It’s back! After a long hiatus that included pre-vacation jitters, guest-posters, and vacation photos, we are back on schedule. I think the long break actually did me some good, because I had an abundance of things to include in this week’s Friday Five. Here’s what I narrowed it down to:
My love of all things galaxy-printed is no secret, but my jaw actually hit the floor when I saw this print. The colors are so vibrant and I’m already mentally planning where I’ll hang it in my house. The fact that it comes as an iPhone case as well is almost making me consider entering the 21st century and getting an iPhone. Almost.
Do any of you watch Mad Men? I won’t post any spoilers here, but I was a few days late in watching the most recent episode, “Commissions and Fees” and when I finally did I had trouble sleeping that night. It was the most intense and dark episode of the show thus far, and I had to sit there for a few minutes after it ended in silence, just trying to process everything. People often claim it’s the best show in television (and it’s been awarded as such) and this episode just proves why. If you haven’t seen the show…I just can’t even with that nonsense.
I bought these sandals last Thursday and got them on Friday (what, you’re not a Zappos VIP?). I wore them on Sunday for the first time and within an hour the front of the left one was scraped off entirely from just bumping it against the concrete. So, okay, they’re not the most well-made shoes in the world, but they were under $30. I called Zappos and told them what happened and they sent me a brand new pair for free as a replacement. I’m being more careful with the new ones since they are what you would call “cheap” but they are so comfortable and I’ve worn them everyday since without a single blister. Bonus: they go with everything and the color happens to be called “Tan Paris.” Sold.
With spring sliding into summer, I’ve been eating a ton of summer fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, the works. I’d long since resigned myself to accepting the clear plastic containers they come in. And then Anthropologie had to go and send me an email alerting me to a sale + free shipping (the latter is virtually unheard of when it comes to this store), and I saw these stonewear fruit baskets. How cute would they look on the counter, full of fresh fruit? Answer: very. While I think Anthropologie is heinously overpriced when it comes to their clothing, their home and kitchen stuff is really, really reasonable.
I don’t know how I escaped AP English in high school and a Liberal Arts degree without having to read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” but I picked it up on a whim last week and have been kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It was on the classics table by the escalator and I admit it was sort of an impulse buy, but it’s one of those rare ones I don’t regret it. I’m sure I’m the last person alive to read this book, but oh well. It’s really good. Clearly I am meant to be a professional book reviewer.
What are you guys up to this weekend? My nieces have their annual ballet recital on Sunday, which is just like 2 hours of cuteness overload. Also, if you’ve been following along, I’ve changed my blog layout 3 times this week. Don’t try to keep up, but the next time I threaten to do a redesign someone slap me.