Friday Five

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:


1. Print / 2. Mad Men / 3. Sandals / 4. Stonewear Fruit Basket / 5. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

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.

14 thoughts on “Friday Five

  1. That sky print is amazing. One or two years ago Zara had a tee with a similar print. Cute Sandals! I had a similar experience recently when the leather jacket I bought with my flea market money ripped when I wore it for the first time. Emailed the company I ordered it from and within 20 minutes they responded and sent a replacement jacket. I hope the second pair lasts longer than an hour!…Have a great weekend!

  2. I am ready to just chill out AT HOME this weekend – and do laundry and unpack. So that I can repack again in the middle of next week. ARGH. Can you tell that the travel is wearing on me?

  3. Clearly I am meant to be a professional book reviewer. – Hilars! Well I’ve never even heard of that book so there.

    We finsihed the sopranos (boo). A far superior show than MM in my opinion (hate me!). The last series was just brilliant! I find MM really depressing. All those miserable unhappy people I can’t bear it. But I do think Red is officially the most beautiful woman I’ve never seen. Her colouring is just so perfect. But I really wouldn’t want those boobs or hips. The colours of the clothes she wears are so stunning on her. Richard loves MM. He says he’s like Don but between you, me and the gatepost he’s much more like Roger.

    Spring is sliding into Autumn here. It’s been raining constantly and I just had a real strop at work because I’m so fed up of being cold.

    It’s the BF’s birthday tomorrow!!! xx

  4. I’ve been looking at those berry containers forEVER. I love them. I love their egg carton too. Hard for me to pull the trigger for some reason though. I can’t believe you’ve never read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, although now that I say that, I was probably your age when I read it for the first time too. It’s a special book, isn’t it?

    After baseball tomorrow (of course), our main goal for the weekend is REST. And I’m hoping that includes my toes in the sand and my body in the surf at some point. My soul needs the ocean right now.

  5. Glad you agree about MM. I’ve been thinking about it all week. I plan on watching the whole season again as soon as the dvd comes out. This week is the last show of this season, already. I also loved “A Stone for Danny Fisher” ( much different venue) when I was younger as well as Atree grows….” Love you and when will we talk or see????

  6. Ok, the husband and I STILL talking about that Mad Men episode!!Very mixed feelings about the whole thing. If you really want to geek out, check out Spoiled Bastard on The Hollywood Reporter for an in-depth analysis of the episode.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my all time favorite books, I actually re-read it a few years ago to see if I would still like it as much as I did in HS, and I absolutely did.


  7. Sorry, still chuckling about A’s comment that R is more like Roger than Don.
    Don Draper (the real man) was on Graham Norton show here and he’s very very very handsome. Seriously that man is all MANHOOD. The chemistry between him and Charlize Theron, who was also a guest, was electrifying. Is it fair for 2 humans to be so exquisite looking??

    Zappos is one of those incredible success stories and I find the whole thing very inspiring.

    For me this weekend it’s work, hanging out a little with friends, tennis and getting ready for The South of France next week. Ciao.

    1. Hey there ain’t nothing wrong with Roger! He’s much cooler and more fun that Don. And Bridesmaids put me right off John Hamm. I don’t get the big deal with him. sorry!

  8. I’m the only one on the planet with cable who doesn’t watch Mad Men…I’ve got to jump on the bandwagon ASAP. Now that I’ve got my IPAD, maybe I can make it happen. Love those sandals and blown away by the price. And the little ceramic planting tins – Anthro always makes some of their home stuff just affordable enough that I justify it, get it home and realize that I don’t have a place to put it or that it doesn’t gel with the rest of my house.

  9. OMG! I have to have the stoneware fruit basket even though I’ve maxed out of space in the new kitchen.
    Never watched Mad Men. Don’t be embarrassed for me!

  10. Yes, I definitely need to start watching Mad Men. I’m totally missing out. I’ve heard from countless people – and now you – that the show is really good. I’ve also not read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Like you, I don’t know how I missed that one. I think I’ll make it my check out at the library. Tan sandals? I’m totally on board, especially with that price. Great bargain hunting.
    Have a really great weekend, Erin! (You’re such a wonderful Auntie.)

  11. The fruit baskets are FAB!! In fact if I had a couple of those I’d be off blackberry picking every weekend just to make use of them! I know just how cute those ballet recitals are, when I saw my little 3 year old’s concentration and how proud she was that we were there watching I was a total sap and spent my whole time trying to make sure no other parent could see I had tears in my eyes!!!

  12. I’m in the love with the stone wear fruit basket! Perfect for the mulberries I’ve picked to make jam.

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