A new French film, a new British film. Both worth watching! A new novel critics are praising, sales on clothes and décor, a cashmere cozy oversized sweater to love, more and more inspiration for gardeners, and still, there is more.
I recently began using Nuxe’s body cream and while it is too soon to know how effective it is, the scent is subtle and lovely, and the cream itself “is soft on the skin, and contains a firming duo combining green tea and a rye extract.” Designed and made in France, I look forward to determining if indeed more elasticity is seen because already my skin is moisturized which not all lotions do especially since I love in an arid climate.
—A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003—2020) by David Sedaris
Being released this coming Tuesday, David Sedaris reaches back into his diaries to share “the bitter and the sweet from the past nearly twenty years. Sharing observations he jotted down: a fight between two men on a bus, a fight between two men on the street, pedestrians being whacked over the head . . . there’s a dirty joke shared at a book signing, then a dirtier one told at a dinner party—lots of jokes here. Plenty of laughs.” Sedaris will be going on tour early next year and into the spring as he stops by Bend once again in May. Be sure to find a ticket if you need a deep laugh and unexpected observations about his daily life.
—The Lying Life of Adults: A Novel by Elena Ferrante
Released last month and already described as one of the best books of the year by top reviewers, The Lying Life of Adults is a “novel set in a divided Naples where a fourteen-year-old Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which wears a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity, where her guide is the unforgettable Aunt Vittoria.”
—The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony by Jay J. Van Bavel PhD and Dominic J. Packer PhD
After listening to this podcast episode of The Hidden Brain focusing on Group Think, I immediately went to look for the book being discussed – The Power of Us. “In The Power of Us, psychologists Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel integrate their own cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to explain how identity really works and how to harness its dynamic nature to:
- Boost cooperation and productivity
- Overcome bias
- Escape from echo chambers
- Break political gridlock
- Foster dissent and mobilize for change
- Lead effectively
- Galvanize action to address persistent global problems”
Last Saturday, I lamented for a moment there was not a new episode of Gardeners’ World, but then I remembered! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show had just concluded, which meant Monty and the team were busy elsewhere. I also remembered seeing a note about epodes from the Flower Show on BritBox, and sure enough, seven full one-hour episodes tour the show gardens, as well as seeing inspiring ideas and tips from the hosts and the gardeners whose work was on display. I highly recommend checking it out.
—Romantics and Classics: Style in the English Country House by Hugo Rittson Thomas and Jeremy Musson
Released this past spring, if you have a penchant for English country decor, this is the book for you. The book welcomes readers into “some of the most exceptional of England’s historic houses that are lived in and decorated for today by their imaginative owners and designers. Jeremy Musson and Hugo Rittson Thomas have assembled a stunning collection of twenty charming homes that reveal a remarkable wealth of taste and style inspiration, both inside and out, ranging from traditional and classic to contemporary and bohemian, with examples including Haddon Hall, Smedmore, Court of Noke, and The Laskett.”
Already available in the UK, Falling for Figaro begins to be available for streaming today; however, I am having a difficult time finding out where. Regardless, keep an eye out for it as it looks wonderful. “Millie is a brilliant young fund manager who decides to leave her unfulfilling job and long-term boyfriend behind to chase her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer…in the Scottish Highlands. She begins intense vocal training lessons with renowned but fearsome singing teacher and former opera diva Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop. It is there she meets Max, another of Meghan’s students who is also training for the upcoming “Singer of Renown” contest. What begins as a brutal competition between Millie and Max slowly turns into something more…”. Have a look at the trailer below.
—La Bonne Épouse (How to Be a Good Wife)
Earning four nominations in the best acting and supporting acting categories for the French equivalent of the Oscars, the Césars, earlier this year, La Bonne Épouse centers around “Paulette (Juliette Binoche) and her husband who have been running a housekeeping school. After the sudden death of her husband, Paulette discovers that the school is on the verge of bankruptcy and has to take her responsibilities.” Have a look at the trailer below and look for it to begin streaming soon or in a theater specializing in foreign films.
