This & That: January 24, 2020

Jan 24, 2020

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Many a sale from fashion to kitchen are taking place at the moment, books to bring calm and clarity as well as an understanding of the power of thoughtful aesthetics. Lovers of French decor will find a book full of inspiration, as well as a must-have resource for seasoned and beginning cooks. And there is more! The return of a new series that was an immediate hit when it premiered last year, to a British favorite that returns for its ninth season. And still there is more – Jennifer Aniston’s SAG win, Spring Couture week in Paris, and yes, even more. Enjoy!


Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond by Pauline Brown

Aesthetic Intelligence, or as author Pauline Brown describes it, “The other AI”, is a book written about its namesake concept by the “former leader of the world’s top luxury goods company and a pioneer in identifying the role of aesthetics in business, shows executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to harness the power of the senses to create products, services, and experiences that stand out, resonate with their customers, and create long-term value for their businesses”. If you are trying to unearth the power of aesthetics to capture the attention of your customer, clients or audience, Brown provides a crucial roadmap to help business leaders build their businesses in their own authentic and distinctive way. 

The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care: Do Less, Achieve More and Live the Life You Want by Suzanne Falter

Inspired by her own life experience and shift in how she lives, author Suzanne Falter shares “simple, bite-sized suggestions to help you ease onto the path of effective self-care in a way that feels doable rather than demanding”.

A Year of Mindfulness: A 52-Week Guided Journal to Cultivate Peace and Presence by Jennifer Raye

Broken down week-by-week, journalers will discover how to reduce negativity and grow a sense of calm. Organized “into themed weeks, each with seven unique prompts that allow you to deepen your practice, discover how to live in the moment as you reflect on being conscious of your body, connecting with nature, or even cleaning your home”.

British Find

Death in Paradise, Season 9 premiere on BBC One

Last year I began watching the British mystery series Death in Paradise and found a light-hearted drama with loveable characters set in a beautiful ocean paradise. Just this past January 9th, the ninth season of Death in Paradise premiered on BBC One with a new episode airing each Thursday night at 9pm (8 episodes in the season). However, if you do not live in the UK, catch up on the previous eight season by watching Seasons 1-8 on Amazon Prime until the ninth becomes available. Have a look at the trailer of Season 9 below.


What Good Cooks Know: 20 Years of Test Kitchen Experience by America’s Test Kitchen

I came across this book as the new year began and found myself perusing through it out of curiosity, and what I found was a detailed resource for anyone who is or wants to become a serious cook. From what supplies and utensils to have in your kitchen, complete with detailed product recommendation, as well as mini lessons on basic cooking skills and useful kitchen science, plus illustrated step-by-step instructions for 50 of America’s Test Kitchen’s most essential recipes, pick up this book and become a student of the craft you love.


Concrete Millbank Table Lamp, Garden Trading

Based in the UK, Garden Trading sells unique yet natural decor items for the home and garden. The Concrete Millbank Table Lamp is sturdy as it is made of concrete, but smooth to the touch. Complete with a linen shade, this table lamp is functional and industrial, yet a luxuriously unique beauty.

Francophile Find

French Style at Home: Inspiration from Charming Destinations by Sebastien Siraudeau

I recently discovered French Style at Home, and although it was released in 2009, I am confident its inspiration is timeless if you too are drawn to the French décor aesthetic. Revealing interior inspiration from eighty different guesthouses and 30 that are featured in individual chapters discover a wide array of decor ideas from “elegant crystal chandeliers taking center stage in one room, to a simple wooden bench, worn smooth with centuries of use in another”, purchase to find oodles of French decor inspiration for your curating your unique sanctuary.


Sur la Table Winter Sale

Save up to 60% on Sur la Table items from cookware, kitchen utensils, coffee and tea items and much more. Below are a few items that caught my eye.

