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The List: A Very Happy Announcement (And Two Beautiful Things I Discovered From Instagram)

Plus the movie that will scare you but captivate you!

I used to say that when Jonah and I got engaged, I wouldn't share it on Instagram. After all, it's a pledge between two people, not thousands. We waited a few days to tell family, then a few more before telling friends, and then I realized just how many people there are to tell! Plus I kind of wanted to shout from the rooftops... And then I realized this wonderful truth: Announcing an engagement is the perfect excuse to catch up with old friends! I've had more hour-long conversations with people I haven't spoken to in years this past week than ever before. So here we go: Jonah and I are engaged! It's been such a happy whirlwind, and I'll be sharing the entire story (and the ring) very soon. But for now? Here's what else I'm loving this week: 


When one of my favorite producers of the podcast Radio Lab, Latif Nasser, compared the movie The Last Breath to Gravity, The Martian, and Touching the Void (three of my favorites), I knew I had to see it. It's the true story of a diver who gets trapped 90 meters below the surface of the North Sea on an oil rig. He barely has any oxygen left, and has no hope for a quick rescue. Watch it on Netflix here, then go watch Touching the Void if you've somehow never seen it (it's a movie I think about nearly every day)! 


I'm hardly the first person to come across @Gelcream, a mesmerizing beauty Instagram founded by former fashion editor at Russian Vogue Yana Sheptovetskaya. Her reviews of beauty products, held in her hand, are not only beautiful but informative, often introducing me to products I never would have heard of otherwise. Follow her here!


Though Julian Barnes' novel The Sense of an Ending came out seven years ago, it's having something of a resurgence—several friends have recommended it to me in the past several months, and I finally picked it up when I saw it featured at Powell's bookstore in Portland. The novel is around two-hundred pages but is an insightful, beautiful, and satisfying mystery with an ending I didn't see coming. I don't want to say much more, so as not to give anything away (I went into it with zero knowledge of the plot and I'm glad I did!). You can purchase it here.


I'm not sure how I first came across Elizabeth Hyland's Instagram profile, but I instantly fell in love with the photographer's aesthetic. When she posted a link to her Spotify profile though, I become a total devotee. Her music taste is ten out of ten, and she has a variety of thoughtfully curated playlists, though I've been loving her 'autumn mood' playlist in particular while I work. Listen here!

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