It's practically too hot to move, but there are some adorable outfits (many on sale!) to keep little ones looking and feeling cool as we get into the dog days of summer. After all, what could be easier or breezier than a darling one piece?
I was looking for a way to use up some buttermilk that had been lingering in the fridge, and came up with this sort-of-a-riff on tzatziki sauce (just minus the cucumber), and ever since I haven't been able to stop thinking about it, talking about it, or eating it. And again, this isn't a recipe so much a throw-stuff-in-the-food-processor, adjust-seasonings-to-taste sort of thing, but hopefully this can serve as some inspiration because this sauce is magical.
And while it's sometimes hard enough just to get the "real food" on the table (your proteins, veggies, and what have yous - you know, the stuff with the nutrition and calories you need to survive), such that expending time and energy on making a sauce that just goes on top of the other stuff you have to make - well, I get not wanting to take that extra step. But I'll also say that this is so quick to make, and goes with so many things, and you can keep it in your fridge for a couple of days and use it to zhush up all kinds of meals, taking any boring old meal that's been slapped together up a couple notches into the kind of meal that you are excited to sit down and eat (see also: how to transform a sad desk lunch into a happy desk lunch).
For when you literally want your clothes to do the talking for you, here are some options running the gamut from cheeky to sweet to revolutionary.
Money bail is the practice by which people who are charged with crimes and are presumptively innocent are held in jail (here, that's mostly at Rikers, a notoriously dangerous jail complex named after a man whose claim to fame was that he returned fugitive slaves to their owners), unless they have the financial means to buy their freedom, Money bail means people who can't post bail are more likely than people who, all other facts being the same but who are released pre-trial to be convicted, to be convicted of a higher charge, and to serve a longer sentence. There should not be two justice systems, one for those who can pay and one who can't. Here's what you can do.
1) Donate to a local bail fund (in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bail Fund) (see also: National Bail Out).
2) Get trained to court watch and hold prosecutors accountable for their bail decisions (in New York: Court Watch NYC).
3) Read this NY Mag article about the rampant sexual abuse perpetrated against women who are in custody at Rikers Island, often by the guards themselves.
4) Tweet #closeRikers to @NYCMayor and join the Close Rikers campaign.
5) Join Color of Change's nationwide campaign to end money bail by organizing locally and pressuring the corporations that profit off of money bail, including signing their petition to the banking industry to divest from the bail bonds industry.
After two babies, a lot of what I used to wear at the office just doesn't fit me anymore. It's not just the weight fluctuations - my rib cage, for example, expanded to accommodate growing a baby. Other clothes that still fit aren't conducive to having to pump at work. And since I can't rock my maternity shorts at work, I feel like I'm regularly on the hunt for pieces that manage to be both professional and flattering.
Work-wear gets a bad rap for being boring and bland (not to mention frequently uncomfortable), but if you have to look professional full-time, that's a lot of hours to spend in clothes you mildly hate. And there's no reason to do it that when more and more brands crafting interesting, office-appropriate clothing with a commitment toward sustainable and ethical production. So as I try to build up my grown-up wardrobe, here are some of the items and brands on my wish list:
For an easy, every day look, I love this boxy blouse by town clothes, paired with of mercer's skinny black trousers. I would probably live in this combination.
I also like this dramatic color-blocked dress from of mercer, and think it would pair nicely with this cozy but still structured cardigan from babaa (love the bright yellow).
For warmer days, this linen wrap dress from conscious clothing looks pulled together while still keeping an easy-breezy feel to it. And how sweet is the floral print on this button-up from reformation?
More staples that I could see entering heavy rotation: this silk tee from elizabeth suzann and a polished but oh-so-comfy black skirt from the champion of everyday, reliable clothing, everlane (with pockets!!).
I can't get over this gorgeous, raw silk jumpsuit by ozma. It would simplify the morning routine to just throw this on and run out the door; you can imagine it going from work to dinner meeting to drinks perfectly; top it with a blazer and it would pass muster in a more conservative office environment too. Of course, knowing me, I'd spill on it instantly, and sticky little fingers are an unavoidable part of life right now, but a girl can dream, right?
I've become a little obsessed lately with chia pudding, which is suprising after I bought some a few years ago, tasted it, and promptly discarded it, the texture too much like snot.
But I was at our local health food store picking up lunch a few weeks ago and wanted a little snacky something, something sweet-adjacent, and found some coconut chia seed pudding and decided to give it another try, and I'm so glad that I did.
My tasty snack ended up also being super filling, which was great, because I feel like I'm constantly hungry at work. So I started looking up recipes and it turns out that it's super easy to make at home (and a great activity for little helpers to participate in).
Diptyque's Eau Rose shower foam.
Supremely soft, sustainably sourced and ethically made towel from Odd Bird Company.
Another snuggly soft towel option from Minna Goods, this one handwoven in sunny colors in Guatemala.
A moisturizing and cruelty free body polish with organic coconut oil and rose petals from Herbivore Botanicals.
A warm and floral candle from Boy Smells.
A slippery and citrusy shower jelly sustainably made in the USA by Lush.