It’s Memorial Day Weekend, friends!
On Monday we honor the brave men and women who’ve given their lives for our country.
And we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice.
It’s impossible not to mention the massacre this week in Uvalde, Texas.
Thoughts and prayers are nice and needed.
The devastated families have mine.
But they deserve so much more.
Jack Gruber, USA Today
Yesterday was Jim’s birthday and we celebrated
at Empress by Boon in San Francisco.
It was a 5-course, prix fixe dining experience.
If you live in the Bay Area or are planning a visit, I highly recommend it.
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Earlier in the week I joined Kim and our friends Heidi and Elizabeth (aka La Contessa)
at Elizabeth’s house for a delightful lunch celebrating Heidi’s birthday.
It’s a busy weekend, so let’s get to it.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
The Cannes Film Festival just wrapped its 75th year. According to Vogue these were this year’s best dressed stars. Sadly, I don’t know who half of them are. My vote goes to Sharon Stone. First of all, I know who she is and I love both her gowns.
I don’t know who Ophely Mezino is, or who made her gown, but … absolutely spectacular.
Jim and I attended Festival de Cannes in 2012. You heard that right. Mr. and Mrs. Snowberry … at Cannes! Here we are on the red carpet. I don’t know what to say for myself, I didn’t plan ahead and had to do my own hair and make up. Cannes is a very humid climate … murder on the coiffure. And why didn’t I wear a long gown?! Oof. That’s Julien De Beaumarchais De Rothschild, our host, in the middle.
We attended the Rust & Bone premiere starring Marion Cotillard and Matthais Schoenaerts. It was a very dark, depressing movie and that ran for three hours. That may not be entirely true, but it felt like it sitting there in all our finery. Marion attended the premiere looking absolutely stunning in Dior.
No, neither of us had anything to do with the making of a film. We were there as guests of the festival’s wine sponsor, Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. May I bore you with a few photos? Oh good …
Here’s a closer look. Jim looks very Joe cool in his shades … and me, not so much.
After the premiere we attended a swanky dinner hosted by Julien De Beaumarchais De Rothschild. Then we watched fireworks from the Palais des Festivals rooftop. Cannes never sleeps and the party continued in the VIP lounge of an underground (literally underground) nightclub. What a night! The next morning we stumbled from club to hotel to pack up and head for Paris.
We were fortunate to have a photographer in our group, Pete Salisbury, who chronicled the entire trip from Bordeaux to Cannes to Paris. Ou la la. Maybe I should write a blog post about it. Would you be interested? Truly a once in a lifetime experience for which I’m grateful.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Speaking of the Cannes Film Festival, Tom Cruise along with the Top Gun: Maverick cast walked the red-carpet for the movie’s European premier. The event included a fly-by of French fighter jets. Hope Tom’s champagne glass didn’t spill over. Tom was presented with the Festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’or award.
Say what you will about Tom Cruise, there’s no denying he’s a real deal movie star and I can’t think of a film I’ve been more excited to see. We’re going on Sunday.
THE KIT KEMP COLLECTION FOR ANNIE SELKIE
I read about the Kit Kemp Collection for Annie Selkie in the latest issue of Flower magazine. Let me rephrase … I saw photos of the collection … and after I picked myself up off the floor I read about it. I’m so delighted whenever I see color in a home. Colorful pillows, colorful rugs, colorful bedding … colorful anything and everything. Oh my gosh … this collection just makes me happy. Some of the pillows and rugs are indoor/outdoor. You can read about (look at) it here.
The Kit Kemp Collection for Annie Selke
Don’t you love the pillow combination used here?!
WALK WITH ME
Do you love a good coffee table book? I sure do and just added Walk with Me: New York to my collection. Not a traditional coffee table book in the sense that its a little smaller in size. No matter it found a spot on my coffee table. People magazine says, ‘whether you’re a denizen or a stranger to the Big Apple’s streets, these gorgeous shots by People Stylewatch founder, Susan Kaufman, will make you feel the magic.’ I love New York and can’t wait to spend quality time with this book over the long weekend.
ROSE HIBISCUS SPRITZ
Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer. Also known as Spritzer Season at Snowberry. And a Rose Hibiscus Spritz seems like just the drink to kick off summer. Here’s the recipe from Better Homes & Gardens to get you moving in the right direction.
I made a Rose Hibiscus Spritz Instagram reel … you can see it here. The hibiscus simple syrup is easy to make and lasts in the refrigerator up to two weeks. I substituted club soda for seltzer (it contains less salt, and it’s what I had on hand). I used an Italian rose, Tintero Rosato, which contains a little effervescence.
So there you have it, five things I got excited about this week.
Now let’s see what Kim and Elizabeth are up to.
In other news ~
- This French country style home tour is dreamy.
- I’m going to try this yummy looking main-dish salad. If you’re a fan of main-dish salads check out my Asian Chicken Salad recipe.
- This makes me feel better about partaking of fast fashion.
- Three friends working at a bookstore … in London. Sounds like a fun summer read.
- And finally, look at this gorgeous, lilac filled front door basket and other ideas for summer door decorations.
My week at a glance ~
Also, this week, I contacted my senators and congressman. I had a few things I wanted to say. It was surprisingly easy, and satisfying. This website allows you to look up your U.S. senator’s local and Washington D.C. contact information. And this site directs you to your Congressional representative’s office contact information. You probably already knew that. Sometimes it feels like we don’t have a voice beyond the ballot box, but I think we do and I’m determined to make mine heard. I hope you do too.
I received the sweetest message from a reader this week whose daughter is getting married this weekend, after two pandemic postponements. She told me she found inspiration in my posts about what I wore to our family wedding events. How nice is that? Ellie, I’m wishing you, your daughter, and all your friends and family, the most wonderful, magical and fun wedding weekend ever. Cheers to the happy couple!
Speaking of weddings.
Last week I shared the details of Kyle and Melody’s wedding.
This week our niece, Sophie, and her fiancé, Chad, will tie the knot.
Theirs will be an intimate, family wedding at a winery.
I’m transporting the wedding cake so please keep me in your thoughts.
How did I agree to this?
Over the weekend I’ll put the finishing touches on (in) their wedding guest survival bags.
More on that next Saturday so stay tuned.
As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheers from Snowberry!