This & That: June 18, 2021

Jun 18, 2021

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Oodles of new television series and new seasons, even new feel-good films to usher us into a new season. A book to take you high above Paris, British gardens, Paris real estate and Cézanne comes to the states for the summer. Books, cookbooks, summer totes, linen clothing and still much, much more.


Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Power, and Thrive by Dr. Kristin Neff

In 2016, episode #122 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast was inspired largely on Dr. Kristin Neff’s first book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself,. Wildly popular and highly recommended, she has followed up her first with a second; Fierce Self-Compassion takes her fundamental belief in the power of kindness to one’s self one step further. “Drawing on a wealth of research, her personal life story and empirically supported practices, Neff demonstrates how women can use fierce and tender self-compassion to succeed in the workplace, engage in caregiving without burning out, be authentic in relationships, and end the silence around sexual harassment and abuse. Most women intuitively recognize fierceness as part of their true nature, but have been discouraged from developing it.”

Now For Something Sweet by Monday Morning Cooking Club

Released last November, Now for Something Sweet is “the result of an intensive search to uncover, curate and celebrate the very best, most cherished sweet recipes from the Jewish community in Australia and around the world. (Including one outstanding savoury chapter to provide delicious relief from all the sweetness.) Alongside the recipes, they recount heart-warming and poignant stories of family, friendship, community and survival.”

British Find

Great British Gardens with Carol Klein

Celebrated British gardener Carol Klein hosts the return of Great British Gardens (its second season). The first episode aired this past Monday, and new episode will air this coming Monday on Channel 5 (for residents of Britain). Enjoy eight episodes. Traveling to gardens across the British countryside, she explores the sites and people who keep each garden in such pristine condition.


Good On Paper

Premiering next Wednedsay (June 23rd), a new romantic comedy on Netflix centers around a woman in her mid-thirties offering humor and a side of reality, and then a lot more humor. Directed by Kimmy Gatewood, the screenplay is written by Iliza Shlesinger who also stars as Andrea, the protagonist who “after years of putting her career first – a stand-up comic, meets a guy who seems perfect: smart, nice, successful… and possibly too good to be true.” Have a look at the trailer below.


Cézanne Drawing, MoMA

Open now in New York City and running through September 25th, most people know Paul Cézanne as a painter, but he also produced some of his most radically original works on paper. “Cézanne Drawing brings together more than 250 rarely shown works in pencil and kaleidoscopic watercolor from across the artist’s career, along with key paintings, that together reveal how drawing shaped Cézanne’s transformative modern vision.”

Paris: From The Air by Jeffrey Milstein

Released April 13th, photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s “distinctive style–straight down–leads to fresh insights of the urban design of this great city. In a way that is impossible from street level, you can see the old neighborhoods of Montmartre and Montparnasse; iconic historical monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or the Invalides; and modern Paris like La Défense or the new neighborhoods around the Bibliothèque Nationale. As a bonus, there is a portfolio of images of the gardens and buildings of Louis XIV’s great palace, Versailles.”

The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties, Netflix

Premiering June 23rd on Netflix, The Parisian Agency is a reality series following the daily lives of the Kretz family and their luxury real estate business. Working with clients to buy and sell properties in France and abroad, travel from the luxury of your own home and peek inside the residences we may have always been curious to see with our own eyes.


Cornwall Linen Shorts, Boden (more colors)

I lived in my linen shorts last summer, and am looking for a pair or two more. Hitting at mid-thigh, Boden’s Cornwall linen shorts are available in classic beige as well as blue, red, green, navy and black.

Frame Straw bag

Farmers market season has arrived, and a chic, yet highly functional and well-made straw tote is a must. Frame’s leather handled version offers quality to ensure this tote will last for years.


The Good Fight

The fourth season was cut short by Covid19, but now the fifth season returns to wrap up what they were unable to complete and explore as well a full new season. Originally found on CBS All-Access, the series is now on Paramount+ and the premiere is released on Thursday June 24th. Check out the trailer below.


Rose Byrne stars in the new AppleTV series, Physical, premiering today – June 18th. Categorized as a dramedy, Bryne’s character is “struggling in her life as a quietly tortured housewife.” Taking viewers back to the 1980s, Sheila (Bryne) “finds an unconventional path to power through an unlikely source: the world of aerobics.” Have a look at the trailer and enjoy tonight to see why critics are excited about this series.


“Following Jessie (Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with famous film star Tom (Nikesh Patel). What she thought would become an amusing anecdote soon turns into something more, as the couple realize they can’t keep away from each other.” Watch Starstruck now on HBO Max, and check out the trailer below.

