Design

Four Fun Things

Little Women

Little Women

Did you see Little Women? I really enjoyed this Vogue interview with Jacqueline Durran, the costume designer. “Each girl had a core color palette that we played with; it wasn’t a firm rule, but we wanted it to be repetitive and consistent. Meg’s was green and lavender, Beth’s was brown and pink, Amy’s was light blue, and Jo’s was red and indigo,” she says. “Jo is the writer, the tomboy, and the most nonconformist, so her costume doesn’t include a corset, which lends a freedom to how she can move.” (P.S. If you’re in the mood, here are past interviews with the designers of Crazy Rich Asians and Fleabag.) — Joanna

Doen top

Have you broken out recently? Although I’m 40 years old, I recently broke out like a teenager. (Gah!) On multiple friends’ recommendation, I tried out pimple patches, which did the trick overnight. Now I’m keeping a few extra on hand for skin emergencies. — Joanna

Unveiled by Iliza Shlesinger

Unveiled, the latest Netflix comedy special from comedian Iliza Shlesinger, recounts her wedding planning journey and everything that is hilariously tough about modern nuptials. From veils and garters to zombie bachelorettes to that one groomsman everyone has, it is easily the funniest thing I’ve seen in recent memory. You know when you encounter someone who has so fully stepped into her power that it makes you especially proud to be a woman? This person. That feeling. Highly recommended. — Caroline

Joanna Goddard

Last but not least, we have questions for you! We’re excited to be planning new things for Cup of Jo this year, including fun products and reader events around the country. (We would LOVE to bring our community together in real life.) Would you mind filling out this quick survey? Thank you so much! xoxo

P.S. More fun things, and dinner etiquette.

(Third photo by Dôen; and last photo by Liz Devine.)

  1. Survey? Done. Podcast, please!!!!

  2. Laura C. says...

    Done! Thank you!
    Maybe I will go tomorrow with some girlfriends to see Little Women!

  3. Emily says...

    I would love to hear reader suggestions for Portugal! I’m planning a trip to Lisbon and the Azores this spring. I feel like it’s the place everyone’s been talking about recently!

    • MEBY says...

      We traveled with kids, so missed some of the sights, but highlights were day trips/overnights to Sintra and Evora, visiting the Torre de Belen, and meals at Time Out Market. Enjoy your trip!

    • Louise says...

      Sintra is a really fun day trip! Three castles in one day?! The Torre de Belem had massive lines; my friend and I waited for an hour before bailing. I’d recommend booking ahead of time. We went to the nearby Mosteiro dos Jeronimos which was great. Coimbra and Porto are quite a bit north, but they’re both beautiful too. Definitely check out the pastries!

  4. Dawn says...

    Aw – I would love COJ merchandise! I so rarely buy anything for myself anymore so this would be a treat! Would love something that I could use every day like a coaster for my desk or an iPhone cover (how fun would it be to have a fellow COJ reader see it and say hello!) or COJ tassel to hang on my bag. I would not feel bad about buying something that would be used or that is made from reusable material or even if a portion of proceeds was donated.

  5. I would love to listen to a Cup of Jo podcast! I would even be interested in some sort of writing class as “merch” or a product? idk.

  6. Cyn says...

    Yes to a podcast!! Please and thank you!

  7. Dear Joanna! Please, no merch… Not if you want to stay coherent, what with the wonderful new climate posts! We have enough objects out there already. No-one needs another tote bag or mug. The production of all these little things is eating up huge resources and enslaving people… And this community is about so much more than tote bags anyway!

    • mims says...

      Well said. We need to change this paradigm…the thrift stores littered with branded tote bags and mugs.

    • Eva says...

      YES.

    • Rae says...

      Agreed. Experiences? Yes! Podcast? Yes! Stuff? No

    • KJ says...

      I agree whole-heartedly and in my opinion, it will cheapen the overall brand take away from the authenticity of this blog.

    • Mandy says...

