Four Fun Things

lou and grey sweatpants

Like everyone I know, I’ve been living in sweats around the house. And the comfiest-of-all-time are these Lou and Grey ones. They’re soooooo much softer than any others I’ve ever tried. What have you been wearing?

rhianna in paris

giancarlo staubmann

Photographers describe their best shot, including Rihanna getting mobbed in Paris and a big yawn during a train ride through the Alps. “I love how the yawning man contrasts with the majesty of the mountains outside,” says Giancarlo Staubmann.

mary tyler moore show

All seven seasons of The Mary Tyler Moore Show are now streaming on Hulu. After my parents got divorced, my mom used to let me stay up late so we could watch reruns together, and it was one of my favorite memories from childhood.

broccoli melts

When it comes to getting kids to each vegetables, how about these broccoli melts? Yum.

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  1. Anonymous says...

    Oh, gosh, I mean this with all the love in my heart, but if the worst thing that comes from all this is that we gain some weight while working from home, I think we should count ourselves incredibly lucky. I understand how inconvenient it is when clothes no longer fit, especially if you don’t have the resources to buy anything new. However, a person’s weight is not an indication of their value, and gaining weight/having to buy bigger clothes is nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about, especially when we’re all just trying to get through the day. So – truly – you do you, but I wanted to offer a different point of view. Perhaps instead of judging, we can love and be thankful for our bodies, especially during this unprecedented health crisis.

    • Anonymous says...

      Sorry, meant this to be a reply to Liz S’s “word of caution” comment.

  2. Mary says...

    The Lou and Grey link is broken. It goes to Loft instead of Lou and Grey.

    • MS says...

      Lou and Grey is sold by Loft.

      I second that those sweats are SO comfortable!

  3. The Golden Girls are also on Hulu! If anyone is an old like me, you should also make this your quarantine binge!!

    Libby

    • wow

  4. Michaela says...

    This sweatshirt is on sale right now for $30!

  5. Casey says...

    I feel validated! I bought a pair of Lou & Grey black lounge pants that I’ve been wearing as pajama pants for an entire year now! Everyday! I LOVE them. Softest ever!!! I wish I had more.

  6. Susan says...

    ❤️Mary Tyler Moore❤️

  7. Liz S says...

    Just a word of caution on all this comfort dressing:

    A few years ago my dear friend got her highly coveted work-from-home job. She was delighted to wear leggings, yoga pants and sweats every day and to make her home made lattes and chais. When the time came for her to put on her regular pants/jeans, they didn’t fit. The weight had crept up without her notice.
    She now wears regular pants everyday at home.

    I’ve decided to do the same. It’s amazing how much I don’t want to snack and over eat when I’m wearing fitted pants!

    Sorry to be a downer. Just wanted to share. Stay well.

    • Raquel says...

      I’ve been doing the same! My anxiety has been so high right now so instead of stress-snacking, I stretch, meditate, do a few sun salutations, jump on my trampoline, anything to move my body and calm my mind.

  8. HOW DID YOU KNOW it’s lunchtime here and I have all the stuff to make those broccoli melts?? Bless your soul, COJ!

  9. Kate says...

    OH MY GOD, I LOVE MTM! I have the first two seasons on DVD but I am now going to binge watch all 7 seasons. They are like TV comfort food for me (probably because I also watched them in childhood on Nick at Nite. Very Mary Mondays!) and I need that desperately right now.

    Also, to the Cup of Jo team, thank you for providing a space where our country’s current reality is taken seriously and discussed while still finding ways to give us all a bit of relief. It means a lot.

  10. Mary says...

    Last night my husband saw me scrolling through this post and asked what I was reading. “Why are you reading the comments?” I told him the comments are the best part on COJ!

    Also just wanted to add: Athleta has 25% their entire (online!) store right now and I am living in their joggers & Elation leggings! If you like Lulu, give them a try! I also love that they promote health, strength, diversity, and sustainability.

