This & That: November 8, 2019

Nov 08, 2019

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Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Your Creativity by Felicia Day

Last weekend, I took a day trip to Portland, Oregon, and whenever I hop over the mountain to visit, I do my best to stop into the world’s largest independent bookstore – Powell’s. While I picked up a few books and a magazine, there were many more that I put on my wishlist, and Embrace Your Weird was one of them. Actress and best-selling author Felicia Day’s recently released book shares “exercises that empower you to be fearless, so you can rediscover the things that bring you joy, and crack your imagination wide open, unique techniques to vanquish enemies of creativity like: anxiety, fear, procrastination, perfectionism, criticism, and jealousy, as well as tips to cultivate a creative community”. However you tap into your creativity, this book aims to make sure you are living up to your full potential. It looks like a fun read.

Making A Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Were Meant to Live by Melanie Falick

Released last week, Making A Life contends, and on many points I would have to agree, that when we choose to make something by hand, we are improving the quality of our lives. Why? When we work by hand, “we make in order to slow down. To connect with others. To express ideas and emotions, feel competent, create something tangible and long-lasting. And to feed the soul”. Author Melanie Falick shares what she learned from travels across the continents amongst creatives and those who work with their hands to reveal how to live a life of meaning and authenticity.

British find

For the Love of White: The White and Neutral Home by Chrissie Rucker

TSLL readers share so many great recommendations with me, and For the Love of White is one such recommendation. A tremendous thank you to Sue for bringing to my attention the new book released by the founder of The White Company Chrissie Rucker. If you are like me and appreciate neutral decor, this book will be one to pour over. Organized into three sections — Country, Town and Coastal — not only will you discover tips and ideas, but illustrations and photography to spark much inspiration to turn your own home into a beckoning sanctuary.


Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes by Joanne Chang

A recent podcast episode of one of my favorite food podcasts, The Splendid Table, spotlighted a handful of cookbooks that are being released this fall, and Joanne Chang’s Pastry Love was one that caught my attention. James Beard award-winning baker renowned for her Flour bakeries in Boston, her latest cookbook which was just released this week is her most personal. Sharing recipes you will not see in her bakeries, fall in love with her Mocha Chip Cookies, Malted Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Slab Pie, Lemon Sugar Cookies and her Passion Fruit Crepe Cake. With 125 recipes, your sweet tooth will certainly be satisfied.

The Tucci Cookbook by Stanley Tucci

Yes, that Stanley Tucci from any number of movies, including his role as Paul Child to Meryl Streep’s Julia Child in Julie & Julia. In 2012 (yes, I am late to this party ;)), Tucci released his first cookbook to great success, The Tucci Cookbook. Two years later he released his second cookbook which many people are also applauding. Full of 200 Italian recipes inspired by his own Italian family and each perfectly paired with wine, if you are looking for pasta and more from the country that has unofficially made pasta its own food group, this might just be what you are looking for.


Last Christmas

Halloween is over and so that means the holidays, yes, even the Christmas holiday season has begun. Case in point, the premiere of Last Christmas. On a serious note, the film starring Emilia Clarke from The Game of Thrones fame, as well as Emma Thompson and a lesser-known-in-the-states actor beginning to make a name for himself Henry Golding, looks to be one worth seeing. Have a look at the trailer below to see what the plot is all about.

Francophile find

Je ne suis pas Parisienne by Alice Pfeiffer

Ever since I read Lauren Collins’ article in The New Yorker previewing Alice Pfeiffer’s new book challenging in many ways myth of the quintessential Parisienne, I have been most curious to read it. However, it is currently only available in French via eBook. The good news is, an English edition will be coming out soon, and when it does, I will be sure to share here on the blog.


3.1 Phillip Lim Soleil Mini Leather Bucket Bag (more colors)

A simple, classic small bucket bag — perfect for travel and throwing over your shoulder or as a crossbody.

Anthropologie’s City Travel Mugs

I recently discovered these City Travel mugs (New York City, London and Paris are available), and thought for only $12, they are a wonderful stocking stuffer or gift for a friend or secret Santa gift giving.

Casadei neutral duse leather pumps

Nude and black pumps are two shoes I always have in my closet. Since I wear them so much (which is one of the many reasons I want to buy a pair of quality) that they last usually between 5-7 years, I keep my eye out for quality brands. Casadei’s style and price point is worth taking a look at if you are in the market for these go-to classics.

Ralph Lauren Polo Package Long Down Coat

The chill is coming, and long down coats are a smart idea. While this coat is a bit pricey, Ralph Lauren often goes on sale, so simply save the coat with Shoptagr and wait until the price drops before you snap it up.

~recipe for Maple Scones~

A week of ups and downs, and thankfully the weekend has arrived with the opportunity to decompress, to restore the person who just needs time alone to breathe, lose track of time and rest fully.

With a long weekend in the states as we honor our veterans on Monday, I am looking forward to savoring this additional day at home. While it will be a work day in the office, I am excited that I have the opportunty to just be home.

Below I have gathered up more than a handful of articles and one video I thought you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Thank you TSLL reader Sue for sharing this article with me. I have a feeling many readers will want to save it as well – The Most Beautiful French Wine Regions [Country Living]

~How to Set Boundaries in Awkward Situations with Strangers [Tiny Buddha]

~What Food Geniuses Eat When They Are Home Alone [A Cup of Jo]

~Germany is entertaining a worthwhile idea when it comes to stepping away from the “Always On” work culture [The New York Times]

~On November 17th, the third and much anticipated season of The Crown premieres on Netflix. Discover How the Man Behind ‘The Crown’ Made the Monarchy Relevant Again [New York Times Magazine]

~This Lisbon Chocolate Cake by cookbook author living in Paris Dorie Greenspan makes my mouth water just imagining how delectable it is. [The New York Times]

~Mastering the French La Bise – Who to Kiss, How Many Times to Kiss and Which Cheek [The Local FR]

~The Word that Encapsulates ‘Frenchness’ [BBC]

~My holiday film priority list has been set with Greta Gerwig’s version of My Little Women at the top. Read this profile piece on the screenwriter and director Gerwig here [The New York Times]

~Emma Watson Talks Turning 30, Working with Meryl Streep and Being Happily Single. I especially appreciated her thoughts on the fact that there are many ways to be a feminist and her awakening about British history during her time at university here in the states.

4 thoughts on “This & That: November 8, 2019

  1. I wanted to thank you for the recommendation of Embrace Your Weird. I am thoroughly enjoying the book. It’s a rare thing for me to actually WANT to do the exercises and I am definitely enjoying these. They are great tools for stimulating creative thinking. Great find!

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