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Indoor Jungle Gyms, Weighted Blankets, and 13 Other Things We’re Talking About

In partnership with our friends at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

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    DREAM VACATION

    “While being stuck at home has its perks, all this time being inside and in one place has me daydreaming about where I want to travel once it’s safe to do so again. I’m itching to go somewhere beautiful, yes, but also somewhere that offers an amazing wellness experience—somewhere I can de-stress, detox, and restart after being cooped up. The new Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is at the top of my list. Not only is the property stunning, but it also has an incredible spa and access to the ocean and fitness activities. There are five restaurants onsite, all committed to organic, delicious food. I am looking forward to the day I can book a trip with some friends to enjoy the sun, ocean, and one another’s company.” —Liza Green, senior manager, client services

    Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, rooms from $635 a night

    Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas
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    ORDER UP

    “A sweet new restaurant called Mamahuhu in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond is open for takeout and delivery—and they’re trying to keep all their staff gainfully employed. Mamahuhu upped the game on Chinese-American food—it’s super delicious and affordable, with high-quality ingredients. The sweet and sour chicken is made with honey and hawthorn, and the homemade soft-serve soy ice cream with jasmine tea jelly is to die for.” —Gerda Endemann, senior director, science and research

    MAMAHUHU

    MAMAHUHU
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    CHILD’S PLAY

    “When I mentioned to a friend that I’m running out of ways for my three-year-old to get his zoomies out indoors (we don’t have a yard), she asked, ‘Have you heard of Wiwiurka?’ I hadn’t. Then I laid eyes on the most beautiful indoor climbing sets ever. The balance boards, ramps, Pikler triangles, and more are multifunctional and customizable, so you can create all kinds of obstacle courses and environments while incorporating existing furniture as well. My house is now a jungle gym, but you do what you gotta do, right? The craftspeople, who are making everything to order in their own homes in Mexico to stay safe, also make kids’ furniture and all manner of low-tech, Montessori-inspired toys—lots of options to support a worthy family business.” —Kate Wolfson, executive editor

    WIWIURKA

    WIWIURKA
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    A SEARING READ

    “I’ve been a fan of Ashleigh Bryant Phillips for years, so I was excited to hear about her debut short story collection, Sleepovers, out in June. Phillips really delivers here. These stories are brave, funny, curious, and fresh. Her characters and places are strange, haunted, neurotic—undeniably human. This is an unforgettable work and an absolute must-read.” —Erin Comerford, associate UX designer

    SLEEPOVERS BY ASHLEIGH BRYANT PHILLIPS, Bookshop, $16

    SLEEPOVERS BY ASHLEIGH BRYANT PHILLIPS
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    FEEL-GOOD FOOD

    “If you live for food like I do, you’ll also be obsessed with the creamy cauliflower risotto, saucy Moroccan quinoa chicken, chickpea-flour chocolate chip cookies, and eggplant balls that are on the menu at Eat Sunny, a new meal delivery service. The dishes are vibrant, filled with great-for-you ingredients (alllll the antioxidants, omegas, and heaps of fresh veggies for glowy skin), satisfying, and never spartan. That thing where meal delivery food often feels sad and punishing? That’s not a thing here. For each day, you get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack, like delicious crumbly coconut-cacao superfood granola. You choose between three or five days of meals and between vegetarian or flexitarian, which includes moderate amounts of animal protein—I did this one, yum. The portions are luscious, the flavors are big, and the company was founded by two women, which I always love. It makes the absolute best gift of all time. Get it for yourself, get it for a family member or a friend (I just shared one with an enormously pregnant friend who can’t be bothered to cook right now), or donate it to someone who needs meals if it’s in your budget. Oh, and the recipe for the chickpea chocolate chip cookies is on their website—they’re fire.” —Megan O’Neill, senior beauty editor

    EAT SUNNY MEAL PLANS, starting at $189

    EAT SUNNY MEAL PLANS
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    THE LONELY HUNTER

