This & That: May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

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The Baker’s Secret: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan

Earlier this week I stopped by my local bookshop and picked up my order of Stephen P. Kiernan’s new novel The Baker’s Secret. Perhaps I should have placed this book in the Francophile Find section because it takes place in France and revolves around, well, you guessed it, baking bread, French bread. Set in 1944 on the eve of D-Day in a Normandy village, the plot begins. Centered around 22-year-old Emma, who learned the artisan craft of baking bread from the beloved and skilled village baker, she is tasked, at the point of a gun, to bake for the enemy, the German occupiers. But she goes one step further to take care of her fellow village folk. Sounds like an intriguing narrative, non?

Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style by Carson Tate

From learning how to conduct the ideal meeting, knowing when face-to-face is better than emails and visa versa, Carson Tate offers practical advice for creating a working environment that is productive and more fulfilling.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker

Released earlier this week, Barking Up the Wrong Tree offers perhaps a shocking truth to the secret behind success. And the good news is, we all have the potential to attain it. With inspiration derived from Albert Einstein, Genghis Khan and the Navy SEALs, you will soon discover why some of your efforts may have been for naught and how to redirect your energy to see the results you seek.

Francophile Find

Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie by Kathryn Kemp Griffin

A few weeks ago, a TSLL reader emailed to recommend Kathryn Kemp Griffin’s book Paris Undressed, and I must say, I became quickly curious. Offering insight, knowledge and tutorials on how to wear and choose quality lingerie for everyday and special occasions, the book also shares the addresses to visit in Paris the next time you venture to the City of Light to properly complete your lingerie capsule wardrobe.


Ancient Greek Sandals

Summer is just around the corner, and knowing you have the proper footwear is a simple peace of mind to add to the season. Available in black, brown and white, these leather Grecian sandals are the classic foot attire for just about any outfit you may be wearing during the hot summer months.

The Noir SSShower Cap

Recently I have been spending some time on the highly recommended beauty site Violet Grey. Compiling only the recommended items for skin, body and hair they swear by, a handful of items have caught my eye, but it was this shower cap that stopped me immediately as I have been looking for a fuss-free, reliable option for preserving my blowout.  Carefully designed to maintain your hair’s fullness and not leave any forehead creases, it is also washable, breathable and has a flexible band for all head sizes.


James Beard: America’s First Foodie

I absolutely cannot wait, and my DVR is already set. The America Master’s series returns to PBS, offering two documentaries, and the first profiles America’s First Foodie: James Beard. Premiering last month at the iPic Theater while the James Beard Awards took place in New York City as well, it will air on PBS beginning this Friday at 9pm (but check your local listings as on my channel it will air on Sunday). If you aren’t quite sure who James Beard is, do not worry. The trailer below will joggle your memory.


~recipe for Fig, Prosciutto & Burrata Salad~

Last week I shared I would be heading to my local nurseries to pick out the annuals for my pots and baskets which accessorize my porches as well as select the vegetables and herbs for my garden. Well, Mother Nature decided to share a few snow flurries and temperatures dropped enough to keep me inside, so I postponed my outing. Which means, I am heading out this weekend. And for me, it is a special annual event. With a list in hand, the boys in the back seat, I pull on my wellies and set out to add a touch of color and good eating to my home. I absolutely cannot wait. I will be sure to share a few pics from my journey on Instagram.

What will you be up to this weekend? Here in Bend, the 41st annual Pole Pedal Paddle takes place and it appears the weather will be quite perfect. I wish all good luck, as I will be kicking off the weekend catching up with friends at a favorite breakfast spot (and then heading to the nurseries!). Weekends truly are a treasure, whether traveling or staying home, and I feel most fortunate to have a home town that is a delight to explore and savor. I hope your hometown offers the same experience. And while you take some time to relax over these next few days, below are a few articles you might enjoy reading.

On a blog note, an extra post will go live on Sunday morning revealing the much anticipated Spring Capsule Menu. So until then, bonne journée!

~9 Beauty Secrets of French Women(from a French Woman)

~A home french chef service, similar to BlueApron, but not BlueApron. After all, it’s set in Paris, so it must be haute cuisine, non?

~Caring for your clothing, tips from my favorite NYC stylist.

~A smarter way to clean your home: a step by step approach for simplifying and keeping your home clean every day

~The Washington Post’s contemplates the price of a single Ladurée macaron. Are they worth $3?

~Which foods are actually healthy and which ones were we led astray to believe were but aren’t? And be sure to seriously consider letting these 5 foods go as well.

~Did America really ruin breakfast? This journalist seems to think so. Find out why here.

~The new first lady of France, Brigitte Macron is raising eyebrows in the fashion world for all of the right reasons.

~And just a heads up for tennis lovers, anyone who appreciates the progression of equality between the sexes or simply engaging acting by talented actors, Battle of the Sexes starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs hits theaters in September depicting the epic tennis match in 1973. Have a look at the trailer below and mark your calendars.

5 thoughts on “This & That: May 19, 2017

  1. Violet Grey is a deliciously dangerous site to visit! Their gift set. “Beauty Emergency”, was perfect when I went into the hospital for a few days. Felt beautiful and pampered even under the painkillers. My latest from them is Vintner’s Daughter Essential Oil Serum and WOW does it work.
    Have fun with this shop!

  2. Thank you so much for your blog, it is truly a weekend treat looking forward to relaxing and reading all your articles. I live in SA so our seasons are just the opposite of yours. You are speaking of spring now while we are heading for winter…I would love it if you considered popping links on your site with the articles/recipes/clothing essentials, etc you did heading into winter.

  3. Thank you for mentioning Paris Undressed! I take your recommendation seriously and am keen to check it out now 🙂

    I love the sandals, too. I’m interested in K. Jacques sandals, although I am overwhelmed by the choice and styles. I like the simplicity of the pair you’ve selected.

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