This & That: June 2, 2017

Jun 02, 2017

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La Roche Posay Sunscreen

Recently Consumer Reports revealed that more than a handful of sunscreens do not offer the protection they claim on their labels. However, one brand revealed itself to be reliable was La Roche Posay. Available in a variety of coverage options, I especially love and use daily their facial 50+ SPF as it is light-weight and provides quality protection without the feeling of an extra layer of lotion on my face.

Slip silk pillowcase

In an effort to help her skin and hair, the founder and creator of Slip silk pillowcases and eye masks Fiona Stewart created a top quality pillowcase as she herself noticed positive results immediately upon using mulberry silk with a thickness of 22 momme. Allowing your skin to slide smoothly across the surface prevents premature stretching and sleep-crease, and with regards to our hair, did you know cotton actually absorbs moisture from our tresses, leaving us with bedhead, where as silk does not? With other colors available, be sure to take a look and invest in not only a restful night’s sleep but a deep beauty sleep as well.  Learn more about the business model and further benefits here.


168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

The good news is there is enough time to do what we need and what we want so long as we allocate our time effectively. How do we do that? Laura Vanderkam reveals the tips and approaches to design our lives in such a way as to be successful and build a life with time for those activities we love as well as add quality to our experience. It’s all about those 168 hours in a week.

Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out by Kate Schelter

Released just this past week and already a best-seller, fashion expert and illustrator Kate Schelter offers a beautiful guide to cultivate your own style. Driven by her mantra buy less, buy better, reinvent what you already have, and own your look, readers will be shown the value in owning less and instead focusing on improved quality that aligns with the person who we truly are.

~Eat Beautiful: Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out by Wendy Rowe

Good health begins from within. We all may understand this on a rational level, but sometimes it takes experiencing the shift or seeing it in others as their or our diet changes to truly believe it. Released late last year beauty consultant and makeup artist Wendy Rowe reveals the holistic approach to beautifying our skin from within with details on exactly what nutrients and vitamins do what when we include them in our diet. As well, Rowe shares natural DIY beauty masks and scrubs to continue to enhance one’s natural beauty.


Brooklyn Copper Cookware

With numerous benefits available to cooks in the kitchen, using copper, quality copper, is an investment that will stand the test of time. Brooklyn Copper Cookware, as shared in Bon Appétit magazine, is a brand worth checking out. Read more about the benefits of cooking here and here.

Le Creuset new color – Marine

Speaking of quality cookware, Le Creuset. While once you have the items you need from Le Creuset, you most likely will never be in the market to buy one again, you may perhaps know someone who is. Receiving a Le Creuset Dutch oven is a gift that will last a lifetime, and choosing the right color is a very personal experience, which is why I wanted to share with you the latest color added to their collection – Marine. The soft, deep sea blue caught my attention and certainly would be one of my go-to colors . . . and perhaps yours as well?


~recipe for Whole Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza~

Over the past week I have been attending to seasonal cleaning around the house: cleaning the windows, deep scrubbing the floors and shelves, and in so doing, while I would gladly hire someone to clean my house, once it is all done, the feeling is one of euphoria. With what seems like more light streaming through the windows, sparkling floors and glass, shelves and countertops that seem to glisten, my time at home is even more pleasurable. And of course, the finishing touch is the flowers sprinkled about the abode. As seen below, I find myself stopping by Trader Joe’s and spending about $10-20 each week depending upon the budget and events in the upcoming week. However, a bundle of flowers can be purchased with either amount.

Often times, such productivity, a clearing and prepping of the space is a motivation to shift gears, start a project or change significantly my routine. What about you? When you step into your home knowing it is deeply clean, how do you feel?

The good news has arrived: The weekend has arrived. And with it, mild temperatures, perhaps moments of picnicking, paddling and just being. I do hope you have a lovely weekend, and below are a few articles I thought you might enjoy. Be sure to stop back by this weekend for a new TSLL recipe to savor this spring season, and until then, bonne journée.

~Looking for French cooking lessons in the south of France? Check this out.

~Don’t want to cook, but instead dine out in France? Check out Mastering the Art of French Dining

~Stoicism has been a hot topic as of late. Check out the foundational premises and perhaps you will see similarities between living simply luxuriously and adhering to the Stoic’s approach to living.

~This is a recipe to have on hand for a variety of meals: dressings, sandwiches, dips.

~Attempting to tour the Louvre Museum can be overwhelming, but this guide will help you make the most of it.

10 thoughts on “This & That: June 2, 2017

  1. I can vouch for the Slip Silk pillowcases, I have two and they are a luxury to sleep on. Also so much cooler during hot Australian summers.

  2. I bake the crustiest, most easy bread in my Dutch Oven. No kneading required. I follow the method shown on Paul Hollywood City Breaks (episode from a New York bakery) and after baking bread for many years, including croissants etc can’t believe the results. Have also tried adding olives which was successful. Mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes next. Just back from a few days in France, needless to say fabulous baguettes were consumed!!

  3. I So enjoy your posts; they have provided me with a lot of inspiration. I find simplicity so calming. I’m getting my home ready for spring/summer also and I have found that the more I purge my surroundings of things I no longer need, the more space there is to receive the blessings to come. Enjoy your weekend!

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