Since we’re about to move to a bigger apartment I’ve been researching all things nursery. One point of reference was this lovely book called ‘Feathering the nest’ by interior designer Tracey Hutson. It’s an “earth friendly guide to decorating your baby’s room” which includes ideas to suit all styles. I particularly liked the many little baby tips throughout. I now have a clear idea of how Rory’s nursery will look. I’m so excited.
Last night O and I watched the brilliant Cinema Verite on HBO films. It “tells the behind-the-scenes story of the ground breaking documentary ‘An American Family’ which chronicled the lives of the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbra family to notoriety while creating a new television genre: the reality TV series.” With a stellar cast including Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini this really is a must watch. Superb.
I’ve just finishing reading the lovely Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan. It’s basically a great love story set between rural Ireland and Jazz Age New York in the 1920’s. I particularly enjoyed the New York part of the novel – such a glamorous and exciting era in the city. A sweet, easy read which would be good for holidays.
After very highly recommending this to a friend the other day I realised that I hadn’t blogged about it. I hadn’t meant to keep it secret, I think I was literally shell shocked at both its brilliance and shocking plot. Mildred Pierce aired on HBO in March and its cast reads like a who’s who of award winners. Starring the fabulous Kate Winslet as Mildred, it is the “epic story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughters love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles”. This is possibly the best mini series I have ever watched. Please view asap.
Since the weather is incredibly capricious at the moment I spent the morning doing a little bit of sewing on my new machine. Using one of the patterns from Simple Sewing for Baby I made Rory a Bib Kerchief which is incredibly handy as because he’s teething he tends to dribble a lot. I chose a cool space invaders print. I think he looks pretty cool.
This afternoon Rory and I met up with the lovely Debbie and Max for a stroll along the High Line. The weather was beautiful and it was great to catch up with all of their news. We’re going to miss moving further from them when we move apartments, but we’ve already organised a play date so it won’t be too long until we catch up again.
Even though the rain was incredibly heavy, Rory and I ventured down to the West Village for a play date at Eileen’s and Dorothy’s beautiful home. The lovely Mel and Mia joined us. After getting soaked it was wonderful to be greeted by such a welcoming host, gorgeous space and delicious cookies from a little place round the corner. The babies are really starting to take notice of one another and spent a lot of time on their tummies looking at each other. It must have been exhausting work as two hours later they were all asleep in our arms!
This morning Rory and I headed over to DUMBO to spend the morning with Mel and Mia. The idea was for Mel to show me how to add the bunting flags to the bias tape. This happened very successfully and I now feel inspired to go home and finish the rest. Whilst we sewed we enjoyed delicious biscuits (dark chocolate and cranberry oat meal and rosemary shortbread) and the babies enjoyed the cabbage patch activity gym. As usual we were having so much fun we had to have lunch and do a spot of local shopping together. Before we knew it, it was nearly Rory’s bedtime. A fun day.
This afternoon I popped in to Soho for a spot of shopping and then headed to Bliss for a Triple Oxygen Facial. Whilst waiting in the guest area (complete with dressing gown and havianna flip flops) it was lovely to have some quiet time to catch up with magazines, eat the most delicious brownies ever and sip on juices. The beautician was incredibly lovely stating that I had the most amazing skin and eyebrows (she got a big tip just for this ego boost). The whole experience was, well, Bliss.