This & That: November 6, 2020

Nov 06, 2020

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Cookbooks sharing delicious comfort sweets, a new mask I absolutely recommend, winter cosy coats, soothing beauty products, music to unwind to, Inslee’s new calendar and much more!


Oribe Colorless Côte d’Azure Restorative Body Crème

The winter season is near, and adding more moisture to our skincare routine is never a bad idea. While our face and décolletage receive much of our skincare investment, welcoming in body lotion or crème to deepen quality hydration is a great idea. Oribe’s restorative body crème does just that. Soften your skin with hydrating Shea Butter, vitamin-rich Jojoba Oil and antioxidant Olive Oil which will retain moisture, protect against free radicals and boost elasticity. And their Côte d’Azur scent is quite nice as well with Calabrian Bergamot, White Butterfly Jasmine and Sandalwood.


Better, Not Younger by Vicki Archer

Writer living in France, Vicki Archer has a new eBook worth checking out. Sharing “her blueprint for aging and living a more creative, self-confident and purposeful life”, Archer demonstrates through example how to “embrace the future willingly and face challenges with joy and positivity.”

British Find

Gardeners’ World Magazine

Season 52 of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World may have wrapped up last weekend, but having a desire to keep learning during the show’s winter hiatus, I decided to subscribe to their magazine. They offer a print or digital edition even for those of us who don’t live in the UK. I cannot wait for my first issue to arrive.


Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings by Yossy Arefi

Food & Wine and The New York Times have already named Yossy Arefi’s cookbook one of the best fall cookbooks of the season, and with the season of snuggling-in just about here, the topic certainly looks to be a delish concept for a cookbook – snacking cakes! “From Nectarine and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake and Gingery Sweet Potato Cake to Salty Caramel Peanut Butter Cake and Milk Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cake, these humble, comforting treats couldn’t be simpler to create.”

Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee’s Pies, New York’s Best Pie Shop by Petra Paredez 

Another cookbook named Best Fall Cookbook by The New York Times has just been released in time for the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. Pie, pie, and more pie. 🙂 “Petra (Petee) Paredez shares her personal repertoire of impeccable baking techniques that have made her pie shops, Petee’s Pie Company and Petee’s Café, New York darlings. At the heart of it all, the goal is simple–a tender, flaky crust and perfectly balanced filling–and this cookbook leads the way with easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance. A champion of locally sourced ingredients, Paredez features some of the best farms and producers in profiles throughout the book, inspiring us to seek out the very best ingredients for our pies wherever we may live.”


—Melody Gardot, Sunset In The Blue

American jazz singer Melody Gardot’s new album (released last week) was this week’s podcast episode’s Petit Plaisir, but I couldn’t help but include it again today because it is an album I am sincerely savoring. I listened to this album Tuesday night to tame my nerves and have continued to savor her harmonies with a handful of talented individuals (Sting is featured in the final track on the album – listen to their duet below taped in Tuscany). “From Paris with Love” is also a favorite track of mine. I could not recommend the entire album more highly.


Brooks Brothers’ Shawl-Collar Down-Fill Puffer Coat

Bundling up for warmth and style, Brooks Brothers’ down-fill puffer coat is one that checks both boxes. The slate shade and warm shawl-collar make this coat a special one to have for many years to come.

Chinti & Parker Biscotti Gabriel Floral Satin Wrap Dress

The holidays are coming and just because we may not be holding large gatherings does not mean we shouldn’t dress up for them. Drawn to Chinti & Partker’s satin wrap dress, it is the subtle violet details that sealed the deal for me. I am hoping to welcome this dress into my closet soon.

Inslee’s 2021 Calendar

Inslee, as many of you know, is the exclusive artist for TSLL (listen to my chat with her on the podcast in 2018), and every year she designs and sells her beautiful, original calendars (different each year). This year she has two themes – botantical (seen below) and motif. She is stepping fully into the floral and garden themes for the first time, and I think we may be kindred spirits in that regard. 😉 I purchased her calendar with an easel with the botantical design, and look forward to placing it in my home with the start of the new year. She is taking pre-orders now (they do sell out) and will be shipping them mid-November.

