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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.

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    • Jan 30, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    The Consumption-Wary Stylist Lakyn Carlton's Thingies and Scooped-Out Foodstuffs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2023 36:40


    We're giving you the styling and Thingies scoop with our special guest Lakyn Carlton! Bonus scoop: the pros and cons of scooped-out foods.   Introducing the scooped-out pizza, ℅ Minnesota's Hazelwood Food & Drink. And leave it to the New York Post to provide scooped-out bagel commentary in 2010 and 2016.   Get more Lakyn via her fantastic newsletter True Style and her virtual and in-person styling sessions.   Lakyn's Thingies include Muddy Paw Coffee in L.A. for a dog-friendly coffee experience (and proximity to one of her go-to vintage shops, The Curatorial Department), her Bown of London robe (additional robe content: ones from Block Shop and Ulysses and the romance novel Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn), and a custom doormat from TheDoormatory on Etsy.   Share your take on pizza with salad and/or personal style at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq—or join our Geneva! Try out a Secret Menu membership for more recommendations.   Do ecomm right with Shopify. Get a free 14-day trial with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    CRINGE

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 39:41


    Buckle in, listeners, because we're diving head-first down the rabbit hole of *cringe*. What does cringe look like these days? How do we embrace it—the good kind? How do cut everyone (ourselves included) some cringe slack?   If you're not getting our newsletter!   Today's prompt: Nell Diamond's repost of a tweet from @isabelunraveled. (For more on Nell, founder of Hill House Home, dip into these profiles from New York Magazine and Harper's Bazaar.)   The Justin Long post. Discuss!   For some cringe backstory: Kaitlyn Tiffany's story “How Did We Get So ‘Cringe'?” for The Atlantic.   We had to revisit Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic—because avoiding cringe and chasing perfectionism are related…no? See also: Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel, David Brandon Geeting's installment of the Perfectly Imperfect newsletter, and the edition of Kaelen Haworth's Kael Mail newsletter about ins but no outs.    Check out Her Country by Marissa R. Moss. Among the themes: how Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and Mickey Guyton gave up on wanting people to like them to find success.     On finding affection for your younger self: this Anne Helen Petersen newsletter, Jonah Hill's doc Stutz, the podcast Mortified, Justin Cooley on his role in Kimberly Akimbo, and Mo Willems in the NYT.   A definition of post-cringe; an example of post-cringe: Kaitlin Phillips.   How are you embracing cringe? Who's your cringe-spiration? We need your thoughts at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq—or join our Geneva! For a whole lot more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Download the free Zocdoc app and book that doctor's appointment—now's the time! Help out your hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY. Produced by Dear Media

    Winter Beach Chic, Pegboards, and Some Movie-ish Thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 40:42


    We are rejuvenated-ish from our holiday breaks and are ready to fill you in on winter-wedding dress codes, the pegboard discourse, sexy high school, and, ope!, more Midwest updates.   Our discussion about wedding dress codes brings us back to Kayleen Schaefer's story for The Cut “The Bride and Groom Formally Request That You Dress Up.” And for actual winter beach dressing, see this 2017 Vogue cover and Harrison Ford's shorts with sweaters.    We loved this 2019 NYT story about how brand names become generic.      Re: pegboards, Julia Child's is obv the ultimate, but for mini ones, look to Quark and Little Anana.    If you're also disillusioned by movie trailers, read this Vox story by Alissa Wilkinson. (Also, we endorse She Said the movie…but She Said the book more.)   Next time you're in the Midwest, get kringle from O&H Danish Bakery or a *kringle single* from Racine Danish Kringles.   What foods are you sneaking into the movies? Let us know 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq—or join our Geneva! And try out a Secret Menu membership for a whole lot more recommendations. This episode may contain paid endorsements and advertisements for products and services. Individuals on the show may have a direct, or indirect financial interest in products, or services referred to in this episode. Take care of your hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Stove Disrupters, Photo Explainers, and TikTok MD

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 36:26


    This week's conversation knows no bounds! We've got key limes, medical answers via TikTok, makeup-buying IRL, a photo-minded Instagram follow, induction stoves, and a solution to the silicone storage bags issue (because there is one).   Have you made Alison Roman's take on key lime pie? It involves yogurt/sour cream, a win if you ask us. Related-ish: Leaked Recipes: The Cookbook: A Collection of Over 50 Recipes Found in the World's Biggest Email Leaks and the Stories Behind Them, Neiman Marcus's “leaked” cookie recipe, and Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie.   Um, medical updates, coming through! Thanks to @roseytimestwo for bringing slipping rib syndrome to our attention. Also: Our pitch for Capsule for your prescription needs still stands (and check out Alto Pharmacy if Capsule doesn't serve your city).    Shopping in-person brought the impressive Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops into Erica's life (paired with a brush from Vapour).   If you're over storage bags soaking up the scent of your dish soap, try HoldOn for compostable kitchen (and garbage!) bags.   For an incredible lens into imagery's impact on society, Emily Keegin and her IG is blowing Claire away.    To learn more about induction stoves, dig into this Fast Company article and Melissa Clark's NYT story and follow what Copper (thanks for sharing, Sofia!) and Impulse are up to.    Have thoughts on any and all of this to share? Reach out to us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq—or join ur Geneva! For a whole lot more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   This episode may contain paid endorsements and advertisements for products and services. Individuals on the show may have a direct, or indirect financial interest in products, or services referred to in this episode. Try professional counseling with BetterHelp—now's the time!—and take 10% off your first month with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Crowd Favorite: Nora McInerny on Supporting People Through the Hard Stuff (and a Gift Idea Too)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 59:18


    The holidays can be *hard*, and if you need some guidance on figuring out how to show up for the people in your life, Nora McInerny knows what she's talking about. Fire up this rerun from 2021, and crack open her latest book, Bad Vibes Only, which makes for an excellent way to kick of a strong year of reading.   In case of emergency gifts for grown-ups: consumables (candles, condiments, beauty products!). For babies: Lewis swaddles and Sophies. For kids: Twee chalk, Sunprint Kits, and Omy coloring posters.   Dig into everything Nora McInerny puts out into the world, including the tremendous podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking and her books It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too), No Happy Endings, and Hot Young Widows Club (and created a Facebook grief support group of the same name).   The NYT piece on the sex educator Justine Ang Fonte and the platinum rule.   The Ring Theory, which we really buy into and talk about a lot!    A Kids Book about Empathy...that's potentially useful for adults, too.   Friends, this TikTok series from Carly Aquilino on Y2K fashion.   Hit us with your guest noms—or anything else—at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. Or join our Geneva! And try out a Secret Menu membership for a whole lot more recommendations. This episode may contain paid endorsements and advertisements for products and services. Individuals on the show may have a direct, or indirect financial interest in products, or services referred to in this episode. Download the free Zocdoc app and book that doctor's appointment. New year, healthy you? Care for your hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Crowd Favorite: BECs, Celebrities Reading Memoirs, and Other Things We Love Talking About

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 46:11


    One of our most popular (winning??) episodes of 2021, coming at you!   The usefulness of the term bitch eating crackers (BEC) (for context: Someecards).   Celebrity memoirs as audiobooks: Inside Out by Demi Moore, Acid for the Children by Flea, and Yearbook by Seth Rogen (see also: this profile by Jonah Weiner for NYT Magazine). Next up: My Life So Far by Jane Fonda, Faithfull by Marianne Faithful,  The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Oh, and: the podcast Celebrity Book Club with Steven & Lily. Also: Please read Open by Andre Agassi and J.R. Moehringer!   Important breaking news: There is now Spelling Bee merch.      Let's hear Claire's QVC pitch for the Pattern mist spray bottle!! Somewhat related: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater...as a hair product?   Erica's 11 a.m. tea go-to: Soul Chai. Another (slightly sweetened rec): Dona.   A workspace-changing Philips Hue light strip. You may also like: Gorilla mounting tape, Storage Theory Power Perch, and the Pretty Handy Girl video for changing your doorknobs.   Jewelry renovation with Spur = talk about amazing. Have thoughts?? We want ‘em: 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq—or join our Geneva! And try out a Secret Menu membership for a whole lot more recommendations.   Produced by Dear Media

