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Jun 27, 2013


I recently had my first go-see-a-movie-in-the-theater-alone experience which was fun and good and totally something I would do again. I think it helped that I saw a movie that I was really, really into, and kind of can't stop talking about.
Frances Ha was co-written (the other writer being Greta Gerwig, the star of the film) and directed by Noah Baumbach, who has done other gems like The Squid and The Whale and Margot at the Wedding. The film essentially follows the life of Frances, a 27 year old aspiring modern dancer who is trying to figure her life out in NY. The film heavily focuses on all of the weirdness of being a sort-of adult, including dynamics surrounding close friendships- I really enjoyed was that although there is some romance in the plot, all of the major growth in the film is friendship based- as well as not being able to pay rent, not knowing when it's time to get a 'job' job, etc.
It's cringey and funny and touching and I heartily recommend it. Here's the trailer, in case I haven't sold you yet.

Frances Ha - Official Theatrical Trailer from IFC Films on Vimeo.

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Jun 18, 2013

Color Theory: Marigold - Plum - Laurel Green - Fuschia

This version of color theory was pulled from a little corner of my kitchen. I picked some fresh lavender, mint and a few zinnia from our garden for an additional pop of color on the counter. The mint and lavender smelled so fresh and summery! The Sage green pitcher is something we normally use for soy sauce on sushi nights. The marigold yellow vintage flower against our subway tile was a garage sale find that I spray painted years ago. If you'd like to see more colorful glimpses into my life I'd love for you to follow me (@vividot) on Instagram.

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Jun 13, 2013


I've mentioned it here before, but the deep, dark, sad truth is that I don't read enough. I was talking to a friend last night who manages a book store, and he mentioned how recently he read an article about how the internet has made it nearly impossible for us to focus on one thing at a time- and since I started typing this blog post I've somehow managed to both check my phone for texts and check opened email tab, in case you need proof.
I feel like reading a book is probably one of the few remaining activities that one must throw themselves into IN ENTIRETY, and one that doesn't enable a mindset that allows you to do more than one thing at once. Here are a couple of books I've had my eye on to check out this summer, aka THE SUMMER I GET BACK INTO READING.

Photo by Deborah Feingold
Pretty much anything by Alice Hoffman
If you are alive and reading this than chances are you've seen Practical Magic, aka one of the cheesiest sisterhood/ magic/romance/witchy/woman power/family-comes-first movies out there. That gem of a 90's film was adapted from a book by Alice Hoffman, and is probably her most popular work. Virtually every book of Hoffman's I have read have an ongoing themes of lost love, family curses that have to do with lost love, jealous sisters, orphaned sisters, the woods, witches, townsfolk, family bonds, family ties, family secrets, good witches, evil witches, and broken hearts. Sounds so good, right? Her bibliography is quite impressive, however, and so this summer I'd like to read as many of them as possible.

Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed wrote Dear Sugar, a brilliant book consisting of excerpts from The Rumpus' advice column. Her writing is so honest and touching and funny and dark and wise that I don't doubt for a second that anything else by her is anything other than flawless. Her latest book is about her 1,100 mile hiking in the wake of her mother's death (darkness is her thing, but I PROMISE she's also insanely funny and not a total debbie downer) which sounds like my literal nightmare but I get why it's an important thing to do. It was also NY Times Bestseller which means that a lot of other people are into it, too. Cool!

Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is by Trinie Dalton
Trinie Dalton was a substitute teacher in LA who slowly became obsessed with the notes she was confiscating from her students. Three years later, with the help of a handful of artists, her favorite selection of notes were "illustrated, interpreted, and reimagined." Sounds so good! I'm a huge fan of Dalton's work, as it's kind of a surreal blend of stories that involve real life things and vaguely unreal things, not unlike Alice Hoffman's work.

What's on your reading list this summer?

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