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Have a Great Weekend.

Have a Great Weekend

What are you up to this weekend? We’re having a family picnic at Central Park tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to seeing The Lobster with a friend. It looks so weird and good! Hope you have a relaxing one, and here are a few links from around the web…

You can now rent Julia Child’s Provence cottage on Airbnb.

Frog and Toad and the self.

Cannot WAIT to read Tig Notaro’s book.

Don’t be late, haha.

How to cook with a child.

Teared up at this dad’s story of taking a trip alone.

This dress is really beautiful in person.

Yes! Love these same-sex weddings cards: men and women.

Photographing the real Barack Obama.

Productivity is really about what you don’t do. (Worth reading.)

The one-inch way to make your home look more welcoming.

We’re obsessed with this cover up in our office. It makes skin glow.

The simplest pasta that you won’t forget.

(Photo by Stella Blackmon.)

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  2. Sasha says...

    I’m trying the mushroom pasta this week, yum! Two favorite, eat, you-don’t-need-a-recipe pasta ideas. One, barely saute chopped garlic and pepper flakes in some olive oil, add lemon juice and salt, toss with hot pasta and lots of parm. Two, chop fresh tomatoes (the garden!!), olive oil, salt, pepper, minced or chopped garlic and either chopped fresh basil and serve with fresh mozz, OR lime juice, cilantro, chili powder, cumin and chevre. Toss with hot buttered pasta. Easy!

  3. Tricia says...

    In Search of Lost Me…AMAZING! What a beautiful display of fatherhood. And his reference to Newark…hilarious and absolutely dead on!

  4. Shannon says...

    Love the Obama photographs. I will miss him in office.

  5. Kim Bowers says...

    Hi Joanna!

    Long time reader, first time poster (I think!).

    I loved the simple pasta dinner…I made it yesterday and it was seriously delicious. I’ve gotten in a wonderfully bad habit of making fresh pasta on Sundays and this was the best sauce I’ve tried yet – thank you!

    Also, I read Paul’s book over the past couple of days and let me just say, wow. His clear voice, intellect and beautiful writing style made for a book that stays with you long after Lucy’s lovely epilogue. I have pretty much recommended it to everyone I see; even strangers in the book store.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, kim. that is really really nice of you to say.

  6. AG says...

    The photos of president Obama were moving and wonderful. Thank you for sharing them.

  7. Marie says...

    Hi Joanna!

    I have been a reader for seven(!) years now. Favorite morning ritual! You write the best blog.

    Next week Im moving to Athens to work as an intern at the embassy for six months. So excited to move to Greece, however I am super wtf-confused about what to wear. HOW does one dress for an office environment in 100+ degrees? Hopefully AC, but anyways. :)

    Was just wondering if you could write a post about summer office wear? I always love your style posts. Some blogs are way to conservative when suggesting office wear (I still want to look like myself please), while others get crazy fashionista ambitious.

    Crossing my fingers and toes. Have a great summer!! :D

  8. Ahhh, I still have the Frog and Toad books that we read to our son, now to his son. Sweet memories .

  9. Eliot says...

    I’m so glad you’re going to see The Lobster! I’ll admit that when I left the film I was rather shaken up but I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind for days. The heart-stopping ending allows you to see the film as either hopeful or bleak…I think it depends on your own experiences in love. It undoubtedly speaks to the current societal pressure to couple up by a certain age or be seen as sort of sub-human. As a late 20s woman who refuses to get married simply to make others feel comfortable with my life choices (and also has graduate school at the top of her priority list), I deeply feel the judging eyes of friends, family, and even strangers to pick a man, settle down, and be “normal.” The Lobster is beautifully shot, impeccably acted, hilarious, and one of the most disturbing movies I’ve ever seen. If you can bear it, avoid covering your eyes at the end…

    The pictures of President Obama are incredible. Thank you for sharing!

    • Kate says...

      I had such a difference experience of this movie. I really enjoyed the first half in the hotel, but found the second so dark and unnecessarily violent. Though to it’s credit, it was unlike any movie I’d seen before. We were also the only people in the cinema (Prince Charles, London), which made the whole thing seem a little stranger!

  10. The photographs of President Obama straight-up made me cry! Beautiful imagery.

  11. yael steren says...

    Hope you had a great time at the show!!! Yesterday I took it easy and enjoyed the beautiful weather! Today I am shopping for a client!!! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  12. catalina says...

    I wish we had a president as charismatic and smart and funny as Obama. What an awesome man! I’d love to own one of those pictures!!
    Thanks for posting them!

  13. Lauren Weathersby says...

    Hi! I was curious, what did you think of The Lobster? I saw it Friday night, and it was not quite what I expected. Very creative, no doubt about it.

  14. S says...

    Have been using uncover-up by RMS for years. Great choice, though can be oily and you really need to work with it if you’re on the oily side (powder on top). The Living Luminizer is also cult-like!

