—Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess
While this book was released in 2015, it is still a book worth checking out if you are looking to freshenup your sanctuary and welcome in nature naturally and subtly. Written by blogger and co-host of HGTV’s Best House on the Block, which debuted this past November, Lauren Liess, the book is organized into three sections: Part I focuses on the fundamental elements of design, with each chapter devoted to a particular element, such as color, lighting, and furniture; Part II addresses the intangibles of designing a space, such as aesthetics and creating a mood; and Part III tackles unique room-specific challenges in every part of the house.
—The Music Shop: A Novel by Rachel Joyce
Critics and readers are loving Rachel Joyce’s new novel that was released earlier this month. A novel for the music lover and romantic-at-heart, set in a music shop situated in suburbia and run by Frank, a man who can astutely ascertain the perfect music for his customers. When a new customer, Ilse, arrives asking him to teach her about music and indirectly nudging him to open up his heart, he stumbles or balks, perhaps is more accurate, but is that only temporary? Read and find out.
A leading psychologist, Mitch Prinstein, examines how our success, happiness and relationships are affected by the need to be “popular” in today’s culture. Released last June, Popular reveals how there are different types of popularity and aims to help readers determine if they are focused on the right one for the benefit of their health and overall well-being.
Having read an excerpt in this past weekend’s New York Times’ Book Review section, Mary Pipher’s new book, which will be released next Tuesday, looks to be worth reading regardless of your age. Speaking directly to women who have had the opportunity to live for seven decades, based on this article, I think we can all learn these lessons and see how we too can improve the quality of our lives.
Decor ideas and inspiration have been more at the forefront of my mind lately with spending more time inside during the winter months, and so more lovely treasures to share. Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Hearth & Hand decor collection at Target has some lovely pieces, and this was one that immediately caught my eye. A modern and sophisticated take on the classic library table lamp. Shop the entire collection here.
If you haven’t shopped or perused Lulu & Georgia’s online decor destination, it is worth your time. With furniture, accessories and more, their European touches such as this Anwyn End Table may just be what your home is looking for.
Already earning Golden Globe accolades (winner of best screenplay, best musical or comedy and best supporting actor), Green Book starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen has quietly, but now is most certainly, gaining the public’s attention. Named after the Green Book that was created in 1936 and continued to be published until the late 1960s as a book for black Americans to provide safe accommodations and passage while traveling in the Jim Crow south, Victor Green was the founder. CBS Sunday Morning produced a worthwhile segment on its history, and you can learn more about the history behind the film in an article written for the Smithsonian Magazine. Have a look at the trailer below and look for Green Book to take a prominent role in the upcoming Oscars.
—Laurel Crocks, Farmhouse Pottery
Crocks for kitchen utensil storage, crocks for decor throughout the house, these Laurel Crocks available at Farmhouse Pottery are items that will be with you for a lifetime.
Yep, that Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park and so many other well-known films. As a jazz pianist, he plays with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, and offers an album recorded in front of a live studio audience at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with guests Till Bronner, Haley Reinhart, Imelda May & Sarah Silverman. Have a look at the trailer for the album below. (A big thank you to TSLL reader for bringing this album to my attention a few weeks ago!)
Wireless chargers for smart phones are so much more simple and user friendly. Now I know I need to pack one permanently for my travels and keep my home charger in my office because for the past year, my phone always has a simple place to rest each evening and I never forget to charge it as I don’t have to hassle with finding the cord to plug it in. At prices of $20 or so, having two is now more doable. Luxsure’s Qi Wireless charger offers a sophisticated rose gold finish (black is also available) and can charge through your phone’s case.
Simple, classic, with a touch of floral and a flattering v-neck. And at a great price as well.
—Grace & Frankie, season 5 premiere
They’re back!! Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return in season 5 of Grace & Frankie, and this time around, they are up to all sort of shenanigans. Just have a look at the trailer and tune in for the premiere (and the entire season) this Friday the 18th on Netflix. With a long weekend for me, I have a feeling more than a few episodes will be enjoyed.
Ah, the weekend. It seems that each week when I sit down to write this post, my first instinct is to take a deep breath and be infused with appreciation that the end of the week has arrived and a few days of rest and rejuvenation await to be savored. This weekend is no different. With simple plans of staying home, reading, catching a movie or two and reading some more, I absolutely cannot wait.
I hope your weekend plans are something you too are looking forward to with anticipation. Below are a few articles you might enjoy, Until Monday, Bonne Journée!
Over the past week, the Critic’s Choice Awards were given out, and it was a night of ties, support and moving speeches. Glenn Close and Lady Gaga shared an award and much more.
~Why Not . . . Be the Priority of Your Own Life? [Be More With Less]
~As someone who stays in Airbnbs often, I found this to be a worthwhile article to read – How Airbnb’s Taught Me True Hospitality [Verily]
~Is it possible? It just might be! Too much black pepper and why do we pair it with salt so frequently in our decor, eating, etc.? Read Bon Appetit’s article on just this topic.
~A must-save post – the updated list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Paris [Paris Update]
~Would you like to own a bit of French fashion history? Christie’s is auctioning off Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint-Laurent items of which many were stored in her Normandy castle that she has recently sold. Taking place on January 24th, click here to learn more about how you can bid online.
~The famed French Dutch Oven kitchen cookware company Le Creuset has just launched three new colors! Have a look at them here.
~And since we’re in the kitchen, here is a tutorial on cleaning copper. [Ella Claire]
~New year, less stuff! The Washington Post shared this article on one writer’s success story of getting out from under the clutter.
~And a worthwhile reading partner to the above article: How Decluttering Only Helps You So Much (in other words, just get rid of things, instead of organizing them). [The Washington Post]
~Speaking of letting the unnecessary go . . . How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Unimportant Things [Marc and Angel]
~As Susan Zirinsky, a long-time producer at CBS, takes the reins as President of the News Company, women in their 60s are playing a more prevalent role in leadership across the country which inspired this article I Am [an Older) Woman, Hear Me Roar [The New York Times]
~Regardless of your age, you too can stand up and be heard and do it in a smart way [Lifehack]
~This article caught my attention as it spoke to something I have recognized as well “The Future of Women’s Magazines” [Verily]
~Still curious about whether or not to try meditation? Read this article by a writer who was reluctant as well until he noticed his life improve. [The New York Times]