Books to enjoy and open our eyes, a dress that is calling my name, a few laughs from Will Ferrell and a simple way to stay up-to-date on the latest news of the day.
~The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle
On May 13th Peter Mayle will return with a new fictional French wine adventure. I have devoured his previous titles and always am fearful that he will stop writing as his books are the perfect accompaniment for leisure and stepping away from the busy lives that we lead. With beautiful descriptions of the south of France, a cozy mystery to keep you intrigued but not horrified, I have a feeling you might enjoy as well. Here are a few of my favorite Peter Mayle titles: The Marseille Caper, The Vintage Caper, and A Year in Provence (there are so many others, but these are quite a treat).
~A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton
On the blog I have mentioned the American suffragist Alice Paul a time or two or three, but I was absolutely ecstatic to discover that a detailed biography was finally released in 2010 detailing her lifelong dedication to women’s equality and labor protections. Eager to dive in (my copy arrives today), Alice Paul continued to carry the flame for the suffragists who began their movement at the helm of Susan B. Anthony in the 19th century and was the primary leader of the self-named “Silent Sentinels” that were the first to picket the White House, wage hungry strikes and be brutally force-fed until Wilson and Congress reluctantly passed the 19th amendment. Spotlighted in an HBO original film Iron Jawed Angels, years ahead of Gandhi’s nonviolent resistance, and “decades before civil rights demonstrations, Alice Paul practiced peaceful civil disobedience in the pursuit of equal rights for women”.
Last Monday Jimmy Fallon officially took the reins of The Tonight Show on NBC, and in my opinion, in his opening night, handled it with grace and appropriate reverence, tempered with the occasional well-timed laugh (the $100 bet skit was well done, click here to view). Add to that a first week that was full of stellar guests and a comedic sketch I couldn’t help but share, partly because, well, Downton Abbey has wrapped for nearly 11 months and I love that theme song (don’t you). Enjoy a laugh as Will Ferrell pseudo-iceskates to the theme of Downton Abbey.
European-designed cloth napkins are a simple way of dressing up a neutral table setting. I can imagine them paired with crisp white dishes and glass goblets, beautifully awaiting guests at your next dinner party. Available at Sur la Table, click here to see a long list of items that are reduced up to 75%.
“We read. You Skimm.” Created by Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg and targeted for the sophisticated woman who gathers her news from her mobile devices, yet understands the need and has the desire to stay abreast of current events. The two entrepreneurs, who both worked for NBC, quit their jobs at the age of 27 to create what I have found to be a wonderful quick catch-up on all the top headlines of the day. Arriving in your inbox at 5:59 each morning, this free service is a gem.
Made of soft jersey knit, this navy striped column dress (available in blue and gray stripes as well), is a chic, comfortable and well, fabulous addition to a spring wardrobe.