Five Fun Things

Bridesmaids airplane scene

Over the past three decades, I’ve learned three truths about air travel: never get airport sushi, you will weep no matter what movie you watch, and the absolute #1 thing to carry in your bag is this rinse-free hand wash. I carry it on every trip, and it’s a lifesaver. Whenever I feel gross while traveling — dry skin, crumbs, the whole thing — it makes me feel instantly refreshed. Best of all is the scent — citrus, woody, herbaceous. (And don’t worry, it’s subtle enough not to bother other passengers.) — Joanna

Pink ribbon

Hair bows. Along with scrunchies, Topsy Tail and those flower hats everyone wore in the ’90s, I didn’t think we’d meet again. And yet, bows are cropping up everywhere. There are big bows, little bows, floppy bows, patterned bows, and understated bows an equestrian might wear. What are your feelings on bows? Would you wear one? Are you wearing one right now? Discuss. — Caroline

Roma movie

Oh. My. Gosh. Roma. Have you seen this exquisitely beautiful movie? I watched the first half last night, and I cannot wait to watch the second half tonight. The story — of a young maid working for a middle-class family in Mexico City during the political turmoil of the 1970s — captures everyday moments that feel so true to life, you almost feel like you shouldn’t be watching. So far, the luscious shots of Mexican rooftops, kids playing in the woods and a postcoital bedroom scene have taken my breath away. (Needless to say, critics are going bananas.) You can see it in a theater for the full impact, or watch it at home, since Netflix released it last Friday. — Joanna


What have you been reading lately? My favorite book of the year was Tin Man. Sparsely written and achingly beautiful, Tin Man tells the story of two childhood friends, Ellis and Michael, and the winding path their relationship takes. It’s short (just over 200 pages!) but packs an emotional punch, and was the most powerful take on love, loss and vulnerability I’ve read in years. Warning: stay home if you’re not one for crying in public. I sobbed in Cobble Hill park! — Franny

I’m not a DIY girl, not even close. But quick-pickled red onions are the one thing I always make sure to have a stash of in the fridge. They take less than ten minutes to make, and they upgrade everything I’ll eat all week: tacos, salads, veggie bowls, sandwiches, pizzas. The how-to: In a small pot, set over high heat, bring the following to a boil: 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 cups water; add a large sliced red onion and lower heat to simmer for about 5 minutes; drain and cool without rinsing. — Jenny

P.S. The weird thing we always do on trips.

(Roma photo by Carlos Somonte. Onions photo by Mexican Please.)


Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Our friend is having a 40th birthday dinner tomorrow. (It’s happening!!! One by one, we are all turning the big 4-0! Mine’s coming up in January, and I’m just the littlest bit in disbelief;) Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

I’m the food expert. But my kids love my husband’s cooking.”

Excited for Ellen’s new comedy special!

An awesome present for kids, if you need a last-minute one.

Is it ever okay to take home the wine you brought to a party? (The artwork made me laugh.)

Psst, my friend says this sex dust really works.

The other day, I gave Anton and Toby sweaters as an early Christmas present. To manage expectations, I told them, “This present is kind of boring, but you’ll get toy presents later!” They ripped open the wrapping paper and flipped out in the cutest way. “I’ll be warm EVERY DAY!” said Anton. “I can’t believe you said this was boring!” said Toby. Their surprising response made my heart swell — and reminded me of this funny video, where a dad gives his kids a banana and an onion to see how they’ll react.

A wonderful interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. (New Yorker)

When half the table goes meatless.

My beauty editor friend swears by this.

This story about ultra-marathoner Courtney Dauwalter, who runs 200+ miles at a time, was GRIPPING. Totally worth reading. (NYT)

And congratulations to Jenny on her affordable print shop!

Plus, a reader comment:

Says Kerri on what is romance, really: “On a walk one evening, my 17-year-old boyfriend told me that when his first child was born he planned to wear a suit because that’s what you wear to all of the special celebrations in your life. Teenage me was definitely hoping to be the one to have his babies after that! Fast forward almost a decade, I assumed he would have forgotten but, nope. That tender-hearted husband of mine walks into the delivery room with a tie peeking out from underneath his scrubs.”

Finally, here’s our full holiday gift guide and winter guide to NYC. Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by James Ransom.)


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