Design

Five Fun Things

new girl sex scene

Man Repeller just featured 13 haikus on sex in quarantine, which made me laugh out loud. Here’s one: “Like when the pool first / opens, swimsuit on, head-first / then once, twice a month.”

luster book

Raven Leilani’s Luster, one of the most widely anticipated books of the year, came out this week to great fanfare. The smart, witty novel follows Edie, a young Black woman working an admin job in publishing, who finds herself part of a suburban white couple’s open marriage. This summer, I’ve kept starting and stopping books, unable to find anything compelling, but once I read Leilani’s opening line — “The first time we have sex, we are both fully clothed, at our desks during working hours, bathed in blue computer light” — I knew I wouldn’t put this one back down.

shag cake

Have you ever seen a shag cake? This wedding cake, above, looks like a 1960’s rug in the best way. “People love them and always want to touch them,” the baker Kait Winowitch told us. “And the buttercream tastes as good as it looks.”

Jeni's coffee ice cream

At age 41, I started drinking coffee for the first time in my life, and it’s really hitting the spot. (GUYS WHY DIDN’T ANYONE SAY ANYTHING?;) Now I’m wanting all the coffee-flavored treats, including Jeni’s Coffee With Cream and Sugar Ice Cream. Yummmmmmm.

John Derian flowers

Remember John Derian’s Provincetown house tour? I love how he plays around with scale and arranges branches tall enough to touch the low ceilings. Here are a couple photos from his Instagram. So inspiring!

P.S. 8 style hacks to steal from movies, and the nerdiest tip.

(Wedding cake photo by Belathée.)

Style

The Perfect Black Dress in Normal People

normal people Italy

Did you watch Normal People? Everything about the show was sexy (understatement), and that includes the costume direction. Especially lovely was this black dress, which Marianne wore in Italy. Reportedly, costume director Lorna Mugan and director Hettie Macdonald thought it would stand out against the “blinding light” of the Italian square. Although Marianne’s dress was thrifted, here are nine that would be equally great for riding bikes, eating ice cream and flirting with your crush…

normal people in Italy

Thoughts? Which would you wear? This one is pretty, too!

P.S. Q&As with the costume designers of Fleabag and Crazy Rich Asians.

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Design

Have a Good Weekend.

dogs swimming

What are you up to this weekend? We have been eating British-style sandwiches, where you put butter on them no matter what — butter and cheese, butter and ham, butter and jelly! It’s so delicious. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

‘Indian Matchmaking,’ unpacked by four South Asian women.

Would you and your partner sleep in side-by-side beds?

Every dress seems to have this neckline. (And I love it.)

I challenge you not to smile when looking at these photos.

Breonna Taylor is on the cover of Oprah Magazine. (Oprah has been on every cover for 20 years, until now.)

Wise words.

Alex recommended that we watch this movie and it was so sexy.

A teacher travels across Japan to encourage adults to cry more. (New York Times)

YUM, I’m making this sandwich asap.

Peace towels now come in blue.

How pretty is this wallpaper?

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Lily on four fun things: “Did y’all watch the mini documentary The Claudia Kishi Club? It’s about the impact that the character of Claudia Kishi had on the Asian American community. It resonated with me so much. I think I enjoyed it even more than the actual Babysitters Club show!”

Says CC on 13 reader comments on rituals: “I lost my husband to a sudden heart attack the day before our city went on lockdown. My entire world has been upside down since March but every night after my shower I put on my favorite perfume and open a bottle of my husband’s cologne and smell it deeply. It is comforting and familiar and gives me peace and strength to face the long night alone. I imagine myself doing this forever.”

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(Photo by Max et Louise via Instagram. Pokee link via Tina.)