  11. LB says...

    For my own mental health and outlook, and despite the memes knocking us, I have been putting on jeans (or non-sweatpants) monday-friday, showering, sometimes even swiping on mascara. I need to feel like a real person and it helps me feel focused enough to keep working from home instead of just wanting to give up and eat 23203 snacks a day. So far it’s working but we’ll see how next week goes!

  12. Leah says...

    Hot tip: The Lou and Grey sweats are cheaper on the Ann Taylor Loft site.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you!

  13. Jessica says...

    I have a pair of sweats by the brand Kotn and they are incredible. Sooo well made and a very flattering cut. I’ve been wearing them nonstop, and my husband still comments how cute I look in them despite this ;)

  14. celeste says...

    I’ve held off on buying anything but I did grab a pair of cropped Jeans. It’s tempting to go for spring dresses but no one will see them. I will check out MTM.

  15. Yoga pants, long sleeve tshirt. The key is to put on a bra. Today I even washed my hair, put on makeup and earrings!!! It’s the little things, right? I hope my plants appreciate it ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Looks delicious!

  16. Katha says...

    For most of the recommended recipes for kids – like these broccoli melts – I would have to get my kids to eat cheese first. Hahaha.

  17. Katie says...

    Thank you for the comfort and joy your blog brings. COJ does wonders for my mental health right now.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ❤️❤️❤️

  18. Kristie says...

    I wish MTM and Rhoda were available on streaming services in New Zealand – I would LOVE to watch them from scratch (I arrived in 1974 so vaguely remember it at the time. The FASHION).

    On a side note I found an insta feed that has hilarious clips of Dynasty – along with a one liner and an episode recap (e.g. ‘Alexis is having one hell of a day and it’s only gotten worse because Dex and Ben got into a huge fight and trashed her penthouse’ – lols.

  19. jane says...

    I’ve been soooo tempted to splurge on a pair of cashmere sweat pants. Ugh the restraint required. But I’d like to save money for the rest of this year just to be sure I’m ahead of the game. So it’s a beloved pair of super soft grey fleece leggings instead. Even though I am going to get a pair of either merino or cashmere at some point soon because I read that acrylic and polyester are super toxic and I’m tired of the risk involved in wearing that next to my largest organ: my skin. Ditto: a natural fabric bra search that doesn’t look hideous and is cushioned.

    • GoldenMoon says...

      I got a pair of Vince cashmere sweat pants from TJ Maxx for a song. When the world re-opens…
      Be safe everyone. COJ, we’re thinking of you all in NYC. Big hugs and thank you for continuing to uplift all of us as this unsettling time.

  20. Jax says...

    Speaking of MTM, I’ve been watching The Bob Newhart show on Hulu. Perfect end-of-night, winding-down-for-bedtime comfort food sitcom. Everybody’s lovely in it, esp. Suzanne Pleshette and Newhart.

    Also HIGHLY recommend Midnight Diner, the sweet Japanese anthology show on Netflix. It released Season 2 a little while ago and I’m savoring it episode by episode.

    • Jax says...

      And also, the Hartleys have the lovliest apartment/condo and layout on The Bob Newhart show. Totally perfect for a modern couple. They have a fab wall shelving unit and at a later point, a beautiful Thonet chair for the desk in the unit.

  21. Kaitlin says...

    I’ve been really struggling with routine this second week of working from home. I am pulling out my Lululemon pants a lot, and just ordered some gorgeous sweatpants from small brand Franc. I haven’t owned real sweatpants since 7th grade!

  22. K says...

    Oh my gosh! I used to watch Mary Tyler Moore with my mom on Nick at Nite. I had no idea what it was about, but I think I just liked her hat toss and how she had the same haircut as my mom.

  23. Hannah says...

    My kids hate cooked veggies but will eat them raw all day long, which is crazy. To combat the pre-dinner desire for snacking, I put out a plate of chopped raw veggies and my kids eat it all without hesitation. Win!

