I think I mentioned recently that I had an Anthro gift card burning a hole in my pocket. I should have saved it for spring or used it to re-purchase my favorite Sunday Riley moisturizer but instead I used it to buy something that's a definitely a non-essential luxury: fancy candles.
I am really picky about scented things, so candle shopping for me is a ridiculous process of sniffing and over-thinking and sniffing and walking away and sniffing and wincing and sniffing and ugh. It's just a damn candle, Adrien.
Mostly, I like Anthropologie candles because they're SO PRETTY. They're not just candles, they're nice objects as well. I ended up buy this one by Candlefish because it brought me joy. It smells really good but it's very subtle when lit and doesn't make your whole room smell like Anthro. I also bought this one for the kitchen because it smells just exactly like basil:
I do sometimes like a candle that will make your entire room smell nice and for that I have this one by Voluspa:
it's got three wicks so you can go full candle or just a little bit candle as needed. Mostly I just really like the hygge aspect of lighting a few candles when I settle down in the evening. If I don't feel like dealing with the real thing this LED pillar from Target is comfortingly candle-like without the risk of burning down the building. Yay.
You GUYS. So much excitement because the third season of Grace & Frankie comes out this Friday on Netflix! I am a huge fan of this show (which I'm pretty sure I've talked about before) and I've rewatched the first two seasons to prepare. I love the dynamic between Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and Tomlin's wardrobe is amazing and deserves it's own credit. My favorite character, however, is Brianna because she's so unapologetically mean and it makes me laugh and laugh. (YES.)
This is probably really lame but I've finally gotten around to reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. So far I'm really enjoying it! I have a weakness for books set in WWII England and I like a story told via correspondence so this has been a fun read. It does have a lot of characters to keep track of but mostly that doesn’t matter because it's easy to follow and the main character is a likeable smartass.
If books set in WWII England/London is your thing too, I can also recommend: The Land Girls by Angela Huth, Life After Life and A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson, and Shake Down the Stars by Frances Donnelly.
(I know someone is going to pipe up about Connie Willis and her two volume insanity Blackout/All Clear but I beg of you, please don't. I used to love Connie Willis but this book stressed me out so badly and I’m still mad about it. Can someone please get her an editor? Because she is a good writer but two full volumes of people running around trying to get back to modern day was unnecessary. I love time travel and I love WWII England but damn. EDIT.)
Another podcast recommendation for you guys! The Penguin Podcast is so great, you guys. They're interviews with writers and in the earlier ones the interviewer is Richard E. Grant who I adore. I highly recommend the Kate Atkinson episode and Neil Gaiman is always a good time. Oh! And definitely listen to the Emma Kennedy episode too. Hilarious.
That's it for this week! Please let me know if you have a recommendation to add. I love hearing from you guys.