A new French and English jazz album from a favorite band is released, the return of a wonderfully fun, caper series, summer clothing finds, a new film starring Jon Hamm that looks to bring the comedy along with the dark side of such a genre, books to relax with while you continue to enjoy your summer plans, books to deepen your quality of life and books to give you helpful skills for knowing how to be part of an engaging conversation. As well, clothing to consider as we look ahead to fall and still much more.
—The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh
Last year, one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s many books, How to Love, was chosen as a Petit Plaisir, so it will not surprise anyone that another one of his books is being shared here today. The Art of Living, released a handful of years ago, “presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships and our interconnectedness with the world around us. Based on the last full talks before his sudden hospitalization, and drawing on intimate examples from his own life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how these seven meditations can free us to live a happy, peaceful and active life, and face aging and dying with curiosity and joy and without fear.”
—High Time: A Novel by Hannah Rothschild
Highly anticipated, and a perfect summer read, released on July 11th, Hannah Rothchild’s second novel detailing the lives of the Trelawney family in Britain. High Time looks to be just as engrossing as the first novel that introduced readers to the eccentric family. Now, the year is 2016, “in the months leading up to the Brexit referendum, Ayesha, the beautiful, young secret daughter of the late Enyon Trelawney, has married the much older thuggish banker Tomlinson Sleet with whom she has a young daughter, Stella. Ayesha is busy restoring the once broken-down Trelawney Castle in Cornwall, which Sleet has bought, to its former glory, as well as studying art at the Courtauld in London. The elderly Countess Clarissa—still ensconced on the property—the host of a camp television show, is about to head into a disastrous marriage. Lady Jane has separated from the hopeless Trelawney heir Kitto, who is crazier than ever, and found an enlightened woman to keep her company abroad. Sleet is becoming increasingly difficult, distracted by the seductive and ruthless bitcoin goddess Zamora, but Kitto’s sister Blaze and her husband, Joshua, will support Ayesha’s clever plan as she discovers shocking secrets, takes action, and brings the family together.”
As a social skills coach and an internationally bestselling author, Patrick King teaches the “rules of improv comedy that allow performers to turn boring prompts into memorable interactions worthy of standing ovations” to be utilized in our everyday life to help engage in meaningful, enjoyable and endearing conversation based on the situation and those you are talking with. “This means there are real frameworks and templates to escape interview mode small talk – and start connecting and building rapport from the moment you say ‘Hello.’ This book goes through over 15 of the most helpful and insightful improv comedy techniques with countless real-life examples to make you a great talker.”
—Tom Lake: A Novel by Ann Patchett
Story-telling of thought-provoking everyday family life like only Ann Patchett can do, her latest novel, Tom Lake, released this past Tuesday, is set in the spring of 2020. “Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theater company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother, and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.”
—Me + Em Herringbone Cap (two colors)
Fall is coming, and one accessory I am realizing would be used often especially in early fall and early spring is a great ball cap that is as functional for protecting the face and the eyes from the sun as it is stylish. Me + Em’s herringbone cap in camel is on my wishlist as it would pair well with many of my outfits that take me outdoors for a while or a moment. They also have grey herringbone if that fits better with your wardrobe.
The birds continue to bring smiles whenever I am toodling about in my garden, and when I saw this unique bird feeder I wanted to share. Capable of holding a variety of different types of feed, place where you can enjoy the congregation of birds and sit back as they dine. I have a feeling many smiles will arise. 🙂
A selection for the 2022 Tribeca Film festival, Jon Hamm stars in Corner Office, a dark comedy threaded with an intriguing mystery to solve: What is the corner office all about and why is there denial of its existence? Hamm’s character dares to solve the mystery and the plot begins to unfold. If you enjoyed the original comedy The Office, I have a feeling you will enjoy this witty film. Released today. And Jon Hamm with a mustache? Yep, that may be worth going to watch it all on its own. Maybe. 😉
—C’est La Vie, The Hot Sardines new album
Today is the day! Release day for a Jazz band that taps into the classic jazz that is beloved, pulling from French classics as well as more well-known in English as well, and adds a touch of modern spice. I had the chance to preview this entire album a couple of weeks ago, and LOVE it. With songs in both French and English, some original, some covers of classics – La Vie en Rose, Moon River, and many covers of French jazz songs from the 1930s and 40s, if you love jazz, love French café music, I think you will quite enjoy their new album.
AND, lead singer Elizabeth Bourgerol, a friend of The Simple Sophisticate podcast (listen to our first conversation together here – #157) will be the guest of the podcast during our upcoming French Week, so do tune in to episode #363 which will air on Wednesday August 16th where she will talk about the album, growing up in France and much more.
Have a listen to the first track on the album, “J’attendrai” (I will wait), a French song originally written and performed in 1938.
We still have much more time to enjoy summer, and dressing well, yet comfortably, is a must. This A-line dress, paired with a simple belt will fit the bill nicely.
—Morgan Lane Tommy Satin pajama set, 50% off
Looking for chic, yet timeless satin pajamas? Morgan Lane’s Tommy pajama set is 50% off and looks to be quite cozy and perfect for the upcoming fall and winter season.
