Let It Be Sunday

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Hello friends and happy Sunday!  Should we talk about the fact that it’s already May or does that make you hive-y?  Me too.  The days run away.  They really do.  Let’s do out very best to breathe deep and take in every bit.  

I’m at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee this weekend.  I’m not sure there is any place more lovely and pleasant and I’ll tell you more about my adventures next week.  Suffice it to say, I’m eating everything, I’ve ridden a horse, gazed at mountains, and have yet to eat a single blackberry.  Working on it.  File under:  weekend goals.  

I hope your day is extra caffeinated and all sorts of lazy.  

The Internet, this week, distilled:  

•  We need to talk about Baltimore, about Freddie Gray, about what’s happening with our nation’s policing.  I think the best person to do that with is David Simon.  David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish.  

•  Images from Nepal. In our prayers.    

•  Caution:  Appearing happy on social media can be used against you in a court of law.  

•  David Letterman on 33 Years in Late Night Television.  A legend.  He just can’t go.  We won’t know what to do with ourselves.  Really.  

•  The best and worst fonts to use on your resume.  We’re leering at you, comic sans.  

•  The anonymous sharing app Secret is shutting down but another anonymous app called Whisper is doing better than ever.  So… yes, apparently we still all want to sneak secrets to one another over social media, or at least some of us do.  The rest of us are still trying to figure out if we need to Snap Chat and why Pinterest is just all cat photos.  

•  Oh… should we talk about the fact that Millennials Don’t Trust Anyone?  Like… no one, except maybe every other person they follow on Instagram.  

•  Dr. Oz is kinda going through it right now.  Oprah broke up with him a little.  

•  As we head into summer months:  The Story of the Bikini  aka How Fun It Is To Be In Public In Your Underwear… it’s not.  

•  I LOVE these Hawaiian Floral Vans.  

•  Currently reading and absolutely loving:  This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.  

Have the happiest day!  Tomorrow we’re talking about Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  Get your spoons ready now.  

xo Joy

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

I have good news for us, friends!  Two things.  One:  it’s Sunday.  Two:  life is not boring.  Life is big and beautiful and staggering and hard and long and short and thank goodness for Sunday.  

I hope this day finds you settled and just a little bit lazy.  I’m off to Jazz Fest here in New Orleans.  If you need me I’ll be in the Gospel Tent with a daiquiri.  

Happy day to you.  

I took some of the Internet and gathered it for you here:  

 •  Wonderful people are made, not born.  This is so great:  The Moral Bucket List 

•  This is staggering.  “In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia.”  Read.  1.5 Missing Black Men 

•  Robert Durst and another cold case.  Seriously? 

•  Is the first date too early for couples therapy?   Answer:  no. 

•  Belle Gibson lied about having brain cancer.  Generally and universally speaking, totally not cool.  But here’s why we’re part of the problem, too.  

•  A brief look inside the bizarre and sadistic Presidential Fitness Test.  I remember being reeeaaallly proud that I passed this test with flying colors.  

•  How to design a roller coaster that will make you beg for mercy.  I’d call uncle about 8 seconds in and that picture you captured of me in my moment of supreme terror… well that wasn’t very nice of you at all.  

•  I’m going on the I’m-Running-For-President Diet.  Oh wait… NO I’M NOT.  I confused myself with Jeb Bush which I’ll never ever do again.  

  Give this a listen:  Julia Turshen on The Design Observer.  

•  2015’s list of the 150 Best Bars in America.  Just in case.  

•  Inside the largest Buddhist settlement in the world.  There is big beauty in the world.  

•  Provisions by Food52 has some really beautifully crafted kitchen and life items.  I love this Blue Tart Plate and these perfect Biscuit Cutters.

Have the most wonderful Sunday!

xo Joy 

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Hello friends!  I hope this morning finds you happy and rested, ready for buttery toast and a leisurely morning. I’m back in New Orleans making the biggest mess of my kitchen just for you.  We’ve got fruit pies, avocado things, and a crazy marshmallow concoction coming your way in the next few days.  I hope you’re into it!

