A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica

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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.

Episode Date
Curious Home Items and That New New York Vibe
48:01

Introducing the chair and half! And reintroducing the greatest city in the world, New York! We’ve brought our enthusiasm, friends, and we’re hoping you’ll join us.

 

Claire’s dream chair and a half is from Maker & Son. Erica’s dream stool coat rack is by Guillen Ferran for Casa Constante (two others worth knowin’ about from Umbra and Room & Board, too). 

 

SinkPositive!!!

 

Ann Friedman’s newsletter about NYC energy.

 

NYC’s Thai restaurant renaissance! Nuaa Table, Fish Cheeks, Thai Diner, to name just a few.

 

The New York Post on “‘6 P.M. Is the New 8 P.M.’: Why Early-Bird Dining Is Here to Stay.”

 

The genius New York mag nightlife newsletter are u coming? by Brock Colyar

 

More on the TikTok phenom Tinx.

 

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Aug 02, 2021
Online Shopping Tricks ‘n Tips...and Ending Vacation Early
43:57

How do we wrap up vacation? How do we shop for clothes on the internet? Well! 

 

The Atlantic also says you should come home from vacation a day early in this piece about 8 rules for a happy vacation

 

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Jul 26, 2021
The Idea of You Casting Drama and a Friendship Deep-Dive
01:08:22

If you’ve ever had questions about our (19 years of!) friendship, wade on into this episode, which was sparked by the heartwarmingly genius Summer of Friendship series from Call Your Girlfriend. And if you’ve ever wondered about our thoughts on making The Idea of You book into a movie...well, that too!

 

More on The Idea of You’s rabid following ℅ Michelle Ruiz for Vogue.

 

People, watch Friends with Kids! Somehow related: It was Patrick Dempsey who was (at one point) married to the makeup artist, Jillian Fink.

 

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The author Robinne Lee cites her original inspiration for Solene as Leticia Herrera, the founder of Casa Tua hotels.

 

Jenna Wortham’s New York Times Magazine piece about the movie Zola and recasting pressure via Twitter.

 

Tune into the Summer of Friendship eps of Call Your Girlfriend! Our chat about our relationship is part of that joyful series.

 

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Jul 19, 2021
Solving Those Sleep, Energy, & Sex-Drive Mysteries with Base Founder Lola Priego
40:01

How many questions do we have for Lola Priego, the founder of the innovative at-home lab-testing company Base? So many that we partnered with the company to bring you all this ep and to get a better understanding of how the medical sector is evolving, the common findings the Base team is seeing in tests, and what factors that might be contributing to bleh energy, sex drive, and sleep—you know, those weirdly hard-to-solve health gripes. Also, re: ZZZs: Let’s kick things off with a talk about pajama habits, shall we??

 

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Jul 15, 2021
Thingies! And Famous Birthdays!
51:37

One thing we’re newly obsessed with: the wide, weird world of FamousBirthdays.com. Nine finds we’re oldly obsessed with and very ready to discuss: Welcome to the latest installment of Thingies, our unstoppable, un-top-able category faves.

 

Do you know FamousBirthdays.com? Do you know Courier magazine?! Well, there’s a great story about the former in the latter.

 

Today’s Thingies!!! New Skin Liquid Bandage, Chef’s Choice Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener, Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese, D.S. & Durga Auto Fragrances (sold as a set too—and, related, ones from P. F. Candle Co.), Norma Kamali Super Low Back Mio, Hollywood Fashion Secrets Silicone Coverups, Nailtiques Formula 2, Jade Yoga Harmony Mat, and (bonus?) Bug Bite Thing (plus, somehow related, Oh Crap! Potty Training).   

 

Previous Thingies eps one and two should you want to catch up.

 

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Jul 12, 2021
Baby Hummingbirds and Lauren Chan on Fashion Right Now and Size-Inclusivity
54:34

Are you ready to be charmed? Great, because today we’re discussing baby hummingbirds and hanging with Lauren Chan, who’s a size-inclusive fashion advocate, a model, and the founder-slash-CEO of Henning, which makes luxury, oh-so-cool womenswear in sizes 12 to 24. Soon, she’ll be a TikTok star, too—we have no doubt.

 

Related to Erica’s How to Do Nothing-esque baby hummingbird *experience*: this glorious Jamie Beck ridiculousness, the Minnesota State Fair’s CHS Miracle of Birth Center, this Travel + Leisure story “The World's Best Places to See Baby Animals,” David Schwimmer on Marcel the monkey, and a taste of hummingbird TikTok.

 

Shop Lauren Chan’s line Henning! Follow her on Instagram!

 

Other fashion companies that Lauren admires: Wray, Tamara Malas, Eileen Fisher, and Mara Hoffman.

 

What’s Lauren wearing? So glad you asked. For jeans and jorts, Citizens of Humanity (in size 33) and Agolde (in size 33 or 34). Speaking of shorts: Henning bike shorts, Aerie sweat shorts, and WSLY nylon shorts from Bandier. Up top: nostalgic T-shirts from Poshmark and flowy button-downs from Poshmark and her love, The RealReal

 

Her home go-tos (see also: this Domino feature styled by Elaina Sullivan): Chairish, Saatchi Art, and Craigslist.

 

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Jun 28, 2021
Demystifying CBD with Caliper Co-Founder Jeremy Goldstein
45:03

To anyone who’s asked “Um, can y’all dig deeper into CBD?” and/or “Does that stuff actually work?” we bring you an episode full of (extremely interesting!) nitty-grittiness on cannabinoids. We’ve partnered with the impressive team over at Caliper for this conversation with our old pal Jeremy Goldstein to talk science, credibility, regulation, and, yes, hype. If this has you itching to try Caliper, use the code ATHINGORTWO for 20% off your first order.

 

More on drug-sniffing K-9 retirees.

 

Deeper-dives into how Caliper approaches regulation and clinical trials

 

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Jun 24, 2021
Flea and Wedding Registries (Slash Stuff We Want in Our Kitchens Forever)
54:37

What would we register for if we were getting married sometime soon? What would we buy if we just really wanted a tablecloth or new drinking glasses? Oh, we have thoughts. And, speaking of wish lists, how exactly do we get our hands on Flea’s Bees honey from the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist?

 

For more on Flea (because who doesn’t want more on Flea?): Dave Grohl’s doc What Drives Us, this GQ article about his relationship with the streetwear designer Melody Ehsani, his memoir Acid for the Children, a video of him playing guitar with Koko, a really moving essay for TIME about his opioid addiction, the org he started Silverlake Conservatory of Music, and, finally, Flea’s Bees. Also, of course, his Instagram and Twitter.

 

Picks for wedding registries—and just, like, living our best dining lives—coming right up! For the master, master list, sign up for Secret Menu and dive on in.

 

Flatware: Almoco Flatware, Mono Ring Cutlery, Sabre Bistrot Flatware, and Georg Jensen New York.

 

Dishes: Heath Ceramics, Dansk, Jono Pandolfi, and Pomelo Casa.

 

Cloth napkins, tablecloths, and placemats: Society of Wanderers, Lewis, Thompson Street Studio, and Ames for Goodee.

 

Wine glasses: Fferrone and Estelle Colored Glass.

 

Drinking glasses: Borosil Simple Glass Tumblers, Bormioli Rocco Stackable Bodega Glasses, and Duralex Picardie Glasses in clear or color or with the carafe.

 

Cutting and serving boards: Farmhouse Pottery Dipped Clay Plate, Fort Standard Walnut Plank, and Le Regal French Oak Serving Boards.

 

You know we want to hear from you. Get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. 

 

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Jun 21, 2021
Public Affluence and Atoosa Rubenstein Talking Grown-Up Stuff
59:10

Longtime hero and first-time guest Atoosa Rubenstein is our plus-one today, and, whoa, is she delivering SO MUCH wisdom—you know, exactly the sort of stuff she was known for as the editor of CosmoGIRL! And Seventeen, but now built for adults. (Related: You’ve gotta sign up for her newsletter Atoosa Unedited.) Before we get into it, though, we need to talk about a term that’s as useful as it is aspirational: public affluence.

 

Public affluence further reading: “Every Child on Their Own Trampoline” by Jeremy Williams and the 1958 book The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith.

 

More on the Buy Nothing Project. See also: this post and this one from Reading My Tea Leaves. 

 

Sign up for Atoosa Unedited, Atoosa Rubenstein’s newsletter—you want in on this!—and read the breakup installment we reference. Oh, follow the Atoosa Unedited Instagram, too.

 

Tiny, baby Erica interviewing Atoosa in 2004 for Roadtrip Nation.

 

Some Atoosa go-tos: It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn, Goop, Armchair Expert, SmartLess, Tara Brach, and Page Six.

 

Direct your feedback to @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. 

 

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Jun 14, 2021
A Snack Attack and Claire’s New Beauty Go-Tos
47:35

It’s testing central ‘round these parts. First, we dig into snacks (and fall hard for a fancy GF pop-tart comp), and then Claire shares the beauty products that have won her over recently. Obviously both sunless tanner and deep conditioner make a showing.

 

What are we munching? Well! Wild Fruits Jam Tarts, 12tides Puffed Kelp Chips, and Pipcorn Jalapeño Cheddar Crunchies, since you asked.

 

Claire’s latest hair favorites: Bread Beauty Supply Hair Mask Deep Conditioner, Hairstory New Wash, Christophe Robin Brightening Shampoo, and Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Massager.

 

Her new go-to skin stuff: Muri Lelu Mauvaise Herbe Indica Oil, Sunday Riley Good Genes, Consonant Hydrextreme Sheet Mask, St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, Tata Harper Creme Riche Moisturizer, and Diana Ralys Melt Away Oil Cleanser.

 

And two make-up things that made the cut: Artis Brush (Oval 6) and KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner.

 

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Jun 07, 2021
Opening the Windows and Making Time for Creativity
40:45

Feel that cross-breeze? Hard for us to tell if it’s fresh air or creative energy, to be honest. But much more on both ahead...

 

The opening the windows tweet that really spoke to us both.

 

The fan Claire recently, aspirationally acquired: this Zonix one in white.

 

You know Secret Menu? Because you should.

 

For some context around our creativity check-in, dive into our perfectionism ep (and maybe Big Magic?).

 

This NYT piece on future block!

 

Mary H.K. Choi inspired Erica’s writing approach, and Gina Hamadey and her new book I Want to Thank You helped shape Claire’s sketching routine.

 

Keep the feedback coming! @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.

 

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May 24, 2021
Eating Less Meat and Drinking Less Booze
41:37

If you’ve been thinking more about your meat and/or alcohol consumption—or would like to—pull up a chair and dig in. And, as always, feel free to drop us voicemail at 833-632-5463. Hungry for your thoughts.

 

Our less-meat news items: Epicurious on not publishing any (new) recipes with beef, Eleven Madison Park’s return with a vegan menu, and Taco Bell’s Cravetarian Taco

 

One interesting beef source: Butter Meat Co.

 

Us-approved meat alts, should you want ‘em: Impossible (burgers with Omsom marinades, Helen Rosner’s Roberto soup, hard-shell tacos with Spicewalla seasonings), Trader Joe’s soy chorizo (for tacos, eggs, pastas with chickpeas!), and Lightlife Smart Deli Bologna for sandwiches.

 

The MSG essay by Shaad D'Souza (from Bon Appétit, not Eater—oops). Related: @know_msg, Red Boat salt, and Momofuku tamari.

 

The book name-checked by Chrissy Teigen about women + sobriety: Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker, founder of the recovery program Tempest.

 

A great installment of the Quartz Obsessions newsletter about sober-curiosity.

 

Your feedback: more than welcome. Get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.

 

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May 17, 2021
Checking in With Amanda Hesser and Miffy, Hello Kitty’s Frenemy
52:32

Just a podcast ep featuring two old pals: Miffy, chic cartoon rabbit, and Amanda Hesser, icon, inspiration, and co-founder of Food52, the site you’ve (we’ve) visited just a few thousand times.

 

First, some Miffy merch: this light that Erica and Cam own, these napkins, this corduroy stuffed animal, and this Converse collab

 

A 2008 Daily Telegraph profile of Dick Bruna, the creator of Miffy.

 

The rumored Taylor Swift and Katy Perry collaboration.

 

Our Amanda Hesser fandom runs deep! We love all things Food52, of course, but we’ve been A.H. diehards since we read Cooking for Mr. Latte in the early aughts.

 

A few Amanda kitchen recs: Bien Cuit sourdough starter, Ortwo pepper grinder, and JK Adams two-tiered lazy susan.

 

The go-to recipe when Amanda’s kids are cooking: Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna.

 

For deep-diving on Amanda and her co-founder Merrill Stubbs, check out our book Work Wife, and for more on Amanda’s backstory and business approach, check out this recent ep of How I Built This.

 

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May 10, 2021
Things We Want to Leave Behind and How to Start a Running Routine
47:47

Less running around to meetings, more running routines! If this ep had a mantra, that would be it.

 

Other running and running-adjacent content: the C25K app, our podcast ep with Coach Bennett, Edith Zimmerman’s Drawing Links newsletter, and Nikki Ogunnaike and Aminatou Sow on IG.

 

Some “things we’re over” further reading: A BBC article on air travel + the environment, a tweet about overscheduled days, and a NYT article about disability and virtual accommodations. 

 

We want/need your thoughts at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463! And, if you want more of our thoughts—on running and plenty more—come get ‘em at Secret Menu.

 

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May 03, 2021
Fighting Perfectionism and Remembering People’s Names
58:11

Has perfectionism jumped the shark? And how do we remember names when we start meeting new people again?! Clearly, we have a lot of questions (and some answers).

 

If you like this, you’ll probably really like Secret Menu.

 

A couple books that made us ponder perfectionism: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi, and Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu.

 

Related convos: our ambition ep, this episode of Jam Session, and the Wit & Delight posts here and here.

 

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Apr 26, 2021
Deep-Diving Into Post-Pandemic Dressing and a Kombucha Who’s Who
01:00:10

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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Apr 19, 2021
Talking Black Buck with Mateo Askaripour & a Gift for the Best Boss You Ever Had
43:37

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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Apr 12, 2021
After Dark, Useful Tools, Embarrassing Recipes, and Great Breakfastations
44:28

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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Apr 05, 2021
Our Pre Post-Pandemic Social Anxiety and Erica’s New Beauty Go-Tos
44:35

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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Mar 29, 2021
Weird Coffee Habits & Writing Juicy, Inclusive Romance Novels with Talia Hibbert
52:05

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

 

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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! 

 

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Mar 22, 2021
More Thingies Award Winners! And Peak Sprinkles Culture.
52:53

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. 

 

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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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Mar 15, 2021
Those Uncerty Thirties (with Kayleen Schaefer!) and Fitness Influencer Vibes
49:08

Something we’re quite sure of: what makes a good in-app workout instructor. Something we’re quite unsure about: what our thirties are meant to look like in this day ‘n age. Kayleen Schaefer has many, many thoughts on the latter. Tune in and then dig into her new book But You’re Still So Young (yes, incredible title).

 

The on-demand fitness instructors who leap over the ridiculously high bar we’ve set: Melissa Wood of Melissa Wood Health, Coach Chris Bennett of the Nike Run Club app (a previous podcast guest!), Adriene Mishler of Yoga with Adriene (see also: this NYT Mag profile and this Reductress post about Benji the dog), and Robin Arzon and Matty Maggiacomo of the Peloton app.

 

Read Kayleen Schaefer’s wonderful But You’re Still So Young! And if you haven’t already gobbled up Text Me When You Get Home, maybe it’s your next book-club pick?

 

A few of Kayleen’s “You May Also Like” recs: The New Better Off by Courtney E. Martin, Anne Helen Petersen’s Buzzfeed piece on burnout and her book Can’t Even, and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (also endorsed by Bad on Paper).

 

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Mar 08, 2021
Still Not Having Kids and Our Latest Romance-Novel Crush
42:02

Breaking news: Erica is still not having kids—but she does have some fresh thoughts on the subject, especially as many of her pals tackle parenthood. And! If you’d like a shot before your chaser, let us tell you all about The Roommate, porny and praise-worthy. 

 

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If you need some STEAM, get yourself a copy of The Roommate by Rosie Dannan (and it’s spinoff The Intimacy Experiment, out in April).

 

Relevant having-kids eps of this very podcast: Our original “On Choosing—and Not Choosing—Motherhood” convo and Claire’s take on new mom life and motherhood, one year in.

 

The piece Erica wrote for Refinery29 about deciding not to have kids and the one Grace Atwood wrote for her site The Stripe.

 

The installment of Anne Helen Petersen’s Culture Study newsletter that we reference (so good in general, this newsletter).

 

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Mar 01, 2021
What Healthy Comfort Food Means to Julia Turshen. And a Snack Taste Test!
55:42

If you’re not already a devotee of Julia Turshen and her cookbooks—her latest, Simply Julia, is out next week!—well, consider this your initiation into the fan club. We’re talking with her about “healthy” and “comfort”—loaded food words, for certain!—and because we’re geniuses who knew this topic would make us hungry, we’re starting things off with a snack taste test.

 

Ready for our chip chat? We’re chomping on Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps Go-Chu-Jang (perhaps with this miso dip), Beanfields Vegan Cracklins Chile Limón (not to be confused with Snacklins), and Lesser Evil Power Curls Fiery Hot (see also: its Paleo Puff cousin).

 

Julia Turshen’s cookbooks—collect ‘em all: Simply Julia (her new hit), Small Victories, Now & Again, and Feed the Resistance. She’s also co-written gems like In Bibi’s Kitchen, with Hawa Hassan, and The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, with Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez.

 

Dive into her Equity at the Table database project and her Keep Calm and Cook On podcast, too.

 

A few of Julia’s favorite people in food: Mavis-Jay Sanders and Sicily Sierra Johnson, who run Food + People, Pati Jinich, who hosts the PBS cooking show Pati’s Mexican Table, and Yewande Komolafe, whose recipes Julia trusts always.

 

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Feb 22, 2021
Coping Tips from Dr. Ben Michaelis and Perfect Gifts for Your Snake-Sitter
46:34

What a pleasure it is to bring you all Dr. Ben Michaelis, who we think of as ⅓ management coach, ⅓ therapist, and ⅓ couples counselor (at least in our case). We’ve been seeing this guy—together!—for five-ish years, and he’s helped us to navigate much in our lives, professional and personal. Speaking of navigating, we’re kicking-off the episode by answering an age-old question: “What sort of thank-you gift do I get my snake-sitter?!” 

 

Oooh, boy, did we get a good gifting request: “Thank you for your friend who fed your pet snake weekly for 6 weeks. They like Phish.” Here’s where we landed: Fishman Donut Round Jigsaw Puzzle, Island Bamboo spoon sets and salt cellars, Na Nin incense cones, Boy Smells Kush candle, Debbie Carlos Curl Pipe (from Tetra), Edie Parker Flower stash case, Areaware Snake Block, Lorien Stern snake wall-hanging ceramic or plush snake sculpture (or bucket hat or hoodie), Ferm Living Mr. Snake cushion or fruiticana snake, Chen Chen and Kai Williams serpent lighter keychain, and Willa Heart snake prints and placemats.

 

Here’s that snake opening a door video you were hoping for.

 

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Feb 15, 2021
Baby-Registry Recs and Craigslist Scams
01:01:58

What an educational ep: Erica teaches Claire about Craigslist scams, and Claire schools Erica on the wild, wild world of baby registries. (Can you want a leopard-print carrier and not an infant??)

 

You want more? We got more! It’s called Secret Menu, friends, and signing up will get access to Claire’s baby-registry, er, motherload.

 

That cashier’s check Craigslist scam!! Vox has an excellent explainer “Why Cashier’s Checks Are Part of So Many Online Scams," and there’s a WalletHub guide to various cashier’s check scams and where to report them.

 

Consider donating to organizations like the National Diaper Bank Network or National Birth Equity Collaborative if you have the resources to be very persnickety about your baby registry.

 

Baby chairs and other places to put little people: BabyBjörn Bouncer (and its design-y comp: Betón Baby Bouncer), Charlie Crane Levo Rocker, Askr & Embla Sleep Pod (a prettier Dock-a-Tot), and Boppy with a custom cover (related: My Brest Friend).

