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Oodles of new television series and new seasons, even new feel-good films to usher us into a new season. A book to take you high above Paris, British gardens, Paris real estate and Cézanne comes to the states for the summer. Books, cookbooks, summer totes, linen clothing and still much, much more.
In 2016, episode #122 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast was inspired largely on Dr. Kristin Neff’s first book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself,. Wildly popular and highly recommended, she has followed up her first with a second; Fierce Self-Compassion takes her fundamental belief in the power of kindness to one’s self one step further. “Drawing on a wealth of research, her personal life story and empirically supported practices, Neff demonstrates how women can use fierce and tender self-compassion to succeed in the workplace, engage in caregiving without burning out, be authentic in relationships, and end the silence around sexual harassment and abuse. Most women intuitively recognize fierceness as part of their true nature, but have been discouraged from developing it.”
—Now For Something Sweet by Monday Morning Cooking Club
Released last November, Now for Something Sweet is “the result of an intensive search to uncover, curate and celebrate the very best, most cherished sweet recipes from the Jewish community in Australia and around the world. (Including one outstanding savoury chapter to provide delicious relief from all the sweetness.) Alongside the recipes, they recount heart-warming and poignant stories of family, friendship, community and survival.”
Celebrated British gardener Carol Klein hosts the return of Great British Gardens (its second season). The first episode aired this past Monday, and new episode will air this coming Monday on Channel 5 (for residents of Britain). Enjoy eight episodes. Traveling to gardens across the British countryside, she explores the sites and people who keep each garden in such pristine condition.
Premiering next Wednedsay (June 23rd), a new romantic comedy on Netflix centers around a woman in her mid-thirties offering humor and a side of reality, and then a lot more humor. Directed by Kimmy Gatewood, the screenplay is written by Iliza Shlesinger who also stars as Andrea, the protagonist who “after years of putting her career first – a stand-up comic, meets a guy who seems perfect: smart, nice, successful… and possibly too good to be true.” Have a look at the trailer below.
Open now in New York City and running through September 25th, most people know Paul Cézanne as a painter, but he also produced some of his most radically original works on paper. “Cézanne Drawing brings together more than 250 rarely shown works in pencil and kaleidoscopic watercolor from across the artist’s career, along with key paintings, that together reveal how drawing shaped Cézanne’s transformative modern vision.”
—Paris: From The Air by Jeffrey Milstein
Released April 13th, photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s “distinctive style–straight down–leads to fresh insights of the urban design of this great city. In a way that is impossible from street level, you can see the old neighborhoods of Montmartre and Montparnasse; iconic historical monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or the Invalides; and modern Paris like La Défense or the new neighborhoods around the Bibliothèque Nationale. As a bonus, there is a portfolio of images of the gardens and buildings of Louis XIV’s great palace, Versailles.”
Premiering June 23rd on Netflix, The Parisian Agency is a reality series following the daily lives of the Kretz family and their luxury real estate business. Working with clients to buy and sell properties in France and abroad, travel from the luxury of your own home and peek inside the residences we may have always been curious to see with our own eyes.
—Cornwall Linen Shorts, Boden (more colors)
I lived in my linen shorts last summer, and am looking for a pair or two more. Hitting at mid-thigh, Boden’s Cornwall linen shorts are available in classic beige as well as blue, red, green, navy and black.
Farmers market season has arrived, and a chic, yet highly functional and well-made straw tote is a must. Frame’s leather handled version offers quality to ensure this tote will last for years.
—The Good Fight
The fourth season was cut short by Covid19, but now the fifth season returns to wrap up what they were unable to complete and explore as well a full new season. Originally found on CBS All-Access, the series is now on Paramount+ and the premiere is released on Thursday June 24th. Check out the trailer below.
Rose Byrne stars in the new AppleTV series, Physical, premiering today – June 18th. Categorized as a dramedy, Bryne’s character is “struggling in her life as a quietly tortured housewife.” Taking viewers back to the 1980s, Sheila (Bryne) “finds an unconventional path to power through an unlikely source: the world of aerobics.” Have a look at the trailer and enjoy tonight to see why critics are excited about this series.
“Following Jessie (Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with famous film star Tom (Nikesh Patel). What she thought would become an amusing anecdote soon turns into something more, as the couple realize they can’t keep away from each other.” Watch Starstruck now on HBO Max, and check out the trailer below.
Finally coming to Netflix (Season 1) after having airing in Canada (CBS) since 2017, Workin’ Moms is a comedy series I cannot wait to watch. Catherine Reitman wrote, created and stars in the series (watch her TEDTalk here about her journey to bringing this series to the screen) about four very different thirtysomething working-mother friends try to balance their jobs, family lives, and love lives in modern-day Toronto, Canada.
The week began with an abundance of rain and now concludes with full-on summer heat and leisurely vibes. After stumbling upon stunning foxgloves at a local nursery on Monday – Arctic Fox Rose, while the ground was warm, yet saturated with rain, I planted in two of these favorite plants of mine. My parents visited this week, and my mother kindly brought a handful of ferns from her own garden to settle into their new home in my shade garden, and oh, how the texture offered mixed in with the hostas looks lush, yet calmly.
A busy week, but my hope is that the speed will slow down for quite some time beginning today. The school year concluded, the boxes of items that made the cut to be brought home have made the trek, and my keys are being turned in today. The final moments with my students this past week are memories I will always remember fondly, and I am excited for their next chapter into senior year just as much as I am for my own away from the classroom and into full-time writing and podcasting.
This week on the blog, two posts were shared, a simple, yet truly satiating and delicious-start-to-summer salmon salad, and specific ideas for cultivating your very own happy place. Look for a new podcast episode on Monday (#308), and if you haven’t subscribed to the free monthly newsletter, be sure to learn more about it here as the next issue will be sent out next Friday (always the last Friday of the month).
I hope these final days of the spring/fall season have gone well for you, and you are looking ahead with more ease and less worry. Below I have gathered up quite a few articles, the announcement video of the upcoming season premiere of one of my favorite new tv series and a French music video that may just put more lightness into your step. Wishing you much relaxation and rejuvenation, and until Monday, bonne journée.
~Yep, I watched all five episodes of Part two of Lupin. Loved it immensely. Glamorous and Addictive, if a little on the nose (contains spoilers) [Frenchly]
~Part Two of Lupin steps into more beautiful and luxurious locals. Step into a Parisian High School’s Attic, Musée D’Orsay and many other breath-taking places [CNTraveler]
~Speaking of Lupin, The Formidable Charm of Omar Sy, written by Lauren Collins [The New Yorker]
~Renewing your passport? How to get really great passport photos [The New York Times]
~Introverts! How to maximize your natural creativity [Introvert, Dear]
~It just might be true: When you love your job, success will follow [Pick the Brain]
~This post – 30 French country kitchen ideas – FULL of beautiful inspiration [House & Garden UK]
~The 7 best terraces in Paris this summer [HiP Paris]
~Tour the beautiful English country garden of The White House owner Chrissie Rucker and relax on pic one [House & Garden UK]
~Mark your calendars for September 17th – the official release date of The Morning Show‘s second season. Have a look at the trailer below. Counting the days!! If you haven’t watched Season One, I recommend it highly (find on AppleTV).
~Sending you into the almost-summer weekend with a new single from French singer Clara Luciani (her new album drops on June 25th).
View last Friday’s This & That: June 11, 2021, here.
Wonderful premieres for films and television series, books to take you to Italy (two!), London and France. A vintage decor find for the tea lover, let the travel bug loose with a new Rick Steves’ video, timeless, chic clothes for summer and much, more more.