18 Pretty Pieces

Winter Wishlist

During these grey winter days, we keep finding ourselves gravitating toward soft pinks and pretty florals. Here are a few pieces we’ve had our eyes on, from collared sweaters to velvet pumps…

Thoughts? What have you been drawn to lately?

P.S. Another easy winter look, and five cool outfits to copy.

(Top photo of this pullover sweater.)


Beauty Uniform: Helen Levi

Beauty Uniform: Helen Levi

Helen Levi is one of the most admired potters in the design world (we want to fill our homes with her colorful planters and vases) and one of the most down-to-earth people we know. She lives and works in Brooklyn with her dog, Billy, always by her side. Here, she talks about how her career path took an unexpected turn, the childhood hairstyle she still wears and the French drugstore product she can’t live without…

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Celebrating Women This Week

Women's March on Washington Tattly temporary tattoos

It’s inauguration week, and the Women’s March is this Saturday. How are you feeling? It’s stirring to see all the ways people are getting involved — making posters, informing themselves, traveling to D.C. Here are six things that have us fired up, including these Tattly temporary tattoos, above, which will be available from different ambassadors later this week.

Women's March on Washington

Illustrator Samantha Hahn created eight different versions of this beautiful poster for Cup of Jo readers. You can download them here. Since signage on sticks is prohibited at the march, you could always mount a sign on foam board and then carry it loud and proud.

Women's March on Washington downloadable posters

Steve Green, who co-owns the Portland store Field Trip, gave the Hillary Clinton slogan “I’m with her” a new life on posters for the Women’s March. (How great is that type?) If you live in Portland, you can go to Field Trip on Friday to pick up a free one, or you can download and print them in two different sizes here. (Find more great posters here, here and here.)

Women's March on Washington books

A galvanizing list of 27 books we can read to better understand the world around us. I’m currently reading this, and I really loved Lindy West’s smart and funny memoir on gender politics and fat shaming. (She read a great excerpt on This American Life.)

Women's March on Washington

Here’s the front page of the New York Times from Martin Luther King Day. Notice anything awesome? Edited by Carolyn Ryan, the page featured stories written by eight diverse female reporters. “Happened mainly by chance but still made me happy,” Ryan said. Zoom in, if you’d like.

Women's March on Washington

Remember seeing the Obama HOPE poster everywhere eight years ago? A new Kickstarter project, by street artists, including Shepard Fairey, intend to “disrupt the rising tide of hate and fear in America” with powerful and optimistic images. For example, this pack of stickers and badges is available for a $25 donation.

Lots of love to everyone! Here’s our Women’s March cheat sheet. Will you be marching in Washington or elsewhere on Saturday?

P.S. Raising race-conscious children, and on being a feminist.


Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend

What are your plans for the weekend? After begging for years, the boys have finally worn us down and we are going to Chuck E. Cheese’s. Please wish us luck! :) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Homeland’s sixth season premieres this Sunday!

Three-ingredient macaroni and cheese.

The one question I ask new entrepreneurs.”

This cartoon made me laugh.

A sweet mindfulness game for kids.

Michelle Obama’s got late night show hosting skills.

What life was like in 2007, haha.

Beyoncé and Solange on the value of being control freaks.

Four couples built tiny houses so they could live next to each other!

I read this book about autism on the plane last weekend, and it was fantastic.

One way to raise 12 kids. (Wow!)

Groomsmen goals.

A pretty shirt.

Also, for parents-to-be: I wish this awesome breast pump had existed when I had my babies. Developed by fed-up parents, the pump uses water instead of air to make pumping more comfortable, efficient and quiet. Bravo.

(Photo by Kendra Smoot. Entrepreneurs and 12 kids via Swissmiss. 2017 via Jocelyn Glei.)