Wed. May 31st, 2023

What are you up to this weekend? Around here we’re anticipating a soggy weekend, so we’ll try to stay cozy and dry while celebrating a family birthday, going to a musical, and reading up a storm.

I hope this new post finds you well, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

‘We’re book nerds’: the female friends opening bookshops together. (The Guardian) I very much support this.

Inside the Early Days of J.Crew: Before Jenna Lyons or Olympia Gayot, There Was Emily Cinader. (Vanity Fair) My kind of fashion history.

The 10 Hardest Word Stumpers of 2022. (Mental Floss) Is this an appropriate place to brag that I got STAID in two this week? (That hasn’t happened in ages!)

The 21 Days of Beauty Sale is ON at Ulta. Today’s 50% off deals include Bobbi Brown lip gloss, Happy Clinic, Better Than Sex mascaraand Smashbox eyeliner.

Walking the Brooklyn Heights That Inspired ‘Pineapple Street’ Author Jenny Jackson. (dwell)

15 Paint Colors That Will Make Your Home Feel Warm and Cozy. (Real Simple) I love the greens and plums and beiges here, but 90% of my home is #8, Benjamin Moore’s Simply White.

You have to really love your idea. (Austin Kleon) “When you create anything, the spirit you create it with, the energy, the excitement, is translated into the product itself. So when somebody writes a book just for money, you can kind of smell it. When you read the book, it kind of reeks. We can sense that. But when the writer is excited, it excites the reader.”

Your comments on our little luxuries post continue to inspire: my most recent find from your recommendations is Diva Wash from Tyler Candle Company (I got mine straight from Tyler, but it’s also available on Amazon). I love it so much and am thinking of trying other scents; I’ve heard good things about High Maintenance and Icon. (If you have recommendations, please share in comments!)

What Is a Reverse Grocery List? Here’s How to Save Time at the Store With One. (Taste of Home) Interesting concept.

Thesis Balsamic-Glazed Oven-Baked Ribs made for a delicious (and relatively easy) family dinner. (NYT gift link)

Why you should always pick the worst seat when flying on a plane. (Mirror UK) This made me laugh—and will make me feel better about my seat assignment the next time I end up in the back (as per usual).

Toni Morrison is memorialized on a USPS Forever stamp. (CNN) These will be mine on my next post office run.

Staples for my winter to spring transitional wardrobe. (MMD) For this time of year when it’s seventy degrees one day and thirty the next.

How My Wife and I Took Back Our Sundays. (The Atlantic) Goals.

Beware of Book Blurbs. (The Millions) The practice of book blurbs has long been debated. (For more on the subject, listen to this Patreon bonus episode.)

Ten Dazzling Celestial Events to See in 2023. (Smithsonian Magazine)

From our archives:

8 beautiful, practical cookbooks you’ll turn to again and again. Here are the cookbooks I keep in regular rotation.

15 audiobooks read by your favorite celebrity narrators. Celebrity narrators are here to stay.

37 fun, useful, and generally worthwhile gifts for your kids’ Easter baskets. Another great addition here is My Reading Adventures: A Book Journal for Kids.

Have a great weekend!

By cb2gp