 

Sleeping solutions: The Snoo (you can rent them!), Moses baskets (like one from Kind Label in a Jolly Jumper stand), cribs like the Ikea Sniglar or the Babyletto Hudson or ones from Nestig or the (very fancy) Kalon Caravan, and pack ‘n plays from Guava Lotus or Graco or BabyBjörn.

 

Baby carriers: Colugo Carrier, Sakura Bloom Ring Sling (an alt to a Solly Baby Wrap), BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini, and the very fashion-y Artipoppe.

 

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Feb 08, 2021
Media Right Now with Delia Cai and the Whole30 Whole Thing
50:05

The two of us think and talk a lot about ~the state of media~, and we figured it was about time we discussed it with a genuine expert. Enter stage left: the thoughtful and incredibly incisive Delia Cai, who writes the newsletter we always open Deez Links (and is a growth and trends editor at BuzzFeed by day—so clearly she’s on top of all the things.) We also figured it was ‘bout time to discuss Claire’s experience with Whole30, at least as it relates to their insurrection content.

 

You can find the Whole30 insurrection statement right over here (the Jan. 7 post).

 

The BuzzFeed article titled “The Small-Town America I Love Is The One I See At Football Games” that first led Erica to Delia (shout-out Dunlap High School—go eagles!).

 

You gotta, gotta sign for Delia’s newsletter Deez Links if you care about media (or good TikToks) at all. An adjacent, relevant newsletter: Today in Tabs.

 

For more on Substack, dive into Clio Chang’s “The Substackerati” piece for CJR (and its discussion of Patrice Peck’s Coronavirus News for Black Folks newletter) as well as Anna Wiener’s “Is Substack the Media Future We Want?” for The New Yorker.

 

Writers Delia always reads: Taylor Lorenz, Doreen St. Félix, and Hua Hsu.

 

Two Deez Links installments we discuss: Delia's piece about a profile of Nick Quah and Hot Pod and a very LOLZy one about fantasy media men beefs.

 

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Feb 01, 2021
The Comedic Gifts of R. Eric Thomas...and the Absurdism of Toddlerdom
01:00:37

To answer the question of many a comedy-club promoter in Times Square: Yes, we do love to laugh. And one sure-fire way to get us howling is reading anything written by R. Eric Thomas—or chatting with the man himself, turns out. But up first: some toddler funny business.

 

A few toddler-relevant pieces of content: Bunheads by Misty Copeland, PBS’s Remarkable Rabbits, and No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.

 

Please consume all the R. Eric Thomas you can! His memoir Here for It and the book he co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer about Maxine Waters, Reclaiming Her Time! His wonderful newsletter! All the past installments of his Elle.com column “Eric Reads the News!” (And stay tuned for much more, obviously.)

 

Some of Eric’s memorist icons: David Rakoff (Fraud specifically), David Sedaris (see also: this Hugh Hamrick profile), Samantha Irby, and John Paul Brammer and his forthcoming book Hola Papi.

 

What pop culture Eric’s consumed recently: Umbrella Academy, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw, Broadcast News, When Harry Met Sally (related: The Rewatchables podcast), Bridgerton, Veep, What We Do in the Shadows, The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. Claire and Erica would like to talk about Gremlins and Erin Brockovich also.

 

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Jan 25, 2021
Introducing the Thingies, What Your Awards Season Was Missing. Welks!
48:48

We are nothing if not (professional) enthusiasts, and we figured it was ‘bout time that we shared some products we think are best in category—from brow pencils to baby bouncers, dental floss to pasta. Join us for the Thingies! In the future, we hope our awards programming includes a red-carpet pre-show.

 

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Welks!!!!! What Urban Dictionary and Mindy Kaling have to contribute.

 

The divisive Danny Meyer tweet about Häagen-Dazs vanilla. (Sir did write the book Setting the Table that we like a lot.)

 

The Grub Street bucatini shortage article by Rachel Handler—the sort of coverage HDVB deserves.

 

The inaugural Thingies winners!!! Hellman’s, Heinz, HDVB (duh, duh, duh). The Stutterheim raincoat. Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss. BabyBjörn bouncer. Marvy Uchida Le Pen. Uniqlo HeatTech (the regular and ultra-warm leggings, the turtlenecks). Sania’s Brow Bar pencil (and service!). Garofalo gluten-free pasta (casarecce specifically). Feetures running socks. Artifact Uprising (see: the baby board book, the layflat photo album, the baby book). Soapwalla deodorant (original or sensitive skin). 

 

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Jan 18, 2021
A Mental-Health Check-In Feels Right Right Now
01:07:44

Let’s talk about depression—how we feel when it comes on and how we deal. Let’s talk resources, from books to therapy platforms to IG follows, for anxiety, grief, bipolar disorder, and postpartum disorders. Let’s just talk about mental health more in general, right?

 

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The things that have warmed our hearts a smidge during all of our time at home: a remote-control light dimmer and a calamansi tree (see also: calamansi seltzer from Sanzo + cocktails from Zuzu).

 

Podcasts featuring two people talking that feel kinda like having company: Jam Session, Who? Weekly, Home Cooking, Bad on Paper, Still Processing, and Taking Hugh for Granted.

 

Not-new fiction that’s provided Erica with a genuine escape recently: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1948), Mrs. Bridge by Evan Connell (1955), Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979), and Heartburn by Nora Ephron (1983).

 

Mental-health resources! Some books: The Mindful Way Through Depression by Jon Kabat-Zinn; Comfortable with Uncertainty, When Things Fall Apart, and The Pocket Pema Chodron by Pema Chodron; and An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison.

 

Articles: "The Hardest Two Months of My Life" from A Cup of Jo, "How to Help Someone With Depression" from New York mag, and "How Not to Say the Wrong Thing" from LA Times

 

Podcasts: Hey, Cool Life! with Mary H.K. Choi, Unlocking Us with Brené Brown, The Hilarious World of Depression, and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations episode with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

Instagram follows: Jessica Clemons, MD, Emily McDowell, Crystal Anderson, Sad Girls Club, Brown Girl Therapy, The Loveland Foundation, and The Nap Ministry.  

 

Meditation: the Insight Timer app, which is a marketplace of sorts, and UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center Guided Meditations.

 

For therapy, check out Talkspace and BetterHelp for digital/telemedicine options and Alma and Real, which are about streamlining the process of finding a therapist you connect with.

 

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.

 

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Jan 11, 2021
Rice, Hospital Go Bags, and, Uh, What Exactly We Do for Work These Days
56:31

Let’s kick off 2021 with a true grab bag of an episode! Because who else will tell you allllll the things they’re making/eating with rice, why they’re fascinated by hospital go bag content, and how exactly they’ve been making money over the last year, all in one go??

 

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Rice—it’s nice! Right now, we’re feeling sushi rice for everything, Chrissy Tiegen’s coconut rice, Vigo saffron yellow rice, and Samin Nosrat’s Persian-ish rice.

 

And 2020’s awards for most fascinating and entertaining hospital go bag reveals go to…@nelliediamond and @hannahbronfman!! Also: Here’s the vid that inspired Claire’s, which even has a sequel

 

This Eberjey PJ jumpsuit (which we both love in just, like, regular life) is actually a worthy hospital go bag inclusion. 

 

The affiliate networks we use (you know, if you run a business that’s thinking about these things!): ShopStyle Collective, RewardStyle, ShareASale, and Bookshop.org.

 

A few other newsletter / micro media businesses we take inspiration from: The Ann Friedman Weekly, Why Is This Interesting?, and Courtney E. Martin

 

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Jan 04, 2021
Dumplings as an Aesthetic and Alisha Ramos on Staying In
44:31

We’ve been following the career of Alisha Ramos since she was in college—so, um before she technically had a career. If you haven’t spotted her two businesses Girls’ Night In, a newsletter ‘n community for women who love to stay in, and Whiled, a line of cheery, artsy puzzles, everywhere you turn recently, then your pandemic experience has been very different from ours. But before we get into it all with her: Let us discuss how dumplings (the sweatpants of food?) became such a vibe.

 

DUMPLINGS. In handbag form from Simon Miller, Elleme, and Emily Levine. In cartoon form thanks to Wonton in a Million. As sculpture in porcelain by Stephanie H. Shih and felt by Dumpling Mart. As a light, an ornament, and, hey, a potsticker pipe.

 

Alisha Ramos is up to so very much—she’s the founder of Girls’ Night In and Whiled, and she’s a very committed Swiftie and gardener on IG.

 

Speaking of Swifties: a conspiracy rabbithole for you—feel free to search Swiftgron on Tumblr.

 

The still-very-relevant Stay Home, Take Care resource the GNI team put together at the beginning of quarantine. 

 

For some TikTok ~curation~, follow Aminatou Sow and Zara Rahim...on Instagram.

 

“Our Shared Unsharing” by Stella Bugbee for The Cut

 

A few of Alisha’s head-clearing recs: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Floret, Monty Don, and The Gardens of Bunny Mellon. Plus one gardening-related one from Erica: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

 

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Dec 28, 2020
Reading Reckless, Thanking Stacey Abrams, and Talking Grown-Up Books for Kids
46:37

We’ve dedicated a helluva lot of our 2020 brain space to 1) the election and 2) romance novels. Who sits at the intersection of those two realms? American hero Stacey Abrams, who has written eight—eight!—of the latter under the name Selena Montgomery. We’re talking about one of them, Reckless, today. Another thing we’re getting into: books that aren’t technically for kids but that kids can take a lot from. A real page-turner of an ep!

 

Three adult books that influenced us growing up: Our Bodies, OurselvesLife’s 100 Photographs That Changed the World, and The Cake Bible.

 

Books we endorse having around the house for kids to have access to: Black Futures, Every Person in New York, The Macmillan Visual Dictionary, The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, Map: Exploring the World, The Man Behind the Maps, In the Company of Women, D C-T!, and Do It Yourself

 

Do you need some Stacey Abrams / Selena Montgomery romance in your life? SURE YA DO. Read Reckless, its sequel Deception, and this very good recent Glamour article by Jenny Singer that explores her novel-writing and its reception over time.

 

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Dec 21, 2020
Black Futures with Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham—Plus BIG Gifts
50:17

If, like us, you’ve been following Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham’s work for years ‘n years, you’re going to really relish digging into Black Futures, the sweeping anthology they created together. This week, we’re chatting with the duo about celebrating Blackness, developing a friendship over the course of a creative collaboration, and, um, mispronouncing words. Oh, and before they join us, we’re discussing why really big versions of things make good gifts. 

 

You thought we were done with gift ideas? Heck no. 1) a 6- or 12-month gift sub to Secret Menu. 2) DONATIONS! 3) lots of something you know someone already loves. For us, we’re talking jumbo takes on Luxardo cherries, Maldon salt, Fruit Roll-Ups, Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner, Ghirardelli brownie mix, Tate’s cookies, sriracha, that Kacey Musgraves x Boy Smells candle, and Red Boat fish sauce and salt.

 

Grab your copy of Black Futures (which, by the way: great gift). To keep up on Jenna and Kimberly’s book tour—and to feel very in-the-know in general—follow both of them on IG: @jennydeluxe and @museummammy respectively.

 

Black Futures inspirations: The Black Book edited by Toni Morrison, Black Women Writers at Work by Claudia Tate, Losing Ground directed by Kathleen Collins (and just the scope and scale of Kathleen Collins's work broadly), the F series at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and adrienne maree brown (and her book introductions specifically).

 

Of the SO MANY moments, undertakings, and talents Black Futures delves into, a few this episode touches on: Martine Rose, Black Mama’s Bail Out, and the birth of Black Lives Matter in the Facebook posts of Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors.

 

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Dec 14, 2020
Gift Guide, Part 2: Teens, Bosses, Brothers, and, Duh, Your Mail Carrier
41:34

Welcome to Gift Guide Podcast, the Sequel: Presents Requested. (Can you tell we’re a little slap-happy after recording these eps?) If you haven’t tuned in for part one, here’s the deal: We’ve got lots of ideas from small businesses, many owned by women and BIPOC, (and none from Amazon)—and we have thoughts on organizations to donate to in someone’s honor, too. Are you ready for all the thoughts? Great, let’s get into it. Oh, and if you just can’t get enough, our 2019 installments are here and here.

 

BROTHERS!

 

21 year old brother who has a new passion/major every week. Techie, creative, loves pasta.

 

Little brother, loves foreign affairs, about to graduate from college, very classic taste

 

21 y.o. Lil bro who is way cooler than me. Into the outdoors, vintage jackets, anime.

 

My 30 y.o. lefty anti-capitalist brother who secretly really likes buying things.

 

 

KIDS!

 

The 2-year-old that has everything—9 sets of Aunts/Uncles!

 

Kids! Not little but not teens. Bonus for stuff that isn’t tech-based. PLEASE

 

 

TEENS!

 

Late teen more responsible than me at 30 and already has the lined Birkenstocks.

 

17-year-old awkward tomboy who has NO opinions on anything she likes

 

 

BOSSES AND EMPLOYEES!

Design-minded bosses (one male and one female) 

 

Male boss you have a crush on. Should seem to cost about $50 (but ok if it costs more)

65-year-old male boss who’s super successful, obsessed with Tesla and health and wellness

 

18 co-workers. I’m their boss.

 

 

GRAB BAG!!!

 

37 weeks pregnant and just want to pick one thing to buy 25 of and call it a day. But what?!

 

My dog walker who dresses like a Tim Burton character and is 22. $50 - $100 

 

My mail carrier

 

I need special little things for neighbors/mail people/building managers!

 

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Dec 07, 2020
Gift Guide, Part 1: Dads, Sisters-in-Law, and New Quar Romances
56:47

You have gift questions, and we have gift answers! Welcome to part one of our second-annual gift guide, where you’ll find so much cool stuff from small businesses (many run by women and BIPOC!), no Amazon links (but you do you), and thoughts on orgs to donate to, too. Part two is coming next week, and last year’s still-relevant installments are here and here. Now, hope you’re prepared for an outrageously long episode recap...

 

PARENTS!

My mom has requested “a new hobby” for Christmas which has sent me spinning. Any ideas? She’s very artsy and already gardens and writes fiction. Knitting hasn’t worked for her due to her arthritis, and she’s a lifelong hater of kitchen activities, most of the cute gifty hobby kits I’ve seen fall into those categories. Stumped! 

 

Fic & non-fic books that will nudge my parents to the left without them realizing it.

 

I need gift ideas for my almost 60-year-old, tech-y, suburban dad. Hasn’t finished reading the books he got for Father’s Day but he loves history. Does a lot of biking on his indoor trainer. He has an Apple Watch but we aren’t allowed to get him AirPods because my mom thinks he’ll accidentally put them through the laundry. He likes food/eating/cooking but had a heart attack 3 years ago so we’re not allowed to do fun things (unless they’re low sodium/cholesterol). Usually I try to find an activity (movie, bike, ride to brewery, etc.) but covid makes that hard. So many restrictions!!

 

Mom and her husband who just bought a new cottage and are DIY fixing it up. The kitchen and garden are especially yucky! 

My Jewish parents who are IMPOSSIBLE to shop for and trying to stop eating sugar. 

My crunchy fire-fighting dog lady MIL.

 

Stepmom: hates being cold. She’s always cold. But is entertaining outside now in CA.

 

SISTERS-IN-LAW!

 

My sister-in-law is a chic New Yorker and I live in Missoula, Montana. I am a needs-based gifter and she is very much a wants-based gifter. I love to cook, she dabbles in cooking (she’s dairy free) and I think she finds me kind of quaint for my homey ways. She is (and strongly identifies) as an Aries. She is a platinum-rewards-level business traveler and boss babe entrepreneur in the music industry. We get along great, but we literally could not be more different and I am ALWAYS stuck on gifts for her. This year I already gave her a gorgeous coffee table book of NYC night photography that I feel pretty good about, but I need a lifetime stockpile of ideas. Budget is $50- $100

 

My very chic sister-in-law who lives in a shoebox in Paris and will need to clear TSA

 

Sister in law who loves to cook. $50 and under

 

 

HUSBANDS, BOYFRIENDS, AND OTHER UNDEFINED MEN!

 

A dude who I’ve been seeing since early October. We’re exclusive but not serious….helllp

 

Fiance! Together 8 years, postponed wedding. Xmas AND his bday SAME WEEK!

  • A piece of art—maybe decide to pick it out together for Xmas (and then you only have to shop for his bday): Picture Room or Absolut Art
  • You could even reach out to an artist you like on IG and ask about commissions!
  • Custom neon sign with something you two say or your initials : Yellowpop or Brite Lite
  • Something sentimental framed via The Heirloomist

 

A 35-year-old man who loves sports, his dog, his Jeep, the Cubs and classic music. 

 

A 37-year-old suburban dad who misses dance parties and loves the Book Review

 

 

FRIENDS!

 

My long-distance bestie and I turned 30 this year and we’d originally planned on going on a trip together and getting welded gold bracelets as some grown-up version of friendship bracelets. However, THESE TIMES(™). So now she’s moving from Toronto (same country) to New Zealand (different hemisphere! Different continent!). We thought we’d do some sort of big co-gift! Pertinent details for your brainstorming pleasure: She’s a Capricorn (reluctantly) and I’m an extremely Pisces Pisces (love 2 cry). Budget is up to $200ish. Needs to be mildly packable considering she has to get it to NZ somehow along with the rest of her earthly possessions. Needs to ship to Canada. LOVE YOU!

 

Group text friends

 

 

GRAB BAG!!!

 

My great-grandma who lives across the country and has never met my baby, because COVID

 

People whose hobbies are “going for walks in the neighborhood.” 

 

Someone who hates things/prefers experiences, but with Covid it’s hard to experience!

 

 

You know what else makes a great gift—a digital stocking stuffer, if you will? A sub to Secret Menu.

 

Do you have other ideas and just thoughts in general to share? Hit us up at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq

 

On 12/21, we’re going to be talking about the romance novel Reckless by Selena Montgomery (aka Stacey Abrams). Join us for a read-along! 

 

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Nov 30, 2020
Running a Record Label With Sam Valenti IV...and Eating Artichokes With Us
54:59

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 playliststheir “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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We love to hear your thoughts! Send ‘em all to us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq

 

Get all of your holiday shopping done with our MoMA Design Store gift picks.

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Nov 23, 2020
Some Holiday Shopping Thoughts and Weirdo Wine Pairings with Vanessa Price
51:43

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.

 

Try Sakara for some truly delicious, plant-rich, ready-to-eat meals—plus 20% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO.

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Tune into the hilarious and heartfelt new fiction podcast RomComPods.

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Nov 16, 2020
Lani Halliday’s Booming Pandemic Baked Goods and the Third-Party Hello
55:56

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.

 

Find migraine relief online—and get 50% off your first month of medication—thanks to Cove.

Shop our MoMA Design Store gift picks and take 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO through November 23 (exclusions apply).

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Nov 09, 2020
Who Needs a Distraction?? We Have the Grab Bag Just for You.
42:49

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.

 

You can support us by 1) leaving a jazzy ol’ review 2) subscribing to Secret Menu. Wheeeeee.

 

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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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Nov 02, 2020
Breaking Beauty and Baby Vanity Sizing
57:13

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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Oct 26, 2020
Checking in on Each Other
48:47

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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Oct 19, 2020
Mammograms and Colonoscopies! Not as Awful as We Thought!
33:18

Our doctor visits are your doctor visits! Or something! Kidding aside-ish, we figured sharing our recent mammogram and colonoscopy experiences might make them at least a smidge less anxiety-inducing for you, and we’re very here for that. Join us on our healthcare journeys, won’t you? 

 

We love voicemails (833-632-5463)! We love DMs (@athingortwohq)! We love reviews! About milk pouches, gallon challenges, or anything at all!

 

Some guidance on when to start getting mammograms: 40 per the Mayo Clinic, 45 per the American Cancer Society, and 50 per the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. So: a real talk-to-your-doctor type of situation!

 

Some guidance on when to start getting colorectal screenings: 45 per the American Cancer Society. (But ya know: Ask your dr.)

 

Fancy Brodo bone broth for colonoscopy prep or just, like, life!  

