Weekend Reading, 9.26.20.

Weekend Reading 9.26.20
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Happy weekend! Tomorrow is my 39th birthday. One last year of my thirties, wow, eesh. I truly do not know how that happened. You blink and you miss ten years! I still feel like I’m in my twenties some (a lot of) days. And on other days, I’m just really tired and feel like I’m eighty – LOL… it’s either 28 or 78 and nothing in between! Tonight I’m having a small (outdoor) dinner at one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the city with some of my best friends + family and am really looking forward to it. A dirty martini, good french fries and oysters… the best. I feel so lucky and happy that we can even do that… I hope I never take restaurants for granted again. It will be low key and nice.

Also – been reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain and just love it. Timely too as this piece just came out. Will likely read every book on this list. Restaurant / chef memoirs and books always really do it for me… I’ve talked about it before but I grew up in a restaurant and my dad is/was a chef. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Reading, 9.26.20

Grieving RBG? Here is what we can do next.

I splurged on this Sea sweater/blouse hybrid and love it. It’s going to be my “fancy shirt” for Fall.

OK do I need to curate my phone’s home screen? Probs too lazy but intrigued!

Kellie dressed up as Harry Styles and it’s everything.

Such a pretty puff sleeve top at a great price.

Powerful and scary: the election that could break America.

This little cardigan is a new fav. It’s so soft and is great tucked into high-rise jeans.

Really thoughtful advice on  surviving isolation.

The best neck stretches.

Did you see BaubleBar’s new alphabet bracelets? I think they’re so cute!

I’ve only seen one of the documentaries on Krystal’s list and think I need to change that!

I bought this belt to replace my Gucci belt (sold that, just kinda over big logos right now) and love it so much.

Love the idea of having a power hour!

Not entirely sure I agree with everything here but maybe I’m uptight: four WFH rules it’s okay to break.

I got this striped sweater this week and love it so much. Super cozy and soft.

Wine questions… answered by an expert!

V v into this plaid blazer. So chic and a great price.

How to exfoliate without using a scrub.

Oh this floral filled stationery is just a dream!

This striped tee looks so cozy.

Loved Jacey’s roundup of luxe hand soaps. I’m personally partial to this one from Byredo.

Simple & chic:

Love these gold doorknocker earrings.

Five authors share their cozy reading and writing spots.

What does hypoallergenic skincare actually mean?

One of my best friends (she’s the same size as me, saying that so you know she’s not a miniature person) bought this KIDS JACKET from H&M in the biggest size and it’s soooo cute on her. Tempted to copy.

51 healthy keto recipes.

I bought these jeans at the beginning of quarantine and am finally wearing them. LOVE the fit – and the tattered bottom hem.

Delicious ways to eat cooked greens.

Inside Hillary Duff’s beautiful (happy!) LA home.

Oh I love this tie-dye vote sweatshirt!!!!

On building a pandemic playlist.

photo by Carter Fish.

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  1. I hope you had a wonderful birthday sweetie!


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  2. I’m currently reading “L’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home” by chef David Lebovitz. So far, it’s a charming book on two cultures vis-a-vis. Not as rock star as Bourdain et al but I recommend!

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  3. Katie:

    Welcome to the 39 club my fellow 1981 gal. Yesterday I turned 39.5! I have loved being 39 and am more looking forward to 40 than dreading it. I just kind of pleasantly… give less f*cks.

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  4. Sabrina:

    Savour it and then RUN towards your 40’s! They are extraordinary(I’m 42…I think?)

    My only advise is that your body/hormones/sex drive/everything changes in your 40’s. If you have a fab doctor, start discussing nutrition, supplements and what else to be on the look out for.
    There really needs to be a book on “the things no one tells you about a woman’s changes in her 40’s”

    I hope it’s a marvelous celebration. And in my family, we celebrate for as many days as years we are old!

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  5. Mary:

    My favorite chef memoir is Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabreielle Hamilton of Prune. It was one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite chef books too! As always, thanks for the great round-up of info. I’m off to buy fancy handsoap and do much-needed neck stretches.

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  6. Jane:

    Happy Birthday Grace. I thought the 40’s were the best years of all. I’m in my 60’s now.

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  7. Tara:

    Happy birthday, Grace! Hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones. Your birthday dinner sounds fantastic. I know this is such an odd and terrible time–so it’s even more important to embrace and savor the moments of joy we can have!

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  8. Molly:

    Happy Birthday Grace! Your plans sound perfect. One thing I think about sometimes is I wouldn’t want to return to any age. I like the path that has gotten me here and the good/bad lessons that are now part of me. PS. Your Books page is my new favorite. A++ on the selection, reviews, and user friendly filters!

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  9. Emily:

    Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a great celebration and year to come.

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  10. mimi:

    Happy Birthday, Grace!!
    Thank you for the articles on neck stretches & exfoliating!

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  11. Kassie:

    Happy Birthday Grace!!! Have a wonderful day! Bookmarking the documentaries & loving Hilary Duff’s home, it looks lived in. Can’t believe she’s been there ten years! That seems like a lifetime for a celebrity.

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  12. Marty:

    Happy birthday Grace! Regarding documentaries: I just saw one that my 7-year-old nephew asked if I’d watch with him this weekend. It’s called “My Octopus Teacher” and its on Netflix. He had seen it the day before but wanted to watch it again. He caught me tearing up at the end and asked “are you crying?” Yep. And if you watch, you probably will too.

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