This & That: September 21, 2018

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Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlary

While released last September, Brooke McAlary’s book is a resource to return to again and again for ideas on how to permanently change the pace of our lives – specifically change them from too quick and over-extended to slow and enjoyable. With simple tips and ideas for restructuring our approach to how we go about our days, discover new ideas that may just make all the difference in the world.

Brit Treat

Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw

Step inside a handful of Georgian, Victorian and contemporary townhouses found in not only London but in small towns as well as cities around the country of England and discover decor ideas for cleverly maximizing these unique, yet stunning, narrow sanctuary structures. Released this past February, if you live in a townhome or are looking to move into one, this may just be the decor inspiration book to add to your library.

Tea with the Dames

Would you be interested in sitting down for tea in the English countryside with Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright? If you said yes, then I have something you are truly going to delight in – tea and conversation with these four aforementioned talented dames, who also call each other good friends. The Sundance documentary aired in the UK in June and starting today it is available here in the states. Have a look at the trailer below, and if you’re like me, I have a feeling you will be putting it on your watchlist.


Little Italy

If you are looking for a feel-good romantic comedy involving food and loveable characters. Oh, and set in Toronto, Canada’s Little Italy, you should definitely check out Little Italy, the film. Starring Emma Roberts and being released in theaters today, take a look at the trailer below and look for it in a theater near you.

Francophile Find


Keira Knightley stars in the biopic inspired by the French writer Colette which premiered at Sundance this past January and makes it limited release today in the states and in January in Britain. The film begins with Gabrielle Sidonie Colette’s marriage in 1893 to a dominating Parisian man 14-years her senior and she a shy naive country girl. But quickly that changes when her talent for writing surpasses what even he could dare to dream to write, and the relationship, as you might imagine sours with her rise to fame in France. Have a look at the trailer below.


Twine Rustic Farmhouse Cheese Knives

I have been on the hunt for quality cheese knives, a set in fact, that will leave me prepared for any cheese I might serve. After looking through the latest issue of Victoria, I came across Twine’s sturdy set, saw the price and quickly put it on my wishlist.

True Dome Cheese Board

And since we are talking about the cheese knives, having a domed cheese board is also something to have on hand as well. 


Chinti and Parker Sombrero Striped Alpaca and wool-blend sweater

Large stripes with muted primary colors. A statement, but at the same time, not too much of one. Pair with dark denim jeans, a pair of boots or flats and fall attire is complete for a lovely afternoon.

Mango Gingham Check Dress

Plaid is the print of the fall season it seems, and Mango’s dress offers a very flattering silhouette. Wear with neutral pumps, layer with a slimming waist jacket and for a good price, be en vogue!

~recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chipe Cookies~

The weekend AND fall arrive in all their splendor tomorrow. How lucky are we? More importantly, how will you be welcoming the new season? I am certainly going to give it some thought because I am extremely excited for this particular time of year. As I am now more settled into my weekly routine, I am looking forward to savoring the opportunity for rest, but also the exploration that comes on the weekend. Perhaps taking in the film The Wife at a local indepedent theater, enjoying a yoga class and most definitely going on a few walks with the boys (maybe a paddle?).

However you are enjoying the start of the new season, I do hope you have a memorable weekend. Be sure to stop by tomorrow as episode #3 debuts of the vodcast (and remember, discover ahead of each airing what the weekly episodes will be when you sign up for TSLL’s weekly newsletter). Also, be sure to share your time in the kitchen inspired by any of the episodes of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen. Tomorrow I will begin sharing images readers have shared over the past two weeks on Instagram, and who knows, when you share yours in the future, your image and a link to your IG feed will be included in an upcoming episode’s show notes!

And now to the weekend! Shall we? Below are a few articles you might enjoy as you relax into your leisurely schedule, as well as one video I thought you might enjoy. Until tomorrow, bonne journée!

~This recipe utilizing the last few plums at the farmers market captured my attention this week . . . perhaps it will find its way into my oven this weekend? [The New York Times]

~17 Practical Money Tips to Cultivate a Strong Financial Foundation [Life Hack]

~10 Truths that Will Change the Way You See Yourself [Marc and Angel]

~Stunning Decor Inspiration for living in small spaces (550 sq ft to be precise, but you wouldn’t know it as careful choices expand each wall) [The Everygirl]

~15 Inspiration Ideas on How to Stay Consistent and Make Your Dreams a Reality [Life Hack]

~Now to Paris, 36-hours in the City of Light to be precise. The New York TImes shares how to enjoy these precious hours along the Seine. 

~Recently released, Vogue shared 73 questions with Lady Gaga as her new film A Star is Born (Oct. 3) nears premiering in theaters.

8 thoughts on “This & That: September 21, 2018

  1. I saw The Wife last weekend. What a smart, interesting and impeccable drama. Glenn Close is nothing short of perfection. Less is always more and the playoff with Jonathan Pryce is just stunning. I am looking forward to the other films you recommended.

  2. OMG.. This was a fantastic “this and that”…. As usual, you tune me into things that I would have missed…. Tea with the Dames, Little Italy and Colette… Wow… Somehow I missed knowing about these… and I definitely want to see each one of them… You know me so well and we have never met!!!!. Thank you for always sharing and keeping me informed… lol…

  3. Love your blog – always great ideas and so positive.
    Did notice you said the new film Little Italy is filmed in New York in that area but it was filmed in Toronto Canada in little Italy there. As a Canadian it was nice to know a film was shot in one of our lovely cities without the pretence of changing the city often to NYC. Thanks for all your great reviews on Fridays to make a more fun and interes weekend.

  4. Shannon lots of delights! Ah the great Dames what a treat! Having seen the original an remakes of a star is born so am so curious to see this to see Lady Gaga’s take on it.So glad you chose the Chinti and Parker sweater. I am a big fan of theirs as they produce luxurious sweaters with an ethical stance. That ticks my box. Have a great weekend?

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