This & That: August 16, 2019

Aug 16, 2019

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Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Based on the 2012 bestselling novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, the film opens in theaters today. Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchette stars as Bernadette in the comedic plot that follows a mother determined to reconnect with her creative self. Her adventure takes her all the way to Antarctica (they filmed in Greenland) where a rediscovery and reconnection occurs. Have a look at the trailer below, as well as her recent interview about the film and a funny anecdote the actress shares about being called “Cate Upton” (her husband’s last name is Upton) on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and enjoy watching this film with one of the most talented actresses at its helm to lead the way.

Francophile Finds

Constance DeSanti Papeterie

First introduced to Constance DeSanti’s paper designs by Sharon Santoni, I became a fan immediately. Using her weekly planner (aka as semainiers) this summer at my desk to help me see visually what each day has in store, her beautiful artwork makes the everyday routine a little bit more lovely.

Do It In Paris, blog

Looking for fun and inspired new ways to enjoy Paris? The Do It In Paris team (there is a French website and an English version) offers regular posts and updates on the goings-ons in the City of Light.

France in the World: A New Global History by Patrick Boucheron

Whether you are a Francophile or a history aficionado, France in the World is a new book that marries detailed history, beginning in 34,000 BC and running until 2015, with popular history to provoke insight and intrigue. “Each chapter covers a significant year from its own particular angle–the marriage of a Viking leader to a Carolingian princess proposed by Charles the Fat in 882, the Persian embassy’s reception at the court of Louis XIV in 1715, the Chilean coup d’état against President Salvador Allende in 1973 that mobilized a generation of French left-wing activists”.

Manet and Modern Beauty exhibit, Chicago

If you happen to live in or near Chicago, or will be traveling to the city soon, there is a worthwhile art exhibit to see. Currently open and running through September 8th at The Art Institute of Chicago, Manet and Modern Beauty is open to the public. This is the first art exhibit dedicated exclusively to Édouard Manet in over 50 years and explores his progression until the latter part of his career. Have a look at a peek of what you will see if you have the opportunity to visit the exhibit.

Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis by Alice Kaplan

While released more than a few years ago, Alice Kaplan opens up the biographies of three young women who after WWII leave to study and/or live and learn in Paris, and all forever become changed by the French culture. Each of these three women return to America and bring their influences with them. One to the white house, another to the art and film world in Manhattan and beyond, the third to academia and all to the political world they found themselves in the mid twentieth century.

That’s Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light multiple authors contributing

An anthology of stories, memories and experiences described by more than seven different writers who are either Parisians, Francophiles or travelers and each of whom fell in love with the city that still hold a piece of it in their hearts. 


KitchenAid limited edition model

Perhaps to purchase as a gift or perhaps to welcome into your own home if you have been waiting to add the kitchen tool that will last a lifetime – a KitchenAid mixer. Williams-Sonoma’s limited editon 5-quart mixer comes complete with a ceramic bowl and is professional grade. What a beauty, non?


One detail that is always worth having in our lingerie capsule wardrobe (episode #42) is comforable as well as beautiful sleepwear. Today I have gathered up three different items. The Eberjey pairing is beautiful in its simplicity and each of La Perla’s items are available in different sizes and colors, so be sure to check them out. Certainly all of them are investment pieces, but when you welcome quality items into your wardrobe, they will not only last for quite some time but look and feel good for a good long time as well. Enjoy perusing.

—Eberjey Lucie Sweetie Cami and Shorts

La Perla Silk Chemise (more colors and sizes here)

—La Perla Silk Camisole and Silk Shorts (many colors available)

Visit La Perla’s direct site for more sizes and more colors.


