Food & Home

GOOP 15

Pasta by the Pound, DIY Sewing Kits, and
13 Other Things We’re Talking About

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    SEW COOL

    “At-home immersion has me slippers deep in DIY projects. After exploring new skills in the kitchen, starting a garden, and exhausting my mind’s eye, I’m moving on to the closet, thanks to this straightforward sewing kit. Each kit, made by Marfa designer Ashley Rowe, comes with a pattern, instructions, a link to a video tutorial, and enough 100 percent cotton denim to make your own oversize tee—for extra credit, make a face mask with the leftovers. The kits come in tan, white, and dark denim, and they even include a little hang tag for your designer collab. I Kondo’ed my closet weeks ago, so it’s about time to start filling it out again.” —Sarah Carr, associate editor

    SEWING KIT – THE TEE, Ashley Rowe, $70

    ashlew rowe t-shirt sewing kit
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    GOING A-WALL

    “The white walls of my tiny NYC apartment had been staring me in the face for too long. I was also in need of a project. So when my old friend Liz Welzbacher, a St. Louis designer who does amazing consultations online, suggested reusable wallpaper, I was ready. She introduced me to Chasing Paper, an online shop dedicated to high-quality, reusable wallpaper. It comes in gorgeous patterns, from lush, leafy green palm trees—I did my bathroom cabinet with that in about twenty minutes—to juicy bright-yellow citrus, perfect for my kitchen, which took barely an hour. It’s incredibly easy to apply by yourself, and there are zero fumes—and no commitment!—unlike with, say, paint. I’m thinking about doing my living room next.” —Brianna Peters, assistant beauty editor

    2′ x 4′ SHEET, Chasing Paper, $40

    chasing paper wallpaper
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    HASTA LA PASTA

    “Few for All was started by a group of recently unemployed hospitality workers in Los Angeles who wanted to find a way to keep serving their community the way they knew best—through nourishing food. The team behind Few (which stands for flour, eggs, and water) is making homemade fresh pasta (they have a vegan and gluten-free option!), sauces, and cookie dough, which you can purchase through their Instagram. For every item sold, they donate one pound of pasta to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and they’re also offering free pasta to anyone in the hospitality industry who is struggling. Pickup is available every day in DTLA, or you can DM them to place a delivery order. The pasta, sauce, and cookies are all incredible and freezer-friendly.” —Cait Moore, senior programming manager

    FEW FOR ALL

    pasta
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    MAKE FETCH HAPPEN

    “Rigby, my pup, is living the dream right now because working from home equates to playing fetch all the time. This automatic ball launcher helps me keep her busy while I’m on conference calls. I also feel at ease knowing she’s getting plenty of exercise running back and forth through the house. There are three models: one for large dogs, one for small dogs, and one that’s a gravity-driven nonmotorized version, so there’s something for every dog and every space.” —LeePatrick McIntire, senior manager, technology infrastructure

    IFETCH INTERACTIVE BALL LAUNCHER, Amazon, $115

    IFETCH INTERACTIVE BALL LAUNCHER
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    REQUIRED READING

    “My mom and I could not be closer—I probably call her three times a day, sometimes to ask what she thinks I should make for lunch—but we’re night-and-day different and don’t always speak the same language. There’s this new book called The Five Archetypes by Carey Davidson about why we all act the way we do, and it’s completely changing the way I consider people who stress me out or rub me the wrong way or just see the world differently than I do. In traditional Chinese medicine, every person on the planet embodies one or more of the five elements—fire, water, wood, earth, metal—and according to Davidson, understanding the different personality traits associated with each element or archetype allows you to communicate more clearly, not take things so personally, handle stress better, approach people more honestly and articulately at work and in romantic relationships, and ultimately live a more beautifully balanced day-to-day. Take the book’s quiz to see what archetype you are and to classify people in your life you tend to butt heads with (turns out my mom is water, and I’m fire). It’s fascinating—and Davidson is brilliant. She’s the founder of Tournesol Wellness in New York City, as well as a Reiki master, an Ayurvedic nutritionist, and one of those people who is puzzlingly intuitive and knowledgeable and equal parts soothing and riveting to talk to; she’s also doing online sessions right now. Read the book, mull it over, and prepare to have your mind blown.” —Megan O’Neill, senior beauty editor

    THE FIVE ARCHETYPES BY CAREY DAVIDSON, Bookshop, $16

    THE FIVE ARCHETYPES BY CAREY DAVIDSON
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    GREEN BUDS

    “In these tough times, a little bloom goes a long way. Plants not only brighten up your living space but they also encourage a stress-free and tranquil environment. The Sill has made the plant-buying process easy and seamless with delivery right to your door. It has a variety of types, from low-maintenance to pet-friendly options, so there’s a plant for every home. Bonus: You can now find some of The Sill’s offerings on goop.” —Paige Olsen, associate buyer, fashion and home

    FUCHSIA ORCHID, goop, $115

    FUCHSIA ORCHID
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    IT’S ALL RIPE

    “Like much of the world’s population, I’m now spending all of my time at home, and nothing delivers as much comfort, wanderlust, and inspiration as my cookbook collection. At the top of the stack is Diana Henry’s How to Eat a Peach, gifted by a friend who knows me too well. The sensory overload starts at the cover, which is soft and gently furry in texture—like a peach. The contents are a nostalgic wander through the meals that have marked Henry’s life. Lazy lunches of creamy burrata and shellfish spaghetti in the Puglian countryside, lamb kofta and Turkish coffee ice cream savored one long-ago summer in Istanbul, the fish pie that studs every Irish childhood…I could go on. The book disregards the typical recipe format and flows in full seasonal menus with drink pairings. Each one opens with an essay on the author’s inspiration (insert beautiful, hazy Mediterranean locale) for that particular meal. It’s a dreamy, escapist, sensual read that encourages you to roll up your sleeves, pull out the linens, and serve a delicious dinner to your family, your partner, your roommates, or yourself. Because why not?” —Rachael McKeon, travel editor

