With each year TSLL has its annual French Week I am tickled to be introduced to readers who share how they incorporate seemingly simple, yet life elevating rituals and routines inspired by the French culture. The readership of TSLL continues to grow and is a vast international community of varying ages, life experiences and interests, and even if you do not consider yourself a Francophile, the one thing that seems to be the common thread here in TSLL community is that we wish to live well and find the goodness and the joy that is in the everyday.
The more I do my best to make a conscious effort to look for the everyday moments, sights, tastes, and experiences that make me smile with delight, the more I find them. From choosing clothing that is made well and lasts, but most importantly makes me feel my best, to the French candle that I light in the evening before I drift off to sleep to be enjoyed while I read a chapter or two in the book that has my attention, to the determination to grow my own potager even if it is only a few square feet in size, to stepping into the kitchen and cooking with quality, seasonal ingredients just picked up at the market placed in a simple French market tote. These are just a few ways in which the French culture has inspired me to slow down, savor these awesome everyday routines and appreciate how rich and fortunate we truly are.
~In 2018, episode #188, I share 18 Secrets & Lessons from the French Culture you may enjoy checking out.
Today is the last post of TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week, and most importantly, I want to say thank you to every single reader, new or a long-time regular for years, for taking the time to stop and see, and most of all, find enjoyment and inspiration, in the content that is shared during this special week each year. It is a pleasure and a privilege I don’t take lightly when I decide what content to include, and I truly feel fortunate for your time and interest as so many posts are shared in a short amount of time.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the SECOND FULL WEEK in AUGUST, as that is when TSLL’s French Week will return in 2020. But before we start getting ahead of ourselves, the announcement of the winners of the seven giveaways.
Winners of the SEVEN Giveaways:
- 7 French Candles I Love & A Giveaway!: the two winners are comments #145 — Georgia; and #67 — Marty
- A Modvin Paris Illustrated Giveaway: the lucky winner is comment #72 — Anna Perkins
- A Gien Mug Giveaway: the winner is comment #36 — Judy!
- An Olive & Branch French Market Tote Exclusive Giveaway for TSLL Ad-Free Subscribers — Joy Hambrick!
- TSLL Weekly Newsletter Giveaway (announced exclusively in this Friday’s newsletter): email/comment #19 — Janet L. from South Carolina (Janet, I will be emailing you with the news and what you have won. No need to reach out.)
- A Year’s Subscription to My French Country Home magazine: the winner is comment #8 —Lana Hood!
- A Linen Sheet Set from Parachute: the winner is comment #28 — Joan Vincent!
Winners – Please email me by Wednesday August 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a delivery mailing address. Upon receipt of your information, we will arrange for you to receive your gift. Congratulations!
Everyone Receives an Exclusive Discount! All TSLL Readers don’t forget about these exclusive discounts:
- Olive & Branch — Use the promo code TSLL to save 15% on your own French Market Tote or any of their French decor finds
- Modvin — enjoy a 15% discount on your first order with promo code TSLL.
Well, French Week has officially concluded. C’est fini. C’est tout.
Jusqu’à l’année prochaine!
But there will always be a dash of French-Inspired content here on TSLL, so be sure to stop by. We are returning to our regular posting schedule beginning tomorrow. Below are a few TSLL dates to note:
- TSLL’s Fall Shopping Guide will be posted on Sunday September 1st (here on TSLL blog)
- The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, season 2, the cooking show will premiere on Saturday September 7th (here on TSLL blog or wherever you subscribe to your podcasts – it’s a vodcast, but it’s also available wherever podcasts are in video format)
- The Schedule of Season 6 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast will be shared tomorrow, Monday August 19th (here on TSLL and wherever you subscribe to podcasts)
- Season 6 of the podcast — The Simple Sophisticate, all new episodes, will kick-off on Monday September 2nd (thank you for understanding as we (me :)) take two weeks off from the podcast to prep for the new season.
~Discover more TSLL French-Inspired content in the Archives:
- French-Inspired Posts
- French-Inspired Podcast Episodes
- Francophile Finds in TSLL’s Shop (books, films, decor, kitchen tools, etc.)
TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week posts
SUNDAY August 11th
- Welcome to TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week!
- 7 French Candles I Love & A Giveaway! – giveaway
- Visiting Musée d’Orsay and Impressionist Berthe Morisot’s Exhibit
MONDAY August 12th
- NEW podcast episode – #257: An American Being Everyday French – My Interview with author & writer John von Sothen
- The World, Large & Small, Illustrated for Your Home, Kitchen and Life: A Modvin Paris Illustrated Giveaway – giveaway
- 5 New-in-2019 French Lifestyle Books I Have Enjoyed
TUESDAY August 13th
- Q & A with Heidi Wynne on Scarves, Effortless Style and Classic Films
- 11 Helpful Tips for Visiting and Shopping at Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris
- A Simple Everyday Luxury: A Gien Mug, giveaway, — giveaway
WEDNESDAY August 14th
- Attending Susan Hermann Loomis’ Cooking Class in Louviers, Normandy
- 9 Places in Paris I Recommend for Dining, Sleeping, Exploring and Finding the Perfect Croissant
THURSDAY August 15th
- NEW Podcast Episode: 22 French Beauty Secrets Worth the Investment in either Time or Money, episode #258
- Outfit of the Week: Walking into Fall
- An Olive & Branch French Market Tote Exclusive Giveaway for TSLL Ad-Free Subscribers — giveaway
FRIDAY August 16th
- This & That: August 16, 2019 – a French-Themed edition
- A Year’s Subscription to My French Country Home magazine — giveaway
SATURDAY August 17th
- The Grand Finale Giveaway: A Linen Sheet Set from Parachute — giveaway
- A Butter Tasting and My Favorite Butter (there may be more than one ;))
Previous Round-Ups of TSLL’s French Week: