This & That: January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018

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GHD Air Professional Performance Hair Dryer

Last fall I learned of a high quality blow-dryer that came highly recommended from hair stylists. As someone who has invested in my own ionic blow-dryer, I took note. Now, I am not in the market for one, but having a quality blow-dryer is a necessity when it comes to doing our hair each and every day. The GHD Air blow-dryer is also ionic (which helps prevent frizz), has two speeds and three heat settings. And while yes, an investment, a well-made dryer should last for at least five years and continue to its job well each time. Now that is something worth investing in.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Bain Shampoo (for fine hair)

I cannot rave and recommend more this shampoo. As someone with fine hair, I have searched, seemingly endlessly, for a shampoo that didn’t leave my hair flat, dull or oily. Immediately upon using Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime Bain Shampoo my hair was soft, shiny and not weighed down with product or stuck in my roots. Many years ago I began using Kerastase’s deep conditioning treatment, and I have loved the results. I have yet to use a product from them that didn’t fulfill its promise so long as I shopped for the right product for my type of hair. If you are like me and have fine tresses, give this shampoo a try.


The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Live in Life and Love by Jenna Birch

I recently read an article on ManRepeller by Jenna Birch regarding her new book The Love Gap, and it spoke to me on a conceptual level regarding relationships when it comes to expectations, society, success and equality that I have found to be true in my own life. If you are someone who is navigating the dating world and as a smart, confident, career-driven women have become perplexed, first read her article mentioned above, and then you may just want to pick up her book.


Vintage French Bread Boards

Bread boards are not only functional in a multitude of ways (literally to cut bread, but also used as a serving tray or platter), they are also beautiful as decor in the kitchen. Food52 recently restocked their vintage French bread boards, and I couldn’t wait to share. Now certainly, if we were in France popping into flea markets, we would undoubtedly find them cheaper, but as a gift for someone special or for yourself if you don’t have plans to visit any time soon, perhaps you will want to save up. I have a feeling you will not be disappointed.

Francophile Find

Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts and More by Marjorie R. Williams

Speaking of markets in France. If you will have the opportunity to head to France, Marjorie Williams’ book, which was released a couple of years ago, details the 30 best markets to visit in Provence. Complete with the best times to visit, information on how to successfully navigate as well as tips on etiquette, even if you won’t be traveling to France in the near future, this may be a fun book to simply read as a resource.


Sézane Oprah trench 

Perhaps using Oprah’s name is to catch attention, but either way, the trench is eye-catching on its own. Available in red as well, the classic trench is lined and measures 40.5 inches in length. Perfect for the soon-to-arrive spring season.



Sharon Stone stars in HBO’s unique new film which is interactive for viewers. Based on the events leading up to and then following her character’s murder in a posh ski resort, you can, as a viewer, choose which perspective you wish to view the film through. Sounds intriguing for sure. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the interactive version was released as an app, but now viewers will be able to view the six-part mini series on HBO which began on January 22nd. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Garlic and Herb Roasted Cherry Tomato Carbonara with Crispy Prosciutto + Burrata~

The last weekend of January is here, and with it we saw some true winter weather in the town of Bend. All the more reason to spend the next two days inside, make a delicious pot of soup and maybe sneak out to see a movie (Phantom Thread is next on my list – did you listen to Terry Gross’ interview with the director, Paul Thomas Anderson?).

One event I look forward to each January is the arrival of the Spring Couture collections, and so I have pulled a few outfits that caught my eye and shared them with you below. There is nothing like a peek at spring to enable us to dig deep and power through for eight more weeks. Yes, spring really is quite close indeed. However, I do not want to wish winter away. There is still more planning and projects inside that I look forward to completing before the warmer weather beckons me outside.

But now to a few articles you may be curious to read. I do hope you have a lovely weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~It’s true and I could not be more excited! Murphy Brown (yes, Candice Bergen has signed on and Diane English too!) is returning to CBS for at least 13 episodes.

~The quality worth seeking out when it comes to a partner – self-awareness

~Looking for Francophile podcasts? Look no further, HiParis has you covered. 

~Looking for a touch of spring and summer? Check out this “easy, peasy, lemon squeezy French lemon tart recipe”



~Armani Privé~

13 thoughts on “This & That: January 26, 2018

  1. Markets of Provence is a great suggestion, Shannon. I have used this book so much. Be sure to get it if you head to Provence.

  2. Saw Phantom Thread earlier in the week and found it both beautiful and disturbing. Acting was wonderful and the sets lovely, certainly a delight for any Anglophile.
    Enjoy it!

    1. Amelia, Thank you. Yes, I know there is some dark “something” that is going to be revealed. I am realizing I need to be in the right frame of mind for this film. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. Shannon, Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do with your blog. I enjoy having a look at your posts every day. In particular, every Friday, coffee in hand, after returning from early morning lap swim, I open up my computer for an indulgent read, I adore This and That and the linked articles!
    You are wonderful.

  4. I look forward every week to your Friday post (and newsletter). I always find something to learn from and/or entertain me. I also loved the playlist from earlier this week! Your newsletter really resonated with me this week. On a literal cooking level, I always laugh when people ask me for recipes for something I’ve made, because my inevitable response is “well, I can give you the recipe, but that’s not really what I made. It was just the baseline or inspiration.” I agree that life is a lot like that too. Taking someone else’s recipe for success and modifying to suit your own needs. I like to think that we all have our own magic ingredient, and it’s our own unique selves! Thanks for sharing your own unique self with us, and for encouraging all your readers and listeners to appreciate our own voices.

    1. I love your description as it is absolutely spot-on – we are our own magic ingredient – that is the key to realize as we navigate along our journey. Thank you for sharing how this morning’s weekly newsletter resonated with you. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂

  5. I too have fine hair and am forever searching for products to make the best of it. I look forward to trying the Kerastase shampoo you’ve recommended and wonder if there is a conditioner you like to go along with it? I have horrible static problems in the winter and cannot go without a conditioner. Thank you for all your wonderful posts and recommendations!

    1. Yes, I do have a recommendation for a conditioner. I have placed it in TSLL’s Shop – Beauty section. It is Kevin Murphy’s Angel Rinse (conditioner). I have used it for 18 months and highly recommend.

  6. Hi Shannon – I am a huge fan of your blog, book, and podcast (I listen on my Monday morning commute). I wonder if you have any suggestions for how to incorporate TSLL into the work day? I work in a cubicle, which is not super inspiring. I struggle to carry the TSLL mindset through my work day. If you have prior posts, or would consider writing one I’d very much appreciate your insight. Also looking forward to book #2!

    1. Great question. I have touched on it in the following two posts, but certainly will keep this idea in mind in the future. Thank you for your comment and interest. Have a beautiful week and thank you for tuning into the podcast each Monday. 🙂
      One of my first posts – (2010) A Luxurious Work Day –
      8 Ways for Introverts to Thrive at Work

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