This & That: August 16, 2019

Film —Where’d You Go Bernadette? Based on the 2012 bestselling novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, the film opens in theaters today. Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchette stars as Bernadette in the comedic plot that follows a mother determined to reconnect with her creative self. Her adventure takes her all the way to […]

This & That: August 9, 2019

App —Earny If you have ever purchased an item, only to see it go on sale a week or even a day later, you will want to check out the Earny app. Based on the receipts you have in your in-box, Earny scans them and compares your purchase price to the new sales price, crediting […]

This & That: August 2, 2019

Books —Banish Your Self-Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work by Denise Jacobs While released a couple of years ago, Denise Jacobs’ book Banish Your Self-Critic offers tips for unleashing your inner creative self. From identifying your voice of self-doubt and then learning how to quiet it, […]

This & That: July 26, 2019

Books —AgeProof: Living Longer without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip by Jean Chatzky Released a couple of years ago, AgeProof quickly became a bestseller as it reveals that one’s financial aptitude and application along with good health have more related than not. Two experts in their respective fields, financial guru Jean Chatzky and […]

This & That: July 19, 2019

Books —The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron The 25th anniversary of Julia Cameron’s bestselling book The Artist’s Way was released a few years ago with a new introduction by the author, and having finally purchased my own copy, I am just beginning to dive in. As TSLL readers responded to my IG post earlier this […]

This & That: July 12, 2019

British Finds —Duchess of Cambridge’s sunglasses worn at Wimbledon – Ray Ban’s Wayfarer II Classic If you enjoy staying apprised of what the royals are wearing, you may want to follow @eholmes, but it is her IG Stories that contain the royal style alerts and sartorial details (not her permanent IG posts). Case in point, […]

This & That: July 5, 2019

Books —Supper Club by Lara Williams Being released next week, this debut novel by Lara Williams centers around an intimate gathering  taking place after dark bringing to together young women who want to reclaim their appetite. While I haven’t read the novel yet, I am not sure if the reference to appetite is literal or […]

This & That: June 28, 2019

Books —American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton A playful fictional tale of a rambunctious first daughter who mixes and mingles with the congressmen on Capitol Hill, much to her dismay, but along the way earns the nickname as the Other Washington Monument. Alice Roosevelt leads one unique life in […]

This & That: June 21, 2019

Books —Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France  Releasd earlier this month, Tan France of Queer Eye fame just released his new memoir. Sharing his journey of finding his voice and style, get to know Tan for far more than just the French Tuck that he is often deservedly credited with. —The Plaza: The Secret […]

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 […]