This & That: August 13, 2021 – French Week Edition

Aug 13, 2021

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Soooo many great new French films, a new exhibit in Paris of an American photographer, a recommended French beauty product, French épicierie items available in the states, two podcasts to listen to, virtual tours around Paris with wonderful guides (they’re free! the tours, the guides are not for sale ;)), an old favorite book and a new upcoming book, online classes for language learning, beautiful French cashmere sweaters and much, much more.

Art Exhibit

Vivian Maier, Musée du Luxembourg

If you happen to be in Paris this fall or winter, note a new exhibit at Musée du Luxembourg to see. American street photographer, primarily the streets of Chicago, but you will also see pics around the country, has been called by her contemporaries as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. “It was at the heart of American society, in New York from 1951 then in Chicago from 1956, that the children’s governess meticulously observed the urban fabric that already reflected the great social and political changes in its history. It was the time of the American dream and overexposed modernity, the behind-the-scenes of which constituted the very essence of Vivian Maier’s work. The exhibition allows the public to see archives of the photographer that were discovered in 2007 and have not been seen before: vintage photographs that Vivian Maier printed, super 8 films never shown, audio recordings… As such the exhibition allows the full extent of the eminent artist’s work to be appreciated, and for her work to be placed in the history of photography.” Visit between September 14- January 22, 2022, and get to know Maier and her photography here.

Audrey Hepburn at the premiere of My Fair Lady captured by Vivian Maier


Chantecaille Liquid Lumière Highlighter

Brighten your visage with Chantecaille’s liquid lumière as it provides moisture for the skin using the ingredients of bamboo, pea extract and glucosamine to promote firmer, smoother looking skin. Available in a handful of different shades, a go-to investment product to illuminate and help you radiate the beauty you already have.


A Farmhouse in Provence: An American Finds Old Stones, New Wine and Love Among the French by Mary Roblee Henry (1969)

I began reading Vogue‘s contributing writer Mary Roblee Henry’s memoir this summer and am still enjoying it, savoring a few pages here and there as I languidly go about my evening slowing-down routines. A big thank you to a TSLL reader for bringing this title to my attention as Henry spend much time with the previous owners of Chanteduc in Vaison-le-Romaine which is now owned by Patricia and Walter Wells (view the mas here – it is stunning!)

Practising Parisienne: Lifestyle Secrets from the City of Lights by Marissa Cox

Being released on September 2nd in the U.K., currently the Kindle edition is the only option that will be available in the states, but I have a feeling this title will be released in 2022. Marissa Cox is a contributing writer to Who What Wear and is the founder of style and Paris lifestyle blog Rue Rodier. Originally from London, moving to Paris in 2013, you can learn more about her story here.


Charming the Hearts of Men

Being released today, Charming the Hearts of Men is “a romantic drama set during the politically charged early 60s where a sophisticated woman returns to her Southern home town and discovers her options are limited yet discrimination is plentiful. With the help of a Congressional ally, she inspires historic legislation which allows opportunities and protections never before afforded to women.” Have a look at the trailer below.


While not available for viewing in theaters in the states or streaming, Eiffel was part of many French Film Festival line-ups this year. The plot: “The government is asking Eiffel to design something spectacular for the 1889 Paris World Fair, but Eiffel simply wants to design the subway. Suddenly, everything changes when Eiffel crosses paths with a mysterious woman from his past.” Ohhhh, I am intrigued! Have a look at the trailer below and keep an eye out for it in your local independent theater.

La Fine Fleur (The Rose Maker)

While another French film not available to stream (it will be, and it will be worth the wait), La Fine Fleur looks to delight and intrigue. A light-hearted comedy in the French style of serious/comedy, Eve Vernet (Catherine Frot) was the largest rose grower, but is now on the verge of bankruptcy and on the verge of being bought out by a powerful competitor. In addition, Véra, her faithful secretary, employed three employees without any gardening skills.” Have a look at the trailer below. Oh, I cannot wait!

Francophile Find

Change Ma Vie podcast, hosted by Clotilde Dusoulier.

Many of you no doubt know Clotilde Dusoulier, cookbook author of Tasting Paris and The French Market Cookbook inspired by her blog Chocolate and Zucchini, but you may not know that she has shifted gears and now is a Life Coach in French. Check out her website here. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn about living well and creating a life you love, you also can sharpen up your French as her entire podcast is in French – Change Ma Vie.


