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Poreless Skin Before Christmas

Poreless Skin Before Christmas

I’m dreaming of a poreless Christmas… And now my dream can come through thanks to Caolion. Everyone says that Korean skincare is among the best — if not the best. And I tend to agree. Today I have tried their Hot&Cool Pore Pack Duo and my skin […]

Winter Poetry Beyond Robert Frost

Winter Poetry Beyond Robert Frost

As the Winter Solstice draws near and the trees slowly lose their yellowed leaves to stand stark against the sky, finding the book of poetry to accompany me through the season has become a top task on my to-do list. I’ve recently taken to reading […]

By Our Bedsides, Vol. 4

By Our Bedsides, Vol. 4

By Our Bedsides is a new evening series in which we share the books, beauty products, and whatever else it may be that we’re winding down with at the moment. In this edition, Raquel talks us through the items on her nightstand that support her hectic schedule.

All of my routines pretty much fall to shambles during my busy season, so to say that I live at my bedside table would be likely misleading. To say that I live on it, however, would be a different story. Like Rory said in her post, my bedside table is a sacred place, and this one contains almost everything I need at any time of day.

Upon waking, I usually have a [not pictured] glass of water waiting for me, as well as this Kiehl’s Caffeinated Eye Cream waiting for application before I go on with my day. My skin dries out immensely at this time of year, so instead of washing, my nighttime routine usually involves a cotton pad doused with micellar water (currently Garnier however Boots has a lovely hibiscus one I’ve used in the past), followed by Mario Badescu’s Rose Water and this Ole Henrikson Mattifying Cream. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of my skin, I find I’ll sporadically break into hives much more easily and often lately, and the oats in this have intensely helped soothe everything. If I’m having a particularly dry week, I’ll pop on a light layer of the Fresh Rose Face Mask and sleep in it. It dries quickly and clear so there’s no fear of ruining a pillow case. My lips chap as well this time of year so I tend to lose and keep lip balms all over. This Caudalie Lip Conditioner lives here, but I keep a mint EOS one in my bag at all times and a Bite Lip Mask lives in my medicine cabinet.

If I’m going out, I also get ready at my bedside, so I’ve got an old candle that now holds my hairbrush, eyeliner, a few pens for when I’m looking, and old prescription eyeglasses just for fun. Also not pictured is the drawer full of Glossier bags and makeup just underneath. The coupé glass to the left holds jewelry I wear on a regular basis, mostly vintage or locally purchased rings, and the small box just beneath that a pair of earrings my dear friend gifted me for my birthday this year. I wear them constantly but keep them in the original gift box for fear of losing them elsewhere. I also keep matchbooks nearby as I’m terrible with a lighter. I’m not particularly loyal to any candle brand but I’ll usually love anything scented with tobacco or made to smell like an old fireplace. I found this one on sale and it’s called Amber Oud (similar here).

I’ve just received this lovely paperback copy of Ali Smith’s Autumn, which I’m trying to read before the season actually ends. I’ve got a feeling I might just have to disappear for 48 hours sometime soon in order to do it. Otherwise, I’ve been reading Sourdough by Robin Sloan as per Olivia’s hearty recommendation; a few pages here and there when I get the chance. I’ve not gotten as far as I’d like but I’m definitely falling in love.

Favorite Holiday Adjacent Films

Favorite Holiday Adjacent Films

If you’re anything like us, the second Thanksgiving passes, you’re ready for the holidays. The tree comes out, decorations go up, music starts playing, and you want to start watching all of your holiday favorites. Sometimes though, you don’t want to watch all of your […]

Decorating with our Literature Editor

Decorating with our Literature Editor

Come the day after Thanksgiving every year, I’m ready to decorate. Reality always seems to get in the way though – little things seem to come up and decorating always gets pushed back until the first week of December. Post-Thanksgiving exhaustion, sick family members, writing deadlines, and late […]

The Attic Digest: October – November 2017

The Attic Digest: October – November 2017

The Attic Digest is back with a round-up of our (and your!) favorite posts of the past two months, highlighted together and split by activity for your weekend enjoyment.

