July 2016

By Camille Styles

You guys might have noticed that we took a hiatus from our monthly On My Nightstand series because, well, I took a bit of a hiatus from books in general! After Henry was born, life got really busy and our routine was shaken up, and in such times I tend to fill any little breaks in my schedule with quicker reads that don’t require much brain energy — magazines, blogs, and the like. But, I’m officially BACK to books! And I have so many I’ve been dying to share with you guys, but since I’ve also been getting tons of requests to share my current podcast and television addictions, I decided to broaden the scope. So, today kicks off our new monthly (or so) series where I’ll share what I’m reading, watching, and listening to — and loving — right now. Click through for July’s picks, and please please please leave a comment letting me know your current faves in each category!

*featured image via Sherie Muijs


32 Yolks, Éric Ripert and Veronica Chambers

On my recent trip to NYC, I devoured (pun intended) superstar chef Eric Ripert’s memoir that follows his life from (at times heartbreaking) childhood in France to the cutthroat Parisian kitchen of Joël Robuchon and beyond. It’s a beautiful reminder of how everything we experience, good and bad, shapes us, and Ripert stands out as one who seeks beauty and goodness in everything he creates.


GeorgiaDawn Tripp

This work of historical fiction follows the passionate romance of Georgia O’Keefe and famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz, but the even greater story is that of an artist developing her voice and discovering the courage to be a true original. The story is based on the actual events of O’Keefe’s life, and I felt like I got to know the woman behind the icon on a much more human level; the story also stoked my own desire to create and soak up beauty and art.


Malibu Farm CookbookHelene Henderson

This is one of those cookbooks that makes me want to make – and eat – every single recipe one by one. Started as an at-home supper club on Henderson’s own farm, Malibu Farm is now a destination restaurant on the end of a pier overlooking the Pacific. The cuisine is a true celebration of California’s seasonal bounty, and standouts from the cookbook so far have included Shrimp with Farro and White Beans, Miso-Marinated Black Cod, and Whole Wheat Berry Crumble.


10% Happier with Dan Harris: Episode 21 with Arianna Huffington

I’m addicted to the 10% Happier podcast in which Harris interviews some of the smartest and most successful people around about meditation and mindfulness, trying to answer his central question: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment? I love the one where he interviews Arianna Huffington about the importance of sleep; her own disciplined approach is pretty incredible coming from someone who runs one of the most successful 24/7 news outlets on the planet.


The Art of Charm: Episode 518 with Raj Raghunathan | If You’re so Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?

It was a happy accident that I stumbled upon this podcast and happened to start listening to it — it’s mostly targeted at guys! But the practical advice and wisdom that host Jordan gleans from his guests — some of the world’s best professional and academic minds, scientists, relationship experts, and entrepreneurs — applies to any goal-oriented person. I especially loved this interview with Raghunathan, who we interviewed back in April.


Camille’s Summer 2016 on Spotify

This is the playlist I’ve had on repeat on the weekends lately — it’s a happy mix of high-energy tunes that are perfect for running, cocktail drinking, dancing, or cleaning the house.


The Night Manager on AMC

Obsessed. Adam and I blew through this 6-part miniseries and were so sad when it ended. I’ve been describing it to friends as “like James Bond… but with actual great character development and acting.” Plus the fashion and vacation destination porn cannot be beat.


Chef’s Table Season 2 on Netflix

For all you fellow fans of Season 1, I feel like the producers took things to the next level with the most recent 6 episodes of this docuseries that profiles the world’s most renowned chefs. If I had to choose favorites: the Grant Achatz episode left me speechless at his level of genius; the Enrique Olvera episode had me craving tortillas and dreaming of a trip to Mexico city.