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It has been my observation as an American, that Wallis Simpson receives mere mentions and with each, a distinct negative distain infused characterization. Now, as much as is possible to put myself in the shoes of the British public, perhaps it is deserved, but it seems to me that King Edward escapes much of the blame and lays it at the feet of the woman he married. Either way, it always takes two, so I am most curious to learn more about a part of British history that continues to fascinate the public, or at least me. 🙂
Rowen & Wren were included recently in the latest issue of Victoria magazine, and well, what they curate is simply lovely. These velvet button stools would be a simple luxurious touch to a sitting area, boudoir or library, and not take up much space either.
The Oscars have come and gone, but this film, Cold War, Poland’s entry for Best Foreign Film, has the critics raving. Produced by Amazon, it was released this past fall and in select theaters this past December. Have a look at the trailer and perhaps enjoy this weekend.
The most recent episode of The Simple Sophisticate shared my favorite French films released in the past 10 years, and while I haven’t seen 50 is the New 30, it may just be a film I add to the list. Released in 2017, some TSLL readers have already seen it and recommended it. Have a look at the trailer and get a good laugh and boost as well that life is truly full of wonderful surprises no matter what our age.
J.S. Bach has me smitten when it comes to classical music, and so I am trying to learn more and understand how different musicians can play the same arrangement differently. Hilary Hahn broke onto the scene as a young woman more than 21 years ago, and this past October released a new album. From the selections I have heard, it is simply wonderful. Read The New York Times review of her album and have a listen to one of the tracks below.
—Cuyana Half Moon Shoulder Bag (more colors)
Half Moon shoulder bags are becoming quite en vogue as of late, and while they are available at many price points from a variety of designers, Cuyana offers a medium range price for a quality leather bag.
If you haven’t visited Cuyana yet, be sure to have a look. As I have shared a few items in the past weeks and a couple today, I cannot help it as they are timeless and well-made. This white silk blouse is simple and quite flattering. Even Habitually Chic, Heather Clawson, a blogger I regularly follow, is a fan.
—Land’s End Women’s Cashmere Lined Leather Texting Gloves (more colors), 40% off
It may be the first of March today, but as the Pacific Northwest has experienced, winter is definitely still here. And while it may be gone in a flash, now is a great time to scoop up deals on wintery items we need and don’t already have so that next winter, we are ready to go as soon as the chill hits.
I just purchased my own Land’s End cashmere lined leather gloves in black and saved 40% with promo code SNOW with PIN 6342. There are more colors available, and since this will be my first pair of nice winter gloves (not gloves I might wear skiing), this purchase was loooooong overdue. I cannot wait to add them to my winter capsule.
While buying just to save money is not a wise idea, it is worth taking a look at such deals just in case what you want happens to be over $200, so you can save some money along the way. Shopbop’s sale runs through the weekend, and below I have found a few items – clothing, shoes and bags – that may be of interest. Either way, if you have a particular item you are keeping an eye on, check out this sale to see if it’s available. And save some money when you discover it is.
If you want inspiration to get you in the mood for spring’s arrival, tune in Thursday night on Bravo to their new series Backyard Envy. Don’t worry, this may be a reality show, but the only drama is with the plants not arriving on time and the weather not cooperating. Everyone on the team gets along quite well, in fact the trio has known each other for a very long time, and their friendship is fun to witness – they truly work well together.
I have watched three episodes so far, and what I appreciate about the show is that they landscape one commercial and one residential client each week, usually in the New York City area. Along the way, they teach you so much about different plant varietals, so I find myself taking notes from time to time.
~Discover what deals to enjoy which month of the year for world travel [The New York Times]
~Staying on the topic of world travel – Rick Steves shared Europe’s 10 Best Markets
~Looking to move and not just visit? 3 Reasons France Could be Your Retirement Destination [International Living]
~Make a note: Vogue France shared their new favorite Paris boulangerie
~One more note on Paris, just in case you are traveling there – Forbes shared their 11 Restaurants to Try Right Now in Paris
~Okay, one more. This is the last one, I promise. How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Provence [The Telegraphy]
~Gardeners who love French country aesthetics – read Chez Pluie’s article on The definitive guide to classic French garden pots, planters, urns & olive jars
~Staying in the garden for a moment – Gorgeous Flower Arrangements – An Expert Floral Designer Shares Her Arranging Secrets [Architectural Digest]
~I love carrot cake, and while I have a recipe I adore from Elephant’s Delicatessant, this Dori Greenspan one looks like a keeper as well [The New York Times]
~Speaking of enjoying our food – 5 Metabolism Myths You Should Stop Believing [Byrdie]
~If you have a highly sensitive person in your life (HSP), or are one, here is a post to help you understand how to best love them [Introvert, Dear]
~And on the topic of love, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of 10 Things You Need to Know to Have a Strong Relationship [Tiny Buddha]
~If you’ve read David Lebovitz’s latest book – L’Appart (listen to episode #182 of The Simple Sophisticate in which David was a guest on the show!) – you will want to check out this video as Oliver Gee of The Earful Tower (Oliver joined me on the podcast in episode #222) tapes his interview with David in David’s kitchen – yep, the kitchen which was the center of the book – the renovation and all of the hiccups. It’s an hour long, but if you’ve already heard the interview on the podcast, skip to the final 15+ minutes of the video to see David give a tour of his kitchen space.