READ:

Literature Editor Olivia Lindem discusses the reparative powers of reading the likes of Ali Smith and George Saunders.

Bonus! Contributor Annie Jo Baker reclaims Elektra, Political Editor Lauren Olmeda walks us through Dublin’s bookshops,  and Olivia considers the parallels between exposing personal letters and revenge porn in Edith Wharton

REWIND:

Culture Editor Eliza Campbell discusses cultural shifts in transgender politics and the elitist environment in Oxbridge.

RESIST:

Political Editor Lauren Olmeda pens a poignant message to men on how they can do better.

Bonus! Political facts to navigate through holiday dinners with your family and a walk-through of the dangers of the Tax Bill

RELISH:

In time for the holidays, Lifestyle Editor Lee Clark shares a festive cranberry sauce recipe while Coffee Addict Olivia shows you how to spice up your lattes.

Holiday Bonuses! Lee, Olivia, and Raquel mix a holiday playlist and Eliza shares some Christmas trinkets

REFLECT:

The Attic Editors launch a new Bedside series where, amongst other things, they discuss their nighttime beauty routines.

ROAM:

Olivia takes us back to Istanbul for some Orient Express chic, the Editors begin to walk you through their respective hometowns on Sunday Strolls and roundup an autumn in photos.

 

Stay tuned through the holidays and find us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Tumblr!

An #AutumnAtTheAttic Roundup

An #AutumnAtTheAttic Roundup

As our Lifestyle Editor, Lee Clark said back in October, autumn is our season here at The Attic on Eighth. We’d be sad to see it unofficially go now that most of the leaves have fallen to the ground, but December brings such seasonal joy with it that […]

Almost Midnight

Almost Midnight

Sometimes I find myself thinking About the blood that ran through me Last Thursday, Piping, boiling hot; And then again, on Monday, Cold, and iced like tea.   I find myself thinking about The Children growing inside me, Clawing their way out Like Athena.   […]

Christmas Trinkets

Christmas Trinkets

And just like that, Christmas is upon us! 2017 has blundered its way through and we’re suddenly at the tail end of the year. I don’t know about you, but these eleven months have gone by so quickly I barely have time to breathe and take stock of the year.

However, before we all mull over the defining features of this year in the bleary days between the 25th and New Year, we have the financial thrills and the good-will-to-all-men spirit of Christmas to experience. After the excitement of a couple of flakes of snow in London yesterday, I am positively buzzing with enthusiasm for the festive season (a white Christmas it may not be, but this London urchin can dream). So, to pass on some of that festive cheer and unadulterated, childish enthusiasm, I’m dropping five stand-out Christmassy things from Christmases past down below. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

  1. This cover of Christmas Wrapping by Dog Is Dead.
  2. This Kate Spade ad starring Anna Kendrick.
  3. A very successful BBC good food recipe for a nut roast (my sympathies to all the vegetarians attending dinner parties this season, we can get through this on the parsnips and roast potatoes!)
  4. My own, and very basic warm apple and cinnamon drink: Warm some plain apple juice in a pan until it’s steaming. Add one cinnamon stick (or to your taste). Cover the pan and leave on a low heat for ten minutes or so. Enjoy!
  5.  A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition (including emendations, deletions, and insertions in Dickens’ own hand).
The Trouble with the Tax Bill

The Trouble with the Tax Bill

Tax “reform” is the hill Republicans are willing to die on, apparently. Fair enough, because they have nothing else to show for their stint in power – no wall, no Muslim ban, no Obamacare repeal, nothing. They know they have to pass this bill or […]


Highlights

The Attic on Eighth’s Christmas Playlist

The Attic on Eighth’s Christmas Playlist

Winter at The Attic On Eighth is a most festive time, from sharing recipes to mailing old fashioned Christmas cards, cozying up with loved ones and enjoying an endless stream of warm drinks by the fire, or laptop, as it were. From the lazy morning after Thanksgiving until the very first crisp days of a new year, this playlist is all you’ll find us listening to. Enjoy!

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