Friday, November 21, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Happy weekend!  I've been waiting for this one!

Bright and early tomorrow morning, DT and I are off to Boston for the Thanksgiving holiday.  I'll peek in here a little bit next week, but mostly will be enjoying my time at home.  My plans include eating everything, drinking lots of Beaujolais Nouveau, my very first Bat Mitzvah, Thanksgiving Eve townie night (my favorite night of the year), and my 10-year high school reunion.  It's a busy one.

Enjoy your weekend and your holiday next week!  I look forward to lots of turkey-related Instagrams.

A dude's hilarious experience at a barre class.

Seeing as next week is Thanksgiving, let's look at what this kid is thankful for.

Can we all agree that Solange is the superior Knowles?

I was never a fan of Colin Farrell's until I watched In Bruges.  And now there's this.

Whenever I hear that they are writing better roles for women, I look at this.

This week's long read comes from Rolling Stone.  It's brutal, but so important.

I love watching the Hollywood Reporter's Round Table video every year.  It doesn't come out until next week, but here's a preview.

Great read one on woman's experience with her parents' deportation.

Male newscaster wears the same suit every day for a year, no one notices.  

A Dutch village is turned into a nursing home for Alzheimer's patients and it made me cry it's so sweet, not to mention beneficial to those with the disease.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Four on Thursday

Oh, this has been a week.  Two more days and I'm off to New England!  Where it will most likely be frigid, just like it has been here all week.  So let's look at some pieces to keep me warm!

1 //  It's been cold lately.  Like, January cold.  Also, I recently realized that I have no neutral coats.  Hence, this herringbone blanket coat.  Warm and neutral.  And only $150.  Wrap coats are big this year and I can see the appeal.

2 //  Ultimate. Chunky. Cardigan.  Have there been three more perfect words?  Comes in 4 colors, looks cozy as hell, and is less then $40.  And pockets!

3 //  My feet need to stay warm too, so the ankle-bearing flats are put away for the time being.  Brown ankle boots are still on my wishlist because I haven't found the right pair yet.  These by Cole Haan may be the next trial.  They're a great color, a stacked heel, and a good price.

4 //  Zara is one of those stores I forget about and then wander in there one day and want everything.  This dress included.  Long(ish) sleeves and a high neck make this perpetually freezing girl very happy.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Currently Reading

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The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski - I'd previously read House of Leaves and was borderline obsessed with it, so I wanted to read more of Danielewski's work.  This book is odd too, but in a completely different way.  According to the inside cover, The Fifty-Year Sword is a play of sorts, put on every Halloween.  The story is a curious one.  A woman attends a Halloween party in Texas, runs into the woman her ex-husband had an affair with, and ends up in a room with five orphans and a story-teller.  It's short, it's odd, and it's terrifying.  I loved it.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - The second in the Cormoran Strike series, The Silkworm follows Cormoran after solving the Lula Landry case that made up The Cuckoo's Calling, dealing with the subsequent fame and growth in business.  He ends up working for a woman whose author husband has gone missing.  The husband disappeared shortly after a manuscript of his most recent novel had been released to his publisher and a few other people in the industry.  The manuscript did not go over well, as it is a vicious takedown of industry people, friends, even his wife.  The book is smart, grisly, and well-written.  While the case itself was a page-turner, it's the relationship between Cormoran and his assistant, Robin, that will keep me coming back to this series.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Could not put this down.  It was so nerdy, and so uncool, and I was obsessed with it.  Upon his death, an eccentric billionaire set up a challenge.  He has placed an egg inside the online world that he had built and whoever found it would win his entire fortune.  After five years of no one even finding this first key, excitement has died down.  That is, until a nobody kid from a trailer park starts to make serious progress.  This novel is full of video games, trivia, pop culture, music, and references, most of it to the 1980's.  Although video games aren't really my thing, I was enamored of the book.

The Adults by Alison Espach - If you want depressing, this is it.  In a world where the adults all ignore, disappoint, or take advantage of her, Emily struggles.  It's a brutal look at a teenage girl's life, as privileged as she is.  Her parents are in the midst of a divorce brought on by an affair.  She finds herself alone, lost.  And things don't get better as she gets older.  This book is dark and doesn't offer much hope.  There's abuse, death, and people repeatedly letting others down.  But I liked it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

None More Black

Cape: Ann Taylor (similar here or here); Tee: J. Crew; Pants: Banana Republic (similar); Boots: Sam Edelman; Bag: Danielle Nicole (sold out); Shades: Ray Ban

The question is, how much more black could this outfit be and the answer is none.  None more black.

In other news, I went to see Interstellar and thought it was fantastic.

We've started watching Peaky Blinders on Netflix and that's pretty good too, coupled with the fact that Cillian Murphy has the most beautiful, angular, androgynous face known to man.

Christmas shopping is in full swing and I'm about halfway done.

I get to go home for Thanksgiving in just 4 short (but probably long-feeling) days.  Things are good.

Friday, November 14, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

The sweetest eulogy of a man who truly brought so much joy to so many people.

What would happen if we stopped putting women in jail?

I hate GPS, so I love London's The Knowledge.

Anti-abortion laws, like many recently passed in some states, are dangerous to all pregnant women, not only those seeking abortions.  

Mommy Dearest?

I don't understand why people would have security cameras in their home, but if you do, change the password on it.

The mass sterilization of women taking place in India right now is horrendous.

