Happy Friday folks. Welcome to the (almost) end of spooky season and, more importantly, the (almost) end of election season.
That’s right, election day is a mere four days away. So let’s get this, the most important thing of all, stated right up top: If you live in the U.S., are an eligible voter, and haven’t yet voted in the upcoming election, will you do us a favor and check your voter registration status and voting options, and then make a plan to be sure your vote is counted? Thank you. And thank you again.
Okay, now without further ado, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for: a roundup of our team’s favorite things on the Internet this past month. Thanks, as always, for reading. I hope you enjoy the weekend.
1. A beautifully thoughtful interview in Vogue by Claudia Rankine with Lizzo, the ever-beloved artist who once called Minneapolis her home. The piece delves into politics, social justice, and the sources of hope she’s finding in her daily life. It’s a lovely, compelling read, with breathtaking images to boot.
2. A piece by Alec MacGillis in The New Yorker that provides an in-depth, striking look into the students who have been left behind by remote learning, and the obstacles they face in getting the education they deserve.
3. We recently hosted a giveaway with the wine brand Fleurs de Prairie through their Seeds of Beauty campaign, which offered $5,000 grants and mentorship to three creators. Kate had a chance to meet all of the winners virtually and was incredibly inspired by the work they’re doing. We hope you’ll take the time to check out and support them all at @therevellerco, @eyewear.loveaffair, and @amor.y.queso!
4. Kate recommends this episode of the podcast Maintenance Phase, which dives into the President’s Physical Fitness Test, an undertaking that may very well be burned in your memory if you found yourself in school in the U.S. between 1966 and 2012. The episode asks the question, Did the test actually work? If you took it yourself, I think you can probably guess the answer on your own…
5. We’re prepping a team post for December on the skin-care tools our team has tried and loved (or…hasn’t loved). Here’s a sneak peek, in the form of one of the most oft-recommended, budget-friendly tools out there: the ice roller. Kate, myself, and our new business director, Erin, all purchased our own versions recently, of our own volition, and while it feels a bit cliché to hop on such a trendy bandwagon, folks, I’ve gotta say…there’s a reason this tool is recommended so often. It, like everything else, isn’t a ~miracle~ product, but it does exactly what I want it to—helps with depuffing my face and defines my jawline. And you know what else? It’s…SO soothing to use. I got lost in the calming ritual for nearly half an hour the other night without even realizing it. So, yeah, if that’s not a glowing recommendation, I don’t know what is.
6. In a recent podcast episode, Brené Brown talked with Emily and Amelia Nagoski about burnout—what causes it, what it can do to our bodies, and ways to get to the other side of the resulting emotional exhaustion. Kate would highly recommend their book on the topic as well!
7. Looking for some cooking inspiration? We’ve got you. We’d recommend this list of easy fall dinners from Cup of Jo (I made the rigatoni a few weeks ago and it was a delight). Another rec? This slow cooker pumpkin peanut butter chicken soup from Ambitious Kitchen, which Erin has been making weekly of late.
8. I added plant #2 to my apartment a few weeks ago and I don’t quite know how to explain it, but watching the beauty of a pothos slowlyyy begin to trail off the edge of the pot makes me…emotional?? All I’m saying is, I get it now. I get the love for indoor houseplants, and I applaud all the people involved in their PR campaign these past few years (this is a joke). WHICH LEADS ME TO MY POINT: PlantyQueens, a Minneapolis-based, woman-owned business selling affordable, beautiful plants. They restock every Sunday at 5:00 p.m., so keep an eye out this weekend, and every weekend to come!
9. Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect is my go-to for horror movie recommendations, a genre I once hated yet am growing to enjoy again. If you’re looking for a scary movie to stream tomorrow, might I recommend browsing the list of options on her site?
10. And, finally, to fulfill the interior designer in us all, may I present to you: David Harbour’s bright yet warm loft apartment on Architectural Digest. I moved recently, and as I work on the decor in my own apartment, this home tour is a main source of inspiration. I mean, THE PLANTS ALONE. But I digress. On that note, have a good weekend folks.
BY Jackie Saffert - October 30, 2020
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.