Welcome to the first Monday with our new president and MADAM vice president!! Here’s to a lighter, brighter future and a true fresh start to the year! Who still isn’t over all the inauguration fun?? The emotions, the poetry, the fashion, the promise of a better future… all the feels!
Let’s fill up our coffee cups and start a new week off On a High Note: Our weekly roundup series full of inspiring, interesting, fun and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, shop, and so on! Let’s jump into our favorite highlights to check out this week!
On a High Note Vol 34
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“After watching last week’s inauguration ceremony, it’s been so interesting to learn about the decisions that went into the event — fashion being a huge component. From the designer and how a piece was made to color and fabric, political fashion always makes a statement. Diving into what went into last week’s fashion choices and what it signifies for the Biden/Harris agenda is an impactful read!” — Kendall
The best vodka sauce EVER aka “The Sawce“
“Do you follow @GrossyPelosi on Instagram? If not, you absolutely should. His account is a ray of sunshine and he has some fantastic recipes. I caved on Saturday and made “the Sawce” which is a very simple but mindblowing vodka sauce and Neal agreed it was the best vodka sauce we’ve ever had. You MUST make it next time you’re in the mood for something comforting and indulgent.” –Jess
“I’m a huge fan of J.Crew’s tissue turtlenecks (I actually have a whole dresser drawer dedicated to them ) 🤣 and just saw that they’re on sale and had to share — this leopard one is just $9! They are pretty much my fall and winter uniform- even during quarantine times- they make for a great Zoom meeting top! I love them on their own or worn as base layers under cardigans and coats, and they can easily be dressed up or down. If you’re already familiar with their greatness, now is a good time to stock up on some other colors!” — Kendall
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“To call this the weirdest book I’ve ever read I feel doesn’t do it justice, but, it’s true. It’s weird. It is also incredibly interesting and very out of the box. I wouldn’t really describe it as a thriller–it’s creepy but I didn’t think it was “scary”–it didn’t give me nightmares! I think to love this book you also need to be someone with an imagination who appreciates fantasy, because it’s very out there.
Definitely turns into a page-turner, but not always because it’s fast-paced (many describe it as a “slow burn”) more so because the concept is just so…unsettlingly weird and intriguing in a kind of, “you can’t look away” kind of way.
I will say, this is NOT my genre, and while I love to indulge in a good “thriller” (we’re talking like, Ruth Ware) I have never dabbled in “horror” so take that with a grain of salt–maybe this book isn’t as unique in actuality as it feels to me. However, it was very good. It was definitely a change of pace, I thought it was beautifully written and the author clearly has a brilliant creative mind. It took me a while to process and wrap my mind around it after I finished it, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to mix things up!
Here’s the Amazon description:
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
Where to buy:
If you have a Kindle, you can download it here, and if you’re looking for a physical copy, I highly recommend stopping in your local bookstore! (I got mine at Volumes for those in Wicker Park!) If you’re unable to go to a bookstore, you can purchase via Bookshop.org (for physical books) or Libro.fm (for audiobooks) and your purchase will help support independent bookstores! (You can choose a specific one from their list if you wish!)” – Jess
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“I’m always one for rearranging things in my home — but especially so in the New Year. From decluttering to moving around furniture or bringing in new decor that better reflects your style, creating a space that makes you happy is always well worth the effort. Switching things up doesn’t have to cost much (or anything at all), gain some living room update inspiration with this piece from The Everygirl.” — Kendall
Nordstrom Masks (4 pack for $18!)
“If you’re looking for new masks, this pack of four from Nordstrom has become my favorite! They’re SO soft, they’re adjustable, so they fit like a glove, and have a place to insert a filter! I like tying it loosely behind my head for easy on/off, and I love the neutral colors that go with everything. They also fit perfectly over my KN95 if you like to double up your masks as well!” –Jess
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“I’ve thought a lot about the future of work over the last year. While so many of us have changed our working locations and circumstances, will we ever go back to the way it was? Should we? While this question varies industry to industry, this Fast Company article breaks down a study on employee productivity levels during a 5-day and 4-day work week and proposes a solution for what we should look to do instead.” — Kendall