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Hannah Sheflyand

I have had a huge fascination with the Little Prince since the first time I read it in Russian, almost to the point of wanting to teach myself French so I can read a non translated version of the book. I was very excited to see that there is now another movie version coming out in 2015!

The movie trailer is in French so I didn’t understand a word but the whole thing looked so pretty and magical that I just want to run home, grab a copy of the book and pull myself into the little prince world again.

What do you think of the trailer? Have you read the book?

There was an exhibit a few months ago in NYC, if you want some more details on the book and the writer behind it, here.

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I love how this comic perfectly makes fun of dogs while still accurately portraying what every dog owner is thinking.

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The above are my favorite parts but the full comic can be seen on TheOatmeal. He has also turned it into a fun read through book.

Sometimes the pictures and words are a little vulgar, but in the end still very funny. Have you read through his comics before? Another favorite is his Bobcats series.

Hannah Sheflyand

Have you heard of George Lois before? The show Mad Men is supposedly based off the character of George Lois (though George Lois does not like to be compared to the show). While in business he completely changed the marketing and cultural world with his very unique creative thinking and produced beautiful ad work for decades. His book, Damn Good Advice  (for people with talent!), has been on my list to read for quiet some time and I happy to have finally gotten to it.

What an enjoyable read. Every caption of advice has its own little story from his life experience that helps explain why he added it to the list. I would love to share a few:

  1. All the tools in the world are meaningless without an essential idea.
  2. Always go for the big idea!
  3. “Im sorry I could not have written a shorter letter, but I didnt have the time”-Abraham Lincoln, Think long. Write short.
  4. If you think people are dumb, youll spend a lifetime doing dumb work.
  5. Maybe the best way to define your future is to reinvent it.
  6. If you act ike one of those lecheroud TV Mad Men in your office, you’ll wind up getting screwed.
  7. The only thing that gets better when it gets bigger is a penis.
  8. Dont sleep your life away.
  9. Dont get mad, get even.

The last quote was definitely my favorite but it was hard to choose because the whole book was filled with amazing stories and advice. Have you read his book before? What do you think?

P.S.- Need some reading ideas?

And here are a few examples of George Lois’ past work:

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Happy Friday!

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I am happy that this week was so busy that it flew by. No more concerts for a while but we have a lot of plans to keep ourselves busy for the next few weeks, starting with this weekend which we will be spending upstate in the Catskills with Brian’s parents.

I am also excited to be heading into  NYC this evening, for a date night with my mom and little sister, to go to a new photo exhibit at International Center of Photography by Sebastio Salgado called Genesis.

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One of the photos previewed for the exhibit

Ashley from Hither&Thither has got me excited about the new addition to the High Line Park so I hope to be heading there for an after dinner walk as well.

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A glimpse of the new part of the park. I hope to take a lot of photos later today and post them later.

I have been enjoying my free time catching up on some reading, especially loving this book, and on some blog posts I have been missing out on the last few weeks.

My favorites this week have all been from Garden & Gun, I think I am just missing Charleston and southern life and enjoy reading and dreaming about our future there.

A day in the life of a southern chef

New coffee table book with beautiful photos of southern artists

Do you want to add some extra flare for your walls?

The best honey!

40 Years in Georgia (cover photo above from here)

Do you know how cane syrup/sugar is made?

I hope you enjoy some of the reading and can see my love for the southern charm that flows out of Garden&Gun’s website.

Any fun plans for your weekend?

Hannah Sheflyand

Even though I feel like it was just yesterday that we were swimming in lakes and basking in nice 80 degree summer weather, fall has arrived (technically on the 22nd). I will not be giving up on keeping summer around even if the temperature outside is finally dropping. Brian and I will be heading to the beach on Saturday and the perk of summer season being over is that we can take the dogs along with us. This will be an interesting adventure as Charlie and the foster dog Moose have not spent more then 10 minutes in the car together, and tomorrow the drive will be about 80 minutes. Wish us luck!

