This & That: November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017

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The Inviting Life: An Inspirational Guide to Homemaking, Hosting and Opening the Door to Happiness  by Laura Calder

A French trained cook, former Canadian cooking show personality, as well as cookbook author, Laura Calder, just released a new book on the home, hosting and elevating the quality of our lives. My copy arrived on Tuesday, and I am already engrossed. (And for readers who have emailed, I am getting closer to potentially having Laura on the podcast – keeping my fingers crossed our schedules align to make it happen. I will keep you posted!)

The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey

Released last month, the most inspirign Sunday Super Soul Conversations with Oprah are now available in one place. Discover all of the aha moments that her guests have brought to her outdoor one-on-one conversations organized in 10 chapters to provide inspiration whenever you seek it.


Murder on the Orient Express

My outing this weekend will be to see Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express directed and starring as Hercule Poirot Kenneth Branagh. And while David Suchet’s Poirot will always hold a fondness in my heart, Branagh has carefully stepped into the character in a new, but thoughtful way.

With an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Michelle Pheiffer, Dame Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz just to name the first few), it has been reported that each were anxious to do their best so as not to let the other respected names down. Critics are impressed and even knowing the basic plot, I cannot wait to escape to the theater and enjoy. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.

Francophile Find

Paris Pastry Club: A Collection of Cakes, Tarts, Pastries and Other Indulgent Recipes by Fanny Zanotti

While released a few years ago, if you are a fan of one of the delights of Paris – delicious pastries, pick up Fanny Zanotti’s cookbook in which she shares her favorite recipes from childhood. With recipes inspired by her mother and grandmother’s cooking, she also shares her Papa’s perfected crepe recipe and many more family favorites.

The Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham

Take it from someone who hopped the Channel to marry an Frenchman and has lived 25 years in France, weathering a divorce and everything in between, Wadham’s tales and insights into money, happiness, politics, sex and many more curiosities of the French is a classic book to enjoy.


I Know I Dream: Orchestral Sessions, Stacy Kent

Released this week, Stacey Kent’s new album is a beautiful compliation of English and French jazz numbers to impress your ear. Have a listen to one of the songs on her new album which was released earlier this week.


Barneys New York Striped Wool-Cashmere Sweater

With Veteran’s Day weekend upon us, stores are revving up for the holiday season with pre-Black Friday mini sales. You can save 11% with promo code BARNEYS11, and this classic navy and ivory striped looks to be a cozy investment I wouldn’t mind having in my closet. However, before you shop, be sure to acknowledge the good fortunate all of our many veterans have made possible.

M.Gemi Shoes, $50 off all pairs

Classic, quality footwear. M.Gemi is offering $50 off every pair of shoes through November 12th (no code necessary). I have selected a few styles below that I wouldn’t mind having in my own closet.


The Parisian Woman

If you are fortunate enought to be in New York City in the next few months and have time to see a Broadway performance, may I suggest The Parisian Woman, starring Uma Thurman. A 2013 play written by Beau Willimon, the plot centers around Chloe (Thurman) who is “a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and an uncertain future.” Previews began yesterday and the play officially opens on November 30th running through March 11th.

~recipe for Caramelized Pear and Hazelnut Crumble Tart~

Deep breath. Yes, it is the weekend that is greeting us and a long three day weekend at that. More gratitude I could not express. And certainly, gratitude to the veterans for whom November 11th is observed to honor.

With plans this weekend to stay in Bend, I am looking forward to a bit of ease, taking in a movie (as shared above), having the opportunity to interview a beloved author for her upcoming book release which will happen at the beginning of the new year, being pampered with a seasonal facial and then tending to final packing and travel details for a trip I cannot wait to hop on a plane and escape to (more to come on the destinations in upcoming posts).

Perhaps part of why this weekend is so sweet is that it is a chance to catch one’s breath. A weekend before the holiday hustle and bustle truly kicks in and a chance to just do as we please. I do hope you have some time to breathe, relax and get excited. May the build-up to the winter celebrations be precisely what you need to ensure a memorable upcoming time with family and friends. While you relax, a few articles you may enjoy reading. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Making travel plans to France in the future? Perhaps step outside of Paris and check out one of these 7 Underrated French Cities

~And if you’re heading to France, discover How to Have an Affordable Luxury Trip to France

~Worthwhile food for thought . . . The Awful Tyranny of “The French Woman” Myth

~A French seafood dinner recipe from Ina Garten — Coquilles St. Jacques – simple and make ahead if you’d like

~So what was the powerful mind trick Jeff Bezos utilized that helped catapult him into billionaire status? A simple question he asked of himself.

~Find out how Paris became the City of Food

~With all of the strength of women and men coming forward recently regarding sexual harassment or assault, this article caught my attention and I wanted to share — Brave Enough to Be Angry

~4 Strategies for Yout o Achieve Greatness in Every Arena of Your Life

9 thoughts on “This & That: November 10, 2017

  1. I read about “Murder on the Orient Express” in Vanity Fair just this morning and watched the trailer–it looks fantastic.
    The seven French cities are good ones. I live halfway between Toulouse and Montpellier. They both have gorgeous architecture, tons of culture, interesting shopping, mind-blowingly delicious food plus great weather.

  2. Absolutely love the sound of the Laura Calder book, I do hope I can get it to ship to the UK 🙂 Great round up as always. Greetings from London x

  3. So pleased to see some Canadian content with Calder’s book – looks like a good read. The rest of This&That is just what I needed this weekend – thanks for sharing these morsels.

    Love from me, a French Canuck now settled in Victoria, British Columbia.
    PS: will you be posting more calendars for 2018?

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