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Have a Lovely Weekend. | A Cup of Jo

What are you up to this weekend? We are finalizing the boys’ Halloween costumes (VERY important work) and talking walks around the neighborhood. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Wow, here is Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones’s casting “chemistry read” for Normal People.

Is this the coziest sweater for winter? I love how chic it looks.

Cool glow-in-the-dark drinks for Halloween.

What if friendship, not marriage, was at the center of life?

Kristen Welker was the best debate moderator.

Flowers in the kitchen.

How Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope and other TV characters would handle the pandemic.

An interview with a death doula. “[When I die], I want to have a soft blanket and a pair of socks because I hate it when my feet are cold. I want to smell nag champa incense and amber. And I want to hear the sound of running water, like a creek. I’d love to enjoy all those senses for the last time. And when I die, I want everybody to clap. Like, ‘Good job. You did it.’”

How pretty is this houseboat in Cornwall?

“Five things I DON’T buy at Trader Joe’s.”

6 styling tricks learned from Princess Diana.

Family photos, reimagined.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Hali on five fun things: “Trends are so funny. Currently, the slouchy bag thing is a hard pass for me — they remind me of weird 90s shopping malls for some reason. But watch: in three months, they’ll wiggle their way into various carts I’ve compiled across the internet until one finally makes it to my doorstep and I’ll be so pleased with it. Why does that happen?! I’m asking it not to happen! Someone hold me accountable to my own taste!”

Says Elle on finding my own expressions of Blackness: “KIM!!! This hits me deep. I, too, have had the same experiences growing up Black in white spaces. I remember being excited to go to college to finally meet other Black students, only to be disappointed with ‘Why do you talk so white?’ ‘What is that weird music you’re listening to?’ Questions that never go away but the pain of hearing them has. I’m me, unapologetically. And I’m so proud to be raising a teen daughter who proudly wears a big afro and plays guitar in a punk rock band. We proudly wear our Van Halen, Pink Floyd, and Red Hot Chili Peppers T-shirts when we’re out and about.”

(Photo by Marmalade Floral.)

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