This & That: July 26, 2019

Jul 26, 2019

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AgeProof: Living Longer without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip by Jean Chatzky

Released a couple of years ago, AgeProof quickly became a bestseller as it reveals that one’s financial aptitude and application along with good health have more related than not. Two experts in their respective fields, financial guru Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen, “explain the vital connection between health and wealth–giving readers all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives”.

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretch McCulloch

Just released this week and already a bestseller, internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch “explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer ‘LOL’ or ‘lol,’ why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread”.  As a language teacher, I am most definitely curious about what she has to share.

British Find

Granchester, season 4

I am one week late on sharing the premiere of the fourth season of Granchester on PBS Masterpiece, but I wanted to include it as this season the leading role, the vicar, will shift from James Norton to Tom Brittney. Have a look at the trailer for the new season below and look for new episodes each Sunday night on PBS at 9pm.


I recently just learned of the BBC Two comedy series Mum, but it has already aired three seasons. Either way, it looks like a hoot of a good show. Available on BritBox or Amazon Prime or if you are in the UK – BBC Two, Lesley Manville stars as Cathy, who is recently widowed and beginning to rebuild her life. Have a look at a trailer below.


Healdsburg Bath Towels (three different colors and multiple sizes)

Simple, yet uniquely beautiful and statement making. Healdsburg bath towels are plush and just as luxurious to the touch as they are to look at.

UGG Peppermint Grove Baskets, on sale

If you are looking for baskets for any reason in your home, be sure to take a look at these as they are nicely reduced as part of Nordstrom’s Annual Anniversary sale.

The White Company Large Scented Candle, Seychelles and more scents, on sale

Also included in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, The White Company’s large scented candles. Available in two different scents – their Seychelles scent is what I would gravitate toward as I love the scent of the sea.

Francophile Find

Eating Eternity: Food, Art and Literature in France by John Baxter

Published a few years ago, be prepared to salivate as you read this book by Australian writer living in Paris John Baxter. Sounds like a lovely read to settle in with each evening.

Sundays in Paris: An Insider’s Guide to the Best Places to Eat, Drink and Explore — And Every Other Day of the Week by Yasmin Zeinab

Published last year, if you’ve traveled to France, and yes, even Paris, you know that on Sundays, most shops are closed. However, as author Yasmin Zeinab shares, that tradition is changing in the City of Light. Use her book as a guide of where to eat, what to see and what to sip whether it’s Sunday or any other day of the week.

International Travel, News & Culture


I have been very curious to read Graydon Carter’s new publishing venture after he stepped down from  his long-time post as the editor of Vanity Fair, and finally, the first issue of AirMail was released this past Saturday. While a subscription is required to read, for the first few weeks to early email newsletter subscribers (and I believe current or newly added), they are offering the issues for free (read the first issue here). So I dove in last Saturday and must say, they have been hard at work. As the logo states, the digital weekend newspaper’s target audience is an international crowd or those who do or dream of traveling about the world. Described by Carter himself, Airmail is for “a sophisticated person”, but whether you describe yourself as sophisticated or not, if you enjoy staying on top of current cultural news from beyond the United States, you will enjoy AirMail. In fact, author of Monsieur Mediocre John von Sothen is a contributing writer and wrote a fascinating article for the debut edition about a chateau in Provence that is causing a bit of a headache (“a bit” may be an understatement”).


LaLigne NYC AAA Bold Stripe Cashmere Sweater (more colors)

I love a stripe and am always looking for new, yet timeless ways to bring more of them into my closet. How about this lightweight cashmere single striped sweater?

Theory, 60% off sale

Theory is currently having a sale offering steep discounts. I have shopped a few items below and actually scooped up the cashmere-blend scarf you see above as the price was too good to pass up.


Queer Eye, Season 4

Last Friday I sat down and watched the first episode of Season 4’s Queer Eye. And while I may be a wee bit biased, as it focused on a long tenured music and drama teacher in Illinois (they decorated the teacher’s lounge, gave her a new haircut and wardrobe and whole Queer Eye pampering), the episode was one of the best (in other words, I was in tears and smiling and laughing throughout). The school  chosen was not by happenstance as it was actually the high school of one of the show’s stars, Jonathan Van Ness, and the teacher chosen was a teacher who played an especially inspirational and an influential role during his time at the school. Below is a trailer of the entire season. Look for all episodes on Netflix now.

