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Have a Great Weekend.

Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? My sister is coming to visit tonight, and the boys are practicing all their best tricks and jokes. Also, Anton hurt his leg last weekend — poor guy! when it rains, it pours! — so we’ll be giving him some extra cuddles as he gets better. Have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A Thanksgiving menu maker.

How to never wait in line for brunch. (Yes!)

A photo of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and LinkedIn, hahaha.

Getting inspired to throw a pizza party.

What a beautiful office.

Ice fishing is the last thing in the world I’d ever want to do, but these photos made my jaw drop.

How cozy are these cashmere sweatshirts? #wishlisted

The NYTimes Magazine cover is so good this week. (Remember these?)

Why don’t pants go all the way down to the floor anymore? An investigation.

On Greta Gerwig: “In her directorial debut, the writer and actress has created a character rarely seen onscreen: a young girl who loves herself.”

Plus, two great reader comments:

Says Abbey on staying present: “When I’m walking down the street, I play a game where I imagine other peoples’ secret skills. Maybe the guy crossing the street makes a mean tiramisu or another person loves to garden. Or someone else is a talented painter. Once you walk around believing that each person has something unique to offer, being in the world less stressful and more fun.” (Reminded me of this.)

Says Marla on five great TV shows: “Make some room in your life for Better Things, written, directed by and starring Pamela Adlon, who has been Louis C.K.’s collaborator for over a decade. Her autobiographical divorced-mom-of-three-girls character is smart, stupid, generous, selfish, funny, not funny and can’t get out of her own way. The soundtrack stabs me in the heart every week. It’s labeled a comedy, but is so much richer than one label can convey. I am 110% hooked.”

(Photo by Kassandra Stockton. Twitter photo via Swissmiss.)

  1. I have a cashmere sweater from Everlane that I am OBSESSED with. Definitely a Winter savior.
    Now, a cashmere sweatshirt? I think I need.

  2. alissa says...

    I went to high school with Aleksey (the ice fishing photographer). It is so amazing to see his work featured and recognized by so many people worldwide! I’m glad you enjoyed :)

  3. I second the suggestion about watching Better Things but ladies, let’s leave off the “Louis C.K.’s collaborator” cuz she is beyond amazing and he is a VERY PROBLEMATIC SLEAZEF*CK à la #metoo à la Weinstein.

    • Sasha says...

      Thank you for sharing that, I had no idea. Hard to keep up with all the sleaze f*cks to be quite honest.

  4. Abbey says...

    On the pants–this is the problem I have been wrestling with for months! I live in Canada, and it’s getting colder, and I haven’t been able to find cute pants that can actually see me through the winter. At this point my plan is to buy a second pair of the cropped pants I wore throughout the summer in “Tall”, and hope that (at 5’5”), the tall will look full length on me.

    But seriously, does no one get cold? Does no one have to go outside in the winter? What is the plan here?

    • Sasha says...

      Yes! In Montana. It’s -9 degrees today, with a couple feet of snow on the ground. I can tell you what I’m NOT wearing, lol, anything that exposes any skin anywhere whatsoever. I’m quite happy and warm in my giant thick chunky sweater and extra thick wool socks and full length (snow) boot cut jeans, and tall snow boots. Warm=cute. My crop pants are put away with sun dresses and shorts and won’t be seen until May (if I’m lucky).

  5. Lisa says...

    Re: the jeans not going all the way to our shoes.
    As a tall girl I struggled to find jeans long enough for YEARS. The whole cuffing, 7/8 thing makes life easier. BUT — I still need my ankles covered in the winter. So for that, I get Levi’s bootcut jeans in the tallest inseam they offer, and Gap’s Long and Lean jeans in size tall.

  6. Ramune says...

    Oh I agree with the jeans investigation! I also feel similar about all contemporary fashion, confused. Spent last few days trying to find a few new tops for work; everything has ruffles, bell sleeves and a weird square shape. Hopeless…

    • Sasha says...

      Right there with you. Confused is a great descriptor.

  7. Why don’t pants go all the way down to the floor

    I would say it’s designers reacting to real life, such as, pants that are all the way to the floor get wet and dirty in the snow, but it’s probably part of the Vast Design Conspiracy Against Women that won’t give us sleeves or pockets.

    Except in our pajamas. The one place I get pockets is in my pajamas. Because I need to carry things to bed with me because you never know.

    • eg says...

      You’ve found women’s pjs with pockets??! I am baffled, because my research in that area has always been fruitless so I just buy men’s pjs. And seriously, I love pj pockets- tissues, chapstick, what have you!

  8. Em says...

    Regarding the “short jeans” article: Those green pants with the black combat boots are my definition of style. I think the whole look is so cool!! Give me “cold ankle” all year ’round :)

  9. Kara says...

    I think the “ankle” and 7/8th jeans are a ploy to make sure that we all have brand new boots to cover up with in the winter.

