Christina Kober necklace
I wanted a way to wear my love for my new son and had been on the lookout for the perfect memory necklace to honor him. Thanks to my friend Erin, I recently discovered the work of artist Christina Kober. I dropped a not-so-subtle hint to Nick that one of her designs in a "D" would make for a perfect Christmas gift for this mama and was SO excited to find one under the tree earlier this week! Beautifully crafted and packaged, a necklace crafted by Christina would be a great addition to any new mom's jewelry box (or if you want to wear your sweetheart's initial for all to see). I haven't wanted to take mine off yet!
Paloma Faith's Fall to Grace
Confession: Discovering new music has not been high on my priority list in recent weeks. But with the morning show viewing I sneak in here and there at home with my boy, I heard the music of Paloma Faith as she sang on a talk show this month and was struck by her sound. A British songstress, her voice reminds me of Amy Winehouse and yet, with some of her more upbeat songs, she almost channels the dance-friendly sound of one of my fave artists, Robyn. I've only sampled her new album, Fall to Grace, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's one we're all talking about in a few more months.
While my mom was in town late last month, Nick and I had ourselves a new-parents date night! High on my priority list? Seeing Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. I was so incredibly moved by this film. Daniel Day Lewis IS Abraham Lincoln. I was completely lost in his performance, as if a hologram of our 16th president had come to life on the big screen. The film focuses on the passage of the 13th Amendment. Given how little I knew about its circumstances, I learned so much from the plot and was awed by all the A-list actors' performances. And yes, I cried at the end, despite knowing Lincoln's fate. It was THAT powerful of a story.
Oooh this show SUCKED ME IN. Given I'm not the hugest country fan, I had no intentions of watching ABC's "Nashville". But in those early newborn days of couch-sitting with Dean, I caught the first few episodes. Now it's become my guilty pleasure and I'm excited for this primetime soap to return after its winter break. I think it's my love for actress Connie Britton that drew me in (Friday Night Lights fan forever!) but my new obsession on the show is the chemistry between the singing pair Gunner and Scarlett. If you're looking for a show to get hooked on while snowed in, get yourself caught up online — all of the episodes are available for viewing here.
Where'd You Go Bernadette?
Thirty pages into this oh-so clever novel and I knew I'd just discovered one of my favorite reads of 2012. "Bernadette"'s plot is about as clever as they come: Told through documents, secret letters and e-mails, the story focuses on 15-year-old Bee's efforts to find her mother, Bernadette, a reclusive creative whose embarrassment over the failure of an L.A. architectural project years ago has left her slightly unhinged. When her husband, a Microsoft big-wig named Elgin, decides his wife needs mental help just days prior to their departure for a trip to Antarctica (a promise made to Bee for good grades), Bernadette flees her Seattle home and it's up to Bee and Elgin to put the pieces together of the mystery that is finding her.