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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.

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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.

    Checking in With Your Unemployed Hosts

    Checking in With Your Unemployed Hosts

    A couple of months ago, we went deep on what it felt like to shut down our company Of a Kind (dig into that episode here), and now, with more distance, we have plenty of fresh new takeaways to share. Spoiler alert: We have no idea what our professional futures hold, and we’re cool with that.
     
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    For further listening on brushing scams, try this Planet Money ep and/or this Reply All one.
    Here's Wendy Macnaughton’s IG post that made us feel seen.
    Check out Zola and get 50% off wedding save the dates!
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    • 36 min
    The Tyranny of Tights, Drinking and Not Drinking, and Where We Shop Now

    The Tyranny of Tights, Drinking and Not Drinking, and Where We Shop Now

    Are black tights getting you down? Are you looking to investigate your alcohol consumption? Are you searching for some new places to shop? This is not an infomercial—it’s just an intro to all that awaits you in this week’s grab bag of an ep.
     
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    Our fave stores, for fashion and accessories: Idun, Kick Pleat, Noodle Stories, Love Adorned, Esqueleto, Lizzie Fortunato (don’t sleep on the Fortune Finds home goods either!), Lisa Says Gah, Garmentory, Concrete + Water, and Ban.do.
    Shops we love, for home and gifty stuff: Food52, Collyer’s Mansion, Primary Essentials, Coming Soon, Homecoming, Hawkins New York, and Leif.
    Tall (definitely investment) boots: Stuart Weitzman’s Lowland and Loeffler Randall's Gia ones.
    Sheer tights! Wolford Individual 10s are just great.
    Some drinking stuff: Omission GF beer and madeira, beloved by George Washington.
     
    Some non-drinking stuff: Curious Elixirs, Kin Euphorics, Recess, Proteau, Zero Proof dinner series, The Goods article on how 2019 changed the way we drink, Tempest, and a NYT opinion column on A.A. and women (that came out after we recorded and is too relevant not to include!).
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    HelloNoemie.com/ATHINGORTWO for $50 off your first purchase!
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    • 42 min
    Mickey Drexler and Sweet Potatoes—a Classic Combination?!

    Mickey Drexler and Sweet Potatoes—a Classic Combination?!

    Talk about thrilling: We have a bonafide icon on today’s ep. We’re talking to Mickey Drexler—who spearheaded Gap and J.Crew in their heydays and is now helping make magic happen at Alex Mill—about how he works and just plain does his days. But first: sweet potatoes, which aren’t boring, ok?
     
    The linkage:
    Three recipes for exciting sweet potatoes! Ones loaded with lentils, citrus, and feta, ones topped with tahini butter, and ones baked into a (paleo) bread. And one non-recipe: almond butter and seasoned rice vinegar mixed into a sauce and topped with furikake
    Mickey Drexler’s latest retail undertaking (led by his son, Alex Drexler!) is Alex Mill. We love it. Erica wears these and this all the time, Claire can often be spotted in this and this, and just about everybody sweats these.
    When it comes to meditating, Mickey is into Hamsa and Transcendental Meditation.
    A home-goods business Mickey likes: Snowe.
    Wow, do we get psyched about voicemails: 833-632-5463!
     
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    • 45 min
    Personal-Care Wonders We Enthusiastically Buy in Bulk

    Personal-Care Wonders We Enthusiastically Buy in Bulk

    Something we learned in recording this episode: We have a lot of HG beauty products—and you’re ‘bout to hear about all of them. Oh, and about Christmas trees...which, is that still a seasonally appropriate topic?
     
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    Glass-blown ornament resources, five days after Christmas: Old World Christmas (hoodies in particular!), Worthwhile in Charleston (in-store only), ABC Carpet & Home, and Best Made Company.
     
    The newsletter Garden Variety sparked Claire’s dry-orange tree-decor initiative.
     
    Skincare we can go on and on about: Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water, Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser, Biologique Recherche P50, Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion, Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Barrier Restore Serum, Noto Botanics Resurface Scrub, Binu Binu Seshin Korean Scrub Mitt, Josie Maran Argan Moisturizing Bronzing Oil, Weleda Skin Food, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, and regular ol’ coconut oil.  
     
    Makeup we’re way into: Kosas Tinted Face Oil, UnSun Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen, RMS “Un” Cover-up, Rituel de Fille The Ethereal Veil Conceal and Cover, Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment in Desire, Noto Botanics Multi-Benne Stain Pot in Ono Ono, Lily Lolo Natural Vegan Mascara, Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, Sania’s Brow Bar Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil, Glossier Boy Brow, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner Pencil, Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner in Nude, Olio E Osso Balm in Poppy, Ilia Color Block High Impact Lipstick in Flame, Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Rosewater, Kosasport Lipfuel in Pulse, Lansinoh Lanolin Minis, and Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Baked / Terracotta Peach.  
     
    Hair products we’re all about: Conair InfinitiPro Curling Wand, Virtue Smooth Shampoo, Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner, and Rahua Leave-In Treatment. 
     
    Scents that make good sense: Maison Marie Louis No.4 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Oil, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette, D.S. & Durga Coriander Perfume, Te+Te Hinoki Hand Wash, Norden Ojai Ceramic Candle, Dimes Candle, and Saint Olio Neroli Automatic Cleaner.   
     
