This & That: April 26, 2019

Apr 26, 2019

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Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey

There is little doubt this book will be an upcoming Petit Plaisir on the podcast when new episodes begin again on May 20th, but I couldn’t wait to share. Mason Currey’s second book on Daily Rituals of creatives is worth picking up. I have read, took notes and made note of the many different ways women throughout history have tended to their craft and excelled.

Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wambach

World Cup Champion Abby Wambach has written a book to read for not only inspiration but to change the conversation regarding how we attain success. As captain of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Championship Team that took home the World Cup in 2015, she details the eight approaches that were originally shared during her inspiring, now viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City (watch it below).

So Here’s the Thing . . .: Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older and Trusting Your Gut by Alyssa Mastromonaco

I will let the book’s description do the talking here, as I don’t think I could write one much better, a “no-nonsense, and no-holds-barred twenty-first-century girl’s guide to life, tackling the highs and lows of bodies, politics, relationships, moms, education, life on the internet, and pop culture. Whether discussing Barbra Streisand or The Bachelor, working in the West Wing [the author worked during the Obama’s administration] or working on finding a wing woman, Alyssa leaves no stone unturned…and no awkward situation unexamined.”


~My French Kitchen: A Book of 120 Treasured Recipes by Joanne Harris and Fran Ward

While released in 2003, author of the best-selling book Chocolat (yep, the one that turned into a book starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) has a cookbook that is worth checking out. Partnering up with acclaimed chef Fran Ward, the book shares classic recipes that remind us all to use fresh, seasonal recipes to create delicous meals each and every time – à la Simply Luxurious cooking and dining.

~Fromages: An Expert’s Guide to French Cheeses by Dominique Bouchait 

Written by an expert of 30 years living and tasting and enjoying cheese in France, Fromages, while answering 70 commonly heard questions, primarily focuses on France’s 45 A.O.P. cheeses, complete with full color images, “detailed text about terroir and origin, selection, tasting, presentation, serving, and wine pairing”. Everything one needs to know to enjoy of, if not hte best, course of the entire meal.

~Huge in France, Season 1

Real life French comedy star Gad Elmaleh stars in a new American comedy series on Netflix, and it looks to bring a good laugh to your next evening in. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy season one now.


Flippa K One-Shoulder Asymmetric Stretch-Jersey Midi Dress

Midi dresses are a perfect item to pack for your summer holiday. Pair with a lovely statement necklace, simple flat sandals, sunnies and sunscreen and voilà, summer leisure in style has arrived.

La Ligne NYC Infinite Lines Tee (more colors)

Classic and perfect for layering.

Leoffler Randall Mattie Pouch Bag, Gold

A statement handbag for the summer season when you have an evening out. With a comfortably fit handle, ideal size for everything you need and nothing more, this will be a unique statement item you can enjoy in your wardrobe for many years.

Target Britannia 4pk Wicker Patio Dining Chair Natural/Linen

April is the time to set up the porch after the long winter, and wicker furniture is always a dependable, timeless and ultimately, stylish choice. Personally, I love to take my office outdoors when I can, and these chairs would make for a wonderful “office” furniture. 😉

~recipe for Pear and Chocolate Frangipane Tart~

Last weekend was all about visiting the nursery for the first time this season to pick up the plants for my porch pots and planters, and this weekend, I am going to savor them (pictures to come soon!). By which I mean, stay home, keep the schedule loose and open, and just enjoy.

As it is Independent Bookstore Day Saturday April 27th, perhaps a visit to my favorite – Roundabout Books, here in Bend – to pick up this book. Otherwise, between a yoga class, making some early summer travel plans to a west coast city I have not seen with my own eyes for far too long and time to just be, the weekend looks quite sweet. Wishing yours will be as well. Below are a few articles and one enjoyable video I think you will love. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~It may be more than a few months before Season 3 of The Crown premieres, but here are the latest updates on what to expect, who is playing which role and more. [Vogue Paris]

~I much prefer Apéro Time over Happy Hour (yep, Francophile, I am!) and it comes down to the intention and purpose of the gathering. Read How to Host A French Apéritif to learn tips and ideas for enjoying even if you’re not in France. [Frenchly]

~10 Signs You’re Being True to Yourself [Tiny Buddha]

~Introverts in the Workplace – Truths I know I can relate to from time to time. [Introvert, Dear]

~David Lebovitz’s Five Favorite Food Shops in Paris

~A delectable Lavender Crème Brûlée to savor [Camille Styles]

~Let’s make sure women can recover from a fall from grace just as Tiger Woods recently did and be celebrated just as ecstatically. [The New York Times]

~Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes Vogue readers back through her wardrobe over the course of her career in “Don’t Wear These Clothes Again!

~Check out TSLL’s Instagram Stories to view This & That posts from the the seven years previous on this date.

~Follow TSLL (@thesimplyluxuriouslife) on Instagram for a glimpse into how to elevate the everyday.

2 thoughts on “This & That: April 26, 2019

  1. Dear Shannon,
    Every Friday your newsletter is a moment of pause and reflection for me, while I consider with the eye of the mind, your views on this or that particular issue. It’s like having a conversation with a friend. So thanks for that. I agree with you on many things. And your dinning table is a delightful piece.

    This week, as a teacher, I particularly appreciated the speech of Ms. Wambach.

    Take care, have a great week,

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