This & That: June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

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Dr. Dream Dream Age Rejuvenating Serum

A reasonably priced top quality anti-age serum was something I discovered recently on Violet Grey’s beauty website. Enabling skin to become smoother, brighter and healthier, the rose stem cell extract can reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. One of the best ways of presenting our best face, I have found, is less about the makeup we use and rather about how we care for our skin, and this luxurious addition to our everyday beauty routine may just be the missing piece.


Meet Me in the In-Between: A Memoir by Bella Pollen

Released earlier this month, Bella Pollen’s book explores her unconventional childhood being raised by parents who moved back and forth between American and Britain, and now as an adult, the existential examination of life and what and how she wants to live is the focus of her full attention. Torn between a life of adventure and a life of expected convention, if you too are grappling with what you should and what you want to do when it comes to societal expectation, this may be a book to check out.

The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You Into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It by David A Carbonel

While published a few years ago, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonel’s book is something to consider reading if you find yourself experiencing too much anxiety throughout your day. As Carbonel points outs how our mind can trick us to worry unnecessarily, and in reading the book, you will discover how to relearn how to handle life experiences and unknown situations as to enable you to live more fully and most enjoyably.


~Hay Needle Hammocks

On the first day of summer this past week, I found myself arriving at home from work, greeting and petting the boys and then heading straight out to my hammock in the backyard (see the picture below). There is truly something soothing about hanging in the air, gently swaying from side to side and putting one’s feet up all in the comfort of the outdoors and fresh air.

So what is your hammock situation? Can your yard accommodate one? Whether you string up a hammock between two trees as I happen to have two pine trees placed the perfect distance apart (pick up these hammock hanging straps as they usually do not come with the hammock) or hang it on a hammock stand, for fewer than $100 you too could have a simple, leisurely retreat right at home. Hay Needle Hammocks offers the two different styles often seen in a variety of colors and textures, and if you purchase before July 4th and use promo code OUTDOOR10, you can save 10%. Be sure to check out their full selection here.


Beatriz for Dinner

Reaching select theaters earlier this month, Salma Hayek stars in the film Beatriz for Dinner which premiered at Sundance. Depending upon whether you want to immerse yourself in more politics or step away for awhile, this film may or may not be something you want to watch, but if you do, the quality and acting will not disappoint. Hayek’s character is an immigrant living the American dream of which she had journeyed to her new country for; however, it is at one of her wealthy client’s dinner parties that she meets John Lithgow’s character, a man of great wealth who has a staunchly different stance on how the country should be governed than she. The two butt head and thus begins the drama. Have a look at the trailer below.

The Big Sick

Premiering today in theaters and based on a true story, another film that debuted at Sundance which received a warm reception, is a film written by the star and his wife (Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon) about how the two met. The film is a comedy, as Nanjiani continued to remind on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this week, because even though Zoe Kazan’s character (who plays Emily V. Gordon) falls into a coma for eight weeks, it is during this time that Nanjiani attempts to win her parents over (played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) and during which the comedy ensues. Take a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

My Good Life in France by Janine Marsh

This is an early heads up as on August 7th, Janine Marsh, a British woman living in northern France, a blogger and now author, releases her book My Good Life in France. Founder of her blog and website The Good Life France, be sure to put this book on your summer reading list to be savored in the later months.


Osklen Ipanema V Sunglasses  or Garrett Leight ‘Hampton’ sunnies

Tuesday’s Style Inspiration post was one of the most visited such posts in quite some time. Why? Diane Lane’s wardrobe in Paris Can Wait. And while I shopped a variety of options for the linen pants, top and shoes, I neglected to shop her sunglasses which readers asked about. And so I have found two similar glasses that look quite similar to those she wore. The lenses are different, but the frames are neutral and light in color and the frames are a shade of matte fawn tortoise which while being unique are quite timeless.

~Updated 7/9/17: The sunglasses Diane Lane is wearing are from Oliver People’s, The Row design (available in many different colors)


~the recipe for Fig and Almond Tart by Patricia Wells~

I do believe the summer season (winter for my southern hemisphere readers) is upon us. How quickly June has flown by and now just a week to savor, but savor it I know I will. School has just been released for the summer holiday and with it a deep breath as I step into the season that affords me the opportunity to work entirely on my blog and writing. I cannot wait.

What are you most looking forward to these next few months? Do you have a travel itinerary that just thinking about makes you giddy? Or maybe you are like me and will be savoring time in your chosen hometown for the summer? However you are organizing the next eight to nine weeks, I do hope it brings you a sense of enlivenment, a bit more freedom and time to breathe and assess all that is going well.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a few articles below you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Wanting to live with less but have a more fulfilling everyday life? Read “How Space Influences What We Buy”

~Say it isn’t so! Daniel Day-Lewis announces some big news.

~Whether you are a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a teacher or a lover of learning (aren’t we all?!) Knowing how to raise a reader is worth reading.

~Summertime and French-inspired ways to wear athleisure wear

~9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

~Now this is news to be aware of – The Rising Price of Butter Could Be a Harbinger of a French Croissant Crisis

~And just don’t do these things and you will be quite blissful: Some Common Ways We Screw Up Happiness from Gretchen Rubin




3 thoughts on “This & That: June 23, 2017

  1. We are envious you live somewhere with humidity low enough to enjoy your hammock! Looks divine to settle in with a good book, or as we fellow bloggers with full time other careers know, to research! Thanks to you we all know exactly what to spend our precious free time on. – Laurel

  2. Hi Shannon,
    Firstly, thank you for making this world a better place! Your posts are an endless source of motivation and inspiration. My question is whether you are going to publish the list of summer reads this year. I really enjoyed some of your suggestions for the past summer.
    Many thanks, Anastasia

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words and for your time to stop by the blog. 🙂 While I don’t have plans as of yet to create a single post on summer readers, each Friday as you see here I share the books that I have discovered that I think readers would enjoy. Doesn’t My Good Life in France look lovely? I cannot wait for August! In the meantime, you can always go back through TSLL Shop – Books – and see more of the books I have recommended.

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