SLIP Pure Silk Adult Pleated Face Covering (more colors)

I never thought I would be recommending a mask for your capsule attire, but here I am. We need them, but we also need them to look beautiful and function comfortably. Slip’s pure silk pleated face mask in rose gold is now part of my everyday-going-to-work-or-errands-or-small-gatherings attire. There is a metal strip to fit the mask to your nose, and you can easily size the ear loops for your face. Why I chose rose gold was to replicate the shade of lip color so-to-speak. Neutral, with a touch of blush, it works well with all of my outfits because it is not about my outfit, but working with my skin tone. For $39, there are a handful of different shades, and having arrived on Wednesday, I can confidently share it is comfortable, extremely soft and exactly what I had hoped.

Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cashmere Tech Gloves

Bundling up in classic style and necessary warmth (and capable of being worn while using our phones). Black and grey are also available.

Stories Belted Wool-Blend Coat

A modern classic – update your camel winter coat with a brown checks design. Measuring 46″ in length and made with 70% wool and buttoned cuffs, it is smart, it is warm and it is versatile, pairing well with a variety of colors and outfits.

Sur la Table Sale, Cookware Event

Perhaps more cooking is about to begin as we will be staying inside more, and if you need a few necessary items, be sure to stop by Sur la Table as they are having their cookware event and top-of-the-line brands are drastically reduced – Le Creuset and All-Clad (below) – just to name a few.

~All-Clad Stainless Steel 2-piece Starter Set~


Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 Two-Hour Premiere

Yep! It is finally returning! After having to cut season 16 short last spring, Grey’s Anatomy returns this coming Thursday (Nov. 12th) with a two-hour premiere. I cannot wait.

My Big Italian Adventure, HGTV

Looking for an escape to Italy? Be sure to check out HGTV’s new series starring Lorraine Bracco (from the Sopranos) who shares her journey of renovating two Italian houses where when purchased were each one Euro. Yep, you read that correctly. One Euro. Have a look at the trailer below.

On Wednesday of this week the above three items arrived, and my gratitude was greater than I expected. Seemingly simple, they gave me something to cozy up with as well as feel more comfortable in when I went out and about.

Indeed this week has been nerve-rattling, but as I shared in this post about dealing with unknowns, we can elevate our everydays even when it seems so much is beyond our control. I chose to tend to tasks I love as well as needed to complete. Doing so engendered a feeling of productivity and helped me to remain fully present in what I was doing. My last order of daffodils arrived along with some English Bluebells, so I went out into the yard Tuesday evening and began placing them in their new home. Wednesday evening I enjoyed crunching leaves with my two young neighbors as the boys (Norman and Oscar) wondered what was so fascinating about leaves since we could not eat them, and I thought what better day to make a new batch of croissants than Tuesday as I knew I would be up later than usual. Ultimately, even though I may not have the answers about the political world (note – I wrote this post Thursday evening), I do have 24+ French croissants in the freezer ready to be enjoyed in the coming weeks and months. Progress!

The past week on the blog season three of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show wrapped up with a recipe many readers and viewers and even family have shared with me they made and especially enjoyed. So good to hear! As well, November’s A Cuppa Moments for TOP Tier subscribers went live on Sunday, a new podcast episode on Monday talking about the true foundation of happiness and Wednesday I shared a post with 34 Ideas for Welcoming More Cosy into your Everyday.

The weekend now begins, and I am ready for it to arrive. The rain began to fall forcibly and steadily Thursday night, and I am beaming. I am not quite sure what I will do over the couple of days, but I know I will enjoy it. I hope you do as well. Thank you for stopping by and below enjoy more than a handful of articles and two videos. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Five pillars of life to help you achieve balance [Life Hack]

~Mark and Angel share 20 quotes to always keep in mind to help you live a life you love

~Grand, British with touches of cosy and French details as well. Take a tour of Philip Hooper’s London house [House & Garden UK]

~Nigella Lawson and what makes her feel secure (hint – it is food-related. [Irish Times]

~A brilliantly written article about the necessity to not shrink oneself to fit into a romantic relationship and to know your worth – The Crane Wife [The Paris Review]

~I appreciated this article immensely. When it comes to cast-iron (which I highly recommend having – at least one pan), just relax about it already, okay? [Food & Wine]

~If you haven’t had a chance to watch the final episode of this season’s Gardeners’ World, check out Monty Don’s November newsletter for things to do this winter as well as beautiful photos from his garden.

