This & That: May 1, 2020

May 01, 2020

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Oh. My. Goodness. I have an ABUNDANCE of everything for you today. From what you see above – sales GALORE, a new novel that is a New York Times bestseller, a new book set in Paris, a new film all ages will love, a podcast I absolutely devoured and oodles of articles and videos you will want to explore to learn, to see, to laugh and just get swept away for more than a few moments. I do hope you enjoy.


Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style by Christin Geall

Looking to the paintings of Impressionists to Baroque music and many other unique and inspiring sources, Christin Geall shares with readers the art of floral designs. “A charming and intelligent mentor, Christin Geall emboldens designers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs to think differently and deeply about their work with flowers as she draws upon the fine arts and historical sources”. Released last month, if you love flowers and being the artist in your own home or for your work, this is a high quality resource to have on hand.

In Five Years: A Novel by Rebecca Serle

Released last month and already a bestseller in The New York Times, have you ever imagined what your life would be like in five years? Author Rebecca Serle takes her protagonist five years into the future and shares exactly what we have only imagined in our mind’s eye. A creative plot to enjoy.

British Find

Spring Essentials Collection of Terra-cotta Pots, Whichford Pottery

I am on the hunt for terra-cotta pots, and if you live in the UK, be sure to check out Whichford Pottery as they have single pots for sale as well as a collection of posts for a wonderfully reduced price.


Bee Tumblers, set of 6

La Rochere glassware is top quality. Having two of their glasses – one a goblet (seen here) and one a drinking glass, the glass is thick, sturdy, but also offers a beautiful design. A steal of a deal for anyone who has an affection for bees, this set of six could be yours for fewer than $60.

—Nantucket Looms, Blue Pinstripe Stripe Cotton Napkins

Simple, classic and admittedly, displaying a touch of French style, these striped napkins would be a lovely set to have in the linen closet for casual or summer dining occasions.

Radiant Crystal Water Glasses, Design Milk

Modern, yet retro, unique, yet classic, this pair of geometric crystal water glasses will make a statement and offer functionality as well.


The Half of It, Netflix

As soon as I saw the trailer of The Half of It last week, I included in last month’s Saturday Ponderings . . . . Set in the Pacific Northwest, in a high school, the plot is beautiful, honest, and inspiring. While I think the primary audience may be young adults, I am confident all ages will appreciate the screenwriter’s message. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it now in Netflix as it just premiered.

Francophile Finds

Monseigneur le Vin: The Art of Drinking Wine (like the French do) by Louis Forest

Wine, France, art (illustrations), Louis Forest’s new book looks like an abundance of delicious fun. Complete with a guide for how to enjoy and understand and drink wine, each tip is accompanied with illustrations as seen below.

The Paris Hours: A Novel by Alex George

Being released this coming Tuesday, May 5th, step back into history between the World Wars, set in the City of Light. “Artists, writers, and musicians abound, [but] amidst the dazzling creativity of the city’s most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they’ve lost”.


The Californian Century

With only eleven episodes, if you love history, are fascinated by California and its rise to where it is today regarding Hollywood, Silicon Valley and a few other curiosities, you will enjoy Stanley Tucci’s narration of The Californian Century, also known as the 20th century. Each episode is only 15-20 minutes, but it is expertly produced. I listened to five episodes while I was outside weeding my boulevards, and the time passed in a lick. Enjoy.


Below is a list of sales where opportunities to fill the gaps in your capsule wardrobes are seemingly infinite. As brick and mortar shops are closed, retail is heavily reliant on their online shops, and consequently are slashing prices on new collections and everything in between. I encourage you to read Rag & Bone’s founder’s letter to shoppers as to why they have resorted to this unprecedented decision (I share it below). Of course, we all are watching our money in these uncertain times, but we also may need something, and if we know what that is, the savings is great. I have shopping the sales for you, as well as hand-selected a few items that caught my eye, but be sure to peruse their site to find exactly what you may be looking for.

Banana Republic, 50% off Everything

Everlane, The Rain Boot (more colors), on sale

These rain boots would be a wonderful boot for the garden as they are just above the ankle, slip-on and offer some traction as well. Reduced from $125 to $75, if you are in need of a good pair of work boots for puttering outside, be sure to take a look.

