Brooke Fitts

What are you up to this weekend? Alex and I are going to a cocktail party tonight and I’m looking forward to dressing up. I also want to carve out some time to catch up on the stack of magazines on our coffee table — one of life’s simple pleasures. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Can’t decide if this sweater is totally amazing or weird.

17 iconic movie scenes that were actually improvised.

Spaghetti with fried eggs. Yum.

Stella did this mask with friends, and said it was crazy and awesome. (It BUBBLES!)

My son looks like Danny DeVito.”

What’s the first bite of Thanksgiving dinner that you shovel into your mouth?

Walking lifts your mood, even when you don’t expect it to.

How to host a fancy dinner party for $50.

Cool new emojis for 2017.

Japanese students — not janitors — are in charge of keeping their schools shipshape.

The compliment project.

Plus, two reader comments…

From Nadja: “I think that, conventionally, we’re supposed to present the ‘best’ (read: most socially acceptable) version of ourselves on first dates – and that kind of mindset makes us want to hide whatever our ‘weird’ things are. My first date advice is to BE the weird version of yourself! Chances are, those weird things are actually the things you find most interesting about yourself, even if they aren’t cool in a mainstream way. If the guy is into your weirdness, it’s the best way to make a connection, and you know he’s really into YOU.”

From Jenny: “My friend and I had this ritual of singing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ to each other over the phone before a first date to help calm each other’s nerves.”

(Photo by Brooke Fitts/Instagram. Spaghetti via Hither & Thither. Movie scenes via Girl of a Certain Age. Emojis via Swissmiss.)