Do you play an instrument? I grew up learning piano, but I haven’t played since college. This piano video makes me so inspired to try to tinker around again. Pianist and composer Nahre Sol plays the song “Happy Birthday” in 16 increasing levels of complexity. She’s incredible.

best spaghetti puttanesca

Could this be the perfect pasta? Green olives, red pepper flakes, and two kinds of tomatoes = briny and delicious.

best self tanner

After years (decades?) of trial and error, I found a self tanner that actually works and doesn’t look orange. Enter San Tropez mousse. You rub it on and a few hours later, you look like you just got back from Italy. I’ve been using it for the past few months and highly recommend it.

East Fork Pottery vase

And, finally, exciting news! We just launched an editors’ picks page on Cup of Jo (see the red “shop” tag on the top of the homepage). Many readers have been asking us to bring together our favorite books, clothes and gift suggestions in one place. Now you can find everything here, and we’ll be updating regularly. Also please let us know if there’s anything specific you’re looking for (a blue rain jacket? a literary thriller?) and we’d love to help. Thank you so much, and we hope you like it! xoxoxo

P.S. More fun things, and marriage pet peeves.

(Spaghetti photo by Alex Lau. Vacation photo by Lucy Laucht. Vase photo by East Fork Pottery.)