Design

Four Fun Things

A Blush Trick

The trick to a getting a rosy glow is to put cream blush on your cheeks AND the bridge of your nose. That’s where you get sun-kissed after a day at the beach, right? I’ve been doing it lately and it looks so natural and summery.

Six Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Working

One woman shares six things she wishes she knew when she started working. (I really liked #4.)

Everlane Summer Collection with Gia Coppola

Everlane teamed up with filmmaker Gia Coppola (Sofia’s niece) for a California-inspired capsule collection. A great vibe for the summer.

How to Cut Pizza

The the easiest way to cut pizza, according to Italian grandmas, is a… pair of scissors. #foreheadslap

(Top photo by Doen. Blush tip by Eva Mendes, via Three Chairs. Illustration by Emily Zirimis for Man Repeller. Pizza photo by Alex Lau for Bon Appétit.)

  1. Lucy says...

    Swedish people use kitchen scissors to cut their pizza too, soo smart!

  2. You could rock it as a Doen model, Joanna. Just saying. That first image is totally you!

  3. Becky says...

    Also, cut kids spaghetti with kitchen shears. There is really no other way!

  4. Nicole Brant says...

    That model in the top pick by Doen is just so beautiful. I love her natural look.

  5. Summer says...

    Wait, the woman that wrote the work place article has only been in the working world for 5 years? I’m so impressed – I seriously just got the dumb questions memo about a month ago, and I’m a decade older. She’s going places!

    And I need more info about pizza scissors. I’m pretty jazzed about this. Sidenote: just explained kitchen scissors to my husband recently when I caught him opening an amazon with them. :|

  6. i graduated to cutting my pizza with scissors when my 10 billionth pizza slicerer broke… i’ve never looked back, it really is so much easier!

  7. Scissors to cut pizza?! I never would have thought of that but now I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing it and the other fun reads.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  8. Jessica says...

    such a fun list! Love the pizza tip.

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  9. Mollie says...

    I have always used scissors to cut pizza because it seriously is way easier but my boyfriend gives me a hard time about it! I feel so vindicated!!!

  10. Noelle says...

    I love the work tips. Especially #6. I think I spent my 20’s obsessing about what people thought of me. Every time I made small mistakes, I was sure I was going to get fired, although no one else probably even noticed. Now at 36, and managing my own business, I know that no one was really thinking about me as long as I got the job done and was pleasant to be around. A shot to my 20-something ego for sure :)

  11. “If an item on your to-do list takes more than an hour, it’s not broken down enough.” I am going to use that tip today!

  12. Caz says...

    Haha the first time I saw a Spanish flatmate cutting pizza with scissors (when there was a pizza cutter available) I thought “That’s odd… but GENIUS!” I also use them for quedsadillas and to cut tortillas into wedges (to toast and dip in hummus). I also use them to chop up some herbs, directly over the dish, rather than cutting them on a board and then trying to scrape all the little bits off. All hail the mighty kitchen scissors.

  13. J says...

    I have always cut pizza with scissors, so much less mess.

  14. I love the pizza scissors tip! Go Italian grandmas. Actually come to think of it my Mum uses scissors in the kitchen for just about everything: broccoli, chicken breasts, sausage meat… The must-have kitchen tool. Great links, Jo.

    Quick note – I’ve been a long time reader, slow commenter but when I first started blogging you used to post sweet comments on my posts – it meant a lot to me and I’ve never forgotten. Now I’m back blogging, so (shameless plug) if you want more grandma cooking tips and recipes I’d really be honoured if you’d check out my page.

  15. bethany says...

    I married an italian, and that’s where the cutting pizza with scissors had to end. My mom always did it, but my husband sees it as a food crime…

  16. Meg says...

    My mama always used scissors for pizza and pizza cutters for pancakes! Swoosh swoosh swoosh and wha-lah, bite size pancake pieces for all the kids. :)

  17. Sandy says...

    Scissors are also great for cutting pitas and herbs!

    Great little tips!

  18. We use our Kitchen scissors for everything! Pizza, salad, fruit, etc. I have a couple. I also use it on raw salmon its the easiest way to get nice 5-6 oz pieces. These are hands down my favorite https://www.amazon.com/J-A-Henckels-International-Kitchen-Shears/dp/B00023C6K2

    I’ve always added a little blush to my nose, but now I’ve been experimenting with Benefit highbeam highlighter (a dab on the tip of the nose).

    xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  19. Good tips! I’ve been doing bronzer on the bridge of my nose lately, but I’ve never thought to try blush! I can’t wait to give that trick a shot.

    Keshia
    http://www.queenlifeblog.com

  20. Mac says...

    My mom always used “pizza scissors,” which I thought was totally normal until I hosted a party in high school and everyone there harassed me about it. I feel so validated now!

