Beautiful new totes for summer and travel, a French film I cannot wait to see, two must-have travel items for ease, luxury and comfort, clothing that is versatile, comfortable and chic, new book releases receiving positive reviews, a new partnership with TSLL that includes an exclusive discount on quality items for your home and kitchen and still much more.
—Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell
After reading a fairly positive and complimentary review of Amy Odell’s biography of Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour in the Financial Times, I was encouraged to pick up a copy out of mere curiosity. While Wintour’s life story is far from finished, her journey thus far is intriguing. Released this past week, if you too have been bemused or curious as to how she has held on to her leadership role at Vogue for so long as well as her clout in the fashion industry, this is a book to read.
Released in April, “journalist Natasha Lunn was almost 30 when she realized that there was no map for understanding love. While she was used to watching friends fall in and out of love, the older she got the more she had to acknowledge: her friends’ relationship struggles could no longer be chalked up to youth, and the more she learned about her parents, grandparents, work colleagues, and mentors the clearer it became that age had not brought any of them any closer to understanding this elusive, transformative, consuming emotion . . .
. . . Interweaving personal essays and revealing interviews with some of the most sough-after experts on love, journalist Natasha Lunn guides us through the paradoxical heart of three key questions about love–How do we find love? How do we sustain it? And how do we survive when we lose it?–to deliver a book that is a solace, a beacon, a call to arms, a tool-kit.”
—The Good Left Undone: A Novel by Adriana Trigiana
From beloved and bestselling author Ariana Trigiana, her new novel is now available. The Good Left Undone is set in Italy, but travels to Marseille and back and forth between current times and WWII. “Matelda, the Cabrelli family’s matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother’s great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew. . . . “
—Managing Expectations: A Memoir in Essays by Minnie Driver
Released this past week, actor Minnie Driver’s memoir is receiving applause from a variety of magazines. “Driver writes with disarming charm and candor about her bohemian upbringing between England and Barbados; her post-university travails and triumphs—from being the only student in her acting school not taken on by an agent to being discovered at a rave in a muddy field in the English countryside; shooting to fame in one of the most influential films of the 1990s and being nominated for an Academy Award; and finding the true light of her life, her son . . . Driver writes with razor-sharp humor and grace as she explores navigating the depths of failure, fighting for success, discovering the unmatched wonder and challenge of motherhood, and wading through immeasurable grief.”
I am saving ALL of the British Finds I have for next week’s This & That. SO. MANY. British Week begins this Sunday right here on the blog (May 15th) and runs through Sunday May 22nd.
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While published in 2018, currently my neighbors are traveling in France and their trip has taken them to Bordeaux. Oh! I cannot wait to hear their stories, and so when this cookbook crossed my path again, I wanted to share. “More than a cookbook, this is a comprehensive cultural and culinary journey into the world of traditional French cuisine and French wine (adapted for paleo enthusiasts), and tips for ancestral living. Award-winning author Tania Teschke, food and wine gourmet, photographer, and lifelong student of French culture, brings you over 160 sumptuous and easy-to-follow recipes for seasonal and traditional French dishes that deliver not only the nutrition, but also the satisfaction we have been missing in our modern diet.”
—Flavour with Benefits: France by Cathy Connally and Charley Beset
A cookbook as well as a France travel resource! Experience breathtaking France with over 100 original photographs as well as 50+ inspired recipes accompanied by stunning photographs in Cathy Connally and Charley Best’s Flavour with Benefits, released last year.
Recently released in France, and not yet available in the states, I wanted to bring your attention to a film I have a feeling you will want to watch whenever it premieres in theaters stateside. “Esther is at the end of her career as Head Seamstress at Dior Avenue Montaigne workshop. One day, she gets her handbag stolen in the metro by a 20 year old woman, Jade. Instead of calling the police she decides to take care of Jade. She sees in her the opportunity to pass on her skills, the craft of dressmaking, her only wealth. In the frenetic world of Haute Couture, Esther will give Jade la beauté du geste, a way to reach beyond herself.” Have a look at the trailer below.
There is still time to order your My Stylish French Box that is being shipped this week! The theme is Blue & White, and if is anything like their previous Blue & White box, it will be a true delight. Buy for yourself, buy for a friend, subscribe and ensure you receive each box each season (delivered four times a year). With my recent trip to Paris, I was reminded how special Sharon Santoni’s boxes are as she includes items and brands you often cannot buy online and only will find if you visit in-person (and know where to look!). Let her team at My French Country Home spoil you. You will keep the items she selects for years to come (I am LOVING my Apilco teacup and saucer received in last season’s delivery, seen in the pic just below withe tray and Norman).
Use promo code simplyluxurious as well when you place your order!
I have to extend a big thank you to TSLL reader Liz for bringing this brand to my attention. The Valeria Tote caught my eye (available in three different colors/trims), and be sure to check out the Margot Tote as well for a more rectangular tote, similar design. Perfect for the summer market exploration or toodling around while you travel and explore summer destinations. Thank you Liz!
—Cassandra’s Kitchen, Handwoven Rectangular Serving Tray w/Glass Bottom
I am excited to share that TSLL is now partnering with Cassandra’s Kitchen. I have been a fan of their online shop for years. I was first introduced to Cassandra and her quality selections through Barefoot Contessa who sources many of her items from Cassandra’s Kitchen. From platters, silver, glasses, storage containers for soups and sauces, as well as beautiful décor and serving items as seen here with the handwoven rectangular serving tray with glass bottom.
There are two sizes available for this tray, and what you see here is the small (13.25″ in length). The medium/large is 17″ in length. I think this tray is perfect for my daily use as I prepare to begin my day, steep a teapot of black Twinings tea, add cup & saucer and then head to the office with Norman to type away.
