It happened yesterday, it took the October issue of Harper's Bazaar UK (that's Alexa Chung's eye staring at you) to get me into full autumn swing and two family members with burning fever, hubby and our younger daughter. People getting ill is definitely a reminder that it is autumn. Yesterday I had a magazine craving and hubby went to lengths to get me a copy of something I liked. It was a Car Free Sunday in Antwerp and everywhere we drove there where policemen blocking the streets to the international magazine shop. Then he got a brilliant idea: the gas station by the Crown Plaza Hotel (hubby's burning forehead is probably all my fault!). Back to that magazine, I'm really enjoying its content. It has a British theme and I can't explain it but it's somehow arty; makes me want to go visit galleries and hang out in bookshops. Isn't that what people do in autumn? And yes, I had another craving yesterday: baguette and red wine, which means autumn has definitely arrived.
Time to explain the above photo. It turns out that I have many curious blog friends and some of them were interested in knowing what was in my Amazon package last week. I got One Day by David Nicholls. Usually I get reluctant to read books that everyone is reading but there was something about the storyline, and I want to read it before I see the Anne Hathaway film. I also got The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, which was a tip from Monica at Bohemian Twilight. Then I got two fantasy books for hubby from the Song of Fire & Ice series by George R.R. Martin. He's now reading the first, A Game of Thrones (and no, we haven't seen the TV series). The DVDs in the package were the BBC series North & South, based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, and season one of Lipstick Jungle.
Lipstick Jungle needs an explanation (if I'm rambling here, please bear with me). The show was cancelled after only two seasons and I know it had flaws. But I think one reason for its failure was that it was introduced as a replacement for SATC, which it certainly wasn't. I don't know about you guys but TV shows don't always have to have a perfect story for me to enjoy them. Lipstick Jungle was simply a show that managed to steal my heart, especially the cast, good music and, often, wonderful conversations.
Does anyone remember this one with the girls up on the rooftop at the end of the pilot: Wendy [Brooke Shields]: "I lost my virginity in moccasins." Nico [Kim Raver]: "You remember what shoes you wore?" Wendy: "It was the most memorable part." Nico: "Oh honey!" (I couldn't find it on YouTube but if you fast-forward to 02:10 of this video you can see it). The pilot also ended with one of my favourite songs, Sheryl Crow's Always On Your Side (here featuring Sting). At that moment they had my heart. Yes I'm really that easy! The second episode ended with another favourite song of mine, Missy Higgins's Where I Stood, which I've added to this post. And let's not forget another reason why I loved that show, actor Andrew McCarthy. You need an explanation? Please keep in mind that I grew up with St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink! Need I say more?!!
Thanks for allowing me to ramble. I hope this Monday will treat you nicely!
photo credit: Lisa Hjalt