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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 10, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Guest Thingies with Kelly Wright of Yuns and Romance Reads Ya Need

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 62:40

    If you need a Week Two 2022 pick-me-up, how about an all-consuming romance novel and some Thingies from our guest Kelly Wright, founder of the internet's coolest hardware store, Yuns?    For romance novels featuring autistic leads, pick up The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test, and The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (

    Obligation, People-Pleasing, and Pillows (Yes, Pillows)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 53:33

    This episode 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! Try professional counseling with BetterHelp—10% off your first month with our link.Sleep cozy in Printfresh—and get 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO.YAY. Produced by Dear Media

    Thingies and Dumplings: a Delicious Combination

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 46:45

    We're steaming (and pan-frying!) a lot of frozen dumplings, and we're recommending a lot of Thingies. Come along with us, huh?   But first: latke cookies.    A dumplings-as-an-aesthetic episode of this very podcast.   Frozen dumplings we're into: Fly by Jing and Nom Wah.   Stunning rainbow dumplings we're into: Sandita's rainbow dumplings.   Three things that make a big difference when cooking up dumplings at home: a bamboo steamer, Chinkiang black vinegar, and these Wing on Wo soup spoons. Another helpful resource: Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes.   Ok, Thingies!! Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Volume Mascara (Claire) and Lily Lolo Natural Vegan Mascara (Erica), Saint Olio cleaner (plus hand sanitizer), Wolford tights (start with Velvet De Luxe 50 or 66), Zicam lozenges, Maldon salt (see: this Bon App article), Kewpie Deep-Roasted Sesame Dressing, Lo & Sons The O.G. 2 carry-on (plus a charming video), Kinto kids' dishes, and Trader Joe's Roasted & Salted Marcona Almonds with Rosemary.   Secret Menu gift subscriptions are ready and waiting.    Hit us with your feedback, your Thingies noms! 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq!   Download the (free!) Zocdoc app and book that doctor's appointment you've been putting off. Take a break with Dipsea's hot ‘n heavy audio stories—you get a free 30-day trial when you use our link. Get your romance-movie fix with Redeeming Love, out in January. Treat the skin on your body right with Esker and get 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Holidays and Giving with Caroline Moss (and the New Illustrated Us!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 56:40

    Caroline Moss, host of the podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It!, brings joy to everything she does, and we're jazzed to ride her wave of holiday-giving enthusiasm straight through December and into 2022. Another thing we're taking into next year is our new mantra: What happens if you don't?   Julie Houts did the wonderful new illustration of us ya see in our podcast art! You've gotta check out her Instagram! Ooh, and shop her prints!   Related content: Erica waiting for Claire in fitting rooms.   If you don't listen to Caroline's podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It! yet, you're in for a treat. Our Black Friday ep with her could be a good starting point. Don't sleep on her gift guides either—or the book she co-wrote Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails.   Caroline's go-to Hallmark holiday movie: The Christmas List.   A few holiday giving initiatives Caroline supports and you can too (like, this year—not at all too late!): Operation Santa (there's a doc, Dear Santa, about it, even) and Transanta.   Vulture on the Christmas ep of Ted Lasso.   Re: Venmo and taxes, this Forbes piece.   “What Mutual Aid Can Do During a Pandemic” by Jia Tolentino for The New Yorker.   Tell us all of your thoughts! At 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq!   Secret Menu six-month or one-year gift subscriptions are very much a thing. Get thicker, healthier hair with Nutrafol. Your first month's subscription is $15 off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Try Printfresh's perfect-for-gifting sleepwear—and get 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Give professional counseling a shot with BetterHelp—10% off your first month with our link. Scoop up Ana Luisa jewelry during their biggest sale of the year—60% off on the second item you purchase with our link.  YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 54:43

    What an episode we have in store! We're going deep on some of our favorite recent discoveries from our Monday newsletter—which: If you aren't signed up for that thing, now's your chance to fix that.   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.   You know we love to hear from you! Get us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq.   Didya know we do six-month or one-year Secret Menu subscriptions? Ideal for gifting, tell you what.   Find your body skin type with Esker and get 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Control your coffee and tea temp with Ember. It's 10% off for first-time purchasers with our link. Snuggle up with Printfresh's perfect-for-gifting sleepwear—and get 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Score Ana Luisa jewelry during their biggest sale of the year—60% off on the second item you purchase with our link.  YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Rolling Calls and a Round of Guest Thingies with David Cho

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 54:26

    You know what we love? When someone makes a thing we're really desparate to use. Which means we can't wait for the launch of Postcard, a tool to help us share our travel recommendations in an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing way. We'll let David Cho tell ya all about it...and share his Thingies. That's right: a guest Thingies ep. Tell us how you feel about that?? Two relevant celebrity memoirs: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and Yearbook by Seth Rogen.   Oh, the joy of a website called findcelebrityjobs.com.   Be Postcard guinea pigs! Make some lists! Send them to us!   David's Thingies! Orion Turtle Chips Choco Churros Flavor (and Sweet Corn if you're us), Rose Delights, therapy!!!, Golden Fertile Eggs, Sun Ha Jang in L.A., and “A Home Movies Thanksgiving Special with Alison Roman” (also her spring chicken with crispy leeks recipe).   Do you have Thingies noms? Hit us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq.   For so many more of our favorites, get yourself a Secret Menu subscription.   Scoop up Ana Luisa jewelry during their biggest sale of the year.  Keep that coffee and tea at the perfect temp with Ember. It's 10% off for first-time purchasers with our link. Grab tickets for Redeeming Love and get your romance-movie fix. Snag Printfresh's perfect-for-gifting sleepwear—and get 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Gift Guide Round 3: Siblings, Teens, Co-Workers, Friends, and Grandparents!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 58:15

