This & That: September 3, 2021
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More fall capsule wardrobe finds, two films that come critically acclaimed being released today, a much-anticipated novel being released on Tuesday, a book to inspire and teach you how to create the change you seek, step into the kitchen with Kitchen Whisperers, a travel necessity for anyone who wears AirPods, and much more.


Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney

Bestselling author of Normal People, Sally Rooney’s new novel will be released next Tuesday and with much anticipation from her loyal readers. A story following individuals falling in love, falling out of love, tempted by lust, challenged by change, with travel to Rome from Dublin, personal questions of wonder swirl as do questions about the world at-large in which they live. Looks like a lovely read.

How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where to Where You Want to Be by Katy Milkman

Released this past May, “Award-winning Wharton Professor and Choiceology podcast host Katy Milkman has devoted her career to the study of behavior change. In this ground-breaking book, Milkman reveals a proven path that can take you from where you are to where you want to be.”

The Kitchen Whisperers : Cooking with the Wisdom of Our Friends by Dorothy Kalins

Written by the founding editor of Saveur magazine, Dorothy Kalins “calls the people who pass on their cooking wisdom her Kitchen Whisperers. Consciously or not, they help make us the cooks we are—and help show the way to the kind of cooks we have the potential to become.

“For Dorothy, a lifetime of exposure to incredible cooks and chefs means that she can’t enter her kitchen without hearing the voices of mentors and friends with whom she cooked over the years as they reveal their favorite techniques. Marcella Hazan warns her against valuing look over flavor. Christopher Hirsheimer advises that sometimes water is the best liquid to add to a dish rather than stock or wine. Her onetime Southern mother-in-law wisely knows that not everyone who asks for a biscuit is food hungry. Woven through the text are dozens of narrative recipes, from her mother’s meat loaf to David Tanis’s Swiss Chard Gratin.”

Released next Tuesday, I am looking forward reading this book full of kitchen wisdom and delicious ideas.

British Find

The Duke

Debuting at the Telluride Film Festival in 2020 and receiving great praise, The Duke had been scheduled to be released today; however, it looks like it may be pushed back to early 2022. Either way, thanks to a regular reader of TSLL, I learned of this film and wanted to bring it to your attention as well. “The Duke is set in 1961 when Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage.”

Gentleman Jack series, HBO Max

“Set in 1832 West Yorkshire, England, Gentleman Jack is inspired by the true-story and coded journals of Anne Lister (played by Suranne Jones), and follows her attempt to revitalize her inherited home, Shibden Hall. Most notably for the time period, a part of Lister’s plan is to help the fate of her own family by taking a wife.” With only one season, but viewers asking for more, it originally debuted on the BBC in 2019. Now available on HBO Max, check out the trailer below.


—Kate Watson-Smyth’s Create Academy’s New Class

I have raved about the Create Academy interior design/décor class I took back in 2020 by Rita Konig, and I heard, she was putting together another one to become available early 2022. Thankfully, there is another décor course from British columnist, blogger of Mad About the House fame, author (check out her three books here) and podcaster Kate Watson-Smyth. Currently, you can purchase her class at a pre-order discount, but it won’t last for long. Receive 15% off the original cost if enrolled by September 29th. Learn more about the course here or listen to the video below.



Being released today on Netflix, Worth is a biographical film directed by Sara Colangelo. Starring Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Stanley Tucci, Tate Donovan, Shunori Ramanathan and Laura Benanti, the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Set in Washington, D.C., lawyer Kenneth Feinberg (Keaton) battles cynicism, bureaucracy and politics to help the victims of 9/11. Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

The Paris Library: A Novel by Janet Skeslien Charles

Released this past February and already a bestseller, set in two different years – 1939 and 1985, the original plot centers around “young and ambitious Odile Souchet who seems to have the perfect life with her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into the city, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.”

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

Currently now available in the UK, Marissa Cox’s new book Practising Parisienne “reveals how she learnt to live her best life in this iconic city, what it means to be Parisian and in turn inspire you to make positive changes in your own lives, however big or small. Covering everything from style, fashion, beauty and wellbeing to chic interiors and food and wine, as well as advice about dating and friendship, each section also contains interviews with well-known Parisians and Francophiles who inspire us to live better.”


AirPod Gold Rope Chain

Traveling or simply walking, when I am using my AirPods, thankfully I haven’t lost one yet, but having a rope chain for them may not be a bad idea. There are many options out there, but this one caught my eye and would work well with just about any everyday attire.

Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Pencil Holder

Happening upon this unique pencil or desktop container detailed with butterflies, it was without a doubt I wanted to share it with you just in case you too are a lover of butterflies.

Lauren Belted Denim Blazer

TSLL’s annual Fall Shopping Guide was released this past Wednesday, and while there are more than 70 hand-picked items, I have even more I want to share with you today. This denim belted jacket or top (however you’d prefer to wear it) is a great deal, and a capsule piece for fall.

Lauren Ralph Lauren A Line Houndstooth Coat

Yep, Ralph Lauren’s Lauren line continues to share styles that work well with a timeless capsule wardrobe for fall, and this a-line coat is no exception.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Wool-blend Wrap Coat (two colors)

Available in black (see the collage at the top of the post) and a beautiful autumnal brandy hue, this wool-blend coat is a classic.

Lauren Houndstooth Wool-Blend Wrap Coat

One more fall find from the Lauren collection and I swear I am done (at least for this week ;)). The classic style – a wrap trench – and in the timeless houndstooth print. Gorgeous.

NakedCashmere Loungewear

Having one of NakedCashmere’s sweaters, their designs are welcomed pieces, and if you are looking for loungewear that brings comfort and style, be sure to check out their new collection. Available in a bevy of different colors, from tops to pants to shorts to camisoles, the comfort of cashmere is hard to beat.

The skies have been beautiful and clear blue since Tuesday, and I have been soaking up the sun’s warmth by sprawling out on my garden porch in between work sessions. A busy work week at home, but a welcome gradual shift into the fall season (unofficially).

With the Labor Day Weekend upon us here in the states, many people will be traveling and squeezing one more getaway in before schedules change. I will be staying home and hopefully *fingers crossed * soaking in my new clawfoot tub. Yes, I thought this would happen last week, but unfortunately not. However, the counter and backsplash are now done, and the plumber IS coming today which is the last subcontractor needed before all is complete. Wahoo!! If this wonderful bubble-bath event happens, I promise to post a quick pic on IG Stories and the tour of the room will be later this month.

The US Tennis Open has been enjoyed this week, and that will continue through the weekend. There is something about this tradition of watching the players in New York battle the weather and their opponents as well as enjoy the boisterous fans that signal the start of fall for me. There have been some great matches, and even Hurricane (now a tropical storm) Ida came to visit Wednesday night (more about how to help those affected by the storm at the bottom of this post).

The weather, thankfully, has been more moderate here in Bend, so I planted out a few new roses yesterday (Julia Child – bien sûr!), and while it will warm up this weekend, I look forward to meals on the garden porch to bookend each day. I also cannot wait to harvest my peach trees and will likely relax one or two evenings, maybe three (depending how long I hold back from binging) watching Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez in Hulu’s comedy mystery series Only Murders in the Building which is receiving positive reviews (8 episodes are available now, with two more coming in which the latter will reveal whodunit. Look for a new episode each Tuesday). Watch the trailer of the series here.

Thank you for stopping by today and look for a brand new season of The Simple Sophisticate podcast to air this coming Monday (check out the season 8 schedule here). I have gathered up a few articles and one video to welcome the calm below. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Monty Don shares his Tips and Pics for and from the garden in his September newsletter

~When, you might be wondering, is Season 12 of The Great British Bake Off premiering? Well, soon, if the below IG post shared Thursday from the show is any indication. That’s all I know, but hopefully by the end of September in the UK and middle of October in the US, we will be savoring the sweets of the contestants’ labor in the tent.

~Some new ideas for gardeners – why you should do your spring planting in the fall [The New York Times]

~Thank you to TSLL reader Jen for sharing this post sharing pics of a Floating Market in Provence [Couleur Nature]

~Where to enjoy a getaway in France in autumn [Explore France, written in French]

~Jo Rodgers and her husband are having their London flat remodeled, and it is nearly done. One room that is done is the sitting room complete with shelves of books. Her column about living with books is a good read [House & Garden UK]

~A simple 5-step process for finding peace in times of conflict [Tiny Buddha]

~How to instantly calm a restless mind [Think Less and Grow Rich]

~A fun and insightful interview with the star of Netflix’s new series The Chair, Sandra Oh on Fresh Air with Terri Gross [NPR]

~Patience and understanding why Supply Chain Shortages Continue Around the World [The New York Times]

