Sunday we spent the day in Seattle. Our first stop was Fremont where I spotted the perfect school bag. Ever since receiving my acceptance letter from SCAD I've been searching for the perfect bag. Originally I had been considering a tote bag for school, but realized they were a bit impractical. The bag I ended up purchasing is a kelly green Jack Spade Greene Street messenger bag. At first I thought I'd go with black, but the salesgirl convinced me that kelly green might go over better in the South. The bag was originally $100 but happened to be on sale for 25% off. So I got it for quite a steal. Next we went for brunch at Cafe Campagne. The owner of my favorite store, Great Jones Home, was seated at a nearby table and gave me a little wave. I ordered the Croque-savoyard (Parisian ham and Gruyère with vine-ripe tomatoes) which was marvelous along with champagne. The only unfortunate thing was that it was so bloody hot and the restaurant did not have AC. At the market I picked up some of my favorite hazelnuts and discovered some really delicious strawberry rhubarb jam. The market was filled with such beautiful flowers for so cheap but I knew I wouldn't be home till late and unfortunately they'd just melt in the heat. After the market we went to Nordstrom to pick up some makeup I'd run out of. A representative from Anastasia was in the cosmetics department doing eyebrow waxing and shaping. So I decided to get mine done and they turned out amazing. I was so thrilled with the results that I went ahead and purchased the "All About Brows" brow kit by Anastasia. From downtown we went to University Village. We had twenty minutes in Crate and Barrel to find the perfect wedding gift for my step sister Kat. I found the perfect present and suprisingly I even had enough time to pick up a box of Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa coconut cupcake mix. Then we headed to Chateau Ste. Michelle to attend another outdoor concert. This time it was Pink Martini (somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brasilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini). They were just brilliant. It was such a perfect evening. There are peacocks at the winery that just wander around and one managed to find its way over to where the concert was taking place, it was so beautiful. The winery also offers a vast array of food and drinks that one can purchase if you haven't packed a picnic. I just had to have the blackened salmon caesar salad it was so delicious last time.
They are one of the world's legendary couples. We can't think of one without thinking of the other. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre -- those passionate, freethinking existentialist philosopher-writers -- had a committed but notoriously open union that generated no end of controversy. With Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, distinguished biographer Hazel Rowley offers the first dual portrait of these two colossal figures and their intense, often embattled relationship. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Rowley portrays them up close, in their most intimate moments.
We see Beauvoir and Sartre with their circle, holding court in Paris cafés. We learn the sizzling details of their romantic entanglements. We listen in on their conversations, including the anguished discussions that led Sartre to refuse the Nobel Prize. We witness them as the twentieth century's most controversial public intellectuals.
The impact of their writings on modern thought cannot be overestimated, but Beauvoir and Sartre are remembered just as much for the lives they led. They were brilliant, courageous, experimental, and Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre makes us feel the passion, energy, daring, humor, and contradictions of this remarkable relationship.
If you care to participate in the book club then pick up a copy of Tete-a-Tete within the next few days and take the month of August to complete the book. Then at the end of August post your thoughts on your blog or if you're sans blog then leave a comment.
Several weeks ago while getting dinner in Fairhaven with my friend Alina we stumbled upon a newly opened store called The Paperdoll (located in the Sycamore Square building). Alina and I both were instantly smitten with every single thing including the owner Shultzie Fay's puppy Soupy Sails. "The Paperdoll, a boutique conceived from a deep love for the unique and quirky, is a whimsical adventure of hand-made accessories and independent wares from emerging designers and creative crafters. The Paperdoll features products from an ever growing number of local/national and international designers that create imaginative works of functional and usable art." In the fall you'll be able to purchase items through the website but until then check out the designers Shultzie carries and if you see something you like right now then give her a call.
The Barefoot Contessa's cupcake mixes have arrived at Crate & Barrel. "Ina Garten offers the simplicity, style and quality she made famous at her Barefoot Contessa specialty food store for your convenience at home." Choose either Coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting or Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Looks like someone is on her way to becoming the next Betty Crocker.
I recently learned that Joan Cusack is set to portray cooking legend Julia Child in a biopic that is currently being filmed. Cusack announced this on Martha Stewart's show, and Martha mentioned that she would love to make a cameo appearance in the film about her idol. I actually think this is really interesting casting. Joan resembles Julia and how about the fact that they share initials. Here's hoping Joan is able to pull off portraying such a beloved icon.
I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone that the third season of Project Runway premiers tomorrow night on Bravo. There will also be an hour long special airing before the premiere which will take a look behind the scenes of casting the third season and will be hosted by Tim Gunn. It is also rumored that there are two straight male designers appearing on this season of Project Runway. I'll believe it when I see it.
...time to select our next book for Blogger's Book Club. We'll be voting from the same list we have been using since book one, but if you feel a deep need to suggest a book not on our list then go for it. We will start reading the selected book around mid July if you care to participate.
1. Tete-a-Tete : Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre by Hazel Rowley "Though Rowley identifies her engaging and accessible chronicle as the "story of a relationship," it is in fact the story of the many relationships forged by two of the most brilliant, unorthodox and scandalous intellectuals of the 20th century: Beauvoir and Sartre, who from 1929 until Sartre's death in 1980 remained "essential" to each other but never monogamous."
"Little, Big tells the epic story of Smoky Barnable - an anonymous young man who meets and falls in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, and goes to live with her in Edgewood, a place not found on any map. In an impossible mansion full of her relatives, who all seem to have ties to another world not far away, Smoky fathers a family and tries to learn what tale he has found himself in - and how it is to end."
"Literary critics make natural detectives," says Maud Bailey, heroine of a mystery where the clues lurk in university libraries, old letters, and dusty journals. Together with Roland Michell, a fellow academic and accidental sleuth, Maud discovers a love affair between the two Victorian writers the pair has dedicated their lives to studying: Randolph Ash, a literary great long assumed to be a devoted and faithful husband, and Christabel La Motte, a lesser-known "fairy poetess" and chaste spinster. At first, Roland and Maud's discovery threatens only to alter the direction of their research, but as they unearth the truth about the long-forgotten romance, their involvement becomes increasingly urgent and personal. Desperately concealing their purpose from competing researchers, they embark on a journey that pulls each of them from solitude and loneliness, challenges the most basic assumptions they hold about themselves, and uncovers their unique entitlement to the secret of Ash and La Motte's passion."
"I exist!" exclaims Ruby Lennox upon her conception in 1951, setting the tone for this humorous and poignant first novel in which Ruby at once celebrates and mercilessly skewers her middle-class English family. Peppered with tales of flawed family traits passed on from previous generations, Ruby's narrative examines the lives in her disjointed clan, which revolve around the family pet shop. But beneath the antics of her philandering father, her intensely irritable mother, her overly emotional sisters, and a gaggle of eccentric relatives are darker secrets--including an odd "feeling of something long forgotten"--that will haunt Ruby for the rest of her life."
"Caramelo weaves a large yet intricate pattern, much like the decorative fringe on a rebozo, the traditional Mexican shawl. Through the eyes of young Celaya, or Lala, the Reyes family saga twists and turns over three generations of truths, half-truths, and outright lies. And, like Celaya's grandmother's prized caramelo (striped) rebozo, so is "the universe a cloth, and all humanity interwoven.... Pull one string and the whole thing comes undone."