    Dig into Sakara, and take $60 off, even!
    Head to Zola and nab 50% off wedding save the dates!
    Try out Acuity Scheduling—and get 45 days free!
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    • 57 min
    The O.C., Cheese Curls, and Jaw Massage—Yes, a True Grab Bag

    The O.C., Cheese Curls, and Jaw Massage—Yes, a True Grab Bag

    If you’re starved for a dose of our trademark randomness, WELCOME. There’s so much to reflect on today, including Marissa Cooper, paleo puffs, Amazon avoidance, and something *vaguely mysterious* called buccal massage.
     
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    The O.C. has us thinking a lot about Seth Cohen and Judaism (see also: Tommy Pickles and Judaism)...and low-rise jeans. 
     
    A whole lotta healthy-ish cheese curls/balls are having a moment, including Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs "No Cheese" Cheesiness, Lesser Evil Egg White Curls in Huevos Rancheros, and Pipcorn Cheese Balls (in Broccoli Cheddar, too). Oh, and please do read this wonderful New York mag story about Grace Church School that has a LOLZ-y Pirate’s Booty shout-out.
     
    Other food things on our minds: Magic Spoon and Skyline Chili (which have probably never appeared side-by-side before).
     
    For some Amazon long reads, check out The New Yorker piece by Charles Duhigg (author of The Power of Habit) and the NYT piece by Jodi Kantor (co-author of She Said).
     
    To download Kindle books for free, it’s all about the Libby app.
     
    Jaw/buccal massage—we suspect it’s going to trend. Noy Skincare in NYC does it, as does Take Care in NYC and LA.
     
    Get Acuity Scheduling for free for 45 days!
    Try the InfinitiPRO by Conair Texture Styling Hair Dryer!
    Visit Lamps Plus for up to 50% off their holiday sale (through December 24th)
    YAY.
     
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    • 44 min
    Gift Guide, Part 2—Because Now’s the Time, Huh?

    Gift Guide, Part 2—Because Now’s the Time, Huh?

    Welcome to the second half of our very enthusiastic, mildly frantic gift guide! If you’re still trying to track down something for that cool teen ya know, your nana, or anyone who demands practicality, we’ve got you. And hit up last week’s ep if you need more ideas, too. While we’re here, two reminders: 1) Donations are great gifts. 2) Don’t buy junk!! 
     
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    For teens: Japanese watercolor markers, luggage (check out North Face rolling duffles, Baggu weekenders, and Herschel carry-ons), Olive & June nail polish or manicure kit, gift cert for Nike by You or Miadidas, Katie Kimmel hats/tees/bags, or Ban.do swag
     
    For an eight-month-old baby: Donation to National Diaper Bank Network or RAICES Texas, an ornament (start a tradition!), Lovevery play kit or subscription, or Artifact Uprising board book
     
    For nieces, ages seven and one: Dumye dolls and doll-making kit, Entireworld sweatsuits, Fanny at Chez Panisse cookbook, book-club subscription (Books Are Magic does YA, middle grade, and picture books, and The Picture Book Club customizes the picks), personalized Radio Flyer wagon/scooter/bike, or Crate & Barrel playhouse
     
    For a 94-year-old grandmother: Storycorps recording or flower subscription—we are into Bouqs, Farmgirl Flowers, and Flowers for Dreams
     
    For couples (how ‘bout under $50?): W&P Games or Wolfum backgammon or domino sets (though the latter are a little more $), a restaurant gift cert, or a hotel gift cert (think: Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Airbnb, etc.)
     
    For in-laws: FOOOOOOD. Goldbelly and Mouth are good resources, and we also feel strongly about Alioto-Lazio Fish Company crabs, Zingerman’s clubs for bacon or coffee cake or olive oil, Sqirl jams, Russ & Daughters smoked fish, Joe’s Stone Crab crab claws, and Jeni’s ice cream.
     
    For best girlfriends (under $50!): Massage brush, fancy brush/comb, The Floral Society Edible Seed Kit, Hortense black friendship bracelet with pearl beads, Sunnies Face Fluffmatte lipstick, Hawkins candlesticks, or Boy Smells candle set
     
    For people who value utility over luxury: Shhhowercap, Food52 cutting board (or anything from their Five Two line, really), Thermapen, a booklamp (Wirecutter has a pick), Google Home Mini, mini steamer, Dyson stick vac, Joseph Joseph kitchen scale, Muji travel neck pillow, Uniqlo HeatTech, or Benriner mandoline
     
    For stockings: Noto Botanics lip and cheek stains, Baggu reusable bags, Hibi matches, Le Pen set, Clary balm, MT washi tape, cool postage stamps (these, these, these!), Stasher bags, Stojo cup, Acuballs, Moglea and Society6 phone cases, Helen Levi salt and pepper shakers, or Wit & Delight portable phone chargers
     
    For a nanny or caregiver: Slippers (maybe Ugg or Ariana Bohling?), Zeel or Soothe in-home massage, or AMC gift card
     
    For a Peorian pharmacist named Bob: Gift cert to Bushwacker (fave local store!) or to The Aviary/The Office in Chicago or tickets to see The Book of Mormon at the Peoria Civic Center in January
     
    Try Cove if you get migraines—and get a month of meds for free.
    Grab the InfinitiPRO by Conair Texture Styling Hair Dryer.
    Give Acuity Scheduling a go with 45 days totally free.
    YAY.
     
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    • 30 min

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Clare Herbert ,

I'm not sure how this works..

.. it's just two lovely best friends talking about random things. But they're so enthusiastic, honest and real, I am hooked! Thanks Claire and Erica x

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