Nordstrom Sale, up to 50% off

Rag & Bone, 20% off Everything

Read the letter from the founder, and shop their entire site which is 20% off. One item I have enjoyed in the past from R & B are their slub tees and their striped slub tee especially caught my attention this go-around.

Ray-Ban Sunglasses Sale, 30% off Everything

If you are looking for a classic pair of sunglasses, a quality pair of sunglasses as well as a fair-price, look no further. It took me many years to finally purchase a classic pair of Ray-Ban aviators (seen at the top of the post), and now that I have them, I know why they were worth the price (which was under $170). They fit comfortably – no pinching, no squeezing, and they are timeless. Every single one of their sunglasses is on sale, so if you are in the market, be sure to check their site out.

May has arrived, and if I had Lily of the Valley blooms to share with you all somehow, I would gladly do so. Whether you give a bloom of any kind to a friend, a neighbor a family member, whether in-person (if you are able) or virtually, I encourage you to do so as it will likely immediately lift their spirits. With that suggestion for you to ponder, I do hope you have a wonderful May Day, and here (below) is a bloom from my yard for you. 🙂

As I shared at the top of this post, below are more than a handful of articles to read, and four videos to enjoy. From Paris to Finland to England to the U.S., each will take you somewhere to discover something beautiful or intriquing or simply make you smile or have a good chuckle. Thank you for stopping by today, and for so many of you, each Friday. Your time and interest in TSLL is greatly appreciated. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Eat more cheese, French told, in patriotic bid to save tradition fromage under lockdown [Telegraph]

~How to design a restorative garden to lift your spirits [Homes & Garden UK]

~Taking a lesson from the country of Finland, one of the happiest countries in the world, How to bring ‘sisu’, the FInnish concept of inner strength and refusal to give up, into your life [Country Living UK]

~Essential Café Etiquette for Paris [Everyday Parisian]

~Slip away to Paris with a newly shared soundtrack to enjoy from My Little Paris: Bruits de Paris (the sounds of Paris)

~Walking in Paris is Different Now [HipParis]

~British expat Janine Marsh is releasing a new book this September, and she shares a glimpse of what it will all be about – My Four Seasons in France. Why I Love Every Season in France [Complete France]

~What the world likes when we stay home [PBS Newshour]

~If you want to laugh and sing and dance! Check out this Crosswalk the Musical: Grease from five years ago.

~If you enjoy James Corden, you will especially love this video as he has a conversation with his parents in Britain. In fact, his dad, a musician, has been serenading his neighborhood and taking requests. Have a look and listen here.

~As part of the 90th birthday celebration for renowned Broadway composer and lyricist, Meryl Streep, Adra McDonald and Christine Baranski, sang the famous song Ladies Who Long . . . via Zoom. And they knocked it out of the park. Have a listen.

6 thoughts on “This & That: May 1, 2020

  1. Shannon ! I love this weeks recommendations! I can’t wait to read “In Five Years” and “The Half of It” looks heartwarming!
    I also love Stanley Tucci and so although I’m a brit I think I shall listen to his radio 4 series.
    Thanks for recommending lots that can be enjoyed in lockdown.

    1. My pleasure Sarah. The podcast is a treat and quite intriguing. I think you will enjoy and yes, doesn’t the novel look like a wonderful read. Life in five years – if we gave our life test-run five years in the future, how interesting would that be? 🙂

  2. Thank you, Shannon. Can’t wait to delve into all the goodies you’ve uncovered for us! Have you watched any of David Lebovitz’s Instagram Live TV happy hours? They are delightful. He is a natural in front of the camera (errr…I Phone!), warm and funny and informative. He has frequent guests on (including his charming partner, Romain), highlighting his fabulous book, Drinking French.

    Has anyone read Stanley Tucci’s cookbook? I’m curious what readers think about it.
    Enjoy the day! Here in Wisconsin we finally have some much needed warmer weather and sunshine. We are many weeks behind gardening-wise due to our far-north location, and I’m longing for the time to plant my flowers and herbs.

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