Released a couple of years ago, AgeProof quickly became a bestseller as it reveals that one’s financial aptitude and application along with good health have more related than not. Two experts in their respective fields, financial guru Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen, “explain the vital connection between health and wealth–giving readers all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives”.
—Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretch McCulloch
Just released this week and already a bestseller, internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch “explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer ‘LOL’ or ‘lol,’ why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread”. As a language teacher, I am most definitely curious about what she has to share.
I am one week late on sharing the premiere of the fourth season of Granchester on PBS Masterpiece, but I wanted to include it as this season the leading role, the vicar, will shift from James Norton to Tom Brittney. Have a look at the trailer for the new season below and look for new episodes each Sunday night on PBS at 9pm.
I recently just learned of the BBC Two comedy series Mum, but it has already aired three seasons. Either way, it looks like a hoot of a good show. Available on BritBox or Amazon Prime or if you are in the UK – BBC Two, Lesley Manville stars as Cathy, who is recently widowed and beginning to rebuild her life. Have a look at a trailer below.
—Healdsburg Bath Towels (three different colors and multiple sizes)
Simple, yet uniquely beautiful and statement making. Healdsburg bath towels are plush and just as luxurious to the touch as they are to look at.
—UGG Peppermint Grove Baskets, on sale
If you are looking for baskets for any reason in your home, be sure to take a look at these as they are nicely reduced as part of Nordstrom’s Annual Anniversary sale.
Also included in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, The White Company’s large scented candles. Available in two different scents – their Seychelles scent is what I would gravitate toward as I love the scent of the sea.
—Eating Eternity: Food, Art and Literature in France by John Baxter
Published a few years ago, be prepared to salivate as you read this book by Australian writer living in Paris John Baxter. Sounds like a lovely read to settle in with each evening.
—Sundays in Paris: An Insider’s Guide to the Best Places to Eat, Drink and Explore — And Every Other Day of the Week by Yasmin Zeinab
Published last year, if you’ve traveled to France, and yes, even Paris, you know that on Sundays, most shops are closed. However, as author Yasmin Zeinab shares, that tradition is changing in the City of Light. Use her book as a guide of where to eat, what to see and what to sip whether it’s Sunday or any other day of the week.
International Travel, News & Culture
I have been very curious to read Graydon Carter’s new publishing venture after he stepped down from his long-time post as the editor of Vanity Fair, and finally, the first issue of AirMail was released this past Saturday. While a subscription is required to read, for the first few weeks to early email newsletter subscribers (and I believe current or newly added), they are offering the issues for free (read the first issue here). So I dove in last Saturday and must say, they have been hard at work. As the logo states, the digital weekend newspaper’s target audience is an international crowd or those who do or dream of traveling about the world. Described by Carter himself, Airmail is for “a sophisticated person”, but whether you describe yourself as sophisticated or not, if you enjoy staying on top of current cultural news from beyond the United States, you will enjoy AirMail. In fact, author of Monsieur Mediocre John von Sothen is a contributing writer and wrote a fascinating article for the debut edition about a chateau in Provence that is causing a bit of a headache (“a bit” may be an understatement”).
—LaLigne NYC AAA Bold Stripe Cashmere Sweater (more colors)
I love a stripe and am always looking for new, yet timeless ways to bring more of them into my closet. How about this lightweight cashmere single striped sweater?
—Theory, 60% off sale
Theory is currently having a sale offering steep discounts. I have shopped a few items below and actually scooped up the cashmere-blend scarf you see above as the price was too good to pass up.
Last Friday I sat down and watched the first episode of Season 4’s Queer Eye. And while I may be a wee bit biased, as it focused on a long tenured music and drama teacher in Illinois (they decorated the teacher’s lounge, gave her a new haircut and wardrobe and whole Queer Eye pampering), the episode was one of the best (in other words, I was in tears and smiling and laughing throughout). The school chosen was not by happenstance as it was actually the high school of one of the show’s stars, Jonathan Van Ness, and the teacher chosen was a teacher who played an especially inspirational and an influential role during his time at the school. Below is a trailer of the entire season. Look for all episodes on Netflix now.
~recipe for Lavender Honey Posset~
Summer keeps rolling on, as does the Tour de France, which is what I have been watching from time to time when I take a break from the computer or after being outside so I can cool down. With the tour wrapping up this Sunday in Paris, I am looking forward to watching, but as well, taping a couple more episodes of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, walking with the boys and continuing to read a wonderful biography that I thought I had read! Oops! But good news for me as it is wonderful.
I hope your week has been going well, and if you are living where the temperatures are on the rise, I hope you and yours have been able to find ways to stay cool. Thank you for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful weekend. Bonne journée!
~Paris has reached record high temperatures this week, but hot or not, there are many amazing places to visit outside of the city – Here is a great list of 14 of the Dreamiest Places in France. Having had the opportunity to visit four of the destinations on this list, I absolutely agree – especially Chateau Villandry. [AFAR]
~And since you are in France (or making plans to visit) The Guardian shares Fun Places to Stay on Four Routes to the South of France
~Did you know that the UK has impressive Lavender Fields as well? Yep. House & Garden UK shares a list of the Best Lavender Fields to Visit in the UK.
~Did you know there was a difference in types of lavender? Yep, and the difference makes all the difference, even if it is a bit more expensive. [Woman’s World]
~21 Life Advice Quotes from Live Bold and Bloom
~According to The Earful Tower’s most recent guest, You May Know More French Than You Think. I sure hope so! 🙂
~And one of the traditionally most popular French desserts is making a comeback in France – the Soufflé! [AFAR]
~David Lebovitz’s IG post about The French Bastards bakery in the 11th arrondisement was the reason I visited earlier this month, and he was right – It’s fantastic. He recently wrote a post about the three men behind this new Parisian bakery that has an English name.
~10 Things To Start Telling Yourself on Hard Days [Marc and Angel]
~Sarah Jessica Parker was a recent guest on Terri Gross’s Fresh Air, talking about the new season of Divorce, the #metoo movement and her experiences in the business and why SATC would now be seen as tone deaf.
~10 French Decoring Techniques to Elevate Your Aesthetic [My Domaine]
~While this article was shared in January, I think it is a worthwhile post to read anytime you want a fresh start – 31 Things You Can Do to Live Happier and Healthier [My Domaine]
~Whenever I need a good laugh, as of late, I have been watching another episode of James Corden’s “Take a Break”. In this video he steps into Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles.
~Released just this week, the trailer of a film I am looking forward to viewing this November when it premieres – A Beautiful Day based on the real-life story of a journalist who interviewed Mr. Fred Rogers. It looks quite moving.