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 […]

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 […]