Have the most lovely day.  Let’s be good to the people around us.  

The Internet, distilled:  

•  One hundred and fifty years ago this week, President Lincoln was assassinated.  Here’s the story of The Insane Story of The Guy Who Killed The Guy Who Killed Lincoln.  

•  One Company’s New Minimum Wage: ,000 a year.  How? The CEO cut his own million dollar salary to increase the salary of his employees over three years.  Yea… think about it. 

•  The Fascinating, Never-Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge.  Tall towers and tight corners, over and over again, amen.  

•  Taking Back Detroit, portraits of a city and its people.  

•  The Time Has Come To Redefine Old Age.  Maybe we should define old age by whether or not you SnapChat.  Related:  I’m not on SnapChat.  I’m old. 

•  Something to make us all feel old and technologically inept:  Instagram’s TMZ.  

•  Really interesting:  The Making of Dr. Oz, how an award-winning doctor turned away from science and embraced fame.  

•  Let’s learn Why Knuckles Crack.  

•  What’s So Special About 350 degrees F?  The science of what happens behind the oven door from The Kitchn.  

•  When I first moved to New Orleans, Jessica Bride graciously invited me into her home to teach me how to make a Louisiana specialty: crawfish pie.  She invited her photographer friend Gabrielle, and I was quickly welcomed into their food-loving friendship. Crawfish Pie and the power of cooking with strangers.  

•  The ladies of Spoon Fork Bacon have a new and beautiful book out!  I’m baking from it this afternoon.  It’s The Perfect Egg.

•  For when we need our shoes to say a lot about who we are.     

•  Speaking of things we wear.  How about this for our new Spring Dress?  I like. 

•  New high or new low?  Custom Printed Pet Photo Pillows.  

Happy Sunday!  I love you.  xo

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Hello my friends! 

It’s Sunday and I hope you’re ready for some Spring sunshine and frothy cappuccinos.  Maybe treat yourself to a donut. Treat a friend to a donut.  Do things that make you smile.  

I’ve been missing my California home these days.  Something about California air just feels familiar and settling to me.  You can take the girl outta California… but you can’t take California outta the girl (no matter how many times I try to say y’all).  Above photo by Jon Melendez (who just made a Jambalaya Pizza!!).  

Enjoy this beautiful day.  

Here’s the easy of the Internet this week:  

•  We need to keep talking about this California drought business:  are almonds and other nuts really drought villains?

•  An art director on Why She Wears The Same Thing To Work Everyday.  In my world it’s more like, Why I Wear The Same Dress For A Week Straight:  laze and convenience and security. 

•  5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton.  Bonus thing:  she’s a boss. 

•  From the series “Why I Teach”:  Why I Teach My Students To Be Brave.

•  Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work, Here’s What Does.  I mean… with a title like this you haaave to click, right?  Spoiler alert:  write a list and make a plan.  

•  “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”  50 of the most beautiful lines in The Great Gatsby.  

•  Women Answer Questions Men Are Too Afraid To Ask.  On bras and why it takes us so long to get ready… straight face emoji. 

•  It’s Spring and I feel like now is the time to put root vegetables in our desserts.  Don’t worry… it’s cool.  It’s going to be good.  I promise!  Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting.  

•  Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goat Cheese.  I’d eat my fill.  

•  What if your name was Beyonce… but you weren’t Beyonce.  Are You Beyonce, Beyonce, or Just Regular Beyonce?  It’s complicated.   

Have a most lovely Sunday!

xo Joy

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Hello friends!  

Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!  

How are you feeling this week?  Standing with both feet on the ground?  Wearing a good scarf?  Beating back allergies?  drinking too much coffee?  Me too.  All of the same.  

Last week I was in Nashville.  This week I’m eating and coffee-ing my way through Philadelphia.  I’ve run away from home.  That’s the long and short of it.  

(picture above from HubBub Coffee.) 

What happened in the world and on the Internet this week?  These things, I think:  

•  Amazon’s new Dash Button.    Household items, reordered at the touch of a button.  But doesn’t this take away from standing in line at the grocery store on a Friday night buying a bottle of wine, tampons, cat liter, and a box of mac and cheese?  I feel like there’s real glory in that.  Now… either I’m getting old or I’m just in a constant state of “who are we and what have we become”.  The Horror of Amazon’s New Dash Button.  

•  “As we increasingly outsource our memories to devices, we may be forgetting the pleasures of imperfect recall.”  Remembrance of Things Lost

•  Completely heartbreaking and totally inspiring:  Teenagers Facing Early Death, On Their Terms.  

•  Ellen Pao and The Sexism You Can Quite Prove.  

•  Almonds are drinking all of California’s water.  10% of California’s Water Goes To Almond Farming

 Should Grown Men Use Emoji? (straight face emoji)   

•  Weekend read about Mad Men as we enter the final season:  The Shock of the Pretty.  

•  Billy on the Street with David Letterman.  Thank you!  

•  Watch a Calligrapher Perfectly Draw Famous Logos From Scratch with Pen and Ink.  

•  The one-way ticket to Mars you were hoping for may not be such a good idea.  YA THINK!? 

Have a lovely day, my friends!  Catchya tomorrow! 

xo Joy

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Hello friends!  

We’re well into this Sunday and it feels all the way like Spring.  I hope your brunch table runneth over.  

I’ve been in Nashville this week eating everything I can get my hands on and wearing cowboy boots like I know what I’m doing.  I don’t… I barely know what I’m doing, but the boots help with the confidence.  

This week has been a lot, hasn’t it?  Here is what’s what.  

•  Germanwings flight 9525.  “When one person is responsible for 150 lives, it is more than just suicide.”  From Slate.  

•  We work from home, hang out with out cats, take pictures of our home coffee, watch HBO Go while we blog and email and order gluten-free crackers on Amazon.  Is it true?  Are we The Shut-In Economy

•  Let’s go ahead and opt out of everything.  Opting out of group texts and reply-all emails being the most important of all.

•  The perfect bean to save the hot and hungry planet.  

•  Mariel Hemingway on Woody Allen.  It’s important.  

•  Feminist Ben and Jerry’s flavors.  Because.   

•  Tim Cook on running Apple.  Also, he plans to give away all his wealth after he pays for his nephews college education.  

 •  Meerkat app and Periscope.  What in the world is going on?  No, seriously.  Are we going to be ok?  

•  Our president + The Wire creator David Simon.  

•  Remember when your parents had “The Talk” with you?  Ugh.  From NYMag:  Let’s Talk Frankly About Sex.

•  Just in case you need to see everything Don Draper wore on Mad Men.  

•  The X-Files.  Come on BACK!  

Have the most lovely day!  Don’t let the Sunday night stresses get atcha.  Wine and pudding help.  Wine and chocolate pudding.  

xo Joy

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Happy Sunday, friends!  

I have three hopes for you today:  

I hope there’s champagne in your orange juice and fresh flowers in  a vase.  What luxuries… seriously.  

I hope you make yourself a big pot of Roasted Garlic Soup and not care a lick about the garlic breath you might have for the next full week or so.  (Kidding… it’s not really that bad.)

I sincerely hope you take some time to slow it all down today.  Leave and the muss and fuss for Monday and Wednesday.  

(photo above from Young Blood, Atlanta.)  

This was a week.  We’re carrying on through the year, aren’t we? 

•  There is an election this coming week in Nigeria, but what’s really most pressing there is Boko Haram.  This from the NYT:  Nigerian Army Noticeably Absent From Town Liberated from Boko Haram.  

•  We live in an age of irrational parenting.  I don’t even want to let my housecat out on the patio, so I totally understand this.

•  Seven years ago Los Angeles banned the expansion of fast food restaurants in South LA in an effort to curb obesity rates.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  

•  In a world that has a review for dang-near everything on the planet, I mean… who can we trust?  Inside The Mad Mad World of TripAdvisor.  

