Denim & leather, aka my uniform when suffering from seasonal confusion. Alas, I'm not here to talk about the weather, but rather what's been happening as of late at Badlands HQ, alongside what I have been reading, listening to and watching this week. All from the comfort of this V&W leather jacket, and armed with my other parter in crime (apart from Rohan), a soy latte.
This week has been a busy one! From making plans for our new place (the floors start next weekend, I'll keep you posted!) to deadlines, my birthday, playing catch ups and falling into a podcast spiral. Netflix, podcasts and the new issue of The Gentlewoman is pretty much my perfect weekend!
So here goes...
Partially because it was my birthday, and partially because I'm tired and in denial that summer is over, I wanted to indulge in a bit of a beach read. Last month, I decided to jump on board the FMN book club and read The Handmaid's Tale (which was alarmingly topical!), but as I had already read this month's book (Sweetbitter, you can find our review of it here) I wanted to find something else light, witty and hard to put down. Earlier this year I read Big Little Lies (now an HBO series) and it was serious guilty pleasure, so I looked in to Liane Moriarty's other novels, and settled on The Husband's Secret. I'm only a third of the way through at the moment, but I'm hooked already.
Yesterday also led to a delightful discovery of The Gentlewoman's new issue at my local news agency. I love Sofia Coppola, and even though I usually buy every issue, I'm particularly excited about this one.
Netflix always delivers (honestly what did we do without it!?), and last weekend I binged watched The People v O.J. Simpson. There was a lot about the case I didn't now, so this is definitely one to watch if you are a lover of crime shows, and the casting is so well done. This weekend I watched the first episode of Netflix original, Love, after hearing about through one of my favourite podcasts. It's pretty funny in classic, Judd Apatow style, but I'm not 100% sold just yet.
Plus the French Film Festival! I always try to treat myself to at least one movie while it's on, and this time it was L'Odyssée (The Odyssey). Spectacular to watch, the biopic follows the life of legendary adventurer and ocean-lover, Jacques Cousteau.
It's official, I'm addicted to Podcasts. It started originally with Serial, but afterwards I took quite a big break and now I'm back, and on a mission! At the moment I'm loving The High Low, a pop culture broadcast by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes. I got on to the show after listening religiously to the PanDolly podcast they worked on together at Sunday Times Style. Now they're both doing their own thing, and together have created The High Low Show, which dare I say is even better! I'm also enjoying Garance Dore's Pardon My French, conversations about style, creativity, business and life.
Up next on my playlist is BBC Radio's Desert Island Discs and In The Dark.
How could I leave out food! We haven't been eating out that much lately, and if we do it's usually a weekend brunch. Buuut last week being my birthday meant I was very spoilt and treated to two deliscous dinners. The first was at the newly opened Bistro Rex, a buzzy French bistro just around the corner from where we are staying at the moment. I spent my 26th birthday in Paris, so it was quite lovely celebrating 27 over steak frites and an exceptional glass of red in the heart of Potts Point. The second was a family catch up at The Paddington Inn, a stunning venue which you may remember from this post, or have seen all over Insatgram thanks to its frame wall, featuring the work of Danish artist Christiane Spangsberg. The art is lovely of course, but the food, atmosphere and service are also top notch and it made for a pretty lovely evening.