This & That: July 10, 2020

Jul 10, 2020

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Sales on designer items to scoop up for your capsule wardrobe, the announcement of a much-anticipated Royal Style book, a new series for history buffs, new seasons of beloved series, new series of much-raved about series and much more.

British Finds

Emma Bridgewater Sale, 40% off

From her whimsical teacups and saucers to her playful polka hens pattern and quintessential cottage ceramic dinnerware, mugs and tea time items, be sure to shop her entire site and save 40% off through this weekend.

Below is just a glimpse of a few of the items on sale. The dog bowl is calling my name (avaialble in small and large sizes (upper left-hand corner).

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes

The much anticipated book on Royal Style inspired by Elizabeth Holmes’ well-known Instagram Stories – So Many Thoughts – finally has a release date: November 17th. I have appreciated Ms. Holmes commentary not only on each of the Duchess’ style choices (Catherine and Meghan’s), but as of late, becoming more aware of the role of race and commentary and royal treatment by the press.

A long-time style journalist for Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and other magazines, Holmes’ new book will devote one section “to each woman, and is a “celebration of their stories and their style, pairing hundreds of gorgeous photographs with extensive research.” Be sure to put this book on your wishlist or preorder now for enjoyable holiday reading.


Never Too Late

Being released today, “when a nursing home stands in the way of a 50-year courtship between James Cromwell and Jacki Weaver’s characters, four grumpy old Vietnam Vets unite to re-enact the great escape. They may have lost their memory and speed, but these renegades prove it’s never too late for new adventures, even if you have to break rules to break free.” Have a look at the trailer below and look for it on your streaming service.

Francophile FInd

French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings by Courtney Allison

Released this past May, you may know Courtney from her blog French Country Cottage of which is the same name of her first book detailing the renovation of their 1940s house. Her second book, French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings presents Allison’s breath-taking photography capturing seasonal gatherings and table settings: a simple picnic; coffee by the lake; a cheese board for friends outdoors; a bistro table for two; a long table for a formal meal. Complete with seasonal bouquets, find inspiration for your own gatherings, and elevate the everyday experience.

Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths and Secrets, 3-part series on PBS

For the past two Monday evenings, I have snuggled into my big armchair and savored viewed an episode of Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets (each episode aired Sunday evening) on PBS. A three-part series, trusted historian and playful narrator in each of her videos, Worsley’s latest series takes viewers to France and England to dispel the myths surrounding three of Europe’s most well-known, and possibly, misunderstood queens: Elizabeth I, Queen Anne, and Marie Antoinette. While the series has concluded on PBS, you can still watch the episodes via YouTube and Amazon Prime. Have a look at the trailer below.


Joie Sale

Summer style – comfortable, light, breezy and affordable! Joie’s summer sale is on, offerings a savings of 60% with promo code JULY60. I have shopped a few items below, but be sure to shop the entire sale.

Net-a-Porter semi-annual sale, up to 70% off

Net-a-Porter’s semi-annual sale is a month delayed, but it has thankfully returned, and is well worth checking out. Scoop up designer items at lovely low prices. These items, if your capsule wardrobe needs them, will be worn and appreciated for years. Have a look at a few items I have shopped below.

Rebecca de Ravenel’s classic three-drop brass and cording earrings

If you have not heard of jewelry designer Rebecca de Ravenel, let me introduce you to this lovely and talented individual. Spending her childhood in Paris and the Bahamas, her highly coveted Les Bonbons earrings exemplify her style offering the old sensibilities of the tropics, with a touch of urban flair.

Les Bonbon earrings (more colors)

Skye McAlpine Cannaregio Mugs

Known for her love of Italian food, and with a new cookbook coming out later this month, Skye McAlpine has partnered with Anthropologie to sell her tableware, and these mugs remind me a little of Gien’s. With the famous thumb rest, choose one of the three designs to elevate your morning cuppa ritual.


Queer Eye, season 6 Netflix

Premiering last month, Queer Eye‘s sixth season is now available on Netflix. I especially enjoyed the make-over of a young pediatrician, Dr. Yi, and the entire scope of the episode as it focused on a young mother’s balancing of work, marriage and raising her young daughter. Always uplifting and inspiring, tune in for many feel-good moments.

State of the Union, series

Released last year on Sundance, Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd star in Nick Hornby’s 10 minute ten episodes which capture the couple in a nearby pub minutes before they are about to attend their weekly counseling session.

