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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 to share something special and extra in today’s This & That: a truly luxurious giveaway to one lucky TSLL. If you love good food and the French culture, you have stopped by the right place. Here is this week’s This & That. Enjoy!
Released this past November, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares in her own words her thoughts on life – from the professional experiences she has gained to the personal. With conversations recorded over the past twenty years with the head of the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen, discover Ginsburg’s “favorite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, how to lead a productive and compassionate life, and of course the future of the Supreme Court itself”.
—The International Best Dressed List: The Official Story by Amy Fine Collins
Released this past October, the history of The International Best Dress is now available for the public to discover. Told by insider and IBDL Hall-of-Famer Amy Fine Collins, discover “the complete history of the much-lauded and highly visible International Best-Dressed List (IBDL) launched by Eleanor Lambert, ‘Godmother of Fashion,’ in 1940”. Full of illustrations and photographs, if you love fashion and history, this is the book to have in your library.
Released last April, ceramicist and author Rae Dunn shares her favorite techniques for approaching a blank page and creating art. Full of colorful illustrations and artwork that will catch your eye, Dunn shares and inspires readers to discover the beauty in everyday objects, sights, and unexpected places, as well as offering tips, prompts, and exercises designed to help you trust your instincts and inspire creativity.
Acclaimed wine writer (and the man behind the column I shared last week which broke down the tariffs and how they will effect French wine) John Bonné “explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits” with his new book The New Wine Rules. “For example: A wine’s price rarely reflects its quality. You can drink rosé any time of year. Don’t save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day”. I love and appreciate these tidbits already, and could not agree more. Meant to be savored, meant to be paired, meant to be enjoyed, Bonné book will educate but also liberate you when it comes to wine and perhaps remind you what it’s really all about.
Released this past December, Raising Good Humans shares “mindfulness skills for calming your own stress response when difficult emotions arise, strategies for cultivating respectful communication, effective conflict resolution, and reflective listening as well as how to examine your own unhelpful patterns and ingrained reactions that reflect the generational habits shaped by your parents, so you can break the cycle and respond to your children in more skillful ways”. While I may not have kids, this book sounds like a worthwhile read to be a better human no matter what our age.
Cookbook & Francophile Find
If you love France, food and adventure, chef Alice Waters’ book (released in 2016) is a fun read to pick up. Inspired by her daughter Franny, Waters shares forty recipes to help any curious individual learn how to feel more confident in the kitchen as well as perhaps become even more intriqued and enamored with the French culture and cuisine.
—The Citizenry Merapi Storage Baskets (2 different sizes and colors)
I have had my eye on these storage baskets as of late as I am looking for one basket to place in my mudroom for a recyclable bin for my weekly newspapers. While they quickly sell out when they become available, these durable hand-braided baskets from Indonesia are worth waiting for, and as soon as you receive the alert that they are back in stock, be sure to pounce.
Francophile & Foodie Lover’s GIVEAWAY
—My Stylish French Box, Dans ma Cuisine (February 2020 box)
One lucky TSLL reader will receive Sharon Santoni’s expertly curated My Stylish French Box when the February 2020 box is shipped to subscribersc next month. As with each box, there is a theme, and this season’s theme is one of my favorites – Dans ma Cuisine. So for all of you cooks out there who are looking for a look and taste of France, this is the box you will want to patiently wait to arrive. The contents will undoubtedly be worth the wait.
AND, beginning this year, Sharon has begun a new tradition with My Stylish French Box that is called My Golden French Key. One lucky receipient of the seasonal box deliveries will contain a Golden Key with a decorative tag and secret code. The person who finds the key in their box can contact My Stylish French Box (aka Sharon Santoni and team) with the code and they will receive a beautiful gift of over $300 in value, from one of our partner brands. In the February box, the gift will be one of Annick Goutal’s luxurious products (see right).
How do you enter?
- Leave a comment on this post
- Enter by next Thursday January 16th
- Ad-Free Subscribers (monthly and yearly), you may enter twice (leave two comments). Make sure you are commenting with the email address you have subscribed with so we can confirm your double entry.