~recipe for Lavender Honey Posset~

Summer keeps rolling on, as does the Tour de France, which is what I have been watching from time to time when I take a break from the computer or after being outside so I can cool down. With the tour wrapping up this Sunday in Paris, I am looking forward to watching, but as well, taping a couple more episodes of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, walking with the boys and continuing to read a wonderful biography that I thought I had read! Oops! But good news for me as it is wonderful.

I hope your week has been going well, and if you are living where the temperatures are on the rise, I hope you and yours have been able to find ways to stay cool. Thank you for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful weekend. Bonne journée!

~Paris has reached record high temperatures this week, but hot or not, there are many amazing places to visit outside of the city – Here is a great list of 14 of the Dreamiest Places in France. Having had the opportunity to visit four of the destinations on this list, I absolutely agree – especially Chateau Villandry. [AFAR]

~And since you are in France (or making plans to visit) The Guardian shares Fun Places to Stay on Four Routes to the South of France 

~Did you know that the UK has impressive Lavender Fields as well? Yep. House & Garden UK shares a list of the Best Lavender Fields to Visit in the UK.

~Did you know there was a difference in types of lavender? Yep, and the difference makes all the difference, even if it is a bit more expensive. [Woman’s World]

~No need to travel to see beauty. Join Oprah in her flower garden in Hawaii in this video and discover which flower she recommends giving to others when in doubt (I could not agree more).

~21 Life Advice Quotes from Live Bold and Bloom

~According to The Earful Tower’s most recent guest, You May Know More French Than You Think. I sure hope so! 🙂

~And one of the traditionally most popular French desserts is making a comeback in France – the Soufflé! [AFAR]

~I did not know this until I read this article – When Harry Met Sally Almost Had a Different Ending [Harper’s Bazaar]

~David Lebovitz’s IG post about The French Bastards bakery in the 11th arrondisement was the reason I visited earlier this month, and he was right – It’s fantastic. He recently wrote a post about the three men behind this new Parisian bakery that has an English name.

~10 Things To Start Telling Yourself on Hard Days [Marc and Angel]

~Sarah Jessica Parker was a recent guest on Terri Gross’s Fresh Air, talking about the new season of Divorce, the #metoo movement and her experiences in the business and why SATC would now be seen as tone deaf.

~10 French Decoring Techniques to Elevate Your Aesthetic [My Domaine]

~While this article was shared in January, I think it is a worthwhile post to read anytime you want a fresh start – 31 Things You Can Do to Live Happier and Healthier [My Domaine]

~Whenever I need a good laugh, as of late, I have been watching another episode of James Corden’s “Take a Break”. In this video he steps into Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles.

~Released just this week, the trailer of a film I am looking forward to viewing this November when it premieres – A Beautiful Day based on the real-life story of a journalist who interviewed Mr. Fred Rogers. It looks quite moving.

26 thoughts on “This & That: July 26, 2019

  1. Please invest in a proofreader for your content before publishing. You mention being a language teacher so I think mistake-free copy must be even more important to you. I love your topics but find that the typos distract from the reading experience. Here are just a few fixes needed here:

    Just as *luxurious* to the touch

    Their *Seychelles* scent

    Four of the *destinations* on this list

    1. Karyn, Your attention to detail is clear. 🙂 And you are correct: I by no means am perfect. Sometimes, the errors are absolutely mine, and yep, sometimes the auto-correct has a feisty sense of humor. Thank you for catching those three typos, as I appreciate your good eye and bringing them to my attention gently.

      This is a one-person show, and each day I do my best, but it will never be perfect. Thank you for embracing the imperfections and having a good and kind sense of humor about it all! 🙂 You brought up my teaching job, so I must say, I try not to profess that I know everything or will never make errors because I will and do (yep, a double negative, but utilized as an intentional rhetorical effect). I am forever a student engaged in the journey. If i I profess perfection over excellence, I are sending the wrong message for a successful journey of life, learning and success to my students. I truly am excited to write and reach and engage constructively and celebratorily each day I have the opportunity to write or create something for the blog. And I am tickled readers, long-time and new, find TSLL to be a welcoming community of fellow lovers of living well with occasional “oopses” and imperfections, because that will continue to happen so long as it is just me here.