  10. I definitely agree with this brunch trick! Recently I started to go for lunch/brunch at 11.40 and it’s totally empty! People start to come in at 12.00, no a minute sooner ?

  11. Diana says...

    I would bury bodies for Pamela Adlon.

    She was the bad-bitch little sister in Grease 2 and I have loved so much of her work since: Californication, King of the Hill, all of the Louie projects. and noooooooow we get a view into her brain with Better Things and it’s so beautiful and honest and silly, and heavy and amazingly cinematic with killer music placement. UGH go see it.

  12. Ahhh why/how are the Breakfast Club kids so perfect for these accounts! I just had to share this with everyone I know.

  13. Thank you for introducing me to Swissmiss! I just went on a cyber rampage following her networks and subscribing to the Creative Mornings podcast. I can’t wait to start listening to it! Happy weekend! :)

  14. Gaylen Blankenship says...

    Cannot agree more with the raves for Better Things. So spare, saying so much with simple gestures. The truest depiction of motherhood that I’ve ever seen, it’s breaks my heart open every time. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

    • Diana says...

      Well said. I love that show for all of these reasons.

    • Beth says...

      I love this show so much that I actually watch it myself, then with my husband, then by myself again. I love that she cooks, really cooks, and that her kitchen looks like she cooks. And, the music….my favorite new tune is “Release Me,” by Corrina Repp.

  15. Guylaine says...

    If you’re ever in Saskatchewan, Canada, please let us take you (and your family-the boys would love it! ) ice fishing! I promise it won’t be the last thing you want to do again. And there is no better way to be present than when you’re in the middle of a lake in the winter!

  16. Noelle says...

    The jeans investigation mad me lol. I have a pair of Gap flares/boot cut jeans that I’m saving for when that trend inevitably comes back, though as a person with a shorter inseam (Gap’s “regular” length of 32” was always too long, and the “short” 30” inseam was perfect at try-on but inevitably shrank In the wash to become comically too short) I also kind of love the 7/8 trend.

  17. I loved that Office space. I want to create something similar at my home.

  18. Emily says...

    I love Pamela Adlon, she stole every science in Californication. I was excited for Better Things, but stopped watching after two shows. Gonna give it another try after reading Marla’s comment!

    • Emily says...

      *scene*darn spell check!

    • Gaylen Blankenship says...

      Watch the episode called “eulogy”….. brill.

    • Emily says...

      Okay, I binged Season 1. Season 2 just ended. Trying to figure out how to watch it without paying! I may have to be patient. Loved it, and so glad I went back. No one here mentions her funny Mom and all the cool artwork in her home. Had to mention those things. Also, I had no idea one of her real life daughters is the adorable Odessa Adlon.

  19. Laura says...

    That menu maker is awesome! I don’t host Thanksgiving, but I do host a big post-Christmas holiday celebration. Last year I had 26 people in my little house! My husband and I had to create a makeshift plywood table to add to our already-long dining room table… Anyway, it’s super helpful to have all these recipes in one place instead of having to hunt and gather all over the internet!

  20. Joanna says...

    The picture of that house is amazing. I love it!!!

  21. Veronica says...

    I find it so funny reading all the readers who comment about loving the short pant trend because they save on tailor’s bills, because as a tall girl, I am at a constant loss for finding pants that are long enough now! And while I can empathize with saving money, I bemoan the fact that tall girls don’t have an option to make pants longer.

    • Emily R says...

      I’m tall and have big feet. Pants that are longer than ankle length on me accentuate my feet and there’s always an awkward shoe pant interface. Unless it’s a wide leg pant that I can wear with a kitten heal and it still just barely skims the floor, ankle it is for me!

    • Laura C. says...

      Actually I am not short but my legs are not that long, and I prefer a full length pant. Suffering from cold!

    • Millie says...

      I have long legs and I’ve been rocking the 7/8th pants for years, just because that’s how it goes. I don’t have $$ for the “perfect” jeans, and I feel like they don’t exist anyway. In the winter, I unroll long, thick socks over my jeans, and top with calf-height boots. This look is timeless, right? Tell me it’s timeless.

  22. Rachel says...

    Isn’t noon to 1:30 lunch time?? I’m confused…if brunch is “breakfast & lunch” shouldn’t it be like a late breakfast early lunch time? 10?

    • Emily R says...

      If you want to wake up and get out of the house that early on the weekend, knock yourself out, but I’m sleeping in and having brunch around noon!

    • I thought so too! Ideal brunch time for me is 10:30-11:00 am.

    • t says...

      In my mind brunch has two definitions: 1) the definition you gave above and 2) breakfast food that you eat at lunch after you skipped breakfast.

