘The Case Against Sugar’

~How You Can Overcome Negative Thoughts That Harm Your Happiness

~How to Organize Your Life in 5 Steps

~Learn and Accept These 8 Life Truths and Set Yourself Free

~How to Do Less When You Have a Lot to Do



~Karlie Kloss captured by Annie Leibovitz in Central Park for Vogue 2010 – see more winter images from Vogue dating back to 1919 here.


11 thoughts on “This & That: January 13, 2017

  1. Heading out to the soldes today. Going to the big city: Toulouse.
    Re cooking measurements: I photocopied a conversion chart and taped it to the inside door of a kitchen cupboard. Always where I can see it easily.

  2. Per your recommendation, I requested my public library purchase The Power of Meaning: Crafting A Life That Matters and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Thank you!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Happy New Year, Shannon!

    It is clear to me that this blog — and the community relying on and enjoying it — is your passion project. How fortunate are we who have found it. Yea for us! Definitely looking forward to all you have planned. (Do you ever sleep? ?)

    Stay safe and keep warm. Happy weekend!


  4. Can I second Deborah’s comment above! I have just subscribed to your YouTube channel. Absolutely fab! Thank you so much Shannon for the inspiration and pleasure you bring to us all. I am sure that I speak for all of your followers in wishing you health, wealth and happiness in 2017.

  5. I’m eyeing those Eric Bompard V-neck sweaters – torn between the classic and the extra fine. Would you recommend one over the other? For layering? Many thanks for the heads up about the sale!

  6. Af goodness yes Eric Bompard! Having finally placed my first order last Thursday, have just received my package. I first heard of them from you Shannon and now finally I managed to afford a pair of long gloves and a matching scarf. They are beautiful and of finest quality.

    I’m glad to see you finally found a perfect slipper pair!

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