•  Have you seen the new HBO show ‘The Jinx’?  Probably yes.  You’re much more on top of things than me.  I juuust now figured out that House of Cards is back and new.  I have yet to see ‘The Jinx’, but woweee how we blur real life and entertainment:   The Queasy Finale of ‘The Jinx’

•  Ben Dorcy has been a roadie since 1950.  Let’s wrap our brain around that kinda life and then read all about him:  The First Roadie Ever 

•  I haven’t read this yet, but here’s a peek into my Internet-land weekend reads:  The Woman Who Froze In Fargo.  

•  There’s an app for that:  You phone buzzes when you approach places where women made history (aka herstory).  

•  Ask a Wine Pro:  Pronouncing Wine Words.  When you want to do more than wince and point.  

•  I will eat hummus until the cows come home.  Related: I don’t want to talk about my breath.  Thanks.  Green Goddess Hummus

•  New Orleans love!  We have a new happy place:  St. Roch Market.  

•  Kate Spade and her forever-clever clutches:  Wedding Belles.  

Happy day to you and us!

xo Joy

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Let It Be Sunday

Hello friends!  Welcome to another Sunday!  This weekend my new neighborhood, the Irish Channel, is alive with green beer, Irish pride, and lots of dudes in green cumberbunds handing fake flower out to ladies in the Irish Channel Parade.  You’re supposed to kiss the dude on the cheek when they give you a flower… kiss them on the cheek and ignore the fact that they’re a sweaty stranger with a fake flower… or maybe embrace that actually?  It’s New Orleans.  You’re supposed to just go with it even though it feels like a swampy episode of The Bachelor.

Along with all the green, it’s Easter candy (and yes… Lent) season and if you’re not careful, I’m going to buy every single Cadbury Easter candy-coated mini eggs.  I’m not even kidding. 

Cheers to you, your cozy pajamas, and that extra cup of hot tea.  

The Internet, for us:  

•  Hey guys, we’re drinking whiskey too fast. Why does it have to be old before its time? 

•  The Good, The Bad, and The Hangry

•  Quick note:  Exhaustion is not a status symbol.  

•  I own one Nicholas Newcomb mug and it’s a treasure in my kitchen.  Nicholas Newcomb studio visit on Design Sponge.    

•  Before I Go:  A Stanford neurosurgeon’s parting wisdom about life and time. 

•  California has about one year of water left.  Will you ration now? Still real.  

•  It’s Ikea’s World, We Just Live In It and hate those tiny frustrating screw driver things. 

•  Vegan BBQ Lentils with Millet Polenta is beautiful and food.  

•  Pickling Spring Vegetables (and other things I’ll probably never do but will be equipt with knowledge about. )  

•  A friend recommended I read The Piano Tuner.  Let’s do it! 

•  New news in lipstick technology:  Color Changing Lip Paint.  

I love you as much as you love Sunday.  Enjoy!

xo Joy

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Hello my friends.  Happy Sunday!   I hope your coffee is extra hot and exactly sweet, and I hope you’ve found just a few moments of aaaahhhhhh.

I’ve had family with me in New Orleans this week and it’s been so nice to make an unfamiliar place feel exactly like home with just a mega-ton of family.  We’ve done ALL THE THINGS thanks to my well constructed itinerary, menu-planning, and desire to eat and see ALL THE THINGS.  Yes… that’s me patting myself on the back.  We visited the Oak Alley Plantation mostly because I wanted to stand in this exact spot and absorb the shade of 300 year old trees.  That’s a thing!

I made the Internet smaller for us.  Here it go:

•  We advance our circumstance in so many ways.  We have amazing freedoms.  We have Twitter and Instagram.  We have the world at our fingertips.  Yet… Reaction to Ferguson Decision Shows Racial Divide Remains Over Views Of Justice.

•  A Broken Arch For Ferguson.

•  This seems like an important point  to figure out sooner rather than later:  Do Online Death Threats Count As Free Speech?

•  Aw man.  Heavy sigh.  Flying Coach Is The New Hell:  How Airlines Engineer You Out Of Room.

•  America’s Longest-Serving Prisoner In Solitary Has Conviction Quashed.

