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Are you ready for an abundance of culture, ideas, beauty, and just great items to explore on a Friday? Because here is a full T & T. ☺️ The final season of an award-winning series debuts, a much-anticipated autobiography is released, escape to a French chalet, two French films, sit back and listen to a new Bach album, become a student of your own bias and improve not only your life but others, save money on a favorite French beauty brand, learn about the life of one of my favorite jazz musicians, invest in a gorgeous fall/winter capsule trench coat, add a pair of lovely cashmere gloves and so much more.
Released this past September, written about a topic I often taught and explored with my students, The End of Bias: The Beginning first teaches what unconscious bias is (the persistent, unintentional prejudiced behavior that clashes with our consciously held beliefs) and then author Jessica Nordell uses “nuance, compassion, and ten years’ immersion in the topic, weaves gripping stories with scientific research to reveal how minds, hearts, and behaviors change.” Insight and knowledge we all will benefit from to build a more civil, accepting and equal world.
—Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster
I admit, I do not crochet or knit, but I know many that do and find great calm as well as a creative outlet in the craft. I wanted to share this new book by actress of stage and screen Sutton Foster because quite simply, she is amazing and inspiring. The 2-time Tony Award winner, Sutton shares “funny and intimate stories and reflections about how crafting has kept her sane while navigating the highs and lows of family, love, and show business (and how it can help you, too).”
—Katie Couric: Going There by Katie Couric
A book I have preordered and look forward to reading when it arrives next week, Katie Couric’s autobiography sounds to be a book that will actually ‘go there’ on a vast array of topics: professional and private. I will let you look at the full synopsis as it is looooong, but there is a lot I didn’t expect she would talk about and some I didn’t know was part of her journey (her daughters wrestling with their father’s interests in a certain part of history).
—A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters by Steven C. Hayes PhD
The originator of the Acceptance and Commitment Theory with regards to therapy, Dr. Steven C. Hayes “lays out the psychological flexibility skills that make it one of the most powerful approaches research has yet to offer. These skills have been shown to help even where other approaches have failed. Science shows that they are useful in virtually every area–mental health (anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD); physical health (chronic pain, dealing with diabetes, facing cancer); social processes (relationship issues, prejudice, stigma, domestic violence); and performance (sports, business, diet, exercise).” Released in 2019 and positively reviewed, and while appearing to be an overly simple approach, “it resists our instincts and programming. The flexibility skills counter those ingrained tendencies. They include noticing our thoughts with curiosity, opening to our emotions, attending to what is in the present, learning the art of perspective taking, discovering our deepest values, and building habits based around what we deeply want.”
—The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Written in 2016, a fictitious tale with Agatha Christie as the protagonist. “Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.”
—Cravings: All Together: Recipes to Love: A Cookbook by Chrissy Teigen
Being released on Tuesday (the 26th), “Chrissy Teigen shares the recipes that have sustained her and her family, the ones that made her feel like everything is going to be okay. Recipes for Cozy Classic Red Lentil Soup, ingenious Chrissy signatures like Stuffed PB&J French Toast and puff pastry–wrapped Meatloaf Wellington, and family favorites like her mom Pepper’s Thai-style Sloppy Joes and John’s Saturday-morning Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes will have you feeling like you’re pulling up a chair to her table.”
While released last year, I have yet to watch this documentary, and I look forward to watching this weekend. Jazz has long been one of my favorite music genres, and Ella Fitzgerald’s voice has always enthralled me. Just One of Those Things “explores the exquisite artistry of the first lady of scat as she embraced civil rights issues and influenced US music and culture.” Have a look at the trailer below and watch it on Netflix now.
Being released in theaters today, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch finally arrives for viewers to enjoy. “A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in ‘The French Dispatch Magazine’.” Have a look at the trailer below full of a star-studded cast.
—Life in a French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons by Cordelia de Castellane
I mentioned the new release of Cordelia de Castellane book last week, but I wanted to share it one more time as it looks like delectable and a perfect escape to the countryside of France since most of us haven’t been able to visit for quite some time. Castellane is the creative director of Dior Home and Dior Baby and inspired by her own French country home, shares with readers in a her book, “organized according to the seasons of the year—winter, spring, summer, and fall—tips and inspirations for living and entertaining à la française. With individual sections dedicated to seasonal tableware, recipes, interior design, flower arranging, and more, readers will delight in learning how to re-create chic French style for special events and everyday occasions alike.”
Speaking of French Country Living, the doyenne of French Country Living, Sharon Santoni, has a new My Stylish French Box to help you escape to the wintery French Alps: Chalet Living. Below is just a glimpse of what the box will include – Le Creuset will be one of the items!!! Be sure to reserve your box and purchase a gift for the Francophile on your holiday shopping list. Look for boxes to arrives in November.
A new French film that is receiving quite a bit of buzz takes place over the course of only one full day. “Suzanna Andler (Charlotte Gainsbourg) visits a spacious villa on the French Riviera. She wants to rent it for the summer, but has doubts. And not just about the house. Forty-year-old Suzanna is at a crossroads in life. Married to a millionaire who has been cheating on her for years, she has recently taken a lover herself and has arranged to meet him here. Her children have stayed in Paris, and her husband is elsewhere – she doesn’t know where. Suzanna and her lover have a decision to make about their future. How long can she keep up the lying?” Have a look at the trailer below.
