November 26, 2015

what to binge on netflix this weekend

Maybe you ate too much Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe you hung out with your friends from home a little too hard and are nursing a hangover. Maybe you don’t need an excuse, other than four blissful days in a row off work. Whatever your reason, Thanksgiving weekend is practically designed for camping out on the couch and watching Netflix until your eyeballs fall out. Here’s what you should be bingeing on Netflix this weekend.

Master-of-NoneMaster of None

At a glance: A smart, honest comedy series from Aziz Ansari that addresses racism, sexism and millennial angst head-on.

Why I love it: It’s like a toned-down version of Aziz Ansari’s best stand-up comedy.

Why you’ll love it: Sharp observations about life and culture in modern-day NYC.

Friday-Night-LightsFriday Night Lights

At a glance: All of the drama of small-town Texas high school football.

Why I love it: Tim Riggins.

Why you’ll love it: Tim Riggins.

30-for-3030 for 30

At a glance: A series of documentary films highlighting important people and events in sports history.

Why I love it: The personal side of sports in “Brian and the Boz”.

Why you’ll love it: An honest look at the pitfalls of college recruiting in “The Best That Never Was”.

Peaky-BlindersPeaky Blinders

At a glance: A gritty crime drama set in post-WWI Birmingham, England.

Why I love it: The hot English accents and old-school gangster swagger.

Why you’ll love it: Cillian Murphy’s star turn as crime boss Tommy Shelby. (Tony Soprano who?)


At a glance: A hilarious, quirky hospital sitcom that is supposedly the most accurate portrayal of the medical profession on TV.

Why I love it: Characters so heartfelt that they brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

Why you’ll love it: The JD/Turk bromance.


At a glance: A dark family drama set in the Florida Keys that puts sibling loyalty to the ultimate test.

Why I love it: Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler.

Why you’ll love it: Complex characters and a plotline that keeps you guessing right up until the end.


images via Vanity Fair, Grantland  Great American Sports Network, Fast CompanyABC News, Plugged In


November 26, 2015

12 black friday sales

Whether you’re looking to get your holiday shopping done a little early or treat yourself to something special, here are a dozen awesome sales to check out. All sales start today, 11.26!

In need of some new denim? Get 30% off with code AGTHIRTY at AG Adriano Goldschmied.

Up to 60% off at Anine Bing. Yes, yes, yes!

Get up to 60% off casual looks for men and women at ASOS with code BLESSED.

Shoe lovers rejoice! 20% off plus free shipping at Dolce Vita with code BLACK20

Early Access 50% off everything at Gap with code EARLY.

J.Crew is offering 30% off everything and 40% off sale items with code HOLIDAY.

Surprise Sale! Kate Spade is offering up to 70% off from now until 11.28, hurry!

25% off your entire purchase with code Calmdown at Madewell.

Stock up on sneakers, leggings and sports bras with an extra 25% off clearance at Nike.

One of my personal favorites, Rag & Bone is offering 25% off sitewide + 2-day shipping…might take the opportunity to buy this.

Find that perfect holiday party dress for up to 50% off at Revolve (today only!).

And last, but certainly not least, take up to 50% off & free shipping at Nordstrom starting 11.26.

Happy shopping!

image via WhoWhatWear


November 25, 2015

reading list


Purity: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen. I haven’t read a “heavy” book since my trip to England/Italy last summer, and while I enjoyed plenty of light reading since then, I miss the feeling of immersing myself in some more serious reading material. This novel is being touted as “the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time” – just the thing I’m looking for.

Salad Love by David Bez. This cookbook is the culmination of Bez’s year-long effort to create one new salad every day using seasonal, healthy ingredients. As someone who desperately needs to infuse fresh vegetables into her winter diet, I could use the inspiration.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. As one of the most powerful women in Hollywood, Rhimes epitomizes the term “girl boss,” so I was shocked to read that she actually identifies as an introvert. Her hilarious memoir reveals how she went from a work-obsessed homebody to a self-empowered badass by saying “yes” to everything that scared her for an entire year.

Brooklyn by Tolm Coibin. The book is always better than the movie, and the movie based on this book is supposed to be really, really good. The real question is, am I patient enough to wait to see the movie until I’ve finished the book? Mmmmmm probably not.


November 24, 2015

happy (almost) thanksgiving!

image via Cup of Jo

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you traveling or staying home? Allen is headed off to the east coast to his family, while I stay in town to spend the holiday with mine. Natalie is also staying close to home (and the hospital!) while she waits out baby Howes’s impending arrival with family in Portland.