•  Why Your Family Drives You Crazy.  Because they push your buttons… and they invented the damn buttons.

•  We mustn’t stop feeding our Serial addiction.  Five Chilling Tales for the Criminally Inclined.  I might sign up for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

•  Leftovers solved: Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles.

•  This date night cookbook seems like a really sweet holiday gift:  Date Night In: More than 120 recipes to nourish your relationship.

•  I’ve never wanted to knit anything until exactly right now.  I can create something this lush and fluffy with a big wooden stick!?!?  Sign me all-the-way UP:  Knitting Noodle.  

•  Can all of the gifts I give this holiday season be monogrammed? I hope so.  Monogrammed Sunshine Satchel.

•  Quite clever Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

•  I love this Foiled Cable Pullover Sweater.  The sheen makes it feel just slightly holiday, right!?

Aloha has a new protein powder that I really really like!  I mention this because I’ve eaten nothing but Thanksgiving leftovers, chili cheese fries, and doughnuts for the past few days.  Cry for help!

I love you.  You are tremendous.

Let It Be Sunday

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It’s Sunday.  Let’s settle in.

Letters of Note is the most beautiful and satisfying site I’ve found in a long time.  It’s filled with lost and found letters in history.  I love this letter from W.E.B DuBois to his daughter.  This letter from Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) to his wife swells my heart.  And Elizabeth Taylor wrote a letter to her lost cat… which I totally understand.  So many insightful words on this site, and there’s also Letters of Note:  the book.

• We’re going to talk about our nails for a second.  Just a quick second.  It’s important because we get to connect two seemingly dissimilar things:  nail art and SHARK WEEK!  The latest installation of nail art from Scratch includes a set of shark inspired nail wraps.  So good.  I’m really glad people think of these things.

•  Should I get my haircut and read #GIRLBOSS because I really think the answer is #HECKYES!

•  I think that it’s really important that we all know how to take care of ourselves in the world.  I’m talking about the basics:  bathing, smiling at strangers, remembering to buy toilet paper, how to fold fitted sheets, and how to invest in our RothIRAs.  The basics, right?

My financial future is important to me mostly because I work for myself and every day is like a silent AAAHHHHHHH!  I’m building my own financial safety net but it takes time and know-how.  I’m all the way into The Suze Orman Podcast and books like Real Money Answers For Every Woman and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom. Tsh from The Art of Simple also has some great real-talk and recourses for us about how to be debt-free.  It’s all baby steps… but super important.  Get into it!

•  I’ve been wearing this Schooner Dress from Girls From Savoy and channeling my time in Maine.

•  Did you know that we’re doing Pineapple iPhone cases now?  Is that a pineapple in your pocket or are you just happy to… nevermind. I’m sorry.

• Nearly every morning in the French Quarter a man (the same man) walks down my street singing Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come and it feels perfect every single time.

Sidenote:  R Kelly has a live-version cover of A Change Is Gonna Come and it’s SO GOOD I can’t even make eye contact with you.  It would be too embarrassing to put a link to R Kelly on my blog but… here.

•  Sometimes I find myself in the kitchen, staring at something I’m trying to make into dinner, thinking… how to I even cut this dang thing!  Most recent confusion:  cauliflower.  Halfway through trying to hack away the green leaves I thought… there’s got to be a better way… I have to know how to do this somewhere in my culinary brain.  Spoiler alert: I figured it out.  Thank you, The Kitchn.   How To Cut Cauliflower.

•  Now… cauliflower cutting became such a thing in my kitchen because I hopped on the Cauliflower Rice bandwagon which was A REALLY GOOD IDEA!  Rice made of a vegetable.  I made myself a burrito bowl last night and I’m pretty sure I’m a genius, so… success!

Next step: PALEO DIET!  Just kidding, hopefully.

• My 33rd birthday (huh!?) is next weekend and I’ve set a birthday intention that I’ve honored for the past few years.  Every year on my birthday I sponsor another child through Compassion.  After my trip to Uganda this year, a new opportunity to sponsor a child in need feels extra special to me.