~The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási
Released recently in the states, The Formula is an international bestseller that “promises to transform the very foundations of how our success-obsessed society approaches their professional careers, life pursuits and long-term goals”. Success as a concept doesn’t, the book argues based on years of academic research, always necessarily equate to accomplishment. Intriguing food for thought most definitely.
~Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart
Last month the first full biography of the 107th U.S. Supreme Court Justice and second woman to serve on The United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was released with cooperation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself. After 15 years of research and inquiry, and based on multiple interviews with the justice, her husband, children, friends and associates, Jane Sherron de Hart has released what is now a bestseller.
Recently, as many may know, Bader-Ginsburg fractured three ribs; however, it was also recently reported, that she would be back to her regular workouts next week – phew! At the age of 85, RBG – as she is better known in the cultural zeitgeist – this past year was the focus of the acclaimed documentary RBG (listen to my recommendation here in a weekly Petit Plaisir on the podcast). As well, a new film, On The Basis of Sex, will premiere on December 25th in which Felicity Jones stars as a young Bader Ginsburg. But back to the book, this new biography will offer deeper insight into a woman that has clearly captured the country’s interest.
Being released in select theaters today, Hugh Jackman stars as Senator Gary Hart who was the front runner (thus the title) for the 1988 Democratic Presidential ticket, until the tides changed. And while Hart’s name is not as well known by the younger generation, it is the shift of news coverage that began during this period that many say prompted much of the way politicans, and thus news, is covered today. Have a look at the trailer below. I know I am curious to view this film.
A new series being released on Netflix today involves well-known actors Kurt Douglas and Alan Arkin. Douglas stars as an aging, yet the revered Hollywood acting coach Sandy Kominsky, and the series revolves around his friendship with his long-time agent Norman Newlander. Through their conversations about life, aging and every odd curveball that seems to come their way, the series is receiving more than mild applause. Have a look at the trailer below and check out a profile piece on Douglas recently published in The New York Times.
~Saint James Wool Striped Breton Scarf (ecru/navy, more colors)
Cooler temperatures arrive and the wool scarves come out. And I will always look for stripes no matter what the season. So when I came across the iconic French Breton clothing company St. James’ wool striped scarves, I took note. Available in four different color stripes, the ecru/navy is my choice.
~J.Crew Ready-to-Party Sale, 35% off
Today and through the weekend, save 35% off party clothing (dresses, jackets, skirts, etc.) and 25% everything else on site with promo code READYTOPARTY. This long sheath dress in four-season stretch (black or navy) is an item to have on hand year-round and is guaranteed to be en vogue for many seasons to come.
~Sur la Table, a taste of Black Friday sale
Little sales are happening in more than a few places prior to the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday events just around the corner. Sur La Table is having their “A Taste of Black Friday” sale, and Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, 2.75 QT in Morel is available at a very nice price (all sizes available with the discount of nearly 65% off).
~Williams -Sonoma Capresso Pour Over Kettle, save up to 50% off
As well, Williams-Sonoma is getting in on this action with select items in the Electrics section discounted quite nicely (if you are looking for a coffee or espresso maker, be sure to stop by and check out this sale). Use the promo code ELECTRICS to save up to 50% off.
While I won’t be in London this Thanksgiving as I was last year, I couldn’t help but share this musical comedy that is currently showing in London’s West End. A revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970’s well-known play about life, love and marriage, the play’s premise is about Bobbie (Rosalie Craig) and takes place at her 35th birthday party with all her friends wondering why she isn’t married? Why can’t she find the right man and Why can’t she settle down and have a family? But today, the gender roles are flipped and mixed up and set for the modern times we find ourselves. Check out the review in The New York Times and perhaps, if you are in London, pick up some ticket and enjoy.
If there was ever a week for rest and relaxation, this would be the perfect upcoming week to have off, and thankfully, the scheduling is offering exactly this opportunity. The boys (Norman and Oscar) are quite ready for the pace of life in TSLL’s home to slow down as well, as they joined me on my travels to Portland this past weekend and on the Book Launch Day (Nov. 13).
I am extremely appreciative for all of the words, comments and emails of congratulations, support and enthusiasm for TSLL’s new book. My energy kept being buoyed and strengthened not only because of the excitement I was feeling for this long-anticipated date, but by TSLL readers. So thank you. Thank you very, very much.
Many of you are about to begin your travel excursions to see family and friends or simply escape on a holiday, and I wish you a wonderful and safe journey. Others, perhaps, are like myself, staying put, resting up and taking this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday quite slow and easy. However you are planning on enjoying the upcoming holiday or simply enjoying this upcoming weekend that unofficially seems to kick off the holiday season around the globe, I do hope you have a wonderful few days of exactly what you hope to enjoy. Below I have rounded up a few articles and the interview many readers said they are eager to watch. Next week I will make sure to have more links (I am lacking a few this week due to my schedule), and I look forward to getting back into the regular blogging schedule and settling in. Until Monday, bonne journée!
~I have been writing a few articles for media outlets to promote TSLL’s 2nd book, and this one was recently shared on Thrive Global – 7 Tips to Go from Busy to Balanced This Holiday Season (of course it is from the perspective of living simply luxuriously!)
~Traveling to Paris anytime in the future? If so, save this article by Forbes which shares 6 Paris Culinary Classes You Won’t Want to Miss
~And save this list for the 5 Best Brunch Spots in Paris [My Parisian Life]
~But what if you want to avoid the crowds for your next vacation? Read 10 Overcrowded Tourist Destinations and 10 Just As Fabulous Alternatives [The Washington Post]
~Jennifer L. Scott of The Daily Connoisseur invited me to be a guest on her video series to not only talk about my book, but also women and all the many amazing paths we choose to take in life and why we should celebrate and support these differences.