      Agreed. And if merch does take the lead in the survey, can items be recycled or repurposed? Keychains made from tshirt braids and tassles, etc? Mugs cleaned from the last logo and reprinted? (no idea if that is possible, but would be amazing)

    • Megan says...

      Completely agree, if you have to then sustainably and ethically sourced would be the dream <3

    • Joanna Schoff says...

      I totally agree.

    • Lisa says...

      I agree – the bare thought of Cup of Jo having merch actually makes me a little sad.

    • Ren says...

      Agreed. Please, no merch. It’s so unnecessary and dilutes the authenticity and credibility of the brand and voice we all love. Also, climate change! Hello!

    • Haleigh says...

      Could not agree more! Let’s not buy into more consumption and consumerism. We don’t need a label as proof that we support this “brand” :)

    • Laura says...

      Yes!! Agree wholeheartedly! No more “stuff”, please!

    • Sarah says...

      yes to this!!

  8. Meghann says...

    I’ve been dying to listen to a Cup of Jo podcast!!!

  9. ODA says...

    THE SCORE FOR THE 1994 ADAPTATION WITH WINONA IS UNRIVALED AND ALWAYS MAKES ME FEEL EMOTIONAL.

  10. Sheena Peter says...

    I started breaking out in my early thirties after having pretty clear skin in my teens and twenties.

    I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease last fall, and my skin was terrible- so much acne!

    I started eliminating foods for my IBD- gluten, dairy and alcohol (I know… ) and a secondary benefit (anecdotally of course) has been super clear, and radiant skin. The difference is like night and day.

    I was also on a course of corticosteroids, but they can often cause acne- my skin remained pretty clear on the meds while staying on foods I tolerate for my IBD and eliminating alcohol (it’s been a year since I’ve had a sip.)

    The patches I hear a good, but do you ever look at your inputs too? Balance is key of course! I’d love to be able to eat more of the foods I’ve eliminated, but my gut won’t allow me :)

  11. Nicole says...

    I respect the opinion of anyone who enjoys Iliza’s comedy… but I personally can’t stand it. The voices, the lesbian-bashing, etc etc. The sentiment “You know when you encounter someone who has so fully stepped into her power that it makes you especially proud to be a woman? This person. That feeling. Highly recommended.“— I feel that way about Michelle Wolf’s latest special! She is so smart, wildly funny. It is AMAZING and, for me, perfectly spot on. I’ve watched it many times and I’m sure I will again.

    • Nina Nattiv says...

      100%

    • Melissa says...

      I used to love Iliza but I found Unveiled so aggressively unfunny I turned it off after 10 minutes. She’s also constantly putting down other women.

    • liz says...

      same

  12. Meg says...

    Yes, I would most definitely listen to Cup of Jo podcasts! Also, I am based in Philadelphia and do event planning. I would be happy to help plan something here!!

    • Alyssa says...

      Ooh Meg! I’m near Philly (Lancaster) and am so hoping for a Philly event. :) How fun would that be!

  13. Wings says...

    My wished for superpower: Flight!!! When I was a kid, I wished I could fly, and in my 20’s, I occasionally had dreams, while sleeping, of flying. So maybe not really a superpower, so much as a super-cool power!

    As an actual superpower that could help save the world, I suppose being invisible might be better, but it seems so boring by comparison… more like a burden! Lol!

  14. KATHLEEN Sanderson says...

    Survey says> Where is that lovely chair you are sitting in from?
    Love CoJ!

    • JennX says...

      Yes please! Tell us about the chair!!

  15. Tracey says...

    Oh, and re: merch, as someone who has contributed to a few blog posts and had some comments featured on COJ IG I would feel uneasy about those contributions being printed on merch for profits.

    If that was the route you would take, something that would allay my reservation would be being “paid” in the way of a donation to a cause that matters to me. I understand that by commenting here and writing posts we probably waiver our intellectual property copyright (do we?) but I guess the feeling is that there’s a difference between contributing to a conversation v. a product.

