Soothing Alpacas, a Favorite Juice, and Easy Linen Outfits: What goop Staffers Are Talking about This Month
In partnership with our friends at Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co.
At goop, we’re always looking for perfect gifts to buy, great places to eat, and under-the-radar brands to shop. So when it comes to what’s new or the cool and obscure, we often turn to our coworkers for their advice and brilliant recommendations. Each month, we share the fifteen best things the goop team is currently obsessing over, including the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, and the voices we’re listening to.
“My friend Caitlin, our food director at goop, had the fun task of creating summery cocktail recipes using these delicious cold-pressed juices from Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. (hey, someone had to do it). I was lucky to try a box myself, and they did not disappoint. Caitlin told me her faves were the carrot ginger and the orange pineapple, and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. I’ve been going hard with the amazing carrot margarita that she came up with: four parts Natalie’s carrot ginger juice, two parts Natalie’s tangerine juice, and two parts tequila, plus lime and salt—it’s spicy-sweet perfection. I also love the aura juice from Natalie’s new line of holistic juices blended with botanicals, spices, and superfood ingredients, like ashwagandha. Natalie’s is woman-owned, and the ingredients are locally sourced, so this juice really is worth the squeeze.” —Samantha Saiyavongsa, assistant editor
NATALIE’S ORCHID ISLAND JUICE CO.
“Because I was out on maternity leave, I’m a few months behind on WFH and still haven’t quite nailed the apparel portion of quarantine. Erin Kleinberg (she cofounded The Coveteur, operates an all-woman-run creative agency, mothers, and designs…she’s just the coolest) has a new line of caftans—called SIDIA after her grandmother—that has gone a long way to helping me look together and feel comfortable while balancing my laptop on the couch or on the floor or in bed, and then on errand trips or preschool drop-offs or iced-matcha-latte runs (if I’m lucky).” —Kate Wolfson, executive editor
FIRST BLUSH, SIDIA, $160
“I’ve been looking for staples that are comfortable to lounge around the house in but still feel put-together enough for meetings. Enter Morning View, a newly launched, small-batch, locally and sustainably made linen brand. Designed by two LA natives, Blaire Witt and Ashley Power, the pieces are perfect for all occasions. There are loose button-downs, easy crop tops, relaxed high-waisted pants, and packable canvas hats all in an earthy palette inspired by the California landscape. The pieces look just as chic in monochrome pairings as they do mixed together.” —Kelly Faulds, senior manager, wholesale, beauty
“I grew up in a town where nobody really sent their kids to private schools because the public ones were better. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about why that was: What factors make a school ‘good’? And what does ‘good’ mean to different people? So when The New York Times announced the new limited podcast series Nice White Parents, which focuses on education and segregation in a Brooklyn neighborhood, I immediately added it to my already dense pod lineup. I’m so glad I did. It’s made by the people who make This American Life and Serial, so you know it’ll set up a lot of questions without handing you the answers. You’ll think you know what you think, and then you’ll change your mind over and over.” —Kelly Martin, assistant editor
NICE WHITE PARENTS
AGAINST THE GRAIN
“I’ve been gluten-free for about fifteen years, and it’s amazing to me how many pasta options there are these days for people with sensitivities. We’ve always had Tinkyada’s brown rice pasta, which remains the best in the GF game to this day. But I’ve recently found a compelling grain-free alternative: cassava flour penne from Jovial Foods. Lately I’ve been using it to make a simple EVOO, garlic, and arugula situation I learned from chef François Kwaku-Dongo during a (Zoom) cooking class Jovial hosted. I’m going to try it with our Big Brassica-Energy Pasta recipe next.” —Jessie Geoffray, senior editor
100% ORGANIC GRAIN FREE CASSAVA PENNE, Jovial Foods, $5
“This summer, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find me spending my weekends social distancing on some beach in Malibu. You’re also guaranteed to find me on a Tesalate XL towel, which is the perfect size for curling up with a good book and laying out the entire contents of my beach bag (does anyone else pack up the whole house for a day at the beach?). The Tesalate towel doesn’t trap sand, making for an easy shake-out, and it folds down super compact so that I can fit it in my bag with three books, a speaker, and every other creature comfort I might need for an idyllic beach day. And if I’m brave enough to take a cold dip in the ocean, the towel is ultra-absorbent and dries quickly in the sun afterward.” —Leah Bedrosian, research scientist
PHOENIX TOWEL FOR TWO, Tesalate, $99
“If sheltering in place has taught me anything, it’s to slow down. And if slowing down has taught me anything, it’s that it’s good for my soul. On a placid afternoon, I was lovingly introduced to tea master Kioh Park, who guided me through an hour-long tea ceremony. Ten cups of Iron Goddess Oolong and Pu’er later, I’d learned the origin, history, and colonization story of tea. I knew which teas to drink for different ailments. I’d picked up a pouring technique and inhaled the fragrance of the brew much in the way I would with wine. We talked flavors. We talked notes. We talked complexity. We talked, unrushed, while slowly sipping the earthy drink. Kioh is available for ceremonies, and he also sells his own tea that’s carefully vetted—its quality is unrivaled. You can experience an intimate, socially distanced tea ceremony/tea tasting at Hwasoban in Los Angeles via appointment. DM Kioh to book.” —Diana Ryu, chief of staff
