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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.

A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica Dear Media

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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.

    Deep-Diving Into Post-Pandemic Dressing and a Kombucha Who’s Who

    Deep-Diving Into Post-Pandemic Dressing and a Kombucha Who’s Who

    When we can all go out in the world again, will we be getting dressed up? And what will “dressed up” even mean?! Oh, do we have questions—and some answers—about re-entry fashion...and also about kombucha titan GT Dave.
     
    A hot topic, apparently: GT Dave of GT’s Kombucha.
     
    A few shoe lines that have us ready to set aside our Birkenstocks for a minute: Alepel, Kkerelé, and Emme Parsons.
     
    If you’re ready to dabble in hard pants after some time away, Claire loves these AYR jeans.
     
    The centerpiece of Erica’s spring/summer mood board: this Marni tulip-print matching set.
     
    Let’s gush for a sec about the statement-y jewelry from Lizzie Fortunato’s fall collection.
     
    Are we doing bold eye makeup? Like this Violette liquid shadow and Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner?
     
    How are YOU gonna be dressing? Tell at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. 
     
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    Talking Black Buck with Mateo Askaripour & a Gift for the Best Boss You Ever Had

    Talking Black Buck with Mateo Askaripour & a Gift for the Best Boss You Ever Had

    We’ve got Mateo Askaripour, author of the extremely buzzy novel Black Buck, with us today—and, hey, we also showed up with our best going-away gift ideas for a stellar boss who perhaps deserves a travel mug thingy emblazoned with his catchphrase.
     
    Gifting Q: Boss going-away gift. Best boss I ever had. Mentor. Mid-fifties. Male. Already gave booze. Our thoughts: Leatherology modern round coaster set, custom Yeti bottle, knives from Opinel or Laguiole, Souda business card holder, or flowers (always).
     
    You gotta read Mateo Askaripour’s debut novel Black Buck! Tell you what!
     
    Sales books that got Mateo started: Jeffrey Gitomer’s The Little Red Book of Selling and Sales Bible. 
     
    Books Mateo would say are in conversation with his own: The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, and Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
     
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    • 43 min
    After Dark, Useful Tools, Embarrassing Recipes, and Great Breakfastations

    After Dark, Useful Tools, Embarrassing Recipes, and Great Breakfastations

    You know what’s a grab bag? An episode on nineties screensavers, long breakfasts, box cutters, and recipes we’re embarrassed to share. Join us!
     
    Just a short film of 281 After Dark modules and a very timely tweet.
     
    The tools we wear by: box cutters, measuring tapes (see also: this ep of Gee Thanks, Just Bought It), kitchen scales (the Joseph Joseph TriScale one specifically), dough scrapers, kitchen spiders, and fish spatulas.
     
    Claire’s (embarrassing) buffalo chicken chowder, her favorite coconut yogurt Cocojune, and the bfast tacos she wants to try.
     
    We welcome—cherish!—your feedback. Send it on over to @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. Or leave us a review! OOH, and sign up for Secret Menu.
     
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    • 44 min
    Our Pre Post-Pandemic Social Anxiety and Erica’s New Beauty Go-Tos

    Our Pre Post-Pandemic Social Anxiety and Erica’s New Beauty Go-Tos

    Not to get ahead of ourselves, but, well, we’re totally getting ahead of ourselves: Is anyone else a little clenchy about having social lives again...sometime soon? Another topic of discussion: the beauty products Erica has on rotation—top threes instead of HGs!—from sunscreens to deep conditioners.
     
    “Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain”—or ours, at least.
     
    The energy we’re seeking: John Jannuzzi’s dance compilation videos.
     
    Sunscreens: Coola Sun Silk Drops, EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum (related: a must-see trophy room), and Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint.
     
    Body moisturizers: Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil (related: this ep of The Glossy Beauty Podcast), Weleda Skin Food Body Butter, and classic ol’ coconut oil.
     
    Deep conditioners: IGK Offline 3-Minute Hydration Hair Mask (a Harling Ross rec) and Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil (while doing the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask).
     
    Nail things: the Bare Hands kit and Olive & June polishes (EC, CV, and SC) along with the Poppy.
     
    We’re here for your thoughts on socializing, personal-caring, and anything else at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.
     
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    • 44 min
    Weird Coffee Habits & Writing Juicy, Inclusive Romance Novels with Talia Hibbert

    Weird Coffee Habits & Writing Juicy, Inclusive Romance Novels with Talia Hibbert

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that we won’t shut up about romance novels? Well, this week we’re chatting it up with Talia Hibbert, one of our favorite writers of the genre, about telling diverse stories, shaping conversations about consent, and writing good sex. But first: Does Erica have too many coffee devices? You be the judge.
     
    The coffeemakers in Erica’s rotation: Bodum French press, Nespresso Pixie (with Woken pods—but Nespresso ones are recyclable in NYC now. See also from the NYT on recycling legislation!), Gemini Espresso Maker (or a single-serving alt from GSI), and Copper Cow Coffee pour-overs. 
     
    DM, email, or call us!! At @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.
     
    We’re all about Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters trilogy: Get a Life, Chloe Brown (her first traditionally published book), Take a Hint, Dani Brown, and Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Here for more, more, more of her writing.  
     
    To dive into the conversation around the lack of representation in the romance-novel world: this NYT article, this initiative and reporting from The Ripped Bodice, and a big blow-up re: Romance Writers of America (who were accused of racism) last year.
     
    Other romance recs from Talia: Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, the upcoming Kennedy Ryan release Reel, the work of KJ Charles, A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley and its next installment, and The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri.  
     
    One movie romance rec: the latest Emma adaptation—pretty and funny, both! 
     
    More recs coming your way over at Secret Menu…
     
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    • 52 min
    More Thingies Award Winners! And Peak Sprinkles Culture.

    More Thingies Award Winners! And Peak Sprinkles Culture.

    What bras, tahini, and shaving cream do we swear by? WELL! You’ve come to the right place. Before we get into our Thingies winners: a discussion of the absolute insanity of sprinkles in 2021. 
     
    We want to hear from you! You can get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.
     
    Some sprinkles context: a 2016 NYT funfetti article and the 2019 The Power of Sprinkles: A Cake Book by the Founder of Flour Shop.
     
    Some sprinkles resources: Sweets Indeed Sprinklefetti (lightning bolts!), Supernatural (Field Day!), Fancy Sprinkles (Hey Jude—lolz!), Williams Sonoma Sprinkles, 1985, and Cakes by Kristi (Chips n' Guac Sprinkle Mix AND Poker Face) and Etsy just in general. 
     
    Round two Thingies winners!!! Negative Underwear non-wire bras (specifically in sieve mesh) and Chantelle underwire demi bras (read also: this rave from The Cut), Soom tahini (more on this podcast ep), Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody, RiseWell toothpaste, Gossamer CBD Dusk and Dawn (tune into this pod ep), Cremo shave cream, the prescription delivery service Capsule, Holy Schmitt’s horseradish (try the cocktail sauce and/or horseradish mustard, too), and the Thermapen Mk4. 
     
    For the inaugural Thingies recipients, head this way.
     
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    • 52 min

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