Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Travel Fantasy: Lighthouse

How to introduce people

    My darlings, want to hear a fascinating little etiquette tip? When you're introducing someone, you should always say their name first and their relationship to you second.

    Wrong: "This is my sister, Lucy."
    Right: "This is Lucy, my sister."

    That way, you spotlight the person--not their connection to you. It's a small thing, but it makes a lovely difference! I just learned this, but I'm doing it from now on.

    What do you think? Great? Random? Who cares? xo

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Looking for an editorial intern

    My dears, I'm looking for a top-notch editorial intern for Cup of Jo this fall (to help with the juggle). Do you know anyone who might be interested?

    Here are the details, below...

    About the internship:
    * 10 hours per week. The schedule can be flexible.
    * A bunch of different tasks, including scouting for posts and products; assisting with round-up posts; conducting interviews; doing blog formatting/coding and admin (I'll show you how); sizing photos; running blog-related errands (e.g., buying flowers for photo shoots, going to the post office), and providing general administrative and editorial support.
    * Commitment of at least 3-4 months, starting around September 1st.
    * Ideally based in NYC. You can work remotely (from your home) much of the time, but it would be great to work together sometimes.
    * Unpaid, but with perks: Exposure on Cup of Jo, learning the ins-and-outs of how blogs work behind-the-scenes, learning how to run a small business, jokes, high fives from Toby, tons and tons of gratitude.

    About the intern:
    * Reads Cup of Jo.
    * Fluent in the blog world.
    * VERY detail oriented and precise.
    * Great sense of style/fashion/design (for research and scouting don't have to dress fancy:)
    * Fluent in the online shopping world.
    * Adept at internet research.
    * A nice email manner.
    * Takes work seriously.
    * Cheerful, creative and hardworking.
    * Punctual, efficient and adept at meeting deadlines.
    * Outgoing and comfortable approaching strangers on the street.

    * Bonus: Having your own blog.
    * Bonus: Experience in graphic design and Photoshop.
    * Bonus: Based in New York City (since we'll need to work together at times, especially during training).

    Full disclosure: This internship will sometimes be fun--but will also sometimes be boring! It can't be helped! :)

    If you're interested, please email cupofjointern at gmail dot com with a bit about yourself and your resume. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Simplest marriage proposal

    How sweet is this proposal video? This spontaneous moment feels just as romantic as a dramatic gesture.

    Kelly, above, tells the story: "After dating for four years, we had just moved to Oregon. We drove out to take pictures in my favorite giant field, and Paul spontaneously asked me at sunset. He didn't have a ring or anything--he just suddenly felt like it was the right time and place. It's not the most glamorous proposal, but it was so heartfelt, and I can't imagine a sweeter way. We got married three months later."

    How sweet is that? If you're married, what was your proposal story?

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Eight cool backpacks

Monday, July 25, 2011

Motherhood Mondays: Would you find out if you were having a boy or a girl, or keep it a surprise?

    My darlings, if you were pregnant, would you want to find out if you were having a boy or a girl, or would you keep it a surprise?

    When I was pregnant with Toby, I was on pins and needles; I would never have had the willpower to wait to find out the baby's sex. I'm a huge gossip by nature (never tell me a secret!), and I wouldn't have been able to wait patiently for nine whole months for the gender reveal. (Funnily enough, though, if we have another baby, I think I would want to wait, just to try it both ways! Can you imagine how exciting it would be while you were in labor?)

    Here's a cute video of a couple finding out their baby's sex. They asked their doctor to write down "boy" or "girl," and without looking, they gave the piece of paper to a baker. Then the baker made a cake—with either blue cake for a boy, or pink cake for a girl—covered with white icing. Finally, that night, the couple invited friends and family over while they cut the cake...and revealed the cake color!

    What about you, my lovelies? Would you prefer to wait, or would want to find out? If you have kids, did you know their sexes ahead of time? I'm so curious...

