Hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, who you might know as the co-founders of the website Of a Kind (RIP!) or the co-authors of the book Work Wife, are all about discovery and enthusiasm. We've heard this weekly podcast described as a 'unique mix of urgent discussions of non-urgent things and thoughtful discussions of important, and often otherwise ignored, things,' and we're very much on board with that take.
Gift Guide, Part 1: Dads, Sisters-in-Law, and New Quar Romances
You have gift questions, and we have gift answers! Welcome to part one of our second-annual gift guide, where you’ll find so much cool stuff from small businesses (many run by women and BIPOC!), no Amazon links (but you do you), and thoughts on orgs to donate to, too. Part two is coming next week, and last year’s still-relevant installments are here and here. Now, hope you’re prepared for an outrageously long episode recap...
My mom has requested “a new hobby” for Christmas which has sent me spinning. Any ideas? She’s very artsy and already gardens and writes fiction. Knitting hasn’t worked for her due to her arthritis, and she’s a lifelong hater of kitchen activities, most of the cute gifty hobby kits I’ve seen fall into those categories. Stumped!
Joone Creative air-dry ceramics tiles kit Rose Pearlman punch needle hoop kit The Crafter’s Box arm-knitting workshop Melanie Abrantes Japanese bowl-carving kit
Fic & non-fic books that will nudge my parents to the left without them realizing it.
What Unites Us by Dan Rather Evicted by Matthew Desmond Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Good Talk by Mira Jacob
I need gift ideas for my almost 60-year-old, tech-y, suburban dad. Hasn’t finished reading the books he got for Father’s Day but he loves history. Does a lot of biking on his indoor trainer. He has an Apple Watch but we aren’t allowed to get him AirPods because my mom thinks he’ll accidentally put them through the laundry. He likes food/eating/cooking but had a heart attack 3 years ago so we’re not allowed to do fun things (unless they’re low sodium/cholesterol). Usually I try to find an activity (movie, bike, ride to brewery, etc.) but covid makes that hard. So many restrictions!!
Claire puts her airpods through the laundry all the time and they still work! (Mostly.) But for an alt: Rapha x Bang & Olufsen earphones (made for indoor training—bigger than Airpods). Subscription to the Peloton app to use with his bike (you don’t need the Peloton bike!) Smart/wake-up clock: Philips SmartSleep, Loftie Beer-plus-history book: Pilsner: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World MasterClass: Doris Kearns Goodwin teaches "U.S. Presidential History and Leadership"
Mom and her husband who just bought a new cottage and are DIY fixing it up. The kitchen and garden are especially yucky!
Online landscaping-design apps like Yardzen or Tilly Design Gardening stuff: Floral Society, Floret, and Father Rabbit Tools: MoMA Design Store Rainbow Multi-tool set, FIXR tool, and Bosch Blaze laser measurer Birdhouse: Andreu Carulla's Bird and Breakfast, Amish cottage Coffee-table books: The Gardens of Bunny Mellon and More than Just a House by Alex Eagle Donation to Habitat for Humanity
My Jewish parents who are IMPOSSIBLE to shop for and trying to stop eating sugar.
Popcorn seasoning set: The Spice House or Oaktown Spice Shop Engraved Masala Dabba from Diaspora Co. Cookbook: Sweet Laurel or Ottolenghi Flavor Miznon Israeli falafel or lamb kebab kits Chefanie Oy Vey cocktail napkins Russ & Daughters tote, tee, hat...in R&D wrapping paper!
My crunchy fire-fighting dog lady MIL.
Bon Temps tea Simpli quinoa Soapwalla tasting menu gift set Sashiko mending kit Ace & Jig x Project Thrive scrap coaster set Recreation Center dog bowl Donation to BARC Shelter in Brooklyn or her local animal shelter (many have wish lists where you can send dog food, etc!)
Stepmom: hates being cold. She’s always cold. But is entertaining outside now in CA.
