This & That: August 17, 2018

Books —French Exit: A Novel by Patrick deWitt A witty, noir new novel by best-selling author Patrick deWitt involving an Upper East Side widow who believes her late husband’s spirit resides in her cat, a scandal upsetting enough for she and her adult son to flee to Paris, and a journey in the City of […]

This & That: August 10, 2018

British Treat —Penelope Keith’s Coastal Villages on PBS The new addition to the weekly This & That, much like the Francophile Finds that are shared weekly, will be the British finds I come across from time to time am excited to share. Called British Treats, this week, on our local PBS channel here in Oregon, […]

This & That: August 3, 2018

Beauty —FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment, SPF 15 (untinted) Including sugar, grapeseed oil and other oils such as black currant seed  and meadowfoam, FRESH’s lip treatments have shown to nourish, moisture and repair lips for up to six hours. The untinted is currently quite hard to find at the moment as Meghan Markle once shared in […]

This & That July 27, 2018

Beauty —YSL Touche Éclat Face Highlighter Pen Adding a simple highlight to brighten the eyes is a gentle use of subtle shine. And it was the Duchess of Sussex (when interviewed by Beauty Banter – Meghan Markle) that shared her go-to highlighter – YSL’s Touche Éclat – which is highly recommended by shoppers. There are […]

This & That: July 13, 2018

Books —The Things You See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast Paced World by Haemin Sunim   Mindfullness guide, who is a Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, Haemin Sunim offers insights into how to find your balance and inner peace […]

This & That: July 6, 2018

Book —The Lost Vintage: A Novel by Ann Mah Released last month, The Lost Vintage tells the story of a woman who returns to her ancestral vineyard in Burgundy only to find a secret that her family would prefer to remain a secret since World War II. Attempting to become a sommelier, and having unsuccessfully […]

This & That: June 29, 2018

Books —Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach Recently, a couple of readers shared a recommendation after I shared I had been reading Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom which offered a similar circumstance of a woman traveling on her own and finding the enrichment of such a solitary experience. Released in […]

This & That: June 22, 2018

Beauty —L’Occitane’s Summer Sale Summer sales are popping up like [pick your favorite summer fruit or flower], and so long as you are shopping for items you would love regardless of the price, now is a wonderful time to swoop in and save some money. L’Occitane’s annual summer sale is on with discounts as awesome […]

This & That: June 15, 2018

Book —Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom Loving. Absolutely loving. I almost didn’t write anything more as the title speaks for itself, and then when I share that the four cities are Paris, Istanbul, New York City and Florence, isn’t the deal sealed? So far I have […]

This & That: June 8, 2018

Books —Farm from Home: A Year of Stories, Pictures and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country by Amanda Brooks With the revelation that aligns with the simply luxurious way of life – “slowing down, reconnecting with nature, and making the most of each day”, Amanda Brooks shares her experience after having moved to her […]

This & That: June 1, 2018

Beauty —Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series Refreshing Shower Mask Always looking for quality beauty products that simplify my routines yet at the same time amplify my skin’s youthful glow, when I learned of Perricone MD’s refreshing shower mask, I took a closer look. While I do use my other masks in the shower as well, this […]

This & That: May 25, 2018

Beauty  SPACE.NK.apothecary By Terry Baume de Rose  Recommended by beauty experts as the lip balm and cuticle repair balm to nourish and add a touch of radiance, made in France By Terry’s Baume de Rose is a lipo-regenerating complex made from rose flower essential wax and pastel oil to boost cell renewal. Offering healing and repair […]

This & That: May 18, 2018

Books —Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well by Pellegrino Artusi With a dose of Italian history and a large helping of the country’s recipes (790 to be precise), this classic cookbook is an impressive resource for Italophiles to have on hand. Pellegrino Artusi originally wrote Science in the Kitchen and the Art […]

This & That: May 11, 2018

Books —The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson It was an article in The Guardian over this past weekend that introduced me to Christina Patterson’s new book The Art of Not Falling Apart which is full of interviews with individuals Patterson met along her own journey of figuring out how to “not fall […]

This & That: May 4, 2018

Beauty —Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask As someone who is always looking for quality beauty products that I can depend upon, I took note after reading a blog post which shared beauty hacks that are worth having on hand. Customers continue to give it high reviews as it offers fast wrinkle-free […]

This & That: April 27, 2018

Books —Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans and Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund Released earlier this month and already a bestseller, Factfulness, is a book with the facts we often don’t know and what often isn’t shared. Professor of International Health and global […]

This & That: April 20, 2018

Books —The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl Last weekend I came across author Patricia Hampl’s excerpt in The New York Times regarding how we should go about spending our days as exemplified by lovers of leisure and solitude throughout history, and I quickly looked up her book that was just released April 17. […]

This & That: April 13, 2018

Beauty —Sephora Beauty Event Get ready to stock up on your favorite and must-have beauty items. Beginning today, Rouge members have the opportunity to shop Sephora’s top beauty finds, receiving 15% through April 16th. Sephora VIB + Beauty Insiders Member Event begins on April 20 and runs through 23 where all VIB members will receive access to […]

This & That: April 6, 2018

Book —The Art of Thinking in Systems: Improve Your Logic, Think More Critically, And Use Proven Systems To Solve Your Problems – Strategic Planning For Everyday Life by Steve Schuster Each of us is involved throughout our daily lives in systems. Whether it is the system of our community, our school, our job, our families, knowing how […]

This & That: March 30, 2018

Books —Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew One of the artists I follow in Instagram is water color illustrator Mari Andrew. With her thoughtful insights about life and making it through the everyday with relationships, career and daily routines, I continue to appreciate her vulnerability to share what […]

This & That: March 23, 2018

Book —Alternate Side: A Novel by Anna Quindlen Released earlier this week, New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, Anna Quindlen’s new novel addresses a family in NYC that appears to be doing everything right until one day, their neighborhood becomes a crime scene and all has […]

This & That: March 16, 2018

Books —Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good by Sean D. Young A leading psychologist takes the research of popular psychology and offers practical strategies to solve even the most unwanted problem behaviors. From curtailing your weakness for junk food to the addiction you might have to your cell phone, […]

This & That: March 9, 2018

Beauty —Buly 1803 The French perfumer Buly is a destination to visit while in Paris (two locations – one on the left and one on the right bank) to discover new and natural scents for the body, facial, teeth, hair and home. While boutiques can be found around the world (Tokyo, London, New York City, […]

This & That: March 2, 2018

Book —The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator’s Guide to Creativity (Voices that Matter) by Marty Neumeier Based on the premise that there is no such thing as an accidental genius, this short, yet comprehensive book offers a compass in the framework of principles to guide you along your creative journey. Described as “THE essential […]