winter favorites

to listen:

“no river” by esme patterson – I heard this song for a few seconds while flipping through instagram stories, and I’ve been listening to it every day since while eating breakfast and planning my days

maggie rogers’ EP “now that the light is fading”- a bit electronic, and a bit folk, maggie’s debut EP is the kind of music that makes me feel both good and level-headed and a tiny bit nostalgic. honorable mentions are “dog years” and “alaska”

“I had a real good lover” by the shouting matches – just listen to this one, it’s been keeping me company while I write in the evenings

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audrey tatou and mathieu kassovitz in “amélie”

to watch:

amélie – one of my favorite films, which I decided to rewatch on a whim over winter break and I was surprised by just how much it affected me. the dialogue is in french and very quick and the imagery is a whimsical parisian dream. if you’ve heard about and never got around to watching it, I recommend that you do so soon

the crown – this series is really, really well done. I love watching things about the various european monarchies, but what is really intriguing about this is that it follows the real story of elizabeth II’s reign quite closely and recounts the events with amazing sets, costumes, acting and videography

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artwork for “modern love: the podcast” for the new york times

to read and to follow:

just kids by patti smith – honestly it took me over two months to finish this book, but by the end I was very happy to have kept committed to it. written with effortless candor, smith recounts her decades-long friendship with the late photographer and artist robert mapplethorpe, examining their artist-muse relationship and devoted friendship against the backdrop of the grunge culture in new york city in the 70’s and early 80’s

“modern love” the podcast – hollywood actors read personal essays of “love, loss, and redemption” written for the new york times’ modern love column. these stories often keep me company on my metro rides to school and on my walks around the city, and I can genuinely say that tuning in makes my day better

to eat:

homemade chia pudding – so listen, I have a vicious sweet tooth. I’ll sometimes have spurts where I’ll crave sweet stuff like 4 – 5 times a day, which is definitely not sustainable if I would like my pants to continue to fit. my solution to this is the chia pudding that I make by mixing 3 tablespoons of chia for every one cup of dark chocolate soy milk, and a squirt of agave. left overnight, this stuff becomes a fun pudding-like texture which you can top with whipped cream (coconut or otherwise) and can be mixed in a blender if the seeds or the texture freaks you out. it’s also very cheap to make and chia packs a lot of healthy fat and fiber, so it’s not too sinful!

to make-up with:

rosehip oil – this stuff works like magic for my skin, with both healing and moisturizing benefits it helps tackle everything from dullness and acne scares to dry spots. I have a little pump bottle from aura cacia that also packs in vitamin e, which I use about three pumps of morning and night on a clean face

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jane birkin in the early 70s

to wear:

denim flares – I say this modestly, but this was another trend that I was somewhat embarrassingly “ahead of” like not wearing them before it was cool, but wearing them before it was accepted as a trend and I got some looks….that being said, if you’re bored with the skinny jean silhouette and haven’t embraced the mom jean trend, flares are an opportunity to add some comfort, funk , and some major jane birkin vibes to your wardrobe

to do:

going to markets – this is pretty much my favorite thing to do year-round, but in amsterdam the markets continue through the winter and encourage me to get out of the house and face the cold. it may take some willpower, but once I make it outside and find myself amongst loaves of freshly made bread, bustling locals and their dogs and babies (!!!), and troves of antiques, I never regret it

taking the time to write – it doesn’t matter if you think you are a bad writer, or if you’re unexperienced, or if you feel you have nothing to write about. take some time to sit down in front of a piece a paper or your journal and write down something about your life right now. how do you feel? did something remotely interesting happen on your way home from work? was your weekend wonderful, horrible, or just a normal one? take a minute to write it down. your future self will very likely enjoy going back through your writings, and you might find yourself thanking you for it

always,

            emma

fall favorites

to listen:

bon iver “22,  a million” –  bon iver finally released some new music after nearly four years,  and considering the fact that I became a fan in 2012 right after the initial break-up, getting my hands on new music from justin vernon and his band has been pretty much the highlight of the year

