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Last week’s This & That was absent, so I wanted to bring you a belated list of films, clothing, drinks and a leisurely read to kick off the month of July. Also, on a weekly schedule note, to help kick off the weekend with articles you’ll love to enjoy, websites to shop at with great sales, film and book releases, art and other discoveries I am excited to have you check out, I am moving This & That to Friday mornings beginning July 11th. I do hope you’ll stop by as you wind down each week and look ahead to the weekend.
~The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All by Don Wallace
Don Wallace and his wife Mindy embark on an adventure when they purchase a house located off the French coast of Brittany sight unseen. Both writers are determined to carve their own path, The French House is a detailed, delightful memoir of their journey to restore a dilapidated abode into a beckoning sanctuary in an idyllic coast French countryside. Written in such a way that you can enjoy it on your own summer getaway, put it down and come back to it at your leisure without missing a beat, I have thoroughly been devouring it, and I think you will too.
Haute-cuisine and France, a beautiful pairing indeed, come together for a light-hearted comedy starring Jean Reno and Michaël Youn in Le Chef. Written and directed by Daniel Cohen, a young self-taught chef played by Youn is far from lucky in his pursuit of professional success and happens on a star chef (Reno) who is in danger of losing his reputation and his restaurant. The two come together to help themselves, but end up helping each other along the way. (Limited release June 20th, available on DVD now)
~Yves Saint Laurent
The young protege of the famous French designer Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent at the young age of 21 is thrust into the international spotlight when Dior passes away in 1957. Creating the first ever ready-to-wear collection, shocking the fashion world, Laurent’s youthful success and love affair with business partner Pierre Berge are the focal point of the film. Released earlier this year in France, and just last week in the states, the casting involved the rare requirement that all the actresses cast be chosen to fit the dresses, not visa versa. Three iconic YSL collections are depicted and runway shows brought back to life as those who love fashion will find this film to be a delight. Some critics said far too much fashion was spotlighted, but how can one have too much fashion in a film revolving around French fashion? Read a more detailed review here.
~Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
Lately, I have been shunning my television and seeking refuge in classical and lyric-less music. And so when I finally discovered the name of one of my favorite classical suites, I had to share if nothing else to bookmark so as to never forget in the future. The cherished suite that always grabs my ears attention is Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. Pick and choose from all of his suites here, and listen to my favorite below.
Don’t let this top deceive you. Upon close inspection I realized this long-sleeve sheer blouse would be a wonderful layering piece this summer. With a unique back and a creative, yet classic print, pair with white jeans, chic flat sandals and enjoy a glass of wine on a warm summer evening.
Having been a fan of Le Palais des Thés for my morning and evening routines, I was excited to be introduced to their iced teas earlier this month. Having had the change to sample their summer iced teas with flavors – Thé du Hammam, Thé des Sources, Wu Long 7 Agrumes and Thé des Alizés – I quickly discerned the sophisticated flavors that I have come to love in their hot teas. Steep for 30 minutes, and in no time, a cool drink is ready to enjoy.