This & That: May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

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The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson

It was an article in The Guardian over this past weekend that introduced me to Christina Patterson’s new book The Art of Not Falling Apart which is full of interviews with individuals Patterson met along her own journey of figuring out how to “not fall apart”. Discovering and appreciating the journey that life offers us unexpectedly, her perspective offers a wonderful reminder to let go (or at least, do not cling too tightly) to what we think our lives “should” look like and instead celebrate each twist and turn (even if it is in hindsight).

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan W. Watts

While Alan W. Watts’ book was released more than five years ago, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive as a guide to living in the present, understanding we cannot know what tomorrow will bring and offers encouragement to recognize anything worth knowing or imperative to know as we go along our journey is something we can figure out.


Always at the Carlyle

Directed by Matthew Miele, Always the Carlyle is a documentary about the untold stories from the iconic Upper East Side New York City Hotel. The stars such as George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Elaine Stritch tell their tales and “secrets” of the historic Big Apple destination. While I have never stayed in the Carlyle, I have enjoyed jazz in Bemelman’s Bar which is located at the Carlyle, and that is alone is a must to visit for a memorable New York City experience. The film opens today in select cities. Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

Let the Sunshine In

A few weeks ago I came across a new French film starring Juliette Binoche, and I immediately became smitten. Initially, one might think a romantic plot set in Paris . . . and assume they could predict the ending and more importantly the premise. But thankfully, director Claire Denis enlightens viewers through Binoche’s character (a divorced Parisian artist who is desperately seeking a new romantic partnership even after one frustrating disaster after another) that perhaps our approach to love needs to shift. The film was released selectively last month, so check your local theaters to see if it will be arriving soon. Have a look at the trailer below. I, for one, am absolutely intrigued.


A.P.C. Catskill T-shirt

A classic design and look – stripes, a crewneck and long, short-sleeves. Wear for work or play this spring and summer, a staple no matter what the year.

Birds of Paradis Abbey Tank

A lovely summer tank to wear with a loose skirt or fitted pants. I especially love the eyelet design.


Little Women on PBS

While Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel has been adapted to screen many times before, critics are recommending PBS’ Masterpiece version which will begin to air this Sunday. Starring Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon along with Emily Watson as well as Dylan Baker from The Good Wife, have a look at the trailer for the three-part series below.

~recipe for chickpea omelette with spinachand spring peas~

No matter how warm the day may be as we have been stepping into the 70s from time to time as of this current week, my evenings are always enjoyed with a hot cup of tea. The ritual of warmth, of calm, of comfort at the end of the day, especially a full work day, is something I eagerly look forward to each day. Perhaps too the pouring of the hot water, allowing the loose tea leaves to steep for their necessary time is a reminder to me as well to breathe, slow down and unwind no matter what else I may think I need to do.

A few years ago I shared a detailed post on afternoon/evening routines, and every once in a while I will take the time to read this post as I did this week to remind myself of the importance of being still regularly. No matter how harried or full the week or day has been, having such a daily ritual is good for the mind and our overall being.

With the idea of slowing down in mind, below are a few articles and posts, as well as one video, you may enjoy as you slide into the weekend. Thank you for stopping by the blog, and until Monday, bonne journée.

~Let’s escape to France for a moment, shall we? Tour this Parisian pied-à-terre.

~And since we’re in France, don’t worry if you don’t speak the language fluently. Let this article explain: How You can Live Happily in Paris without Speaking French

~But if you are thinking about tending to a bit of spring cleaning this weekend, discover 5 Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Easier.

~It’s always good to be reminded and love is a verb and relationships are dynamic – 11 Characteristics of a Happy and Healthy Relationship

~I am on board with almost all of these points, except . . . (I have a feeling you will be able to guess which one) 5 Tips to Travel Light and Dress Well at the Same Time

~10 ‘Notes to Self’ that Will Stop You From Taking Things Personally

~If you happen to be making plans to travel to Provence this September, check this out – The Very Best Provence Wine Tour

~Love this illustration by Mari Andrew depicting much of the unknown work given to our dreams that is often unknown to the outside world.

~And last, but not least, a video full of inspiration to keep chasing what to others (and even ourselves at times) may seem impossible – 5 Tips for Chasing Your Most ‘Unrealistic’ Dreams by Marie Forleo

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

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13 thoughts on “This & That: May 11, 2018

  1. I watched the new Little Women adaptation over the holidays when it aired on BBC over here in the UK. It was excellent and I highly recommend!

    I love chickpeas but have yet to try chickpea flour or the increasingly famous “aquafaba”. Have you tried this omelette?

    I think I saw Michael Greger’s book in one of your instagram pics, do you find yourself going more plant based?

    All the best,

  2. I can guess which tip you disagree with. Same here. Yet leggings with a cotton top (I assume that means a dress or at least a long tunic) doesn’t sound like exercise wear. I wear knee-high compression socks on long flights, but cannot imagine wrestling with compression leggings in a tiny airplane lavatory.

  3. I watched Let the Sunshine In last week and loved it. Re: packing light, I don’t see you flying in exercise clothes. Did I get it right?

  4. Would it be possible to indicate the sources for links? NYTimes has a limited number of articles free per month so I hesitate to click on a link in case unless it is the end of the month and I still have some free articles left.

  5. So many lovely things to savour. I am sure each week “this and that” gets better! I am with you Shannon on the tea ritual. It’s a great way to step back and pause for a few moments mid afternoon. Then feeling energised you can carry on for the rest of the day. I think tea with Angela Lansbury would be divine. She’s a great lady.?

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