    Conflicted Boots, Toddler Gossip, and Vending-Machine Salads

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 44:44


    Get ready for an extra-magical grab bag episode—partly because we're recording in person! Its stars: a question we loved so much, our conflicted boots, gossiping about toddlers, an impassioned pitch for Farmer's Fridge, setting calendar alerts for topics of conversation, and the most revelatory jeans that have ever crossed our fitting-room doors.   Movie we're itching to see: Women Talking (thanks for the pitch, Fran.) based on this Miriam Toews book.   The winter boots we have mixed feelings about…but wear the crap out of: Claire's No.6 clog ones (covered by The New Yorker *and* The New York Times) and Erica's Doc Marten zip chelsea style.   Should you find yourself in an airport: Eat Farmer's Fridge! Try the baja bowl, green goddess salad, or pineapple coconut chia pudding.   Dr. Harvey Karp's Happiest Toddler on the Block, source of toddler gossip advice.   Anne Helen Petersen on calendar culture.   For some WOW-inducing jeans, check out Ganni's Figni style (and perhaps watch the vid of how they work?). For more on statement flies, see Tibi's double-waisted Sam jean and this Vogue story. Another good denim source: Totême.   Have thoughts about jeans/winter boots/airport food? Let us know 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq—or join our Geneva! And try out a Secret Menu membership for a whole lot more recommendations. This episode may contain paid endorsements and advertisements for products and services. Individuals on the show may have a direct, or indirect financial interest in products, or services referred to in this episode.     Zip over to Noihsaf Bazaar to buy, sell, and even make new friends. Get that good ecomm experience with Shopify. Get a free 14-day trial with our link. Count on LifeMD to get the telehealthcare you need, when you need it. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Thingies c/o the Design Gurus Behind Sight Unseen, Normal People, and a Perfect Hate Gift

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 43:46


    Let's talk Thingies with Monica Khemsurov & Jill Singer! They're the masterminds behind Sight Unseen, our go-to design resource since 2009, and the authors of the new book How to Live with Objects that has helpful tips aplenty (along with ample inspiration). Plus: a hate-gift idea and a belated love letter to Normal People.    How about a donation to Moms for Moms, pitched to us as an A+ hate-gift by a listener?   Monica and Jill's book How to Live with Objects is out now! Wow, is it great—and what an ideal present for the “person who has everything” type.   Their Thingies, coming through: oversize decor, miniature fountains (Monica's is from Lily Clark.), only buying the best version of a consumable something (Jill loves the Marie Veronique Barrier Lipid Complex, rice from The Rice Factory New York, and Glaser Organic Farms Almond Butter.), microwaves (David Chang Cooking at Home and Anyday cookware fans unite!), and saved search terms when exploring vintage objects.    Are there entertainment-y things you're SHOCKED we haven't talked about on this show? Leave us a voicemail at 833-632-5463, email us at podcast@athingortwohq.com, DM us at @athingortwohq —or join our Geneva and share!    This episode may contain paid endorsements and advertisements for products and services. Individuals on the show may have a direct, or indirect financial interest in products, or services referred to in this episode.   Care for your hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. Check out Noihsaf Bazaar to buy, sell, and even make new friends. Download the free Zocdoc app and book that doctor's appointment. YAY. Produced by Dear Media

    Build-a-Bear After Dark, Dua Lipa, and the Most Midwestern of Sayings

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 41:22


    Ope! We're back with a grab bag of questions: What does “After Dark” mean to you? How does one explain what consulting is? Are you signed up for Dua Lipa's newsletter? What does it mean to actually *build* a bear? All this and more in your ears now!   For some discomfitting Build-a-Bear products for adults, enter The Bear Cave. For other “but what does it MEAN?” After Dark content, check out National Parks After Dark and this edition of Emily Henry's Book Lovers.    Check out this YouTube video from Charlie Berens for on ope usage and Midwest vs. Everybody's great ope merch. Also: on the rise of the Midwestern vibe.   Takeaways re: "A ‘Landmark' as Women Will Coach Against Each Other in Men's Soccer," which also made us think about this episode of Throwing Fits.   Join us in subscribing to Dua Lipa's newsletter Service95 and listening to her podcast At Your Service.    Share your thoughts on all of this at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq—or join our Geneva! And try out a Secret Menu membership for a whole lot more recommendations.    Get into professional counseling with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link. Visit Noihsaf Bazaar to buy, sell, and even make new friends. Feel great in Honeylove and get 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Dig into your business's numbers with Netsuite. YAY.

    Introducing a Dear Media Daily: Good Instincts

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 0:40


    As a registered dietitian, Shira Barlow MS, RD (aka The Food Therapist) has built a broad clientele. From celebrities seeking a nutrition plan for their next big role to moms trying to fit in a healthy bite during naptime, Shira has identified one of the most common challenges that we all share: we struggle to eat thoughtfully while navigating busy lives. Listen along every Monday - Friday as Shira shares tips and tricks to help uncomplicate your relationship with food in Dear Media Originals' new daily podcast Good Instincts.    Produced by Dear Media. 

    Resale Doyenne Kate Lindello's Thingies and Corn Nuts (Brought to ya by Noihsaf Bazaar!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 38:58


    For this glorious ep, we partnered with Noihsaf Bazaar, the Duluth, Minnesota–based resale site curated by real people with excellent taste. Wow, how excited we are to talk secondhand shopping and Thingies with the very in-the-know founder Kate Lindello…and we'll also take this (any?) opportunity to go nuts for corn nuts.    Kate's Thingies include Monastery Attar Concentrate (perhaps start with—or gift—the discovery kit), Tibi Style Class, the Dik-Dik from Matek (which makes us think of dickey situations from Nanamica and Mijeong Park), Better Things, Peter Witrak's mobiles, the wool cloud from Scarf Shop, and, of course, Minnesota in general (and Grandma's Marathon specifically).    Hit us up at at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq to let us know your dream Thingies guests, and for even more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership and join our Geneva.  Join a super-cool community of buyers and sellers at Noihsaf Bazaar. So much awesomeness to be had! We dare you to find a more informative (and enticing) brands page anywhere, and don't sleep on the kids and home finds, ok?   Produced by Dear Media

