I’ve always been rather sentimental when it comes time to turn a new leaf. Moments had, moments past, and moments lost. On New Year’s Eve 2000, just moments before the end of the millennium, I rushed into my bedroom and wrote myself a letter to opened in 10 years. Being a dramatic 15-year-old, I even cut a lock of my hair and spritzed the purple lined envelope with Tommy Girl. I read the letter on NYE 2010, and surprise, surprise, my life was nothing like I had envisioned in my teenage dreams. It was better.
Stuff Parisians Like: By Olivier Magny
While I adore French food and decor, I have never been overly obsessed with French culture. But, after listening to an interview with Oilvier Magny on NPR, I knew this book would be amusing and educational. Magny owns a popular wine bar in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris and offers a relevant and humorous insight on Parisian culture. American women tend to have an idealistic romance when it comes to Paris and this book offers dead-on observations from a native’s love/hate relationship.
Some things I have read thus far:
• Excess is considered gross. “Petit” = good.
• Parisians love sushi
• Parisian women are on a diet 90% of the time yet most think exercise is “stupid”
• You are considered smart if you complain a lot
• There are 3 kinds of men in Paris: gay looking homosexuals, gay looking heterosexuals, and men over 50.
Lana Del Rey
While you may already love her, I had to include this artist. The atmospheric, retro-’60s-sounding pop lets her torchy, sensuously husky singing style shine. Her music is so captivating and delightfully dark.
I rarely watch TV, but last week I decided to see what all the Downton Abbey hype was about. It’s safe to say that I am officially hooked and am considering buying a top hat.
I Been adding candied ginger to trail mix the last few weeks. The sweet zing is really nice alongside some pumpkin seeds and almonds. I also love grabbing a couple pieces after a meal to clean my pallet and when want a little something sweet. Ginger is great for the digestive system, can help calm nausea and can reduce heartburn.
Origins Plantscription Serum
While this is marketed as an anti-aging product, I think it is great for all ages. The plant based serum adds a youthful glow and ‘bounce’ back to the skin. I started using this a couple months after my son was born to rejuvenate my tired skin and have been more than pleased. Origins will gladly give you a sample to try that will last you a couple weeks.
A thick gold cuff is such a simple way to add some interest to an outfit. I can add it to my usual skinny jeans and tank routine and instantly feel a bit more glamorous.
Wine Cork Collection
I have stared saving my wine corks and plan on creating something fun with them in the coming months. A pin board, coasters or even the base to a glass coffee table.
Old mason jars are a staple in a vintage farmhouse inspired home. They have a certain romance about them. While they may be acting as a decor item in your modern day home, they were once canning jars used years ago in country homes to preserve the summer crop for the long winter ahead.
They symbolize preparedness, hard work, and a sense of security.
While these jars are perfectly content and pretty sitting on a counter or in window sill catching light, there are so many ways to put them “back to work” in your home. I had to restrain myself from including every single clever idea I found on Etsy last night, but these should get you started.