November is my favorite time of the year, from pumpkin-spice everything to the gluttony of Thanksgiving and, of course, my birthday! When it comes to the holiday season, I love buying presents for others (and for myself!), so I thought I'd put together a collection of some of my favorite items of the moment, many from adorable Etsy shops I recommend exploring. Hopefully they can give you ideas for Christmas shopping to come!
My first items are these fanciful, handmade pastel oxfords. All the pastels are completely covetable, but I'm really digging the pink ones. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 17, 2012
Last night, after Mitt Romney made a comment about “binders full of women,” social media took the unintentionally hilarious phrase and ran with it - a tumblr has already been created.
ln keeping with Romney’s idea that women are simply stored in paper documents, Brainpickings has posted a list of twelve rules dated 1943 (possibly found in a binder somewhere) that any decent woman should follow.
Women shall not appear on the streets of this village with dresses that are too tight in those places which provoke the evil passions of men. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 15, 2012
Fall! It’s the worst. My skin feels like newspaper, I can’t find my house keys in the early-evening darkness, and pumpkin-flavored things make me want to die. Really.
If you, too, would rather be schvitzing at the beach than shivering in layers of tweed, here are a couple treats to make it through this gnarly season.
Lush Oatifix Soothing Banana Mask, $6.95
Blustery early-October breezes are the stuff of romance for many fall-oholics, but they also turn my face into a peely, cracky, and painful mess. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 20, 2012
Damn, Brainpickings always has the coolest book stuff! If you missed last week’s vintage library ads, go look at them now. And then come back. Right back. Because you need to look at these, too.
Brainpickings has collected images of the first ads for famous books, from The Great Gatsby to Slaughterhouse-Five to The Joy Of Sex.
One thing that strikes me about these ads is just how many WORDS there are. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 13, 2012
Want to feel even better about picking up the latest Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, or J.K. Rowling novel? (Is this September the best month ever for book releases or what?) Check out these vintage ads in support of libraries and reading from brainpickings.org:
Reading isn't just a form of entertainment or a way to open your mind--apparently it can also solve problems like being thrown off a cruise ship, being perpetually single, or hating your family. Read More