|"The details are not the details. They make the design." — Charles Eames|
Happy Monday, m' dears! How are YOU? All is swell in Texas. We spent most of the weekend enjoying the warmer weather (upper 60s)—we opened up the blinds, cracked open the patio door, and went for a Sunday stroll. Love it! The bright sunlight was a nice change compared to the cold and grey days we've had lately. One moment there's freezing rain and the next day it's spring like; we're not sure whether to turn on the heat or crank up the AC. It's been so bipolar! And now that I think about it, I sound like an old fuddy-duddy discussing something as dull as the weather. Perhaps I should get on with the highlights, because we actually did do some really FUN things this weekend. I'm certain I can prove that we're not entirely boring, so let's get on with the details, shall we?!
- On Saturday, we saw The Monuments Men at the Alamo Drafthouse. The overall experience was fabulous! It was our first time visiting this particular cinema. Have you ever been to one of these hipster theaters? Alright, I sound like an old lady again, but there were hundreds of different beers and oodles of wine to choose from. The best part? You get to order from a snazzy menu (the food was delish) and eat at your seat while you watch the movie. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I've got my fingers crossed that we go back this Wednesday or Thursday evening for a viewing of You've Got Mail. How a-mazing does that sound?! Flyboy, I promise to see a dozen more macho/action movies if we could just relive my favorite Nora Ephron film on the big screen once more. It would be epic!
- As for my thoughts on The Monuments Men, the acting was alright but I wanted there to be more emotion from the characters. I think you'd expect that from huge actors like George Clooney and Matt Damon, but it was lacking. I was quite excited with the overall story because I love art, history, and I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Europe visiting these specific areas of Belgium, France, and Germany. Twenty years later, a handful of memories start to make sense and I have a greater appreciation for what it is that we saw overseas. I'm grateful for films like this which highlight efforts that went into preserving culturally rich and iconic pieces of history. Military missions similar to this don't always get much attention in our textbooks and it's unfortunate. Thank goodness for people like the Monuments Men who fought for art, even when others didn't see it as worthy cause.
- I realize that not everyone gets into Valentine's Day like I do. It just seems like a perfect excuse to smother family and friends with love and appreciation. Of course these sentiments should be expressed year round, but this is the day that's drenched in shades of pink and red and there's no shortage of hearts. I wouldn't say I'm a crafty gal, but I always find a project to create this time of year. There's something alluring about crepe paper and gold mylar. I can't help myself!
- I Instagram a lot of photos, and I'd be lying if I said I got the perfect shot the first time around. I thought Beesly would look cute in one of my Ban.do twist scarves on Friday afternoon and the outtakes are kind of hilarious. One day I should create a post and feature the pitiful pup. She's a very photogenic dog and isn't one to stray away from the camera, but girlfriend was not pleased with my boredom and flashy props. Oops!
- I've had the hardest time perfecting my skincare regimen since we moved from Hawaii to Texas. It's been frustrating, and I'm certain the silly weather doesn't help. Anywho, I recently tried One Love Organics Skin Savior, and I'm already a big fan. It's a waterless beauty balm that can be used as a moisturizer, makeup remover, primer, etc. My skin is pretty sensitive and has reacted quite well to this. I've used it for a week in the morning and evening as a moisturizer and I'm so pleased with the results so far. I only wish I bought the bigger container; I can already tell I've become an OLO junkie.
- If you need a pick-me-up, then you'll want to add this book to your collection. My mom surprised me with Bon Appétit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child back in January and it's been a constant source of joy and inspiration. Whenever I'm feeling down, I grab this book. The illustrations are colorful and charming; they perfectly capture Julia Child's gusto and effervescence. It's intoxicating! Leafing through the pages of this book will leave you feeling brighter. I promise!
Enough about me, what did you do this weekend? What made you click your heels?