This & That: March 15, 2019

Mar 15, 2019

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The Eye: How the World’s Most Influential Creatives Directors Develop Their Vision by Nathan Williams

Garance Doré recently shared that she had been included in Nathan Williams new book (released October 2018), The Eye, and after reading the synopsis, I am quite looking forward to reading it. Along with Garance, Claire Waight Keller, designer Thom Browne, editorial directors like Fabien Baron and Marie-Amélie Sauvé, as well as Grace Coddington and Linda Rodin share the books they read, the mentors that provided guidance and their individual techniques utilized to achieve their success.

Rituals for Everyday by Katia Narain Phillips and Nadia Narain

Released this past week, Katia and Nadia Narain, both wellness professionals, share a short, but potentially insightful book full of ideas for “engaging in small, simple, and reflective routines” to welcome and deepen the everyday experience. Since elevating the everyday is what simply luxurious living is all about, I wanted to share. 🙂

See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy by Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan Sun bestselling author Frances Mayes has just released her latest book. See You in the Piazza, Mayes introduces readers to the Italy only locals know. From the backstreets of Rome, to the markets in Sicily, discover 13 different regions in the country that put pasta on the map and perhaps (after visiting France), you’ll want to stay in Europe a little bit longer and explore Italy as well.

British Find

London Tube Museum Tube Line Collection

Of all the subways and undergrounds I have depended upon for transportation while traveling abroad, I must say, I feel most at home on The Tube in London. Mind the Gap! From the Bakerloo line that took me to my temporary home in Maida Vale to the Piccadilly Line that dropped me off right at the street upon which Fortnum & Mason is located, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw these new mugs that are now available for fewer than 10 pounds each. Pick your line and enjoy savoring your London memories as you sip.


The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details by Christiane Lemieux

While released in 2016, Christian Lemieux’s decor book focuses on welcoming the quality into our homes, and teaches readers along the way with the help of experts in their craft. Discover hallmarks of timeless, heirloom-quality pieces, and learn how to determine if something is well made and worth investing in. With images from carefully curated, custom homes, the inspiration and insight are plentiful.

Rowen & Wren Phebe Side Table

And speaking of thoughtful touches of quality . . . Britain’s own Rowen & Wren currently has their Phebe side table that would be perfect for drinks or a teacup without taking up too much space and looking chic, as well as timeless.


Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Cate Blanchett. Put Cate in a film and I will most certainly consider viewing it. Starring in the film inspired by the 2013 bestselling novel by Maria Semple of the same name, Where’d You Go Bernadette? is centered around a woman, wife and mother who lives in Seattle who appears to have it all. And then she disappears. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it theaters this August. (Previously, I incorrectly stated it had opened this weekend. Now you have more time to read the book if you haven’t already!)


Catastrophe, final season premiere (4)

The final season of Amazon’s original hit comedy series Catastrophe is released this weekend, and if you’ve watched it thus far, critics claim you are in for a treat. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are back as the couple who will navigate seemingly every challenge, or should I say adventure, under the sun – parenthood, in-laws, creepy bosses, court ordered charity, alcoholism, exercise trends, kleptomania, love, loss, and most likely much more. Have a look at the trailer below and stream it now on Amazon Prime.

The Good Fight, season 3 premiere

The women and men of Chicago’s law firm with Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) at the helm are back as of last night with new episodes available each Thursday when you subscribe to CBS All-Access. Have a look at the trailer below and get ready for unabashed political scripts inspired by the current events of the day.

Shrill, series premiere

If you are a SNL (Saturday Night Live) fan, you will immediately recognize the star of the new Hulu six episode series Shrill. Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, a character inspired by writer Lindy West’s bestselling memoir of the same name given to the show. West, an executive producer and writer of the show which is also produced by Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, uses her comedic wit and life experience to speak about being fat in a culture that won’t accept you for who you are on the outside.

After listening to an interview with Aidy Bryant on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I wanted to learn more about this new series, and while for some the humor may be too crass at times, the storyline, of which is based on West, sometimes Bryant’s, and nearly always someone in the writer’s rooms life, is eye-opening and their honesty and vulnerability appreciated. Have a look at the trailer and look for it on Hulu starting today.
~recipe for Breakfast Granola Tart~

The sun is out, the blue sky is in abundance and a weekend is upon us! I must say, I am so eager for spring to arrive on Thursday of next week, and regardless of whether we still have snow on the ground or not, I know that in time, the blossoms will be bursting and the farmers markets will be opening.

Since it is the Ides of March, I must say, the first half of this month zoomed by, and I am not sure where it went. I do hope these past two weeks went well for you, and as we look ahead to the weekend, whether you are keeping it low-key or revving up for some hustle and bustle fun, may you enjoy every single moment. Thank you for stopping by and below I have a few articles you may enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~a no doubt as delicious as it is beautiful, this Citrus Cake shared on My Country Home has my mouth watering

~If you haven’t yet or need a reason to return – 20 Reasons to Visit Provence [The Good Life France]

~Curious about the history of the croissant? Read this to find out the potential places of origination [La Cuisine Paris Blog]

~If you are traveling to France and a handful of other European countries beginning in 2021, read this American travelers [The Washington Post]

~a reminder that food doesn’t have to look “perfect” to be perfect – Farms aren’t Tossing Perfectly Good Produce – You Are [The Washington Post]

4 thoughts on “This & That: March 15, 2019

  1. I always love your Friday This & That posts! I also can’t wait to see Where’d You Go Bernadette, but it looks like it doesn’t open in theaters until August.

  2. Dear Shannon,

    Thanks for Friday’s newsletter. I particularly appreciated the post on how to recharge when It is only Tuesday. A very timely post, had I seen last Tuesday… Jet-leg-like all around here, so either spring fatigue arrived earlier this year or my body is anticipating the change to DST (due to happen in Europe on 31st of March). Anyway, some great ideas to try over the weekend, together with the mandatory nap, oh yes indeed.

    I am now waiting – impatiently! – to watch the film with Cate Blanchett. I can watch everything she does, and more than once.

    On a side note, I want to tell you that the palmiers as per your recipe, turned out nicely, so another big thanks for that.

    Have a lovely weekend, together with your lovelies!

    Kind regards,

    1. So happy the palmiers were a hit. 🙂 Thank you for sharing, and I too cannot wait to see Cate on the screen again. 🙂 Enjoy a restful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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