This & That: July 13, 2018

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The Things You See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast Paced World by Haemin Sunim  

Mindfullness guide, who is a Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, Haemin Sunim offers insights into how to find your balance and inner peace in his book which was released last year. With the idea of eight guideposts such as relationships, love and spirituality, if you are looking to dive deeper into your own mindfulness practice, this may be a book to take a look at.

This is Home: The Art of Simple Living by Natalie Walton

Released in April, Natalie Walton offers a guide with beautiful images to decorating a home that is inspired by the inhabitants without the extra unnecessary “stuff” we tend to include. Not requiring a huge budget, her creative ideas will inspire readers to make the simple changes that could make a big difference.

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginniner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage

If you are someone who knows you need to tend to your finances, but you just don’t want to (or don’t know exactly how to), this book has been written for you. With detailed tips on creating a budget, understand the fundamentals of investing and mastering your debt, this basic guide is perfect for someone just beginning on their financial independence or someone who wants to build a strong understanding of the basics of financial success.



Being released in Los Angeles and New York City next Friday, the documentary McQueen is an intimate look into the man whose fashion house broke the rules and forged new territory in the world of fashion – Alexander McQueen. Have a look at trailer below.

Francophile Find

Rabbit Hill Brocante Pop Up (July 14th)

Okay, I am intrigued by brocantes, as you know now, and I am now trying to figure out to bring home the beautiful finds found in French brocante markets when I am no longer here. One way is to shop Rabbit Hill’s pop up Brocante sales which happen every so often. And in fact, her next one is tomorrow morning! On Saturday July 14th at 9am (Pacific Time), explore what she has found and is selling to the early birds! All the information is shared here regarding the treasure hunt.


Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

Beginning yesterday, Nordstrom card holders have had early access to their Anniversary Sale which officially begins on the 20th for everyone and runs through August 5th. Below are a few finds I discovered and am happy to share, and this pair of Tom Ford sunnies definitely shouldn’t be missed.


Christian Wijnants Floral Print Silk Scarf, Farfetch

Always looking for scarves that work in my color scheme for my capsule wardrobes, this blue and white silk print caught my eye. There is also a pink print in the same pattern if rose and soft blush are in line with your colors. Be sure to use promo code X20JULY to save 20%.


~recipe for a Ginger Pear Tart with Walnuts~

My fourth Friday in France has arrived, and I still cannot quite believe I have been in this beautiful, diverse and delicious country for nearly a month. I have been offered so much inspiration, kindness, and scrumptious food that I am doing my best to take detailed notes, capture the sights and sounds that have delighted my senses so that I can recall and draw from it all more ideas when I return home. Buuuuut, this trip isn’t over yet as some wonderful outings still await, and right now I couldn’t be more at ease due to where I am staying (see the second article mention below to find out where – or check out my Instagram).

However you are spending this weekend, I hope you are basking in leisure or pleasure or both and enjoying a few simple pleasures. Thank you for stopping by today and below are a few articles and one fantastic Oprah video you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Bastille Day will be celebrated here in France tomorrow (the 14th of July), but as Annie André shares in great detail, you wouldn’t say Happy Bastille Day to a French citizen. No, no, no. Read all about the historically celebrated occasion that I will be enjoying by visiting a local market.

~I have to share quickly as I am staying with Sharon Santoni for this part of my French trip, if you haven’t signed up to receive My Stylish French Box, the August box is the perfect box to begin with. Dedicated to French cuisine, she gave me a sneak peek at the contents, and while I won’t share any details (as the surprise is part of the fun!), it will be a treat for your senses – tastebuds included! – and your home. Learn more about subscribing to this seasonal luxury delivery which includes hand-picked items by Sharon from artisans throughout France.

~The Tour de France kicked off this week and will actually be just kilometers away from where I am staying at the moment! I am not sure what to do, to be honest. But if you are in the area and want to enjoy wine, the history of the country and the food while enjoying this annual event, be sure to read The Lonely Planet’s article where and what to do on the route. 

~A style post on accessorizing, specifically – layering necklaces. If you too are curious about how to master this styling trick, The Wall Street Journal shows you how.

~Being in Europe at this moment is a sports lover’s dream: The World Cup Championship, Tour de France AND Wimbledon. In fact, it was 10 years ago this week that this history tennis match championship between Nadal and Federer happened. Could it happen again this Sunday? I do know about you, but I do hope so.

~Oprah continues to bring inspiration for living well, and this time it is about understanding what the universe is telling us. Oh my goodness, that’s a powerful skill. Have a look at the video below with her guest Paulo Coelho.

THIS & THAT posts from the Archives:

~One Week Ago: July 6, 2018

~One Month Ago: June 15, 2018

~One Year Ago: July 14, 2017

~Two Years Ago: July 15, 2016

4 thoughts on “This & That: July 13, 2018

  1. I’m always fascinated with your article and the podcast is my wake up for my commute. Thank you

  2. You have to go see the Tour de France! Go very early–for one thing, the sidelines get pretty crowded, even in the middle of nowhere. But it’s more fun in a village. An hour or so before the cyclists arrive, the sponsors pass, with the most hilarious floats and vehicles. And they throw goodies to the crowds–everything from hard sausages (seriously) and madeleines to TdF-style caps. They are coming to Carcassonne next weekend.

  3. Can’t believe it’s four weeks already!You have so much choice in France this weekend. Just got back from seeing Tour de France in my neighbouring village. This normally tranquil place was heaving this morning. Hope you enjoy this glorious weekend whatever takes your fancy. Bon weekend?

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