An easy-to-understand explanation of net neutrality (plus a take-down of Ted Cruz).

The racial undertones of Kim Kardashian's Paper cover.

More art history women being amazing.

Finally, Geena Davis is a national treasure.

Have a fantastic weekend!  I'll be at Thread at Union Market, so let me know if you stop by!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Four on Thursday

1 //  It's cold out, so my choices of bottoms get limited.  Black tights, black pants, black denim.  Rinse and repeat.  Yes, these pants are black, but they also have a pattern to them and something other than my typical fitted shape.  They would be a nice addition to an otherwise stagnant uniform.

2 //  It's safe to say that I'm hooked on DvF.  Her dresses are just perfect.  They fit me well and are flattering.  This red and white dotted one would be perfect for the holiday season with tights and a tuxedo blazer and then again in warmer weather with cute flats.  Am I paying more for a label?  Certainly.  But I consider her designs worth it.

3 //  Colder weather also has me staring longingly at my LL Bean catalog.  Cozy knits, warm fleeces, and Bean boots.  This pullover caught me eye because it's striped (can't get enough) and it would be a great layering piece.  Available in 5 other colors, too.

4 //It's officially coat season, even if it was 70 degrees earlier this week.  January is usually when I buy my annual coat (prices are insanely cheap them), but this one has made my shortlist.  I like the pattern, as well as the faux leather detailing.  If it's warm, it's definitely a winner.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Recent Purchases

Oops.  Too much shopping for myself and not enough shopping for the people on my Christmas list.  Luckily, I ended up with some good stuff, and with some money back to get down to the real holiday shopping!

Recent Purchases 11.12.14

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 [1]  I've been looking for some form of faux or real leather pants or leggings or coated denim for what feels like forever.  It's really just since last fall.  I was hoping that these coated jeans from James Jeans would be the ones, but they weren't quite right.  While the fit was great (reminder: try more James Jeans), the fabric was thin and had a sheen to it that made them look cheap.  If anyone has suggestions for a matte coated denim, send them my way.  Result: Returned.

[2]  I can't say enough about these heels.  They're stylish, on trend, and incredibly comfortable.  The first time I tried them on, I would've sworn they were flats.  I made a promise to myself this year that I would stop buying heels that I couldn't walk in and it's been mostly good.  This pair certainly fits that criteria and they'll likely become a major staple, as soon as my ankle heals and I can wear heels again!  Result: Kept.

[3]  How adorable do these booties look?  Yeah, I thought so too.  And then they came and I was incredibly excited to try them on and I couldn't even get them on my foot.  The opening was didn't seem particularly small, but I couldn't even wiggle my super narrow foot in there.  A pull tab on the back might have been helpful, but the ones on the sides didn't do anything for me.  So, while I assume these would in fact be adorable on, I couldn't even get that far.  Result: Returned.

[4] Turtlenecks get a bad rep and I really don't know why.  They are a great layering piece, especially if you just need that little extra bit of warmth.  This one is a great addition to my closet.  It's very red, so I've got to style it in a way that tones it down a bit and doesn't leave me looking like one of the NPR ladies from SNL, but this one is a keeper.  Result: Kept.

[5] Yes, this is basically the same as the turtleneck we just walked about, except it's striped, which you know is my thing.  Naturally, I've already worn it.  The stripes are very me and fun to style.  Result: Kept.

[6]  Perfect brown booties are all I want.  It's becoming a bit of a challenge.  While this pair looked great, was a good price, and the leather was gorgeous, they just didn't fit right.  They were too big, with my feet sliding around inside them.  Also, I could tell almost immediately after putting them on that they wouldn't be comfortable for any decent amount of time.  I've had the same problem with Pour La Victoire shoes before, so should've known better.  Back to the drawing board.  Result: Returned.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Sweater: Zara (similar); Turtleneck: Lands' End; Cords: Free People via Nordstrom; (similar) Boots: Timberland (in glazed ginger); Tote: Old Navy (very into their bucket bag); Shades: Ray Ban

If at all possible, I suggest not spilling make-up onto your sheepskin rug so that you don't spend an entire Sunday having to wash it in your bathtub repeatedly.  

Mine's currently drying on my dining room floor on top of several towels.

It should be dry in oh, three or four days.

Adulthood is not what it's cracked up to be.

Friday, November 7, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

I have such little respect for people who use Yelp like this woman did.  And major respect for businesses who respond in kind.

Can we all just agree that Citizen's United is the worst thing ever?  Side note: imagine if we took all the money spent on political campaigns and put it into education.  Or infrastructure.  Or medical research.  IMAGINE.

How to be a New Englander.  Not everyone can hack it.

#DudesGreetingDudes is my new favorite thing.  "Gimme a smile, bro!  No?  Ooooh, you handsome when you mad!"

My name is Erin and this is my life.

Kevin Spacey does a mean Johnny Carson.

An eye-opening take on the concept of celebrity and our treatment of mental illness.

This is the best way for students to stand up to a sexist dress code.

Everything you're eating is terrible for you.

Let's be honest, we all want a mermaid tail.

How high are your heels?  Mine are flat.  Can you have negative heel height?

Thank god we finally put a man in charge of the feminist movement!

This zip code website is weirdly accurate.  I thought I was a special snowflake, but today I learned the cold, hard truth.

Bye Felipe!

Can my house only be made of bookcases?  Please?

Have a fantastic weekend!