Not much to say. My days are filled with equation-based woe and misery. We shall not even speak of the abysmal weather. I seek escape in the fatuous and insubstantial and the thought that in 1 month I’ll be free, and it will be late May, and somewhere in the world it is warm and sunny and I should betake myself there.
The good things department is still a bit thin on the ground, but this week we have:
* Uggs to keep my feet warm, North Face down gilet to keep me warm. It’s been AWFUL here this week.
* New sunnies from TK Maxx, cheap and cheerful. Just wish there was more sun.
* Looking at diamonds and bling in the windows of Bond Street.
* This week’s Mad Men was amaze. I am also still enjoying New Girl, and have picked up 2 Broke Girls to add to our crap telly viewing routine.
* Crazy weird dreams. Seriously, I had a nightmare about going to a vintage tea party. I AM SO OVER VINTAGE THEMED ANYTHING MAKE IT STOP. But the awkwardness was hilarious!
* Mr Man gave me random Paul A Young choccies.
* New mariniere tops! See below!
* I broke out my old Lamy 2000 fountain pen, and it is still utterly fabulous. The design hasn’t changed since 1966. Now that’s my idea of a vintage design classic.
* And just now, my en suite toilet just got fixed by some miracle worker Polish plumbers! It’s been broken for nearly six months, so hurrah!
Here are some interesting links I have seen this week:
I love this photo so much. I wish we lived in a reality where I could dress like that on my very own red Vespa, but safety, climate, and propriety insist not.
How to make tea. Really. Because it is shocking how pretty much no British tea-making establishment knows how to make tea that isn’t overstewed and overbrewed. This is a message to all of the posh afternoon tea restaurant type places I have been to in London: YOU TAKE THE TEA OUT. YOU DON’T LEAVE IT IN THE POT. BY DOING SO YOU JUST RUINED A FIVE QUID INVESTMENT IN TEA. So hateful. And everyone does it, from Fortnum to the Wolseley, no one gets it right. You infuse for three minutes or so (depending on type of tea), and then…REMOVE THE TEA. Badly brewed tea is probably a huge factor in why so many people are turning to coffee, so let’s do it right!!
Our stars are being blotted out: The Guardian on the scourge of light pollution in the UK. Via blech.
Danielle LaPorte just released her new book and is doing a 30 day series on HuffPo on how to fire up your creative genius. It has videos and everything. I plan on revisting these in a month when I am free from exams.
The Oatmeal on how to get more likes on Facebook. Hilarious and so so true.
60 Minutes in the US did a really interesting segment on the evils of sugar which I have bored on about in posts passim. They do a really good job of explaining why sugar is so bad for you and why it should be treated (and taxed) like an unhealthy and addictive substance.
A NYT story about a school in Brooklyn where the cool kids play chess. Love this!
Theoretical physicist Lisa Randall gives her formula for success in MarieClaire.
Les anti-modernes talks about the stripey mariniere/Breton top, her favourite wardrobe staple. I am equally addicted and cannot get enough of them.
East Side Bride just published a guide for Palm Springs. I haven’t been there in a decade, and it looks like it has gone really properly trendy, but I freaking LOVE Palm Springs and would love to go back there someday soon. It is the most fabulous place to go for some sunshine.
Writing a bestseller: is there a formula?
Anyway, I am not nearly done with revision and all that. But it’s Saturday so today I am a taking a rest.