Weekend Reads #230

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The sock knitter, 1915, by Grace Cossington Smith

Weekend Reads

As you clean out your closets for the new year, here’s how to do it right. (Washington Post – gift article)

Drinkng whiskey from teacups. (Men Yell At Me)

How the cult of consumerism ushered in an era of badly made products. (Vox)

With a new tour, Madonna shows she will never go gently. (New York Times – gift article)

You fat-shamed your beautiful girlfriend. (Autostraddle)

The age of adulting is over. (Vogue)

We hosted a sleepover last weekend with a group of our daughter's friends. It was the same kind of fun I remembered from her age. They put makeup on each other, watched a movie, even tried to do “Light as a Feather Stiff as a Board.” While I know she has had fewer sleepovers than I did when I was a kid, I didn't know there was such drama regarding them these days! Sleepovers have gotten very complicated. (Washington Post – gift article)

Making art is good for your health. Here's how to start a habit. (NPR)

Defining nonbinary workwear. (New York Times – gift article)

My father's changing hands. (Cup of Jo)

Your periodic reminder that the Beltaway is the shizz. It's a stretchy low-profile belt that will hold up your pants without discomfort or bulk. No metal, so you don't even have to take it off for TSA. I love it for fake-tucking sweaters. I will put the belt around my body and fold up the hem of the sweater inside the belt. It's like the concept of how GenZ tuck sweaters into their bras, but this keeps your midsection covered and your bra still functional. My husband wears one, I wear one, even my daughter stole one to cinch thrifted looks without the bulk of a belt.

Exxon made “breathtakingly” accurate climate predictions in 1970s and ’80s. (Mother Jones)

Body positivity has boomed. But thinness never went away. (Los Angeles Times)

Do you struggle to reach the top of your vehicle to reach a cargo box or a rack for bikes, kayaks, or other equipment? You may need this, which I just got and think is GENIUS. Even my 6'4″ husband finds it great for accessing anything on the car roof and it's super secure.

A24's Lamb is a beautiful counter narrative on parenthood and a respite from Trad propaganda. (Ayesha A. Siddiqi)

Casey Johnston turned bulking up into a business. (New York's Making It)

If you're looking for a refined t-shirt that is opaque, I have this under $20 one in two colors and like it a lot. FYI the off-white looks pretty true white to me (I own it and the lavender)

When did we all become pop culture detectives? (New York Times Style – gift subscription)

alison gary womans day magazine 2023 wardrobe oxygen

I'm so honored to be in the lastest issue of Woman's Day magazine! Here is a link to the PDF of the two-page feature. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find an actual copy at any book store, grocery store, or any other kind of store in my area but followers on Instagram have sent a few photos of their subscription copies and the magazine said they're going to mail me one next week!

For those who read the piece, I shared a few favorite beauty products; some that were featured, some that were not, and some that I have promo codes for!

  • I mentioned Caliray mascara, which is a cruelty-free tubing mascara that comes tube made from 100% recycled ocean plastic. This means it won't smudge even if you sweat or cry but comes off easily with warm water. You can buy it at Sephora and they have mini tubes to try before you truly invest.
  • I mentioned Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm, which I have raved about so many times in the past (here are all my Colleen Rothschild beauty reviews). Use promo code OXYGEN20 to save 20% on any order (cannot be stacked with any other promotions).
  • I mentioned MAYA Fragrance, which is a fragrance oil that works with your body chemistry so it creates a different scent on everyone. This is the first fragrance in years that hasn't bothered me and my family also likes. I can hardly smell it on me but folks who get close often comment and compliment me on it. Use promo code ALISON15 to save 15% on any order.
  • I mentioned Flyte.70 GlowBack.Lucent Light highlighter, but there wasn't room to include it. Whether you're a makeup lover or keep things simple and have few beauty skills, this is an easy product to give your skin a natural-looking glow. Apply with your fingers, rub in. I place on my cheekbones, brow bone, cupid's bow, and sometimes wear like eyeshadow. Use promo code WOXYGEN15 to save 15% off this ethical, sustainable beauty brand.


