This & That: No. 153

Apr 10, 2015

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App

~The Clocks

As someone who relies on her smart phone to wake up in the morning, I have been searching for a simple flip clock that stays lit throughout the night without being distracting. The Clocks app was exactly what I was looking for. Offering three different types of clocks to choose from: flip, digital and analog, an alarm is also available as well. For some reason I have always had a preference for flip clocks. Perhaps it is a memory I have from my childhood, but it is a simple comfort that I am thrilled to have found (even if it really is quite technical).

Art

~Monet’s Water Lilies at Musee de L’Orangerie

The museums abound in Paris, but be sure to put on your list of must-visit, Claude Monet’s permanent exhibit, designed by the artist himself to showcase his beloved Water Lilies paintings. The Musee de L’Orangerie is located in the Tuileries Garden and offers the ideal respite after strolling through the park or even after exhausting yourself in the Louvre. Step inside a simple, yet elegant space and unwind. I know where I will be certain to go next time I return. Have a look below at Rick Steves’ video inside the museum.

Shopping

~Hukkster 2

The much beloved sales tracking website is back, as was announced on Thursday, and while it will help you find sales in real time, it will be a little bit different according to Fashionista. Focusing strictly on fashion and beauty products, Hukksters helps shoppers not only find sales, but coupons as well to use in their shopping experience. The part that I miss the most however is that the bookmarklet, the tracking and alerting for price drops, is not available. However, at least there is a sales site focused on specifically what I and many of you shop for.

~Sole Society Espadrille (navy cloth – black & fuchsia available as well)

Spring is here and that means summer is not that far behind. And while I will wear flat sandals quite frequently during the warmer months, I love to wear wedge espadrilles for structured height. Happening upon Sole Society’s $70 pair in colorful cloth detail, I pounced. Available in black and a stunning fuchsia print as well as the navy print I selected, if you’re in the market for a summer pair, these might just be the ones.

Television

~HBO NOW

Finally HBO is making available their television programming without having to have a cable subscription as well. If you are of the cord-cutting generation and strictly watch your television when you please without being tethered to Dish, Directv or any other cable or satellite service, this should be very happy news. For $14.99 a month, subscribers can have full access to all of the goodness that HBO has become known for.

~Younger

You may remember Darren Star, the creator and one of the writers for Sex and the City. Well, he’s back. In a playful new series on TV Land, Younger airs on Tuesday nights at 9pm and is produced by Star. Speaking of stars, the star of the show is Sutton Foster who is a 40 year-old newly divorced mother of a grown daughter. Based on Pamela Redmond Satran’s novel of the same title, Alice (Foster), is given a make-over by her hip best friend played by Debi Mazer to pull off 26. Working for a publishing house in the heart of Manhattan, it is the fib of her age that helps land her the job, and a whole new life seems to have begun. It’s fun, it’s not too deep, and Sutton truly is a delight. Have a look at the trailer below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=FzKn_m3ARPo


lemondessert

~recipe for Lemon Honey and Chamomile Shoofly Pie with Anzac Biscuit Crust~

This week on the blog a brand new series began. Going live each Wednesday, see the first post in The English Classroom and how the series will work as we move forward here on TSLL. And if you haven’t already tuned in, this week’s episode of The Simple Sophisticate broke all sorts of records. Be sure to have a look to see what everyone was sharing and enjoying.

And while this past week has been going well, the weekend has never been an unwelcomed arrival. While it may rain this weekend, I have plans to work in the yard, visit some of the local nurseries and start to rev my exterior decor back into tip top shape. It may take some time, but I’ve got to start somewhere. What will you be up to this weekend?

Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a wonderful time, and if you’re interested, I have a few articles below that caught my eye during the past week that you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonjour.

~19 Things That Level-Headed Natural Food Nuts Don’t Do . . . simple, practical and possible

~Netflix has a new series on the way for 2016, and it takes what is now on Broadway to the screen

~Habitually Chic takes readers on a Parisian apartment tour to get lost in and never leave

~The Everygirl offers 5 Culinary School Secrets Every Home Cook Needs to Know

~The Paris Review now offers a publication for younger readers . . . I am now more than I was already, a fan

~Some perks of choosing to live alone, an editor from Cup of Jo shares her experience.

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