I want to thank TSLL readers who regularly send me recommendations to explore. This recommendation came from Elizabeth, and while I heard of the film when it was released five years ago, I neglected to watch it (but wanted to!). Thank you for bringing it back to my attention. Acclaimed French actress Isabelle Huppert stars in this film about “a philosophy teacher who soldiers through the death of her mother, losing her book deal, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.” As not-so-uplifting as this sounds, it is a triumphant tale about a woman who finds the beauty of living well as she navigates through and to the other side of these unwanted traumas. Have a look at the trailer below.
—Bach: The Art of Life by Daniil Trifonov
I recently heard a track from cellist Daniil Trifonov’s new album and wanted to recommend. One detail that will be included in my new book (coming in early Spring 2022) are favorite musical tracks and both classical and jazz selections will be prevalent. Bach is hard to not include as many of his compositions rejuvenate, delight and refresh. And this new album brings new life to many of them.
—Caudalie Friends & Family Sale (up to 50% off)
French skincare company Caudalíe is having their Friends & Family Sale, and I will be stocking up on my daily facial wash (seen here – make-up removing cleansing oil). I have shopped a few more items below, but there are many more.
—Theory Bi-Color Cashmere Gloves (more colors)
I feel as though each year I am looking for a better pair of winter gloves for daily use as I just haven’t found the right ones, but this pair caught my eye – made of cashmere and available in bi-colors (many different options).
—Investment Item: Victoria Beckham navy double-breasted checked boucle tweed trench coat
—Insecure, the final season premiere
Created by and starring Issa Rae, this acclaimed HBO comedy series centers around best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they navigate the challenges of being Black women who defy all stereotypes. Insecure and Issa Rae have been nominated multiple times for an Emmy and have arguably deserved to win, but either way, her series is worth watching, and she even teaches a Masterclass teaching those who tune in with “her signature do-it-yourself ethos, humor, and voice the motivation and tools they’ll need on their journey. Issa shares how she has navigated Hollywood while Black and inspires you to reach your creative dreams and never take no for an answer.”
Check out the trailer of the final season of Insecure below and tune in as it begins this Sunday on HBO.
What a week!
As I shared on Instagram early this week, I tested positive for COVID and am self-isolating until next Wednesday per the health service worker’s diagnosis regarding when my first symptoms began. I know the source of the contraction, and they have been notified as well as the few people I came into contact with before I began to realize I may be infected. Thankfully, thankfully, thankfully, as I was fully vaccinated (last shot was in February), I only had about three days of chills and body aches, and as I type on Thursday feel 95% in good health. And, as many have asked, I am ever so grateful my tastebuds are able to enjoy food and don’t seem to be affected!
While I was unable to post on Wednesday this week, there was a new podcast episode on Monday, a Saturday Ponderings post this past weekend and a new cooking episode (we made a simple, yet flavor-filled pear + herb galette!), and I took two days to pull together this week’s This & That as I hope to make up for my previous-days absence. Thank you to EVERYONE for your well wishes. It has been much appreciated and Norman remains one of my primary motivations for resting and recovering swiftly as he greatly wants to go out on our regular long outings.
Where there is unwanted events, opportunity can arise and it has. I have time to stay put and focus on book edits, snap pics like the one above for one of the many illustrations for the book (I cannot wait to share with you what we are coming up with – I am working with a new illustrator who knows the blog intimately and whose talent is truly exquisite in detail and knowledge of each specimen she captures), and, inspired by Nigel Slater’s cookbook which just arrived this week, clean out my kitchen drawers and cupboards! ☺️
While I won’t be able to attend the first symphony here in Bend after a long year and a half pause, I will watch it from my home this weekend as they are streaming it live and appreciate it all the more when I do have the opportunity to attend in person. With films and books and writing, the next handful of days will be put to good use paired with some good rest, and come mid-next week, oh my will I be a happy person (and Norman a very happy dog!).
Thank you for choosing to stop by today, and look for a new episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show tomorrow where a favorite French ingredient (not as well- or frequently used in the states) will be used in two different recipes. Below are a handful of links and one video filled with beauty I think you might enjoy. Until tomorrow, bonne journée.
~How to approach balance and composition in interior design [House & Garden UK]
~Seth Godin’s thoughts on The Hedonic Buffet
~Renewing your TSA’s PreCheck just became a bit cheaper!
~A podcast episode worth listening to: Brené Brown w/Charles Feltman on Trust: Building, Maintaining and Restoring It
~Speaking of travel, the best times to visit Paris for great weather and fewer tourists [Travel + Leisure]
~Paris and the bikes! Transportation is shifting. If you’re a walker, stay alert! [The New York Times]
~Fall foliage 101: why some autumns are more colorful [Gardenista]
~Add healthy years to your life: what new longevity research reveals [The Washington Post]
~Be swept away by Ted Lasso‘s star Hannah Waddington in her performance of “Memory” in 2010 from the theatrical production of Cats. Long before starring in Game of Thrones and Ted Lasso, Waddington was and continues to be a star in London’s West End musical theatre. Did you know that Hannah’s mother and both of her maternal grandparents were opera singers? Yep. What a gift.
Last Week’s This & That: October 15, 2021
All sorts of new cookbooks, décor books, cozy reads, cozy scarves, an international film I cannot wait to watch set in Sweden, two theatre productions highly praised, clothing sales and fall finds and much, much more.