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Have a Beautiful Weekend.

Have a Beautiful Weekend

What are you up to this weekend? We’re hosting a low-key dinner party tonight — and might do this conversation starter. Otherwise we’ll be cozying up and daydreaming about spring. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

The trailer for Veep Season 6!

What a powerful photo essay.

The case for walkable streets: “Researchers found that if someone shifts from a long commute to a walk, their happiness increases as much as if they’d fallen in love.”

If you’re into toast, how about fried toast?

Wishlisting this pretty shirt for the spring.

Interracial couples talk about seeing Get Out together.

The greatest gif, haha.

Creamy lemon pasta.

Woman in Group Text Suspicious There’s Another Group Text.”

Curved landscapes. Made me look.

Would you wear kitten fur perfume? Or new baby?!

What a sweet family snapshot. Love this kind of everyday photo.

Plus, two great reader comments:

Emily on body neutrality: “The concept of body neutrality resonated hard. I mean, some days I love my body because it’s strong and pale; some days I hate my body because it’s soft and cellulite-y, but some days I don’t even want to think about it because I’m freaking busy and leave me alone. xo”

Joy on salad upgrades: “My secret for pungent onions is to thinly slice them and dunk ’em in a bowl of ice cold water. It cuts the sharpness. I work at a restaurant, and the chef always makes the best salads for staff meals by just throwing odds and ends into a bowl, tossing it with a good dressing, and seasoning it with lots of salt and pepper.”

(Photo of Pina Bausch, 1966, via The Guardian. Walkable streets via Swissmiss.)

  1. Laura says...

    I’ve actually bought some of those Demeter fragrances! I couldn’t hold back my curiosity, so I got some of those small sample sized ones, including dirt, blueberries, an pizza (!!!). They’re all pretty similar to their scent.. The dirt smells good but not exactly like dirt. The pizza one is surprisingly spot on though.. it kinda grosses me out haha. The blueberries and dark chocolate ones were pleasant though.

  2. Theresa says...

    Thanks for posting the photo essay, so powerful! Wow!

  3. I love dinner company.

    Mostly because I get to set the tables and setting tables and making it pretty is in my opinion a good time.

    Have a wonderful weekend! I will be thinking about spring and sunshine myself!

    Memmettdesign.wordpress.com

  4. Lena says...

    Love the perspective on body neutrality. I’m totally there! Other than respecting and being grateful for my body, why would I want to spend so much time and energy thinking and contemplating my feelings about my body? I’m happiest when I’m body neutral and spending my mental and emotional energy on more interesting things!

  5. Lena says...

    Love the comment on body neutrality. I’m totally there! Other than respecting and being grateful for my body, why would I want to spend so much time and energy thinking and contemplating my feelings about my body? I’m happiest when I’m body neutral and spending my mental and emotional energy on more interesting things!

  6. Alyssa Gordon says...

    When I was a young girl, I had a recurring dream of calmly driving down a road, only to remember… that I didn’t know how to drive (!!). As soon as that thought entered my dream, the road ahead would suddenly turn dark and treacherous, flipping under itself, with me panicking and frantically holding onto the out-of-control steering wheel. Those curved landscape photos….now I can send the link to my mom and have her “glimpse” into those wild, childhood dreams I used to describe to her over breakfast.

  7. Em says...

    I am obsessed with the way my cat’s fur smells (especially on his neck), any my boyfriend thinks I’m nuts! Maybe it’s not just me!

  8. The piece about walkable streets really resonates wth me – especially at the moment. We spend a few months a year in Bali where walkability is very poor. It’s very hot, and with motorbikes buzzing around (and no sidewalks!) it’s almost impossible to take our daughter for walks in her stroller. There are obviously lots of other benefits of spending time in Bali (I’m not complaining!) but it does make me cherish the time we spend in other cities where we can walk everywhere. Don’t take walkability for granted!!!

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com

  9. As always I love your links. I saw get out and omg . I am black and I was like omg . lol Like that was all I could say. Because it was real, its a reality in 2017 no one wants to see. In other news, kitty fur is my new scent of summer 2017 lol my cat lays on my close and on me all the time. I wonder if she smells like this scent lol

  10. Justine says...

    Aw that photo essay…. really puts everything in perspective. Thanks. Going to make a donation to the UNHCR.

  11. Jenny says...

    When I had a job that was frustrating me, I would sometimes walk the 3 miles home from work rather than take the train. By the time I got home, a lot of the stress had melted away and I could enjoy my evening.

    • Kaycee says...

      I’m Bengali (my parents are from Bangladesh) and growing up, we would eat the aloo mash (mashed potatoes with spices) with rice. We call it aloo bhortha. It’s still one of my favorite meals!

  12. Stephanie O'Neill says...

    I love your weekend post. I look forward to these every week. Thank you!

  13. Sarah says...

    I was planning to host a dinner party this weekend, with two of my friends who recently started dating and were going to come for dinner and to see our new apartment, which neither has seen since my fiancé and I painted it. Well, they broke up abruptly, so we’re just going to make the special meal I was planning for the two of us (and I’ll see my one friend separately this weekend to see how she’s doing – the other I’m not sure when I’ll see because I think he handled it badly).

  14. Rebecca says...

    Whoa that onion tip! I cannot stand onion breath but I love making Greek salads so I’m always In a quandary ;) happy for that reader tip!!

