This & That: June 14, 2019

Books —The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams While not being released until July, Beatriz Williams new novel set in World War II looks to be a wonderful summer read. The protagonist is a newly-widowed writer sent to the Bahamas in 1941 to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. […]

This & That: June 7, 2019

Beauty —Grace & Stella Rose Facial Spray Currently on my desk in my office and on my desk in my classroom is Grace & Stella’s Rose Facial Spray. A refreshing spritz at different times throughout the day is all I do, and this bottle will last for seemingly ever. I use it to keep my […]

This & That: May 31, 2019

Books —The Importance of Living by Lin Yutange While this book was released late in the 20th century, it is a book to take a look at for its focus on appreciating the simple pleasures of life, slowing down and being fully present. —Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein David […]

This & That: May 24, 2019 – British Edition

Book —Middle England by Jonathan Coe Lauren Collins is an American writer who lives in Paris that I follow and trust when it comes to reading recommendations. She raved about Jonathan Coe’s recent novel, the third in his trilogy, following The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle which “explores the experiences of characters from those […]

This & That: May 17, 2019

Cookbook —Modern Lunch: +100 Recipes for Assembling the New Midday Meal by Allison Day With plant-forward recipes from the blogger behind Yummy Beat, discover new, inpired ways to update your lunch. Inspired by the seasonal fare and her travels around the globe, discover simple, delicious and healthy recipes to add to your midday eating repertoire. […]

This & That: May 10, 2019

Books —The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates I happened upon an interview with Melinda Gates this past week when she sat down with Judy Woodrow of PBS Newshour, and I appreciated her candid conversation about her own realizations she confronted about equality in her own marriage. Her over-arching […]

This & That: May 3, 2019

Books —How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki Known as the mother of Silicon Valley and in actuality, the mother of three successful daughters, Esther Wojcicki shares her tips for raising successful people with her new book which is being released next week. Using the acronym TRICK, standing for […]

This & That: April 26, 2019

Books —Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey There is little doubt this book will be an upcoming Petit Plaisir on the podcast when new episodes begin again on May 20th, but I couldn’t wait to share. Mason Currey’s second book on Daily Rituals of creatives is worth picking up. I have read, took […]

This & That: April 19, 2019

Books —I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott It wasn’t until I read an excerpt from Mary Laura Philpott’s new book of essays a few weeks ago (To the Type-A Person Having a Melt Down) that I learned of her book, and while her interview as well is worth listening to, […]

This & That: March 15, 2019

Books —The Eye: How the World’s Most Influential Creatives Directors Develop Their Vision by Nathan Williams Garance Doré recently shared that she had been included in Nathan Williams new book (released October 2018), The Eye, and after reading the synopsis, I am quite looking forward to reading it. Along with Garance, Claire Waight Keller, designer […]

This & That: March 8, 2019

Books —Big Dreams, Small Garden: A Guide to Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space by Marianne Willburn With spring around the corner, it’s time to get excited about planting our gardens, no matter how large or small they may be. Released in 2017, blogger (Small Town Gardener) and garden columnist Marianne Willburn teaches readers […]

This & That: March 1, 2019

British Treat —The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcée Who Became the Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak It has been my observation as an American, that Wallis Simpson receives mere mentions and with each, a distinct negative distain infused characterization. Now, as much as is possible to put myself in […]

This & That: February 22, 2019

Books —American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt by Karen Harper Set in the late nineteenth century and stretching through the second world war, a story of an American Duchess and her wedding and marriage to a Prince may seem all too familiar. Being released next Tuesday, Duchess Consuelo Vanderbilt’s tale begins with the “wedding […]

This & That: February 15, 2019

British Treat —All Is True I just stumbled upon this new film which was released this past December And immediately knew I wanted to share. The play begins with the life of Shakespeare after the Globe Theatre burns down. Starring Kenneth Branagh as Shakespeare and Judi Dench as his wife Anne, have a look at […]

This & That: February 8, 2019

Books —The Art of the White Shirt: Over 30 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt, Blouse or Shirt by Libby VanderPloeg Illustrator Libby VanderPloeg has a few style books available (one being “The Art of Stripes” which looks lovely), and so I wanted to share her 2017 The Art of the White Shirt as such […]

This & That: February 1, 2019

British Treat —In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary by Jan Morris A Welsh historian, travel writer and author, at the age of 92, her new memoir is receiving strong positive reviews. Having read a review this past weekend in The New York Times, I was immediately curious to learn more about this adventurous and […]

This & That: January 25, 2019

Books —Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport Being released on February 5, Cal Newport shares specific, easy to do tips to calm us down and increase our happiness. Making a valid point that technology is neither good or bad, but rather a tool, and it is how we […]

This & That: January 18, 2019

Books —Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess While this book was released in 2015, it is still a book worth checking out if you are looking to freshenup your sanctuary and welcome in nature naturally and subtly. Written by blogger and co-host of HGTV’s Best House on the Block, which debuted this […]

This & That: January 11, 2019

Books ~Highly Intuitive People: 7 Right-Brain Traits to Change the Lives of Highly Intuitive People by Heidi Sawyer Granted, this book will only be for a small percentage of readers as intuitive-sensitive people make up approximately 15-20% of the population, but for that percentage, knowing how to tap into their gifts rather than being demoralized […]

This & That: January 4, 2019

British Treat ~A Country Life: At Home in the English Countryside by Roy Strong Approximately one year ago, a TSLL reader introduced me to Devon blogger Margaret Powling and her blog Devon Dreaming. I have been enjoying it ever since, and it was just a few days ago that she shared this book. It was […]

Top 5 This & That Posts in 2018

Friday’s weekly This & That post continues to a regular favorite of TSLL readers. Full of new book and movie releases, shopping finds and alerts to sales not to miss, this is just a taste of what a This & That post might include on any given week. Below is a list of the Top […]

This & That: December 21, 2018

Books ~Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life by Christiana Coop and Aimee Lagos From embracing natural elements, creating cozy spaces, making room for family, or finding your own personal charm in every space, step into 20 homes located across the United States that embody “coziness, companionship, and comfort, from an intimate apartment in […]

This & That: December 14, 2018

Books ~The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow Perhaps you have seen Ms. Paltrow in the WSJ magazine lately or popped on by GOOP to check out her wedding photos. But even if you haven’t, you likely have hear of her mega brand and online destination site GOOP, and it continues to expand […]

This & That: December 7, 2018

Books ~1000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich A book about books! Released this past October, discover a list of fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoirs, travel writing, biographies, children’s books, history and more, but not necessarily all the classics you would expect are included. Rather James Mustich focuses on books that are […]