This & That: July 14, 2017

Jul 14, 2017

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—Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque

Released last month, celebrity health and wellness consultant Kelly LeVeque shares specific approaches along with 88 recipes to become more attuned with your body and improve your overall health. With clients such as Molly Sims, Jessica Alba, Emmy Rossum and others, her approach is aimed at removing the stress, thus the drama, and enjoying what you eat again.

Give It Up: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less by Mary Carlomango

Mary Carlomango’s book is more than a few years old, but I always enjoy observing how someone else goes about making changes in their lives. In Giving It Up, Carlomango gives up something seemingly signficant each month and observes how the quality of her life changes. From alcohol, newspapers, shopping, dining out, taxis, cell phones and television, she shares her personal experiences and what she felt she gained or lost.

How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

Inspired by her popular TEDTalk (see below), Emilie Wapnick’s new book How to Be Everything makes the argument that your vast curiosity is actually something to celebrate. In the book readers will find tips and steps to building a life that incorporates all of your passions. It never hurts to try, as that life sounds like it could be amazing (and maybe many of are doing as she suggests already). The video is fewer than 13 minutes. Be sure to check it out and maybe the book as well.

Francophile Find

Parisian Chic Daily Desk Planner 2018

As mentioned here on the blog a few months ago, Ines de la Fressange’s has returned with a new daily planner as she did originally when her first book was released in 2011, Parisian Chic. Full of colorful illustrations and style tips as well as ideas of what to do in Paris throughout each week, if you’re a planner and a Francophile, you can now order in preparation for 2018.


—Le Beach Bag

For fewer than $60 this simple, classic market or beach tote is a steal to be found. Perhaps that is why it has sold out so quickly, but there will be more available soon, so be sure to put your name on the waiting list. There is a Petite Le Beach Bag available as well.

—Stella McCartney Falabella Tote (40% off)

A classic boho tote is on extreme discount at the moment. And an additional 20% can be applied to the sale price with promo code x20july17.

—Theory Back Scoop Neck Stripe Tee (60% off)

Theory’s summer sale is on, and items are marked up to 60% off as seen with this classic stripe knit tee. A wonderful layering piece made with quality attention, scoop up this scoop neck if this is your style ($96).


The Mind of a Chef

Available on Netflix and PBS, narrated by executive producer Anthony Bourdain, the series is described as an intelligent show about cooking. An Emmy and James Beard award winning series, put this on your watchlist and discover how the great chefs of our time live, travel and eat.

~recipe for Summer Smoothie Cake~

Happy Bastille Day! A day of celebration in France and for the many Francophiles sprinkled around the globe. Plan a French-inspired meal, break the fresh baguette and enjoy a glass of rosé in the spirit of the occasion, non?

This past week on the blog has been a busy one, but oh, how much fun it has been as well. Good news was learned regarding something I cannot wait to share with you in the coming weeks, and will in due time (weekly newsletter subscribers have already heard the celebratory news, so be sure to subscribe for future first-to-know TSLL news), as well as the busy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kick-off (did any of you have trouble ordering on the first day? They were slammed!), Amazon’s Prime Day and four additional posts this week (two were summer salad recipes if you’re looking for something simple, healthy and delicious). Needless to say, it was fun and now I am ready for a weekend to savor.

The Bend Tour of Homes kicks off this weekend, so I might explore some of the addresses. As well, Wimbledon wraps up, and so my early mornings will be spent sipping my tea and cheering for a good match in both the ladies and gentlemen’s championships. On a blog note, be sure to make note in your calendars, the annual French Week will kick off here on TSLL Sunday August 6th, and already the podcast will be full of French-inspired episodes (yes, you read that correctly, there will be more than one episode that week!). But we still have time before all of that goodness arrives. Besides there is so much more to savor, and July has only revealed part of its beauty. Wishing you a lovely weekend and find many articles to enjoy below. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Instead of kicking yourself for past not-so-wonderful fashion choices, laugh about it. A handful of well known individuals share their mistakes and remind us Everyone Has Fashion Regrets

~Love blueberries? Looking for new and delicious ways to use them? Read this.

~The 8 Biggest Mistakes Language Learners Make (And How to Fix Them)

~If you are in awe of French butter, watch this intriguing video shared with me from a TSLL reader.

~If you are a mosquito magnet like myself, read this and learn of the good news about being one and how to lessen the allure

~Perhaps you’ve been victim to this last minute habit or maybe have done it yourself. The Golden Age of Bailing 

~Based on her new book, listen to this interview and discover how Happiness Must Be a Part of Femininism

~French habits to learn from and adopt

~Another French-inspired article to enjoy – 13 Reason to Love Paris Anytime

~5 Little Shifts that Will Make Your “Stressful” Life Five Times Easier

~And on that same track, 10 Things You Must Give Up to Get Your Life Back on Track

~If you are going to be traveling soon, discover How to Navigate New Airline Carry-On Rules

5 thoughts on “This & That: July 14, 2017

  1. The French habits to learn from and adopt are interesting. The point about after-school activities is interesting. Yes, they are subsidized. However, they aren’t associated with school at all. So participation requires parents or other caregivers being available to transport the kids to the activities.
    Many of the other things anybody can do–such as taking the time for meals. It certainly is easier when the entire culture is doing it with you.

  2. Hi Shannon!
    Once again, I enjoy everything you post! It’s delightful, adds to my life, makes me smarter, wiser and happier!
    And I loved the video above, and will be getting her book soon because I can relate so much!
    Have fun at the Bend Tour Of Homes! My Dad was a custom home builder in my town for over 30 years and so we used to go to the Parade of Homes a lot, and he won some awards over those years. I used to get so many ideas from all of them. So fun!!!!
    Take care,

  3. Hi Shannon,

    Now you can wake up to the Tour de France! The countryside covered by the cyclists each morning is stunning!


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