    I’m not even sure if that’s where your merch was headed though, so ignore me if it wasn’t.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh we would never do that! Thanks Tracey xo

  16. Tracey Gibbs says...

    I would love trackable comments, like discus or something. Over Christmas I trawled through old articles and found people had replied to my replies. I know I can tick “notify me of follow up comments” but that seemed to send me everyone’s new comments, not just those that responded in my thread… is there already a way around this?

    I would also love a weekly question in the links wrap up, or a separate post – it needn’t even have much content, I think this blog is as much about the comments as the content… “How was your week?” “What’s worrying you?” “What did you excel at this week?” “What did you learn?” this community is one of my favorites, real life or online and sometimes I just really want to engage in what’s relevant to me that week. I also think it would be a rich minefield for new content ; )

    • Oh yes, I have the same request! Please implement Disqus or some other system that allows a more elaborate comment section and notifications!

    • Nina Nattiv says...

      I always think that too. I’d love this feature.

  17. Caitlin L. says...

    That scene (first photo in the post) from Little Women was filmed where I got married! (Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA – it was a commune started by Louisa May Alcott’s father :)
    ‘Paris’ when Amy and Aunt March are in the carriage and see Laurie was also filmed in my neighborhood in Boston!
    Little Women with Winona Ryder has been one of my favorite films since I was a kid, so I was nervous to see this adaptation, but I loved it so much.

  18. A says...

    Greta Gerwig is phenomenal, and I am in love with the new Little Women. While the 90s version was nice, Winona was too beautiful and Christian Bale was too much of a heartthrob. Ronan and Chalamet captured the ungainliness of youth so well. And the writing and direction were so good! I thought the time hopping was a really effective narrative device, although I can see how it would be jarring to someone not familiar with the book. Making it a nonlinear story meant that the whole movie isn’t one big lead-up to the conclusion of the love stories. This made it less of a “marriage plot” story and allowed Jo’s creative journey as an author to shine. I loved the feminist bits; they could have been heavy handed or felt out of place but instead they were natural expressions of Amy’s and Jo’s frustrations with the limitations placed on them as ambitious women of that time. I hope I get to watch this many more times! I am usually a bit impervious to emotion due to antidepressants, but I was misty eyed or actually crying throughout the entire thing. It’s a magical thing when one of your beloved childhood stories comes to life before your eyes!

    • Rae says...

      I second everything you wrote. I especially appreciated the way Gerwig wove in some of Alcott’s life experience to un-marriage plot the story arc. It did feel magical, didn’t it?

    • Amy says...

      Yes!!! It managed to convey so artfully that Alcott’s original/preferred story line for Jo wouldn’t have ended in marriage. That was so well done.

  19. laura says...

    Forgot to ask – did I imagine this or is Jo in Little Women supposed to have black hair? I could’ve sworn that in the book, Jo has black hair. I didn’t see the 90s version until recently, so I don’t think I got that idea from Winona since I was convinced of this for years. I’m wondering if, when I was a younger girl, I was just envisioning myself as Jo (lol)?

    • SanDee says...

      Yes, Jo did have dark hair in the book. In fact, the family describes Jo’s mane as her “one beauty!” That’s mentioned in the part of the book where Jo has her hair cut off and sells it to help finance the mother’s emergency trip to visit the wounded father in the hospital (during the Civil War). It’s impossible for me to envision Jo as anything but a dark brunette, Meg and Beth with light brown hair, and of course, Amy with her well-known golden curls!

    • laura says...

      Sandee – yes! that’s how I have always envisioned the sisters!
      Soairse Ronan’s acting was amazing in its interpretation, but I wish the styling department of the movie had given her darker hair. I couldn’t get over it! It usually wouldn’t be a big deal, but I always though her hair was emphasized in the novel. Especially due to the hair cut, which meant more due to the time the book was written and what that would mean for Jo.

  20. laura says...

