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La Vie En Rose

According to a 1982 New York Times article, when violent children housed at the San Bernardino County Probation Department in California were put in an 8-foot by 4-foot “bubble gum pink” cell, they relaxed, stopped “yelling and banging,” and often fell asleep within 10 minutes. That’s probably the most disturbing fact we could find in our attempt to justify how much we love these magenta color therapy glasses from Sweetflag.

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Morning Tunes

Here’s a thing you should do tomorrow: upon waking—without rising, turning on the lights, or checking Instagram—start your day with Just For Us, the new Francis and the Lights album that dropped as a post-holiday, pre-2018 surprise last week. The first track is called “Morning,” and it definitely makes for a good one. (Optional: sleeping in; getting yourself just the tiniest bit high.)

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A Life In Pictures

That the David Hockney retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art runs through a frigid winter in New York makes an odd kind of sense: the warmth his work radiates could heat a city. Our love for Hockney has only grown with time, and this exhibition is well worth yours. (And if you’re not from New York, you’ve only got a couple of months left to see the museum Pierce Brosnan stole a Monet from for free, so hurry up.)

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Consider The Goldfish

Sustainably caught? Sure. Ethically farmed? Yes, please. But when was the last time the non-vegans among you gave any thought to the pain once felt by the tuna on your midday sandwich? Overwhelming evidence points to the fact that fish do, indeed, feel it. So the question is: now what?

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Smut Petal-ing

Floral designer Doan Ly’s still lifes look like they’ve been taken off the set of a ‘70s erotic film—in a good way. Ly’s use of light, angle, focus and color make her work more reminiscent of classic LP covers than the wedding arrangements they often are. It makes sense, then, that her New York studio, a.p. bio (also a class we nearly failed in high school), is dedicated to “elevating floral design to art,” a goal already more than met.

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Design For A Cause

After a year in which the current administration has sought to weaken environmental protections at every turn, the recent reissue of the EPA's 1977 Graphic Standards Manual feels especially timely. The team behind the book is donating a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold to Earthjustice, the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization.

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Tiny Dancers

The New York Times's deep dive into the "high-drama" world of youth competitive dance is an extraordinary look at the fierce and fascinating intensity of young girls under pressure.

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Instagram's Uncanny Valley

At first glance, Brooke Didonato’s photographs are beautiful. At second glance, they’re weird. After that, all bets are off.

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Finally Something We Can Solve

This animated puzzle by the guys at Playables is a delight. We highly suggest blowing off work and taking the time to complete it.

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Life Of The Party

Writer Jen Doll's deep dive into professional "party motivators" is a surprisingly heartfelt meditation on what it means to straddle the two seemingly incompatible worlds of youth and adulthood.

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Twinkle Toes

Veja sneakers are designed in France and sustainably made out of everything from recycled plastic bottles to tilapia skin to Hermès-approved silk. You can’t go wrong with any of their vintage-looking, athletic-inspired designs, but the silver pair above make a particularly perfect (and seasonally appropriate) antidote to white footwear fatigue.

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The Work of Art

This beautiful short reveals the intricacies of paper marbling. With combs, brushes and chemicals, the artist constructs a masterpiece that looks as good on water as it does on paper.

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Stitch, Please

Things we love: embroidery, animals, and weirdly specific Instagram accounts. Makes perfect sense then that we’d love Chloe Giordano’s weirdly specific account of adorably embroidered animals.

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Polar Express

Sometimes you need a break from a break. Escape whatever family bonding or strife is going on with a joint and a 40-minute ride through the mountain peaks of Norway on the famous Flåm train line. And while virtually gliding through the snow is soothing with the sound on, we like to hit mute and pair the “journey” with our own musical choices.

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Harder Than It Looks

Sitting. We all do it. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying How To Sit, Thich Nhat Hanh’s pocket-sized book on meditation. The Vietnamese Buddhist monk strings together short prompts for breathing exercises and self-reflection that are perfect for beginners or long-time practitioners, or people with short attention spans who just want to try something new. (The book is also a great gift or stocking stuffer that makes you look like a thoughtful and caring person even though you’re definitely buying it at the last minute.)

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Not-So-Millennial Pink

It gets dark pretty early these days, which means we have to look for light elsewhere. Lately we've been finding it in Andria Darius Pancrazi’s photos of rose buildings and magenta skies, or what he calls “softserve pinkcore mulhollandwave."