Cozy, cozy, cozy. Count me in on this one.
—Mango Site-Wide Sale, 30% off
I shopped a handful of items below, but before to check out the entire site for incredibly low prices on layering pieces for your fall wardrobe.
—Polo Ralph Lauren Vachetta Kitten-Heel (black is also available)
I love this boot for its versatility, narrow heel so as to be worn with a dress or fine-fabric trousers. But mostly, to elevate the everyday fall attire.
—Salvador Ferragamo tan, leather tote, 45% off
An investment, but a handbag you will have for the rest of your life. Stunning. Absolutely stunning (and on sale).
—Serena & Lily Fall Design Event Sale (20% off)
Just about everything is on sale at Serena & Lily at the moment and until October 4th. Use promo code NEWSEASON and save on furniture, lights, wallpaper, table decor and more. I picked a few items below, but be sure to shop the entire site here.
I am new to this series, and already Season 2 is available. Starring Lucy Lawless, the New Zealand murder mystery series follows ex-cop Alexa Crowe who returns to her roots in New Zealand and along with solving crimes has to heal herself as well. Check out the trailer to the first season below and find it on AcornTV.
Savoring happy memories, and the above drawing does just that. When Oscar was only about four or six months old, while we lived in Portland, I happened to go into a grocery store as you do, and a couple of artists were drawing caricatures of pets and their owners to raise money for a local humane society. A win-win! So we sat, and we were captured, and this drawing has been with me ever since. I think I will be improving the frame and making sure it is properly cared for in the coming months. It makes me smile every time I see it and grateful to have it.
I want to thank everyone who visited the post in memoriam to my Mr. Oscar. Every single comment was read and read again (tears streaming along with yours, and perhaps that is part of the healing – shared tears). And while I won’t be able to respond to each one, I am grateful for them all. You gave me more than you’ll know in the most powerfully healing way. I did not expect it, and I will never forget it. Thank you.
Autumn arrived, and she is stunning and brilliantly gorgeous. I typed away a bit outside in the sunshine garden on this post, and what a treat that was. I will be picking strawberries and blackberries in the garden this weekend, making Ted Lasso’s biscuit recipe and perhaps visiting this weekend’s farmers market to enjoy the final weeks it is open. I hope your weekend ahead makes available time to do as you most enjoy. I have gathered together a few posts and articles as well as one video I think you might enjoy.
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow as a new episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen will air (a chocolate dessert!), and on Monday, a brand new podcast episode with TWO petit plaisirs. Thank you for visiting TSLL and wishing you a great weekend. Bonne journée.
~It’s Friday and perhaps it’s Pizza Night at your household. In which case, you might just thoroughly enjoy this podcast episode from The Splendid Table. I know I did – Pizza: Origin, Culture and Making It
~A big YUM to this recipe – Tomato carmalised onion and goat cheese tart [Twigg Studios]
~Nigel Slater’s recipe for Hazelnut Biscuits [The Guardian]
~THIS article! It has TSLL vibes when it comes to our well-being and how we go about living our daily lives – Returning to the Office and the Future of Work: We exist to do more than just work [The New York Times]
~The fall season brings the rain. Make sure you have wellies you love – The Finest Wellies You Can Buy [Country Living UK]
~A detailed profile interview with the stars of The Morning Show [The New York Times]
~5 reasons to begin meditating today [Pick the Brain]
~A tour of a Cotswolds’ home full of texture [Architectural Digest]
~Thought-provoking and worth reading: It’s Time to Retire the Phrase ‘Working Mom’ [Romper]
~Spare room ideas for every kind of home [House & Garden UK]
~I appreciated this post by Seth Godin about the misperception of thinking we need to know all the answers.
~The boulangerie that won Best Baguette of 2021 is in the 12th arrondissement! [France Bleu]
~I greatly appreciated this post by contributing writer on Rick Steves’ blog – What It’s Like to Travel in Europe During COVID
~Where it aaaaaallllll began regarding the inspiration for Ted Lasso – eight years ago, this commercial was created to announce a new addition to NBC Sports . . .