This & That: May 4, 2018

May 04, 2018

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Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

As someone who is always looking for quality beauty products that I can depend upon, I took note after reading a blog post which shared beauty hacks that are worth having on hand. Customers continue to give it high reviews as it offers fast wrinkle-free relief to the eye area. In fewer than 15 minutes after applying the mask, which is retinol micro-infused, it reduces fine lines, wrinkles and dark under-eye circles. With 12 packettes containing two towels each, having this beauty secret on hand may be just what your eyes have been looking for.


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Released in 2014 and quickly becoming a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism is solely about “getting the right things done”. It is not about doing more, but doing what should be done to improve the quality of our lives and understanding what we should let go of. I look forward to reading this book as it embodies the essence of what living simply luxuriously is all about – living a life of quality over quantity. A simple concept in theory and this book will help give you the tools to make it simple in practice as well.

Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) by Nataly Kogan

Released this past Tuesday, Happier Now author Nataly Kogan utilizes science, Eastern tradition and her experience as a refugee as well as her own career success to share why letting go of the pursuit of perfection is the key to happiness. Described as “a book about living fully in good times and bad, and enjoying life more because of it”, Kogan will help readers “boost their emotional immune system” and find more joy in their day no matter how it all unfolds.

The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm and Joy from Morning to Evening by Laurie J. Cameron

Released this past March, The Mindful Day is written for those of us (which I have a feeling is all of us) who work and want to play as well but can often become overwhelmed with chasing their dreams and enjoying their days. Combining thoughtful practice, modern neuroscience, and positive psychology, Laurie J. Cameron is a 20-year mindfulness meditation practitioner as well as an international teacher and business leader who is a “veteran of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason”. Readers will discover specific exercises to include in their schedules to incorporate more mindfulness and an improved quality of life.


Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks by Ina Garten

Just this week, the Barefoot Contessa announced the upcoming release of her latest cookbook. Preordering has begun on Cook Like a Pro which will be released in October. Her Food Network series has just about wrapped up, and I must say, her French episode was my favorite. I look forward to seeing what this new cookbook contains, and have already placed my order.


RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) documentary

Opening today in select theaters, in Portland, Oregon, on May 11th and in Bend, Oregon, at the Tin Pan Theater on May 18th, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a woman who continues to gain recognition for her intelligence, legal prowess and adamant stance of equality for all. Have a look at the trailer below, and check out when the film will come to your town here.


KitchenAid Event, Iconic Mixers, up to 40% off, Sur la Table

Mother’s Day here in the states is just over a week away and perhaps your mom would love to add the classic KitchenAid mixer or an electronic upgrade with one of KitchenAid’s many other kitchen tools. Right now there is a sale going on in which every KitchenAid mixer and more is on sale up to 40%. Be sure to take a look at Sur la Table.


Osprey London Paradise Sunglasses

As someone who wears glasses from time to time and chooses to invest in these frames rather than my sunnies, my sunglasses usually are secondhand finds to save some money. However, as of late, my aviators have seen better days (they’ve been with me for more than five years and were a consignment find – Tom Ford), so when I found Osprey London’s Paradise sunglasses which are priced reasonably for a quality frame, I took note. Available in three different colors, I love the oversize (but not too oversized), as well as the subtle cat-eye. Perhaps I will have to pick a pair up.

Shirtini Jack White Linen Shirt (more colors)

Shirtini has made a name for itself when it comes to design. Made to not pucker at the bust, their classic white button-up is their go-to, must-have. And now that it is summer, the cotton button-up transitions into a linen button up, and of this style, Shirtini has many. From tunics, to oversized, to classic, to black, beige and chambray, if you are in the market for a linen shirt (even dresses), be sure to check out their linen selection. I have my eye on the Jack shirt which is unisex, so roomier (order 1-2 sizes down depending upon the fit you want), and it is also available in black.

~recipe for Rhubarb Hibiscus + Whipped Coconut Cream Layer Cake~

It truly feels that indeed spring has arrived. On Wednesday the first farmers market in Bend began, and my giddiness was initially sparked by simply seeing fresh vegetables and even strawberries that I kept snapping photos of until I reminded myself I was there to select my produce for the week (see a few images on IG here). Upon coming home with the warmth of the day and much daylight still available, I took to my yard – mowed, planted my sweet potato vines in my pots and prepared to hang my hammock this weekend. Upon completing these tasks it felt doubly so that spring was here.

I hope your first few days of spring were beautiful and something to savor as well. While the everydays may appear on the outside to be simple and ordinary as we go through the week, these seasonal rituals and routines truly enliven something within us if we let it and renew a tired spirit from the previous season.

Thank you for stopping by today, and below you will find a handful of articles and two videos I think you might enjoy. Tomorrow I will be announcing news about an upcoming podcast that invites listener participation, so be sure to stop by, and until then, bonne journée!

~This Triple Coconut Cream from Smitten Kitchen looks to be full of goodness and comfort, and of course absolutely delicious.

~Take it from those who have demonstrated in their own homes they know how to pull it all together, Decorating Advice for 25 People Who Know How to Do It Well

~As I posted over the weekend when I found out about a new French film (see below), watching one to not only enjoy but learn the language as well is a double treat. Have a look at this list of the Top 10 Easy to Understand French Movies

~Yet another film I cannot wait to see. Have a look at a new French film starring Juliette Binoche, Let the Sunshine In (here is the review from The New York Times).

~Sending a thank you to TSLL reader Sue for introducing me to the French and Parfait YouTube channel. Have a look at one episode below.

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

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~1 Month AgoApril 6, 2018

~1 Year AgoMay 5, 2017

~2 Years AgoMay 6, 2016

5 thoughts on “This & That: May 4, 2018

  1. Another easy-to-understand French movie is “Ponette,” about an adorable four-year-old girl who loses her mother in a car accident. She works through her grief by talking to her mother’s ghost. I’m practically crying just remembering it, but it’s a really beautiful, powerful film that has stuck with me for years, and, because the main character is 4, the dialog is easy to grasp.

  2. I love watching French movies! I find that the characters and stories are more nuanced, especially the female roles. I love Juliette Binoche. She’s a fantastic actress in her 50s that seems to portray a variety of characters in all kinds of movies. I unfortunately don’t see too much of that in American films.

    1. I have noticed this as well. I think there is a movement to change this as more women become directors and producers here the states. All the more reason to support such quality films. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Sounds like a very productive few hours. I don’t seem to have much luck with my sweet potato vines in pots. Hope you have better luck. I also got my hammock out just need to find some time to lie in it! Very sunny here in my pay h of France and the cuckoos are going mad. Spring has well and truly arrived. Bon weekend?

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