    P.S. Do you secretly hope for either a boy or a girl? (I did!)

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Motherhood Mondays: The sweetest book

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Have an adventurous weekend.

    My sweets, what are your plans for this weekend? This afternoon I'm getting a massage! It was my Mother's Day present, and I'm finally going. I'm soooo excited. (Have you ever tried one of these?) Hope you guys have a great weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

    What a stunning Indian wedding. The details are mind-blowing.

    Pretty earrings.

    Grass globe illusion in Paris.

    Love this wedding print.

    Street-style jumps!

    Sweet new stationery.

    Rad rooftop playground in Copenhagen (of course).

    Two pretty tops for date nights: blue and polka-dot.

    The steepest rollercoaster! (Watch the video at 1:35, eeeeeeeks!)

    Great birthday cake.

    I wish this sailor dress came in grown-up sizes.

    This made me laugh.

    Wonderful advice about what to say to someone who's sick.

    Have a good one, my darlings! xoxo (P.S. For any early readers, sorry about the original post that went up, it was definitely a draft!:)Source URL:
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Vacation photos: Cornwall, England

    My darlings, I'd love to share a few photos from our vacation in England, if you'd like to see...

    Our grandmother lives in a teeny tiny fishing village called Polruan. Our first evening there, we had a drinks party on her terrace. She invited her friends of all ages, and we ate smoked salmon and potato chips.
    Toby loves a good party...
    We toasted my cousin and her husband, who were celebrating their first wedding anniversary. (Aren't they cute?)
    And this is the view! Crikey! It was so much fun.
    During this trip, Toby met his new "cousins" (they are my cousins' daughters) for the first time ever. It was ridiculously endearing to see them all play together. My British aunts referred to them as "the littles," which I loved.
    One particularly sunny afternoon, we took a spectacular boat ride to Lantic Bay, a beach nearby. (That's when we took this family photo, too.)
    My cousin's husband Nick brought along a bottle of Cornish scrumpy, which is a strong alcoholic cider that tastes just like apple juice.
    Toby drank too much and passed out. (Kidding.)
    The English ocean water was freeeeezing but my cousins are brave.
    One day, we all hiked to visit my grandfather's grave, which is in a lovely countryside church overlooking fields of sheep. My grandmother always brings whiskey (his favorite) to sprinkle over his grave.
    My awesome sister Lucy carried Toby all the way (uphill). Yay for aunts!
    Have you ever had a Cornish pasty? It's dough filled with beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and lots of pepper, and you can eat them with one hand. (Originally, they were developed for miners and sailors.) Delish...
    As with all great vacations, we ate way too much.
    In the evenings, the yellow light is gorgeous, and we sometimes take walks and chat with sweet old ladies on the street.
    At the end of each day, we'd just hang out, cook dinner, gossip, play games and drink gin & tonics. I remember how my grandfather used to sometimes call out, in his booming British voice, "Noise level too high!"
    One evening, my brother made the mistake of dozing off in a chair, so naturally we decided to see how many items we could stack on him before he woke up. (I thought the bottle on his head was especially impressive:)
    Our final morning, we got up early to leave. We were sad to go but the bright side was seeing the view from the terrace. The morning fog looked foggy and magical--right out of Peter Pan. Polruan, we miss you already! Thank you for having us, Milly! xoxo

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Pea pasta

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday giveaway!

    Today's giveaway is from Bario-Neal, a handcrafted jewelry studio in Philadelphia that uses reclaimed precious metals, ethically-sourced stones and environmentally conscious practices. They're offering one lucky winner their herringbone bracelet. Isn't it beautiful? I'd love to wear it with a maxi dress this summer or a wool sweater this fall.

    For a chance to win, please visit Bario-Neal's online shop (with engagement and wedding rings, too) and leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck! xo Update: Jessi is our lucky winner. Thanks for playing.Source URL:
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