Design

Four Fun Things

Madewell Velvet

What do you like to wear on nights out? I’m going to dinner with Alex tonight, and although I’ll probably wear a T-shirt and jeans, this velvet top caught my eye. The color is beautiful, and there’s something so sultry about velvet. (This shirt and tank are also cute.)

Smitten Kitchen

We often make the boys frozen tortellini for dinner, but they can feel a little sad and soggy. So, I was happy to see Smitten Kitchen’s advice to cook them like potstickers, which makes the tortellini crispy. Here’s her 12-minute meal.

What TV shows are you watching right now? Alan Yang, the co-creator of Master of None, has a new Amazon series, Forever, which comes out September 14th. S.N.L. alumni Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play a married suburban couple — and, says Yang, “there’s some crazy shit that happens.”

MoMA

If you’re in New York this Thursday, please join us for a fun evening! I’ll be chatting with the wonderful Hovey sisters about home decor tricks. We’ll have wine and cookies, and we’d love to see you. We’ll be at MoMA Design Store, Soho, at 6:30 p.m., and feel free to RSVP here, if you’d like.

P.S. More fun things, including the joy of mini pizzas.

(Top photo by Madewell. Tortellini photo by Smitten Kitchen. Forever photo by Colleen Hayes. Chair photo by MoMA Design Store.)

  1. You had me at 12 minute meal

  2. Liana says...

    I second the velvet tshirt and just ordered a pretty blue on from JCrew for date nights!

  3. Rebeccah says...

    YUM on the tortellini! Along a similar vein, this is my go-to for my family of picky eaters:
    https://www.yousaytomatocooking.com/recipe/roast-sausage-gnocchi/
    They all gobble it up and ask for seconds!
    Also, the blog is written by an old work colleague of mine. Worth a peruse for family friendly cooking inspo!

  4. Elizabeth says...

    My going out to dinner outfit is a pair of Khaite jeans and a black silk Equipment blouse. Shoes are block heel sandals.

  5. Nice! Wine and cookies yay. These are great tips so thanks for sharing ii with us.

  6. Louise says...

    Ha, I had a velvet top in middle school! It was a bright orange AND tie-dyed. Stylin’.

  7. The Hovey sisters sound so much fun. I loved their home tour. Have a great time together on Thursday – I wish I was in NYC this week!

  8. Kate says...

    I feel like Deb is the patron saint of people who cook. Her recipes have served me so well through the years, and there’s so much more to try. Most of the things I cook on a regular basis are recipes from her site. (Including the first thing I ever cooked for my boyfriend on our 5th date: the marsala mushroom pasta bake. I clearly trust her with my life.) I want to be her, I want to be friends with her, but mostly I’m just really thankful that she does what she does.

  9. Laura says...

    I am super in love with the show “Sisters” right now – it’s australian, and on netflix. It deals with family bonds (including those that have failed the main characters), a falling apart marriage, an addiction… it’s not super dramatic, but I find it profoundly moving.

    I’m in a stage of my life where I’m realizing that I likely won’t be all the things I thought I would be when I was 5 (ballerina), 9 (actress), 21 (international peacemaker). Prospects are dwindling, and there’s an internal reckoning occurring. It’s not a bad thing, but I feel like I’m mourning the version of the life that I’m not living, which is just as it should be. And this tv show, somehow, feels relevant in that struggle to live the life that I’m actually living.

    • Lindsey says...

      YES! I just finished Sisters and I want to tell everyone I know to watch it! So well done, hits all the right notes.

    • Amanda says...

      You’re not alone in this struggle. I know I am currently dealing with the shift that happiness, or perhaps worded better as life satisfaction, is not predominately about “success”. It’s all of the other non-quantifiable life choices that can’t be measured. That doesn’t make it any easier to answer nosy relatives, or yourself, about where you’re at though.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Sisters sounds amazing, and also i love your comments here. i, too, have been thinking a lot recently about what success means — and how to create a *life* that feels successful to you and your priorities (versus just thinking in terms of career). Thank you for these notes xoxo

  10. Sara says...

    Can I add a 5th Fun Thing to the list today? Has everyone seen To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix and I’m just late to the party? Why do all the recent teen rom-com’s (Love, Simon) make me swoon?

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Loved it so much, Sara!!!!!

    • Liz says...

      Loved it! I’m telling everyone to watch it. Also loved Kissing Booth.

  11. Em says...

    This has nothing to do with anything, but one of my best friends of my adult life is moving with her husband to New York City today, trekking there in a tiny car from here in the middle of America, and this blog is suddenly a new source of comfort, because it feels like each glimpse of the city you offer now feels like a peek into the possibilities of her new life there. So, I just wanted to say, from Oklahoma, thank you!

  12. Cynthia says...

    I like velvet. Years ago I made a black stretch velvet dress. It had a round neck, long sleeves, and was straight with a flared hem. This Madewell top is cute, but how do you
    young women afford $88 tops?