    Gift Guide Round 3: Siblings, Teens, Co-Workers, Friends, and Grandparents!   Our third gift guide ep already?! We know. There's so much ahead—and behind if you missed part 1 and part 2—but if you're still on the present hunt, subscribe to Secret Menu for many more holiday-shopping thoughts ‘n feelings.   Kids and Teens!   Almost 14 year old girl Brooklyn kid Art! Ideal Bookshelf 974: Feminists by Jane Mount, The Ten Largest, No. 2, Childhood, Group IV by Hilma af Klint, Krista Marie Young painting, and Amber Vittoria prints The start of a charm bracelet, maybe with this Catbird Holy Cannoli charm Studs e-gift card Lizzie Fortunato Little Candy DIY Kit (for a younger kid: Super Smalls or Susan Alexandra) Olive & June mani system Dye Kween Sleep mask or socks Kule T-shirt This Is What I Know About Art by Kimberly Drew Macmillan Visual Dictionary D C-T! by Joana Avillez and Molly Young Donation to Girl Up Monogrammed tech accessories from Leatherology   Angsty teenage nephews who already have everything Art! Eye Test Chart by George Mayerle, Every Outdoor Basketball Court in Manhattan by Jenny Odell (paired with How to Do Nothing?), or something from Top Posters & Prints Via the Public Announcement newsletter: Procure an iPod, load the iPod with music you love, give the iPod to the kid. Snacks: Bokksu, Patagonia Provisions, Lani Halliday pop-tarts, Blondery Blondies, or Oreo ID Audm subscription Courier magazine subscription Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use it by Jamie Margolin Donation to Canines for Disabled Kids   10 year old niece who is obsessed with Japan (Japan trip isn't in the budget) Pen pal through Pen Friend Clubs of Japan (PFC) Sanrio! Gudetama bank, Hello Kitty happy lunch box set, and all the stickers, pens, notebooks Punilabo scissors Paperi Design Shop Hiragana chart  Bokksu Japanese snack subscription Tatsuya Tanaka Miniature Life calendar Maruchan Ramen Noodle planter from Happy Plants Mochidoki Kawaii Pen Shop gift card Kizuna gift box   Nephews/Godsons who already have so much stuff. They are 6 months (read: only interested in food but not really able to eat it) and 4.  The 4 year old loves trucks, singing, Toy Story, and learning about everything. but he has all of the things! While I think donations are cool, I'm not really interested in that for a four year old who won't understand that i didn't forget to give him a gift.  National Diaper Bank Network donation Kitpas bath crayons Raddish Foodstirs DIY cookie kit Haus playhouse Parchie watch Pedersen + Lennard balance bike Twee planet chalk  Storytime Chess Areaware Blockitecture set WayToPlay car track   Brothers and Brothers-in-Law!   My 35 yo brother who exclusively wears shirts from regattas, has horrible taste in women A feature in the Hot Singles newsletters Hama Hama oysters The Rope Co. nautical rope doormat Games: Wolfum checkers/chess set or Molkky Grailed vintage regatta gear Vaer Field Watch Blackbird Spyplane paid subscription Sirene Journal  Ocean Conservancy donation   Brother who's living #vanlife Fancy tinned fish: Big Night if you're in NYC, Conserva Culture, and Fishwife Opinel No. 8 beechwood handle knife Westerlind for clothes Alice Waters egg spoon or one from Eggspoon.com Human Race rice powder cleanser or routine pack Libro.fm subscription for audiobooks Feeding America donation   Sisters and Sisters-in-Law!   Sister - has main character energy. Runs an apple cider vin business. Into funky style. Leanne Ford x Crate & Barrel measuring cups Krista Marie Young oven mitts Jacques Benoît vinegar pot Custom perfume from Nova Vintage blown-glass apples on Etsy James Shaw candleholders Isabel Halley wine cups or dessert plates Novel Mart boquerones baseball cap Edas earrings Carleen quilted vest Custom hand-painted sign from Cevallos Brothers or Olive Panter Oui the People rose gold razor The Missoni Family Cookbook Black Farmer Fund donation   My sister: hyper-intellectual, single, gay, social justice dr., autoimmune issues so stuck home. Dusen Dusen PJs Royal Jelly PJs Mizar and Alcor robe Clare Salvo Cards Against Malarkey Hollie Velten Big Sur cushion Horti plant subscription People's Pottery Project ceramics RIP Medical Debt donation Mary Roach books: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War   Sister in law who is mostly great and has very good taste but veryyy self absorbed, always has long term relationships but then doesn't commit because she doesn't believe in compromise, likes good food wine coffee, and also clothes (everlane/& other stories), likes to be luxe but in a slightly (not completely) subdued way. Ceramic coffee set-up, like Anna Lebrija french press or Zizi Ceramics dripper set Gjusta Goods coffee gift box Big Macs & Burgundy by Vanessa Price and Adam Laukuf Eater Wine Club subscription Aqua de Vida balm bars Susanne Kaufman bath oil or bath oil trio The Gentlewoman Modern Manners  Jamie Beck Pinot Noir series poster Ripped Bodice Read, Romance, Repeat subscription box Esther Perel Where Should We Begin - A Game of Stories Inclusive Therapists donation   My fiance's family does a gift exchange with the extended family with the idea that you can get a bigger/better gift for the one person instead of having to buy something smaller for everyone. I got assigned his cool cousin who lives in NYC.  She's in her late 30's, got married 2 years ago, no kids, and she's a really successful lawyer.  We only see her so often and she's usually on her computer keeping up with work when we do see her, so I don't have a great idea of her interests...besides they have a tiny dog that they love.  I always love an experience gift for people, def something there with NYC?  One other possibility is my fiance got her older sister in the gift exchange, so there's a possibility that we could do something that the both of them could enjoy together?  Her sister lives in a Philly suburb and has a family with 2 kids so different point of life. Little Beast dog sweater Katie Kimmel custom vase Laylo Pets x Altuzarra dog bed Susan Alexandra dog leash and collar Card holder: OAD wallet or Bottega Veneta credit card holder Flower Flash by Lewis Miller Museum or botanical garden membership Tickets to Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (deadline is 11/29!)   Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and Other Adults You Know!   Next door neighbor, 94 year old Italian woman who loves the Pope and New England sports Go up for Glory by Bill Russell  Novel Mart Italiano collection—a bolognese sweatshirt, a ravioli hat! Chefanie farfalle barrettes Grossy Pelosi pasta water mug (with homemade Italian Holiday cookies!) Issimo soup box or Eataly gift box From Roy panettone Felt Pope Christmas ornament   Older curmudgeonly uncle with lots of stories and jokes. Cooks but scorns fancy equipment.  Miami Fruit Pickle Guys Degen YUCK sweater America's Test Kitchen membership  Made In cookware Small Victories by Julia Turshen Save Room for Pie by Roy Blount Jr. Local food bank donation   My smart feminist ex-social worker grandma who likes G&Ts and is a hoarder Six Barrel Soda Co. tonic bundle or Sunwink tonic variety pack subscription Chefanie cocktail napkins Made by DWC gift set Woman Made: Great Women Designers by Jane Hall Plan C or National Network of Abortion Funds donation   Friends!   29 y/o BFF who just got dumped and fired, she loves Rebecca Solnit, POOG, and yoga Private yoga class with one of her fave instructors Sky Ting TV gift card One of Rebecca Solnit's atlases Collective Wisdom by Grace Bonney Start Where You Are or When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön Esker gift set Something creativity-focused: Gondola Pastels, POJ Studio waza kits, The F Series paint sticks, Studio Sundays art supplies, Art Life practice kits, and Unwind Studio needlepoint kits Dipsea gift certificate   Best friend! loves old furniture and travel and old churches and beauty, less than $100 The Furniture Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Identify, Restore & Care for Furniture by Christophe Pourny Stained glass or glass-blowing workshop: Pressed Flowers Stained Glass at Urban Glass in NYC on 12/9 Miniature stained glass churches—so many good ones on Etsy, like this Trendy-ish beauty service, like brow laminating Sania's Brow Bar pencil, tweezers, and scissors  Partners for Sacred Places donation   Co-Workers and Bosses!   My boss who is a die hard AKA sorority sister (same as Kamala Harris), v much part of the Bey-hive, and wears all of the hats (boss, mentor, counselor, mom, wife). EXAU olive oil Justice of the Pies pie Cult Pens advent calendar Vintage AKA tee—here, here, and here Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu Kamala and Maya's Big Idea Un|bound five-year journal Black Girls Code donation   People I work with - design studio so they all already have access to nice things. Our team is small enough that the vibe is to give everyone something? Under $40 Bonilla a la vista patatas fritas Custom Marmite or Sour Patch Kids Cute food! Opopop, Omsom, Soul Chai, Cornbread26 madeleines, The Chai Box gift set, Gjusta marinated olive oil, and Batchworthy Que water bottles Moglea playing cards Vintage interior design book that you pick out for each Ali Forney Center donation   For last year's gift guides, head here and here.   What are your last-minute gifting go-tos? We wanna know at 833-632-5463 and @athingortwohq!   Download the Zocdoc app—it's free!—and book that doctor's appointment you've been putting off. Explore all of our favorite gift picks at MoMA Design Store—so much amazing stuff, and it's 10% of now through November 24 with the code ATHINGORTWO online or in store. Try professional counseling with BetterHelp—10% off your first month with our link. Gift the coffee- and tea-drinkers in your life Ember. It's 10% off for first-time purchasers with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Gift Guide Round 2: Extra Design-y Edition, with MoMA Design Store!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 43:49

    If you just CAN'T with the gifting stress, drama, and intrigue this year and are looking to do some one-stop shopping, well, welcome to our second gift guide of the season, in partnership with the glorious, aesthetically driven team over at MoMA Design Store. Use the code ATHINGORTWO online or in store for 10% off your purchase now through November 24 (fine print below)—and know that every purchase supports the museum's collection and education programs. Talk about a GWP!   Heyo: Dig into all of our MoMA Design Store gifting picks.   Healthcare practitioners who I see regularly but don't know on a personal level 2022 Stendig Poster Calendar or 2022 Jumping Point Calendar  Yoshitomo Nara Bandages Italian Ball Candle MoMA Monet and Ed Ruscha artist masks   My new colleagues who I want to love me. Something cheap, cute, and maybe useful. Extendable Phone Stand Denis Guidone Milano Times Hourglasses Twist Cable Protector - Set of 3 MoMA Touchscreen Mist Cleaner   I have to buy gifts for approximately eight thousand kids.  Is there anything that I could buy that all of them would like?  They are various ages between 0-10 years old. The Great New York Subway Map  Coloring books! Coloring Book Henri Matisse, Keith Haring Coloring Book, Keith Haring: My First Coloring Book, To the Moon: The Longest Fold-Out Coloring Book in the World Making with MoMA Smush Crayon Art out of the Box  Small Night Light - Miffy, Boris, Lion or Miffy and Friends Silicone Rechargeable Lights  The Hoptimist   Dating for 3 mo by the time xmas is here. Wants to ride tandem bike. Dairy & nut free. Gemini Express Espresso Set Happy Socks for MoMA Set (3) Vince Kurr Tabletop Shuffleboard Game Julian F. Bond Corknet Ping Pong Set   My husband who loves fancy Japanese mugs, Swedish menswear, and guitar pedals Design books: Structured Lineages: Learning from Japanese Structural Design, From Postwar to Postmodern: Art in Japan, 1945–1989, Primary Documents, and JUDD HAY Coffee Pot Man Ray: Chess Pieces Japanese Maekake Workshop Cotton Apron     90 year old Grandma who lives in Scottsdale. She loves golf, crafting, playing cards, shopping, and hot weather. She has a condo full of tons of stuff - she collects trinkets and has multiple collections of China, glassware, etc. so I avoid giving her something that's just an item that will sit on a shelf. She is sometimes lonely and really likes activities but is easily intimidated by things that seem too hard. I gave her a 500 piece puzzle last year and at first she thought she could never do it but she ended up finishing it and got it framed. She's the absolute cutest but also very set in her ways. I like to give her something that can be consumed or created so I don't add to clutter but she is very thrifty as a depression era woman and will savor things forever. Sometimes things like lotions or candles never end up getting used. She also loves jewlery and clothing. She walks to church every day in a sensible heel. Glass Coffee Ornament Set  Wildlife Garden Birdhouse and Feeder  DIY Rainbow Needlepoint Kit Andrew Wyeth Jigsaw Puzzle   65+ crowd that have everything! Bring in the MOMA recs! Bodum Breadbox with Cutting Board HAY George Sowden Toaster Michele De Lucchi Plissé Electric Kettle Larq UV Purifying Pitcher Self-Watering Wet Pots  Avocado Vase and Acorn Vase Bala Fitness Weight Bangles - Set of 2   My brother and his stylist boyfriend who has intimidatingly good taste Fenestra Bookends and House Bookends Cloudnola Flipping Out Text Clock Renee Vedrig Textime Clock Pond Mirror Ester & Erik Cone Candles   FIL loves smoking meats, nice wine, and mansplaining the weather. Meater+ Thermometer Microwave Grill Multi-ccino Mug  Weather, Weather by Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler Baggu Recycled Nylon Wine Totes - Set of 3 George Nelson™ Fireplace Tool Set   Dad who loves gadgets and has a home theatre with a projector Solo Stove Fire Pit with Stand TEAC TN-400BTSEWA Bluetooth Turntable Toyo ST-350 Tool Box Keith Haring Edition Polaroid Now Camera Scrabble Luxe Edition Game  Automania MoMA Annual Membership   MIL likes soft things, needs for nothing Dusen Dusen Striped Bathrobe Margo Selby Halley Scarf Subu Indoor/Outdoor Slippers Big Love Ice Cream Spoon Set Bicolore Tissue Box   My mother who likes luxe things but doesn't like it when we overspend. Estelle Colored Glass Cake Stand Hinoki Wood Bath Mat Raawii Strøm Collection Burgon & Ball Steel Watering Can    My veteran sister who only wears zip off pants & carves wood in her free time.  Verloop Balaclava Ski Mask MoMA Champion Sports Bra Sophie Monet Pine Wood Huggie Earrings Tivoli Model One Bluetooth Radio Welly Adventure First Aid Kit LED Lantern Speaker   13-year old girl who's very creative and into music  KAWS THE THINGS THAT COMFORT Jigsaw Puzzle  Kids' MoMA Champion Hoodie Double Rainbow Maker 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion 3D Origami Construction Kit Lexon Mino+ Wireless Charging Speaker Artiphon Orba Musical Instrument  Stylophone S1 Pocket Synthesizer   The code ATHINGORTWO gets you 10% off your purchase online or in store now through November 24, 2021. The fine print: Cannot be combined with membership discount or other offers. Not valid on the purchase of memberships, past purchases, and select products. Redeemable at store.moma.org and at US MoMA Design Store locations.    Produced by Dear Media