    Gift Guide Part 2: Siblings, Kids, Colleagues, Friends, and Everyone Else

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 58:24


    We're wrapping up (heh) this year's gift guides with ideas for siblings, kids, aunts and uncles, colleagues, and the randos in your life you wanna treat extra nice. Have holiday-shopping thoughts of your own you *need* to share? Join our shiny new Geneva and spread that intel!    For all our ideas, check out the archive of gift guides past—and keep those VMs and DMs coming at 833-632-5463 and @athingortwohq!   A quick thanks to our sponsors: Explore our favorite MoMA Design Store finds—a one-stop shop! Give your hair TLC with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Sisters!   For my sister and me because we both had/are having babies this year, and we are culturally christian literally only for the christmas cheer. Baby's first christmas holiday ornaments that aren't absolutely dreadful. So much cheesy stuff, doesn't have to be baby themed but looking for a cool way to commemorate. Custom porcelain charms from OKS FoxBlossomCo custom bent-wire ornament  Lizzie Fortunato Alphabet Soup charms  Celina Mancurti monogrammed Christmas stockings or one-of-a-kind ones from Pyschic Outlaw   Step-sister; 18 and just got engaged. Likes to hunt. We are quite different. Ranger Station perfumes Yeti something! Various of the tumblers are customizable. Camber sweatshirt Vuori Beis weekender Flannery Beef   My sister who is a palliative care nurse with a broadway and true crime obsession Antipast compression socks Bonnie and Neil wave bath mat TodayTix gift card Broadway Dance Center classes Salty Seattle Crocchi croissant-shaped gnocchi Tickets to True Crime: The Musical at The Players Theatre in NYC Brothers!   25-year-old brother, aspirational and practicing writer/actor/director, v into self-improvement (Tim Ferriss vibes), not into receiving gifts, would rather just buy what he wants when he wants, the curveball is he did say I could make him some art or buy him some art as apartment decor. Artwise signed posters and lithographs Art from Kneeland Co. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art posters and prints Get Your Shit Together by David Shrigley Martin Scorsese MasterClass   Early 20s brothers who still live at home. A24 99 Movie Crosswords Rap Capital by Joe Coscarelli Solid Wiggles, which now ships on Gold Belly Athletic Greens Dohm white noise machine Anyday microwave cookware   Sons! 25 year old son who buys the nicer things because they last, but who is also a minimalist. Something from Labour & Wait or Puebco Ettitude sheets.  Toyo toolbox Bottega Veneta moneyclip   Kids and Teens!   5-year-old who bounces off the walls and loves telling stories and recapping movies. Hugimal weighted stuffed animal Haba doorway puppet theater or Wonder & Wise by Asweets playhouse Cosmic Kids Yoga subscription  P.S.- We Made This: Super Fun Crafts That Grow Smarter + Happier Kids! by Erica Domesek Little Passports Kidamento camera Lego MiniFigs    4-year-old who loves twirly dresses but mom's aesthetic is minimalist Brooklyn hipster. Unwind Studio needlepoint kit for kids Kazoo magazine subscription OLODesigns costumes All Small Co dress section (see: kiwi puff tutu dress and Lisa Says Gah x All Small Co puff sleeve dress)  La Réunion custom azure patchwork dress  Primary cozy plaid dress or tutu dress Follies playhouses: Casa Azul set, The Bauhaus set, and Canvas set   13year old girl who claims she discovered preppy fashion and also loves hair product Vintage Ralph Lauren shirts—use search terms Y2K, cropped Used copy of The Official Preppy Handbook Monogrammable mini backpack from Paravel Rose and Co candle makers  Pattern mist spray bottle + microfiber hair towel Shop Milk Teeth barrettes Chunks hair accessories Some TikTok-adjacent cooking things: DIY fortune cookie kit, The Dough Club mochi pancake and waffle mix, Takashi Murakami flower pancake pan Lumber Club Marfa stool   Aunts and Uncles!   A generous aunt whose language is giving other people gifts, but hard to buy for herself. She's a real estate agent, into some woo-y self-help stuff, and buys anything she needs right away. Have tried gift certificates for experiential things, but she's a busy lady and these often don't get redeemed. An easy-to-redeem gift card for food that's good for entertaining that comes to her. In NYC: Stocked by 3 Owls gift card. In LA: Lady & Larder. Nationwide: Beauty & the Board. Cultish by Amanda Montell  A flower subscription from Flowerbx or BloomsyBox Moon Lists workbook / guided journal Amiacalva tote or monogrammed Clare V Tropezienne.  Fancy, pretty makeup like Dries Van Noten lipstick or perfume discovery set or Hermès lipstick or blush brush.    Colleagues!   Beloved senior colleague retiring: works in a museum, fun dog, rocks a funky necklace.  Lux Eros personalized pet bowl Kikkerland wooden ball launcher Ameico candle stacks Roxanne Assoulin necklace Susan Alexandra dog collar or leash Saint Olio aromatic dog refresher   Coworkers/direct reports - ideally one idea for all. We are remote so a digital gift is ideal.  A Thing or Two Secret Menu subscription Substack subscription: To give a gift subscription, go to the homepage of the publication you'd like to give, then add “/gift” to the end of the URL. Libro.fm subscription Gjusta Goods herbed salt and Burlap & Barrel Zanzibar black peppercorns and Graza olive oil Allie's banana bread  Good-looking games like Wingspan, Azul, Lacorsa Grand Prix, and Casa Lopez Playing Cards.    My boss - owns a company that runs farmer markets. I've been with the company since may. He is currently starting a farm (he has been a farmer before). I am honestly not sure if he is a Christmas guy. He doesn't seem jazzed about it, idk. I know he cares enormously about sustainability, our food system, etc. but is also a business man. I have literally zero ideas for him. The additional piece is that we should get him a gift as a group (we are a pretty small team) but should I also get him a sep gift? No, right? Agh. I assume he's in his mid to late 40s. White. He has small kids that I haven't met. Chocolate! ℅ Fossa, andSons Chocolatiers, and JST Chocolate  Alec's Ice Cream Séka Hills olive oil An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits and Nuts Flamingo Estate 9-pound bag of manure  Donation to Black Farmer Fund paired with We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy by Natalie Baszile Donation to Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at University of Arkansas   Friends!   Best friend (36 female) loves wine and who my 5 yo thinks has chosen being an aunt as her career.  Josephinen glasses Special bottle from Walker Wines or Winebid Cote wine club (also has a gift box option) 99 Bottles: A Black Sheep's Guide to Life-Changing Wines by André Hueston Mack An American in Provence: Art, Life and Photography by Jamie Beck   Female friend. Preppy/classic style. Likes fancy crafts (i.e., embroidery). Vegan. ~$40 The LL Bean tote with an in joke, catchphrase, embroidered Loop Canvas needlepionts StirCrazyCrafterUK embroidery journal kit Blockshop original block-printing kit Vintage napkins with her initial or monogram on Etsy/eBay Typology tinted lip oil Donation to animal sanctuary, like Farm Sactuary: “adopt” a goat named Jennifer or a donkey named Albert! Brutus Bakeshop goodies   One of my best friends who has two boys under 4, is writing a thesis on how policing was formed out of military-imperialist activities, and is a great chef and baker (vegetarian and gluten-free). She did all our friends' wedding hair and makeup (me included) and took us to the Usher residency in Vegas for her 36th birthday. Lastly, and most importantly, her family is very wealthy (and generous - they have taken me on MANY incredible once-in-a-lifetime trips). Lastly, she is a BIG SHOPPER but still hunts for a deal. If you're wondering, I have already given her a custom Katie Kimmel pet vase. Vintage Usher tee Tani Greenspan custom matchbook print  The Last Course by Claudia Flemming (and Melissa Clark) + her new book Delectable (with Catherine Young) Chava studio shirt or a gift cert  Alepel custom shoes or cardholder  Memor phone case or vase. They also sell jibbitz…er, shoe charms. Arcana Books gift certificate Hermès passport holder   Recovering cool girl that doesn't want any more vinyl, just something useless + gorge.  Somthings2021 vase or candlestick Escentric Molecules gift set Casa Veronica wall hook or candle holder Isabel Halley wine cups Siafu Home beaded water carafe Molly J. CBD gummies advent calendar Kiosk48th advent calendar   Everyone Else! Brother's girlfriend who loves to read, has 2 cats, hates clutter, and many food allergies. Coway air purifier Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes  Craighill perch bookmark Cat ruff collar Meyou Paris cat scratching post or bed A donation to a local cat rescue organization   Gymnastics moms who plan trips, organize fundraisers and figure out carpool. A bottle of something fun and a little surprising: Pipeno red ( with Papaya Reusables paper towels?),Forthave Spirits Red Aperitivo, non-alcoholic De Soi or Non or Proxies Stationery / office-supply grab bags with finds from Yoseka Stationery, St. Louis Art Supply, or your local art store Cheerie Lane kitchen gift set   Millennial who loves gardening and just started a high powered public job in the city. Leath at-home growing system Soltech Solutions hanging grow light or bulb Sneeboer garden tools Garden clogs from Gardenheir Natureking flower press Donation to GrowNYC Ichendorf Milano waterlife ball Produced by Dear Media