    I’m so torn on the superpower question. My first reaction is to choose invisibility, but I don’t trust myself with that power. But then I consider flight, and there would be too much focus on me. I’d never be able to fly for fear of being seen, and once I am seen, everyone would know because the sensational news that would provoke, and I’d be watched and not be able to do things I’d want to do with flight. So then, my resort is to go back to invisibility, but I almost end up not wanting any of it.

    • Valerie says...

      I chose invisibility so that I could sneak onto flights and hope for an empty seat, still get to fly that way lol

  21. Amy says...

    Love the idea of a podcast! Please make this a reality.

  22. Allie says...

    Invisibility = Never having to wear a bra again. [Bra-vo!]

    • Claire says...

      👏👏👏

  23. Candace says...

    I would be so there for CoJ meetups! One other thought on meet-ups – maybe we could go part of the way with a virtual hangout space? This year I found myself yearning on multiple occasions for CoJ reader Facebook group where I could ping the community with questions / for support / advice. Does that already exist out there? Could it exist in the future??

    • AN says...

      Please, PLEASE not Facebook, they are the worst.

  24. Melanie says...

    Someone else made this suggestion- contact local business owners and artisans for an event. Come to Scituate, MA !!! We have a fabulous small business association, incredible shops, and amazing artisans!!

  25. Mara says...

    I’m intrigued by the Little Woman remake, but at the same time I never want to see it… How can it live up to the 1994 adaptation? Christian Bale will forever be Laurie to me!

    • Amy says...

      It doesn’t! I am biased since I absolutely loved the 1994 version and I just don’t think the new version compares. The 2019 version is perfectly lovely and had I never seen the 1994 version I would have really enjoyed it. But…just don’t see it. Trust me.

    • Actually, it is really good!
      Feels somehow ‘realer’ than the previous adaptation, not sure why.

    • laura says...

      it’s not a remake! it’s an adaptation.

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I absolutely loved this version! I’ve seen all of them and this is my favorite. The clothes were divine, especially Jo’s.

    • Amy says...

      The 90s version was too glammed up. I much preferred this adaptation. It was truer to the book as well.

    • Rae says...

      I love them both! You don’t have to choose! This is enough of an adaptation that I felt it didn’t directly compete with the 94 version. Go forth and enjoy (and see it on the big screen if you can. It is a visual feast)

  26. Cherie says...

    Cupofjo get together in Portland Maine. Make it so Jo!!!!💗💗💗

    • Christy says...

      Second this! I’d come down from Belfast! Also, I’d die for a CoJ podcast

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that would be so much fun!

    • LK says...

      I’d drive to Portland from Boston!

  27. jules says...

    I seem to get breakouts in cycles, usually seasonal, and I always just add in witch hazel to my routine and it’s fixed by the next day!

  28. Jenny says...

    What if your local events featured local makers and amplified their voices? (Women, POC, folks who have long ties to their communities) I would love to attend a get together at a cool shop or pop-up dinner! I would buy the shit outta some nude leather mules, some sort of posh, neutral bucket bag, a mockneck sweater, and some ceramics.

    • S says...

      I love this idea! I’d be really into supporting local women artists/women owned shops. Maybe, especially, things that are used or eaten—fancy olive oils? Solid shampoos that reduce plastic bottle use?

      Please have an event in Minneapolis :)

    • Mandy says...

      Fantastic idea!

  29. Katie says...

    Aww, I grew up with Iliza! It’s been so fun seeing her achieve such success. She’s always been very funny :)

  30. Hannah says...

    Please bring back your Parenting Around the World series – I miss it! xx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we will! we skipped this past summer, but will be back this year — summer 2020!

  31. Boerumama says...

    The survey doesn’t work–it requires responses to questions where I’ve checked no.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      fixed!

  32. anna says...

    i’d choose invisibility. i could just be invisible and walk onto flights for free and ~fly anywhere i want for free! :D

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha yes!

    • Valerie says...

      yes! this was my reasoning too!

  33. Quinn says...

    My mom, my daughter and I all went to see Little Women together over the holidays. We all LOVED it and it was such a special outing for the three of us.

