This & That: July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017

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—A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch

While I am most certainly a Francophile, being an Anglophile isn’t far behind, and one of the main reasons is the English countryside. In her new book released last month, Susan Branch, a best-selling travel writer includes more than 300 images, as well as illustrations. Part travel guide and part memoir, wander through the rolling hills and historic villages and sites with Susan Branch.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A quirky, uplifting love story, Eleanor Oliphant may not know how to act as she should socially, but she is nothing but frank and authentically herself. With a little Bridget Jones and a little well, Eleanor Oliphant, critics are loving this book and couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. Predicted to be the big word-of-mouth literary hit of the year.

Jane Austen At Home by Lucy Worsley

Historian Lucy Worsley is to Britain and history what Julia Child is to America and food, as described by Amy Bloom of The New York Times, and in her new book Jane Austen at Home readers step into Jane’s world by discovering through the details the many homes she lived and worked. This past Tuesday was the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death, and so you perchance have seen many a book on the well-known and revered author being released recently, but getting to know how and where she lived might just be the way to understand her more completely. Released earlier this month, have a look and see what you discover.

Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life for Good by SeanD. Young

Released this past June award-winning psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior Sean D. Young offers practical strategies supported by science that claim to surpass The Power of Habit. Instead of changing the person, he writes, you change the process, and the book reveals the process.

Francophile Find

Lost in Paris

If you are ready to laugh and you appreciate the French culture, put this film on your list to watch. I was roaring simply watching the trailer (watch it and I dare you not to chuckle). Released earlier this year, and produced and directed by well-known Canadian and Belgium talents Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (who star in the film), Lost in Paris is slapstick comedy combined to tell an unexpected love connection all set in the City of Light. Beginning with the premise of Fiona (Gordan), who lives an orderly life, receiving a notice that her 88-year-old aunt needs her assistance (she lives in France and is played by Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva who sadly has since passed). Reluctantly, Fiona heads from Canada to Paris and the hilarious journey ensues. Take a look at the trailer below and look for it in small independent theaters near you.



Williams Sonoma’s Friends & Family Sale

Chefs, gift-givers, Williams Sonoma is having a sale on new fall items, and all you have to do is use the promo code FRIENDS to save 20%. All-Clad skillets as well as Le Creuset SIgnature Cast-Iron Deep Skillets are part of the sale, but there is much more. Have a look here.

Club Monaco Senella cashmere scarf (an additional 30% off)

No promo code necessary. Club Monaco is having a clearance sale, adding an additional 30% off. Below are a few items that caught my eye.



—Insecure, season 2 Premiere

Earlier this week Stephen Colbert had as a guest on his show the star of HBO’s hit comedy series Insecure. Issa Rae is a talent who is bringing a series inspired by her own life (but amped up for television) back for its second season. While it is a 30-minute comedy and doesn’t dive too deep into every day issues, Variety applauds it for its “specificity, depth and nuance that each episode of Insecure is like a well-made cocktail — sweet, powerful and gone too soon.” Premiering this Sunday on HBO, have a look at the trailer below:

~recipe for roasted beets & carrot salad with burrata~

Sometimes the best weeks are the weeks in which we have no expectations of them. And such was the case of this past week. Just a regular work week was expected but it involved much love, clarity, inspiration, invitations and conversations that I am still savoring, I can only hope that the future holds more regular weeks.

I hope your week went well as we cross over into the second half of July. Le Tour de France wraps up on Sunday, so I will miss seeing the beautiful bucolic French countryside each day as I reward myself for wrapping up my work for the day. However, it provided endless inspiration for travel plans and the upcoming TSLL French Week whose dates were announced this week on the blog. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~The Seine river is being reinvented! Find out how here

~Finding a good man and building an amazing relationship. Yes, there are more out there than you may have once thought.

~However, in all good relationships, tough conversations do take place. Find out how to navigate them here.

~Gardening has many benefits, one of which is helping to raise healthier happier children.

~Are you traveling internationally? Or will be soon? Find out how to dine well and properly in another country

~Trader Joe fans, read this to become a savvier shopper

~The French and food, here are 5 Tips for Shopping for Food Like the French


6 thoughts on “This & That: July 21, 2017

  1. The French shopping article should have been titled how Parisians shop. Parisian apartments have tiny kitchens, with little half-fridges of the kind found in U.S. college dorms. Parisians walk a lot, like New Yorkers, and shop along their route.
    The rest of France is more like the U.S., with bigger kitchens and fridges (ours has side-by-side fridge and freezer with icemaker), and people drive to shop at a supermarket or hypermarket. But that should be encouraging, because the rest of France probably eats even better than Parisians, despite having kitchens and shopping habits like Americans. There are prepared foods, but they tend to be relegated to busy days, not every day. People cook from scratch. It doesn’t take a huge amount of extra time, but tastes far better and is healthier. And many also go to the market for fresh produce and cheesemonger, butcher and baker for special products, buying mainly pantry items and toilet paper at the supermarket.

  2. Shannon, the link to the article about finding a good man is going to another piece – could you check on it?

  3. Shannon, thank you for the links to articles at the end of your This and That! I enjoy all your content, but these are little gems that I love to read with my Saturday morning coffee. Thanks for seeking them out and sharing them with us.

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