Good Reads: 3 October 2014

I can't tell you how the heck it got to be October already, but I can tell you that I'm still waiting in vain for my Susan Miller horoscope. (Where is that girl, already?)

This week was cray busy in a good way, so I'm looking forward to relaxing, reading, and enjoying the early fall weather, as well as making plans for when my dad and stepmom come to visit next month (hurray!) and for a trip to Berlin we might make later this month. Extra hurray. 

Aside from wishing you were driving the English countryside in this car spotted in West London, what are you up to this weekend?

Attention: Cooking with Cleo is one of the best things you'll see for a while.

Obsessed with East London clothing brand The Whitepepper's fall bags. Especially this onethis one, and this one.

This airline is taking a different approach to finding lost items. 

An interesting quote on the differences in the friendships of men and women.

This scarf has a 70s-feel that I'm super all about. 

"The Something" by John Grisham, by B.J. Novak. 

Vogue takes a look at the culture of indie magazines.

My newly-found ceramics obsession is getting out of control. As soon as I get back to the States, I'm buying these spoons from Koromiko and everything from Rami Kim

Dream team alert: Lena Dunham was on Fresh Air this week to talk about "Not That Kind of Girl", which is of, course, now available.

Also out this week: Gone Girl. Who's seen it?

And because we're not done consuming non-digital content just yet, a few more books I have my eye on are this and this. Read either?

This aired a while ago, but if you missed it, be sure to check out the After The Jump with Sight Unseen, especially if you're a small business owner. 

A stack of cats

Also, I signed-up for Steller. I'm still kind of confused but will share more next week. 


Enjoy it, guys!

Good Reads | 26 September 2014

Kicking off Friday with a quote I found yesterday that I absolutely love. The quote is from a video series created by Lena Dunham as part of her promotion for Not That Kind of Girl.

Now: I have a lot of feelings about feminism and fashion, which I wrote about for Bustle earlier this year, but she sums it all up perfectly with this: 

"A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself." 

Yes. So clear, right? So on point.

Now: Moving on to a few other finds from the week:

The fall light in London is gorgeous. Sometimes it's foggy and makes everything look like it's covered in an Instagram filter, like in the photo above taken earlier this week, and sometimes it's clear and golden. Straight-up heaven.

Speaking of: David Sedaris on the importance of low lighting. 

DIY I would actually do.

Love these tissue paper bathing suits.

Would almost quite literally live in this snuggly coat.

Can't wait to see this movie. I so love this age (now that I'm not in it). 

A few favorite looks from the SS15 shows.

The ways of the French

A perfect top for fall. 

Spent some real time drooling over this California home tour this week.

An interview that I really loved. (And this one from last week left me laughing out loud.)

Love this soap. What a great little gift this would make!

Say it ain't so, Robert Redford! (Or should I call you Bob? Or is that even your real name?)

Did a lot of obsessing over clogs this week. I almost ordered this pair from Gorman, but can't wait to share the pair I settled on when they arrive next week. Hint: They're from Portugal!

Another thing to note: I'm attending my first ever Alt For Everyone conference this weekend and will be Tweeting my learnings at both @reetzrobin and @designgoodnow. Come say hi!


Have a great weekend and let me know what you're up to!

Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers caught my attention when it was first released. Aside from the James Franco element, there's the fact that Harmony Korine served as director. Also I used to 'spring break' myself in Florida, so there was that similarity. 

Then I learned that Lena Dunham was a fan and I was sold.

I finally saw it at my local independent cinema last night (Rio in Dalston, which is an awesome theatre with really cheap snacks) and loved it. Better than you think, darker than you think, and all around recommended.

Good Reads

A highlight of some of the best reading and watching I've done on the web this week.

Animals wearing clothes

Animals wearing clothes

An article from the New York Times on what it is to be middle class in Manhattan.

Some amazing fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie courtesy of Guernica and found by Paragraph, a new literary magazine with a focus on short stories.

Beyonce's blog.

Alec Baldwin interviews Lena Dunham on WNYC. 'Nuff said.

I've been obsessed with André Leon Talley since forever. The fact that he's originally from Durham, North Carolina and gave the keynote speech at my college graudation only intensified my obsession. So, seeing ALT's interview with Quvenzhané Wallis only brings him even higher in my books (if that's even possible).

And, check out Allison Watkins' incredible embroidery.

Have a great weekend!

HBO's Girls, Lena Dunham, and Feeling Weird

Lately, there's been a lot of talk in these parts about HBO's Girls, the (obviously amazing) series that's written, directed, produced, and stars Lena Dunham.

The show chronicles the lives of four twenty-somethings in New York and is in no way like Sex and the City, and as much as I love that show, thank god. Girls is the first show I've ever seen that takes real feelings, relatioships, and even dialogue and puts it on screen. I watched it while I still lived in Greenpoint, but it's recently began airing in London and the second series is set to launch on HBO in January. I've already made my weekly plans for watching.

The show does a great job of showing exactly how I (and maybe you, if you fit the target demographic) feel, which is perfect and happy and hopeful and odd and nostalgic and sad and confused. Anyone has the possibility of feeling that same set of feelings at anytime in their lives, but there's something about being in your 20s and 30s in New York that takes those feelings to new levels.

I miss New York, and Girls makes me miss it more—the show is literally filmed on my old street in Greenpoint—but at the same time it's comforting to watch and know that there are literally millions of other gals who feel the same way as I do, right now.

What Girls has also given me is a guaranteed mood lifter in the form of this scene from season one:


If you've somehow managed to make it this far without watching Girls, do yourself a favor and try an episode. Whether you have a serious case of #whitegirlproblems yourself or not, the show is so well-written that I'll go out on a limb here and say most people can probably relate to it on some level. The feelings and insecurities are basic and human, and it's nice to see them in such a public forum.

So the point is, season 2 of Girls starts on January 13th.

Watch it.

5 Things To Be For Halloween

Ah, Halloween....what's not to love?

From the costumes to the candy to the crunchy sound of your hair the morning after you've crimped, dyed, and teased it until it's basically falling out.

My Halloween costumes growing up included Lucille Ball, a cowgirl, and Fran Drescher (Do the laugh for us!).

When it comes to costumes now, the stakes are both higher and lower: no one cares really if you dress up, but if you do then it'd better be good. And to that point, the most well-received costume I've ever seen was done by my friend Krista two years ago when she went as Gap's failed new logo.

Last year, I was Rayanne from My So Called Life:

5 Things To Be For Halloween

The year before I was one of my cats:

5 Things To Be For Halloween

This year? I have no freakin' idea. Derrick's going as Walt from Breaking Bad, so it's been suggested that I go alongside him as blue meth. That could happen, but if it doesn't, here are some options:

1. Julian Assange—When in London, eigh?

2. Lena Dunham—dream girl

3. Reverse Commuter—Since this year I completed the Pilgrim reverse commute (full disclosure: I did not come up with this phrase)

4. My teddy bear, Bowtie—Currently winning the race

5 Things To Be For Halloween

5. Someone from Downton—SPOILER ALERT: dead Sybil? Too soon? Baby Sybil?

Other ideas:

6. Rob Brydon

7. Rebecca Brooks

8. A hashtag