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Have a Beautiful Weekend.

Paris by Veronica Olson

What are you up to this weekend? My friend Jay is having a fortieth birthday party, so we’re heading to his place to drink Champs and eat pigs in blankets. I’m excited (and wearing this dress with red lipstick). Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Hello, 911? Made me laugh out loud.

Aidy Bryant is the best.

Can’t get enough Trader Joe’s reviews.

Brad Pitt wore a name tag and everyone lost it.

Yikes, what a hike!

We forget our own deaths all the time. (What a beautiful essay.)

A London studio apartment.

The 39 best Oscar dresses of all time.

‘Dad naps’ for everyone.

Would you sit in a forest for 24 hours?

Plus, a reader comment:

Says Amanda on a Valentine’s Day gift guide: “If anyone is feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, here’s a trick I’ve employed in the past: Buy a pack of kid valentines and send them to your friends, your grandma, the neighborhood kids, your work bestie, etc. It’s SO fun and silly and such a whimsical way to remember that romantic love isn’t the only or even best love — and isn’t it fun to be REALLY cheesy sometimes?”

(Photo by Veronica Olson.)

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  1. Nina says...

    Hi! Where are your jeans and black heels from?

  2. ez1019 says...

    Ohhhhkaaaaay. That dang hike picture almost gave me a frickin’ heart attack!!! :::gasp:::

  3. Elizabeth says...

    I’m late to the party, but I would have loved a warning for details about a miscarriage on the “We forget our own deaths” article… I don’t know if COJ is in the habit of doing those, but just in case anyone is reading the comments first, that’s part of the article and it goes into detail about the grieving process.

    • Ana D says...

      Samesies.

  4. Love the V-day tip. I always like to bake valentine’s themed desserts for my friends and family. My husband likes them too, but I did this even before we met!

  5. loved that small london studio. so elegant!

  6. Jenny says...

    Wow! US pigs in blankets are totally different to the UK version – they’re *almost* sausage rolls (which are usually wrapped in puff pastry here). To this Brit, pigs in blankets are cocktail sausages, or possibly chipolatas, wrapped in streaky bacon: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/classic-pigs-blankets. They used to be a Christmas thing, but are now served by pubs everywhere with Sunday roasts. I might need to try the croissant version as a brunch dish!

  7. Danielle says...

    Anyone else notice Brad Pitt put his nametag on the wrong side? I was taught years ago as a college student that it’s supposed to go on the right shoulder, so when you present your hand to shake, you automatically present your nametag. I couldn’t stop thinking about it going through those pictures. Although to be fair, he probably doesn’t have as much practice wearing them as I do…

    • t says...

      I never knew that! It is easier to put them on the left for those of us who are right handed but I am glad to know the proper etiquette.

  8. Rachel says...

    The 911 article made me laugh and I felt like I could totally relate. I read it out loud to my husband, and while he thought it was funny, he also said, “Well, that’s just life.” To which I thought, “Hello, 911? My husband, of almost 31 years, does not understand me at all.” It reads like an interesting way to describe an anxious mind. I’ve always felt like people see me as a duck, floating peacefully along the surface of a pond, but the reality is, underneath the calm surface are two webbed feet, frantically paddling to keep going in the ‘right direction’.

    After reading it, I can’t stop thinking of my own “Hello, 911?” thoughts. “Hello, 911? My 18 year old son just told me he is a vegetarian.”

    It would be a great ice-breaker question at a party or a meeting.

    • Meg says...

      Thank you for this! I had a similar experience. How I felt (so funny!) and how my husband responded after I shared it with him. Frantically trying to keep my head above water here.

    • Karen says...

      OMG— your duck metaphor just took my breath away (with laughter). It’s the metaphor I’ve been looking for to describe myself for years. So perfect!!!
      Here’s to the under water frantic peddlers. ;)

  9. Lulu says...

    I’m also going to a 40th birthday party tonight. I’m wearing a wig and dressing up. Such fun for an adult who is mostly the one who says to other (younger) people eat your vegetables!

  10. Vava says...

    Always fun to look at Oscar gowns. Thanks for the link!
    Have fun at the party, your dress is great.
    I’m sewing this weekend, making a pair of linen bib overalls from the Burnside Bibs pattern.

    • Rebecca says...

      Happy sewing! I love that pattern. I’m making a Sophie Swimsuit for an upcoming trip to Mauritius (!!).

    • Danielle says...

      Vava, I love that pattern, but have a hard time imagining working it into my everyday wear. How are you planning to style the Bibs?

  11. Elizabeth S. says...

    I always look forward to your well-crafted Friday roundup of links. Such a treat! I also appreciate the thoughtful progression – after that essay on forgetting our own deaths, which made me cry so so much, the Oscar dresses and dad nap article were much-need lighthearted distractions. :) Well done!

    • Elizabeth says...

      *Much needed

  12. nen says...

    OK, seriosly!? Lots of these Oscar dresses are the worst dresses of all time!

  13. Emma says...

    Sitting in a forest just being with yourself and having quiet time with nature sounds like a truly wonderful time alone….sometimes we each need time alone to just be with ourselves in space to gather strength and wisdom to move on.

  14. MKW says...

    1996 Oscars. Sharon Stone wore a black Gap turtleneck. It still resonates as timeless.

  15. Maywyn says...

    I was sitting on a chair in the forest for about a half hour when I see a small snake slithering in my direction. Takes a thoughtful look at me, slithers closer, looks at me, slithers closer, looks at me, and slither right past me. I have the feeling the snake didn’t know what I am any more than I knew what kind of snake it is. Know before you go, forest rule #1.

  16. Andrea says...

    Oh I loved the reader comment, it reminded me of when I was a new mom and my son was two months old on his first Valentines Day so I bought a bunch of those cheesy kids valentine cards, signed just my baby’s name to them and mailed one to everyone we knew! It was such a huge hit and so appreciated! That was 36 years ago!

  17. Charlotte K says...

    I love the idea of sending out kid Valentine’s! I’m not lonely and I’m doing it anyway! Such fun

  18. t says...

    “Now you can make two-star hotel coffee at home. Tight.”

    HAHAHA

  19. Allyson says...

    i totally agree with nora’s comment – the oscar dress link was a wonderful friday distraction! i also think hilary swank’s moment is missing, and also gweneth’s pink ralph lauren dress from 1999. otherwise, this is perfection!

  20. I will never forget Michelle Williams’ yellow Oscar dress! It was sooooo beautiful!

  21. ah the oscar dresses link is such a nice distraction from the world!

    also, i was so weirdly obsessed with hilary swank’s 2005 dress for years that when i couldn’t find a wedding gown i was happy with (in 2012), my mother’s friend who is a seamstress offered to make me one, and she made me an almost-exact white version of this. to this day, it is my most favorite thing i have ever worn.

    • fgb says...

      Oh, I bet that was just gorgeous!

    • Kate says...

      Sounds so glamorous!

    • Robyn says...

      Wow, I bet you looked beyond fantastic! I was obsessed with that dress too – sexy, classy, cool.

  22. CN says...

    How do you make your pigs in a blanket ? Hope you had a wonderful time 🥂