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Spring clothing items to brighten your wardrobe, a cookbook full of non-recipes, France is found in a variety of places – television, books, cookbooks and more, the documentary many people have been eager to watch, and still so much more.
—28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
Released last summer to tens of thousands of positive reviews, best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand writes a novel “based on the classic film Same Time Next Year. 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.” Throw in a Presidential run, Nantucket, deathbed instructions to a son, and yep, the plot becomes rather interesting indeed.
—Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History by Richard Thompson Ford
“For centuries, clothing has been a wearable status symbol; fashion, a weapon in struggles for social change; and dress codes, a way to maintain political control . . . In Dress Codes, law professor and cultural critic Richard Thompson Ford presents an insightful and entertaining history of the laws of fashion from the middle ages to the present day, a walk down history’s red carpet to uncover and examine the canons, mores, and customs of clothing—rules that we often take for granted. After reading Dress Codes, you’ll never think of fashion as superficial again—and getting dressed will never be the same.”
Released earlier this month, explore renowned ceramicist Christopher Spitzmiller’s year of sustainable living. Sharing “advice and inspiration for seasonal entertaining, gardening, tending heritage chickens, and more.” Readers will discover the book to be “organized into four sections by season. Spring: the lilacs and appleblossoms, the dovecote with Indian fantail pigeons, Easter lunch, with daffodils and porcelain, and Spitzmiller’s recipe for rhubarb pie. Summer brings hydrangeas, dahlias, readying the chickens for the Dutchess County Fair, and a garden cocktail party. Fall focuses on collecting, cider making, an orchard luncheon and a Thanksgiving table, honey-gathering, and planting bulbs. Winter closes the book with holiday decorating, gilding allium, a holiday buffet, and homemade gifts.” A Year at Clover Brook Farm looks like a wonderful gift to someone you love or to yourself especially if they or you enjoy working with Mother Nature and the seasons. 🙂
Just released this past Tuesday, Your Time to Thrive eschews the “trendy self-care fixes or the latest health fads”, and presents itself as the “revolutionary guide to living and working based on Microsteps–tiny, science-backed changes. By making them too-small-to fail, we can incorporate them into our daily lives right away, and begin building healthier ways of living and working. With chapters dedicated to sleep, nutrition, movement, focus and prioritization, communication and relationships, unplugging and recharging, creativity and inspiration, and purpose/meaning, Your Time to Thrive shares practical, usable, research-supported mini-habits that will yield huge benefits and empower people to truly thrive in all parts of their lives.”
—Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters by Andrew Morton
Being released on Tuesday March 30th, Elizabeth & Margaret explores the “[the royal sisters’] cloistered early life, through their hidden war-time lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father’s death and Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton’s latest biography offers unique insight into these two drastically different sisters—one resigned to duty and responsibility, the other resistant to it—and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family, and the ways it adapted to the changing mores of the 20th century.”
Premiering today wherever you stream your favorite films, Six Minutes to Midnight is based on a true story set in England just days, even minutes, before Britain enters into WWII. Critics are torn, but needless to say, the plot is intriguing as WWII movies have been aplenty, but none have this particular plot. Judi Dench stars alongside James D’Arcy. Have a look at the trailer below.
—Miss Maggie’s Kitchen: Relaxed French Entertaining by Héloïse Brion
Recently introduced to Héloïse Brion through Sharon Santoni’s video chats on IG, I was intrigued to learn more about this American expat living in Northern France whose name isn’t Maggie. 🙂
Her cookbook, released this past fall, is stunning. With photographs captured by Brion’s husband, Christophe Roué, Héloïse “shares more than eighty laid-back recipes for every occasion, including her beautiful table settings that are festive and welcoming. Her simple, authentic, and tasty cuisine includes winter squash soup with porcini crostini, cherry tomato pizza, veal stew, clementine and pistachio cake, and a rosemary-rhubarb cooler.” Discover “the charm of Miss Maggie’s Kitchen, where retro and modern culminate in the ultimate comfortable elegance.”
—New York Times’ Cooking No Recipes Cookbook by Sam Sifton
Cooking without recipes is an absolute game-changer. Doing so doesn’t mean you can’t use a recipe to learn a new trick or idea, but it does free us up and remind us to simply let the seasonal ingredients guide us.
“Sam Sifton delivers more than one hundred no-recipe recipes—each gloriously photographed—to make with the ingredients you have on hand or could pick up on a quick trip to the store. You’ll see how to make these meals as big or as small as you like, substituting ingredients as you go.”