    Gift Guide Part 1: Partners, Parents, and Grandparents

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 66:12


    It's that time of year: the unveiling of the best gift guide in the podcast multiverse (we like to think). Part 1 stars your most charming—and trickiest—partners, parents, and grandparents. Next week, tune in for part 2, and, in the meantime, dig into the ol' present-paralysis back catalogue. For the full episode recap—with ALL THE LINKS!—head to the A Thing or Two site. Get the ecomm support you need with Shopify. Get a free 14-day trial with our link. Shop our favorite MoMA Design Store finds—so many holiday crowd-pleasers! Feel your best in Honeylove and get 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Book that doctor's appointment already by downloading the free Zocdoc app. Husbands and Boyfriends! 42-year-old male. Recently started dating. Lawyer. Dad. World traveler. Cyclist. Just bought a new house. Moved back to the area (Philly) from upstate new york. photographer. reader. avid home cook. knows a Parisian knot. loves a good meal out. linen shirt wearer. loafers/boat shoes with shorts kind of guy. Enjoys wine and cocktails. catholic raised. city dweller. nerdy and thoughtful. Linoto linen boxers Artemis loafers Stranger's Guide Fellow Travelers Club Arabica coffee plant Photodom photography-themed Croc Jibbitz (Or really anything from Photodom—they have a cute gift guide on their site.) Ghiaia cashmere  La Salumina Amatriciana kit Rapha cycling backpack Tiptop cocktails Depths of Wikipedia tickets—NYC live show on 12/14 or Pittsburgh show on 12/16—or mug Donation to TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image's teen photo program in Philly   Husband who thinks he's outdoorsy but hasn't been camping in decades. Bluefeel Kruca camping fan Gramicci gadget shorts or pants  Battenwear bouldering pants 1733 duffle An actual camping weekend for next summer for him—a lot of places book a year or 9 months in advance. Recs: Hither Hills State Park and Assateague Island. Getaway House gift certificate Wildsam National Parks or Road Trip guides Donation to a local preservation organization, like, say, Save the Boundary Waters in MN  REI outdoor skills classes   Husband who owns a ceramics company and has an eye for design. Courier mag subscription Dusen Dusen for MoMA Subu slippers Quark pegboard for his office or studio Carson Converse small-format quilts Glass-blowing or leather-working class Sight Unseen book How to Live With Objects Donation to People's Pottery Project Wives and Girlfriends!   Chronically ill wife with long-covid 2.5 years, doesn't like surprises, and in bed most days. loves sports, her friends, sitting in the park, and a great deal. Nocs Provisions binoculars—they did a cool collab with the Native artist Amelia Winger-Bearskin that includes a strap Cliq portable chairs  Vintage Masters golf gear, like this eighties ringer tee or this nineties hat) WNBA custom jersey Offhours home coat   Grandparents! My 90-year-old grandma who refuses hearing aides because we don't visit enough and lives off of chipotle and chips. Liberty London 2-in-1 game set - ludo and backgammon Quilted Snakes & Ladders set Frontera Grill carnitas taco kit Fancy chip clips + chips & salsa of the month club subscription   My mostly home-bound grandma. Loves her tomato plants, vitamins, and Bob Barker. Flamingo Estate roma heirloom tomato candle Nonna's Grocer tomato famiglia candle set Bordallo Pinheiro tomate apertifs plate—or lamp! If you have kids who she can share it with: Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi 1986 Price Is Right board game Come on Down sweatshirt Chronically Chic pill organizer for her vitamins   Moms, Stepmoms, and Mothers-In-Law!   My mom is my white whale: needs nothing, no guilt in buying herself things she wants. Hates Christmas but derives joy from getting to complain about it. Good cook with a global palette (has all the gadgets she approves of and a long list of gadgets she does not endorse), news junkie, reads a lot. 61, both of my parents are retired, lives in the Pacific Northwest. Has taste but no style, hates clutter. Buys her clothes at Costco. Drinks nice wine that she also buys at Costco. Thinks art is stupid (I am an artist). She's very funny but she really leans into her brand of "antisocial curmudgeon." Successful gifts in the past were an NYtimes subscription and a fancy amaryllis bulb that she can text me about and shame it for blooming the wrong time of year. I try to veer towards consumables. She can also appreciate a handmade ceramic (functional, not decorative). Masienda tortilla starter kit (with Dona Rosa tortilla press) and the companion Masa cookbook  Diaspora Co. chai kit Talbott and Arding cheese club subscription Yun Hai dried fruit—there's a gift set Omsom IYKYK shaker set NYT Spelling Bee hat Hadley & Bennett apron Roz Chast books, like What I Hate from A to Z, or Roz Chast wall art Rachael Pots functional ceramics  Ikebana bowl & bulb from Utility Objects (could pair with fancy Japanese floral scissors)   My mom: She always asks for electronics and then ends up not being able to figure them out - or just doesn't use them. Want to get her something meaningful she will use. 1Password membership Lomi composter M0de electric toothbrush Aarke water purifier Stepmother-in-law who is a spiritual counselor in Colorado. Obviously vegan. Vegan JapanEasy by Tim Anderson, with Moromi soy sauces Rebel Cheese club membership  Yellow Leaf hammock Esalen Institute merch or gift cert  Nora McInerny books  Esker gift sets   Mother In Law - has more clothes than Nordstrom. Lives alone but her party line is always ringing. Bitossi set of 6 wineglasses Gohar World bottle apron Casa Velasquez bolero apron Gossamer Happy Hour hemp pre-rolls Conserva Culture tinned fish gift set Snacks for Dinner: Small Bites, Full Plates, Can't Lose by Lukas Volger  McNally Jackson seminar  Custom sweater mending from Repair Shop  “Come Over” hat from Big Night  Dress for Success donation   This one is for my five-foot-tall Italian American mother in law who has the thickest New York accent I've ever heard and could be described as "a tiny tank" in both stature and personality. she lives on Long Island and has access to everything; also tends to buy herself whatever she wants. so she's extremely hard to gift for. Whatever we give should probably be a physical gift vs. an experience. she is very judgmental and critical and not warm and fuzzy - but she has also had the difficult task of being a single parent to two kids, one of whom, my SIL, is living at home with significant physical and intellectual disabilities and who my MIL devotes all her time to - my SIL is so well taken care of. Looking for a gift that somehow recognizes/responds to all of this. Unspun gift kit Ipsa, depending on part of Long Island House cleaning from We Can Do It! – Si Se Puede Women's Cooperative (only operates in the five boroughs)  Missoni Home blanket Roscioli Italian wine club Marcella's favorites gift set from Gustiamo   Mom and her husband just bought a boat. So something nautical or for small space living. Year of Knots by Windy Chien Malaika hand-printed beach towels Personalized life saver buoy (U.S. Coast Guard-approved!)  Salty Home tide clock Framed nautical flags Haptic Lab sailing ship kite  Petit Kouraj x SVNR tote fishnet seashell tote Issimo inflatable mini terrycloth pillow  Ingredients for a session dark ‘n stormy Donation to The Ocean Cleanup    Mother-in-law who is the solo living grandparent to our 4-year-old and Buddhist priest who wants nothing but time with us. However, she is always a generous and thoughtful gift-giver so I can't just give her time. She is a tea lover but you can imagine how much tea I've already given her. She has a dog, loves the color periwinkle, and spends a lot of time on Zoom with her Sangha. She's forever 'writing a book' and loves getting on board with a system (for writing, for organizing, whatever). Help! Joyoung soy milk machine Daruma doll holding a dog Dog ball launcher MQuan Bell Rice xax candles for meditation Mountain Valley Seed Company seed starter kit medicinal & herbal tea Books to read with the grandkid: Jon J. Muth's The Three Questions and Zen Shorts and Thich Nat Hanh's Where is the Buddha? and A Handful of Quiet Lena Corwin peace towel + matching kid-size one for the grandkid Scrivener subscription   Dads, Step-Dads, and Fathers-in-Law! My dad, who is a retired chef (he still has knives from 40 years ago that he painstakingly cares for and finds most home kitchens to be very pretentious), can build/fix anything, loves to read non-fiction, and was suspended from Twitter frequently for tweeting insults at Donald Trump The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow Peeko oysters Sitka Salmon Share Cabi original trio Vintage RAADVAD bread slicer Manufacture de Digoin vinegar jar to make his own vinegar Milk Street Turkish közmatik Donation to his local food bank   Mid 60's Frenchman who lives in Alsace with his wife and they travel a lot in their RV. they are also coming to the states next spring on a cross-country RV trip so I really think it should revolve around that. but more about him- he doesn't drink or smoke (some Frenchman he is) when we would drive to Florida once a year he would always be so excited to get to put on Latin American music on the radio. last year we got him a record player and records that I am 100% sure he doesn't use. he loves scrabble and card games, and he builds these badass card holders out of wood that he then does wood-burning personalized deco on. he has everything he wants and he wears lee jeans. Neepa Hut food tent Camping chair from Cliq, Woods, or Blue Ridge Chair Works Penco box tote Papier travel journal National Parks pass Personalized leatherbound America: National Parks Atlas (from PBS shop)   Dad who enjoys perfecting logistics and explaining credit card point strategy. Scott's Cheap Flights premium membership Timeshifter app Solgaard carry-on closet suitcase (there's a MoMA collab!) “Clipper Club” 1950 Pan Am membership lounge rocks glass Bug-out bag from Judy Portable phone charger iPad keyboard + Valerie Constance monogrammed keyboard case    Former CIA and green beret but loves appletinis and bubble baths. Straightaway Cocktails  Bathing Culture body wash Sophie Lou Jacobsen martini glasses Esker bath board Avec x Atelier Saucier bundle of cocktail napkins + drink mixers + garnishes + recipes   I need help finding a gift for my picky and hard-working lawyer Dad. He loves outdoor adventures, Neil Young, doing puzzles with my Mom, and reading. My parents recently became part-time New Yorkers and keep buying art museum memberships. He loves to do research before purchasing anything and tends to buy whatever he wants. My Mom is a chronic shopper, so he usually has multiples of whatever he confesses to liking - Ugg slippers, Jack Black face wash, William Henry knives. He is a big guy and doesn't fit into standard S-L sizes. He also doesn't drink alcohol or coffee. In the past, he has disliked gifts that involve more labor (i.e. a smoker, a drone). I am not opposed to making a donation in his name, but my family's love language is gifts and I would need to accompany a donation with something for him to unwrap. Per Claire's request for dental records, he lost his front teeth as a kid playing Pee Wee football. He broke his fake set in a fight the day of his junior prom and attended the dance sans front teeth. He is so fun and deserves a great gift. Last year, I got him a Storyworth membership and he loved it (thanks for the recommendation!) I am hoping for a repeat success. Also, he is a January birthday, so I could use multiple ideas. Please help! Birding Bob walk in Central Park, plus a donation or membership to Wild Bird Fund Tickets to a Happy Medium art class  Day at the spa at Governor's Island Joyce Gold tour Fancy pajamas from P. Le Moult Todd Snyder x New Era nubby Yankees cap (see also:Dodgers, Cubs, and Red Sox hats) MoMA Design Store has great puzzle selection. Also: this Neil Young jigsaw puzzle and Different Puzzles, which are fun and *challenging*   Wisconsin Father in Law who likes sports. End of list. Lambeau Field stadium tours Depending on his teams, gear from a previous stadium—signs and even seats that go up for sale ChamberlainMade keyboard sticker Wisconsin hoodie ornament MLB Validation Pass-Port Wisconsin tri logo tee/sweatshirt Donation to Special Olympics Wisconsin YAY. Produced by Dear Media

    Jamie Beck's Thingies...and Hate-Gifting?!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 42:40


    We've got the French-culture report AND a bunch of glorious Thingies from Jamie Beck, whose book An American in Provence: Art, Life and Photography is out tomorrow, just in time for holiday wish-listing. Related: We take a min. to talk about hate-gifting, sparked by some of the requests we've gotten in recent years.    You really have to see Jamie's book An American in Provence to believe it (and to live vicariously through it, obviously).   Jamie's Thingies include Dries Van Noten refillable lipstick in Antwerp Vermeil, good lighting (via a soft ring light, natural sunlight, or a fridge) and a chic phone case, cooking over a fire with an Alice Waters–approved egg spoon, Westman Atelier's Super Loaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Rosé and Chantecaille's Liquid Lumière, and Savon de Marseille for stain-removal (related: Jenny Walton on IG). For some very French gift-giving, she loves anything from Buly 1803.    For all your gifting quandries, hit us up at at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And try out a Secret Menu membership for more recommendations!  Produced by Dear Media

    Halloween Candy, Crowded Travel, and Embracing Our Fandom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 31:51


    Happy Halloween from two people who nailed the theme! Today we're celebrating the joy of dressing up for *any* occasion and sharing some more thoughts on travel when it just feels like everyone is going to the same places.    The inspiration behind our conversation about travel: Rebecca Jenning's article “The Instagram capital of the world is a terrible place to be” for Vox.    If you want some outfit inspo for your next concert, Harry Styles or otherwise, check out this New Yorker Photo Booth feature or Paola Mathe's GRWM.    For more on the impact fandom has on popular culture, check out Everything I Need I Get From You by Kaitlyn Tiffany.   Come at us with your hot takes! Share them with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And try out a Secret Menu membership for many more recommendations.   Produced by Dear Media. 

