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Have a Great (Long) Weekend.

Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans? I’m under the weather this weekend and I’m trying not to be a wuss about it. (Meanwhile, the boys are like this.) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

How to help Puerto Rico right now.

The Florida Project looks fantastic.

Can you train yourself to love spicy food?

Everything you know about me, the female character you’re falling in love with in a rom-com written by a man.”

Ballet rotoscope.

Would you try magnetic eyelash extensions?

This Japanese house looks like a painting!

I’d love to surprise Alex and wear this dress on a date night.

How to care for your introvert.

A look inside the busiest maternity hospital on the planet. So compelling.

Acts of kindness on the NYC subway.

Finally, please come by our fall gathering in Manhattan on October 12th. We’ll be having wine, snacks, a braid bar and friendly faces at the Sézane store, 254 Elizabeth St., in Manhattan. We would LOVE to meet you and hang out. Please RVSP here, if you’d like! xoxoxo

Plus, two reader comments…

Says Meghan on great Instagram accounts: “The Mothers Before feed has been a fave. I keep thinking about one of their photo captions: ‘Before she was married, while my mother was working her way up in the tech industry in the 80s, she built the house that I grew up in… She did all the work herself. She’d never built a house before and didn’t know what she was doing – my two favorite mistakes are that all the stairs were built for her size 7 feet, and her bathroom doesn’t have mirrors above the sinks (for men to shave)!’ Imagine!!!”

Says Anne Jordan on fun things to do with friends: “My friend Jane is a brilliant poet. She invited her closest female friends over and served appetizers and drinks on the patio. She gave us each a handmade book of poems, in which she’d written a poem for each of us. She said, ‘I don’t think we should wait for men for to write about us.’ The incredible poems captured each of us so well and we were thrilled! I told her privately, ‘I think my poem was the best one.’ She said another woman had pulled her aside to whisper the same thing.”

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo of Meryl Streep.)

  1. Alex says...

    PS – I just went and bought the ‘date night’ dress. I cannot wait to surprise my hubby on our own upcoming date night. That will sure keep the spark going! XO

  2. Meghan says...

    I work on camera a lot as a reporter and I see nearly every other woman working on camera in fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions. I just cannot rock the full strip of lashes on my eyes – it makes them look so heavy. That said, I wanted a thicker lash look, so I was intrigued enough to try the magnetic lashes. I absolutely love them! (Wearing them as I type this)! They are not a perfect solution – I always need to curl my lashes and apply mascara before putting them on, otherwise they look very wonky. It can be tricky at first to apply them evenly as well, but then they are so lightweight and secure. I have been using them for about a month and I’m converted!

  3. Ana says...

    This “Everything you know about me ..” List is hysterical! I was laughing so hard reading this. This rings so true. We need more realistic women leads in rom-com. Not really a rom-com but a very well told love story (well I guess it qualifies as rom-com then) is the Big Sick. Emily is not your typical girl-next-door rom-com character. Loved it.

    Florida Project is now on my list of to-see movies! Thank you for sharing :)

  4. Amanda says...

    I saw the premier of Motherland at Sundance this year with the director and producer doing a Q & A at the end. The story of how it was made is almost as remarkable as the show itself. It is incredibly powerful, but very, very graphic, for your more sensitive audience. Really, I just cannot imagine giving birth in those conditions.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, amanda! what a cool experience.

      i watched some of the clips on pbs, and the part where one woman loses her baby and she’s wandering around and the nurses are like “is this one yours? are you sure you’d recognize your baby?” made my heart stop!

      very brave, strong women, all of them.