    Gift Guide Round 1: Moms, Dads, and Significant (or Formerly Significant) Others

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 55:38

    Gift Guide Round 1: Moms, Dads, and Significant (or Formerly Significant) Others   It's gift-guide season around these parts, and here we are with the first of three—three!—installments to help you along with the hardest-to-shop-for people in your life (hopefully). If you need more ideas, subscribing to Secret Menu might be just the answer.   Moms and Mothers-in-Law!   Single mom by choice to an amazing little girl. Since it's just the two of us and she's a toddler, I need to help her buy her a gift for me. I realize that buying a gift for one's self shouldn't be difficult but I'm saving to buy us a condo and this will be my one quality and/or impractical spend for the foreseeable future. So I want to make it count and I'd love your help. I am willing to spend up to $400.00. I appreciate smart function in design and I have lost zero baby weight, so anything that involves sizing has the potential to make me cry, which feels like it would defeat the purpose. I work about 75 hours a week and am currently doing so remotely. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks! Fused bracelet like a Fewer Finer Eternal Bracelet or an Ochre Objects Permanence one Birthstone earrings—maybe one of your birthstone and one of hers. White/Space Francesca studs are sold as solos. Earrings/necklace you could build on each year: Scosha charms, Lizzie Fortunato mood necklace with an alphabet charm, and Fewer Finer vintage charms Kinn Studio locket A break! A one-night staycation or spa day   76 yo mom, super practical, can't throw stuff away, just lost her husband of 60+ years. Tidy Tova Virtual Tidiness Organizing accessories: Hay, Open Spaces, and Yamazaki Home POJ Studio Kintsugi Kit Mending kit: Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit and Purl Soho Cotton Mending Thread Yuns Hardware gift certificate Dims Watering Can + Via Citrus tree Monthly flower delivery—you can make any bouquet a subscription with Farmgirl Flowers Miriam Toews novel: Fight Night or Women Talking Donation to her local library   My new step mom who has very good taste and loves thrifting Summersill & Bishop alphabet napkins Vintage calendar from 2011, 2005, 1994, 1983, 1977, 1966, 1955, 1949, 1938, or 1927 Greystone Needlepoint book cover Back issues of a favorite magazine—Gourmet? Berea College Student Craft Machete Apple Watch band Misette colorblock collection Beata Heuman: Every Room Should Sing The House that Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton Vintage piece from French Larkspur or One Day in France Do thrifting for her—splatterware, jadeite, or Fiestaware?   Frumpy MIL that you can't stand Ember mug (now a travel one, too) Eileen Fisher brushed recycled cotton cashmere scarf Hillery Sproatt blanket Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Psychic Outlaw quilted stocking Farmhouse Pottery gift set Mutual aid org   My southern mom who thinks NYC made me snobby  Magnolia Bakery banana pudding Oliver Pluff Southern Style Iced Tea Cookbooks by Southern female chef: Black, White, and the Grey by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano and Mosquito Supper Club by Melissa M. Martin Chara's BBQ sauce These Precious Days by Ann Patchett Alabama Chanin sewing kit   Dads and Fathers-in-Law!   My dad! A very intelligent man. Passionate about baseball but has season tickets. Very covid cautious. Has read all books. Doesn't drink. Isn't handy (no tools). Plays scrabble and has all the boards, no other games. Very fashion apathetic and I always get him clothes. Likes to bike but has a very nice bike and all accessories. Has snow shovel service. Really only cares about his grandkids but spends tons of time with them. Still works (lawyer) and tends to buy anything he needs which is very little! Always a conumdrum. Equal Justice Initiative donation Argo attachment for front of bike to haul grandkids (group gift potential) Non-alcoholic bevs: Ghia, Non, Acid League Wine Proxies, Hella Cocktail Bitters & Soda variety pack, Avec NYT Crossword/Spelling Bee subscription StoryWorth Black Champions in Cycling by Marlon Moncrieffe   My dad! Buys himself everything he needs, likes rock and roll bios and mushrooming. and wine! Smallhold mushroom grow kit Mushrooms in the Middle: A Smallhold Cookbook How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan  A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life by Ayelet Waldman (paired with this Yelp review??) Acid for the Children by Flea and donation to Silverlake Conservatory of Music Rose Los Angeles x Gossamer CBD Rosin Delights Cure Crate Maison Noir mix case Coda Collection subscription Eden Reforestation Projects donation Last Prisoner Project donation   FIL: widower, engineer, spotless home, not into design, kinda into fitness & cooking Blue Hill charcuterie picks Tapas the José Andrés Way Allday knife Spices: Burlap & Barrel and Diaspora Co. Omsom Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health by Gregory Gourdet & JJ Goode The Essential New York Times Cookbook: The Recipes of Record (Anniversary) Top Drawer reversible slippers Future gift certificate Andree Jardin duster and/or Saint Olio cleaning spray and room spray Engineers without Borders donation   Romantic Partners (and Former Ones)!   A NFT-obsessed new dad who wants to be a lumberjack but actually buys Aimee Leon Dore King Kennedy Rugs bag or bomber Corridor plaid shirt Drake's check work shirt Fear of God thermal pant + henley Clark's Wallabees Blackstock & Weber loafers Garagiste gift certificate Blockchain for Babies (to read to the kid!) Best Made axe Melanie Abrantes DIY plate set Woodworking classes: Makeville Studio in Brooklyn or LA Woodshop in L.A.   I need help with my 49-year-old, male, partner. He's a commercial architect, but is super judgey about architect stuff. He constantly scrolls Zillow and vintage car sites. He drinks bourbon, but doesn't want whisky stones and we have an excellent set of glasses. He likes luxury, but won't wear a logo ever. He loves art - folk, sculpture, modern (sometimes the weirder the better) and he created about half the pieces in our house. We live in Atlanta, watch garbage TV and eat/cook good food. Help! Cameo from garbage TV cast member announcing an experiential gift Glaze Studio matchboxes Meet Your Matches commission Pedersen + Lennard bird feeder George Jensen bottle opener or cocktail shaker The materials for a Self Assembly project Do It Yourself by Thomas Barnthaler Vinty vintage/classic car rental Banner Butter    Old soul male significant other who manages to find all the wilderness in nyc (birding in prospect park, surfing in the rockaways) in his 20s. Matuse wetsuit—or gloves or booties Merch (or sauna time or a haircut) from Almeda Club, a cute Rockaways surf shop Overnight stay in the Rockaways at The Rockaway Hotel or the vintage 1963 Shasta camper on Hipcamp Trip to Mohonk Mountain House (also does daypasses) Bose Soundlink indoor/outdoor speaker Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day Donation to Laru Beya Collective Girlfriend who is super Catholic but also super woo and into crystals, energy, etc. Cool cross necklace from Pamela Love, Chan Luu, or Erica Weiner (coral, turquoise, etc.!) Spur—if there's a crystal that means something to her, get it made into jewelry! PIA jewelry  Vintage books on herbalism Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood Golde Complete wellness and beauty kit Crockd Pottery Kit Donation to DignityUSA My ex husband who doesn't deserve a gift but we share a daughter together  Something for them to do together—tickets to a basketball game or a museum, a video game, etc.   A friend who I had a thing with (years ago) and has a jealous girlfriend Nothing! This person does not need a gift from you! If you want to win her over, something consumable for them: Westbourne snacks, Zingerman's noodle kugel, Pizzeria Bianco pizzas, Loria Stern something, or Blackberry Farm biscuits three ways    For last year's gift guides, head here and here.   Keep those VMs and DMs coming at 833-632-5463 and @athingortwohq!   Shop all of our favorite gift picks at MoMA Design Store—so much stunning stuff, and it's 10% of now through November 24 with the code ATHINGORTWO online or in store. Escape with Dipsea's hot ‘n heavy audio stories—you get a free 30-day trial when you use our link. Get cookin' with Made In's professional-grade cookware. 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Dabble in CBD with Cure Crate and take 20% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Mimi O Chun's Delightful Art and Revisiting the Department Store

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 55:34

    What a treat it is to talk to one of our favorite artists, Mimi O Chun, who just mounted her first gallery show! Deeply impressive, we know. Speaking of impressive, there's one department store that's doing it for us lately, and we (predictably) have a lot to say about that.   Friends, a contest. Submit your best stab at a description for this podcast via voicemail to 833-632-5463, email to podcast@athingortwohq.com, or IG DM to @athingortwohq. There's Professional Enthusiast merch in store for the winner…   The lore of the set of tires being returned to Nordstrom: It's true.   If you're in the Phoenix area—or will be between now and January—go see Mimi O Chun's show It's all cake at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.    Watch this video for a taste of Mimi's work and, dear god, please follow her on IG.   “Museum of Oat Dreams (for One)”—wowowow.    Stuffed Hipster Emblems!   Mimi's sister Miro is an amazing ceramicist, too: Check out Miro Made This for her work.   Find a professional counselor with BetterHelp—10% off your first month with our link. Get moving with Girlfriend Collective's sustainable, ethically made activewear. $25 off your first purchase of $100 or more when you use our link. Grow thicker, healthier hair with Nutrafol. Your first month's subscription is $15 off with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    A Butter Sculptor Retires and Kicking Off Oven-Season Baking

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 46:24

    Today, we bring you love and affection for a renowned butter sculptor, complicated feelings about baking, and some pretty sweet recipes for Q4 2021.   The retirement of the Minnesota State Fair butter sculptor, per The StarTribune! Related: the Christopher Guest-ish movie Butter.   Andy Murray and the case of the stolen tennis shoes and wedding ring that were returned.    Dorie Greenspan's compelling argument for baking in a recent Garden & Gun interview.   Three baking cookbooks Erica loves: The Cake Bible, Cannelle Et Vanille: Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood, and The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes.   Some baking recipes we have up our sleeves: Claudia Roden's Orange and Almond Cake, Julia Turshen's Afternoon Cake, Smitten Kitchen Strawberry Summer Cake, Yotam Ottolenghi's Flourless Coconut Cake, Julia Child's Genoa Almond Cake / Pain de Gênes (page 78 here), Emily Luchetti's Ginger Cookies (and Emily Luchetti's Stareos), Ovenly's Salted Peanut Butter Cookies, Dorie Greenspan's 3-Ingredient Almond Crackle Cookies, skillet cookies (with Brutus Bakeshop Miso Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough—or perhaps the Real Simple's Flourless Chocolate Skillet Cake With Coffee Ice Cream take), NYT's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake.   Have you made Butter Mochi? Tell us more.   Holiday recipes specifically: NYT's Bourbon Pecan Pie, Lidia Bastianich's Ricotta Cookies, Butter(nut) Balls, Heavenly Hash, Molly Yeh's Stollen Bars, Gourmet's Spoon Cookies, Lidia Bastianich's Pignoli Cookies (or Grossy Pelosi's).   Whatcha got cookin' over there? Let us know at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq.   For another slice of this A Thing or Two content (every week, even), sign up for Secret Menu (and our Monday newsletter if you don't get that already!).   Find some chill with Calm and take 40% off a premium subscription with our link. Treat your migraines with Cove. Your first month of medication is 50% off with our link. Heat things up with Made In's professional-grade cookware. 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Sesame Street's Social Media and Talking Recovery with A.J. Daulerio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 57:42

