Friday Five

Of the many things in this world I do not understand (fractions, math in general, why the word “naked” isn’t pronounced like “raked, baked, faked, caked, etc”, LOST, Republicans) I have to say that Time Zones have moved to the top of the list. I finally got comfortable with England being 5 hours ahead (unless it’s daylight savings time, in which case, your guess is as good as mine) to talk with my family, but no one ever gave me a lesson on how to tell time what it is in India. I have googled “time in Bangalore” like, a million times so far this week. It’s 10 1/2 hours ahead. That’s math I can’t even do! Do you know how I figure it out? I add a half an hour to whatever time it is now and then subtract two hours. Wouldn’t it make sense to just subtract an hour and half, you ask? The string of expletives that just left my mouth is not suitable for dictation on the blog. Leave me alone, I don’t understand numbers.

Bad segue alert: One number I definitely understand is five. As in Friday Five. I know, I know, I can hear you guys groaning at how cheesy that was.

 1. Bowl / 2. Print / 3. Moisturizer / 4. Candle / 5. Bag

 That bowl, that gorgeous, matte black, gold lined bowl is from IKEA. IKEA! I can’t even. I don’t need it. I don’t have anywhere to put it. And my local store doesn’t even have it in stock (but since when has that ever stopped me?). But guess what? Through sheer will power alone, I will have that bowl in my life. Just you watch.

You girls are always saying I have Lisbeth like internet-skills, which is equal parts flattering and crazy, but I’ll take it as a compliment none the less. I stumbled across this print, by artist Alice Zhang, somewhere online. The fact that I don’t remember where or how I got to it sort of furthers your point, doesn’t it? The Lisbeth in the painting is inspired by Rooney Mara’s portrayal of her, rather than Noomi Rapace’s original role, but that’s fine by me. I love Rooney, and I love the vivid colors in this print. Isn’t it striking?

I’ve done a beauty-routine overhaul (exaggeration) in the past week; I’ve changed my toothpaste and added a new moisturizer to my nighttime routine after reading the side of my daily moisturizer and finding “Use only in A.M.” on the side of it. I started using this only a few nights ago, and my skin is dewey soft and glowing in the morning. I’m a Clinique lover, have been since I was 13 and always will be. Their products are all 100% fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and allergy tested. Sure, it’s expensive, but I’ll gladly pay $45 for nighttime moisturizer to have skin that looks great. I realize I’m now spending $90 on moisturizer. At least I won’t get too wrinkly later in life, right?

My sister-in-law and brother got me a gift certificate to a boutique in Philly that happens to sell, among other things, Diptyque candles. After work today I’m heading over and picking up this limited edition scent, Rosa Mundi, which smells like heaven in a pretty glass jar. This will be my first Diptyque candle. Is there some sort of ceremony for that?

This Kate Spade tote doesn’t need any more explanation other than it reminds me of the opening credits of Gossip Girl. And I’m resisting the urge to buy it. Though an open-top tote is probably a really good idea if you’re looking to get pick-pocketed, but impractical otherwise.

Okay, lovelies. What are you up to this weekend? Anything fun and exciting? Friends of mine are expecting their first baby in a few short weeks, so they’re having an open-house style baby shower, and everyone was asked to bring their favorite children’s book. I couldn’t narrow it down to one, so I’m bringing three. Oops. Have a great weekend!

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  • Diptyque is one of my favorites and they have great room spray too.
    I found a similar smaller bowl like that one at Crate n Barrel, you might check it out.
    Have a great weekend! Teri

    • Ooh, room spray! I’m impressed with the candle, it really does make the whole house (both floors) smell incredible. Definitely worth the investment. Thanks for the recommendation on the bowl, I’ll have to check it out! I hate that you can’t shop online with IKEA.

  • That’s funny, I would have subtracted two hours and then added a half back on. Or just used the world clock on my iPhone. Oh yeah, you have an actual ‘phone’. Isn’t there somewhere in SAmerica (Venezuela perhaps?) where they’ve decided to go for a quarter of an hour time difference. I do not understand how countries can just make time zones up. That’s wrong! I’ve been to Greenwich so I, like, know what the rules are.

    It confsued me that when I lived in Cape Town it was only two hours different to the UK. How can that be? It’s miles away and had opposite weather!

    The Tories are trying to get rid of British Summer Time so that might help you. Although it will remove one of our favourite conversational subjects on the last Sundays in March and October. It’s the only time we don’t talk about the weather. God we’re boring.

    I was actually thinking about this the other day, why is Summer time seven months and Winter time only five? That doesn’t seem very fair on poor old misunderstood winter.

    Poor and smooth is better than rich and crone-like. Go for it! And don’t forget the eye cream. Ever.

