This & That: January 21, 2022
Friday January 21, 2022

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Julian Fellowes’ new series, timeless winter sweaters, home décor items at lovely prices, French finds shipped for free, books for finding the true joy of living and how to use the tool of confidence to improve your work life, French designer Vanessa Seward’s new book, and two new novels that are receiving great applause. Plus, much, much more.


The Confident Mind: A Battle Tested Guide to Unshakable Performance by Dr. Nate Zinsser

Being released on Tuesday the 25th, the Director of West Point’s influential Performance Psychology Program shares the secrets of mental toughness and self-belief in this definitive guide to mastering confidence, the key to performance in any field. “Dr. Zinsser distills his research and years of experience, offering a fascinating guide to the science of confidence and providing readers with a practical, step-by-step program to best harness their belief in themselves to achieve success in any field. The Confident Mind is a complete guide to confidence: how to understand it, how to build it, how to protect it, and how to rely upon it when your performance matters most.” (Amazon)

Last Resort: The Novel by Andrew Lipstein

Critics are praising Andrew Lipstein’s new novel (released on the 18th), and after having read the story-line, I will admit to being intrigued as well. Here it is – “Caleb Horowitz is twenty-seven, and his wildest dreams are about to come true. His manuscript has caught the attention of the literary agent, who offers him fame, fortune, and a taste of the literary life. He can’t wait for his book to be shopped around to every editor in New York, except one: Avi Dietsch, a college rival and the novel’s “inspiration.” When Avi gets his hands on it, he sees nothing but theft―and opportunity. Caleb is forced to make a Faustian bargain, one that tests his theories of success, ambition, and the limits of art.” (Amazon, Bookshop)

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again by Catherine Pierce

A big thank you to TSLL reader Judy M. for bringing this new book to my attention. Already a #1 new release in social sciences, The Power of Fun “argues that our always-on, tech-addicted lifestyles have led us to obsess over intangible concepts such as happiness while obscuring the fact that real happiness lies in the everyday experience of fun. We often think of fun as indulgent, even immature and selfish. We claim to not have time for it, even as we find hours a day for what Price calls Fake Fun—bingeing on television, doomscrolling the news, or posting photos to social media, all in hopes of filling some of the emptiness we feel inside.” Oh, I am interested in this book, most definitely. Thank you Judy! (Amazon, Bookshop)

British Find

Chinti + Parker Madalene v-neck cashmere robe (50% off)

The British brand is currently holding their winter sale, and many high-quality sweaters and winter items are greatly reduced, including this cashmere, camel robe. A steal of a deal and perfect for many winters to come, as it will stay in style until you wear it out.


Rectangular Sisal Tray Ochre

Having trays around the house for all sorts of decorating and storage ideas is never a bad idea, and this tray could work in a multitude of places throughout the home.

Zara hemstitched tablecloth

Having a handful of classic hued tablecloths is a good idea, and when they aren’t that expensive, yet look stunning as this one does, even better. This tablecloth (available in multiple sizes) is fewer than $60, and the edging is beautiful.

Zara Recycled Glass Vase (multiple sizes)


Timeless, beautiful, perfect for a variety of arrangement ideas or on their own.

Francophile Find

Chairish, free shipping from France

The online consignment shop is offering free shipping on all of their French Finds for a limited time through this weekend. I have shopped a few of them below. (Isn’t this tray chic?)

Le Guide de la Gentlewoman by Vanessa Seward

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book when it becomes available in the states. Argentinian born French designer, Vanessa Seward is releasing a new book, an alphabetized style-guide that she adamantly states is not about Parisian Chic – read the conversation with WWD here. I have always been drawn to her designs, and have one of her jumpsuits in my closet that I still wear. She brings the femininity paired with the simplicity, as well as the timeless effortless chic style that draws me to French designs.

Currently the book is only available in French, but look for it to become available in more accessible formats for readers in the states on February 22nd. Below is a partial look at the index, and be sure to read Vogue’s profile piece on the book’s release.

The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher

Already topping the lists for one of the most anticipated books of 2022, The Paris Bookseller is “the dramatic story of how a humble bookseller fought against incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the 20th century to the world”. (Amazon, Bookshop)


Equipment Camel Cashmere Sweater (and a new site)

Love. It. Timeless. Simple. Cozy.

