This & That: November 12, 2021
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A documentary I cannot wait to watch, a new film by the director of Paris Can Wait, books on cooking with seasonal recipes, mastering your mind, creating a life to love whether your are single or not, a book about books and history and new series to catch your sense of humor and hold its attention. And still there is more!


Addicted to the Monkey Mind: Change the Programming that Sabotages Your Life by J.F. Benoist

Released a couple of years ago, author “J.F. Benoist—a visionary thought leader in the fields of addiction treatment and personal development—uses the journeys of two relatable characters to teach you how to develop a powerful new mindset and finally break the pattern of negative self-talk.” Discover “a toolbox of practical skills to shift self-sabotaging, programmed ways of thinking and learn actionable steps to overcome addiction & debilitating habits, resolve relationship issues, replace burnout with passion, and sustain an abiding joy”. The last item on this list I am especially interested in.

Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch

Inspired by the global travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic, author David Damrosch sets out to “explore eighty exceptional books from around the globe. Following a literary itinerary from London to Venice, Tehran and points beyond, and via authors from Woolf and Dante to Nobel Prize–winners Orhan Pamuk, Wole Soyinka, Mo Yan, and Olga Tokarczuk, he explores how these works have shaped our idea of the world, and the ways in which the world bleeds into literature.” Inspired by Jules Verne’s hero Phileas Fogg, David Damrosch, chair of Harvard University’s department of comparative literature and founder of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature’s new book “charts the expansive landscape of world literature today, exploring how writers live in two very different worlds: the world of their personal experience and the world of books that have enabled great writers to give shape and meaning to their lives.”

A Single Revolution: Don’t Look for a Match, Light One by Shani Silver

A Single Revolution isn’t about changing yourself—it’s about changing your mind.” You may know Shani Silver from her podcast A Single Serving. I had the opportunity to be a guest on her show earlier this year, and I am excited share with you her new book. “A Single Revolution is one book for single women that won’t approach you like you’re unfinished. It’s for those who are exhausted, frustrated, confused, or angry—who want relationships but don’t deserve to be miserable in the meantime.”

British Find

Madame Blanc Mysteries, AcornTV

This new series should probably go under Francophile Finds because it definitely marries the Anglophile and Francophile predilections. Premiering Monday November 15th is a new series many have anticipated – Madame Blanc Mysteries. “Jean White (Sally Lindsay) is an antiques dealer who runs a successful business with her husband, Rory. But when he suddenly dies and leaves her nearly penniless, Jean relocates to their one remaining asset – a cottage in French antiques hub Saint Victoire – and begins investigating Rory’s mysterious death.” Check out the trailer below. This series looks like it will be an immense amount of fun.


Martha Stewart’s Fruit Desserts: 100+ Delicious Ways to Savor the Best of Every Season, a Baking Book by Martha Stewart

Released last month, Martha Stewart’s new cookbook celebrates “easy-to-prepare recipes that highlight the fresh, vibrant flavors of fruit at its peak. In spring and summer, delight in warm-weather desserts such as Red-Fruit Pavlovas, Vanilla-Rhubarb Tart, and Double-Crust Peach Slab Pie. When the days grow shorter and cooler, enjoy cozy comforts including Apple Fritters, Fig and Almond Crostata, Poached Pear and Cranberry Pie, and Polenta-Grape Snacking Cake.”

Milk Street Vegetables: 250 Bold, Simple Recipes for Every Season by Christopher Kimball

Being released on Tuesday, Christopher Kimball’s new cookbook dares to entice readers to prioritize vegetables in their menus. Inspired by the global community that “knows how to approach vegetables, grains and beans not only with respect but with a fresh, lively approach, one that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary”, Kimball’s Milk Street Vegetables travels “to Athens to learn how winter vegetable stews could taste light and bright, not hearty and heavy; to Cairo to tasted eggplant and potatoes that punched up flavor with bold pops of texture from whole spices and to Puglia, Italy, where they had a revelatory bite of zucchini enriched by ricotta cheese and lemon.” Be sure to check out more than a few of the recipes shared in the synopsis here, and welcome a cookbook into your kitchen that will inspire you to eat more broadly, eat more healthily and potentially change how you eat from here on foreword.


Happiness Ever After

The sequel to Happiness is a Four Letter Word, set in South Africa, the new film now available on Amazon finds the three friends returning “living new chapters of their lives amid loss, family grudges and new love”. Check out the trailer below.

Julia, documentary

Ah, finally, finally. The documentary spotlighting the life of Julia Child premieres today. “Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women.” From the director behind the Oscar nominated documentary RBG, Julie Cohen includes “never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography as the film traces Julia Child’s surprising path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s, and her calling as an unlikely television sensation.” Check out the trailer below and look for it in a theater near you today.

