Design

Have a Lovely Weekend.

photo by Natasja Sadi

What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and really enjoying it. (Staying up way too late to finish chapters!) Hope you have a good one — stay warm — and here are a few links from around the web…

Love the sleeve on this pretty sweater.

Scandinavian trends to make life feel good. (New Yorker)

What it’s like to sleep with a baby.

How pretty is this living room arch?

Chicken rice looks delicious.

A new Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Will you be watching Oprah’s interview of Meghan and Harry this Sunday?

The advice my parents gave me vs. the advice I’ll give my kids. (New Yorker)

Cool candles.

Mom, the vacation of your dreams awaits you in this dentist chair. (I have to admit, I kind of relate to this!)

Oh my gosh, nature is beautiful.

And great news: Primary Kids is running a 30% off sale on their signature styles to celebrate their sixth birthday. Use the code COJ for 20% off everything else, plus free shipping, for new customers. (We LOVE these!!!)

Plus, three reader comments:

Say SP on what’s missing from a pandemic marriage: “I broke up with my long-term partner around Christmas, so while I very much do not have this experience, I love reading y’all’s love stories! I’ve been reading COJ since I was a lonely teenager in a tiny southern town, and I feel like I’ve grown up looking up to the writers and commenters here. So this is how you love, so this is how you live. What a kind, funny, open group of folks we have here!”

Says Mallory on what’s missing from a pandemic marriage: “The other day, my husband and I were jokingly arguing over who is funnier, me or him. I texted my friends being like, it’s definitely me, right?? My friend texted back saying, ‘Well, remember that time I broke one of your wine glasses and I felt so bad, and his response was to casually toss his wine glass at the wall to break his, too? That was HILARIOUS.’ I’d forgotten all about how funny he is with other people! I laughed so hard at the memory and can’t wait until I can see him through other people’s eyes again.”

Says J on 7 things that surprised me about breastfeeding: “Breastfeeding is amazing! And so is not breastfeeding! For any parent who is struggling with being unable to breastfeed or chooses not to, take comfort in knowing that your baby will still look at you doe-eyed when you come to them with a bottle of their beloved formula or pumped breast milk. They will still stare deep into your eyes as they take their bottle, as you memorize one another’s faces. Your breasts/chest will still provide the safest and most comfortable place in the world where they will curl up and fall asleep to the sound of your heart beat. They’ll never remember how they were fed, but they’ll know deep inside them that they were loved beyond measure and that their tummies were always full.”

(Photo by Natasja Sadi. Reese’s link via Kottke.)

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Style

Gingham Love

“I’m addicted to gingham,” my friend Jessie texted me yesterday. And I agree — recently I’ve been spotting the checked pattern everywhere and loving it more than ever. It feels so cheerful, and it’s popping up on clothing, accessories and home goods. Here are five pretty styles: bag, shirt, dress, sweater and top.

And then there’s Heather Taylor Home!!! Can you imagine a gingham bedroom? All the heart eyes.

What about you? Are you into gingham right now, or definitely not? So curious to hear your thoughts.

(Top photo by Dôen, and bottom by Heather Taylor Home.)

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