In keeping with tradition from last year, we are sharing some fun alternatives to classic Thanksgiving recipes. What are you looking forward to eating on Thursday? Will you be celebrating turkey day with a traditional feast, or something totally different? (Like our friend Michelle’s Asian-style Thanksgiving tradition – love this idea!)

INSTEAD OF: Green Salad

TRY THIS: Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepita

This salad showed up in my Instagram feed the other day, and I’m dying to try it. The garlicky-acidic dressing paired with pomegranate and pepita will provide a nice bite against the other Thanksgiving flavors – and add a nice pop of color too!

INSTEAD OF: Green Bean Casserole

TRY THIS: Jalapeno Corn Casserole

Okay, so maybe this isn’t new and exciting to some, but my grandmother has been gracing the Thanksgiving table with this deliciously spicy corn casserole for years. And it’s one of my favorites. My sister is trying her hand at it this year, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

– Kelsey

INSTEAD OF: Stuffing

TRY THIS: Spinach Gruyere Pretzel Stuffing

Confession: I hate traditional stuffing. You know, the kind you cook inside the turkey and pump with celery, white bread and chicken stock? (I seriously just gagged thinking about it.) That’s why I am so jazzed about this recipe for what is basically my favorite pub snack in stuffing form. A welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table I’m sitting at, that’s for sure.

INSTEAD OF: Sweet Potato Casserole

TRY THIS: Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Wild Fried Rice

This recipe has been sitting on my Fall/Winter Recipes pin board for a couple of weeks now, and I think Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to make it in real life. What is really selling me on this side dish are the textures – the chewiness of the wild rice, soft bite of the sweet potato and crunch of the roasted pepitas. Although I committed to dessert this year, this recipe is so tempting that I might just have to bring two dishes to Thanksgiving dinner.

– Natalie

November 19, 2015

third trimester favorites

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Baby Howes’s due date is only 2 weeks away, and to say I’m over being pregnant would be an understatement. All of those clichés about the last four weeks of pregnancy – time slowing down to a crawl, your belly suddenly becoming enormous, being so tired you can barely function – are all ringing very true. But all of that pales in comparison to the excitement I’m feeling as I await this little peanut’s arrival (and finally find out if baby is a boy or a girl!).

Phil and I are fitting in as many date nights as we can these days, although sometimes all I’m good for is a hot chocolate and an episode of Law & Order: SVU in bed. I can’t quite wrap my head around the enormous life change that’s about to happen, so I go back and forth between “I need to live it up while I can!” and “I’m so tired, please just wake me up when the baby gets here.” Fellow pregnant women and moms – did you struggle with this? How did you deal with it?

Fortunately, there are a few things making it a tad easier to survive the last trimester, which I thought I’d share here. Anything you’d add to this list?

Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project. $22.49. I’ve been a fan of the Tracy Anderson Method for a long time, and I think the pregnancy series is my favorite of all. It’s gentle on my body, but I still feel like I get a great workout when I’m done, and the stretching is really beneficial during the last months of pregnancy.

Blanqi maternity leggings. $64. My friend Brooke gifted me with a pair of Blanqis for my birthday this year, and I so in love with them. The material is breathable but thick, so I don’t have to worry about show-through. And the belly support in these things is actually quite remarkable. Like a bra for my big ol’ belly.

Honeydew hipster panties. 3 for $30. I know I featured underwear when talking about my second trimester favorites, but cute, comfortable undergarments are important to me. These are made of the softest material and provide the extra coverage I needed in the third trimester. Definitely size up.

Hydro Flask (40 oz). $36.95. To quote Chandler Bing, I was dangerously dehydrated during the first six months of our relationship my pregnancy. Okay, dangerously dehydrated is an exaggeration, but I was not drinking enough water. At work, I would forget to refill my water bottle between meetings and go hours without drinking a single sip. No good. As soon as I upgraded to a 40-ounce, vacuum insulated water bottle, my problems were solved. Now I’m up to 100+ ounces of water a day!

Ezekiel 4:9 bread. $4.89. This bread makes the best toast, full of nutrients for me and the babe. Four grams of protein and zero sugar per slice, it can’t be beat. I like to top it with avocado, egg, or PB&J for a healthy breakfast.

Tums. $5.49. Pregnancy heartburn is no joke. I fought a mild case throughout my second trimester, but by week 29, I couldn’t take it any more. Bring on the Tums. (The Smoothies flavor is my favorite.)