joni mitchell’s “blue” album – purchased on vinyl and played to death, the kind of sweet and sentimental, folksy music that never gets old

john mayer “love on the weekend” – mayer’s return to pop was announced on twitter earlier this year, and this track is the first to be released that is evocative of some his most beloved tunes from the early 2000’s  but is still reminiscent of his more recent albums

fleetwood mac – another vinyl purchase that led me back into a world of music I often neglect, there is something so timeless and just plain cathartic about fleetwood mac

to watch:

good girls revolt – literally the best show I’ve seen in ages concerning the representation of women (it passes the bechdel test within the first half of episode one!!), telling the story of a group of women who work for a prominent magazine in the early 70’s

westworld – if you don’t live under a rock you have probably heard about this show. I am notoriously picky about the genre of sci-fi, but this one is a winner for me as it is incredibly well done and never fails to surprise

to read and to follow:

this should be written in the present tense by helle helle – one of my favorite books that I read in 2016 because of it’s way of communicating the mundane elements of life

@sarahkbenning  – self determined “contemporary embroidery” which is so beautiful

bluets by maggie nelson – an all time favorite of mine that i’ve recently revisited…it’s a poetic exploration of the color blue in all it’s literal and metaphorical forms…it is nostalgic and quick witted and brilliant

@kellymaker   – gorgeous artwork that is so unique and celebratory of the female form

to wear:

shearling – it’s getting cold here in amsterdam, and this week I realized that my cotton/wool coat was no longer cutting it so I popped into my favorite vintage shop and picked out a gorgeous vintage shearling coat that’s timeless, trendy and warm…additionally, buying fur second hand allows me to enjoy what already is on the market rather than fueling the fur market and fast fashion

levi 501’s – mom jeans and other vintage cuts have become staples in modern wardrobes, and there is something that I love about going back to basics with fashion. jeans that are well-made, flattering, and wallet friendly can be difficult to find, but the hours spent scavenging second hand bins to find the perfect vintage denim are hours well spent in my opinion

rouje – a parisian brand that I’ve been following on instagram…centered around cool girl cuts and silhouettes with some really beautiful dresses and tops

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instagram @rouje

 

to make-up with:

becca highlighter – I have the cream version in “opal” and it’s become a staple in my daily routine…a swipe on my cheekbones, eyelids, and brow bone and I’m glowy as ever and ready to go

serums – kind of like vitamins for your skin, best used after cleansing but before thicker products like moisturizers, balms and creams…can be used to target a specific ailment (dryness, acne) or to just enhance your skin…my favorites being the super bounce serum from glossier with hyalourionic acid and the niaminicide and zinc serum from the ordinary, and the midnight recovery concentrate from kiehl’s

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to eat:

overnight oats  – easy, quick, healthy, and cheap are the key elements I’m looking for in a breakfast nowadays, and overnight oats check all of those boxes easily. I fill a mason jar about 1/3 of the way, add a teaspoon of chia seed, agave syrup, and a healthy amount of cinnamon and then fill to the top with soy milk. I stick my concoction in the fridge overnight and in the morning breakfast is ready to go! I like to mix in a spoonful of chocolate hazelnut spread for chocolatey oats or chopped banana and walnuts for a healthier start to the day

veggie bakes – literally chopping up vegetables and drowning them in spices, herbs, and olive oil and sticking ’em in the oven…later paired with brown rice and sometimes beans for a healthy, filling, and cheap dinner

to do:

play records – isaac gifted me with my coveted record player for our one year anniversary, and I have grown really fond of the concept of “putting on a record” which kind of lends itself to filing your life and your space with more music in addition to the fun of scavenging markets and record stores for a new treasure to spin

listen to audiobooks – between lectures, assignments and an seemingly endless stream of articles to read, using my spare time to do anything other than watch gilmore girls is uncommon…however I have been able to incorporate new material into my day in the form of audiobooks…which has allowed me to become immersed in stories that I don’t have the patience to sit down and read at this time in my life (currently, war & peace)

here’s to saying goodbye to the fall and hoping for a cozy and gentle winter

always,

              emma