  24. Bridgette says...

    Just want to say I love COJ community and thanks for being here.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      What a lovely comment. Thank you and I agree — I’m so thankful for these wonderful women.

  25. Iris says...

    Those broc melts are the absolute BOMB! My son asks for those every time he sees us put broccoli in our shopping cart. They even reheat well for lunch the next day (if, for some reason, you have leftovers).

  26. Ashley says...

    Thanks CoJ team! Any plans to feature COVID-19 experiences? As someone showing symptoms (may not be tested), I’m longing to know what others are doing – how are you handling co-habitating with your children? What if your partner gets sick? Day to day symptoms progression? The news is too difficult to handle…. Thanks for considering!

    • Julie says...

      I second this idea. I thought I was symptomatic two days ago with a low fever, but who knows what it was. My partner has to go in to work as his industry shows no signs of stopping. Our exposure will be ongoing. So many stories to share out there and so many unknowns to get to know. Cup of Joe could do this topic justice.

    • jane says...

      Is there new “news”? I’ve understood that unless you’re over 60 or have a pre-existing health concern you shouldn’t experience anything beyond an average cold. The issue is that you could be dangerously contagious and for that reason need to isolate for a whatever the period of time is – something like 10 days past the last of your symptoms…

    • Celeste says...

      There was a great piece in the NYT on a Queens hospital that has now seen everyone from 38 year old cardiac arrest after covid to a ventilator shortage. A 12 year old is hospitalized in Queens. To say this is like a cold or flu is negligent at this point. It’s unprecedented.

    • Jane says...

      @Jane:
      No, that is not accurate. I am in Europe and there are people as young as 18 or 20 sick (very sick) and intubated in the hospitals and some have even died. Most of the fatal cases are as you described, but not all of them by a long shot. There was even an otherwise healthy 2 year-old in a hospital near me in intensive care for weeks. Thankfully, he/she is better now. 80 per cent of cases seem to be mild, but not all of them, not only for the older generation, and scientists are only beginning to see patterns and understand why. Please do not spread information like this; this virus is NOT harmless for the not-elderly/ healthy!

  27. Lenae says...

    I have been rotating two pairs of Lululemon Align yoga pants, plus some random target sweats. I put on jeans to go grocery shopping yesterday and it felt so wrong. I also just bought Amazon’s Align-knockoff yoga pants for $25 (nearly a quarter of the Lulu price!). They’re delayed until April 1 so clearly I’m not the only person who had the same idea.

    • Lucy says...

      Wait, what are the Amazon knockoffs?! Link please!

    • LJG says...

      I was considering buying some sweat/lounge pants last night because I realized I actually needed new pajama pants. Every single website I looked at was sold out/backordered really significantly.

    • Maggie says...

      Yes, pray do tell: what is the link to these Amazon Align knockoffs?!

  28. mali says...

    What I’m wearing at home? How about what I’m not wearing? NO BRA. The best!

    • Courtney says...

      High five! Free boob solidarity.

    • Kristin says...

      How will we ever go back?!

    • Kelly says...

      Helllllll yes!

    • Becky says...

      I agree!

  29. Caro says...

    A friendly note–It’s Rihanna, not Rhianna. Or, to be specific, Our Queen and Savior, King Rihanna. <3.

  30. yvie says...

    OMG. Me too!! My mom and I would watch reruns every night before bed. Loved MLM, although it really screwed me up on how I thought single life would go. And looking back, Rhoda was far cooler. Cemented my love of seventies fashion forever.

    • Jax says...

      Yes, Rhoda RAWKS!!!
      I hated that the storylines were often about her insecurity about her perfectly lovely body and comparison of her looks with MTM’s, even if it was a positive destination for her in the end.
      I liked her friendship with MTM though.

    • K says...

      I agree re: Rhoda! And I was so sad rewatching it in college seeing how much she obsessed about her weight like wtf she was not fat at all.