    Two content powerhouses we just can't seem to get enough of these days: The Sesame Street crew on social media (looking at you, Count Von Count) and A.J. Daulerio in his newsletter The Small Bow and podcast Really Good Shares, both of which address recovery in really thoughtful, nuanced ways that speak to us as people who aren't in recovery.   An Adweek story from 2010 about Sesame Street's social-media presence when the strategy was run by Dan Lewis, the guy behind the Now I Know newsletter.   A few Sesame Street things you need to see: Count Von Count on Twitter, Big Bird x Oscar from 2018, Oscar the Grouch on #MetGala.   We're such massive fans of A.J. Daulerio's work—subscribe to The Small Bow! Listen to Really Good Shares!   “My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction” by Colton Wooten for The New Yorker.    The Really Good Shares ep with former Jezebel and Hairpin editor Emma Carmichael about a truly terrible year.   Our crossover moment: A.J.'s newsletter about Sesame Street.   Another pitch for When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön. And The Pocket Pema Chödrön, too.   If you want more of A.J.'s backstory, there's an Esquire profile for that.   Download the Zocdoc app (for free!) and schedule a doctor's appointment already. Take a break with Dipsea's hot ‘n heavy audio stories—you get a free 30-day trial when you use our link. Access professional counseling with BetterHelp—10% off your first month with our link! Move around in Girlfriend Collective's sustainable, ethically made activewear. $25 off your first purchase of $100 or more when you use our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Getting All of Our Graphic-Design Questions Answered (Thanks, Projector!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 48:44

    Wowowowow, are we grateful to our pals over at Projector, the free web-based software for collaborative design, for partnering with us on this ep to bring you—and us!—the scoop on colors, fonts, trends, and even some loose rules, ℅ a couple of our favorite designers to work with and one we aspire to work with someday. Obviously you'll need to deep-dive into everything Colin Smight, Rachel Herzig, and Andrew Kuo after listening…   Colin Smight of Cul de Sac Studio! Relevant clickage: Collage Culture, the font foundry ABC Dinamo, Rose Los Angeles, and By Humankind.   Rachel Herzig! Relevant clickage: It's Nice That and Jieyi Lee.   Andrew Kuo! Relevant clickage: his basketball podcast Cookies Hoops and @earlboykins2.   Get ready to fall as hard for Projector as we have. It's basically like Google Drive for design projects, and we use it daily. You don't need any design experience to use it, and free—to sign up, to use, all of it.   Produced by Dear Media

    Cow Potty-Training and the Beauty Products of Our Youth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 47:43

    The perfection of the packaging of Clinique's 3-Step System. The joy of convincing a dad at a drugstore that lipgloss is just a balm. The best possible name for a cow toilet, the MooLoo. Oh, what an ep we have in store for you.   Care of the Associated Press: “No bull: Scientists potty train cows to use ‘MooLoo.'” Related-ish: Oh Crap! Potty Training and the Potette.   A few beauty products from our youth that we're interested in revisiting: Aveda Shampure (and, also Shampowder dry shampoo?!), The Body Shop's Mango Body Butter (or perhaps Olive Body Butter), Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (which Erica still wears—and Claire wears as Superbalm), and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (Claire's long-time sig scent).   Get professional counseling with BetterHelp—10% off your first month with our link! Try Nutrafol for thicker, healthier hair. Your first month's subscription is $15 off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Download the Zocdoc app (for free!) and schedule a doctor's appointment already. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 44:02

    You know what we have a lot to say about today? 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.    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).    Whip up dinner with Made In's professional-grade cookware. 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Listen to How To Do the Pot for practical advice about weed for women by women. Tune in wherever you get your podcasts! YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Thingies! And Getting Our Crossword/Spelling Bee Fix.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 52:31

    More all-time fave products, coming your way in today's Thingies episode! If you want to catch up on past installments, dive right in. To kick us off, though: a word about word games.   Ladies and gentlemen, the NYT Spelling Bee.   Leon Neyfakh's somehow-relevant Grub Street Diet.   Inkubator, crosswords by cis women, trans women, and woman-aligned constructors, and When We Cross Words to make your own crosswords.   Thingies!!! Zout, Laundress Mesh Washing Bags (related: a laundry drying rack), Kate's Butter, Stonewall Kitchen Bloody Mary Mixer (try also: McClure's Bloody Mary Mix), Breadblok GF bread (for glutinous bread in NYC: She Wolf Bakery Classic Batard), and Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Nude.   Destress with Calm and take 40% off a premium subscription with our link. Slip into Girlfriend Collective's sustainable, ethically made activewear. $25 off your first purchase of $100 or more when you use our link. Try professional counseling with BetterHelp and get 10% off your first month with our link. Tackle migraines with Cove and take 50% off your first month of medication and get free two-day shipping with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Cereal, Periods, and Some Strong Middle-School Energy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 54:33

    Why is it that talking about cereal and periods brings on waves of nostalgia? If you feel the same, well, please do share: 833-632-5463 or @athingortwohq.   The birth of cereal restaurants in the early aughts! See: Cereality. See now: Kith Treats.   Newish cereals worth knowing about: Magic Spoon and OffLimits.   The Nyssa VieVision Between Legs Mirror would have really changed things for us as teenagers.   A timely Ziwe tweet.   A menstrual cup to check out: Noble Cup.   Period underwear, especially useful for those last couple days: Thinx (plus Speax for bladder leak) and Karla Welch's brand Period.   A fascinating read from Elle “Do You Really Need Your Period?” by Lauren Sampedro.    The Clue app and an interesting story from 2018 (also from Elle!) about its rise and the research potential of its data.   We've been getting such good voicemails! And yet we're hungry for more! Get us at 833-632-5463.   Re: the awesome voicemail at the end of this episode about produce and condiment fridge swapping, a TikTok.   You know what you might be really into? Secret Menu.   Listen to How To Do the Pot for solid advice about weed for women by women. Find it wherever you get your podcasts! Access professional counseling with BetterHelp and get 10% off your first month with our link. Use the free online graphic-design platform Projector to spiff up all kinds of stuff. Try Nutrafol for thicker, healthier hair. Take $15 off your first month's subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    How Photographer Gillian Laub Worked through Family Political Tension (Also: Vegan Hot-Dog Racing)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 50:59

    Gillian Laub's photography makes us cry. And laugh! What we're saying is, it's magical, and just wait until you hear about her latest project Family Matters, a book and an exhibit exploring family (hers, specifically) in a politically divided America. Something we need to address first, though: racing hot dogs (vegan ones, specifically).   Courtesy of Eater: “PETA wants the big hot dog costumes at baseball games to be vegan, but surprise! They already are.”   Let's please examine The Famous Racing Sausages at Milwaukee Brewers games and the racing pierogies at Pittsburgh Pirates games.   We'll take any opportunity to give a little love to Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo.   Pick up Gillian Laub's outrageously compelling book Family Matters! See her show at the International Center of Photography in NYC from September 24, 2021, to January 10, 2022!   For more of Gillian's work, check out her site and IG.   More on Pop-Up Magazine, where Gillian workshopped this project.   Another relevant book that Gillian loves (um, same): Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob. Listen also: our interview with Mira about said book.   Gillian's photos of Cindy Adams for New York mag...and her behind-the-scenes content.   Lovin' your voicemails, friends! Keep ‘em coming at 833-632-5463.    If you're a fan of this show and haven't subscribed to Secret Menu...   Give Nutrafol a try for thicker, healthier hair. Your first month's subscription is $15 off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Tune into Dipsea's sexy audio stories—a free 30-day trial is yours when you use our link. Download the Zocdoc app (for free!) and schedule a doctor's appointment you've been putting off. Use Modern Fertility's finger-prick test to get a handle on your fertility. It's $20 off when you use our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    A Friendship Classified Ad, Intergenerational Friendships, and Group Chats (with All the Friends)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 58:27

    Pals, it's a friendship grab bag! We're chatting with Katie Seaver, a deep-thinker looking for a deep friendship who placed a classified ad in our newsletter seeking one, and then we're diving into friendship age gaps and group chat dynamics (a whole thing!).   Yes, you want to know Katie Seaver, who ran a classified ad in our newsletter that linked to a Google doc titled “Wanted: A deep + meaningful friendship in Northeast Los Angeles.” She's also a life coach with a newsletter that touches on, yup, friendship.   Shasta Nelson's book Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness.   A shout-out to Bumble BFF.   The story of the rude TikTok and the woman who deserved (and found) new friends.   An interview with Lakshmi Rengarajan, host of the podcast Paired by the People, about asking intentional questions on romantic or friend dates.   A timeline of Kourtney Kardashian and Addison Rae's friendship.   “I Want What They Have, Friendship Edition: Tilda Swinton and Timothée Chalamet.”   "Why Befriending People of Different Ages is Vital in an Ageist Society" from the Sunday Riley blog.   From 2001: “GroupMe and the rise of group everything.”   Ahhh, group emails. Please see the book Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails.   Chris Black's 2018 GQ piece “The Group Chat Saved My Life.”   “Sending Smiley Emojis? They Now Mean Different Things to Different People” from The Wall Street Journal.   Got friendship thoughts? Other thoughts? Share them at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.    Want more? That's where Secret Menu comes in.   Make stunning digital stuff with the free online graphic-design platform Projector. Tune into How To Do the Pot for practical advice about weed for women by women. Do your nails—and well—with Olive & June's Mani System and take 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Get dreamy, chill waves with Conair's Double Ceramic Triple Barrel Waver. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Hair Length, Produce Refrigeration, and the Internet's Best Product Descriptions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 53:54

