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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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    • 4.8 • 314 Ratings

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.

    Running a Record Label With Sam Valenti IV...and Eating Artichokes With Us

    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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    • 54 min
    Some Holiday Shopping Thoughts and Weirdo Wine Pairings with Vanessa Price

    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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    Gift guide eps are coming up!! If there are people you want us to shop for, tell us everything about them at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and @athingortwohq
     
    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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    • 51 min
    Lani Halliday’s Booming Pandemic Baked Goods and the Third-Party Hello

    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!
     
    Friends, KIT. You can get us at 833-632-5463 and @athingortwohq any ol’ time.
     
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    • 55 min
    Who Needs a Distraction?? We Have the Grab Bag Just for You.

    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.     
     
    Have something to share? Call us: 833-632-5463. Love those VMs.
     
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    • 42 min
    Breaking Beauty and Baby Vanity Sizing

    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.
     
    To get so much more of Jill and Carlene, subscribe to the Breaking Beauty Podcast.
     
    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).
     
    Call us! 833-632-5463! DM us! @athingortwohq! KIT, basically.
     
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    • 57 min
    Checking in on Each Other

    Checking in on Each Other

    You know, it feels like we haven’t asked each other “So, how are you doing? Really?” in a bit, and we’re taking this podcast as an opportunity to do that. We get into pandemic socializing, news-consumption, and soup-making. Recommended pairing for this ep: a walk.
     
    A couple NYC-specific food things helping us get by: Pierless Fish for seafood and For All Things Good for masa for Claire’s taco nights.
     
    Chris’s new desk, and Thomas’s recent read Hate Inc. that’s informing Erica’s media consumption.
     
    The gray-on-gray-on-gray Birkenstock shearling clogs Claire scored, and the Hobonichi planner that’s keeping Erica’s 2021 mood up.
     
    It’s (coconut-milk) soup weather, ok? Erica’s making coconut curry noodle soup from The Woks of Life, coconut corn soup from Smitten Kitchen, and curried lentil, tomato, coconut soup by Yotam Ottolenghi.
     
    For running in the cold, Claire recommends a Patagonia down hoody and neck gaiter, a Uniqlo down vest, and Yaktrax for snow/ice. Also, The Strategist has a good guide by temp, and Runner’s World will give you gearing-up recs based on the conditions.
     
    For more of this sort of thing, do you know about Secret Menu?
     
    And! You can always, always get us at 833-632-5463 and @athingortwohq.
     
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
314 Ratings

314 Ratings

lag1993 ,

Audio comfort food

Listening to Claire and Erica is one thing I always look forward to even in the midst of the weirdest year ever. Would highly recommend.

Lydberry333 ,

Trendsetters!!

Claire and Erica always have their eyes on the newest trends and share their latest finds each week. It feels like you’re in the room chatting with them every time you press play! Love their friendship.

Amjoseph2018 ,

Like the best chat with friends

This podcast is borderline dangerous to listen to while driving because I always want to write down a book recommendation or make note of a new recipe. I highly recommend listening to this podcast with a friend group so that you can chat about the chat after listening each week. Highly recommend this warm and funny podcast.

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