Design

Have a Great Weekend (Plus, Some News!)

Cup of Jo Clare V collaboration

What are you up to this weekend? I’m taking the boys to visit my parents in Michigan. My mom is making roast chicken tonight, and I’m planning to sleep in as long as possible tomorrow morning.

Also, we are so excited to share that we’re doing a collaboration with Clare V.! We created four pieces that we’ve always wanted — sneak peek above! — and I really hope you love them. The collection will be launching here on Thursday, October 11th, at 12 p.m. EST. Sign up here, if you’d like a head’s up. (We’d also love to warmly invite you to events in New York and San Francisco!) Meanwhile, have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Dear Younger Me…”

Apple cheddar pie. Be still my heart.

Natasha Rothwell wants to be a romantic lead. Yes, please. (NYT)

Loving these bowls for work lunches.

Sweet moment in South Korea.

Anton and I read this book last night, and it was so suspenseful!

Me every day.

An app to help you discover the quietest restaurants and bars. (Alex and I used to wear earplugs to some restaurants in Manhattan!)

This sweatshirt makes me want to learn how to do embroidery.

My friends swear by these.

Why everything you know about obesity is wrong. “I have never written a story where so many of my sources cried during interviews, where they double- and triple-checked that I would not reveal their names, where they shook with anger describing their interactions with doctors and strangers and their own families.”

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Eloise on six fall books: “I love Anne Lamott – I’d greedily read her grocery list – and preordered her next essay collection, Almost Everything, to be picked up at an independent bookstore the night of her reading. I can’t wait!”

Says Julia on a romantic late-night pasta: “I only saw my dad every other weekend, and he’d often have to work late into the night. Sometimes when he would get home, he’d come into my room and gently wake me, but never say a word. Groggy, I’d get up and head straight to the kitchen, with just the light over the stove on. I can still remember sitting on the chair, legs dangling. My dad would place two bowls and two spoons on the table, open the pantry and take out a sleeve of cinnamon graham crackers, and crumble them into the bowls. Then he’d grab a half gallon of milk from the fridge, shaking it feverishly because he knew I liked the bubbles. He would pour the milk into our bowls and we’d sit and eat in silence. Sometimes he’d wink at me and I’d giggle, but mostly we would just enjoy the moment together, the calm. Then, he’d carry me back to bed, me hugging him tightly around his neck. Such a simple gesture but so meaningful and precious to me. To this day, graham crackers and milk is still my all time favorite comfort food.”

(Photo of Ally Walsh by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. App via Kottke.)

Food

A Perfect Cheesy, Eggy Dinner

shakshuka recipe with polenta

When your everyday dinners need a pick-me-up, where do you look for inspiration? We love love love the comment sections here, and we’re excited to kick off a month of reader recipes. First up, Deanna is sharing her version of shakshuka. “It’s a beloved Mediterranean and Middle Eastern meal,” she says, “and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.” Here’s how to make it…

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Design

Four Fun Things

Throwback sweaters

Though I’ve been known to wear sweaters year round, it’s finally the time I can do so without questioning from every person I know. This season’s batch of pullovers has throwback details, like graphic prints and cable knits large enough to remind you of the sweater greats, while still being wearable with jeans. Here are five versions: crewneck, rollneck, pumpkin, starry and textured.

Megababe best natural deodorant rosy pits

I’ve been hearing the praise of this natural rose deodorant for weeks, and the 148 five-star reviews finally sold me. Usually, natural deodorants irritate my skin or truly don’t work, but fans are calling this “the best one yet,” and noting that it “works ALL-DAY.” This stick is made with a blend of natural ingredients, including sage, green tea and sandalwood. Plus, it’s called “Rosy Pits.”

Serial

Have you been listening to any podcasts lately? I’m back on my crime drama kick and just devoured the terrifying Dr. Death, which follows a neurosurgeon who intentionally botched medical procedures. I’ve also dug into the first episodes of the new season of Serial, where reporters Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi investigate stories that take place inside the criminal court system of Cleveland, Ohio. I’m looking forward to a few new ones, including The Cut on Tuesdays (hosted by New York Magazine’s Molly Fischer), Last Seen (it unravels the biggest unsolved art heist in history) and Without Fail (Gimlet founder Alex Blumberg interviews leaders and entrepreneurs about their successes and mistakes).

Low beds

This sunny home is a reminder that neutrals aren’t boring and low beds make your ceiling look light years away. The color palette of white, beige and gray feels fresh when paired with cool shapes, like the twisty lamp, and it makes the room look HUGE. Noted.

P.S. More fun things, including a tip that changes your career.

(Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi photo by Sandy Honig. Bedroom photo by Nicole Franzen/Clever.)