Soon to be released, September 8th in France, Delicious is set in France, 1789, just before the Revolution. “With the help of a surprising young woman, a chef who has been sacked by his master finds the strength to free himself from his position as a servant and opens the first restaurant.” Have a look at the trailer below (and I promise to remind you in September to watch it when it premieres).

Dinner For One podcast

Another podcast to check out for Francophiles, those who love cooking AND life inspiration, Dinner For One. Sutanya is the creator and host of the podcast and is now an expat living in Paris’s le 18ème. Learn more about her story here and tune in to the show now.

Les Parfums

And finally, a French film you can watch today!!! Available on Amazon Prime, AppleTV, GooglePlay and Vudu, Les Parfums was released in 2019 and stars Anne Walberg and Grégory Montel (Call Your Agent). I will say no more. Have a look. It looks fantastic and what I will be enjoying this weekend in celebration of French Week.

Twenty Two Club, Paris

Something new and quite fantastic – sit down with twenty-one other random people who happen to be in the City of Light – gather at an apartment overlooking the Palais Royale and enjoy a fantastic French meal. The Twenty Two Club began taking reservations for their first dinner this summer (the first dinner was just this month), and so far, they only plan out about one month in advance. Learn more here and if you happen to be in Paris when they are having a dinner, be sure to take part!

French Language Learning

Alliançe Française, DC chapter

There are French Alliance chapters around the world, and yes, Portland, Oregon, has a strong chapter, but sometimes the online classes either don’t fit our schedule or they don’t have online classes. A TSLL reader highly recommended her language learning class from the DC chapter, and after perusing their offerings – cost, frequency, time required and when for live online class, I found it to be a worth-checking-out source for the serious learner. Be sure to explore their classes for various levels here.


Eric Bompard Oversized V-Neck Cashmere Pullover (many colors and different styles (oversized below, loose v-neck pullover, above)

High quality cashmere, Eric Bompard sweaters have been in my closet for more than 10 years. Their sizes do run a bit small for the average American (okay, for me, broad shoulders, long arms, you get the idea), but I continue to rave about the quality. Their new fall collection is full of beautiful sweaters, stolls and scarves, and their oversized sweater and loose v-neck sweater were two styles that caught my eye for cozying-in this fall and winter.

The French Farm (French épicerie items, online)

Sometimes it can be difficult . . . okay, often it can be difficult to find the épicerie items we love here in the states from France. Butter for me comes to mind, but also mustards, tapenades, etc.. The French Farm is based in Houston and was founded in 1997. Find not only épicerie items but home and kitchen items as well.

Le Tablier Bleu (more French épicerie items online)

One more French online grocery store to explore. Based in New York, Le Tablier Bleu offers entirely épicerie items for both cooking and baking.

Panier à Roulettes (market basket with wheels) from Le Petit Florilège

Bound to be seen when visiting a French outdoor market are the market basket on wheels and the more I visit these markets, the more I think they are the best way to cart your purchased produce around. French company Le Petit Florilège sells both the traditional (Adult) size and a children’s size. Use for the intended purpose or use as decoration.

Vintage Stripe Au Lait Bowls (set of 4), Sir Madam

A lovely online shop to visit for a variety of vintage and new unique items for the home, their stripe au lait bowls are a quintessential kitchen item to have for the morning routine. Pair with a tartine and the day is bound to be magnifique!


Beamz, Virtual Travel Tours of Paris

A tremendous thank you for TSLL reader Sheila for bringing to my attention the opportunity to travel around Paris even if we aren’t able to fly there just yet. Each virtual tour is free and you can explore so many unique parts of the city. Different tour guides give each tour and Patrick came highly recommended.

Hôtel de la Marine, Paris

History at the Place de Concorde in Paris. Built in the 18th century, the Hôtel de la Marine has undergone extensive renovations to return it to its original grandeur, and now the refurbishments are complete. A museum to see, take a tour of the restaurant as well as the entire building, and discover why it was worth the many years of careful attention by skilled artisan and craftsman. A beautiful monument in the heart of Paris. Read more about the restoration process in a detailed profile piece shared this summer by The New York Times.

