Design

Four Fun Things

1970s sweaters

I’m digging the 1970s-style sweaters I’ve been seeing around. They make me want to cut thick bangs and wear wool all fall. Here are five cool ones: ribbed, contrast, gold, cozy and stripe.

Did you watch the first season of The Crown, the Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II? I love how much emotion Claire Foy, who plays the Queen, conveys with the subtlest movements of her face — a quick downward glance! the tiniest eyebrow lift! a stare a nanosecond too long! Her role as queen is bound by strict rules, but she has such fire underneath it all. Here’s the trailer for the second season (premiering December 8th), which looks incredibly compelling.

The new Oregon Trail

Holy smokes, what a flashback. As a suburban kid in the 80s, I’d ride my bike to the local library and play The Oregon Trail on giant computers to my heart’s content. Now Travel Oregon has built an updated online version — although the old-school design is the same! — where you can be a yoga teacher, drink craft beer flights and eat Voodoo doughnuts.

Paris sparkling water fountains

Paris is installing sparkling water fountains all over the city. Well played, France!

Danica Roem

Feeling buoyed by this week’s election, where minority and LGBT candidates won races large and small. For example, the first Sikh mayor was elected in New Jersey, and Danica Roem is the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislature. “To every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own because there is no one else with them, this one is for you,” she told the crowds in Virginia last night. Yes!

P.S. More fun things, and this made me laugh.

(Paris photo by Alain Cornu. Oregon Trail via Kottke.)

  1. laura-london says...

    I’ll also add to the 4th fun thing by adding that Australia had a plebiscite recently and the results came in last week – a resounding YES to same sex marriage. It should get ratified by government before they break for the holidays. So much love and such a happy, happy outcome. The world needs more uplifting news like this.

  2. Tiffany says...

    The model in the sweater looks like a young Lisa Bonet. And sparkling water fountains, cue Iggy… I’m so fancy :)

  3. ramona says...

    MLK taught us to judge others by the content of their character not the color of their skin

  4. Alice says...

    Claire Foy is one to watch, for sure. Beautiful actor. And Danica Roem makes days worth living :)

  5. Sasha says...

    A black mayor in my state’s capita! !! And he’s Liberian refugee who has been outspoken against Trump’s hate. AND first black mayor in state’s (MT) history (about effing time). Halleluja.

  6. Sara says...

    So happy about the elections! Gives me much hope for the future!!

  7. That Oregon Trail game is definitely going to get me fired, but I’m here for it.

  8. Nadine Hughey says...

    Yes, The Crown – can’t wait. Should be done with Halt & Catch Fire in plenty of time. And think I just realized we’ve been missing Victoria – shoot, it was good first season. Anyway, when my husband told me the new Elizabeth is going to be Olivia Colman I could hardly believe it. But makes the missing of Broadchurch a little better. Alias Grace is in the queue, as well. Bless Cobie Smulders’ heart, she handled that better/longer than I might’ve. I was afraid my husband would never want to have sex again…he went into shock, tho.

  9. Katie says...

    Did you see that The Crown’s cast will change after the second season?? I have such mixed feelings! Presumably to cast older actors in each role but I love the current cast so much.

  10. brianna says...

    I’m currently power-watching This Is Us (I’m LATE to that party, as per usual), but man, that’s good stuff. I was always Team Jess on Gilmore Girls, but watching Milo Ventimiglia play Jack seals the deal.

  11. Thanks for sharing – put me in such a great mood! I can’t wait for the new season of The Crown, Claire Foy is incredible! OMG the Oregon Trail is so funny, but I kind of wish it was the old one. ;)

  12. jac says...

    Danica Roem! What a hero. I am amazed by this. It allows me to hope and it allows me to have unsullied pride for my country. I am so grateful that she ran. And I am proud of the people of Virginia! <3

    • Emma Bee says...

      YES!! And her campaign focused on local issues (like traffic and schools) while her incumbent opponent focused on nasty attacks on her transgender identity. Hear that Dems? This is how you do it!

    • Sasha says...

      Yes yes yes!! This is how you win.

    • L says...

      Not only did she run a fantastic campaign focused on local issues that really matter to her future constituents (I’m not in her district but close enough to know the area well), but I have never seen a more gracious winner. After she won, she was given the chance to comment on her opponent, a man who has said horrible things about her over the past months, and she simply said that she will not speak poorly of any of her constituents. It definitely makes me think that I should try to be more like Danica. Imagine how many problems would be solved if we all just acted like that.

    • And she’s in a metal band!

  13. Kaitlin says...

    Way too excited about the sparkling water fountains in Paris over here. I lived in Germany for a year on exchange and aside from bringing back a fierce love of bread and wurst, I almost exclusively drink sparkling water. My favourite non-alcoholic drink is half cherry juice/half sparkling water — known as Fruchtschorle.

  14. Naomi says...

    More good news (clutching on to these gems with my tiny fists in dark days such as these…)
    Montreal just elected their first female mayor in history! :)
    #glassceiling #smashed

    • Dominique says...

      Woohoo Valérie Plante!! :)

  15. Im hopeful after this week’s election results. I just finished watching MindHunter and holy smokes that was good. I want to watch Alias Grace next. I wonder if the sparkling water fountains will be sponsored by Le Croix since it has become the drink as of late. Ha!

    xo Lendy

  16. Aet says...

    Joanna, I am sad to see you promoting Mango brand clothing here! Did you see this story? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/zara-istanbul-unpaid-workers-inditex-bravo-clothing-tags-notes-a8037256.html . I’d love if you could use this platform and tremendous influence you have to support ethical companies…or at least not fast fashion companies that have committed specific human rights abuses. And this appears in the same post celebrating people of colour in the United States….makes me wonder if the recent posts about social justice issues on CoJ are just lip service rather than true concerns/activism.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hadn’t seen this at all! thank you so much for letting me know. i’m going to read and research this now.

