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  • Would You Try This Lipstick Trick? | A Cup of Jo

    On a lighter note, let’s talk beauty! How do you apply your lipstick? Straight from the tube? With a brush? Jeanne Damas, Parisian entrepreneur and model, recommends patting on lipstick with a finger — that way, you get a melted, bitten, blurred effect. It’s like the bedhead version of lipstick. I tried it this morning and learned that…

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  • What Does It Mean to Think About Cancer as a Battle? | A Cup of Jo

    People often describe cancer as a “a battle” or “a war” or “a fight.” But does that help? For sure, that metaphor can be motivating. But it can also be tricky, says my twin sister Lucy Kalanithi, M.D., on her podcast, Gravity. “A battle is all-consuming,” she says. “Battle means only resistance, without much room for integration, or acceptance. And,…

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  • How Cool Is Misfits Market? | A Cup of Jo

    Have you heard of Misfits Market? They’re an online value grocer dedicated to making affordable, sustainable, high-quality food more accessible while cutting down food waste. You know when you go to a grocery store and all the apples and oranges and cucumbers look exactly the same? Misfits Market sources high-quality organic fruits and veggies that are too big, too small,…

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  • Five-Ingredient Dinner: Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Squash | A Cup of Jo

    A whole new world opened up to me when I learned that… …you can prepare gnocchi not only by gently simmering the little Italian potato dumplings in water, then tossing them with your chosen sauce, i.e. the traditional way that yields tender, pillowy clouds, and that I would not ever in a million years turn down. A few months ago,…

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  • Four Fun Things | A Cup of Jo

    Do you follow Leslie Jones on Instagram? The comedian, who happens to be obsessed with the Olympics, shares clips with her off-the-cuff commentary. For example, she admires Simone Biles’s floor exercise and watches triathlons win their race. And about triathletes she says: “It’s three things at once, how is that not the whole f*cking Olympics… that’s a lot!…

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  • What’s the Best Thing You’ve Eaten Lately? | A Cup of Jo

    A few weeks ago, some friends and I went to a late dinner at a tiny candlelit Mediterranean restaurant in Fort Greene. Before we reached our table, my friend Ryanne was already gushing about all the different plates we had to try. After she listed off sweet potato hummus and lamb skewers, a reverence came over her voice:…

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  • The Cool Thing My Mom Does Every Time We Visit | A Cup of Jo

    My parents lived in Paris when they were newlyweds, and when she returned to the U.S., my mom brought back a love of French desserts. When we were growing up, she would make chocolate mousse and crème caramel, but our favorite has always been crème brûlée. Every time we visit my mom, she busts out the awesome dessert.…

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  • Did the Pandemic Make You Want to Make Any Life Changes? | A Cup of Jo

    In the early days of the pandemic, when my seven-year-old, Noa, and I were out on our daily walks, we saw a father and son out on theirs. Like all parents of only children, I felt a swell of affection for these two: the dad doing his best in a pandemic, the kid, who looked to be about five, also…

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  • Have a Lovely Weekend. | A Cup of Jo

    PHOTO BY SUSAN KAUFMAN What are you up to this weekend? We’re taking a day trip to Rockaway Beach to splash in the water. The people watching is also great — last time we went, we saw a guy doing flips on the sand and teenage girls playing really complicated hand-clapping games. Hope you have a good one, and here…

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  • Reading Coincidences | A Cup of Jo

    Disclosure — In order to grow our small business, Cup of Jo earns revenue in a few different ways. We publish several sponsored posts each month, which are always labeled at the top. We also sometimes earn an affiliate commission on the sales of products we link to. We feature only items we genuinely love and want to share, and…

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