As you've probably noticed from my previous few "Favorite Things" lists, I don't live a big fancy life. Actually, I'm happy to say I live a pretty small life and it's reflected in the little things I include here. They're simply things that made me smile this month and I hope they'll make you smile, too.
1). Penguin Classics designed by Coralie-Bickford Smith
I fell in love with these Penguin book designs a while ago and was reminded of them by a student this month. I never did pick up a set and now have them on my Christmas list. If you have a reader in your life and aren't sure what to get them this holiday season...look no further! This is it, my friend!
The ones above are her new F. Scott Fitzgerald covers and holy Art Deco batman! Swoon.
2). Taken, with Liam Neesen
I love movies. Well, not sad movies. Or raunchy comedies. Or Kung-Fu type movies. Except I loved Fried Green Tomatoes even though I sobbed during that one and I thought The Hangover was hilarious and I couldn't take my eyes off Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. So, I guess I just love good movies and they seem to pop up less and less these days. So, it was to my great surprise and delight on a chilly and lazy Sunday a couple of weeks ago that Shawn and I, while deciding how to spend the rest of our day, stumbled across this movie just as it was coming on HBO. He had seen it before and said it was good and I saw it was set in Paris and well, that's all she wrote. If you haven't seen it and you're looking for a great dvd to rent...this is it. Intense and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I give it 2 thumbs up! Way up!
3). "Fall of Giants", by Ken Follett
It will probably come to no surprise to hear me say, once again, how much I love my Kindle. But, I must admit that sometimes I really miss the feel of a book. A big, hefty 800 page book. And if it happens to have that "old book" smell, well, that would be perfection. As a matter of fact, as far as I'm concerned, I think book publishers should consider applying that smell to all books...even brand new ones. I might have to just ditch my Kindle if that ever happens. Anyhoo, so I was at Borders with the hubby a couple of weeks ago and this book caught my eye. I've read a few others by Ken Follett and while they are sometimes a bit slow, I love his writing style. A couple of things had me hook, line and sinker right away. One, the fact that right on the front it said this was book one of a trilogy..."Sweeeet! Something to look forward to!"...and that it's set just about at the turn of the 19th century and follows many families across the globe. I'm fairly certain I was meant to be born right around 1880 or so, which would have made me the perfect age to take in the amazing World's Fair in Chicago and ride here and there on trains and carry a parasol. So, I was about to just jot the name of the book down so I could go home and order it on my Kindle when I opened it up and started to turn the pages and oh, what beautiful pages they are. I mean, seriously! The pages are like "buttuh"! When someone takes the care to ensure the pages feel this wonderful, well, I for one am willing to pay the hard back price and carry around this heavy 1000 page treasure. So, I'm about half done with it now and I could easily just sit around all day with big fluffy slippers on my feet and a hot cup of tea sitting next to me and finish it in one sitting, but I'm savoring this one.
Click here to go to Amazon and order!
Click here to go to Amazon and order!
And while I still do love it...a lot...I found a great inexpensive alternative that is very reminiscent of the color and seems to last even longer than the Chanel. It's a new line from Sally Hansen called Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chief. It's a bit more gray where the Chanel is a bit more putty/brown, but they're really similar and I love them both.
5). Favorite Etsy artist of the month: Dreamer 76
Made of zippers and tapes, her jewelry is really unique and very reasonably priced ranging from $40-100ish dollars/piece. Click here to go to her site!
6). Speaking of great jewelry, I was at a local museum's gift store recently and came across a product called "Bendy Necklaces" and after seeing the amazing price of only $12/necklace and how many looks one of them gives you...I was sold. It really is just what the names says...a bendy necklace. You can create any look you want and even wear them as belts and bracelets. Check em' out!
7). Banana Crumb Muffins
Holy crap, these are good. If you need something to take to a friends house or a holiday brunch, these will be gobbled up and loved by all. Make sure to use really ripe bananas...the blacker the better.
This is a great set-up:
But this...this, my friends, is the ultimate dream. An Airstream. The Grand Daddy of them all. And maybe someday, she'll be ours.
What a hoot this one is! So hideous, but can't you just imagine falling asleep in that bed watching the stars?
9.) This is an old favorite of mine and I have been drinking it non-stop lately. My perfect mix is with one splenda and just enough french vanilla creamer to change the color to caramel (about a teaspoon)...let it steep for a couple of minutes and you've got yourself one yummy cup of tea. I actually drink the decaf most often and it tastes just as great.
"Random Acts of Kindness Party" where each guest contributed $25 and then the money was distributed randomly to those in need by the hosts of the party. What a perfect idea for this time of year in particular and as a guest of that party imagine getting the updates about how that money was spent and how great it would feel. This is a must do in my book. Expect your invites!
Have a great weekend!