This & That: June 30, 2017

Jun 30, 2017

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm & Happiness by Rick Hanson

Whether we want to believe it or not, it is true: our brains are hard-wired to be pessimistic. Why? Survival. However, acclaimed clinical psychologist Rick Hanson offers ways to override this default setting. Mastering one’s mind takes work, and the key is first to understand how it works. This book will help do just that.


Nate & Jeremiah by Design on TLC

I am a little late on this new series on TLC, as it debuted in April, but it is certainly worth watching if either one of these gentleman inspire you. You may remember Jeremiah from The Rachel Zoe Show, and I have feeling you already know quite well who decorator Nate Berkus is. A couple of years ago, the two were married, welcomed a baby girl into their lives, Poppy, and along with glimpses into their family life in each episode, they also bring their expertise to the table to help homeowners. Have a look at the trailer below.


If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast

A couple of weeks ago on CBS Sunday Morning, Carl Reiner flanked by two of his good friends, all in their nineties talked about their upcoming documentary on HBO: If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. A funny, inspiring film, Reiner tracks down many of his friends in their 90s and beyond and reminds us age doesn’t mean downhill. Have a look at the trailer below.


Réalisation teale purple haze silk midi dress

Earlier this week, in the Style Inspiration post, I shared a few links to summer dress sites full of beautiful silk, cotton and linen options. Well, one  especially caught my eye. The particular hue of blue, the v-neck and hitting below the knees, the teal purple haze silk midi dress is a dress that will add a sensual, feminine touch to the hot summer months. While there are other dresses to look at, start with this one and be inspired.

Vanessa Seward aube belted wool blend coat (on sale)

I know we are in the middle of summer, but when a designer such as Vanessa Seward’s items go on sale, and are available in many sizes, it is important to pounce. If indeed you are looking for a wool-blend mid-length coat, take a look at this one. The French designer’s clothing is classic and top quality. You will not be disappointed if this is what you have been looking for.


Prime Suspect: Tennison

Perhaps you remember Helen Mirren in the series Prime Suspect. Well, the prequel to the highly successful original series, Prime Suspect: Tennison, follows Jane in her early years on the police force. The first episode aired on PBS this past Sunday on Masterpiece Mystery, and after watching it, I am certainly drawn to the actress who plays Tennison, Stefanie Martini’s style in mannerism, passion for her job and strength during a time (the 70s) when women were seen as inferior to their male counterparts even if they held the same position. Tune in Sunday nights at 10pm on PBS.

~recipe for Strawberry & Pistachio Tart~

The week zipped by, and as I type, I am still savoring and reflecting on quite the lovely time in Portland. As I shared in this post, being a guest on Afternoon Live was my impetus for heading to the Rose City, but there were also a handful of other sites, places and people to see as well. The right balance of work and play, sunshine and cool nights, and a reminder of so much beauty in the everyday.

Below I’ve found more than a few articles I think you might enjoy. As July begins tomorrow, I hope your June was exquisite, memorable and a lovely start to the summer. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and have a lovely weekend. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~A wonderful beauty task to add to your daily routine

~Did you know Sarah Jessica Parker is the head of her own imprint of a publishing label? Yep. A sincere lover of books, she has just chosen her first acquisition.

~Daily rituals to enjoy in your everyday is what elevates the 24 hours from ordinary to extraordinary. Discover 22 you may want to add to your daily routine here

~Let go of these toxic habits to welcome more confidence and success into your life

~Speaking of success, here are six weird quirks highly successful partake in

~And always, reducing stress is a good goal to have. Discover 25 ways to de-stress.

~Cannot wait for my issue to arrive. Keeping raising the bar Serena and thank you for the inspiration.

~When it comes to love and two hectic schedules, these ideas are worth incorporating into your life

~8 pieces inspired by a French woman’s summer wardrobe




3 thoughts on “This & That: June 30, 2017

  1. I hope the Carl Reiner movie comes here. The elderly too often get treated like children, but plenty of older people still have all their marbles. Not only that, they have amazing stories and experiences to share, if only somebody asks.

  2. Well to answer your question…after all these years of living, and designing lifestyles for others, my days are pretty much as I like them. To fantasize a bit, I’d like to meet and interview more young people like you who are so insightful for your age. Everyone has a story and I’m a sponge for information!

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