I am loving these ramekins with straight sides (two different sizes)


Elgar, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, album

A young man that came to the world’s attention at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, Sheku Kanneh-Mason has just released his sophomore cello album. Have a listen to one of the tracks below.


FarFetch Sale

Winter Sales are in full swing before the spring collections arrive. Take an additional 20% off with promo code JAN20 at FarFetch.

Matches Sale

Use promo code EXTRA20 at check out to save 20% additionally on all fall and winter 2019 sale items.

Net-a-Porter Sale

January is a wonderful month to save on your designer favorites. There are still many beautiful items available, and now at wonderfully low prices. Below are just a few items I found at Net-a-Porter’s sale, but there are many more. Set aside more than a few moments to peruse and shop the items that are needed to fill the gaps in your capsule wardrobe.


Next in Fashion, on Netflix with Tan France and Alexa Chung

Tan France, from Queer Eye fame, is now in a new series hosting alongside Alexa Chung. Premiering Wednesday January 29th, view Next in Fashion, a fashion competition series starring talented designers from around the world vying for the $250,000 prize. Looks like beautiful and inspired fun.

Shrill on Hulu, Season 2 premiere

Starring SNL cast member Aidy Bryant, Shrill returns to Hulu for its second season. Filmed and set in Portland, Oregon, Aidy Bryant’s character, Annie, is a writer yearning to express herself personally and professionally. Fans and critics give season one high praise, and now the much anticipated second season premieres tomorrow – Saturday Janaury 24th on Hulu. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Apple and Honey Tart with Walnut Crumb Crust~

A weekend to take a breath, slow down and just be home. After last weekend’s decor project (here and here), and an unexpected but equally as fun mid-week decor project, I am looking forward to enjoying my home with its new updates. The temperatures are supposed to warm up a bit, as the last of our snow will likely melt, and I am ready for a long walk with the boys, maybe a trip to the mountain as the snow is supposed to be fantastic and time to just be.

I hope you are looking ahead to a weekend filled with moments to relax, time to explore and more importantly savor the life you have cultivated for yourself and those you love. Below I have gathered together many articles and one video I think you will enjoy. Thank you very much for visiting TSLL, and until Monday, bonne journée.

9 Things It’s Not Too Late to Start Doing For Yourself [Marc and Angel]

—David Lebovitz’s crispy chocolate chip cookie recipe looks scrumptious!

How Harry and Meghan will separate from the Royal Life [The New York Times]

7 Things to Remember when Dating in France [Talk in French]

France is beginning an aggressive plan to phase out plastic [Treehugger]

Netflix is expanding to Paris and a new French-language series [Yahoo Finance]

—Speaking of Paris, Spring Couture Week took place, and Givenchy’s collection, accompanied by an elevated orchestra playing their instruments just inches above the heads of the models as they walked along the catwalk was a wonderful show to watch. Kaia Gerber in this white gown (seen right) was the show-stopper for many.

Check out all of my favorites from each show here on my Pinterest board: Spring 2020 Couture

—Did you know that you can now download images of 100,000 promiminent artworks from Paris museum collections? [Smithsonian]

How to Develop a Growth Mindset at an Early Age [Pick the Brain]

Spending time in nature deepens our appreciation and our respect for Mother Nature [Treehugger]

—Check out Jennifer Aniston’s acceptance speech at the SAG awards last weekend, and I cannot reiterate enough: Watch The Morning Show – well written, well acted, topical, conversational and Aniston is at her finest. And while the rest of the media may be talking about the backstage celebration exchanged between Pitt and Aniston, let’s raise the conversation to focus on her career accolades and leave her personal life, whatever it may be, to the person living her life, and doing a mighty fine job. Bravo Jennifer. I cannot wait for Season 2.

Be sure to check out Jennifer Aniston’s IG post following her SAG win. She shares a before and an after (after seen on the right) of how she was able to arrive wrinkle-free in her Dior gown and her beautiful home master bath after the evening concluded.

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