Monday Memos // 42

Listening:

"Are You With Me Now?" by Cate Le Bon (This one should be dedicated to all my ceramicist friends out there.)

"About Face" by Grizzly Bear (I'm on a Grizzly Bear kick due to the Instagram account of Busy Philipps.)

"Loving" by Land of Talk (I finally took a break from "This Time" to listen to another song off this album.)

Reading:

I won a slew of summer reading from Riverhead Books, so when I eventually finish "Swing Time," I'll have a nice selection to choose from.

I was instantly intrigued by the writeup of "Barbara The Slut and Other People." "'In Pearl and the Swiss Guy Fall in Love,' a woman realizes she much prefers the company of her pit bull—and herself—to the neurotic foreign fling who won’t decamp from her apartment... With heart, sass, and pitch-perfect characters, 'Barbara the Slut' is a head-turning debut from a writer with a limitless career before her."

I got that sweet tote, too. My literary tote collection is growing. (image via  riverheadbooks Insta )

I got that sweet tote, too. My literary tote collection is growing. (image via riverheadbooks Insta)

Craving:

Peanut butter and jelly (or fruits that make great jams).

I've been tearing through containers of freshly ground peanut butter. Spoonfuls! Forkfuls! Dipped berries and bananas! Then I made these peanut butter and jelly breakfast cookies and devoured the entire batch in three days.

I could be an NBA player with this craving. "They do a PB&J buffet before the games, but the variety of nut butters and Nutella, all kinds of jams and jellies, different kinds of bread — they do peanut butter and jelly shakes, peanut butter and jelly oatmeal, waffles." Yes please.

I'd like these next: Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream SandwichesPB&J Waffle-Grilled SandwichPeanut Butter and Rhubarb Jelly Hot French Toast Sammie.

The french toast number. (via  halfbakedharvest )

The french toast number. (via halfbakedharvest)

Wearing:

This week I pulled out some old Ked-like shoes I probably could've thrown away years ago, but the color + old sentiments keep them around. I fell down a rocky ravine in San Francisco in these. I moved all my belongings from Massachusetts and Maryland to Florida in these. They cost a few dollars from a place called Trader Fred's and they are just a perfect seafoam delight. 

I was bored sitting in a Super Cuts 4 years ago taking pictures of these shoes. 

I was bored sitting in a Super Cuts 4 years ago taking pictures of these shoes. 

Ravine fall dirt remains.

Ravine fall dirt remains.

Watching:

"Game of Thrones." I think it's too soon to talk about, but I'm watching it. 

Excited for the return of "Insecure." If you haven't watched it, it's definitely worth it.

Issa Rae slays. (image via HBO)

Issa Rae slays. (image via HBO)

Saw "Dunkirk." Visually and auditorially beautiful (Hans Zimmer used Nolan's pocket watch to create the clock ticking soundtracks in the film). The story is told in a very captivating manner—so much told through so few words (Tom Hardy has less than 10 lines in his screentime—I didn't even realize he was in this movie until one of the last scenes) and I enjoyed the constantly changing perspectives that intertwined. (I also didn't realize Harry Styles was one of the main characters until I went home and did some Googling; it wasn't distracting like having Ed Sheeran in the first episode of GoT.)

1,500 extras, a crane and a spitfire were used to recreate the miraculous evacuation of 338,000 allied troops. (image via warnerbros)

1,500 extras, a crane and a spitfire were used to recreate the miraculous evacuation of 338,000 allied troops. (image via warnerbros)

Wanting:

A (free) moving and cleaning crew. 

A foot massage. 

To win one of the endless giveaways I enter where there's an all-expense-paid trip for two.

What a feeling to have (image via  maddy nye  for designlovefest)

What a feeling to have (image via maddy nye for designlovefest)

Monday Memos // 25

Listening:

"Bastards of Young" by The Replacements. 

Last night I saw the 1992 movie "Singles." A perfect 90s/Seattle grunge/rom com trifecta. The music made me want to jam on The Replacements and REM. 

Reading:

After reading this article and about Cat Marnell and this excerpt from her new book, I want to read "How To Murder Your Life." It will probably be incredibly bleak, but I always like to add a memoir to my reading rotation. 

This image says a lot. (image via nymag)

This image says a lot. (image via nymag)

Craving:

Momofuku Milk Bar treats. 

As mentioned below, I won a big box of fun stuff. Included: 24 milk bar cookies (flavors: corn, cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow, compost, blueberry and cream, and chocolate chocolate). The thing is, I am avoiding sugar and dairy and gluten for a little bit, so these are all just for looking. Aka cruel and unusual punishment. 

I gifted 19 of the cookies to friends and family and put one of each in the freezer for a later date. I am salivating just thinking about them and cannot wait to eventually get to my buttery, sugary, beautiful stash. 

I went to the physical store years ago and it has never left my mind. (image via  milkbarstore )

I went to the physical store years ago and it has never left my mind. (image via milkbarstore)

Look at all those cookies! (image via zoesessums)

Look at all those cookies! (image via zoesessums)

Wearing:

Pretty much always on a black kick. 

Favorites: 

My Creepoid band tee, a black Old Navy dress and black Old Navy loafers. 

Watching:

"Big Little Lies" on HBO. 

I've been counting down the months, weeks and days until this show's premiere. I loved the trailer and cast, plus, I entered a giveaway on Instagram and won a big "girls night in" box of supplies to accompany my viewing experience. 

It was everything I hoped for. Reese Witherspoon is so good (really scratching my Elle Woods itch). The music is A+. The scenery is jealousy inducing. 

The show, premiering Sunday night, follows the stories of a group of mothers raising first-graders in Monterey, California, who confront all manner of domestic difficulties — including murder — in their community. (via the vulture)

Makes me want to read the book, too. (The book versions are almost always better.)

Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman (image via HBO)

Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman (image via HBO)

My winning box of swag. (via zoesessums)

My winning box of swag. (via zoesessums)

Wanting:

Nice and refined personal care products. 

I've been actively attempting to have more "clean" products in my life--both through nutrition, skincare and grooming. I recently bought some toothpaste with minimal ingredients, I've been taking a green powder with my breakfast and I could always use more friendly personal care products. 

Here are some beautiful ones to lust after (all culled from Of A Kind).

Daughter of the Land Sage And Grass Moisturizing Oil (via  ofakind )

Daughter of the Land Sage And Grass Moisturizing Oil (via ofakind)

Golda Hiba Wood Atmosphere Mist (via  ofakind )

Golda Hiba Wood Atmosphere Mist (via ofakind)

TenOverTen polish in Carmine (via  ofakind )

TenOverTen polish in Carmine (via ofakind)