The pastry chef on her love affair with hair ribbons, the perfect host gift, and celebrating nontraditional milestones.
I still remember the old post about Natasha, for some reason she really stuck in my head - maybe because of the single and no kids and being so gorgeous and cool.
The invitation to celebrate oneself is extremely timely for me. I ended an engagement/6-year relationship a few months ago, and after reflecting on how everyone was planning on buying me loads of stuff for my wedding (when I didn't need it) but I was on my own for this breakup (where my partner and I are splitting our stuff and I'm suddenly paying twice the rent), I decided to throw myself an "actually a bachelorette" party and create a gift registry. I am SO BAD at letting the people in my life celebrate things with me - I didn't go to either of my graduations, I told my friends and family not to come to my thesis defense, and I haven't thrown a birthday party for myself in years - so this feels like a very vulnerable thing to do, but also an important step as I venture into a new phase in my life!
... I knew I'd wind up upgrading to paid as soon as I read your Big Salad announcement email, but I'm 100% doing it now because of the commentary on that bananas NY Times headline.
Reading this felt like hanging out and chatting with girlfriends!!!!! So glad the boys liked the flautas 🥰🥰
Joanna, thank you so very much for sharing my essay here! I feel honored and grateful and seen. Thank you!
The Friday roundup emails on cupofjo are my favorite way to wind down a crazy week. I’m so excited to have something else to look forward to!
Thank you so much for sharing <3
I just wanna say that I LOVE the design elements of Big Salad! Feels frenchy, yet playful and fun. Harkens me back to the design elements of the OG Cup of Jo in the very best of ways. Happy to be here!
Anastasia Selby's essay wrecked me. At age 67, it is a forever struggle with my ED, Body Dysmorphia, and GAD (all not diagnosed until 2020 when I finally sought help) that began when I was 8. Medication and therapy are a saving grace for my mental health, especially as I now deal with the consequences of my disordered eating with a broken pelvis on Sept. 16th due to osteoporosis.
Okay, this is the can opener of my DREAMS. I'm always on the hunt for beautiful, lasting versions of everyday tools, and this fits the bill. Also now plotting a rubber stamp design (what do I want to immortalize in ink??) Congrats on launch day! It's lovely and chatty and fun. Thanks for sharing so much goodness.
Love Big Salad already! I am definitely making that plum torte in the rainy weather this weekend, and thank you for pointing out that sexist NYT headline. How didn't anyone catch that? xo My favorite read of the week was the New Yorker profile of prolific children's writer Kate DiCamillo that made me appreciate her incredible work even more. The fact that she and Ann Patchett are best friends = mind blown.
I am spitting feathers about the NYT piece. It drips with condescension. The repeated “she said” is almost offensive in the way it casts doubt on her statements- this was a particularly egregious example “ .. Bali, where Ms. Allison lived for a year from 2017 to 2018 doing what she referred to as a “yoga and meditation sabbatical,” and which she said she paid for with earnings from her investments in cryptocurrency.” Ugh.
This newsletter feels intimate and comforting after a long work week. I'm looking forward to many more weeks and years of these "love" letters. Great work Kaitlyn and COJ team.
Well this was just perfect
Thrilled to receive my first big salad. Not a read, but I was rapt listening to this podcast with Diane Jacob about AI and content creation, specifically in the food realm (she also talks about Substack): https://www.foodbloggerpro.com/podcast/chatgpt-substack-and-food-writing/
Oh my god I had exactly the same reaction about that nyt article (and that quote - blech) this morning!
LOVE! I’m so happy I subscribed- I know I’ll be looking forward to this weekly! Eek!
I also really loved the “14 things she swears by”.
I have made so many wonderful purchases since becoming a reader of “Cup of Jo” & it’s from pieces similar to this & reading what fashionable & successful women use in their own lives❤️.