my week in objects (mostly).

January 4, 2019

five little things that made my week.

1. this little bottle of bitters.

{because i’ve been putting them in everything.}

2. this tiny bunting.

{because sometimes you just have to stop and play house.}

3. this stack of books.

{because i’ve got three going at once, throwing caution to the wind in 2019.}

4. this bowl of yogurt and granola.

{because mornings with a proper breakfast are just better.}

5. this book.

{because i never read it as a kid and it’s been the very perfect thing to read to faye before bed.}

other things:

they marched, they ran, they won.

sourdough library.

return without delay.

sustainable stockings.

i’m sorry, but. i love this.

the best skincare trick.

a culture of pride about caring for your things.

me, on sustainability at home.

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  • Reply Heidi January 4, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Such a sweet little doll house! Curious what furniture and people/friends you have for it! And we’re also in that same copy of Mary Poppins right now. My daughter has been trying to laugh enough to float to the ceiling for a tea party!

  • Reply Christie January 4, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation on Mary Poppins! My kids saw the original, and I think they would love to read the book. I’m always looking for classics to read to them. Also, I love Swedish Stockings. I wear dresses maybe once or twice a week (except in the coldest days of winter), and I have had the same two pair for about 3 years. They are very good quality.

  • Reply Archana. January 4, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Please run for office.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 4, 2019 at 1:24 pm


    • Reply stella January 5, 2019 at 3:03 am

      i second that!

  • Reply Lauren January 4, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    That AOC twitter feed made my week! Thank you!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm


  • Reply Ailsa January 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Love having lots of books on the go ✨ What are you reading? I’ve read previous recommendations of yours and loved them, especially Desert Solitaire and A Piece of the World

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 4, 2019 at 7:27 pm

      Glory Edim’s Well Read Black Girl; Michelle Obama’s Becoming, and L’Appart by David Lebovitz!

      • Reply Anna January 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm

        Erin, I would love a “book list” or “book recs” from you and/or fellow readers. I so appreciate your suggestions.

  • Reply Trish O January 4, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I have been very impacted by the article on mending and taking care of your clothes, etc. I feel this is something my generation has not done well (Gen X) and I need to learn these vital skills from my mother and grandmother.

    On the tights, I need to try this brand. I have used Boden tights for a long time. They last forever, wash well, and I am a tall girl (5’10”) and they are great for me. Tall girl tights can be an issue.


  • Reply Rachel January 4, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing the article on skincare! I’ve totally been thinking about that a lot! I have different people whose looks i idealize and through thorough stalking realize the hundreds each month it cost to be perfect looking : / I feel fortunate that I have a water filter, can afford healthy food, have a comfortable bed and husband to help with income and chores and child so that makes for good sleep. So many people don’t get that and their skin suffers.

  • Reply Jessica January 5, 2019 at 1:28 am

    The simplicity of this is beautiful! I love the gratitude in this.

  • Reply Bridget January 5, 2019 at 7:15 am

    So much love for the piece by Celine Semaan!

  • Reply Tamara January 5, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Love that article on caring for your clothes. You’ve also been a real inspiration on that front. I’ve spend the last few year being very intentional about what I buy and this year I’m not buying any clothes as a practice of appreciation for what I have. I feel like my mindset is already shifting away from always thinking about what I could have and instead looking around and noticing all the good things already here.

    • Reply Trish O January 6, 2019 at 7:35 am

      I am also not buying any clothes this year. This will be extremely hard for me. I have a more than slight compulsion to buy clothes all the time. But, I don’t like the consequences of having too much stuff and the impact on the world. I love how you are not doing this as a reaction for doing bad, but as appreciating what you have. That is beautiful and how I am going to approach. Thanks

  • Reply Rachael January 6, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    The original Mary Poppins is so good and SO quirky! I loved it as a pre-teen. And the second one is just as good–Mary Poppins Returns. Perhaps even weirder and better. I also admired L’Appart. A fairly simple story told with humor and humbleness.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 7, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Yes! Realized with relief that we’re reading a revised edition, minus overt racism apparent in the original. Hazards in beloved classics abound.

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