  5. Sharon says...

    Follow up to all those SAINTS who recommended MommaStrong program in the workout post a few weeks back. I am not a mom, and do not play one on television…. but I figured for $2, why not? This lady rocks! I do struggle with lower back pain and have been using her tutorials to help me stretch and release the muscle tissue. O-M-G, she’s the best. I love the format, I find 30 minutes flying by and I feel better than ever. Better than the chiro, the massage, yoga,everything. Thank you amazing commenters for such a great suggestion! I’m passing along to everyone I know.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s wonderful, sharon!!!! so glad to hear that. i’m going to try tonight now after your comment :)

  6. Went to a screening of The Florida Project recently & had the great opportunity to meet Sean Baker (the director) and all of the cast. It was such a treat! (Not just because I got photos with them after too.) Safe to say it is both bittersweet & adorable. And while at times it hurts the heart it definitely is a good watch. Also the little girl who acts in it is as cute and funny in real life as she is on screen.

  7. Celeste says...

    Oh, that poem comment made me tear up! <3

    What a special gift.

  8. You can definitely train yourself to like spicy food! I used to be such a wimp about spice (as in mild salsa made me sweat) but before a trip to Thailand, I worked on adding spice to my meals. It took a few months and a lot of Indian takeout, but I finally learned to love some heat in my food! And, I was able to try cool dishes in Thailand that I would have otherwise avoided. Now I even add hot sauce to things voluntarily!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so cool!!! my sister trained herself too after marrying into an indian-american family. now she can have the spiciest indian food without thinking twice. pretty amazing!

  9. The Motherland movie! The happiness and the pathos are breathtaking. Thanks for posting about it.

  10. KS says...

    If you watch one movie this month make it The Florida Project. What a masterpiece!

  11. I’m an absolute sucker for poetry. Admittedly, I’m not that good at it, but I sure do love reading it. Would love to know where to find any of Jane’s work if anyone’s familiar with it.

  12. Vivian says...

    As always, love the Friday links you share! You’ve brought together such a lovely community of women. Sometimes I wish there were a Cup of Jo chat room where I could throw out a question and get their wisdom! Xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awww, i’d love that, vivian. i wish we had that too :)

  13. Alice says...

    The Everything you know about me… list is so observant. Number 9 made me laugh, and the last one, number 24, is so sadly true:
    I will save you but don’t worry, you’ll still be the hero of this story.
    Like another reader said, it is sad, but also inspiring.
    I was inspired by the COJ skillshare post last month to take a screenwriting course. I did, and I’m more than half way through writing my first screenplay. It’s about women who are all funny, unique, know about more than just one thing, and are all the heroes of their own story’s. There are men as well, but they’re not as funny, and they’re not the heroes.
    This list make me want to make it happen even more! Let’s write, let’s direct, produce, edit, let’s turn it around!

    • Veronica says...

      I would love to watch this!

    • Rachel says...

      That’s awesome!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so awesome, alice!!!

  14. Catherine says...

    I just watch the Motherland trailer. I am speechless. Can’t wait to watch it!

  15. ARIEL says...

    The magnetic eyelash extensions are so interesting! I’ve always been curious about eyelash tinting. Does it make you look like you have mascara on all the time? Would love for you to do a tutorial and give some feedback! xo

    • I love getting my lashes tinted! (and my brows, but those I can handle at home) You get the most impact if you have blonde/light lashes or can see a blonde-ish root at the base of your lashes. It does make you look like you have mascara on all the time and makes any mascara you DO put on look a million times more impactful. I can only imagine how fluttery my lashes would look if they were tinted AND had magnet lashes on top. I have tried to tint my lashes at home by myself, but I always end up getting a little dye on my lid and having to wear extreme liner/eyeshadow to cover it up. I’d be happy to recommend the salon for anyone in Cleveland looking for lash tinting!

  16. Celeste says...

    This was definitely a “trying to save the world on my own” week. Which, I guess, is what the Republicans want – for everyone to pay their own way. On Monday, I got my second iud, which turned out to be perfect foresight for Friday’s news. I cried about the third child I’d never have. On Tuesday, I donated to One America Again, for Puerto Rico relief. On Wednesday, Feeding America. On Thursday, The Sandy Hook Promise so I could at least do something, anything, to help protect kids from guns. It’s worth mentioning that Stephen Colberts #puberme campaign raised $1 million for Puerto Rico and Jimmy Kimmel gave an on-point opening on gun control. Now, I need to find a fund that helps women afford birth control, or donate to PP.

