This & That: June 7, 2019

Jun 07, 2019

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Grace & Stella Rose Facial Spray

Currently on my desk in my office and on my desk in my classroom is Grace & Stella’s Rose Facial Spray. A refreshing spritz at different times throughout the day is all I do, and this bottle will last for seemingly ever. I use it to keep my face moisturized, but it can also help set your make-up. And it smells lovely as well. Needless to say, it is a moment that gives a deep breath of respite for the skin and the day no matter what may be taking place.


City Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

Beloved author and one of the few authors I follow on Instagram as she is always sharing inspiring, lift-you-up content, Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel was released this past Tuesday. Set in 1940s New York City in the throes of the world of theater, the narrator is a woman advanced in her years reflecting on her life. Told with “both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love”. 

Mistress of the Ritz: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

Released last month, if you love both history and a good story, Melanie Benjamin’s new novel is one to take a look at. Based on the “real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris”, the director of the Ritz hotel and his wife Claude and Blanche cater to the secrets of the famous historical names now associated with the Ritz, as well as navigate the secrets they withhold from each other. Intrigue, mystery and history all rolled into one. Sounds like a great read for that long trek on your travels.

The Strawberry Thief by Joanna Harris

Being released later this month, the best-selling author of Chocolat shares a story that returns readers to the quiet, yet tempestuous French village that was the setting for the multi-million copies being sold. “When old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray”. Look for it to become available on July 9th.

British Find

A Royal Night Out

TSLL’s annual British Week may have wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, but the recommendations continue to be shared, and this film was shared with me from a TSLL reader, and I just want to say thank you. It was a delightful romp through a one 24-hour period. Set on V-E Day in England, a young future queen and her sister gain their parent’s permission and create a memory they won’t soon forget. While the rumor is that Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were able to enjoy this night with the masses, no one can be sure nor, if they did, know what happened. But it is fun to imagine as this film most certainly does. Find it on Amazon Prime and view for free. Released in 2015, have a look at the trailer below.


Spring Blossom Table Lamp, navy, set of 2 – One King’s Lane

Thoughtful statement pieces welcomed into our homes can elevate our sanctuaries in amazingly unexpectedly awesome ways, and this pair of navy print lamps may just be a signature piece to say yes to.

Francophile Find

Murder in Bel-Air (An Aimée LeDuc Investigation) by Cara Black

Mystery writer Cara Black’s latest novel has just been released this week. The 19th novel in her Aimée LeDuc series, this mystery is set in the 12th arrondissement and involves international spycraft, post-colonial Franco-African politics and a French neighborhood that has more than a few secrets of their own.

La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style by Henrietta Heald

Released this past February, if you are looking for French decor inspiration, have a look at La Vie Est Belle as readers will be invited to step into 18 homes from around the country.  From “chateaux to farmhouses, as well as the regions in which they are set, including Normandy, Brittany, the Ile de Ré, Paris, Provence, the Loire, and Bordeaux”.

Literary Paris: A Photographic Tour by Nichole Robertson

Having had the opportunity read Literary Paris, if you are looking for a delightful collection of images from modern Paris that enable you to escape to the city and be reminded of its literary past, you will enjoy this book. Visit historic bookstores and tucked-away cafes, as well, find inspiration with the many quotes dispersed throughout from French literary greats such as Balzac and Colette.

Rouje Claude Safari Jacket

Rouje is a must-shop French clothing brand that offers timeless items for a moderate price. This safari jacket caught my eye as a great layering piece for more casual or summer evening events (other colors are also available).


Amour Vert

If you haven’t taken a look at Amour Vert’s online shop, and are looking for businesses to support that are sustainable curators of fashion, be sure to do so soon. With 97% of their limited quantities available clothing made in California, which each purchase, a tree is planted in North America. As you no doubt know, Amour Vert translates to Green Love, and that is just what they are trying to do: love our planet earth by creating responsibly sourced items without making more than what is in demand. All of this also means that the most popular items go fast, such as the Renta Silk Blouse which immediately caught my eye. But there are many more items that I think you will find beautiful and timeless. I have shopped a few items below, but be sure to peruse their entire site.


Younger, season 6 premiere

The summer television season has begun, and one series that tends to be viewed in my house on leisurely summer evenings after a work day is Younger. Season 6 kicked off last night. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Earl Grey + Salted Caramel Brownies~

A weekend that will just be a regular weekend. Psst – my favorite type of weekend. 🙂 Tending to the yard, reading a good book, checking out a French movie that just came to a boutique theater in town, and making a good meal or two. That sounds like an absolutely perfect itinerary to me (of course, there will be walks with the boys sprinkled throughout).

Wishing you a lovely weekend as well, and a few articles and one interview below that you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~David Lebovitz shares his recommended New York City restaurants and bakeries

~Discover the 20 Best Streets in Paris according to The Earful Tower readers (pictures included)

~Discover how a 27-year old librarian became the new champion on Jeopardy, dethroning the second winningest champion in the show’s history. [The New York Times]

~Discover how to be peaceful and balanced in a world of chaos [High Existence]

~Find your voice with these 9 Easy Ways to Speak Your Truth [Tiny Buddha]

~Inclusive Sizing is Changing the Fashion World, but stepping away from a former word of popular use [The Wall Street Journal]

~Want to step into the kitchen this weekend? Try this easy Beignet Recipe, New Orleans-Style [Kitchn]

~On Monday, Apple announced iTunes will be no more. Discover what it will evolve into. [The New York Times]

~Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel was released on Tuesday, City Girls, and Marie Forleo sat down with her to talk about her toughest creative challenge yet. Have a look below.

5 thoughts on “This & That: June 7, 2019

  1. I think you will enjoy ‘ The Strawberry Thief ‘ Shannon.
    It continues the story of Vianne and her daughters , and as always , is beautifully written .
    It was published here in the UK a couple of months ago , so I have already been able to read and enjoy it !
    I am currently reading ‘ Joie de Vivre ‘ , thank you for the recommendation, it is a delight ?
    Enjoy your weekend , it sounds wonderfully relaxing and restorative after what I am sure was a busy week .

    1. Thank you for sharing your recommendation of The Strawberry Thief. I am so happy you are enjoying Joie de Vivre. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend as well Anne and thank you for stopping by. ?

  2. I was able to purchase the digital edition of The Strawberry Thief last Sunday. I think they must’ve released this version early, for which I was so grateful. My favorite book in the series remains Chocolat, which is my all around favorite book as well. The Strawberry Thief comes at a very close second, at least to me. It was a joy to read and to be, once more, in the world of Lansquenete-sous-Tannes.

  3. Is the French movie you planned to see “Non-Fiction”? I have been wanting to see it! Would like to know what you thought. Thanks!

    1. It is and I did! I am torn. It was a lovely talkie moment. I loved listening to all of the conversations and topics that were covered in a way French films know how to do so well, but there were gender and relationship tropes that were short-sighted and contained a gender bias. However, that too provides for a great conversation with whomever you see the film with. I do not regret going to see it.

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