How was your weekend? Did you relax after Thanksgiving? We had the pleasure of celebrating with a dear friend in Sun Valley, Idaho. We had a delicious dinner on Thanksgiving which was followed by a weekend of hiking, shopping (books and holiday linens) and relaxing. I had a lot of time for rereading one of my favorite books -- The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. I also found myself engrossed in many interesting magazine and newspaper articles over the weekend. Don't you just love it when you have all day to read? Here are a few things I read that got my heart racing...
Winvian Hotel in Litchfield Hills, CT
For sheer escapism, I was swooning over an article in the Wall Street Journal on "What are the Coziest Hotels in America?" You will want to check this out and book your next trip!
photo and one below via here
In the same newspaper there was an article about Grace Coddington, the inspiring artistic director for Vogue Magazine. I fell in love with her when I saw the film "The September Issue." Her fashion layouts in Vogue are beautiful and ethereal, and really works of art. Remember the recent Edith Wharton spread? If you saw the movie "The September Issue" you got to know her then. Now there is more -- she has written an autobiography which has just been published. I cannot wait to read it!
Grace Coddington's memoir Grace
In an article in The New York Times, I learned that Martha Stewart is inspiring young entrepreneurs, 20- and 30-somethings, to develop their craft ideas and turn them into a career. After all this time, she has something to say to the young generation.
And at this time of the year there is always news about Charles Dickens. In an article in The New York Times, we learn about the revival on Broadway of Dickens' unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This article is filled with fascinating information on Dickens' life and how it is reflected in his unfinished novel. Did you know that he was on an exhausting book tour and in poor health at the time he was writing it? He died before finishing at the age of 58.
All of the December issues of my favorite magazines are out, always an occasion. Lots of great ideas, stories, and inspiration for the holidays. It's easy to pore over these for hours with a cup of tea.
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
I had forgotten the ending. Don't you love it when an author surprises you and touches your heart at the same time?
And, of course, all of this reading was accompanied by some really good Thanksgiving leftovers!
How was your weekend?