Friday Five

I’m being a total slacker today and taking off work to have breakfast and hang out with my aunt and Mommom. It’s one of my favorite traditions; we go to the same diner, sit in the same booth, and all order off the $3.99 Specials menu. Don’t let the price fool you, the portions are gigantic and I don’t have to eat again until dinner. There’s also the added bonus of hanging out with my hilarious almost-90 grandmother. She’s a character.

I also want to mention that right now, Gary Oldman is filming a movie in the city. MY city! Only a few blocks from my house! To say that I am in Creepy Stalker Mode would be an understatement. I’m basically inspecting every older male that walks by me, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. That would make my life complete. And also maybe guarantee I end up in jail for assault by hugging.

So yeah, there’s a Gary Oldman reference in today’s Friday Five.

1. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” / 2. Birdcage / 3. Tunic / 4. “Midnight in Paris” gif / 5. Pillow

To be fair, the version of John Le Carré’s massive spy novel I have doesn’t have Gary Oldman on the cover, but that’s only because Boyfriend bought it. When he gave up on reading it I decided to pick it up (mostly thanks to Lauren’s recommendation), and wow. You know how at the beginning of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” there is a family tree of characters because there are so many with so many strange names? Yeah, that would have been helpful in this book. That’s not to say I’m not enjoying it, because I am (the addition of yet another excuse to think about Gary Oldman will always be welcome), but man, it is dense.

In styling the guest room I briefly considered adding this vintage-y birdcage, but decided it might sway the entire scheme too feminine. Now I’m debating whether or not that’s true. It looks like it will be a pain to keep dust-free, but I don’t know, there’s something (shabby-)chic about it, don’t you think? And speaking of chic, how much do you love that J.Crew chambray tunic dress? It looks like one of those pieces that can be worn year round with the right styling. I’m trying to buy investment pieces rather than clothes than only serve one specific purpose (see: my entire wardrobe for Europe), and that tunic looks like it would fit the bill nicely.

I’ve found perhaps the most useful gif of all time: Hemingway in “Midnight in Paris” saying, “My opinion is I hate it.” I have a collection of gifs that are applicable to lots of different situations (much like this hilarious time-suck) but this one takes the cake. When someone suggests we go for a run? My opinion is I hate it. Having to wake up before 11am? My opinion is I hate it. The whole Chik-fil-A gay marriage stance? My opinion is I hate it.

What I don’t hate at all is that adorable Paris print pillow. Sam, in all her loveliness, was kind enough to see it and immediately think of me. I love being thought of in that way! Isn’t it just the cutest? The bunting flags and the little people in pea coats. Even the little puppy has a big red bow on! Tres adorable, non?

Alright, kiddos, what are you up today? What about this weekend? I have nothing on the agenda except catching up on some Vanity Fair and doing some more investigative creepin’ to find Gary Oldman. Highly important work! Take care and I’ll see you on Monday!

16 thoughts on “Friday Five

  1. Okay, stop reading TTSS, and pick up a copy of this (used of course):

    If you want, I can send you mine. It is SO helpful. You can look up people (Ricky Tarr, for example) and get full bios, or phrases (drop box) and get full descriptions. It’s 100-thousand-gazillion percent worth it.

    I love the tunic dress, but I have to admit that I’m “meh” on the birdcage. What I *do* love is your breakfast ritual. Lovelovelove. Wish I could do the same.

    love you, ducks. happy weekend. xoxo

    1. Oh man that would be so helpful! I found a used paperback copy on Amazon for a few bucks, I think I’m going to pick it up. I’m having a hard time absorbing all the details (mailfist job, Aleks, etc etc etc) so this will be good! They should tell you that at the beginning of the book. Like, “STOP READING, consult this handy guide book!” Haha, thank you for filling me in!

      Breakfast was wonderful! How’s time with your mom going, speaking of family? xo

      1. Let me know if you pick it up, and if not, I’ll locate mine and get it up to you. It is SO helpful. I actually did my final thesis project on TTSS (you had to pick your favorite book. eep!) for my literature major in college, and I gave my professor (my own personal Gary Oldman) a copy of TTSS and Smiley’s Circus as a thank you gift. It really does help sort everything out. I kind of can’t believe it’s out of print. xoxo

    1. Hahaha, I’m afraid to watch now! I don’t want the movie ruined for me. Though generally I’m not an Owen Wilson fan, so I’m surprised I even like him in Midnight in Paris.

  2. I LOVE rituals that revolve around food – rituals that involve food AND family are even better! :D

    I’ve recently developed a thing for chambray pieces and now they seem to be stalking me. Perhaps if I buy one it’ll make them all disappear ……… :/

    Speaking of stalking please be gentle when you do meet Gary – think easy, breezy, beautiful. Okay, perhaps not easy.

    Have a great weekend, duckie! :D xoxo

    1. “Perhaps if I buy one it’ll make them all disappear” is pretty much my life motto and it hasn’t worked out well yet for my wallet! Hahaha, but I definitely endorse that tunic! Maybe I’ll buy one too and we can be chambray twins! :)

      Hope your weekend is going well so far, darling! xo

  3. Happy Friday! Hope you had a great day off. OMG can’t believe that Gary is in town. When we read in the gossip magazines that he was followed by this woman that kept hugging him we know it was you ;) I do hope that you will be able to catch a glimpse of him. Btw I have a similar tunic I bought at Zara a year or two ago and it really is a piece for every season. So yes to the dress ;) Have a great weekend! xx

    1. Haha it won’t be a gossip magazine as much as a criminal record if I ever meet him. I mean seriously. He doesn’t know what he’s in for if our paths ever cross! I giggled at “yes to the dress” and I think I might take the plunge! Glad to hear it’s as versatile as I hoped! xo

  4. Hi Lovely! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’m dying to know if you spotted GO.
    I love the tradition you have with your aunt, mom and grandmother. I can’t think of a better way to spend a morning than with women you love. I bet you had the best time!
    You must already know that the chambray dress gets a ‘yes’ from me. You’re right, you can definitely get some mileage out of it. Wear with a skinny belt and sandals during these last dog days of summer. When the temperatures get cooler, wear a long sleeve striped shirt underneath over skinny jeans. (Like you need pointers from me. ;) Do it!
    “My opinion is I hate it.” I’m totally stealing this line.

  5. My Dad gave me the original (pirated) box set of the Alec Guiness version as like you I was soooo confused. Even at the end I was like ‘oh is he that bloke then?’. So confusing but apparently because it’s so edited to make it short enough for a film.

    Can I share your granny? I really want one. I even had three if you can believe it and still ended up with none :(

    Sam and I saw an Eiffel Tower printed plate in Libbers on Friday. Don’t know why we didn’t tweet that to you too!

    Must admit I’m ‘meh’ (to use L’s language) on the birdcage too. It’s fake old. I have neighbours who have two budgies in a cage on their balcony at the moment. They’re kinda cute and tweety.

    Love the tunic, can totes see you wearing that xx

  6. Oh yeah and WTF about the chicken restaurant? It would be funny if it wasn’t so goddamn tragic and bigoted.

    Over here the Daily (hate)Mail got into doo-dah over the weekend for saying the part of the opening ceremony showing a family comprised of a middle class white woman and black husband is not representative of UK and we’d be hard to find real life examples (i.e. only trashy white women go out with black men and multi-culturalism has ruined our country) and lo and behold Jessica Ennis wins gold the next day, her from parents who are a middle class white woman and black man. Morons.

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