 

Colonics: still having a moment (we guess?).

 

Breast self-exams! The "Touch Your Tits" vid from Mae Ryan and Mona Chalabi is a great how-to

 

If you like what you heard here and want more, Secret Menu is for you.

 

Check out Erin Williams Art for prints that start at $35.

Try out the shea-butter-based products from Overlooked Beauty.

 

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Oct 12, 2020
What It’s Like to Run for Congress with Adair Ford Boroughs
42:37

HEY, we’re back from hiatus! And like everyone else, we’re stressing (spiraling?) about the election constantly. This week, we’re talking to Adair Ford Boroughs about what it’s like to actually be on the ticket—she’s the very impressive and overqualified Democratic candidate running for Congress in South Carolina’s Second District—and our big plans for election day (spoiler: bein’ poll workers).

 

Gah, we’ve missed you! Have you missed us? KIT with voicemails (833-632-5463) and IG direct messages (@athingortwohq), huh? And join Secret Menu even.

 

We’re volunteering to be poll workers. Do you wanna do it, too?! Check out some stats about the typical poll-worker demo (spoiler: high Covid risk!) via NPR and a very useful IG story from Helen Rosner about her experience doing this in past years. 

 

Snuffleupagus getting nosy in the voting booth during a 1957 episode of Sesame Street. (And, bless, he is still on the show!)

 

Dig into all of the many ways you can support Adair Ford Boroughs and her run for Congress. Donate! Phone or text bank! Share her campaign videos! Whether or not you’re in South Carolina! 

 

Another big South Carolina race to watch and support: Jaime Harrison for Senate.

 

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Oct 05, 2020
Pledging to Shop Better - Rerun!
40:21

The two of us are calling our reps, donating money, consuming so much news, researching our primary candidates...and also rethinking where we spend our money and the businesses that warrant our support. We have SO MANY THOUGHTS. Also: We’re giving a free ad spot a week to a Black-owned business. If you’re interested, drop us a line at podcast@claireanderica.com!

 

The linkage:

 

The Who? Weekly episode intro that really spoke to us.

 

Check out the 15 Percent Pledge, which the Brother Vellies designer Aurora James started to urge major retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. But it applies to consumers, too!

 

Some places to find more Black-owned businesses to support: Instagram highlights (1, 2, and 3) from Erica, a spreadsheet compiled by Lingua Franca, restaurant spreadsheets via Helen Rosner’s IG, Julee Wilson’s list of 125 beauty brands, Black-Owned Brooklyn, Shoppe Black, banks (and many other businesses!) from Amira Rasool’s IG.

 

The Harvard Business School 2014 working paper "The State of Small Business Lending" that we cite a bunch.

 

For some abysmal venture-funding stats, read the Techcrunch article "US VC Investment in Female Founders Hits All-Time High" and this Forbes piece that breaks down dollars for Black and Latinx women.

 

This Onion headline (and whole story) about private equity!!!

 

We’re all about shifting online book purchases to Bookshop.org.

 

Get in touch! On Instagram at @athingortwohq or via phone at 833-632-5463.

 

Head to BiblioLifestyle for A+ book recs, and subscribe today to get their summer reading guide.

Check out the stunning pottery from Lolly Lolly Ceramics, and get on the email list to be first to hear about restocks.

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Sep 28, 2020
Mickey Drexler and Sweet Potatoes—a Classic Combination?! - Rerun!
48:13

Talk about thrilling: We have a bonafide icon on today’s ep. We’re talking to Mickey Drexler—who spearheaded Gap and J.Crew in their heydays and is now helping make magic happen at Alex Mill—about how he works and just plain does his days. But first: sweet potatoes, which aren’t boring, ok?

 

The linkage:

 

Three recipes for exciting sweet potatoes! Ones loaded with lentils, citrus, and feta, ones topped with tahini butter, and ones baked into a (paleo) bread. And one non-recipe: almond butter and seasoned rice vinegar mixed into a sauce and topped with furikake.

 

Mickey Drexler’s latest retail undertaking (led by his son, Alex Drexler!) is Alex Mill. We love it. Erica wears these and this all the time, Claire can often be spotted in this and this, and just about everybody sweats these.

 

When it comes to meditating, Mickey is into Hamsa and Transcendental Meditation.

 

A home-goods business Mickey likes: Snowe.

 

Wow, do we get psyched about voicemails: 833-632-5463!

 

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Sep 21, 2020
The Newsletters We Always Open...and Perhaps Too Many Thoughts on Ironing - Rerun!
33:11

Reading newsletters and doing ironing—two indoor-kid activities no doubt! Ok, seriously, though, take care of yourselves, find some good distractions, and maybe try to get some fresh air?

The linkage:

 

Claire bought a full-size ironing board by Brabantia and highly endorses it, and Erica has this hook thingy to hang her ironing board on that she thinks is just great.

 

The most ironing-enthusiastic person in our world—Claire’s mom—swears by the Miele Rotary Iron (a.k.a. a mangle) for sheets/linens and the LauraStar ironing system (um, as featured in Parasite?!).

 

To avoid ironing jeans: dryer balls, like these from Heart Felt and these from Food52.

 

Ok, newsletters! Here are allllll of the ones we love: The Ann Friedman Weekly, Girls’ Night In, Shelter, This Week in Scams, Garden Variety, Here for It w/ R. Eric Thomas (same name as his new book), Why is this interesting?, Cassandra Daily, Well To Do, Deez Links, Quartz Daily Obsession, The New Consumer, Sehat, The Examined Life (from the author of The New Better Off), The Noah Kalina Newsletter (sidenote: Noah’s self-portrait project), Oversharing, Five Things I Ate, and Read Like the Wind.

 

Voicemails! Love ‘em! Leave ‘em! 833-632-5463.

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Sep 14, 2020
Marisa Meltzer’s Excellent Book This Is Big and, Somehow, Billy Idol - Rerun!
38:24

Geez, does Marisa Meltzer know how to get the wheels turning. We talk to her about her shiny new book This Is Big, which digs deep into dieting, wellness, feminism, body positivity, and the intersection of those topics—and also about friendship and snacks. Much to discuss, you see. But first! A truly odd (if entertaining) NYC campaign we didn’t want you to miss.

 

The linkage:

 

If you somehow want more on the Billy Never Idles campaign, well, here you go.

 

Read Marisa’s book, This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World (and Me)! Do it!

 

Jean Nidetch’s NYT obit from 2015—and the whole Overlooked No More obit project.

 

A wonderful article Marisa wrote a while back for Elle about diets + feminism.

 

We enthusiastically endorse Katie Sturino’s Boob Sweat podcast. Marisa shouts-out this interview with CeCe Olisa in particular.

 

Let’s talk about SNACKS real quick: Graham crackers (with cream cheese, covered in chocolate, or as part of an #indoorsmore situation), The Daily Crave smoked gouda lentil chips, and Tapatio Doritos.

 

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Sep 07, 2020
Ok, MoMA Design Store’s Design Innovations for Women Are Blowing Our Minds
50:11

Two things we love: 1) women’s bodies 2) problem-solving. So imagine our delight when we discovered that MoMA Design Store put together a whole freaking beautiful, educational, and useful pop-up around Design Innovations for Women. In partnership with the MoMA Design Store team, we sat down with Chay Costello and Alex Glaser, the buyers responsible for spearheading this initiative who, yes, also happen to be work wives. We talk menstruation, motherhood, menopause—and you bet your vulvas we asked what it’s like to discuss these topics at the office. 

 

The linkage:

 

You can shop MoMA Design Store’s groundbreaking Design Innovations for Women pop-up online and at their Soho store in NYC until September 27. So, so, sooo good.

 

A couple of previous podcast eps relevant to this conversation: Pledging to Shop Better and What to Expect When Claire’s Expecting.

 

Michelle Obama’s recent pod ep on menopause—definitely worth a listen.

 

A few of Claire’s personal faves in the Design Innovations for Women mix: the Elvie Kegel Smart Trainer and the Haakaa Generation 2 Breast Pump

 

For more on Chay Costello, Alex Glaser, and the MoMA Design Store merchandising team, hit up 99U.

 

Some things and people Chay and Alex looked to as they pulled together this pop-up: Sssh! Periods podcast, Dame’s reusable tampon applicator (available in the UK!), Darcey Steinke’s   Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life, Michelle Fisher’s Designing Motherhood project at MFA Boston, designer of the first bike saddle for women Georgena Terry, designers of the first sports bra (the Jogbra!) Lisa Lindahl and Polly Smith, Womanly magazine, The Unmentionables podcast from Nyssa, and the pelvic-floor physical therapist Sara Reardon a.k.a. @the.vagina.whisperer.

 

Just a handful of the almost 50 products part of this design movement v. worth checking out: Aisle Period Undies Boxer Brief, TOP The Organic Project Cotton Tampons with Plant-Based Applicator, DivaCup, Elvie Double Breast Pump, The Period Game, Penny Pack First Period Kit, and MoMA Champion Sports Bra.

 

Leave us reviews, voicemails (833-632-5463), IG direct messages (@athingortwohq)!

 

We’re going to be on hiatus for the next few weeks! We’ll be re-airing some recent greatest hits, but if you miss us deep in your bones, might we direct you to Secret Menu?

 

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Aug 31, 2020
Why We Need Color in Our Homes Now...And the Joy of Kacey Musgraves Merch
42:49

Yes, we like white walls and pale wood, but our eyes need some *excitement* these days, and we have a whole bunch of ways to give ‘em what they require (without going full Gigi Hadid maximalist). Also worth adding to your “Hues You Can Use” moodboard: just about everything in Kacey Musgraves’s merch shop

 

The linkage:

 

More where this came from c/o Secret Menu! (Click-y name, right?!)

 

All hail Merch Queen Kacey Musgraves! This longsleeve tee, this velvet poster, her Boy Smells collab Slow Burn candle (and companion Burn in a Hurry lighter), the Lonely Weekend Self-Care Kit, High Time rolling papers, an ugly Christmas sweater, and faux snow (but of course?).

 

Breaking August news: Kacey’s Christmas album really is so good (and can we talk about this Dolly Parton holiday album announcement?!).

 

Some of the places we’re getting our colorful interior inspiration: Tina Seidenfaden Busck’s The Residence, Matilda Goad, Justina Blakeney, Ellen van Dusen’s Brooklyn home, Beata Heuman, Laurel Broughton’s Echo Park house, Luis Barragán, and Tony Duquette.

 

Claire has a green couch! That she loves! It’s the Clad Home Dawson Sleeper in Klein Emerald.

 

Erica has one (1) wall of wallpaper! She’s obsessed! It’s Josef Frank’s Paradiset.

 

Tabletop stuff! Wolfum trays, bright taper candles, Opinel steak knives.

 

Colorful glassware! Lateral Objects, R+D.Lab, Estelle Colored Glass, Keane.

 

Furniture! The Inside, Inside Weather, Hay, Eric Trine / Amigo Modern, Interior Define.

 

Ceramics! Studio Hecha, Raina Lee, Concrete Cat, Russel Wright, Fiestaware, Year & Day, Massimo Vignelli for Heller, Raawii.

 

Lights! La Veste, Eo Ipso, Casa Cosima, Commune.

 

Textiles! Hillery Sproatt, Dusen Dusen, Aelfie, Tantuvi, Cold Picnic, Society of Wanderers, Marimekko, Bolé Road Textiles.

 

Paint! Clare, Backdrop, Farrow & Ball.

 

Related: the Farrow & Ball New Yorker story.

 

If you want more on colorful home stuff, check our ep with our trade-show recap.

 

We’re here for your thoughts: DMs to @athingortwohq, voicemails at 833-632-5463, or reviews of this podcast are always welcome. 

 

Check out the powerful MoMA Design Store Design Innovations for Women pop-up.

Listen to Michelle Obama’s wonderful new podcast on Spotify.

Try out Rory’s nightly defense skincare treatment for only $5.

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Aug 24, 2020
The TV Shows and Movies We Won’t Shut up About. And Also Boiled Potatoes.
43:35

When you are expressing gratitude these days, are you appropriately prayer-hand-emoji for video streaming (and, frankly, the streaming wars that are keeping us so deep in good content)? We’re taking this week’s ep as an opportunity to really lay our thanks on thick—for The Fight, I May Destroy You, Shrill, and Love on the Spectrum specifically. Light spoilers in some spots (and possibly too much excitement in others).

 

The linkage:

 

First things first: boiled potatoes!! With seafood, in a niçoise salad, and as leftovers...which gets you halfway to fried or roasted potatoes like Julia Turshen’s Kinda Sorta Patatas Bravas or these crispy roasted potatoes with burrata.

 

Also, congrats to white potatoes on joining the Whole30 club. Sorry the announcement of this news didn’t feature a more flattering photo of you all.

 

Ok, second things second: our watch list. The Fight available for rent on various platforms, I May Destroy You on HBO Max, Shrill (Season 2 specifically) on Hulu, and Love on the Spectrum on Netflix. 

 

Some further reading around Love on the Spectrum: a Time review by Sarah Kurchak, an article from The Cut that runs through the criticisms, and a piece from the Los Angeles Times that gets into the filming behind-the-scenes.

 

What else should we be watching? Tell us at @athingortwohq or 833-632-5463. 

 

If you haven’t signed up for our Secret Menu yet, well, join us!

 

Give Michelle Obama’s new Spotify podcast a listen.

Download the Caviar app and get $10 off your food order of $20 or more with the code ATHINGORTWO.

Tune into the Everything Is Fine podcast with Tally Abecassis and Kim France.

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Aug 17, 2020
Jamie Beck on Creating in Isolation—and Us on Ditching “You Guys”
41:30

Big day, team! We’re catching up with our very favorite photographer, Jamie Beck, who moved to Provence, France, longer ago than we like to acknowledge and who has been creating all kinds of greatness recently—much of which you can even purchase for the first time. Friends, let’s dive in.

 

The linkage:

 

Ok, you have to follow Jamie Beck on Instagram for the full behind-the-scenes.

 

Jamie’s incredible #IsolationCreation project, which she invited her community to contribute to (and, whoa, did people!).

 

Lucky us! Jamie started selling her work, in the form art posters featuring her isolation creations—and there’s a signed, limited-edition finale poster coming, too (along with phone cases, camera straps, fine art, stationery, journals, a couple books…).

 

You know about our Secret Menu? Joining will get you a ~bonus~ members-only newsletter once a week.

 

Our DMs and voicemails are open! Get us at @athingortwohq or 833-632-5463.  

 

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Aug 10, 2020
Questioning Ambition
35:52

What is ambition anyway? And ambition toward what? Join us as we contemplate—and, frankly, give side-eye to—one of the driving forces of our lives.

 

The linkage:

 

WOW, Maris Kreisman’s “Where Did My Ambition Go?” essay. (It’s probably worth following Maris on Twitter too, while you’re at it.)

 

Tavi Gevinson on shutting down Rookie, and Grace Bonney on shutting down Design*Sponge

 

The profiles of The Chicks and Viola Davis that resonated.

 

We want more from you! Get in touch at @athingortwohq or 833-632-5463. If you want more from us, join Secret Menu, which will get you a members-only newsletter once a week.

 

Give Noble Cup, Ethiopia’s first menstrual cup, a shot.

YAY.

 

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Aug 03, 2020
That Quar Fitness Routine and the Magic of Shea Butter with Naa-Sakle Akuete
44:45

However many months in, we’ve found our fitnessing-at-home rhythms (which, no, do not involve dance cardio). Also! We’ve landed on a way to keep our very clean hands moisturized: shea butter, specifically the stuff from Eu’Genia Shea, and we clearly needed to talk to the company’s founder Naa-Sakle Akuete for the inside scoop.

 

The linkage:

 

Have thoughts? We want your DMs and VMs! Get us at @athingortwohq or 833-632-5463.

 

Online fitness stuff we’re now in long-term relationships with: the Peloton app, Melissa Wood Health (which you can try out on her IGTV), Revolution Motherhood, Exercise Snacks, Sky Ting Live & TV, and Kate Posch’s streaming yoga classes.

 

Home equipment worth the investment (in money and space!): Bala Bangles, Manduka cork yoga blocks, the Exercise Snacks Snack Pack, and a Jade Yoga Harmony mat.   

 

We’re so very into Naa-Sakle Akuete’s company Eu’Genia Shea and its stocked-at-Target spinoff, Mother’s Shea.

 

More info on the Target Takeoff Accelerator program Naa-Sakle went through. 

 

Other beauty brands Naa-Sakle wholeheartedly endorses: Sahajan, One Love Organics, True Moringa, Kreyòl Essence, and Thrive Causemetics.  

 

If you want more from us, let us direct you to Secret Menu, which, for four bucks a month, gets you a members-only newsletter every dang week.

 

Dig into details on Succession Strength. For 20% any of their business-planning products, use the code ATHINGOR20.

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Jul 27, 2020
The Baby-Sitters Club and Dating in This Particularly Insane Time with Lindsey Metselaar
41:03

As two married gals getting older by the day, this ep feels like a real throwback. We’re talking babysitting and dating—the latter with Lindsey Metselaar, the savvy host of the We Met at Acme podcast who knows much more about the topic than we do at this point. Something we’re obviously NOT talking about: inviting the person you’re dating to the house you’re babysitting at without permission.

 

The linkage:

 

Do you know about our Secret Menu? It’s our new thingy where, for $4 a month, you get access to a weekly members-only newsletters.

 

You’ve heard about The Baby-Sitters Club Netflix reboot? Course you have.

 

Further BSC reading: Michelle Ruiz for Vogue.com, Gal Beckerman for NYT, Katie Baker for The Ringer, and The Hollywood Reporter interview with the showrunner Rachel Shukert. Further listening: The Baby-Sitters Club Club podcast

 

Tune into Lindsey’s podcast We Met at Acme to get your regular dating updates and intel.

 

Add The Newsette to your morning routine.

Snag the latest issue of the health-and-arts mag Womanly.

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Jul 20, 2020
Powdered SPF, Single-Blade Razors, and the Tyranny of Gas Stoves
34:01

Oh, it’s just us, with a little to say about a whole lot of things! There’s some playlisting, some cookbooking, some sunblocking, some angsting—you’ll see when you dive in.

 

The linkage:

 

We have a new thing! It’s called Secret Menu, and, for $4 a month, you get access to a very special members-only newsletter. Yes, intriguing.

 

Powdered SPF! We’re all about it, especially for babies, scalps, and pandemic scenarios when you definitely don’t want to be touching your face in public. Brush On Block is our new (translucent) go-to.

 

The source of our playlist-for-the-ages tip: the wonderful Cat Dash. Related: Spotify’s Time Capsule feature.

 

The quick version of what Claire refers to as the gospel theory of activism.

 

A recent installment of Courtney Martin’s newsletter and one of Mona Chalabi’s excellent graphics compare the duration of the current BLM protests to the Montgomery bus boycott.

 

This Mother Jones article "The Gas Industry Is Paying Instagram Influencers to Gush Over Gas Stoves" 1) is about so much more than that headline conveys and 2) got us RILED. Sigh, related: Pregnancy risks related to air pollution disproportionately impact Black mothers.

 

Our most recent book purchases by Black authors (for ourselves and for gifts!): Vegetable Kingdom by Bryant Terry, The Dooky Chase Cookbook by Leah Chase, The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty, Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert, and Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender.

 

The single-blade Oui razor—so chic, so worth it! Read this Glossy interview with the founder Karen Young for more context (paid subscription required).

 

Check out the Encyclopedia Womannica podcast! Every weekday, there’s a new, five-minute episode introducing game-changing women throughout history.

 

Wash your clothes with Celsious and snag 15% off their eco-friendly laundry supplies with the code 15% ACLEANERTHINGORTWO.

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Jul 13, 2020
Going Big on Big Friendship with Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
45:17

Um, aspirational friendship alert!! We’re bringing you THE Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, brilliant minds behind Shine Theory, and authors of the book Big Friendship that all of your pals are going to be talking about on the group text. They’ve gotten practice writing—and talking—about the hard things in their relationship and working through conflict and, in doing so, are downright inspirational. But what’s new?

 

The linkage:

 

Big Friendship! Have you ordered your copy yet?!?!

