This & That: March 22, 2019

Mar 22, 2019

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Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany (Book for Writers, Book Lovers Miscellany, with Booklist) by Jane Mount

Released last September, illustrator Jane Mount brings to life a booklovers’ happy places – the world’s most beautiful bookstores – and then takes them inside the workspaces of their favorite authors, samples the most famous fictional meals and many more bibliophile fantasties and fantastic ways to remind us of the power of a good book. Select Bibliophile as a gift for the booklover in your family or add it to your own collection to enjoy when you want to escape to the world of books through the story-telling power of illustrations.

Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by Nicholas A. Christakis

Being released next Tuesday, author and Yale professor Nicholas A. Christakis shares his years of compiling research in the fields of social science, evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience, and network science in an effort to demonstrate that the origins of society are innately humane and full of goodness. The New York Times‘ columnist Frank Bruni wrote a worth-reading column recently on Christakis, as you might remember his and his wife’s name from 2015, that not only applauds the book, but the author as well.

High Heel (Object Lessons) by Summer Brennan

Having just listened to an interview with High Heel‘s author Summer Brennan, I quickly became keen on reading her new book which presents and answers the following questions: Are high heels good? Are they feminist? What does it mean for a woman (or, for that matter, a man) to choose to wear them? As someone who appreciates and enjoys wearing heels, but who is also someone who identifies as a femininist, I look forward to navigating this labyrinth of history and contemporary culture on the sartorial footwear choice that is the focus of High Heel.

Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon

Recently released, Outsiders focuses on the lives and careers of Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf. “Unconstrained by convention, writing against the grain of their contemporaries, prophetically imagining a different future”, each woman risked their security to express their creative genius with different, yet most certainly, memorable and dynamic results for the world moving forward.


Vegetables Illustrated: An Inspiring Guide with 700+ Kitchen-Tested Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen

America’s Test Kitchen just released their latest cookbook, and it is rich with new and creative ideas for welcoming vegetables in abundance into each meal. Organized in every chapter, “from Artichokes to Zucchini, including shopping, storage, seasonality, and prep pointers and techniques, including hundreds of step-by-step photographs and illustrations, gorgeous watercolor illustrations, and full-color recipe photography”, discover new, inspired recipes just in time as a new season of produce hits the farmers’ market.

Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Chef by Carla Lalli Music

Released this week and already a bestseller, Where Cooking Begins shares go-to recipes and “streamlined cooking techniques” to help new-in-the-kitchen readers feel confident and create delicious meals.

Francophile Find

Julia Child’s The French Chef on PBS Living

As someone who has purchased two of the ten seasons of Julia Child’s The French Chef cooking program, I am tickled to see that all seasons are now available to enjoy at our leisure with a $2.99/month subscription to PBS Living streaming channel. You can purchase this channel via Amazon and begin with a free 7-day trial.

This also means, all of PBS’s shows and line-ups are available, so be sure to check it out. Two dollars a month is not a bad price to pay for a few months of enjoying quality programming.

Kerzon Frangranced candles

I am regularly trying new or new-to-me French candles, and I look forward to sharing my favorites in this year’s annual French Week (August 2019). Kerzon’s candles are made with natural wax and “made under the sun of the south of France with patience and passion”. With fourteen different scents to choose from (click here to see them all), select one that is inspired by your favorite destination in Paris or for the scent that is a signature for your home.


The Medium Transport Tote: Basketweave

Made with semi vegetable-tanned vachetta leather, Madewell’s basketweave tote is a new idea for a summer tote. Using natural material, each tote will be slightly different and will age well, offering a lovely patina aesthetic. AND . . .  use promo code HEYBUDS to save 25% on all new items. which includes this tote this weekend at Madewell.

Poketo’s Medium Minimalist Folio Organizer

Made of Vegan leather and available in a few different colors, Poketo’s folio organizer is large enough for your laptop, but small enough to stay out of the way.

