9 DIY Links I Love

We're craving some Netflix and DIY time. 

We've been here, there, and everywhere this month, and we're craving a little DIY stress break. Emily gets back into town tonight, but only for half a day, so we're hoping to squeeze in some serious downtime and refresh, maybe a face mask and glass of white wine (or champagne, duh). Check out the nine links below leaving us with serious DIY feels...  
 
1. Make me this linen jumpsuit please. 
 
2. A breakfast tray is kind of all we want right now.
  
3. So into how calming this watercolor would be. Just print, paint, frame. 
 
4. Pom Poms are in. Here's how to DIY them onto your dining room table
 
5. Sparkling sangria. Make it, and you'll have done a DIY. Call it a night. 
 
6. More pom poms. I don't think anyone minds them in pillow form
 
7. These rings: *heart eye emoji*xinfinity. 
 
8. Thinking of alllll the patterns I could draw up on this blanket
 
9. Sugar scrub me please.  

Hope you have a relaxing Wednesday. Xx. 



7 Podcasts Perfect for Commuting

Because boring trips and commutes aren't worth it. 

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Do you listen to podcasts? It seems like everyone and their mother does so now. Last summer, I was addicted to Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin and fell in love with the intimacy of hearing stories and fun anecdotes from people I didn't know or may never know. If you get to your job via the subway, are a consultant who travels via plane multiple times a week, or need interesting audio for your drives into school or work, these seven podcasts are sure to help you pass any length of time...

1. My Favorite Murder

I. Am. Obsessed. Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff invite you into their cozy podcast where they catch up, chat their favorite murders, and remind you to stay sexy. I was hooked from the very first episode. Needless to say, some nights I have to sleep with a nightlight, but it's worth every moment, because you'll find yourself laughing, disgusted, and horrified in the span of two minutes. 11/10 would start all over again. 

Perfect for: on your way to work, in the car to the grocery store, basically anywhere you want to laugh or listen to some crazy s***
Try this episode: My Firstest Murder

2. 2 Dope Queens

Straight from their bio: "Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, tell stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel". It can't get much better than that. One of my favorites, I listed it below, stars Connie Britton, and they chat haunted houses (yasss). 

Perfect for: long commutes to or from work
Try this episode: Sleepover Accidents

3. Another Round

Buzzfeed is great, and Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton make it sparkle. Over a few drinks, these ladies chat everything from pop culture to politics, and make you laugh at their bold humor and charisma. 

Perfect for: a shorter commute to finish with a glass of wine on the couch to feel like you were with the girls all evening
Try this episode: This is the Most Beautiful Laugh

4. Last Podcast on the Left

Definitely darker and more researched than My Favorite Murder, this one explores the ins and outs of the horrific, and they spend more than one episode on one topic. It's kind of like being immersed in a scary book, except it is even more fascinating, in depth, and well, real. 

Perfect for: on the way in to work if you're jittery, so you can spend the whole day on an adrenaline rush and decompressing
Try this episode: Sexy Ghosts

5. Beautiful/Anonymous

Readers call in anonymously to discuss any topic of their choosing with actor and comedian, Chris Gethard. Beautiful, poignant stories, sometimes heavy, like a woman who found out she was married to a child molester and sometimes light, like the journey of one person getting their passport renewed. Either way, you feel wrapped into conversation and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be human -- and how it's never all black and white.  

Perfect for: when you're trying to connect to humanity or on your commute home after a particularly uneventful day
Try this episode: Married to a Monster

6. Call Your Girlfriend

Hosts Anna Friedman and Aminatou Sow, journalist and digital strategist respectively, discuss everything from politics to pleasure and have the kind of conversations you and your best friend have on the roof over a glass of wine. 

Perfect for: your ride into work when you're stressed and would rather be having a fun chat with your bestie
Try this episode: Wear Sunscreen

7. Splendid Table

If you like learning about food, cooking, or really just eating, you'll love this podcast. People who are passionate about food talk about it almost to excess (yet it's always the perfect amount). Splendid Table is hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, an award-winning food writer and radio journalist. She interviews cookbook authors, chefs, wine experts, and others, so you learn about what to make, where to go, and have an in-depth understanding of the food world. Tip: Don't listen when hungry. 

Perfect for: your lunch break or commute home to wine and snacks
Try this episode: Cheddar

What I'm excited to start next: Homecoming


+What did you think of these seven podcasts for commuting to work? Have you listened to any of them? 



Weekly Inspiration

Pretty and calm. That's what we're inspired by this week. Enjoy xx. 

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hummus, elevated

these three humus platters get the royal treatment, and make us wish we could jump into the screen to snack on them right now. 

a reminder 

you don't have to be cookie cutter, just yourself, and that is totally okay. 

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these fries

give us all of the potatoes and let us eat in peace.

this countdown

simple. effective. encouraging. 

this hairstyle

casual and stylish. dress it up wearing black lace, and you're golden.



Arguably the Best Heels Ever

Talk about an easy office-to-drinks transition. 

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I'm all about pieces doing double duty, and these gorgeous suede heels are no exception. I bought these to make the transition from coffee chats/interviews to cocktail hour fairly seamlessly. They work with every color in my closet - no dreaded does blue really work with black here questions - and are professional and flirty alike. I especially like that I didn't have any blisters or discomfort at all in the first few days I wore them. A little pricey, yes, but J.Crew is known for having huge sales (and they're experiencing a leadership/designer transition that might be big savings for us) and are worth every penny. Just be sure to check the weather so the suede doesn't get ruined. 

Shop the Item Here: Grey Suede Heels, $150. 


How to Shake Hands with Someone

Never break eye-contact. 

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Did you know when it comes to a handshake, if you don't make eye contact, you're immediately seen as less confident? I learned this is one of my professional training seminars. It is easy to be nervous walking into a social situation and look down to make sure you don't miss a person's hand. This makes you appear uncertain and unsure. In actuality, you can see your hands out of your peripheral, so you would rarely miss, and can thus maintain eye contact and exude the aforementioned confidence. 

Of course, we're not talking excessive staring. Since you will most likely be talking with someone, saying things like 'good to see you again' or 'nice to meet you, I am _____', you'll be walking into a situation where natural speak should be coupled with strong contact to demonstrate self-worth and power.

We could talk about cultural customs or whose hand goes on top of whom at a later time, but for now, we'll stick with the traditional shake:
 
As your hands come towards one another, the space between your thumb and index finger will touch theirs, and your fingers will wrap around the palm and lay on the back or side of the hand. Grasp strongly.

Some people suggest squeezing only as hard as the other person if you are in the less powerful position or having a firm shake if you are displaying dominance.

Remember, at the end of the day, it is just a handshake. Some people don't even prefer them at all. As long as you are being yourself and being confident in how your respond and speak, you will be just fine. 


+ What do you think? Do you have trouble making eye contact?