This & That: May 3, 2019

May 03, 2019

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How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki

Known as the mother of Silicon Valley and in actuality, the mother of three successful daughters, Esther Wojcicki shares her tips for raising successful people with her new book which is being released next week. Using the acronym TRICK, standing for Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness, she shares her approach which is the opposite of helicopter parenting and suggests a radical idea – relax.

Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney

Critics are loving the new novel which was released last month and is already a New York Times Bestseller – Normal People. Following the journeys of two individuals, Rooney delves into the psychology of life as we navigate the ups and downs and explores how class, love and complex relationships with family and friends play a role in each of our lives.

A Way to Garden: A Hands on Primer for Every Season by Margaret Roach

Just released this week, April 30th, blogger and gardener Margaret Roach’s new book A Way to Garden reveals her unique approach to gardening “which she refers to as ‘horticultural how-to and woo-woo,’ a blend of vital information needed to memorize (like how to plant a bulb) and intuitive steps you must simply feel and surrender to”.


Brea All-Weather Wicker Bistro Dining Chairs, on sale

Last week readers flocked to the wicker chairs shared from Target, and since a sale is on now at Pottery Barn, I wanted to share with you these wicker bistro chairs as well. Classic with a touch of French, but with the neutrality that wicker provides, if you are looking for a new set of outdoor chairs, you may have just found them.

Paris Flea Market Medium Flush Mount, Circa Lighting

Too beautiful not to share. This Paris Flear Market light caught my eye immediately, and as it is available in a smaller size as well, it could work in a walk-in closet, a bedroom, a hallway (as seen below), or your office, depending upon the aesthetic.

Francophile Find

Viviet Margot Classic French Market Basket

I am always keeping my eye out for classic and functional French market baskets, and Viviet Margot has many available in different sizes. If you have ever traveled to France and have visited the country markets especially, you know these baskets are everywhere. And their price is quite nice as well – in France. So, yes, we will have to pay a bit more buying them here in the states, but not much, and this is a quintessential French market basket, rest assured.


Copper & Heat

Recently, announced as the winner of a 2019 James Beard award, the podcast Copper & Heat explores behind the scenes in kitchens across the country as well as discusses the unspoken rules and traditions of restaurant kitchens with the people that work in them.


Apatite Double Strand Necklace, One King’s Lane

First I saw this necklace, which is made to order . . . and then . . .

Iris & Ink Amaya wrap-effect checked burnout midi dress

. . . I found this dress to wear with it. Simple and stunning for a summer evening out.

Tory Burch Ravello Studded Sandal

Perfect for day or night, and with a signature statement without the typical label that Tory Burch’s sandals come adorned with.

Joie Madi Sandals (black also available)

For spring or summer when you want a bit of height on your sandals, these are a lovely (and comfortable) way to do so.

Cuyana Alpaca Scarf (more colors)

The color of the season, blush, and available in a lovely well-made scarf. Wear year-round for a subtle hint of color.

Heidi Wynne Spring/Summer Collection Sale

I recently took advantage of this sale, as Heidi Wynne’s products are always on my watchlist. With lovely, heavy cashmere scarves for winter, her spring and summer collection of scarves is light and lovely as well. A perfect necessary layer for the early mornings or late evenings in the summer. Be sure to use the promo code that can be used through May 12th to save 20% CHIC20. (Included in the above collage — the Coral Bela Wrap).

~recipe for beignets tiramisu with chocolate ganache~

It is the weekend, the first weekend in May. And with the temperatures set to reach the 70s, I believe the warmth is coming. This weekend I will be busy grading papers as my students are just about ready to take their much-anticipated exam in a few weeks, but in between breaks, I will be making sure to practice a bit of yoga, walk the boys and interview a guest for a new episode of the podcast which will return the week of May 19th as we kick off TSLL’s first annual British Week.

I hope your week went well, and you had moments sprinkled throughout that made you smile, that calmed your soul and brightened your days. Below I have gathered together a few articles and one new YouTube channel I have just begun subscribing to. Many of you may already know her, but she is new to me and I am happy to share. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée.

10 Ways to Lower Your Life’s Fixed Costs [Becoming Minimalist]

~Dog walking in Paris and how to let it help you learn the French language? Could it be possible? Read this article from Longreads to find out how one woman did just that.

—Looking to be in Paris this coming fall and winter? Well, you may want to put on your calendar a trip to the Louvre as there is a 500-year celebration of Leonardo di Vinci’s death, and the museum is considering timed tickets. Learn more here. [Art Net]

—Speaking of learning the French language, if you too are not fluent after years of trying to learn as an adult (like myself), read this article to assuage any frustration – Why It’s So Hard to Learn French in Middle Age [The New York Times]

An Insider’s Shopping Guide to Paris [Architectural Digest]

An interesting article in The Atlantic about the shifting that is taking place on Instagram.

—If you happen to be in or near Delaware between now and January 2020, be sure to visit Winterthur Museum for The Costuming The Crown exhibit which shares the sartorial details that brought the first and second season to life on Netflix’s award-winning drama The Crown.

~Having read and enjoyed the book How to Be Chic & Elegant, I recently discovered the author Marie-Anne Lecoeur has a YouTube channel as well with many episodes. Below a recent one you might enjoy.

2 thoughts on “This & That: May 3, 2019

  1. I went to see the Costuming the Crown exhibit at Winterthur Museum a few weeks ago, and it is absolutely magical. Naturally, the replica of Princess Elizabeth’s dress was the most amazing, and I was particularly keen on seeing it after reading The Gown. It was amazing to look at all the embroidery that was done by hand on Princess Elizabeth’s dress up close! I also heard from one of the tour guides that the dress isn’t an exact replica of the original. The Crown costume designers changed the tailoring of the bodice to look a bit more modern and appeal to today’s viewers.

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