Step Inside My Parlour
All my viewing, reading, exploring, eating, and drinking finds that are fit to share.
Come sit down, stay awhile.
It's officially Spooky Season, when I summon my usual coven of creepy writers. I always reread Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, and Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book at this time of year. If you're looking for a new release, I really enjoyed Nina LaCour's Watch Over Me—she has this incredibly comforting way of describing her characters' lives and longings, and this book pairs those feels with exceedingly atmospheric hauntings. It's an effective combo.
But if scary isn't your scene and you just want a frothy fun escape (who couldn't use one amid *gestures widely* all this?), I adored Susan Wiggs' romance The Charm School. Love on the high seas! A super strong and independent main character! Crazy in-depth historical details! Win, win, win!
I still have Phoebe Bridgers’ new album Punisher on repeat (there's a song called Halloween on it so my obsession is seasonally apropos thankyouverymuch). I also recently discovered the artist Aurora (sometimes the Spotify algorithm works in my favor), whose work is A Real Mood. Her song Churchyard is a good one for pumping yourself up prior to socially-distanced trick-or-treating.
Because we could all use a laugh (see Enrichments, I'm still gesturing wildly), comedian Katherine Ryan's show The Duchess is a total delight (bonus: it clocks in at a highly binge-able six 30-minute episodes!) Her comedy specials The Glitter Room and In Trouble are also amazing if you, too, become a KR stan after devouring the series. My perpetual 16-year-old within also found Enola Holmes incredibly charming (truly, if I'd had this movie when I was a teen I'd be 19% less insecure and 99% more obsessed with menswear).
I infused a bunch of our garden rosemary in a bottle of Tito's, and I've thoroughly enjoyed using the resulting flavored vodka in all kinds of cocktails.
My go-to is a dirty dirty dirty (let's just call it filthy) martini. The crisp, savory rosemary vodka is the perfect complement to briny olive juice and sharp dry vermouth.
It's also lovely in a spritzer—add ice to a glass (extra points if it's fancy), pour in a glug (or two...these are trying times) of the vodka, top with Topo Chico, add a sprig of rosemary, et voila—a refreshing and fancy-looking cocktail to sip on the couch in your sweatpants!