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Friday, March 06, 2015

Have a fun weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Daylight savings is this Saturday, which is one step toward spring, right? Alex and I are actually taking a weekend getaway, no babies allowed:) We're really excited and will be staying here. As I've mentioned, Alex has had a tough winter and this will be a nice breather from everything. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

Caroline is reading this book and can't put it down.

How to fix stale bread.

This brutally honest food magazine will make you laugh.

How long do you wait to sleep with a new partner?

This wonderful, heart-wrenching motherhood essay is worth reading.

This makes me not hate snow so much.

Such a sweet onesie.

The truth about your bookcase.

How amazing does this hostel look? Yes, hostel.

Thumbs up for cheese toasts.

Everyone in NYC is freaking out about this. (And my sister swears by it.)

The fascinating thing about children's movies.

My new celebrity crush.

Bonus for all readers: Get 20% off at Loeffler Randall with code CUPOFJO20, good through Monday morning. (Even their boots!!!)

(Image via Norr Film)

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Our Brooklyn apartment

Last August, we moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and we quickly fell in love with our new neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. There's a bakery and a cheese shop and a local pizzeria, and little old Italian ladies will sit on their stoops and chat with us—or call out grandmotherly advice like, "Your baby should be wearing socks!" I love how it feels like a quirky small town. So, I'm excited to share a few photos of our place, if you'd like to see...

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

What kind of texter are you?

Did you read Jessica Bennett's NYTimes article When Your Punctuation Says It All (!)? She talks about how texting has led to a kind of "micro-punctuation"—like how periods can sometimes seem aggressive, or how the absence of excessive punctuation can make it seem like something is wrong (!!!). Punctuation itself has even come to take on meanings (like how one guy types "..." to convey "deadpan straight-face").

We were talking in the office about how people have distinct texting styles. Here are three...

1. The Classicist. Grammar enthusiast (and former book editor) Caroline is old-school when it comes to texting: She capitalizes proper nouns and ends every sentence with a period, question mark or (single!) exclamation point, as appropriate. As Bennett says in the Times, "I went out with a guy based on his use of dashes once. Within moments of our first interaction—over text message—I was basically in love. He didn’t just use the lazy singular dash ("-") as a pause between his thoughts, or even the more time-consuming double-dash ("--"). Nope. This man used a proper em dash." Meanwhile, Caroline once agreed to go out with a guy based almost exclusively on his proper use of a colon.

2. The Emoji-Obsessive. Emojis!!! If you're like me, you use the thumbs ups instead of writing "okay," the running guy when you're late, and the kiss face when you're signing off. My friend Gemma can tell entire stories in emojis, and my sister will sometimes say, “Good emoji work," which is the ultimate praise. I even find myself craving emojis when they aren't available; for example, when writing a apologetic email, I might say, "(Insert cringing emoji here)".

3. The Savant. Our old nanny Brady takes it to the next level and uses Riffsy, which adds gifs to your keyboard. When I was running late one day (as always), she sent this. When she texted me her weekly hours, she sent this. When Anton pooped in the bath, she sent...this. They made me laugh out loud x a million.
(Brady, what a genius)

How do you write texts? Which style are you? Any quirks? Or most-used emojis? Please share below...

P.S. Do you sign emails "xoxo"? And how often do you check your phone?

Butter Cookies (with just three ingredients)

This month, we're featuring simple desserts—things you can whip up easily with just a few ingredients. These delicious butter cookies from Cara at Big Girls Small Kitchen can be made with just flour, butter and sugar. Here's how to make them...

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ace & Jig

Ace & Jig, the Brooklyn-based clothing line run by two friends, just came out with their spring collection. The textiles are gorgeous! You can find the pieces at Barney's and Shopbop.

P.S. And Shopbop is actually having a sale today with the code BIGEVENT15. (I'm eyeing these and this.)

"My beauty uniform"

My friend Elizabeth Antonia lives in LA with her husband and two young daughters. Here, she shares her beauty secrets, including an offbeat shower ritual, the best hairbrush and an easy trick for looking good in photos...

Monday, March 02, 2015

How babies are made

The other day, I was at my friend Tina's house and spotted this amazing book...
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