~Fashion is embracing the post-lockdown roaring twenties [The Guardian]

~Speaking of style, I enjoyed reading this piece as it relates to style in our homes but can easily translate for areas that involve aesthetic beauty – What is Taste? [House & Garden UK]

~Hurricane Ida is moving up the east coastline, and while it has left Louisania, I know there are more than a few TSLL readers that call it home and have been thinking about you. I reached out to one TSLL reader earlier this week, and this is what she has shared: “If someone wishes to donate monetarily, I would suggest The United Way, The Red Cross, or The World Central Kitchen, which is the foundation set up and run by Chef Jose Andres to feed people right after disasters. He set up in NOLA on Sunday and has 3 kitchens ready to supply 100,000+ meals.!/donation/checkout“. Thank you Rona. 🙂

~With fashion month kicking off next week, a big thank you to a TSLL reader Jai for reaching out to share this video of designer Dries van Noten’s garden in Antwerp, Belgium, and a glimpse into his personal life, including conversation with his partner and how they met. Peaceful, exquisitely beautiful gardens, and to be near France in the spring, ahhh. Enjoy the next 10 minutes of tranquility. Bonne journée.

Catch up and read last week’s This & That: August 27th

Books to take you to the south of France, to a small English village bookshop, tips on boosting your everyday vitality as well as finding time and the benefit of pausing more regularly to reclaim your creativity. A few clothing items to whet your palate for TSLL’s upcoming Fall Shopping Guide, a British historical series with WWII in the backdrop and a contemporary film with the coronavirus in the backdrop. As well, dog parents, I have found a chic bed from Britain and it’s that time of year again, my favorite calendar is about to be released and it is only available in limited quantities. Still, there is more. 


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6 thoughts on “This & That: September 3, 2021

  1. You know I enjoy This & That and your finds every week… but this weeks is just delightful.

    I too look forward to Sally Rooney’s new book, her debut Normal People, was wonderful. And if you have not seen it I cannot recommend more the BBCs adaptation of it – starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones – the half hour episodes leave you craving more until you’ve finished it all in one sitting.
    Also… since you recommend Gentleman Jack – Suranne Jones is somewhat of a British TV treasure, she’s starring in a drama at the moment called Vigil which is interesting. But was also in a drama she’s probably most well known for called Doctor Foster which showed a few years ago. Not sure if you’ve already heard of it/seen it but it was very popular and made her a star.

    The Duke looks so heart warming so I will definitely be watching that, and having seen the trailer for Worth recently it looks fantastic. I really enjoyed Spotlight by the same studio so I’m sure this will be an interesting, and touching, watch.

    The Paris Library and Practising Parisienne already sit in my Goodreads TBR list… alongside a number of Parisian themed novels and books! Goodreads now recommends me so many Parisian/Francophile books and one that recently caught my attention was The Riviera House, which travels from Paris to the French Riviera during the Nazi occupation. I thought you may be interested..

    I hope you get your bubble bath this weekend and wish you many beautiful blooms from your roses!
    Happy weekend !

    1. Sarah, I am currently watching Vigil too. I love the claustrophobic feel with the low lighting and narrow spaces which add to the suspense. A great autumn watch. I found normal people a bit marmite. I read the book but didn’t warm to the characters so I haven’t watched the tv adaptation.

      1. Hi Nicola! Agree with you re Vigil. I have to say when I read the book I felt the same. I didn’t “not” enjoy it, but I didn’t feel the same love for it that so many did. However the series was one I actually enjoyed more than the book! I think it was so well done and you just love Connell and Marianne. I watched it twice through I enjoyed it so much.
        Thanks for replying!

  2. I started Gentleman Jack yesterday, 3 episodes in already! Oh, it’s fantastic! I love the music and have to laugh when she deadpans to the camera in exasperation! I like how she is always looking at her watch and her movements are always quick paced along with the music, creates an entire atomsphere of her character. I will definately be waiting for The Duke. That looks great! Thanks for the suggestions. Hope you are soaking away in the wonderful new bath!

  3. Lovely inspirations! I have been enjoying some days off, which also means, to me, off the Internet, so I am late… but trying to catch with your pots is a great task though. 🙂

    My favourites here:
    – Gentleman Jack – “booked” to watch over the weekend;
    – The Duke – whenever it comes around here, I will “book it” too;
    – the coats are gorgeous, particularly the last two.


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