Have a Beautiful Weekend.


What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been flat on my back with the flu all week — I’m writing this dispatch from bed with a bright orange Gatorade beside me — but I think (hope) things are finally easing up. Hope you’ve been faring a bit better and have some fun weekend plans! Meanwhile, here are a few links from around the web…

This new Jane Austen movie comes out today and is getting rave reviews. (Here’s a great interview with the filmmaker.)

Anthony Bourdain on the one type of food you should never eat.

12 dos and don’ts of being a wedding guest.

Warrior, not worrier.

Would love to wear this beautiful dress on date nights this summer.

These things.

Humans of New York is telling stories of pediatric cancer in association with Sloan Kettering. The families and doctors are incredibly, incredibly brave and moving.

Great read: You don’t celebrate enough.

You can eat the pizza box!!!

Good night stories for rebel girls.

Made me laugh.

Awww, this whale snuggle blanket.

Also! If you’re in New York next week, we’re hosting a little garden party for Cup of Jo readers at the new Clare V. store in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Thursday, May 19th, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be wine, cheese and 20% off all the beautiful things in the store (plus, free monogramming). Please come by and say hello! It would be really fun to meet you.

(Photo of Tuscany by Katrina Massey. Anthony Bourdain via Girl of a Certain Age. Celebrate link via Swissmiss.)

  1. jilly says...

    thank you for linking your readers to the HONY series on Sloan Kettering. forty three years (yes, that long ago) ago, Dr. Norma Wollner of MSKCC saved the life of an 11 year old girl. ME!!! I was very very lucky that a protocol she devised just months before worked. I remember many female doctors in the pediatric unit — and this was the 70’s. Many devastating stories this is true, but happy ones as well.

    i know i am older than your typical reader, but i love the wide variety of things you cover on the blog. all the best wishes!

  2. Jenna says...

    Wishing I would be in New York for the event! Unfortunately I’m on the other coast in Palo Alto. Hope you are feeling better!

  3. awww…. poop! I wish I was going to be in NYC. We’re currently living in Santo Domingo, DR and heading back to the East Coast from Jun-August. Any chance of a Midsummer Night’s ‘Cup of Jo’ Eve then?

  4. emma says...

    Your apartment is up to rent? Did you finally find a place to buy or are you heading of to the west coast?

    What ever it is, good luck & I’m so looking forward to a new house tour soon ;)

  5. How awesome would it be – next time you are in SoCal to have a cup of Jo gathering!!!! And everywhere you travel! You inspire so many. I do of course understand there are only so many hours in a day – but a girl can dream. Have fun this Thursday!

  6. We’ve been following the HONY cancer series and it leaves us bawling our eyes out. Joanna, thanks for helping to spotlight such an important issue. As Samantha says, “kids should not get cancer.”

    Keep up the great work here!

    The gals at VacayStyle

  7. I love Clare V.! Will you be doing a collaboration? I have some great ideas for a super functional everyday tote :-)

    Feel better!

  8. E says...

    I’ve been following your blog for YEARS and would totally, totally, weirdly (?) go to your event just to meet you, Joanna. But alas, I’m graduating from grad school! Perhaps next time…

  9. Love HONY! And the wedding season dos and don’ts. Hope you’re feeling better!

  10. I’ve been following the latest series on Humans of New York, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. Those kids are true heroes.
    Hope you feel better soon! :) x Alona

  11. ahh! That is the best article ever!! Our little etsy shop is called Celebrate Always Shop and our motto is Celebrate Always. We have shirts that say dorky fun things because we have been trying to celebrate everything for most of our lives and this article shows that we are not just the overly enthusiast and annoyingly fun friends- we doing the right thing :) I am clearly going to over share that one. Thank you for sharing!

  12. emma says...

    I really hope those stories get read for/by little boys aswell, while I love the idea for the content it would be so great if it wasn’t only directed towards girls.

    I generally don’t like the title and the way it insinuates you have to be a rebel to enjoy them and I really think they should market it to all kids. If boys only continue to read stories about male heroes nothing will change.

  13. I’m so excited for the Garden Party! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for years now and just arrived in New York for a vacation, so this is a wonderful (and perfectly scheduled) surprise. Can’t wait to meet you!! :)

  14. Alex says...

    Hope the flu is resolving! If not, try putting vicks vaporub on your feet with a pair of socks over it. I’m a doctor, so I know it is entirely bonkers, but I do it and it always makes me feel better.

