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The List: What to Do This Week

Our Editor's guide to the best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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Writing this from under five trash bags of clothes destined for Goodwill because I spent all day yesterday cleaning out my closet. Our Associate Editor Marilynn's friend, Kristin, is training to become a KonMari Certified Consultant and spent Sunday morning with Jonah and me going through our clothes. As a fairly neat person, I truly didn't understand just how much stuff we had until bringing it all out from the closet and dresser into the living room, then going through it piece by piece. The experience was incredibly eye-opening in terms of the number of things I have, and how small the number of pieces I actually wear is. I also love that the process doesn't focus on what you give away, but what you choose to keep. We'll be doing a post about the KonMari Method in the coming month, so stay tuned—and here's more information on Kristin's company if you're looking to refresh your space and habits sooner! Until then, here's what I'm up to this week: 

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First of all I just wanted to say a huge thank you to those who came to our first Happy Hour event last Thursday! To be completely honest, I was a little nervous leading up to it, but it was so, so gratifying to meet some of the incredible women who make up this community—from investigative journalists to kick-ass moms, a casting producer for The Bachelor (for the record, I have a thousand more questions), and a chamber music violinist—the list could go on forever. We'll be hosting more soon! Speaking of which... I've written more than a few times about what an enormous fan I am of the women's group, Quilt, and this Wednesday, we're hosting our first-ever 'Tea and Chat' in the Cupcakes and Cashmere office, with the theme of 'authenticity and social media'. Thursday night, I'm hosting a much smaller Quilt in my home with the theme 'money'—if you miss this one, I host them every month so there will be more. Tickets for both events are sold out, but you can browse their other (fantastic, super-empowering) meetings here.

P.S., If you live in New York, I highly recommend subscribing to this limited-edition newsletter. Each week Tejal Rao (one of my favorite food writers, who I worked with at Tasting Table way back when!), and Margot Boyer-Dry (of the fantastic newsletter Lorem Ipsum!) will send out an itinerary of things to eat, drink, see, and do in New York (sound familiar? ;) 

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From salmon smørrebrød and coffee blended with butter to my favorite smoothie, I've amassed a pretty decent collection of breakfast recipes I love—and have one more to add to the list: Superhero Muffins. Developed by Shalane Flanagan (the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years; my personal hero) for her cookbook Run Fast Eat Slow, they're about as healthy as a baked breakfast gets. Each muffin is packed with fat from butter and walnuts, protein from almond meal, and nutrients from zucchini and carrots. I even halved the maple syrup on my second batch, and they were just as delicious. Also, I'm not a baker so the fact that I've now made several batches successfully is really saying something—they're that easy! Bake a bunch at the start of the week to have as a mid-afternoon snack or post-workout breakfast. 

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Did anyone else livestream the royal wedding this weekend? I watched the entire thing from bed Saturday morning, followed by this BBC interview for dessert (and about an hour of Googling 'Chelsy Davy' for second dessert...). If you're looking for more, this piece does an excellent job of laying out the history behind fascinators (new vocab word) and Ellen Barry's cover story for The New York Times is a must-read, whether you care or hardly care about royals. It reveals how Meghan Markle created a more "inclusive monarchy" with her decisions to incorporate elements heavily influenced by black culture in a historically white ceremony. (Also can I get a "hell yes!" for this photo caption?)

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Recently, I've been on a major Russian literature kick (file that away in things I thought I would never say). After being inspired by a line in a Dax Shepherd interview with Joel McHale about listening to classics on books on tape, I've been very slowly tackling War and Peace on drives home from work. This weekend I figured I'd stay on theme and watch the new film based on Chekhov's The Seagull. It's a fairly straightforward adaptation, but I kind of love that—it brings to life a play I may have never read or seen otherwise, and what's not to love about Saoirse Ronan in period dress?

Update: Last week I mentioned I was looking forward to seeing Tully this week, and I wanted to report back that I saw it and loved it. Go if it's in theaters near you—so interesting and touching on so many levels.

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I've been listening nonstop to Janelle Monáe's new album, Dirty Computer which is basically a battle cry for badass women with lyrics like "But even back then with the tears in my eyes, I always knew I was the shit" in "I Like That." It's one of those albums worth listening to the entire way through to truly get the most out of it, but if I could recommend one song it'd be Make Me Feel (or Django Jane or Crazy, Classic Life or Screwed—okay, so turns out I can't choose one—I love them all). 

Also, remember when Kimbra and Gotye painted a bunch of triangles onto their body with the magic of stop-motion? Kimbra's back with a new album with super-catchy bass and ethereal singing