  17. Emma J says...

    The ‘enlarged sorrybellum’ on the ‘How to Care for your Introvert’ video made me laugh so much.

  18. Emily says...

    I enjoyed the NYC subway piece. Looking forward to seeing pics and reading about of the Cup of Jo gathering!

  19. Dai says...

    Literally wept with laughter at the introvert video — not what I expected. Thanks, CoJ!

  20. Zareena Iqbal says...

    Oh Joanna i wish i could
    come to the gathering in Manhattan!!!

  21. Lara says...

    Oh man. Both those reader comments made me (happy) cry! Well done, CoJ team and readers–what beautiful and empowering ideas to put out in the world, both of those.

  22. Nikki says...

    I saw that ballet video recently and it made me think of you, Joanna! Somehow, you’re one of the only “people I know” that loves ballet! :)

    Also, super sad to be stuck in Vancouver instead of nyc for that get together! :(

  23. Rachel says...

    I am sorry you’re not feeling well. However, one of my most hilarious weekend memories of when my kids were small comes from when both my son (maybe 9 at the time) and I were SO SICK. Like North & South sick – coming out both ends. UGH. At one point, I just took all my son’s bedding which was covered in vomit, opened the window (his bedroom was on the second floor) and THREW it out onto the grass below. Not sure this would fly in your ‘hood. Then at one point, we were both lying in my bed with a big steel pot between us. It was for emergencies if we felt we couldn’t make it to the bathroom in time to puke. I was laying there, just talking slowly and quietly to my son for about 5 minutes, when I finally realized I was talking to my own reflection in said pot. My son was fast asleep on the other side. I just about died laughing when I realized this.

    • Katie says...

      This is SO funny, thanks for sharing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha omg rachel! laughing so hard rn. you poor thing!

  24. Liz C says...

    I wish I could go to NYC on a Thursday for a fun gathering with the Cup of Jo team! 😢 someday! Have a fabulous time!

  25. Lisa says...

    I have the one two lash magnetic lashes and I love them! They have a learning curve, but once you figure it out it’s an easy way to go snazzy in a snap

  26. Emma says...

    Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry you’re ill! I live in fear of getting sick. I have an 9 month old and after dealing with a couple of sinus infections brought on by lack of sleep (good-thing-you’re-cute-and-that-I-love-you-so-much) I’m learning time and time again that babies don’t even care! Now I’m remembering all of the times my mom said, “Let me just rest my eyes for one second.” Hope you feel better soon!

  27. Michelle says...

    I’m so excited about the fall gathering! I live in Texas but I’ll be in New York for a conference next week and was already planning to stop by Sezane thanks to your recommendation ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s wonderful, michelle!!!! can’t wait to meet you :) :)

  28. jeannie says...

    Ballet rotoscope! Beautiful.

  29. Rachel says...

    “The everything you know about me…” is so so sad. Especially in the context of the new revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The foundation for how our society views women runs so deep, I despair about how we’ll ever turn it around.

  30. Sabrina says...

    I love Meryl Streep! Good choice for FRIDAY photo…

  31. Ahhh I knew that was Meryl Streep! She’s so pretty.

  32. brianna says...

    That Japanese house is wild, but what a creative re-use of the space.

  33. Hanna says...

    I watched “Motherland” at the Berlinale this year, I thought it was the best movie of the whole festival. Go see it if you can!

    • I’m smitten by the trailer, trying to work out how to see it in Australia.

  34. Tyler says...

    7. I have a great sense of humor, by which I mean, ha-ha — you’re so funny.

    This made me laugh so. hard.