    That's right: today's ep is a real grab bag, and we imagine you have thoughts? Share them! At @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463! If this is exactly the kind of content you're in the market for, Secret Menu will be up your alley, too.   The full Nalata Nalata ecomm experience! The Our Story page, the Welcome to Our New Website statement, and every single one of the product descriptions.   Our favorite L.A. store in the Nalata Nalata vein: Tortoise General Store.   Shout-out to St. Louis Tag Co., world's greatest maker of hang tags.   Two anti-fridgers: Sophia Roe and Molly McAleer. To make produce storage more complicated: The Kitchn's Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables.   One hair product: Hairstory New Wash.    Two long-hair heroes: Crystal Gayle and Totally Hair Barbie.    A great NYC barber: Neighborhood Barbers.   Give BetterHelp a go for professional counseling and get 10% off your first month with our link. Use Modern Fertility's finger-prick test to get a handle on your fertility. It's $20 off when you use our link. Clear your head with Calm and take 40% off a premium subscription with our link. Tackle migraines with Cove. Your first month of medication is 50% off with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Oysters and Fast Food (Talk About Well-Rounded)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 46:18

    In which we reveal that our ideal meal might involve grilled oysters, McDonald's fries, and a Dairy Queen Blizzard. Hey, they're all tastes of summer, ok?   A case for oysters from Well+Good: “The More Oysters You Eat, the Better the Oceans Get”    An oyster-heavy cookbook: Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou.   Erica has low-key shucking gloves from Little Creek Oysters in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island (a lovely place to learn to shuck if you're in the neck of the woods).   Grilled oysters! A revelation! Hama Hama has a great guide and sells “grillers.” Eat ‘em with this NYT hot-sauce butter recipe.   We do need you to know about the copywriting happening over at Long John Silver's.   The original Arby's sign! And Rolando Pujol's whole Instagram account, really.   “Letter of Recommendation: Why the Filet-O-Fish Is My Gold Standard for Fast Food”   Eater on the rise and fall of the Arch Deluxe.   The late Roger Ebert on his love of Steak 'n Shake (and David Letterman's too).   Learn about your body with Base and take 20% off of your first month of membership with the code ATHINGORTWO. Try the free online graphic-design platform Projector (that we use most days). Listen to How To Do the Pot for practical advice about weed for women by women. Get unfussy hair with Conair's Double Ceramic Triple Barrel Waver. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 61:33

    How do you show up for your people when they've grieving, dealing with loss, and/or just generally going through a really shitty time? What a genuine joy it was to talk about this with Nora McInerny, whose podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking you obviously know (right?). And first: some JIC gifts.   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.   We really want to hear your friend-supporting thoughts. Share them at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.    So much more where this came from at Secret Menu.   Download the *free* Zocdoc app and schedule a doctor's appointment you've been putting off. Try Nutrafol for thicker, healthier hair. Your first month's subscription is $15 off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Get professional counseling with BetterHelp take 10% off your first month with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Curious Home Items and That New New York Vibe

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 48:01

    Introducing the chair and half! And reintroducing the greatest city in the world, New York! We've brought our enthusiasm, friends, and we're hoping you'll join us.   Claire's dream chair and a half is from Maker & Son. Erica's dream stool coat rack is by Guillen Ferran for Casa Constante (two others worth knowin' about from Umbra and Room & Board, too).    SinkPositive!!!   Ann Friedman's newsletter about NYC energy.   NYC's Thai restaurant renaissance! Nuaa Table, Fish Cheeks, Thai Diner, to name just a few.   The New York Post on “‘6 P.M. Is the New 8 P.M.': Why Early-Bird Dining Is Here to Stay.”   The genius New York mag nightlife newsletter are u coming? by Brock Colyar.    More on the TikTok phenom Tinx.   Get excited to cook again with Made In's professional-grade cookware—15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Tune into How To Do the Pot for practical advice about weed for women by women. Wherever you get your podcasts! Find out where to get your COVID-19 vaccine near you at vaccines.gov. Look to American Giant's Premium Slub Tees for T-shirts that last ‘n last and get 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Online Shopping Tricks ‘n Tips...and Ending Vacation Early

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 43:57

    How do we wrap up vacation? How do we shop for clothes on the internet? Well!    The Atlantic also says you should come home from vacation a day early in this piece about 8 rules for a happy vacation.    Hit us with your online shopping hacks at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. And get more of ours from Secret Menu.   Find out where to get your COVID-19 vaccine near you at vaccines.gov. Learn about your body with Base and take 20% off of your first month of membership with the code ATHINGORTWO. Get good at doing your nails with Olive & June's tremendous Mani System and take 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Try BetterHelp for professional counseling and get 10% off your first month with our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    The Idea of You Casting Drama and a Friendship Deep-Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 68:22

    If you've ever had questions about our (19 years of!) friendship, wade on into this episode, which was sparked by the heartwarmingly genius Summer of Friendship series from Call Your Girlfriend. And if you've ever wondered about our thoughts on making The Idea of You book into a movie...well, that too!   More on The Idea of You's rabid following ℅ Michelle Ruiz for Vogue.   People, watch Friends with Kids! Somehow related: It was Patrick Dempsey who was (at one point) married to the makeup artist, Jillian Fink.   Do you want access to TIOY Facebook group? Have at it.   The author Robinne Lee cites her original inspiration for Solene as Leticia Herrera, the founder of Casa Tua hotels.   Jenna Wortham's New York Times Magazine piece about the movie Zola and recasting pressure via Twitter.   Tune into the Summer of Friendship eps of Call Your Girlfriend! Our chat about our relationship is part of that joyful series.   Send all of your thoughts and feelings to @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. We'll send you more of ours if you sign up for Secret Menu.   Try Modern Fertility's finger-prick test to get a handle on your fertility. It's $20 off when you use our link. Heat things up with Made In's professional-grade cookware—15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Turn to BetterHelp for professional counseling and get 10% off your first month with our link. Find out where to get your COVID-19 vaccine near you at vaccines.gov. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Solving Those Sleep, Energy, & Sex-Drive Mysteries with Base Founder Lola Priego

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 40:01

    How many questions do we have for Lola Priego, the founder of the innovative at-home lab-testing company Base? So many that we partnered with the company to bring you all this ep and to get a better understanding of how the medical sector is evolving, the common findings the Base team is seeing in tests, and what factors that might be contributing to bleh energy, sex drive, and sleep—you know, those weirdly hard-to-solve health gripes. Also, re: ZZZs: Let's kick things off with a talk about pajama habits, shall we??   A Base membership starts at $59.95 per month, and right now, you can get 20% off of your first month of membership with the code ATHINGORTWO.   This Base quiz could prove very useful, whether you opt to join or not.   Call us! Add 833-632-5463 to your contacts, even?   Get more intel about your body with Base and take 20% off of your first month of membership with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Thingies! And Famous Birthdays!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 51:37

    One thing we're newly obsessed with: the wide, weird world of FamousBirthdays.com. Nine finds we're oldly obsessed with and very ready to discuss: Welcome to the latest installment of Thingies, our unstoppable, un-top-able category faves.   Do you know FamousBirthdays.com? Do you know Courier magazine?! Well, there's a great story about the former in the latter.   Today's Thingies!!! New Skin Liquid Bandage, Chef's Choice Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener, Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese, D.S. & Durga Auto Fragrances (sold as a set too—and, related, ones from P. F. Candle Co.), Norma Kamali Super Low Back Mio, Hollywood Fashion Secrets Silicone Coverups, Nailtiques Formula 2, Jade Yoga Harmony Mat, and (bonus?) Bug Bite Thing (plus, somehow related, Oh Crap! Potty Training).      Previous Thingies eps one and two should you want to catch up.   KIT at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463, and sign up for Secret Menu if you want more, more, more.   Try Olive & June's tremendous Mani System and take 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Download the Zocdoc app (for free) and schedule a doctor's appointment—it's time. Give Nutrafol a shot for thicker, healthier hair. Your first month's subscription is $15 off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Pack American Giant's Classic Full Zip Hoodie for any of your summer travel—15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.

    Baby Hummingbirds and Lauren Chan on Fashion Right Now and Size-Inclusivity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 54:34

    Are you ready to be charmed? Great, because today we're discussing baby hummingbirds and hanging with Lauren Chan, who's a size-inclusive fashion advocate, a model, and the founder-slash-CEO of Henning, which makes luxury, oh-so-cool womenswear in sizes 12 to 24. Soon, she'll be a TikTok star, too—we have no doubt.   Related to Erica's How to Do Nothing-esque baby hummingbird *experience*: this glorious Jamie Beck ridiculousness, the Minnesota State Fair's CHS Miracle of Birth Center, this Travel + Leisure story “The World's Best Places to See Baby Animals,” David Schwimmer on Marcel the monkey, and a taste of hummingbird TikTok.   Shop Lauren Chan's line Henning! Follow her on Instagram!   Other fashion companies that Lauren admires: Wray, Tamara Malas, Eileen Fisher, and Mara Hoffman.   What's Lauren wearing? So glad you asked. For jeans and jorts, Citizens of Humanity (in size 33) and Agolde (in size 33 or 34). Speaking of shorts: Henning bike shorts, Aerie sweat shorts, and WSLY nylon shorts from Bandier. Up top: nostalgic T-shirts from Poshmark and flowy button-downs from Poshmark and her love, The RealReal.    Her home go-tos (see also: this Domino feature styled by Elaina Sullivan): Chairish, Saatchi Art, and Craigslist.   Get to the bottom of persistent health issues with Base—save 20% off of your first month of membership with the code ATHINGORTWO. Take 20% off Olive & June's game-changing Mani System with the code ATHINGORTWO. Find out where to get your COVID-19 vaccine near you at vaccines.gov. Try out Made In's professional-grade cookware for 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Demystifying CBD with Caliper Co-Founder Jeremy Goldstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 45:03

    To anyone who's asked “Um, can y'all dig deeper into CBD?” and/or “Does that stuff actually work?” we bring you an episode full of (extremely interesting!) nitty-grittiness on cannabinoids. We've partnered with the impressive team over at Caliper for this conversation with our old pal Jeremy Goldstein to talk science, credibility, regulation, and, yes, hype. If this has you itching to try Caliper, use the code ATHINGORTWO for 20% off your first order.   More on drug-sniffing K-9 retirees.   Deeper-dives into how Caliper approaches regulation and clinical trials.    If you're interested in the microdose THC company Jeremy and his co-founder Justin Singer started first, check out the line of Ripple products.   20% off your first Caliper order with the code ATHINGORTWO!    You know we love a voicemail, right? And you know you can get us at 833-632-5463, right?   Produced by Dear Media

