This & That: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017

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Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat: festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes and Design Inspiration by Joan Osofsky & Abby Adams

After great success with their first book Love Where You Live, authors Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams released this past Tuesday Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat. Inside discover seasonal dinner parties offering the menus and the decor hosted by professional cooks as well as home cooks. Step inside a vintage Airstream parked in Freedom, Maine, and learn how Erin French, the James Beard–nominated chef/owner of The Lost Kitchen hosts a dinner party. If you are a long-time fan of Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge, you will enjoy her and her wife Julia Turshen’s neighborly gathering in upstate New York, as well as a handful of others. The ideas and inspiration are varied and sure to introduce you to what you already love as well as share many new ideas when it comes to sitting down with good company and delicious food.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative by Florence Williams 

Learning, understanding, comprehending, in other words our overall cognition is highly dependent upon our relationship with nature. Florence Williams travels around the world to Korea to Scotland and throughout the United States to see firsthand the necessity for nature in our everyday lives. No, the walk you take in nature, the babbling brook you love to listen to is not a luxury, it is a necessity and understanding exactly why is a beautiful reminder on the need for balance with nature in our modern world.

The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World by Nancy Colier

There is indeed a psychology behind our need to have our technology constantly at the ready at a moments notice, but once we discover its power, we can reclaim our lives. Receiving top reviews from readers, released just last November, learn how our devices can push our buttons and how to push back, evaluate exactly how in control you are and discover how to navigate the technology that surrounds you in your everyday life.

Francophile Find

French Style with Vintage Finds by Cindy Cooper

Released earlier this month, step into 10 different French homes carefully decorated with the Gallic charm Francophiles love. From Louis XVI chairs to a wide array of finds picked up at brocante fairs and markets across France, be inspired to go treasure hunting yourself as you cultivate a French-inspired home wherever you may live.


J.Crew Spring Sale & The Edit Crossbody

If you are someone who is on the go and needs two hands free, a crossbody bag is an essential to have in your closet. And the good news is J.Crew has a classic style (available in four colors: green, black, pink and nude) at a great price (30% off!). I had to take advantage of this sale as I have been waiting to add a crossbody bag to my everyday and travel necessities, and I couldn’t be happier, especially for travel.

And even if you are not looking for a handbag, all items, online and in stores, are on sale through Sunday March 26th. Save 30% with promo code HAPPYSPRING. Happy shopping!

United Apparel Liquidators

Last week, I shared this article in The New York Times that featured United Apparel Liquidators, a destination to discover steeply discounted designer goods. And while their home base is in Nashville (although they have other stores as well), do not worry if you live elsewhere, as I do. You can shop online. Yep! Find deals as low as 70-90% off on women’s and men’s apparel as well as a long list of accessories.


Grace & Frankie Season 3 Premiere

I absolutely cannot wait to binge watch Grace & Frankie as the third season premieres today on Netflix. With 13 episodes and season four already in production, fans will be pleased and relieved that many laughs and moments of appreciation will be available to enjoy as Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s characters remind audiences women of all ages are smart, sexy, sexual and ready and wanting to savor all that life has to offer. Have a look at Season 3’s trailer below.

—To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters

All right my literary aficionados, airing this Sunday at 9pm on PBS’s Masterpiece series, in a two-hour drama, the writer and director of Last Tango in Halifax Sally Wainwright brings the talented Brontë sisters to the small screen. Covering a three-year period largely inspired by Charlotte’s letters, follow the women as they evolve, grow and become who we know today. Take a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Key Lime Pie~

And with Friday’s arrival, a week-long spring holiday begins. After a long luxurious, but quite long winter, this spring break’s arrival is greeted with even more gratitude, and especially since it brings with it the opportunity to hop over the Pacific. Be sure to follow along on Instagram (@thesimplyluxuriouslife) this next week as TSLL goes to South Korea. Don’t worry, the regular weekly posts will be on schedule as will each Monday’s episode of The Simple Sophisticate podcast. In fact, I am excited about the next two episodes as they will include discussion on hygge, French style and delicious Tartine fun.

Thank you to all of TSLL readers who have already reached out with recommendations and ideas about where to go, what to do and what to eat. Needless to say, I am absolutely curious and excited to explore yet another culture that is rich in history, abundant with delicious food and so much for me to learn.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, and for your reading pleasure a few articles I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~When it comes to relationships, look for someone who inspires you to be your best self, not necessarily your true self

~The Secret to Looking Young Forever??? GOOP offers a few ideas

~Have you seen Vogue US’s April 2017 issue? British PM Theresa May receive the Annie Leibovitz treatment and it’s worth checking out.

~The Best Under the Radar French Brands . . . take a look and discover something new and worthwhile perhaps

~Cup of Jo shares what Food Geniuses Eat for Lunch and it offers some ideas worth considering to make lunch a delicious affair

~Yes, it is true. You can rent and live for one year at Susan Herrmann Loomis’ French home. Learn how here.

~Sharon Santoni walks readers through her yard and garden and how she plants for the seasons in northern France. The pictures alone are worth checking out even if you don’t have your own garden.

~And lastly, embrace the butter. Love the butter . . .  Your Fear of Butter is Outdated



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