~When we prioritize regular breaks, our productivity increases [Life Hack]

~How to host a French Apéritif at Home [HiP Paris]

~France and Britain and Belgium and Germany and many other European countries have gone back into a lockdown of sorts – here are France’s rules [Local FR]

~How to navigate your wine store [WSJ]

~How the idea of perfectionism may be weighing you down without you knowing [Pick the Brain]

~How to heal the bitter divide in our nation with those you love and care about [NPR]

~Escape to Paris for a moment and listen to Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” played by French cellist Gautier Capuçon whilst sitting on top of Le Tour Eiffel – the views are quite stunning. Purchase his new album here.

~A documentary film to look forward to, arriving in the US on November 30th and the UK in February 2021 – Audrey. View the trailer below.

~Learn more about becoming a TSLL subscriber for exclusive and unlimited access to more th 5000 articles and enjoy ad-free viewing.

23 thoughts on “This & That: November 6, 2020

  1. Thank you Shannon for another wonderful This & That! I absolutely love the duet with Sting and Melody Gardot. Adding it to my playlist immediately after I post this reply 🙂
    Also marking my agenda for the Audrey documentary film! So thrilled that you featured Inslee’s work because as you know I was inquiring about the artwork she did for your blog. I will go check out her calendars. Wishing you a lovely weekend 🙂

    1. Dani, Thank you for stopping by. The duet is filled with such sultry loveliness. I too have been replaying and replaying it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing what you enjoyed this week and wishing you a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness, The Crane Wife is such a beautifully written article full of truth! Thank you for pointing us in its direction.

  3. So many wonderful recommendations! I just downloaded the Melody Gardot album and can hardly wait for the Audrey Hepburn documentary later this month! Merci!

  4. Hello this music you linked to (Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” played by French cellist Gautier Capuçon ) is so beautiful and even more ..VERY peaceful…first time I have heard either. Would love to listen to more/purchase the beautiful instrumental music on a CD or Itunes…what do you recommend? I want to get the right thing… more of this talented performer. Thank you.

      1. Thank you very much for the link to your playlist. I will be listening to it this afternoon as I bake. I did not explain my question very clearly I realized..have you listened to any of Gautier Capucon’s CDs or playlists and are they all him playing beautiful instrumental music?

        1. You know, this was my introduction to his music, and I don’t know why it took me so long to find him. 😌 It looks like Kameela (comment just below) May know more as she knows his music. If you reply to her, she will likely respond. I always appreciate her knowledge of French current culture.
          Wishing you a wonderful day of baking and thank you for stopping by. 💛

  5. Great recommendations as usual Shannon but Hymne à L’Amour has everything. He is so chrismatic. I got goosebumps listening to it. Paris is undeniably beautiful at night. So looking forward to viewing ‘Audrey’. Lastly , that Chinti and Parker dress is stunning. Just perfect for the festive season . 😊

    1. Good Morning- question please: have you listened to any of Gautier Capucon’s CDs or playlists and are they all him playing beautiful instrumental music? If so, which one do you recommend I begin with? Thank you.

  6. Hi Shannon, this is unrelated to this post which I love but to ask you where you bought the glass topped desk I saw in one of your posts. I’ve been looking and looking and finally decided to ask you.
    Thank you.

      1. Thank you but it seemed more a piece of furniture. Sorry I don’t know what post it was. I noticed more your wonderful dog underneath it. Thank you anyway. I will keep on looking.

  7. This weeks this and that is superior. I was moved by both of the musical videos. I am longing to travel so much. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Stacy Pitcher

    1. Stacy, Thank you for stopping by. You are not alone in the longing for travel. I have a feeling many TSLL readers are feeling your ache as well. 🙂 Happy to hear you enjoy this week’s posting. Wishing you a lovely Sunday.

  8. Just a quick note to say I purchased the mask you recommended, and it is indeed perfect! In addition to the rose gold, I also bought the pink (which is happily more neutral than it looks online).
    Thank you – your recommendations never disappoint!

    1. That is great news to hear! Thank you for sharing more details about the pink hue. Certainly helpful to know. I appreciate your stopping by and sharing how you found the mask to work for you. 😌

  9. I look forward to this post each week. It never disappoints, as I always come away with some inspiration. Thank you so much!

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