Everything at Cassandra’s Kitchen is included in the 10% promo code use. Simply use simplyluxurious to save. And be sure to peruse the entire shop. You can shop the tray directly here. I also love these plastic food containers – sturdy plastic and perfect for broths, soups and extra batter for my favorite Morning Glory muffins. I now have them in three different sizes, and know I will use them repeatedly.
—INVESTMENT ITEM: Me + Em Large Canvas Tote Bag, light tan
Becoming available in the next few days at British design house Me + Em, this thoughtfully crafted canvas tote with leather handles pays attention to all of the details – inside and out. One that you will have for years and that will pair well with so many summer outfits at home or while traveling.
—Reiss Mabel High Waist Trousers (petite sizes also available)
Pair with nearly everything in your spring, summer and early fall wardrobe. These flattering high-waisted pants are comfortable, light-weight and in a neutral hue to work with flats, heels, and many different styles of layers.
Inspired by the Style post shared last month with a round-up of my 6 outfits worn during my recent trip to Paris and England, I am following up a little bit each week, sharing what I have found to fill the gaps. And this item is exactly what I was looking for for my makeup items. I don’t have many, but I like to keep them separate from my skincare and other toiletries. I also need them to be with me on the long flight, so a small zipper bag is key. This Longchamp cosmetic case is a great size – 6 3/4″ in length and 4+” in height.
—Slip Sleep Mask, pure silk (many colors)
One more travel item to share this week. While I already have my silk sleep mask, I always have it with me when I need to catch some Zzzs on the plane, and yep, silk feels so good on the skin. Slip Sleep Masks offer great quality at a reasonable price, and you can find a mask in a color that works for you.
The rain falls steadily here in Bend as I type, Norman sleeps and snores nearby and I am grateful to just be able to be still.
This past week has found me preparing for TSLL’s 4th Annual British Week which will keep me busy, as I cannot wait to share so many recommended places to see, stay at and explore as well as giveaways and just to revel in all things British with fellow Anglophiles such as many TSLL readers are. 🙂
This weekend I may take in the film The Duke which is showing in the area at a boutique theater and will also tinker out in the garden and mowing the lawn that after two weeks and quite a bit of rain is quite tall again. More dahlia tubers arrived this week, and even if only a handful of them do as well as I hope, Le Papillon’s late summer garden will hopefully be awash in Dahlia magic. While potting those up, my smile kept growing just seeing the potential and playing in the dirt all the while. 🙂
I have continued to enjoy Signora Volpe on AcornTV (as shared in last week’s T & T post), and with the new release of Season 4 of Tandem (a French series), between France and Britain (and a bit of Italy), my entertainment when I turn on the television is set. As well, with books to read and explore, a pup to snuggle with and bird cafés to keep full, I am quite loving this everyday life back at Le Papillon.
Again, I want to thank everyone thus far who has taken the time to leave a positive review regarding TSLL’s new book – The Road to Le Papillon: Daily Meditations on Contentment. I have been adding a few more to TSLL’s home page of the 3rd Books Reviews (see them here), and will continue to do so. Thank you so much for taking the time to share what you are enjoying about the book. It truly does help new potential readers understand what they will find, and your kindness means more than you’ll know.
On days such as today that keep me inside, my mind loves to ponder the décor that brings me calm and rejuvenation, so I am especially excited to be able to be moving a small project forward with my dear friend Veronique. I am adding window treatments – full length curtains – in my living and dining area, and with her expertise, this necessary cozy detail will finish each space. When all is finished, be sure, I will be sharing a tour, complete with before and after pics with TOP Tier Members in an upcoming A Cuppa Moments (likely in July or August).
And now to a list of posts and one video I think you might enjoy this weekend. I do hope your first full week in May went well, and you are looking ahead to time to do as you need and please. Until Sunday when British Week begins, bonne journée!
~The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated soon, and while she, for the first time, did not open Parliament in person since 1964 (Prince Edward’s had just been born), much celebration is scheduled and worth exploring during June 2nd-5th officially, but extending all summer long in many places. If you will be in London, here are a few places and ideas that will be hosting special occasions/events/offerings. [Forbes]
~Do you have travel plans to travel to Aix-en-Provence? If you do (or will in the future) and are looking for a place of luxury, save this hotel as a place to stay – Villa Saint-Ange [Forbes]
~You’ve just finished a great book, and while you thoroughly enjoyed it, ahh, those ‘post-book blues’! The BBC Culture desk shares some ideas for getting over these temporary post-book blue moments.
~Take a tour of an idyllic thatched cottage, home to a Danish artist [My Scandinavian Home]
~5 Mental habits of people who thrive under pressure [Pick the Brain]
~This list has been shared frequently these past few weeks, and I thought I would share all 103 Bits of Advice He Wish He Had Known from Kevin Kelly who turned 70, and is the founding Executive Editor of WIRED magazine and the Editor of Whole Earth Review.
~How to make your interiors look cohesive when you have a hodgepodge of things [House & Garden UK]
~Spending time alone doesn’t mean being lonely, as we’ve talked about many times here on TSLL blog! How to be happy by yourself [Tiny Buddha]
~Looking for a laugh while you, like me (if you are in the states) are waiting for Season 3 of Derry Girls to arrive? Here is a bit of Comic Relief from the Cast as they ‘prepare’ for Saoirse Ronan. Enjoy!
~Check out last week’s This & That: May 6, 2022
A wonderful, adventurous and sartorially chic new AcornTV series, a new mystery novel that revives a notorious Jane Austen character and sees him murdered, timeless handbags, summer style items for travel or for going out and about around your local favorite haunts, Jean Smart returns, find oodles of inspiration for decorating your sanctuary, specifically inspiration to incorporate a touch of thoughtful French country and yep, there is still, much, much more.