  15. Lauren E. says...

    That group text link had me in stitches. I have 3 group texts with 3 other friends, each of them excluding the fourth member of the group. One started when 3 of the 4 of us watched a certain TV show and the 4th didn’t; the second started when one of the 4 moved to another state and we started making plans without her; and one started because we were planning a surprise party for the other. But then it occurred to me… is there a thread without me?! It actually took me years before I finally asked. Millennial problems!

  16. Lori H says...

    One of my goals in life is to live somewhere I can walk to everything! I love the smell of new baby but do not want to smell like one myself. Would love to know what you made for your dinner party!!

  17. Alice says...

    Walking is so good for the soul.
    In a very different way, so is that photo essay. Numbers in the news are never as powerful as a picture and a name and a history. Thank you for sharing that.

  18. Colleen S. says...

    I love the idea of smelling like a new baby. I used to love sniffing my sisters after they had bottles. It sounds weird, but I love baby smell.

  19. Nazeefah says...

    Fried toast for the win! Grew up on the stuff. My gran always made it, but with ghee instead of olive oil.

  20. Amber J says...

    LOVE Emily’s body-neutrality comment. Hear, hear.

  21. Brianna says...

    I loved the article on walking. I moved further out more than a year ago and now am only walking distance from the grocery store, which has its perks, but is also super inconvenient on many levels. I miss being just a few blocks from downtown – shopping, restaurants, yoga, etc. I think it’s a big part of why I want to relocate to Portland – it has so much walkable appeal to me. I don’t drive and I really love the idea of being able to walk everywhere, or just hop on the metro or the bus, to get where I need to go.

  22. Anna says...

    Intrigued by ‘kitchen fur’ scent. 💖

    • kathleen says...

      It’s actually kitten fur–I don’t think I want to know about kitchen fur.

    • Jeannie says...

      Falling over laughing lolol

  23. Taryn says...

    At a staff retreat a few weeks ago, the facilitator said the one word that we were all dreading: “ICEBREAKER!” We were presently surprised when she simply asked “Would You Rather” questions. We were physically moving around the room to group together for our answers, but that immediately sparked conversation among answerers about why we’d chosen the things we did. Would you rather travel back in time or to the future? Would you rather explore space or the ocean? Would you rather hear the good news or bad news first?

  24. Liz says...

    My commute actually changed from a long one to walking right down the street to work, and it had no effect on me due to the fact that I had (and still have, but am better than I was) severe major depression. Falling in love wouldn’t have had much of a good effect on me either. The pitfalls of mental illness…

  25. Janis says...

    Hi, very intrigued by the ref to kitchen fur perfume. Eau de mouldy vegetables from the back of the fridge? Almost disappointed to find it’s kitten fur… Thanks so much for the blog, which I really enjoy reading. Love from Scotland

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Haha! Thank you for the catch, Janis! We are laughing so much.

      Stella

  26. Lori! says...

    Please keep posting the great reader comments… it’s starting to become one of my favorite!

  27. hahaha, I think you meant “kitten fur.” Funny typo — I was so confused lol. I actually LOVE demeter’s “Tomato” scent, and “Dirt.” Thanks for including my comment!! XO

  28. Katherine says...

    I *love* being able to walk or ride my bike to work. It’s one of the most small but focussed pleasures of my life. Sometimes it drives me nuts (I live in Canada, and winter here is No Freaking Joke), sometimes it means I arrived with my makeup kind of smudgy or whatever but–on bad days, the walk home after work gives me precious minutes to decompress, and on good days I look forward to those tender moments in the morning, walking along a busy street with a coffee. Just love it.

  29. Britt says...

    that black background slideshow- whoa. and i would totally wear new baby perfume, it’s only the best smell in the world!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.brittanyisablob.blogspot.com

  30. shannon says...

    The curved landscape link got me. I have this recurring dream/nightmare in which I have to drive to this huge mall, and the road there is a terrifying loop-de-loop that looks just like the roads in those photos! In the dream I am always panicked about getting up enough momentum to stay on the road upside-down *shudder*. Then once at the mall I can never find what I’m looking for. It makes for very odd feelings upon waking.

    • Sarah says...

      Oh my gosh, i have a similar recurring dream. I need to build up enough speed to make though a loop on a highway, but at the end of the loop there’s a bridge out and my car has to fly over a canyon to the other side. All the other cars ahead of me are making it over, no problem, but I just KNOW mine will crash. Thankfully, I’ve made it over every time! (So far!) I can’t believe I’m not the only one with that dream, it’s awful!

    • Amanda says...

      I don’t have this dream (seems like the kind I would have though) but I experience a waking version every time i have to drive up a steep hill. I live in the SF Bay Area, so there are plenty of hills, and I always always feel like my car is just going to go careening backwards down the hill. Especially if I have to stop at top of the hill for a light or stop sign. I’ve been assured that in my automatic, that wont happen, but i have zero faith. Life’s an adventure!

    • Alyssa Gordon says...

      Shannon! I had the same kind of dreams… minus the mall at the end :)

    • shannon says...

      Sarah, I can’t believe it!! Now we just need a psychoanalyst to chime in and interpret this for us!

  31. I live in Portland and walk home (30 minutes) most days from work. I generally prefer it to getting a ride, but sometimes after days and days of a damp (or totally soaked!) walk home, I can’t handle it anymore!