It’s been so nice not feeling guilty about not blogging. Tralala. It’s given me some time to chill and I’ve spent my time not blogging watching some series, including Mad Men. Yes, I know, I’m about 6 years late to the party, but what can I say, I’m a late adopter as they say in marketing terms.
It’s been fascinating (and appalling) learning more about the sexism, racism and homophobia that was so commonplace in the 1960s in New York. There’s also one scene that blew my mind where they go for a picnic and then once they’re done, Don Draper chucks a beer can into the pristine forest and his wife simply flicks the picnic blanket up and leaves all the trash lying on the grass. Apparently the researchers for this show tried to be as accurate as possible and this attitude towards littering was very commonplace at the time.
Then there’s the fashion! Utterly charming (although none of it looks very comfortable), I just love the structured dresses with their narrow waists and wide skirts. I love their curves, I love their hair, and every episode I can’t wait to see what they wear. Guys. this stuff makes me happy.
Talking about clothes, I wanted to chat about how big your cupboard is. How many hanging rails do your things fit on? How many shelves? Some people see me post outfit pics on Instagram and assume I have a vast wardrobe. I acknowledge that I have more clothes than a lot of lesser privileged folk, but I like to think I get a lot of use out of the items I do own. I only had 1 pair of winter jeans so I had to head out the other day to buy a second pair (it’s getting cold in CT!). I own 3 warm jerseys. I only have 3 winter dresses, one that belonged to Gareth’s grandmother, one that a friend was throwing out and one I bought myself. I do own more shoes than I would have normally because I’ve been lucky to have been gifted them by Pesso (they’re currently running a sale on some great winter styles!).
I’m reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. It’s all about trees and it’s fascinating. Did you know, for example, that acacia trees “talk” to each other? Say an elephant herd is coming along munching on their branches, they emit certain chemicals that act as a warning signal for other acacia trees in the area to adapt their behaviour in order to protect themselves? There are entire communication networks underground too, where root systems interact with each other as they grow, so the collective forest can thrive. Nature is so intelligent, and humans are…not so much.
Anyway, I’m also going on a trip! I leave for the Greek islands with my sister in early July and I’m SO excited – it’s to celebrate me turning 40. Our last international trip was Bali a couple of years ago, so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been wanting to visit Greece since I lived in London but just never quite got there. I’m thinking lazy days in warm water, exploring islands by bicycle and rustling up picnics of cheese and bread bought at the local market. Bliss. On that note, I need a pretty full piece swimsuit – any suggestions of where to get one in winter?
Other than that I’m really enjoying hibernating a bit, staying home, pottering around the garden, putting a curry on in the slow cooker. I’m a home body really, so this is my BEST way to spend weekends, slowing down.
Hope you all have wonderful Sundays, however you’re spending them.