 

If you aren’t consuming all that Amina and Ann create, get on that—starting with Call Your Girlfriend and Shine Theory.

 

To share any and all thoughts with us, DM us on IG at @athingortwohq or leave us a VM at 833-632-5463.

 

Subscribe to the Folding Chair newsletter for a weekly rundown of underreported stories impacting Black lives. 

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Jul 06, 2020
House Shoes and Our Favorite Contemporary Novels by Black Authors
33:43

Slip on your comfiest shoes (ideally the ones that don’t go outdoors?) and get ready to curl up with a good book—or, rather, our enthusiastic endorsements of 26 novels by Black authors. YA and romance included, duh.

 

The linkage:

 

If you want more from us on Instagram, head to @athingortwohq. If you want to give us a ring, dial up 833-632-5463.

 

Some (Birkenstock-y) house-shoe picks: Arizona Essentials EVA, Boston Essentials EVA, and Boston Suede with Shearling.  

 

NOVELS BY BLACK AUTHORS! That we love! Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid; Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue; The Idea of You by Robinne Lee; The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party, and more (!!) by Jasmine Guillory; The Nickel Boys (and next up: Sag Harbor) by Colson Whitehead; My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite; American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson; What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons; An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones; The Mothers (and next up: The Vanishing Half) by Brit Bennett; Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson; Homegoing (up next: Transcendent Kingdom) by Yaa Gyasi; We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge; Americanah and The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

 

YA NOVELS! With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo; The Hate U Give and On the Come Up by Angie Thomas; The Sun is Also a Star and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

 

Listen to Tayari Jones on our podcast or on Death, Sex & Money (where she talks about getting a call from Oprah!).

 

Get your DIY fix with Sewsquad. For free shipping on your first order, sign up for the newsletter.

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Jun 29, 2020
The Women Behind Omsom, Our New Kitchen Go-To, and Rethinking Instagram
49:24

What’s up over here? We’re still giving too much headspace to Instagram...but our perspectives are shifting. And we’re also eating some of our very best meals of quar, thanks to Vanessa and Kim Pham, the sisters behind Omsom and its outrageously good Vietnamese, Thai, and Filipino sauces. Dig in?

 

The linkage:

 

Andrea Whittle wrote about whether the protests will change IG for W mag.

 

Whoa, did this @_nanders post get the wheels turning about the WHY of sharing content that’s getting shared a lot. 

 

We always love Mary H.K. Choi, and this ep of her Hey, Cool Life! pod about optics and allyship really landed.

 

Another shout-out for 15 Percent Pledge!

 

We are obsessed with Kim and Vanessa Pham’s Omsom sauces, made in collaboration with the NYC restaurants Fish Cheeks, Jeepney, and Madame Vo.

 

For more ideas on how to put Omsom sauces to excellent use, their Instagram is a treasure trove.

 

Cookbooks endorsed by Vanessa and Kim (for reading as much as cooking): I Am a Filipino by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad and Dishoom: The First Ever Cookbook from the Much-Loved Indian Restaurant by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, and Naved Nasir.

 

Get us on Instagram at @athingortwohq or by phone at 833-632-5463.

 

Treat your hair to Nutrafol—20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO.

Learn more about The Renée and register for a maternal-health jam session.

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Jun 22, 2020
Pledging to Shop Better
40:42

The two of us are calling our reps, donating money, consuming so much news, researching our primary candidates...and also rethinking where we spend our money and the businesses that warrant our support. We have SO MANY THOUGHTS. Also: We’re giving a free ad spot a week to a Black-owned business. If you’re interested, drop us a line at podcast@claireanderica.com!

 

The linkage:

 

The Who? Weekly episode intro that really spoke to us.

 

Check out the 15 Percent Pledge, which the Brother Vellies designer Aurora James started to urge major retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. But it applies to consumers, too!

 

Some places to find more Black-owned businesses to support: Instagram highlights (1, 2, and 3) from Erica, a spreadsheet compiled by Lingua Franca, restaurant spreadsheets via Helen Rosner’s IG, Julee Wilson’s list of 125 beauty brands, Black-Owned Brooklyn, Shoppe Black, banks (and many other businesses!) from Amira Rasool’s IG.

 

The Harvard Business School 2014 working paper "The State of Small Business Lending" that we cite a bunch.

 

For some abysmal venture-funding stats, read the Techcrunch article "US VC Investment in Female Founders Hits All-Time High" and this Forbes piece that breaks down dollars for Black and Latinx women.

 

This Onion headline (and whole story) about private equity!!!

 

We’re all about shifting online book purchases to Bookshop.org.

 

Get in touch! On Instagram at @athingortwohq or via phone at 833-632-5463.

 

Head to BiblioLifestyle for A+ book recs, and subscribe today to get their summer reading guide.

Check out the stunning pottery from Lolly Lolly Ceramics, and get on the email list to be first to hear about restocks.

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Jun 15, 2020
All Our Uncanny Valley Thoughts...And When You Need to Go to the Doctor
44:36

Have you all read Uncanny Valley? Because this episode is a long way of saying, “Wow, you really should.” We are bubbling over with thoughts about Silicon Valley, gender and tech, and Anna Wiener’s all-around exceptional writing. Oh, and we also have something to say about going to the doctor during these times, as people who’ve had to go on multiple occasions.

 

The linkage:

 

You got a dreamy VM you want to leave? 833-632-5463—come on.

 

Two companies doing a good job thinking about medical solutions during this time: Capsule Pharmacy and Thirty Madison, with its online urgent care.

 

A case for taking babes to the doctor: this NYT story about vaccine rates dropping among kids.

 

Breaking news alert: Erica is now the proud owner of the jumbo tin of Luxardo cherries (and is stocked-up on her favorite GF pasta, too). Put your Luxardos in a Tom Collins!

 

Read o’ the week: Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener. If you want a taste, it was excerpted in The New Yorker (and also started as an n+1 essay).

 

Here’s the “Measles for the One Percent” article from New York mag that Claire references. 

 

Glossary of the references in the book if you wanna check your answers.

 

Such good writing about premiocre by Amanda Mull and Venkatesh Rao!

 

Whip up some Sun Basket. Get $35 off your order with the code ATHINGORTWO.

Treat your hair to Nutrafol—20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO.

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Jun 01, 2020
How We’re Working Together Now and John Jannuzzi (Master of Creative Pursuits!)
50:30

You know who wrote the book on socks (and started one of the best Tumblrs and bakes internet-famous cookies)? John Jannuzzi, and he’s here to share his creative side-hustle tips (but not any of the burnt malted milk and Kit-Kat cookies—he’s keeping those for himself). Before we dive in, though, can we discuss long-distance collaboration between two people who live four blocks apart? Yes, we’re talking about us.

 

Visit www.DailyHarvest.com and use code ATHINGORTWO for $25 off your first Box!

Also, visit www.nyssacare.com and use code ATHINGORTWO for 15% off your order!

 

The linkage:

 

We’ve picked up some good work habits from the book Making Ideas Happen.

 

Breaking snack news: The Daily Crave smoked gouda lentil chips might be a wise bulk purchase (as they have been for Claire), and the makers of Pretzel Perfection are donating party mix to school districts and food banks.

 

How to Wear Socks! It’s John Jannuzzi’s new book. Feels very appropriate for dads ‘n grads, no?

 

Classic white Bombas! John’s favorite socks.

 

Bring on the crazy glasses, fun socks, and nutty shoes: Per The Strategist, Strawberry Crocs are having moment.

 

John’s other creative undertakings: 1) his v. popular early-days Tumblr Textbook 2) his dance compilations 3) Jannuzzi’s Cookies, batches of which go on sale every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (set a reminder!).

 

Oh, also: John is very active on both Twitter and Instagram.

 

Two people John looks to for creativity guidance: Amanda Mull (who is a staff writer at The Atlantic) and Mary H.K. Choi (the author of Permanent Record and Emergency Contact and host of the minipod Hey, Cool Life!).

 

You know we love our voicemails. 833-632-5463!

 

For anything else you might be looking for related to all of this, head over to claireanderica.com.

 

Stock your fridge with Daily Harvest—$25 off your first box with the code ATHINGORTWO.

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May 25, 2020
Precious Condiments and Non-Zoom Ways to Be a Pal
41:11

We’re getting saucy—even more so than usual?—and dipping into the spreads, schmears, and drizzles we’re treating as essential supplements to our souls as well as our fridge-clearing batches of fried rice. Also! We’re coming at you with a bunch o’ thoughts on how to practice ~friendship~ right now, whether you prefer a postcard or a week-long game.

 

The linkage:

 

Condiment for us (and for you): Chinkiang vinegar, seasoned rice vinegar, mirin, Fly by Jing sichuan chili crisp, Marmite, hoisin, Seedible sesame butter, Thai Kitchen curry paste, Iasa hot pepper in olive oil, Tutto Calabria Rose Marina, Mike’s or Red Clay hot honey, Holy Schmitt’s horseradish and horseradish mustard, and (drumroll) Luxardo cherries, which are available in this large-format option

 

A couple recipe mentions: sauteed greens with onions and soy sauce and tofu and green beans with chile crisp

 

Breaking news alert: grapefruit updates!! We learned about a grapefruit-eating tactic from a YouTube vid (by way of the wonderful Deez Links newsletter), and we both ate up Connie Wang’s article for R29 “Love in the Shape of Cut Fruit.”

 

Friend activities: texting (or Netflix Party chatting) over a movie, a game of Mafia (magazine covers via Canva quite optional), PowerPoint parties, sending postcards (extra credit if it’s by letter of the alphabet!) or using TouchNote to do so, the Marco Polo app, stoop drop-offs, New Yorker crosswords in partner mode, being a Mystery Reader for a kid, or, for the bold, singing theme songs—or any songs, really—via voice memo.

 

Voicemails! You wanna leave one? Great: 833-632-5463.

 

Take our survey, get coupon codes, etc., etc. at claireanderica.com.

 

Cook up Sun Basket goodness. $35 off your order with the code ATHINGORTWO.

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May 18, 2020
Seeking Comfort in Mugs, Mugs, Mugs, and Surprisingly Good Home Manicures
39:11

What does it say about us that we’re taking a great deal of pleasure in having a mug of something warm as a near-constant companion? You be the judge! Also for your consideration: a nail-painting tool, a line of chic retro dinnerware, a milk-frother, and an oddly satisfying timer to help get at least a couple to-dos checked off.

 

The linkage:

 

Oh, hey: Take our survey!

 

We’ve been getting such good VMs, including the one at the end of this ep. If you want to join the fun: 833-632-5463.

 

Souvenir mugs we have or aspire to have: Russ & Daughters (they’ve discontinued the original), Hart’s, Cafe Du Monde, and Veselka. Also, vintage art museum mugs! And why not just make some on Zazzle and Shutterfly for friends when the mood strikes? A good way to memorialize photos, good or embarrassing.

 

Makers of the pretty ceramic mugs we want to have and to hold: Molly Anne Bishop, BTW Ceramics, Hasami Porcelain (There are two separate lines: one from Takuhiro Shinomoto, the founder of Tortoise General Store, and the other from Kyohei Baba), Chloe May Brown, Risa Nishimori, Knotwork, and Helen Levi

 

Bitty espresso cups! Splatterware enamel ones from GSI Outdoors and non-splatter enamel ones from Falcon specifically.

 

Buy into the buzz of the Olive & June Poppy for home nail-painting. This whole Starter Set excellent—love the EC polish, and the topcoat is as good as promised.

 

Some more background on Heller Dinnerware by Massimo Vignelli. DWR sells the white version, and there’s tons of vintage on Etsy.

 

For more on the Pomodoro Technique, here you go. Give Marinaratimer.com a try, or snag a cute tomato timer.

 

Oh, you thought we were done with mug-related content? NOPE. We have a very good milk frother rec for you.

 

And visit www.Nutrafol.com with Promo Code: ATHINGORTWO for 20% off your order! 

 

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May 11, 2020
The IGs We’re Following, the Tees We’re Wearing, and the Hashtags We’re Starting
36:42

This week in “it’s the small things” content, we’re sharing the Instagram accounts bringing us joy, the T-shirts we have possibly (definitely) too many thoughts about, and the campaign we’re launching to book our dream pod guest. Let’s make #qaiqaispromise happen, people!

 

The linkage:

 

Join the #qaiqaispromise movement. We’re counting on you (and, of course, Qai Qai).

 

If you aren’t following these IGs, you’re in for a bunch of treats: @grossypelosi, @thetinychefshow, @laurentamaki, @lilystockman, @thelesliejordan, @dritadavanzoladyboss, and @theonion.

 

T-shirts! Sunspel, Skin, Re/done, AMO, Calder Blake, The Great, and Petit Bateau all make ones we wear ‘n swear by. Claire is also very interested in trying this Bandier tank, fwiw.

 

Get cookin’ with Sun Basket—$35 off your order with the code ATHINGORTWO.

 

And make the world a better place with Causebox— 30% off your order plus Free Shipping!

 

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May 04, 2020
How We IG (And, You Know, Think About Social Media in General)
41:27

Apparently, we have a lot of pent-up thoughts about Instagram in need of an outlet, namely this episode of this podcast. Dive in for how we think about consuming and posting (in this time and in less insane ones), the features we want from the app, and, importantly, our differing takes on liking and commenting on celebs’ accounts.

 

Visit DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code: ATHINGORTWO for $25 off your first box!

 

The linkage:

 

If you haven’t caught our IGTV stuffs, vids are over at @clairemazur and @ericacerulo. Only some of them are about the romance novel The Idea of You! (HAVE YOU READ IT?)

 

Speaking of Instagram, you gotta give our Phil Chang ep a listen. Oh, and our Taylor Lorenz ep, too.

 

The Julia Turshen cookbook Claire mentions, Feed the Resistance.

 

Two accounts that hit the IG tropes hard and are still very strong follows: Erin Foster and Nell Diamond.

 

Nab $25 off your first Daily Harvest box with the code ATHINGORTWO.

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Apr 27, 2020
Square-Toe Shoes, the Joy of Eating Two Meals a Day, and an Alex Update (!!!)
37:45

Things we’re rejecting (some days): three square meals. Things we’re embracing: square-toe shoes...and also special treats in pretty much any form. Including a long-distance update from our one-time pod producer Alex, the Roz to our Frasier.

 

Visit www.causebox.com/athingortwo with code: ATHINGORTWO for 30% off your order!

 

The linkage:

 

833-632-5463 for voicemails—we love ‘em.

 

Are you listening to Who? Weekly? And their extra-special Patreon content? Get on that.

 

Our dinnertime playlists right now: Sam Cooke Radio + Legendary Women of Country.

 

Celery! Erica’s in. Claire’s not. Maybe try this salad with dates and parm, this one with apples and gorgonzola, or the braised recipe from Salad for President and decide for yourself?

 

The ol’ kale-stem shock and awe.

 

PSA: We now have an Amazon Storefront and a Bookshop.org page if you’re looking to dig up some of our recs.

 

Relevant to square-toe shoes: The Witches the book and also the movie, the slingbacks that Aeyde is serving up, and a lot of what Intentionally Blank has on offer

 

Alex enthusiastically endorses Summer House. Maybe watch while drinking an espresso martini?

 

If you have questions, thoughts, or musings can always get us at podcast@claireanderica.com.

 

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Apr 20, 2020
Marisa Meltzer’s Excellent Book This Is Big and, Somehow, Billy Idol
37:58

Geez, does Marisa Meltzer know how to get the wheels turning. We talk to her about her shiny new book This Is Big, which digs deep into dieting, wellness, feminism, body positivity, and the intersection of those topics—and also about friendship and snacks. Much to discuss, you see. But first! A truly odd (if entertaining) NYC campaign we didn’t want you to miss.

 

The linkage:

 

If you somehow want more on the Billy Never Idles campaign, well, here you go.

 

Read Marisa’s book, This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World (and Me)! Do it!

 

Jean Nidetch’s NYT obit from 2015—and the whole Overlooked No More obit project.

 

A wonderful article Marisa wrote a while back for Elle about diets + feminism.

 

We enthusiastically endorse Katie Sturino’s Boob Sweat podcast. Marisa shouts-out this interview with CeCe Olisa in particular.

 

Let’s talk about SNACKS real quick: Graham crackers (with cream cheese, covered in chocolate, or as part of an #indoorsmore situation), The Daily Crave smoked gouda lentil chips, and Tapatio Doritos.

 

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Apr 13, 2020
Trying to Make Webonair Happen and Another Round with Mickey Drexler
31:28

Here we are again, talking about stuff no one else is talking about (and we hope that’s a good thing?). Today, we’re digging into a surprisingly handy word and plenty o’ business insights from the bonafide retail legend Mickey Drexler, who’s lived through plenty of ups and downs.

 

The linkage:

 

Introducing a weirdly useful term: webonair.

 

Have you listened to the podcast Bad on Paper? ‘Cause ya should.

 

If you didn’t catch our first chat with Mickey Drexler, you can do that right over here.

 

Alex Mill is Mickey’s latest undertaking with his son...and we have been talking about too much on this podcast, we’re aware.

 

Here’s the Agnès B. cardigan Erica was wearing that you couldn’t see through your headphones. It got a nice send-up from The Cut recently, too.

 

Reminder that you can sign up for our newsletter, get coupon codes, etc., etc. on claireanderica.com

 

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Apr 06, 2020
The Newsletters We Always Open...and Perhaps Too Many Thoughts on Ironing
38:44

Reading newsletters and doing ironing—two indoor-kid activities no doubt! Ok, seriously, though, take care of yourselves, find some good distractions, and maybe try to get some fresh air?

 

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Claire bought a full-size ironing board by Brabantia and highly endorses it, and Erica has this hook thingy to hang her ironing board on that she thinks is just great.

 

The most ironing-enthusiastic person in our world—Claire’s mom—swears by the Miele Rotary Iron (a.k.a. a mangle) for sheets/linens and the LauraStar ironing system (um, as featured in Parasite?!).

 

To avoid ironing jeans: dryer balls, like these from Heart Felt and these from Food52.

 

Ok, newsletters! Here are allllll of the ones we love: The Ann Friedman Weekly, Girls’ Night In, Shelter, This Week in Scams, Garden Variety, Here for It w/ R. Eric Thomas (same name as his new book), Why is this interesting?, Cassandra Daily, Well To Do, Deez Links, Quartz Daily Obsession, The New Consumer, Sehat, The Examined Life (from the author of The New Better Off), The Noah Kalina Newsletter (sidenote: Noah’s self-portrait project), Oversharing, Five Things I Ate, and Read Like the Wind.

 

Voicemails! Love ‘em! Leave ‘em! 833-632-5463.

 

Dig into all of Sephora’s clean makeup.

Grab Iconic Protein for 25% off with the code ATHINGORTWO.

Try out Daily Harvest and get $25 your first box with the code ATHINGORTWO.

YAY.

 

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Mar 30, 2020
Jason Polan’s Legacy as an Artist and an Incredibly Kind Human
36:46

There’s so much to think about right now, it seems, but we’re going to take this opportunity to focus on one truly magical person: Jason Polan, an artist we’ve been in awe of for at least a decade who passed away at 37 in January. In a word: heartbreaking—but also a push to embrace living as much as he did. As we reflect on his life, his work, and his approach to both, we wanted to resurface an interview we did with him back in 2017, and if it makes you feel compelled to draw something (anything!), we bet he would have really liked that.

 

The linkage:

 

This feels like a great time for voicemails, huh? Give us a ring at 833-632-5463.

Just a smattering of Jason Polan’s wonderful work: Every Person in New York (us included), Taco Bell Drawing Club, a Marvel Comics cover, and so many major brand collabs (Nike, Warby Parker, Uniqlo, Levi’s, Soludos, Baggu!).

A good use of an hour: reading Jason’s IG captions.

Come on with the ridiculously charming ad he ran in The New Yorker for the post office

@this_girl_is_a_squirrel, an Instagram rec for 2017, now, and always.

New York mag’s tribute to Jason, by the art critic Jerry Saltz.

For show notes, advertiser coupon codes, and all that jazz, head to claireanderica.com.

 

DrinkIconic.com with code athingortwo for 25% off your first order!

