Passing Fancies ~ July 2021

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


  1. Thanks for this post: I was needing a new face moisturizer-sunscreen, and the CeraVe fit the bill when I checked it out at WallyWorld. Also, your book recommendation prompted me to follow up on the opening day for a local bookstore, and low and behold, it is tomorrow! So I will be there at 9:00a.m. (or so…) and will check out Hamnet!

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    • I hope you love Hamnet! Now I’ve been inspired to read a biography of Shakespeare…and my husband, who also read Hamnet, is deep into HamLet now. hah!

      I’ve loved the “original” CeraVe SPF moisturizer for ages and this lighter version is a great summer option!


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