(This feature was photographed at Le Politique, one of my favorite spots in Austin. I love the brasserie for a moody, romantic dinner by night and is the perfect spot for a business lunch by day. The french pastries in the patisserie are my favorite in the city.)
This past holiday break felt long in all the best senses of the word. On most days I could not have accurately told you the day of the week or what was happening in the world. I spent so very little time on my laptop and my most pressing wardrobe decision usually centered around pajamas or workout clothes. Instead of being in constant content creation mode, it was nice to just be able to ingest content-- podcasts, blog posts, magazines, documentaries, movies and books. I have made a note and am trying to remind myself how important it is to prioritize these things, but in the day to day of life, the intangible and unquantifiable often get pushed down on my to do list. Anyone else? Below are 10 things I really enjoyed recently and I would LOVE to know what you have enjoyed reading, watching, and listening to as well! Leave your recs in the comments!
One. Becoming: It was the best selling book of 2018, but what really compelled me to crack it open for myself was the day to day behind the scenes of life. I love the very real and candid approach Mrs. Obama takes to telling her story. She doesn't leave out the seemingly mundane details which are actually quite captivating.
Two. Second Life Podcast with Christina Tosi: I loved so many things about this episode with Cristina Tosi. It's such a great reminder of grit and the power of going above and beyond to create opportunities. I'm excited to see what she's up to next!
Three. Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: This show is SO good. I love the costuming and the familial dynamics of that time. The writing is hysterical. Plus, when I'm feeling guilty about leaving my kids for work I can always feel better about my mothering by comparing myself to Midge Maisel.
Four. Vice: We went to see this on my birthday and I loved it! If you liked The Big Short, you will love this film. It's a fascinating account of Dick Cheney's role in the Bush White House.
Five. Tiny Love Stories via The New York Times. This. It's so human and so relatable. For when you just need a moment to check out and be reminded of what's good and real of if you're looking for a good cry.
Six. Brené Brown on Oprah's Super Soul Podcast : There are so many good moments in this episode and so many actionable takeaways for maintaining healthy relationships and taking responsibility for the stories we weave in our own minds.
Seven. You. I haven't finished this one yet, but so far it's just as beautifully done as it is totally creepy and addicting. It will for sure make you want to get drapes for your windows.
Eight. Herb & Dorothy: I have been thinking so much about art collecting lately and maybe that's why this documentary about a young couple-- one a postal worker and the other a librarian-- was so intriguing to me. It just goes to show that you can collect good art on any budget.
Nine. How I Built This with Emily Weiss: I generally love HIBT, but loved this episode in particular. Emily is super candid about her start, her break, and how Into the Gloss launched the cult product line, Glossier.
Ten. Somebody Feed Phil Mexico City: We are heading to Mexico City in two weeks (as part of our 12 trips in 12 months challenge!!! Read about it here!), so I felt I had to do my due diligence in watching this and am so glad I did! (Disclaimer: Don't watch while hungry!)
Photography by Katie Jameson