  23. McKenzie Cunningham says...

    As someone who is 5’2”, I love the seventh-eighth jeans! For years I’ve always had to have my jeans tailored; now I just look for cropped jeans and I’m set. But, I do live in Atlanta, so I do have the weather on my side for them!

    • Allison says...

      Haha! I’m 5’1” and was thinking the exact same thing :)

    • Jeannie says...

      Another shorty here at little over 5′ and YES love this trend, but it means full length pants for me lol! I also love the 7/8ths, cropped trend but it will NOT work for winter!

  24. Alex says...

    At 5′-0″ tall – the cropped pants trend is the best thing thats ever happened to my wardrobe.

  25. Ksm says...

    I love Greta Gerwig. It seems spooky but I think her character is me. Both in mistress America and now Ladybird. ?

    • Diana says...

      Her work is so good! Frances Ha made me feel icky about myself, but she really won me over in Lola Versus and her recent Maggie’s Plan was such a brilliant modern romantic storytelling- I can’t get over it.

  26. Kate says...

    This Friday roundup was spot on with my subconscious. Cold ankles! Obama! Better Things’ tender moments! Brunch strategy (the Westville shoutout in that article brought me right back to freezing outside in my mid-20s)! Big smiles here. X

  27. Em says...

    I loved that brunch article! I moved from a big city to a medium sized city recently and honestly one of the best parts is how much less crowded the restaurants are. In my old city, I’d have to make a reservation weeks or sometimes months in advance, and there was basically nowhere in the whole city where you could just walk-in on a Saturday night. In my new city, even the hottest restaurants rarely book up more than two weeks out, and there are tons of options for if you haven’t made a reservation on a Friday night. It seems like a small thing but it’s actually HUGE!

  28. Kate says...

    Hmm. On the one hand I don’t want to look foolish and suffer from “Cold Ankle” but on the other hand maybe those 7/8ths jeans (seriously, who does that?) are easier to cram into knee-high boots. Tricky. Very tricky.

    I love Abby’s comment on staying present. I’m definitely going to start doing that now whenever I am out and about!

  29. Julie says...

    fell down the rabbit hole of better things as well, from episode one, season 1…gotta adore a show that knows how to insert music I’ve never heard, and go on the hunt to find. Used my new iPhone to id the song from last nights episode, and man, it’s the bomb. Echo. go find it. ear worm!

  30. Sabrina says...

    I’m from Minnesota. People ice fish inside of an ice house. They have heaters and beds and a small kitchen. It’s fancy ice fishing. I guess if you’re really old school you sit on a bucket outside. But who has time for that?

    • Courtney says...

      This made me laugh – I am also from MN, and, as someone who fishes and icefishes quite often, when I saw these pictures I thought, “Why are they doing it like that??” I have never seen anyone, even bucket ice fishers, put this plastic over themselves. Then I looked into the photographer. These were taken in Kazakhstan. It’s interesting to see how different places and cultures play out a the same activity. I also thought it was interesting that it appears normal that these men are not wearing gloves.

    • Erica says...

      I lived in Astana, Kazakhstan, where these photos were taken, and I’ve seen the guys out there in these tents :-) You wouldn’t believe the cold and wind that they suffer through out there, it’s … intense. And yeah, I was always baffled that the Kazakhs would start wearing fur hats when the temperature dropped below 10 C, but they’d go without gloves when it was -40 C!

  31. Janice says...

    Why don’t pants go all the way down to the floor anymore? An investigation. – This article is hilarious and so true. I’ve been wondering the same, feels like a giant rip-off is happening to jean hemlines.

  32. I am LOVING the shorter pants thing, because I’m short and now I can buy pants that I don’t have to get tailored :D

    • Anna says...

      Same here! I also really like my ankles and the short cut makes my legs look skinnier. Also when it’s cold just pair them with some cute socks. It’s a win win situation, I say.

    • brianna says...

      Ditto!

    • Savannah says...

      This is me! I bought a pair of underarmor pants and I got so excited that they fit… they were capris.

  33. Liz says...

    I was just wondering this about pants yesterday when my ankles were freezing! Thanks!

    • Amy P says...

      I too have been wondering what on earth I’m supposed to do in winter! I’ve resigned myself to tucking my pants (and wool socks) into boots all season. No shoes for me ;)

  34. Lori H says...

    Love Abbey’s comment on imagining strangers’ secret skills!! I sometimes imagine what their home life is like, which makes them seem more regular human-like.

  35. Erin says...

    That tweet on social media/Breakfast Club was stolen – here’s the original: https://twitter.com/heymichellelee/status/835932514623574017 (though it also looks like the original tweet got the idea from an earlier article). Just want to make sure the woman who did it first gets credit.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much, Erin! We switched the link. xo