Part of the three month-long extravaganza that is our HOLIDAYS ISSUE includes, as it happens, a blogging holiday for us, too (see above gif). Lydia will be poolside somewhere in Italy (and obviously useless), and Barbara will be slightly busier having a baby and moving house and hosting her family, both old and brand-new.
Never to fear though! We'll be back soon - and perhaps even intermittently, in the meantime? - with more tales (as promised) of THE SEA, HOTELS, and THE COUNTRY, more DEAR DIANA, MIXTAPES, and, of course, TRAVELING LIGHT from our friends.
Just before we go, however, here are excerpts of our packing lists for the next two weeks, to inspire and horrify...
A (Near-ish) Roman Holiday:
- I'm reading the fantastic and fairly bizarre Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Loss of one of the World's Greatest Fortunes , though I'm already about half-way finished and anxiously wondering what I'll read next. I'm planning on packing Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook but I'm also being real with myself and tossing in Gone Girl...
- I'm packing jean shorts and stripey tops galore and a new one piece bathing suit - which I swear is all the rage these days.
- I'm feeling a bit unkempt lately, so I'm at least planning a regimen of dry brushing (which is exhausting, but seems to work? ) and dry primrose oil (this one) for my face and hair.
Bringing New Life Into the World:
- Dry shampoo (buckets of it)
- Facial mist (is motherhood like jet lag?)
- Button down shirts
- HAND CREAM
- And, if I am oblivious to this incoming responsibility/love bomb, and generous to myself as I normally am, I'll be reading tons of books!
- The SleepEasy Solution (OMG)
- The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher (still and always, thank you Lydia)
- Migritude by Shailja Patel (sent to me by my amazing friend Audrey)
- The Right to Write by Julia Cameron (recommended by my cool new friend Fritha)
- Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar (I’m totally writing a book and this is going to help me structure it!)
- ... And then I’ll attempt to read Lydia’s hand-me-downs
Lydia & Barbara