  34. SJ says...

    So excited about the possibility of a podcast!! I would love to have a way to support the COJ team directly but I echo those below who mention the environmental impact of creating and shipping branded merch. BUT if the podcast had a Patreon I would happily contribute as a monthly subscriber! That way folks can access the content for free, and also have the option of contributing if they’re able

    • Natalie says...

      YES! My brother uses Patreon for his gaming website, and it’s great because the people who want and are able to support him financially can, but it still allows the site to be free and available to everyone. Personally, I would LOVE to support Cup of Jo financially, especially as I work toward aligning my spending with my values. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember, and you all (and this community) have added so much to my life – it would be wonderful to have this way of investing something I believe in so much. And I’m sure you all would think up all kinds of amazing perks!

  35. liz says...

    I would LOVE a cup of jo podcast!!! (and would be happy to contribute a little to a patreon (sp?) or other ways to support. much more than merchandise, honestly, in just the spirit of less unnecessary stuff because of environmental concerns)
    Also, just wondering, where is Joanna in that last photo?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! and in the last photo, i was interviewing elizabeth holmes of So Many Thoughts; it was taken last year when she came to new york. i invited CoJ readers on the site and instagram. it was a really fun event! would love to do more like that! :) xo

    • Sarz says...

      Liz, I so agree! I’m sure CoJ merch would be super cute, but I’d rather help the team earn a living via paying for entertainment, be it an event, or tipping for a podcast.

    • SJ says...

      Eep, didn’t see this until after my comment was submitted/posted! So sorry Liz. +1 for a COJ Patreon!

  36. Katie says...

    ooo please let us know the results of the flight vs invisibility question!

  37. Hannah says...

    Somehow even the surveys are perfect? Love this place so much :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3

  38. Lorraine says...

    yes to reader events! i went to the NYC MoMa store event in 2018 and it was delightful. meeting you all, and also befriending other readers made for such a fun night. there was an ease in all the conversations i had because we already have this site as common ground.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      makes me happy to hear, lorraine!

  39. alice says...

    Flight, of course!

    Then I could fly to a city where COJ will host an event, from Edinburgh, where you will never host an event (but I did the survey anyway).

    • Isabelle says...

      I would fly to Edinburgh for a coj event! I live in Geneva

    • Sarah says...

      Oh hi, fellow Edinburgh CoJ’er!! :) Hope you survived the crazy winds yesterday!

    • C says...

      I live in the UK as well and with Joanna’s roots it would be so fun to have a meeting next time she is in the UK :-)

  40. Mims says...

    I look forward to watching Iliza Schlesinger tonight. By coincidence my partner and I started watching Ilana Glazer’s new stand up on Netflix last night, and we turned it off after about ten minutes. I was crushed, I loved her and Abbie Jacobsen in Broad City but I just could not connect with this material. Is it just me?

    • AN says...

      So.much.not.just.you. I think one might have to be high to enjoy it, not sure, but it was practically painful (non-user here).

  41. Meredith Leigh says...

    Adorable survey—but what about, “have been reading since Joanna was single”? I can’t remember how I found you but I’ve been with you since you were staying in on NYE. :)

    • liz says...

      Same!! time flies!

  42. Awads says...

    Flight or invisibility? i’m over 50, so already invisible. (insert crying- laughing emoji)

    • Sandra says...

      LOL……….52 here and it is SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Joaquina says...

      Good point, didn’t think about that. I was bullied as a teen, about my looks, so chose invisibility but as a middle aged woman, I feel your comment hard.

    • Kendra says...

      I thought the same thing! Crying-laughing with you…

  43. Erin G. says...

    “You know when you encounter someone who has so fully stepped into her power that it makes you especially proud to be a woman? ” – Caroline, it is, now, truly the wish of my life that someone says something half as lovely about me.

    • Lynn says...

      Same!

  44. Tara says...

    love this. love your writing.

