This & That: September 7, 2018

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Dream, Design, Live by Paloma Contreras

Paloma Contreras was one of the first bloggers I began following in 2009 when I stepped into the blogosphere. Her decor destination was always full of chic inspiration, and I am extremely excited to see her progression into a full-time decorator. Her new book Dream, Design, Live, released just this past Tuesday, teaches readers how to decorate their homes as a means of creating more fulfilling sanctuaries that please the people who reside within the four walls.

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham

As shared in this past Saturday’s TSLL’s Fall Shopping Guide, New York Times Street Style photographer Bill Cunningham is sorely missed. His posthumous memoir is full of photographs and the story of his life from youth to the famed streets and runways of New York City.

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and the Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel

If you too couldn’t imagine your life without books, Anne Bogel’s new book may be the perfect fall reading material. Blogger and podcaster of What Should I Read Next?, Bogel shares reflections on her love for books as well as “invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.”

Me at the Museum: A Novel by Anne Youngson

Released last month and coined the “charmer of the summer” novel by NPR, Anne Youngston’s novel is a love story set in Europe telling the heart’s story of Professor Anders Larsen (from Denmark), “an urbane man of facts, [who] has lost his wife and his hopes for the future . . .  [and] Tina Hopgood [who] is trapped in a life she doesn’t remember choosing [living on an English farm]. Both believe their love stories are over”, but that is precisely where the story begins.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Set in Dublin, Sally Rooney’s new novel, which was just released last week, is receiving strong reviews. Both a political tale and a love story, Connell and Marianne, both happen to have grown up in the same time, but from this singular similiarity, the differences abound.

Simple Matters: A Scandanavian Approach to Work, Home & Style by Jenny Mustard

“Maximal life for the minimalist”, Jenny Mustard‘s approach to life is Scandinavia’s and now the world’s expert on living well with less. Her new book has just been releaesd here in the states, and is full of essays sharing with readers how to “prioritize [their] emotional and physical health, curate a personal style, and pursue one’s dreams.”


All-Time Best Dinners for Two by America’s Test Kitchen

Many of you have emailed me about cookbooks that offer portion sizes created for the individual and/or couple (in other words, simply smaller), and that is exactly what America’s Test Kitchen has come up with in their new cookbook released this past Tuesday. Taking traditional family dinner recipes designed for 6-8, All-Time Best Dinners for Two shares for example recipes for Chicken Pot Pies made in single serve ramekins, as well as cooking techniques and hacks for adjusting any full-size recipes for fewer people that are just as hungry as any large family for a delicious meal.

Francophile Find

Ines de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic Notebooks (large and small; red or blue) Stationery

I had the opportunity to receive Ines de la Fressange’s new Parisian Chic notebooks, and top quality they certainly are. Reminding me of a hardcover Molekine journal, they are available in two sizes and two colors. 

Just a French Guy Cooking: Easy Recipes and Kitchen Hacks for Rookies by Alexis Gabriel Ainouz

Having shared a few of Alexis Gabriel Ainouz videos here on the weekly This & That, I am excited to share that he now has just released his first cookbook. Below is a new video he released in which he shares one of the recipes from the cookbook. Have a look!


J.Crew Fall Sale

The sales on new fall items continue, and just in case you missed last week’s Labor Day sale at J.Crew, you are in luck. Enjoy a full 40% off new items with promo code FALLTIME . Perhaps you are looking for a classic vintage trench (in both regular and petite sizes), and if so you, you are in luck as is available at 40% off the regular price. Below are a few more items I found in the sale, but there are many, many, many more.


Cable Girls

Set in the 1920s in Madrid, I am quite behind on this Netflix series, and the third season is set to begin today. Needless to say, I am excited to begin watching and enjoy as the series follows four women who work for the National Telephone Company in Spain – their friendships, their loves and their experience in the workplace are depicted. Have a look at the trailer for the series below.

~recipe for Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart~

The weekend, the first weekend after getting back into a new or slightly new-for-some-time schedule. How is your energy level? Are you jazzed or exhausted? I think just paying attention to how we feel and understanding why we feel the way we do whether we are excited about the change or not is important to recognize how much energy we expend following certain schedules. I know for me, after the first day of school, talking to each class with introductions, attempting to memorize more than 180 students’ names and truly feeling excited to meet the new students that will be in class together with each other and myself for the next nine months, I forget momentarily how much emotional energy is expended. By no means is it a bad exhaustion; in fact, it is something I feel very fortunate to partake in, but it also requires of me to recharge well in a different way I do during the summer months.

Whatever new or different routine you are stepping into with the new season, I hope you too can be conscious about how you are doing, take the time to recharge in a manner that works well for you so that you can step into the new week with a renewed eagerness.

This weekend I look forward to watching the Women’s US Open Tennis Final, going to yoga class, as well as doing something I have been long anticpating – launching the premiere episode of the first season of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen.

Yep, finally, it will go live here on the blog tomorrow morning. As a weekly newsletter subscriber, you will be given an exclusive head’s up on what each week’s episode will be the day before it airs. So be sure to sign up if this is something you’d be interested in. In the meantime, below I have a handful of articles you might enjoy reading as you unwind this weekend, as well as two of my favorite picks from the NYC Fashion Week runways. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and until tomorrow morning, bonne journée!

~An interesting article about how and/if indeed life during fashion week in NYC is changing due to last’s year’s #MeToo and #TimesUp movement – Modeling in the #TimesUp era [The New York Times]

~Foodies and Francophiles (and travelers) delight! Here is a video you might enjoy to tempt you to make new travel plans . . . A Culinary Tour of Montreal [GOOP]

~I thoroughly enjoyed the book from which this excerpt came – 10 Mental Tricks to Make You a Savvier with Your Money [Time]

~5 Things to Declutter that May Just Boost Your Happiness [Becoming Minimalist]

~As we step back into a busy work schedule, Four Tips for Introverts to Connect with Coworkers [Introvert, Dear]

~Worthwhile food for thought to create a working environement we enjoying being a part of each day – How to Set Friendship Boundaries At Work [The Everygirl]

~I always find inspiration for living well on this blog – Stop Waiting: One Lesson Too Many People Learn To Late [Marc and Angel Hack Life]


~Sachin & Babi~

~Pamela Roland~

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2 thoughts on “This & That: September 7, 2018

  1. Hi, Shannon. I always enjoy your book choices, but your links are exceptional as well. Thanks to you, I’m always learning. I hope your students realize what a gem they have. ? Enjoy your weekend and have a wonderful school year.

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