This & That: May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

I happened upon an interview with Melinda Gates this past week when she sat down with Judy Woodrow of PBS Newshour, and I appreciated her candid conversation about her own realizations she confronted about equality in her own marriage. Her over-arching message that is demonstrated through the stories she shares about the people she has met over the past twenty years is, If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down. Certainly, having the right roadmap is key to arriving at the destination we seek, and she offers many key navigational tools.



Diane Keaton stars as a cancer patient that checks into a retirement home for her final days after refusing treatment. And while that may sound too heavy, viewers can be assured to have more than a few good laughs as the residents decide to chase their dreams regardless of their age. From the producer of Book Club, this films may not have been applauded by Rotten Tomatoes or many critics for that matter, but NPR’s review shares it’s broad, but genial. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters today.

Wine Country

Now available on Netflix, Amy Poehler’s new film, in which she stars alongside many of her former SNL cast members, joins a group of long-time friends who meet up to celebrate a birthday in Napa Valley. Cue the hiccups, of which there are many. While certainly not a polite comedy, expect some crass moments, it certainly looks like a bundle of laughs if you are in the mood to relax and lighten up (and have a good glass of wine). Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

Traditional French White/Red Tea Towel, Vivi et Margot

Vivi et Margot is having a special sale this weekend in celebration of mother’s day. Save 20% with promo code MOM site-wide, and these classic French tea towels are a simple, yet great find to welcome into your kitchen to add a touch of France.


Dansk Hanna Goblets, clear glass (set of four)

I enjoy perusing One King’s Lane from time to time, looking for classic items that are not easily found anywhere else. These simple, yet statement making goblets would be lovely for water glasses on a table setting and are sure to stay in style for many years to come.

Terracotta Bowl Candle

For an outdoor table setting, this terracotta candle bowl (small is also available) would add some ambiance without the fuss. Made of sweet-smelling beeswax, enjoy the conversation outdoors late into the evening.


Hat Attack Small Round Handle Bag

Summer totes made of natural materials, but also made well so they can last for years, are always something I gravitate towards. And this simple round handle bag is timeless, not-too-large and not-too-small. Perfect for a quick trip to sight-see during travels (as it would take up little room in a suitcase) or run a quick errand.

Joie Edelie Dress in Caviar Black

Linen is the fabric to luxuriate in during the warmer months, and this black midi-dress made of 100% linen wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep in a capsule wardrobe.

~recipe for Chocolate Raspberry and Coconut Panna Cotta Bars~

Mother’s Day in the states is this Sunday, so to all TSLL readers who are mothers, and that includes pet mamas as well, I do want to wish you a wonderful Sunday day, as well as weekend.

This weekend I will have the opportunity to spend it with my own mom, and Norman and Oscar with their grandma, yep my mom as fur grandbabies as well as my niece and nephew – so four grandchildren!, and I cannot wait to enjoy what we have planned. I hope you too have some much anticipated plans to look forward to as well. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and thank you for stopping by. Below are a few articles I thought you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer [The New York Times]

~Advice We Would Give Our Younger Selves [A Cup of Jo]

~The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a son and he has a name! [The New York Times]

~The Subtle, Yet Important Message Duchess Meghan is Sending New Moms About Giving Birth [The Washington Post]

~Why You Need a Network of Low-Stakes, Casual Friendships [The New York Times]

~If you’re in New York City, make an attempt to have dinner or lunch at the new James Beard award winning Best New Restaurant of the Year for 2019 – Frenchette

~A heads up for international travelers – What to Know About Renewing Your Global Entry [The Washington Post]

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