Get the best in clean makeup at Sephora, online and in stores now!

 

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Mar 23, 2020
Nikki Ogunnaike’s Introduction to Menswear—and a Smart Little Decision-Making Trick
28:00

 When Nikki Ogunnaike got a new job as GQ’s deputy fashion director, we were immediately all, “What’s it like?!” So we took this opportunity to ask her about making the move from women’s fashion to men’s...and where she gets the bags she couldn’t afford when she was starting out. Oh, and while we’re at it, we’re sharing a three-minute exercise another friend used to make a tough decision, too.

 

The linkage:

 

Voicemails: We love ‘em. You can get us at 833-632-5463.

 

Our pal Eliza Bent, who recently made a big move and whose decision-making tactic we co-opted.

 

Follow Nikki Ogunnaike and her #bathroombigfit looks...and maybe subscribe to GQ, which is what we’re doing? See: this Keanu Reeves profile, this Larry David cover story, and this story about how a wide range of dudes are eating in 2020

 

Two menswear brands Nikki is v. into: Alex Mill and Brandon Maxwell.

 

To source the bags she couldn’t get as an assistant, Nikki turns to The RealReal, Fashionphile, and Threads Styling.

 

Nikki bought multiple colors of a pair of Maison Kitsuné pants, and Erica did the same with these Ganni jeans.

 

Feel free to reach out to Qai Qai—via Twitter or Instagram—and tell her you want to hear her on our pod.

 

For all of our advertiser coupon codes and episode notes, get your butt to claireanderica.com.

 

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Mar 16, 2020
Three Literary Gems and a Love-It-Or-Hate-It Condiment
40:18

Not to brag or anything, but our reading has range. Please accept the authors we discuss in this episode—buzzed-about novelist Kevin Wilson, person you’ve definitely heard of Jessica Simpson, and children’s book phenom Sandra Boynton—as proof. But first: We schmear it on thick with the Marmite.

 

The linkage:

 

You like coupon codes? Course you do.

 

C’mon with Marmite’s very knowing mugs and personalized (!!!) jars.

 

How about putting Marmite on toast with Greek yogurt like Erica? Or on avocado toast like Table on Ten? Maybe you also want to blend it with butter or use it in this chicken dish.

 

Speaking of salty condiments: We’re very into Momofuku Hozon and Bonji, both available at Peach Mart in Hudson Yards.

 

Books! Claire’s latest favorite: Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. If you’re into this, you may also like Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link or Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam.

 

Erica’s latest favorite: Open Book by Jessica Simpson. If we don’t sell you on grabbing a copy, maybe this NYT profile will.

 

Cam’s latest favorite (or at least Claire’s favorite to read to Cam): anything by Sandra Boynton, starting with Hippos Go Berserk! and But Not the Hippopotamus. This Atlantic profile of the author is RICH as is her IG.

 

Oh, hey: Leave us a message! Or a voice memo if you’d rather think of it that way. 833-632-5463!

 

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Mar 09, 2020
Shopping Strikes and What We Spied (and Mostly Liked) at the Trade Shows
28:58

How do we train ourselves to be better fashion consumers? Claire, who is as surprised as you are that she’s three months into a shopping ban, has some learnings. And! We’re delivering plenty of intel from our visit to the home and lifestyle trade shows (AKA, the time we went to the Javits Center for fun). 

 

The linkage:

 

A couple of things we love: 1) coupon codes, which you can now find here and 2) voicemails—so leave us one at 833-632-5463 any ol’ time. 

 

We’re all about Man Repeller’s rundown of Qs to pop before you shop.

 

Read up on Livia Firth, the co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age, and her 30 Wears Challenge.

 

Reporting from the tradeshows: COLOR! See: Poketo, Hay, Chilewich, Vitra, and Herman Miller.

 

Glassware (and colorful glassware specifically)! See: R+D Lab, Lateral Objects, Kinto, Sugahara, and Hawkins New York.

 

Design-y first aid! See: Airinium Urban Air Mask 2.0, Bioswiss bandages, and, elsewhere, emergency preparedness kits from Judy and Preppi

 

Oat milk / vegan chocolate! See: not-yet-launched Schnog + Noss and Raaka.

 

Good-looking sustainable food and drink containers! See: Hay’s Sowden water bottle, Stojo cups, Porter by W&P make-and-take containers, and S’well Eats containers. Related: the sleek Aarke seltzer maker and, ugh, crystal water bottles.

 

Wellness patches! See: The Good Patch.

 

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Mar 02, 2020
Kim France and a Weirdly Moving Meditation Technique
40:45

It’s possible you’ve been consuming content by Kim France for thirty-ish years, and we’re here to talk about all of it (including her new podcast—which, have you listened?!). Also, not to be the people who talk about our meditation experiences, but we kind of can’t shut up about this one time, ok?

 

The linkage:

 

Hit up the Sky Ting yoga classes taught by Marisa Meltzer (in NYC) that we loved.

 

Check out Kim France’s podcast, which she co-hosts with Tally Abecassis, called Everything Is Fine and her fashion ‘n shopping blog Girls of a Certain Age. Both are ideal for women over 40 and the over-40-curious.

 

How Sassy Changed My Live, which the very same Marisa Meltzer co-authored with Kara Jesella, is itself iconic at this point.

 

Kim goes deep on her creative partnership with Andrea Linett while running Lucky in our book Work Wife.

 

For a preview of the book Kim is writing, read her Medium essays about the beautiful house that didn’t make for a beautiful life and depression at the Condé Nast holiday lunch. Oh, and read her essays on vanity and dressing your age for The Cut while you’re at it.

 

Speaking of editors in chief, Dan Peres (of Details) just released As Needed for Pain, and this NYT story about that whole late-nineties/early-aughts magazine era is pretty juicy.

 

Kim shops The RealReal (join the club!), Warm, and Maria Cornejo.

 

Shout out to the magazine Gossamer, which is for people who also smoke weed.

 

Two friends we lost much too soon: David Rakoff and Jason Polan.

 

Bring on that menopause content. See: Darcy Steinke’s book Flash Count Diary, Party Girl, this Broad City scene, and this Fleabag one

 

You wanna talk about beauty stuff? Excellent! Kim is very into Drunk Elephant, SK-II Pitera Facial Treatment Masks, Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, and Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. For a red lip, she’s all about Kosas in Royal, Lipstick Queen, and those Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencils

 

Kim’s watching Cheer, Fleabag, Killing Eve, The Crown, Victoria and reading Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun, Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, and (as always) Go Fug Yourself.

 

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Feb 24, 2020
How We’re Eating Our Eggs, Organizing Our Homes, and Wearing Wide-Legs Pants in This Weather
33:05

It’s total mid-February vibes around here, as evidenced by the fact that we’re entertaining ourselves with new egg preparations and spending our weekend nights getting our jewelry in order. And when we do leave the house? Well, we’re pulling on the tallest, warmest socks we can come by.

 

The linkage:

It’s all about tall socks for wide-leg pants in the winter, especially ones from Richer Poorer and Raey.

Alert, alert: Weleda Skin Food now comes in body-butter form.

We’re living in a peak organization era. Shout out to The Container Store (for Elfa, of course, and also linen drawer dividers), Yamazaki (see: this TP stand, this side table trash can, this towel rack, this leaning coat rack, and whole slew of jewelry organizers), Muji (see: more jewelry organizers), Marie Kondo’s shop, Hay (very into these plastic crates), Kept (this excellent laundry hamper), Open Spaces (especially nice-looking shelf risers), and Food52 (we won’t shut up about them, we know).

Dims furniture is real cute. Claire has their bar cart, and we both want their vanity.

The latest in (our) egg prep: cooked in cream, Julia Turshen’s fried eggs with yogurt method, and a French omelet via this Bon App video (start at 17:07).

Are trendy egg brands a thing? Happy Egg Co. and Vital Farms make us think so. (Sidenote: Kate’s Homemade Butter—try it.)

Give Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum a go. It’s 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO20.

YAY.

 

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Feb 17, 2020
Our Most Enthusiastic Tokyo and Kyoto Recs—and How to Shop The RealReal
41:37

Taking a vacation to Japan is overwhelming. Sharing travel picks is overwhelming. Shopping online consignment is overwhelming. But you know what? We went ahead and tackled it all here, and we’re pretty proud of ourselves, thanks.

 

The linkage:

For Claire, true RealReal browsing is all about the app. But there is, of course, also a (slightly less addictive) website.

Another online consignment shop to check out: Luxury Garage Sale.

Why not set sale alerts for your go-to brands on ShopStyle, too? 

Our six Tokyo picks! A Yomiuri Giants baseball game, the Yanaka neighborhood for wandering around, Gyoza Ro for dumplings, Mikawa Zezankyo for an outrageous tempura dinner (that you can book on OpenTable), Hakusan Porcelain for truly stunning ceramics, and Kappabashi Shopping District for the restaurant-supply shops (including Kamata knife shop) that will have you thinking about buying another suitcase.

What we loved in Kyoto! Kyoto International Manga Museum for an anime deep-dive (which turned Claire onto the Nana series), Kyomachiya Hotel Shiki Juraku, the Kitano Tenmangu shrine monthly flea market (on the 25th of the month), the 550-year-old soba restaurant Owariya (aside: Try Cocoron in NYC, too), and Shoraian Tofu Restaurant for lunch in the bamboo forest.

A cheat rec (in a good way): the *art island* Naoshima and the Benesse House Museum, where you can also stay.

Try the very buzzy Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum—and get 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO20.

YAY. 

 

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Feb 10, 2020
Phil Chang’s Wild—and Hugely Informative—IG and Vacuums that Don’t Suck
49:50

We’ve got some real dirt today—or, rather, we have ways to clean it up (including a stick vac that’s maybe falling out of favor?) and a guest who’s dishing it on his Stories, which we consider must-see IG. Tune in and then hit up @heyphilchang to see what we mean...

 

The linkage:

 

You can find our show notes over at claireanderica.com now. Look at us.

 

Our robot vacuum endorsements: Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner and iRobot Roomba 960.

A somewhat controversial hand vac rec: Black & Decker Pivot Vac.

Everybody’s favorite, the Dyson Stick Vac—Claire has the V10, and Erica has the V8—but, wait, should Consumer Reports have us reconsidering?

Cam is a Miele fan and will someday be the proud owner of this toy one. Should his brand loyalty change, he could also get a Dyson.

Follow Phil Chang’s WILD Instagram. It’s all about his Stories.

Further reading from the L.A. Times on Tommy Le, an unarmed Vietnamese-American 20 year old who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer.

To get all that news, Phil uses the RSS reader Feedly and follows ProPublica, FAIR, Southern Poverty Law Center, Nieman Lab, The Intercept, and The Guardian.

Also, podcasts! Phil heartily endorses Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan, America Dissected with Abdul El-Sayed, Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes, The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads, and Stay Tuned with Preet.

Do a deep-dive into Sharon Choi, Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s translator, starting with this Guardian article. And for more on female translators in general, check out this episode of Call Your Girlfriend.

A book that will have you wanting to book the next flight to Seoul: The Birth of Korean Cool.

Get a whole $50 off some cool Noemie fine jewelry with the code ATHINGORTWO.

Try BetterHelp online counseling—use ATHINGORTWO for 10% off your first month.

YAY.

 

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Feb 03, 2020
Motherhood, One Year In, and Gluten-Free Bunnies
43:08

Congrats to Cam on his first bday and to Claire on her one-year motherhood anniversary! We’ll get into all of the learnings—and bathtime struggles. But first: a rabbit whose diet is raw, vegan, now grain-free. How very 2020 of her.

 

The linkage:

Ash’s wonderful vet, Catnip & Carrots.

Meaghan O’Connell on breastfeeding and hormones for The Cut.

For pelvic floor and postpartum incontinence stuff, look into Michele McGurk of Danu Physical Therapy in Brooklyn and Rachel Welch of Revolution Motherhood in Manhattan, in Brooklyn, and on the internet.

Underwear for the fourth trimester! From Nyssa.

To understand baby developmental leaps, give The Wonder Weeks app a download.

Products! You knew they were coming. It’s all about the Snoo (which you can rent), the BabyBjorn Bouncer, the Colugo compact stroller, and the Charlie Crane levo baby bouncer.

Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves shares intel on the Buy Nothing Project here.

 

www.Biossance.com w/ Code ATHINGORTWO20 for 20% off your full-sized purchase

 

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Jan 27, 2020
Checking in With Your Unemployed Hosts
36:17

A couple of months ago, we went deep on what it felt like to shut down our company Of a Kind (dig into that episode here), and now, with more distance, we have plenty of fresh new takeaways to share. Spoiler alert: We have no idea what our professional futures hold, and we’re cool with that.

 

The linkage:

For further listening on brushing scams, try this Planet Money ep and/or this Reply All one.

Here's Wendy Macnaughton’s IG post that made us feel seen.

Check out Zola and get 50% off wedding save the dates!

YAY.

 

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Jan 20, 2020
The Tyranny of Tights, Drinking and Not Drinking, and Where We Shop Now
42:57

Are black tights getting you down? Are you looking to investigate your alcohol consumption? Are you searching for some new places to shop? This is not an infomercial—it’s just an intro to all that awaits you in this week’s grab bag of an ep.

 

The linkage:

 

Our fave stores, for fashion and accessories: Idun, Kick Pleat, Noodle Stories, Love Adorned, Esqueleto, Lizzie Fortunato (don’t sleep on the Fortune Finds home goods either!), Lisa Says Gah, Garmentory, Concrete + Water, and Ban.do.

Shops we love, for home and gifty stuff: Food52, Collyer’s Mansion, Primary Essentials, Coming Soon, Homecoming, Hawkins New York, and Leif.

Tall (definitely investment) boots: Stuart Weitzman’s Lowland and Loeffler Randall's Gia ones.

Sheer tights! Wolford Individual 10s are just great.

Some drinking stuff: Omission GF beer and madeira, beloved by George Washington.

 

Some non-drinking stuff: Curious Elixirs, Kin Euphorics, Recess, Proteau, Zero Proof dinner series, The Goods article on how 2019 changed the way we drink, Tempest, and a NYT opinion column on A.A. and women (that came out after we recorded and is too relevant not to include!).

Betterhelp.com/ATHINGORTWO for 10% off your first month!

HelloNoemie.com/ATHINGORTWO for $50 off your first purchase!

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Jan 13, 2020
Mickey Drexler and Sweet Potatoes—a Classic Combination?!
45:35

Talk about thrilling: We have a bonafide icon on today’s ep. We’re talking to Mickey Drexler—who spearheaded Gap and J.Crew in their heydays and is now helping make magic happen at Alex Mill—about how he works and just plain does his days. But first: sweet potatoes, which aren’t boring, ok?

 

The linkage:

Three recipes for exciting sweet potatoes! Ones loaded with lentils, citrus, and feta, ones topped with tahini butter, and ones baked into a (paleo) bread. And one non-recipe: almond butter and seasoned rice vinegar mixed into a sauce and topped with furikake

Mickey Drexler’s latest retail undertaking (led by his son, Alex Drexler!) is Alex Mill. We love it. Erica wears these and this all the time, Claire can often be spotted in this and this, and just about everybody sweats these.

When it comes to meditating, Mickey is into Hamsa and Transcendental Meditation.

A home-goods business Mickey likes: Snowe.

Wow, do we get psyched about voicemails: 833-632-5463!

 

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Jan 06, 2020
Personal-Care Wonders We Enthusiastically Buy in Bulk
57:44

Something we learned in recording this episode: We have a lot of HG beauty products—and you’re ‘bout to hear about all of them. Oh, and about Christmas trees...which, is that still a seasonally appropriate topic?

 

The linkage:

 

Glass-blown ornament resources, five days after Christmas: Old World Christmas (hoodies in particular!), Worthwhile in Charleston (in-store only), ABC Carpet & Home, and Best Made Company.

 

The newsletter Garden Variety sparked Claire’s dry-orange tree-decor initiative.

 

Skincare we can go on and on about: Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water, Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser, Biologique Recherche P50, Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion, Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Barrier Restore Serum, Noto Botanics Resurface Scrub, Binu Binu Seshin Korean Scrub Mitt, Josie Maran Argan Moisturizing Bronzing Oil, Weleda Skin Food, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, and regular ol’ coconut oil.  

 

Makeup we’re way into: Kosas Tinted Face Oil, UnSun Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen, RMS “Un” Cover-up, Rituel de Fille The Ethereal Veil Conceal and Cover, Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment in Desire, Noto Botanics Multi-Benne Stain Pot in Ono Ono, Lily Lolo Natural Vegan Mascara, Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, Sania’s Brow Bar Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil, Glossier Boy Brow, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner Pencil, Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner in Nude, Olio E Osso Balm in Poppy, Ilia Color Block High Impact Lipstick in Flame, Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Rosewater, Kosasport Lipfuel in Pulse, Lansinoh Lanolin Minis, and Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Baked / Terracotta Peach.  

 

Hair products we’re all about: Conair InfinitiPro Curling Wand, Virtue Smooth Shampoo, Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner, and Rahua Leave-In Treatment

 

Scents that make good sense: Maison Marie Louis No.4 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Oil, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette, D.S. & Durga Coriander Perfume, Te+Te Hinoki Hand Wash, Norden Ojai Ceramic Candle, Dimes Candle, and Saint Olio Neroli Automatic Cleaner.   

 

Dig into Sakara, and take $60 off, even!

Head to Zola and nab 50% off wedding save the dates!

Try out Acuity Scheduling—and get 45 days free!

YAY.

 

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Dec 30, 2019
The O.C., Cheese Curls, and Jaw Massage—Yes, a True Grab Bag
44:45

If you’re starved for a dose of our trademark randomness, WELCOME. There’s so much to reflect on today, including Marissa Cooper, paleo puffs, Amazon avoidance, and something *vaguely mysterious* called buccal massage.

 

The linkage:

 

The O.C. has us thinking a lot about Seth Cohen and Judaism (see also: Tommy Pickles and Judaism)...and low-rise jeans

 

A whole lotta healthy-ish cheese curls/balls are having a moment, including Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs "No Cheese" Cheesiness, Lesser Evil Egg White Curls in Huevos Rancheros, and Pipcorn Cheese Balls (in Broccoli Cheddar, too). Oh, and please do read this wonderful New York mag story about Grace Church School that has a LOLZ-y Pirate’s Booty shout-out.

 

Other food things on our minds: Magic Spoon and Skyline Chili (which have probably never appeared side-by-side before).

 

For some Amazon long reads, check out The New Yorker piece by Charles Duhigg (author of The Power of Habit) and the NYT piece by Jodi Kantor (co-author of She Said).

 

To download Kindle books for free, it’s all about the Libby app.

 

Jaw/buccal massage—we suspect it’s going to trend. Noy Skincare in NYC does it, as does Take Care in NYC and LA.

 

Get Acuity Scheduling for free for 45 days!

Try the InfinitiPRO by Conair Texture Styling Hair Dryer!

Visit Lamps Plus for up to 50% off their holiday sale (through December 24th)

YAY.

 

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Dec 23, 2019
Gift Guide, Part 2—Because Now’s the Time, Huh?
30:34

Welcome to the second half of our very enthusiastic, mildly frantic gift guide! If you’re still trying to track down something for that cool teen ya know, your nana, or anyone who demands practicality, we’ve got you. And hit up last week’s ep if you need more ideas, too. While we’re here, two reminders: 1) Donations are great gifts. 2) Don’t buy junk!! 

 

The linkage:

 

For teens: Japanese watercolor markers, luggage (check out North Face rolling duffles, Baggu weekenders, and Herschel carry-ons), Olive & June nail polish or manicure kit, gift cert for Nike by You or Miadidas, Katie Kimmel hats/tees/bags, or Ban.do swag

 

For an eight-month-old baby: Donation to National Diaper Bank Network or RAICES Texas, an ornament (start a tradition!), Lovevery play kit or subscription, or Artifact Uprising board book

 

For nieces, ages seven and one: Dumye dolls and doll-making kit, Entireworld sweatsuits, Fanny at Chez Panisse cookbook, book-club subscription (Books Are Magic does YA, middle grade, and picture books, and The Picture Book Club customizes the picks), personalized Radio Flyer wagon/scooter/bike, or Crate & Barrel playhouse

 

For a 94-year-old grandmother: Storycorps recording or flower subscription—we are into Bouqs, Farmgirl Flowers, and Flowers for Dreams

 

For couples (how ‘bout under $50?): W&P Games or Wolfum backgammon or domino sets (though the latter are a little more $), a restaurant gift cert, or a hotel gift cert (think: Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Airbnb, etc.)

