Rachelle's Reading List 12/7

It's been a while since I've done one of these, and I've been bursting at the seams to share what I've been into lately. Here goes:

The art world is currently in Miami, obsessing over this $120,000 banana (overrated? Jerry Saltz thinks so), and this epic room by Rogan Gregory at Design Miami (gorgeous) but I'm dying for Liza Lou's rainbow beaded kitchen on display now at the Whitney's new exhibition, Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019:

 

It took the artist five years to make and "argues for the dignity of labor." I can't wait to see it in person.

READING: I just finished this book, recommended to me by my friend David, and I can't stop thinking or talking about it. I enthusiastically think you should consider picking it up or putting it in some stockings. My next book is this one, which President Obama called "a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human."

Speaking of books, how many of The New Yorker's Best Books of 2019 have you read? There's still time!

STREAMING: Mrs Maisel is finally back and I just wish I had the time to binge every episode! I also loved Jenny Slate's comedy special on Netflix – have you seen it?

THEATRE: I saw David Byrne on Broadway and it was life changing and just what I needed. I have since been BINGing on old Talking Heads videos. This suit? Genius!

John Derian, my very favorite shop for all things you don't need but absolutely must have (esp around the holidays), is selling their famous holiday ornaments and oddities ONLINE for the first time. (GASP!!!). I, of course, will still no doubt get caught spending 3+hours there this Sunday like a child in candy store.

Nordstrom asked some fun people, like Amy Sedaris, Grace Coddington, and Chloe Sevigny, what's on their "unique gifts" list, and they're F-U-N FUN to scroll through.

I really. REAALLLY love this non- LF sweater. Paging Santa.

For the friend that's impossible to shop for, consider these lamps made out of real bread.

T Magazine's room of the day feature always makes me stop and stare, but this one sent me swooning: 

Once rundown, this 19th-century stone farmhouse has become a cozy family retreat for John Baker and Juli Daoust — the husband-and-wife duo behind the Toronto homewares store Mjölk (@mjolkshop). A communal bedroom, complete with a lounge area and a wood stove, occupy the home’s entire second story. The kids’ matching beds, pictured here, sit perpendicular to Baker and Daoust’s, where everyone sleeps together in the winter. Photo by @AndrewRowat.

Another interiors photo delighting my senses: This shot by friend Yumi of another friend Chiara de Rege in her daughter's STUNNING bedroom.

The best thing from the British Fashion awards, besides Julia Roberts' stunning smile, was watching Adut Akech Bior accept her award for model of the year. "Meet the south Sudanese refugee who comes from nothing, who became your 2019 'Model of the Year' last night at the BFA. I FUCKING DID IT!!!" (Yes you did!).

My friend Minnie and her lovely family with young kids are traveling through Egypt right now and it's giving me major travel FOMO. Next big trip idea?

Behind this giant painting, in a seemingly typical gallery in the West Village, hides a new(ish) French restaurant called Frevo (below). And it's causing quite a fuss!

 

Magazine covers are so good lately! Digging this InStyle one and this latest Vogue.

Pantone announced its 2020 color of the year: classic blue. Which makes me wonder if the people in power over there were into THIS Phoebe Waller-Bridge dress as much as I was? It can't be a coincidence, right? lol

Do you know the story of how John Lennon met Yoko Ono? John fell in love with Yoko after stumbling into a London art gallery in 1966 and seeing her art work – a ladder leading to a small magnifying glass tied to a rope, which one used to read a very small typed word on the ceiling: YES. I loved the story so much (because, remember to say YES!), that I had it painted on a wall in our new store.You'll have to come discover more secrets there. Every painting Pauline did has a story!

 

Sundance Film Festival has a really interesting line up this year.

I will leave you with something totally relevant and totally fun. Watch Sai De Silva (aka @scoutthecity) and her adorable and hysterical daughter London remake the famous SNL "sweater weather" skit.

Sweatah Weathah!

December 07, 2019 — Ace He