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Illustrated rules for living with roommates

Illustrated rules for living with roommates. All true.

Issa Rae Insecure

Issa Rae, the creator and star of Insecure, is my new girl crush. “I had this idea for a show inspired by the style of comedy in Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office, but with this, like, eccentric black woman,” Rae told Refinery 29. “And then I read an article from a girl asking, ‘Where’s the black Liz Lemon? Where’s the quirky black girl like me that grew up in white environments?’ That was what I needed to kick my butt into high-gear because I was like, This is my idea, and if somebody else reads this article, they’re going to do it before me!”

High-Waisted Jeans

After Stella’s beauty uniform yesterday, many readers were asking about her favorite high-waisted jeans. Here they are!

Hillary Clinton Metrocard

The error page on Hillary Clinton’s website made me laugh.

P.S. More fun things, and the worst upstairs neighbors.

(Hillary’s page via Miss Moss.)

  1. Jennifer says...

    Thank you SO much for the lovely Stella’s beauty uniform post and for adding the link to her favorite high-waisted jeans! I have bought and returned so many much pricier pairs this season — Rag and Bone, Paige, Frame, etc. — the fit was always just a bit off for me. Finally made it into an Urban Outfitters today to try on in person and bought two pairs! If anyone’s thinking of purchasing online, for reference, I’m 5′ 8″ and 128 lbs, and the size 26 fits like a dream. One thing to note — I tried on four different pairs and each fit a little differently, but the key difference was the length. Two of the pairs were longer by at least an inch. So if length is an issue, would recommend trying on in store.

  2. Oh my gosh that error page is so funny!! Go Hillary #imwithher

  3. Leilani says...

    Cosigning those as the BEST jeans. <3

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      YES! xoxox

  4. Sarah says...

    Another fun thing: Sara Bareilles wrote a song for This American Life imagining what Obama thinks of Trump. It was performed by a Hamilton actor. It’s been stuck in my head for days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI8TCA3fJcs

    You may have already heard it but it’s worth mentioning in case you haven’t!

  5. Stacie says...

    Boy how those illustrations bring back pretty awful memories! The last one especially. I had roommates who would make sure the garbage was overflowing, then, instead of taking out the trash bag and putting a new one in – they would just get small plastic bags and litter those around the bottom of the regular trashcan until it looked like a landfill. It was horrifying. Sometimes it’s hard to believe people actually live like that. Or no, is that just me?

  6. Lauren says...

    I love Insecure! Favorite show on TV at the moment. At least once every few days I hear my husband humming “Broken P***y.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg i always get it stuck in my head, haha!

  7. Hahah love the gif on Hillary’s website :)

  8. Laura C. says...

    Haha those illustrated rules are the best

  9. I’ve been LOVING Insecure. I feel like TV has been super on point lately, between Divorce, Atlanta and especially, Fleabag — which I watched per your recommendation and was just blown away by. I honestly feel like you give a woman free reign to run a television show and the results are just amazing. Can’t wait to see what happens when a woman is running the country. (!!!)

  10. Ellen says...

    Haha, the illustrated rules post has me cracking up! Just sent the sex one to my housemate. Hopefully he and his lady friend will take the hint…

  11. Anna says...

    Bought them!!! Mom-wardrobe revamp!! So fun!

  12. oh my goodness, those rules for living with roommates! spot on.
    + those jeans look pretttty dang good!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com

  13. F says...

    Hahaha the illustrations of living with roommates are spot on! Btw, great timing, Joanna; I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and today created my own, it’s called: This is not funny (https://thisisnotfunnyblog.wordpress.com/). Thanks for playing a part in the process! xx

  14. Issa Rae is wonderful love her insight.

  15. Love love loved Issa since Awkward Black Girl, which is the webseries she made before Insecure. Insecure is like a well-funded version of ABG. That metro card error gif is too real.

  16. Yukie says...

    Issa Rae is wonderful! She’s narrating this week’s “Modern Love” podcast episode. I don’t know how she does it, but her storytelling perfectly captures the angst of modern-day dating.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Omg thanks for the heads up!! Xoxo

  17. For people with no HBO and/or Issa Rae crushes, her webseries on youtube, Awkward Black Girl is also hilarious (though with a slightly smaller production budget). She is so amazing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That is awesome to know! I’m excited to check it out. Also high maintenance was so good and started on Vimeo!

  18. Michelle says...

    I’ve watched the first couple episodes of Insecure and loved ’em. Issa Rae completely charmed me. :)

  19. Alice says...

    Insecure is my jam! She and her BFF are the best.

  20. Carrie says...

    That first one makes me SO glad it’s just my husband and I! We are the best suited house mates ever!

  21. Angela says...

    Please make this a weekly series
    I love what you find
    Total pick me up

  22. Candice says...

    My husband and I have an agreement wherein he takes care of bugs and I take care of rodents. We live in the country so you’d be surprised at how much more often my end up of the deal comes up!

  23. Sarah Beth says...

    Stella’s beauty uniform was one of my very favorites you’ve ever done, bc I could afford everything she uses! So often the women featured use products that are just out of my budget (which is fine! it’s super interesting to learn about the wide, wide world of beauty products, esp since I wash my face with clean and clear) but I loved that Stella’s was really realistic for me.
    And these jeans are, too! love.

    • Caitlin says...

      I completely agree!