monthly fluf: may 2019
To inspire your month ahead:
everything we did last month.
I call this look "PMS chic with the essence of seasonal confusion"
Essentially by Japanese Breakfast
we fell in love in october by girl in red
when the party's over by Billie Eilish
Pressure to Party by Julia Jacklin
It All Began With a Burst by Kishi Bashi
BOTH Sunflower(s)! Vampire Weekend and Post Malone
Woman Code by Alisa Vitti. Trying to learn about endocrinology and how natural methods can positively affect my hormones. Also read “Why Success Doesn’t Always Feel…Successful” on Man Repeller.
GOT! Haven't seen any movies lately... gimme recs!
I found this wicker ottoman at an estate sale and haggled down to $15 from $50.
This spring, my cute husband and I have both loved using our vvvv favorite office supplies. Meet his and hers. If you love me, please put these in the mail ASAP.
I've mostly been writing, but I tried denim on denim for the first time — going for Roz Doyle Goes to Grad School. Did I nail it?
In the first picture, I'm celebrating a work achievement with a little photo in the upstairs office bathroom, as you do. You can kind of see it, but I did just impulse-buy a cute watch for $5 at the thrift store.
I also color-matched my deviled eggs for Easter — I've been making them since I was 3!
We've been cooking out of this cookbook (beet salad + tequila-lime shrimp + iceberg salad with pickled shallots!), this cookbook (the cherry smoothie!!!!!!), and this cookbook. I'd enthusiastically recommend all three.
Still thinking about the deeply weird but interesting experience Sophie and I had at the Parker Gallery in Los Feliz. Very spare but beautiful set of works in a neighborhood mansion. Felt like we were trespassing. Only ones there except a, and I use this term lightly, docent in the kitchen.
ANTI ! RIHANNA WHERE IS THE NEW MUSIC BUT ALSO HAPPY TO LISTEN TO THIS PERFECT ALBUM FOREVER?
I should keep better track because most of my day is spent reading articles. Some that have stuck out are this piece by Caity Weaver on the industrial trade secret that is Glitter, this heart-wrenching excerpt from a new memoir about unfathomable and unpredictable family tragedy, Jia Tolentino's recent piece on Outdoor Voices, and last week’s NYT style piece on courtroom attire.
Read two books this month that are sticking with me: first, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (a year spent and documented in rural Virginia, amazing verse on Nature and how we perceive Her + fascinating discovery that a plague of locusts are just a bunch of hyped up grasshoppers???). Second, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (who, by the way, is the EXPERT on human ships passing terribly close in the night -- EVERYONE GO READ The Age of Innocence NOW!!). Also listened to two books during commute (thanks to your local library app, Libby) that I recommend: Sally Field's memoir In Pieces and the salacious/not completely true but I still ate it up 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret.
Have not stopped thinking about Elaine May’s A New Leaf (which I was able to see along with her film The Heartbreak Kid thanks to the UCLA film archive; have to also note that I ran to the Writer’s Guild of America library archive to read the script soon after—yay archives). "TV's" Russian Doll is in my head all the time now too. I will also admit to my Outlander binge, on the record & haplessly, here.
WISH I WAS BUYING:
More vegan butter.
Oh boy and how could I miss this CONTENT meant specifically for SARAH: Every Single Outfit Harry Wears in When Harry Met Sally, Ranked
Rent The Runway goodies, striped stretchy pants found at Crossroads, and the go-to black one piece I bought at Walmart in high school—paired with a borrowed beanie and some Trader Joe’s wine for a complete hot tub look. Obviously.
Cuz I Love You album by Lizzo
HOMECOMING by Beyoncé
Lemonade by Beyoncé (finally on Spotify!)
If Beale Street Could Talk (a masterpiece)
Call Me By Your Name (“Soundtrack” was my top Spotify genre in 2018)
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (Amazon show coming soon, I hope?)
Also doing a deep Internet dive into Game of Thrones costumes. Favorite reads so far include all interviews with costume designer Michele Clapton (in Glamour and Fashionista) and these juicy costume evolution pieces on Cersei and Sansa. On an important tangental note, I love Sansa. People love to shit on her because she started off as a traditional, “weak” woman. But I think she’s had one of the best character arcs, which more closely mirrors a lot of modern feminist journeys than the (amazing) extreme adventures of Arya or Daenerys.