What a week of all things French here on the blog, and we are not quite done yet. 🙂

This week here in Bend has been steady with hopes and stops in the bathroom remodel project, beauty found in the garden despite the smoke and heat (the above roses are Buttercups from David Austin) and savored moments of reading to begin and end the day. I do hope you have had a lovely weekend, and have found time to peruse through all of the posts (11 so far) and two podcast episodes shared this week. The Grand Finale Giveaway will be announced in a few hours (7 am Eastern time – click here at that time or after), giving you just over 24 hours to enter (all giveaways close for entry at noon on Saturday (Pacific time), so be sure to stop back by and enter for a chance to win something special from France (for your appetite).

The weekly newsletter will go out today (depending upon when you are reading this, it may have already been released) and includes all of the many postings from this year’s French Week as well as a giveaway opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in celebrating with TSLL community the French-inspired lifestyle this week. There will be two more new posts on Saturday with a concluding post sharing all of the winners on Sunday. If you have not become a TOP Tier member/subscriber and are interested, be sure to take advantage of the sale which will conclude on August 15th. Each offering – monthly, quarterly, yearly – gives you the chance to pay less for the first payment in order for you to explore the benefits before you renew the next time (it is automated, but you can cancel at any time). Learn more about the discount and what you gain by joining the TOP Tier community here.

Now to a handful of articles you may enjoy, and wishing you a lovely Friday and weekend. Bonne journée!

~What exactly is the “rule” about the last drop of wine in France? Dorie Greenspan has some thoughts.

~The French culture war that causes tremendous traffic headaches [CNN]

~Why cookbook stores are the antidote we need right now [Thrillist]

~7 Destinations in France the French Love to Visit [Travel + Leisure]

~Why is French wine so expensive in the US? [Frenchly]

~It’s true! It’s still entirely possible to meet someone not on a Dating app [Shondaland]

~If you live in, near or will be visiting Toronto, be sure to check out the Immersive Monet Exhibition [Afar]

~Not French, but none-the-less quite spectacular – tour this chic Arts and Crafts villa in England [House & Garden UK]

~If you loved Norma Kamali’s new book, (did you listen to this podcast episode?) read Doré Q & A with the designer here.


See more posts from TSLL’s 6th Annual French Week here.

9 thoughts on “This & That: August 13, 2021 – French Week Edition

  1. As usual, LOTS of good stuff to explore and discover–I am so intrigued with the BEAMZ tours, many thanks to you and Susan for sending the link our way! Merci bien! XO

  2. Thank you for such a delightful week of French “goodies” and all around explorations–great, good fun!

  3. A bumper this and that. It’s been a lovely French week. Even though I’m in France it gives me a chance to look at all things French with fresh eyes .It’s great that you can find artisanal products in the US.I can highly recommend the Treblec Farine de Sarassin as it’s one I use for my galettes. The flour is milled in my region. Can’t wait to see’ Eiffel’. Shannon I’d like to recommend an English actress cum author Carol Drinkwater. She appeared in a popular TV show in the UK called ‘All creatures great and smal’l. It was about the hilarious daily goings on in a veterinary practice in Yorkshire. Delightful series. ‘She is married to a French film director and lives in Provence on an olive farm. Her first books were a series titled ‘Olive Farm’. But her latest book is a novel titled ‘An act of love’ a historical fiction set around 1943 and into the end of the war in the south of France .Merci bien et bon weekend xx

  4. I have been ordering from The French Farm for years. I have a salad dressing recipe that uses 2 TBLS of tarragon vinegar and it’s my very favorite recipe. The French Farm carries the tarragon vinegar. When I made the salad for my neighbor, she asked if I would share the recipe and I did. Then, she kindly ordered 2 bottles of the vinegar and shared one with me.
    Also, I am a huge fan of Norma Kamali! She inspires me in a million ways to live a simply luxurious life.
    Thank you for a great week of inspirational reads and introductions to new Frenchies!

  5. This has been an especially busy week for me, so I’m just now catching up on French Week. I started with This & That because it’s the post I look forward to each week. As usual, I will be reading, viewing or purchasing several (or many) items you’ve featured. I wanted to tell you about Book Depository. They ship books to/from all over the world at no cost. Practising Parisienne: Lifestyle Secrets from the City of Lights will be available from them in twenty days.

  6. You out did yourself with this year’s “French week”, Shannon. Reading your daily posts, the french-inspired product giveaways and an exceptional “This and That”, were a welcome distraction to an otherwise busy week. 😊

  7. Shannon, a lovely selection. The shopping trolley caught my eye, as one of my favourite books to read to my children when they were young was The Tiger who came to Tea. The books are beautifully illustrated and the mum has one of those wicker trolleys. It’s funny what triggers a memory.

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