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 […]

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 […]