The Soundtrack: Inside Llewyn Davis

After hearing mixed reviews for months, I bit the bullet and watched Inside Llewyn Davis on the plane ride back from North Carolina a few days ago. (I threw my sister a surprise baby shower in Durham which you would know if you were following me on Instagram, thank you.)

Of course I fell asleep halfway through, but was almost as taken by the music as I was by the cat that plays a very prominent role in the movie. The songs are haunting and the type that really stick with you, and perfectly fit with a nighttime plane ride away from the sweet, sweet South. 

Here are a few photos from the trip (more to come) along with a few of my favorite songs:

More photos to come of our weekend in Durham, NC. In the meantime, see the movie if for the music (and the cat!) if nothing else. 

Good Reads: The Best Links This Week

The gods have smiled upon me this holiday season and granted me with a quick trip to Monte Carlo. Yep, you read that right.

I'll be in Monte Carlo for the start of the week, acting like the fanciest person ever. Don't worry - full recap to come.

In the meantime, enjoy these links while you eat 99 candy canes.

Maddie on Things / Second Floor Flat

Maddie's excited for the holidays, too! (Maddie on Things)

Sally Singer's new concept for is a good one. Entitled Scripted Content, each month Vogue's cover girl (or boy) will star in a scripted, close-to-life short film. So far Jessica Chastain and Kate Winslet (double swoon) have participated. 

One Bottle's Journey - featuring Sprout & Pea and Ricksby!

This story reminds me so much of my childhood spent at my grandparents lake house in the North Georgia mountains. (Paragraph)

Adam Driver and Justin Timberlake's duet for Inside Llewyn Davis.  Please, Mr. Kennedy. (Refinery29)

A dancing dog

Idris Elba just went up a ton of points in my book after this interview on Morning Edition. (NPR)

and finally

Looking through photos of my trip earlier this year to South Africa, where I was lucky enough to visit the Nelson Mandela capture site. RIP, you great man.