    Recho Omondi's Thingies and "Know Regrets"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 39:51


    We're chatting with Recho Omondi, a fashion designer and the host of the incredible podcast The Cutting Room Floor, and you're going to want to hear her Thingies (and everything else she's interested in, honestly). Also: a tattoo that got our wheels turning.   If you're looking for a follow-up to our convo about living with longing, check out this this New Yorker article about choose your own adventure books by Leslie Jamison. See also: Lois Lowry on the 70 Over 70 podcast.   Hit play on Recho's podcast The Cutting Room Floor; do all your chores! A recent cool guest: Mina White. A few dream guests: Mel Ottenberg and Piergiorgio Del Moro.   And if you're YouTube-curious, Colin and Samir is a Recho-recommended channel.    Recho's Thingies include Kinn fine jewelry, Camber hoodies (more ℅ a recent GQ story) Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (specifically the Massachusetts ep), Parachute linen bedding (our other recs: Linoto, and Merci), and her Jenni Kayne Home bed.     Do you have dream Thingies guests? Share them with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And try out a Secret Menu membership for more recommendations.   Treat your curls to LUS and take 15% off your first purchase of $50 or more with the code ATHINGORTWO. Get the ecomm support you need with Shopify. Snag a free 14-day trial with our link. Feel your best in Honeylove and get 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Margo Price's Thingies and Fanny Packs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 33:11


    Introducing our first rockstar guest, Margo Price! She shares her Thingies and talks about writing her memoir, Maybe We'll Make It, which is a story of perseverance, tell you what.    The fanny-pack discourse: We have an update on the Bandolier, a discussion of pockets ft. Véronique Hyland's book Dress Code, and a pitch for goofier kids' clothes inspired by this crewneck with a built-in fanny pack from All Small Co.    What inspired Margo's Maybe We'll Make It? Patti Smith's incredible Just Kids.    Margo's Thingies include T3 hair dryers and curling irons, Greater Goods CBD/CBN Evening Tincture, Thieves Oil, Acid for the Children by Flea, and two Nashville faves: A Shop of Things and The Continental.    If you're new to Margo's music and want a place to start, hit play on "Pay Gap"...and get ready for a new album in January.   Do you have a dream Thingies guest? Thoughts about fanny packs you need to share? We're ready for them at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership. Destigmatize hair thinning by sharing your story at shedthesilence.com.  YAY. Produced by Dear Media

    High School Reunions and Snack 'n Condiment Updates

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 47:17


    We're coming to you fresh from our high-school reunions, and there are lots of reflections ahead. On old friendships, yes…and also on dips, chips, and the controversial baby carrot.   Some condiments we're excited about include Cabi sweet yuzu vinegar, umami dashi soy sauce, and zesty sansho peppercorn miso. We're also loving Chicas tortilla chips, Burlap & Barrel black lime and Reem's spice blends, Gjusta Goods marinated olive oil and herbed salt, Ella's Flats, Zingerman's pimento cheese, Gotham Greens pesto, McClure's little pickles, and Breadblok almond thins. For more tremendous munching, head to Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, Massachusetts (or, you know, online).   An iconic book of our teen years: Swell: A Girl's Guide to the Good Life by Ilene Rosenzweig and Cynthia Rowley.    Do you have thoughts on reunions (or hot snack tips)? Let us know at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Give professional counseling a chance with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link. Help your hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. Book that doctor's appointment—today! Download the free Zocdoc app. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Jessi Hempel's Thingies and Reporting from the TikTok Frontlines

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 41:29


    We have an amazing Guest Thingies episode today with Jessi Hempel, prolific tech writer and host of the podcast Hello Monday whose new memoir The Family Outing you have to check out. Also: details about our blossoming relationship with TikTok.    A TikTok follow for your pop-culture PR needs: @mollybmcpherson.    The Family Outing! A memoir! If this description doesn't suck you in: “By the time Jessi reached adulthood, everyone in her family had come out: Jessi as gay, her sister as bisexual, her father as gay, her brother as transgender, and her mother as a survivor of a traumatic experience with an alleged serial killer.”   A book that gets at the challenges of memory: David Carr's The Night of the Gun.   An A Thing or Two rec that Jessi cosigns: this inflatable travel pillow for flying with a kid…but probably for lots of other purposes, too.    Jessi's Thingies: Potette (as she's on a potty-training journey that rivals Claire's), Cliq portable camping chairs for sitting…everywhere, Anne Helen Peterson's Culture Study newsletter, and adding your pronouns to your email signature.    Our conversation about returning to the office—RTO, y'all!—made us think of Delia Cai's great piece in Vanity Fair.   Share your dream Thingies guests with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Get your curly hair looking its best with LUS and take 15% off your first purchase of $50 or more with the code ATHINGORTWO. Look into Allstate Identity Protection (your employer may offer it, even). Use our link for a 30-day free trial. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    The Jibbitz Origin Story, “Affordable” and “Expensive,” and a Good Gift Q

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 44:01


    Updates AND new topics? Wow, this episode really has it all. We issue a correction about Jibbitz, share some third-birthday gift recommendations, and present some alts for words like “affordable” and “expensive,” which are loaded (

    Ellen Van Dusen's Thingies and Creativity Insights from Elder Celebrity White Men

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 46:54


    We're so excited about this week's Guest Thingies with Ellen Van Dusen of Dusen Dusen—great recommendations await! But first, some nuggets of wisdom from famously creative famous dudes.   We're definitely taking inspiration from Rod Stewart's model railway side project and Tom Hanks's advice to Austin Butler.    Ellen's Thingies include being comfortable inside and outside the home (please see: her delightful robes…and brand-new slippers!!), @Favetiktoks420 on Instagram, and cool silverware (especially David Tisdale's Picnic Flatware, which makes us think of Ahimsa dinnerware for kids). She also loves tile right now—see: Heath Ceramics, her collab with Concrete Collaborative, Fireclay, and Oasis—and you have to, have to check out her backyard mosaic. Last but not least: Her love of bird-watching has us asking when she's going to start selling the birdhouse she designed for Brooklyn Botanic Garden (in the meantime, the MoMA one we're all into). Ooh, and as we told Ellen, Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a great book and a much better movie than it gets credit for being.   Share your dream Thingies guests with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Give professional counseling a shot with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link. Help your curly hair look its best with LUS and get 15% off your first purchase of $50 or more with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    A Romantic-Fiction Primer and Some Identity-Protection Intel from Allstate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 46:10


    Let's go in-depth on romance novels! But first, we're chatting with Madeline Nusser from Allstate Identity Protection, which oh-so-graciously sponsored this episode, to dig into something equally sexy: doing what you can to thwart identity theft.    Go to AIP.com/AThingOrTwo today to see if Allstate Identity Protection is available through your employer. If not sign up there to get a 30-day free trial.. Check out The Washington Post article on the rise of romance in the U.S. and this Twitter thread from Helen Rosner on the weirdness of publishing categories.    Some books that are not romance novels but kind of are:  Normal People by Sally Rooney Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (but her book Instructions for Dancing counts!) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro   Books we endorse for romance newbs: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee The Roommate by Rosie Danan How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder Something Wilder by Christina Lauren Seven Days in June by Tia Williams Book Lovers by Emily Henry The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (see also: our podcast ep with Tallia) Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola (who's a great Twitter follow) Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Every Summer After by Carley Fortune   More romance authors with many books to dive into:  Jasmine Guillory  Abby Jimenez Tessa Bailey   Have a romance novel you want, neeeeeed to recommend? Let us know at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Support your hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. Look into Allstate Identity Protection (and see if your employer offers it, too). Use our link for a 30-day free trial. Try Bombas and take 20% off your first purchase when you use our link. Book that doctor's appointment: Download the free Zocdoc app. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media  

    Crowd Favorite: Michigan Star Restaurants, Patient Advocacy, Covid Weddings, and A+ Apps

