Winter Arts Favorites


1.) Writing ~ The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

I originally went to the bookstore looking for Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but it was out of stock, so instead, I bought a copy of his 1979 novel The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. The book is divided into seven parts ~ each one separate but somehow related to the others. Some are love stories, some deal with grief, and some recall Czech history. I found each one to be incredibly profound and beautiful ~ definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for  one to read. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the novel.

Favorite part ~ Part Four: Lost Letters

Favorite quotes ~

“The woman he had loved most (he was thirty at the time) would tell him (he was nearly in despair when he heard it) that she held on to life by a thread. Yes, she did want to live, life gave her great joy, but she also knew that her ‘I want to live’ was spun from the threads of a spiderweb.”

“And I ran after that voice through the streets so as not to lose sight of the splendid wreath of bodies gliding over the city, and I realized with anguish in my heart that they were flying like birds and I was falling like a stone, that they had wings and I would never have any.”

“Love can never be laughable. Love has nothing in common with laughter.”

“ It takes so little, so infinitely little, for someone to find himself on the other side of the border, where everything – love, convictions, faith, history – no longer has meaning. “

“But is she really listening? Or is she merely looking at them so attentively, so silently? I don’t know, and it’s not very important. What matters is that she doesn’t interrupt anyone. You know what happens when to people talk. One of them speaks and the other breaks in.”

2.) Art ~ Dreamlands Exhibit, The Whitney

One of the most mesmerizing exhibits I went to last year. The gallery combined light, cinema and color to replicate a dimension that can only be visited in dreams.

Some pictures from the exhibit below (click to enlarge) ~

3.) Film ~ Manchester by the Sea

A very, very sad movie, and yet one of my favorites from the year. If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s about an uncle having to take care of his nephew immediately after his brother’s death. Although heart-breaking at times, the writing is incredible as well as the acting, and I really recommending seeing it.


4.) Music ~ Home Albums IV and V

This December, I discovered Post-Parlo Records’ Home series which is a collection of split albums between two artists. The entire album is co-written by the two artists except for the last two songs in which each artist covers a song written by the other (hopefully I explained that well).

My two favorite volumes are Home Volume V (split between Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Andrew Kenny of The American Analog Set) and Home Volume VI (split between Bright Eyes and Britt Daniel of Spoon).

5.) Fashion ~ French Anthropologie

I always prefer shopping on French sites for clothes, because after living in France for a year in high school, I discovered that France is ahead of the curve with regards to upcoming trends. Recently, I’ve been loving Anthropologie France’s stuff ~ definitely take a look at the looks I’ve posted down below and click to shop if you like any of them! They also have some great sales going on after the holidays ~ I’ve also found that French clothing sites have better sales than American clothing ones, so the shipping costs are very manageable.

*Disclaimer ~ This post is sponsored by Anthropologie France*

Comment your favorite books, music etc. below ~ I honestly do look into everything you recommend!

XX, Natalie

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  2. Beautiful, talented and incredibly insightful. I look forward to following you through your journey exploring this world.


  3. totally agree on France being ahead of the curve on fashion trends and The Unbearable Lightness of Being was on my reading list for 2017, will add your other recommendation as well! Great blog 🙂


  4. Great quotes! One of my favorite authors is Malcom Gladwell, I would recommend “Outliers” in case you haven´t read it yet. Also, Charles Bukowsky “You get so alone at times that it just make sense” has some great quotes and poems. Thanks for the sugestions 🙂

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  5. Hi Natalie! Kundera is one of the reasons why I moved to Czech Republic ( – Unbearable Lightness was the first Czech book I read, and started the whole downhill spiral. You might be interested to know that Czechs don’t like him very much – they see him as a sort of… betrayer of his country… not exactly a “traitor,” but he illegally escaped to France and basically swore off his home country because it was full of the Communists who had persecuted him. He has written a lot about that. I’d recommend you to continue reading; if you like his style, you’d also like “The Joke.” He happens to be a misogynist 😦 , but a really brilliant literary one 😛


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  7. I will totally read Kundera’s book. Tjis summer I read the unbearable lightness of being, his most famous one, and I really want to read more of him! Thanks for the advice 😉 (and nice blog!)


  8. I adored Manchester by the sea, it’s filmed so well! Also thanks for the tip about anthropologie I would never have thought to look on the French site!


  9. Music: Tablo -he’s a Khiphop artist but he has some ENG music anyways, the man is a lyrical genius and I love his play on words, Dear TV is a masterpiece. Book: There’s no such thing as a favorite book, all books are equal in my heart sans King Lear

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  10. “I originally went to the bookstore looking for Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being” SAME!! Even when I try to order it online, after three years of trying I think it’s not meant to be *for now*

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