—American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton
A playful fictional tale of a rambunctious first daughter who mixes and mingles with the congressmen on Capitol Hill, much to her dismay, but along the way earns the nickname as the Other Washington Monument. Alice Roosevelt leads one unique life in Washington D.C. and the plot is sure to entertain.
—Paris, 7 a.m. by Liza Wieland
Set in June 1937, author Liza Wieland imagines what three life-changing weeks in Paris may have been like for Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop, as the city was on the precipice of war.
—Ludlow Garden Table, Rowen & Wren
Take me outside and let me soak up the sun whilst poking about in the garden from time to time. This galvanized iron finished small dining table could fit in unassumingly with nearly any decor. Perfect for dining al fresco or a potting station for working outside, a simple, yet timeless addition to the outdoor furniture.
—Palm Leaf Woven Basket (small or large), Rowen & Wren
Woven baskets are worth collecting, but also, and most importantly, using for practical purposes as well. I am smitten by these palm leaf woven baskets, and their price is quite nice as well.
Trays are always a good idea to have on hand for a variety of reasons in the home. I actually saw this tray in person last week in San Francisco, and can attest, it is large, sturdy and lovely to use as decor and/or serving a delicious breakfast in bed.
—Serena & Lilly Sandbar Tray (3 sizes)
And since we are looking at trays, these are a bit less expensive (2 of the 3), and available in an oval, square and rectangular shape. Having one similar in my home for years, I regularly use it for serving or storing reading material.
It happened last week that I was watching Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and while I fast-forwarded through one of the interviews, I am glad I keeping watching until the musical act performed (which I do not often do). Jessie Buckley performed the lead song of the new movie Wild Rose. And while at the time, I had never heard of the film, as soon as I heard the song, I wanted to know more about the story. Critics are very excited about this film and Buckley’s performance. Go ahead and read NPR’s review and have a listen to the main song of the film that showcases Jessie Buckley’s voice magnificently – Glasgow (No Place Like Home). The trailer is below.
—Death in Provence: A Novel by Serena Kent
Summer reading is all about leisure and escape, and Serena Kent’s new cozy mystery is exactly that. Taking readers to Provence, and the main character Penelope to a farmhouse in The Luberon, the mystery begins when she finds something (or should I say, someone) in the swimming pool that should not be there.
—The Heart of France, a Victoria magazine book
Victoria magazine often publishes thematic books on the countries of France and England, and while their The Heart of England is hard to find, their The Heart of France is worth checking out. Discover chic boutiques, inns and restaurants in this classic homage to France which was published in 2001.
Eyelet, white and loose. A wonderful blouse for summer style and leisure.
—Reformation Cosa Dress (more colors)
Wearing dresses in the summer is one of the best ways to feel comfortable in the heat and look sensational, and Reformation continues to offer lovely new prints and designs perfect for the season.
—Serena & Lilly Cavallo Linen Pajamas (more colors)
Linen is a quality choice for not only homewares, but clothing as well, and these linen pajamas are classic and will carry you through all four seasons as your skin will be able to breathe with ease.
Speaking of linen, a simple linen camisole to add a touch of color to your summer wardrobe.
I do believe I have France on my mind, especially after you look at the list of links and videos shared below. After awakening my tastebuds last week in San Francisco, I am excited to hop over to France for more food excursions. Be sure to follow along on Instagram.
But in the meantime, I do hope this past week treated you well. It was nice to settle back into my home, spend oodles of time with the boys and enjoy a thundershower now and then. Stepping into my kitchen whenever the mood struck was also a pleasure (a few pics were shared on IG Stories), and with an opportunity to return to Afternoon Live in Portland to talk about food as well, I felt very fortunate indeed. Below are a handful of links you might enjoy, and two wonderful videos, one of which had me laughing so hard I was crying when I first viewed it. I do hope you enjoy, and until Monday, bonne journée.
~David Lebovitz shared his list of the best restaurants, bistros, bakeries and cocktail bars in Paris
~Marc and Angel share their list of 8 Little Wake-Up Calls You Need to Receive Before It’s Too Late
~Staying in Paris, The New York Times shared A Year in Paris That Transformed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
~Jacquemus revealed their 10th anniversary Spring 2020 collection amongst the lavender in Provence this past week, and it is a collection and a setting in the South of France to enjoy gazing at. The look below caught my eye and style taste. [Vogue]
~Enjoy two videos this week. One, from Alex the French Guy Cooking who shares where he found Paris’ best croissant.
~And two, James Corden goes to the Champs-Élysées and brings Les Miserables. It is a fantastic 12 minutes that will have you laughing, dancing and enjoying.