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Weekends + Wallflowers.

Oh, just some weekend Instagram snaps I’ve been meaning to share here! Top to bottom, left to right…

✖ How cool is this black West Elm skull candle? I pretty much only buy stuff at West Elm when it’s on clearance, and I got this nearly-life-sized guy for $7 (!) at the DUMBO location. They only had one left, or else I would’ve bought a bunch. The best thing about Halloween being around the corner is SKULLS EVERYWHERE.

✖ I couldn’t resist this SHOPLIFTERS tote bag that was for sale at the merch counter at the Morrissey shows. I guess I’ll have to turn it around if I’m shopping in a store with employees who might not get the reference (or who might not have a sense of humor), but otherwise I shall carry it with pride.

✖ Evan and Bruno enjoying their morning coffee. Aren’t they handsome? This photo reminds me that I really need to take more photos of the new apartment before it stops being “new.”

✖ I had nothing to do with this—Fritz tucks himself in all the time. I’m told that the smarter dog breeds like Chihuahuas all do this. Bruno is only half Chihuahua (the other half is Bichon Frisé, a breed high in sweetness but not known for intelligence), which explains why he can’t really even figure out how to crawl under a blanket most of the time while Fritz is off basically building forts and growing opposable thumbs.

✖ I’ve been wearing my fake glasses (they’re the “Thatcher” style in Revolver Black from Warby Parker) every now and then, and I’ve gotta be honest—they make me feel great. Wearing glasses gives me enough confidence to wear my hair back in a ponytail, something I NEVER do unless I’m at home. I am wayyyyy to self-conscious to leave the house with my face completely exposed, so it either has to be hair or glasses that I hide behind, and it’s fun to have this option. I feel like a different person when I wear them. It’s like a disguise. And hey, I figure my vision is probably going to tank within the next few years anyway, so at least I’ll be comfortable wearing glasses when the time comes!

✖ This VOTE LEFT mug was another cheapie West Elm clearance item. Unfortunately they’re sold out online, but stores probably still have them. And yeah, I know it’s not really possible to truly vote left in this country, but I can dream. For now, I’ll vote as far left as I possibly can.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema is on my old street (Henry Street pride!!), and I miss going there to see movies—it’s a great little theater. It’s actually not too far of a walk from DUMBO, though, so I should make the effort to walk up now and then. It’s near a great little natural-food restaurant called Siggy’s Good Food that does an amazing vegan brunch. Highly recommended!

✖ This is the original herringbone tile in the lobby of Daniel’s building. Tile like this is the reason I like hands-off landlords who don’t want to pay to renovate. Isn’t it pretty?

I don’t have a corresponding photo, but prior to taking that picture of the tile, Daniel and Max and I went to go see The Perks of Being a Wallflower at BAM. It was so, so, so great. Really. It’s based on what I consider to be one of the best books of the past 20 years, and certainly one of the greatest books ever written for young adults. The movie was directed and the screenplay was written by the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, and he did a perfect job with the conversion. The trailer is pretty terrible, but don’t worry—it’s not a good representation of the actual movie (funny how that happens sometimes). I was pretty much either in tears or holding back tears for the duration, just like when I read the book the first time. The actors are all wonderful, the soundtrack is exactly as it should be, and it felt great to watch a movie that actually feels like teenage—and human—reality. Read the book. See the movie. Hold onto your Kleenex.

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  • Reply Kelly October 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Your new glasses are great! I am biased though, since my reading glasses are Miles Revolver’s from Warby Parker. They have such nice frames.

    Oh that Pia Wallen blanket! (Did you – I’m sure you did – see the adorable tiny slippers she sent to the Mjolk folks’ little one? So cute, so tiny.)

    And that tile! I love!

    Ok, I have no idea where to put this, so I’ll leave it here: It would be so amazing if you’d do a blog post on your most favorite Ikea products of all time….or just the one’s that are still currently available. I am hitting up my local one soon to pick up some of the new PS stuff and want to know if there is anything I should add to my shopping list. Totally self-serving…

    • Anna @ D16 October 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I did see the little Pia slippers! So sweet. 🙂

      And I have actually thought about doing a post like that, but I think I might not be up on the current stock at IKEA these days to really do a good job. Their inventory changes so fast and things are discontinued constantly, and I’m there so infrequently. When we were really working on the house a lot we were constantly going there, but now it’s only a couple of times a year. I don’t really know the new PS line yet, even, and that makes me sad…

  • Reply kelly w October 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    YES! I saw ‘Wallflower’ on Saturday and LOVED. Totally one of those films that stays with you, as well– I keep thinking about it this week. <3

  • Reply Serenity October 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Anna, have you talked about that beautiful mountain print before (in the one of Evan and Bruno)?

