Do you ever find yourself obsessed with (or inspired by) something so comprehensively that it consumes your tastes and turns them on their head? I remember that after I saw Almost Famous, I became convinced I should have been born in the 70s, and as a result began reading, dressing, watching, and listening to anything that reminded me of my spirit decade. Lately, it’s been about Ireland for me, which is where Mood of the Week — an edited list of media to consume, clothes to buy or foods to eat inspired by something, be it a place, decade, situation, feeling — comes in. Here we go.
Listen to this: “Hozier,” Hozier
Hozier is the stage name and first album by Irish-born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, and I dare you not to fall in love while listening to this album (and also Google image search this attractive man). It’s the blues-meets-R&B you didn’t know you needed. His songs are, as expected from a man with such luscious ready-to-brood locks, beautifully dark: including “Take Me to Church,” a criticism of the toxic relationship between Catholocism and government, and “In a Week,” a lover’s tryst that ends with the pleasant image of corpses being devoured by nature in a field.
Read this: Nora Webster: A Novel by Colm Tóibín
Nora Webster follows a recently widowed woman named, uh, Nora Webster. Set in 1960s Ireland, the book explores Nora’s stages of grief as she moves through them with the help of her children and music. Tóibín is one of the few contemporary fiction writers who’s as critically acclaimed as he is commercially successful. He books are fully-realized-can’t-put town-character studies, and whether he’s writing from the perspective of Henry James, a housewife, or the Virgin Mary, you’ll be right there with him.
Bonus: His name’s doppelganger, also Irish, @colmtobin, is hilarious. See:
Watch This: Once
If I said things like “ripe with aural wonders,” that is exactly how I would describe this movie, a musical without corsets or jazz ensembles. Once follows an Irish street performer who meets a Czech flower seller when she asks him to fix her vacuum, and their attempt to turn their love story into a musical. It’s also a Broadway play, too.
Wear This: Oversized knits
Pull on one of these sweaters—in subdued colors that match the landscape— and cozy up next to your carpenter boyfriend (stuffed or human, you decide) in front of the fire while he sings folksongs that his grandmother taught him… or you know, just keep warm on the way to the drugstore.
Pin This: “Wild Irish Rose” from Vogue September 2013.
You know how Adam Driver is always shirtless? Well he’s not always shirtless while holding a sheep. If you were curious what that looks like, you have Annie Leibovitz to thank because she photographed him with Daria Werbowy in southern Ireland (where the model has a home) for the September 2013 issue of Vogue. Obviously, Daria slays it in oversized outwear while Adam is brooding in an overcoat in the shots where he’s allowed to wear a top. Farm animals abound.
So, should we get a drink? Or a chocolate bar?