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Have a Delicious Weekend.

Have a Delicious Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? I’m going for a bike ride with my friend tonight, and I’m also looking forward to starting this book, which has been getting rave reviews. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

OMG totally into these shoes.

This haggard-looking eagle is a metaphor for American democracy right now.

Insecure’s cinematographer on properly lighting black faces.

My morning routine. (What’s yours?)

Digging this cute wedding ponytail.

The scammer’s guide to getting ready at Sephora.

What a cool dad.

Will & Grace is back. Will its portrait of gay life hold up?

How to save money in ten minutes.

A restaurant right next to a waterfall.

Many people have asked for ideas for work outfits, especially for offices with a more corporate dress code. We’re working on a post, and also we’d love to see yours! Do you have a go-to work outfit (or two) that you like? If so, please email a casual snapshot to hello@cupofjo.com. Thank you so much! xoxoxo

Plus, two fun reader comments.

Says Shelley on four fun things: “Cannot wait for Curb Your Enthusiasm! I missed Larry so much. When my husband and I got married eight years ago, we were completely absorbed with the show. So, at our wedding, we had the DJ play the theme song as we greeted our friends and family before dinner. It was the perfect mix of cheesy/silly to loosen us up. My husband and I aren’t that comfortable in the spotlight, and the music acted like a little wink to remind us to enjoy the absurdity of it all.”

Says Kelly on being friends with your parents: “To this day, every time I walk into a Target, I remember seeing my second-grade teacher there once, and because I thought I was so grown up at that point, I said ‘Jane? Is that you?’ I was 10.”

(Photo by Alexandra Cooks. Money link via Of a Kind.)

  1. Just reading this gal’s guide to products she likes at Sephora is tempting me to go in and find some new makeup

  2. Heather says...

    The Sephora article had me cringing. I might swipe a shade of eyeshadow on my hand, but that’s IT. I’ve seen wayyyyyy too many women using the lipsticks directly on their mouths, dipping the test mascara wands in and out multiple times, etc. No thanks!

  3. hi joanna – just wanted to say that through the years, i have lost interest in a lot of bloggers, mainly because my life has gotten busy, but no matter how busy life gets, i still love to follow along with a cup of jo!
    having said that, i’ve been reading from the very first post and have loved following you along your journey. lots of love from athens. :)

    btw, that bagel with cream cheese and tomato looks scrumptious!

  4. Jean ann says...

    Just because our person didn’t win doesn’t mean democracy itself is beleaguered. Now we know how the other side felt for the last 8 years (when they felt like democracy was on the ropes.)

    • Heather says...

      Yes! I actually said “yes” out loud when reading your comment. So very true.

  5. I just burst out laughing about the “Jane?” in Target comment from Kelly. So funny how the mortification of that sort of thing truly sticks with you for eternity.

  6. Katelynn says...

    On how to save money in ten minutes: my friend has an app called Trim that does it for you, plus many other perks (including possibly lowering your cable/internet bill for you). Check it out!

  7. Jen says...

    I listened to the audiobook version of Rabbit this weekend after reading about it here and loved it!!

  8. ana says...

    ‘Jane? Is that you?’

    LOL!!
    Thanks Kelly :)

  9. I love the work outfit idea! My go to is a pretty printed silk blouse. Madewell has some great ones with good drape, good pair of black pants and great shoes. Chie Mihara has some amazing shoes that are unique, stylish, and suuuuuuper comfortable! Worth every penny.

  10. Court says...

    Awwww Ludacris! love that the story is about a llama too. :)

  11. Maria says...

    Re that ligthing link: I recently discovered that my camera may be racist. If it is on auto, my light-skinned son is usually lit perfectly and looks fine, whereas his dark-skinned best friend often looks wrong: somehow lighter and grayer as in real life. I think it is a question of the programm beeing optimized for white skin. And I have really no idea how to fix this. It really bugs me.

  12. Laura C. says...

    The llama mama, thanks Joanna, I needed something like that today! Have a good one staff and readers!

  13. I loved your honesty in the HuffPost piece about putting the TV on for the boys in the morning and not eating a super healthy breakfast first thing! I exist on only coffee and water until noon or one pm most days and that’s just what works for me.

