This & That: No. 178



~Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

In 2012 Sherry Turkle released her best-selling book Alone Together which examined the effects of technology and social media on our most intimate relationships. Now in her new book being released on Tuesday (October 6th), she is back at the helm revealing to successfully incorporate technology into our everyday lives. View an excerpt here which was featured in last week’s New York Times.

~Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Released in August, best-selling author Brené Brown is back with a new book Rising Strong. Returning after her über successful book Daring Greatly which encouraged vulnerability in order to achieve, she details in her new book that even when we are brave, we will be knocked down from time to time and it is in the rising up from the fall that is essential. Appearing on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday this weekend at 7pm, I’ll be tuning in for what is sure to be a great discussion.


~Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson

Yet another best-selling author, Heidi Swanson, the blogger behind 101 Cookbooks, is all about cooking with natural ingredients. Just released this past September, Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home & Travel is an all-vegetarian page-turner, but even if you aren’t a vegetarian check out her previous best-seller  Super Natural Every day: Well-Loved Recipes which is worth your time as I had a chance to flip through it and have put on my shopping list.


~He Named Me Malala

Premiering today, Malala Yousafzai’s journey leading up to her near-fatal shooting by the Taliban and culminating with her 2013 speech at the United Nations has been compiled into a much talked about documentary. Have a look at the documentary below:

Francophile Finds 

~French Accents: Farmhouse French Style for Today’s Home by Anita Joyce

When I came across this recently released book, I immediately purchased it. Scheduled to arrive at my house today, I cannot wait to dive in this weekend. Full of ideas on how to bring that joie de vivre of the beloved French farmhouse into each our homes whatever they might be, the inspiration looks to be plentiful.


~Helene Berman Woman’s Shawl-Collar Long Wrap Coat

Available in camel, red, grey and black, Helene Berman’s 80% wool coat is available for under $250. I must admit, I have my eye on this piece and it may make its way into my closet soon.

pontfrance  chocarmeltart ~recipe for Salted Dark Caramel and Chocolate Tart~

The week has been plentiful and wonderful in many ways, and it has been stressful in others unexpectedly. Regardless, the weekend is here, and that is certainly something to revel in. I still am stupefied that October has arrived, yet tickled that is has. I am thinking that such an occasion calls for a jaunt to the local nurseries to pick up a few chrysanthemums for the front porch and maybe a trying out of hot chocolate at a local bakery. After all, the weatherman is calling for a few brief showers, and I love nestling in on such occasions at a small out-of-the-way table and losing all track of time.

Whatever your weekend is calling for, I hope you are able to make it a reality. After all, it is when we find time for the simple pleasures that life begins to resemble the life we always wished we could experience on an everyday basis. The good news it, it is possible every day. And that is what I call simply luxuriously living. Enjoy and until Monday, joyeux vendredi!

A few articles you may enjoy reading this weekend . . .

~10 Risks Happy People Make Every Day

~36 Hours in Paris? Check out this itinerary courtesy of The New York Times and time spent on the Right Bank.

~12 Habits for a Healthier Life . . . why not?

~Speaking of 12, 12 Secrets to Simplifying Your Life & Lightening Your Load

~8 Ways to be Highly Productive without Working Harder . . . I like the sound of this.


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Decor Inspiration: European Living in Cali


While the house's decor may resemble European Mediterranean interiors, designers and architects Steve and Brooke Giannetti's turned this California farmhouse near Ojai into something unexpected, yet oh so very welcoming and serene. Beginning with the master bath and extending throughout the large sun-drenched kitchen and beyond, the cool, crisp … [Continue reading...]

Word of the Week: No. 19


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This & That: No. 177


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Decor Inspiration: Cottage-esque Farmhouse


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Thoughts from the Editor: It’s Fall!


“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ― Lauren DeStefano Every year I try to put into words what it is I adore so much about the autumn when it arrives. I will not deny that I love the arrival of spring nearly as much, there is … [Continue reading...]

Word of the Week: No. 18


~Click below for pronunciation: ~WORDS OF THE WEEK FROM THE ARCHIVES: ~No. 17: chimerical ~No. 16: antediluvian ~No. 2: serendipity     Image: source … [Continue reading...]