December 5, 2014


I don’t know about you guys, but as happy as I am that it’s December and holiday festivity is in full swing (I’m determined to get my paws on a real-live Christmas tree this year), I’m also tired. Tired from a full week of work after a short one last week, tired from this stupid cold I’ve contracted, tired from the depressing news out of Missouri, Texas and New York. We have no real concrete plans this weekend, so I think I’m just going to sleep and relax and read and make soup and drink all the tea. Simplicity at its finest. Sounds pretty good to me.

In the meantime, if you’re in the mood for some reading, here are 10 fun links:

Must, must, must read, especially at this time of year: The disease of being busy.

Holy moly, this garland is amazing. 

Made me laugh: Generate your own Aaron Sorkin monologue. (We’ve been watching The Newsroom, so it’s especially appropriate.)

Great DIY gift idea: high-quality yet super-simple-to-make hot cocoa mix.

Speaking of, here are Bon Appetit‘s baking pantry essentials (a good list!).

As mentioned, I’ve been fighting off a cold since we got back from Thanksgiving, so the idea of curling up in this bathrobe sounds really appealing right now.

Anthropologie is offering 30 percent off sale items right now with code EXTRAMERRY (time for a new party dress?).

Three simple tips for packing your carry-on (I could have used this on my last two flights, when I overpacked and temporarily lost my driver’s license, respectively).

If you like fashion, you’ll enjoy this fun read about Micaela Erlanger, the stylist for Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery.

A chat with Prune’s Gabrielle Hamilton, whose cookbook of the same name is on my wish list.

And in case you missed it: The 2014 Pink O’Clock holiday gift guide is live, if you’re looking for some present ideas for loved ones.

Photo by Katya Horner

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