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Daughters of Destiny

Netflix’s new original documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, Daughters of Destiny, follows five young girls from India’s lowest caste who are striving to change their lives through education. Shot over seven years, the film is deeply moving and full of hope. (Also, the music and cinematography are painfully beautiful.)

Easiest pasta sauce

For the easiest pasta sauce, did you know you can simply grate a tomato, just as you would a hunk of cheese? Here’s what we’ll be making for the rest of summer.

Wedding with headphones

Wedding with headphones

When Niko Herman and Emily Distel Herman were planning their wedding reception on Martha’s Vineyard, they realized there was a strict noise ordinance — all party music has to stop on the island by 10 p.m. So, they came up with a way to keep the dance floor going: 150 wireless headsets tuned to the same playlist for a silent disco! “Taking your headphones off was a total trip,” Emily told us. “People looked insane in the best way, seemingly dancing without music. The only sounds were shouts of words or phrases from favorite songs, as well as shoes stomping on the floor. With headphones on, you felt like you were in a bumping club that happened to be in a field under the stars, next to the ocean.”

Tokyoiter

Inspired by the New Yorker’s iconic magazine covers, a group of artists who live in Tokyo created The Tokyoiter, a set of gorgeous covers (for an imaginary magazine) that reveal the city’s magic.

Color Factory in San Francisco

If you’ll be in San Francisco this month or next, check out Color Factory, a warehouse turned pop-up color experience in Union Square. You can dive into a pit of 207,000 bright yellow balls, eat some of the city’s colorful treats and take selfies in a rainbow confetti room. “My favorite part is the secret neighborhood map, which you receive at the end,” says creator Jordan Ferney. “It has 17 more color experiences you can visit around the city, like a jukebox hidden in the back of a restaurant. It plays Purple Rain when you press the purple button, and a gold disco ball starts spinning around.”

P.S. A trick decorating small spaces and behind the scenes of the best magazine covers.

(Wedding photos by Elizabeth Cecil; top Color Factory photo by Jordan Ferney and bottom photo by Erin Jang.)

  1. Courtney says...

    Thanks for recommending Daughters of Destiny. I loved it! There were aspects of the school’s underlying credo that reminded me of my educational upbringing – it was always impressed on us by our teachers that we were getting an education for a reason; that yes, we were privileged to get a quality education in a safe, supportive environment, but how were we going to use that to better the world? I am so glad it was impressed that education is not just for one’s individual benefit, but that it carries a responsibility. This idea clearly carries significant weight for the kids at Shanti Bhavan, but I think it’s also important for those of us in Western countries to remember, as well (in our own lives and as we raise our children).

  2. I’ve been reading your blog for years and Shanti Bhavan is one of the most special places in my life. It makes me so happy to see Daughters of Destiny on your blog :) I put in the link to one of the blog posts I wrote while I was in India.

    • j says...

      Hi Danielle,
      After watching Daughters of Destiny, I enjoyed reading about your
      experiences at Shanti Bhaven.
      “Friends, music and food” , yes, yes and yes!
      Your thoughtful essays reflect joy and kindness.
      thank you, j

  3. Susan says...

    Thank you so much for bringing Daughters of Destiny to my attention.

  4. Ann McCormick says...

    I’ve been to a wedding with a Silent Disco and it was amazing! So much fun with headphones on or off. There were a few stations so you never felt self-conscious whether you were on the beat because people could just assume you were listening to another song. Great for a wild and wooly but not so great dancer like me!

  5. Krys says...

    Oh my gosh, I just started Daughters of Destiny on this recommendation and stayed up way past my bedtime because it’s just too good. Thank you!

  6. Hannah says...

    Your Daughters of Destiny recommendation reminded that I just watched Lion on Netflix a few weeks back and oh my goodness… if anyone has missed out on this amazing film it’s on Netflix now!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      I loved that movie.

  7. Anne says...

    Just reading your description of Daughters of Destiny makes me want to cry.

  8. Alison says...

    Color Factory is just for August, so far as I can tell, and it looks like it’s all sold out. I’ll be there September 1 so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Great news! Jordan told me on the phone yesterday that they’re extending it through the end of September! Tickets will go up soon.

