This & That: October 29, 2021
Friday October 29, 2021

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The return of a much anticipated 13th season of a beloved series, critically acclaimed films debut, a new cookbook from a favorite British baker, a new mystery series inspired by Agatha Christie, a sale on fall clothing finds, scarves from France to wrap you in warmth, and much, much more.


Spaces for Living by Tamsin Johnson

Released this past Tuesday, acclaimed Australian interior designer Tamsin Johnson, known for her fresh interiors that evoke luxurious ease and coastal elegance shares a book “celebrating comfort, character, and user-friendly design”. Exercising her approach to décor that marries the “veneration of European heritage with characteristics of modern coastal Australia . . . Johnson gracefully shares her ideas, images, and stories to illustrate these principles for readers, resulting in a book that is both a rich visual resource and design reference.”

Still Life by Sarah Winman

Set in 1944, in both Tuscany and London, being released this coming Tuesday and with great anticipation from critics, Sarah Winman’s new novel is a “richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood, and the ghost of E. M. Forster.”

British Find

Dr. Who, Season 13

Finally, at long last, fans of Dr. Who need only wait until this Sunday for the premiere of Season 13. Watch on BBC, HBO Max or BritBox. Have a look at the trailer for the new season below.

Love to Cook by Mary Berry

Yep, Mary Berry has a new cookbook and currently it is only available in the UK (but US readers can purchase it on this link and have it shipped to you for free!). Just released yesterday, find 120 recipes shared on her BBC series which will begin airing in early November.

Murder at Mallowan Hall, A Phyllida Bright Mystery by Colleen Cambridge

A brand new mystery series, book #1 tells the caper of Agatha Christie’s fictitious housekeeper Phyllida Bright. While the hall – Mallowan Hall – is fictitious as well, the name is inspired from Christie’s second husband. Look for more of these mysteries to follow. Having received an advanced copy, I am enjoying it currently, and think you might as well.

Silverview: A Novel by John Le Carre

The last completed novel by bestselling spy novelist John Le Carre (his pen name), “Silverview is the mesmerizing story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals.” Released on October 12th, critics are clamoring on the awards and praise.



Being released on Netflix today, directed by Elizabeth Hall, and a story inspired by her own life journey (watch her interview with CBS Sunday Morning here) is the film Passing. “In 1920s New York City, a Black woman finds her world upended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who’s passing as white.” Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Finds

Jane by Charlotte, documentary

A documentary much anticipated in France was just released on Wednesday. Jane by Charlotte is “actress Charlotte Gainsbourg look at her mother, Jane Birkin, in a way she never did, both overcoming a shared sense of reserve. The mother and daughter explore their relationship.” Have a look at the trailer below, and if you’re in France, it is now in theaters.

Magellan, Season 4 MHzChoice

A wonderful French cozy mystery series has just released the first episode of Season 4 (originally released in France in 2018). I began watching Magellan last year, and enjoyed the main character for not only his sleuthing skills, but his parenting and personal tales paralleling the solving of each crime. Take a look at the trailer for the new season below when his ex-wife returns. I just finished the first episode, and found it quite a twister of a mystery to solve. And quite enjoyed. Look for a new episode to be released each week.


Thank You, Diana Ross

Being released next week is Diana Ross’ new album Thank You, and fans are eager to listen. The title track was released this summer. Have a listen below.


Boden Sale, 25% off site-wide

If you are looking for affordable, yet stylish fall items from sweaters, dresses, and coats, be sure to shop Boden’s weekend sale that ends on Sunday. Save 25% when you use promo code F9N4. I have shopped a few items below.

Investment Item: Missoni cream one-shoulder crochet-knit midi dress (50% off)

If I could, I would. How lovely is this dress?

Sézane Marianne Maxi Scarf (many colors)

Making sure the accessories for stylish warmth are stocked in your closet, these maxi scarves offer both a pop of color and an abundance of warmth.

Sézane Seaphine Scarf, mocha houndstooth, wool

One more scarf that was too timeless not to share.

Zimmermann antique rose belted wool-felt coat (60% off)

Stunning, simply stunning.


Love Life, Season 2 HBO Max

Now available to stream on HBO Max, the second season of Love Life. Anna Kendrick starred in the first season, but her love story was told, so now the story centers around “Marcus (William Jackson Harper) as he comes out of a years-long relationship and dips back into the dating pool. Punkie Johnson (Saturday Night Live) co-stars as Marcus’s hilariously honest sister.” Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy!

The weekend has arrived and with it, a Halloween weekend. Norman and I will be handing out candy to our neighborhood kids (he enjoys this holiday in particular to be able to say hello to everyone), and I will be spending the weekend enjoying getting out and about. 🙂

The recipe above was intentionally saved for the final episode in this Season of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show as it is one of my new favorites. Stop by tomorrow for the recipe: Candied Hazelnut Chocolate Tart.

As I shared on Instagram earlier this week, I cannot wait for you all to see the Beaujoulais wine region’s partnership with TSLL. Being released in November/early December, the ad will air with detail glimpses inside my home, life and even going with me to the market in Bend. Below is a photo captured with Norman and I on the front porch, and of course, holding a glass of Beaujoulais wine ;).