    “When I’m not blabbering on about how we started the goop Book Club, I’m reading. I was fascinated by Jenn Shapland’s unconventional memoir. It begins with a series of love letters that Shapland came across while working as an archives intern. The letters were between Carson McCullers, a woman and literary figure who was born in 1917 and died in 1967, and a woman named Annemarie. Shapland, who identifies as a lesbian, sees herself in their words. And she decides to find out who McCullers really was—and if there’s a reason why she’s never been described as a lesbian. What follows is a succinct, thought-provoking exploration of women’s sexuality and the language that has been used to describe and limit our desires throughout history. I know I sound like a total nerd, but I’d never read Carson McCullers before, so don’t count yourself out if you’re not familiar with her writing.” —Kiki Koroshetz, wellness director

    MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS BY JENN SHAPLAND, Bookshop, $21

    MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS BY JENN SHAPLAND
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    STAR TURN

    “I decided to try getting a personal reading with an astrologer using Sanctuary, an app that’s been dubbed the Headspace of astrology. When I signed up, I was paired with an astrologer and asked to enter the date, time, and location of my birth. The astrologer asked me if there was anything specific that I wanted guidance on, and I told her my question (it was about romance). Because this was my first time diving into this world, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The reading lasted about fifteen minutes, and she ended up giving me a piece of advice that was almost word-for-word something my therapist has been saying to me for years, so it resonated. Jury’s out on whether I will finally heed said advice, but either way it was a fun distraction.” —Cait Moore, senior programming manager

    SANCTUARY ASTROLOGY, App Store, $20 a month

    SANCTUARY ASTROLOGY
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    CAN’T WEIGHT TO SLEEP

    “In prepandemic times, sleeping was one of my strongest skills, but I’m lucky now if I can get a few hours of solid shut-eye with all the tossing and turning I’ve been doing. So a friend suggested that I try a weighted blanket. I’m a hot sleeper, which made Bearaby’s handwoven design an instant winner for me. It feels cozy and looks like a big, chunky throw. Instead of being filled with beads like other weighted blankets, though, it’s knit with layers of soft, organic cotton, which gives it heft but still allows it to be airy (and machine-washable). I was worried I’d feel suffocated—or that someone would need to check in on me in the morning—but I love the gentle pressure, and my sleep’s back on track and perhaps better than ever.” —Samantha Saiyavongsa, assistant editor

    BEARABY COTTON NAPPER WEIGHTED BLANKET, goop, $249

    BEARABY COTTON NAPPER
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    ONDA WAY

    “One of the goop beauty team’s very favorite clean beauty boutiques, not to mention one of our favorite places to get a facial, is ONDA, which has chic, beautifully edited stores (closed for now) in Tribeca, Sag Harbor, and Sydney. And ONDA loves us back. Co-owner Larissa Thompson (pictured here with co-owner Naomi Watts) says she’s obsessed with our vitamin C serum right now: ‘I love seeing the effect—a luminous glow that is a direct result of using this product. It’s a win, win, win.’ From today through May 21, ONDA’s giving goop readers free thirty-minute virtual appointments (sign up here) with their sought-after team of practitioners for remote healing sessions, intuitive readings, and skin-care consultations. Move fast, as limited spots are available, and these people are good. If you’re in Australia, they’ve got a separate website for you to sign up through here.” —Jean Godfrey-June, executive beauty director

    ONDA VIRTUAL SESSIONS

    ONDA VIRTUAL SESSIONS
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    SHOP TALK

    “One of my favorite stores in LA is Now Serving, a cookbook shop with an exhaustive inventory plus a flawless edit of ceramics and cooking tools (a very specific tortilladora, a zine on masa, and a vintage copy of La Technique are some of the goods I’ve scored). The shop has also become the literary-salon-meets-house-party epicenter for chefs and food writers visiting LA to touch down to talk about their work and new releases—scroll through their Instagram and you’ll find René Redzepi, Gabriela Cámara, and Carla Lalli Music, among others. Right now, the shop is serving customers virtually, but rather than canceling upcoming events, owners Ken Concepcion and Michelle Mungcal have taken the book talk circuit to Zoom. Everyone wins: Chefs and writers get to talk about their work, and would-be chefs and cookbook junkies have an activity to plan virtual happy hours around. The sessions are free, you can chat questions in real time, and should you care to donate, proceeds go to different nonprofit organizations. Pour yourself a glass of natural wine, sit back, and take notes for the return of dinner parties and restaurant pilgrimages.” —Sarah Carr, associate editor

