This & That: March 12, 2021

Mar 12, 2021

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Four films to enjoy, a sale of beautiful British handmade pottery, capsule wardrobe items to welcome into your everyday, a cookbook for a healthy overall well-being, the exploration of flowers and their healing powers and so, so, much more.

Books

The Healing Power of Flowers: Discover the secret language of the flowers you love by Claire Bowen

Over the past couple weeks, I kept seeing this beautiful book in IG images of those artists I follow. Upon learning it was published in the UK and created by floral artist living in Oxfordshire with her two small dogs and owner of the studio Honeysuckle & Hilda, Claire Bown, I continued to explore further.

“Grouped by their purpose – for love, for joy, for luck, for calm, to console, and to celebrate. Discover their traditional meanings, holistic benefits, and when flowers are in season so that they can be sourced locally with a minimal carbon footprint. 

“By creating thoughtful personal bouquets or choosing a flower for its meaning, its natural energy, or holistic property, you can bring the benefits of the natural world back into your home, your workplace, and into the lives of loved ones. 

“Find out why you should give Foxgloves to celebrate a new job, Lilacs for joy, or Chrysanthemums for luck, and become fluent in the secret language of flowers.”

The Parisian: A Novel by Isabella Hammad

Published in 2018 to critics and editors’ praise, “the debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence.”

British Find

Agatha Christie’s England

Last week, I stumbled upon another biography video segment of Agatha Christie which first aired on PBS this past January. I happened to view it on AppleTV, but be sure to search your PBS stations. What makes this one of many documentaries about Christie’s life different is that it takes you around the country of England and looks at the towns which played a pivotal role in her life.

John Julian Ceramics, Seconds Sale

Each crafted by hand in a pottery studio and workshop based in rural Wiltshire, U.K., sculptor and designer Julian Sainsbury in 2013 founded John Julian after he became disheartened with the restrictions of conventional mass manufacturing. Producing hand crafted tableware, serveware and kitchenware, made in small batches by skilled potters, right now you can purchase their quality pottery at lovely low prices as the items are quite as they were hoped to be – but still, they are beautiful. Hav a look at the entire collection of Seconds Sale here.

Cookbook

Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out by Giada De Laurenitis

Being released next Tuesday and already a bestseller, Giada’s new cookbook shares “how to select food that can actually make you feel better and curate a personalized wellness routine to support a healthy mind and body. Find out how reconfiguring her diet to control inflammation can turn your life around and how to use complementary wellness tactics like intermittent fasting, meditation, and other self-care routines to optimize your well-being.”

Film

Long Weekend

Being released this weekend, indie film critics are quite enjoying in the rom-com genre – Long Weekend. You may recognize Zoe Chao from Love Life (HBO in 2020), and her costar is Finn Wittrock. The plot: A down-on-his-luck struggling writer, meets an enigmatic woman who enters his life at the right time. Have a look at the trailer below and find it wherever you stream your favorite films.

My Salinger Year

Released earlier this month, I am looking forward to sitting down and enjoying this film based on the book by Joanna RakoffMy Salinger Year. Have a look at the trailer below and watch on AppleTV, GooglePlay and other streaming platforms (not Amazon Prime yet).

The Truffle Hunters

While only in theaters and not yet streaming, The Truffle Hunters is now released. “Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation, and while many people seek out these men to inquire about their elusive skills, what is discovered is something even more wonderful “than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.” Have a look at the trailer below and do go watch them film. I cannot wait to have the opportunity.

Francophile Find

French Exit

Currently in limited release since late February running through April 2nd, look for it to eventually come to streaming platforms this spring and early summer. Based on Patricia deWitt’s 2019 novel of the same name, while we wait, if you like me have not read the book, many TSLL readers have recommended it is worth picking up. Have a look at the trailer below.

Petite Patisserie: 180 Easy Recipes for Elegant French Treats by Christophe Felder and Camille Lesecq

If you love to bake, and you especially love to bake French pastries, you may know Christophe Felder from his first baking book – Patisserie: Mastering the Fundamentals of French Pastry and the many that followed. Last year, his latest with the co-authorship of Camille Lesecq was released – Petit Patisserie.

“With a section on twenty-seven base recipes from which all others can be made, including pâte brisée, pâte sucrée, sablé breton, dacquoise, pâte á choux, feuilletée rapide, and crème pâtissière. It is then divided into chapters of increasing complexity, with a final chapter on ‘funny’ cakes–playfully decorated small cakes designed to delight children or for parties.

“Each recipe comes with precise preparation and cooking times, step-by-step decorating tips, and suggestions for vegan and gluten-free alternatives–this seemingly petite package contains a wide range of sweet and simple pleasures to delight big and small gourmets alike.”