This particular weekend is full here on TSLL blog with not only a cooking episode airing tomorrow (be sure to watch the full video to discover when the Holiday Episode will air), but the monthly newsletter will be delivered on Sunday and on Monday the monthly A Cuppa Moments video chat will be shared which will include a Holiday Giveaway to a lucky TOP Tier Member. As well, on Monday there will be a new episode of the podcast (three in November), AND on Wednesday next week, TSLL’s Holiday Gift Guide will be posted here on the blog. Phew! I am exhausted and equally excited just thinking about all that is to come. 🙂

I want to thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Until tomorrow, bonne journée!

~How to be happy [The New York Times]

~Ed Sheeran has a new album out today! Listen to his Tiny Desk (Home) concert here for a listen at some of the track [NPR]

~I found this to be a very interesting article about single and married people here in the states. Look beyond the title of the piece as the writer shares worth understanding statistics and facts regarding tax law as well as the groups that actually share they are happiest [The New York Times]

~For the love of nature and insects that we need in our gardens, return your leaf blower! Leaf blowers destroy the environment.

~Brené Brown has a new book coming out and The New Yorker wrote an interesting profile piece on her Empire of Emotion.

~Comforting things introverts would love to hear [Introvert, Dear]

~Travel around Paris by Bicyclette – tips and to-dos are shared in this post [Frenchly]

~The art of not taking things personally [Medium]

~Diane of Oui in France wrote an honest and helpful post for anyone considering moving to France – Don’t move to France If . . .

~I think I might make this dinner tonight – Citrus drenched spaghetti [Saveur]

~The disguises we wear everyday and why eventually, we need to take them off [The Atlantic]

~Learn what changes in France come November for travel, festivals, etc. [The Local, subscription required]

~Speaking of France, how to ‘Halloween’ in Paris [Hip Paris]

~Vogue Paris no more! Now it’s Vogue France! [Frenchly]

~And to whet your palate for films worth watching this holiday season, House of Gucci looks too good to miss. Check out the trailer below with its all-star cast (Lady Gaga just to get you started). Look for it in theaters on Thanksgiving.

Have a look at a last week’s This & That: October 22, 2021

Are you ready for an abundance of culture, ideas, beauty, and just great items to explore on a Friday? Because here is a full T & T. ☺️ The final season of an award-winning series debuts, a much-anticipated autobiography is released, escape to a French chalet, two French films, sit back and listen to a new Bach album, become a student of your own bias and improve not only your life but others, save money on a favorite French beauty brand, learn about the life of one of my favorite jazz musicians, invest in a gorgeous fall/winter capsule trench coat, add a pair of lovely cashmere gloves and so much more.

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8 thoughts on “This & That: October 29, 2021

  1. Happy weekend Shannon. Thank you for so much inspiration again – I look forward to the TSL Kitchen episode tomorrow . That tart looks scrumptious !
    You also inspired me to plan some tomato and mozzarella bruschetta as an aperitif tomorrow evening pre-dinner. I forgot how much I enjoy that recipe until I saw it on your Instagram this morning.
    Have a lovely weekend

    1. Oh and I had to say the photo of you and Norman on your porch is just lovely. Congratulations on your work with Beaujolais wines, I look forward to seeing the finished result.

  2. HI Shannon, I just have to say thank you for your fabulous and engaging business that makes me feel like I have online kindred spirits! Your suggestions of books, movies, clips, articles, etc…all take me to the land of what if and often even intellectual expansion. Also, because I live in Paris half the year, and totally love the UK, I thoroughly enjoy your English-French weeks and lifestyle persuasion. I started a little online magazine last April ( and frankly, being a solopreneur has been a bit lonely. I have lots of friends but very few in that space and certainly not at my age- so I’m even more appreciative of your membership platform because what you do inspires me and connects me to my own dreams and creative ideas. I’d love, love to interview you in my magazine!! You are an extraordinary woman Shannon- one day at a time. (I don’t want to self-promote here so please pull out the magazine url if you post this comment!) Let me know if you’d be open to being interviewed. ( If not…I’m just going to keep enjoying your offerings and ideas!!

  3. Lots to peruse in this and that this month. This is a very sweet photo of you and cute Norman enjoying un verre .Look forward to seeing the highlights. It’s November and it’s Beaujolais Nouveau!! here so looking forward to all the tastings . Have just seen “Jane by Charlotte”. It’s very honest, touching and executed so well by Charlotte particularly the lighting. Not many mothers and daughters have the opportunity to have this kind of exploration in their relationships. Also a new cook book by ‘Dame Mary Berry’. All I can say is she is amazing! Have a great start to November. xx

  4. Very nice T& T, Shannon!

    My favourite this week are all the cozy things: scarves and that wonderful coat. I might have to start wearing pink… 😉

    And of course, Shannon and Norman on the porch, is an extra treat… 🙂

    Have a good week, everyone.

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