This & That: September 27, 2019

Sep 27, 2019

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Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution For When You Have Too Much to Do (and more life to live) by Eve Rodsky

Set to be released on October 1st, Rodsky has interviewed over 500 men and women from all avenues of life to discover what all of the work actually is for families, parents and adults in their everyday lives that goes unnoticed, or perhaps taken for granted. As a result, she creates “a time- and anxiety-saving system that offers couples a completely new way to divvy up domestic responsibilities”. Read her excerpt in The Wall Street Journal to discover a glimpse of her ideas of how to reform workloads, and as a result, improve our most intimate relationships as well.

The Water Dancer: A Novel (Oprah’s Book Club) by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Monday of this past week, Oprah announced at the Apollo Theater in Harlem National Book Award–winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel, The Water Dancer, as her next book club choice. Ta-Nehisi Coates has been a highly respected columnist and writer for The Atlantic before he moved into his career as a full-time author. Previously writing bestselling nonfiction books We Were Eight Years In Power and Between the World and Me, his novel shares the story of the “underground war between the slavers and the enslaved” with a protagonist at the helm of the story with a special gift.


On Style: Inspiration and Advice from the New Generation of Interior Design edited by Carl Dellatore

Released just this week, discover 50 new interior designers who are shaping the face of decor. Sharing “intimate views into the personalities, inspirations, and aesthetics of these members of the new guard . . . , each profile spotlights a never-before-seen project, as well as each designer’s story and influences, and of course, their advice for achieving great style”. 



Happy to see Renée Zellweger back on screen, she stars as Judy Garland in the later years of her life, primarily her time in London, in the new film Judy. Zellweger’s performance is being wildly applauded by critics (one more glowing review about Zellweger’s performance), and for that reason alone, I am looking forward to see it; however, getting to know Garland, a part of her life that is little known, has also piqued my curiosity. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.

Francophile Find

The Kit

A big thank you to long-time TSLL reader Deborah for introducing me to The Kit, a Canadian based website that shares all-things Francophiles will find to their taste.

Murder In . . . , Season 4

Last year I began watching Murder In . . ., a murder mystery series set in France and spoken in French. However, what makes this series unique is that each episode is set in a new location in France, so it as much a murder mystery to solve as it is a travel lover’s dream escape each time they tune in. Season 4 premiered this past June, and you can find all of the episodes through Amazon Prime.

Paname Podcast

Stumbling upon the Paname podcast was a much appreciated find this week. During my lunch at school yesterday, I turned on episode #1 and escaped to Paris as I learned about the history of Gustav Eiffel. The audio is top quality, the host’s voice, who has been living in France since 2001, is easy on the ears and the content is perfect for those who want to learn something more about the country that has grabbed their attention.

Enjoy discovering the lesser known history of Paris, or should we say Paname? 😉


Banana Republic, 30% site-wide sale (no code necessary)

Sale, site-wide, no special code. Enjoy shopping!

Chinti & Parker Multi-Coloured Rib-Knit Cashmere Vanessa Sweater

Sophie McShera (aka Daisy) wore this sweater in a recent interview shared on Town & Country (a fun watch as she answers random questions about the cast with her fellow co-star – guess who?), and Chinti & Parker was recently shared in last week’s Style Inspiration, so I thought I’d share one of their sweaters in action. Bright, playful and perfect for fall and layering with a neutral pant or skirt.


The Politician

Ryan Murphy has created a new series for Netflix, and the cast is bright and the story-line intensely satirical about politics and its characters and worst attributes. Set in a high school and focused on Ben Platt’s character, the politics of pursuing the position of president is only impeded by the difficult navigation that is high school life. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it to be available today.

~recipe for French Wine and Mustard Chicken~

Oh, I am ready for the weekend. Again, home is calling, and cozying in is on the schedule. With the latest mystery written by M.L. Longworth on my nightstand, I cannot wait to dive in. Perhaps some fun in the kitchen, some more work in the yard and just savoring time without a clock, let the first fall weekend begin!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, and a few articles you might enjoy are shared below. Until tomorrow with the new episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, bonne journée!

~The secret it out! It’s becoming news that traveling solo is a luxury and indulgence to enjoy. [WSJ]

~Discover why some people become lifelong readers [The Atlantic]

~A thoughtful commentary on the arrival of the fall season [The New York Times]

~The Art of the Bonjour [Hip Paris]

~Discover what it is like to live in the real Downton Abbey, otherwise known as Highclere Castle [Country Living]

~Jennifer Aniston talks to The New York Times about returning to television in Apple TV’s new series “The Morning Show”.

~If you tuned into the Emmy’s this past Sunday, you may have seen the new trailer for season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Alex Borstein won an Emmy for her supporting role in the show – and gave an inspiring speech as well). Check it out below and look for the season to premiere in November or early December.

4 thoughts on “This & That: September 27, 2019

  1. I adore Judy Garland and absolutely can-not-WAIT for this movie !!
    I suggest YouTube to see a documentary or two & watch some of her movies …. you’ll enjoy Renne’s performance so much more 🙂

  2. I have been a Judy Garland fan, since I was in the 8th grade. I watched Gene Kelly and Judy in Me and My Gal. I was charmed. My father told me to watch for Easter Parade— again wowedJudy singing and Dancing with Fred Astaire. But when I heard Judy Live at the London Palladium, it is heavenly. I csn’t Wait to see Renée Zellwanger’s interpretation. Happy.
    I loved Season 4 of Murder in …. what a terrific series.

  3. So wanted to watch Murder In…., however there is a requirement to add a subscription to watch. Already paying for Prime with no interest in adding another subscription.

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