Happy Saturday. It was an (obviously) heavy week with yet another school shooting. Then Trump was indicted. On Thursday night I went to a small intimate event with some other women in Woodstock. It was called “catharthis for mind, body and soul.” It was WAY out of my comfort zone to say the least. I went into it feeling nervous, self conscious, and ready to find any excuse not to go. While I knew almost all of the women there, I still felt terribly uncomfortable. Through a series of movements, dancing, screaming (yes), and other activities, I left that night feeling a little more at peace.
I don’t know what my point is in sharing this, but I guess it’s that sometimes we have to make ourselves uncomfortable to find comfort. Instead of letting ourselves get numb we have to access all those emotions, fear, rage, sadness, silliness, to come back to some sort of center. The world is a chaotic place, and no doubt I am lucky to live in a place that feels like a safe space, not just for the obvious reasons, but because of of how people treat one another, and themselves. With a caring and kindness, a non-judgemental openness that feels necessary to get through these difficult times. Take care of yourselves. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Here’s the best of the week…
–Jess (J) & Caylin
Click. Read. Love. 4.1.23
Why some kids today aren’t falling in love with reading. (The Atlantic)
This light quilted jacket is one of my favorite’s for spring. It’s reversible too! – Jess
Anyone else excited to check out the show The Power that’s based on Naomi Alderman’s book?
Illinois just passed a bill protecting child influencers. I wonder how many other states will follow suit? (ABC7 Chicago)
As someone constantly trying to work on my own issues with pursuing perfection, I loved this column. “Being mediocre sets you free.” – Jess (The Hyphen, Substack)
“What’s even in there, huh? Flat shoes for the subway? Her lunch pail?” Succession is back, too good. (Mashable)
If you’re ready to wear dresses again, I updated this post with some new cute dresses for spring. -Jess
As Florida legislators debate whether a bill would prohibit discussing periods at school, young Floridians explain the necessity of health education in the classroom. (Glamour)
On gun violence, lack of federal paid leave, America’s high infant and maternal mortality rate, American parents are not okay. (Matriarchy Report)
Don’t get stoned before your appointment, and other things your dentist wants you to know. (The NYTimes)
My love for all things AYR continues. This long sleeve tee is the perfect, post-beach, weekend errands, casual but still chic top. -Jess
If you’ve seen those group travel trips marketed to you on IG, this writer went on one and decided it wasn’t for her. (The NYTimes)
It seems like the current trend in handbags centers around rediscovering your own former it-bags. (The Atlantic)
A pretty blush for spring, this Merit cheek color in stockholm is the perfect pink.
File this under news you should know about. “A federal judge Thursday reversed a major Obamacare provision requiring plans to cover preventive care ranging from cancer and chronic disease screenings to pregnancy care and certain drugs.” (STAT)
Justine Bateman on aging naturally. (Vanity Fair)
What we still don’t know about how A.I. is trained. GPT-4 is a powerful, seismic technology that has the capacity both to enhance our lives and diminish them. (The New Yorker)
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