“With essentially every event off the table this year, instead of splurging on anything new, I’ve decided to give all of my oldie-but-goodie bags and shoes some much-deserved TLC. Scuffed-up boots, bags that have seen better days, grass-stained heels I’ve put through the wedding-circuit ringer—they needed help. I threw them in the car, headed for Malibu, and checked them in to Purse Rehab. I don’t how Taleen and the team do it, but they breathe new life into even the most tired and tattered pieces. Miracle workers!” —Alyssa Nelsen Geiger, senior creative copywriter
“These days, I’ve been looking for ways to expand my yoga practice beyond postures and learn more meditative tools to use at home. I’ve started taking Nicole Hudson’s WanderFreely Yin Yoga and Meridian Theory workshop to help deepen the energetic pathways in my body—and I’m loving it. In combination with her other workshops and online yoga classes, it’s helped me learn to totally zen out and refocus my energy.” —Alexis Antoniadis, social media manager
WANDERFREELY YOGA, class prices vary
“When I need to get out of my head (and away from the news), I rely on a handful of tactics to get back into my body. Sometimes the resets are long, meandering twice-a-day walks, zoning out in the garden, or little breaks to read something not on a screen. I just added a new one to the rotation: The song ‘Pleasure, Joy and Happiness’ from Eddie Chacon (and its accompanying soothing video of New Zealand alpacas) is my new six breaths in, six breaths out. There’s a low-key optimism to the lyrics that feels attainable in these times. After three minutes, my nervous system feels temporarily reset. Though I feel the effects more when I listen to it a few times on repeat.” —Simone Kitchens, senior features editor
“PLEASURE, JOY AND HAPPINESS” BY EDDIE CHACON
“I already loved Lauren Halsey’s art, but when I learned about Summaeverythang, I officially reached stan status. Halsey created the Summaeverythang Community Center to serve as South Central LA’s local outpost for everything from art to gardening—a place devoted to developing, supporting, and sustaining Black and Brown empowerment through free programming. But when COVID-19 hit, Halsey quickly pivoted to serve the immediate needs of her community through nutrition and nourishment. Working in a new medium (produce), using new tools (delivery trucks), and with the help of friends, family, and neighbors, Halsey began distributing produce boxes to food-insecure individuals and families in the community. Every week, the Summaeverything volunteer crew puts together and delivers hundreds of boxes of fresh produce throughout Watts and South Central LA, and Halsey plans to keep it up with the help of donations. To support the effort, check out the website for more info. The organization buys produce from local farmers, meaning a donation of any size is that much more impactful.” —Sarah Carr, associate editor
SUMMAEVERYTHING, donations accepted via PayPal
REFLECTIONS DURING A PANDEMIC
“In her new essay collection, Zadie Smith writes that she writes to fill the time. Selfishly, I’m glad this is how she fills her time because there’s no way I’d rather fill my time than by reading Zadie Smith. These six essays capture the moment in history we are living right now with a clarity that only Zadie Smith could unearth in the middle of a pandemic. How does she get so close up, so personal, without losing her connection to the bigger picture? It’s forever impressive. Even when she’s pushing you to see your own complicity, it’s comforting to have her voice helping you make sense of the world.” —Kiki Koroshetz, wellness director
INTIMATIONS BY ZADIE SMITH, Bookshop, $10
“I first learned about Ziran via its silk face masks, but I was happy to see that the LA brand’s dreamy prints also take the form of cropped shirts and wide-leg pants. Everything is cut from xiang yun sha, which is a traditional silk that’s made by a handful of artisans in one town in southern China using natural materials and a sustainable centuries-old method (it involves mud, vegetable-juice dyes, and sunlight). Founder Kelly Wang Shanahan stumbled upon it when she was researching ancient Chinese fashion in college and now uses it to create casually luxurious, sometimes-unisex pieces that make me wish I had somewhere more exciting to wear them right now other than my backyard.” —Carolyn Stanley, managing editor
THE SECRET GARDEN
“The mind can travel, for sure, and if you’re in downtown NYC, it’s (at last) once again easy to believe for a few hours that you’re in a garden deep in Paris or, on more scorching days, one in Aix. Ladurée SoHo’s leafy garden has reopened, and beneath the trees, fifty people can be seated at once and remain socially distant. If Ladurée makes you think only of pink macarons, brace yourself for omelets—both vegan and traditional—frites, lobster salad, a salmon club, and incredible wine (we went full summer with a mineral-forward Sancerre and it was heaven). Everything from the waiters to the whispered secrets in the air feels indelibly French enough to qualify as a mini vacances.” —Jean Godfrey-June, executive beauty director
KEEP CALM AND CURRY ON
“I got hooked on caipirinhas—a cocktail made with cachaça from distilled fermented sugar cane—in Brazil. A fortunate alternative can be found at Oyo in Pleasanton, California, where chef-owner Maurice Dissell concocts his version with a house-made hibiscus-pineapple syrup. Or try the nonalcoholic pineapple-sorrel refresher. Hang out on the patio or head to nearby Bernal Community Park, along with some oxtail stew with butter beans and dumplings or vegan paella. The flavors of Guyanese cuisine come from South America, West Africa, East Asia, and the Caribbean.” —Gerda Endemann, senior director of science and research
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