This & That: March 8, 2019

Mar 08, 2019

Books

Big Dreams, Small Garden: A Guide to Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space by Marianne Willburn

With spring around the corner, it’s time to get excited about planting our gardens, no matter how large or small they may be. Released in 2017, blogger (Small Town Gardener) and garden columnist Marianne Willburn teaches readers how to learn “the process of visualizing, achieving, maintaining, and enjoying your unfolding garden” no matter what obstacle or space you may be facing.

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin

Released this week, the author of the bestselling book The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin, has a new book that shares manageable tips for mastering your clutter. It may not be Marie Kondo’s approach, after all, Rubin too like myself and many TSLL readers, loves having her books in her home, but readers will discover ideas for cultivating a space that offers inspiration and is void of the unnecessary, whatever your “unnecessary” is.

Films

Gloria Bell

I am eager to view this new film which is being released today. Marianne Moore stars in Gloria Bell, a film about a recently divorcee living in Los Angeles who finds her place on the dance floor, and then soon finds herself trying to navigate the dating world. Have a look at the trailer below, and be sure to listen to the interview with Julianne Moore on NPR.

Woman at War

As it is International Woman’s Day today, it seems fitting to share two films starring strong women in different, but inspiring roles. Woman at War centers around Halla, a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. Critics are loving the film for its comedic chops. And for citizens of Iceland, they will no doubt recognize that many of the leading authority figures are played by comedians, which plays all the more to the frustration with the welcoming of the aluminum industry into Iceland. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy the cinematography which works as well to convey the beauty worth protecting.

Kitchen

Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Cutting Boards

Having a variety of cutting boards in the kitchen is something I have come to appreciate more and more. In different sizes, different woods, and different shapes, they can be both functional and beautiful for decor purposes. While finding vintage boards is fun to scour for at markets and boutiques, having a new board isn’t a bad idea as well. These cutting boards are made of New England Ash and can serve as a cutting board or a rustic serving platter as well.

Kuhn Rikon Peelers

Inexpensive and raved about by customers, for $5 discover why these super-sharp carbon steel blade peelers are a kitchen staple to have on hand.

Podcast

Mobituaries

TSLL readers have recommended, and as a fan of Mo Rocca myself (I always enjoy his interviews and commentaries on CBS Sunday Morning) I cannot believe it took me this long to subscribe to his podcast. Discover deep diving historical profiles on figures from history that while may be long-passed, have life stories that will intrigue and surprise.

Shopping

Matouk Luxury Linens Gemma Quilt and Shams (5 colors)

An investment for the home most certainly, but as an owner of a Matouk sheet set and comforter & sham pairing, I can wholeheartedly share, these are quality cotton bed linens. The Gemma quilt caught my eye due to the shade of blue, but there are more colors, as well as many more bed and bath linens to peruse on Matouk’s site.

Me & Em Oversized Silk-Blend Blouse

Blush is big, as shared a few weeks ago on the weekly Style Inspiration post, and this blouse would pair well for day or evening attire.

Sézane Quilted Victor Bag

A Chanel quilted bag may never be in my price-range, but a quilted bag such as Sézane’s Victor Bag would certainly be a nice substitute.

~recipe for Winter Salad with Lemon Chicken~

Well, hello March. I hear you bring spring with you, non?

The days are continuing to lengthen, and I cannot help but get excited about the spring blooms that are eager to share their beauty with the neighborhood. As I shared in a recent Instagram post, we still received a bit more snow here in Bend, but I think the spring corner is in sight. Hopefully, you as well are excited for the upcoming transition, whether it is for spring or fall, as ushering in a new season is always an opportunity for a fresh beginning of sorts.

Below I have gathered up a few articles to enjoy, and wishing you a lovely weekend. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Tour Garance Doré home in its exclusive reveal with Domino

~5 American Women Who Made French History [Frenchly]

~10 Confusing French Words & Expressions for English Speakers [Bonjour Paris]

~The Guardians of the French Language, four vacancies are available, but they are unable to fill them

~Let go of these 12 Lies to Become Unstuck [Marc and Angel]

~Discover what Samin Nosrat is working on next [The Kitchn]

~And get excited for spring in the northern hemisphere. It’s coming! Tour these beautiful British spring gardens.



5 thoughts on “This & That: March 8, 2019

  1. I love a good seasonal salad, and this one looks perfect as we transition from winter into spring here in Austin!

  2. I agree– I stumbled upon the cara cara oranges and was astonished. They really are wonderfully sweet. I’m considering a topping with chopped pistachios too. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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