Friday Five

You guys, something very exciting is happening to me today: I’m getting my hair cut! More specifically (and most exciting of all!) I’m getting bangs again. So that picture of me on my About page from when I was 3 years old (and refused to wear pants but would wear sunglasses indoors) is going to be an accurate representation of me again! I still even love turtlenecks, go figure. Though I may have to put a moratorium on wearing turtlenecks while I have bangs; there will be just too much encroaching on my face.

The haircut is just the the tip of the Exciting Iceberg that is this weekend. I’m heading down to Brigantine, New Jersey (and no, we are not allowed to make any references to the festering pile of degradation and spray tans that is The Jersey Shore) for the weekend. Fitz is very excited to run along the beach and has been bugging me all week about whether or not he has to wear his swimmies (yes) and if he’ll be allowed to pee in the ocean (no, but he probably will anyway). Then, on Sunday, we’re heading to our favorite orchard/winery for some apple and pumpkin picking, followed by a wine tasting and loading up the trunk with as many bottles of their delicious Peach wine (trust me on this one!) as we can carry. All this means for you is that I will have tons of photographs to share with you on Monday. Win-win.

Without further ado, here are 5 things that have piqued my interest this week:

 

BookBook laptop case, Twelve South

I had never heard of these before my friend Anna mentioned that she was going to buy one for her new Macbook Air. But now that I know about them, I have to have one. Are you kidding me with how cute that thing is? And practical, since it’s hard-backed, so it will protect the laptop in addition to making it look like a vintage book. Sure, it’s pricey. But you can stand it up on a bookshelf! And again, have we not established that I care more about form than function? BookBook, why you so cute?

 

New Zealand, photo by Simon Smith

Stay with me. I recently got Google Earth (I know, I know, I’m about 2 years late to the party) and I spent all day Sunday “traveling” around the world (I even went to the northernmost tip in Europe, in Finnmark, Norway and found some weird secret bunker/where Santa lives). Aside from the obvious perks of being able to “visit” the Eiffel Tower whenever I want (which has been every 5 minutes for the past week), it’s given me a renewed fascination with New Zealand. The culture (this is the country that has given us “Flight of the Concords” and “Summer Heights High”) and the landscape (see above) are just so appealing to me. I’d love to go someday, and hopefully double up the trip with a nice jaunt in Australia. Until then, I’ll be wandering around on Google Earth.

 

“The Most Beautiful Walk in the World” by John Baxter

I picked up this book only a few hours after I saw “Midnight In Paris” because the back cover promised something equally as enchanting as that movie: an account of the Paris of pedestrians, told through historic vignettes and present-day stories, the former of which included copious references to Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, all the major players in Woody Allen’s movie. And it didn’t disappoint. I finally finished it this week and just wanted to give it a big hug afterwards. Baxter is just so likable, even though part of me hates him for being an accomplished writer living in Paris with his Parisian spouse and making a living spending his days helping friends buy Matisse prints or giving walking tours to clueless Americans. I just ordered “We’ll Always Have Paris” by him, which promises to be chock-full of stories of love and sex in the city of light. I can’t wait!

 

“West Forty Third Street” and “Central Park South” by Joseph O. Holmes

These photographs of New York are absolutely amazing. The detail captured in each of them is just ridiculous. I wish either of them were still available for purchase, though I think I’d have a hard time choosing between them. Joseph O. Holmes is a Pennsylvania native (yeah, PA!) and he is currently documenting the Occupy Wall Street protests over on his blog. I love photography, and these photos make me want to be better at it. That’s why I love them.

 

Sidecar High Dining Table, CB2

I’ve lusted after this table for awhile, and even tried to talk my friend Aisling into buying it for her new apartment just so I could visit it and cuddle it when she wasn’t looking. I don’t have a need or the space for an additional dining table, but if I did, this would be the table I’d choose. I’m aware it’s completely impractical for any household with more than 2 people (or even 2 people who don’t love all-white interiors or sleek, clean lines) but could you just check out those shelves on the end? So incredible.

What are you up to this weekend? Any seasonal activities like apple picking? Have a great one, kiddos!

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  • I always start reading your post and think ‘oh I like that, I’ll comment on that’ and then I get the the next thing and the next and the next and basically I love everything you choose! So badly want to go to NYC now though, that picture is unbelievable. I had cocktails in the bar of the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Square and the view was just like that, it was stunning.

    PS not convinced the words ‘New Zealand’ and ‘Culture’ are uttered in the same sentence muchly

    • Aw, thanks Annie! I felt like this week was a truly random collection of stuff, but it’s nice to know someone else besides me enjoyed it! Next time you are in NYC, check out The Standard hotel in the Meatpacking district with an incredible roof-top bar. The views of lower Manhattan are incredible. Damn, now I want to go back, too!
      And poor Kiwis, they never get any credit! haha

  • I am so jealous you are going apple picking and to a winery! It’s one of my and my hubby’s favorite pastimes (he proposed at a vineyard!) but it has been too hot to go so far this year. Have fun! And I cannot wait to see your bangs, you must post a pic!

    • I can’t think of a more romantic place to propose than in a vineyard, Holly! Luckily the weather is supposed to be in the mid 60s on Sunday, so I’m breaking out my tweed blazer with elbow patches. I’ll definitely make sure to post a picture of my new ‘do on Monday, along with many others! Have a great weekend, girly!

      • *gasp! A tweed blazer with elbow patches?! I die.

        • From H&M no less! Adorable!

  • PS I’ve just been checking out that guy’s photos and OMG they’re are amazing, I want them all! But they’ve all sold out except for the $1000 one. humph. Did you see the snowy ones too, I love them.

  • gorgeous photos! p.s. apple picking sounds like the perfect fall activity. Do you have fun plans for all your apples?

    • Apple picking was amazing and the weather could not have been more perfect for fall. So far I’ve already made a big batch of apple sauce, and I’m planning on an apple crisp and a pie!