Equipment redesigned their shopping site, but their approach to style remains the same. Having a few of their silk blouses and cashmere sweaters, they fit and hang well on the body, and are made well for a fair price. I have shopped a few more items below.

Heidi Wynn sweaters

More winter sweaters from a friend of TSLLHeidi Wynn. I have shopped a few below, but be sure to check out Heidi’s entire site.

Rothy’s Essential Tote

Adhering to Rothy’s premise of using recycled plastic (yep, it’s true – and their flats are some of the most comfortable I wear!), their new Essential Tote is “crafted with ocean-bound marine plastic, and can carry all your essentials from dawn to dusk.” Available in four different color pairings.


The Gilded Age

On Monday (the 24th), Julian Fellowes’ (creator of Downton Abbey) long-anticipated new series set in 19th century New York City premieres, and premieres with a stellar cast. Available on HBO Max, “The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).” Have a look at the trailer below. | The Simply Luxurious Life

The week at home was quieter at Le Papillon than it has been since May, and while initially it was a shock, eventually Norman and I fell back into our rhythms, and I was reminded of the ease that can come when a slower pace, but a chosen pace, of who you connect with and how and how much time you take for yourself is part of each day.

Croissants have been on my mind this week as TSLL readers have been busy engaging with each other in this post working on coming up with a title for the new TSLL Notepad that will become available with the preordering of TSLL’s 3rd book. Be sure to stop by and check out what we’re looking for so you too can submit and discover what the winner will receive. As well, if you see an idea that has already been shared that catches your eye, be sure to comment.

This week’s episode of the podcast seemed to arrive just at the right time for many listeners as we all have begun settling into a new year and looking for a resetting that works best for each of us. As well, there were two Petit Plaisirs shared this week, both of which I use regularly and recommend highly. I also want to thank the handful of listeners who have taken the time recently to write a review of the show on Apple Podcasts. Your positive reviews make a tremendous difference in the growth of the audience as you share what you enjoy about the show. As well, I do my best to share them on the show’s IG page as well as on future episodes. Your time doing so is greatly appreciated.

The picture captured above caught my eye one afternoon as the sun peeked out behind the clouds, the tasks for the day were done, and the house felt as though it was just resting peacefully. Nothing was neatly organized for this pic as you can see, but the simple fresh flowers (which I moved to various rooms throughout the week as they just made me smile, and why not?), the new-to-me cookbook I have been enjoying for three different recipes so far as of late and the tea kettle ready to be used to usher in a relaxing moment just made me appreciate all that was and is. I hope you find many moments such as these throughout your days.

Thank you for stopping by today, and below are more than a few articles and one video I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Tour a cozy cottage in Sussex Downs with Jo Rodgers’ essay about saying goodbye to the country rental cottage her family stayed in while their London flat was renovated – beautifully written [House & Garden UK]

~Three reasons it’s hard to set boundaries and what to do about it [Tiny Buddha]

~Introverts, a post to honor what your body is telling you – signs it is time to spend time in your own company refueling [Introvert, Dear]

~There is an important difference between ‘being anxious’ and having anxiety. Discover how to stop being anxious and regain your calm [Life Hack]

~If you love English country decor, but need more vibrant color, this home tour in Australia is for you [House & Garden UK]

~So important to understand for all people – parents, friends, partners, men, boys, teachers, everyone – How Boys Learn to Repress Their Emotions [Tiny Buddha]

~Are you someone who loves short, yet brain challenging word puzzles? Have you been playing Wordle? If not, and you are curious, watch this video to know what the craze is all about.

~The peculiar pleasures of the January garden [House & Garden UK]

~Get to know Julia Child’s cookbook writing partner, Simone Beck in this article The (Other) French Chef [Hazlitt]

~U.S. quarters will feature five new women [The Lily]

~Ah, the how of a beautifully, lasting relationship – The ‘How’ of the Sexy Slow Burn: How to Have a Simmering, Mindful Relationship [Medium]

~Bibliophiles, an article to devour – Books are Magic, Emma Straub on Opening Her Bookstore in Brooklyn [Lit Hub] (visit the bookstore here)

~Love this vintage-inspired pantry [Remodelista]

~The Girl Scouts have a new cookie this year and I cannot wait to try it! [The Kitchn]

~How to make the most of your 24 hours (#3 is the key to it all) [Zen Habits]

~To deepen relationships, start showing up for yourself, 22 ways to do just that [NPR]

~I can attest to two of the three items on this list and am now giving the third a try: The three skincare ingredients to use every day according to a dermatologist of 20 years [Well + Good] (look for a post in February on my updated skincare routine – I have found some must-have treasures I am grateful to have been able to incorporate into my regimen.)