Workin’ Moms

Finally coming to Netflix (Season 1) after having airing in Canada (CBS) since 2017, Workin’ Moms is a comedy series I cannot wait to watch. Catherine Reitman wrote, created and stars in the series (watch her TEDTalk here about her journey to bringing this series to the screen) about four very different thirtysomething working-mother friends try to balance their jobs, family lives, and love lives in modern-day Toronto, Canada.

~recipe for Strawberry Tiramisu~

The week began with an abundance of rain and now concludes with full-on summer heat and leisurely vibes. After stumbling upon stunning foxgloves at a local nursery on Monday – Arctic Fox Rose, while the ground was warm, yet saturated with rain, I planted in two of these favorite plants of mine. My parents visited this week, and my mother kindly brought a handful of ferns from her own garden to settle into their new home in my shade garden, and oh, how the texture offered mixed in with the hostas looks lush, yet calmly.

A busy week, but my hope is that the speed will slow down for quite some time beginning today. The school year concluded, the boxes of items that made the cut to be brought home have made the trek, and my keys are being turned in today. The final moments with my students this past week are memories I will always remember fondly, and I am excited for their next chapter into senior year just as much as I am for my own away from the classroom and into full-time writing and podcasting.

This week on the blog, two posts were shared, a simple, yet truly satiating and delicious-start-to-summer salmon salad, and specific ideas for cultivating your very own happy place. Look for a new podcast episode on Monday (#308), and if you haven’t subscribed to the free monthly newsletter, be sure to learn more about it here as the next issue will be sent out next Friday (always the last Friday of the month).

I hope these final days of the spring/fall season have gone well for you, and you are looking ahead with more ease and less worry. Below I have gathered up quite a few articles, the announcement video of the upcoming season premiere of one of my favorite new tv series and a French music video that may just put more lightness into your step. Wishing you much relaxation and rejuvenation, and until Monday, bonne journée.

~Yep, I watched all five episodes of Part two of Lupin. Loved it immensely. Glamorous and Addictive, if a little on the nose (contains spoilers) [Frenchly]

~Part Two of Lupin steps into more beautiful and luxurious locals. Step into a Parisian High School’s Attic, Musée D’Orsay and many other breath-taking places [CNTraveler]

~Speaking of Lupin, The Formidable Charm of Omar Sy, written by Lauren Collins [The New Yorker]

~Renewing your passport? How to get really great passport photos [The New York Times]

~Curfews, Bars and Travel: What rules are in place in France right now? [The Local]

~Introverts! How to maximize your natural creativity [Introvert, Dear]

~It just might be true: When you love your job, success will follow [Pick the Brain]

~This post – 30 French country kitchen ideas – FULL of beautiful inspiration [House & Garden UK]

~The 7 best terraces in Paris this summer [HiP Paris]

~Tour the beautiful English country garden of The White House owner Chrissie Rucker and relax on pic one [House & Garden UK]

~Mark your calendars for September 17th – the official release date of The Morning Show‘s second season. Have a look at the trailer below. Counting the days!! If you haven’t watched Season One, I recommend it highly (find on AppleTV).

~Sending you into the almost-summer weekend with a new single from French singer Clara Luciani (her new album drops on June 25th).

View last Friday’s This & That: June 11, 2021, here.

Wonderful premieres for films and television series, books to take you to Italy (two!), London and France. A vintage decor find for the tea lover, let the travel bug loose with a new Rick Steves’ video, timeless, chic clothes for summer and much, more more. 

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13 thoughts on “This & That: June 18, 2021

  1. Thank you Shannon for this abundance of entertainment! I have earmarked Physical, Starstruck and Workin’ Moms to watch and Good on Paper looks like a really enjoyable light film to enjoy one weekend. I saw the trailer for Physical when watching The Morning Show (also so excited for season 2 – still can’t believe it took me so long to get to Season 1!) a couple of evenings ago and it immediately peaked my interest. I’ve also heard great reviews of Starstruck and remember watching the lead actress’ in working moms TED Talk which I enjoyed.