    Flea and Wedding Registries (Slash Stuff We Want in Our Kitchens Forever)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 54:37

    What would we register for if we were getting married sometime soon? What would we buy if we just really wanted a tablecloth or new drinking glasses? Oh, we have thoughts. And, speaking of wish lists, how exactly do we get our hands on Flea's Bees honey from the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist?   For more on Flea (because who doesn't want more on Flea?): Dave Grohl's doc What Drives Us, this GQ article about his relationship with the streetwear designer Melody Ehsani, his memoir Acid for the Children, a video of him playing guitar with Koko, a really moving essay for TIME about his opioid addiction, the org he started Silverlake Conservatory of Music, and, finally, Flea's Bees. Also, of course, his Instagram and Twitter.   Picks for wedding registries—and just, like, living our best dining lives—coming right up! For the master, master list, sign up for Secret Menu and dive on in.   Flatware: Almoco Flatware, Mono Ring Cutlery, Sabre Bistrot Flatware, and Georg Jensen New York.   Dishes: Heath Ceramics, Dansk, Jono Pandolfi, and Pomelo Casa.   Cloth napkins, tablecloths, and placemats: Society of Wanderers, Lewis, Thompson Street Studio, and Ames for Goodee.   Wine glasses: Fferrone and Estelle Colored Glass.   Drinking glasses: Borosil Simple Glass Tumblers, Bormioli Rocco Stackable Bodega Glasses, and Duralex Picardie Glasses in clear or color or with the carafe.   Cutting and serving boards: Farmhouse Pottery Dipped Clay Plate, Fort Standard Walnut Plank, and Le Regal French Oak Serving Boards.   You know we want to hear from you. Get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.    For our baby registry ep, head here.    Secret Menu members can get access to the wedding-registry deep-dive over here.   Try BetterHelp for professional counseling and get 10% off your first month with our link. Listen to Dipsea's sexy audio stories—a free 30-day trial is yours when you use our link. Get a quote for term life insurance from Haven Life. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Public Affluence and Atoosa Rubenstein Talking Grown-Up Stuff

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 59:10

    Longtime hero and first-time guest Atoosa Rubenstein is our plus-one today, and, whoa, is she delivering SO MUCH wisdom—you know, exactly the sort of stuff she was known for as the editor of CosmoGIRL! And Seventeen, but now built for adults. (Related: You've gotta sign up for her newsletter Atoosa Unedited.) Before we get into it, though, we need to talk about a term that's as useful as it is aspirational: public affluence.   Public affluence further reading: “Every Child on Their Own Trampoline” by Jeremy Williams and the 1958 book The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith.   More on the Buy Nothing Project. See also: this post and this one from Reading My Tea Leaves.    Sign up for Atoosa Unedited, Atoosa Rubenstein's newsletter—you want in on this!—and read the breakup installment we reference. Oh, follow the Atoosa Unedited Instagram, too.   Tiny, baby Erica interviewing Atoosa in 2004 for Roadtrip Nation.   Some Atoosa go-tos: It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn, Goop, Armchair Expert, SmartLess, Tara Brach, and Page Six.   Direct your feedback to @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.    Um, are you signed up for Secret Menu?!   Download the (free!) Zocdoc app and schedule the doctor's appointment you've been putting off. Get a handle on your fertility with Modern Fertility's finger-prick test. It's $20 off when you use our link. Try Nutrafol for thicker, healthier hair. Your first month's subscription is 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    A Snack Attack and Claire's New Beauty Go-Tos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 47:35

    It's testing central ‘round these parts. First, we dig into snacks (and fall hard for a fancy GF pop-tart comp), and then Claire shares the beauty products that have won her over recently. Obviously both sunless tanner and deep conditioner make a showing.   What are we munching? Well! Wild Fruits Jam Tarts, 12tides Puffed Kelp Chips, and Pipcorn Jalapeño Cheddar Crunchies, since you asked.   Claire's latest hair favorites: Bread Beauty Supply Hair Mask Deep Conditioner, Hairstory New Wash, Christophe Robin Brightening Shampoo, and Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Massager.   Her new go-to skin stuff: Muri Lelu Mauvaise Herbe Indica Oil, Sunday Riley Good Genes, Consonant Hydrextreme Sheet Mask, St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, Tata Harper Creme Riche Moisturizer, and Diana Ralys Melt Away Oil Cleanser.   And two make-up things that made the cut: Artis Brush (Oval 6) and KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner.   Send your thoughts on any ‘n all of this to @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. For a whole lot more where this came from, check out Secret Menu.   Get away with Dipsea's sexy audio stories—a free 30-day trial is yours when you use our link. Scope out the online life insurance agency Haven Life and get a quote. Achieve supreme comfiness with American Giant's Classic Full Zip Hoodie and take 15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Opening the Windows and Making Time for Creativity

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 40:45

    Feel that cross-breeze? Hard for us to tell if it’s fresh air or creative energy, to be honest. But much more on both ahead...   The opening the windows tweet that really spoke to us both.   The fan Claire recently, aspirationally acquired: this Zonix one in white.   You know Secret Menu? Because you should.   For some context around our creativity check-in, dive into our perfectionism ep (and maybe Big Magic?).   This NYT piece on future block!   Mary H.K. Choi inspired Erica’s writing approach, and Gina Hamadey and her new book I Want to Thank You helped shape Claire’s sketching routine.   Keep the feedback coming! @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.   Better understand your fertility with Modern Fertility’s finger-prick test—it’s $20 off when you use our link. Get a quote from Haven Life, the online life insurance agency that’s all about ease. Look to BetterHelp for professional counseling and snag 10% off your first month when you use our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Eating Less Meat and Drinking Less Booze

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 41:37

    If you’ve been thinking more about your meat and/or alcohol consumption—or would like to—pull up a chair and dig in. And, as always, feel free to drop us voicemail at 833-632-5463. Hungry for your thoughts.   Our less-meat news items: Epicurious on not publishing any (new) recipes with beef, Eleven Madison Park’s return with a vegan menu, and Taco Bell’s Cravetarian Taco.    One interesting beef source: Butter Meat Co.   Us-approved meat alts, should you want ‘em: Impossible (burgers with Omsom marinades, Helen Rosner’s Roberto soup, hard-shell tacos with Spicewalla seasonings), Trader Joe’s soy chorizo (for tacos, eggs, pastas with chickpeas!), and Lightlife Smart Deli Bologna for sandwiches.   The MSG essay by Shaad D'Souza (from Bon Appétit, not Eater—oops). Related: @know_msg, Red Boat salt, and Momofuku tamari.   The book name-checked by Chrissy Teigen about women + sobriety: Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker, founder of the recovery program Tempest.   A great installment of the Quartz Obsessions newsletter about sober-curiosity.   Your feedback: more than welcome. Get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.   Secret’s out on how great our Secret Menu membership is.   Give Nutrafol a go for thicker, healthier hair. 20% off your first month’s subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Checking in With Amanda Hesser and Miffy, Hello Kitty’s Frenemy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 52:32

    Just a podcast ep featuring two old pals: Miffy, chic cartoon rabbit, and Amanda Hesser, icon, inspiration, and co-founder of Food52, the site you’ve (we’ve) visited just a few thousand times.   First, some Miffy merch: this light that Erica and Cam own, these napkins, this corduroy stuffed animal, and this Converse collab.    A 2008 Daily Telegraph profile of Dick Bruna, the creator of Miffy.   The rumored Taylor Swift and Katy Perry collaboration.   Our Amanda Hesser fandom runs deep! We love all things Food52, of course, but we’ve been A.H. diehards since we read Cooking for Mr. Latte in the early aughts.   A few Amanda kitchen recs: Bien Cuit sourdough starter, Ortwo pepper grinder, and JK Adams two-tiered lazy susan.   The go-to recipe when Amanda’s kids are cooking: Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna.   For deep-diving on Amanda and her co-founder Merrill Stubbs, check out our book Work Wife, and for more on Amanda’s backstory and business approach, check out this recent ep of How I Built This.   We love to hear from you, always. You can get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.   For more insidery-ness from us, check out Secret Menu.   Download the (free!) Zocdoc app and book that doctor’s appointment—now’s the time. Escape with Dipsea’s hot ‘n heavy audio stories—you get a free 30-day trial when you use our link. Try out professional counseling with BetterHelp and snag 10% off your first month when you use our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Things We Want to Leave Behind and How to Start a Running Routine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 47:47

    Less running around to meetings, more running routines! If this ep had a mantra, that would be it.   Other running and running-adjacent content: the C25K app, our podcast ep with Coach Bennett, Edith Zimmerman’s Drawing Links newsletter, and Nikki Ogunnaike and Aminatou Sow on IG.   Some “things we’re over” further reading: A BBC article on air travel + the environment, a tweet about overscheduled days, and a NYT article about disability and virtual accommodations.    We want/need your thoughts at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463! And, if you want more of our thoughts—on running and plenty more—come get ‘em at Secret Menu.   Try Right Wellness and CBN, the latest transformative hemp ingredient. Get 20% off with the code RIGHTFORYOU. Take Modern Fertility’s fertility test for $20 off when you use our link. Cozy up to American Giant’s Classic Full Zip Hoodie—15% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Fighting Perfectionism and Remembering People’s Names

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 58:11

    Has perfectionism jumped the shark? And how do we remember names when we start meeting new people again?! Clearly, we have a lot of questions (and some answers).   If you like this, you’ll probably really like Secret Menu.   A couple books that made us ponder perfectionism: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi, and Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu.   Related convos: our ambition ep, this episode of Jam Session, and the Wit & Delight posts here and here.   Come and get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463!    Download the (free!) Zocdoc app and book that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off. Check out Right Wellness and CBN, the latest transformative hemp ingredient. Get 20% off with the code RIGHTFORYOU. Turn to Ana Luisa for sustainable and cool jewelry for Mother’s Day. Get 15% off with the code ATHINGORTWOMD. Tune into The Genius Recipe Tapes from Food52 wherever you get your podcasts. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Deep-Diving Into Post-Pandemic Dressing and a Kombucha Who’s Who

