Last week was one of those weeks. You know the kind; they go from bad to worse. When I found myself playing Morrissey on my ipod one too many times, I realized that it was time to, in the words of Cher, "Snap out of it!" But how? Well, a few fun books always help, so that was the first course of action. (By the way, see Morrissey there at top? I totally know how he feels.)
Thank goodness for Rebecca Moses new book, A Life of Style. When you're blue, this is the kind of book you need to read. Fashion designer Moses is a natural to write a book about style, or rather, a life of style. Her charming watercolors illustrate Moses' thoughts on Style DNA, Playing the Color Cards, Scent, Crystal Chandeliers, and everything else under the stylish sun. Speaking of scent, Moses writes "Scent can send a bad mood running." I think the same thing could be said about her book, too.
Then it was on to shoes. Manolos, that is. Of course, what would really help me add a little spring to my step would be a new pair of Manolos. Alas, not this week. But the second best thing might be Manolo's New Shoes. Again, another book filled with wonderful illustrations, only this time depicting Blahnik's most fanciful creations. The only problem was that I realized that this baby needs a new pair of shoes.
I was feeling immensely better. But books alone don't banish the blues or even the mean reds. It takes a few other things, like candles. My new favorite ones are by Matouk. They smell divine, but I'm not sure what I like more- the scent or the packaging. Burn one, or a few, of these and, as Rebecca Moses said, it will send your bad mood running.
And of course, looking at this little guy on his brand new bed makes me very happy. It was a gift from Chelsea and Sabina at Fleabag Bed, and it's perfect for the both of us. Alfie likes it because it's comfy, and I like the glam metallic silver print fabric.
Wow, I feel like a new woman!
(Moses images from A Life of Style: Fashion, Home, Entertaining ; Manolo drawings from Manolo's New Shoes)