TSLL’s 5th Annual French Week Final Post & Giveaway Winners Announced!

Ça va? I hope this year’s TSLL’s French Week offered a breath of calm and celebration and joy. I heard from many readers this week who shared their thanks for keeping this annual traditional alive especially during the time of the pandemic. I must say, it was a lovely respite and escape of focus for […]

The Grand Giveaway from E.Dehillerin in Paris

To love French cooking is to know E.Dehillerin. Even if you have not visited E.Dehillerin in the “kitchen corridor” arrondissement of Paris in Les Halles, located in the 1st, most likely you have heard of it. Founded in 1820, the corner shop is easily identifiable by its brilliant green façade and distinct yellow shop name […]

Welcome to TSLL’s 5th Annual French Week & the First Giveaway!

Welcome to French Week. A week many of readers along, with myself, have been eager to begin. Do you have a glass of rosé handy? Perhaps a seasonal, simple French cuisine inspired meal at the tip of your tastebuds you cannot wait to try? I know I do. Regardless of the year, as you might […]

TSLL’s 2nd Annual British Week Round-Up & Giveaway Winners Announced

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” —Lin Yutang Today is the final day and this the final post of TSLL’s 2nd Annual British Week. I have sincerely enjoyed the online shares of and glimpses into TSLL readers’ Favorite Cuppa moments (see them […]

TSLL British Week’s GRAND Giveaway! A Fortnum & Mason Hamper & Tea

When one thinks of London’s famed luxury grocery market Fortnum & Mason, one’s mind often drifts to wicker baskets. Correction, the wicker hampers. Ah, yes, and to receive a hamper from F & M is a grand gift for an Anglophile which is why I wanted it to be the Grand Giveaway of TSLL’s British […]

The Handmade Royal Sussex Trug Giveaway

The Sussex trug, originally called the trog originates back to 1829 in Herstmonceux, England. Designed by Thomas Smith based on the idea of an old Anglo-Saxon product known as the trog, he modernized it and called the wooden vessel that became light and more versatile the trug. The trug was used on farms in the […]

Welcome to TSLL’s 2nd Annual British Week & the First Giveaway!

Let’s travel to Britain this week, shall we? After the roaring success and warm reception of last year’s inaugural event, I am so excited to bring it back and offer just as much British-inspired content for TSLL readers to enjoy. As many of you already know, TSLL has held a French Week for the past […]

This & That: Janaury 10, 2020 & A Francophile & Foodie Giveaway!

Discover the premiere of a highly applauded new series inspired by Jane Austen’s last book, the return of one of the longest running series produced by Netflix, books to tickle your creativity, train your wine palette and offer guidance on how to raise a good human, and so much more. Oh! And I cannot forget […]

TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week Round-Up (giveaway winners announced – all seven!!!)

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, […]

The Grand Finale Giveaway: A Linen Sheet Set Giveaway from Parachute

For just over one year, I have slept every night on vintage French linen sheets, and for me, it has been the sweetest sleep year of my life. In the summer heat (my house does not have a/c), linen sheets keep me far cooler than cotton sheets ever were able to do, and in the […]

A Year’s Subscription to My French Country Home Magazine, Giveaway

The talented woman behind the French lifestyle blog My French Country Home, My Stylish French Box and Brocante, Burgundy and Provençal Tours in France, and who I feel fortunate to call my friend, Sharon Santoni, has stepped into the magazine world, and Francophiles are celebrating. At the beginning of 2019, Santoni brought to fruition a […]

A Simple Everyday Luxury: A Gien Mug, giveaway

Acquiring the skill of savoring everyday pleasures and moments is a crucial ingredient of living an extraordinary life. And while one person’s everyday pleasurable moment may be different than another’s, finding what soothes you, what brings you to the present moment, is knowledge about oneself worth discovering. For me, one simple everyday pleasure is sipping […]

7 French Candles I Love & A Giveaway!

Scent is a powerful way to welcome beautiful memories of our travels, special moments and unique scents into our homes, and thus into our everyday lives. For the past four years I have been welcoming different French candles into my own home, and each time it has felt like a special, pampering moment. While I […]

Last Thoughts on British Week 2019 and the Giveaway Winners are Announced

“In Summer there were white and damask roses, and the smell of thyme and musk. In Spring there were green gooseberries and throstles [thrush], and the flowers they call ceninen [daffodils]. And leeks and cabbages also grew in that garden; and between long straight alleys, and apple-trained espaliers, there were beds of strawberries, and mint, […]

The Grand Giveaway: A Fortnum & Mason Hamper

It was a TSLL reader who first introduced me to the hampers of Fortnum & Mason (thank you Sue!). And as was shared earlier in the week in the You Might Be An Anglophile If . . . post, a hamper in Britain is a picnic basket. And a Fortnum & Mason hamper is pure […]

Roy Kirkham Fine Bone China Giveaway

Funny story. While I was traveling around France last summer, having happened upon Les Jardins de Villandry, the largest pottager in France, I purchased the Butterfly Garden Breakfast cup and saucer seen above (left-side). Thinking it was unique to that moment, which it certainly was in. many ways, upon arriving home, I discover it made […]

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 […]

The Round-Up of TSLL’s 2018 French Week (Giveaway winners announced!)

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” —Coco Chanel A week ago today, TSLL’s 3rd annual French Week began, and to say we had a full week of French-inspired posts is an understatement. At the end of today’s post, I have rounded up each of the them, organized by topic so you can […]

A Conversation with Sharon Santoni & A Very Special Giveaway

To step into Normandy, and then into Sharon Santoni’s French Country Home, the one readers have come to find such soothing beauty and infinite inspiration for bringing thoughtful décor and comforts into their lives, was a pinch-me moment to say the least. From the love-filled greeting by Gibson and Ghetto from the moment I arrived […]