Reading: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it.
Video: The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Flawed storytelling, strong performances.
Audio: Some fashion podcasts and interviews—for work, but still something I enjoy.
(Tr)eats: This is the one time of year when I actually get excited about eating vegetables, because there’s so much good local produce available. Peppers, corn, tomatoes! etc.
Drinks: A bottle of rosé, shared with friends on our first museum outing since early 2019.
Garb: Any dress that’s lightweight and can go straight into the washing machine, basically. We keep having heat waves around NYC.
Beauty Products: A new, lighter version of CeraVe facial moisturizer with SPF, in a convenient tube. A freebie Selena Gomez liquid blush that was a “birthday gift” from Sephora.
Pleasures: Being able to see local friends on my birthday. Making more plans to meet up with slightly more distant friends I haven’t seen since pre-Covid. Air-conditioning.
Plans: Get regular massages at the excellent no-frills place that I just visited for the first time. My shoulders, neck, and back are all messed up from a year-plus of stress and working from home.
Image: Theodorus van Hoytema, July 1902. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2008.1849