Monday Musings…

I thought I’d start this week’s posts off with a few of my musings and favourite things from the past few days. And I wanted to ease you in gently as it is Monday morning!


I had never had a chance to look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop before, but after spending the weekend having a gander around the site, it is now one of my new favourite places to visit! What started out as the Oscar winner’s blog in 2008, is now a digital media and e-commerce company founded by Gwyneth herself. Over the past four years, goop has grown into an eminent lifestyle publication, dedicated to informing and positively inspiring its audience. According to the website, it gives readers exclusive access to recipes, travel guides, fashion, wellness tips, cultural notes and more. The cool thing is that issues are delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday. And the publication in its entirety can be found on the site at any time. The content is up-to-date, informative and quirky and the layout and design is absolutely beautiful to look at. There’s really something for all us ladies on it. Oh yeah, and “Goop” is a deadly name for a website. I know that Gwyneth can sometimes rub folk up the wrong way with her slightly odd comments, but I’ve always liked her and I think the concept of the website is truly brilliant. What do you think of Goop?


I’ve spoken over the past while about how I’m really feeling Benefit products lately, and though this Feelin’ Dandy lip and cheek kit isn’t new on the stands, I’ve been meaning to pick it up for ages. Isn’t is so pretty? The Dandelion blusher has been my staple blusher for years and you get this and a whole lot more in this gorgeous set. I’ll be posting an in depth review of it later in the week, so keep an eye out for that!


Those who visit the site will know what a massive impact Sylvia Plath and her writings have had on my life, and this year marked not only 50 years since her death, but it’s also 50 years since her iconic (and easily her most well known) collection of poetry Ariel was released. It’s by far my favourite collection of her poetry and is a work of brilliance. If you’ve not yet read Plath and are wondering where to begin, this collection is as good as any. I also strongly suggest you read her semi autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, which is also an incredible read.

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Movie-wise, I’ve been re-watching some old classics including one of my all time favourites Paris, Texas.’  Directed by Wim Wenders, it’s an incredibly poignant , moving and emotional film, told on the basis of a relatively simple storyline: Travis who we see wandering, desolate and alone in the opening shots  (played by a brilliant Harry Dean Stanton), asks for water, collapses, is cared for at the local hospital. His brother Walt Henderson comes to fetch him, but he will not speak. Walt and his wife Anne live in Los Angeles with Hunter, who is Travis’ son. Soon we gradually learn pieces of Walter’s story: Hunter was left with the Henderson’s’ by Travis’ wife, Jane (the astoundingly beautiful Nastassja Kinski), who could no longer care for him, but who sends a check every month from Houston. The events that transpire result in a truly heart wrenching film with a gorgeous musical score. Give it a watch if you haven’t already, my bet is that you’ll be soon adding it to your collection as well.

Finally, to finish off today, here is something that is bound to make you smile: the most adorable pictures of a baby cuddled up beside french bulldog puppies. All together now: Awwwwww!

What do you think of my Monday musings? Tell all in the comments section, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


  1. I’ve been reading Goop a lot lately too – while I know it is aimed a money ‘money’ I’ve had to totally alter my diet for health reasons and a lot of the recipes on offer look really promising.

    • I’m the same, I love Goop! You’re right, I can understand why some aren’t that happy with the audience target (especially when it comes to the cookbook recipes), but hey, it is Paltrow’s site and there’s plenty of other stuff on the site that you can still enjoy, even if you have to go outside your budget bracket a (good) bit…. And I just think the site design is so gorgeous! 🙂

  2. I adore Sylvia Plath too. I’m re-reading The Bell Jar at the minute.

    • Jennifer says:

      I collect all the editions of the novel, I’m rather obsessed with it. No matter how many times I read it, I never tire of it; it is an incredible piece of work.