This & That: June 14, 2019

Jun 14, 2019

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The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams

While not being released until July, Beatriz Williams new novel set in World War II looks to be a wonderful summer read. The protagonist is a newly-widowed writer sent to the Bahamas in 1941 to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. And guess who happens to be there? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Involve espionage, murder and lies and you have the mystery of the summer to indulge in, and that is exactly what this book entails.

How to Skimm Your Life by The Skimm

Released this past week, the Daily Skimm, which is delivered each day of the five-day work week to your inbox to keep you apprised of the news around the world in direct, yet playful manner, has a new book. Readers will discover the information they “need to make informed and empowered decisions in your life. Covering everything from personal finance, to career, to stress management, global politics, and more”.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s new book was just released this week as well, and it arguably is her most critically discussed regarding social expectations and gender norms in America. Weiner tells the tells a “story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?”

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell

A big thank you to a TSLL reader for introducing me to Helen Russell and her books. The Year of Living Danishly was released a few years ago, and shares the year’s worth of experience from the author, London journalist Russell’s perspective. Covering the topics of childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, and sexism, go behind the curtain even further when it comes to the country where happiness is more prominent amongst its citizens.

British Find

Endeavour, Season 6 premieres

Beginning this coming Sunday on PBS, Masterpiece, Endeavour returns for its sixth season. This season is set in 1969 and finds Detective Constable Morse having “started a new role as a uniformed officer at the Woodstock police department and embracing the fashion of the period by growing a mustache”. Shaun Evans (Morse) will also make his directorial debut with the second episode of this season. My DVR is set!


Nantucket Loom Shallow Glass Hurricane 

As shared in episode #253, everyday touches that elevate our regular routines can make a big difference. And one simple way to elevate summer dining is to add glass hurricane lanterns to enable you to dine and relax by candle light in the evening and not worry about the wind blowing out your flames. This particular hurricane is shorter and would fit easily on a small or large table (in the large table situation, multiples would look lovely).

Francophile Find

Diner à la Mason: A Parisian’s Guide to Cooking and Entertaining at Home by Laurent Buttazzoni

With a dinner party being planned for this weekend, I am putting this book in my shopping cart tout de suite! Released last month and with a foreword by Sofia Coppola, a renowned French architect, gourmand and host of many a Parisian dinner party, Buttazzoni eradicates the myths behind shopping, cooking and entertaining, as well as includes beautiful photography and recipes to try. Yep, this is a book I will be reading in the near future.


Coyuchi Robe Unisex Mediterranean Organic Robe

I was first introduced to Coyuchi here in Bend as Studio Vero carries this brand as well as many other top quality luxury brands that specialize in sourcing ethically sourced organic textiles. Coyuchi fabrics and designs are subtle and stunning at the same time. As shared in my IG Stories yesterday while visiting Studio Vero, you will see one of their robes which is available in the shop. Needless to say, it caught my eye immediately, and this robe is a similar design – comfort and style that will last and sit well with your conscious.

J.Crew Sale

With the weekend comes the shopping sales, and J.Crew is having another one. While it is not site-wide, it includes many full priced items of which a few are chosen by moi below. Use promo code GETAWAY to save 30% off and happy shopping!


~recipe for Chocolate Olive Oil Cake~

School is out for the summer, and not only are the students dancing out the door, so too are the teachers! With a wonderful week to conclude a year of hardwork by the students, they should be proud of all that they have accomplished. And as it is officially the last weekend of spring, this time of year is truly exquisite, and something I savor. The birds continue to chatter, the weather flucuates from warm to briefly hot to an immediate downpour to cool the day (as shared in an IG post this week), and seeing a few months of a schedule that is entirely designed by the lady in my home, I certainly become immediately rejuvenated and get excited about all that is to come.

To kick it all off, I will be hosting a dinner party at my home, and I cannot wait to sit down with new and old friends and just enjoy their company paired with the warm evening breeze, seasonal food and a bit of wine. But I cannot forget about the Women’s World Cup in France. The American women will be playing on Sunday, and so far, their tournament appearance is looking very promising. I do hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking ahead to a lovely weekend. I have gathered together a few articles you might enjoy, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~I am saving and saving again, to make sure I don’t lose it, this detailed guide to Paris’ Best Flea Market [House Beautiful]

~Speaking of Paris, Hip Paris shares the Best Neighborhood Markets.

~Hip Paris is a blog I always follow and posts like these are why – Best Terraces in Paris for an Apéro

~12 Hard Things to Start Doing for Your Happiness [Mark and Angel]

~New Water Lilies Found Under a Monet Painting [The New York Times]

~A children’s book to read as an adult, or to read again and discover these 10 life lessons – Le Petit Prince [Culture]

~25 Classic Julia Child Recipes to Give a Try [PureWow]

~David Lebovitz shares a Maida Heatter inspired recipe to pay homage – Chocolate Mint Brownies

4 thoughts on “This & That: June 14, 2019

  1. Dear Shannon,
    Thanks for Friday’s Newsletter. As an educator myself, I can appreciate the excitement of the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, for students and teachers alike! 🙂

    This week, I very much appreciated the podcast, and thanks for bringing this topic to the foreground on a positive light, as our prevalent (yes, In Europe, too) culture’s take on the matter is that to be single is a “condition” that should be avoided at all costs… I’ll make sure to pass this on to some young people, students and friends, who could perhaps benefit from some fresh thoughts on this area.

    “Le Petit Prince” is a wonderful book. It was the first French book I read, at the age of 12, and since then, many times, again and again, whenever fancy strikes me. There’s always something new there to be uncovered, a word or a sentence, that opens up the eyes of the soul to beauty around.

    And another recipe for Chocolate Cake, yes, please. I am a chocolate cake die-hard fan, and fancy myself to be a connoisseur. My last adventure was Mr. Lebovitz’s version, using buckwheat flour, and It was fantastic. Now, I know that olive oil makes everything better… I am Portuguese so, of course, it is not that I am biased or anything… 😉 I’ll give it a go asap.

    Have a great weekend and a great summer! Pats to Norman and Oscar…

    1. Thank you Isabel. I do appreciate your thoughtful comments. And thank you for being willing to pass the podcast episode along. The truth about labeling anything a “condition” is that it is a reflection of the lack the person pushing it feels about their own journey. We all have our own journey and that is something we can celebrate and support for everyone, which includes ourselves most definitely. 🙂

  2. Hi Shannon,
    I love the beginning of summer where it all seems to stretch out before us. I enjoyed the post from Marc and Angel. I retired last August from my position in school administration. I now have time to thoroughly enjoy reading and travel. I spend many days prepping my dinner plans while listening to your podcast. You have such varied and interesting content.

    1. Kate, Congratulations in your retirement! What an amazing feeling that must be and to now start a new chapter on your own terms. 🙂 Thank you for tuning into the podcast.

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