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 […]

This & That: November 30, 2018

Books ~The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene Bestselling author Robert Greene’s new book dives into the laws of the social creatures that humans are and how to understand our emotions, understand how our empathy can lead to deeper insight and much more along the road to a deeper and more enjoyable and successful […]

This & That: November 23, 2018 + Black Friday Sales Codes

Books ~Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear Released last month, discover simple ways to find success with the habits that will make a positive difference in your life in Atomic Habits. Read anecdotal stories about Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, […]

This & That: November 16, 2018

Books ~The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási Released recently in the states, The Formula is an international bestseller that “promises to transform the very foundations of how our success-obsessed society approaches their professional careers, life pursuits and long-term goals”. Success as a concept doesn’t, the book argues based on years of academic […]

This & That: November 9, 2018

Beauty ~GoTo Skincare Lip balm I recently came across a lip balm that caught my eye because it keeps the moisture in your lips so that you are not constantly reapplying. Isn’t it funny how some lip balms need to be used constantly? This truth always gave me pause. Made with ultra medical grade lanolin, nourishing […]

This & That: November 2, 2018

British Treat ~Queen of the World, HBO Queen Elizabeth II has given privileged access to Oxford Films to capture the Queen, her staff, her family and her residences to tell “the story of how the Commonwealth has been a central focus and passion throughout Her Majesty’s life”. Recently released on HBO, have a look at […]

This & That: October 26, 2018

British Treat ~Burleigh Regal Peacock Teapot Upon seeing Burleigh’s peacock teapot, I will admit I swooned more than a bit. Regal indeed, and as you will see when you click through the link, there are matching cups and saucers, as well as other details for your tea setting. Cookbooks ~Cook Like A Pro: Recipes and […]

This & That: October 19, 2018

Books ~The Rain Watcher: A novel by Tatiana de Rosnay Being released at the end of October, and with much anticipation as it has been four years since the author of Sarah’s Key has shared a new piece of fiction, The Rain Watcher is set in Paris and tells the tale of a family who […]

This & That: October 12, 2018

Books —Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.  by Brené Brown Released earlier this week and already a bestseller, Brené Brown returns with a book to offer her wisdom to lead where we see potential to help and the courage to offer our talents and abilities. Be sure to listen to her conversation […]

This & That: October 5, 2018 & A Giveaway!

Books —Good and Mad: The Evolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister In 2016, author Rebecca Traister wrote All the Single Ladies (a bestseller) which inspired this podcast episode of The Simple Sophisticate (episode #94). The book was included on The New York Times Notable Books of 2016 and the Best Books of 2016 selected by The Boston […]

This & That: September 28, 2018

Cookbooks —Almonds, Anchovies and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind of by Cal Peternell Award winning author of Twelve Recipes, chef Cal Peternell, just released a new cookbook this week that puts vegetables at the forefront with just a little bit of help from the three key ingredients mentioned in the title: almonds, anchovies, and pancetta. Here is […]

This & That: September 21, 2018

Books —Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlary While released last September, Brooke McAlary’s book is a resource to return to again and again for ideas on how to permanently change the pace of our lives – specifically change them from too quick and over-extended to slow and enjoyable. With simple […]

This & That: September 14, 2018

—Books —Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity Always looking for inspiration to marry simplicity and sophistication, interior designer Suzanne Kasler’s new decor book is full of inspiration that is certain to inspire. Having the good fortune to receive a copy, I can attest your predilection for adding something new and inspired to your home will be satiated. […]

This & That: September 7, 2018

Books —Dream, Design, Live by Paloma Contreras Paloma Contreras was one of the first bloggers I began following in 2009 when I stepped into the blogosphere. Her decor destination was always full of chic inspiration, and I am extremely excited to see her progression into a full-time decorator. Her new book Dream, Design, Live, released […]

This & That: August 31, 2018

Books —Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey We’re back to work, and if one of your goals or intentions was to improve your productivity, this new book by Christ Bailey may be something to check out. Using neuroscience to determine exactly what distracts the brain and what […]

This & That: August 24, 2018

Books —Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown Continually I hear recommended by entrepreneurs and anyone who wishes to simplify, and simply work smarter, the book Essentialism. And while many of its principles may be obvious to TSLL readers – determine your priorities and reduce or eliminate the rest – sometimes hearing a […]

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 […]