This & That: May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

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The Importance of Living by Lin Yutange

While this book was released late in the 20th century, it is a book to take a look at for its focus on appreciating the simple pleasures of life, slowing down and being fully present.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

David Epstein’s new book dovetails well with the latest new episode of The Simple Sophisticate podcast (#252), as he reveals after sitting down to interview numerous inventors, artists, athletes, forecasters, scientists and musicians having a myriad of skills and experiences plays a helpful and significant role when it comes to excelling, the individual who discovers their talent later in life is typically a generalist. “Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see”.

British Find

~Greenfeast: Spring, Summer by Nigel Slater

British cookbook writer Nigel Slater just released the first part of his new two-set cookbook this May. I have provided the link to Amazon UK here (above), but it can be found in the US, just not as easily. This first book focuses, as the title suggests, on recipes for the spring and summer months, and the second book will be released this October – Greenfeast: Fall, Winter. Sharing more than 110 recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes, along with variations shared as well, Slater shares vegetable-forward ideas for the seasonal menu.



Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart is turning heads and gaining approval for the film described by many as the film of the summer. The film of the summer for anyone looking for a “fresh and modern perspective, about high school best friends and the bonds we create that last a lifetime”. Described more fully as the “coming of age” movie of the summer, have a look at the trailer below centered around two best friends who have done everything right academically their entire high school career and decide for one night to break some rules. The film is co-produced by Will Farrell, so yes, expect a bit of silly humor as well. It’s in theaters now.

Late Night

Being released next Friday, but I wanted to give you a heads up, Emma Thompson stars in a new comedy Late Night along with Mindy Kaling. Mindy Kaling also wrote and produced the film as well, which will put me in the theater just hearing her talent is part of the script. Place film great Thompson in the starring role, and I am sold. Have a look at the trailer below to discover the plot. I think you will enjoy.

Francophile Find

Non-Fiction (Double Vies)

Being released this May, Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet star in acclaimed director Olivier Assayas’s film Non-Fiction (Double Vies). The film “traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer (Vincent Macaigne) begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs—including a passionate fling with an actress (Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor (Canet)—as fodder for his explosive new novel”. Have a look at the trailer below.


The Europeans

I want to thank TSLL reader Sarah who lives in Austria for recommending this podcast. As shared in the show’s description, if you are looking for a break from the news in the United States, this may be the news alternative you have been looking for. (However, if you are wanting less news all together, it may not be one to add to your listening queue.)


Net-a-Porter Semi-Annual Sale

Last week, Net-a-Porter’s semi-annual designer sale began with up to 50% discounts; now the discounts are up to 60%. Be sure to stop by and check out your favorite designers, as you may just find a steal of deal on an item you have been patiently waiting to go on sale. There are many denim options at great prices and jackets and blazers as well. But that is just the beginning.

Theory Silk Combo Draped Top

I never tire of Theory, and as their business mantra is to create items you can wear year after year and pair with items you already have, I am quite appreciative and thus a regular visitor. This simple, yet elegantly draped silk top would pair well under a blazer, or on its own in the summer months. Available in black as well, the silhouette is timeless and quite flattering.

~recipe for Green Goddess Potato Salad~

The first weekend of June, and with it the feeling of summer. While many equate the arrival of Memorial Day in the states with summer, I instead do so with the kick-off of The French Open at Roland Garros. I look forward to watching a few matches this weekend and slipping away vicariously to Paris – observing the onlookers and outfits as well as the volleys and serves.

After spending last weekend in my yard and bringing it back to its full potential, I look forward to staying home, attending a yoga class, taking a few walks with the boys and maybe start planning the itinerary for an upcoming trip or two. Needless to say, the weekend will be leisurely.

I hope your week wrapping up the month of May went well. As youare settling in at any time this weekend, I have gathered a few articles you may enjoy. Thank you for stopping by, and until Monday, bonne journée.

~The decision has been made! Discover how Notre-Dame will be restored. [Architectural Digest]

~Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel is being released in June, and The New York Times just released a profile piece on the author.

~Discover why career success doesn’t always measure up to what you expect and how to maintain and obtain the happiness you seek [The New York Times]

~How to Develop a Can Do Attitude and Achieve Whatever You Want [LifeHack]

~Traveling to NYC? Here is a list of the 16 Best Restaurant Spots that are Great for When You Are Alone [Food52]

~As I mentioned above, The French Open has begun and Serena Williams is using her sartorial choices do the talking [The New York Times]

~Foodies who miss Gourmet magazine – save this article: Ruth Reichl’s Favorite Recipes from Gourmet that she cooks on a regular basis [Epicurious]

~If you are a fan of the British comedy Fleabag AND you thoroughly enjoyed Call My Agent in which French actress Camille Cottin stars as Andréa, then you are going to be tickled to learn that France is making their own version of Fleabag starring Camille Cottin.

7 thoughts on “This & That: May 31, 2019

  1. Regarding foreign books, the website has books from all over the world and they ship for free. I have found it very helpful in finding gardening books and cookbooks from England and Ireland.

  2. Shannon, thank you so much for the link to the Ruth Reichl’s article! I am a big fan ever since I read her autobiographical book Garlic and Sapphires (which also has some great recipes).

      1. Oh that’s wonderful. Thank you, Shannon. I have Ruth Reichl’s latest book on my queue to read…loved her earlier books as well. She was briefly in a scene, playing herself, in a quiet, wonderful movie called Dinner With Friends (2001). Enjoy Sunday! ?

  3. Thanks for Friday’s newsletter, and for sharing such beautiful moments of your life with us!
    I returned to your piece, in my thoughts, at several points during my weekend and I can say it helped me to focus on my own delightful moments. Thanks, again. 🙂

    On a lighter note, I appreciated the tip on The Europeans podcast, and of course, on the fabulous Ms. Thompson.

    Have a wonderful week! Summer is upon us here.

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