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Have a Delicious Weekend.

Have a Delicious Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Alex and I are going to see Dunkirk, and tomorrow we’ll take the boys to the park. Also, we’re just trying to stay cool. (It’s 96 degrees today, and our AC broke, eeps!) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A trick for staying calm during airplane turbulence.

Insecure returns to HBO this Sunday!

Hahahaha.

Free-diving the world’s deepest indoor swimming pool.

Would you try zero-dollar days?

Curious to try arugula lasagna.

These five women tried out celebrity hairstyles. (I love #1.)

Attention San Francisco readers: this Color Factory experience looks amazing.

If you’re going to make brownies from a box, go for these.

Whoa, could young Steven Colbert be your new celebrity crush?

And great news: Nordstrom is having a HUGE annual sale — including NARS multiples, these pretty shoes, and this everyday bag. Go forth!

Plus, a great tip from a reader…

Says Kelly on work clothes: “I use a spray bottle filled with vodka and lavender essential oil to freshen my suiting between wears! You really saturate the pits and collar, then let air dry. It even gets out body odor that the dry cleaner can’t. Now I can get as many as 10 wears from a jacket.”

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Yossy Arefi/Instagram.)

  1. Katie says...

    Just how on earth do you find all these amazing yet random links? The deep diving swimming pool? Never in a million years would I have stumbled across that but it’s such a cool story.

  2. Shena says...

    I love the zero dollar days idea. Now I just have to see if I can’t pass that idea on to my hubby!

    My mom makes Red Mill brownies for the kids since 2 of them are allergic to gluten. They are very yummy :)

    Great list this week!

  3. Kristina says...

    Hahaha! Zero dollar days make up like 75% of my month! I buy all groceries on Fridays or Sundays and hardly go out M-F (with the occasional exception) and I usually don’t spend ANY money. I guess it’s just normal for me.

  4. Olivia says...

    If you think Bob’s Red Mill has good brownies, try their gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix. We always make sure to have a huge supply on hand (mix in the cabinet, cookie dough in the fridge/freezer, and cookies in the cookie jar :) for my husband, who has Celiac Disease. THE BEST.

  5. Jennie says...

    Does anyone else appreciate the irony of writing about zero dollar days and a Nordstrom sale in the same post?

  6. Jenna says...

    Color Factory must be AMAZING those tickets are $$$$$$!
    More than the Academy of Sciences, the DeYoung, or the MOMA!

  7. so beautiful fruit… the grape look so fresh…

  8. This Vodka trick is really cool. I just learn a new thing ti get rid from the odor. Thanks

  9. Katie says...

    ughhhhh that free dive video gave me so much anxiety. I want to see him come back up safely!!

  10. AL says...

    This is what I do about turbulence on flights… I close my eyes and picture myself riding in the backseat of a truck going down a country road. Sometimes I listen to some appropriate road trip music on the headphones. Basically that’s what air turbulence is — it’s not the plane having trouble or anything, it’s just the natural physical thing that happens when your vehicle rumbles along a bumpy patch on a dirt road… Somehow that’s helped me. Your mileage may vary depending on what tends to comfort you; slow measured breathing also helps. :)

    • Anna says...

      I do the same thing! I always try to pretend I’m driving in an SUV on a bumpy dirt road. It helps some but I still get very anxious/nervous flying.

  11. Rebecca says...

    Sign you are a parent of young children: when you read about the hotel pool that is 40 meters deep and your first thought is “thank God it wasn’t THAT pool my kid threw up in.”

  12. keri says...

    zero dollar days are pretty common around here. My fiancé and I both work full time but the cost of living in Perth AUS is pretty high… a small latte will run you about $4.50, a pint would easily be $10 …We pack lunch every single day and cook dinner at home 90% of the time.

  13. laura arnstrong says...

    I recently read that NARS is going to begin testing on animals again. China requires animal testing of cosmetics and NARS wants to expand into that market. I received this information for a reliable vegan website, One Green Planet.

  14. KS says...

    Second the zero Dollar days plan! Parents of teenagers and, just about to start working kids, should always talk about saving and not spending on whim.
    Heres what my parents told me to do when I showed my bank balance(or lack of balance) to them after a year of earning a good amount of money.
    They asked me to practice going to a mall (which I did every weekend and loved it as a youngster, just to hang around) and come back with out spending a penny. It took me some time to understand and do it but it was a subtle discipline that changed my view about spendings. And also recording and writing every spending..it is the key.

  15. Karen says...

    Amazon kills zero dollar days for me….click/click/money spent!

  16. BJC says...

    If you are trying to save money for something important but also spending money on things you don’t really need, zero-dollar days are a good way to develop more self-control—at least I have found that to be so :)

  17. So thrilled y’all liked that!

    P.S. my spray bottle is travel sized, just the regular one from a set of travel bottles. Really helpful for business trips and pitches! I live in Texas, so no matter how confident you’re feeling, it’s kind of a fact of life when it’s 102 outside.

    I have two blazers that really hold up to the heat though…I have an ancient unlined white linen blazer from J. crew that I had tailored to fit me (totally recommend), and the other is this vest I got from Argent. It’s navy blue, and if I wear it over a navy blue silk shirt, people always think I’m in a full jacket. I wear the whole thing with maroon silk pants (really cheap from Grana!) and I’m basically wearing breathable pajamas while everyone else sweats it out.

    • Nina says...

      Wow, very cool. Thanks for the great tip, Kelly!

    • Looking up Grana now!

