Paris river views

What are you up to this weekend? I’m signing off a day early since I’m in Paris with a few friends, eating all the bread in sight! I’m coming back Sunday and looking forward to catching up and sharing a few discoveries. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Tomorrow’s Big Salad issue is all about movies!

Loving this Valentine’s Day shop, especially this pretty little ring. (And should I get this for myself?)

Three-ingredient salad dressing.

Tiny flying rainbows.

All my friends have a crush on Jacob Elordi.

You can’t dilute the core message of Mean Girls. “I was appalled by the absence of Miss Norbury’s gym hall rallying cry: ‘You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It only makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores!’ …Fey’s ‘sluts and whores’ comment wasn’t just a zingy line. The misogyny of high school was the main villain in the original Mean Girls. The film made astute observations about slut-shaming, navigating ‘girl world,’ popularity vs. notoriety, and how women are continually pitted against each other. It was a call-to-action for young women to reject those dynamics and, instead, try to be allies.” (Harpers Bazaar)

Enjoyed talking about parenting teens, Seinfeld-ian neighbors, working in a rocking chair, and my beloved babysitters with New York Magazine. Thank you, Danielle!

It’s okay to be the friend that gets a little too excited.

What an easy, sexy top.

A beautiful essay about the birth of a baby, death of a marriage. “Because I could not hurl myself constantly into work and trips and teaching and deadlines, I had to look more closely at the life I’d built: this husband, this marriage. It was impossible to ignore my daily desire to leave — to wander the cold streets of our neighborhood with our baby, making ceaseless, ever-widening loops away from home.” (New Yorker)

The #1 trick to decluttering.

My strategy for group texts, hahaha.

Plus, three reader comments…

Laura on the new Talented Mr. Ripley: “My friend worked as an Episcopal chaplain in New York City. One day, after work, she was at a liquor store with a whole shopping cart of wine and Champagne (for a party), while still wearing her black clergy shirt and collar. Philip Seymour Hoffman walked past her, looked at her full cart, gave a polite nod and said, ‘Hello, Mother.’ To which she replied, ‘Hello, Philip.’ And kept walking. I think of it every time I see him in an article or movie!”

Erin on wise words: “I am definitely all for normalizing sometimes feeling like sh*t! More often than not, my thoughts about feeling sad just make the whole experience worse: that inner voice chastises me, saying why don’t I just get out and live my life instead of dwelling on feeling sad, and so on. How much more freeing, instead, to think, ‘Ok, I’m a bit sad today, and there’s nothing wrong with that. How can I be kind to myself?”

Beth on wise words: “The idea of seeking wholeness resonates with me so deeply right now. As a single, gay woman in my late 30s, I am getting ready to embark on solo motherhood using artificial insemination. Almost daily, I ask myself, ‘Am I nuts for doing this?!’ (I am also a teacher who is currently pursuing my Ph.D.) All the brave comments here lead me to believe I’m just heading toward more life — both messy and wonderful.”

(Photo by Alison Piepmeyer.)

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