—Reiss Campbell Long-sleeve Linen Shirt (multiple colors)
Summer and linen. I likely sound like a broken record, but having linen button-up shirts is a must-have in my summer wardrobe as I pair them with so many different things depending upon the occasion and always know I will be comfortable, yet pulled together. AND if there are a few wrinkles, that is just fine because that is what linen does naturally and looks good when it does.
—Rejuvenation Leather Open Weave Basket (three colors), limited-time discount
Adding a touch of style to items we want to store but keep easily accessible or in plain sight in our homes is a good idea, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right storage item. I was drawn to these baskets currently available at Rejuvenation, and with $20 off the original price are worth taking a closer look.
—Rothy’s Lace-Up Sneakers (four colors)
Rothy’s is known for their sustainably made shoes made of recycled plastic that is turned into Rothy’s unique thread to comfortable and washable shoes. I love their pointed toe flats and purchased my second one earlier this year. So when I discovered they make lace-up sneakers as well, I was further intrigued. With many different styles and colors, be sure to explore what fits your preference, but knowing you can wash them and they look great is a great combo.
A shoulder bag with both space, simplicity and a subtle statement. And 50% off.
Looking ahead to early fall and this new cashmere-blend cable tee caught my eye. Capable of being paired with so many separates, to be dressed up or down. It reminds me of a Ralph Lauren piece, but with short sleeves. Fall is closer than we think, and I am getting excited. 🙂
I was tickled to learn the third season of Only Murders in the Building is right on schedule premiering in early August, and this season looks to be perhaps their best one yet. Why? Look at the additional cast members – Meryl Streep and Paul Rudd in major roles, and with small, but significant roles for Ashley Park (from Emily in Paris), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), even Matthew Broderick, along with all of the other well-known faces you have come to enjoy. I cannot wait to begin watching. Have a look at the trailer and tune in Wednesday August 8th for the mystery to begin.
The first Friday of August and I can’t quite believe this month is upon us already, but at the same time, as this final full month of summer begins the winding down into fall, I always enjoy August and look forward to what it offers. For all sorts of reasons, but by now with summer in full gear, it feels as though a rhythm has found itself regarding how to move through the long, leisurely days of warmth, making sure to tend to work and responsibilities, but also, with the extra daylight, savoring the luxuries of early morning and late evening wanderings.
This week was full of discoveries, hiccups and celebrations, none of which I necessarily anticipated, but now, on the other side of the unwanted events and with the revealing of the treasured, am very grateful all of them happened.
I am looking forward to visiting a new dining establishment this weekend that is having its soft opening (and if it is as good as I think it will be, I will be sure to include it in Bend’s Travel Guide list), as well as getting outside in both the garden to tend to some necessary weeding, but also separating of a few very happy (but too large now) ground cover plants. Time walking and paddling will definitely be a part of the weekend plans and some office work as well. All in all, a weekend of enjoyment, productivity and rest. A good combination I would say.
I hope you are looking ahead to a weekend that you are eager to step into. This past week was a full one on the blog with the new monthly A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon video chat with TOP Tier Members (learn more about the benefits of becoming a TOP Tier Member here), a new podcast episode inspired by a book about living well, and the monthly gardening post taking readers into the garden sharing monthly tasks, contemplations, video and photo tours and gardening finds. With one more week before TSLL’s 8th Annual French Week begins, I am gearing up by listening to C’est La Vie, the album mentioned above, and sitting down to do a bit of review and studying of my French language materials.
Thank you for stopping by today and wishing you a wonderful weekend. Until Monday, bonne journée!
~Six of the most smashing Paris metro stations [The Guardian]
~The perfect Parisian work capsule wardrobe [Leonce Chenal]
~The best baguette recipe [NYtimes]
~How to live a really long time, and healthily so [Popular Mechanics]
~With a new book coming out soon (March 2024 in the states) on the gardens at Chatsworth, take this tour of the rock garden, full of inspiration and beauty to calm your day. [[House & Garden UK]
~Have you heard of the Latte Trend when it comes to fashion? Learn more about it here. It definitely speaks to the quiet luxury approach. [Vogue UK]
~Jenna Lyons shares her favorite items in her Soho apartment (and yep, that feather long skirt, the one that is almost more famous than she is, is one of them). [Vogue]
~John Legend and Chrissy Teigen give a tour of their newly finished home in Beverly Hills [Architectural Digest]
~New restaurants to try in London this August [CN Traveler]
~The best things to do in Lyon, France in 2023 [Frenchly]
~It’s summer, it’s strawberries-everywhere time and ice cream screams to be enjoyed! Here is Jamie Oliver’s no-churn homemade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream.
~Explore last week’s This & That: July 28, 2023
Get ready to get comfortable, whether for sleep – sleepwear finds for men and women, or travel or preparing for early fall and late summer style, and some awesome prices on a few classic pieces. As well, books about living sustainably, cooking simply and deliciously for those who love Italian, and if you are looking for a simple approach to cooking one-dish recipes, a best-selling new cookbook from a favorite British chef. Also, I am getting you ready to travel internationally headache-free when it comes to tech and plug-ins as well as books for deepening your self-car routine and ensuring you remain a life-long learner to enhance your health and length of life, but also the quality. Still, there is more!