YOU'RE IN MY HEAD
The things I’ve been obsessing about over the last week. From beautiful things I can’t afford to the articles that have stopped me in my tracks, I hope they bring a wee bit of joy to your week.
Image via the amazing @designlovefest
THE COFFEE HAUNT
If there’s one thing I know, it’s good coffee. Since I moved to London five years ago, I’ve been hell bent on trying out as many coffee shops as possible. If I ever go on Mastermind (unlikely) then I think my specialist subject could either be Wes Anderson or London coffee shops. Each week, I’ll share a new find with you.
First up is Fabrique Bakery near Seven Dials. In true Swedish fashion, Fabrique have decided to keep things simple and specialise in three main things – coffee, sourdough bread and, most famously, cinnamon buns. They’ve succeeded. The cinnamon and cardamom buns are heavenly and whether you sit in or grab one to go, you won’t be disappointed.
The interior is beautiful, if a little small, and if you want to set up camp for a few hours to work or read I suggest arriving between 8am and 8.30am as it tends to get really busy. For those who are interested in the aesthetic, there’s a checkerboard tiled floor, exposed bulb lighting and everything is served on or in delicate pink china. Dreamy.
This film is incredible but it also made me feel really uncomfortable the entire way through and I couldn’t wait for it to end. I think Pablo Larrain did exactly what he set out to do; create an honest portrait of a woman we all thought we knew, trying to come to terms with her personal grief in the midst of a historical tragedy. Natalie Portman completely transformed into Jackie Kennedy, her performance was painstaking and intelligent and I couldn’t take my eyes off her. The film is less sad and more disturbing than I anticipated, in particular the scene of the assassination, a very graphic and horrifying few seconds that sticks in your mind for days after you watch it. The other scene which I thought was really wonderful is when Jackie is getting ready to leave the Whitehouse only days after her husband’s death. She’s drinking and trying on beautiful dresses we’ve seen her wear in flashbacks of dances and parties they had together. She plays a recording of the musical Camelot, the title track that Jackie and John used to listen to together before bed, and the words are hauntingly perfect “Don’t ever let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was Camelot.”
My boyfriend Joe introduced me to Little Comets just before New Year and I’m now officially a BIG fan. They’re a hopeful, quirky, indie band from the North East and they’ve definitely won me over with their story-telling lyrics and feel good melodies. They’re releasing a new album (their fourth) imminently and they’re in the middle of a UK tour. The best song I’ve heard (so far) from their new album, Common Things, is on Spotify now and it’s about being satisfied by the simple things. It’s proper lovely and the chorus really seeps into your brain.
I LOVE reading about words that exist in other languages but that we don’t have a word for in English. Sometimes you come across a word that describes a feeling that you didn’t think anyone else in the world ever felt and it instantly makes you smile. I have this book and this beautiful little box of cards both filled with ‘untranslatable words’ and I’m always scouring the internet to collect new ones.
Wabi-Sabi (Japanese): Finding beauty in imperfections.
A beautiful article on love by Caitlin Moran that will squish your heart then make it soar in the space of a paragraph.
I’m almost reluctant to share this with anyone as it’s one of my most treasured things to read and I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of my friends or colleagues talk about it. If you like quirky, nostalgic articles about art, design, life and fashion and ‘live like a local’ city guides then this site is for you. Messy Nessy is a strange and beautiful corner of the internet and I guarantee you’ll get lost in its treasures for hours. Enjoy!
Another one of my slightly weird obsessions is delving deep into the archive of Oscar winner speeches. I’m crazy about them. The good, the bad and the downright awkward. I’ve been known to pour myself a glass of wine and fall into a rabbit hole of Oscar/Golden Globe speeches on an evening, crying and laughing with them all in turn. Often I haven’t even seen the film and the acceptance speech from a director/actor can encourage me to go and watch it. Undoubtedly, one of the most monumental speeches in the last few decades, and one of my all time favourites, is Tom Hanks winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Philadelphia in 1993.
THE THING I CAN’T AFFORD BUT REALLY LOVE
Appropriately Valentine’s themed, I’m mad about this jumper. Love the red and pink clash, love the stripes, love the ‘Lovecats’. True love.