  45. Erika B says...

    After moving from Cobble Hill to CT just over four years ago I have recently started making monthly treks into Brooklyn and Manhattan. It really revives me and reminds me how much I miss this city, even though living in the burbs works best for our family. I would love any opportunity to participate in a readers event, I have been following this blog for over 10 years now after a co-worker turned me onto it. I ready it every day. It’s been so long I started before my 8 year old was born and has taken me through all stages of single, to married, to mother ;-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i would love to meet you, erika!!!

    • Amanda says...

      Quick survey design comment: you’ve got it set up to require a response to “what type of merchandise” even if the response to the prior question is that I’m not interested in merchandise. Might want to make the question optional!

    • Amanda says...

      Oops I meant to make that a comment, not a reply to a comment!

    • Candace says...

      Same! Single to married to mother. What a huge set of life transitions and somehow CoJ remained relevant the whole dang time. x (I also wanted the survey to acknowledge that some of us have been around since the pre-Alex days!! :)

  46. Rosalie says...

    YES to a podcast! I cycle 50 minutes every day and I always listen to podcasts while cycling. They are usually about the FAWSl (women’s football (soccer) league in the UK) but A Cup of Joe one would be great for a change!

  47. Marisa says...

    Can’t wait to read the interview with Jaqueline Durran! They touched on it a bit in this scene break down that Vanity Fair shared. Greta Gerwig, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothee Chalamet chat about the behind the scenes for one of the scenes from the movie. Great watch!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li9ff4rQlck

  48. Sonja says...

    BOOOOOK CLUUUB! And podcast. Book club podcast?!

    • Christina says...

      +1 to booooook cluuub and/or any variation of the same!

    • anna says...

      yes! all for a cup of jo podcast. and book club(can be a virtual one with monthly or bi-monthly discussion post)

    • Rae says...

      Book Club with the author participating? Or a theme such as 19th cent women writers, or young black writers etc.?

  49. Es says...

    Yes for the podcast, but in light of yesterday’s great arricle, please do reconsider merchandise.
    I believe we all need to do more – and the one thing we can do in order to help fight climate change is to consume less. Not only meat, but everything: travel, fashion, things.
    I was delighted by yesterday’s post. You have a great platform, Jo, and I really love when you use for a good cause, which challenging people to make do with less rather than offer more certainly is (however fashionable your products might be). Thank you!

    • Marisa says...

      Second this! As much as I love this blog, I think consuming less is a great challenge for everyone to take on this year in addition to reducing intake of animal agriculture products.

    • Meredith says...

      You said it! I fully agree and also loved yesterday’s post.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for this thoughtful feedback!

    • Alicia says...

      I totalny agree!

    • Erin G. says...

      Really well said, couldn’t agree more!

    • Jyotsna says...

      completely agree with this.

    • Anonygirl says...

      I agree 100% with this. While I think Team Cup of Jo would nail merchandise – thoughtful, trendy yet classic, unique – I said no in the survey. I am trying to consume less and that means buying less stuff and only buying on an as-needed basis.

    • m says...

      exactly how I feel

    • Samantha says...

      100000% agree!

    • Mary says...

      I said no in the survey but then had to choose an item! Love love love cup of jo, been read since before you got married Jo! Xxx

    • Heather says...

      Agreed – I actually selected a merchandise option, but this is 100% correct that it would be wasteful and really I just want a way to support you.

    • MS says...

      AGREED !! Please, Jo, stick with your core. It will pay off. Much love and appreciation from a long-time reader.

    • Katie says...

      Just got this from the library yesterday!

  50. ale norris says...

    the last question in the survey is obviously the most pertinent ;) PS. invisibility for the win!

  51. Amber J says...

    The most fun survey!!! Thanks for letting us chime in. And I’m geeked that Chicago was second on the list after NYC – makes me think you really might come here!! Eee!!

    My only complaint is that the question regarding what we’re looking for in a CoJ meet-up/event didn’t include the option to answer “I JUST WANT TO MEET JOANNA.” Consider that the top of my list. ;)

    Thanks, CoJ! xx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awww, thank you!! <3 <3 <3

    • Karen says...

