This & That: February 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

Beauty

~L’Occitane Anti-Aging Face Cream, Immortelle Divine Cream

The well-known Provence based beauty brand, L’Occitane offers an anti-aging cream that is their best-selling and multiple award-winning product. Immortelle Divine Cream offers a luxurious, yet lightweight cream created with the organic Immortelle essential oil and seven ingredients of natural origin to give skin the youthful, radiant glow you’ve always wanted. I have to admit, I am curious to give this product a try even though I am a fan of yet another French beauty product for this daily beauty regimen.

Books

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton

I can remember in 2012 watching the film W.E. which depicted the American divorcée who changed the course of the British monarchy. Wallis Simpson since then has fascinated me, if only because there were answers many people couldn’t find. Well, biographer Andrew Morton has taken two years of research to do just that, and his new book was released earlier this week. Reading a review of the book in The Wall Street Journal this week, Morton suggests with ample examples that the duo projected as choosing love over the crown is mere, well, mythology to be frank, and in fact, Wallis, was not a fan of Edward’s choice to abdicate as she had her sights set on being queen.

Cookbooks

Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh

The Great British Bake-Off contestant Ruby Tandoh in her new book reminds us to enjoy our food. In fact, take great pleasure in eating and forget the fad diets. Sharing shopping tips and recipe ideas, dive in with Ruby and fall in love with the deliciousness of what we all get the opportunity to enjoy each and every day.

Francophile Find

The French Exception: The Extraordinary Rise and Risk by Adam Plowright

After listening to the premiere episode of The Earful Tower’s third season in which British biographer Adam Plowright shares his insights and observations of the youngest French President since Napoleon Emmanuel Macron, I was interested in taking a look at his book which was the product of this time leading up to the current President’s election. While there is expected to be a new release in the United States soon, there are still copies available now. Be sure to take a listen to the episode to get a glimpse of what you will find in the book, and maybe you too will find yourself as interested as myself.

Kitchen

Sur la Table, President’s Day Sale

The long President’s Day weekend is upon us and aside from commemorating Lincoln and Washington’s birthday, brands are offering discounts. And Sur la Table is a sale you may want to check out if there are items you have found you need in the kitchen. With discounts up to 65% off, below are a couple of items that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the entire sale. 

Shopping

La Ligne AAA Lean Lines Cashmere Sweater

Always a fan of stripes here on TSLL, and since the brand was introduced a couple of years ago, a fan of La Ligne NYC, I regularly check in to see what they have available. Offering quality, classic items, there is often an item I wish I had in my wardrobe, and this sweater is no exception. Made with cashmere, this cream rainbow striped sweater is deliciously classic, yet playful, and if cream is not your color, there is a grey option available as well.

Television

Mozart in the Jungle, Season 4

Yes! I was hoping there would be a fourth season of this delightful musical, traveling comedy on Amazon, and there is! Premiering today on Amazon (free to Prime Members), the fourth season focuses largely on the couple that-finally-came-to-be at the end of season 3, Hailey and Rodrigo, and this time, they are traveling to Japan in the eighth episode as well as North Carolina earlier in the season to visit her parents. Have a look at the trailer below.

Queer Eye Premiere

I had to look twice when I saw this new show on my Netflix list of new shows, and was tickled that yes indeed a new rendition of the hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” which debuted in 2003 and ran for four seasons on Bravo has returned . . . sort of. Perhaps even better than the first, but why compare? Both did and are receiving good reviews, and with the new shortened name “Queer Eye”, stars Antoni Porowsky (Food and Wine), Tan France (Fashion), Bobby Berk (Design), Karamo Brown (Culture) and Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) attempt to broaden the shows reach. As you will see in the trailer, while the premise is still offering a make-over to a man who needs guidance and assistance to optimize their life in all arenas, the deeper intent is bring awareness for the need of acceptance for all regardless of one’s sexual orientation, skin color or superficial difference.

This go-round the show is set in Atlanta rather than New York, and with eight episodes which were released on February 7, there will no doubt be much worthwhile programming to enjoy over the next few weeks. Have a listen to an interview with the show’s producer on NPR recently and view the trailer here.

~recipe for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Orange Cake~

Bring on the three-day weekend! Yes, this work week went well, which included Valentine’s Day (how did I spend it? by enjoying a seasonal facial and snuggle time with my dogs), but I am of course quite eager to enjoy three days without a concrete schedule. With a little bit of final writing to do for the second book as we come to a close and get ready for laying it all out, some home tending and then maybe an escape to the movies, I am looking forward to just being and doing whatever comes to my mind.

How about you? I do hope the week went well and you’re looking ahead to an enjoyable few days off. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the month, but ready or not, spring is almost a month away. So excited for its arrival, but until then, I am going to savor this snuggling inside time as much as I can. Wishing you a lovely Friday and weekend, and until Monday bonne journée!

~If you are going to be in NYC next fall, put this play on your list to see: To Kill a Mockingbird adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Newsroom, Molly’s Game). Jeff Daniels is set to play Atticus Finch. I am currently checking my calendar.

~Valentine’s Day may be over, but I found a film on this list of 30 romantic films to watch that I am most looking forward to viewing, a French film it turns out – Hunting & Gathering.

~As an introvert, I couldn’t agree more with this list and wish to send this to my loved ones and friends. They may not understand why, but the points are oh so true.

~On a recent episode of Jean Chatzky’s podcast, beauty mogul Bobbi Brown talked about the hotel she was helping to decorate and design with her husband, and now it is being profiled here. The George Inn – learn more about this dog friendly luxury accommodation that aims to bridge the gap between hotel and Airbnb.

~A classic French dessert – Vanilla Crème Brûlée– perhaps a treat for the weekend.

~Dorie Greenspan shares her favorite French cookbooks, and I found myself nodding in agreement as I read along.

~With Valentine’s Day in our rearview mirrors, a thoughtful read about love and slowing down

And this week’s video for This & That is one that offers some worthwhile food for thought about editing our spending.

~VIEW THIS & THAT posts from the recent past and long ago past below:

~1 Week Ago February 9, 2018

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~1 Year AgoFebruary 17, 2017

~2 Years AgoFebruary 19, 2016



9 thoughts on “This & That: February 16, 2018

  1. Immortelle Divine Cream is amazing. I’m not one who typically shells out $110 for a small pot of moisturizer, but after sampling this product recently, I couldn’t break out my wallet fast enough. It is truly a fantastic product. Looking forward to trying the EVOO Orange Cake. It sounds wonderful!

  2. What a gold mine of pleasure! Thank you for sharing such goodness. I particularly love the variety of links this week–to articles, the interview with BB, and The Financial Diet youtube video. So informative.

  3. A lovely this and that . You have been very busy. Lots of links to peruse .Went for a lovely walk today and the display of daffodils was truly beautiful. Put a spring in my step. Enjoy your snuggle time and have a great weekend😊

  4. Just love your blog and posts, but just wanted to clarify on the Duke of windsor. His given name was Edward and he was called David by his family. Albert was his brother, who due to abdication became George VI.

  5. I’m a big fan of French skincare brands, Decleor and Caudalie are amongst my favourites. I’ve used that L’Occitane cream though, and I have to say, it’s beautiful.

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