Happy holidays! Hope you’re having a fun week. I wanted to thank you again for reading over the past year, whether you check in every day or now and again. I’m so grateful for all the smart, funny thoughts and comments. We’ll be visiting family in California over the next week — and posting photos on Instagram — but in meantime here’s a look back over the past year on Cup of Jo, if you’d like to see…
Fashion posts, like our week of outfits series, including a shoe designer, biologist and the awesome hosts of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast. (Also, Toby:) Plus, the hunt for a wedding dress, five things I’ve worn a million times, a relaxed-but-sexy top, and six readers’ real-life work wardrobes. We also made shoes and threw a party!
Beauty posts, such as a perfume smell test, eyelash extensions, Stella’s trick for glowing skin, five travel beauty secrets, and our beauty uniform series — like the inspiring Clair Farley, vibrant Afzaa Motiwala, hilarious Julie O’Rourke and style icon Linda Rodin.
Food posts, like five-ingredient dinners, what people actually eat for lunch (including Stella’s $2 salad), the joy of eating at a restaurant alone, throwing a simple dinner party, and a surprising appetizer. We also challenged Deb from Smitten Kitchen to show us the best things to grab at a New York deli. (She’s a genius!)
Travel posts, including city guides, 16 tips for traveling with kids, a work trip to Paris and a family vacation in Italy, photos of the Women’s March, the funniest travel pillows, moving away from home, a treat for your houseguests and our winter guide to NYC.
Relationship posts, such as a secret to a happy marriage, figuring out female anatomy, the best part of weddings, running into an ex, when you weigh more than your partner, happy couples who sleep in separate bedrooms, what you’d do differently at your wedding and how to have an orgasm. Plus, a more serious post on sexual harassment. (The comments were incredible.)
Friendship posts, including making new friends as an adult, what to say when someone is grieving, talking to friends about money, thoughts on aging and Mari Andrew’s weekly cartoon. We also started two new series: readers’ pressing questions and the greatest reader comments.
Design and decor posts, like our Brooklyn apartment, a treehouse in D.C., a colorful townhouse, and 15 more house tours from the past year. Plus, how to choose where to live, our 2017 holiday gift guide and, of course, lots of fun things.
Culture posts, such as the best Instagram accounts (including seven women who just get it), the particular pleasure of rewatching TV series, swapping books with your partner, thrilling books and shows, five magazines we can’t put down, and six brilliant podcasts.
Motherhood posts, including what surprised me most about parenting, a pep talk for pregnant women, what to register for your baby, how to teach kids consent, raising a transgender child, one couple’s infertility journey, Toby and Anton in conversation, and, of course, our annual Motherhood Around the World series — including Namibia and Italy.
Thank you again for everything! We’ll be back here on January 3rd with a hair tutorial, a post on having an only child, and soup-to-nuts exciting-not-scary finance guide to kick off 2018. (Please let us know if there’s anything else you’d like us to tackle.) Have a wonderful, relaxing holiday and a happy new year. Lots of love, as always. xoxoxo
(Fashion photo by Nicki Sebastian; Linda Rodin photo by Sasha Israel; tater tots photo by Yossi Arefi; travel photo by Kendra Smoot; wedding illustration by Nina Cosford; apartment photo by Alpha Smoot.)