As I work on creating my Oxford Comma Blog, I have the absolutely enjoyable task of creating a brand for this space. Good blogs and social media accounts are all about planning, branding, and executing. By ensuring I have solidified a brand at the outset, I am able to keep my content on brand. The fun part about this is that I am literally making a list of my favorite things and mood boards to provide parameters for my brand. My hope is that this work will serve as a source of inspiration. If nothing else, I hope this list brings you some joy!
These are a few of my favorite things
The funny thing is that I am writing this list of a few of my favorite things while a bad storm is rolling in. There is no way to make this list without thinking of The Sound of Music. This movie was my favorite growing up, and is still one of my top five, probably. While I loved the movie growing up, I never said the name correctly. For some reason, I called it: Sound of The Music. What’s worse is that my parents, grandparents, and my parents’ friends thought it was cute, so they all called it by alternate title. To this day, I still have to think about the title before I say it!! So here are a few of my favorite things in no particular order!
Aesthetic book covers
There’s nothing better than a bunch of pretty books. Whether they are pink, or antique, or colorful, I love aesthetically pleasing books. I’ve actually made my foray into the creative world and designed two book covers during quarantine. I follow many bookstagram accounts to feed my pretty book love. One of my favorites is @hayleysolano on Instagram.
I have a slight obsession… I make MANY cups of tea throughout the day. I first became intrigued with the custom of tea after I did a Scottish exchange in high school. Ever since then, the obsession has been growing. My tea kettle, mugs, tea bags are all things I could not live without! I especially love a cup of tea in the morning to kick off my quiet time and slow morning routine. My current favorites are The Republic of Tea’s Pumpkin Spice black tea from World Market and Bigelow’s Salted Caramel Black Tea.
Maybe it’s just because I can’t get through fall without craving some Gilmore Girls, but the show has been on my mind (and my Netflix) a lot lately. Rory is also a book lovers’ icon. The quick-witted banter in the show makes me feel intellectually stimulated in a similar way that a good Elizabeth Bennet speech does. Whether it is a fall thing or a phase, I know that I can always come back to Gilmore Girls as a sweet dose of nostalgia and wholesomeness.
Definitely not just a phase!!! I have loved Jane Austen’s writing ever since I first read Pride & Prejudice. I have read all of her novels, except for Mansfield Park, and I have read many of her teenage writings and essays. One of the two classes I was supposed to take at Oxford this past summer was a class all about Jane Austen. When I ended up taking the class online, I still absolutely loved every single discussion. Her novels are such a gold standard for domestic dramas, which is so intriguing, because that was her world. Austen wanted to write about the things she knew well, so all her stories centered on three or four families in a country setting. The simplicity of the story magnifies the importance of details, and she captures those details so well.
What can I say? The woman is my fashion icon. Her elegance and generosity cause her to stand out. My favorite quotes by her is “elegance is the only beauty which never fades”. She was a lovely woman who held herself with a grace and poise I respect, and she was always the humanitarian. One of my favorite movies is Roman Holiday with Hepburn and Gregory Peck. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and go watch it!
I’ve always loved mysteries and mystery stories. I remember my first chapter books were a children’s version of Nancy Drew, called the Nancy Drew Notebooks. After reading all of those, I was launched into a world of books, and I voraciously read the Nancy Drew books. Since then, I have always loved a good mystery, Sherlock story, or escape room!
I just LOVE going to antique stores and searching through all things rustic and vintage, ya know? I love the fact that all those old relics have stories from their past lives. Bonus points for antique books. And if they have marginalia or writing from previous owners? My favorite!
Last, but not least, I have a love for Oxford. Even without having made it there (sadly), I find it holds a special place in my inspiration wheelhouse. I love looking at pictures of Oxford and reading about authors who did a lot of their writing in Oxford. My dream is to someday make it there, and I am waiting for the day when I can make it a reality!
What are a few of your favorite things??