  31. CMG says...

    Yesss MTM! One of my favorite memories is watching with my mom too!

  32. Becka says...

    Even though I’m not working from home (Wisconsin went under a “safer at home” order this morning, but I’m within the construction supply chain so currently deemed essential – but I’m a designer and with our showroom closed we have no new sales to make, so how essential will surely decrease), I read a piece on The Cut last week about Lou & Grey sweats and ordered a set. I can’t wait for them to come! I even was a good girl and got what looks like a fun shade of green instead of black. Springy, you know?

  33. Amy K says...

    I have been sneaking veggies into all the muffins I have been making while at home. So far, I have used zucchini, carrots, and sweet potatoes in various recipes. Next up is a spinach/banana combo.

  34. E says...

    I also love the Lou & Grey sweats so much but do they not shed fuzzies all over your house?!

  35. Ramona says...

    Mary and Rhoda’s style was so, so cool. And when I’m watching the reruns today I always say how much I still love their style and how easily it could be worn today. Classic beauties. <3

    • b says...

      I feel like all the 70s and 80s fashion has circled back to today. I watch Golden Girls and Blanche’s style is especially relevant – lots of jumpsuits, pretty blouses, etc. She kept most of her wardrobe from the show and had 13 closets in her home.

  36. I watched several seasons of Mary Tyler Moore when I was in college and I just LOVED it. One of my all time favorite episodes of tv is season 2 episode 24, “His Two Right Arms.” It is hilarious! After I graduated I moved into my own one bedroom apartment and I used to pretend I was Mary, coming home from a long day of work! I became close with my neighbors and the whole vibe felt very Mary-approved!

    • MKW says...

      I even put an “M” on the wall of my first apartment…. 30+ years ago. Gulp.

  37. SlyBK says...

    Hi!

    I just wanted to let you know (because of your sweatshirt lead) that American Giant, the sweatshirt company, has stopped making sweatshirts and other clothes at their NC factory and started making masks. Their initial goal is 35,000 a week, but they hope to do better after a week or two. I say this because when this dies down it would be so great if everyone should consider buying their clothes to acknowledge the effort. Oh, and, their sweatshirts are (a) awesome, (b) reasonably priced, and (c) made in America. Just in case you want to add their wares to the next comfortable at home post. (p.s. I don’t work for them…haha)

    • Rae says...

      Thanks so much for sharing this. My husband is an ER doctor and I want ALL the companies to make ALL the protective gear and ventilators right now. Deal? I promise to buy everyone a sweatshirt when we make it through if we can protect out front line workers (I see you grocery store clerk).

    • Bailey says...

      And point (d) the majority of their sweats are cotton, unlike the acrylic/rayon blend of the Lou and Gray sweats.

    • b says...

      I will check them out. I am a sucker for a cozy sweatshirt, especially from a company that does good and is based/made in the US.

    • AN says...

      Today and every day, American Giant is the BEST! Their sweats are unmatched.

    • Jenn P says...

      I have a pair of their joggers, and they are the best. They’re not “comfy cozy lazy around the house“ joggers, they’re more “I can wear these out of the house with cute sneaks and a chambray with a casual front tuck to meet girlfriends for brunch” joggers. They wash well, and I’ve had them for over a year and they still hold their shape. Highly recommend.

    • Courtney says...

      So good to know! Thank you!

    • alexis says...

      Love this! My husband and I both have American giant hoodies and they are the BEST. Plus I think mine is slimming maybe?

  38. M says...

    If you love Mary Tyler Moore which I did and still do. Please watch the spin-off Rhoda. The whole 5 seasons are available on youtube and you will totally love this show! P.S: Rhoda’s outfits on her show are so cute!

    • Arlene says...

      I don’t even like broccoli, but this was such a good lunch to have!

  39. Lizzie says...

    Wow how crazy! I just made Deb’s Broccoli Melts for lunch today. They are great!!!