Currently Loving | September 28 – October 4

Hello!! 

Long time, no see, friends! I hope you’re all doing well and having a lovely weekend!! 

School started up for me over these past couple of weeks, and I’ve been a bit slogged down with homework and extracurriculars. I’ve so missed blogging and chatting with you, though, and I’m eager to get back into a writing routine! (And a reading one! I fear for the fate my 2020 book challenge.) 

Today, I’m sharing a list of some of my favorite music, shows, books, and recipes as of late. Check them out below! 

The Great British Bake Off >> GBBO is peak television. It has everything I look for in a show: puns, sweets, banter, random relaxing shots of wildlife, the works! I’m loving the newest season; come Friday evening, you’ll definitely find me in my living room, cup of tea in hand, yelling about florentines. 

Baking with fall flavors >> Speaking of baking, I have been taking advantage of the season and trying out loads of new recipes! Apples, pumpkin, and cinnamon are some of my favorite flavors to bake with, and I love how cozy my kitchen feels after making a batch of scones or cookies. Smitten Kitchen’s Apple Breakfast Granola Crisp (pictured above) is my go-to morning meal right now, and I’ve also tried out these apple muffins from King Arthur Flour and the Apple Pecan Snacking Cake from Flour Bakery. This week, I’m looking forward to taste-testing some white chocolate apple scones. Apples, galore! 

Enola Holmes + Maleficent: Mistress of Evil >> During the week I tend to be busy with schoolwork and college apps, but, on the weekend, I look forward to family movie nights! Recent picks for films have been Millie Bobby Brown’s Holmesian romp, Enola Holmes, on Netflix as well as the second Maleficent installment on Disney Plus. Both were great fun – historical mysteries and fantasy magic perfectly complement October’s spooky mood!

Rebel Spy >> I’ve been lucky enough to read some top-notch books over the past couple of months, but none surprised me as much as Veronica Rossi’s Rebel Spy. Telling the imagined backstory of the woman spy “355” during the American Revolution, the book is engrossing and suspenseful. Plus, it features a squeal-worthy love story! I can’t wait to check out Rossi’s other works.

Islander Cast Album >> I miss theater quite a bit right now, and cast albums are always in my regular rotation on Spotify. At the top of my list at the moment is the music from Islander, a two-person musical which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in the UK last year. My sister got to see the show in person (lucky duck!), but I’m still loving the folksy, mythological tunes from the comfort of my couch. 

Have an amazing week!

xx

lulu

Currently Loving | May 3 – 10

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I’m enjoying some warmer weather and sunshine this Sunday, while also catching up on schoolwork, reading, and (best of all!) baking. How about you?

Here are the books, songs, and other media that caught my eye this week…

Joan of Arc on the Dance Floor” by Aly & AJ | I’ve been listening to “Potential Breakup Song” on a constant loop since 2007. I’m giving that classic a rest, though, to enjoy Aly and AJ Michalka’s newest single. “Joan of Arc” is a pop banger, with electric beats and dark, cool-girl lyrics. It’s like you’re at a club, but that club also happens to be a graveyard. Dance on, everyone. 

The Borgias | Just when I think I’ve exhausted the backlog of soap-y TV period dramas, a new one always finds its way into my Netflix queue. In the same vein as Reign and The Tudors, The Borgias (2013) is a sexy, scandalous take on the Renaissance papacy. The show is nowhere near historically accurate, nor is it always very good. But it’s always pretty, always twist-y, and I can’t stop watching.  

Home Cooking Podcast | The West Wing Weekly won my podcast heart, so I was delighted to hear that former TWWW host Hrishi Hirway was teaming up with professional chef Samin Nosrat to produce a 4-part audio miniseries. Armed with expert knowledge and top-notch puns, the pair answers listeners’ questions about cooking during quarantine. It’s very inspiring; thanks to Samin, I made a medieval precursor to eggnog!

Mothers Before, edited by Edan Lepucki | I read an excerpt from Mothers Before earlier this week on The Cut, and though I haven’t been able to get my hands on the full book, it won a place on my “to-read” list for sure. The collection of essays and photos is so moving (and timely, considering today’s celebrations!)

Supernova by Marissa Meyer | I adore Marissa Meyer’s books. They’re dramatic. They’re fluffy. They’re usually too long. Fittingly, the conclusion to her Renegades trilogy gave me everything I wanted: superhero action, cheesy romance, and science fiction fun. It was great.

what things did you watch, read, or listen to this week?

xx

lulu

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