Another thing I really don’t need but totally want, regardless…

The Kinzey pump, by Rachel Comey. Photo from rachelcomey.com

The Kinzey pump, by Rachel Comey. Photo from rachelcomey.com

The weather has finally transformed from freezing to beautiful, the trees are all flowering, and I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are beginning to turn toward open toed shoes. Mind you, I’ll need to pay a visit to my local manicure spot before I go sporting any such footwear, but lets not get bogged down with details.

The shoe I most want right exactly now is this navy blue suede sandal/pump that the ever talented Rachel Comey has dreamed up for this season. Sure, suede isn’t the most practical of materials, but navy is a good color for hiding imperfections and the cream piping is a detail to die for.

I’m thinking anybody wearing these pumps is automatically well dressed. Plus all Comey shoes are meticulously constructed, so you can make it all day and into the night without having to switch into flip flops.

Which I consider a total victory.

Monday, Monday… or more links about voting, sleeping and saying goodbye

Getting out the vote, Pilobolus style. Photo by Robert Whitman.

Getting out the vote, Pilobolus style. Photo by Robert Whitman.

It’s been a hell of a week. Sorry for not posting more. I traveled down the coast to the funeral of a very close family friend and then spent time on Saturday holding the hand of my dying aunt (she passed away Sunday morning). I am about as worn out as a person can be (From lack of sleep? Chasing after an 8 year old? Death? MS? The presidential primaries?)… But the sun is shining, and one of my daughter’s favorite music teachers sent us this Spotify playlist with 7 different versions of If I had A Hammer. I’m listening to it right now. Everything’s gonna be alright.

In case you missed it, check out today’s Brian Lehrer show on the NY primaries. It helps to to demystify the ballots, and explains who we are actually voting for (hint: it’s not the folks we see on TV) and how best to make your vote count.

The League of Women Voters has all sorts of helpful information, phone numbers and even QR codes to make it easy as possible to let your voice be heard. Plus it’s going to be a beautiful day.

Unfortunately, this advice on how to talk to someone who is dying has come in handy this past week. I found it very helpful and figured there may be one or two of you who would as well…

Could achieving world peace and finding a cure for cancer be as simple as getting enough sleep? Here are 3 TED talks that will convince us that the road to a better world might just be paved with a good night’s sleep.

Monday, Monday… or more links about things to check out from the train

Ah yes, America. Or at least, the eastern seaboard...

Ah yes, America. Or at least, the eastern seaboard…

So I’m writing this to you guys from the DC bound Amtrak train which is currently carrying my sister and I to the funeral of a close family friend. We’ll be meeting my parents there as well… and we’ll all be sharing a hotel room. Just like old times! Sort of. I think I’ll be making good use of this meditation app that my husband turned me on to.

Nothing like a 3+ hour train ride to catch up on some reading. This is a beautiful essay about breast cancer by the inimitable kate Bolick.

And I don’t think I could ever read enough about Louise Bourgeois

The New York Times finally FINALLY calls out Donald Trump for what he really is.

Some really cute Japanese-meets-euro style kids clothes that I really want to get my hands on…

If you want to see a truly touching, beautiful and heartwrenchingly sad expression of what it means to lose a friend, watch this elephant.

Oh and last but not least, please PLEASE do not go to see Batman v Superman. It is horrible. And this is coming from a person who really likes superhero movies. Check out this review on Rotten Tomatoes if you need more specifics.

Jill Platner is going to turn your bathtub into a work of art

JILL PLATNER | Made on Crosby Street from Jill Platner on Vimeo.

This video celebrates the work that went into the design and fabrication of Jill Platner’s new Isla line of bathroom fixtures for Waterworks.

I have been close friends with Jill Platner for my entire adult life. Every season, for as long as I’ve known her, she holes herself up in her studio for an intense period of time, stays up till the wee hours, doesn’t return any of her messages and then, just when you start to get worried, emerges with a brilliant new collection that is better than anything she’s produced before. This happens every single time. Without fail.

But this month she’s outdone herself by emerging with not only a new collection of jewels, but the most sublime family of bathroom fixtures a person could ever imagine. With the esteemed brand Waterworks as her partner, Jill spent the past two years drawing and sculpting and dreaming and manufacturing a whole new take on the bathroom fixture. It’s enough to make me want to rip out my entire (rental) bathroom and replace it with this stuff. They are by far the most beautiful spouts and hooks and shower heads I have ever seen.

And we can all get our hands on them via Waterworks.

Monday, Monday… Or a few links to topics that I am suddenly more interested in now that I am “of a certain age”

surge in vinyl sales

See? Look! More and more people are buying vinyl records every minute.