      I felt the same way when I saw Toronto on the list!

      Also, at first I was very torn about flight vs invisibility. I was automatically drawn to invisibility because I’m an introvert, but thought maybe that wasn’t the best thing for my personality. Then I realised with flight, I could get to any travel destination I wanted without the need for a (bad-for-the-environment) plane – and was sold!

    • Tess says...

      Yes!! It is safe to say you have a cult following!

  52. Hadassah E. says...

    I just turned 40 also and broke out on my chin! It was so painful. I had never had an acne problem, so at my age I felt very uncomfortable and somewhat embarrassed. I had been using kiehls for years. I thank their products for still making me look 35 lol but sadly I can’t use anymore. I switch over to CeraVe products. Literally the breakout stopped within a week.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for this rec!

    • Alexandra says...

      I second CeraVe!

  53. Liz says...

    I would LOVE a podcast!! Also, been a reader since BEFORE Toby (how is that possible)!

  54. Joaquina says...

    For fellow middle-aged women who get pimples: RETINOL! You get a win-win situation with it; quickly clears up acne and freshens up skin. I love love love my Retinol Reform (I am strictly a consumer, have no affiliation with any beauty products, sadly, other than just buying them!)

    Also, Jo you’ve inspired me to wear black tights with dresses and Chelsea boots. It’s kind of revolutionized by style so am grateful for that.

    If you ever need a volunteer for a CoJ event in San Diego, I’m you woman :)

    • ACJ says...

      Yes! Came on here to write about Retinol!!! Exfoliation is everything after 40. I use it nightly. Mad Hippie (Vitamin A serum) makes a great, not too expensive one to start with. My new favorite as I get closer to 50 is Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength Retinoid peptide serum. (Start using a few times a week, move to every other night, and then to every night.) I rarely break out anymore unless I eat too much candy. ; )

    • Jenny says...

      Retinol is magic just don’t forget: use it at night only, apply more sunscreen in the day!!!

    • Question says...

      Interesting. My experience with retinol has not been great. Only using it every few days but it is peeling my skin and creating problems I never had before. Any thoughts?

    • jane says...

      Thank you for the Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength Retinoid peptide serum rec but also bear in mind that breakouts happen for two reasons only: hygiene issues like dirty makeup brushes or pillow cases, or – an overburdened liver. By the time one hits 40 the modern liver is TIRED.

      Previous era’s always either had bitter herb salads every year in spring or took liquid bitters as a treatment regularly to assist the liver. And they didn’t live with any of the chemicals we saturate our skin with, not to mention breathe in daily, all of which tax the liver. I am coincidentally about to make a large one gallon batch of homemade liquid bitters. I take a tablespoon daily and it feels really good.

      Liver cleanses once or twice a year for everyone but especially if you have skin issues of any kind!

    • Colleen S says...

      I’m 36, and bought a Neutrogena wrinkle cream with Retinol. I was using it twice a day as suggested, but have gone to using it at night, because it caused a slight irritation on my right cheek which has stopped since I switched to once a day. I need a serum to take care of some melasma on my chin extending to my neck, but I don’t have a lot of money to put down. So if anyone can suggest a serum that is $30 or less that will take care of my problem, I thank you so much!

    • ACJ says...

      @question…it can def cause peeling for the 1st 30 days or so, it is also possible that the strength you are using is too high for someone just starting out. I know there is a brand on dermstore.com called Skinceuticals that has a retinol that comes in different strengths. Also make sure that you are using a super mild cleanser and moisturizer when you use retinol. Anything too drying or that has other active ingredients can cause a more intense or unintended reaction. And make sure you are just using once a day, at night, adding sunscreen in the morning. It is hard to get through the initial phase.
      @colleen – Mad Hippie makes a lovely vitamin C serum that helps a bit with melasma that is just at your price point. Also, hats and sunscreen help whenever near the sun. I found I have to get an IPL facial once a year to help with my melasma. But I am religious about sunscreen and use hats whenever I am in the sun for more that 5 min. I live in SoCal where there is a lot of sun though.
      Best of luck to you both!

