—The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
While not being released until July, Beatriz Williams new novel set in World War II looks to be a wonderful summer read. The protagonist is a newly-widowed writer sent to the Bahamas in 1941 to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. And guess who happens to be there? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Involve espionage, murder and lies and you have the mystery of the summer to indulge in, and that is exactly what this book entails.
—How to Skimm Your Life by The Skimm
Released this past week, the Daily Skimm, which is delivered each day of the five-day work week to your inbox to keep you apprised of the news around the world in direct, yet playful manner, has a new book. Readers will discover the information they “need to make informed and empowered decisions in your life. Covering everything from personal finance, to career, to stress management, global politics, and more”.
—Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s new book was just released this week as well, and it arguably is her most critically discussed regarding social expectations and gender norms in America. Weiner tells the tells a “story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?”
—The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
A big thank you to a TSLL reader for introducing me to Helen Russell and her books. The Year of Living Danishly was released a few years ago, and shares the year’s worth of experience from the author, London journalist Russell’s perspective. Covering the topics of childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, and sexism, go behind the curtain even further when it comes to the country where happiness is more prominent amongst its citizens.
Beginning this coming Sunday on PBS, Masterpiece, Endeavour returns for its sixth season. This season is set in 1969 and finds Detective Constable Morse having “started a new role as a uniformed officer at the Woodstock police department and embracing the fashion of the period by growing a mustache”. Shaun Evans (Morse) will also make his directorial debut with the second episode of this season. My DVR is set!
As shared in episode #253, everyday touches that elevate our regular routines can make a big difference. And one simple way to elevate summer dining is to add glass hurricane lanterns to enable you to dine and relax by candle light in the evening and not worry about the wind blowing out your flames. This particular hurricane is shorter and would fit easily on a small or large table (in the large table situation, multiples would look lovely).
—Diner à la Mason: A Parisian’s Guide to Cooking and Entertaining at Home by Laurent Buttazzoni
With a dinner party being planned for this weekend, I am putting this book in my shopping cart tout de suite! Released last month and with a foreword by Sofia Coppola, a renowned French architect, gourmand and host of many a Parisian dinner party, Buttazzoni eradicates the myths behind shopping, cooking and entertaining, as well as includes beautiful photography and recipes to try. Yep, this is a book I will be reading in the near future.
I was first introduced to Coyuchi here in Bend as Studio Vero carries this brand as well as many other top quality luxury brands that specialize in sourcing ethically sourced organic textiles. Coyuchi fabrics and designs are subtle and stunning at the same time. As shared in my IG Stories yesterday while visiting Studio Vero, you will see one of their robes which is available in the shop. Needless to say, it caught my eye immediately, and this robe is a similar design – comfort and style that will last and sit well with your conscious.
With the weekend comes the shopping sales, and J.Crew is having another one. While it is not site-wide, it includes many full priced items of which a few are chosen by moi below. Use promo code GETAWAY to save 30% off and happy shopping!
~recipe for Chocolate Olive Oil Cake~
School is out for the summer, and not only are the students dancing out the door, so too are the teachers! With a wonderful week to conclude a year of hardwork by the students, they should be proud of all that they have accomplished. And as it is officially the last weekend of spring, this time of year is truly exquisite, and something I savor. The birds continue to chatter, the weather flucuates from warm to briefly hot to an immediate downpour to cool the day (as shared in an IG post this week), and seeing a few months of a schedule that is entirely designed by the lady in my home, I certainly become immediately rejuvenated and get excited about all that is to come.
To kick it all off, I will be hosting a dinner party at my home, and I cannot wait to sit down with new and old friends and just enjoy their company paired with the warm evening breeze, seasonal food and a bit of wine. But I cannot forget about the Women’s World Cup in France. The American women will be playing on Sunday, and so far, their tournament appearance is looking very promising. I do hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking ahead to a lovely weekend. I have gathered together a few articles you might enjoy, and until Monday, bonne journée!
~I am saving and saving again, to make sure I don’t lose it, this detailed guide to Paris’ Best Flea Market [House Beautiful]
~Speaking of Paris, Hip Paris shares the Best Neighborhood Markets.
~Hip Paris is a blog I always follow and posts like these are why – Best Terraces in Paris for an Apéro
~12 Hard Things to Start Doing for Your Happiness [Mark and Angel]
~New Water Lilies Found Under a Monet Painting [The New York Times]
~A children’s book to read as an adult, or to read again and discover these 10 life lessons – Le Petit Prince [Culture]
~25 Classic Julia Child Recipes to Give a Try [PureWow]
~David Lebovitz shares a Maida Heatter inspired recipe to pay homage – Chocolate Mint Brownies