One of life’s cruelest clichés is that you rarely appreciate something fully until it’s gone. Even more cruel is the fact that, in this case, knowledge is not power: If someone tells you to “appreciate this while you have it,” that does nothing to heighten your enjoyment of the moment. Take spring break, for instance. If you, like us, are stuck in a still-chilly spot that’s showing minimal signs of spring, this is for you. Or if you’re somewhere warm but still going through your usual daily grind, this is for you too. Because don’t we all deserve a little reprieve-slash-reward for making it through winter? Our team shared their tips for channeling some of those chill vibes, even if spring break is a thing of the past, from sensory deprivation to smelling like the beach (in a good way).
This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is our friend, model and vintner Michele Ouellet. She divides her time between the East Coast (modeling) and the West (working for her family’s winery, Lorenza). So she knows a thing or two about schlepping from here to there. And not looking like she’s, you know, schlepping.
Consider it the B side to the American dream—instead of the white picket fence and the well-manicured lawn, there are those whose fantasy involves sweeping expanses of wild terrain, no neighbors in sight and a general willingness to do things the hard way.
Thanks to the internet, a new book recommendation list is just a few clicks away, but what about the things that aren’t new or notable at the moment? For some less-expected suggestions, we checked back in with the creative women we’ve gotten to know over the past few years (all of whom we’ve written about on this very blog). Here, seven recommendations as unique as they are. There’s a long novel, some short stories, a few new-ish titles and some that are quite old.