Passing Fancies: May

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Reading: I just started E. L. Doctorow’s Homer & Langley, which I’ve been wanting to read since it was published. (I recently found a used copy at a library book sale.)

Audio: “Period Piece,” the first single from Lloyd Cole’s forthcoming album Standards.

Beauty Products: I’m going through a Lipstick Queen renaissance—everything from new release Hello Sailor to my can’t-miss favorite Saint Rose.

Garb: An Etro dress in a taupe-and-ivory lace-pattern print that I bought for a fraction of the original price at a Manhattan consignment shop. I’ve been wearing it to various springtime art openings and other casual-fancy events.

Art: A trip to Washington, D.C. to see “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1838-1900.” A beautiful exhibition and a dream come true for someone like me who has been besotted with the Pre-Raphaelites for half her life.

Eats and Treats: Godiva truffles, an anniversary gift from my husband.

Annoyance: Public relations e-mails from various beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands that excitedly offer to show me how their products are somehow remotely connected with Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” or 1920s style in general. Someone, please, make it all stop.

Happiness: The recent reopening of our neighborhood farmers market.

Image: La Belle Jardiniere: Mai (May) by Eugene Grasset (1896), via Wikipaintings.

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