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—300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso
If you’re looking for inspiration about life, released in February, essayist Sarah Manguso shares her 300 aphorisms on the topics of desire, ambition, relationships, and failure. Take a peek at the samplings here. After reading them, perhaps you’ll get a chuckle, perhaps you’ll lift an eyebrow and perhaps you’ll want to pick up the book to view even more.
~Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Pruiett
Being released on Tuesday April 4th, co-founder of San Francisco’s famed bakery and acclaimed food destination Tartine, the woman behind the pastries, Elisabeth Pruiett offers a home cook’s dream. Her new cookbook Tartine All Day is full of beautiful images and easy-to-follow recipes, bringing the flavor and not the fuss of classic dishes, many French as she and her husband spent much time in the land of gourmet and goodness, to your home. Having had the opportunity to flip through the cookbook, tune in to Monday’s upcoming episode of the podcast to learn of recipes that caught my eye (episode #149).
Upon perusing through House Beautiful‘s recent issue, I came across a bar cart that was simple, and refined, but unique and sophisticated. For less than $300, make a statement, create a beautiful vignette in that small corner in your living room, and be a hostess always prepared for any entertaining opportunity. Check out how to style a bar cart here. Another Eliza bar cart that caught my eye but is only available for interior designers is this one, and it too is a beauty.
—Parisian Chic Lookbook: What Should I Wear Today? by Ines de la Fressange
Today, I will recommend fervently Ines de la Fressange’s new book, and on Monday’s episode of the podcast (episode #149), I will break down and take you inside the book and all that it has to offer, so be sure to stay tuned. The lookbook is just that, a beautiful 130 page book of images styled for any occasion you might encounter throughout your life, and all possible while utilizing the essential items in your closet. Ines has another worthwhile resource on her hands.
—Paris in Bloom by Giorgianna Lane
Spring always brings to mind Paris. The blossoms, the evanescent natural beauty, oh, someday I will be able to walk along the streets during this exquisite season. But until I am able, Seattle-based photographer and travel photog Giorgianna Lane has compiled a beautiful book of the abundance of flowers in Paris. As well, she offers recommendations about where to find the best flower markets and a detailed guide to spring blooms. Released earlier this month, Paris in Bloom would make a stunning coffee table book or gift for your fellow Francophile friend.
I am on the lookout for simple statement t-shirts (tune in to Monday’s episode of the podcast to find out why), and that was when I came across Sézane’s sunrise tee. Simple, a bit retro and no brand logos or cheesy statements, just revealing a sunny disposition, I am contemplating adding this to my casual wardrobe (order one size larger as it runs small).
Theory continues to be one of my staple item shopping destinations. I live in their Gabe wool stretch blazers, now through Sunday April 2nd, you can save 25% site wide with promo code FRIENDS. Another item that I had the opportunity to see in person this past week was the Whitney Hoop Bag in black (other colors available). Simple, well made (the leather is incredibly supple), it is quite streamlined and offers the functionality of a clutch or a cross body.
~recipe for Matcha Mint Grasshopper Pie~
One of daily routines I am throughly enjoying during my time here in South Korea is the eating. (Oh, my goodness I need to walk more!) And one of the items I have had many nibbles of are the dumplings. Dumplings are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in soups, separate, you name it, they are available and with a variety of fillings. Now, trying to communicate is not something I am doing well with (my attempt at charades does not help), but I feel fortunate to have been assisted by not only staff that does speak English but nearby customers who overhear the communication divide and either out of mere need to for the confusion to stop or congenial helpfulness step in to translate. Needless to say, the dumplings are being devoured and I am well-fed here in Korea. (My first bowl of bibimbap was also enjoyed yesterday – see here.)
How has the last week in March been going for you? Hopefully, the weather is just temperate enough, productivity was high and progress is being seen on whatever goal or project you are working on. Now, however, with the weekend’s arrival, why not schedule some time to unwind, explore, relax and rejuvenate. That is what we have planned, and I cannot wait to put the technology away, seek out the cherry blossoms and discover anything that crosses our path. Ah, and since it is the first of April tomorrow (no, this is not an April Fool’s joke), it means TSLL Spring Shopping Guide will be released. Be sure to check your inboxes or stop by the blog and shop to your heart’s content the trends were splurging on and those you may want to save but nonetheless have some fun with. So much more will be shared as well. Wishing you a lovely weekend and some articles you might enjoy! Until Monday, bonne journée!
~Queen Elizabeth II, what does she eat and drink all day? Town & Country reveal her tastes.