This & That: September 6, 2019

Sep 06, 2019

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The Art of the Host: Recipes and Rules for Flawless Entertaining by Alex Hitz

The holidays are nearing and finding inspiration for how to strengthen our muscle as a host is something I am always curious to learn about. Sharing “100 timeless, tried-and-true recipes for classic comfort foods to serve with his inimitable style of gracious entertaining”, author Alex Hitz who is not only an entertainer, a bon vivant but a wonderful cook as well, shares menus and common sense ideas inspired by his Southern-approach to soirée fare.

The Art of Is: Improvising As a Way of Life by Stephen Nachmanovitch

The description alone had me paying close attention, “a philosophical meditation on living, living fully, living in the present”. The Art of Is, written by improvisational violinist Stephen Nachmanovitch shares how the nervous system and our minds work in such moments of improvisation to create some amazing results.

Entertaining at Home: Inspirations from Celebrated Hosts by Ronda Carman

A new book being released next Tuesday, discover beautiful ideas for entertaining with friends and family from actual gatherings captured in Washington D.C., Texas, New Orleans and other destinations around the country in Entertaining at Home. From “arranging flowers, setting the table, selecting menus, stocking the pantry, compiling killer playlists, and purchasing the perfect hostess gift”, the ample inspiration will motivate you to plan your next dinner party sooner rather than later.

Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell

Released last month, Sex and the City author Candance Bushnell returns with her new book 20 years after her television-series-inspiration book of columns to offer commentary on “the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty”. 

That Month in Tuscany by Inglath Cooper

While released nearly four years ago, I wanted to share Inglath Cooper’s wildly loved novel set in Tuscany, and the perfect book to let you escape one more time on holiday as the everyday routine becomes the norm as we step into September. The premise centers around two people who couldn’t live in more different worlds, and the time they spend together in Tuscany is completely unexpected.

Francophile Find

At Home with Mimi Thorisson, Zara Home

Blogger and cookbook author living in France, Mimi Thorisson has partnered with Zara Home to offer an array of kitchenware and decor to speak to your French country predilections. From the red striped apron to earthenware bowls and dishes, she also shares a handful of recipes on Zara Home’s website. Be sure to stop by and scoop up some lovely pieces at wonderful prices.


Everlane Day Market Tote (many more colors)

I cannot get enough of a good tote, and Everlane’s are top quality at reasonable prices. Available in a long list of colors, have a look and spend fewer than $200.

Polo Ralph Lauren Washable Cashmere Sweater (more colors)

A beautiful soft yellow, Ralph Lauren’s Polo line offers a washable cashmere sweater that is cozy and chic. The violet color as well is something I have my eye on.

~recipe for Penne Pasta in a Lemon Rosemary Goat Cheese Sauce~

The first weekend after getting back into the everyday routine, that is, admittedly, a little bit busier than the previous three months. I am more exhausted than I enjoy being, but I recognize that said exhaustion is partially (or primarily 😉 ) from moving into my new home last weekend.

I look forward to staying home this weekend and working in my yard. My boulevards are in need of my attention, but with some wonderful help from my mom last weekend to get me started, I am well on my way to getting it done. This afternoon has been full of thundershowers and brilliant streaks of lightning enjoyed as I lounge in my living room writing this post. A wonderful show of theatrics all available for free. Savor, savor, savor.

But of course, I will be tuning in on Saturday to cheer on Serena Williams in the U.S. Open Women’s Championship match. Watching her these past two weeks and seeing her play some of her best tennis she has played in the past two years has been a treat, and I just read that the Duchess of Sussex will be flying in to watch her good friend play on Saturday as well. I think Serena’s 24th grand slam championship victory is about the become a reality! So excited for her.

I do hope your first week back into a full or different schedule, if that has been the case for you, has gone well. Be sure to pamper yourself a bit more this weekend to refuel the energy reserves and remind yourself that tweaking the schedule you think you need to do may not be a bad idea if it ensures the best “you” is present.

Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy a handful of posts and one video for fellow Anglophiles. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow – Saturday – as the premiere episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen premieres. Until tomorrow, bonne journée!

~Perhaps minimalism isn’t what you think . . . read this article as after I did, I appreciated this defintiion. [Be More with Less]

~11 Beautiful Bookstores to Visit in Paris [Frenchly]

~I know there are some TSLL readers visiting Paris for the first time this fall. Be sure to read this about pickpockets .[Rick Steves]

~Even though August is over, this article is worth remembering if you are planning a trip to Paris for future summer excursions — The Joys of a Quiet Paris [The Atlantic]

~Food and Books – a perfect combination. Discover some of the must-visit cookbook stores around the globe [Bon Appetit]

~So excited to see this sitcom revival returning to the small screen! [Entertainment Weekly]

~A fascinating read about the changing economics in America regarding single women [CNN]

~16 Reasons You’re Succeeding in Life [Marc & Angel]

~13 Essential Self-Care Tips for Busy People [LifeHack]

~The best pet-friendly hotels in Paris [Forbes]

~The countdown to Downton Abbey’s film premiere is on (September 13th – UK; September 21st – US), and so to assuage any impatience you may be having, a lovely overview of Daisy’s progression as a character over the six seasons of the series.

8 thoughts on “This & That: September 6, 2019

  1. I purchased the Everlane Day Market tote nearly two years ago after it finally came back in stock after Meghan Markle wore it at the Invictus Games, and I absolutely love. It’s my go-to bag for any day that requires a larger bag to carry all my things in! Today I’m using it as my carry-on bag 🙂

  2. Can’t wait for Downton Abbey!!! My husband and I already have our tickets. So nice to feel excited about a movie!
    Congratulations on your new home Shannon!!! There is no place like home!

  3. Hi shannon so that blue cashmere sweater i got at consignment inspired completely by you has bern at the dry cleaners and i will be pulling it out sion for a trip to a high school reunion – i think of you everytime with that sweater. Can you do something on get the look for less and or fall classics ( its still hot here in phx and most peoples fall would be dead of winter here)

    1. While it has been my experience that quality cashmere will cost more, what you might want to look for is a extra fine lightweight cashmere. Eric Bompard offers this style as well as the classic cashmere sweaters. But there are many other brands that have the lightweight or fine cashmere sweaters. I think this would be a comfortable layer that is something I would wear in the summer or late spring. I hope this helps and thank you for your comment. 🙂

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