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 41:18


    ​​You know what we have a lot to say about in this best-of-2011 ep? A lot of things, from high praise for neighborhood restaurants and actually useful apps to sharing weddings FAQs and advocating for yourself at the doctor's office. If you want to sell others on the Michigan Star restaurant, maybe send them this quickie podcast pitch we did on The Best Advice Show.    Behold, the Covid wedding template of our dreams: Our beloved friends & family, It's only 30 days until our wedding! We're so glad that you are coming and celebrating this special day with us.  A few announcements regarding the wedding:  Serious stuff You must be fully vaccinated to attend the event. Please send your proof of vaccination to EMAIL ADDRESS. For children and adults with underlying medical conditions preventing them from getting vaccinated, we ask that you obtain a negative PCR Covid-19 test result within 48 hours prior to the event. Your health is of utmost importance to us, and we have therefore decided to cancel ANY CHANGES TO EVENT SCHEDULE. Fun stuff X, Y, Z!   Apps worth your limited phone storage space: Weather Strip, Libby, and PictureThis (related-ish: Merlin Bird ID).    We're here for your feedback!  Share it with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Stroll Don't Scroll, Organized Whimsy, and Grandma Sayings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 37:06


    Join us! We're revisiting how we approach creativity and talk about people who refuse to be hemmed in by expectations and the algorithm.    For some insight about opening up to what interests you at a time and trusting that it will serve you, check out Steve Martin's memoir, Born Standing Up, and read Pamela Adlon's essay for Harper's Bazaar.   After watching the newest Julia on HBO Max, we're doing a Judith Jones deep-dive—next up: reading her memoir The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food. Another book that's making us think about creative possibility: Margiela: The Hermès Years.    People who spread their (creative) wings: Stacey Abrams and her romance career as Selena Montgomery, Serena Willaims and her nail technician story, Venus Williams founding her design firm V Starr Interiors the same year she was ranked No. 1, David Lynch and his woodworking, and Bella Hadid, who has a new glassblowing hobby.     Rachel Tashjian's Opulent Tips newsletter—sign up via DM!—introduced us to the idea of STROLL DONT SCROLL, and her recent Harper's Bazaar pieces on Christopher John Rogers and Schiaparelli are great reads that show ya how her brain works.    Tune into Details Matter, from Jenni Kayne Home, a podcast we're producing that has also been giving us a whole lot of inspiration, including the IG algorithm bit we mention ℅ Amanda Gunawan.   Do you have any top-tier grandma sayings? Share them with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership. Take your business to the next level with Shopify. Try a free 14-day trial with our link.   Right now, our listeners can get 15% off your first purchase of $50 or more!  But ONLY when you go to LUSBrands.com and enter promo code ATHINGORTWO   Produced by Dear Media. 

    Kavi Ahuja Moltz's Thingies and a Good Ol' Potty-Training Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 49:04


    It's Guest Thingies Day! We're so excited to chat with Kavi Ahuja Moltz, the CEO of the exceptional scent co. D.S. & DURGA and the sort of person who knows cool stuff, always.   But first: potty-training and a related story from Romper about camping with kids.    Our favorite D.S. & DURGA perfumes include Italian Citrus, Coriander, and Rose Atlantic…and don't sleep on the candles and genius auto fragrances, either. Ooh, also: This one-minute quiz is surprisingly delightful.   Kavi's Thingies include traveling with playing cards, Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Blush in Daiquiri Dip, looong walks, and potato chips (Charles Chips in the tin especially—and shout-out to this Eater story about why we don't have masala chips at our grocers). She also loves fun socks! Her faves are from Simone Rocha and Tabio (see also: Darner and Hysteria), and her standard go-tos are Adidas black with white stripes.     Do you have tips for how to make walking meetings work? Please share them with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Get professional counseling with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link. Check out Allstate Identity Protection (and see if your employer offers it, too). Use our link for a 30-day free trial. Sip on De Soi and get 15% off when you use the code ATHINGORTWO. Vacation with BÉIS and snag 15% off your first purchase with our link. Book that doctor's appointment: Download the free Zocdoc app. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Best of the Monday Newsletter and Hamlet, but with Karaoke

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 44:10


    It's time to chat about all the stuff we're obsessed with lately, most of which has been included in our Monday newsletter—do you get that thing??   Keep an eye on Fat Ham, a play we think will definitely have a second life, ideally on Broadway.    We both got a lot out of Burn Rate by Bonobos founder Andy Dunn, which tells the story of founding, running, and ultimately selling his company all while grappling with severe bipolar disorder. For another excellent memoir about bipolar disorder, read Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind.    Huge endorsement of the walnut larb at Good Night in Woodstock New York. The closest recipe comp we have surfaced is the one from walnuts.org.    For a perfect after-dinner candle, it's all about Big Night's Dinner Party one. See also: Epicurious's story about dinner-party-appropriate scents, No.10 Aboukir by Maison Louis Marie, and Park Life by Boy Smells.   Want to make sorbet at home? Everyday Food from Martha has a vid withThomas Joseph that involves floating an egg to achieve the ideal sugar content and texture.   Cam's forest camp introduced us to the amazing Muddy Buddy, we're getting more our of our walks listening to Marcos Trinidad's Human/Nature podcast, and we're on top of hyper-local news thanks to Patch.com.   Grow your business with Shopify. Try a free 14-day trial with our link. Drink something different with De Soi and get 15% off when you use the code ATHINGORTWO. Slip on some Bombas and take 20% off your first purchase when you use our link. Right now, our listeners can get 15% off your first purchase of $50 or more! Go to LUSBrands.com promo code ATHINGORTWO YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Gardening, Second Kids, and Slackers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 39:20


    Buckle in, folks! This week, we're talking about our garden-curator journeys, second-kid thoughts, and the slacker–to–chaos goblin line cook pipeline.    Looking for Fast-Growing Trees? Thank goodness there's a company that sells exactly those.  Love the Bloomerang lilac shrub, and you clearly need to know about the smoothie kit. If you wanna grow the ~cool~ flowers, check out Plantgem. A few faves they sell: ProCut plum sunflower, crocus saffron bulbs, and Irene Parrot tulip bulbs. Peony fans should investigate Styer's, David Austin is as good at roses as at customer service, and for regional wildflower seed mixes, look to Wildseed Farms.    How's you decide whether or not to have a second kid? Please share any and all thoughts you have on this topic with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq.  An article related to this conversation: Emily Gould's NYT piece "More Kids? After the Last Two Years? No Thanks.”   For thoughts about the present-day incarnation of the slacker, check out this tremendous tweet by @yeehaw_meg. (Of course, we're thinking about it in the context of The Bear.)    Any plants you're obsessed with? Have theories about slackers? Share them with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Download Best Fiends—for free—on the App Store or Google Play. Get that thicker, healthier hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. Jazz up your wardrobe with Nuuly. Get $10 off your first month when you sign up with the code ATHINGORTWO10. YAY. Produced by Dear Media

    Noah Kalina's Thingies and Destination Sandwiches

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 49:40


    This is a jam-packed episode: We've got destination sandwiches. We've got photographer Noah Kalina's Thingies. We've got baby-wipes expertise from grown-ups. Ready? Great.     If you're in NYC, please scurry to & Sons Buttery for their salami cotto sandwich (please also eat at the restaurant—a ham bar!) and Court Street Grocers for their vegitalian. Special shoutout to The Bobbie from Capriotti's in Wilmington, Delaware, too. For further destination-sandwich reading, check out Helen Rosner's New Yorker story about the plane sandwich and the Turkey and the Wolf cookbook by Mason Hereford with JJ Goode.    Check out Noah Kalina's Instagram, his curiosity-filled newsletter, his podcasts JPEG 2000 and Do you hear that?, his incredible portraits of chickens, and, wow, so much more.   Noah's Thingies include the Samsung Frame that turns into art (art!) when it's off, Cometeer coffee, the Toto Washlet, Water Wipes for when you're away from your Toto Washlet, (bonus rec from Claire for toddlers: Coterie Wipes), Ego power tools, and Crocs (

    Corrections, Follow-Ups, and Milan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 46:41


    It's about time for an addendums episode! AKA an ep where we dump our additional thoughts (and your feedback) on topics we've discussed—because there's always more to say about styling, aging, and, apparently, catalogs.    Looking for a method to define your personal style? Check out Allison Bornstein's Three-Word  Method on TikTok: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6 for your clicking pleasure. (Call us with your wooords!!) More about her philosophy in this Harper's Bazaar profile.   Re: styling, a follow-up on Amy Smilovic, including the outfit that stopped Claire in her tracks and her shirt-tying innovation. When it comes to button-downs, Claire loves her custom oversize Chava one—it's great with elastic-waist pants (as is this Roucha tank top.)    In response to our discussion of marbling, we learned about some family-owned places to get monogrammed marbled gifts in Florence: Alberto Cozzi and Riccardo Luci.    Speaking of Italy, we both recently visited and fell hard for Milan—it lives up to the promise of Jenny Walton's Instagram and Sight Unseen's Design Week coverage. Keep an eye out for a future Secret Menu installment starring our favorite Milan spots.    Also on the docket: push-up tips, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande for grieving and coping with aging parents, and The Flamingo Estate catalog for zaniness…and as a resource for anyone in L.A. who might want to receive  a bag of manure as a gift.   Share your thoughts with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Dip into professional counseling with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link. Refresh your closet with Nuuly. Get $10 off your first month when you sign up with the code ATHINGORTWO10. Support a business of any size with Shopify. Dig in with a free 14-day trial with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Lauren Sherman's Thingies and It's a Trip, Not a Vacation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 51:03


