This & That: March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

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Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good by Sean D. Young

A leading psychologist takes the research of popular psychology and offers practical strategies to solve even the most unwanted problem behaviors. From curtailing your weakness for junk food to the addiction you might have to your cell phone, released in 2017, this #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller will be the lovely companion to The Power of Habit and strengthen the new habits you want and harden your inability to return to those you do not.

Your Creative Work Space: The Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office + Studio Decor by Desha Peacock

Blogger of Sweet Spot Style and LifeSTYLE Design coach, Desha Peacock is dedicated to helping readers cultivate living spaces that inspire your best work. Sharing tips and ideas about how to mix and match different design aesthetics to create your sweet spot for your best creativity to come forth, the book is also full of full-color images for further inspiration of ideas.


Rosy Rings candles

A couple of weeks ago I was on the hunt for candles for the home that were quality, but not excessively expensive. While I love Astier de Villatte candles from Paris, sometimes they are just not in the budget. What I found were Rosy Rings candles that were in fact a bit larger (17 oz) and offered brilliant scents and long burning times. The remnant candle votive as well was something I can reuse as a vase or organizer down the road. Better yet, the price was nearly half of what I had been used to paying.

I picked up two, one for my living room and one for my bedroom, the Anjou, and the Lemon Blossom & Lychee. There are many more scents to choose from, and in fact, my next choice will be the Roman Lavender (seen above).


Love, Simon

Upon seeing the trailer for Love, Simon, I was entranced with affection for the lead character. As a high school teacher, the empathy I have for any teenager trying to find their way to their true self and then having the courage to introduce themselves to the world is difficult enough, let alone when the anxiety of how the world will respond is tenfold in pressure. Presented with humor, compassion and much food for thought (as is depicted in the trailer below), be sure to listen to Nick Robinson (Simon) in his interview with Ellen earlier this week. Love, Simon is being released in theaters today.

Francophile Find

Paris Metro: A Novel by Wendell Steavenson

A reader brought to my attention Wendell Steavenson’s new novel Paris Metro which was released this past Tuesday. The author’s debut as a novelist, she – Wendell Stevenson – is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Inspired by her own travels and reporting over the past few decades around the world, Steavenson writes a story about love, what is worth sacrifice and what the definition of home truly is.


—IRO finds on The Outnet

A French clothing line founded in 2004 by two brothers who are veterans in the music industry, Laurent and Arik Bitton, when I began to peruse the new options on The Outnet this week of their label IRO, I was finding myself drawn to their effortless French aesthetic as well as their cool, modern mood. Picking out the three items that you see above: (1) printed silk-chiffon blouse, (2) leather biker jacket in Azure, and (3) slub linen T-shirt, sky blue, be sure to check out more of their items here.


The Good Fight, season 2 premiere

As a tremendous fan of the talent on this series, The Good Fight, I was happy to learn the second season has returned. With Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo and Andra McDonald as well, this cast is talented, and the storylines are ripped from the headlines. Available only on CBS Access, I have yet to subscribe and am toying with the idea of doing so. Does anyone else subscribe to this option? What is your experience? Would love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, I will be walking ever closer to eventually cutting my cable cord. Have a look at the trailer for the second season here.


If you have been missing The Good Wife and The Good Fight is a great substitute, but you’ve missed Alan Cummings, he is finally back. On CBS, each Sunday evening beginning March 18th, you will find him in the new drama Instinct. Starring as a former CIA Operative that is asked to help out the NYPD to solve seemingly unsolvable crimes, Dylan (Cummings) cannot refuse. Inspired by the James Paterson novel, have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Pasta with Mushrooms and Prosciutto~

The last weekend of winter! Can you believe we made it? Well, it is indeed true, and I am reveling in it. However, I am also extending gratitude for all that was learned, accomplished and begun during the past three months. Each season offers opportunities, and while sometimes we begrudgingly wade through them, they can in fact foster our growth.

I am also simply reveling in today’s arrival because it is the weekend! While nothing extraordinary is planned, I look forward to putting some finishing touches on a project, reading, walking and, if I am being honest, enjoying the second episode of Barefoot Contessa’s new season (didn’t you love the first?! Paris via Poîlane played an important role). Truly, I look forward to such weekends with fewer demands and more time to explore, ponder and following my curiosities. I hope you too have a weekend ahead that is to your delight. Below you will find a handful of articles you might enjoy and one video. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Just in case you are going to the Big Apple and love all things France . . . 7 Places for Francophiles in New York City

~The Ritz Paris is for sale, well, sort of . . . many of the items that were used as decor within the hotel are for sale, and the auction takes place next month.

~Visitng Paris soon, and specifically wanting to walk about Montmartre? Check out HiP Paris’ Breadlover’s destinations to visit.

~Smart phones and our manners: needless to say, the former doesn’t enhance the latter. Find out how to use phones wisely to strengthen relationships rather than hurt them.

~Self-improvement can be as easy as addressing this one small character trait.

~David Lebovitz’s Belgium Hot Chocolate recipe, it’s still winter after all.

And a mini French language lesson from one of my favorite current French language teachers on YouTube.

~VIEW THIS & THAT posts from the recent past and long ago past below:

~1 Week Ago March 9, 2018

~1 Month AgoFebruary 16, 2018

~1 Year AgoMarch 17, 2017

~2 Years AgoMarch 18, 2016

6 thoughts on “This & That: March 16, 2018

  1. Comme Une Française is hilarious. She has such a fun way of presenting. As for numbers, it gets even crazier if you travel around–the Belgians use quatre-vingts for 80, but say septante for 70 (not soixante-dix) and nonante for 90 (not quatre-vingt-dix). The francophone Swiss use not only septante and nonante but also octante for 80.

  2. Hello! I subscribe to CBS All Access and thoroughly enjoyed the first season of the Good Fight. I was eager to continue my viewing with Season 2. While I enjoyed the storyline, I was disappointed in the constant political digs at President Trump. Like him or not, he is our President and I find the constant criticism tiring. Respect is due and should be given. What happened to the Social rule “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything”? I will decided this weekend to watch last weeks episode or discontinue my membership. It simply left a bad taste in my mouth that reduced my enjoyment of the show.

      1. I subscribed to CBS All Access specifically for this show and have not regretted it! However, after season 2 I may suspend it until season 3 comes out, as I don’t really watch any other CBS shows.

  3. Yes Shannon we’ve made it through winter. Your enthusiasm is contagious. So excited for Spring and all its simple pleasures. Easter is early so it’s a great start to welcome Spring. Looking forward to throwing off the heavy layers and “springing” ( pardon the pun) in to action. Gardening is my priority. Can’t wait to get my hands in the soil and to discover what needs replacing and the joy of visiting the garden centre for ideas. On another note We’re missing Alan Cummings since he crossed the pond. He is so talented.
    Bon weekend?

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