This & That: September 20, 2019

Sep 20, 2019

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A full week of items, sales, finds I am loving and excited to share as well as a looooooong and lovely links list. I do hope you enjoy.


Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

Podcaster and MarietTV host Marie Forleo has a new book out (released September 10th), and it is all about becoming the creative force of your own life. I regularly will tune into her YouTube channel for inspiration, and look forward to picking up this book.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

Over the weekend, I sat down and viewed a new episode of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday in which she interviewed Malcolm Gladwell about his newly released book. Offering insights into how we all can check ourselves when it comes to making assumptions about people and groups we do not know, this is a book to read for our times. Thank you Malcolm.

British Find

Downton Abbey premieres in the US

I have been writing and sharing and getting excited about Downton Abbey’s big screen premiere here in the states for months, and finally it has arrived! I won’t droll on any longer except to share a few links you might enjoy reading, viewing or listening to if you are as delighted as I am to at long last be able to go and view the film this weekend:

~A fun Q & A session with three of the Downton Abbey stars [Town & Country]. Speaking of which, here is the cover of Town & Country.

~A recipe inspired by Downton Abbey – Filets Mignon Lili – as shared in House & Garden UK

~NPR gives a rave review of the film


West Elm Site-Wide Sale

Modern decor with classic touches, West Elm is having a sale to shop, offering 20% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping with promo code FRIENDS. I have shopped a few items below, but the entire site is worth checking out.

Francophile Find

La Régalade: Simple French Bistro Food at Home by Alain Raye 

A TSLL reader brought this 2006 cookbook to my attention recently, and I wanted to share. Chef Alain Raye’s award-winning bistro in west Vancouver shares his secrets to delicous French bistro fare, and I know I look forward to giving some of them a try. Sharing recipes and sauces inspired by each season, discover photography along with playful illustrations to make for a lovely cookbook read, even if you don’t feel like stepping into the kitchen at the moment. What does La Regalade mean, you may be wondering as I was? A succulent treat. Okay, I am sold. The book has now been ordered and is en route.


Inside Julia’s Kitchen

I mentioned over the weekend on IG Stories that I have been enjoying listening to the podcast Inside Julia’s Kitchen, and today I am happy to share with you why. It is a show funded and created by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, and regularly includes snippets and audio from Julia Child herself. However, the show is primarily focused on welcoming guests who stop by and share their passion and talents from within the food industry. A whole bunch of delicious fun. I think you will enjoy.


Outland Harriet ankle-length high rise denim jeans

Last spring I learned about Outland as the Duchess of Sussex brought their denim to the world’s attention when she wore a pair of their sustainable jeans during her time with Prince Harry in Sydney, Australia, in October 2018. As I was looking for black denim skinny jeans that would fit and would hold their shape but also offer a bit of flexibility, the brand’s story of sustainability sealed the deal.

Now, I mentioned I ordered my pair of jeans this past spring. They just arrived this week. They were so back-ordered due the attention brought to them by the Duchess that their business has as-of-late had to grow to meet demand. And the good news, the very good news, is that it was worth the wait. The prices have gone up slightly since I ordered my pair of Harriet ankle-length high rise jeans, but the fit is lovely. Now available in many more shades of classic denim, as well as the black that Meghan Markle wore, if you too are looking for quality denim with an approach to production that sits well with your conscience, be sure to check them out. Below is a quote from their website about their mission and approach to production:

Outland “crafts premium denim jeans designed to bring the worlds of our seamstresses and our customers closer together. We source the finest raw materials from around the world while offering sustainable employment and training opportunities to women who have experienced exploitation”.

Ralph Lauren Twill Trench Coat

I mentioned in this seasons’s Fall Shopping Guide that I purchased only a few new items for my fall capsule wardrobe, and one of those items was this short trench coat. I love it. I wear it as my outerwear choice with denim as well as dresses when I head to school for the workday. I was able to buy it on sale, and the good news is that it is again on sale. Use promo code FALLSTYLE to save 30%.


71st Annual Emmy Awards

I errantly shared in last week’s This & That that I would be enjoying the Emmy’s Award Show last Sunday. Uh, nope! The show is this Sunday, and I cannot wait to watch. Have a look at the list of nominees here, and tune in to FOX on Sunday at 8 pm (eastern).

Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking, season 7

Just in time for settling in as the weather becomes cozier, Fine Living’s Moveable Feast series kicked off its seventh season this past weekend. Beginning in Spain, this weekend and the following weekend, they will be in Britain, which I cannot wait to view. Having viewed the first episode this past Monday, I can share it is delicious, fun and will not only tempt your tastebuds to try something new but your travel-bug as well. Look for it on your local PBS listings.

