This & That: September 1, 2017

Sep 01, 2017

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Patricia Wells at Home in Provence: Recipes Inspired by her Farmhouse in France

As you will see below, Provence is more than slightly on my mind. Next summer I am looking forward to the opportunity to attend one of Patricia Wells’ cooking classes which will be held in Provence on her property shown in this cookbook, and I couldn’t be more excited. While this cookbook was published in 1996, if it is anything like her most recent, we are in for a treat and delicious eating.


I Do . . . Until I Don’t

With Paul Reiser, Mary Steenbergen, Lake Bell and Ed Helms co-starring in this anti-romantic comedy, I couldn’t help but take a look. Directed and written by Lake Bell, I must say the balance of comedy, absurdity, reality and chance to just enjoy a creative slant on a tradition that often gets taken for granted and thus places unspoken expectations on individuals of their partners, intrigued me greatly. As three couples in Florida become subjects for a documentarian’s introspection of marriage, things begin to go a little haywire and the comedy unfolds. In theaters beginning today, have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

M.F.K. Fisher’s Provence by M.F. K. Fisher

Get carried away by the magic talents of M.F.K. Fisher’s as she describes the sights, sounds and scents of a summer destination so many long to visit. Released a few years ago, let your tastebuds be teased with the vivid imagery of bakeries, market and Provence.

Two Towns in Provence: Map of Another of Town and a Considerable Town by M.F. K. Fisher

Two books available for the price of one. Enjoy M.F.K.’s memoir depicting her adoration of Aix en Provence in Map of Another Town, a town in which she discovered a deep kinship. In the second book, Fisher dives into the ancient history of Marseille and the resoluteness of its people.


Boden Labor Day Sale  

Beginning yesterday and running through next Tuesday, save 20% off everything (not just sale items) simply by using this promo code 6J4P.

~Iris & Ink’s Violet ponte midi dress

Iris & Ink is The Outnet’s exclusive collection. Offering modern classic styles at nearly half of what you would pay for a designer’s similar piece, I always have a look at their items. This particular midi-dress offers the flared 3/4 sleeve which is en vogue at the moment along with a classic silhouette.

Olivia von Halle’s Coco silk-satin pajamas set

Oh my goodness yes. Put me to bed and let me wear these pajamas. A pretty penny they will cost, but I will forever feel luxuriously pampered. Needless to say, I am saving Olivia von Halle’s silk-satin soft blue pajamas in hopes of treating myself down the road after reaching a goal I have my sights set on.


~recipe for Pear Thyme and Hazelnut Tart~

The final weekend of summer is upon us, and with it the arrival of TSLL’s Fall Shopping Guide (released just minutes ago). It’s hard to believe yet another season is wrapping up and we enter the final few months of 2017. What a year and what a summer season is has been so far. I hope you are savoring these past few months and they have left you rejuvenating, inspired and ready to start September strong. I know I will be, and I look forward to putting in the hard work and seeing it all come together and sharing my journey right along with you..

Below are a few articles I thought you might enjoy and above is a dessert I cannot wait to try (doesn’t it look delicious?). With fresh pears from the farmer’s market, this just might be my dessert of choice this weekend as I escape to the country to spend some time with family. I do hope you have a lovely few days of leisure, exploration or whatever you most enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Save this article . . . blogger of Chocolate & Zucchini shares her 10 Tips for Picking a Paris Restaurant.

~And if you are going to Paris, here are nine essential French phrases for the modern traveler.

~An argument for love

~If you have the good fortunate to be visiting Paris in the fall, discover these five free things you can enjoy

~I am a complete convert when it comes to facial oils and my favorite (Rodin olio lusso) is included in this list of the 10 Best Clean Face Oils.

~Such an important skill. Do you have it? Or do you mistakenly think you do?

~Let’s talk about health and simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chance of breast cancer (don’t worry, you don’t have to give up wine)

~Some college students are already back in classes while others have a few weeks of summer left. Perhaps there is a misconception of what college life is really all about. Read this article to find out the reality for most. 


18 thoughts on “This & That: September 1, 2017

  1. Love the article on community colleges. As my senior prepares for college life in 2018 it’s disheartening the cost of a college education that is not accessible to all in America.

      1. It doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you finish. There’s nothing wrong with going to a CC for the first two or three years and then transferring to your target school because that’s the school that will be on your degree. I wish I’d done that too, but I didn’t know it was an option.

        Also, look into the top tier schools; they’re harder to get into (and unfortunately a lot of students that might have been able to get in don’t even apply because they either discouraged or they feel that their GPA isn’t strong enough), but they have enormous endowments so their financial aid packages are much better than the mid- to low-tier schools.

  2. Shannon –
    I just want to thank you for always being so courageous, positive and inspiring. The Simply Luxurious Life is a positive part of my life!

  3. I’d like to learn more about face oils Shannon. I’m always confused about the right layering order and how long to wait between layers of different products. Research and trial and error might help 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday!

    1. Great idea. Just to answer a few of your questions quickly here. There are lighter oils and more hydrating (I prefer the latter because I live in a dry area). You put the oil on first and then can immediately add your moisturizer, primer and foundation. You can also add it throughout the day (afternoon when your makeup needs to be brightened) just in spots. I love this addition to my beauty regimen and I am speaking as someone who was prone to break-outs (combination skin). But what I learned (and shared in an episode of the podcast about “glowing skin” was that part of my problem was I was over -cleansing and my skin needed moisturizer and that actually contributed to more break-outs.

  4. Loving this list:) That movie looks like good fun! The pie looks delicious. The pajamas, hopefully I will get one day. Your blog is so fun and inspiring. Keep up the good work!

  5. I am a big Patricia Wells fan. I bought At Home In Provence a long time ago and I have to say it is one of my most used cookbooks. Her recipes are not for elaborate French food just good simple dishes and most importantly, they always work. I have some of her others books but this one remains my favourite. I have lived in France for fourteen years and had a holiday home here for some time before that and when I cook for French friends using one of Patricia’s recipies they love it.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience with this particular cookbook. My experience as well with the two cookbooks I have of hers is very positive. What a wonderful opportunity to live in France. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. 🙂

  6. I love coming to your blog, as there are so many great books here to discover and movies. Thank you for the re- introduction to Patricia Wells. I had heard about her before now I can add her to my list of French cookbooks.

    I am currently reading Ella Carey – “Paris Time Capsule”, the book was originally published in 2014. So far so good and she another book called “From A Paris Balcony”.

    I’ve also read Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence”, so good.

    I look forward to hearing about your travels to Provence.

    Lisa x

  7. I’m loving your podcasts – starting with 1 and will continue onward! Just wondering – have you ever read any of Alexandra stoddard’s books? They are amazing and her vibe is yours! You would be amazed! Check her out if you have the time. terese

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