    Oh your first Diptique! You’re so grown up now! But don’t get the limited edition, get the normal Roses as that’s my favourite and then your house will smell of me :) They just look so elegant, even when they’re covered in soot. I can’t get enough. I can’t afford enough. We have four at the moment. I buy a new one when one is about a third left as then it looks like we have lots of the sprinkled everywhere.

    I’m leaving work in a minute to go to Evan’s sixth birthday tea. Sitting around R’s ex’s kitchen table eating cake. Cosy! Then Lucien Freud tonight hopefully :)

    Enjoy your weekend without J and don’t get too bored sweetie xx

    • How much are the Diptyque candles over there? They’re $60 here, so I guess that’s like £40ish? They’re pricier than any other candle I’ve ever bought, but I’m loving it so far.

      When did you live in Cape Town?? I’m going to need more information on this! It sounds so magical and adventurous. Details and pictures, please!

      Happy belated birthday to Evan!! Hope his birthday tea was lovely :) xo

  • I have totally weird math methods too that only make sense to me. When I try to explain it to my husband, he just shakes his head.
    I cannot believe that bowl is from Ikea! I’m going to have to see if our local Ikea has the goods in stock. Hm, what to use it for? I suppose the possibilities are endless.
    That print is striking. Are you thinking of getting it? It could look pretty cool in a white Ribba frame over your desk, to the right or left of your gorgeous calendar.
    It’s good that you are taking such good care of your skin right now. Your 40 y/o self is thanking you right now. You will be well preserved.
    The ceremony for your first Diptyque is to light the candle and chant, “I am worthy.” I haven’t been able to have such a ceremony yet. One day. For now, it’s Volupsa.
    I was thinking the Kate Spade tote might be perfect for Lauren with all that pretty bokeh in the print. It’s also big enough to put Big Daddy in there.
    Per usual, another great round up. Have a really great weekend, E! (You’re almost there. Though, it does sound like you’re holding up pretty well sans J.) Unplugging, finding a nice siesta room, and getting lots of reading done sounds like a grand plan. xoxo…

    @Annie – Hope you get to catch the Freud exhibition. Do share.

    • Boyfriend sometimes looks at me as if he doesn’t understand how someone can be so bad at math. But he got a degree in Economics and works in Finance and does fancy and complicated math all day like loan calculations and lease amortizations and things I can’t even understand. He’s sort of a math genius, which is good because with my genes alone our kids wouldn’t have a fighting chance.

      I love that you immediately thought of a white ribba frame! I did, too! I might end up buying it and putting it in one. Or, actually, I have a stack of unused Ribba frames in my closet, so there we go! I do really love that print. It inspires me to be a better internet sleuth :)

      I agree that the tote would be perfect for Lauren! Right up her alley. Treat yourself to a Diptyque! You deserve it. I had a very low-key weekend, my dear, hope you did too! xo

  • I have a bowl that reminds me of that one (Notice how I skipped right over the math? I am *genius* at doing that!). It doesn’t have the black matte, but it is a gorgeous silver and gold…I’ll have to show it to you. Hmmm. I see a photoshoot coming up.

    Anyhoo. Math. I’m actually dyscalculic. So no math for me. I wouldn’t even try. I can’t make change. I can’t calculate distance. Erin, you’re on your own.

    I haven’t had a Diptyque either.

    I need new daytime moisturizer too. I think I need to spend some time on the Shiseido site this afternoon.

    • I can’t make change either! I was the world’s worst cashier when I worked at a grocery store in high school. The customers usually had to help me out. The worst would be when they would give me a dollar amount, and then I’d start counting out change and they’d hand me a few coins as I was counting. Like, what do you want me to do with this? I don’t understand. Dyscalculic, indeed. I didn’t know that was a thing, but I’m pretty sure I suffer from it as well!

      Let me know which moisturizer you end up with! I love blabbing about skin care :)

  • And Theresa, I’m touched that you thought of me when you saw a Kate (!) Spade (!) bag (!).

    • It’s so you! I bought the cosmetic pouch in the same print for my Europe trip. Gotta travel in style! Plus it was on sale on Amazon and my credit card is doing 5x rewards this quarter with Amazon, so I really had no excuse not to.

  • Umm…that bowl is insane! What a great find. And the painting – stunning..can’t imagine what it would be like to have the orignial in my house. There def is a small ceremony for your first Diptyque! I’ve been lusting for years and come close a couple times at Saks, but I’m with Theresa – Voluspa Red Current is my go to. So funny you are still with Clinique – me too!Dramatically Different has been on my counter since high school. Everytime I try and switch it up with something else, I always end up right back where I started. :) Have a great weekend!

    • Ha! Clinique has such a cult following, I love it. I had to switch it up from the Dramatically Different after I turned 20, something happened to my skin and that particular lotion made it too oily. I only made a lateral move, though, I didn’t switch brands. I’m too in love!