Vince Oversized Space Dye Stripe Shirt

Balancing oversized with fitted attire, this stripe top from Vince is a classic. Pair with skinny jeans, comfortable loafers or ballet flats and be perfectly attired for a leisurely weekend getaway with friends, a loved one, family or yourself.

Spring break has kicked off here in Oregon, and so too has the spring season. And as if on cue, the snow is melting at a rapid rate here in Bend. Needless to say, I am looking at my yard and seeing an abundance of work, but I am looking at my yard and I can see it! That is something to celebrate! 🙂

I hope the start of the new season is finding you well. Whether you are hitting the road or the air to escape to a far or near getaway or staying close to home, may it be peaceful, fun-filled and exactly the pace you need to rejuvenate, replenish and return renewed for a new week.

Below I have compiled a handful of articles you might enjoy, as well as one short, but fun video. Thank you for stopping by TSLL blog, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~Early spring and daffodils seem to go together naturally, and especially so in Britain, and if you are looking for all three, check out these Great Daffodil Gardens [The English Home]

~If you are learning the French language, speak the language as your second or third (or fourth – awesome!) language, here is an post that shares some interesting numbers about those who speak the romanic language that has us Francophiles all a flutter and flustered at times as well. [The Local, FR]

~Looking to find success from within? Check out this article out – Find Inner Success which is an excerpt from a book you may want to check out [Pick the Brain]

~New Parisian pastry stars are attracting attention – find out why [The Wall Street Journal]

~But new isn’t always better – Discover 6 History Parisian Bistros [Paris Insider’s Guide]

~And the video of the week is back on TSLL’s Friday This & That! And The Skimm has a series in which different well-known individuals answer texts for about a minute. Here is the first female US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.

8 thoughts on “This & That: March 22, 2019

  1. Have to laugh at the high heels conundrum. I stopped worrying about it years ago. I love high heels & make no apologies about it. I’m a woman of a certain age, a card-carrying feminist still fighting for women’s rights, especially reproductive rights which are under attack more than ever. I’m also an engineer who spent 4 decades in the field on big construction sites, oil rigs, power generating plants, heavy industry & the like where steel-toed work boots were the norm. I’m retired now & while my heels are a bit lower than they used to be [sigh], they still have a place in my closet 🙂 My feminism is about CHOICE: the right to make those choices without being criticized for making the “wrong” one. I’ve spent my entire life fighting for women’s rights both directly & (by career) indirectly, & no one gets to tell me what I “should” or “should not” wear on my own two feet! So stride out there proudly in those high heels, Shannon! Life’s way too short to let other people’s hangups dictate your footwear! LOL!

  2. Dear Shannon,

    Thanks for the newsletter. I was therefore reminded to buy daffodils this weekend! Spring has also arrived here in Germany, and today we are having a wonderful sunny and balmy weather. 🙂

    I am curious now to read Blueprint. Goodness knows how we need an injection, or several, of optimism, these days.

    Another favourite of mine was Ms. Albright. And on this vein, I so much agree with Susanne: I am a feminist, with academic studies on Human Rights, and my feminism is entirely about dignity and choice. Furthermore it is about the right of not being criticised by choosing, be it major or random things in life. I wear heels and flats when appropriate and convenient for my own comfort, and I could not care less if the Feminism or the Patriarchate, are not happy with me… 😉

    Have a great weekend!


  3. Thoroughly enjoyed the Madeleine Albright clip. She’s a favorite of mine & read everything she writes. I’ll recommend Read My Pins, about her diplomacy through the brooches she wears. What a fantastic role model!

    1. Thank you for this reminder! Yes, I had heard she thought,y and consciously chose her pins dependent upon whom she was meeting or what the occasion. 🙂 Sartorial signature Touches!

  4. Feminist or not? You should wear what you like at any time. I have never pigeon holed myself into a category but as far as I can remember I was constantly pushing the boundaries in a patriarchical environment. I was not allowed to wear trousers!! And MAlbright what a formidable diplomat. She should be cloned and be in office forever?

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