This & That: November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

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Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

The author behind the Love in Provence, returns with a stand alone story set in the south of Provence, Drawing Lessons. The sixty-two year old protagonist travels to France for a two week drawing class as part respite from her life and half drawn to her passion. Upon returning home to Toronto, it is her love for painting that proves to be the catalyst to successfully navigating the life that once seemed far too daunting and heartbreaking.

Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing and Decorating the Home by Molly Sims

Released this past October, model and actress Molly Sims returns with a book about, well, how to live well everyday with regards to one’s home. With a growing family, Sims offers menu tips and ideas, hosting help, decorating insights and much more.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

With a foreword by Brené Brown, Shauna Nieguist shares essays of her journey from busyness to present and more contentment than imaginable. If you’re looking for calm and a reminder about the power of presence, take a look at Present Over Perfect.


At Home with Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life by Susanna Salk

If you too live with furry members of the family in your home, look to leading interior designers’ own homes for inspiration regarding how to decorate well and accommodate your favorite pups.


Molly’s Game

With previews beginning in November, and opening nationwide on December 25th, Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of real-life Molly Bloom who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade until she was arrested in a most unexpected, at least to her, way. Once an Olympic-class skier, Bloom’s story looks like a standard fictitious movie plot, but oh, how real it was. Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

The Femme Française: The Seductive Style of French Women by Catherine Maladrino

French fashion designer, Catherin Maladrino offers her insights into the culture that fascinates the fashionable masses. While running her own label for twenty years in the United States, she now opens up and shares how not to be a slave to fashion, what exactly it is about the French woman’s approach to style that looks so effortless, and much more. Released just this past week, I want to thank a long-time TSLL reader for bringing this book to my attention. I cannot wait to read it.

Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover by Alexander Lobrano

Explore the country of France, region by region, and the food that you will find when you visit this Gallic nation. Lobrano also offers recommendations for restaurants and lesser-known dining destinations to tourists, as well as recipes. I must admit, this book looks like a wonderful way to escape to France whether I am able to travel there or not.

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food by David Downie

Released this past September, David Downie’s historical journey through Paris and the culinary offerings is a look into how the foodie destination of so many came to be known for its lovely delights. Take a listen to this segment on NPR as reported by Parisian based reporter Eleanor Beardsley that looks behind the cover to reveal what readers will find, all the while touring Paris and interviewing those in the know.


Club Monaco Dayline Double-Button Long Wool Coat

Warmth is on my mind, and a label I love that is reasonably priced for quality, classic essentials is Club Monaco. Their soft pink long wool coat looks to be a subtle statement item that could easily be an essential wardrobe item for the chillier months.

~recipe for Pear Maple and Pecan Tarte Tatin~

Let it begin! The holidays that is.

Yes, the holiday lights have been strung down main streets around the country and across the globe (I just noticed Bend’s large snowflakes and wreaths hung on the street lights along our downtown main streets), and I do believe I am ready. The commencement of the holidays will have me hopping on a plane (follow along on Instagram), and I couldn’t imagine a better way this year to reset, be reminded of truly is important and be inspired.

How about you? Are you excited, ready, or ready to take a deep breath? Either way, be sure to tune in to Monday’s episode (episode #184) of the podcast to discover ways to cultivate a holiday season that is just to your preference. In the coming weeks, TSLL Holiday Gift Guide, special discounts on TSLL Shop items and a few other holiday posts of inspiration will be shared. Until then, I hope all that you enjoy partaking in, creating and celebrating will be part of this season’s festivities. Below are a few articles you may enjoy, some holiday inspired, some simply full of life inspiration. Until Monday, bonne journée and thank you for stopping by TSLL.

~Thanksgiving in Paris: How to Prepare and Shop Like a Chef

~Manage your time well and catapult yourself to success. Follow Warren Buffet’s simple, yet brrilliant strategy

~Do you feel as if life has thrown too many obstacles your way? Perhaps you can turn such struggles into gold, or maybe you already have. Read this – The Secrets of Resilience

~How to attract what you want. 5 Ways to Become a Super Attractor – simpler than you might imagine – and it all begins with a shift of the mind.

~If you’re looking for classic Thanksgiving, look no futher than The New York Times’ 12 Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

~Always inspiring, 12 Stressful Things to Stop Tolerating

~Now this new recipe from David Lebovitz looks absolutely divine and perfect for Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Sauce

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