Hej hej! Dusting off my (extremely limited) Danish because Jonah and I are headed to Copenhagen tomorrow for our fifth anniversary! We met studying abroad there six years ago, and it quickly became one of our favorite places in the world. The city feels incredibly modern, but is rooted in beautiful hundreds-year-old architecture (the Black Diamond library, linked to an early 19th century building, is a perfect example) and is very explore-able. Just hop on a bike! The latest issue of Airbnb Magazine does a great job of encapsulating what makes the city so special. I haven't been back since I was living on a college budget, so I'm thrilled to revisit some of my favorite places, and see the city from a new perspective. Jonah planned the entire trip himself (I only learned we were going two weeks ago!), but highlights include dinner at noma (we both ate there while studying abroad after each saving all summer for it, and it was truly a life-changing experience—I can't believe I get to go again), visiting friends, drinks at La Banchina and Mikkeller, a visit to the Louisiana Museum, and lots and lots of walking. I'll do a full recap on the blog when I'm back, but anything I can't miss? Here's what else I'm up to this week:
The Pod Save America team recently released a website the pretty much eradicates any excuse for people who want to get involved in politics, but don't know how to. Vote Save America is a curated list of things to do that are "more productive than the unfollow button," like canvasing and phone banks, ahead of the November 6th midterm elections, which will be here before we know it! Get involved here.
As I mentioned briefly in our newsletter on Friday, I made the life-changing discovery last week that a tree, formerly a stick, in front of our apartment complex is a fig tree. This weekend, my neighbor and I climbed on top of my car (not advisable) to save the rest of the ripest figs from the top branches before they become squirrel food. As soon as I was safely down from my car, I began googling recipes that use figs, but still maintain their fresh flavor because these fresh-from-the-tree figs are some of the best I've ever had. I ultimately landed on this recipe for Honey Cake with Fresh Figs, and made a loaf last night. I've already eaten a slice (okay, three), but I'm saving the rest to eat with friends with a Lambrusco recommended by Helen's Wines (a can't-miss, tiny wine shop in the back of the restaurant Jon and Vinny's).
Last week, I wrote about falling in love with the yoga studio Y7, and this week their founder Sarah Larson Levey was on the cover of Inc magazine as one of the most inspiring companies of 2018. The story is a truly Millenial fairytale—she flowed, she dreamed, she hustled, she launched one of the biggest boutique fitness studios in New York and L.A.:
...one of her regulars happened to be Mary Biggins, a co-founder of ClassPass (then known as Classtivity), a service that allows users to attend classes at various boutique gyms. Biggins signed Levey up as one of her first partners, and by the following April, Levey was selling out so regularly she needed a bigger space—and realized she had a genuine startup on her hands. In January 2015, Y7—the name is inspired by the body's seven chakras, or energy centers--opened its first pop-up studio in Manhattan. Soon after that, Levey and her husband, who have known each other since high school, quit their day jobs. Since then, it's been nothing but namaste.
Read the full story here, then follow the female entrepreneur inspiration to this oldie but goodie interview on 'How I Built This' with Alli Webb, the founder of DryBar.
P.S., I can't decide if this is depressing or brilliant... what do you think? And I just downloaded the audiobook, Nothing Good Can Come From This by Kristi Coulter, for the plane after hearing so many good things about it. Have you read it?
Have you noticed how many beautiful blockbuster movies there have been recently that feature same-sex couples and queer protagonists? We've come a long way from Broke Back Mountain, with not only Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name (I love you, Timothée), but also several that feature women. Jonah and I watched Carol this weekend and I'm sorry I didn't watch it sooner—it may be one of my favorite movies of all time. It's beautifully directed by Todd Haynes, and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are so good (there's a reason it's rated one of the top ten romance movies of all-time on Rotten Tomatoes). It's a beautiful, sexy, complicated movie about forbidden love. Also on my radar are: Duck Butter (available on Netflix), Kiss Me (available here), and Below Her Mouth (available here).
If I could think up a dream band of female artists, it would be pretty close to this one formed by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus (all of whom I've written about in previous Lists!). Their new band, boygenius, just released their first EP—listen to it on this playlist, which also features some of their best songs as solo artists.