Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bookstores of New York City | The Strand & Housing Works

Whenever I travel, there's one particular type of shop I love to stop in...

....a BOOKshop, of course!  Although, let's be real, I like to stop in bookstores at all times, abroad and at home.  But there's something about bookstores in exotic places that's extra fun.  Like the Bookshop B&B I stayed at in Lyme Regis in England.  Or a wonderful used bookstore above a cheese shop we found on a road trip through Wisconsin.

And when it comes to NEW YORK CITY, you better believe there are some amazing bookshops just waiting to be discovered.

One of the most famous has to be the red-awninged STRAND Books on Broadway.  This is where Becky and I headed next (after an early afternoon spent at Chelsea Market, remember?) on our whirlwind weekend trip to NYC.

I know we're here for the books, but my eye was immediately caught by a table of book totes as soon as I walked in the door...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Disney's Contemporary Resort | Room Tour

We're checking into Walt Disney World's CONTEMPORARY Resort Hotel on the blog today...

This is one of the deluxe resorts - and the Disney deluxe resorts are my absolute favorite.  They're like theme parks unto themselves; there's so much thought and detail put into the theming, there's so much to explore with the lobbies and restaurants and pools and more...but today we're not just visiting, we're stepping inside a standard room!

The Contemporary Resort is THE monorail resort.  I know the monorail stops at the other Seven Seas Lagoon resorts, but the Contemporary really owns its monorail-ness.


Looking down onto the Grand Canyon Concourse from above.  Can't you just hear the monorails whishing by below?  The Contemporary does have rooms in a Garden Wing (the rooms there look exactly the same as the one we're looking at except for the view of course), but today we're staying in the Tower.  It's so cool to step from the energy and airiness of the concourse into your own room...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Walt Disney World Snapchat Geofilters

I found a new favorite collectible on our most recent trip to Walt Disney World.

Not trading pins.

Not vinylmations.

I'm talking Walt Disney World GEOFILTERS on Snapchat, my friends.

Geofilters, for the uninitiated, are special overlays, like stickers, that you can add to your photos and videos with the Snapchat app.  They're specific to location, so you can only access them when you're standing in a particular spot...

...for instance, I can only add the absolutely charming Hollywood Studios gates to my snaps when I am physically standing at the front of the Hollywood Studios park.

Similarly this Tower of Terror geofilter can only be found in the Tower of Terror area of the park.  Before the end of our trip, I was on a mission to find as many geofilters as I possibly could...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Chelsea Marketplace | NYC Trip Report

I'm picking up where we left off in our NYC trip report...Becky and I had just descended from the beautiful High Line promenade to do some perusing at Chelsea Marketplace:

We started off at the delightfully eclectic Artists & Fleas.

There was a map with push pins marking all the places visitors had come from.  A very international crowd!

This was such a funky space with so many interesting retailers...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Twelfth Night | Shakespeare Quotations

To celebrate Twelfth Night tonight, I thought I would share with you all some of my favorite quotes from the play Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Admittedly nothing in Twelfth Night actually has anything to do with the feast of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night except that, apparently, the play was meant to be performed as part of Twelfth Night celebrations - this view, though endorsed by the Internet, the footnotes in my Arden edition seems to doubt, speculating the play was first performed in the summer, had nothing to do with the holiday, and that Shakespeare simply chose the name for "general festive associations."

Really Shakespeare probably picked it just for the pleasure of leaving centuries of future readers to puzzle why the heck Twelfth Night is called Twelfth Night.  It wouldn't surprise me.  It is Shakespeare.

I happened to be reading the play recently and simply wanted to share a few of the word gems I've been enjoying, so tonight seems as good an occasion as any.

Why don't people talk like this?  I think we all need to use words as outrageously as Shakespeare...

When you're telling someone a secret:

"Thou know'st no less but all: I have unclasp'd
To thee the book even of my secret soul."

When you're talking about what everyone is gossiping about:

"Twas fresh in murmur."

A polite way of saying leave me alone:

"I myself am best when least in company."

When you want to sound fancy, just make up a philosopher and start quoting him.  Shakespeare does it too:

"For what says Quinapalus? 'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.'"

For when you're telling someone to "Make it Happen!"  Can't you just see Aerosmith saying this in the pre-show of Rock n' Roller Coaster??  Ok, maybe not...

"Be clamorous and leap all civil bounds,
Rather than make unprofited return."

When you want to say appearances are deceiving.  The Latin means "the hood makes not the monk:"

"Lady, cucullus non facit monachum: that's as much to say, as I wear not motley in my brain."

When you're feeling better than everybody else...

"You are idle, shallow things
I am not of your element."

Last one because I just love it...

"To be generous, guiltless, and of free disposition is to take those things for bird-bolts that you deem canon-bullets."

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Pixie Dust Highlights

Well, we've reached the end of another year!  I'm excited for what 2016 will bring, but 2015 was pretty packed with pixie dust as well.

Here's a quick look back at some of the year's blog highlights...

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Favorite Reads of 2015

Happy 2016, everybody!  As the New Year gets started, I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments from last year...starting with the books!

This year I started sharing my #bookishstyle on Instagram - here were some of my favorite titles (and outfits!) from 2015.  George Eliot, Dorothy Parker, D.E. Stevenson, Emily Dickinson...lots of good literary company.  I went through my photos and lists and quotations to put together a list of the 15 books I enjoyed reading most in 2015...

It's up now on YouTube channel - go check it out! :)

Bookish Blog Posts from 2015...