A new series from Shondaland, a long-awaited premiere of a new rendition of an Agatha Christie favorite, a beautiful new rattan tray perfect for the cottage and English aesthetic you may be wanting to bring into your home, a must-have dessert cookbook for the baker in your life (is it you?!), fictional and historical books that are drawing critics’ praise, a French movie from the past that is perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend, a new gardening course for anyone with limited space to welcome their favorite flowers and herbs, and much, much more.
—Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel by Jillian Cantor
Great Gatsby fans, Jillian Cantor has written a novel I think you will enjoy. Released earlier this month, “Cantor revisits the glittering Jazz Age world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, retelling this timeless American classic from the women’s perspective. Beautiful Little Fools is a quintessential tale of money and power, marriage and friendship, love and desire, and ultimately the murder of a man tormented by the past and driven by a destructive longing that can never be fulfilled.”
—The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan
Released last month, already a New York Times bestseller, Rosemary Sullivan’s new book shares how “retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents—some never before seen—and interviewed scores of descendants of people familiar with the Franks. Utilizing methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest—and came to a shocking conclusion.”
—Her Hidden Genius: A Novel by Marie Benedict
I have thoroughly enjoyed previous titles by Marie Benedict – The Mystery of Mrs. Christie being my favorite of hers – and now she has a new novel based on historical events and people. Rosalind Franklin is the lead protagonist as “a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind.”
—I Didn’t Do That Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt by Madeleine Dore
Released last month, Madeleine Dore spent “five years of searching for the secret to productivity, only to discovered there isn’t one. Instead, we’re being set up to fail. I Didn’t Do the Thing Today is the inspiring call to take productivity off its pedestal—by dismantling our comparison to others, aspirational routines, and the unrealistic notions of what can be done in a day, we can finally embrace the joyful messiness and unpredictability of life.”
—Yoga Happy: Simple Tools and Practices for Everyday Calm and Strength by Hannah Barrett
Being released on February 15th, London-based yoga and meditation instructor Hannah Barrett’s new book Yoga Happy is a full-color book that “you will find everything you need to build your inner strength and resilience, enhance your yoga practice, and help you find calm, happiness and the resilience to navigate the modern world.”
—Arthur Parkinson, Grow a Spectacular Garden in Pots, Create Academy Course
London gardener Arthur Parkinson has partnered up with the Create Academy to offer a detailed video course on growing your own garden entirely in pots. Perhaps you have seen segments of him in his garden with his hens on Gardeners’ World. Well now you can get all of the details of how he grows those many and amazing tulips, dahlias and much more all in pots year after year after year. Have a look at the trailer of the course below, and sign up now.
The movie I am looking forward to watching this weekend has been long anticipated and much delayed, but finally Kenneth Branagh’s version of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile comes to the screen. An absolutely star-studded cast, Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright, even though I know the plot all too well, I look forward to watching each actor in their assigned roles. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy watching it in theaters now.
—Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence by Claire Saffiz
THE cookbook for baking that garnered oodles of top accolades over the past year – IACP award winner, named one of the best cookbooks of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Bon Appétit, NPR, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Salon, Epicurious – Claire Saffiz’s Dessert Person is a gift to give to the baker in the family or to yourself if you are that said person who loves to bake.
I have just begun my subscription to the France Channel, a streaming service of all French films and series, and this film caught my eye. Released in 2011, I think it will still draw a chuckle and delight you, especially as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. (Find and enjoy this film on France Channel – they offer a 7-day free trial).
Beginning the last weekend of January and running through May 15th, find for the first time items from any one designer’s collections are being displayed simultaneously in five different French museums. The designer is Yves Saint Laurent. Read this article to discover exactly what is on display where. The five museums are listed below.
- Louvre’s gilded Galerie d’Apollon
- Musée d’Orsay
- Musée d’Art Moderne
- Centre Pompidou
- Musée Picasso Paris
I first saw this tray on Jo Rodgers’ IG Story feed last week and immediately saved it as I would love to welcome one into my home some day. Certainly an investment, but one to enjoy for years and years.
—Staud bean gathered shoulder bag (multiple colors)
Simple, capable of holding just enough for night or evening, and timeless.
—Theory Georgette Silk sleeveless v-neck top (multiple colors)
Layering items, always a good idea to have on hand. Under a blazer, a jacket, a light-weight coat, Theory’s camisoles are always made well and in the right color for your skin tone will be part of your capsule wardrobe for years.
Created by Shondaland and premiering on Netflix tonight, a new series starring Julia Garner who plays the role of the real-life Instagram-legendary German heiress Anna Delvey who stole the hearts and money of New York elites. Anna Chlumsky stars as the investigative journalist who begins to unearth the truth. Enjoy ten episodes. I think I will, and hope I don’t binge them too fast. Premiering today, have a look at the trailer below.
Tulips arrived in the house this week, and Croissants arrived in TSLL’s Shop. 🙂 Have you seen the new Croissants Notepad? Be sure to check out the title that was chosen, a compilation inspired by two TSLL readers, and for a limited time, on sale to celebrate.
This week had its ups and downs, but one thing that kept my spirits up was and is the beautiful sunshine. Oh my goodness! My crocuses began to poke their heads up and my alliums are continuing to stretch ever upward. Norman and I have had some beautiful walks as well as time on the garden porch just soaking up the afternoon sun and watching the neighborhood go about its business.
This weekend I look forward to going to the movie theater to watch Death on the Nile as well as taking in the seasonal winter symphony concert. The curtain rods and brackets have now been installed in the primary bathroom and soon the curtains will be hung – something I cannot wait to see as I think it will entirely change, soften and cozy up the space. Other than that, a very slow-paced weekend. I hope you had a lovely week, and are looking ahead to a weekend you are greatly anticipating. Thank you for choosing to stop by today. Look for a new Saturday Ponderings . . . post tomorrow and until then, bonne journée,
~A few more French beauty brands to explore [HipParis]
~Introverts! 7 Strengths to recognize in yourself [Introvert, Dear]
~A new-to-me interior designer I am thoroughly enjoying following on IG, a house in Seattle she renovated was featured in WSJ this past weekend, see the entire English-cottage inspired space here.
~Enjoy a tour of this renovated Victoria townhouse in Chelsea, soft colors and thoughtful inclusions of art [House & Garden UK]
~Gardeners, spring is coming! Have you thought about adding some fruit to your space? Here are 5 fruit trees to consider [Gardenista]
~All you need to know about France’s new Vaccine Pass and how to acquire it (psst, you will need to be boosted, and no longer will just your CDC card be enough to show shops) [The Points Guy]
~Learn more about snowboarder Jamie Anderson and her prioritization of wellness over the extremes of sport [The Washington Post]
~Agreed! Art should be a habit not a luxury in our lives [The Atlantic]
~Simplifying our mental view [Zen Habits]