This & That: No. 155

Apr 24, 2015

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~A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer & Charles Fishman

Curiosity truly can be the tool to forever propel you to new and creative ideas, or that is what movie producer Brian Grazer reveals in his new best-selling book A Curious Mind. Having scheduled weekly “curiosity conversations” with strangers that were experts in their field, Grazer appears to have soaked up their knowledge and wisdom like a sponge. In his book, lessons in curiosity will reveal to readers a new approach to leading a fulfilling life. I’m curious. Are you?

~The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

Ah, the White House. As a civics teacher and someone who has an avid interest in politics and news, to step behind the doors and discover what it might be like for the families who live there is something I’ve always wanted to learn more about. With a part-time staff of just under 300 and 96 full-time staff, the second floor residence has stories to tell, and I am curious to discover them.

~The World of Shabby Chic: Beautiful Homes, My Story & Vision by Rachel Ashwell

You may recognize the name Shabby Chic from the slipcovers, furniture and decor Rachel Ashwell sells on her website. And now she tells her story in a beautiful coffee table book full of the shabby chic aesthetic her fans have come to love.

Francophile Find

~What to do on the Left Bank, Paris via The New York Times

Last weekend, the Sunday New York Times spotlighted in their weekly column “36 Hours” a lovely list of destinations to visit, things to do and places to see in the beloved Left Bank of Paris. With many recommendations that I myself enjoyed during my last visit (Paris by Mouth, Poilane and Cafe de Flore), I must say, I quite agree with their picks and am eager to check out those I have yet to enjoy. Planned around the schedule of a weekend getaway, the trip begins with ideas at 3:30 pm on Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon. Do have a look, I think you will enjoy.


~Rebecca Minkoff Bowery leather tote

A classic day tote in a neutral tone ideal for spring, but easily could be chosen year round. Reduced 50% at The Outnet, this is a bargain.

~Sam Edelman Becka Black Quilted Flat

Chanel’s quilted ballet flats are still out of my reach, but Sam Edelman’s are quite similar. For less than $150 and available in a couple of different combinations, if this feminine, Parisian chic style is your taste, you have found a bargain.


~recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Chocolate Tart~

April seems to have grown legs and ran away from me as already it is the last weekend of the month. Where did my favorite month escape to? On the bright side, it does mean that warmer weather and beautiful, colorful yards, porches and patios will be come more abundant, and I for one am ready for it.

This weekend will be a bit of a catch up as I must admit I am exhausted, but perhaps I’ll sneak over to my favorite nursery to pick up my herbs or a hanging basket or two for the porch. Either way it will be restorative as I hope yours will be as well. Below are a few articles I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonjour!

~SJP is returning to HBO next year . . . click here to find out more about the show

~10 Truths About Life We Forget Too Easily . . . a wonderful reminder

~A wonderful everyday habit that will add more fulfillment to your life – 13 Simple Things Mindful People Actually Do Everyday

~Absolutely loved this list! Domaine shared 20 Things to Know About Your iPhone (simple tricks and tips)


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7 thoughts on “This & That: No. 155

  1. Update needed: The links for the last two articles are the same. Both point back to the article on 13 mindfulness practices.

    I always enjoy seeing what you are reading.

  2. Love your book recommendations. As a Brit I would love to know what goes in the White House (I guess with the same curiosity and American is intrigued by Buckingham Palace 😉
    Wishing you a restful weekend x

  3. Shannon – I have been thinking about getting rid of cable TV as you have written that you did. I wondered how it has worked out for you? Also, you mentioned SJP’s new show coming to HBO – how will you handle that? My cable bill has gotten totally out of control and I find myself only watching about 10% of all the channels I pay for. I would really appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

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