What We're Excited About This Week

Let’s be real: this week sucked. Innocent people were murdered at a country concert, our hearts are breaking for Puerto Rico, Tom Petty is dead, and there seems to be no end to the suffering. We feel lonely, helpless, and distraught, and it’s hard to look ahead and imagine a better world. While we’ve really struggled to stay positive during these tumultuous times, we’ve also found a few things that have helped:

Turning to Comedy

Did we binge watch all of Big Mouth in 2 days? Maybe….

The animated Netflix bildungsroman hit pretty close to home, literally- as Nikki also grew up as a Jewish teenager in the tri-state area- and because puberty hit us just as hard as these characters. 

Big Mouth took on some big thematic endeavors, and did so with raunchy humor and grace- an unlikely combo. The show also perfectly captured what it’s like to become a woman, to grow up in proximity to New York City, and the hideousness that is a Bat Mitzvah dress.  Photographic evidence:

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We have to note, that while it’s funny to reflect on the awkward years, for many, the trauma, especially of bullying, can be lasting. Josie signed up to volunteer for the Crisis Text Line because she was feeling helpless and wanted to do her part. You can too!

We’d also like to highlight the #PuberMe fundraiser for Puerto Rico relief. Nick Kroll, the creator of Big Mouth, and Stephen Colbert, teamed up to raise money for hurricane relief, getting celebrities to post their awkward puberty photos all over your social feeds. We are not celebrities, but here are more awkward photos of us!

Getting out of the city and exploring our surroundings:

This week, we went on a Sip City field trip to Frederick, Maryland. It was refreshing to get out of the city and explore a new area. At Summers Farm, we met goats and cows, made “snow angels” in a giant pool of corn kernels, got lost in a corn maze, and drank apple cider slushies until our stomachs hurt. Reverting back to childhood joys was just what the doctor ordered. We then ventured to South Mountain Creamery to meet their baby cows and sample all of their ice cream flavors. The Pumpkin Ginger was a winner. Then, we headed to downtown Frederick, and wandered the charming streets, lined with shops and restaurants. We’re suckers for local gift shops, and Frederick did not disappoint. We ended the day at The Perfect Truffle, and these truffles were legit perfect.

Adventures ahead:

Josie is headed to a wedding back home in Michigan, and has already mapped out a whole day of apple picking.

Nikki is spending Columbus day exploring Shenandoah National Park, and the quaint town of Sperryville. Stay tuned for photos and stories!

Surround yourself with people who inspire, challenge, and energize you:

One of the perks of starting a small, woman owned business? Meeting other inspiring ladies who are launching awesome ventures! Here are some of the incredible women we met last week:

We met with Andrea of Wandering Epicures. Andrea curates unique food and drink experiences in Washington, DC and as she travels. She wants to shine a light on the food and beverage artisans and experts in the city, and we can’t wait to collaborate with her!

We also met TaKisha August, owner of August Soul Society at FreedOM Festival 2017.  TaKisha’s mission is to help people create rituals for a more powerful life through yoga, meditation, and all-natural beauty products. We love TaKisha’s holistic approach to wellness, and we’re really excited to plan events with her- so stay tuned!

We attended a Pineapple event last week at Take Care Shop in Georgetown, and fell in LOVE with the space. Take Care is an all-natural skincare and lifestyle shop, and we kind of want to live inside of it/buy all of it. What you put on your body is just as important as what you put into it, and Take Care Shop has got you covered when it comes to all-natural products. We’re excited to collaborate with Becky, the lovely founder of this clean beauty oasis.  

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these awesome women!

Retail therapy:

Alright, we know this is ridiculous, but sometimes shopping does provide a temporary high. And especially so when it’s a handmade ceramic flask! We’re obsessed with these pieces we picked up last weekend at American Field. These handmade flasks are beautiful, functional conversation starters. Fill em up with your booze of choice, or with some Sip City switchel.

We met Kerry, of Calhoun & Co., last weekend at American Field and fell in love with her beautiful, clever, and sassy designs. Kerry is awesome and super talented. Do we have 4 pillows and a quilt in our cart, ready to order? Yaaaas we do.

We’re also obsessing over Target’s new Joy Lab collection. The clothing line is affordable, adorable, and perfect for the active woman on-the-go. 

The fastest way to win our affections? In the kitchen:

Josie made a big batch of these date balls (recipe courtesy of Shanna Cooper) and they’re the perfect 3pm snack for when your sweet tooth hits.

1 cup coconut shreds
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds
2 tbsp cocoa nibs
 1 tsp cinnamon
3 medjool dates, pits removed
1 scoop vegan protein powder
1/3 cup almond or coconut milk

Combine all ingredients except cocoa nibs in a food processor, and blend.  Mix in cocoa nibs and roll 1 inch balls in shredded coconut.  Freeze for up to 2 weeks.

This week on the Interweb:

How LeBron James takes care of his body:

We love reading about how athletes recover after grueling workouts. This article gives some awesome insight into James’ wellness routine, from soaking in ice baths to drinking electrolyte-rich drinks (switchel?!?). The article also notes the perception that James is a diva for putting his health and recovery first. This is James’ profession and livelihood, and also, his body. Take all the time (and sips of switchel) you need, LeBron. And TBH, if you’re feeling over it, we think you have a career in comedy and/or politics ahead of you.

Death at a Penn State Fraternity:

TBH, this article was hard to get through in its entirety. It explains in brutal detail the death of Tim Piazza at the hands of his “brothers,” and the system that allows this behavior to continue at institutions all across the United States. These men should be held responsible for their actions.

Speaking of which...

This Rebecca Traister piece in The Cut is a must-read in this week’s episode of ‘consequences of the patriarchy.’ Traister delves into one of the once best kept secrets in Hollywood- Harvey Weinstein’s pervasive sexual harassment/assault- with a perspective and voice that only she can. It’s a stunning read.