      I love Voluspa Goji and Tarroco Orange from Anthro. Smells soo yummy! The Diptyque is definitely delicious, too. Hope you had a great weekend! xo

  • If I would get a Diptyque candle (and had a bathtub I would fit in, I’m not a giant ours is too shallow) I would take a hot bath by candlelight. Aw, so relaxing…Let us know what you’ll do for your very first Diptyque lighting. Love the bowl! If you ever decide to drive to the Elizabeth IKEA to buy it let me know. We could meet in the cafeteria and stuff our faces with swedish meatballs ;)

    Have a great weekend!

    • Haha, “I’m not a giant.” I finally have a bathtub that is an ideal bubble-bath tub, it even has jets in it! I cleaned it last night and filled the whole thing with water and bleach and ran the jets to clear them out. I’m overdue for a nice bath, and I got a bunch of bath bombs from Lush for Christmas that I think are calling my name…hmm, maybe tonight!

      I might make a special trip to Elizabeth just for Swedish meatballs with you! The bowl would be an extra perk :)

  • I used to be a Clinique devotee but not anymore. It’s simply not non-comedogenic enough for me. What can I say? Long names with lots of x’s and y’s freak me out. That and long ingredient lists. My skincare tends to consist of two ingredients or less – organic rosewater (distilled water + organic rose oil); Japanese camellia kissi oil (camellia kissi oil) and Monoi de Tahiti (Tiare flower buds + coconut oil).

    My Dad is a dermatologist and I learned a long time ago that the skincare industry is one big scam. What we put into our bodies is the only fighting chance we’ve got. Here endeth the lesson. :)

    Have you hunted down my candle yet? You must check out their site (http://www.dlcompany.com/catalog/shop-products/candles). Don’t go for the goat leg whatever you do. That’s right – I said, “goat leg.”
    I also like Neom. Hey, if it’s good enough for Gwyneth ……… :D

    How did that glamourpuss wind up in Ikea, pray tell? Don’t get me wrong – I love the place but … *does a double-take*

    I’m so happy that I’m friends with someone who likes/wants/needs to buy three presents instead of one! :D

    How have you been so far? You must really miss J. Just think how much sweeter your reunion will be when he gets back. Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

    • That goat leg candle is so freaky! Though you’re right, the apple candles you bought are just divine. I love the gold one. How does yours smell? I’m a serious Crazy Candle Lady and am always looking to increase my stash. Seriously, at any given time I have 4 candles out and ready to be lit. I have 8 (8! good lord) in my night-table on rotation. It’s a problem.

      I tend to eat well (aside from all the m&ms and such) and I drink water exclusively. I don’t smoke, I wear spf 25 on my face everyday, but I’ve tried going the all natural route like your routine and it has backfired so horribly on me. I’m jealous you can use so little and still have such lovely skin! Our complexions are obviously different, too, haha, but still.

      I am definitely an over-shopper. Not only for myself! I have to be curbed around the holidays otherwise I’ll keep buying small things for people because it seems so “them” and I can’t pass it up. I like/want/need too much :)

      Only a few more days now! You’re quite the champ at having a traveling Mister, though, I must say. What on earth was he doing in Mechanicsburg? Not even people from there want to be there. Poor guy. xo

  • Everyone commented on something I wanted to say. Boo or hurray!!!

    List coming:
    1. Shocked IKEA sells this:)
    2. Annie, they scraped the idea of getting rid of BST
    3. Agree wuth CHI on everything she said about skin care
    4. Congrats on first Dyptique. First times are always special. Enjoy!
    5. I immediately thought of Bokeh and Annie
    6. T so right about 40 y/o thanking you.
    7. Erin, can really sense your other half isn’t with you. Feel hugged
    8. Annie, you lived in CT????
    9. Happy w/end. Not long now x

    • Love your lists! My Diptyque virginity has been lifted, and it was worth it. My entire house has the wonderful, lingering smell of sweet roses. It’s heavenly.

      Thanks for the hugs, my darling. I too want to know when Annie lived in Cape Town! It sounds more magical the more I say it!
      Hope your weekend was lovely xo

  • What can I say that hasn’t already been said (sorry Tina!). Except I will drop a little design celebrity find into your candle selection courtesy of Abigail Ahern – try Astier de Villatte candles, they are one of her personal faves. Just as expensive as Diptyque and same sort of packaging and design http://www.astierdevillatte.com/candles/candles.htm.

    Oh, that could be Annie on the home page of this website?!

    Happy Weekend x

    • Oh my gosh, you’re right! It does look like her! Whoa! Annie, you never told us you modeled on the side! Thanks for the candle tip, Sam! I love all things delicious smelling and overpriced :) Candles are my weakness. It’s embarrassing how many I have in my house right now. Not all lit at the same time, mind. xo