Issue #76: 15 Things and Routines I've Loved for 5+ Years
My tried and true.
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💕 “Meet Cute” Mini Rom-Coms: Rom-Coms and romance novels are having a resurgence, and I’m all for it. I’ve already scheduled a Galentine’s Day double-feature to watch ‘Somebody I Used to Know’ and ‘Your Place or Mine’ (out Friday!) and have been diving into Meet Cute’s series of feel-good stories about love. Each series is broken down into six parts with 15-minute bite-sized episodes that make for a quick and fun listen. For something sexier, I’m also loving the audio stories on Vibes Only andand have many more recs in this issue all about sex. Speaking of, I am still in a full-blown love affair with Miley and Shakira’s new songs—just added them to the playlist of empowering breakup songs I’ve been building since college.
🦐 Colu Henry’s Smoky and Spicy Shrimp with Anchovy Butter and Fregola: The conversation during breaks from my evening classes almost always deviates toward food. Hungry for the dinners we’ll eat once released at 8:30, we share intel on quick, cheap bowls, restaurants still open for takeout, and the impressive meals partners are cooking—which is how I came across the NYT maple and miso sheet-pan salmon that led me into a deep dive of Colu Henry’s elegant yet homecook-friendly recipes (and playful Substack,!). On Sunday, I made Colu’s smoky shrimp, a one-pan dish where fregola is cooked in a butter spiced with anchovies, garlic, and tomatoes. You can officially consider me a super-fan: Her cookbook is at the top of my list of books to pick up on my next Powell’s run.
📺 “Extraordinary” on Hulu: This new British comedy series hits a similar vein of humor and brashness as “Lovesick” and “Fleabag” (which is to say, I loved it). It takes place in a contemporary version of London where nearly everyone receives a superpower at eighteen. Jen is still waiting for hers at 25, but her best friend (who can commune with the dead) ) and boyfriend (who can rewind) are committed to helping her discover hers in this bsweet spin on a coming-of-age story.
My life at 30 may look nothing like life at 25, but certain items and routines have stood the test of time. In my twenties, I tested everything, in part for my job, but also because I was trying things on to see what fit. My breakfast changed most mornings, I rotated through new clothes alarmingly fast, and I used twenty beauty products to get ready where I now use only three. In an industry that’s built largely around trends and the “discovery” of new products, I’m rarely surprised by the question, “Do you still use/love [insert product]??” Here are 15 things I’ve been using and loving for the past five-plus years. Consider these my tried and true:
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