Shopping

Italian Suede Handbag (navy), Mark & Graham

A different type of tote, yet still classic. Made of suede in navy (as well as a dark coffee hue), equipped to be worn as a crossbody as well as over the shoulder, this item would be wonderful for the fall and winter go-to bag for travel, work and carrying all that you need in your daily routine.

Oak Wooden Egg Tray

As someone who cooks with eggs often, I appreciate having them in an open carrier/holder such as this one. My current one is ceramic, but how classic and helpful is an oak tray? Gorgeous!

Sarah Flint Perfect Pump, 85mm (more colors)

A classic style and an ideal highest height in my opinion. Available in nude, leopard and many different hues as textiles (suede seen below), Sarah Flints’ pumps as well as flats are worth shopping for high quality at a medium-range price.

Tencel Midi Shirtdress (two colors)

Shirtdresses are a wonderful staple to have in your capsule wardrobe, and Banana Republic’s Tencel midi shirtdress (two colors) is available at a great price.

Television

Waffles & Mochi

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s first production on Netflix for children (but adults as well – as it looks delicious and fun) premieres today. Have a look, travel the world and entertain your tastebuds. 🙂


What a week, and thankfully Friday arrives. 🙂 Upon walking into my house yesterday evening, I had been listening to Chopin’s Étude No.3 Op. 10 Tristesse while I drove home. Such a simple choice gradually began to lower my stress levels. Then I walked in my door to be greeted by the boys. Then I stepped into the kitchen and immediately began cooking dinner (after feeding the boys, bien sûr! ;)). A Cornish game hen seasoned with lemon, rosemary, salt and pepper with oodles of butter, a simple side of forbidden rice infused with aromatics and roasted vegetables. The wine was poured and the day began to ease into the evening. 

Beginning the week with watching Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry and what they courageously shared, a few days of waking up to snow, a dishwasher on the fritz and just ‘things’, made me long for Friday. And it’s here, and all will be well and already is upon objective observation with time taken to pause, breathe and be still. There is actually quite a bit of good news in the world and in my own life, and I am going to focus on that for the next couple of days. I hope you can do so as well.

The past week on the blog included Monday’s unexpectedly quite popular post – Taming the Overthinking Mind, and the monthly readers’ favorite – Saturday Ponderings as well as the Outfit of the Month. I am incredibly grateful you chose to stop by today, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Below are more than a handful of articles you might enjoy, and until Monday, bonne journée. 

9 Ways to refresh your home for spring [Vogue]

~I watch it, many of you watched it, and immediately you may have been like me – What is the Firm? The family business always comes first [The New York Times]

How to get what you want out of life [Pick the Brain]

~A few Paris Cafés Coveted and Recommended by Today’s Writers [HipParis]

~an upcoming film garnering much anticipation for its release – Adam Driver and Lady Gaga in House of Gucci [Vanity Fair]

~4 Ways therapy can help Introverts (and others as well) [Introvert, Dear]

~One more for the introverts – How to Deal with Indecision if you tend to overthink [Introvert, Dear]

~This article on Ritualizing Tea Time (absolutely!) definitely caught my attention [The New York Times]

~I must admit this is true for me – Quarantine made me long for high heels [New York Times



9 thoughts on “This & That: March 12, 2021

  1. I was happy to see the trailer for the My Salinger Year film this week as this is a book I have read and enjoyed more than once. Have you seen the film Rebel in the Rye which is also about J D Salinger? It’s on my watchlist for this weekend to look forward to. Happy weekend 🙂

    1. Tara, thank you for sharing another moving to see. I had not heard of Rebel in the Rye. I will be sure to check it out. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

  2. I can vouch for the quality and comfort of the Sarah Flint shoes. They are a bit stiff at first, but then will mold to your foot. Excellent craftsmanship and worth the expense!

    1. Sara, thank you very much for sharing! Their flats have always caught my eye. I look forward to welcoming a pair (or two! ☺️) into my wardrobe. I appreciate your comment. Have a lovey weekend. 😌

  3. I think I need a dedicated notebook for books, films/television, and the many other delights you share. You always seem to pick things that pique my interest!

    I need to keep track…..

    1. I have a section of my planner where is note down the things Shannon suggests that I dont want to miss 🙂
      Thank you, Shannon

      1. Sharon, Thank you for sharing! 🙂 I am chuffed and will continue to do my best to bring items each week readers will enjoy and be curious to explore. Have a lovely weekend. xo

    2. Just a suggestion as i had the same dilemma, for book recommendations I pick up I add them to my “want to read” section in the Good Reads app in my phone 🙂

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