Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

Zadie Smith

What are you up to this weekend? Are you taking any trips? We’re heading to Atlanta to visit Alex’s sister and her husband. I’m excited to swim at their community pool and eat some shrimp and grits. Also, the comments on this wedding post were truly amazing. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A great trait that every leader has: poise.

The types of people you’ll find at airports.

How cool is this art exhibit?

Do or don’t: Seating charts at parties.

A collection of kisses.

Breaking news: Breakfast isn’t that big of a deal.

A marriage without fighting. (Loved this.)

13 things to remember when you love a person who has depression.

This is a cute idea for a house.

Perfume inspired by historical ladies, including Jane Austen and Anne Boleyn.

How novelist Emma Straub spends her Sundays.

And good news, if you’re doing any summer shopping:
Nordstrom is having a HUGE sale. (Really like these.)
J.Crew is 30% off with the code WEEKEND.
Mille is 20% off with the code MEMORIAL2016.
Loft is 40% to 60% off. (I just ordered this top.)

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo of Zadie Smith. Leader trait via Jocelyn Glei.)

  1. KaMarlowete says...

    Check out Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. Awesome.

  2. Wow, I loved the article about marriage (and break-up) without fighting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The kiss story was magical

  4. Leah says...

    This sentence is genus: “I convinced my parents to move to Brooklyn from the Upper West Side, which is a gorgeous, gorgeous, dirty trick I played on them. “

  5. Oh wow, the perfumes! Such a wonderful idea. Beatrix Potter inspired perfume – love love love!

  6. Geysil says...

    The picture of the Syrian dad kissing his daughter broke my heart..

  7. I absolutely loved the article “13 Things To Remember When You Love A Person Who Has Depression.” As a person who has struggled with depression over the years, I wish my friends and I had had access to something like this during the tough times.
    Even if you’re not currently experiencing any signs of depression, (but have suffered previously) I think that it’s still important to educate your family and close friends what you need from them. This article is a great way to articulate those needs and the best ways to be supportive.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. That art exhibit looks amazing! And I totally GET that article about the types of people at airports, haha, completely true, all of them! I love the links you share. Have a great weekend! Xx

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  9. rach says...

    Breakfast will always be a big deal #bfastlvr

  10. Julie says...

    I love Emma Straub. I just finished The Vacationers yesterday and started Modern Lovers today. Her routine with her family sounds like mine too!

  11. Emma says...

    I love how you included an article on 13 things to remember when someone is going through a depression or any illness, really. It was perfect timing to read this morning.

    Keep up the interesting links and updates, we love them!

  12. So jealous you’re going to the Atl! We spent 15 happy months there a few years ago and loved every minute (our first child was born there so we will always have a special connection to Atlanta).

    I love arranged seating. Here in Sweden married couples never sit together. The only period of time a couple is seated together is during their engagement which I think is sweet.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  13. Julie chambers says...

    My daughter for her wedding arranged her seating plan then invited guests according to the plan. When I looked around the room every table was full of conversation and laughter. Those not asked well a wedding always offends someone.

    • Tina, NYC says...

      How wonderful Julie!

      We too did the same and while it took a lot of work and planning it made for such a special evening.

      Also, Inside of each guests’ place card, at their assigned seat at assigned table, was a fun fact about the people next to them or the specific reason why I chose them to sit next to one another.

      I loved seeing friends and family get to know one another that had no connection beyond me and my hubby.

      And I knew it worked when at brunch, the following day, nearly everyone sat at the same tables, lol!

      to this day there are friendships that began the night of our wedding.

  14. The 13 things to remember when you love a person who has depression was just spot on. I’m going to share it too. Thank you!

  15. Amy says...

    I grew up on a dairy farm and before the age of us having cellphones (circa 1995-2010 or so), my mom had a large ship’s bell on the front porch that she would ring to call us in for dinner! Boy that thing was loud.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s awesome!

  16. Ellie Hayes says...

    My late mother-in-law introduced me to the idea of arranged seating and separating spouses, and over the years I’ve grown to appreciate what I once thought was a stuffy and old-fashioned idea. It really does take the middle-school feeling out of the dash for seats at the dinner table. (Maybe I feel this way because of the lingering fourth grade gym class memories of standing in line waiting to be picked for a kick ball team — I was never one of the first kids picked!) Also, I find that when I am a guest, I am delighted to meet someone new and have a conversation I might not have ever had. When I’m a hostess, I do work very hard to make sure that conversations will flow well and that extremely introverted people are seated next to an extrovert. When it comes to separating spouses, I try to take into consideration the individuals. Sometimes I separate and sometimes I don’t.

  17. Olivia G. says...

    Welcome to Atlanta!! Visit Piedmont Park, Ponce City Market, Star Provisions coffee, and enjoy that pool because it’s going to be HOT! :)

  18. Allison Hicks says...

    I absolutely love your blog! One request, I really like your posts on fashion, especially on what women are wearing in NYC at the moment. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Lexie says...