Premiering today on HBO Max, the new documentary of music legend Tina Turner is worth checking out. Have a look at the trailer below.
—My Stylish French Box, The Art of Cocooning (May 2021)
Ah! The cozy continues into spring with Sharon Santoni’s latest announcement of the upcoming My Stylish French Box. Of course, with the contents French-inspired, no doubt they will be beautiful and sumptuous along with offering wonderful comfort. Reserve your box now so as not to miss out.
—Perfect Murders, French mystery series
Last month I shared a list of six Cozy French Mystery series to watch and I neglected to add this one (I will update the post this weekend). There is only one season so far (18 episodes), and there is a varying cast (much like Murder In . . . ), but what makes this series absolutely a joy to watch is the counter-balance between the grisly murder (which is revealed in full – who committed it as well) right as the episode begins with the personable and quirky sleuths. Each pair of detectives are playful, witty and unique in their life choices. All of them have a character to appreciate and fall in love with, all the while knowing they are savvy enough to reveal the motive by the end of the hour-long episode.
So why would this series be considered a cozy mystery? Spoiler alert, which will ease your mind: the person who is murdered will be someone you will loathe upon finally learning the true motive. À la! A key component to qualify as a cozy mystery. Check out the trailer below.
—Provence Glory by François Simon
Released this March and full of incredibly gorgeous photography to sweep you away to the south of France into the Luberon and surrounding area, Provence Glory is an investment, but worth it if you know a Francophile who will appreciate it. Jamie Beck’s photographs along with many other talented photographers are included in this book, and you can view many of the images here.
Another recently released Francophile book to have to inspire your next trip to France (and much more affordable) is a contributing illustrator for The New Yorker John Donohue’s A Table in Paris. Having the opportunity to receive an advance copy, Donohue’s illustrations are simply delightful and his book shares known as well as less well-known places to visit and pass many an hour during your next much-anticipated trip to the City of Light.
—J.Crew Spring Sale, 40% off
Spring is here and a wardrobe update may just be in order. Save 40% off new items when you use promo code GOSPRING. And be sure to stop by TSLL next Thursday when the annual Spring Shopping Guide is released. No doubt many of the items shopped below will be included.
—Tory Burch Patos Multi-Strap Sandal, 25% off
Spring is here and summer is coming. These sandals make a statement but can also be worn to really walk and get about – similar to Tropezienne sandals (my favorite summer sandal). No promo code necessary, sale rules through March 28th.
Simple, beautiful, comfortable and a nice way to ease into the evening after a formal affair or attire worn at work.
A week of many ups and just a few small downs and beautiful daffodils that cannot help but make you smile. Yep, I will be sharing my British Gamble daffodils in April’s A Cuppa Moments as they are all abloom and easing the days when spring fades back into winter momentarily. I hope to tend to much sowing this weekend as I kept losing track of time this past week working on other projects. A lovely dilemma, but those seeds need to be sown! 🙂
The monthly newsletter will be released in just a few short hours to keep you up-to-date on all that was shared this past month (subscribe for free here) as well as give you a glimpse ahead and share an exclusive letter from the editor (moi). It’s hard to believe we have made our way through a year navigating the pandemic, but we have. And as often is the case, the largest hurdle is met right before we reach where we wish to go. Hang in there, and know we are making tremendous progress.
From waking up tomorrow and watching a new episode of Gardeners’ World, to tinkering in the kitchen to enjoy a new dessert and trying to just find time to lose all track of time, I am looking forward to the weekend, as even on a holiday, the blogging keeps me quite busy and concluding the week well helps elevate the weekend to just be. Wishing you a wonderful weekend to revel in what makes you smile this time of year wherever your life schedule finds you, and until Monday, bonne journée.
~Discover how one introvert found meditation the key to helping her thrive [Introvert, Dear]
~The new rules of socializing in France [The Local]
~Interior design experts share how to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep [House & Garden UK]
~The basics of gardening that everyone needs to know [Middle-Sized Garden]
~How to overcome a fear of failure [The Atlantic]
~I am looking forward to taking this Masterclass on Well-Being and Meditation and Mindfulness [Apple News]
~How being productive starts with doing nothing . . . worth reading even if you’re doubtful [WSJ]
~Upcoming English gardeners to know in 2021 [Veranda]
~Oprah announces her New Oprah Daily [Oprah magazine]
~A lovely and thought-provoking short video sharing Esther Perel’s Love Lexicon