Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Let me begin by saying I had no idea that The Zookeeper's Wife was a non-fiction novel. Had I known that from the on-set, I likely would not have read the book. However, I'm very happy I did not do my research prior to reading because I learned a lot of really interesting things about my favorite time in history - World War 2.
The Zookeeper's Wife describes the real life story of the Zabinksi's - the owners of the Warsaw Zoo during World War 2. We learn of their heroism and bravery in aiding the Jews during that awful time. Jan and Antonina Zabinski use the zoo as a hiding spot for countless refugees during the war. The cages of their zoo become homes for people instead of animals.
This book made me long to visit Poland and learn more about the country's history. I'm usually not a fan of non-fiction because I prefer to read books that have dialogue between characters. The Zookeeper's Wife, however, was incredibly interesting. I was surprised (though I shouldn't have been) that the Nazi's obsession with eugenics extended to animals too. They were constantly trying to get the purest breed.
I'm glad I was able to read this book before Hollywood turns it into a movie - the film is scheduled to hit the big screen in 2016. I hope that I am fortunate enough to travel to Poland sometime soon - I would love to visit the Warsaw Zoo.
*Collage created by Gabriela Monsanto.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Watch c/o: JORD
Hampton's Stack (L to R): Alex and Ani, LF Stores, David Yurman, JORD, Vintage, Tiffany & Co., Lucky Brand, Alex and Ani
In anticipation of the upcoming summer season I wanted to share a new favorite accessory - my JORD watch. The JORD watch's main feature is the wood it's crafted from. I absolutely love the light colored maple that the watch is made of - it goes with everything. Perhaps my favorite feature, however, is the rose gold face. The watch is perfect for summer as the maple band is very breathable - my wrist is never too hot while wearing the watch.
I styled the watch two ways above - one for the Hamptons and one for NYC. I imagine myself wearing the watch with a lot of silver bracelets in the Hamptons for a more vintage inspired look. In my opinion NYC is more playful, so I styled the watch with my hello bracelet and sparkly stone bangle.
While I'm planning to wear the watch for my summer escapades, I know I will also be wearing it for many more seasons to come.
*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Sweatshirt: Joe Fresh, Necklaces: David Yurman & Onecklace, Bag: Chanel, Bracelets: La Joli Bijou, Pants: J. Crew, Shoes: Vans
*Photographs taken by the BF.