  15. Becky says...

    Every week, these are SO. Good. Thanks for the great work. Xo

  16. Sophie says...

    Just thought I would warn you that The Lobster is actually really gruesome – the trailer makes it look like a comedy but it really isn’t, it’s very disturbing, I actually left well before the end because it was so dark. I would recommend you read some of the violence ratings etc before you go to it because if you’re at all sensitive it’s not a nice way to spend an evening.

    • shopgirl says...

      I agree very much, I also left before the end. Some scenes are very brutal, the one with the battered dog…. still can not think of it, I did not see any satire in this …. not for sensitive souls.

    • Kate says...

      Agree about the scene with the dog… so unnecessarily cruel and disturbing!

    • Sarah says...

      My sister called me to warn me not to see The Lobster because she was so upset about how graphically violent it was! It definitely wasn’t mentioned in any of the reviews, which I think is a shame for people who thought they were going to see a quirky art movie not expecting to see such upsetting visual images. It seems like we are expected to be so desensitized to everything now. I feel like graphic sexual content always gets a warning but apparently our culture still feels that’s worse than blood and gore!

  17. I’d be interested to know your thoughts about The Lobster – I had to stop watching it. I love independent films, with challenging or interesting story lines, but this film had such a bizarre mix of lightness of touch yet sinister undertones that it unnerved me. Let me know what you think!

    • shopgirl says...

      For me one of the few movies where I had to leave the cinema in the middle of play (I remember only The Green Mile).
      It was cruel, disturbing, depressing and to me not even a little funny. Could not watch till the end …

  18. This is my favorite “weekend around the web” post you have ever posted and I have been following a long time. I loved every link.

  19. A picnic in Central Park!
    This summer I’m going to travel to NY with friends and family… It could be a great idea to do a picnic. I hope you can write a post about this.

    Enjoy it!

  20. Michelle says...

    Hi Jo!

    Love this site and read it daily. Would you consider doing a post on chic clothes that aren’t technically for nursing, but could facilitate it if needed? Would love to know which clothes on everlane, Aritzia, Madwell etc. I could buy. Would need to be tested by someone I suppose, as it is hard to tell online. I have read your posts on breastfeeding clothes (Ie. boob design) but I’m looking for more options that would allow me to dress like my old self and can be worn when no longer nursing.

    Thanks!
    Michelle

  21. Jill says...

    I love that photo by Stella! It has such a warm intimate feel.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Ah, thank you so much, Jill! You made my day!

      Stella xx

    • S says...

      I know – it’s making me want to plan my next trip to NYC! Great pic!

  22. I most appreciate your links. Like commenters above, it moved me to see Obama’s pictures. But the caption on the little boy’s pictures is strange to me and something I can’t fully understand in American culture and that for a long time was kind of a joke around Europe “the most powerful man in the world”. Maybe a little too much? Maybe the most powerful man in America and even that, we are not sure.

  23. Laura C says...

    The Obama photos are really moving. And thank you for the productivity advice!

  24. I always look forward to these weekend posts of yours! I especially love the mention of cooking with children and the productivity read. Wishing you a lovely picnic! We are attending a pride-themed story time at our local library tomorrow and I guess I will attend to my trail run training! I have just started a series on interviewing creatives on my blog, http://www.thewefiles.com

    Happy weekend!

  25. Amanda says...

    Could you do a post with more details about the RMS uncover up? I’d love to see a tutorial and learn more about their products!

    • Tyler says...

      me too me too! very tempted to buy it but would love a full cup of jo review :)

    • Jessica says...

      I would love to know more as well! There are no reviews on the Nordstrom website, but I am intrigued by their beautiful colors!

  26. Charli says...

    I love it when my favorite blogs link to each other. I’ve read that Orangette post before and I just read it all the way through again and I don’t even have kids. Molly is my parent role model.

  27. Oh, have so much fun on your picnic! And imagine staying in Julia Child’s cottage?! J’adore! <3

  28. Wow, I love the idea of staying at Julia Child’s Provence cottage, it looks so lovely.

  29. Annie says...

    Just yesterday I read that Tig and her wife Stephanie are expecting twins! After seeing her documentary, on your recommendation, I almost feel like I know them! It honestly made me tear up.

  30. Theresa says...

    I teared up over the photos of President Obama. I’ve been following Pete Souza during both terms and he has amazingly captured President Obama. Thank you for this link…

  31. I love the article on fatherhood.

  32. Katie says...

    RMS products really do give you a glow. I purchased a few of her products (late night online impulse buying after a write-up on the old ROOST blog) a couple years ago and remember applying the uncover up, luminizer, and a cheek/lip color before a date with my husband. I looked like I had no make-up on, had just come back from the beach, and my skin was dewy and glowy like it hadn’t been since I was 19. And, it helped clear up my skin — it’s just made with natural ingredients and a coconut oil base. Also, the value? A little glass container is only about $30-40 and they last forever, you need so little at a time.

