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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #60: The Soft Murderous Animal Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #60: The Soft Murderous Animal Edition

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Wear: Brushed Fleece Tunic

I bought this tunic sweater during Anthropologie's Black Friday sale when everything was 30% off, but I wear it about three times a week, so trust me when I say it is worth paying full price for. Full price, by the way, is $78, which isn't exorbitant, especially for a sweater this ultra-plush and cozy. It's oversized, but not comically so. It's long enough to cover your butt and the sleeves are long enough to wear pulled down, but when you push them up (as I do with almost anything long sleeved) they don't pool around your elbows. My particular favorite ultra-comfy outfit lately is pairing this sweater with the Athleta ruched pants I mentioned last week. It's the outfit I wish I were in all the time. 

Watch: Alias Grace

I've mentioned before that I have a lifelong love of Sarah Polley. I have been an insane fangirl since her portrayals of Ramona Quimby and Sarah Stanley (Speaking of, WHEN will my plea for Avonlea being available to stream be answered?). Naturally, when I found out Polley wrote the screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace I was all too keen to watch it. 

Not only did I love Alias Grace, I loved it so much that lately when I've been looking for a series to watch I'll think, "I know I just finished it, but maybe I should just watch Alias Grace again?" I'm a real sucker for a period piece centered on women's experiences, but Alias Grace stands out from its peers in a few ways. First of all, Grace Marks is an unreliable narrator. She's sympathetic and terrifying and fascinating and Sarah Gadon's performance as Grace is absolutely stunning. In another performer's hands the role could have felt manic or cheeky but Gadon finds the perfect balance. 

Another point, that proves just what a skilled writer Polley is, is that Alias Grace is a jam packed six part miniseries. There is no point where I picked up my phone and thought, "Eh, let's just check Instagram while this scene plays out." In fact, there were scenes where I rewound just to make sure I didn't miss anything. There isn't an ounce of fat on this series. Every beat, every shot, every line MATTERS. 

Every man in Alias Grace is trash, and every women is fascinating, and that's how I like my content. I know I didn't provide an actual synopsis, but that sentence is my top endorsement. I'll also include a trailer in case you aren't so easily swayed. 

Want: Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum

Normally the thing I want is something I don't already own, but not this time! I decided in June or July that I was going to buy a Dyson cordless vacuum on Black Friday this year, when they were at their lowest price, and I damn well did. But I was out of town, and I was paranoid that a greedy thief would steal my vacuum off my doorstep, so I had it sent to my mom's house where I'd be spending the holidays. She was going to be driving down to see me at Christmas, so I'd just have to wait a month to have my vacuum in my hands. Now I just have to wait a week, but I'm getting real antsy. I'm so ready to fulfill my vacuuming dreams, guys. SO READY.

The Secret to Incredible Skin? Snail Slime.

The Secret to Incredible Skin? Snail Slime.

This Podcast App Covertly Saves You Tons of Time

This Podcast App Covertly Saves You Tons of Time