My loves! I’m flying to England tonight for my grandmother’s funeral. I’ll be reading a poem at her service and joining my dad, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews as we sing all the hymns and celebrate her life. In order to fully soak it up, we will be pausing the site this week, and we’ll be back on Friday with a link list.
Meanwhile, if you’re in a blog-reading mood, please enjoy a few of our favorite posts, below. And thank you, as always, for being here. This community of smart, funny, wonderful women (and a few men — hi, Luke!) is the greatest pleasure to interact with, and I feel so lucky to read your thoughts on all things, big and small.
How to feel your best in a bikini.
How to always have nice underwear.
How to wear comfy sneakers on long walks.
How to style stripes.
How to find your dream wedding dress.
How to wear a great lip.
How to choose a meaningful tattoo.
How to love how you look.
How to find the right hair part.
How to embrace your best life (and seven cups of tea a day).
How to decorate a (very) small space.
How to find a compelling TV show.
How to create a cozy corner at home.
How to send funny thank-you notes.
How to fill your house with surprises and delights.
How to build the perfect Trader Joes’s grocery list.
How to get kids to talk at meals.
How to charm your dinner guests.
How to easily bake killer bread.
How to eat all the spring veggies.
How to pack for a trip.
How to find Paris’s stinkiest cheese.
How to get through a flight with kids.
How to truly relax on vacation.
How to take a trip alone (and enjoy it).
How to hang with friends without spending much money.
How to write a condolence note.
How to deal with pre-date jitters.
How to feel comfortable in your own skin.
How to use a therapist’s brilliant advice.
How to know if you’re ready to have a baby.
How to parent kids around the world.
How to raise teenage boys and teenage girls.
How to try out slow parenting.
How to wrangle toddlers.
How to ease a panic attack.
How to NOT act around celebrities.
How to level up in your career.
How to find a good audiobook.
How to change your life.
Thank you so much for reading. Here are fantastic reader comments and photos, too, if you’d like to see. Have a wonderful week! xoxo
(Photo layout by Jannelle Sanchez. Grid from top to bottom, left to right: seeing my body with fresh eyes illustration by Alessandra Olanow; peasant bread photo by Ali Stafford; four wedding looks photo by Sylvie Rosokoff; spring dinners photo by Yossy Arefi, Catherine Newman house tour photo by Lyndsay Hannah; Ethan Hawke illustration by Alessandra Olanow; how to write a condolence note photo by Our Food Stories.)