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10 Things We’re Doing Besides Celebrating Grandma Shirley

Email sent: Aug 7, 2013 2:39 pm

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This very special episode of “10 Things” is dedicated to my late Grandma Shirley. Those of you who have been following us since the early days know that her L.A. home has served as Of a Kind’s West Coast headquarters—and also that she was equal parts adorable, hilarious, and well, magical. Some other things Grandma Shirley would want you to know about her: She was a talented and prolific painter, she woke up every morning at the crack of dawn to walk 4 miles up the hills of the Santa Monica Mountains, she owned an iPhone long before either Erica or I did, and every time we’d leave her house to go to a meeting she’d command of us: “Be successful!” Well, we plan to follow her orders. It seems like the best possible way to honor her. —claire

Erica’s things:

+ Watching this amazing bookshelf transform like MAGIC—you gotta watch the video.

+ Discovering the super-fancy-feeling Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick via Byrdie’s roundup of the best drugstore lipsticks (come on—who doesn’t click on that link?).

+ Scrolling through this utterly mesmerizing collection of photos of Detroit in decay by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

+ Slurping down some briny mid-afternoon oysters at the Brooklyn Oyster Party outpost at South Street Seaport’s SmorgasBar.

+ Really loving an overdyed rug. Let Pinterest be your guide...


Claire’s things:

+ Mentally decorating my dream home with the most mind-blowing wallpaper designed by Brooklyn-based Flat Vernacular.

+ Applauding Atlanta-based restaurant Bon Rappetite, for its truly inspired menu featuring the punniest of hip-hop-themed dishes—Lil Kimchi, Wacka Flocka Flambé, and Ol’ Dirty Custard, among others.

+ Thinking these awe-inspiring paper birds make origami cranes look like downright child’s play.

+ Fueling the fire of my Orange is the New Black obsession with this article about the real-life Piper (who knew it was based on a true story?!) and these pretty posters that pay tribute to the inmates.

+ Realizing I have put at least three different New Yorker satire pieces on this list...but throwing my hands up and making it four because this take on the Jeff Bezos/Washington Post deal is hilarious.

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