  55. Jenna says...

    Seeing Iliza was my first night out after having a baby, and it was a mistake because my bladder control was not what it needed to be for her show. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha

  56. Nadege says...

    Maybe reconsider the image above the breaking out text? I don’t think it’s intentional, but the placement implies that she is “breaking out” when it appears she has naturally freckly skin, no “imperfections” here.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i actually put her there because she has perfect skin! as an example of what it’s like when you’re NOT breaking out. hope that helps!

    • B says...

      I saw it the same as you, and wondered what this woman with perfect skin was doing there! But I think it’s maybe a more appealing image than a woman with acne? I’m not sure.

  57. Kerry says...

    Shout out to my friend and photographer Liz Devine, who took that last shot! Yay! So cool to see her work featured on your site.

  58. Caitlin says...

    love this! one suggestion for the survey would be to not make the “which merch would you be interested in” question a forced response – I’m personally not interested in merch (but am sure many people will be!) and answered no, but it made me select something for that next question… might sully your responses a bit of the no folks have to respond! :)

    ps. please please please please do a podcast!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for this feedback! xo

    • Me too! Not interested in merchandise, it’s pretty wasteful (I mean, how many mugs and tote bags does a person need). But YES to a podcast! I once heard you on a podcast (Claire and Erika, I think) and thought you sounded lovely!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much!

    • Amy says...

      I gave exactly the same feedback in the survey and selected “other” and then cautioned about over-reading the survey results. High five, fellow data nerd!

    • Joaquina says...

      Perfectly stated. I also chose “no” to merch for environmental reasons. Please let us be more mindful about limiting what we buy (esp.) online, which requires plastic, landfill waste, carbon footprint…

  59. y says...

    So disappointed in LIttle Women, as were all my friends. The acting was great & I loved all the choices for roles, but the storyline skipped around so much. I couldn’t even muster a tear, and usually Little Women is a major bawler for me. Winona Ryder’s Jo will live on for me.

    • Joaquina says...

      The Slate Culture Gabfest mentioned the “skipping around” aspect and though they raved about it, that would annoy me. I just have zero desire to see this although it was fun to read about the film’s costume designer.
      Plus…who can compete with Christian Bale (in the Winona version)?!

    • Lisa Zahn says...

      I agree that the skipping around part was difficult! Sometimes I actually had to think, so what period are we in now? It was too much. But I did enjoy everything else about it–acting, costumes, scenes, the more feminist take on the storyline about women writing, etc.

    • Oh me too! Winona will always be Jo, Claire Danes will always be Beth, Susan Sarandon will always be Marmee, and Christian Bale will always be Teddy. The story was told so much better, and the music is beautiful.

  60. Jennie says...

    Joanna, I’m in my early 40s and about a year ago started breaking out constantly….I think it’s hormonal, I’ve never had breakouts like that before! Anyway, a girlfriend recommended that I add a retinol to my skincare routine, and I did, and I swear, I haven’t broken out since! I’m using the Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion from The Ordinary. I’m so delighted that it worked, I had to share.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this is so helpful! thank you!

  61. Isa says...

    I am so so so hoping for a podcast!!!!!!! It would be so great! Have a fabulous year and keep doing your awesome, creative, inclusive work, thank you so much :)

  62. Heidi says...

    LIttle Women was an absolute delight… I noticed the color palettes while watching and loved it so much. Saoirse Ronan was exceptional.

  63. I’ve been hoping for a Cup of Jo podcast for a long time! I would be your most devoted listener ;)

  64. Becky says...

    So intrigued the pimple patches! I have super sensitive skin so I dont think they would work for me but would love a more detailed review. How did you pick the brand and was it as quick a relief as they say? I recently went on off my birth control after 15 years. I was so anxious about the rebound acne that I did my research and a mixture of herbal teas (speariment and raspberry leaf) along with zinc and magnesium supplements have kept me clear. Whew!