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Skip The Eye Strain

If you also fell down a rabbit hole of color-acuity tests (our personal favorites here, here, and here) upon seeing that Pantone had announced its 2018 Color Of The Year, do yourself a favor and download Blendoku 2. (The color is Ultra Violet, but that’s honestly beside the point.)

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A Prickly Pick

It's rare to find an accessory that's as playful as it is practical, which is what makes these Farbod Ceramics pieces such a treat. (NB: If the last few months are any indication, they also have a tendency to sell out fast.)

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Which One Are You?

Margaret Atwood once said, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” In Cat Person, the fiction selection in this week’s New Yorker, author Kristen Roupenian applies this premise to the banality of modern courtship with an acutely terrifying result.

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Men Of The Cloth

The Johannesburg-based African L’Homme will teach you how to dress like a modern man, or just be a salve to this season’s endless sea of winter coats.

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How To Make A Zine

Having only recently been introduced to Buffalo Zine, we can’t vouch for all the issues—especially since they re-think the design, layout and format of every installation. (Think: a send-up of ‘70s catalogues in one shipment followed by a hand-scrawled street ‘zine the next.) We can, however, vouch for the ones we've seen and for the fact that this indie fashion publication won the Stack Awards’ “Magazine of the Year” just last week.

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So Drippy

It’s been a long week (it’s always a long week these days), so take a minute to chill with this soothing short by Kevin McGloughlin that proves sometimes a painter doesn’t need a canvas.

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Not Everything Is A Baby Photo

Most people take Instagram way too seriously. Don’t worry, Brock Davis definitely does not.

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We Didn't Start The Fire

Slow Burn, a new eight-episode podcast from Slate’s Leon Neyfakh, retells the story of the Watergate scandal and asks: what does it feel like to watch a president fall? Let's hope we find out.

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Pipe For The Picking

Unlike its pastel-speckled forebears (confetti is fun but sucks to clean; funfetti is delicious but devoid of nutrients), this limited-edition Pursuits of Happiness pipe has no downside: it’s both visually pleasing and decidedly functional. Minimal clean-up required.

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See The Light Of Clay

Using a medium otherwise reserved for pre-schoolers, Eleanor Macnair artfully recreates photographs—famous and obscure alike—with Play-Doh, breathing new life into often familiar images.

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The Art Of Love

In "Oliver Jeffers," Bas Berkhout's sensitive short doc about the acclaimed Irish artist and children's book author, Jeffers explores his own past to help understand his son's future.

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Press: Works on Instagram

Never made it to Press: Works on Paper before it closed? You're in luck. The Instagram feed of San Francisco’s beloved bookstore lives on, offering up inspiring images and vintage, rare, and out-of-print publications for bargain-basement prices.

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An Oral History Of Jeff Goldblum

Our biggest takeaway from GQ’s brilliantly done feature on everyone’s favorite fictional chaos theorist? All marriage proposals should involve Jeff Goldblum.

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The Good Kind Of Ghosting

Tuck one in a corner of your bookshelf, bring another as a hostess gift to the next dinner party you attend, and add the rest to your holiday wish list for anyone who’s asking: these three-inch tall ceramic spirits are each handmade and accordingly one of a kind. We’re partial to the bumpy dude dipped in green, but who says you have to pick just one?

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A Michelin-Starred Meal For $1.50

Turns out you don’t need to break the bank to eat a Michelin-starred meal, but the flight might cost you. The $1.50 braised chicken Chef Chan Hon Meng serves from his “Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle” food cart in Singapore has earned him the rare culinary honor, if not a ton of money.

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Jailhouse Talk

The best new podcast is being made by inmates in San Quentin State Prison. Ear Hustle’s Earlonne Woods, Antwan Williams, and prison volunteer Nigel Poor have managed to record and produce a riveting series that takes a candid and honest look at what life on the inside is really like.

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One For The Road

Rich colors, stark lines, and ... dust. Hayley Eichenbaum’s stunning images of the American West turn ordinary, everyday scenes into the abstract.

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Something New Under The Sun

Twitter is mostly a bearer of bad news these days, but every six hours @softlandscapes tweets a little algorithmic ray of sunshine into the world. That’s why we were stoked to find that its creator, George Buckenham, built a web version so you can get your landscape fix whenever, wherever.

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Tile Waves

We should caveat this with a seizure warning. But if you’re into bright colors and mindlessly toggling digital control buttons, this interactive visualization is a trip. It really brings us back to our Winamp days. In a good way.