    Congratulations- if that’s the right word – on concluding your teaching career and taking a brave leap to do what you truly love full time. It is so admirable and I can’t wait to observe the journey and enjoy all that TSLL has to offer in the coming months and years. Here has been my online destination of choice for a few years now and i keep coming back for the inspiring and reassuring content. I’m so excited for you!
    Happy weekend, Sarah x

    1. Sarah, Thank you tremendously. I look forward to exploring forward and letting my curiosity lead the way. 🙂 Wishing you a fantastic weekend whether in the garden or simply just enjoying time to do as you prefer. Thank you as always for stopping by and saying hello. 🙂

  2. Shannon, thank you for such wonderful recommendations, as always they look fun, uplifting, and soothing at the same time. It is so nice to have a collection of entertainment that is not full of violence, profanity, and stress inducing drama.
    I wish you the best into your transitional period. It is difficult for educators, or at least it has been for me, to fully realize the reality of retirement (or transition) until school resumes in the fall since we are accustomed to a break during the summer months. I am anxious to see how my mind reacts to the “back to school” sales. Nevertherless, I am determined to seek joy in everyday and I know you will too. Have a great summer!

    1. PKB, Good point regarding the reality of it not fully being seen or felt until September. What I appreciate about this goodbye, is we all were saying goodbye as we always do, so it was a collective rather than singular moment. I think I will probably plan a mini getaway to the coast or something similar in September, just something I wasn’t able to do in previous years to mark the shift. I hope you are able to something for your transition as well as a way to mark the celebratory transition. Thank you for stopping by today and all that you have shared. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂

      1. I hope you & PKB will both forgive me for stepping into your conversation uninvited, but I have to express how incredibly clever I think your idea is, Shannon, to plan a “transition” to your new life by choosing the time you would ordinarily have been going back to your classroom environment to do something very deliberately different, something you would not have been able to do in years past.

        I have been captivated (even slightly obsessed) by the whole idea of deliberately planned transitions ever since you wrote about them. I now realize that one reason my husband & I had an awkward time moving from incredibly busy, much-loved careers to retired life (which we chose to do very deliberately) is that in spite of thinking we knew exactly what we were doing & why, we never properly “transitioned” from old to new, we just stopped work. The plan was “to spend more & better time together”, which we did, but we also let “other stuff” (& people) distract us from that until the better part of a year had passed without our having a clue where it had gone.

        I believe you are SO right when you say we need to recognize transitions (big & small) & mark them with a ritual or some specifically planned activity. I read an article many years ago about how many societies mark a child’s transition to adulthood in a ceremony of some sort & how that clear step from child to adult helps them become healthy, contributing members of their society. I keep looking for ways to mark my own transitions (even seasons) & your explanation of how you plan to handle a major one in your own life is so helpful!

        1. Shall I jump in too? When I made my exit from my professional career the stress release was palpable. But quite honestly, it took me a full year to transition. Even though my journey was intentional and destined to permit my creative life room to grow, there were some growing pains. Working on my own rather than within a dynamic professional environment, was quite an adjustment. A good one, but not without some experimentation to make it so. Best wishes Shannon, I have followed your blog since before your first book and always had great respect for your insight and joy for life. It will be good!

  3. What a week here in the UK; soaring heat at the start and now rain and storms, plus the excitement of the “Euros” with England playing Scotland! I’m quite relieved though as it has been so sticky and difficult to sleep.

    The garden is abundant though and my first rose “Emily Bronte” is in bloom so early evening watering has paid off. It was lovely to see your foxgloves and that exquisite colour you managed to track down. I have several interlopers (I didn’t plant them) but they can stay as they’re so pretty and the bees love them. I hope you enjoy your move to the next chapter and all that entails. I like the idea of doing something to mark that change which would not have been possible. Soak up the summer with your boys.

  4. Shannon,

    I am loving Lupin. Thanks for the suggestion.
    And, I definitely saved the Strawberry Tiramisu recipe to try later.

    Enjoy your first week of freedom 🙂


    1. Michelle, SOOOOO happy to hear you are enjoying the show. It is such a nice departure from the action films found here in the states. A gentleman using his savvy for others. Already looking forward to part trios!!! 😉

  5. Toooo much good stuff, ye gads, my to-be-watched and to-be-read lists are enormous hippos taking over the entire pond of my brain now! Thank you for the intro to Clara Luciani(love); Starstruck-yes; The Parisian Agency–so yes; the shorts, the bag, the articles—
    you do know we have to garden and cook and shop for pet food at some point? Seriously, I am so very excited for the new chapter in your life, such an adventure, and thank you humbly for including us in your journey. Thank you, Shannon!!😘💖💐

    1. Your analogy made me chuckle outlaid this morning as I read your words. 🙂 Thank you for your kindness and enthusiasm for this new chapters. I too am thrilled to have the opportunity and will do my utmost best to make the most of it for readers like yourself. I am so grateful for your readership and engagement. xo

  6. Dear Shannon,
    thank you SO much for sharing Clara Luciani’s video. Playing her new album on repeat (just like her songs play on repeat on French radio – a star is born!)

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