How It All Began by Penelope Lively. It's elegantly written and quite English.
The Big Broadcast is one of the most unique radio shows on my favorite radio stations, WFUV. They call it jokingly "music for the old and the old at heart", but I call it art deco music-- from the 1920s and 1930s. They stream online as well as offer an archive of previous shows.
After all these years I've been rediscovering Samsara. In vintage formulation, of course. Hard to believe I used to dislike it.
Dark red or plum lip glosses, usually over a lip pencil.
Frequently worn outfit/item
Big colorful rings. They brighten the dreariest days.
Avocado on toast.
Bane of my existence
The passing week the (almost new) toaster died, the dishwasher stopped producing clean dishes and today the oven went up in smoke. Almost literally. I shouldn't complain because this means that three new and pretty appliances are coming this week, but will you say a prayer for my washer and dryer?
Shame-inducing guilty pleasure
I finished reading the Twilight series and despite being able to point all the bad writing, silliness and emotional porn, I still enjoyed it all the way through.
The chance of an early spring. I'll be watching the neighbors' forsythia very closely.
A vacation in Italy. It's been a very long time (since 2003) and I feel almost physically drawn back to some of my favorite places, such as Ronciglione (that's the place in the photo above). While we're busy wishing, I also want a little house on the shore of the nearby Lago di Vico.
The world would be a better place with fewer Hervé Léger dresses.
What about you? Please share your loves, recommendations and whatever's on your mind.
Art: Italian Girl Drawing Water by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1871.
Photo of the medieval village of Ronciglione by me, September 2003.