I Am Patrick Swayze

For some of us who grew up having watched and enjoyed the film Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze holds a special nostalgic place in our hearts – “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”. Yep, those of you who know what scene I am talking about, know what I mean. Swayze died far too young at the age of 57 from pancreatic cancer in 2009. I Am Patrick Swayze is a new documentary which airs this Sunday on the new channel Paramount examing his story: his charm and his success in movies and in life. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Flourless Espresso Chocolate Cake~

Friday has arrived, and while this week is and will continue through this weekend to be French Week here on the blog. I tried to include a few items that were not Francophile associated, but as you can no doubt see above and below, French-inspired was the theme. Next week the blog will certainly get back to its regular schedule and content, but for all the TSLL Francophile readers, I do hope you are enjoying the week so far.

We still have four more posts to share (one more today – a giveaway; two tomorrow – one of which will be the last giveaway with only one day to enter, so be sure to stop by as quickly as possible; and the round-up post on Sunday), and it certainly has been a fun and full week. I have thoroughly enjoyed your comments, engagement both here and on social media and hearing about your excitement and what you have enjoyed most.

~For a limited time, through the end of French Week (Sunday August 18th), each of TSLL’s books, signed copies are reduced 25%. No promo code is necessary. Click here to shop.

As the weekend begins, I hope you are looking ahead to some time to do what you love. I think I’ll be taking in the new film starring Cate Blanchette shared above, reading, and yep, most likely relaxing a bit after a busy week. Wishing you a wonderful next few days and thank you for stopping by. Bonne journée.

~HiParis shares the Best French Beauty, Skincare and Haircare Products Parisian Women Swear By

~Discover 7 Ways to Style Your Home with Natural Linen [House Beautiful]

~The Paris of the south of France – Aix en Provence! If you’re going or wish to go, save this article – The Best Hotels in Aix-en-Provence [Le Long Weekend]

~And if you’re heading to Paris and want to stay in a boutique hotel as I did this summer, Everyday Parisian has just shared a new list of 5 New Boutique Hotels in Paris

~If you’re headed to Paris in the next couple of months, be sure to read this article – the Mona Lisa has moved, temporarily [The New York Times]

Aerin Lauder’s Apartment in Paris, cover of Elle Decor, September 2019, read the profile piece here.

~Since we’re talking about the Louvre, Paris’ overcrowded Louvre to Make reservations Compulsory [France 24]

~So why not step outside of Paris and head up north to Rouen (check out my visit last summer). As the Telegraph UK shares – Why Rouen is the Best Place in France for Foodies

~And if you’re traveling to France, a bit of a brush up on the language is never a bad idea. A Good Life France shares 5 ways to learn French online

~Travelers – which category do you fall into? Carry-on vs. Checked Baggage [The Washington Post]

~If you’re looking to spruce up your capsule lingerie wardrobe, Who What Wear has shared 11 Linger Brands All French Girls Swear By

~As inspired by Julia Child’s post yesterday, a post about love – How to Love: 14 Ways to Be a More Loving Partner [LifeHack]

~Garance Doré recently shared a profile piece on photographer Jamie Beck and her life in Provence

~I have two videos for you this week. One for life inspiration and one for garden inspiration. If you love the garden or are looking to welcome more herbs into your cooking and growing space, Paul Allen Smith shares a detailed episode on more than a few herbs to include and what to do with them. And secondly, advice that I wholeheartedly agree with comes from Marie Forleo and is worth heeding If you are wrestling with any sort of fear at the moment.

5 thoughts on “This & That: August 16, 2019

  1. Truly a great article. So much to look at. And that Kitchenaid is amazing. Thanks for your inspiration and hard work.

  2. Patrick Swayze AND Paul Allen Smith?! And throw in a little lingerie and kitchen doo-dadery and inside skincare info –a woman after my own heart. And love all the other fab things, of course.
    And in reference to the Manet exhibition in Chicago, which looks wonderful, the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth TX has the exhibition of “Monet: The Late Years” hanging through Sept. 15: .
    Those French art dudes were awesome.

  3. Thank you for bringing this movie to our attention. I will read the book from Maria Sempre first, looks like a lovely book !

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