Weekend reads

We made it through another week! Like usual, insane things happened but we're all surviving. Speaking of surviving, I decided 10:30 p.m. was the perfect time to make chocolate chip cookies and document on IG Stories last night. It's my version of self-care and I have no regrets.

Keep reading for some of my favorite stories I read this week!

If Sex and the City came out in 2017, Miranda would be the Protagonist

"The traits her character is frequently reviled for — cynicism, honesty, drive — are, in my opinion, the traits that make her character the most interesting. Miranda is the 2017 protagonist Sex and the City deserves."

So much love for this one. Sex and the City is one of those shows I watch over and over again, and as I get older I definitely realize we all needed to give Miranda a chance. It's fine if you want to be a Carrie, but maybe take a page out of the successful lawyer's book too?

The secret origin story of the iPhone

"These small details, which we now take for granted, were the product of exhaustive tinkering, of proof-of-concept experimenting. Like inertial scrolling, the wonky-sounding but now-universal effect that makes scrolling down your contact list feel satisfyingly tactile; the names fly by in a burst after you swipe down, then slow to a tick-tock as if bound by real-world physics."

Maybe it's because I've been working in tech for a while, but this story was fascinating to me. The intelligence! The DRAMA! The fact that a group of people pretty much changed the world with a tiny phone! SO GOOD.

Could the Amazon-Whole Foods union be what takes organic sales to the next level?

“What Whole Foods needs is innovation, and if you’re looking for where that brilliant visionary leadership is going to come from, it’s not going to be from within Whole Foods. But Amazon could be a huge booster shot of innovative leadership, and set Whole Foods on a path to adapt to the 21st century, which has been lacking.”

Full disclosure: I don't have a car but I'm always (obviously) in need of groceries. If I just need a few things I walk to a grocery store, but at least once a week place a pretty big order with Amazon Fresh. And honestly? IT'S INCREDIBLE. All of that was to say, I'm very interested to see where this whole deal goes. 

From Russia with blood

"British police declared the deaths of all nine men in Berezovsky’s circle non-suspicious, but BuzzFeed News can now reveal that MI6, Britain’s secret intelligence service, asked its US counterparts for information about each one of them “in the context of assassinations”

OMG. This is a long one but OH MY GOD THIS STORY.

If women talked more, the Senate and Uber might not be so messed up

But it’s worth asking whether the casually denigrating stereotypes should be reconsidered in a more positive light. In many cases, more talking and more emoting might not be so bad. The qualities being dismissed as excesses of femininity are the ones we need the most.

The news this week, like usual, was rough. By nature I can be pretty reserved, so I have to keep reading things like this to remind myself that it's important to speak out and stand my ground. TALK MORE, FRIENDS.

'Friends' costume designer looks back on 10 seasons of weddings

"My biggest goal on Friends was to create things and make looks that nobody had ever seen before. I didn’t want it to be about fashion, but rather clothes that looked amazing and that didn’t fit in to trends."

I've been binge watching Friends the past few weeks so this was fun to read! 

Facebook wants me to dress like 'The Handmaid's Tale'

"The urge to shop the look — the “that’s me” feeling — is a fierce audience identification that can come with watching emotionally fraught shows like The Handmaid’s Tale."

Speaking of TV, I've been meaning to watch The Handmaid's Tale but keep putting it off. This story was super interesting, but also made me even more concerned about watching? I just really need to watch this show, don't I? 

Weekend reads

FRIDAY! If you're like me, your weekend plans include some prime lounging time (it should be a requirement, really). If you need something to read in between deep Instagram stalking and naps, below are a few of my favorite stories I read this week. Grab some coffee and settle in!

Wonder Woman and the importance of the female hero moment 

"As more and more women saw Jenkins’ movie this weekend, their reactions tended to fall into two categories. First, they liked it. Second, they felt empowered by it. Sure, many were just excited that after 75+ years there was finally a movie dedicated to their favorite hero, but the sentiments went deeper than “yay movie!”

Okay, technically I left the theatre feeling like a bag of garbage because WHOA THIS WOMAN IS FIERCE and I'm the type of person who has a breakdown over a lamp, but this movie really did blow me away. For someone who isn't thaaaaat into superhero movies to begin with, I never realized how much I actually need to see female superheroes. 

There's a wrong kind of popularity & it might be ruining your life

"It comes really natural to young kids to care about [the likable] kind of popularity; the other kind doesn’t really exist at all until adolescence. It's really interesting that there’s a type of popularity that’s inborn, and then a type we come to care about which comes online in those middle school and high school years, and then suddenly dominates our perception of the whole concept."

In a perfect world, being a good human would be enough. But we're not perfect and popularity still runs the world (young Mansee is not pleased).

Aziz Ansari is still searching

“It was all coming from a real place,” Mr. Ansari said. “If I’m talking about Islamophobia or something, I’m talking about my parents. It’s coming from a real place. I would rather have that burden than feel like I didn’t have anything to say.”

Has anybody watched Master of None?? I NEED MORE PEOPLE TO TALK TO ABOUT THIS SHOW PLEASE. 

My love for this spatula is borderline unhealthy

"...I sort of frantically got in touch with the photo team to ensure that I would get it back soon—I might have even used the phrase "I just wanted to keep track of my spatula that I love dearly."

I feel this so hard. Fun fact - I've lived in 6 different apartments in 4 different cities over the past 5 years, and I've never once packed my cookie scoop in a box. It ALWAYS goes in my suitcase so that I'm never without it. That thing is quite possibly the love of my life.

Phil Libin hasn't eaten since Sunday

"He has found it surprisingly easy to be around food, which is good because most business events seem to involve sitting down to a meal. He’ll order coffee, tea, or water and pass the dishes around without desire to partake. “It is a very pleasurable way to experience food without actually eating it,” he says."

NOPE. 

A definitive ranking of the best movie makeovers

"One of the more enjoyable things about makeover montages is how irrelevant fiscal responsibility is in them. Do you know how much salon-level products cost? Sephora sells one-ounce jars of moisturizer for like $200. But in a makeover montage, that doesn’t matter — characters make it rain credit cards on store clerks and exit boutiques with 14 overstuffed bags of clothes."

Very important things. Excuse me while I go watch Clueless for the 49586th time.