We will then be spending the evening at a Cave Singers concert!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

My cover photo for a post a few weeks ago was for an adorable dog underwater from the book Underwater Dogs. Little did I know at the time, the author/photographer, Seth Casteel has released a new book called Underwater Puppies. This took the cuteness level of a coffee table book sky high! There is a nice short interview of him on NPR describing what got Seth into photographing dogs and the tricky process for getting these photos, which includes teaching some of these puppies how to swim. Some of the photos from the book are below:

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slide_368464_4224366_freeDoes this not make your heart yearn for a puppy in your life? It makes me want to throw Charlie in the water and see how she reacts (just kidding) 🙂

Any good books you have recently read or seen nice photography books that you would like to add to your collection?

Hannah Sheflyand

It was inevitable for it to rain at some point after all this beautiful weather, so this Saturday we will try to enjoy the last of the beautiful weather but once the rain starts I plan on hoarding myself away with some books. Both Brian and I have been super busy with everything from work and school to the apartment and Charlie and have not had much time to just lay out, relax and enjoy a good book… until this weekend. It is odd but I am very excited to have absolutely no plans other then reading.

The last book I read which I would highly recommend is Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Once I finished with Goldfinch I was at a loss for what to read next and was happy that we now have tons of options to get ideas.

My first place to check out was What I Should Read Next. You type in a title or author of a recent book you enjoyed and the website pulls up other books that you might find interesting. I have now used the site a few times and have always found something interesting to read. An example of what appears when I typed in Goldfinch is below…

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Another great place to find ideas of what to read next is Underground New York Public Library. This is a blog filled of photos of people reading all over New York City and have given me a bunch of ideas on what to read. See below…

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And the last one I wanted to share I just found today on Upworthy.com which is a funny flow chart on everything that is better to read then 50 Shades of Grey (click the link to get the full flow chart).

What do you think of these different ways to get some good book ideas? Any recommendations on what I should I indulge in next?

Here is the list of books I have ready to go for this weekend…

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Relish– a memoir written in comic form

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls– Sedaris’ latest cant put down book

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The Mockingbird Next Door– the first in depth biography on Harper Lee

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Guns Germs and Steel– I am a little late on the hype but happy to take some time and finally read it

I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets some time to read a good book!

Hannah Sheflyand

Father’s day is just around the corner. Here are some great finds with a little southern charm mixed in that I have considered getting for my dad for the upcoming Fathers Day.

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Cast iron skillet, $37, Every man needs a sturdy pan for frying up some bacon and eggs

The Southerners Handbook $28, A great coffee table book with some fun and quirky advice on being a modern Southerner

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Whiskey Stones $11, If your father enjoys a cool glass at the end of the day like mine does, then this is a must buy.

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Custom Cuff Links $175, Who wouldn’t want to show their charm through hide cuff links

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Shooting sweater $78, This warm wool sweater has the classic protection patches whether you are out hunting or just relaxing on the couch. And another version for a little cheaper.

What do you think of these options? What are your plans for Father’s Day?

Hannah Sheflyand

If you don’t already know how obsessed I am over the Little Prince, here is another example.

While we were out window shopping in Montreal, we saw an adorable little bookstore. Once inside I found this sticky memo pad with Little Prince illustrations. Its now sitting on my work desk but I find it too cute to actually write on.

Once home, I browsed through etsy and found the memo pad available in this cute store.

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I have no self control though and ended up finding this Little Prince referenced necklace from an etsy store by Natalia. Its already in my shopping cart.

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Do you have any obsessions with certain characters or stories that you end up buying way too many things of? My weakness is Little Prince and anything Great Dane related.

Hannah Sheflyand
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I don’t care where you live or where you grew up, if you have not read the Little Prince, here is a big push, READ IT!  The first time I read this story in Russian, I was still pretty young and was slightly confused but pulled into these strange characters illuminated by the authors poetic style of writing. As I have gotten older and have read different versions & publications, my love has only grown for the characters and the different emotions that the story brings out.

Which made me extremely excited to find out there is an exhibit regarding the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the path of creating the story of The Little Prince. Read more…