Nora Ephron can help you through anything

Nora Ephron

If you're ever blue/sad/heartbroken, or in serious need of a laugh or some hope, read anything by Nora Ephron. Her books are the best pick-me-ups and only get better the second (and third, or fourth) time around. Her movies are a good distraction, too, but reading her stories and thoughts on life is a kind of medicine we couldn't do without. 

This is something you probably already know, but a reminder never hurts. 

RevitaBrow

An alternate title for this post could be: How to Get Over an Expensive and/or Time-consuming Eyebrow Pencil/Powder/Product Routine.

Revitabrow is made by the same people who make RevitaLash, which we would never try because the serum goes too close to the eyes for comfort. We're not into taking risks with our eyes. But eyebrows are far enough away to not worry so much about messing with your vision (at least this was the thought behind our decision to try it). 

This stuff seriously works. One tube lasts a good, long time and delivers noticeable results. So noticeable that one of us has completely given up her Tom Ford Brow Sculptor habit (those things add up if you use them every day). Not that we don't like the rituals of grooming -- we really do, and the TF Brow Sculptor is wonderful, really -- but the less time and products required for you to feel ready to face the world, the better. 

Anya Hindmarch Makes us Smile

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch makes some of the happiest, most playful leather goods we know of. This bag, in particular, had us immediately obsessed. It's the cheeriest accessory, guaranteed to make you smile every time you carry it. It's a serious pick-me-up, but one that'll last a long time. 

For more wallet-friendly Anya Hindmarch treats, we love the leather stickers she makes. The alphabet stickers make an especially sweet gift. All of her small leather accessories are fun, really. For more of her collections, and easy (and fast!) shipping options, check out Matches and Net-a-Porter.

Fall Reading

Fall Reading

What better way to spend the cold months than with lots of books? We've got an ever-growing stack of new releases to get through. This fall was especially good for memoirs by inspiring women, and interesting books in general. Here are a few we're particularly excited about. 

The new memoirs by Gloria Steinem, Carrie Brownstein, and Patti Smith are obvious choices, but who doesn't want to read what these women have to say? 

The first line of Steinem's introduction to My Life on the Road had us immediately hooked: "When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: because I travel." 

Carrie Brownstein is fascinating, smart, and funny. Any chance to get to know her better is worth taking. Also: Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl might be one of the best titles ever.  

Anyone with a pulse knows that Patti Smith is a very special (talented, wise, a little magical) person. M Train is a chance to fall even more in love with her. 

Obviously we're thrilled for Orhan Pamuk's new book, A Strangeness in My Mind, since falling in love with The Museum of Innocence (and several other books he's written). 

The Good Story is a fascinating conversation between a writer (JM Coetzee, no less) and a psychotherapist about personal narratives, psychology, and story telling. 

One of us managed to rope a group of friends into reading Middlemarch, so when that's done The Clasp will be a fun, quick read (and that's not to say that Middlemarch isn't fun!). 

Did You Ever Have a Family has some serious accolades. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. It starts with tragedy and grief, but is ultimately full of hope. Something we all could use more of. Be sure to check the interview Bill Clegg (the author) did with Jenny Offill (she's one of our favorite, favorite writers) in the link! 

The Wild Unknown

The most enchanting tarot deck we've ever come across is made by The Wild Unknown. Kim Krans' illustrations are striking and beautiful. Even if you don't read tarot cards, this deck is nice to have around just to look at. Pick up a card (any card), and you're likely to be moved by the image on it. Get the deck (from our friend, Covet + Lou) here

If you're curious about reading tarot cards, there's a guidebook to accompany the deck. 

The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul

Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence is both a place and a book, created simultaneously by Orhan Pamuk. The book was published a few years before the museum opened, and it is in no way required to read it before visiting the museum but don't be surprised if you're inspired to do so afterwards. The story behind the book is one of a kind of obsessive love, but seeing a physical manifestation of it reminds you of what else the book is about: Istanbul itself. The book gives an intimate glimpse into the city's past, specifically the cultural shift (westernization/modernization) that took place in the 70's. 

There are numbered displays filled with everyday objects representing every chapter in the book. The effort put into the details is astounding, as are the feelings you take away  from the whole experience. A few sentiments that stuck with us after visiting: 

The consolation of objects -- this is the idea behind the whole museum (and book). While we might not hang on to every single item for sentimental reasons, who hasn't been consoled by an object every now and then? 

This quote: "happiness means being close to the one you love, that's all."  That's all.