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Shop: Scent Trunk

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved perfume. My grandmother used to keep all of her glass bottles on display on her dresser. Each one seemed so luxurious with its sleek design and colored cap. She kept them on a thin, rectangular mirror, which only made them seem even more special and glamorous. 

May 22, 2017

Listen: How I Built This

I don't consider myself a podcast person. I never listened to Serial or S-Town, and I don't have go-to shows for my commute or plane rides. In fact, I've been pretty resistant to the whole podcast fad in general. The one exception is NPR's How I Built This. 

May 16, 2017

Stream: GIRLBOSS (Season 1)

At the recommendation of a coworker, I decided to stream GIRLBOSS, the Netflix show based on the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the creator of Nasty Gal. Amoruso released her book on my birthday (September 29) in 2015, clearly a sign she was destined for greatness. 

May 9, 2017

Stream: Catastrophe (Season 3)

On Friday, April 28 Amazon released season three of the romantic comedy Catastrophe. I flew through season one and season two in August of last year, clamoring for more episodes. 

May 2, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017

Today is the first day of May and Mother's Day is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 14 to celebrate your mama! 

Last year I shared the first-ever Pop.Bop.Shop. Mother's Day Gift Guide (at the suggestion of a reader) and I'm excited for year two. 

May 1, 2017

Rental Review: Lion

During the lead up to the 2017 awards season I frantically raced to see as many nominated movies as possible.

April 24, 2017

Stream: Big Little Lies

Back in July 2016 my friend Stephanie (who is an author and screenwriter) recommended I read Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies. I devoured it (read that book review here) and couldn't wait for the HBO limited series to debut. At the time I was reading the book, the series had already been cast, but I tried not to read anything about production until I was finished with the book. 

April 17, 2017

Shop: La Forma Pop-Up Store

In my twenties I was a total gym rat. I worked out five or six days a week, first at Bally's in Porter Square, then at Beacon Hill Athletic Club in Oak Square and finally at GymIt in Watertown. When I adopted Scout I traded the treadmill for the great outdoors, opting for long walks in the fresh air over sweat sessions at the gym.

Though I don't do hard core workouts anymore, I still love workout clothes. I was recently introduced to La Forma, a line of athletic wear inspired by artists.

April 13, 2017

Stream: Z, The Beginning of Everything

In January I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and was thrilled to discover Amazon was producing a series based on the book. Season one of Z: The Beginning of Everything is now available via Amazon Prime. The first season is 10 episodes and each episode is 30 minutes long. 

April 11, 2017

Read: The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry

While in Las Vegas in early March I tore through Ann Patchett's Commonwealth. I had a feeling I would finish it on the trip, so I packed a second book called The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry. No, this is not some kind of serial killer story, but rather a memoir about one woman's experience as a student at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The title refers to a technique for chopping onions. 

March 31, 2017

Stream: Lovesick (Seasons 1 & 2)

After finishing Goliath on Amazon, I was perusing all of the streaming sites for a new show. Netflix recommended something called Love. I watched three episodes and hated it. Apparently my taste in movies and TV often maps to the word “love” because the next show they suggested I try was called Lovesick. 

March 28, 2017