Vinyl is back!! I just knew there was a reason why I never got rid of my records…

Turns out if you reveal your math anxiety to your kids while trying to help them with their homework, it’s worse than if you don’t help them at all.

They say that calling yourself a “feminist” is old school, but lots of us disagree. Take this quiz to find out what kind of feminist you are.

So I finally succumbed and got myself a pair of reading glasses… And then I watched this video of Dr Mercola giving advice on how to naturally improve your eyesight… which led me to this more informative video about the Bates Method of improving eyesight (which I watched despite the slightly odd vibes of the narrator). That video led me to this potentially more practical video filmed from a mountaintop in North Carolina, which is the last video I watched on the topic. Not because I don’t love going down the YouTube rabbithole, but because I had to go pick up my kid from school.

My two favorite fashion blogs for grown-ups are Girls Of A Certain Age and Accidental Icon, almost more for what they write about than for the clothes they promote. (But don’t get me wrong… I like the clothes too.)

Wait a minute… there is such a thing as pelvic floor physical therapy?

It ain’t over till it’s over…

turmeric latte

Is this turmeric latte the answer to all of my problems? Maybe…

Sure it’s March, the days are getting noticeably longer (though that’s about to be rolled back a bit this weekend) and it was 70 degrees in New York City today. But don’t let that fool you. It is still very much cold and flu season. And there’s something nasty going around which I am determined not to catch if I can help it. I’ve upped the family’s daily dose of elderberry syrup and am trying (trying) to get enough sleep.

But the thing that I think may be really keeping me sniffle free (thanks to my friend Rita) is this most delicious ginger and turmeric latte which has now become part of my daily ritual.

It’s filed with all sorts of great things: turmeric (anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, supports liver function, plus lots more) ginger (which we all know is a wonder herb when it comes to fighting colds and flu) and, of course, coconut oil (which is as close to a nectar-of-the-gods as you can get in health terms). Add to that it’s almond milk base and you’ve got yourself an incredibly delicious soothing velvety mug of heaven.

It’s super easy to make (unless you are crazy like I am and feel the need to make your own almond milk, which is without a doubt better tasting, but which involves a bit of advance planning as you have to soak the nuts overnight). Start warming up a cup of almond milk. Then grate a teaspoonful of fresh turmeric and the same amount of fresh ginger into a blender with a tablespoon of coconut sugar, a pinch of sea salt and 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and combine. Once you’ve got that going, add the warm almond milk and blend till the whole mixture is smooth and frothy.

Here’s the original recipe on Goop, if you want a more traditional format. But whichever set of instructions you choose to follow, just make sure you try this… You won’t be sorry!

Less paper towels in 2016!

Swedish sponges are available from ancient industries, which is one of my favorite home shopping sites.

Swedish sponge from ancient industries.

I would be fooling myself if I claimed I could completely cut out all paper towel usage, but damned if I’m going to let that stop me from making a serious dent in my consumption.

So, in the spirit of every little bit counts, I give you these Swedish sponges which are kind of like a cross between a paper towel and a sponge. They are super absorbent, but also reusable and, quite frankly, they last far longer than any sponge I’ve ever had in my kitchen. When they get dirty, you just wash them and they are as good as new. I’ve had mine for about 6 months now and they are still gong strong.

I haven’t done any official measuring, but I do know that I go through far fewer paper towels than I used to. Plus I don’t feel the need to keep several rolls on hand as replacements, which gives us more room in our already overtaxed utility closet. And anything that helps save the trees, which helps the ecosystem and which helps save the air we breathe, is fine by me.

Baby steps…

Monday, Monday– or more links about Black History on the last day of Black History Month which will hopefully be the first day of the rest of the year during which we all aknowledge the role that everyone has played (and continues to play) in shaping the United States

You might not be able to tell from the photo, but this is a video of Chris Rock’s opening monologue from last night’s Oscars where he rips into the Academy for the absence of Black nominees this year.

Who knew that eBay has a style blog? Well I do now, and here’s what they have to say about Black History Month Sneakers. (Which, by the way, I didn’t realize were a category all to themselves…)

Listen to the Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement by checking out the huge archive of radio shows and interviews collected by The American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

Time Magazine for Kids has a great online resource of articles, photos and videos about African American History for the younger generation. Because the more our kids know, the less likely they are to repeat the same mistakes again and again… and again.

10 little known (and yet highly significant and super interesting) Black History facts.

TED put together a playlist of 11 talks to celebrate Black History Month.

And last but not least, Morgan Freeman finds the whole concept of Black History month ridiculous. With good reason.