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A new-to-me series I am absolutely loving, a must-have jazz album, a new memoir from a fashion designer who has stood the test of time and will inspire you to live well, the much anticipated release of a playful film adaptation starring Judi Dench, books for the Francophile and Anglophile, a heartwarming film receiving Oscar buzz and much, much more.
—Norma Kamali I Am Invincible by Norma Kamali
As soon as I read the WSJ article and review of designer Norma Kamali’s new book, I knew I wanted to read her part memoir, part handbook. Released on February 2nd and already out of stock until March 1st, “at 75, Kamali looks—and acts—nearly half her age. The secret, she writes, is learning to age with power: Embracing a healthy lifestyle and looking forward to every milestone and the changes they bring, with the realization that reaching one’s potential has no date. With wisdom and wit, Kamali imparts her lessons on authentic beauty, timeless style, career-building, ﬁtness, and health through personal stories, worldly insight, and actionable advice designed to help women of every age create their happiest, healthiest, most successful and fulfilling lives.”
Looking forward to reading soon, with a copy on its way. 🙂
—The Panic Years: Dates, Doubts and the Mother of all Decisions by Nell Frizzell
Author Nell Frizzell has chosen to name the years between a woman’s late twenties to early forties as the panic years. Whether I agree with her choice is debatable, okay, more than debatable – I don’t agree, but I understand why this was chosen – it will catch people’s attention when they see the title for one, but I do appreciate her bringing the conversation for us all to digest in her new book released last week.
The panic years, as she defines them, characterized by a preoccupation with one major question: should I have a baby? And from there―do I want a baby? With whom should I have a baby? How will I know when I’m ready? carry the book’s focus through the freelance journalist’s (Vogue, The Guardian, Elle, Vice, The Telegraph and The Independent) own raw and hilarious experiences, shared with honesty and vulnerability.
—Lady Clementine: A Novel by Marie Benedict
A tremendous thank you to a handful of TOP Tier subscribers for recommending Marie Benedict’s novel Lady Clementine, inspired by Winston Churchill’s incredibly influencial wife. After reading Benedict’s most recent novel The Mystery of Mrs. Christie and loving it, I cannot wait to begin Lady Clementine.
Oh, to be in Britain and be able to watch Carol Klein’s new two-part gardening series. Airing on Channel 5, Klein’s new series debuted last evening in the UK with the second episode to air next week. Taped during May and June of last year in her North Devon garden which she and her husband created from basically nothing 40 years ago, be inspired to start your own garden as she shares the basics and provides inspiration for gardeners no matter what their level of expertise. (my fingers are crossed this series will come to BritBox or Acorn soon)
Finally, finally, finally, the film which was supposed to premiere in May of 2020 is now available beginning today wherever you stream your favorite films as well as available in some theaters. The 1945 original film starring Rex Harrison is the premise for a new adaption starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens, alongside Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann and Dame Judi Dench. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy this playful plot.
“Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.” Look for it wherever you stream your favorite films.
Recommended by Sharon Santoni on her blog My French Country Home, Fleur de Sel Murders was released in 2018 and looks to be a delight of a cozy mystery read set in France. (Speaking of French cozy mysteries, have you read my latest recommendations for viewing and learning a bit of French to boot!).
The third book in a six-part murder mystery series – Brittany Mystery Series – follows Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote (if picturesque) Breton coast, and the mysteries he is tasked to solve.
“The old salt farmers in the region have always said that the violet scent of the Fleur de Sel at harvest time on the salt marshes of the Guérande Peninsula has been known to cause hallucinations. Commissaire Dupin also starts to believe this when he’s attacked out of the blue in the salt works. He had actually been looking forward to escaping his endless paperwork and taking a trip to the ‘white country’ between the raging Atlantic Ocean and idyllic rivers. But when he starts snooping around mysterious barrels on behalf of Lilou Breval, a journalist friend, he finds himself unexpectedly under attack.” Oh, yep, this looks like a great series to cozy up with.
Just released, for fellow Julia Child fans, if you are looking for a gift for those who love stepping into the kitchen and appreciate Child’s playful quips and exuberance in the kitchen, this is the notecard box set to purchase.
