My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

My Beauty Uniform: Michelle Zauner

Writer and musician Michelle Zauner, also known as indie rock sensation Japanese Breakfast, is a force. Even over the phone in Brooklyn, her energy is palpable, and her new memoir, Crying in H Mart, is just as mesmerizing. (I devoured it in one weekend.) Here, she shares her favorite YouTube workouts, an endearing self-care ritual, and what it felt like to write such a deeply personal book…

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Have a Nice Weekend.

Flowers by Yasmine Mei

What are you up to this weekend? We have a new ice cream spot in our neighborhood and it has become the boys’ life goal to become regulars. We also have a new tradition of watching an episode of Full House in bed every night — it’s such a childhood flashback. Hope you have a good weekend — Ramadan Kareem — and here are a few links from around the web…

I’m excited to look glowy this summer.

How cool is this rooftop studio apartment?

The new movie Together Together looks compelling.

Rage is the only language I have left.” (New York Times)

Delicious. Also, this.

Roxane Gay on how she chooses art.

Wouldn’t it be fun to stay in a treehouse hotel?

These outdoor pieces are making me crave warmer weather.


Lincoln Center will look different this summer. (New York Magazine)

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Rosie on talking to kids about sex: “My mom did such a good job teaching us about the importance of women enjoying sex that I thought only women had orgasms until I actually started having sex. I truly believed that the whole point was for the girl to get off and the guy was just doing it for her to be nice and/or make a baby.”

Says Katie on what’s your second chance this year: “My partner of seven years and I broke up in February — the day before Valentine’s Day. Because of things too many to name, we still live together. BUT I am moving out TOMORROW! I have never lived alone before so this will be my first place all by myself at 28 years old. A second chance for love, home and life, in my adorable new apartment. I can’t wait to see how things unfold.”

(Photo by Yasmine Mei.)

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Four Fun Things

mango pleated pants

The Cup of Jo community has strong opinions on trends (you liked these, hated these), so I’m curious to hear what you think of the pants shape that’s popping up — high-waisted, pleated khakis! I’m kind of into them, but feel free to praise or destroy in the comments below.

martin's potato rolls buns

What have you been eating these days? My new go-to breakfast: a toasted, buttery potato bun with two scrambled eggs on it. It’s simple and delicious, and you could always add wilted spinach or a slice of sharp cheddar.

the memory police

I’ve stumbled upon a few great books lately — Edie Richter Isn’t Alone, You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey — and right now, I’m tearing through The Memory Police. Named a best book of the year by a gazillion publications, the novel tells the story of a young writer living on an island, where things systematically disappear. First hats, then perfume, then birds. When she realizes her editor is in danger, she tries to hide him… and I won’t give any spoilers! It’s gripping and suspenseful and keeping me up too late at night.

Nate Bargatze

The other day, a friend texted me a TV recommendation: The Standups episode one featuring comedian Nate Bargatze. “Thirty minutes,” she wrote. “TRUST ME.” So, that night, Alex and I watched it on Netflix and it was hilarious. If you’re in the mood to laugh for a half hour straight, go watch! xo

P.S. More fun things, and your favorite podcasts.

(Martin’s Potato Rolls photo by Neighborhood Provisions. The Memory Police image by Time.)