Buy or Borrow: Foreign Movie Edition

Here’s to taking a break from books (really sad concept) and enjoying a little visual entertainment. I have explained several times that I really love books, but I also really love movies. I am a super big visual learner and naturally the visual arts appeal to me. It seems like Jason and I can’t get enough of fun, quirky, whimsical shows lately. Here is the run down:

buy or borrow moviesReally spoiler: I actually recommend all of these!

Populaire: I think I have told any and everyone about my love for this movie…they should pay me. I am a walking advertisement with endless enthusiasm. This movie is so cute and quirky. It is a French film (don’t be scared of subtitles) set in the 1950s. The story centers around a small town girl and her typewriter. The clothing is so fun, the story is so fun and all you can do is giggle. It isn’t a masterpiece in storytelling, but we don’t care because all we can do is picture ourselves in that time. This is a must watch, but they don’t make a US version to buy. Luckily for you and everyone else I come into contact with, it streams on Netflix.

Romantics Anonymous: Yet another quirky, sweet French film. When we first got Netflix, this might have been the movie that started our binge of French films. We hadn’t realized how sweet some of the french movies could be. This story is about a woman who seeks work at a struggling chocolate factory. She tries to overcome her past and help the nervous owner move forward with his future. So sweet and delightful. Definite buy and they sell the US version.

The Paradise- This isn’t a movie, but I had to include it. Jason and I shamelessly stayed up until 4am one evening (morning) finishing this series. It is a British show about the first department store. It deals with the class system, entrepreneurship and love. It was so intriguing  and we couldn’t help ourselves. However, I am not sure I would watch this again and again like the aforementioned French films.  I would suggest borrowing this or just watching on Netflix.

The Intouchables– That is not a typo…it is just another French movie. This was more of a surprise success. Although it has high ratings, the description didn’t exactly draw me in. It is about a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a con man to be his caretaker. I know you won’t get it from my description, but this was a beautiful and hilarious movie. We laughed so hard at the dynamics of the characters in this film. If you still aren’t sure, I suggest you borrow, but if you trust my judgement to this point…BUY <–you will not be sorry!

Anyone have suggestions for other foreign films I should watch?

pics: 1, 2, 34



Buy Or Borrow: Colors of Spring

Here are this month’s thoughts on some of the books I have been reading. I was so happy to get to read so much while spending the weekend away.. It is really something that I want to do more often. I got home on Monday and quickly ordered and requested 3 more books that I have heard I should read.b or b2

Where’d You Go Bernadette- I will confess that I requested this book for Christmas almost solely on its cover appeal. The colors are bright the picture is simple and I felt immediately drawn to it. I began and finished this one over the weekend away. It is a very easy and fun read. It chronicles, through letters, the story of a genius (Bernadette) and her brilliant daughter (Bee) and husband (Elgin). It is a simple and delightful story that slowly reveals itself through the communications of the main characters. It deals with psychological issues in a light way and I still found myself trying to understand the characters’ minds. (that counseling brain). This one is a:  MUST buy

The Food Network Great Easy Meals- I mentioned this book last month, but as a reminder, this book is amazing. When Jase and I were in Dallas, I would use this book more than any other cookbook. I am not a natural in the kitchen. However, this makes everything so easy and the pictures are so helpful as a guide of what the end product should look like. As a visual learner and a novice, I cling to this in the kitchen. This is a: Buyb or b 2

Up Start Start-Ups- My dad actually picked this one out for me a while back and I recently picked it up and read all the way through it. It is a “get your mind churning” type of business book which doesn’t bode well for bedtime reading. I say this only because that is my normal reading time slot. I actually really enjoyed this. It is similar to another one of my favorite business books (The 100 Dollar Start Up) in that it visits story after story of start ups that have been successful and the lessons they learned. It even follows the rise of beautiful clothing and purse brand Kate Spade. I definitely liked this as inspiration and thoughts on business. However, reading it once is great: Borrow

Domino- Again, I was drawn to this because of the cover and the texture of this book. It is really pretty (basically if you want me to read a book, make the cover a light seafoam green/blue) Once I opened it, I was even more intrigued. The pictures are amazing and it has endless solutions and inspiration for your space. I love this as a constant resource to look over. I have been scouring the pages about small spaces lately: Buyb or b 2-001

Buy or Borrow: Maybe I’m Nesting?

BooksI love books as you can see. They are so comforting to me. Even books I have on the shelf that I haven’t opened make me happy. It might be because I grew up around books. My parents loved books and actually had a business selling them. I also married a Philosophy major (“Reading Major”) who loves books.

Currently most of our books are packed in storage, but that hasn’t stopped me. I am a proud owner of a library card and I think I have averaged 2 trips a week.

Here is what I am reading:


1. Design Sponge at Home: I love this book. Not only is there loads of inspiration in the pictures, but also great ideas that are written and referred to. I could look through it 17 times in a day and find something new or insightful to try. It is filled with pictures of real people’s homes and then followed with tons of impressive and easy DIY’s. I think this is a definite buy. A great visual resource.

2. Food Network Magazine 1,000 Easy Recipes: I tried this book because I love the Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals (buy this for sure), but I don’t love this one as much. The reason I love the Great easy Meals book is because it has a visual index in the front with the page numbers. This is perfect for me since I am slowly becoming more comfortable in the kitchen and would not know what Peach Melba is without a picture. The 1,000 Easy Meals book is more of a whole meal plan. I am not sure that I would ever have the patience or the time to create 4 of their recipes for one meal. Not as easy for me, but I will test a few recipes: Borrow

3. Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials: I picked this book up because Amazon said I might like it based on my history. Amazon, gold star. I thought this book was fun and full of great ideas. It is totally current style and would be great to fill the home. I specifically liked the ideas for coffee bags since we have quite a load of those (thanks Jason). However, craft books are kind of 1 time and done for me. I learn to do something, I do it and then I mentally file it away. Fun projects: Borrow.

4. The Paris Wife: I actually already own this book. I asked for it for Christmas after I read the recommendation from another reader (link). I am about halfway through it. It is about Ernest Hemingway and his wife while they lived in Paris. So it is set way back in the 1920’s. I find myself wondering if they phrases and topics discussed are time period accurate. Also, I read it at night and I find myself getting a little confused on the story line. I talked to my friend over the weekend who lit up when I mentioned this read. So the verdict is still out, but check it out.