Style Scouting: Vol. 127

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online.

This last week of January in SC it was cold outside, so I decided to go with it by staying inside to enjoy the coziness of winter, except for getting out to walk each day. By the time I got home after walking, I just wanted to get comfy cozy with a good book.

DIY bakers rake with with white plates, bowls and dishes.
photo: Tidbits

I have been getting a lot of book recommendations since I had my hip replaced back in the fall. I have been enjoying getting them all read over the last 3 months, but the list keeps growing. :-) To make this happen, it has been my goal to stop my work day at 5:00 every day so I have time to enjoy the pleasures of reading a good book every night.

I am a big fan of historical fiction set in the time frame of World War 2, especially how the people from each of the European countries got through the war in different ways. A strong women in England, France or Poland is usually the main character in the books, but the book I recently read, Beneath Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan has a teenage boy from Italy as the main character. I really enjoyed it.

Right now I am reading Deja Dead by Susan Kiernan-Lewis. It was a $1.99 book in my Prime reading account. It is the first in the Claire Baskerville Mystery series. It is set in Paris where the main character is a 60 something woman from Atlanta, Georgia. I stayed up late last night reading it and am now looking forward to reading the other 10 books in the series.

What have you been reading this month? Anything really enjoyable or thought provoking?

Posts You May Have Missed This Week:

Now onto the links I found this week.

Decorating

I know you have heard of Coastal Grandmother style, but did you hear about the newest decorating style called European Auntie?

What do you think about this decorating trend?

This home remodeling portfolio.

DIY

If I only had a space for this, I would be making it this weekend for my kitchen.

These colorful kitchen hooks that can be made in minutes are just so clever and cute!

Do you have canned air to clean your computer? Look at what else it can be used for. So pretty!

Home Improvement

Why you may want to think twice before you paint the exterior brick on your home.

Food

OMgoodness!!! I have never heard of this soup, but it sure looks delicious.

Three ways to clean out the grossest parts of your Instant Pot.

Just when you thought these popular cookies couldn’t get any more delicious then they already are.

Out & About

When you are feeling winter weary, this looks like a fun girls night in with friends.

Have you heard of MoviePass? My husband, Ed and I were fans of it before the pandemic, but then they went out of business. Happy news… they are back in business. If you like going to the movies, it is so worth it. I am looking forward to seeing this movie as soon as we get our member cards in the mail.

Fun & Interesting

I am so happy to find out that Ed and I are not the only ones who need these.

Rom-coms are back! Here are some to be excited about.

His solo five octave range is absolutely INSANE!!!

I knew about a few of these quick and easy hacks learned from TikTok, but the gift bag one was a surprise to me.

Something to Think About

When you need a little pep talk about starting something new, but are afraid… Reese may help.

How to foster your creativity.

You can be happier if you don’t miss this one thing.

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22 Comments

  1. Recently started reading, “Start with Hello” by Shannan Martin.. so far very good and thought-provoking!

  2. Hi Diane,
    It’s cold here also on the frozen tundra of Minnesota! I just finished a book (copyright 2011) Titled; The Language of Flowers, author Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
    Couldn’t put it down. It was heartfelt, and all the emotions you could possibly feel. I am an avid reader and don’t know why I had never read or even seen this book ~ it is more than a must read.
    Stay warm and I enjoy your site!
    Susie

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Susie – When I look at the daily weather map on the news every morning, I shiver when I look at the map of Minnesota. It is grey here today, but much warmer than last week. I even got to go out and walk with just a pullover and leggings. I am sure though it will get cold again. Thanks for recommending The Language of Flowers. I haven’t read it and added it to my reading list. Thanks for reading my blog. XO Stay warm and cozy.

    2. I loved that book. Received as a gift and it was very interesting. I recommend it.

  3. So glad ;your doing great walking 5 mile after your hip surgery! Do you have the arterior style done?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mary – Thanks :-) Yes, I had the anterior procedure. After doing a lot of hip replacement research, I found it was the procedure will quicker recovery time and went with it. I had to change my orthopedist, but it was worse it.

  4. I’ve just finished “All the Broken Places” by John Boyne about the post-war life of the Auschwitz commandant’s daughter. It’s a sequel to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which I hadn’t read. This new book offers a perspective I haven’t come across in any of my extensive reading on WWII.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Debra – Thanks for telling me about All The Broken Places. I have not read it and it sounds like something that will really interest me. I added it to my book list. :-)

  5. So much goodness this week! Thank you for the time it takes to put this together.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Lisa – I enjoy putting together my Style Scouting posts. They are easy compared to a project post with a tutorial that needs writing and photos that I have to take and edit. :-)

  6. Barbara Pilcher says:

    Thanks for some great links to explore. Goosebumps over the Tim Foust video! Learned some interesting tips from your TikTok link. I like rom-coms too, as long as the acting is good. I always watch movies with subtitles one. I find that many times actors “throw away” the best lines, and often whisper or mumble to seem more authentic. Grrr. My daughter told me that at their house they are all watching films on TV with subtitles and discovered that it is helping my slow-reading grandson to be a better reader.

    You might like these books I have enjoyed —

    This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing, a WWII English memoir from Jacqueline Winspear

    Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, by Alan Alda

    Forbidden City, historical fiction centered around the life of a teenage girl in China during the 1960s cultural revolution, by Vanessa Hua

    Have a great week!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Barbara – Ed and I turned the subtitles on movies for the exact reason you mentioned, actors mumbling their best lines. :-) I never thought of them to help a child read, but that make so much sense – visual and audio together to learn. Thanks for the book recommendations. I added them to my list. Enjoy your week.

  7. Thanks for another great post. There was so much really useful content. I appreciate all the hard work you do in putting together really helpful ideas.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Linda – As I mentioned to another reader, putting a Style Scouting post together is easy compared to a project post. I enjoy finding inspiring ideas and links to share.

  8. Many years ago, I saw a program on PBS talking about happiness and it really stuck with me. It proclaimed there are only three things in life that make you really happy: 1. Family, friends, pets… some sort of relationship.
    2. Nature
    3. Some sort of creativity…which can take many forms.
    And the older I get, the more I find this is so true.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – I couldn’t agree more with the 3 things listed. Thanks for taking the time to share the list with me. I try to focus on each everyday. We truly do getting wiser as we age. :-)

  9. I want to be a European Auntie going to a Book Exchange Brunch! Love it!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Alison – :-). TikToker’s do come up with very fun names for decorating styles. :-) I loved the idea of the Book Exchange Brunch. I also saw one for Valentine’s Day where the guests came with their favorite Romance novel.

  10. I just got Deja Dead for FREE on kindle !! TY!
    Read.. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow ! Gabrielle Zevin ! I promise you will LOVE

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Patti – Thanks for the book recommendation. I just added it to my list. :-)

  11. Just finished the Nightengale by Kristen Hannah set in WW2 about sisters and resistance. Looking for my next book. Thanks for sharing your reads!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Laura – The Nightengale is one of those books that sticks with you for a while after you read it. It is one of my favorite books. I read it when it first came out and since then I look for more WW2 stories to read. My favorite genre. If you haven’t read it yet, check out All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It is just as good!