This & That: June 21, 2019

Jun 21, 2019

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Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France 

Releasd earlier this month, Tan France of Queer Eye fame just released his new memoir. Sharing his journey of finding his voice and style, get to know Tan for far more than just the French Tuck that he is often deservedly credited with.

The Plaza: The Secret Life of the Most Famous Hotel by Julie Satow

Released earlier this month, lovers of New York City and/or architectural and cultural history will discover The Plaza and its history, beginning with the Gilded Age to today’s Billionaire Row.

British Find

The Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love and Britain Becomes Modern by Robert Morrison

Released in April, The Regency Years is an engaging history of an era of British history that is often overshadowed by the Victorian Age. The Regency era period – 1811-1820 – taking place when the Prince of Wales, future King George IV replaces his father – King George III. Think Jane Austen, the Shelleys, the Napoleonic Wars and discover how this time period contributed immensely to the modernity of Britain that we know today.


Love and Lemons Every Day: More Than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal by Jeanine Donofrio

Released in April, this vegetable forward cookbook comes from the bestselling authof of The Love & Lemons Cookbook, sharing 100 new vegetarian recipes for any meal of the day. Imaginative takes on classics, sharing skills for all eaters as she shares go-to cooking tips and alternatives for dietary restrctions, Love and Lemons Every Day is a resource to improve your culinary prowess.


Serena & Lilly Tortola lanterns

Add a touch of the beach or coast to your outdoor or indoor decor with these rattan and wrought iron lanterns that hold a large cylinder candle to add special, soft ambiance. Having seen these in person yesterday at Serena & Lilly shop on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, they are sturdy, stunning and something you are certain to love.


The Gardener

A big thank you to a TSLL reader for recommending this film. The Gardener was released in 2018 and more recently in the states on Amazon Prime this past spring. The film is a documentary which reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. At the age of 86, shortly before he passed away, horticulturalist and gardener Frank Cabot shares his quest for garden perfection at his Les Quatre Vents in Quebec. Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Finds

A Bite Size History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment by Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell

Explore the history and legends of the beloved food and wine in France. Released this last month, readers will travel through some of the most famous cities in France as well as through hidden and lesser known destinations discovering the regional cuisine and how history has played a role in the food and drink the French are much known for.

My Stylish French Box, August – Provence

Slip away to Provence with Sharon Santoni’s Stylish French Box for August as it centers around a Provençal theme. Two years ago Sharon offered a Provence-inspired box, and it was a dream to receive (this basket was one of the contents). Although subscribers never know what they will receive, I am confident enough based on my own experience of receiving more than a few boxes that you will not be disappointed.


Becoming Wise

Author Krista Tippett takes the idea of her book of the same name to in-depth audio conversations. Listen to big conversations with wise and graceful lives such as Eckhart Tolle, Paulo Coelho, Eve Ensler and more.

Clear & Vivid with Alan Alda

Kicking off the fourth season earlier this month, long-time actor Alan Alda of M*A*S*H fame hosts his own podcast with the goal of helping listeners connect better with others in everay area of their lives. Interviewing former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and award-winning actress Carol Burnett this new season, check out every season to see which interview speaks to you.

~recipe for Brown Butter, Miso & Walnut Dark Chocolate Blondies~

Good morning and happy summer (winter!)! The longest day is upon us, and having just returned from San Francisco, it was been a treat to enjoy the long sun-filled days far beyond 8 pm (as well as begin seeing daylight in the early morning hours of 5 am). Savoring every minute of daylight.

Be sure to check out my IG posts (@thesimplyluxuriouslife) and 200 pictures and videos shared and saved in my IG Stories Highlights: San Fran Trip – Part 1 & 2. More posts will be sure to come, but this will certainly offer a virtual trip to the lovely city by the bay – full of food, flowers, favorite destinations and many trolley pictures. 🙂

Wishing you a lovely weekend, and thank you for stopping by. Until Monday bonne journée!

~The powerful life choice of setting boundaries for introverts, [Introverts, Dear]

~Discover what Lindsey Tramuta of Lost in Cheeseland’s perfect day in Paris would be [Hip Paris]

~Discover what Conde Naste ranks as the Best Museums and Galleries in Paris

~Do you love print books? Read this and ease your mind – Printed Books Aren’t Going Anywhere and Why That’s a Good Thing [Verily]

3 thoughts on “This & That: June 21, 2019

  1. Thanks Shannon for recommending Alan Alda’s podcast . I am a massive fan since ‘Hawkeye’ but the table’s turned and he’s now the interviewer. Should be interesting?

  2. Dear Shannon,

    Thanks for Friday’s Newsletter. I hope you had a delectable weekend. 🙂

    Here are my favourites of the week:

    – How to Enjoy Grocery Shopping – I love grocery shopping and one of my favourite things to do when I travel is to visit local groceries and gourmet shops, to source for really local and regional food, the real thing with the real flavour, you know what I mean? The only difficulty is to explain to people why do I want to spend my time doing that… 😉

    – “The Gardner”; Tan France texts…; “Printed Books Aren’t Going Anywhere…” (thank goodness!); and setting boundaries for introverts (thanks for helping to create awareness);

    – last not not least, baking with miso, left me intrigued. I never tried this, but will remedy this “fault” asap. 😉

    I am looking forward to the new season of your Cooking Show.

    Have a nice week!
    Greetings from sunny Germany,

    1. Thank you for stopping by Isabel. 🙂 Thank you for sharing how you love perusing grocery shops and gourmet markets while you are traveling. It is intriguing and fascinating and appetizing, non? 🙂 Wishing you a lovely week and thank you for stopping by! All my best,


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