On bedding

Over the years, I have honed my preferences for a well made bed. There is nothing like sinking into utter coziness at the end of a long day. We dress the bed differently for summer and winter, so these are a few of the items we use for each season.

Parachute linen sheets: We have these in light gray and white. They keep us cool, and I love the look of rumpled linen on a warm summer day (and the lack of ironing needed!).

Snowe percale sheets: We no longer have these, but they are my favorite all season sheets. The percale is cool and crisp, and has the closest hand feel to fancy hotel sheets. Snowe’s percale was my favorite over all the DTC brands (Boll and Branch, Parachute, etc.).

Garnet hill flannel sheets: Just got these this winter because this is the first time we live somewhere where the bedroom gets cold. I would rate them as okay. They pill quite a lot, but are very warm.

Brooklinen silk pillow cases: Once I tried silk pillow cases, I never went back. My hair doesn’t get frizzy, and my skin feels so much better.

Gingerlily silk duvet: I hate the look of a lumpy duvet on a bed, especially in all white. It always looks to me like an overcooked marshmallow, and in a room that you spent time and money decorating, it really draws your eye directly to the white lumps. These silk duvets are much more expensive than when I bought them, but to me, they are worth the splurge for a bed you sleep in every night. They also go on sale occasionally. The silk has a pleasing weight, and I think it helps regulate body temperature better than a feather or polyster filled down comforter. The best part is that they are so thin that you can hardly see them on the bed below. We have ours inside a Snowe percale duvet cover.

Pillows: Pillows are a personal choice. My husband and I use different ones, and I am still searching for my perfect pillow. Right now, I am using two from Parachute and they are pretty good.

Extras:

We have a wool blanket from Pendelton at the foot of the bed, and I love the homeyness it brings in the winter.

The shams and boudoir shams are from D. Porthault, purchased from Ebay. Are they pretty? Yes. Are they worth the money? No.

If you made it this far, congrats. My final thought is that these items were collected over years, and only on sale. To me, it was worth it to slowly buy the best quality I could afford, even if it took a long time. The result is that we have a bed that I an thrilled to sink into every night.

Skincare Favorites

No one told me in my youth that there would come a time where I would be fighting both acne and wrinkles on my skin, yet here we are. Aging is inevitable, so I focus on making my skin clear and bright. There are the products in rotation at the moment. The vitamin C and retinol seem to have the best results.

One through six

After basing my reading goals for the last two years on volume, I thought a new challenge this year would be to revisit some books I haven’t read since college. While I will still read newer releases, rereading the classics has forced me to slow down and digest the material in a more meaningful way. First up is the suite of Jane Austen novels, read in order of publication. These editions have critical essays and footnotes to help the reader learn more about the time period and Austen’s references. Although it took much longer for me to get through these six, it was worth it. It doesn’t hurt that the books are beautiful either.

Pumpkin tarte

Who says pumpkin is only for November? I made a pumpkin tarte using this shell recipe and this filling recipe (changed the ingredient amounts to 2/3 of the recipe since tartes are more shallow than pies). Instead of using canned pumpkin, I used leftover steamed kabocha squash. The tarte is such a treat on these cold winter days.

Just in: Diptyque perfume

This perfume was the rare case where I received a sample and had to buy the full size. I’m not a big perfume person, but this scent is intoxicating. The black accents on the bottle and the hidden image at the back of the label are such elegant touches.

From the Diptyque website:

Paris in the early 60s. The Saint-Germain quarter was alive with the rhythm of all-night sessions in jazz clubs and artistic encounters. People would discuss the world, dance and laugh in a warm atmosphere as vibrant as it was elegant … Orphéon was one of the bars, filled with joyful effervescence, where the three founders of the nearby diptyque boutique liked to meet. Today, paying tribute to this era and to creative friendships, the bar is immortalised in the olfactory portrait that bears its name: Orphéon. Freeze frame: curls of tobacco smoke mingle with powdery trails of blusher, lingering on burnished wood. At the heart of the composition is the atmosphere of that unforgettable place, recognisable through the warmth of the tonka bean, the depth of cedar and the vivacity of juniper berries.