  14. Tori says...

    I would love to see some work wear options for petites! I often feel like I look like a child playing dress up in some more traditional work wear options. Have a good weekend!

    • M says...

      The blog Extra Petite is great for this!

  15. Kate says...

    Can I make a request? What about work outfits from ethical companies? I’ve been poring over Crossing Cues, the directory put together by Melissa Lee, but it’s a little harder to find professional-looking attire as compared to, say, handmade sandals or organic cotton tshirts. Thanks!

  16. Lara says...

    It does make me chuckle that the name of your blog is “Cup of Jo” but you don’t drink coffee! But then, I read your blog and I don’t drink coffee either ?

  17. Bets says...

    Your Friday posts make me feel so content and happy, I can’t put my finger on why exactly but I feel almost like my girlfriends are sharing cool things they heard this week while I relax, drink coffee and pretend I can’t hear my daughter begging for candy at 6am. It’s a wonderful way to start the weekend, thanks as always for sharing.

  18. Krinessa Calis says...

    you should visit the waterfalls resto here in the philippines!

  19. Those look delicious! maybe i’ll make them for my cookout this weekend!

  20. Laura says...

    To your commenter Kelly: It’s been a day of very bad news for more than one family member I love. Your comment made me laugh so much, and then because I was laughing my spouse read over my shoulder and laughed too. We needed it. Thank you!

  21. Angel says...

    You ladies should do a podcast.

    • aga says...

      Yes! Definitely!

    • E says...

      150% YES.

  22. Jen B says...

    Oh my goodness, when I read the post about the waterfall restaurant I was expecting to see the Multnomah Falls in Oregon. Imagine my surprise when it linked to Vila Escudero in the Philippines. Last time I went was 1996 with my husband. So nice to see a post on a Filipino favorite! ????

  23. Arielle Otero says...

    Omg! I’ve eaten at that restaurant by the waterfall before. We got together for a 3 month family reunion to meet my Filipino relatives for the first time. It was awesome!

  24. Sara says...

    What’s the state of American democracy?

  25. Really looking forward to your post on work outfits! I wear scrubs for my full-time job but occasionally have a multi-day conference and find myself at a loss for what to wear. My closet consists of: scrubs, workout clothes, and weekend clothes. 9-5 yeah right! HELP :)

  26. Celeste says...

    I love your routine! Mine is usually wake up early, run and dish with friends, lift weights, home for breakfast and dog walk, get kids ready for school, eat eggs, protein shake and coffee, work for 6-7 hours, pick them up, have lessons three afternoons a week and free afternoons two days a week.

  27. Diana says...

    Joanna! Just curious – do you buy real books or on an e-reader (kindle, nook, ipad, etc)?

  28. Christie says...

    Hi Jo, just a quick note that the email address you posted may have been incorrect? You’ve said we should email work outfits to ‘hello@cupoofjo.com’ – Should that be ‘@cupofjo.com’?

    Have a great weekend! X.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Oops! We just updated. Thank you, Christie!

  29. Elizabeth says...

    YES to Ms. Pat’s book!! I haven’t read it yet but I hope to soon. She is so hilarious. She is the BEST podcast guest, especially on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. I’ve been following her career for a few years and I’m so happy for all of her success – she really deserves it because her story is truly incredible.

    Also, just wanted to say that I love this blog so much :)

  30. Laurel says...

    Yes to work clothes! I started my first real job last summer in a law office that is a strange mix of casual and professional. Combine that with South Mississippi’s endless summer and dressing for work is usually complicated. I have become convinced though that a good work wardrobe can start with one really good pair of black pants! Have a great weekend!

  31. “I was 10” killed me. Hilarious.

    • Sara says...

      Agreed!!

    • Cari says...

      That was the best!

    • prudence marule says...

      also in agreement with this, i laughed a little to hard at that one.

  32. Kimberly Hieber says...

    Ummm, I think the eagle is just wet. Maybe a better symbol for our hurricane riddled country than democracy.

    • dhannon says...

      I agree. Am so tired of all the negativity about our current administration.

