“Summerizing” is a year-round pursuit for top San Francisco designer Darren Brown, and it makes a lot of sense, right now in particular: “Our lives have become increasingly informal as we continue to shelter in place,” he says. For Brown, the term “summerize” calls to mind warm-weather tactics used by the Victorians, who slipcovered dark, heavy upholstery with crisp cottons every year as the seasons changed. Brown’s summery approach involves working with your current surroundings to make them more comfortably and even luxuriously casual. His tips—along with a few from goop food director Caitlin O’Malley—focus on making time spent at home easier, more relaxing, and above all, delightful.
In lieu of our annual goopcation, we’re taking summer Fridays for the next month or so. These three-day blocks can be a time to rest, unplug, and do meaningful non-goop work. They’re also a great opportunity to perfect the art of the at-home happy hour. Two staffers, known for their skills in the good-times department, share what they’re doing to make 5 o’clock cocktails feel (way) more festive.
After a week of too many screens and not enough fresh air, stretching out by a body of water, snacks and blanket in tow, can effectively curb cravings for Mallorca, le Midi, or any other sorely missed destination.
Alison Cayne, founder of the NYC cooking school Haven’s Kitchen, knows a good sauce. She developed a line of super fresh, flavor-boosting, time-saving sauces for busy home cooks. And she stopped by HQ to show us just how easy it can be with her tahini-roasted chicken thighs recipe—complete with her Golden Turmeric Tahini sauce and quick-pickled onions and currants.
The ritual of a cup of coffee or tea is one of the most universal comforting pleasures. Whether you’re a caffeine fiend or an herbal tea person, we’ve rounded up the coffees, teas, lattes, honeys, and tools that have been breathing life into our morning routines.
Austere Manhattans and martinis can have their moment any day of the year, but summer is for punchy, bright, refreshing cocktails. We’ve collected some of our favorites—without playing favorites. Gin, vodka, tequila, bourbon, rum: The gang’s all here.
“There are two ways to approach meal prepping,” writes our food director, Caitlin O’Malley. Instead of pulling together full-on meals in advance, she typically preps just a few elements ahead to make cooking a little bit easier. She shares her efficiency tips—for breakfast, salad dressings, marinated mains, produce, and snacks—along with prep-friendly recipes to try.
When it’s too hot to cook in the summer: salad for dinner. But because salads are so often a lunchtime move, you might need to spruce up your normal routine to make a really satisfying dinner. We developed three salads that are delicious, hearty, and totally dinner-worthy.