Love Is Love Is Love

In theaters today, from the director and writer of Paris Can Wait, Eleanor Coppola brings viewers three different stories “that explore love, commitment, and loyalty between couples and friends. In the film’s first story TWO FOR DINNER, a married couple (Joanne Whalley and Chris Messina) find an unconventional way to transcend long distance through technology, but discover they were farther apart than they knew. In SAILING LESSON, a long-married couple (Kathy Baker and Marshall Bell) tries to reignite their honeymoon-phase heat through a spontaneous sailing trip… and unexpected events arise. And in LATE LUNCH, a young woman (Maya Kazan) who recently lost her mother gathers together a group of her mother’s friends (including Cybill Shepherd, Rosanna Arquette, and Rita Wilson) to share memories. Surprising revelations ensue.” Have a look at the trailer below. I cannot wait to watch.


Frame Le Sylvie Slender Straight high-rise slim leg jeans (50% off)

Classic, versatile and at a great price.

J.Brand Sand Camryn double-breasted wool and cashmere blend coat (55% off)

A versatile hue and length, wear with jeans, pants or dress and wear it for years to come.

Sèzane Belts

Change an outfit instantly with a different belt, and as they can make a signature statement, the beauty that they cost far less than a high quality pair of shoes or a handbag makes them all the more something to explore. I have purchased a couple of belts from Sèzane and highly recommend them. The Masha Belt in embossed vintage blue is one that would work well for a monochromatic look over a large navy blazer, a blue dress or even an outfit to bring the eye to your waist for simple sophistication.

Masha belt (more colors)


The Shrink Next Door, AppleTV+

A new series premiering on AppleTV+ today that looks to be more than just a bit hilarious – The Shrink Next Door stars Paul Rudd and Will Farrell. “The story of Marty and the therapist who turned his life around – then took it over. When he meets Dr. Ike, Marty just wants to get better at boundaries. Over 30 years, he’ll learn all about them – and what happens when they get crossed.” Check out the trailer below.

Happy Friday! And it is a rainy one here in Oregon, especially in Portland where I will be enjoying a day getting away and drinking in the moisture. No doubt the mountains are receiving snow which means the skis will be used soon.

This past week long awaited progress after nearly two years of waiting occurred on a broken part of my fence which elates me because now I don’t have to be worried about a strong wind opening up the gate and letting Norman wander without my knowledge. Phew! We now have a tiler in place to complete my shower which means *fingers crossed* the bathroom may be done just before Christmas (I am hoping, hoping, hoping). In between these bursts the everydays move along, and I am grateful for the regular pace.

The new digital Season 4 Cookbook is now available as the season concluded at the end of October. November’s Outfit of the Month shares neutral cozy, yet stylish everyday items to choose for going about your regular routine and errands and especially great for travel. Monday’s Motivational post – 5 Strategies to Help Yourself Out – is a Part Deux from a post written a handful of years ago and dives far deeper which inspired readers who stopped by to share great comments. Look for a new podcast episode this coming Monday, and until then, I have gathered together a few articles you might enjoy. Thank you for choosing to stop by. Bonne journée.

And Just Like That will premiere on HBO Max this December, and on the most recent cover of Vogue, Sarah Jessica Parker. Read the profile story on her Grand Return as Carrie Bradshaw.

~A fun and belly-laugh read for bibliophiles – ‘A Library of Misremembered Books’ [Colossal]

~The simplest ways to find calm in the middle of life’s constant chaos [Tiny Buddha]

~For bibliophiles, the largest Independent bookstore Powell’s survived the pandemic, even thrived, but can it survive post-pandemic times in Portland? An interesting read. [The New York Times]

~Tour a beautiful remodel in London that welcomes the light, the simplicity and the beauty. [House & Garden UK]

~How to wake up early even if you’re not a morning person [NPR]

~Reign in your busy brain to live more consciously [Pick the Brain]

~Optimism is a tool [Seth Godin]

~I enjoyed reading this article about what is taught in college and why reading the western classics is not elitist from a professor on the front lines [WSJ – may require a subscription]

~6 things only introverts understand [Introvert, Dear]

~France introduced another new Covid Health pass for non-EU visitors [The Local, subscription may be required]

~How to create better autumn colors in your garden [The Middle-Sized Garden]

~My plans for Sunday evening: Watching Adele in her performance at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as well as her interview with Oprah this Sunday [CBS]. Have a look at the preview below: | The Simply Luxurious Life

4 thoughts on “This & That: November 12, 2021

  1. I’m in Chicago for business and am seeing so many effortlessly stylish women with Camel coats like this. Thanks for the tip, Shannon.

  2. Some fabulous items, Shannon. The Monkey Mind and those gorgeous jeans. We have Madame Blanc on our TV in the UK at the moment and I shall definitely look to watch it on play back.
    Have a great Sunday.

  3. Wow, splendid Friday list. Julia…!!!! Hungry to see 🙂
    We just watched Paris can Wait last night and excited for Love is Love, and special thanks for the article on Classics, found it easily through multnomah library portal. Hope your PDX time was lovely! 🍁🍂🥂☕️
    Oh, p.s., also made your sweet potato and lentil dish last night. Goodness, how incredibly delicious! Thank you 🙏

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