Author: Olivia Lindem

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 […]

Reparative Reading & Recent Reads

Reparative Reading & Recent Reads

Spending a lot of required time on classic literature and literary theory, contemporary fiction and recent releases have become my literary haven. I turn to them when I need to cleanse my mind, when I need a break, and maybe most importantly of all, when […]

Sunday Strolls, Vol. 1: Neuchâtel

Sunday Strolls, Vol. 1: Neuchâtel

Sunday Strolls is a new Attic series in which our Editors offer you a glimpse into their everyday lives by taking you around some of the cities they call home. In this first edition, Olivia walks you around her second most-frequented Swiss city, Neuchâtel. 

Filled with buildings made of yellow stone, Neuchâtel is the city the nineteenth century, French writer Alexandre Dumas said was carved out of butter (“taillée dans une motte de beurre”). It is a charming city that roughly only 32,000 people call home. I’ve only really gotten to know it over the past two and a half years, and it has, in that time, become the Swiss city I see the most outside of Geneva.

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Murder on the Orient Express Chic in Istanbul

Murder on the Orient Express Chic in Istanbul

Traveling on the Orient Express has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I love trains, and I’ve been aesthetically drawn to the early twentieth century since I first watched The Secret Garden as a small child. Instead of fading […]

Homemade Gingerbread Syrup for Your Coffee Needs

Homemade Gingerbread Syrup for Your Coffee Needs

If you’re anything like me, this is about the time of year where you want to add a little seasonal cheer to every thing you drink as the cold settles in, the last few leaves fall to the ground, and you struggle to stay awake […]

By Our Bedsides, Vol. 1

By Our Bedsides, Vol. 1

As The Attic opens its Lifestyle window, we the Editors would like to mark the occasion by offering a glimpse into our everyday lives.

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, Olivia takes us through her current reads and her cold weather routine.

What do my evenings look like now that temperatures have dropped?

Cold weather means that the first part of my evening routine is dedicated to my skin. Rory shared some tips for autumn skincare in her last Beauty post, but my biggest struggle is to keep my hands and face moisturized. For my face, I turn to Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Moisturizing Mask twice a week and, nightly, to Avene’s Cold Cream Lip Cream. For my hands, I religiously use Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. All three are miracle products in my eyes.

If I’m not curled up watching something with my partner (most recently: American Vandal and a failed attempt at Alias Grace), then the rest of the evening most likely consists of leisure reading. Reading something that I don’t need to think about critically helps me to wind down and remind myself of why I’ve chosen to spend most days agonizing over literary theory. Right now, I’m zooming through George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo, after resisting it for several months. (I didn’t think I’d like it!) Next up are Ali Smith’s Autumn and Alice Hoffman’s The Rules of Magic. I’m a year late with Autumn, and I’ve never read any of Hoffman’s books, but I’m not ready to say goodbye to autumn – so atmospheric reads and witchcraft seem like the only way to go.

Add to this a nice candle – my eternal favorite, even in the evenings, is La Boulangerie’s Espresso candle – and a nice glass of lemon water, and my night is set.

Pumpkin Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Pumpkin Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup is, in my book, an ultimate comfort food. The epitome of simplicity, it speaks of autumn afternoons and bookshop outings with my grandmother. After school, we’d walk around our neighborhood in Chicago, select new books at Barnes & Noble, and then stop to […]