    HOW TO EAT A PEACH BY DIANA HENRY, Bookshop, $32

    HOW TO EAT A PEACH BY DIANA HENRY
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    GIVING SPIRIT

    “First of all, let it be known that my good friend Jenny Katzman at Rhine Hall makes some of the best small-batch brandy out there (stock your bar carts, people!). And second, I love how she’s rallying the community to support their mission in converting their small, family-run distillery into a full-fledged hand-sanitizing operation to give back to health care workers braving the COVID-19 storm. Get yourself a bottle, donate to the cause, and stream one of their virtual cocktail-making classes this weekend.” —Alyssa Nelsen Geiger, senior creative copywriter

    THREE BOTTLE COMBO DEAL, Rhine Hall, from $75

    THREE BOTTLE COMBO DEAL
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    BRUSH IT OFF

    “I’ve been wanting to paint an accent wall in my bedroom for years and…now feels like the time to at least start the project. I finally settled on the perfect color from this female-founded company called Clare, which makes zero-VOC paints—and also sells full kits you can add to your order if you plan to tackle the job by yourself. I’m choosing the color called Current Mood, but I don’t think I’ll regret it in six months. I’m looking forward to having a project that feels very uncomplicated yet somewhat meditative.” —Jessie Geoffray, senior editor

    CURRENT MOOD WALL COLOR, Clare, $49 per gallon

    CURRENT MOOD WALL COLOR
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    FEEDING THE FRONT LINES

    “I just moved to LA (pre-lockdown, barely) and while most exploration of my new city is on hold, I’m in awe of the ways local restaurants are adapting and giving back in the crisis. Many of them have turned into makeshift shops selling provisions and produce boxes direct from their small-farm suppliers; others are providing meals or monetary donations to food banks, out-of-work restaurant staff, and other impacted communities; and others have put their efforts toward feeding the health care professionals on the front lines of the pandemic, through organizations like Dine11. I’m cheering on these restaurants from afar, supporting them with gift cards and the occasional takeout order, and making a very, very long list of places to visit when this is all over.” —Carolyn Stanley, managing editor

    DINE11

    dine11 volunteers holding food
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    EASY ON THE EYES

    “I bought my Felix Gray glasses last year, and they have become an essential part of my new work-from-home routine. Now that I am spending the majority of my day in front of a screen, I’m feeling the effects of eye fatigue more than ever. These glasses help protect my eyes from exposure to blue light and reduce the potential negative effects of staring at a screen for too long. I am wearing them basically throughout the day: working on my computer, watching Netflix, and scrolling on my phone. It’s making me feel a bit more protected.” —Peri Gruenwedel, production designer

    FELIX GRAY ROEBLING BLUE LIGHT GLASSES, goop, $95

    FELIX GRAY ROEBLING BLUE LIGHT GLASSES
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    PAJAMA PARTY

    “Ever since I’ve been working from home, I’ve swapped out my usual attire for loungewear. The silk pajamas from Asceno are next-level comfortable, and they are so chic. I wear them for an effortless yet elevated WFH vibe.” —Nina Christensen, associate manager, marketing and brand partnerships

    ASCENO

    asceno silk pajamas
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    SMALL GIFTS

    “It’s been hard to see some of my favorite stores and restaurants slowly shut their doors over the last few weeks. But it’s also been inspiring to watch these robust places get nimble and mobilize in a way that serves the common good. I’m still ordering wine from my favorite bar, Tabula Rasa, and getting curbside groceries from my neighborhood spot, Cookbook Market. And recently, I sent my best friend who lives in a different state Konbi’s delicious houjicha milk jam as a treat and to spread (get it?) a little joy.” —Samantha Saiyavongsa, assistant editor

    HOUJICHA MILK JAM, Konbi, $13

    HOUJICHA MILK JAM
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    PRIME TIME

    “Getting the most out of at-home workouts has always been something of a challenge for me. ‘That was close enough to sixty seconds’ or ‘I’ll make it up on the next one’ are a few thoughts I’d find myself having regularly during training. While searching for ways to hold myself accountable, I discovered Seconds Pro, an interval timer that you can use via an app on your phone or for free from your computer. The timer itself is super customizable, allowing you to choose the number of sets, name each exercise in your circuit, use different times for each interval, add rest periods, and color code the whole thing for when you forget which exercise you’re supposed to be doing next. It’s useful for all kinds of exercise routines, including HIIT, circuit training, and boxing.” —Jeff Garcia, senior BI analyst

    INTERVAL TIMER, Seconds Pro, free in-browser, $5 mobile app

    Seconds Pro INTERVAL TIMER
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    WEIGHT WATCHER

    “Adjustable ankle weights are the best workout accessory for me because they are so versatile—I constantly find new uses for them. Mine adjust from two to ten pounds, so I can decide how much I want to challenge myself. I strap them on my wrists when I want to focus on my upper body. I use one like a medicine ball for abs. The removable weights work as hand weights for shadowboxing. And the list goes on. I go as heavy as I can for my digital strength training (Health House is my favorite) and then down to two pounds for dance cardio (305 Fitness is so fun). Even a little extra weight makes each workout that much more rewarding. I’m excited to continue using them once I can get back into the studio.” —Jade Ogiwara, email marketing manager

    ADJUSTABLE ANKLE WEIGHTS, Amazon, $33

    ADJUSTABLE ANKLE WEIGHTS

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