[Women in Art] First Snow by Robert Koehler (Circa 1895)

It is snowing here for the second time in three days; definitely not our first snow of the season, then, but this image speaks to me on multiple levels. Our house dates to the time of this painting. I love her beautiful blue dressing gown and the wistful intimacy of the setting. The colors, the composition, the mood that so readily crosses the centuries–all are things that I find very relatable.

First Snow by Robert Koehler (circa 1895)

May her serenity rub off on me.

Shopping for the Bookworm: Snowbound Edition

Big snow is a-coming this weekend! Well, maybe. The meteorologists cannot decide whether we are in for 2.5″ or 23.5″…no joke! Regardless of the outcome, this wait-and-see situation has me dreaming of snuggling on the sofa with my beasties, a good book (or three), and a bottomless supply of warm beverages. With that in mind, I’ve curated a handful of cozy, bookish items for this Snowbound Edition of Shopping for the Bookworm. Enjoy!

Quick! A blizzard’s on the way, let’s gather some essential bluestocking supplies!

A fragrant, on-theme candle:

Antique Books Candle by Werther & Gray. $19.00.

Fingerless gloves:

Fingerless Gloves by Gasspedals. $33.15.

Loose leaf tea:

Victorian Earl Grey


Chai Spice with Assam

Tea by Mary Cassatt, 1880. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Decadent hot chocolate:

Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate

Stylish socks:

Where the Wild Things Are Socks at Out of Print Clothing. $10.00.

An enveloping infinity scarf:

Chunky Infinity Scarf by Picton Elizabeth. $30.00.

A soft, classic blanket:

Pendleton National Park Motor Robe in Badlands Olive. $99.50.

Eight timeless books:

The Outermost House by Henry Beston

The Mystery of Everett Ruess by W.L. Rusho

Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph Gies and Frances Gies

Ansel Adams: An Autobiography by Ansel Adams

My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habegger

Lulu in Hollywood by Louise Brooks

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy

 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

And a few other ideas:

*Special treats for your furry friend(s)*

*Extra-thick moisturizer or lotion*

*Lip balm*

*A bottle of bubbly to shake up the hot drink monotony*

Advert for Debray Champagne by Pierre Bonnard, 1891.

*Homemade gingerbread cake* (I use the recipe from A Christmas Carol Cookbook)

What are your snowstorm essentials? Share them in the comment section!

“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall  can mean to a person.”–Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath