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November 2014

October Book Club: Gone Girl + #Girlboss Giveaway!

Paper & Glam Book Club - Gone Girl

Today we discuss our October read Gone Girl!

First, profuse apologies this is almost two weeks late. I'm embarrassed this is going up mid-November. I hope you enjoyed reading Gone Girl through October and you're turning the pages of Wild in your homes with candles burning and coffee brewing despite my scheduling blunder. Let's jump into our discussion!

Below are four of my favorite things to consider while reading a book. Anything we should add? Let me know in the comments!

1. How did you experience the book?

Gone Girl is a psychological thriller at its best! As with If I Stay, Lauren captures how I experienced Gone Girl like we were sitting next to each other. On her blog she writes:

It was a rainy & windy evening in the Pacific Northwest. The Halloween lights around my apartment casting an orange glow, and a pumpkin latte candle flickering on my mantle. It might seem like a calm, relaxing place…but it did absolutely nothing to ease me. Gripping the book like it was my lifeline, my eyes scanning the pages ferociously, my mind with no room for anything but the plot and what would happen next.

This book, the more you think about it, the more brilliant it becomes. It has been the backdrop to my thoughts the last week or so, and I find the ideas of this story lurking in random places in my mind. Gillian Flynn painted this perfectly wicked story and with a plot that slams you with twists you will never see coming. How utterly brilliant. Speechless.

2. What was your favorite quote?

I was told love should be unconditional. That's the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge? I am supposed to love Nick despite all his shortcomings. And Nick is supposed to love me despite my quirks. But clearly, neither of us does. It makes me think that everyone is very wrong, that love should have many conditions. Love should require both partners to be their very best at all times.

3. Has this novel changed you—broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas?

Gone Girl asks us to contemplate what happens when we morph into our best selves to please our loves. What happens when we can't sustain that identity? Feelings of betrayal? Inadequacy? Should our love be unconditional despite a shift in our beloved's identity? 

4. Lastly, book versus movie?

Book! The movie was very well done from casting, to acting, scenes, and suspense, but capturing the nuance of Nick's betrayal and Amy's revenge was next to impossible even in a movie with a 150 minute run-time.

If you'd like to keep talking Gone Girl, there is a video up on the Paper & Glam YouTube channel:

As I mentioned, November's read is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. In November, we'll follow Cheryl's adventure as she finds herself along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Lastly, a giveaway just for the readers! We will be kicking off 2015 with a bossy read this January, Sophia Amoruso's #Girlboss. Enter to win a copy by leaving me a comment below!

Want to see our monthly reads in advance? The Paper & Glam Good Reads Group lists our reads through February 2015! 

Happy reading,

Glam Thanksgiving | Aprons

Paper & Glam - Glam Thanksgiving Aprons

A prerequisite for trading laptop for stove-top on Thanksgiving is an apron to adorn our time spent "facing the stove" as The Joy of Cooking opens. While in search of an apron to complement pearls and a harvest color scheme, I've rounded up these beauties:

  1. Carved Pumpkins from Jesse Steel
  2. The Faith from Heavenly Hostess
  3. Turkey Paisley from Williams-Sonoma
  4. Tea & Crumpets from Anthropolgie

Which do we think will look best with pearls a la June Cleever circa 1950?

Are there other great hostess with the mostest aprons out there?

Since Serena donned the Anthropolgie Tea & Crumpets apron on Gossip Girl, I've been in search of an inspired apron to glam up my Thanksgiving outfits.

Paper & Glam - Gossip Girl Thanksgiving Apron

I've scoured Etsy and Ebay and alas, this beauty is no longer available in a Thanksgiving palette. We'll just have to make due with watching the infamous episode!

If you're like me and you want to relive all the Gossip Girl Thanksgiving glamour with a side of drama, here's a list to queue up on Netflix as we look forward to our holiday feast:Paper & Glam - Gossip Girl Thanksgiving

Gossip Girl Thanksgiving Episodes

Season 1, Episode 7 - Blair Waldorf Must Pie!

Season 2, Episode 11 - The Magnificent Archibalds

Season 3, Episode 11 - The Treasure of Serena Madre

Season 4, Episode 10 - Gaslit

Season 6, Episode 8 - It's Really Complicated

Serena: Thanksgiving is ruined once again.
Blair: Are you kidding? What is Thanksgiving without a side of drama? And pie. Apple or pumpkin?
Serena: Both.


10 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Thanksgiving

Paper & Glam - How to Cozy Up Your Home for Thanksgiving

Over the weekend while I bid farewell to my Halloween decor, I started dreaming up new ways to fill the void the witchy whimsy left behind.

If you're like me, and you found your home lacking a little sparkle without the Halloween decor, here's a few ideas for spicing up your home this November:

  1. Pad around the house in your favorite slippers.
  2. Simmer a hearty soup in a pretty pumpkin cocette.
  3. Mulling spices spice up wine or cider for a warm treat on a chilly evening.
  4. Lounge on harvest colored pillows.
  5. Brew a pumpkin coffee or tea.
  6. Hang a thankful art print.
  7. Of course, a glitter pumpkin or two! 
  8. Light a Thanksgiving scented candle for a warm glow.
  9. Curl up under a cozy throw.
  10. Watch the classic Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Hope you enjoyed a peek at how I plan to update my home for Thanksgiving! These pieces will be featured in the Thanksgiving Home Tour the week of November 17th.