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On a High Note: Vol. 20

Aug 31, 2020

Hi friends!

Welcome to another Monday, another fresh start. I hope you’ve got a slow week ahead as we roll into Labor Day in a few days! Let’s get this week started On a High Note: Our Monday roundup of inspiring, interesting, fun and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, and so on! Grab your coffee and dive into our favorite highlights to check out this week! 

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The House Dress Renaissance

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“As soon as I saw this headline, I thought ‘wow Jess is in NPR’ ???? and this must be included in our next weekly roundup! This incredibly-fitting GG reader listen/read talks about the 2020 house dress renaissance — from its origins to present-day and how quarantine life sparked its resurgence (it’s a short 3-minute clip).

‘I think #stayathome made people realize that we need to not just dress to go outside — we need to dress to be inside, love what we wear, and feel comfortable,’ designer Malgosia Archer says.’

Long live the housedress! And if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, this $30 Amazon option that comes in so many colors in a great place to start.” —Kendall  

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Nice White Parents podcast 

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“Speaking of NPR–they’ve also got a starring role in our next pick: Nice White Parents. There is a LOT of controversy surrounding this new mini-series that came out this summer. As a collaboration between NPR’s Serial team and the New York Times, I had high expectations, and for me, this did not disappoint. (Although based on the reviews it seems many nice white parents have found this highly offensive. ????) 

Parenting is a subject I have always been interested in, even though we aren’t parents yet. Maybe because I think it’s interesting to see how different people approach it, but also because I think raising good humans is the most important job that anyone ever has. And as someone who feels very strongly about her future kids attending public school–a public school that is not just a bunch of rich white kids–this story was just very thought-provoking and eye-opening to watch unfold. As one reviewer put it, it helps you “understand something unseen, but totally visible.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s beauty routine

“I don’t know what it is about watching interesting people film their skincare routines — but I love them! Maybe because it reminds me of some of my best college/young 20s memories when my girlfriends and I would all get ready together on the floor? There’s just something about gabbing while getting ready that cuts to the real stuff. The Vogue series that features prominent women walking us through their beauty routines reminds me of those simpler times and this one featuring AOC’s beauty routine is a good one! She talks about her skincare and signature red lip routine. And why femininity is so important to her as a woman in politics.

‘Just being a woman is quite politicized here in Washington….There’s this really false idea that if you care about makeup or if your interests are in beauty and fashion, that that’s somehow frivolous. But I actually think these are some of the most substantive decisions that we make—and we make them every morning.'” —Kendall

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2018 clips of Chadwick Boseman surprising fans on The Tonight Show 

“This video from The Tonight Show out is both a heartwarming and heartbreaking way to remember and honor the mark that Chadwick Boseman left on the world. ❤️”–Jess 

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“Does anyone else feel like they are doing ‘relaxing’ things, but they neglect to achieve the feeling of refreshed, relaxed, or recharged afterward? There have been many instances this year where I feel like I’m relaxing — watching a funny show, taking a bubble bath, or something else that’s promoted on self-care lists — but I don’t feel any less heavy or overwhelmed afterward. This Self piece, 11 Tips for Anyone Who Doesn’t Know How to Relax, really spoke to me! It talks about being intentional about rest time, discovering what actually relaxes you, and how not to force yourself to ‘earn’ rest. If you’re struggling with this too, check it out!” –Kendall 

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Green Minestrone Soup 

“This Green Minestrone Soup from No Crumbs Left is the perfect late summer soup. You know–when it’s still warm during the day but it cools down and you need a light sweater at night? The BEST kind of summer weather–and it calls for a delicious, fresh soup. This Green Minestrone has been begging me to make it ever since I stumbled upon it a couple of weeks ago. (I haven’t gotten around to making it yet, but perhaps I could live vicariously through you?) Tip: If you don’t want to go to the hassle of making pistachio pesto, you could totally just use storebought pesto. And it would taste different yet still delicious and less work!” –Jess

That’s all for today–here’s to finding joy in the week ahead

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