    Who better to talk Thingies with than Lauren Sherman, the chief correspondent at The Business of Fashion and the host of their wonderful—and quick!—new podcast The Debrief?! NOBODY. She fills us in on the third-wave coffee movement (We have a lot of questions.), a great investment T-shirt, and the trick that keeps her kid well-rested while traveling. Speaking of travel: There is a difference between a trip and a vacation, and we'd like to manage some expectations.   Listen to The Debrief—it has as feeling more fashion-industry-informed than we have in years.   Lauren has a LOT of insight on third-wave coffee and natural-process coffee beans. Some of her favorite places to get them: Andytown in San Franciso, Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon, Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland, Maine, 49th Parallel in Vancouver, Cafe integral in NYC, Dune Coffee Roasters in Santa Barbara, and Kumquat Coffee & Tea in Los Angeles. She's also passionate about Three Trees almondmilk and making coffee with an AeroPress.   If you're looking for a stand-out T-shirt, Lauren loves Dries van Noten's. If you find yourself in Europe, scoop ‘em up there for better prices—or keep an eye on Yoox and The Outnet for deals. Other especially good brands for tees: James Perse and the men's dept. of Comme des Garçons.    When hitting the road with a baby, Lauren highly recommends bringing a SnoozeShade for Pack 'n Plays.   How do you order stuff that doesn't ship to the U.S.? Lauren uses Reship.com for that, and KoreaBuddy is a good option for items from Korea specifically.    We 1000% need some new catchphrases. Share your thoughts with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Support your immune system with Athletic Greens and get a one-year supply of Vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase when you use our link. Turn to Thinx and get $10 off your first order when you visit rethinkyourcycyle.com and use the code ATHINGORTWO. Treat kids to Little Passports and get 20% off when you use our link.   Get comfy with Bombas and take 20% off your first purchase when you use our link. Travel better with BÉIS and snag 15% off your first purchase with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    A Bouquet Hack, a Brunch Cookout, and What to Wear When It's Hot—It's a Grab Bag!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 45:23


    Today in mishmashes: We're sharing some of the tricks and treats we've discovered recently, featuring Claire's flower-wrapping upgrade, Erica's brunch cookout recipes, and what to wear when it's hot, hot, hot.    Erica's rooftop brunch agenda included ordering donuts (from Doughnut Plant if you're in NYC), finding a reliable friend to be in charge of grilling sausages (or, um, sausage strips!), and  whipping up two frittatas: the mustard-asparagus one from Cookie + Kate and the mushroom-ricotta one Julia Turshen's Now & Again cookbook.    And for dinner, Erica's favorite canned cherry tomatoes from Mutti are great for many things, including her go-to summer tomato sauce c/o Alison Roman.   Claire's revisiting this Mo Willems interview often, and on the diaper-bag front, she recommends Longchamp's Le Pliage (or any flat bag like it!).    As we slip back into shorts, we like these knit guys from Kordal, a pleated linen pair from Alex Mill, grown-up cut-offs from Agolde, and these rolled jorts from Raey.    Some options on our quest for a great summer dress include ones from Mille, Mirth, Sunspel, Organic by John Patrick, Kule, Falke, Loup Charmant, and Anaak.    And on the topic of summer jeans, we like these from Agolde, and these from Roucha Pala. But also, these Jenni Kayne trousers!   Finally, if you're looking for a dopamine hit, we highly recommend you search #sheldonshrimp to see the wonderful world of Sheldon Shrimp the Jellycat stuffed animal and his friends Herman Hermit, Crispin Crab (and, course, Bashful Bunny).    Have anything related to this grab bag you'd like to share with us? Please do at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership!   Treat yourself to professional counseling with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link. Download Best Fiends—for free—on the App Store or Google Play. Support thicker, healthier hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Crowd Favorite: Obligation, People-Pleasing, and Pillows (Yes, Pillows)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 49:55


    This episode—a 2021 crowd-pleaser!!—is all about the pressures we feel on our lives and our time (and, to a lesser extent, our necks and our tailbones). Don't sleep on this one, is what we're saying.   Live that ComfiLife! Side-sleep with a Hullo pillow!   The “Things We Want to Leave Behind and How to Start a Running Routine” ep we reference.   The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin—there's also a quiz for that.    A handful of reads related to parenting (and, sigh, house work): All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu, and More Work For Mother by Ruth Schwartz Cowan.   An enthusiastic endorsement of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman.   Dirt's “The season of tabs” newsletter by Alex Aciman. WE RELATE.   "The Myth of the Productive Commute" installment of Anne Helen Petersen's Culture Study newsletter.   Talking about protecting your time with Mimi O Chun and “what happens if you don't?” with Caroline Moss.   For last-min. presents, might we suggest Secret Menu gift subscriptions?    Please share your obligation feeeeeelings! 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq!   YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Aging and Longing (Um, the Wisdom Episode?)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 39:08


    We're wise enough to know it's about time for a ~wisdom~ ep. We share our feelings about feeling our age and some excellent advice we caught about living with a little longing.     Some readings that impacted how we've been navigating aging include Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Casey Johnston's Swole Woman program, Cheryl Wischover's “What Changed When I Started Lifting Weights” in the Gloria newsletter, and Kayleen Schaefer's “How 50 Pushups A Day Helped Me Cope In An Uncertain World” for Elle.    If you have thoughts on longing or musings about aging share them with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And try out a Secret Menu membership for more recommendations.   Try professional counseling with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link. Slip on Thinx and get $10 off your first order when you visit rethinkyourcycyle.com and use the code ATHINGORTWO. Evolve your piercing and earring experience with Studs and take 20% off your first order when you use our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Getting Dressed and Making Small Talk—SO HARD

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 41:02


    Today we're answering a listener question that we've been asking ourselves our whole lives: How TF does one get dressed (and, you know, feel good about what they're wearing)? Also: We grapple with the big challenges we're having with small talk.   For those looking for a tailor in NYC, Mend Tailoring and Alteration Specialists do house calls, and Silhouettes & Profiles on the UWS is great. In L.A., it's all about Elias in Santa Monica.   Check out Amy Smilovic, Katie Sturino, and Jenna Lyons-era J.Crew for styling tips. Another stellar rec from our editor Maddie: Allison Bornstein's TikTok.    If you have any small-talk tips (and advice for what to wear with Issey Miyake Pleats Please pants) we want them at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. For more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Support a business with Shopify. Dig in with a free 14-day trial with our link. Amp up your immune system with Athletic Greens and get a one-year supply of Vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase when you use our link. Get better sleep with Beam Dream and get up to 35% with the code ATHINGORTWO. Try Thinx and get $10 off your first order when you visit rethinkyourcycyle.com and use the code ATHINGORTWO. Upgrade your piercing and earring experience with Studs and take 20% off your first order when you use our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    How We Vacation-Plan and Y2K Trends, the Second Time Around

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 40:46


    So you picked a travel destination…and then what? We're sharing the (only somewhat insane!) steps we take and the resources we love for planning a vacation. Also: Let's spend a moment discussing the late nineties/early aughts trends that are re-catching our eyes and the ones we think we won't wear again.    Some reflections on the Miu Miu skirt ℅ this NYT article “Brief Encounters With a Micro Miniskirt.”    When thinking about trip-planning, this Harvard Busiess Review article on "The Hidden Traps in Decision Making" and this installment of Val Monroe's newsletter came to mind.   We love scoping out hotels on Welcome Beyond, Tablet Hotels, iescape, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (hot tip, their write-ups of what to do nearby will also point you toward good sites, shops, and restaurants). We also check out the press section on a hotel's website, see if they've won any awards (which led Erica to amazingplaces.cz for Czech Republic recs), and use TripAdvisor and Instagram location tags to see some realistic photos of each hotel. For rentals, we search Airbnb and Vrbo reviews for terms like “noisy,” dig into host profiles for other properties, and remind ourselves that you can reach out to hosts with Qs.   Our favorite guides come from Goop, Curbed (like "The 21 Best Things to Do in Milan If You Love Design") Eater, Sight Unseen, Remodelista, Afar, Here, Fathom, Stranger's Guide, and New York mag's “Steal My Vacation", and Cabana. The physical Wallpaper* City Guides are great, and 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Shultz is a satisfying book to have + mark up.     Share your planning tips and the trends you're retreading (or rejecting) with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. For many more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Seek out BetterHelp for professional counseling and take 10% off your first month with our link. Download Best Fiends—for free—on the App Store or Google Play. Entertain and educate kids with Little Passports and get 20% off when you use our link. YAY. Produced by Dear Media

