This & That: October 11, 2019

Oct 11, 2019

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The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Make Happy Moments by Meik Wiking

Happiness researcher and New York Times bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke, Meik Wiking—shows readers how to create memories that make life sweet. Sharing how mental images are made as well as how to let unpleasant memories go, the skill of creating, making and savoring wonderful memories truly is a skill, and this book will show you are how to learn it.

@NYPL, New York Public Library on Instagram

I recently began following New York Public Library’s Instagram feed after listening to a profile piece on NPR’s Sunday Morning Edition. With more than 300k follows, the library has earned recognition for their InstaStories. Sharing the full stories of well-known and beloved classics, such as Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Yellow Wallpaper and a couple more, look for more InstaStories to arrive on your feed, and fall in love with reading even more (or again).

British Find

Derry Girls, on Netflix

Set in the political conflict of Ireland during the 1990s, Derry Girls follows five teenagers as they go about teenage life in Northern Ireland, all the while navigating British checkpoints. Originally airing on Channel 4 in Britain, two seasons are available on Netflix for viewing, and I think you will enjoy it. Have a look at the trailer below.

Murder, She Said: The Quotable Miss Marple by Agatha Christie

While not a new mystery written by Christie, released earlier this month, discover never-before seen quotes written by the world’s bestselling mystery author about Miss Marple. Sharing “the secrets of Miss Marple in this gorgeous book of her quotes and sayings, and an essay by Agatha Christie appearing for the first time in any book”.


How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food, revised twentieth Anniversary Edition by Mark Bittman

Whether for the cook in your home as a gift or for yourself if you love to cook, such as myself, Mark Bittman’s classic cookbook, How to Cook Everything has just been revised to celebrate the book’s twentieth anniversary. With full color photographs, an improved layout, new information on everything from alternative baking staples to sustainable produce and seafood, this class cookbook has become even more indispensable.

With the opportunity to receive my own copy, it is a resource to use with any ingredients you have on hand in the kitchen. Discover how to make simple fare that tastes delicious, and learn invaluable cooking tips and information with each section.

Francophile Find

James Tissot exhibit at The Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco

If you will be visiting San Francisco in the near future or live in the area, a new exhibit is about to open at The Fine Arts Museum, more specifically, the Legion of Honor Museum. French painter James Tissot’s (1836-1902) work will be on display beginning tomorrow, October 12th and running through February 9th, 2020.

Born in Nantes, France, and trained in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts, Tissot’s art and subjects took him to Britain as well as around his native France. Not formally included in the well-known and celebrated Impressionist group of artists, Tissot broke convention in both his professional and personal life. Click the above link to learn more about the exhibit.


Next Question, with Katie Couric

While Katie Couric has had a podcast for a couple of years now, kicking off yesterday, her new podcast Next Question premiered. Geared more toward questions at the forefront of the zeitgeist rather than one-on-one interviews, Couric explores what everyone seems to be curious about. Be sure to read a recent profile article in The New York Times to discover her inspiration for the new show.

Ladies, We Need to Talk

Another podcast I was just introduced to and appreciate, after having listened to a few episodes recently, is Ladies, We Need to Talk, hosted by Australian-born Yumi Stynes. Described as “a podcast for women, by women, that isn’t afraid to dive head first into the tricky topics we often avoid talking about”. I am confident you will find an episode that speaks to what you are curious about.


Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific for Nordstrom

Style blogger Blair Eadie is partnering with Nordstrom and Halogen to bring her newest collection to shoppers. From a crewneck cashmere sweater (available in many different colors, to accessories as well as pleats and polka dots, be sure to shop the entire collection here.

7 for All Mankind, 30% Friends & Family Sale

Many a shopping sale is happening this weekend, some due to the Columbus long weekend around the corner, and some, well, just because? Either way, it is an opportunity to pounce upon items you have been wanting to add to your wardrobe. From denim to accessories, 7 for All Mankind is offering 30% off. No code necessary.

BCBG Margaret Hooded Wrap Coat, 30% off

Yet another 30% off sale. BCBG is offering promo code FF30 to save 30% site-wide, and this wrap coat (with hood) is classic, simple and everyday. Sure to be in style for many years to come.

M. Gemi Due in Uno, 2-in-1 suede boot (black also available)

I often return to M.Gemi’s online shoe site as the quality Italian leather shoes are affordable and timeless. As well, they offer unique seasonal finds, such as their new Due in Uno 2-in-1 suede boot. Be sure to click the above link to see all of the many ways to expand the shaft (to create a knee-high boot) and shift the ankle boot look as well.


Nancy Drew on CW

While I may not watch any other show on CW, when I learned of the new series, Nancy Drew, I had to share. Yes, I am one of the many readers, perhaps like yourself, who grew up reading this classic mystery series written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The series premiered yesterday, so be sure to check out the first episode if you’re curious by clicking the above link.

~recipe for Lemon Poppyseed French Madelines~

A weekend to just be! Now that is something I am looking forward to. Time in the kitchen will be savored, walks and yoga as well, but mostly, whatever tickles my fancy. I hope you are looking ahead to a weekend full of wide-open hours to do as you please as well, if that is what you prefer, and if not, may it be a weekend that delights you and brings a smile more often than expected.

Below are more than a handful of articles you might enjoy, and thank you for stopping by. Bonne journée!

~Love this article as it shares how much more we, in our everyday lives, have in common. Weeknight Dinners Around the World [The New York Times]

~7 Hard Things to Start Doing for Others [Mark & Angel]

~Save this list for your next trip to Normandy. Sharon Santoni shares the places to visit.

~Tracee Ellis Ross shares her 5 Tips for Saving Young, and it’s worth watching [Twitter]

~Our Favorite French Movies for Learning French [Hip Paris]

~Struggling with the pull of social media? Read this — I Used to Fear Being A Nobody. Then I Left Social Media [The New York Times]

~If you’re trying to curtail overspending, read Pick the Brain’s post — Mindful Habit that Will Put a Stop to Overspending

~A wonderful article delineating how to build and keep strong, clear and healthy boundaries [Medium]

~Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller’s Q & A on life, work and style [WSJ]

~A video for those who may be curious about the long-time serving Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

6 thoughts on “This & That: October 11, 2019

  1. The new Nancy Drew is definitely different and a little edgy. Definitely not the Nancy Drew we have seen in shows over the years.

  2. On the note of boundary-setting, another wonderful newsletter I subscribe to, Girls Night In, opened their forum this week to ask how subscribers set boundaries in different areas of their lives and deal with the feelings surrounding the act of boundary-setting. GNI’s roundup came out this morning in the newsletter, so I’m delighted to see another piece on this topic just today! Some personal anecdotes to accompany the Medium piece you suggested leaves me with much to consider. Thanks, Shannon!

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