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Books to find even more creativity and opportunity, chic capsule wardorbe ideas, a new British culture podcast, a film receiving Oscar buzz, David Suchet hosts a historical journey into an iconic author’s personal story, an international best-selling book on elevating the everyday and eradicating anxiety and much, much more.
—The Art of Possiblity: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
While originally published in 2000, The Art of Possibility comes highly recommended and after reading the synopsis, I put it on my wishlist promptly. Sharing twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity and a sense of possibility into all of your endeavors, authors Rosamund Stone Zander’s knowledge of cutting-edge psychology and Benjamin Zander’s experiences as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra offer readers “deceptively simple practices are based on two premises: that life is composed as a story (‘it’s all invented’) and that, with new definitions, much more is possible than people ordinarily think.”
—Power Hour by Adrienne Herbert
Brought to my attention by a TSLL reader, and originally first published in the UK, Power Hour speaks to that first hour in the morning which when intentionally used well can offer powerful, positive changes in our life.
Coming recommended to me from long-time readers of TSLL, Jay Shetty’s Think Like a Monk, published this past September, has received astronomical praise and high reviews. Host of the #1 ranked podcast On Purpose, Jay Shetty “distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life.”
Anglophiles and British readers, tune in to a new podcast created by Country & Town House magazine. Hosted by culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf, they discuss the week’s cultural offerings with an edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape. Most recently, Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame joins the show in episode #26.
I happened upon this 2014 PBS featured spotlight on Agatha Christie, her personal world, explored by the one and only David Suchet (aka Hercules Poirot) and was intrigued. Learn specifically what happened during those 12 days Christie went missing in 1926, meet her biographer who offers even more insight into her life as well, learn about her writing process. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy watching on Amazon Prime.
Released today on Hulu, Lee Daniels directs Audra Day (nominated for a Golden Globe and there is much talk about an Oscar nod as well) in a film inspired by the 2016 book Chasing the Scream. Set in the 1940s, jazz singer Billie Holiday is targeted by the government in an effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial song, “Strange Fruit.” Read the review from The New York Times and check out the trailer below.
—While Paris Slept: A Novel by Ruth Druart
First-time novelist Ruth Druart’s novel reveals the plot through alternating perspectives – one set in Paris 1944 and the other Santa Cruz 1953. “While Paris Slept reflects on the power of love, resilience, and courage when all seems lost. One woman must make the hardest decision of her life in this unforgettably moving story of resistance and faith during one of the darkest times in history.”
—Able Krista washed leopard suede slide (more colors)
Made by a company dedicated to “ethical fashion that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty around the world”, Able’s slides look both comfortable and statement making.
One of the best-selling blouses for Equipment, and one I have in my closet as well (and have enjoyed wearing for at least five years), the Adalyn is a staple that feels good against the skin and flatters the neckline beautifully.
J. Crew is having a worth-checking out sale, and their Classic-fit crisp cotton poplin, navy and white stripe shirt dress caught my eye – navy and stripe were shared at the top of the post (more stripe colors).
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I am always looking for stripes, and navy stripes are typically the first to catch my eye. This casual v-neck, collared sweater is as unique in design as it is classic.
—Tulipano Bag (more colors available)
Bring on spring! A leather tote which brightens your day just looking at it. 🙂
—Vince Double Breasted Long Coat (cotton)
A classic, high-quality trench. Stunning.
More snow is supposed to visit today, but I know that spring is just around the corner. My alliums were seen emergying from the ground, and this weekend I will be tidying up the yard – cutting back the Karl Foerster grasses, sowing seeds and taking a day (or two) to celebrate my birthday. A quiet affair for sure, but the fact that it falls on the weekend is quite lovely.
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With days that bounce back and forth between hints of spring and reminders of the season that is nearing its end, I cannot help but savor the cozy moments inside as I know they will be fewer (which I will be okay with as well) as March begins to unfold. I have a couple of books which I will be enjoying this weekend, projects I am gradually making progress on and pups to snuggle with. It doesn’t get much better, non? 🙂
Thank you very much for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful final weekend in February. Below are a handful of articles and one video I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.
~The creative power of walks in the park [Pick the Brain]
~Dreaming of France? Dreaming even bigger and thinking about buying in France – Six things to think about before you do [The Local]
~And once you get it, here’s an article to read as we navigate through the countries semi-vaccinated months [The Atlantic]
~Tour this historical British garden to welcome the tranquility into your day. Shute House – landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s garden. You may have seen it in Monty Don’s The Secret History of British Gardens (did you know Jellicoe is held in highest regard by Monty? Yep. Tour the garden here.
~The GOlden Globe Awards will air this Sunday at 8pm (eastern), hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, which means I will tune in just to see these two if nothing else. Check out the nominee list here.
~How to learn to let go of what you can’t control [LifeHack]
~How to use pattern in interior decorating [House & Garden UK]
~20 Things to Stop Letting People Do To You [Marc & Angel]
~Let’s slip away to the British countryside and rent one of these idyllic holiday cottages, shall we? [House & Garden UK]
~Worth pondering thoughts on social currency, what it is, why we lack it and why we need to bolster it from New York Times columnist and PBS Newshour contributor David Brooks.