    Guest Thingies with Emma Straub and Negotiating Advice That's Stuck

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 47:10


    Guest Thingies from Emma Straub—what a treat! If you haven't read her many charming novels, start with her latest, This Time Tomorrow, and if you haven't patronized her beloved Brooklyn bookstore Books Are Magic, we know you're aching to remedy that. First up: business/money advice we've gotten that's as quippy as it is useful.    Emma's Thingies: skincare, tea, allergy meds, and big underpants—starring facials from Rescue Spa, Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 toner, and Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. Her tea-drinking routine includes Helen Levi mugs and Twinings English Breakfast hot or iced (and she might have to give Claire's tea rec Nunshen a shot, too). Emma also shares her love for Flonase and ARQ's hugely cute underpants.   When you've got the author of This Time Tomorrow and the co-owner of Books Are Magic on the Zoom, you have to talk reads. Emma's recent favorite is Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, especially for fans of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon and The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.   Do you have negotiation thoughts? Guest Thingies ideas? Share ‘em with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Get thicker and healthier hair with Nutrafol. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. Find comfort with Cozy Earth's temperature-regulating sheets and take 35% off when you use the code ATHINGORTWO. Sleep better with Beam Dream and get up to 35% with the code ATHINGORTWO.Grow a business of any size with Shopify. Dig in with a free 14-day trial with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Crowd Favorite: Fighting Perfectionism and Remembering People's Names

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 52:13


    Revisiting a crowd fave from last year! Happy Memorial Day! 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. Come and get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463!    YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    "Um, What Watches?!" and Other Gifting Qs Answered

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 48:44


    It's that sneaky second gifting season of the year (dads, grads, retirements, anniversaries…you get it!), and we're here to answer your calls for help. Ooh, speaking of calls: Want to leave us a voicemail at 833-632-5463 and share any thoughts/feelings that demand our podcasting attention?   If it's time to gift someone a watch: Max Bill for Junghans and Baume & Mercier Classima are classics and about $1k. Uniform Wares has minimalist vibes and top out around $500. Check out Fewer Finer for some vintage options! We also recommend looking into a sporty/casual vintage watch from Casio or Seiko—Foundwell and eBay are great places to explore (this one, this one!). Also: Swatch does custom. If you're looking for a watch for a little, Flik Flak's still got it (see: their recent Hodinkee collaboration), and Parchie and Mini Kyomo are cute for kids, too. For true watch experts, turn to Hodinkee and Dimepiece.   For men turning 40 whose watch taste is too $$$: We love the idea of a signet ring, and Kathryn Bentley does great ones. We also recommend a record player (and personally endorse Plus Audio and Technics by Panasonic Direct Drive Player System via eBay). To add to the record collection, maybe gift a subscription to Vinyl Me Please or round-up albums that came out during their birth year. Related gift: fancy speakers like the ones by Oda. Nice luggage is also a good call—we love Want Les Essentiels, Porter-Yoshida, and classics like Rimowa, Tumi, and Calpak. For hobby gifts, how about a surfboard, a film camera from Photodom, ceramics classes (s/o to Artshack near us!), or pickleball gear from Recess or Nettie (on the topic of pickleball, this New York mag profile of Connor Pardoe). Last but not least, NORMALIZE GIVING MEN FLOWERS!    For retirement gifts: Ask close coworkers to participate in something personal—maybe use Tribute or Padlet or go old-school and collect pictures and letters to make a scrapbook. We also love Storyworth! Or how's about helping them get oriented with a new hobby: For the dad in our VM, maybe a Backroads Bike Tour or a Bianchi bike (find them and other snazzy bikes used on Bike Exchange). There's also personal training: For a virtual option, check out Future (a good review).    When someone's having a baby but not their first one: Set the parent up with a massage (maybe an at-home one through Zeel) or food delivery from Ipsa, Three Owls, or The Culinistas. Treat them to a robe, slippers, a weighted blanket from Bearaby, or a bed tray (Chairish and 1stdibs for cool vintage ones and West Elm, and Offi for new ones) Or: Get something to keep the sibling busy! Non-messy craft projects like needlepoint/sewing kits (love Unwind Studio and LittleExplorersPlay) or a subscription to The Picture Book Club. For the new baby, what about a not-hand-me-down, home-from-the-hospital look from Makie or Lewis? Or something keepsake that second (and third and fourth) kids tend to get less of like a handknit blankie or a puzzle name stool from Damhorst Toys.   What to maybe, possibly ask for when you move into a new home: A return-address stamp from Paper Source or custom house numbers from House Number Lab or Casson. Outdoor stuff can be pricier than expected, so ask for plants from Fast Growing Trees, Plant Gem, and David Austin Roses, a local-nursery gift card, or gardening tools from The Floral Society or Terrain. What about a Solo Stove or a Barebones Living Portable 30" Fire Pit? Or a grill! We like the Weber Spirit II E-210 LP and the Lodge Sportsman's Pro Cast Iron Grill. Get into composting with an indoor bin from Bamboozle. Entertaining stuff is a good call—think an Insalata Serving Bowl or platters from Conran Shop, Bitossi Home, Christian Lacroix, Farmhouse Pottery, vintage spongeware from The Six Bells, and vintage Limoges on Etsy. Ooh, and framing, c/o your local frame shop or Framebridge! Finally, stools: Artek, TipToe, Bed Bath & Beyond, Metal Lab, and ChezRai ones specifically. For other relevant recs, check out our Secret Menu wedding-registry guide. Share your gift ideas or quandries with us at ​​833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. For many more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Produced by Dear Media

    What We Always, Always Pack and How to Travel with a Toddler

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 47:48


    We're dipping our toes back into going places, and there's been a real learning curve, tell you what. We're talking toddlers ‘n travel and unpacking our packing lessons. Now to just remember to put this stuff in a carry-on next time…   Our forever packing list: Birkenstock EVAs (the Madrid style especially) and ‘tween pants like the Outdoor Voices jogger, a multi-functional kanga/wrap/scarf, a chambray shirt, a Baggu tote, a flat clutch (Clare V. and Madewell make some good ones), an umbrella, the Jade Yoga Voyager mat, an OXO on-the-go lint brush, a paper fan, a Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody for the winter, a Patagonia Houdini in the summer, and bedside-comforts bag (featuring Zicam, Advil, Pepto Bismol, allergy meds, and Band-Aids).   For the journey, we love a Muji plane pillow, a separate cords pouch, packing cubes (rec Baggu, Muji, and Paravel!), a fold-up bag (great ones from Muji in-store and Paravel), and Comrad compression socks, possibly tucked into a Thingies-winning Lo & Sons The O.G. 2 carry-on.   Seven minutes of great content: the “Rachel Jacobson Tries to Act Like She's on Vacation All the Time” ep of The Best Advice Show.   Share your travel-planning tactics and queries at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Try BetterHelp for professional counseling and take 10% off your first month with our link. Download Best Fiends—for free!—on the App Store or Google Play. Book that doctor's appointment right now: Download the free Zocdoc app. Swap your paper towels with Papaya Reusables and get 20% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Collier Meyerson's Thingies (Hello, Femme Sandals!) and a Breast-Feeding PSA

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 42:08


    How excited are we to talk Thingies with Collier Meyerson? So. Her most recent project Love Thy Neighbor is a podcast about a 1991 event known as the Crown Heights riot and what it says about about racism, antisemitism, and police violence here and now. Collier comes bearing books, outdoor couches, and alt uses for photo-printing sites. But first: a bit of breast-feeding intel.   Some further reading from our breastfeeding/weaning discussion: Joanna Goddard's piece about her first episode of depression and how it happened right after abruptly quit breastfeeding (and be sure to read the comments!) and Meaghan O'Connell's "Life on Planet Weaning" in The Cut (also Meaghan's book And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready, and, yes, her Twitter feed). Different but related: “It Feels Like Every Mom I Know Is Medicated” from Romper—plus Best C-Section Ever and Romper in general!—and, uh, Moody Bitches.    Listen to Love Thy Neighbor, Collier's five-episode podcast about the riots that took place over four days in 1991 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. So good, so personal.   Collier's Thingies include Dr. Scholl's Molefoam Padding Strips for pesky bra wires, the Eliot Patio Loveseat from Target, and Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution by Nona Willis Aronowitz (out in August). If you're inspired by Collier's femme sandal pursuit, here's her Kyma pair (They arrived; she loves them.). She also recommends a Tosaryu hinoki incense and holder duo from Jinen for a housewarming gift and Artifact Uprising baby board books for gifts in general—not just for babies.   Do you have weaning/new-parent experience to share? Hit us up at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.   Explore our spring gifting faves from MoMA Design Store and use or mention the code ATHINGORTWO online or in U.S. stores for 10% off your purchase now through May 29. Get both sunscreen and skincare with Murad's Correct and Protect Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 45. Save 20% and get free shipping with your $60 purchase when you use the code ATHINGORTWO.   Snuggle up in Cozy Earth's temperature-regulating sheets and take 35% off when you use the code ATHINGORTWO. Grow thicker and healthier hair with Nutrafol. Your first month's subscription is $15 off with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media