    I was anti-seating charts until I recently went to a wedding where there was not one and my date and I were stuck completely across the room from our friends! No fun!

  20. Leah says...

    I grew up in a small town and my mom had a cow bell to bring us home for dinner. :)

  21. We’re spending the weekend with family and friends- Florida style! We’re going on an airboat ride with our friends and all our kids on Saturday and attending a neighborhood pool party on Sunday! Monday will be family time- homemade patriotic pops for the kids! I’ll be posting the recipe on

  22. Marissa says...

    I totally agree with the seating chart as both as host and a guest!

  23. yael steren says...

    It’s actually my birthday today, so I’ll be celebrating in NYC! I have a few of my blogger friends coming into the city and we are going to take photos and hang out! Low key, but exactly how I like it! Have a wonderful long weekend!! xx yael

    • Tina, NYC says...

      Happy birthday Yael!

  24. Nearly every night I have to yell for my twins to come inside from playing in the neighborhood somewhere; I *despise* the sound of my own voice at this point. I’m SO buying that dinner triangle as our new “time to come home” sound!!

  25. Celeste says...

    I love that you linked to a dinner triangle. I have the greatest memories of playing on my aunt and uncle’s huge mountainous property and being brought back to the house by the sound of a big bell my aunt would ring with a wooden spoon for meals. Its metallic sound rung out over the rush of the river and our squeals and splashing, four-wheeling, and shoveling (we were kids with acres of dirt; there was bound to be shoveling).

    One day I’m gonna get myself a triangle!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      My grandparents had a huge bell at the edge of their kitchen and they would ring it for dinners too. Loved that sound.

  26. I loved that marriage without fighting piece, that you linked in your newsletter. It made me feel a lot better about the fights in my own marriage! ;)

    • Theresa says...

      I agree, Joy! I shared the article with my husband, too.

    • bethyp says...

      Ha – me too – just sent it to my husband. Exactly what happened to my sister…

  27. Nina says...

    I’m not sure how I feel about the not fighting couple that divorced because they didn’t raise their voices. it sounds a bit lovely. conflicted…but I am not quiet. and my son is not quiet. and I can’t imagine me ever being quiet. so maybe that is why it sounds nice ;)

  28. abbie a says...

    I’ve never been one for breakfast. I actually will feel sick if i try to follow a set meal plan that includes a certain amount of eggs, coupled with fruit etc. I’ll just have my coffee!

  29. Elizabeth R says...

    Oh, and the Basquiat exhibit at the High Museum of Art.

  30. Tiffany says...

    My friend bought a dinner chime while on vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota and he has it hung up at his cabin in the woods. He calls the chime the “Chime of Change (to change chime)” and you ring it when you want to change the group activity. So we’re all hanging out drinking coffee, and someone in the group wants the group to go on a walk down to the lake. What do you do? You ring the Chime of Change!

    • Tina, NYC says...

      Love that idea!

  31. Elizabeth R says...

    Welcome to Atlanta! Check out Ponce City Market, especially the roof, and then walk to the third floor and walk on the Beltline. The Decatur Art Festival and Alpharetta Art Festival are also in town this weekend.

  32. Very random but I didn’t know where else to ask this – what was that quote on balance that was posted on your blog a while back? It was about not striving for happiness but for going for balance instead, along with sadness and all. I loved it and it struck a chord, but I haven’t been able to find it on this site again.

    Also: I’m anti-arranged seating and pro-breakfast. (#TeamBreakfastAllTheWay)

  33. Erin Jones says...

    Atlanta is my home town! Go to Cacao .Kristen Hard started the lovely business all on her own. She’s amazing & the chocolates are divine. 1st female to produce bean to bar in the states.
    Have a great visit!
    Take care

  34. I used to be totally anti seating charts (we didn’t have them at our wedding because we wanted people to mingle!), but I recently threw a sixtieth birthday party for my mom and designed place cards for the occasion and it was great! They added a fancy touch (my mom loved them), and they actually did help the party sparkle. It really helped to put people together based on their personalities. Also, I like the idea of splitting up married couples at parties. I think it would be fun to have something to discuss when you got home!

    I used to have a neighbor with a dinner bell and she actually used it…it was the WORST!

  35. Charli says...

    I decided to check out The Vacationers the last time I was browsing the library because of Emma’s beauty uniform. I’m reading it right now and I’m FLYING through it – such a fun read! Can’t wait to pick up Modern Lovers.

  36. pim says...

    thank you so much for the links, the 13 things to remember when you love a person who has depression made me cry.

    have a lovely long weekend to you too Joanna.

  37. Nordstrom half yearly is great!! I just wrote a post on my favorite budget and designer picks from the sale!

    Have a great weekend
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  38. Alice Quin says...

    No arranged seating at dinners! I barely see my husband on weekdays so I want to sit by him when we are out. That’s my 2 cents ;)