Favorite Things

Ten things that delight me:

CHAMPAGNE!


 2. Beautiful soap with old-fashioned labels, like these from Claus Porto.

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Violets! My absolute fave.
Claus Porto soaps

3. Charles Dickens’s characters, especially The Infant Phenomenon (aka Ninetta Crummles) from Nicholas Nickleby and the sublimely flustered Flora Finching from Little Dorrit.

The Infant Phenomenon
“Language was not powerful enough to describe the Infant Phenomenon.” — Charles Dickens

5. (Really it’s #4, but being my own webmaster, I can’t manage to fix that). DOG shaming on the internet.

dog shame

6. Knitting yarn, especially Shetland and Shilasdair from Scotland and cashmere lace yarn from Louisa Harding’s Yarntelier in England.

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Shilasdair yarn is dyed with  native plants.                            
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The Shilasdair Yarn shop on the Isle of Skye

 

7. Really good chocolate. And I’m not talking Hershey’s kisses, either. 

Patrick Roger Chocolates
The Patrick Roger shop, Place Madeleine, Paris.

8. Beautiful embroidery and textiles. The older, the better.

Gucci, Paris. Loafers? Bedroom slippers? You tell me.
France, circa 1785, altered circa 1795 . Silk satin waistcoat with silk embroidery and silk grosgrain ribbon. Photo from Wikimedia, from the collection of LACMA.

9. Dog-foot violets.

10. Paris.

Ladurée on Rue Royale. Packaging- so beautiful it makes me want to cry (while eating macarons.)

 My ten favorite books, in no particular order (as of today):

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

True Grit by Charles Portis ( Donna Tartt absolutely rules with the narration of the audiobook)

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (must be illustrated by Tasha Tudor) 

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Ruby Dee’s narration of the audiobook is earth-shattering.)

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity fair
Frontispiece from 1913 edition from Davis Brass Rare Books

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