This & That: November 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

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—America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks by Ruth Whippman

British journalist and documentary filmmaker Ruth Whippman dives into the paradox of how seemingly unhappy Americans are even though they are in constant pursuit of happiness. As an outsider from Britain looking in, she brings a unique lens that offers some worthwhile food for thought.

—Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani

Recommended by TSLL reader Karoliina, Trigiani’s book from 2010 offers insights about life from her two grandmothers. Spanning more than a handful of decades of life experience, this book will inspire, remind and reveal to you that life may offer obstacles, but there isn’t anything that cannot be overcome.

—Paths to Happiness: 50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Life Every Day by Edward Hoffman

Speaking of trying to find happiness, Edward Hoffman’s new book (released this past August) attempts to do just that with 50 mind-opening ways to welcome more joy and fulfillment into your life.


Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Everyday of the Year by Kate McMillan & Erin Kunkel

Another TSLL reader recommendation (thank you Heidi!): Williams-Sonoma’s cookbook Soup of the Day is filled with hundreds of recipes for bringing a delicious and simple staple menu item into your capsule menu eating regimen.



A historical-drama based on the U.S. Supreme Court case (1967) Loving v. Virginia, director and writer Jeff Nichols brings to theaters the dramatic story of how state laws prohibiting interracial marriage were finally invalidated. Having debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this past spring, critics are loving Loving. Having just opened last weekend, look for it in a theater near you, and have a look at the trailer below.


—Chloé silk crepe de chine top

Simple silk blouses always grab my attention. Worn with denim, pants or a skirt, accessorized with a stunning peace of jewelry and voilà, simple chic attire. Reduced in price, this Chloé blouse is an investment item that will look stunning and complement many different skin tones.

—Roberto Cavalli galaxy garden printed silk scarf

Scarves will always be in season, and so when a designer’s scarves go on sale and offer a design I love, I take a closer look. Roberto Cavalli’s galaxy garden printed scarves are available in four different colors (the black is also stunning), but this ivory hue offers a rich, regal touch to any day or evening look or outwear. The Simply Luxurious Life The Simply Luxurious Life

~recipe for Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake~

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend. Full of beautiful fall moments to be savored and opportunities to honor and thank our veterans. The weather has been beautiful, but the evenings have been brisk; a reminder that yes, the holidays are just around the corner. Two weeks until Thanksgiving – that is something I can’t quite believe. But it is true and that means a shift. A shift to reflect, a shift to welcome even more gratitude into your life and as shift to whatever brings even more warmth and cozy moments into your days.

I want to thank so many TSLL readers who joined a thoughtful discussion on Wednesday here on the blog, as well as tuned in to my conversation on the podcast with NYC stylist Tiffani Rogers. Monday’s episode was one of the most downloaded, and those who tuned in learned much about fall style, shopping in NYC and the holidays in the city.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and until Monday, bonne journée!

~France and tourism, they are planning on spending a bit of money in an effort to win back nervous tourists. Read more here.

~Seth Meyers’ comments to the First Female President. It’s sweet, it’s short and he’s not kidding. (start at 2:55-3:55)

~A worth-reading article regarding The Men Feminists Left Behind . . . remember to make progress requires we understand all sides.

~Garance talks about going out and about solo. An enjoyable read

~Inspiring words from women we admire

10 thoughts on “This & That: November 11, 2016

  1. In 12 years of living in France, I never felt in danger nor experienced crime. Even in Paris, sure, there are pickpockets but nowhere near the level of Barcelona. And in small cities, it’s even safer. However, if the authorities want to do more to reassure people, all the better.

  2. Spain is a very safe country. Is not our fault to have Rumanian pickpockets as it is not France fault to suffer terrorist attacks.We suffer them also.
    Spain is much more than pickpockets.
    We have the best health sistem in the world. A wonderful cuisine. Some of the best museums Prado , Reina Sofia , Thyssen etc.
    An we are very positive people even when circumstances don’t help.
    Stop viewing our country so negative.

    Thank you.

    1. Mirta, I think you misunderstood why I included that post. I, of all people, would be living in France at a moments notice if it was offered. I regularly share news about France and this was an article about France that I wanted to share with readers. The editors’ choice of a title not mine.

      1. my reply was to Taste of France not to your post, which I love. I have been to France many times my shelf and I love it the people,the culture specially the relaxing way of living in the south of France near the border with Spain .

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