Four-Plus Compelling Sites I Can’t Get Enough Of

 We all have the websites we can’t resist, for better or worse. They draw us in and we learn stuff, and/or laugh, and see ourselves in a new light. My dailies always include the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Instagram of Bag and A Beret, the Etsy shop Vintage by Suzanne, and the sales at Anthropologie.

Here are four more places I always land on. And I’d love to hear about yours.

1. Lone Wolf magazine calls itself “Fashion and philosophy of life for hungry minds.” That’s me. They have a clear-headed feminist view of the world and some terrific writers. Recent favorites include 20 Books That Will Change The Way You See The World, (from classics like The Prophet to stunning new books like When Breath Becomes Air) and Cuba Before Castro.

“Income inequality [in Cuba] was huge in the era presented in these photographs. The wealthy, like socialite Aline Johnson de Menocal, the woman you see in the photographs, lived like royalty compared to your average Cuban person.”

2. Mental Floss has loads of trivia, advice, videos and cool graphics. It’s described as  ” . . . an intelligent read, but not too intelligent. We’re the sort of intelligent that you hang out with for a while, enjoy our company, laugh a little, smile a lot and then we part ways.” A recent favorite: Fun Facts About Barbie.

“Barbie has been at the center of many body image controversies over the years due to her ridiculously svelte-yet-busty figure.”

3. Yes, they clawed me in. From curly haircuts to How To Decorate A Tiny Space I am entranced by the pretty pictures and decor I can’t afford. Many an hour has slipped away while I drill deeper into “curly gray hair” and “velvet love seats.”

Loving this velvet loveseat by Charnwood.

4. And for soothing relaxation (her voice!) and beautification, I watch some Lisa Eldridge makeup tutorials.


Read what you love, and stay fabulous, xox,


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  1. I read the New York Times every day, and I have looked at, and enjoyed, Mental Floss occasionally as well. I go through my IG feed at least once a day, so I see Mel’s latest creative genius farking.

  2. Me too, an hour gone by after tuning into the makeup tutorials. Yeah, they make it look sooo easy. And the foundation looks really thick when they put it on but the results are amazing. I don’t wear it but I’m thinking, hmm… I know some of those shadows will just hole up in my eye wrinkles, and winged eyeliner will become a splodgy mess, but…
    Thanks for the new link recommendations. And I’m thrilled that I’m in your list!

  3. You mentioned two of my favorites — Bag and a Beret and Suzanne Carillo’s Etsy shop. And you’ve gotten me hooked on Lisa Eldridge’s makeup tutorials. I got lost in her Marilyn Monroe episode. So much artistry went into creating Marilyn’s signature look! Now I need to check out the other favorites you mentioned!

    For me, I love the WelcomeTo.Lexiland IG account because she’s just so bold and authentic. Beyond that, I am addicted to the podcasts Invisibilia, Hidden Brain, and anything related to This American Life. None of these are particularly “fashion-y,” but they are favorites I never miss.

    Thanks for the recommendations! And, Happy Weekend!

    – Sherry

  4. Well Patti…I just lost an hour of my day now! LOL

    Loved both Mental Floss and Lone Wolf.

    I even watched the makeup tutorial and I never do that. Now I think I need to buy some new cream eye shadow. I currently use a powder. Whenever they do these kinds of tutorials they make it look so easy. I’m sure it would not go on my eyes like that at all. Last time I watched a makeup tutorial I splurged on a bunch of “all day” shadows that did not last all day on my eyes. They were more like 1 hour shadows. Turned out they were just the same as what I normally use but didn’t blend well. Total waste of $100. Of course one never loses hope that possibly “this” eye shadow would be the miracle in a bottle I’m looking for.

    Thanks for the shout-out!


    • that’s it – we never lose hope! I’ve never met an eyeshadow that lasted all day. xox

  5. I love the New Yorker; sometimes articles will be on topics I just don’t care about, but I’ll read because I know they’ll be well-written. And indeed, I get sucked in by the writing and learn something outside my usual comfort zone. The Atlantic does the same.

    • Yes, I enjoy both of those magazines, and I agree with you – I always learn a new tidbit. xo

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