      While I do not know what you do for a living, I know whatever it is, you do your best each day. And while there are times you may make mistakes and errors, they are not intentional, but rather your best on that day. Have a beautiful Friday and weekend and thank you for stopping by the blog. I hope you found one or two items in today’s This & That you enjoyed. All my best, Shannon

      1. LOVE your blog and newsletter, and I appreciate you providing the content. It’s such a great addition to my week for free or a low cost, that I could never imagine being critical of it! I hope you are never discouraged by those who choose to mention the negatives instead of the overwhelming positives.

        1. Amanda, Thank you so very much. I am so thankful for TSLL readers like yourself. For your time, continued interest and generosity, thank you. It is a joy to to have the opportunity to write something others wish to read or discover. Have a beautiful weekend.

      2. Wow. What a classy reply to a heartless troll. You just cemented my following. (Okay, I was already cemented. And, yes, I’m using that as an action word.

  2. What I’m reading is just fine…no errors here. Might be your device. A newsletter I read on my android has tons of errors but when I read it on the computer, they aren’t there.

  3. Followed the link over to AirMail and refreshing change from the usual onslaught of news. Thanks for the recommendation, already looking forward to next weeks.

  4. Thank you Shannon for this absolutely jam-packed “This & That”!! I just signed up for AirMail–wow, what a great find, thank you! And so much more deliciousness to explore in this post, merci beaucoups. Bonne weekend!

  5. Your Friday newsletter is my favorite and this week you outdid yourself. Such great items from shows to books, to articles. Thanks for all you do.

    Here’s an idea for a post, what do you wear when you work at home? I work from home almost exclusively and am always toying with how dressed up I get. Yes, most days I actually put on a bit of makeup and have an outfit that makes me feel confident and lovely (today is a simple knit dress with jewelry). You have great style so I am very curious how you approach this.

    Thanks for all you do.

    1. Jenifer, So happy you enjoyed it! Great idea for a future post. It really depends on what I am doing that day. Sometimes I am in the office all day, so I will come home from my morning walk with the boys and wear nice leggings and a comfortable loose long-sleeve top that breathes well. Other times, I am up for an errand, like today for example, and will wear a jumpsuit, sandals and a denim jacket – comfortable, stylish and versatile. Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  6. Shannon. Great This and That. Checked out AirMail and love it. So got a 3 month subscription. But will always read your blog first. ?

    1. Josanne, Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I think Carter is on to something with AirMail. I am looking forward to reading the second issue that just arrived in my inbox this morning. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  7. Just wanted to say your recent This and That’s have been wonderful. Its’ like have a magazine delivered every week without all the boring bits! I like that it has a international vibe to it and features both articles from here in Europe and the USA. I can’t imagine how much time this must take you so Thank You!

    PS my mother was a recipient of one of your magazine subscriptions from British Week. We are both enjoying reading this and are both looking forward also to French Week.

    1. Hello Tara! Thank you for saying hello and please pass along my hello to your mother. 🙂 so good to hear the subscription is being enjoyed. 🙂 I too cannot wait for French Week. ?? Thank you for your comment and enjoy the weekend!

  8. I just wanted to let you know that I look forward to your posts and podcast episodes. You always do a magnificent job and it’s clear you always put a lot of thought, love and passion into everything you do. Thank you!

  9. Thank you, Sharon, for working so hard in your “one-woman show” to produce excellent content week after week! I so look forward to your weekly This & That, and your podcasts are often the soothing soundtrack to my commute on the NYC subway.

    Regarding this week’s content, the Mr. Rogers film trailer already had me tearing up! Can’t wait to see it in theaters, and thank you for sharing. Have a lovely Sunday!

    1. Caroline, Thank you for stopping by for the weekly This & That. I too have a feeling this film will be a tear-jerker in some way or another. Have a wonderful week and a great commute. Thank you for tuning into the podcast. 🙂

  10. Dear Shannon,
    As a fellow English teacher and a long-time subscriber to your blog and your podcast, I want to express my sincere respect for your work. The occasional bit of thoughtless criticism is, I suppose, inevitable–just sail on by and carry on with your writing. You have a great deal of talent and a positive message to offer the world. Thank you for sharing it.
    Best regards,

    1. Deborah, Thank you for taking the time to reach out. I appreciate your words immensely. I by no means am error-proof or perfect and can always learn, but along the way, I do appreciate readers such as yourself. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xoxo

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