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 60:10

    When we can all go out in the world again, will we be getting dressed up? And what will “dressed up” even mean?! Oh, do we have questions—and some answers—about re-entry fashion...and also about kombucha titan GT Dave.   A hot topic, apparently: GT Dave of GT’s Kombucha.   A few shoe lines that have us ready to set aside our Birkenstocks for a minute: Alepel, Kkerelé, and Emme Parsons.   If you’re ready to dabble in hard pants after some time away, Claire loves these AYR jeans.   The centerpiece of Erica’s spring/summer mood board: this Marni tulip-print matching set.   Let’s gush for a sec about the statement-y jewelry from Lizzie Fortunato’s fall collection.   Are we doing bold eye makeup? Like this Violette liquid shadow and Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner?   How are YOU gonna be dressing? Tell at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.    For a whole lot more from us, sign up for Secret Menu.   Check out Right Wellness and CBN, the latest transformative hemp ingredient. Get 20% off with the code RIGHTFORYOU. Shop sustainable and cool Ana Luisa jewelry for 15% off with the code ATHINGORTWOMD. Try Nutrafol to grow thicker, healthier hair. Your first month’s subscription is 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Tune into the Women Who Travel podcast from Condé Nast Traveler (oh, how we aspire to be women who travel again!). YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Talking Black Buck with Mateo Askaripour & a Gift for the Best Boss You Ever Had

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 43:37

    We’ve got Mateo Askaripour, author of the extremely buzzy novel Black Buck, with us today—and, hey, we also showed up with our best going-away gift ideas for a stellar boss who perhaps deserves a travel mug thingy emblazoned with his catchphrase.   Gifting Q: Boss going-away gift. Best boss I ever had. Mentor. Mid-fifties. Male. Already gave booze. Our thoughts: Leatherology modern round coaster set, custom Yeti bottle, knives from Opinel or Laguiole, Souda business card holder, or flowers (always).   You gotta read Mateo Askaripour’s debut novel Black Buck! Tell you what!   Sales books that got Mateo started: Jeffrey Gitomer’s The Little Red Book of Selling and Sales Bible.    Books Mateo would say are in conversation with his own: The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, and Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.   We want your thoughts over at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. If you want more from us, sign up for Secret Menu.   Slather on COOLA’s sunscreen and organic skincare, both. They’re 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Try Right Wellness for the latest transformative hemp ingredient, CBN, and take 20% off with the code RIGHTFORYOU. Munch on Lesser Evil’s incredible snacks and get 25% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Take Modern Fertility’s fertility test for $20 off when you use our link. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    After Dark, Useful Tools, Embarrassing Recipes, and Great Breakfastations

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 46:22

    You know what’s a grab bag? An episode on nineties screensavers, long breakfasts, box cutters, and recipes we’re embarrassed to share. Join us!   Just a short film of 281 After Dark modules and a very timely tweet.   The tools we wear by: box cutters, measuring tapes (see also: this ep of Gee Thanks, Just Bought It), kitchen scales (the Joseph Joseph TriScale one specifically), dough scrapers, kitchen spiders, and fish spatulas.   Claire’s (embarrassing) buffalo chicken chowder, her favorite coconut yogurt Cocojune, and the bfast tacos she wants to try.   We welcome—cherish!—your feedback. Send it on over to @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463. Or leave us a review! OOH, and sign up for Secret Menu.   Gobble up Lesser Evil’s A++ snacks. 25% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Shop Ana Luisa for sustainable and v. cool jewelry, and get 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Check out Right Wellness for the latest transformative hemp ingredient, CBN, and take 20% off with the code RIGHTFORYOU. Try COOLA for sunscreen and organic skincare, both. Get 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO.   Produced by Dear Media

    Our Pre Post-Pandemic Social Anxiety and Erica’s New Beauty Go-Tos

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 44:35

    Not to get ahead of ourselves, but, well, we’re totally getting ahead of ourselves: Is anyone else a little clenchy about having social lives again...sometime soon? Another topic of discussion: the beauty products Erica has on rotation—top threes instead of HGs!—from sunscreens to deep conditioners.   “Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain”—or ours, at least.   The energy we’re seeking: John Jannuzzi’s dance compilation videos.   Sunscreens: Coola Sun Silk Drops, EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum (related: a must-see trophy room), and Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint.   Body moisturizers: Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil (related: this ep of The Glossy Beauty Podcast), Weleda Skin Food Body Butter, and classic ol’ coconut oil.   Deep conditioners: IGK Offline 3-Minute Hydration Hair Mask (a Harling Ross rec) and Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil (while doing the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask).   Nail things: the Bare Hands kit and Olive & June polishes (EC, CV, and SC) along with the Poppy.   We’re here for your thoughts on socializing, personal-caring, and anything else at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.   Are you signed up for Secret Menu?   Discover a new restaurant on Caviar and get 20% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO2021. Wake up your face with Clarins Total Eye Lift. It’s 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Weird Coffee Habits & Writing Juicy, Inclusive Romance Novels with Talia Hibbert

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 52:05

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that we won’t shut up about romance novels? Well, this week we’re chatting it up with Talia Hibbert, one of our favorite writers of the genre, about telling diverse stories, shaping conversations about consent, and writing good sex. But first: Does Erica have too many coffee devices? You be the judge.   The coffeemakers in Erica’s rotation: Bodum French press, Nespresso Pixie (with Woken pods—but Nespresso ones are recyclable in NYC now. See also from the NYT on recycling legislation!), Gemini Espresso Maker (or a single-serving alt from GSI), and Copper Cow Coffee pour-overs.    DM, email, or call us!! At @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.   We’re all about Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters trilogy: Get a Life, Chloe Brown (her first traditionally published book), Take a Hint, Dani Brown, and Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Here for more, more, more of her writing.     To dive into the conversation around the lack of representation in the romance-novel world: this NYT article, this initiative and reporting from The Ripped Bodice, and a big blow-up re: Romance Writers of America (who were accused of racism) last year.   Other romance recs from Talia: Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, the upcoming Kennedy Ryan release Reel, the work of KJ Charles, A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley and its next installment, and The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri.     One movie romance rec: the latest Emma adaptation—pretty and funny, both!    More recs coming your way over at Secret Menu…   Try all the Lesser Evil snacks—you won’t be disappointed. 25% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Perk up your face! Get 10% off with purchase of Clarins Total Eye Lift—using the code ATHINGORTWO. Find clothes you’ll love to wear with Stitch Fix and use our link for 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    More Thingies Award Winners! And Peak Sprinkles Culture.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 52:53

    What bras, tahini, and shaving cream do we swear by? WELL! You’ve come to the right place. Before we get into our Thingies winners: a discussion of the absolute insanity of sprinkles in 2021.    We want to hear from you! You can get us at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463.   Some sprinkles context: a 2016 NYT funfetti article and the 2019 The Power of Sprinkles: A Cake Book by the Founder of Flour Shop.   Some sprinkles resources: Sweets Indeed Sprinklefetti (lightning bolts!), Supernatural (Field Day!), Fancy Sprinkles (Hey Jude—lolz!), Williams Sonoma Sprinkles, 1985, and Cakes by Kristi (Chips n' Guac Sprinkle Mix AND Poker Face) and Etsy just in general.    Round two Thingies winners!!! Negative Underwear non-wire bras (specifically in sieve mesh) and Chantelle underwire demi bras (read also: this rave from The Cut), Soom tahini (more on this podcast ep), Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody, RiseWell toothpaste, Gossamer CBD Dusk and Dawn (tune into this pod ep), Cremo shave cream, the prescription delivery service Capsule, Holy Schmitt’s horseradish (try the cocktail sauce and/or horseradish mustard, too), and the Thermapen Mk4.    For the inaugural Thingies recipients, head this way.   If you’re a super-fan of this podcast, Secret Menu is just for you.   Scoop up COOLA’s sunscreen and organic skincare. Get 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Get a quick boost with Clarins Total Eye Lift—10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Shop Imperfect Foods and get 20% off your first order and free shipping with the code ATHINGORTWO. Try Function of Beauty for custom, just-for-you haircare and body care. Use our link for 20% off your order. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Those Uncerty Thirties (with Kayleen Schaefer!) and Fitness Influencer Vibes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 49:08

    Something we’re quite sure of: what makes a good in-app workout instructor. Something we’re quite unsure about: what our thirties are meant to look like in this day ‘n age. Kayleen Schaefer has many, many thoughts on the latter. Tune in and then dig into her new book But You’re Still So Young (yes, incredible title).   The on-demand fitness instructors who leap over the ridiculously high bar we’ve set: Melissa Wood of Melissa Wood Health, Coach Chris Bennett of the Nike Run Club app (a previous podcast guest!), Adriene Mishler of Yoga with Adriene (see also: this NYT Mag profile and this Reductress post about Benji the dog), and Robin Arzon and Matty Maggiacomo of the Peloton app.   Read Kayleen Schaefer’s wonderful But You’re Still So Young! And if you haven’t already gobbled up Text Me When You Get Home, maybe it’s your next book-club pick?   A few of Kayleen’s “You May Also Like” recs: The New Better Off by Courtney E. Martin, Anne Helen Petersen’s Buzzfeed piece on burnout and her book Can’t Even, and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (also endorsed by Bad on Paper).   Joining Secret Menu is a sure-fire way to make sure you get all our biggest and best finds.   KIT at @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463, ok?   Dab on that Clarins Total Eye Lift for a boost in 60 seconds—10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Get custom, just-for-you shampoo, conditioner, and so much more with Function of Beauty. Use our link for 20% off your order. Download the Caviar app! You’ll get 20% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO2021. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Still Not Having Kids and Our Latest Romance-Novel Crush

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 42:02

    Breaking news: Erica is still not having kids—but she does have some fresh thoughts on the subject, especially as many of her pals tackle parenthood. And! If you’d like a shot before your chaser, let us tell you all about The Roommate, porny and praise-worthy.    Ooh, do we have so much more to share. If you want in on that, perhaps you’re interested in joining Secret Menu. If you need some STEAM, get yourself a copy of The Roommate by Rosie Dannan (and it’s spinoff The Intimacy Experiment, out in April).   Relevant having-kids eps of this very podcast: Our original “On Choosing—and Not Choosing—Motherhood” convo and Claire’s take on new mom life and motherhood, one year in.   The piece Erica wrote for Refinery29 about deciding not to have kids and the one Grace Atwood wrote for her site The Stripe.   The installment of Anne Helen Petersen’s Culture Study newsletter that we reference (so good in general, this newsletter).   Our DMs, inboxes, and voicemail boxes are open: @athingortwohq, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and 833-632-5463!   Pat on Clarins Total Eye Lift for a boost in 60 seconds—10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Flex your creativity muscles with Skillshare and sign up for a free trial of their Premium Membership. Try Stitch Fix to find clothes you’ll love to wear. Use our link for 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    What Healthy Comfort Food Means to Julia Turshen. And a Snack Taste Test!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 55:42