  33. Lindsay says...

    I can’t believe after all these years I didn’t know you don’t drink coffee! I’m a coffee lover but we can still be friends :)

  34. Stephanie says...

    I love the idea for a corporate dress code post! It would be wonderful to see some long-sleeve and long-pants options if possible. With tattoos on lower legs and full sleeves, I would love to get more help looking cool/fashionable, while also being dressed conservatively.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      sounds great, stephanie! we’re on it!

    • Celeste says...

      I still really love cropped pants for work year round.

    • Oooh yes, I am all about long-sleeved shirts + cardigans in the workplace for that very reason. I don’t feel any stigma against my tattoos but I like to keep conservative at work, too.

  35. dee says...

    Yes. The Sephora model is to try on makeup and even request samples to experience the products!
    I guess I got caught up in the writer’s experience:
    “It’s cool though, because I’ve perfected what I call the Sephora Touch-Up—a technique in which I walk into the makeup mega store like I own the place and navigate the aisles to put together a glowing look.
    The first step in the Sephora Touch-Up (STU) is setting up camp.
    Fifteen minutes after entering, I’ve got a full, nighttime-ready face, without any buyer’s remorse. This is the beauty of the Sephora Touch-Up. Wins all around.”

  36. I loved your morning routine, but OMG, I was hoping my kid would grow out of the 5:45 wake up!!!! AUGH. Hope is waning.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh man, well, i think many kids do grow out of it. anton will often sleep late if we let him. but toby is just an early riser! the best thing is that he has recently been happy to play for a little bit in his bedroom or even flip on the TV himself and watch a show before coming in to get us. LIFESAVER! i’m pretty strict about screen time overall, but not at 5:45 am!

    • aga says...

      Joanna, your boys sound so sweet!

  37. Jen says...

    LOL to Katy’s comment! I so needed that :)

    • Jen says...

      *Kelly (um, who’s Katy!?!) ugh TGIF, amirite?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha it made me laugh, too!

  38. Emily says...

    Oh, hey! I’ve read this blog for, like, ever and only commented once (to point out Alamo Square Park misidentified as Dolores in a video…important?!) Anyway, thanks for consistently brightening up my day.

    Now, to get to the point here: if you want a little coffee to brighten up yours, try L-Theanine. It’s an amino acid that occurs naturally in teas (similar in shape to glutamine) and it takes the edge off stimulants, meaning coffee without jitteriness (hello, perfection!). My MCAT professor (a biomedical researcher at UCSD-legit) recommended it and it worked well enough to see me through nine over-caffeinated months and plenty of other times since.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i’m so curious about that! i’ll check it out. thank you, emily! nice to have you here :) :) :)

    • Emily,
      This is so interesting! I recently purchased L-Theanine- for my dog! He has a bit of separation anxiety and I’ve read that studies support L-Theanine working as well as other sedative drugs when it comes to anxiety without the negative side effects. I’ve been thinking of trying it myself as I prepare for a big move had way across the country, haha.

  39. I haven’t made it past the picture yet. I’m nearly 21 weeks pregnant and that bagel with cream cheese and tomato is literally making my mouth water. In fact, I’m feeling downright emotional over it. Gawd, it looks so good!

  40. Lily says...

    I laughed out loud at work at Kelly’s comment. Kelly, you were a cool kid!

  41. dee says...

    I’m unsure of your reason for posting the scammer’s guide to getting ready at Sephora (ha ha) I work at a Sephora and the ‘scammers’ who come in and ‘get ready’ are not to be glamorized. They contaminate the makeup, often resulting in testers being thrown away, and take up our time.

    • Sarah says...

      but that’s the whole business model of sephora, isn’t it? to draw people in by letting them try on makeup, even when it’s just for fun, because then people often buy what they try, or get enticed by something else? i imagine that sephora set up the store for that reason and would welcome people coming in to try stuff on as much as possible. i have gone in there so many times to just goof around with friends without meaning to buy anything – yet somehow we have spent our life savings there! so it works!

    • Katie says...

      Just reading this gal’s guide to products she likes at Sephora is tempting me to go in and find some new makeup. I generally hate Sephora because I do the natural thing most of the time and haven’t had the best experience with people who work there but this “scammer” might have just helped Sephora make a sale ;) so not only is their business model, which is clearly set up to “try and buy” working, but this article is working too!