- The winner will be announced in next week’s This & That post, so be sure to stop by and see if you are the lucky winner. If you are the winner, you will need to contact me to claim your giveaway by Sunday January 19th. After the 19th, a new winner will be randomly selected if not claimed by the original winner chosen.
Don’t want to take your chances and want to purchase your Dans ma Cuisine box right now? I do not blame you as I immediately requested a box for myself as well. There are still boxes available (yep, there is a limited supply), but you can order yours here until supplies run out. Once your order is confirmed, you can expected to receive your box in mid-to late February. Sharon ships around the world, so wherever you call home, you can always welcome a touch of France. Bonne chance!
—Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Stripe Cashmere Blanket Scarf (two colors)
It has begun to remain in the freezing temperatures as of late in Bend, and I am in constant search of cozy scarves. Needless to say, these cashemre scarves held my attention and look exceptionally cozy at a fair price (currently 40% off).
—Vince Boiled Cashmere Dolman Boatneck Pullover (three colors)
Yet another cozy comfort – a cashmere sweater with a boatneck neckline (my favorite). Yep, this would be one I could live in all day during the weekend.
The sixth season of Grace & Frankie premieres this coming Wednesday on Netflix, and the good news is, they are already planning to begin taping season 7 which means it will become the longest running Netflix series in the video streaming company’s history! After checking out the trailer below, this season looks to be quite entertaining, and I look forward to next weekend enjoying a few hours of laughter.
—Sanditon, on PBS Masterpiece
Premiering this Sunday in the states on PBS Masterpiece (9pm) is the now finished Jane Austen novel, Sanditon (the series premiere in August 2019 in the UK).
“Jane Austen was chronically ill with a mysterious disease in early 1817, when she turned her thoughts to a happier subject. She started work on a witty and delightful novel set in a seaside town. She never finished it. Now, noted screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Les Misérables, Primetime Emmy winner for Little Dorrit) picks up Austen’s plot and takes it in a glorious and satisfying direction, on Sanditon“. View the trailer of Season 1 below and settle in Sunday evening for the two hour premiere which begins the eight episode season. (and read the book here)
The first week back to work, and admittedly, it does take some getting used to; however, perhaps this adjustment reality is a signal that our time away went exceptionally well. While I was looking forward to returning to the classroom to see my students, it was a shift, as I miss my boys terribly when I go back; however, it went well, and for that I am grateful.
This weekend Bend is supposed to be greeted by a snow storm as are many other parts of the country, so for everyone about to receive some snow, stay warm, stay safe and enjoy cozying up inside or if you are going outside, have fun!
Before signing off today I want to extend my thoughts to Australia and all those affected by the horrendously heartbreaking fires. My heart upon continuing to hear of the ongoing tragic destruction and loss has been with you all, and as a TSLL reader if you are wondering how you can help no matter where you call home, read this article by The New York Times which shares specific organizations you can work with and how they will help. Thinking of you all, the animals especially and as well. Stay safe.
Below I have gathered more than a few articles and one video I think you will enjoy. Many of them this week are Francophile themed in celebration of the generous giveaway from Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Box (don’t forget to leave a comment below to enter!), but there are many more as well. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée.
—Simple Health Advice to Heed in 2020 in 48 Words [The New York Times]
—Real Simple shares their Month-by-Month Guide to Having Your Best Financial Year Ever
—Learn about the 10 Clasic French Breads You’ll Find in Boulangeries Across France [Talk in French]
—Could it be true? Brains of Regular Tea Drinkers are More Organized and Efficient? [Inc.]
—Top 5 Paris Cafes Right Now according to Hip Paris
—The Brexodus is Real! Find out what it is and why it’s happening. [Complete France]
—A makeover is coming to an iconic part of Paris [The Guardian]
—But we must stay abreast of the Transit Strike in France as well – now the longest one in more than 50 years [Travel & Leisure]
—Whether you are traveling to France or not, a Francophile list to read – 12 Resolutions to Live Your Best French Life [Frenchly]
—The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) announced unprecedented news on Wednesday. Make sense of it all here and how it will move forward into being. [BBC]
—Michelle Obama offers insight and guidance about overcoming Imposter Syndrome. Take a look. I think you will be inspired and reassured to step into your awesomeness.