After watching lesson #15 of Alice Waters’ Masterclass, and hearing her describe the music she prefers to play while enjoying a meal with friends at her home, I was reminded why classic jazz just works so well for such occasions. And so it seemed serendipitious this past week to learn about a recent album remastered and released this past fall capturing Ella Fitzgerald in Berlin live in concert in 1962. Learn more about why this album is such a treasure to add to your music collection. Have a listen to the voice, the crowd and the lovely jazz favorite tune below.
—Giuseppe Zanotti blush notte leather pumps (70% off)
A simple kitten pump, a classic hue to elongate the leg, and 70% off makes it all the more sweet (many sizes still available).
Jenni Kayne recently became a sponsor of The Simple Sophsticate podcast, and I am tickled to have them align with the simply luxurious approach as the LA-based clothing and decor company shares many of the same ethos – a focus on quality, timeless pieces and absolute comfort. Her cashmere overcoat in fawn (more colors avilable) is an item I scooped up with the exclusive code for TSLL readers – SIMPLE (save 15%). As it arrived yesterday, I delighted in the soft comfort and natural fall of the fabric as it draped casually around my attire. From their favorite mule shoes to home decor as well, be sure to peruse their entire site and enjoy extra savings (don’t forget the promo code SIMPLE).
A lovely spring hue, a quality design and simple to pair with a variety of tops and pumps or sandals.
—Oscar de la Renta draped wool-blend crepe dress (58% off), navy also available in size 8
Comfort and quality, chic and feminine. Only a few sizes remain.
—Seaside Hotel, (Danish series)
I cannot recommend this new-to-me series enough. I learned of it just recently, and have scooted through three seasons already! Shhh . . . 😉 I know! I know! Premiering in 2013 and with easy to follow subtitles, set on a beautiful summer coastline in Denmark between the years of 1928-1933, Seaside Hotel (six seasons) follows the same group of guests who return summer after summer to stay their three weeks getaway and the drama ensues – not only amongst the guests but with the war we all know is around the corner – interesting business decisions and life decisions add to the plot. A lovely series. I do think you will enjoy (view through PBS’s Masterpiece streaming service on Amazon Prime).
The most lovely long weekend was savored last week as the snow fell and both walks and skiing outdoors were enjoyed along with much snuggling indoors. Plans are moving along on décor projects which helps to distract from the ever-changing school schedule (we were back online this week), and just last evening, the snow returned swirling and blowing, however, melting as soon as it arrived. As I am eager for spring blooms to reveal themselves, yesterday’s weather occasion was ideal. 🙂
If you haven’t stopped by the blog this past week, be sure to check out a new-reader-favorite post – 6 Cozy French Mysteries I Have Enjoyed, and if you are looking for a simple winter dessert full of fresh pears and nutty crunch – give the Pear, Almond and Nutmeg recipe a try. As well, a new episode of the podcast was shared on Monday inspired by a book I cannot recommend more highly, and the Outfit of the Month will have you looking chic and timeless as winter comes to a close. Look for the regular monthly post, Saturday Ponderings . . . to go live this weekend (learn about becoming a TOP Tier subscriber to enjoy), and now to Friday and the start to a lovely weekend. Enjoy more than a few posts, articles and videos below, and thank you for stopping by TSLL. Until tomorrow, bonne journée.
~Discover how much exercise you need for better heart health [The New York Times]
~An introduction to growing flowers and herbs from seed [House & Garden UK]
~How to Feel Happier [LifeHack]
~The duke and Duchess of Sussex shared news to celebrate on Valentine’s Day (and the photo as well as who they chose to take it is worth checking out) [The Guardian]
~What you will want to have for dinner tonight from Nigel Slater – Chicken with Leeks [The Guardian]
~It’s true – Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional – an article to understand the difference and navigate well and productively through what comes to us all [Think Less and Grow Rich]
~Nine good signs you’re in the right relationship [Marc & Angel]
~The Rest Manifesto: 10 New Rules to Reclaim Your Right to Relax [Be More With Less]
~The Olympics are coming to Paris in 2024 and Le Tour d’Eiffel is receiving a touch-up [France24]
~Knowing the reality of how the pandemic has negatively affected mothers in the workplace is part of making sure we never let it happen again [The Cut]. On the same topic, Terry Gross talks with journalist Claire Cain Miller on Fresh Air about the strain the pandemic is putting on mothers.
~Shonda Rhimes shares her favorite room in her 1920’s Italian Villa with Architectural Digest
~Francophiles and classical music lovers, a video for you . . .