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We have been looking for a new show. The White Lotus wrapped up, as did The Circle. Yellowstone has its mid-season break, and while my husband is into Season 2 of Vikings: Valhalla I'm finding the writing and direction of this series to be lacking while having the gruesome violence amped up to 11. So many friends suggested Dead to Me, a series on Netflix we decided to dive in.

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I realize I started Dead to Me before and stopped halfway through the first episode. Netflix asked if I'd like to resume and I said no, let's start from the beginning and I remembered why I stopped. I think it was during Lockdown and the idea of watching a show about a woman close to my age with a kid close to my age who loses her husband and is grieving… that didn't sound too appealing. But I stopped just before the show got good; it was worth it to give it another go.

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Season 1 of Dead to Me is fantastic. Starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, this show is full of cliffhangers, humor, and really beautiful friendship between women. While Cardellini's hair and fashion seem a bit too polished and nice for her character's situation, the two women feel very relatable and their friendship can bring a tear to your eye. It's easy to binge Season 1 because of each episode's cliffhanger that can literally leave you with your mouth dropped open.

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Season 2 started and we wanted some answers. But as soon as an actor who left in Season 1 returned we started feeling a little bit concerned about the direction of the show. We're in Episode 6 of Season 2 and we stopped mid-episode to go to bed because we were kind of annoyed at how angry one character was, how messy another character was, and things don't fit together as perfectly as they did in Season 1.

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But we'll continue watching Dead to Me. It's nice to see these characters that sort of grew up with me (hello Married with Children and Freaks and Geeks) being cast in starring roles where they are more than just a mother or a wife or a girlfriend or a joke. And it's even nicer to see two grown-ass women portraying an intimate yet platonic relationship.

For Your Entertainment

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Over my winter break I re-downloaded TikTok. I have no idea what my old password was so I ended up in the account my daughter had a couple of years ago and also forgot the login. After the algorithm realized I am not into Harry Potter or Hunter x Hunter, it realized I am into new-to-me music and I received a couple of videos about the group Próxima Parada. I listened to some music on Spotify and recognized one of their songs, and went to find a video from the band to share this week.

And this video is amazing. If you watch it on mute you think you're listening to some hardcore band. If you listen without watching you'll think it's some guy in plaid flannel sitting on a front porch with an acoustic guitar. I love it when artists aren't too serious with their videos. Know that no goats were harmed in the making of it. And if you dig the sound, check out more of Próxima Parada on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you listen to new tunes.

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  1. “I will put the belt around my body and fold up the hem of the sweater inside the belt.“
    Huh? How does that work? I have this belt and I’d love to know some cool uses for it. Thanks!

  2. We just finished Dead to Me last night and although I found some of its twists and turns incongruous, I generally enjoyed it. Linda Cardinelli in particular is terrific.

    And we really like Slow Horses, too.

  3. I highly recommend Casey Johnston’s Couch 2 Barbell program and newsletter. The program is really simple yet effective – there’s a real sense of accomplishment in seeing the weights go up.

  4. Alison, love your article in Woman’s Day! It’s so exciting to see you there. Congratulations!

    I’ve finished all 3 seasons of Dead to Me & enjoyed it overall. It was a good mix of funny, poignant, & off-the-wall at times. Definitely a good escape! The 2 leads are good & I couldn’t help but care about their characters. Last night I started watching Slow Horses on Apple TV & am liking it so far, after the first 2 episodes—spy shows & mysteries usually appeal to me. One show I can’t say enough good things about is Bad Sisters on Apple TV—funny, witty, clever, well written, excellent actors, outlandish at times, plus the bonds of sisters. SO good! The series begins with a dead brother-in-law & each episode deals with how that came about. Thanks for another great Weekend Reads!

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