 

For in-laws: FOOOOOOD. Goldbelly and Mouth are good resources, and we also feel strongly about Alioto-Lazio Fish Company crabs, Zingerman’s clubs for bacon or coffee cake or olive oil, Sqirl jams, Russ & Daughters smoked fish, Joe’s Stone Crab crab claws, and Jeni’s ice cream.

 

For best girlfriends (under $50!): Massage brush, fancy brush/comb, The Floral Society Edible Seed Kit, Hortense black friendship bracelet with pearl beads, Sunnies Face Fluffmatte lipstick, Hawkins candlesticks, or Boy Smells candle set

 

For people who value utility over luxury: Shhhowercap, Food52 cutting board (or anything from their Five Two line, really), Thermapen, a booklamp (Wirecutter has a pick), Google Home Mini, mini steamer, Dyson stick vac, Joseph Joseph kitchen scale, Muji travel neck pillow, Uniqlo HeatTech, or Benriner mandoline

 

For stockings: Noto Botanics lip and cheek stains, Baggu reusable bags, Hibi matches, Le Pen set, Clary balm, MT washi tape, cool postage stamps (these, these, these!), Stasher bags, Stojo cup, Acuballs, Moglea and Society6 phone cases, Helen Levi salt and pepper shakers, or Wit & Delight portable phone chargers

 

For a nanny or caregiver: Slippers (maybe Ugg or Ariana Bohling?), Zeel or Soothe in-home massage, or AMC gift card

 

For a Peorian pharmacist named Bob: Gift cert to Bushwacker (fave local store!) or to The Aviary/The Office in Chicago or tickets to see The Book of Mormon at the Peoria Civic Center in January

 

Try Cove if you get migraines—and get a month of meds for free.

Grab the InfinitiPRO by Conair Texture Styling Hair Dryer.
Give Acuity Scheduling a go with 45 days totally free.

YAY.

 

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Dec 16, 2019
Gift Guide, Part 1—Whiskey Stones Not Included!
35:34

What’s this? A holiday gift guide?! You bet. We solicited your Qs for hard-to-shop-for loved ones on Instagram, and we have so very many thoughts. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for here, tune in next Monday for the second half, huh?

 

The linkage:

 

For pretty/cool playing cards: Look to Fredericks and Mae, Joe Doucet for Areaware, Parks Project, Frank Lloyd Wright, or Woman Cards (there’s a women-in-tech deck, too)    

 

For coworkers (like, $10-$15!): Alpaca keychain, Areaware Little Puzzle Thing, R.P.S pencil case, or Wary Meyers soap   

 

For bosses (like, under $25!): A plant from a nursery or The Sill or a Fort Standard for Areaware totem candle

 

For employees ($50-ish): Tortuga bookends, Poketo glass straws, or a gift certificate—think a manicure (Tenoverten in NYC, LA, Austin), a massage (The Now in LA), a facial (Heyday in Philly, NYC, LA), or food/drink (Sweetgreen, Blue Bottle, etc.!)

 

For (but of course) work wives: An experience for you two to do OOO, like a concert, a flower-arranging class, or a workout adventure

 

For dads, brothers, and men in your life with no hobbies: Snake River Farms wagyu beef, Oceanbox seafood, a leather belt that you get monogrammed by your local cobbler, Glerups slippers, Kingston Wine Co. subscription, Patagonia Houdini or Action Works donation, or a digital subscription—specifically crosswords (NYT or The Inkubator), The Athletic, or Audm.

 

For the families of significant others when you’re not sure if you need to get them something: holiday bread! We like panettone from From Roy, babka from Breads Bakery, and stollen from Big Sur Bakery.

 

For a new significant other: A ~fun date~. Sporting event tix! Pottery class! What have you!

 

For the sig other who loves natty wine, cooking, and the REI sale (under $50, plz): Snowpeak camping dishes/utensils, Pok Pok Som drinking vinegars, Mama O’s kimchi kit, or Victoria tortilla press  

 

For the professor husband jealous of his fashionable Brooklyn friends but wears mostly sweats: Well, then, nice sweats, like ones from Saturdays (reverse fleece in particular), Norse Projects, Entireworld, and Todd Snyder x Champion. Or Taylor Stitch or Alex Mill clothes.

 

For Alice Waters–adjacent moms: Alice Waters Masterclass, Hudson Valley Seed Co. seeds, Permanent Collection something, The Floral Society market tote, or a citrus tree   

 

For fancy stepmoms: Hill House Home monogrammed washcloths (or anything from this brand, really), Caroline Z. Hurley cloth napkins, or Brown Parcel Press calendar 

 

For cooler, younger sisters-in-law: Hysteria by Happy Socks socks, Lunya silk scrunchie, Piecework puzzle, Thompson Street Studio coasters, Machete anything, Hay jug   

 

For suburban sisters-in-law not into too-cool Brooklyn-y stuff: The Floral Society flower frog, Leah Goren pet portrait, Illustrated Bookshelf art (or mug!), Book of the Month club (or books sourced with NPR’s Book Concierge), Parachute or Eberjey robe, Creekside Farms herb wreath

 

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Dec 09, 2019
What It Has Felt Like to Shut Down Our Company
41:22

So, you may have heard: Of a Kind is no more. What’s it been like for us to step away from the business we built and ran for nine years? How are we doing over here? What are we still processing? Oh, so very many thoughts and feeeeeeelings ahead…

 

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Go to the gyno! In NYC, Erica’s a fan of Pure OBGYN, and Claire loves Vanessa Pena. Also, Claire’s doula, if you’re looking.

 

Jenny Odell’s book How to Do Nothing feels so right for our transition.

 

Erica is planning on using this time to deep-dive into some cookbooks—Cannelle et Vanille, Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes, and Nothing Fancy in particular.

 

If you want more on Of a Kind’s run, Callia Hargrove wrote a piece for Fashionista that definitely made us cry.

 

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Dec 02, 2019
196: A Fresh Fall Crop of the Best of 10 Things
31:07

Super compelling topics on this week’s episode include paper towels and pasta straws—and if you’re thirsty to know more about what exactly that means, read on.

The linkage…

For some sustainable sipping, scoop up a Stojo cup and HAY! straws.

Check into Willow House in Terlingua the next time you mess with Texas, and don’t miss out on Big Bend in general. Soak up some nineties nostalgia with a viewing of Party Girl.

Sign up for the Oversharing newsletter for up-to-date info (and LOLs) on the sharing economy—and read more about responsible entrepreneurship from Ann Yang, who recently wrote about leaving her company Misfit Foods.

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Oct 21, 2019
195: We’re Answering Your Biz Qs with Bosslady CEO Julia Hunter
42:34

We rounded up your mailbag questions all about being a boss, having a boss, and just, like, WORKING and asked Julia Hunter, the CEO of the ultra-cool fashion and home line Jenni Kayne for her take. Oh, does she deliver the insights and realness. The linkage… The Laundress dry-cleaning detox kit and mesh bags. Organic by John Patrick slip dresses—no dry-cleaning required! Don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes—or give us a call at (833) OF A KIND and leave us a voicemail!

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Oct 14, 2019
194: Answering Your First Round of Listener Questions!
57:01

You had questions, and this week Claire and Erica have the answers to some of them—keep an ear open for answers to even more in coming weeks. If you’re wondering what to read next, how to show thanks, or how to prepare for your due date, tune in and hear them drop some knowledge. Plus, hear the stories of how these work wives met their husbands, because apparently, you really wanted to know!

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Oct 07, 2019
193: A Fall Crop of Things Too Popular for 10 Things
41:28

Claire and Erica are deep-diving into all the things they just can’t get enough of—but that don’t exactly qualify as new. From iPhone bedtimes (totally not what you think) to traveling the world for yogurt, they’re covering all the bases. Seriously, this episode is so rich you might just have to add it to your gratitude Journal—but more on that later.

 

P.S. You heard of our bookWork Wife? Well, then, grab your copy today.

 

P.P.S. Zip into fall with one of these A+ Lacausa jumpsuits. They’re 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

 

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Sep 30, 2019
192: A Reproductive Psychiatrist on What That Means, Exactly
30:46

Dr. Alexandra Sacks is there this week to give us the scoop on matrescence—basically, the idea that the transition into parenthood is similar to a second adolescence—and, wow, are we thrilled to have her. Listen in to hear her advice for how both moms and the friends and family around them can navigate it. Plus, some bonus HDVB content!

P.S. This one is for all the professional enthusiasts out there: Take 10% off the entire Professional Enthusiast by Of a Kind collection with the code AFEWTHINGS.

P.P.S. Looking for something to fill up that PE boat bag you’re snagging? How about a copy of Claire and Erica’s book, Work Wife?

 

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Sep 23, 2019
191: A Pilates Pro on What the Fuss is All About
31:12

Today we’re busting pilates myths with Heather Andersen, the star instructor-turned-entrepreneur behind New York Pilates, an airy-and-excellent NYC chainlet you’ve definitely heard us talk about before. Listen in for the scoop on pelvic floors, the history of fitness in the U.S., and the future of wellness.

P.S. Follow Claire and Erica’s lead and gift this chic Limarium Celestine apron to one of your friends (or, heck, yourself) for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

P.P.S. If you haven’t ready Work Wife already, there’s no time like the present.

 

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Sep 16, 2019
190: How Taylor Lorenz Turned Her Tumblr Obsession into an NYT Reporting Gig
36:35

Aaand we’re back! In this first post-hiatus episode, we’re talking tech with Taylor Lorenz, an incoming reporter for The New York Times whose byline has been synonymous with “ooh, this is going to be good!” for us for years. Listen in to hear how Tumblr (throwback, huh?) literally changed her career path and how she always gets the digital-world goss before the rest of us do. P.S. Follow Claire and Erica’s lead and let this chic Zoka Ceramics Pierced Cylindrical Vase scratch your itch for a new piercing—now 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS. P.P.S: If you simply cannot wait for another ep of this podcast next week, pick up a copy of Work Wife to hold you over!

Sep 09, 2019
166: How Friendship (And Mutual Respect) Fuel Call Your Girlfriend
31:54

We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 1.18.19 What an ep! This week, Claire and Erica had the pleasure of chatting it up with Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Gina Delvac, the three long-distance work wives behind the gold standard in bestie podcasting, Call Your Girlfriend. They share their meet-cutes (Gossip Girl and poolside nail-painting were involved) as well as what makes their partnership work like it does. Hint: consistency, accountability, and having each other’s back. P.S. Claire and Erica’s book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, is coming March 5! Pre-order your signed copy stat, huh?

Sep 04, 2019
154: Angela Garbes on Doing Things Like a Mother
44:49

We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 10.12.18 This week, we got to break it down with Angela Garbes, a total badass and the author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, the only parenting book Claire insisted her husband read immediately. But having or expecting a kid is hardly a prerequisite: Angela’s work and POV are totally fascinating for anyone who was born on this planet.

Aug 27, 2019
105: V.I.P Author Celeste Ng on Writing a Super-Buzzy Novel
31:13

We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 10.16.17 It’s officially cozy-reading season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Celeste Ng, the author of one spectacular recent release Little Fires Everywhere, join us to talk about the hard, weird, wonderful work of writing stories for a living.

Aug 20, 2019
174: New Mom Life—and How to Handle it as Work Wives
56:12
Aug 12, 2019
15: Our Season One Coversation with Cup of Jo's Joanna Goddard
19:34

We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 8.20.15 In 2015, just fifteen episodes into A Few Things, one of our all time favorite guests, Cup of Jo's Joanna Goddard, stopped by for a timeless chat about starting the blog that since become a community for women across the world. Tune in for our hang sesh. P.S. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Work Wife yet, what are you doing?

Aug 05, 2019
189: Rachel DeLoache Williams Goes Deep on Her Book About Fake Heiress Anna Delvey
36:40

This week, we’re thrilled to sit down with Rachel DeLoache Williams, whose new book, My Friend Anna—the BTS story of how the fake heiress Anna Delvey scammed her out of $62,000—you probably preordered the second you heard about it. Rachel has so much to say about the trials (quite literally!) and tribulations of being one-time friends with Anna, how this experience has affected her take on trust, and how she’s doing her best to make lemonade outta the whole thing. P.S. If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect support system for your reads, these Tortuga bookends are 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS. P.P.S. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Work Wife yet, what are you doing?

Jul 29, 2019
188: A Major Alex Update and the Best of Summer Snacks
25:18
Jul 22, 2019
187: Mira Jacob Illustrates Important Questions in Her New Book, Good Talk
50:19
Jul 15, 2019
186: This Unstoppable PR Duo is Reinventing the Industry’s Sustainability Standards
28:01
Jul 08, 2019
185: A Summery Round of Stuff We Can’t Get Enough Of
37:58

On this episode of A Few Things, Claire and Erica are having another food moment. As Claire puts it, 70 to 80% of these podcasts are 90% about food, and this week’s show features yummy things like Jon & Vinny’s (which Erica was craving before Hailey and Justin ordered it for date night, ok?). Tune in to hear how to amp up both your laptop security and your caramelized onion game (maybe not in that order). P.S. Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses is out, and it’s awesome. P.P.S. Our no-nonsense summer sale is currently in action, and all the scores in it are up to 70% off!

Jul 01, 2019
184: How Mickey Rapkin Wrote a Book-Turned-Blockbuster and the Greatest New Children’s Book
29:31

If you’ve been alive on this earth for the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of a little movie called Pitch Perfect. Well, you can thank today’s guest, Mickey Rapkin, for that—he wrote the original book the blockbuster series was based on. He also just wrote his first children’s book, It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine, to help nervous kids chill out (and to take his shot at making the hashtag #bossofbedtime happen). P.S. For grocery runs, gym trips, and everything between, look no further than these Net Baggus, 10% with the code AFEWTHINGS. P.P.S. Did you know that Claire and Erica also wrote a book? It’s called Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, and it rocks.

Jun 24, 2019
183: A Wildly Successful Denim Line Was Just the Start for These Work Wives
32:19
Jun 17, 2019
182: Old News That’s Seriously Worth a Revisit
26:36

This week on A Few Things, Claire and Erica go deep on their favorite stuff that’s not exactly newsy but still worth plenty of attention. Listen in while they share their favorite random but wonderful faves, from the best dips to, well, the appeal of box cutters. Also, Thomas’ English Muffins, sponsor us. Pretty please! P.S. Have you snagged yourself a copy of Claire and Erica’s new book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses? Get it while it’s hot! P.P.S. Your phone wants a new summer look! Snag the new Moglea iPhone cases on our site: They’re 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jun 10, 2019
181: The NYC Duo Making Entertaining and Good Eating Easier
29:40

Settle in for an extra-delicious week of a A Few Things, why don’t you? We’re picking the brains of Jill Donenfeld and Tiana Tenet, the food-plus-business badasses behind The Culinistas, a New York-based in-home cooking service that connects busy people with private chefs who can stock their fridges, prepare meals for new parents, and even help host a party. Plus, they’re work wives who knew it was right from basically the instant they met. A lot to chew on! P.S. These Xenia Taler Bamboo Dinner Plates and Side Plates also make throwing a shindig a breeze—they’re cute, practically weightless, and 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS. P.P.S. Jill and Tiana cooked for the launch of Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses—and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should.

Jun 03, 2019
180: The Female VCs Changing the Funding Game
39:35

Two very important (and very different) topics coming at you hard this week: pelvic-floor strength and the power of putting women in charge of venture capital. Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong are the brilliant minds behind Female Founders Fund, an early-stage investment firm created to identify women-led companies that old-school (cough, male) venture capitalists often overlook. Clearly, you need to know more, right? P.S. This Binu Binu Seshin Korean Scrub Mitt will get you polished and smooth without leaving weird grit in the bottom of your shower. It’s also 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS. P.P.S. Do you know about Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses? Because you should!

May 28, 2019
179: Rabbit Care, a Netflix Rec, and a Call for Shorter Content
38:09

We’re back with a banner best of 10 things week, featuring the cream of Claire and Erica’s recent 10 Things newsletter picks. If you love Diane Keaton, planking, and cool new ways to mend your jeans, this is truly the episode for you. P.S. And if you love great books, then Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses is the buy for you! P.P.S. Are they culottes? Are they shorts? These dreamy Devlyn Van Loon Culotte Shorts have all the answers, and they’re 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

May 20, 2019
178: How LaTonya Yvette is Making Space for Women of Color
27:54

If you’ve ever spent time in lifestyle-blog land, chances are you’ve stumbled across LaTonya Yvette—and that first encounter probably involved a gasp at how great her OOTD game is. But in addition to being a stellar stylist, she tackles weighty topics around parenting, illness, and identity. Listen in as she talks about the process of bringing her POV to her brand-new book, Woman of Color, that is, of course, as beautiful as it is compelling. P.S. You know who else wrote a great book recently? Claire and Erica! It’s called Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, and it’s available now. P.P.S. Make our crinkly-soft Permanent Collection by Of a Kind Short-Sleeve Shirtdress your own—it’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

May 13, 2019
177: The Founders of Loom on the Radical Way They’re Teaching Women About Their Bodies
38:49

If your sex ed was more than a little lacking, you’re not alone—but Erica Chidi Cohen and Quinn Lundberg are firm believers in a better-late-than-never mantra when it comes to learning more about their sexual and reproductive health. The pair runs Loom, a Los Angeles center that offers everything from doula services to period coaching, and just hearing them talk about that on this ep will make you feel like you know your body a little better. P.S. For even more empowering female duos, pick up a copy of Claire and Erica’s new book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, out now! P.P.S. Scope out our Permanent Collection by Of a Kind Short-Sleeve Oxford Shirt, which is 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS just in time for summer.

May 06, 2019
176: The That’s So Retrograde Gals on All the Best of L.A. Wellness and Weirdness
39:42

Today we’ve got a West Coast wellness dispatch from Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari, the hilarious work wives behind the podcast That’s So Retrograde (a.k.a. “the Ab Fab of new age”). It’s a crash course in the woo-woo—and in many cases, wonderful—new trends that’ll hit the rest of the country in, oh, about nine months. P.S. You know what other craze is sweeping the nation? Work wives! That’s the focus of Claire and Erica’s new book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, out now! P.P.S. Spice up your scent life with Maison Louis Marie candles in No. 2 Le Long Fond and No. 4 Bois de Balincourt—both 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Apr 29, 2019
175: The Co-Founders of Squeeze on Leveling-Up Their Work-Wife Relationship
38:10

Today’s ep features our very first live taping, coming to you from sunny L.A.! Our guests kicked off their relationship on the job when Drybar co-founder Alli Webb hired Brittany Driscoll to work as the brand’s head of marketing. Fast forward to now, and the pair have co-created a whole new biz called Squeeze, a just-opened massage shop that aims to do for massages what Drybar did for blowouts. Listen in as they break down the evolution of their personal-professional bond. P.S. Alli and Brittany are all about that work-wife life—and so are the other amazing female partners featured in Claire and Erica’s new book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, which you can buy now!

Apr 22, 2019
174: New Mom Life—and How to Handle it as Work Wives
48:51

If ya haven’t already heard, Claire had a baby in December (welcome to the A Few Things family, Cam!). Today, she and Erica recap what having a baby and pop-up shop during the busiest month of the year looked like—and all the interesting, wonderful, and weird stuff that’s happened since. P.S. This brilliant Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel is an easy way to cover grays, if you’re into that—plus it’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Apr 15, 2019
Introducing Motherhood Sessions from Gimlet
07:10

Confronting Your Parents After Motherhood Julia was born in South Korea, but was adopted and raised by a white family. Now that she has her own child—the first biological relative she’s ever known—she’s rethinking her relationship with her own family, and on a search to find her birth mother.