    VIRTUAL EVENTS AT NOW SERVING

    VIRTUAL EVENTS AT NOW SERVING
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    HOT TOWEL

    “The Turkish towels from the brand MAYDE are amazing. They’re so gorgeous that they can be used as more than just home towels. I love this charcoal one to use at home and to wear as a wrap while sitting outside on a cold night. I have my eye on the beach towels as well for when the beaches in LA are open again.” —Nina Christensen, associate manager, marketing and brand partnerships

    BRUNSWICK TOWEL, Mayde, $49

    BRUNSWICK TOWEL
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    NICE PACKAGE

    “Ordering takeout and hoping for responsible packaging is a crapshoot, which is why I was over the moon when I heard about the Jybe app. The way it works: Users report back on what types of materials restaurants are using for deliveries, and the app highlights those choosing to avoid single-use plastics and offering fully recyclable or biodegradable containers. Jybe also plans to offer consulting services to eateries looking for eco-guidance and to connect restaurants with vendors making affordable, high-quality, and sustainable packaging solutions. The app will officially launch in Los Angeles within the next couple of months with listings for over a hundred establishments making eco-friendly packaging choices. In the meantime, if you want to give your favorite restaurant props for making good choices, tag @gojybe on social media.” —Andrea Arria-Devoe, sustainability editor

    JYBE APP

    JYBE APP
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    PIECE OF MIND

    “Ruth Brownlee is an artist based in the Shetland Islands whose work I absolutely love. Her paintings capture the wild beauty of those North Sea islands in the most magical way. She normally sells only through galleries, but during the pandemic, she has been participating in the Artist Support Pledge, through which artists are helping one another by posting pieces for sale on Instagram, each £200 or less. For every £1,000 earned through the sales of their own work, each participating artist pledges to spend £200 on another artist’s work. After logging on too late for a couple weeks, I finally managed to get to Brownlee’s Instagram in time to buy a painting, and I’m over the moon. It is the most beautiful depiction of a stormy Shetland sea, and just looking at it brings me a sense of calm—I can almost smell the salty air and feel the wind on my cheeks, which, after nearly two months cooped up in a New York apartment, is an immeasurable delight.” —Aura Davies, deputy editor

    RUTH BROWNLEE ART

    RUTH BROWNLEE ART
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    GETTING BAKED

    “One of the many new obsessions I’ve developed during self-isolation is flour. Yes, flour: how to use it, where to get it, places to hoard it. I have become a reluctant baker, to the utter shock of everyone near and dear to me. Baking requires patience (I have zero), attention to detail (not my strong suit), and math (lol). But I do have time and appetite, in abundance. My first attempts at pastry were dense duds, but seven weeks in, I’m on a doughy roll—cookies, gnocchi, galettes, focaccia, old-fashioned Victoria sponges…I could go on. The gurus to my flour exploits are usually two cups of Samin Nosrat (I’ve been listening to her new mini podcast series, Home Cooking) and a few generous pinches of Darina Allen. Next up on my empty calendar is fresh pasta. Now, to track down the ever elusive—in Ireland, anyway—00 flour. Send any and all leads my way.” —Rachael McKeon, travel editor

    HOME COOKING

    HOME COOKING
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    CUT IT OUT

    “When I impulsively bought the PaperMade book Paper Fashion at a museum gift shop, I thought it would make a funny gift for someone TBD. Turns out the gift was for myself during pandemic times. For the last couple weeks, I’ve spent a chunk of each night punching out, folding, and putting together tiny versions of Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Issey Miyake, and other iconic fashion types. Between the (surprisingly difficult!) assembly and posing them for perfect Instagram shots, it’s the perfect low-stakes diversion when I’m burned out on TV. And it looks like this pandemic will be long enough for me to move on to Paper Rock Stars next.” —Ethan LaCroix, director, project management

    PAPER FASHION, Amazon, $13

    PAPER FASHION

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