    If you’re not already a devotee of Julia Turshen and her cookbooks—her latest, Simply Julia, is out next week!—well, consider this your initiation into the fan club. We’re talking with her about “healthy” and “comfort”—loaded food words, for certain!—and because we’re geniuses who knew this topic would make us hungry, we’re starting things off with a snack taste test.   Ready for our chip chat? We’re chomping on Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps Go-Chu-Jang (perhaps with this miso dip), Beanfields Vegan Cracklins Chile Limón (not to be confused with Snacklins), and Lesser Evil Power Curls Fiery Hot (see also: its Paleo Puff cousin).   Julia Turshen’s cookbooks—collect ‘em all: Simply Julia (her new hit), Small Victories, Now & Again, and Feed the Resistance. She’s also co-written gems like In Bibi’s Kitchen, with Hawa Hassan, and The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, with Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez.   Dive into her Equity at the Table database project and her Keep Calm and Cook On podcast, too.   A few of Julia’s favorite people in food: Mavis-Jay Sanders and Sicily Sierra Johnson, who run Food + People, Pati Jinich, who hosts the PBS cooking show Pati’s Mexican Table, and Yewande Komolafe, whose recipes Julia trusts always.   Keep in touch! You can get us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq.    Try COOLA for sunscreen and, now, organic skincare. Get 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Design something stand-out with Projector. It’s free to sign up and use! Download Best Fiends for free today from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Look into Upstart to tackle your credit and see if you can lower your monthly payments. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Coping Tips from Dr. Ben Michaelis and Perfect Gifts for Your Snake-Sitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 46:34

    What a pleasure it is to bring you all Dr. Ben Michaelis, who we think of as ⅓ management coach, ⅓ therapist, and ⅓ couples counselor (at least in our case). We’ve been seeing this guy—together!—for five-ish years, and he’s helped us to navigate much in our lives, professional and personal. Speaking of navigating, we’re kicking-off the episode by answering an age-old question: “What sort of thank-you gift do I get my snake-sitter?!”    Oooh, boy, did we get a good gifting request: “Thank you for your friend who fed your pet snake weekly for 6 weeks. They like Phish.” Here’s where we landed: Fishman Donut Round Jigsaw Puzzle, Island Bamboo spoon sets and salt cellars, Na Nin incense cones, Boy Smells Kush candle, Debbie Carlos Curl Pipe (from Tetra), Edie Parker Flower stash case, Areaware Snake Block, Lorien Stern snake wall-hanging ceramic or plush snake sculpture (or bucket hat or hoodie), Ferm Living Mr. Snake cushion or fruiticana snake, Chen Chen and Kai Williams serpent lighter keychain, and Willa Heart snake prints and placemats.   Here’s that snake opening a door video you were hoping for.   Check out more on Dr. Ben Michaelis and his work and dig into his book Your Next Big Thing: Ten Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy.   Try COOLA, your go-to for sunscreen and organic skincare. Get 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Cut down on food waste with Imperfect Foods and get 20% off your first order and free shipping with the code ATHINGORTWO. Customize your shampoo, conditioner, and so much more with Function of Beauty. Use our link for 20% off your order. Download the Caviar app and get $10 off your food order of $20 or more with the code ATHINGORTWO. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Baby-Registry Recs and Craigslist Scams

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 61:58

    What an educational ep: Erica teaches Claire about Craigslist scams, and Claire schools Erica on the wild, wild world of baby registries. (Can you want a leopard-print carrier and not an infant??)   You want more? We got more! It’s called Secret Menu, friends, and signing up will get access to Claire’s baby-registry, er, motherload.   That cashier’s check Craigslist scam!! Vox has an excellent explainer “Why Cashier’s Checks Are Part of So Many Online Scams," and there’s a WalletHub guide to various cashier’s check scams and where to report them.   Consider donating to organizations like the National Diaper Bank Network or National Birth Equity Collaborative if you have the resources to be very persnickety about your baby registry.   Baby chairs and other places to put little people: BabyBjörn Bouncer (and its design-y comp: Betón Baby Bouncer), Charlie Crane Levo Rocker, Askr & Embla Sleep Pod (a prettier Dock-a-Tot), and Boppy with a custom cover (related: My Brest Friend).   Sleeping solutions: The Snoo (you can rent them!), Moses baskets (like one from Kind Label in a Jolly Jumper stand), cribs like the Ikea Sniglar or the Babyletto Hudson or ones from Nestig or the (very fancy) Kalon Caravan, and pack ‘n plays from Guava Lotus or Graco or BabyBjörn.   Baby carriers: Colugo Carrier, Sakura Bloom Ring Sling (an alt to a Solly Baby Wrap), BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini, and the very fashion-y Artipoppe.   Secret Menu members can get access to the full baby-reg rundown over here.   Ok, tell us what you think about everything at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq.    Make something design-y with Projector. It’s free to sign up and use! Try COOLA and its wonderful new Organic Skincare line—10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Consider Upstart to tackle your credit and see if you can lower your monthly payments. Look to Stitch Fix to find clothes you’ll love to wear. Use our link for 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix. Up your snacking with Pipcorn. Use the code ATHINGORTWO for 20% off some of our faves. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Media Right Now with Delia Cai and the Whole30 Whole Thing

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 50:05

    The two of us think and talk a lot about ~the state of media~, and we figured it was about time we discussed it with a genuine expert. Enter stage left: the thoughtful and incredibly incisive Delia Cai, who writes the newsletter we always open Deez Links (and is a growth and trends editor at BuzzFeed by day—so clearly she’s on top of all the things.) We also figured it was ‘bout time to discuss Claire’s experience with Whole30, at least as it relates to their insurrection content.   You can find the Whole30 insurrection statement right over here (the Jan. 7 post).   The BuzzFeed article titled “The Small-Town America I Love Is The One I See At Football Games” that first led Erica to Delia (shout-out Dunlap High School—go eagles!).   You gotta, gotta sign for Delia’s newsletter Deez Links if you care about media (or good TikToks) at all. An adjacent, relevant newsletter: Today in Tabs.   For more on Substack, dive into Clio Chang’s “The Substackerati” piece for CJR (and its discussion of Patrice Peck’s Coronavirus News for Black Folks newletter) as well as Anna Wiener’s “Is Substack the Media Future We Want?” for The New Yorker.   Writers Delia always reads: Taylor Lorenz, Doreen St. Félix, and Hua Hsu.   Two Deez Links installments we discuss: Delia's piece about a profile of Nick Quah and Hot Pod and a very LOLZy one about fantasy media men beefs.   You know about Secret Menu, yah? And how to get your feedback to us? That’s 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq.    Give COOLA and its excellent new Organic Skincare line a go and take 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Play Best Fiends today—you can download it for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Get creative with Skillshare and sign up for a free trial of their Premium Membership. Design something cool with Projector. It’s totally free to sign up. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    The Comedic Gifts of R. Eric Thomas...and the Absurdism of Toddlerdom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 60:37

    To answer the question of many a comedy-club promoter in Times Square: Yes, we do love to laugh. And one sure-fire way to get us howling is reading anything written by R. Eric Thomas—or chatting with the man himself, turns out. But up first: some toddler funny business.   A few toddler-relevant pieces of content: Bunheads by Misty Copeland, PBS’s Remarkable Rabbits, and No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.   Please consume all the R. Eric Thomas you can! His memoir Here for It and the book he co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer about Maxine Waters, Reclaiming Her Time! His wonderful newsletter! All the past installments of his Elle.com column “Eric Reads the News!” (And stay tuned for much more, obviously.)   Some of Eric’s memorist icons: David Rakoff (Fraud specifically), David Sedaris (see also: this Hugh Hamrick profile), Samantha Irby, and John Paul Brammer and his forthcoming book Hola Papi.   What pop culture Eric’s consumed recently: Umbrella Academy, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw, Broadcast News, When Harry Met Sally (related: The Rewatchables podcast), Bridgerton, Veep, What We Do in the Shadows, The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. Claire and Erica would like to talk about Gremlins and Erin Brockovich also.   It’s no secret that you’d really like Secret Menu. And it’s no secret that we love your feedback: 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq.    Give the so-good Sweaty Betty Power Legging go and get 20% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Try COOLA’s excellent new Organic Skincare line and get 10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO. Gobble up Sakara’s healthy ‘n delicious meals and feel great. 20% off your first order with the code ATHINGORTWO. Customize your hair, skin, and body products with Function of Beauty. Use our link for 20% off your order. YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

    Introducing the Thingies, What Your Awards Season Was Missing. Welks!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 48:48

    We are nothing if not (professional) enthusiasts, and we figured it was ‘bout time that we shared some products we think are best in category—from brow pencils to baby bouncers, dental floss to pasta. Join us for the Thingies! In the future, we hope our awards programming includes a red-carpet pre-show.   Give us that feedback—we know you have it. 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and/or @athingortwohq.    So many more recs available over at Secret Menu!    Welks!!!!! What Urban Dictionary and Mindy Kaling have to contribute.   The divisive Danny Meyer tweet about Häagen-Dazs vanilla. (Sir did write the book Setting the Table that we like a lot.)   The Grub Street bucatini shortage article by Rachel Handler—the sort of coverage HDVB deserves.   The inaugural Thingies winners!!! Hellman’s, Heinz, HDVB (duh, duh, duh). The Stutterheim raincoat. Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss. BabyBjörn bouncer. Marvy Uchida Le Pen. Uniqlo HeatTech (the regular and ultra-warm leggings, the turtlenecks). Sania’s Brow Bar pencil (and service!). Garofalo gluten-free pasta (casarecce specifically). Feetures running socks. Artifact Uprising (see: the baby board book, the layflat photo album, the baby book). Soapwalla deodorant (original or sensitive skin).    Try both of Hilma’s Immune Support products with 20% off an Immune Sampler pack. Just use the code ATHINGORTWO Download the Caviar app and get 20% off your order with the code ATHINGORTWO2021. Fight food waste with Imperfect Foods and get 20% off your first order and free shipping with the code ATHINGORTWO. Treat that skin barrier right with COOLA’s new Organic Skincare line—10% off with the code ATHINGORTWO.   YAY.   Produced by Dear Media

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