Apr 11, 2019
Listen Up: Loss and Community-Building with the Founders of The Dinner Party
38:50
Lennon Flowers and Carla Fernandez are here to discuss their work-wife partnership and their incredible non-profit The Dinner Party, which facilitates a series of potlucks around the country to support people in their twenties and thirties who have experienced a major loss. They’re also full of great advice for how to avoid clamming up when someone close to you is going through something hard. Really, we’re here for anything and everything they have to share.

P.S. These colorful Wolfum trays are the cutest way to get organized—and they’re also now 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Apr 08, 2019
"172: Red Lentils, Rachel Bilson, and More Random Things We Can’t Get Enough Of "
24:47

Claire and Erica are back in the studio with a real great grab bag of an episode today, answering listener questions re: treadmill TV and supplying the red lentil content nobody asked for—but that we swear you’ll be grateful for! P.S. Cut down on your phone time with these colorful Wexler & Sons card and board games—all 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Apr 01, 2019
171: How Two Pop-Culture-Obsessed Friends Built @commentsbycelebs
27:48

Even if you’re not up on your celebrity gossip, you’ve probably seen a post from @commentsbybelebs, the now famous in its own right Instagram account that highlights all the hilarious chatter between, say, J-Lo and Ellen in the comments section. Today, Claire and Erica sit down with Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer, the pop-culture queens behind this brilliance, who dish on judging the merits of online clapbacks, DMing celebrities, and how building a brand brought them closer as friends. P.S. Claire and Erica’s book Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses is here, and it’s a total must read. Get your hands on a copy ASAP!

Mar 25, 2019
170: The Culinary Work Wives Behind the Japanese Comfort-Food Gem Bessou
24:43

When Maiko Kyogoku decided to open Bessou, a ridiculously satisfying Japanese comfort-food restaurant in Manhattan’s Noho neighborhood, her former Boulud Sud co-worker Emily Yuen asked if she might need an executive chef. The rest is (delicious) work-wife history, and we’re getting into all of it—from their mutual excitement over ingredients to their extreme-fitness bonding sessions—on this week’s ep. P.S. You can now get Claire and Erica’s book Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses in your hands. Trust us, it’s a real page-turner!

Mar 18, 2019
169: How Two Longtime Friends Created the Cheese Empire That Is Cowgirl Creamery
26:26

You may not know them by name, but Sue Conley and Peggy Smith are the dairy mavens who founded Cowgirl Creamery, the famous Bay Area maker of such delicious cheeses as Mt Tam and Red Hawk. On this ep, Claire and Erica had the pleasure of hearing the full story, which involves a Steinbeckian post-college road trip, a stint at Chez Panisse, and—you guessed it—a thriving work-wife relationship. P.S. Hey, have you grabbed a copy of Claire and Erica’s book Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses? And, if not, what are you waiting for?!

Mar 11, 2019
168: A Candid Convo with Two of the Coolest Moms (and Podcast Co-Hosts) Around
31:40

Are you listening to the Cool Moms podcast? Because you should be. It’s hosted by Elise Peterson, an artist and illustrator, and Lizzy Okpo, co-founder of the fashion line William Okpo, and they both joined Claire and Erica on this ep to break down how they tackle motherhood, maintain their identities, and resolve conflicts between the two of ‘em (keeping their astrological signs in mind, of course). P.S. Want a signed copy of Claire and Erica’s book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses? Pre-order it today, and your wish is granted!

Mar 04, 2019
167: Talking Partnership with the Siblings and Romance-Novel Experts Who Signed a Sony Deal
37:47

Today on the pod, Claire and Erica chat with two extraordinary sisters, Leah and Bea Koch, founders of The Ripped Bodice, the only romance-novel bookstore in all of the United States. But they’re up to even more than that—from landing a deal with Sony, to writing a novel, to promoting racial diversity in romance publishing—and manage to make it all happen without ruining family Thanksgiving. P.S. Speaking of books, pre-order Claire and Erica’s, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, today for your very own signed copy!

Feb 26, 2019
"167: Talking Partnership with the Siblings and Romance-Novel Experts Who Signed a Sony Deal "

Today on the pod, Claire and Erica chat with two extraordinary sisters, Leah and Bea Koch, founders of The Ripped Bodice, the only romance-novel bookstore in all of the United States. But they’re up to even more than that—from landing a deal with Sony, to writing a novel, to promoting racial diversity in romance publishing—and manage to make it all happen without ruining family Thanksgiving. P.S. Speaking of books, pre-order Claire and Erica’s, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, today for your very own signed copy!

Feb 25, 2019
166: How Friendship (And Mutual Respect) Fuel Call Your Girlfriend
30:54

What an ep! This week, Claire and Erica had the pleasure of chatting it up with Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Gina Delvac, the three long-distance work wives behind the gold standard in bestie podcasting, Call Your Girlfriend. They share their meet-cutes (Gossip Girl and poolside nail-painting were involved) as well as what makes their partnership work like it does. Hint: consistency, accountability, and having each other’s back. P.S. Claire and Erica’s book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, is coming March 5! Pre-order your signed copy stat, huh?

Feb 18, 2019
165: Two Cannabis Work Wives With a Powerful Friendship Pact
30:05
Feb 11, 2019
164: The Pod Is Back With a Work-Wife Double Date!
41:34

Hey, there, we missed ya! To celebrate our return from hiatus, we’re bringing you a meet-cute, a pseudo-breakup, and the full story of a thriving bi-coastal relationship on the podcast today. Who are we chatting with? That would be Andrea Oliveri and Nicole Vecchiarelli, co-founders of Special Projects, all-around work-wife powerhouses with tons of advice on making their professional relationship hum and juggling the tough stuff in between. P.S. Pre-order a signed copy of Claire and Erica’s book, Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, for so many great interviews and much intel.

Feb 04, 2019
133: We Can’t Get Enough of Mary H.K. Choi, Author of Emergency Contact
48:14

This week on A Few Things, we’ve got Mary H.K. Choi, a.k.a. @choitotheworld, a.k.a. the brilliantly badass writer whose debut novel, Emergency Contact, is charming existing YA fans and converting new ones, both.

Jan 30, 2019
166: Olivia Milch on Making the Movies We All Deserve
42:25

First things first: Claire and Erica have quick updates on the competitive alpaca scene and the conclusion of The Great HDVB Shortage of 2018. Then—even more excitingly, if you can believe it—Olivia Milch joins us to talk about her first feature film Dude, which she wrote AND directed and that’s out on Netflix now. NBD.

Jan 23, 2019
156: Nike’s Coach Bennett on Why Running Makes Everything Better
43:04

We’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 10.24.18. This week, Claire and Erica talk all things running with Coach Bennett, motivational guide and total athletic powerhouse (his résumé includes a four-minute mile!). On the docket: how meditation practice plays into his running philosophy, who should run a marathon, and hot tips for newbies that might just motivate you to lace up your shoes and go for a jog. P.S. The perfect slouchy beanie can be hard to find, but don’t worry, this cashmere stunner has you covered juuust in time. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jan 14, 2019
145: On Choosing —and Not Choosing—Motherhood
48:32

We’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 8.20.18. Today, a topic that’s been much-requested by our listeners: parenthood! Claire and Erica share their own personal decisions, some recommended reading, and a little bit of news. (We missed you, too.) P.S. We’ve been generously swiping on the hydrating, brightening Olio e Osso balms ever since we got our hands on them, and you can do the same for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jan 06, 2019
163: Top-Notch Advice on Long-Distance Relationships
22:31

This week, Claire and Erica sit down with longtime pal Julie Alvin, SVP of content strategy at Refinery29 and self-certified expert on how to make a long-distance relationship (or in her case, marriage) thrive. She makes it feel quite aspirational. P.S. Our huge holiday sale is here, and, wow, are the deals hot. Up to 60% off some of our very favorite things!

Dec 27, 2018
162: The Story Behind Our New Favorite Ingredient
43:30

This week on the podcast, we’ve got a fellow work wife on—her name’s Amy Zitelman, and along with her sisters Shelby and Jackie, she runs Soom Foods, source of the creamiest, dreamiest tahini we’ve ever tasted. She’s sharing hard-earned wisdom on starting a business and genius ways to use the little sesame-seed paste that could. Oh, and we’ve got the last Alex update of 2018, and he’s bringing big news! P.S. Make like Claire’s unborn son and get your hands on these Candylab toy cars (big kids love them, too). Score yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Dec 17, 2018
161: The Food Blogger Behind Half Baked Harvest Is Here To Solve Your Cooking Woes
38:05

Today in soft news, there’s a lot going down in the realm of stuffed animals, and Claire and Erica have the whole scoop. But an even more delightful subject is their interview with the food blogger and recent cookbook author Tieghan Gerard. The mastermind behind Half Baked Harvest, she’s spilling on how to entertain for a big ol’ group and what it’s like to have her mom as her business partner. P.S. Once this sophisticated and cozy Norden candle burns out, you’ll have a beautiful new piece of pottery. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Dec 10, 2018
160: A Much-Needed and Extra Fun Best of 10 Things Episode
47:35

What’s on Claire and Erica’s minds right now? Favorite recipes and food-freezing qualms, the Instagram accounts they can’t stop thinking about, and so many more juicy highlights from their weekly 10 Things newsletter. Get into it all below. P.S. These gorge vases by Heather Stewart Harvey practically arrange flowers for you. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Dec 03, 2018
159: A Compelling Case for the Handwritten Thank You Note
36:55

This week, Claire and Erica get totally inspired by Gina Hamadey, the mind behind the brilliant project Thank You Year. What is this undertaking exactly? It involves Gina, a freelance writer and editor (who previously worked at places like Oprah Magazine and Food & Wine), sending a thank you note for every day of the year. She’s got a lot to say about how the project has changed her life...and how it might do the same for yours. P.S. Ready to stick your neck out for faux fur? Start with this ridiculously soft Apparis scarf. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Nov 26, 2018
158: Grace Bonney Gives Us the Scoop on Her New Magazine That’s All About Being Real
37:23

We’ve loved us some Grace Bonney for a long while (see: this A Few Things ep featuring her and her lovely and talented wife Julia Turshen). So Claire and Erica were especially thrilled to get to talk to the Design*Sponge founder about her new magazine Good Company, the ever-changing world of blogging, and how to deal with critics sliding into your DMs. P.S. This Tamaki Niime scarf might be the softest thing to touch your neck. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS. P.P.S. Be the gem that you are and leave us a review on iTunes? We’ll love you either way, but we’d really appreciate it!

Nov 19, 2018
157: Katie Sturino on Good Body Vibes, Great Fashion, and Making a Pet IG Famous
39:35

This week, Claire and Erica talk with fall in love with Katie Sturino, founder of style blog The 12ish Style, dog momager to these famous pups, and the mind behind Megababe, the internet’s most empowering female hygiene brand. Clearly, there’s plenty to discuss.

P.S. You’ve got to try this silky, smooth, and delightfully sheer tinted face oil that Claire calls “foundation for dummies.” Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

 

Nov 12, 2018
156: Nike’s Coach Bennett on Why Running Makes Everything Better
43:04

This week, Claire and Erica talk all things running with Coach Bennett, motivational guide and total athletic powerhouse (his résumé includes a four-minute mile!). On the docket: how meditation practice plays into his running philosophy, who should run a marathon, and hot tips for newbies that might just motivate you to lace up your shoes and go for a jog. P.S. The perfect slouchy beanie can be hard to find, but don’t worry, this cashmere stunner has you covered juuust in time. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Nov 05, 2018
155: Our Best Not-New Discoveries
35:58

In this very dairy-heavy episode, Claire and Erica are talking ice cream cakes, miniature coffee creamers (officially known as milkettes!), and more things that you’ve probably heard of—but maybe don’t appreciate as much as you should. P.S. Keetra Dean Dixon’s Glassy Retooling Crayons are standalone works of art and totally functional drawing tools. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Oct 29, 2018
154: Angela Garbes on Doing Things Like a Mother
42:26

This week, we got to break it down with Angela Garbes, a total badass and the author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, the only parenting book Claire insisted her husband read immediately. But having or expecting a kid is hardly a prerequisite: Angela’s work and POV are totally fascinating for anyone who was born on this planet. P.S. Who’s got the best socks on the internet? Of a Kind, duh. Get yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Oct 22, 2018
Episode 153: Glory Edim on Diversifying Your Bookshelf
38:06

This week, Glory Edim stops by to talk about founding and building the Well-Read Black Girl community—and what it was like editing some of the best writers in the whole dang world for her new anthology of the same name. P.S. It’s fall! Which means it’s time for the Miro Tee—but they’re going fast. Slip into one for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS while you can.

Oct 15, 2018
Episode 152: Fall into the Latest Best of 10 Things
31:34

It’s baaack—and we’re not just talking about crisp weather. This week, Claire and Erica are bringing you another round of highlights from their weekly 10 Things newsletter. Read on for all sorts of easy and delicious ways to upgrade your life. P.S. These fancy Strawberry Link Earrings will look great on you all year ‘round, and you can pocket a pair for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Oct 08, 2018
Episode 151: Let’s Get into It with the Biz Whiz Behind Create & Cultivate
35:05

Bring on the fellow female entrepreneurs! This week, Claire and Erica are chatting with Jaclyn Johnson, creator of the wildly empowering Create & Cultivate conference. Oh yeah, and she’s a newly published author, too! Hit play to hear all about it and the other women she thinks are paving the way. P.S. It’s a moisturizer, it’s a foundation, it’s...Kosas Tinted Face Oil. And it’s everything. See for yourself for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Oct 01, 2018
Episode 150: Maternity Fitness and Some Amazing Things You Might Already Know About
48:44

This week, Claire’s talking about the highs and lows of getting workouts in while expecting, and then we dive into all sorts of other great finds that aren’t fresh enough to make into 10 Things but that are still very much worth knowing about. P.S. This black checked dress is a year-round winner (hey, looks great with tights!), and you can snag yours for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Sep 24, 2018
Episode 149: Meet Your New Favorite News Journalist, Alicia Menendez
31:30
Sep 17, 2018
Episode 148: A Very Snacky Best of 10 Things
35:14

This week, Claire and Erica’s last dispatch from L.A. is a real snack mix—with a couple of bonus Best of 10 Things nods thrown in for good measure.

P.S. Word Notebooks will forever be an Of a Kind favorite, and you can snag a three-pack for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Sep 10, 2018
Episode 147: Wine Times with the Whiz Who Is Helen Johannesen
32:53

This week, fruit is front and center—first, Claire and Erica break down why and how they’re eating all the watermelon, and then it’s onto grapes with wine guru Helen Johannesen, the cutting-edge beverage director for the restaurants in the Jon & Vinny’s empire, the founder of Helen’s Wines, and a person we now desperately want to be friends with.

Sep 03, 2018
Episode 146: What to Expect When Claire’s Expecting
41:23

So, last week was a big one, and this week we’re doing a deeper dive into motherhood and pregnancy, talking all about Claire’s experience growing a human so far. Listen on for reading lists, shopping tips, and a least one toy that this fetus won’t be playing with for years but is probably already coveting.

P.S. The best baby gift around are Estella’s squishy rattles, which we’ve got in hot sauce, hot dog, and avocado shapes, because you’ve gotta start ‘em young on all the best things in life. Snag ‘em for 10% off with the discount code AFEWTHINGS.

Aug 27, 2018
Episode 145: On Choosing —and Not Choosing—Motherhood
32:36

We’re baaack. And we’re jumping right in with a topic that’s been much-requested by our listeners: parenthood! Claire and Erica share their own personal decisions, some recommended reading, and a little bit of news. (We missed you, too.)

P.S. We’ve been generously swiping on the hydrating, brightening Olio e Osso balms ever since we got our hands on them, and you can do the same for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Aug 20, 2018
Episode 116: Talkin' Shop with the Founder of Ban.do, The Most Fun Brand This Side of the Web
36:38

We're highlighting some of our favorite past episodes! Original air date 1.8.18. If you properly appreciate the mood-boosting power of a fun phone case, you’ve probably come across Ban.do. The pop-culture-heavy accessories line is the brainchild of Jen Gotch, and she’s just as delightful, honest, and badass as the moniker mugs she sells.

Aug 13, 2018
Episode 122: All the Books We Can’t Wait to Read and Listener Mailbag!
41:24

We're highlighting some of our favorite past episodes! Originally aired 2.18.18. In this episode, Claire and Erica are responding to some particularly noteworthy messages they’ve gotten recently, and chat about all the amazing books they can’t wait to curl up with.

Aug 06, 2018
Episode 103: Joe Holder, Trainer to the Stars (and Claire!), on All Things Exercise
28:27

We're revisiting some of our favorite episodes! In this one, originally aired 10.2.17, Joe Holder, aka @ochosystem, talks about why getting your head right is more important than getting your body tight.

Jul 30, 2018
Episode 144: Glynnis MacNicol Has So Much to Say About Being a Woman in Her Forties
31:31

After Claire and Erica talk TSA, yogurt parfaits, and the intersection of the two, they have a chat with Glynnis MacNicol, whose new memoir No One Tells You This is about turning forty as a single women with no kids—and just how satisfying that can be.

Sidenote: Let the eyes have it with Lily Lolo's all-natural mascara that stays put and makes your lashes look good as hell. It’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS!

Jul 23, 2018
Episode 143: Claire Wasserman on Doing Her Part to End the Wage Gap
27:44

On this week’s episode, Claire and Erica have a topic hot off the garlic presses: whether or not those little kitchen devices actually work. And speaking of work, Claire Wasserman, the powerhouse founder of Ladies Get Paid, stops by to talk closing the pay gap, negotiating promotions, and what happens when women share their money stories.

P.S. If you’re looking for some light in your life, Claire and Erica recommend the Hawkins candlesticks—which are 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS!

Jul 16, 2018
Episode 142: Why Older Athletes Are Thriving, with the Guy Who Wrote a Book on It
38:39

On this episode, Claire and Erica are pondering a cashless economy—and what that that means for the bankless. They’re also talking about how big-money athletes are staying stronger, longer, with Jeff Bercovici, the San Francisco bureau chief of Inc. magazine and the author of Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age—and what that means for the rest of us.

P.S. There’s more than one way to go pro. Snagging the Floral Society’s Ceramic Flower Frog Vase will make anyone feel like a florist, and both sizes are 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jul 09, 2018
Episode 141: A Grocery-Centric Round of Listener Feedback
17:25

A few weeks ago, Claire and Erica came clean about the dirty truth that they’re not so into washing produce—and you people had some opinions (and tips!) about that. You also delivered some brilliant ideas for using up a can of chipotle peppers and thoughts on the best GF breads, and we are here for all of it.

P.S. Of a Kind’s big summer sale is happening now through July 9, with 30% (and more!) off all kinds of amazingness—including this thoroughly wonderful woven tote by Someware. Get it before it’s gone!

Jul 02, 2018
Episode 140: A Mixed Bag of Things We Can’t Put in 10 Things
38:00

Claire and Erica are diving right in this week with the topic of showering at night. Is it worth the effort, really? That’s just the first of many groundbreaking topics covered this week, including crosswords and even more alternative mylks.

P.S. Speaking of showers, it’s all about Shhhowercap showercaps, which look cute, will last forever, and are currently 10% of with the code AFEWTHINGS!

Jun 25, 2018
Episode 139: We’re Reading Author Rumaan Alam Loud and Clear
49:03

We’re kicking off this week with an overdue (and not overly long) Alex update! Then! We’ve got the brilliantly insightful author and editor Rumaan Alam on the record about his second novel That Kind of Mother, which explores family, race, motherhood, and (to a lesser extent) Princess Diana.

P.S. Who knew everything looks better with a touch of tortoiseshell? The designer behind Machete, that’s who—and you can snag all of her earrings for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jun 18, 2018
Episode 138: Alex Capano Schools Us on Women's Health Issues and Cannabinoids
27:52

On this episode of A Few Things, Claire and Erica sit down with Alex Capano, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC (tl;dr she knows her medicine!). You can just think of her as your friendly neighborhood expert on reproductive sexual medicine and cannabinoids.

P.S. Speaking of health, if you didn’t put sunscreen on today, we’re not mad, just disappointed. Unsun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen is 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS, so no more excuses, k?

