Been a while…what I’m reading, seeing and going down a rabbit hole with lately.
- Two books I’m going to read for inspiration and escape. First, interior designer Rose Uniacke’s first book, Rose Uniacke at Home, with a forward by Alice Rawsthorn and Vincent Van Duysen (both who have #worthit IG accounts you should follow, Alice’s if you’re interested in modern architecture history, Vincent’s for his Belgium chic). It is a limited edition book, so don’t overthink it. Then, Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Crossroads. I thought about rereading his book The Corrections recently, but have been trying to finish Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, which is quite long, and frankly so disturbing, I had to take a break from it. (Not sure how I feel about the book, it’s hard to read about likeable characters who suffer unthinkable circumstances. Maybe I’ll feel differently when I finally finish it?) Even if Jonathan’s book is serious, it can’t be as heart-wrenching. First, I’m looking at Rose’s.
- I recently had a skin consultation with Cayli Cavaco Reck, founder of Knockout Beauty (and an old magazine colleague), which I will share more with you about later, because my skin visibly improved rather quickly (probably because my nighttime routine was no routine and she changed that). We are the in the process of dreaming up a way to collab and for you to benefit from it. Anyway, along with my skincare products I picked up this Westman Atelier holiday kit, Le Box, because Cayli and her crew were saying that highlight stick in it was the best yet. I used it, along with the dark lip shades for a wedding over the weekend and it is going to be my go-to makeup for going out this fall/winter. Bet it sells out fast.
- I cannot wait to see two upcoming exhibits at different David Zwirner galleries: Ruth Asawa: All Is Possible, and Hilma of Klimt: Tree of Knowledge. You can make reservations which I did. I saw the first major retrospective of Ruth’s work at Zwirner in 2017 and it still resonates, and anyone who made it to Hilma of Klimt at the Guggenheim is probably equally obsessed with her work and won’t want to miss this one. See you there!
Just scheduled my appointed for Hilda of Klimt for December when we’ll be in NY. Beyond excited. Never saw the Guggenheim exhibition….Thanks for letting us know about this.
Oh William is a great book, if you like Elizabeth Strout. I couldn’t finish A Little Life, too disturbing and was affecting my sleep.
Thanks for the book rec. I know, I think I’m over the hurdle of bad stuff in A Little Life…but who knows. 100 more pages….
Kim Dunham says
“A Little Life” is in my top list for favorite books of all time. I couldn’t put it down and neither could my husband (maybe we were made for each other 😉 . He finished it in London and called me from the cafe in tears. It’s heartbreaking but beautiful. The characters have lingered in my mind for years. Such a rarity in literature these days.
“A Little Life” is also my favorite book. Incredibly upsetting at points for sure (and maybe a tad too long), however the bond between the four men is so beautiful and unlike anything I have read before, or since.
And I also agree regarding the Gucci Westman holiday box. The highlight stick is my everyday pick me up when I want to look like I’m half alive!
I third A Little Life as one of my all time best books. It is deeply disturbing, but the love among the characters feels so real. I encourage you to try and finish it. It will stay with you forever.
Christine Campbell says
Crossroads is outstandingly great!! I couldn’t put it down. One member of my book club strenuously objected to a Franzen novel – his words were “Hell no!” And even he is loving this book. Turns out it’s the first in a trilogy. What a wonderful treat to anticipate diving back in to these characters lives some years down the road