    • Sasha L says...

      I’m not young, lol, but I love thrift. I don’t usually spend more than $5 for any item of clothing. I could maybe afford to throw down $88 for a top once in a blue moon, but I still don’t. I find such nice things at the thrift store, and I’m so cheap by nature, that it just feels to silly for me to spend that much.

    • Anne says...

      I might buy an $88 top if I really loved it, but I have a pretty small wardrobe (3 pairs of jeans, maybe 5-7 long sleeve shirts, etc), and the other half of my wardrobe is thrifted. I don’t particularly love my clothes, but I’d rather have less than more.

    • Liana says...

      I buy consignment!

  13. Stephanie says...

    “I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable.” -George Costanza

    • Amy says...

      Alol, I was just thinking that! Costanza!

    • Taylor A says...

      I’m ensconced in velvet!

      Classic.

  14. Sasha L says...

    I used to love velvet! Way back in the late 90s (?? I think? So long ago 😂) I had a couple little stretch velvet holiday dresses, they felt so nice next to skin and so fancy. I had a baby pink velvet tank top too, and a pastel blue baby tee (anyone remember baby tees? Cropped, tight, with the tiny sleeves?) I feel like I haven’t even seen velvet (or velour) in stores forever. Can I have velour PJs 😍, and a big bowl of tortellini too?

  15. Courtney says...

    Here to say if you’re not yet watching INSECURE, you are missing out. Check it out–Issa Rae and the rest of the cast are awesome.

  16. Kristina says...

    I’ve made that pasta recipe a number of times and it’s delicious! Honestly, Deb nails it every time. We always keep tortellini on hand for quick dinners (for toddlers and adults…) and this version does not disappoint : )

    Enjoy your night out!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she’s such a genius. i love her cookbook.

  17. Anne says...

    I LOVE velvet tees like that green one, but I can’t figure out how to wear them. The velvet is wintery, but it has short sleeves? They never look quite as good with long sleeves, either. I think I have to leave this one in my dream closet.

  18. I adore Maya Rudolph – and Master of None, and Fred Armisen! So thank you so much for that recommendation. We’ll definitely be checking it out. :)
    I am also guilty of always wearing t-shirt and jeans to dinner. However, recently I got these Spanish Pikolinos oxfords (https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pikolinos-pyrgos-oxford-women/4922273) which seem to elevate the jeans and t-shirt combo enough for dinner and yet are still comfortable enough to walk several miles in. I’m totally in love! Win, win. xo

  19. Tricia M says...

    There’s something about velvet that elevates the ordinary into something more special. Perhaps it’s because it has a soft, and tactile appeal?That dark green is very attractive and just right for this time of year. So enjoy your meal, que aproveche, bon appetit!

  20. Mims says...

    I like forgiving pencil skirts with fun heels and a blouse. I have a few with stretchy waistbands so I can indulge a bit, but the form fitting “hugginess” reminds me not to let it be an absolute pig-out . And jewelry! I almost never wear jewelry anymore, except for going out. makes it more special.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      loooooove pencil skirts. your look sounds so pretty.

  21. Hannah says...

    I think yesterday you posted a picture on instagram of brown butter chocolate chip cookies and I’ve looked for the recipe on your site high and low and can’t find it. Would you mind sharing the link? You have me craving them now!

  22. Catherine says...

    There’s one review on that Madewell top. Please. Everyone. Go read. Dying.

    • Christina says...

      OMG! Thank you for bringing it to our attention. DYING!!! Do you think it was Joanna? ;-)

    • Omg. That’s AMAZING!!!! bahahaha

    • Kelsey says...

      Ahhh! Thank you.

    • Charli says...

      Hahahahaha. Thanks for the hot tip.

    • Kat says...

      the top isn’t even my style but that review really made me want one. so funny.

    • jess says...

      I want to buy that top to be a bada** sexy slytherin now. I’m dying.

    • Alison says...

      hahaha amazing review :)

    • Hope says...

      Hahaha thank you sm for pointing this out

    • Sarah says...

      Hahahaha

    • Claire says...

      Excellent! Now I feel I should buy the top just because I don’t ever want to be stupefied muggle.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      LOL

  23. Brooke says...

    Omg. I’m so excited about this Fred x Maya show! Thank you for the heads up!

  24. Shannon says...

    Where will you go to dinner? (You can let us know tomorrow :)) – I am always curious about life in NYC!

  25. Laura C. says...

    Back in the ’00 I had a velvet top that seemed to changed colour. It was a lifesaver for nights out and I didn’t feel like dress up very much! I used to wear it with a pair of jeans and cute ankle boots. This one is so cute!

  26. JessicaClare says...

    It really bothers me greatly that so many people continue to ignore all the troubling things about Fred Armisen.

    • Ashley says...

      Agree! It has really ruined his comedy for me.