~recipe for Fig and Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle (and mozzarella)~

A delicious weekend is in store with the Downton Abbey film hitting the big screens, the last few days of summer to savor in “royal” fashion ;), a new episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen going live tomorrow (which includes the simplest of tutorials on how clean and polish copper as well as a delicious French dessert), and it is all wrapping up with the Emmy Awards. Squeeze in time to finish cleaning up the yard, planting daffodil bulbs for spring and taking many deep breaths while forgetting about the clock (oh, and tending to my peaches!), and well, that sounds like an ideal weekend to me.

Along with all of the items shared above for this week’s This & That, I have an extra long list of items to read and watch below. I think you will enjoy as you mosey through your weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by. Thank you to all of TSLL readers who are sharing our posts, videos, and their own recipes inspired by something they saw or read here on TSLL. I so enjoy discovering what speaks to you. Wishing you a lovely next couple of days and bonne journée!

~A lovely, in-depth discussion about Cultivating the Art of Living well on Kristin Manieri’s podcast – the Synced Life (settle in for 60 minutes of discussions about elevating the everyday, becoming comfortable with letting go of busy and much more – all inspired by my second book)

~While not all of us are managers or adminstrators of our workplace, after reading this article, it quickly became clear why some workplaces have been places I truly felt at home and comfortable and others I did not. Certainly something to keep in mind should we be put into a position to have a say in how the workplace is managed – Fundamentals to Workplace Well-Being [Pick the Brain]

~An article I think you will enjoy reading if you have been inspired in any way by this French cliché, French Women Take on the French-Girl Cliché by Lauren Collins for The New Yorker

~David Lebovitz had the opportunity to make French butter and Camembert at my favorite French butter’s creamery!

~5 Must-Visit Movie Locations in Paris [Hip Paris Blog]

~I have no doubt that TSLL readers know how to politely deplane, but this article is one to read as a reminder and in appreciation for all of the many deplaning situations that went well – The Completely Correct Guide to Getting Off a Plane [The Washington Post]

~Fellow bibliophiles, you will appreciate this illustration shown on Cup of Jo last week.

~Whether you watch or even like the HBO drama series Succession, (after reading this article, I think I will begin watching it soon), this article shares how Women’s Roles on Television Are Beginning to Change (thanks in large part to more women writers!) [Huff Post UK]

~One of the founding “mothers” of NPR passed away this past Monday, and when I first heard the news, I began to tear up. Partially, because it was unexpected, but largely because I appreciate her contribution to the news and so much more regarding women in the workplace. [The New York Times}

~17 Ways for Building Resilience and Staying Tough [Life Hack]

~The new iPhone 11 just became available, but this tech reporter suggests not to upgrade just yet [The New York Times]

~I am extremely looking forward to this new series on Amazon Prime which will debut mid-October (see below). Just looking at the roster of actors encouraged me to take a look at the series. Have a look at the trailer below inspired by The New York Times regular column – Modern Love.

~It’s fall on Monday! And this video is wonderful inspiration for your upcoming pumpkin patch visit – Paul Allen Smith shares Many Pumpkin Varietals and When to Pick Them.

13 thoughts on “This & That: September 20, 2019

  1. I can’t hardly wait for Downton Abbey !!! Tomorrow night for us. We have been watching reruns all week long and never get bored. It is just amazingly entertaining and takes me away from any woes I may have!
    Have fun Shannon!!

  2. Very excited for Downton Abbey and Modern Love! I love these posts so much. Also posting P. Allen Smith is a reminder to look at old P. Allen and Martha Stewart for fall inspiration. Still warm where I live. Just waiting for the chill to begin…

  3. Great this and that Shannon to keep us busy.It’s nearly autumn but still enjoying summer temperatures here in France while the leaves are turning golden and carpeting the ground. I asked you about your take on sustainable fashion some months ago so am glad you’re moving in that direction as your influence definitely has an impact. Bon weekend from sunny France ?

  4. Shannon, your interview featured on Kristin Manieri’s podcast is wonderful.
    Suggestion–if my fellow TSLL compatriots don’t have a spare hour, (which I absolutely understand), start at about 38:50, basically just 20 minutes. (Squirrel!!)
    Lovely This+That, as usual.

  5. Thank you for pointing out Modern Love – I most likely would have missed it! On my Watch List as the cast is filled with so many favorites—Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel and Andy Garcia (oolala). Going to see Downton tomorrow and counting the hours. Thanks again Shannon!

  6. Shannon, I have just been able to listen to your conversation with Kristin on her podcast , thank you for the link.
    I enjoyed listening to it very much, .
    She was a natural interviewer , and you both sounded so relaxed , it really was like listening to a good conversation between friends.
    I have since listened to another of her interviews , which I also really enjoyed, and think I might have to add her to my blog and podcast list !
    Have a lovely weekend,

    1. Anne, Thank you for listening to our conversation. Kristin is professional and it was a pleasure to be invited on her show. I am happy you found her podcast and many other guests of interest. I too subscribed!

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