Hot water bottle: Amara sheepskin and Chickpea knit Something for cooking warm entertaining food/drink outside: Boska mini raclette cheese melter and grill, Royal Rose hot toddy mixers, or FLÎKR Fire personal concrete fireplace Flamingo Estate candles—scents like Roma heirloom tomato
Running a Record Label With Sam Valenti IV...and Eating Artichokes With Us
Here we are, asking the important questions, including “What’s it like to start a record label and run it for 20 years?” and “Who in their right mind decided to eat an artichoke for the first time?” Sam Valenti IV, behind the very compelling Ghostly International, has all the answers to our first query, and we don’t think we’ll ever really get to the heart (heh) of our second.
Best use of an Instant Pot: cookin’ artichokes.
Oddly enthusiastic endorsement: vintage Majorcan and Portuguese artichoke plates.
A couple good ways to put a can/jar of artichokes to good use: sardine pasta and back-pocket canned salad.
Dig into Sam Valenti’s Ghostly International—both the musical artists (including the label’s very first, Matthew Dear) and the products. Also, follow Ghostly’s playlists—their “At Work” one in particular.
A few Brooklyn record stores worthy of Sam’s fandom: Rough Trade, Academy Records, and Captured Tracks Shop.
When Sam’s looking to discover new music, he can always count on Buy Music Club, Blackbandcamp.info, and Numero Group to deliver.
AND! A handful of other things we talked about: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, That Thing You Do!, The Last Dance, and the podcast How Long Gone.
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Some Holiday Shopping Thoughts and Weirdo Wine Pairings with Vanessa Price
Is this the beginning of one very strange holiday season to cap off one very strange year? It’s starting to feel like it, and we have some ~initial thoughts~ on how to wrap your head around gifts and a whole bunch o’ thoughts from Vanessa Price—who co-wrote the wonderful book Big Macs and Burgundy—on pairing wine with the things your actually eat, including the last of the leftover Halloween candy and whatever Thanksgiving dinner looks like in 2020.
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Buy Big Macs and Burgundy, the book Vanessa Price co-wrote with our pal Adam Laukhuf. P.S., it also makes a great gift.
Vanessa’s column for New York mag that led to the book—including that first Sour Patch Kids installment and the very trying s’mores one.
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Lani Halliday’s Booming Pandemic Baked Goods and the Third-Party Hello
You can only comfort yourself with so many baked goods, it seems, but we’ve found a workaround: We’re putting them in our ears instead of our mouths. What a joy it was to sit down with Lani Halliday, who is making the best inclusive pastries around and unveiled her first physical outpost of Brutus Bakeshop during the pandemic. Yes: She’s very bold, and we’re very obsessed.
If you’re in NYC, grab Lani Halliday’s baked goods at Brutus Bakeshop in Crown Heights (and get some amazing New Mexican food from Eric See’s Ursula while you’re there!). If you’re anywhere else, buy her (vegan, GF, soy-free) miso chocolate chip cookies on the internet and keep your eyes peeled for her pop tarts and more, more, more.
More on the Independent Restaurant Coalition—um, 11 million people in the U.S. are independent restaurant employees!
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Who Needs a Distraction?? We Have the Grab Bag Just for You.
Yeah, so, it’s gonna be a real week, and if you’re interested in escaping the tweets, push alerts, and polling data for a few, we have some celeb gossip, book recs, and sweaters to cozy up to.
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The very best celeb gossip sources, if you ask us: E! News IG stories, Jam Session, Deux Moi, Gossip Time, The Shade Room, Who? Weekly, Bossip, and Just Jared Jr.
The couple Claire’s shipping: Harry Styles and Tracee Ellis Ross. This pic + this clip. Believe what you want. And just read The Idea of You already if you haven’t.
And, now for beliebing: Erica is intrigued with Justin and Hailey Bieber’s domestic life. This post and this post and a Facebook Watch thing called Baking with the Biebers. Somehow related: Levain Bakery cookies.
