Things I Read This Week: May 12, 2017

How was your week (and weekend)? I had big plans to enjoy the sunshine yesterday, but instead I ended up binge-watching Master of None season 2 and I have no regrets. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Apartment Therapy – A Travel Editor’s Soothing San Francisco Sanctuary
We bought a grey sofa last week and now I’m thinking that the logical next step is to replicate the living room pictured above piece-for-piece. I especially love that rug!

GQ – Dwayne Johnson for President!
Is there a reality series about Dwayne Johnson in the works yet, or is he too busy making what seems like seventy movies a year? Because I would watch that very, very much.

The New Yorker – I Work From Home
Oh, it’s just too real.

Flare – “Even When I Was Only Eating Three Apples a Day, I Knew I Was Too Big”
This interview with Victoire Dauxerre (former model and the author of Size Zero: My Life as a Disappearing Model) is a worthwhile look at the toxic ideals of beauty prevalent in the world of high fashion. France has introduced laws that ban fashion houses from using “excessively thin” models and require ads and magazines to add a “photographie retouchée” (retouched photograph) label any Photoshopped image, but it’s going to take a long time for the culture of modelling to change in a significant way.

Bon Appetit – Ina Garten Microwaves Her Oatmeal; Continues to Remain Perfect Anyway
“After breakfast, I always go for a walk on the beach from 8 to 9. It’s a great way to start the day.” Preach, Ina. This sounds like a really good way to become a morning person.

Things I Read This Week: March 31, 2017


How was your week? It snowed in Toronto last night, so spring continues to let me down. Might have to put my tips to jazz up a regular weekend to good use again this week. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Apartment Therapy – Unusual Exterior Paint Color Combos That Actually Look Really Great
Somehow the all-black house above manages to steer clear of any easy comparisons to the Addams Family Mansion. I also love the New Orleans rowhouse with rainbow fishscale siding. Which one is your favourite?

Vulture – Why Bones Was One of the Most Interesting Love Stories on TV
I spent a semester in university marathoning every available season of Bones — at that time, this meant speeding through 8 seasons, or 165 episodes — while studying for exams and writing papers. Whether or not this was a valuable use of my time remains to be seen, but I can still hum the theme song from memory, and that has to count for something, right?

Entertainment Tonight – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast Reunites for 20th Anniversary
Speaking of David Boreanaz, can you believe it’s been 20 years since Buffy first appeared in our lives? I’m long overdue for a rewatch.

Food & Wine – Food Safety Experts Are Not Pleased with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbooks
Spoiler alert: it’s because her meat recipes don’t include a final cooking temperature, which could put people at risk of consuming undercooked meat and contracting food poisoning. But Gwyneth’s not alone; few cookbooks include this type of information, relying instead on visual or tactile clues (“roast until juices run clear” and the like) to indicate when a dish is done. Point is, if you’re worried about salmonella, you should become familiar with recommended food temperatures and invest in an instant-read kitchen thermometer to make sure your food is cooked properly, rather that relying solely on instructions.

Extra Crispy – Why Snoozing Actually Makes You Lose Sleep
You’ve heard it before, but here it is again: hitting snooze in the morning is bad for you. I say this as someone who sets half a dozen staggered alarms every morning and gets up long after the last one has been silenced. Maybe it’s time for a sleep schedule, or even going back to using an alarm clock instead of my phone. What about you? Do you have any tips to avoid oversnoozing in the morning?