What I’m Watching

The Great British Baking Show on PBS: This is my latest obsession. It is so CALMING and lovely to watch. A totally lovely television viewing experience. In direct contrast to the overblown dramas and hype of the Food Network, this show is congenial and real. The contestants actually HELP one another. This is our Sunday night ritual, followed by Downton. 
If you haven’t seen these on Netflix, you’re missing out: Call the Midwife, The Paradise, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (not for the faint of heart), Bomb Girls, Little Men.
Also loving HitRecord on TV, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s awesome (Emmy-winning!) quirky television show I’ve written about before. You can now own the whole glorious shebang in a boxed set with download codes, and be the hippest person you know. Then watch for the next season, coming soon! 
Movies I’ve Watched Lately That Are Not Necessarily New (But Some Are) & My Ratings Out of 5 Stars: The Imitation Game (4.5 stars), Unbreakable (4 stars), Grand Budapest Hotel (3.5 stars), 42 (5 stars), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (5 stars), Grey Gardens (4.5 stars), Three Coins in the Fountain (3.5 stars), Silver Linings Playbook (3 stars), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (3.75 stars, lol)  and a few others I can’t remember, so I’ll add them to my next list! 
What I’m NOT loving: haha: The Wedding Pact (on Netflix) was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It was painful but hilarious (since we were in the right mood) to watch.
Happy Watching! 

Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 3

You all know of my affinity for HitRecord, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s (JGL) online collaborative recording/creating studio. Oh, you don’t know? Check out Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Reviews Volume 2 and one collaboration I was a part of here.
I adore the concept of tiny stories. They fascinate me. They’re like little snippets, little poems, even dearer for the fact that they leave so much to your imagination and interpretation.

 Love this one!

And this one! I love that the illustrations and stories are all collaborative, so they’ve been mixed and remixed by artists to create the final product. It’s such a fun thing to do, and you can be a part of it, too, at Hit Record. I’ve got an account (goodgirlstyle)! Even better? You get a portion of the proceeds of any products that are created using your artwork or words.
Love these little books. 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also created the first collaborative variety show, Hit Record on TV, that just debuted. I just watched it…how fun is this, guys? It’s so quirky and has such a cool edgy vibe. Here it is:
JGL is one of the most multi-talented people I’ve ever seen, I’m pretty sure. He plays the piano, sings, acts, writes, produces, and is always doing something new and unique. In a pretty one-dimensional Hollywood, I admire that he steps out from the crowd to do his own thing. And I just LOVE being a part of cool new projects.

“Getting started, it’s always the hardest part, just walking up and saying Hello! Or sitting down in front of that blank page. Once you start writing, there’s plenty to say.” 
JGL

Let’s get started. Let’s live and write and share and record our own tiny stories. 
Who knows, to someone else, they might be the biggest stories ever told. 
xo
Natalie
PS> Thanks to it!Books by Harper Collins for the review copy of Tiny Stories, Volume 3. I loved it.

Rainy Day Movie Pairings

Oh rain, rain. It seems to have become a trend here in New England to rain all week, and become sunny on the weekends. While I certainly won’t complain, lest it reverse its tactics, rain does make a workweek a little tough to get through. So tonight I’m sharing some of my favorite movie & snack pairings! These are the favorites I reach for on a rainy night…
A Vacation of a Film:
Roman Holiday
with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
1953
Snack Choice: Gelato or chocolate ice cream while snuggled up in a warm blanket on the couch (fire optional), so you can pretend it’s a warm summer day in Rome.
An Always-Inspiring Classic:
image from filming found here
The Sound of Music
with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer
1965
Snack Choice: Wiener schnitzel and apple studel would be top choices. Barring that, grab a box of Pepperidge Farm frozen apple turnovers (I loved these before I was GF). A nice rich hot chocolate topped with whipped cream is a nice treat, too. Or try the pink lemonade that so bemused Max and the Captain!
A Laughable, Adorable Favorite:
That Darn Cat
with Hayley Mills
1965
Snack Choice: This is a good movie for some good old-fashioned buttery popcorn! Grab some Newman’s Own..it’s my current favorite.
A Go-Getter Movie for the Rest of the Week:
Legally Blonde
with Reese Witherspoon
2001
Snack Choice: Anything pink, sweet, and sugary! 
Snuggle up and enjoy!
xo

Friday Morning Musings

It’s a quiet Friday morning here–my favorite kind. I awoke late, and turned on my pretty little reading lamp. Stumbled to the kitchen, arranged a cup of tea, a buttered piece of toast, and some strawberry yogurt. Brought the meal back to the bedroom, fighting the urge to snuggle back in bed with it, and instead hunted down some museums and recipes and such online. With just the light in the corner from my little bedside lamp, it feels rather wonderfully old-fashioned in here; as though I were going to sit in the corner with my quill and write a letter, or a great American novel. Instead, I click-clack away on my laptop, creating a blog post. And now, I shall return to my bed with my second cup of tea and my book! Wake me upon lunch time should I snooze 😉
(I am currently reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which I have been completely enamored with since I saw the HBO series a year or two ago. I have since bought the DVDs and the books, and turned many people into fans of the series. It is only too bad it seems to be on an interminable hiatus 🙁 I HIGHLY recommend it! Go get it now. It is so soothing, and beautiful, truly being filmed in Botswana. Let me know if you want more details!)


Wednesday Mid Day

‘Cause I felt like sharing extra this week.

FINALLY: A tested list of the best antiperspirants and deodorants, including some awesome-sounding natural ones. I’ve tried lots of natural ones (some working better than others) but always keep a Dove handy, too. Can’t wait to try some of these 🙂

COOL NEW RESOURCE: The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood fills a critical need in our society. They started in an effort to combat feminism in our society, and have many good things to say on gender roles and marriage. My fave two articles so far as food for thought: Loving Your Husband Before You Get Married (a great point about loving your husband all the days of your life–before and after marriage), and Female Beauty Matters (which I will be deconstructing in a later post that I’ve been chewing over for awhile…dissecting WHY I chose fashion blogging…) {Please note that I do my best to discern the Biblical strength of resources I post, but I’m not perfect and I don’t know the ins & outs of every organization/denomination/etc. I do the best I can, but please let me know if you think a resource does not stand up to Biblical truths.}


A GREAT DEBATE: Facebook “PDA”? Love it/hate it? The boyfriend and I were discussing this a few weeks ago, actually. Seems like a pretty personal decision–but where do you fall on the issue? Share with everyone you know {potentially including single friends, bosses, ex-boy/girlfriends, etc}? Or do you feel, as the article says, “some things are meant to be shared behind walls, not on them.”?


THE MOST UNIQUE THING I’VE SEEN ON THE INTERNET IN A LONGTIME: This recipe video. So stunning and inspiring:


beet cake from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.





That’s all for now. But I am keeping the “for now” vague. Cause I’m in a share-y mood.