Look for it on Amazon and subscribe to the Sundance channel to view. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Roasted Strawberry Shortcakes~

I think if I could capture a week of weather for a summer ideal, it would have been this week. Cloudless skies, temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s and only the gentlest of breezes.

Nearing noon, I have been regularly stepping out onto my porch to lay in the porch swing which is well shaded but near the warmth of the sun. Norman will sunbathe until the cool shadows beckon, and Oscar will nap on the rug out of the sunshine entirely. Family time at its finest and most lovely.

This weekend my family and I are celebrating the passing of an elder family member who we lost this spring (not to Covid, but due to Covid, we had to postpone the memorial). Thankfully, we can come together outdoors and provide closure and comfort as well as express our love.

I have been savoring the delightful memoir that is Shaun Bythell’s The Diary of a Bookseller, and have just finished reading the final month’s entries. Eagerly awaiting his second book’s arrival so I can dive in for more pithy observations and comical customer interactions, it tickled me to learn he has a third book being released this fall. I cannot wait to explore that one as well.

Speaking of simple delights, the cherries are nearing their peak of red exuberance in my garden, and what a dazzling display they offer on the tree (see below).

I do hope your week went well, and you are enjoying this month of July as best as you can. Below I have articles and blog posts and one upcoming film you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~The Future of Paris is Female [Lindsey Tramuta]

~The 6 Golden Rules for Eating for Longevity [Well + Good]

~I must admit, while disheartened, I understand – Most French, Germans and Spanish prefer British and American tourist to stay away [The Local FR]

~This looks like a wonderful outing – Paris is Hosting a Floating Movie Night Where Everyone Sits in Boats [Time Out]

~It’s Time to Stop Fixing – because they need to struggle [Tiny Buddha]

~How to Stop Being Passive and Start Getting What You Want [Life Hack]

~If you are looking for a awe-inspiring home to tour this Victorian Row House in Chicago’s Lincoln Park [Rue Mag]

~Read the statement the Queen and her Commonwealth Trust (the president is Prince Harry and the Vice President is the Duchess of Sussex) shared regarding their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

~The Louvre Reopens Afer a Four Month Closure! [Departures]

~When to Listen to Your Self-Doubt [Fast Company]

~The Story Behind Why and How We Vote

~How Suffering and Pain is a Catalyst for Living a Better Life [The New York Times]

~15 Stress-Relieving Techniques []

~Tour virtually 15 beautiful writers’ homes in France [Vogue FR]

~Bastille Day is coming! The Best Ways to Celebrate Wherever You Are [La Cuisine Paris]

~Monty Don shares his “things to do in your garden during July” in his latest newsletter.

~A new film I am excited to watch this fall, and maybe you will be as well – Love, Sarah. Check ou the trailer below.

9 thoughts on “This & That: July 10, 2020

  1. A great list as always. The Vogue writers’ home tour was incredibly interesting to read and swoon over the photos. Have you seen the book- Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature Hardcover by Viv Groskop? I haven’t read it yet but it looks intriguing.

  2. As always Shannon, such great suggestions for movies, books and things to do! Given your love for all things British, I wonder if you have ever read any of Kate Morton’s books? She is actually Australian, but she lives in the Cornwall region of England and writes from that perspective. She is such a vivid writer and you feel immersed in the experience.

    Your suggestion for The Diary of a Bookseller looks intriguing! I will look for it! Have a great weekend.

  3. Hello Shannon,

    Thank you for the lovely list, it is always a delight to dive into “This and That”. Just a tiny point of consideration – and probably just an autocorrector – Skye turned into Skype 🙂

    OK, back to enjoying the many items you so kindly put together.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. I had to comment on the Lincoln Park row house. I live in a suburb of Chicago and my home does not have the beautiful woodwork and architectural details of that home, however there was so much that I could take from the photos. My living room has a cream sofa, two blue chairs and a brass and glass coffee table just like the one shown. I would never have thought to add the bright green pillow on the sofa but that pop of bright color is wonderful. The small brass side table also added a modern element. Mixing modern and traditional really adds interest to a room.

    1. Linda, thank you for sharing what you found that sparked an idea for your own home. The house is full ideas for both traditional and modern aesthetics. I certainly enjoyed taking the tour myself. Thank you again for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend. 😌💛

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