CATALOG QUICKIES

Thanks to Juno, I had a few extra days off this week. It was predictably delightful and I was able to catch up on my to-do list which included tackling my catalog pile. As a kid I used to love getting the Pottery Barn catalog in the mail. I would leaf through it and imagine all the things I would do with my own space.

Now however, catalogs tend to pile up until I get some extra time. However, I keep the around because I still enjoy leafing through the pages and seeing what's new. The catalog is still more fun than the Internet. I always spy something that I haven't seen in stores or online yet. I love a custom or vintage piece as much as the next girl, but sometimes a catalog has just what you need. Most decorators use at least a few in their projects. After all, everyone loves a deal. 

Here are a few gems that caught my eye this week. Links and stores are below. 

Catalog Quickies


ON MY MIND



American Sniper

I had no interest in seeing seeing this film, but sometimes that's what marriage is about. When we arrived to a packed theater (and had to sit in the fourth row) I was even more skeptical. However, after 135 minutes I hadn't looked at my phone and as we exited the sold-out theater, it was silent. I went in expecting a lot of egregious violence and no storyline, but that wasn't the case. This is a true story of a real family. It's not a blow-up-everything, lets-play-with-special-effects, war film. I'm not interested in politicking here but I will say that the film was a touching reminder of how much veterans and their families have sacrificed to wage a war a half-world away while the rest of us go about our business as usual. If you get a chance, I recommend going to see it. It was well done and a story worth telling (even if they used a fake baby). 



I've been listening to The Checklist Manifesto through my Audible account and it makes me excited to run errands. In the book, physician and author Atul Gawande explores how we execute tasks in a world of growing complexity. As the title suggests, a simple checklist can help us get things right. However, if that was all the book had to offer, you wouldn't need to read it. Instead, it's like the best graduate school class you ever took, with case studies on how hospitals, companies and governments have made decisions (both successfully and unsuccessfully). Gawande is deeply curious and his fascination with how things work comes across through his extensive research and interviews. It's a captivating look at how the smallest changes can make a big impact. After I finish this one I'll be moving on to Atul Gawande's other books Complications, Better and Being Mortal



I caught up on the first three episodes of Girls this weekend, and after watching the first season of Sons of Anarchy with Mike, I have to say that the episodes of Girls feel insanely short. Every time it ends I think, that's it? However I'm interested to see how Hannah's time in Iowa plays out (and if she'll last the entire season). I'm also hoping that at least one character will get a grip. Sometimes it feels like I'm watching a parody of our generation. Shoshanna in her interview? Marnie in her series of dysfunctional relationships? Jessa doing anything? Why can't any of them just get a job, work hard, be independent, and have a little self-respect? Is that too much to ask? I understand that's part of the show, but one girl pulling herself together would be nice. Despite all that, I do enjoy Dunham's reflections during the after show. Unlike her character, she has actually accomplished a lot and I love hearing what she has to say about the episode.

STYLE INSPIRATION: SIENNA MILLER

Guys, I'm in a fashion rut. 

I'm all about a small-organized closet. And there's nothing I love more than a simple uniform, but right now my uniform feels more like laziness and less like a "staple look."

Blame it on the cold weather but my wardrobe has the winter blahs. 

So, in honor of my fresh "British" cut, I decided to look across the pond for a little inspiration to shake things up. 

First up, Sienna Miller.

Sienna Miller

Her Golden Globes look was insane (and truthfully, the final push to make me cut my hair). However, it's Sienna's street style that I've always admired. It takes a lot to make freezing temperatures look this chic.

Sienna Miller

hat | parka ($50) | bag | boots

I've tried to follow Miller's lead this week by trading in my black puffy-nylon coat for a wool coat that I haven't worn in a while. Our front hall closet is full of coats (95% mine) that I never wear. I just pull out the same (black puffy) one again and again (and the same hat, and gloves, and scarf). When temperatures really drop, I'll be reaching back for that nylon coat. However, until then it's fun to try out some other options. 

Here's a trick. When it's colder, I layer a thin down jacket underneath my wool coat for extra warmth. That way you can wear lighter coats into the winter.

Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller

How polished does she look here? Despite that fact that it almost look like pajamas, Miller keeps things polished with a v-neck sweater and some chunky heels. And this long-skirt look? Amazing. Who knew a cropped fur sweater could be anything other than tragic? 

Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller

Stripes, on stripes and a sparkly mini-dress with black booties?  Yes please.

Sienna Miller

bag | jacket | jeans | t-shirt | boots

The perfect running-around-town (or casual dinner) outfit. The red boots take this outfit from predictable to eye-catching.

Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller

hat | coat ($99) | jeans | bag | moccasin boots

Here she is look cute and cozy. A good hat can hide a myriad of sins and those moccasins are a fashionable choice (when you really just want to wear Uggs). 

I've been trying to branch out from my jeans + sweater + boot routine this week. Stay tuned for more fashion inspiration next week.