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Super, Pretty, Funny n°44



Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

After a few whirlwind weekends away, I am ready to settle into the London transition into winter. I’m ready for warm beverages, comfy scarves, big homemade batches of chili and evenings in with my nose buried in a book. I’ve been pretty bad at catching up on my internet perusing as of late, but after a Saturday spent being a complete hermit (bliss), here are some of my favorite recent finds.

Happy Tuesday!


The Serial podcast (so addicting… the suspense might kill me.) And the Stuff You Should Know podcasts.

“Le Big Mac.” Its been 20 years since Pulp Fiction was released. Some behind-the-scenes stories.

This autumn butternut squash soup with sausage and kale.

This book.

Convinced this is still the best show on TV right now… funny now to look back at how it started.

An AMAZINGly read-able guide to the US Midterm elections from the geniuses over at The Skimm.


What’s that, Vogue? A November cover shoot with Natalia Vodianova shot by

Absolutely stunning photo essay of Paris – you’ll be thrown back in time.

J. Crew making me want all the things (again)


The penguins were the best thing about Madagascar and now they have their own movie. With Benedict Cumberbatch. I’m in.

Everything Neil Patrick Harris does. Can’t wait for him to host the Oscars.

Photo from Amsterdam by Jess-On-Thames

Super, Pretty, Funny no 43




This picture is neither super nor pretty but it ended up being rather funny. Yes, after two faithful years, my hand-me-down iPhone 4 bit it on a Dutch cobblestone last weekend. Three days before my new iPhone 6 showed up*. If that isn’t timing, I don’t know what is. Goodbye, first little smartphone. You were a wonderful sidekick.

(Full disclosure – I am too attached to my phones and I like it that way.)

I am stuck inside while some roof repair is being done on my apartment this weekend. But if you are looking for some Sunday distractions, below are some recent favorite links. And be sure to check out #LDNBoggersTea on Twitter and Instagram today – a lovely group is sampling the Christmas Tea at the Conrad St James this afternoon. (Yes, Christmas Tea in September. It is a preview, but still, this is what happens when you don’t have Thanksgiving and jump straight from summer to sleigh bells.) Currently cursing the roof repair gods that I can’t join them!


Fascinating look at US girls names in the last 50 years… watch Jessica rule the 80s!

A contentious green space in Paris

10 lessons I’ve learned in my career by Cup of Jo

Man Repeller interviews Jenna Lyons

The science behind caffeine

The pirouetting Buckingham Palace Guard (just in case you haven’t seen him yet)


Scratch that… this is beautiful: The Voyageur

This post… which has me craving polished Sunday mornings, croissants, Paris and jewellery at the same time


Benedict Cumberbatch can’t say “penguin”


Tiny Detectives

*I’ve never had anything brand new from Apple – so exciting!

Going to Amsterdam and not seeing anything



Black and white Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

When I say “not seeing anything”, I am half lying. What I mean is I never stepped foot in a museum or a tourist site. And that’s because I went to Amsterdam and just walked the canals for three straight days. And it was lovely.

Indian summer in Amsterdam is gorgeous. (Slightly humid and there was a confrontation with a mosquito of gigantic proportions, but otherwise, gorgeous.) Discovering a new city just at the point where the leaves start to change and there’s that tiny shiver in the air once the sun goes down is the best. Arriving in a huff after my first trek out of Luton Airport (verdict: it beats Gatwick but I’m still not used to this take a bus then a train then a shuttle then a plane then a shuttle then a train again then a bus again routine that seems to have crept into my travel itineraries lately), I found our little AirBnB houseboat by the tune of a grand piano being played inside. As I crept down the stairs, I saw boats sailing by out the open windows, most of them with music of their own playing and with picnics spread out – it felt like everyone in town was enjoying the last days of summer.

I dropped my bags and ran outside. And that’s basically how it went for consecutive three days. Up one canal and down another. Glancing down on a side street, deciding it looked worth exploring and then wandering to our little hearts content (and rather to the woe of our little feet.)

Amsterdam surprised me. I naively expected it to be like other Dutch cities I had visited and rather stupidly thought it might look somewhat like Flanders. But Amsterdam has a style all to its own. Not a harmonious style grant you… its hard to reconcile the gorgeous architecture with what you see in certain red tinted windows. Or to pass by mountains of colorful flowers only to catch a whiff out of a coffee shop. Or to realise, yes, that is someone carrying a cello on a bicycle and he’s going so quickly he almost ran me over. But that unexpected, informal, convivial atmosphere is everywhere and it just makes you want to explore more.

So we will just have to visit you again, Amsterdam. Next time, the Rijksmuseum will be my first stop.

The stork house in Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

The Amstel River, Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Cafe in Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Houseboat in Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Tiny car in Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

Amsterdam // Jess-On-Thames

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