This & That: September 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for TrueBelonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

Having watched Brené Brown weather Hurricane Harvey via her IG feed, I continue to appreciate her sincerity, strength and curiosity, and quite frankly, her no bullsh*# approach to life. I became quite intrigued by the topic of her new book which was just released this past Tuesday. The irony of belonging, truly belonging, is that in order to do so it requires of us all to have the courage to stand alone. What???!!! Yep, knowing your center, knowing yourself, you set yourself free.

A reader of TSLL recently sent me a link to Marie Forleo’s interview with Brené, and I am so thankful she did. Have a look below, and enjoy.

Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote by Johanna Neuman

During the Progressive Era in the early twentieth century many dismissed the socialites who became engaged in the suffrage movement as simply trying on a trend, but what Johanna Neuman brings forth is quite the contrary. With their wealth they helped complete the push for suffrage as well as women’s right to pursue a career in the field she desired as well as question the laws of marriage, as well as the necessity. Those who are curious about history, the women’s movement and the rights which are too often taken for granted might want to pick up this book which was just released last month.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy by Erin Carlson 

When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle, the stand-outs of Nora Ephron’s iconic romantic comedies. Go behind the scenes to learn what Nora was like on set with her actors and her crew to discover how she made movies audiences instantly flocked to and in so doing revitalized the rom-com industry.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao

The story behind the woman who stood up against discrimination and retaliation toward women in Silicon Valley tells her story in her new book to be released next Tuesday. Taking place in 2015, she refused to settle out of court and was determined to take it to trial. She did, and while she lost, she now shares her story in Reset with the goal of of giving light to a persistent problem and bias in the tech sector. As a daughter of immigrants, she herself having earned multiple Ivy League degrees, her strength is receiving high praise as she continues to forge the trail that is not easy venture.


Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball

Last year Christopher Kimball, the man behind Cook’s magazine and then Cook’s Illustrated (which began in 1993) branched off from America’s Test Kitchen to begin Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Studios. Complete with cooking classes, a podcast, a full website and now a cookbook, Kimball offers simple, yet bold flavors. The new cookbook was just released this past Tuesday and offers 125 recipes organized by the type of dish: twenty-first century desserts (I am certainly curious about his one), eggs, fish, etc.


Brad’s Status

Produced by Amazon, Ben Stiller stars as Brad Sloan who would seem to have a very comfortable life in California: a good job, a stable family, until he begins to compare himself to his four buddies from college. Critics are cautiously impressed with director and screenwriter Mike White’s directing and screenplay, and I think it might be an opportunity of reflection on our über social media world. Have a look at the trailer below and decide for yourself. Look for it in theaters beginning today.

The Trip to Spain

The third trip in the series, join Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they journey through the country of Spain, and along the way offer viewers a hoot of a good time. Critics are giving the comedy-part-drama strong ratings. As for me, it just arrived at the Tin Pan Theater, so I’d better quickly watch the first installment, The Trip, and then enjoy the Trip to Italy so that I might fully savor this film which was just released last month. Have a look at the trailer below.


Equipment Liana Silk Floral Shirt

Equipment is my go-to when it comes to silk blouses as I know their sleeves will be long enough, the quality is to my liking and the options are seemingly endless. (My ideal neckline is offered as well, as I shared in this post.) When I perused their most recent prints, this violet floral option caught my eye, a touch of fall with the lingering of summer.


—69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Finally the new seasons will commence once the Emmy Awards are handed out. And the Emmy Awards will be handed out to the primetime television actors, series and shows this Sunday. Stephen Colbert hosts on CBS at 8pm (eastern) and 5pm (pacific). I am certainly looking forward to his opening monologue, as well as to see if Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes history and wins her sixth consecutive Emmy.

~recipe for the Fig & Honey Galette~

Almost with the snap of our fingers, it feels as though fall has arrived. The evenings are cooler, the heat has dissipated and our ways of life have shifted as well. Certainly, I still long for the summer schedule, but there is an appreciation with fall’s arrival as well (officially beginning next week). New faces, refreshed and improved routines at work, the fall harvest appearing at the farmers market (see a few pics here and here) and a recognition that each year can indeed get better with conscious effort.

How is the tip-toeing into the new season treating you? One of the surest signs of the coming fall is making sure I have ample reading material that I am curious to dive into as much anticipated titles are released, from Brené Brown’s new book (as shared above) to Hillary’s (as shown in my IG feed), to diving deeper into the world of Julia and those who surrounded her with Judith Jones’ memoir.

There is much to look forward to and that begins with a weekend to savor. I do hope your week went well, and below I have gathered up a few articles you may enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~NYFW just wrapped up and Habitually Chic rounded up some stylish looks from the streets

~This article caught my attention regarding Germany and progress for women in the country led by the most powerful woman in the world. I would be curious to know after reading it, if my German readers agree. (One of the shocking statistics that caught my eye: Only 12 percent of those with children under 3 work full time. 12%!)

~Good advice as always from Marc and Angel: 7 Smart Yet Simple Ways to Handle Difficult People

~Serena Williams gave birth to her baby girl on September 1st and the couple has compiled a video of clips leading up to the big day. Have a look here. 

~My mouth is watering just thinking about this Lemon-Almond Butter Cake. Just listing the ingredients has my attention.

~Taking notes by hand isn’t dead! In fact, researchers found the benefits of doing so as opposed to typing quite worth choosing to do. 



8 thoughts on “This & That: September 15, 2017

  1. Shannon, thank you so much for linking to the Brene Brown interview .
    What an amazing person , so much courage and wisdom .
    I will definitely be reading her book, and researching her other interviews , what she said resonated with me so much .
    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Oprah has a 2 part interview with Brene Brown on her soul series show & podcast. Well worth the listen! HAve a great weekend Shannon.

    1. You are very sweet. I do know what you mean regarding routines and predictability when it comes to things we enjoy. Tickled to hear you enjoy and look forward to the This & That post. Have a lovely day!

  3. I love the article about handwriting notes in order to better learn the material as it is taught. I have long held that handwriting notes “programs” the information into my brain whereas typing notes does not as easily. I also advocate that cursive should continue to be taught, in part, because of the additional brain wiring / programming it requires if only from in fine motor skills. (My grand-niece has been writing in cursive since first grade. Now, in third grade, she has changed schools where cursive is taught in fifth grade for only three weeks in art class. Her teachers are genuinely excited that she writes cursive and encourage / expect her to continue to do so. She has proclaimed that no one can copy off of her paper because no other classmate can read it (the cursive). She’s very proud the she “writes in code”!)

    1. Your grand-niece has a skill that she will appreciate even more down the road. How wonderful to know they are still teaching cursive. And I agree with you, I have always found my memory is strengthened when I write with a pen or pencil. Thank you for your comment.

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