Jun 11, 2018
Episode 137: We TB with D C-T! Authors Joana Avillez and Molly Young
30:43

This week on A Few Things, Claire and Erica chat with writer Molly Young and illustrator Joana Avillez about their new NYC-themed book of illustrated word puzzles, D C-T!  It’s exactly as charming as they are.

P.S. Code cherry red: The Megan Huntz Charlie Dress is your answer to anything that requires a pop of color, and it’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jun 04, 2018
Episode 136: Anthonia Akitunde on Showing Up for Moms of Color
28:46

This week, Claire and Erica go deep with Anthonia Akitunde, the founder of Mater Mea, a website that shares stories of black motherhood. Take a listen and keep her in your sights—there’s a lot more where this convo came from.

P.S. Add mancala to your list of things to do when phones are off the table. We’re playing Wolfum’s set, and it’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

May 24, 2018
Episode 135: Getting Bubbly with Sommelier Jordan Salcito
34:28

You don’t have to pour a glass of wine to listen to this episode, but it would be appropriate: Claire and Erica are chatting with Jordan Salcito, Momofuku wine whiz, co-founder of Bellus Wines, and creator of Ramona, a very refreshing, canned take on a wine spritz. Get ready to drink up all her knowledge.

P.S. Know what else is fresh? Being a better-smelling version of you. Escentric Molecule’s Molecule 01 Eau de Toilette gets you there, and it’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

May 21, 2018
Episode 134: A Super-Satisfying Installment of Best of 10 Things
41:47

Hungry for another Best of 10 Things? Prime recs comin’ right up! Claire’s living her best #taconight life, Erica’s got new bingeable TV, and—well, we don’t want to give too much away before you dive in.

P.S. While you’re at it, get our most popular dress of the season while it’s hot and 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS!

May 14, 2018
Episode 133: We Can’t Get Enough of Mary H.K. Choi, Author of Emergency Contact
49:06

This week on A Few Things, we’ve got Mary H.K. Choi, a.k.a. @choitotheworld, a.k.a. the brilliantly badass writer whose debut novel, Emergency Contact, is charming existing YA fans and converting new ones, both.

P.S. We’re gearing up for sunny weather in a major way with Carla Colour’s Lind and Barton shades. These bright sunnies are 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.



May 07, 2018
Episode 132: Wake Up—It’s Time for Claire’s Morning Routine!
33:36

Ready for the very fascinating rundown of how Claire gets revved up in the A.M.? You’ve come to the right place. In this ep, she makes a strong case for drinking coffee while lying down, taking a bunch o’ morning mirror selfies, and giving yourself plenty of time.

Apr 30, 2018
Episode 131: Olivia Milch on Making the Movies We All Deserve
42:39

First things first: Claire and Erica have quick updates on the competitive alpaca scene and the conclusion of The Great HDVB Shortage of 2018. Then—even more excitingly, if you can believe it—Olivia Milch joins us to talk about her first feature film Dude, which she wrote AND directed and that’s out on Netflix now. NBD.

PSA: Co-ord w/ Permanent Collection by Of a Kind’s tank and midi. Snag ‘em for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Apr 23, 2018
Episode 130: Loads of Pro Tips from the Dynamic Interior-Design Duo of Jesse Parris-Lamb

While we wait for the spring part of spring cleaning to kick in, Claire and Erica sat down to chat all things interior with fellow work wives and design gurus Amanda Jesse and Whitney Parris-Lamb, who are responsible for making Claire’s new place really feel like home.

PSA: The way-chic Suede Circle Tote by Hopp is 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS! High fives all around.

Apr 16, 2018
Episode 129: Rise and Shine—It’s Erica’s Morning Routine!
32:38

This week, Erica shows us how she gets up and at ‘em, and we wonder why this Alpaca Championship in her hometown of Peoria, Illinois, didn’t get as much coverage as March Madness.

P.S. Definitely take a page from the alpacas and put your best face forward with Consonant’s DHE Clay Mask. Double win: It’s now 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Apr 09, 2018
Episode 128: Fact-Checking with Misinformation Expert Rex Sorgatz!
35:37

Call this the conspiracy-theory ep, if you like: After we revisit the oh-so-mysterious HDVB (Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean) shortage, we sit down with Rex Sorgatz, authority on all things hoax-y, misinformed, and just plain false. He literally wrote the book on them—it’s called The Encyclopedia of Misinformation, and it’s as intriguing as it sounds.

P.S. Something that’s definitely true: Our amazing new Permanent Collection by Of a Kind duster is now 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.


Apr 02, 2018
Episode 127: Dan Frommer on How to Score All the Points
49:22

Claire and Erica talk with Dan Frommer, creator of the Points Party newsletter, about which credit cards truly give you a bang for your buck.

P.S. Don’t give up on dry shampoo just yet: La Tierra Sagrada’s smells great, absorbs fast, and is 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Mar 26, 2018
Episode 126: Fake Ketchup and Real Celeb Talents on the Latest Best of 10 Things Ep!
29:17
Mar 19, 2018
Episode 125: A Very Sudsy Body Wash v. Soap Roundtable
36:12

Ok, it’s time for the great soap and body wash debate of 2018, and we brought in two beauty pros, Britt Aboutaleb and Claire Carusillo, to work us into a lather.

P.S. Vote with your dollars! If you want! Daughter of the Land Hair and Body Shampoo Bar, Rohr Remedy Honey Myrtle Body Wash, Modern Wash Soaps, and Wary Meyers Striped Glycerin and Confetti Soaps are all 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Mar 12, 2018
Episode 124: Things You Can’t Say in 10 Things, Armie Hammer Edition
34:40

Our weekly 10 Things newsletter (sign up for it here!) is dedicated to Claire and Erica’s latest finds—but every now and then, they want to talk about things that are less discoveries than obsessions. Like Palm Springs! Ever heard of it? How ‘bout Armie Hammer??

P.S. Upgrade your hostess gift game with these beautiful Areaware Totem Candles, why don’t you? They’re 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Mar 05, 2018
Episode 123: Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Culture
47:04

Today we’re looking at the world through a green lens with Verena von Pfetten, co-creator of Gossamer, a lifestyle-slash-media brand for people who also smoke weed. P.S. Because you’ll definitely want some after listening to this episode, our best-selling CBD Rub (which comes in lavender and lemongrass) is 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Feb 26, 2018
Episode 122: Listen Up: All the Books We Can’t Wait to Read and Listener Mailbag!
41:24

One of the best things about doing this show is the very enthusiastic feedback we get from out listeners—and this week, Claire and Erica are responding to some particularly noteworthy messages they’ve gotten recently. We’re also chatting about all the amazing books coming out in 2018 that we can’t wait to curl up with. Let’s do this.

P.S. The Outdoor Kit is filled with stuff that can make even the indoor kids among us want to hang outside. Get it for 10% with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Feb 19, 2018
Episode 121: Katonya Breaux Is So Bright, We Gotta Wear Sunscreen
27:52

Just because you haven’t seen the sun in weeks doesn’t mean you don’t still need SPF, and Unsun founder Katonya Breaux is here to chat all about how she made an effective one that doesn’t leave skin of any hue looking chalky. (She’s also Frank Ocean’s mom, which isn’t super-relevant except as proof that badassery runs in the family.)

P.S. We think the Dimes Cedar and Neroli Candle smells like Italy in the summertime, and it’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Feb 12, 2018
Episode 120: Talkin’ Female Friendship with the Woman Who Wrote the (New!) Book on It
30:52

We’re going deep on the history of shine theory with friend of the pod Kayleen Schaefer, author of the fan-freaking-tastic book Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Female Friendship.

P.S. If you’re feeling warm and fuzzy about your BFF after listening to this ep, split these Merewif White Topaz BFF Necklaces with her—we’ll even give you 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Feb 05, 2018
Episode 119: The Cream (and Sad Egg) of the 10 Things Crop
43:17

This week, Claire and Erica ponder an age-old issue: When the heck is the right time to re-apply lipstick? From there, they move onto...more recent finds they can’t stop talking about. Speaking of, now’s the time to sign up for our 10 Things newsletter, which brings the party to your inbox every Monday.

P.S. If you’re looking for a life-changing shampoo, Virtue Labs makes it. Oh, it’s also 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jan 29, 2018
Episode 118: We Stretch Our Yoga Knowledge with Sky Ting Founder Krissy Jones
35:16

This week’s ep is a real high-low mix that includes both an ode to Russian dressing and a very enlightening conversation with Sky Ting Yoga’s co-founder Krissy Jones.

P.S. We’re taking our love of Maison Louis Marie No. 4 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Oil and rolling with it—you can get your own woodsy, obsession-worthy bottle for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jan 22, 2018
Episode 117: Things We Can’t Put in 10 Things But Are 🤗 About Still
34:16

Less than 60 days ‘til spring, kids! In the meantime, Claire and Erica are cozying up to the simpler things in life. And by simpler things, we mean stuff you maybe, probably already know about (but that is still so great that it’s worth talking about!). 

P.S. One way we’re keepin’ toasty over here is with Richer Poorer’s over-the-knee socks in black or tan, now 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Jan 15, 2018
Episode 116: Talkin' Shop With the Founder of Ban.do, the Most Fun Brand This Side of the Web
36:38

If you properly appreciate the mood-boosting power of a fun phone case, you’ve probably come across Ban.do. The pop-culture-heavy accessories line is the brainchild of Jen Gotch, and she’s just as delightful, honest, and badass as the moniker mugs she sells—just the kinda vibes you need for the first A Few Things of 2018.

P.S. If winter is sucking all the dewy glow outta of your epidermis, we’ve got the fix—it’s the plumping HydrExtreme Serum by Consonant Skincare, and it’s 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS

Jan 08, 2018
Episode 115: Wrapping Up 2017 on a Charitable Note—Here’s How We Give
31:18

Hey-ho on this in-between week! We hope you’re listening to this with full hearts and stomachs, ideally surrounded by some of your favorite people. Something else we’re spending this late-December moment doing is thinking about end-of-year giving—a lot more on that in this episode. P.S. You know about our post-holiday sale, right? Get 30% off across the site with the code YEAROUT ‘til January 3rd!

Dec 28, 2017
Episode 114: We Share Our Love of All the Indian Food Maya Kaimal Makes With the Woman Herself
44:32

We take kitchen business (snacking very much included) seriously around here. Which is why we’re so stoked to have founder of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods in our midst gettin’ saucy. P.S. Still struggling with a last-minute gift for, say, your mother-in-law? You can’t go wrong with our Rose Set, which you can snag for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Dec 18, 2017
Episode 113: Tune In and Tone Up—It’s Erica’s Fitness Routine!
35:48

Do Chili’s fajitas and fitness go together? They do today! Claire and Erica share a major moment at a certain Southwestern chain restaurant before Erica breaks down how she manages to actually make it to workout sessions on time. Speaking of heavy lifting: the Professional Enthusiast Round 4 Weekender Bag is 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Dec 11, 2017
Episode 112: Very Chill Party Ideas and So Much More in This Week’s Best of 10 Things Episode
26:49

This week, Claire’s stanning for stools, and Erica’s all about knife-and-fork salads. But that’s not all! Listen for their latest faves from our legendary 10 Things newsletter (you get that, right?!). Also, get 10% off the Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with the code AFEWTHINGS.

Dec 04, 2017
Episode 111: Claire's Fitness Routine and Marathon Recap!
45:48

We’re not sure if ya heard, but 50% of the hosts of this podcast rocked the NYC Marathon in November. So, how’d Claire Mazur tackle it? And why?! All her tips ahead—just keep pace.

Nov 27, 2017
Episode 110: Oh Boy, We’ve Got Joy Cho of Oh Joy!
34:56

We’re talking non-endorsed energy bars and enthusiastically endorsed face masks. And then! We’re ecstatic to have on Joy Cho, O.G. blogger and creator of the very aesthetically pleasing world of Oh Joy!. It might be just what you need to get you through what promises to be a crazy week...

Nov 20, 2017
Episode 109: A Convo with the Cashmere Queen Behind Lingua Franca
39:43

Um, have you seen our Professional Enthusiast Round 5 Cashmere Sweater?! We’re obsessed with it—and the woman we partnered with to bring it to life, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson of Lingua Franca

Nov 13, 2017
Episode 108: The Things Too Popular to Put in 10 Things—but That Are Still Worth Raving About!
26:22
Nov 06, 2017
Episode 107: Getting a Read on the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation
36:56

Our latest A Few Things episode is one for the books, thanks to some pre-Halloween planning (Ash the bunny is going as a bat, thanks for asking) and an extremely badass guest, Lisa Lucas, who runs the show at the National Book Foundation.

Oct 30, 2017
Episode 106: What We Learned from Movin’ Out (and Up!)
29:22

This week, we’re taking a page out of queen Cardi B’s book and makin’ moves—or, at least, recapping all the stuff we learned the hard way from our 2017 home and offices relocations.

Oct 23, 2017
Episode 105: V.I.P Author Celeste Ng on Writing a Super-Buzzy Novel
35:53
Oct 16, 2017
Episode 104: The Best and Brightest of Our Recent 10 Things Picks
24:59
Oct 09, 2017
Episode 103: Joe Holder, Trainer to the Stars (and Claire!), on All Things Exercise
28:27

Special and amazing guest Joe Holder, aka @ochosystem, on how why getting your head right is more important than getting your body tight.

Oct 02, 2017
Episode 102: Vacation Decisions We'd Do Over If We Could
22:51
Sep 25, 2017
Episode 101: We're Back With Someone Whose Writing and Podcasting You Should Be Tracking
25:31

Claire and Erica are back with special guest Fran Tirado!

Sep 18, 2017
Episode 55: Grace Bonney and Julia Turshen on Their New Books—and Some Hostess Gifts, Too!
44:00
Originally aired 9.12.2016.
Aug 29, 2017
Episode 53: Summer Sickness and Jenna Wortham’s Everything Guide to the Internet
Originally aired 8.29.2016
Aug 29, 2017
Episode 45: Talkin’ Biz with the BFF Co-Founders of Bed Bath & Beyond
Originally aired 7.5.2016.
Aug 14, 2017
Episode 15: Ooh, Baby, Baby with special guest Joanna Goddard
28:51
Originally aired on 8.16.15. We chat baby gifts and running an insanely popular lifestyle website with Cup of Jo founder Joanna Goddard.
Aug 07, 2017
Episode 100: The 100th Episode of A Few Things!
Jul 31, 2017
Episode 99: #ReadingThings with Emily Danforth, Author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post!
Jul 24, 2017
Episode 98: Food for Flying and Our Favorite Filmmaker
Jul 17, 2017
Episode 97: 10 More Things We Cannot Get Enough Of
Jul 10, 2017
Episode 96: What’s New with Alex and the Woman Behind Sweet Saba’s Oh-So-Chic Candy
Jul 04, 2017
Episode 95: All The Reasons Why We Love Who? Weekly, with Co-Hosts Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger!
Jun 26, 2017
Episode 94: From the 10 Things Cutting Room Floor and How Olive & June's Founder Nails It Every Time
Jun 19, 2017
Episode 93: Dating Dilemmas and Cuttin’ a Rug (Literally) with Artemis Design Co.
Jun 12, 2017
Episode 92: The Latest, Greatest, Tastiest 10 Things!
Jun 05, 2017
Episode 91: #ReadingThings You’ve All Been Waiting For, Saint Mazie with Jami Attenberg!
May 29, 2017
Episode 90: The Latest in Living Single with Alex and an Expert on What’s Shakin’ in Indian Dance
May 22, 2017
Episode 89: Stuff to Do Outside Your House in NYC, and TV to Watch Inside Your House Anywhere
May 15, 2017
Episode 87: How to Send a Cold Email and Become a Design-World Hotshot, with Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson!
May 08, 2017
Episode 87: Teddy Bears, Dolls, and Author (and Bookstore Owner) Emma Straub, Oh My!
May 01, 2017
Episode 86: Why We Should All Go to Austin—and Listen to Tamar Adler's Kitchen Tips
Apr 24, 2017
Episode 85: These Are a Few of Our Favorite 10 Things—and the Woman Behind the Best Bubbly
Apr 17, 2017
Episode 84: We’re #ReadingThings (Again) and Talking to the Designer Behind Some of Our Dreamiest Dresses
Apr 10, 2017
Episode 83: Podcasts We Can’t Quit and Our First Roundtable—on Denim, Duh
Apr 03, 2017
Episode 82: An Education in Making Costume Jewelry and Running Your Own Gallery
Mar 28, 2017
Episode 81: Some of the Greatest Recent 10 Things and How to Save Your Skin with Rachel Winard of Soapwalla
Mar 20, 2017
Episode 80: Things We're Opting out of—and Why Bar Method Is SO Not One of Those Things
Claire and Erica dive into their can’t-be-bothered lists—because the power of a positive no is real. One thing that’s not exactly easy but is definitely worth doing: working out at Bar Method Brooklyn—and studio owner Katie Muehlenkamp is here to tell us all about it. If her chat sesh makes you want to see what all the fuss is about, sign up for our PE Class: Bar Method Brooklyn to do weird glute exercises with Claire and Erica on 3/26—your ticket includes our brand-new Professional Enthusiast Round 2 sweatshirt, a pair of Pointe Studio grippy socks, and snacks (a shock to all podcast listeners, we’re sure).
Mar 13, 2017
Episode 79: Attempting Healthy Bodies and Healthy Bank Accounts
We’ve got a major VIP guest alert on this week’s show—our teen (and, clearly, adult) idol SuChin Pak joins to talk about her very thoughtful personal finance podcast Open Account. In case you’ve been thinking about kicking booze or caffeine (or gluten or sugar or dairy…) for a bit, Claire and Erica are also recapping their early 2017 adventures in doing without.
Mar 07, 2017
Episode 78: The Latest #ReadingThings and What It Takes to Do Winter Right
It was 65 degrees in NYC when recorded this podcast, but that’s not stopping Claire and Erica talking about their renewed love of winter sports. They’re also discussing our latest #ReadingThings pick, Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi.
Feb 27, 2017
Episode 77: Productivity Tips—and Why Jane Mount Wants to Paint Your Ideal Bookshelf
On today’s episode of #AFewThings, Claire and Erica talk about the tricks that help them tackle those never-ending to-do lists without (completely) losing their minds. And! Jane Mount talks about the fascinating world of painting dream reading lists for Ideal Bookshelf.
Feb 20, 2017
Episode 76: How We Consume the News and What Goes Into Making Outstanding Innerwear
Ugggh, the news RN. How, when, and where are you consuming it? That’s an ongoing conversation Claire and Erica are talking out how they’re attempting to stay informed...and also sane here. Then Iva Pawling schools us on innerwear (see: her snuggly line Richer Poorer) and fitnessing socks (her second label, Pointe Studio), solving problems we never knew how to articulate.
Feb 13, 2017
Episode 75: Essential Cookbooks and the Guy Drawing Every Person in New York
Are ya maybe wavering in your no-takeout resolution? Claire and Erica are here to help, with a roundup of their favorite cookbooks and the best recipes therein. As a counterpoint, dynamo illustrator Jason Polan shares his love Taco Bell and talks about his book, Every Person in New York.
Feb 06, 2017
Episode 74: Married Life and BTS of a Broadway Hit!
Claire and Erica heard your calls for dating and relationship advice, and they’re delivering on the half of that equation they feel qualified to speak to to some extent, i.e. being married. And! We have Dave Malloy, creator of the Broadway smash Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.
Jan 30, 2017
Episode 73: The Best of 10 Things and Children’s Book Faves
Claire and Erica are going deep on six amazing picks that are going to make your life so, so much funnier, easier, and more delicious. And! They’re also taking a lil’ literary tour down memory lane, care of their favorite kids’ books.
Jan 23, 2017
Episode 72: The Latest Round of #Reading Things—Novella Edition!
Jan 17, 2017
Episode 71: Self-Care and a Crash Course in Romance Novels
What better way to kick off 2017 than with Claire and Erica’s hard-won advice for taking care of yourself? And on that note, treat yourself to something steamy, care Bea Koch, owner of the romance-only bookstore The Ripped Bodice (and former Of a Kind intern!).
Jan 09, 2017
Episode 70: Good Jeans and a Card Expert on How to Nail Empathy in 2017