    • Kathryn says...

      I had the same thing! My friends were like, erm, what are you doing?! when I whipped out the scissors to cut pizza, but it works so well.

  21. It seems like just yesterday that *Sofia* Coppola was the fresh new filmmaker and It Girl. Now it’s her niece? Gee, I feel old. And where does the time go?

    • Allegra says...

      I feel old, too. I remember when it used to be “Francis Ford Coppola’s…” and I guess for this (our) generation it’s “Sofia’s…”. Where did the time go, indeed. Sofia Coppola’s films are my absolute favorites, though. Can’t wait for the next one.

  22. Emily says...

    I use scissors for cutting pizza and lettuce for thin salads! It’s the best. It was actually my Italian grandfather who made dinner one night that had a salad cut so perfectly. We then found out that the secret was kitchen scissors. What a god send!

  23. I have never cut food with scissors, don’t know why! Doesn’t seem like the right thing to do?

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

  24. pizza? girl cut everything with scissors. cuts of meat or fish. green bean ends. asparagus. bread, especially when cutting up baguettes for a crowd and you want it to look uniform and not like you ripped off a big chunk to eat before everyone got there.

    • Ksm says...

      Yesss scissors are my go to kitchen tool for everything thick skinned (meat), Just not people. :)

  25. I had friends who always used scissors to cut their pasta! I loved those 6 things about working… such great advice, I think regardless of early or late you are into your career.

  26. jean says...

    I love #6. So true.

  27. jen says...

    Ha! I’m an Italian grandma. Ive always thought it was stupid to cut pizza with a knife or wheelie thing when you have kitchen scissors! Love that blouse on the first pic.

  28. I recently went to dinner to a restaurant where they serve all of their pizzas with scissors! It was definitely a game changer.

  29. Angela Z. says...

    Cream blush recommendations?

    • omg! great trick, whatever lipstick/balm you are wearing, use it on your cheeks and pat it out. it looks so naturally flush! or tarte cheekstains are great as well.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes to lipstick as blush! i do that, too, and always kind of laugh at myself bc it feel like such a grandma trick :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Also I love nars multiples and Megan swears by Laura Mercier cream blush.

  30. Christie says...

    Love all of these, but I do wish people would stop saying ‘sun-kissed’. If you are red on the bridge of your nose it means you have been burnt (and put yourself at risk for skin cancer). It doesn’t really encourage being safe in the sun when we use words like ‘sun-kissed’.
    Take it from an Aussie.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a good point, christie. thank you.

    • i’m also an aussie & i think there’s a big difference between sun-kissed & sunburnt…

  31. Doglover says...

    Funny thing, last night I cooked up some pepperoni pizza. And out came the scissors.. It’s like you were right there watching me and taking notes haha.

  32. People always look at me like I’m crazy when I cut pizza with scissors. But it’s just so darn efficient. I grew up with scissor-cut-pizza; there’s not turning back now.

  33. jean says...

    The girl in that photo looks like you, Jo! You are both naturally beautiful.

  34. Ha yep. My mom always has kitchen scissors she uses ALL the time– pizza being one.

  35. I love putting a little bit of blush on my nose. Sometimes I’ll also quickly sweep it across my eyelids for a natural glow!

    http://www.thebeautydojo.com

  36. Amanda says...

    My cousin recently introduced me to cutting quesadillas with scissors (kitchen shears), too. Genius !

  37. I totally do the pizza thing! Except I use kitchen shears instead of scissors. :)

  38. It’s like you’re reading my mind – I was JUST on Everlane’s website looking through that capsule collection!

    Also, in lieu of an actual cream blush, I just use Burt’s Bees lip crayon. It’s all-natural and costs less than $10! I’ll have to put a dab on the bridge of my nose tomorrow.

    • oh and I’ve been totally craving pizza the past few nights – time to put the scissors trick to work!

  39. I’ve been defending my pizza scissors use for the last 10 years, I think! I shall refer all naysayers to this post from now on. Pleased it’s now getting the recognition it deserves!

  40. Iaia says...

    I agree on cutting pizza with scissors… and of course I am Italian!

  41. Jen says...

    I also use scissors to cut bacon and green onions.

    • jen says...

      Yes! Why do they chop green onions on cooking shows? Just slice them up with your kitchen scissors.

  42. Stephanie says...

    Scissors are seriously the BEST way to cut pizza. My fiance and I first saw this when we went WWOOF-ing in Italy a few years ago. They used scissors at every farm we were at! Genius.

  43. So funny–I grew up in a household where pizza was cut with scissors and now I’ve got my husband and 2 sons trained to do the same and there is not a lick of Italian in our heritage! Also love the working advice. I’ve recently started an on-site freelance job after years of working strictly on my own and these are good little reminders for me as I try to navigate the working world again!