    Love the new glasses! I’m waiting on my 6 try-on pairs from Classic Specs and I’m super excited. They will be my first ever pair and I’m anticipating a total transformation 🙂

  • Reply Lorie October 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    LOVE and ADORE your new spectacles. And your face looks SO thin (Although it never looked pudgy or anything before) How is the juicing thing going?

    • Anna @ D16 October 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

      I think it’s just my hair being back that’s making my face look thinner! I have a really round head, and my hair hides any kind of definition so I usually just look like a blob.

    • Lorie October 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      If you say so… 😉

  • Reply Name October 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    The Perks of being a Wallflower is my favorite book of all time. After seeing the trailer I was worried the movie was not going to translate well in screen. Happy to hear it was better than I was expecting.

    – tianna 🙂

  • Reply Jules October 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    The second most important reason to have bangs (for me) is that they look incredible when the rest of the hair is pulled back in a ponytail. As expected, you look gorgeous with your hair pulled back–with or without glasses.

  • Reply taste area October 25, 2012 at 12:01 am

    You look great with your hair back!

  • Reply Gracie October 25, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I’m reading the book right now and loving it, Charlie is just like my friend Colm and I can’t wait to give him the book this weekend and now that I have heard a good review from a reliable source….you…he he, I know I can go and see the film.

  • Reply Alex October 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Oh Anna! Thank you, thank you for saying the black skull candle was the last one. Ever since I saw it on sale for $7, I’ve been planning to swing by Dumbo on my way home from work to pick up large black skull candle. Now I know to go to a store in Manhattan! You saved me a trip.

    • Anna @ D16 October 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

      I can’t promise you the Manhattan stores still have any left, but good luck! 😉

  • Reply Agustina October 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Vote Left yeah! 🙂 Cheers from Argentina 🙂

  • Reply kay* October 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    such a great little update! the skull candle, bruno and fritz (my faves! after howard of course…), that mug, those tiles…all so great. and you really don’t give yourself enough credit – you look fabulous.

  • Reply Rox October 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    you totally scored on that skull candle! I would keep that bad boy up year round.

  • Reply Traci October 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Siggy’s special for life! Love love love that brunch.

    • Anna @ D16 October 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Aliens eat free!!

  • Reply Alex October 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    You are just so darn cute, Anna!

  • Reply Alex October 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    And I also meant to add that I just finished read the book last week and was very touched by it. Was the movie able to capture Charlie’s innocence that is such a big part of who he is in the book?

    • Anna @ D16 October 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Oh, absolutely. The actor who played Charlie was so sensitive, so gentle and sweet…but in a completely innocent way. You’ll love it.

  • Reply Kim October 26, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Anna, I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower shortly after it was published, when I was about 13, and just loved it… I had been feeling a little unsure about the movie based on the trailer, but after what you wrote, I’m feeling so excited to see it! Another amazing (but apparently little known) coming of age novel with a similar feel to Perks is Still Can’t See Nothin’ Coming’ by Daniel Gray Marshall. I don’t know if the book wasn’t marketed well at the time or what. I found it 10 or so years ago by chance in one of those discount book stores (where publishers unload extras, I guess…?). I *highly* recommend that you check it out. It looks like there are a number used copies on Amazon.

  • Reply Rosa, Copenhagen October 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    The tote is hilarious!
    Great humor;-)))

  • Reply Simone October 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I love the glasses. We have the same Ikea ps cupboard (2 actually) we put wood on top so it wouldn’t be so “clanky” when you put things on it.
    Good luck weathering the storm that’s heading your way (hold on to your dogs). Hope it does not mess up the election results in a bad way.
    Have a wonderful day!!!

  • Reply Sasha October 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I adore your black and white scarf! Where did you find that little gem?

    • Anna @ D16 October 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thanks!! It’s from the Gap, but I bought it quite a while ago.

  • Reply Lisa October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I really like this post. It’s like a perfect trailer for your blog…

    The hiding behind the hair- that was one of reasons that I chopped my hair off about a year ago.
    I felt like I was using it to conceal how I look, and accepting my appearance “as is” is something I’m trying to work on.

    Also very happy to see the “vote left”, for me it’s a much needed reminder that there is hope.
    I don’t know if you know much about Swedish politics through your mum (Or if you have any interest…) , but it’s in a scary place now. Not much left of the socialist values I have been so proud to have grown up with.
    A very right wing, anti immigration party is growing at a terrifying rate. According to the latest polls they are currently the third biggest party in Sweden! Their leaders are (No joke) basically old neo- Nazis who have cleaned up their look and the way they express themselves enough for ordinary people to start believing them.
    It scares me so much to think how many people around me have such selfish, racist, anti gay views.

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