Hello! First of all, a check-in. How are you? If you feel comfortable sharing in the comments, I’d love to know. (Tell me where you live, what life is like right now, and what’s keeping you sane? Also, per the below… any good quarantine reading recs!)
I’ll go first. I’m still here in Brooklyn, life is more of the same. Anyone who calls to check in is like, “how is New York!?” and I never know exactly what to say. Besides my daily sanity walks I haven’t seen much of it so I don’t really know. It’s quiet, that’s for sure. Highlights of this week were cleaning a bunch (I went on and on in Friday’s newsletter about them but these cleaning wipes are MAGICAL), and getting my instacart delivery. Instacart/any sort of grocery delivery is it’s own a game of roulette. It’s very hard to get a delivery window (I booked mine more than two weeks out!) AND, when you get your order, items are often missing so you never know what you’ll get… it can make recipe planning interesting, that’s for sure!
That was not the case this week. I got toilet paper, paper towels… all the things that have been especially hard to get! So that was a definite highlight. Work has also picked up a little and I have a few sponsored posts coming over the next couple weeks, which I’m extremely grateful for. And I’m having fun being creative and making videos. Even just hosting a girls night in with myself cheers me up a bit!!!
And in non-surprising news my media consumption is at an all time high. This media consumption does not involve watching the news. I’ll watch for a little bit every day but save for Governor Cuomo’s updates it all blurs together. I mentioned in Friday’s newsletter that I’ve been bingeing White Collar… but I added a few more things into the rotation over the weekend. I have three recs to share with you! Also: did you guys see the new Saved by the Bell trailer? Wow. I’m excited.
So, apparently, I like reality TV now? I have never been big into reality television but (like most people) got sucked into Love is Blind a couple months ago. On Friday night, Hitha mentioned that I should watch Too Hot to Handle for some “hot trash,” and oh is it hot trash. The premise of the show is they bring on a bunch of sexy singles… but they can’t have sex if they want to win the $100,000 prize. Yup, I watched the whole thing. It’s a hot mess but makes a great distraction.
Fun and Indulgent:
I am absolutely loving The Baker and the Beauty on Hulu. So Becca was really into the Israeli version but I didn’t have the patience for subtitles. There’s now an American version! As I write this, there’s only one episode out but it is DELIGHTFUL and fun. And Noa’s hair is making me wish for a trip to the salon, some lowlights and a CHOP!
Actual quality TV:
I am thankful for this as it’s rounding out all of the guilty pleasures! I devoured Unorthodox (on Netflix) this weekend. I’d been hearing some really good things about it and I’ve always found Orthodox Judaism fascinating, especially living in South Williamsburg. (A good documentary to watch is One of Us). This one had me in tears by the end. A young (19 years old) Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn flees her community (and arranged marriage) to go to Berlin where she has dual citizenship. She’s taken in by a group of musicians, and struggles to find her footing until her past catches up with her and her husband + bully friend come looking for her. It’s incredibly powerful and emotional… highly recommend!
Art, Art, + more Art!
Looking at art gets me through a tough day and never fails to make me feel just a little happier. Whether it’s perusing instagram, sitting down with my pile of art coffee table books, or browsing prints online… it helps! One of my favorite artists, Blair Breitenstein, just added a bunch of limited edition prints to her shop. Usually she sticks to very fashion-y subjects but I’m loving the cocktails series! The negroni, pictured above, is so vibrant and fun.
A fun newsletter!
I was influenced by Becca and Alisha to sign up for Internet Brunch. And it’s great! Packed with important, essential stuff. Like you know… memes, GIFS, news updates like zoom breakups being a thing… the kind of stuff we need right now. 😉 But seriously… in an age where I subscribe to no fewer than seven COVID-19 newsletters, this one is a fun little break!
My Nine Favorite Quarantine Books/Reads
Okay so I have been getting a lot of requests for good quarantine books. These are all very light and fluffy (except Verity which is one hell of a messed up thriller! Also, one of the questions I get asked most often is what to read after The Idea of You! Honestly, I don’t know! Below are nine books I highly recommend. These are mini reviews… if you search the titles on my blog you can read a longer review in the corresponding reading list!
Would love it if you guys have suggestions! Tell me your fav quaran-reads in the comments!
In Five Years // this is our Bad on Paper pick this month! It’s going to make you cry but in a cathartic way.
The Idea of You // our absolute fav. If you haven’t read it yet, you MUST.
Verity // a super twisty, fucked up thriller. You won’t be able to put it down. I recommend chasing it with The Idea of You as it’s good to read a romance after something this intense.
The Selection // an addicting and fun trilogy… think Hunger Games meets The Bachelor!
Paper Princess // pure trash (also a trilogy) but so fun. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks gets adopted by her late father’s rich friend. She moves in with him and his sons. Madness (and a lot of sex, haha) ensues.
Tell Me Lies // a cautionary tale for not dating the bad boy. Addicting and so good.
Matchmaking for Beginners // a terrible breakup, a new beginning, a bit of magic, and an eccentric old lady. Highly recommend this one, SO heartwarming and magical.
American Royals // if George Washington became the US’s first king, not president, this is what life could be like today.
The Light We Lost // another tearjerker. A woman is caught between two men – the man she loved when she was young and her stable, loving husband.