This & That: October 4, 2019

Oct 04, 2019

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Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature

If you live in or near Denver, Colorado, you may already know about this exciting news, and if you are planning on visiting Denver in the next few months, you will want to check out The Denver Art Museum’s new exhibit of Claude Monet.

The largest and most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet’s work in more than two decades, The Truth of Nature exhibit will open October 21st and run through February 2, 2020. Featuring more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career, the exhibit “will focus on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked”. Have a look at the video below to discover even more about the exhibit.


For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity by Liz Plank

“Offering a smart, insightful, and deeply-researched guide for what we’re all going to do about toxic masculinity”, Liz Plank’s new book “investigates masculinity and provides actionable steps for how to be a man in the modern world, while also exploring how being a man in the world has evolved”. Having a unit that explores identity in our modern world in my AP Language class, I look forward to reading For the Love of Men and perhaps including it as a source for students to explore as well.

North: How to Live Scandinavian by Brontë Aurell

Released in 2017, Danish writer Brontë Aurell’s book shares in vivid imagery and engaging detail “inspiration and ideas, how-tos and recipes to help you experience the very best of Scandinavian design, philosophy, cookery and culture, this honest behind-the-scenes look at the culture provides an invaluable insight into the wonderful and visually stunning world of Scandinavia”. And with the cozy season nearly upon us, this might be the perfect book to cozy up with and enjoy.  


The Laundromat

Meryl Streep stars in Netflix’s new film The Laundromat which has already opened in theaters and will be available to stream on October 18th. A comedy that offers a satirical twist on the recent scandal of the Panama Papers, have a look at the trailer below to discover exactly what laundering is taking place.

Lucy in the Sky

In a new film that is released today, Academy Award winner Natalie Portman is receiving praise for her starring role in Lucy in the Sky. Loosely based on a couple of storylines, as reported by TIME magazine, Portman’s character is an astronaut who following a trip to space is more determined than beyond measure to return to orbit. The film itself is not impressing critics, but have a look for yourself (and be sure to read the film’s inspiration) to see if it may just be something you would enjoy. I think I will be going to view it in the coming weeks.


Acne Carice belted wool and cashmere coat, 50% off

Coat season, and investment items are worth scooping up if they are on sale. Acne’s camel coat is classic and timeless, and could be enjoyed for many years to come, all the while staying perfectly en vogue.

Jenni Kayne Woven Basket Bag

Summer may be over, but classic baskets will never go out of style and having one this size will be a delight to grab when the summer season returns.

La Ligne NYC AAA V Neck Sweater

Light-weight cashmere-blend sweaters in neutral hues are a great choice for layering during the fall season. La Ligne’s AAA V Neck sweater is available in a variety of colors, so be sure to have a look.


Sisters in Law

I am a little late on this play, but if you are in the Los Angeles area, Sisters in Law (which has been touring around the country this past year) is running for one more week. Tickets are fairly reasonable, and I hope the tour continues and perhaps it will come to Portland as I would love to see it. Inspired by the book of the same name, the play follows the professional and personal friendship between the first two female US Supreme Court Justices to serve on the highest court of the land – Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Madame Secretary, the final season (6), premieres

Speaking of women serving in high governmental offices, Tea Leoni’s character in Madame Secretary begins the sixth and final season of the series having already been sworn in as President. The final season has been shortened to 10 episodes from its usual 20 (sometimes 22), and so the writers must have had to leap-frog ahead past the election portion of her journey, but either way, I cannot wait to watch and will miss it when it wraps up. Look for the season premiere this Sunday on CBS at 10pm.

Press, on Masterpiece

Another premiere to watch on Sunday night is Press on PBS’s Masterpiece. Set in London and in the modern world of newspapers, the business is trying to keep its head above water in the online news cycle whirlwind. Hercule Poirot fans will quickly recognize David Suchet, as he is cast in the series, and with six episodes to enjoy, I am looking forward to this new show. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Pumpkin Rigatoni with Rosemary Walnut Crispies~

The first weekend of October, and it begins with a wedding and celebration. Now that sounds like a lovely way to wrap up a week. From there, wonderful books to read (check out my IG to see what I recently discovered and am loving), yoga, walks, snuggling in and dreaming about where and how to design a mini library for my home. Yes, mini, but I have always wanted a library of my own, even if it is quite small. The presence of books just makes me feel safe for some reason, comforted and with a one small wall that I think will work just perfectly in my home, I am perusing this book that just arrived for review to get ideas on exactly what I would like to do with it and shelves to house my ever-growing book collection. Other than that, the weekend is leisure, leisure and wonderful rest and leisure (and cleaning the house, I almost forgot ;)). I hope yours as well is offering exactly what you are craving.

Below are a few articles and two videos you might enjoy. Thank you so much for choosing to stop by TSLL and discover something new. Wishing you a lovely weekend, and bonne journée!

~A list to keep in mind whenever you have the opportunity to travel to France – 25 Best Things to Eat and Drink in Paris [Fodors]

~10 Steps to Better Understand Who You Really Are [Live, Bold and Bloom]

~For the British Royalty Curious, one Kitchn writer shares how They Ate Like a Member of the Royal Family for One Week and shared what happened

~Looking for your Happily-Ever-After City? Well, The New York Times wrote an article just for you.

~Marie Forleo offers advice for how to put a stop to the negative talk.

~A bit of fun for Downton Abbey fans. SNL (Saturday Night Live) took a go at the trailer and poked some fun at those of us who went to see it.

7 thoughts on “This & That: October 4, 2019

  1. We love David Suchet, so thank you for the heads-up on the premiere of PRESS this Sunday!

    I saw a couple of small sweet films (both rated PG) this week that I think you might like:


    HER MAJESTY (2009)

    Have a nice weekend!


    1. I made the Pumpkin Rigatoni for my husband last night after a late night out, helping a friend. I had seen the recipe earlier in the day, so when he mentioned he was hungry, I told him I could whip something up. We actually had all these ingredients in the house. It took me so little time, plated beautifully and was delicious. Thank you for helping me impress my hubby!

  2. I’m from the UK and watched Press on the BBC when it aired last year. Really enjoyable series I hope they bring back for a second. Especially enjoyed the dynamic between the reporter “with integrity” and the tabloid editor – Ben Chaplin I think his name is. Lots of charisma.
    I always enjoy This n That!

    1. Sarah, Thank you for sharing your thoughts n the series. I am two episodes away n and have found it intriguing as well. Yes, the juxtaposition of these two reporters so far certainly has my attention. ? Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

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