  15. Theresa says...

    Hope you’re feeling better, Jo.

  16. Kitty says...

    Don’t forget HONY is also profiling the nurses! They are the ones with you all day everyday and an integral part of the collaborative team. (Also, May 12 was International Nurses’ Day (; )

  17. I wish I could come to the event next week!! But alas, I am in LA.

    I hope you feel better soooooooooon!

  18. C says...

    Re: Sloan Kettering! I think it’s important to remember the nurses too! :)

  19. I am LOVING the current HONY series. My sister was diagnosed with a really rare form of cancer when she was 8 and I was 10, so it’s really interesting to hear the opinions of doctors and other families out there.

    Steph –

  20. Ashley says...

    Love that dress! Too bad Auckland is only just on it’s way to winter now… I miss my northern hemisphere weather! ;D

  21. Bon weekend! Feel better soon! We are in Paris for the weekend for our anniversary and we visited the bookshop Shakespeare and company on the left bank today and your brother in laws book was in one of the main displays for sale – very cool!

  22. Samantha says...

    Wine, cheese and Cupofjo?! I’m SO sad I’m not in NY :( I would’ve loved to meet you all! Have fun, girls. I’m telling my NY friend to visit you and send me snaps :)

  23. I love the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls! I saw that earlier this week and immediately ordered one! I have two little budding rebel girls of my own, and I love anything girl power that I can show them! I loved your post a couple months ago on inspiring childrens books with female leads, we need more of them!


  24. Gen says...

    You know, I’m a food snob, but I’ve actually had extremely good food on planes (re: Anthony Bourdain’s posts). This typically happens on international flights, though, and particularly on Asian airlines. Some that I’ve travelled on are JAL (Japan Airlines), Cathay Pacific and EVA Air. Also the snack packs/sandwiches on United Airlines domestic flights are actually quite good! Though you have to pay for them…..just an FYI :) have a good weekend!

    • Samantha says...

      El Al (an Israeli airline) also makes really good food.

  25. Tory G says...

    What about those of us that aren’t in NYC? Is there a promo code for Clare V for us too :)?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ll see if we can figure something out!

  26. Claire says...

    It was so moving to read HONY’s interviews this week and see the comments from his former patients. What a wonderfully gifted and kind hearted man! Hope you’re feeling better!

  27. I am dying to see that movie! I have read every Jane Austen book–I am such a sucker for it!

  28. Jean says...

    Thank you for recommending that dress! I just bought it to wear to an outdoor wedding. Hope you feel better.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a perfect occasion!

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      Curious – is is ok to wear white to weddings now? I can never keep track.

    • Samantha says...

      Unless it is stated on the invitation, do NOT wear white. That includes white patterns even if other colors are involved.

  29. Darcy says...

    Thank you for bringing up The Humans of New York Series — I have been an emotional mess all week long— and I have been telling everyone I talk to about it!! Just amazing! Have you looked at Super Avi’s Instagram…soo good!! What an amazing kid!

    I sure hope that you are feeling better!

  30. Wish I could be in NY to attend your event! Maybe next time. Come to Cali and hold another event there…one day!

    • Kate says...

      Seconded. Come to London and host an event here! :)

  31. Tyler says...

    Nordstrom website says that cute white dress is in stock at my local store.. gonna have to go try it on! Feel better Jo!

  32. Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Hopefully this is the end of it. Being a mom and sick…is on another level…that’s all I’ll say about that! ;)

    So many great links warrior not worrier-count me in! Rebel girls yes! and that new Jane Austin movie . If I was in NY I’d be at Clare V! Have a wonderful weekend.

    xo Lendy

  33. Love Humans of New York.
    Nobody beats oncologists. Well, maybe, but still. I tell my kid: find a cure for cancer! Why we need STEM.

  34. Lauren says...

    That Humans of New York series — the surgeon’s story… and then all the commenters telling him that he saved their lives or the lives of their children. It was too much. I was a mess at my desk.

    • Jody says...

      Same! So touching!

    • Samantha says...

      That one and the Avi story were the only ones I read because a friend sent it to me via Instagram DM. I had been avoiding them because I’m extremely sensitive. It’s so sad and emotional, specially how bad the doctor and parents wished it was them and not the kids. Kids should not get cancer, man!