This & That: November 1, 2019

Nov 01, 2019

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Victoria Beckham Beauty

Designer Victoria Beckham recently launched her new venture into beauty. Established on the mission of beauty that should complement and empower the dynamic life you lead, this luxury beauty brand has a long-term vision of offering “super clean products that perform at the highest luxury level, welcoming everyone who loves beauty, helping people fuel their lives inside and out, be sustainable, transparent, digital-first, cruelty-free, and created by women”. With skincare products coming soon, be sure to take a look at her makeup products complete with lip and eye which are available now.


Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed As You Are by Alicia Menendez

Being released next Tuesday, the Likeability Trap utilizes detailed research and multiple interviews to fully examine the pressure put on women to be “likeable” at work, home and in the public sphere, as well as exploring the price women pay when they internalize these unspoken demands. “Rather than advising readers to make themselves likeable, Menendez empowers them to examine how they perceive themselves and others and explores how the concept of likeability is riddled with cultural biases. Our demands for likeability, she argues, hinder everyone’s progress and power”.

British Finds

The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, a Royal Rebel by Georgie Blalock

A novel inspired by British history to cozy up and read as the temperatures begin to steadily drop. Told from the perspective of the daughter of an impoverished noble who is swept into the fame and notoriety of the royal family and Princess Margaret’s fast-living friends when she is appointed as Margaret’s second Lady-in-Waiting, observe the princess from an arm’s length distance and step into the world of the family living amongst the crown.


Canal House: Cook Something: Recipes to Rely On by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer

From James Beard Award-winning cookbook studio Canal House, home cooks Hamilton and Hirsheimer edit their lifetime of experience down to the essentials: “300 simple and genius recipes that reveal the building blocks of all good cooking, and are guaranteed to make you a better cook”. Released this past September, each chapter helps you master a key ingredient or powerful technique, moving from simple to ambitious but absolutely possible – a perfect soft-boiled egg to a chocolate souffle.


Zara Home Mid-Season Sale, up to 40% off

If you are looking for classic, yet with touches-of-modern decor items at a great price, be sure to check out Zara Home’s mid-season sale. I shopped a few items that caught my eye — Terracotta Pitcher (more colors), crochet cotton tablecloth, hemstitched placemat, bamboo towels, floral print duvet cover — but there is much more to peruse through, so be sure to check it out. 🙂



A new film that was recently released in limited showings after premiering this past May in Cannes, is one set in Sintra, Portugal, just outside of Lisbon starring two Oscar award winning actresses Isabelle Huppert and Marisa Tomei. Have a look at the trailer below and be sure to keep an eye out for it in a boutique theater near you.


Being released today, Harriet premieres starring Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman with Janelle Monáe and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) supporting. The film shares the biographical life story of slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman and her tremendous courage as she made 19 trips, saving 300 slaves over the course of 10 years along the Underground Railroad to bring slaves to freedom. Watch CBS Sunday Morning‘s feature on the film here.


M. Gemi Corsa Concavo boot (more colors)

It is boot season and having a similar pair as M.Gemi’s Corsa Concavo boots, I wanted to share. Timeless, comfortable and versatile, save $40 on your first order when you shop at M.Gemi.

Maison Nulles Mousse de Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

I recently learned of this luxury Belgium knitwear brand, and I wanted to bring it to TSLL readers’ attention. While each piece is certainly an investment item, having one of these sweaters in your closet would be something to enjoy for years and feel not only stylish, but truly comfortable and cozy in.

French Felt Slippers, Serena & Lily

Speaking of cozy – slippers! These French felt slippers (available in two different colors), look perfect for warmth, but not too bulky, which is exactly what I am looking for to slip on each morning I wake up to let the dogs outside but don’t want to be roused awake by the cold.


The Morning Show, Apple TV+

You no doubt have heard that Jennifer Aniston broke the record on Instagram for accumulating more than a million followers in the least amount of time. (if you didn’t, don’t worry. I didn’t either until they mentioned it on one of her many interviews while hitting the PR circuit). Well, there is a reason, and I couldn’t be happier for her as I am extremely excited to watch the premiere episode of Apple TV’s first big television series, The Morning Show. Produced by both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon who star in the show along with Steve Carell as well as a long-list of wonderful actors you will recognize, the premise is made quite clear in the trailer. Have a look and find it on Apple’s TV+ app today. The cost is $4.99/mo and a year free with a variety of Apple purchases.

Welcome to the penultimate month of 2019. November! Halloween was more fun than I expected yesterday as about 10-15 kids along with their parents stopped by the house. The boys of course had to say hello; Oscar being very curious and very friendly (there was food involved!), and Norman just wanting to say hello. But now on to the next holiday, or as I like to call November and upcoming Thanksgiving, one of the best holidays as it involves gathering, gratitude, leisure, food and just being. Does that make sense?

However, we still have a few more weeks until the traveling begins, so I will be simply enjoying the regular routine at home. Portland may call for a short weekend getaway, and that is something I always look forward to – stopping into Powell’s to peruse their many books, picking up a few bites of food from the amazing food options and generally savoring the beauty and rain of Portland (no intended sarcasm – I LOVE rain :)).

I hope this weekend is smiling for you, and may whatever unfolds delight you. Below are a handful or more of articles to enjoy and two videos to sit back and laugh with or simply savor. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Before we step into the busy holiday schedule, having our work space organized is always a great way to ease the daily work schedule – 15 Home Office Organization Tips to Save Time and Increase Productivity [Life Hack]

~Whether you are traveling to Paris soon or later, save this post – Best Places for Coffee and Cake in Paris [HiP Paris]

~If ever I have the opportunity to travel to Europe during the holidays again, this article is now saved and will be utilized! Christmas Markets to Visit and Enjoy in France [Complete France]

~Speaking of travel – How to Use Instagram for Travel Ideas [The Stripe]

~I loved this article! And couldn’t agree more – Why You Should Find TIme to Be Alone with Yourself [The New York Times]

~For introverts – The Hidden Dangers in These 4 Compliments [Introvert, Dear]

~The Benefits of Healthy Friends and How to Be a Better Friend [The New York Times]

~While I do not have children by choice, I sincerely appreciate this article for a variety of reasons – Raising Children to Be Kind [Cup of Jo]

~7 Powerful Reminders to Focus on What Matters [Marc & Angel]

~Jennifer Aniston has been busy on the PR tour for today’s premiere of The Morning Show. Watch her conversation on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

~Une Fille Un Style, a channel produced by Vogue Paris. Below is one of many episodes. Be sure to check them out, practice your French and escape to Paris.

2 thoughts on “This & That: November 1, 2019

  1. About the Carnel House Cookbook. Melissa and Christopher came to our local Home and Garden show in Lexington KY. I attended the luncheon where they spoke, which was nothing short of insulting. They talked down to a room full of high intelligent, sophisticated and well-travelled lovers of our Blue Grass Trust. They treated us like we were all eating possum and fried grits. Many people walked out of their talk. It was shameful.

    1. Beth, I am so sorry to hear this. I do not have any experience with them, but such behavior is unacceptable. I will certainly keep your words in mind before including any of their work in the future.

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