Two books that are distracting and immersive (but not light!): The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi and Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (hear Rumaan on a 2018 ep of our pod, too!).
Gang, it’s sweater weather. Brands we love: Demylee, Jenni Kayne, Alex Mill, Acme Studios, Babaà, Ply-Knits, Leret Leret, Ryan Roche, Sézane, Mijeong Park, and Atelier Delphine.
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Breaking Beauty and Baby Vanity Sizing
We love hot industry intel and gossip! Of all industries, really! And when it comes to the land of hyaluronic acid, celeb makeup lines, and derm backlash, no one gives it better than Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins of the Breaking Beauty Podcast. But before we go deeeeeep down that rabbithole, we need to answer one pressing question: What looks will Cam be working for fall 2020?!
What’s Cam wearing this fall?! Some combination of babyGap (beware of baby vanity sizing!!!), Petit Bateau, Búho, Emile et Ida, Bobo Choses, Oeuf, Poudre Organic, Lewis, Tinycottons, and Patagonia (this vest!). For these brands and lots more, Claire’s all about scraping the sale sections on Smallable, Scandiborn, and Melijoe. And when it comes to shoes: Native, AF1s, Air Jordans, and Timberlands, scuffed-up ideally.
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Scientists giving their clean-beauty takes: Dr. Michelle Wong (@labmuffinbeautyscience), Stephen Ko (@kindofstephen), and Jen Novakovich (@theecowell).
Some makeup/beauty things having a pandemic moment: LoveSeen fake lashes, Foreo microcurrent bear, root cover-up powders from Color Wow and Clairol, and Christophe Robin temporary hair color.
Splashy new launches: Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez, Makeup by Mario, One/Size by Patrick Starrr, and Forvr Mood by Jackie Aina.
Skincare ingredients in masks! But of course! Check out The HydraFacial Company's FaceLife copper-infused masks and YoRo Naturals' zinc masks and Masque Bar’s hydrogel masks specifically to wear under PPE.
WOC-owned brands to watch (and founders to follow!): Uoma Beauty, founded by Sharon Chuter, who started #PullUpForChange; Cheekbone Beauty, from the Canadian Indigenous
founder Jenn Harper; Ami Colé, which is pre-launch and founded by the Glossier and L'Oréal alum Diarrha N'Diaye. Oh, and the derm Dr. Alexis Stephens, too.
For more on colorism and skin-lightening, check out Priya Rao’s Unfair podcast for Glossy.
Affordable and efficacious skincare: Maelove, Good (Skin) Days, Inn Beauty Project, Everyday Humans, and Versed.
Waterless beauty—COOL. OWA Haircare and aN-Hydra Skincare are making big moves, and we’re big fans of the Odacité Green Ceremony Cleanser.
Companies doing good stuff around refillable packaging and recycling: Terracycle, Tata Harper and their new Waterlock Moisturizer, Kjaer Weis, Clé de Peau Beauté, Charlotte Tilbury, and Native.
The 2020 ingredient: Niacinamide.
Skinfluencers worth following: Caroline Hirons, Skincare by Hyram, DermAngelo, and, but of course, Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper).
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I started listening to this because it sounded bubbly and pleasant, if not a little trivial, and I’ve been surprised at every turn. Currently going through the backlog, but the interview with author Mira Jacob on her book "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing" and the permeating theme of death trully shook me to my core, I loved the pair’s outlook on charitable giving and I was amazed at how great the tips on publishing by Rakesh Satyal were (no word that came out of that man’s mouth is superfluous). I'm grateful for their ongoing insights on running your own business and they just make me feel that, I too, can conquer an attainble form of everyday feninism. I also really love how they advocate using exercise to maintain mental balance. In short, I geel like this is helping me be a person in the world and occasionally gets through housework (nothing wrong with that!). I hope it never stops.