      I’m trying this Vodka trick as soon as I get into the office on Monday! I get there before everybody else so hopefully they won’t mind the alcohol scent early in the morning!

      Living in D.C. really takes a toll on clothes! Washing things all summer due to the humidity is tough~

    • Karinny says...

      Genius!!! I am totally going to try the spray bottle & outfits :)

    • kiki says...

      LOVE this idea; do you smell like you’ve been out for a boozy lunch though?? Or does the lavender mask the vodka smell?

    • Jess. says...

      You are an angel. This tip is gold.

  18. Vicki says...

    Best brownies EVER are “Brooke’s Best Bombshell Brownies” (google the recipe!)– they aren’t from a box, they are from scratch, and you know what that means? It means you can get a hankering for brownies after the kids are in bed and be eating brownies by 10, no grocery store required!

  19. Alexis says...

    See Dunkirk in IMAX! Nolan shot the film in IMAX and its how it should be seen. It’s pretty intense but so good, I hope you enjoy it!

  20. Casey says...

    Regarding acute panic attacks, the trick is forcing your brain towards another activity. Because, as I’m sure you know, we really can’t multi task. The brain actually only focuses on one thing at a time. I have a bridge phobia (and others) and I make myself count out loud when I drive across them. Or name all the people on my work team. A simple task is all it takes. That and intentionally taking longer breaths to slow your breathing. And maybe a little bit of courage to face your fears.

    • Katrina L. says...

      I don’t mean to pry, but as a behavior therapist (the most effective way to treat panic), trying to focus on something else (other than breathing), those are avoidant or safety behaviors. If interested, consider interoceptive therapy with a trained professional. It sounds terrifying but will actually help you fear them less and I’m turn they happen less. Sorry for the nosiness, I couldn’t help it. :(

    • Luna GC says...

      I use all these same methods for my sessions with my Personal Trainer. It feels like forever when he counts my reps, which makes me anxious. ?

  21. Kristi says...

    That hair article is great. I have curly hair and brushed out curls (like my mom always did to me in the 80s!) is my greatest fear – I can so relate!

  22. Di says...

    Stephen Colbert now is my celebrity crush! :)

  23. Denise says...

    Did that diver ever make it back out of the Cylinder of Certain Death?! I’m getting a panic attack just watching that! Why is he so calm while obviously dying?

    • Carrie says...

      Haha my reaction exactly!

    • B says...

      Bahaha your comment made me laugh Denise! I feel the same – I couldn’t even watch the clip! I just skipped to the end to see that horrible horrible drop to 40m. Nope nope nope.

    • Hannah says...

      HAHAHA exactly!!!

    • Rachel Simmons says...

      Lol! Right!?

    • Erin says...

      That just gave me the chills looking at the still photo. I couldn’t watch a video. Terrifying…

  24. Midge says...

    Oh, no: the best gluten free brownies are Glutino — make them in an 8×8 pan, then while they’re still slightly warm, melt together 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk with 6 oz chocolate chips, pour it over the brownies and let the whole thing cool. Tooth-deep fudgy frosting on a killer brownie…and nobody suspects they’re gluten free.

    • JessicaD says...

      OMG on the frosting idea. Trying it immediately…

  25. We do zero dollar days! It’s so much more fun to restrict yourself from something if it’s made into a challenge or a game. Here’s hoping your AC comes back to life soon! It’s brutally hot in my part of the country too!

  26. Charlotte K says...

    oh dear girl, I hope the AC is back in action soon!!!

  27. I’m going to try the Bob’s Red Mill brownies because I love the Ghirardelli ones. I’ve recently discovered the Trader Joe’s brownies and like them maybe even more than Ghirardelli–but that might just be because you add an entire stick of butter to the mix :/

  28. I have done zero dollar days before! For me it easy to do if I grocery shop over the weekend and fill up my car on Sunday nights; that way I have food from home to eat/take to work, and no excuse to stop at the gas station and wind up getting random snacks and drinks. I didn’t do it for “fun” more like because I had to at the time. It was really hard at first because I love going to Starbucks in the afternoon, picking up random treats during the day, etc. But the feeling of going an entire day without spending money, and then seeing how long you can keep it up is amazing! I realized I have more self-control than I thought previously :)

  29. Kelly’s tip is genius!

    And I thought I was the only one who gets a thrill from zero-dollar days! Funnily, I started the exact same way — 22, an intern in NYC, spending no money as often as possible out of necessity. Seven years later, my life has changed a lot, but it’s a challenge I issue myself some weekdays (I know I am privileged to say that) and it helps me be mindful to use what I already have — leftover, coffee at home, etc. rather than give in to the urge to spend money in the name of convenience.

  30. Gen says...

    I learned accidentally that rocking a baby back and forth somewhat vigorously is a great way to offset turbulence. Too bad my 3yo and 5yo are too big for that now! But they LOVE “turbulence” when they are “flying” on my feet playing airplane!

    • Bille says...

      Ha! I was going to say that flying with kids has made my fear of flying less acute (you’d think it would do the opposite since you’ve got your precious babies on an potential air-bus of death ?). Taking care of a fussy baby or a wriggling toddler is the perfect distraction from turbulence!

    • I read a flight attendant memoir that I hoped would be dishy but was instead insipid, but I did learn to take your arms off the arm rests when you’re feeling turbulence. My impulse is to really grip the seat, but if you put your arms in your lap you feel the motion a lot less and it’s less scary.

    • Andrea says...

      Love the no armrest tip! I also mentally chant, rough road, rough road!