    • Natalie says...

      I agree! Joanna, I’m really glad you highlight ethical companies like Everlane and Cuyana and I understand if you include fast fashion companies to show a wide variety of price ranges but I personally no longer support fast fashion (including Gap, Jcrew) if I can help it. Have you watched The True Cost? I just can’t in good conscience support these brands until they make major changes!

    • Lydia says...

      Natalie, I think you really get at the Catch 22 here. The ethical companies, pretty much inherently, are going to be more expensive. If Joanna only includes those, commenters ask for a range of prices. I’ve seen plenty of those types of comments here over the years. You can make ethical clothing purchases at thrift stores, but then Joanna can’t link to the specific item, which people want. It’s nice to get ideas from blogs and then go look for similar items yourself, but most people also want links to the actual items shown. I’m extremely lucky and privileged that most of the items linked on this blog are within my price range if I want them, but I also have a household income way above the median so I know that most people are not in that situation. I agree about not supporting fast fashion, but how does a blog balance that with not wanting to only cater to the wealth, privileged crowd? Or is that even possible?

  17. Julie Moore says...

    Also, though not necessarily “fun,” I’m excited to learn this:

    (From CNN)
    “Germany’s top court ruled Wednesday that lawmakers must legally recognize a “third gender” from birth.
    Once a law is passed, Germany would become the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as a designation other than male or female.
    The court ruled that the current system, which “does not provide for a third option — besides the entry ‘female’ or ‘male,'” is unconstitutional.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/08/europe/germany-court-intersex-children/index.html

  18. Carrie says...

    The Crown is one of the most amazing tv shows ever!! I am enraptured with Claire Foy.

  19. steph says...

    Re: the “made me laugh” clip
    I was in the OR getting prepped and was anxiously awaiting my husband’s arrival in his cute little suit…only the anesthesia didn’t take and I had to be put under. Neither of us witnessed our son’s birth. He said he didn’t mind because he saw his older kids being birthed naturally and was ok not seeing me being cut open (not that he didn’t want to see the birth but didn’t want to see me potentially being in pain). I suffered from postpartum depression and I think that the traumatic experience was one of the root causes. I would have given anything to have that moment back :(

    • Sasha says...

      Steph, as a birth doula I have known many moms who have suffered birth trauma, and ppmd is certainly more common. I’m sorry for the trauma you suffered at your child’s birth, and for the suffering of ppmd afterward. It’s really really hard. I hope you have been able to heal, and know you are not alone in feeling that that moment mattered. It’s truly a grief process coming to terms with this.

  20. AndreaJane says...

    I seriously thought by “sparkling water fountains” they were going to be all lit up like the Eiffel tower. Imagine my disappointment to read its just regular old carbonated water…..

    • Krisanne says...

      Haha, I thought the same thing!

    • Em says...

      Haha! That wasn’t what I first thought, but I think I like your idea better.

    • Karen says...

      Me too!

    • Liz says...

      Hah- I am glad I am not the only one looking for a glimpse of a fairy sparles fountain in the above photo of Paris!! Too much time with a little 3 year old unicorn lover me thinks…. One day I will be in the zone of carbonated water fountains again however fairy-land is fun for now!

    • Courtney says...

      Me too! Haha.

  21. Kate says...

    I walked into the Gap last night and seriously thought I was back in 1997. Those brightly striped sweaters are EXACTLY the same ones that I had in junior high!! It’s all coming back and I feel like we just got over it all!

  22. Marisa says...

    As an American living in Italy, I just have to brag that Florence (and perhaps other cities in Italy) already has sparkling water fountains!

  23. Kelly says...

    I also want to recommend Alias Grace on Netflix. It’s based on a Margaret Atwood novel anddirected by Sarah Polley. The lead actress is superb and everything is just so well done. I’m on episode 4 (there are six total) and LOVING it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!

    • Julie says...

      Yes. Loving this show.

    • Claire says...

      yes, I agree! it’s terrific. Lots of layers.

  24. Shanna says...

    As an Oregonian I would have enjoyed a game where you can recycle, pick up trash at the beach, and drive with courtesy the things I teach my kids are the true hallmarks of an Oregonian.

    • Ni says...

      so cute! good job Shanna!

  25. Emily says...

    Please, please mention that Danica Roem was elected in Virginia! I’m not in her district, but am very proud to be from the state that elected her. We’re moving in the right direction. x

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      added! :) :) :)

  26. Maria says...

    Hi Joanna! The actress from The Crown is Claire Foy, not Roy! (But Roy comes from the French word for king – roi – so it would be kind of amazing if that were her name!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for the catch!

  27. Jody says...

    Feeling so high from the results of the election. Today’s election results headlines were the first news headlines that have made me smile in what feels like an eternity. Also got Pete Souza’s beautiful book of Obama portraits in the mail yesterday, what timing!

  28. Anne says...

    I’m trying to beat my Netflix addiction but might have to cave for The Crown, what an amazing show! And although I love my feisty chicks, it’s also refreshing to see a strong female character who isn’t a sassy spitfire – the quiet ones can be stubborn too!

    Politically I’ve got whiplash right now. I’m cheered by the election results, but just learned today that the proposed tax plan would QUADRUPLE my tax bill (due to a new way of handling grad school tuition payments). Yeesh, that’d put my finances in the gutter :(

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “it’s also refreshing to see a strong female character who isn’t a sassy spitfire – the quiet ones can be stubborn too!” = yes!

  29. Oh my goodness – sparkling water fountains. This definitely put a smile on my face! Oh, Paris!