    Okay, I’m done gushing.

    • Jessica says...

      Thanks for this review! I just may take the plunge.

  33. Absolutely love the photos of Obama. Politics aside, there is something wonderful to be said about having someone so human in a place of power.

  34. Heather says...

    The Obama photos are making my eyes well up – particularly the one where the boy touches his hair. <3

    Sigh. I wish I could vote for Obama again.

  35. The Obama photos, wow. Amazing.

  36. Those pictures of Obama nearly had me weeping in my office. I miss that man so much, and he’s not even gone yet. I’m usually very wary of charisma, but he’s just so charming and brilliant that even my crotchety old heart has room for him.

    I also really loved the article about the dad traveling alone. You just can’t go back to life before kids, and it took me a long time to learn that I don’t want to. I used to love the quiet, and now when I’m home alone I always play music because it feels so sad not to be in the middle of a raucous!

    The Frog and Toad books were the very first books I learned to read on my own and I love to read them to my children. They’re such sweet simple stories on the surface, but speak so much about humanity. I love knowing more about the story behind these books. In another article I read about this story Mr. Lobel’s daughter said of his early death “think of all the stories we missed.” So wrenching.

  37. Ashley says...

    I hope you enjoy The Lobster! Definitely a weird one, but by far the most unique movie I’ve seen in a long time. I’d say it’s somewhere between Charlie Kaufman and Wes Anderson in feeling.

    Which shade do you use in the Un-Cover Up?

  38. Love the productivity article. Things you need to think about every single day.

  39. Abbie says...

    Joanna, have you ever done a gift guide for young graduates? Women in particular who you might not know terribly personally but would like to give at least a thoughtful, if not meaningful gift to? (Babysitters, younger relatives, girlfriends of close friends/family). Would love your particular insight on the perfect gift for a rising adult that’s both hip and worthwhile. Happy Friday!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a great idea! i remember really wanting cash as a graduate:) i honestly think that’s the most appreciated gift!

    • wkwr says...

      My mom gave me and several of my friends personalized Thermoses with a thoughtful note about finding success (with the aid of coffee) as we entered the “real world.” At the time I thought it might just collect dust in the kitchen of my first apartment, but I have to say I use it almost every day to bring coffee to work (so much better then in the break room!). I’ve heard similar things from my friends who received one. Moms are always wiser than we think! ;)

    • Tyler says...

      I received a leather portfolio embossed with my initials for my college graduation ten years ago. I still use it daily :)

    • Sarah says...

      A high school teacher gave me a really great tip on this. If it is a high school student graduating and planning to attend a particular college or vocational school, a gift card to that college’s bookstore helps a lot.

  40. I just saw The Lobster last weekend and I thought it was fantastic! People who don’t like it are missing the satire; so no, it’s not for everyone, but if you are a film buff and a lover of satire, you’ll appreciate its subtleties.

    The ending also is a thinker, so don’t just write it off – my husband and I continued discussing the whole film through dinner afterwards and randomly all week. The best kind of stories are the ones that get you thinking, and this one requires some brain-work on the side of the viewer. It’s not a passive movie, and it definitely doesn’t hold your hand to show you what every single scene is supposed to mean.

    You’re so clever, Joanna, I’m sure you’ll appreciate it!

    • Erin S says...

      I totally agree with you, Tanith! My husband and I LOVED The Lobster.

      I think that Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz bring warmth to the movie and keep it from becoming as bleak as it could be. I was fascinated by how quickly the rules of the society in the movie become ingrained in the mind of the viewer. I think our standard for morality and right vs wrong can so easily be shifted depending on outside sources.

      And the ending! Like you said, I have been mulling over since Saturday.

      Hope you and your friend like the movie, Joanna!

  41. Heather says...

    The photos of President Obama brought tears to my eyes!

  42. Those photos of the President are wonderful. I hadn’t seen most of them before.

  43. Natalie says...

    YAASSS for RMS un cover-up! I’ve been using it for years. Have you tried the living luminizer or lip/cheek tints? With all three, there’s been days that only RMS is on my face. So easy, fresh and naturally dewy!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is awesome!!

  44. heather says...

    Let us know what you think of The Lobster! Looks so weird!

    I love those photos of the President. They made me tear up.

    What shade do you get that cover up in?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i always get the lightest shade in any makeup, i’m so pale!

  45. Bax says...

    I’ve convinced my friend to go and watch The Lobster with me and when the movie ended, he stood up, pointed a finger at me and said, “we will talk about this when we get home!”:) I laughed so hard. Seriously, we hated the movie. It is just horrible.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg no way!! hahaha maybe we will see Nice Guys instead.

    • Bax says...

      I was really surprised that that it got such great reviews. I mean, it is weird and dark. But some scenes are just disgusting. Please, if you do decide to see it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

    • Tyler says...

      I did hear Nice Guys is great!