Reading: At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald Criminally under-appreciated, the Scottish fantasy author –arguably the first successful British fantasy author– influenced everyone from Mark Twain and J.R.R. Tolkein to C.S. Lewis, whose novel The Great Divorce features MacDonald as a character. Unfortunately, the man who served as Lewis Carroll’s mentor –fun fact: it was MacDonald who suggested Carroll submit his little book about a girl named Alice for publication– is virtually ignored. I’d read Lilith ages ago and grew up with Princess and the Goblin and Princess and the Curdie, but I’d missed At the Back of the North Wind until just recently. It’s Oliver Twist meets The Water-Babies, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Don’t miss it.
Watching: Casablanca I still don’t know if Elsa got on the plane, but I sure had a fun time watching it.
Hearing: Club Can’t Handle Me by Flo Rida feat. David Guetta What? Like fat white Episcopalian girls can’t like Flo Rida now? It’s a killer track! Also I would kill for his watch. ALSO also, I totally think he draws in his beard.
Smelling: Iris 39 from Le Labo I went on a little jaunt to Dallas on Saturday and Sunday to do a little shopping, see Andre and visit my brother who I’m beginning to suspect does not own any clothes without illustrated rhinocerosesses on them. The familial visit didn’t happen, the Andre visit was a train wreck, albeit a very poignant, elegant Alphonse Daudet/Guy de Maupassant-style train wreck, but the shopping, the shopping was good. Unlike Austin, Dallas has a proper Barney’s and proper Barney’s have proper fragrance counters, including Serge Lutens, Frederic Malle and Le Labo. I’m wearing Le Labo Iris 39 today and if you like your unflaggingly elegant iris with a little bit of filthy filthy sex, Iris 39 might be worth a go.
Loving: Hotel Adolphus, Dallas If one MUST do the Big D, the Adolphus is the way to go. Built in 1918, this beaux arts confection in downtown Dallas is (almost) everything you’d want from an upscale grand historic hotel, including delicious people watching.
Hating: Snow. I am a person of faith and not, strictly speaking, afraid to die. It’s a good thing too, seeing as attempting to navigate your way through Dallas while 1.3 million of your closest friends turn driving in the snow into a full contact sport-cum-snowpocalypse freakout. Un.Pleasant.
Wanting: Hermés Kelly Watch Saw this at Barney’s and made little whimpering sounds in my soul. I don’t/can’t wear a watch and if I did/could I probably wouldn’t spend $3,000 on one, but I’ll leave my chimney flue open in case any magnanimous benefactor wants to shimmy down my chimney with one of these.
Buying: Kreme de la Kremlin from OPI I cannot get enough of this nail color from OPI’s Russian Collection. It’s exactly what I want to be wearing right now. A minky, pinky caramel with just a bit of gold underneath. I’m fixated on blonde mink/soft gold/tobacco brown at the moment and this is ringing my bell in a big way.