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Four Fun Things

puff sleeve top

What are you wearing these days? I’ve been seeing puff-sleeve shirts all over the place, and I love how fresh they look. Here are four more pretty versions: black, red, pink and white. — Joanna

the fixed stars

I’ve found memoirs particularly engrossing during these days at home. There’s something about hearing the author’s most intimate thoughts that feels like sitting down with a friend. To that end, I loved The Fixed Stars, a story about marriage, motherhood and sexuality. At 36, Molly Wizenberg thought her identity was firmly in place: she was a writer, the mother of a toddler, married to a man for nearly a decade. Then one day, while serving jury duty, she found herself drawn to a female attorney. Through personal recollections, told in quietly beautiful prose you feel the urge to read out loud, she examines what happens before, during and after a seismic shift. A welcome reminder that sometimes feeling lost and found go hand-in-hand. — Caroline

rock faces

My friend Erin Jang, a graphic designer, created a bunch of funny rock faces at the beach with her kids. Doesn’t that sounds like a fun activity? — Joanna

carafe

For overnight guests, I love putting out a bedside carafe filled with ice water. Even though we won’t be having guests anytime too soon, I love these little guys for the future. Which color do you like best? — Joanna

P.S. More fun things, and a pop quiz.

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  1. The Fixed Stars is so excellent and everyone should read it!!

  2. Excited to read the book you suggested! Sounds like a super inspiring one!

  3. Cynthia Miller says...

    Love the carafe! I just ordered one from Globein that shimmers for my own bedside. I sometimes need more than just a glass of water and other times I drink it the next day and it tastes slightly dusty or a bug may fall in. I’m looking forward to having a fancy carafe.

  4. Sara Campbell says...

    I love Molly Wizenberg’s writing and have been following her career back when she started her blog “Orangette”. I just picked “The Fixed Stars” from the library and can’t wait to get started this weekend.

    • Meg says...

      same! Molly’s was the first blog I ever read, starting in 2006! It’s been fun to see her fall in love, open a restaurant, write books, have a baby, fall in love again. So excited to read this one!

  5. Natalie R says...

    I am a huge fan of memoirs! I think it is my favorite book genre. For anyone who loves the outdoors, I highly recommend reading a Pam Houston memoir. She speaks about nature in the most beautiful way that it usually brings me to tears. She is also so passionate about animals, both domesticated and wild.

    I also love Mary Karr. Her writing has set the standard for any other book that I read.

    • jane says...

      I’m about to begin reading John Muir’s work – I’ve always felt his words resonated so strongly but had yet to read his books directly. Now is the perfect time. I cannot wait to read Pam Houston now too – thanks! Also this is out there but have you read any of Michelle Small Wright’s work? It’s amazing as well.

  6. Hali Mason says...

    man, those rocks just made my entire whole week!

  7. Kari T. says...

    I found Molly’s blog late in the game, as she was closing the chapter on it really. I went back and read through a huge amount of the archives and her voices is addictive. I can’t wait to read her new book, off to order it now!

    • SP says...

      Same! Randomly found her blog through a link somewhere (maybe dinner a love story?) and have been tearing through her posts. I can’t wait to read this!

  8. Miranda says...

    Super thrilled to see you are featuring other sites (besides Amazon) for books. I understand how the Amazon affiliates programme works, but just so proud you are exploring other options. Congratulations!!! <3

  9. Rachel says...

    I love Four Fun Things! They always feel like the sort of things that crop up in conversations with friends.

    Also, I’ve noticed lately that most of your links are no longer routing to Ama*on, and I’d like to say thank you. Let’s try to end the monopoly being built on the backs of underpaid workers!

    • kate says...

      I agree! Am curious though about still promoting fast fashion retailers which are notoriously environmentally destructive and lacking in protections for workers. Wonder if as (many of us) disavow Am*zon, if we could also try to shift the norm away from fast fashion….

      (Side note, that model though is so. beautiful.)

    • Bridget says...

      I think it’s hard to please everyone – the lower price point is appreciated by many, especially now. The mix of vendors is nice to see!

  10. Lindsay says...

    I loved Molly’s book so much. Her story is such a powerful statement about what it means to be your whole self, on your own terms. I have found it so easy over the years as a woman to downplay (or to not even notice) my desires or the ways I have changed. Learning to trust myself has been a process. Fixed Stars resonated and I am sad I read it so fast! Huge respect for Molly.

  11. Rachel says...

    Puff sleeves!
    My inner Anne of Green Gables is thrilled.

    • Isabelle says...

      ♥️

  12. karen says...

    Those rock faces are ADORABLE. Fun activity. Good, wholesome fun.

  13. jane says...

    Oh yay, I discovered Molly’s food blog when she first began and followed her journey with astonishment and admiration for her integrity to self as well as bravery for coming out so fully. LOVE HER! PS: all of her posted recipes work and are delicious – she knows her stuff.
    I’ve been wearing a pink 3/4 sleeve puff sleeve tshirt from Target at least once a week. I don’t usually shop there but that tshirt is super comfy and perfectly casual without looking too plain.
    On carafe’s: I love the pink carafe, and the green too actually. Once while exploring color therapy, I read that blue containers for water inspired weight loss and red inspired weight gain and help depending upon your goals. Interesting . . . interesting …

  14. Caroline, Joanna, thank you so so so much for sharing my new book with your wonderful community here. It means a lot to me. xo

    • Jean says...

      Molly, I can’t wait to read your book. Also, I read your NYMag piece and saw that you and your family love Anne with an E and as a fellow Annefan, that made me so very happy. I hope you are having a really nice evening. #renewannewithane

    • Agnès says...

      Molly, your comment took me to your blog, I read your last post; now I want to read your book, I love your writing, it is so inspiring, thank you.

  15. Louisa says...

    The carafe said it was “coming soon.” Went to the sale section. Also “coming soon.” Confused! Realized it’s the name of the store. Doh!

  16. Amanda says...

    I love the pink carafe… I drink H2O at night… I might need this!

  17. Sarah says...

    “A welcome reminder that sometimes feeling lost and found go hand-in-hand.” What a beautiful line! Caroline must be a writer :)

  18. Amanda says...

    Oh I am such a fan of Molly! Thanks for recommending her book. I saw Molly and her partner and daughter at a Seattle park a couple of years ago and they looked so happy and GORGEOUS together! I identify as “fluid” bi-straight, even though I have been in a hetero/straight marriage for many years and have not had female partners during my marriage. As a gen-Xer, I also love hearing much younger generations’ take on sexuality and gender fluidity — it’s so inspiring!

  19. Robin says...

    I loved Molly Wizenberg’s other memoirs, especially Delancey. This is exciting news!

  20. Maclean Nash says...

    Wow! That model for H&M is stunning!
    Her haircut is making me think I should chop all my hair off again!

    • Annie says...

      I was thinking the same!! Just gorg