~Another home tour, but this time, marrying Parisian elegance in a magnificent London home [Rue Rodier]

~Thursdays are a sweet evening at Le Papillon because I look forward to wrapping up the work week as it pertains to the weekly posts, cooking a simple, yet much-anticipated meal and then watching a new episode of And Just Like That. All of the style inspirations are a treat, but I would have to agree with Vogue, Lisa (aka LTW) and her mother-in-law are the break-out style stars of the series.

~It is time to get real, and I can always depend on Justine Leconte’s perspective on style and the French culture. For the first season of Emily in Paris, she broke down the 12 stereotypes that were portrayed in the series. Last week she shared this video (below) and talks about the cliches, what Emily in Paris got wrong and what they got right. Have a listen.

Check out last week’s This & That: January 14, 2022

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13 thoughts on “This & That: January 21, 2022

  1. Browsed this morning in a coffee shop with a croissant, whilst waiting for my pup to have his groom.
    I have long admired Equipments clothing, particularly their silk shirts they are so well known for, but am yet to invest in any. I, re-evaluating my style and wardrobe this new year and I may have to make an addition to my newly streamlined capsule wardrobe. Thank you for reminding me of this brand.
    I look forward to The Gilded Age, I hope I can find it in the UK. I shall, have to separate Cynthia Nixon’s character from Miranda as I’m also enjoying AJLT at the moment.
    Happy Friday Shannon, I hope everyone has a restorative weekend.

    1. Happy Friday Sarah, and thank you for stopping by the blog. I think you will find Equipment’s silk shirts nice pieces that don’t break the bank but offer a beautiful staple piece.

      Yes, seeing Nixon in an entirely different role will be a shift. Looking forward to this new series.

      Have a wonderful weekend. ?

  2. I love that pantry in the link! The gorgeous wood! I cannot wait for the Gilded Age. Good timing, as I have managed to come down with Covid (vaccinated, didn’t leave my house except for non contact grocery pick ups for over a month…haven’t had a so much as a cold in 25 years…but alas, I have a wonderful teen aged son and his school is TEEMING with it!! He just had lots of congestion.) Thankfully, mildly ill but need to force myself to rest and that show will help! As will perusing through older podcasts and blogs on my favorite site TSLL. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Wishing you a swift recovery Michelle. Sorry to hear you are sick, but I think you are right, The Gilded Age will definitely make it easier to slow down and just be still and get back to 100%. Thank you for stopping by and that pantry, just stunning 🙂

  3. “The Power of Fun” had all ready made it on my ‘TBR’ and I will DEFINITELY be adding “The Paris Bookseller” as I adore the Shakespeare and Company bookshop. Hopefully they are able to re-start their fantastic interviews soon. I’m still discovering and thoroughly enjoying all the fantastic updates and re-design of the new TSLL site, soooo fab! Thanks Shannon and nose-boop to Norman. Y’all stay warm and have a wonderful weekend! XO

    1. Thank you for the love Rona! 🙂 So tickled you are enjoying the new site. We tended to some polishing work this week with the spacing, paragraphing, font weight and margins, so hopefully all is easy to read and navigate even more so.

      Have a wonderful weekend as well and love to your feline meditation companion. 🙂

  4. Shannon, have you seen the documentary, “The Queen’s Grocer” on public television? It’s about Fortnum and Mason. It was so good and full of wonderful eye candy! I think it’s from 2021 or 2020 so I imagine you’ve probably seen and written about it already, but I loved it.

  5. Perhaps I’m feeling extra emotional lately, but I genuinely shed a few tears at the article from the ‘Books are Magic’ owner! I’m moving to NYC next month, and visiting this store is going to the top of my list! Thank you so much for sharing!! ?

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