Far and away

Anthro’s Away We Go: Vietnam campaign has left me with a definite case of wanderlust.

Here I am, burrowed deep beneath layers in the new Arctic formerly known as Chicago, watching these clips of a far-away place filled with color, mystery, and above all warm temperatures. I admit to being a little smitten with the idea of leaving all of this snow behind and going on an adventure. I guess a hot bubble bath will have to suffice in the meantime.

Let’s comfort ourselves with a cup of hot cocoa (we deserve whipped cream on top), and a few links to like.

Have a great, and hopefully sparkly, weekend!


Book trailers are a thing, and other weekend amusements.

So yeah, books have trailers now. I know that because I am au courant (which is French for “knowing the newest information and trends…eventually”) and a zeitgeist (which is German for “I’m on Twitter”).

The New Yorker posted the trailer for B.J. Novak’s (The Office) new book, “One More Thing”. Novak is a smart guy. He featured Mindy Kaling and referenced Sartre in the same trailer. So funny. I’m getting the book based on those two merits alone.

When you’ve finished being impressed with the unbelievable beauty and complexity of Mindy Kaling, here’s some more amusing links to like this weekend:

Director Adrian De Sa Garces’ unreal personal photo journal of his home town Walvis Bay, Namibia.

A vocabulary test that will tell you how many English words you know! Crucial information if you are, like me, a writer, a teacher, and a nerd.

These recipes featuring eggs that look so good I want to cry.

Just ordered this book on Amazon based purely on this intriguing blog post and some of the comments that follow. This is the first time I’ve ever bought a book that I knew nothing about.

A leather jacket I totally want.

Also, this helpful little primer gives practical suggestions for dressing your age. Maybe no leather skinnies for me after all!

Motawi’s brilliantly beautiful new additions to the Charlie Harper collection of ceramic art tiles. I’d love to redo all of my backsplashes with a few of these lovelies.

As a faithful wearer of red lipstick myself, I thought this was a good tip to avoid ring-around-the-mouth.

Have a great weekend!

Lovely and more lovely over at Saipua

I just finished scrolling wistfully through some wonderful photography on one of my much-liked blogs, Saipua.  Sarah’s photos have a fabulous atmospheric quality that I find captivating. She’s also a very witty writer, and amazing floral stylist. These are all her photos and you should check out her blog.

Making introductions and sending some links your way.


Angela here. Welcome to Starling, a tidy little place for collecting objects and ideas of note.

Wouldn’t be great if life was like the stuff you see on everyone else’s gorgeous blog? I mean, seriously, what if the lighting in your house always made it look freshly cleaned, polished, and smelling of rosemary and lemon? Such a lovely thought. What if my daughters could actually play with $300 handmade rag-dolls from Finland, which they only gently hug and never get filthy with tomato sauce and cat hairs? (Note: While it is unlikely that I would ever purchase a toy that costs more than my winter coat, for the sake of conversation I will say that would be very pretty indeed.) What if I had six pairs of Swedish Hasbeens lined up along the crisp, white wall of my post-modern decorated bedroom, one in every color? Well, I don’t actually want that many pairs of clogs, but the photos would be so nice.

If ever you log on to Starling and see pictures of my house like the ones I just described, there’s a pretty good chance they have come to pass by way of elven magic. Because as I look around my living room right now I see an abandoned pile of library books on the floor, crumpled note-cards from my daughter’s “Flags of the World” project, and a twisted mass of snow boots, gym-shoes, and slippers by the front door.

Not exactly “camera-ready”.

But I promise to do my best to present for you nice little glimpses into my home and my personal sense of what is stylish. What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to share with you some things that I think are special in some way, and maybe make some friends and learn a few things.

Some links to like:

I really dig anything, anytime, by LUSH.

This case for my iPhone which I just bought. I also like this one. And if I were a little more awesome, this one.

This cake recipe. Mmmm, cake.

My new favorite site for make-up tips. Oh, and my life was changed forever by her videos on HACing myself.

I do hope you’ll check out my About page and come back to see how things are coming along as Starling gets its feet wet.

Image courtesy of recitethis.com.