This & That: March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018

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Alternate Side: A Novel by Anna Quindlen

Released earlier this week, New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, Anna Quindlen’s new novel addresses a family in NYC that appears to be doing everything right until one day, their neighborhood becomes a crime scene and all has changed. The incident begins over NYC ‘parking rage’, and Quindlen’s social commentary novel on the divisiveness of our times begins.

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David

Released last fall to positive reviews and becoming a Wall Street Journal best-seller, Emotional Agility is psychologist Susan David’s science backed guide to utilizing self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind to improve the quality of your life at work and at home.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominique

While published more than a few years ago, Your Money or Your Life is a highly regarded financial resource for shifting your relationship with money. Diving deep into topics such as index funds, managing revenue streams like side hustles and freelancing, tracking your finances online, and having difficult conversations about money, readers will learn perhaps why their current relationship with money isn’t working, and will most definitely learn how to improve it.


A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home by Skye McAlpine

Having lived in Venice most of her life (she moved with her family from London at the age of six), food blogger Skype McAlpine (From My Dining Table) shares new and classic recipes from the city known for the romantic canals full of gondolas transporting their passengers from point to point. Here are a few of the recipes you will find in her new cookbook which was released earlier this week: Scallops on the Shell with Pistachio Gratin, Grilled Radicchio with Pomegranate, and Chocolate and Amaretto Custard.


A Slice of England by India Hicks

I had the opportunity to read and enjoy A Slice of England, a new book by designer and former model India Hicks. The book is a reflection of Hicks’ past and how it has influenced her new home with her partner and children in the English countryside. Reflecting on three previous homes she has lived throughout England, she shares the journey of her decorating process through beautiful and tragic memories. View her website here.

Francophile Find

Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local by Clotilde Dusoulier

Released this past Tuesday, food blogger of Chocolate and Zucchinifame, Clotilde Dusoulier shares new and classic French recipe ideas for anyone who wants to be transported to Paris in her new cookbook Tasting Paris. Full of 125 full colored images to partner with the 100 recipes, discover classics such as Roast Chicken with Herbed Butter and Croutons and new ideas such as Spiralized Zucchini Salad with Peach and Green Almonds.

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

If you will soon be traveling to New York City, be sure to stop into the MET museum to check out a limited time exhibit Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence which includes paintings from 19th century painters who created works of art depicting the beauty of the French outdoors. With paintings from the Naturalist, Impressionist, and Art Nouveau eras, I wish I could visit. The exhibit is now open and runs through July 29th.


—The Outnet Surprise Sale

All full priced items except “Just In” items are 30% off with promo code TAKE30. These three items caught my eye: DVF Belted stripe Silk Shirt DressIRO frayed cotton bouclé tweed jacket (gray available as well), and  Jil Sander Shell coat, but there are many more wonderful items to find. Get started here.

—Sur la Table, Semi-Annual Sale All-Clad Stainless Steel Saucepans with Lids

Perhaps as you have been spring cleaning recently, you have discovered a few cooking or entertaining items you could use. Well, you have happened upon a good time to go shopping for those missing items. Sur la Table’s semi-annual sale on cookingware is on, and a few other items are on sale as well. If you purchase more than $59, you can have free shipping, simply use code SHIPFREE, and for the all-clad stainless steel saucepans and lids, save even more with SAVOR18. 

~recipe for Pear Cardamom Cake with Cinnamon Crumble~

Even though my upcoming weeklong spring holiday will not be taking me away from home as it did last year, I am extremely happy all the same. A schedule for one week to do as I am curious to do, read books that I haven’t had time for as of late, take walks in the morning hour with the sunrise and so many other activities that just aren’t as possible when school is in session. An abundance of simple pleasures to be savored awaits.

With spring’s arrival, the days continue to grow longer, gradually the birds begin to return and the soon the daffodils and tulips as well as the many tree blossoms will be on display. Oh, aren’t you excited? I realize, not all readers of TSLL are heading into spring and some are stepping into fall, but equally so, what a lovely time of year. A new season, new opportunities and a reminder to savor what goodness we have the good fortune to enjoy, as it is evanescent.

Below are a few articles and two videos I thought you might enjoy. Thank you as always for stopping by and have a lovely weekend. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Perhaps you are like me and miss Bill Cunningham and his photography in each Sunday’s New York Times. Well, to assuage our loss, an amazing discovery was recently made. Learn more here.

~A new Earful Tower episode, and this time focusing on learning the French language

~A simple shift in your actions toward yourself, showing more self-compassion, can improve your health.

~While I am not a constituent living in New York City, this is news that caught my eye – Cynthia Nixon (from Sex and the City fame) is running for a very important political office.

~Regarding women in leadership roles, even women have biases they don’t realize. But awareness is the first step toward progress. Read this article, Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman? 

~Lemons, lemons, everywhere, they are quite the functional fruit for more than just the kitchen – 29 Genius Uses for the Lemon.

~Below are two videos you may enjoy, one on beauty and on on happiness: Good Hairstyles for Your Face Shape and How to Determine Your Shape and What Makes a Good Life?

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

~1 Week Ago March 16, 2018

~1 Month AgoFebruary 23, 2018

~1 Year AgoMarch 24, 2017

~2 Years AgoMarch 25, 2016

7 thoughts on “This & That: March 23, 2018

  1. Thank you for alerting me to the fabulous outnet sale! I never would have known about it. This is one of the many things I love about your blog—alerting me to fabulous things!!!! I’ve had this item on my Pinterest board of clothing for a long time, and now it will be mine at a price I can afford.

  2. LOVE the “This & That” posts, always, so much fodder for the weekend!

    The videos are inspiring/fun/informative and are excellent, proof you are a true Renaissance woman.

    I am so looking forward to your book, Shannon. Thank you, truly, for your joyful insight.


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