Design

Four Fun Things

Zadie Smith

Have you heard of Book Marks, which is like Rotten Tomatoes, but for books? It aggregates reviews from over 70 sources and averages them into a letter grade. That way, it’s easier to find books you’re really going to love.

Everlane skirt

When Alex and I were first dating, I was running late from work and ended up meeting him for a dinner in a cream sweater and pencil skirt. I felt a little work-y, but he flipped over it, and now I always keep an eye out for a pencil-skirt style. This cute new number fits the bill and would look so nice for the office (or dates, apparently).

A Cool Way to Serve Ice Cream

One cool way to serve dessert at a dinner party: Just put out ice cream pints and a pile of spoons. Says Yolanda from Momfilter: “We all eat out of the pints like we’re in college… The key is to have a nice range in flavor, and to have really good quality ice cream, because it actually becomes the conversation!” (Here’s a second fun way to serve it.)

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Ikea announced that they’re pushing to have even better design, but still keeping costs low. Also, fun fact from the New York Times: It’s said that one in 10 Europeans is conceived in an Ikea bed!

P.S. More fun things.

(Top photo of author Zadie Smith. Ice cream photo via Bon Appetit.)

  1. That skirt is perfection! Thanks also for turning me on to Everlane. I love their style and site!

  2. loved this one, so fun. I love when you feature something interesting culturally or about style, and not just sales or “buy this here”.

  3. Viviana says...

    The remaining 9 europeans were conceived on an IKEA sofa. ;)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahaha

    • so good.

    • J says...

      Just wanted to chime in to say, I’m sure nothing was meant by this, but this is the kind of thing that can be really painful to those struggling with infertility (i.e. the assumption that conceiving is an easy thing that is always achieved without medical intervention). Based on the statistics, there is a good chance that one of those ten were actually *not* conceived on a bed or a sofa. Those of us who struggle with infertility would like nothing more than to go the bed/sofa route, but that’s just not in the cards for us.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i totally understand, J. it must be so consuming. thinking of you and sending you a big hug. xoxo

  4. J says...

    Sigh…I wish my child was conceived in *any* bed, instead of in a doctor’s office. I have to remember that it’s a fertile person’s world and we fertility challenged people just live in it.

  5. Bean's Mom says...

    Ignore my last comment – I saw it on the Everlane site after the jump.

  6. Bean's Mom says...

    Where is the second photo from? I love those loafers!

  7. Constance says...

    I can certainly vouch for the Ikea fun fact! :D

  8. kate says...

    Has anyone tried the skirt from Everlane? I see tube skirt and immediately shy away because I fear it will be too tight across the butt. Has anyone tried on the skirt?

    Thank you!

  9. I love Everyone, so simple and practical! And that Ikea comment is amazing! My first daughter was absolutely conceived on an all IKEA bed set, lol! What a funny statistic to be apart of!

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  10. I haven’t heard of Book Marks, which is odd, as I’m such a bibliophile, but I just checked it out. I’m not totally understanding their algorithm, or why there’s only 2 books in the YA section, but perhaps I’ll keep an eye on it to see if it becomes useful.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha i guess i really love that photo! :) thanks, K.

  11. Heather says...

    I swear my husband and I have tried everything to conceive with no luck yet. Looks like I need to get an Ikea bed!! hehe

  12. if double dipping your chip is a faux pas how is it okay to put sucked on and licked spoons back into ice cream repeatedly? yuck.

    • alexandra says...

      Agreed, I don’t like that idea. Had to read twice to make sure that’s really what it said.

    • Louisa says...

      I was wondering this, too. Does everyone get their own pint? Or do you give everyone 5 spoons?

    • Lorange says...

      Same!! No thanks on other people’s germs. Even if you gave everyone a spoon for each kind of ice cream, that would mean one spoonful of ice cream…

  13. Alice says...

    Lol at the IKEA fact! Our kids were conceived in one! ;-)

    • Lol my first daughter was too!!

  14. Megan says...

    I love that skirt, but question — how does anyone find the time to hand-wash things? Maybe I’m just too busy/lazy, but I sometimes buy clothes with the aspirational goal of hand-washing them and then it just falls by the wayside underneath the pile of a billion other things I need to do. Maybe I could set aside a specific day to do a bunch of items at once… I really want that skirt!

    • Anna says...

      My make-the-handwash-happen routine goes like this:

      – throw piece of clothing in a mixing bowl or plugged sink (depending on the voluminousness of the fabric) with warm water and soap. Stir it around and squeeze it a few times; rub any obvious dirty spots (food etc.)
      – leave it while I go eat supper/do whatever I need to do. Ideally ~30 min
      (- ahem, often forget about it and leave it for hours/overnight)
      – stir it around and squeeze it a few more times, dump water, fill with rinse water, stir and squeeze, dump the water out, dry.

      Once you get into the habit it really takes very little active time!

    • Simone says...

      I throw hand wash only stuff in the machine on the wool/gentle cycle. Not ideal, but most of the time it works. I’ve only lost two items in all of the years I’ve been doing it, so it’s worth it for me, but YMMV and you’ve got to be willing to take the gamble.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i do the same for most things, unless it’s extra delicate.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      PS “YMMV” is a new one to me! :)

    • Or use Soak, then you don’t have rinse it.

  15. Lauren Lyons says...

    I love the ice cream idea! A fun way to serve it would be to dip it ahead of time in those wide-mouthed, half pint Mason jars + then pop them back in the freezer until needed. *Also, my hubby + I attended a fancy dinner party (in the Hamptons, so… you know, FANCY) + our host served individually wrapped Haagen Dasz ice cream bars in a cute basket + just passed it around. So cute + fun!

    • Rosemary says...

      What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Alice says...

      That’s a great idea!

  16. Natalie Brennan says...

    What a cute story of you and Alex’s date!

  17. Katherine says...

    Immediately bought that Everlane skirt :)

    I had a TA in university who used to wear a black pencil skirt with big, loose t shirts tucked in, penny loafers, and oversized earrings–she looked so cool! I’ve always wanted to recreate that look.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds really cute. or with hoop earrings.

  18. Lali says...

    As an avid reader, I hate the idea of Book Marks. Fiction is subjective and the idea of applying a grade to a work that someone spent months, maybe years creating (as opposed to a film, which is really a team effort)—it’s just awful.

    Love the dress pictured, however.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, that’s a good point, since you may really love a book that others (or critics) don’t. maybe book marks is best used as a way to figure out what books you probably WOULD like, and it seems good to remember not to discount books just bc they got a “low” grade. thanks, lali!

    • Reese says...

      I humbly disagree, as the average reader is still, in fact, a reader, with the inherent habit of “considering the source”. I wouldn’t expect a Dean Koontz fan to be blown out of the water by Alice Hoffman, for example. BookMarks is a great idea, if only to help you find reviewers with similar tastes, to help you find new authors you love.

  19. Sarah says...

    It took my mind a second to realize that if 1 in 10 Europeans is conceived in an Ikea bed, it doesn’t mean they were conceived in a bed at an Ikea store. I was so confused at first!

    • Michelle says...

      haha! I had the same fleeting confusion! :)

  20. Jenny says...

    Where is the gorgeous dress from in the first photo? LOVE.