    • Alison says...

      Ah, that is awesome news! I had been Googling around since it seems like it’s been so popular but I hadn’t found anything. Thank you :)

  9. Tyler says...

    my favorite Spanish dish to recreate is tostada con tomate! lightly toast a baguette, rub a garlic clove on it and drizzle some olive oil, then grate fresh tomato on top of that! finish with salt and more olive oil. the simplest, most divine breakfast ever.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Definitely one of the best things ever. I can never get it to taste like it does in Spain, though!

  10. Love the idea of doing a silent disco at a wedding! So funny.

    Briana

  11. I love the wedding story! My favorite wedding ever was of a deaf couple my husband worked with. There were so few hearing people that the reception was VERY quiet. As an introvert who loves quiet, it was possibly the best party I’ve ever been to.

  12. Jemma says...

    Just spent a week in Tokyo, I wish those covers were available for purchase! They’d look awesome in my guest room. :)

  13. Grated tomatoes are a staple way to make sauce here in Tanzania!

  14. This blog is so beautiful and colorful, really cool.

  15. Jenny says...

    That grated tomato sauce recipe from Bon Appetit is one of the best parts of summer in our house! We leave out the rosemary but it’s so much more delicious than you’d expect. Works almost just as well in the winter with crappy tomatoes when you’re craving a bit of summer.

  16. Inbal says...

    Don’t you have headphones parties in the states? They used to be pretty popular here in Tel Aviv a couple years ago (as you can see in this video – the finishing scene of a really good TV show called Empire Zagoori)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzeM7Ave5bE

    • shelley says...

      We do! but they mostly happen at music festivals.

    • Lexi says...

      Yep! They’ve gotten really popular over the last few years.

  17. The color factory sounds brilliant. It’s so fun that an experience like this has come to San Francisco :-)

    I’ve been to a few headphone parties over the years… they can be really great events, especially when you can switch between music channels on your headphones – you’ll have some people dancing to funk and others to house, which looks even more bizarre because you’re grooving to different tunes! But I’ve never heard of headphones being used as a solution to noise at a wedding. It’s a brilliant idea :-)

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com

  18. Katerina says...

    Ha! That’s the only way my Mum ever made a recipe which needed a red sauce. She used to spend hours grating tomatoes from her garden and deposit a certain amount into little individual freezer bags. She’d stock them up in the deep freeze and thaw one or two bags as needed when she’d cook, so we had fresh sauce every time!

  19. Suzie says...

    Erm…it seems as if every single day at the Color Factory is currently sold out. So I can’t really recommend that to my family who are visiting San Fran in the next few days. Disappointing.

  20. Jillain says...

    What a beautiful assortment! There’s actually a group of people that dance with headphones on in the park across the street from my house every Sunday evening in Portland. It’s such a funny/cute scene!

  21. Lily says...

    The color factory sounds incredible!

  22. Love this list! That location with the colorful buildings is gorgeous!

    xx, mel

  23. laura k says...

    thanks for posting about the Color pop up! I am taking my 13 year old daughter to see it with me- it looks like an instagram dream for her. We are happy about a special girls day together- the very best!

  24. Molly says...

    I spent a semester at Shanti Bhavan when I was in college, I’m SO happy you just recommended the documentary! The school and children are amazing and I thought the film captured it all perfectly. Thank you for spreading the word!

  25. Thank you for recommending Daughters of Destiny! I will definitely watch it. Have you read A Fine Balance? Ever since reading that (heartwrenching) book I’ve been enthralled with India and wanting to learn more about it!

  26. Justine A Clark says...

    My 13 year old son just finished watching Daughters of Destiny and was telling us all about it over lunch. He loved it and is recommending to everyone.

  27. Eliza says...

    Oh my, that wedding idea is the coolest and most creative!! Talk about making lemonade from lemons :-) And it was super cool to see one of Ashley Christensen’s recipes featured in Bon Appetit and on Cup of Jo! She’s a local celeb here in Raleigh. Thanks for your always-interesting posts-I always learn something new!

    • Anne says...

      That’s hilarious!