1. I’ve been really into BBC crime dramas lately—the type of show that Vulture has dubbed “Slow Crime.” So far I’ve binge-watched
seasons series 1 and 2 of The Fall, series 1 of Broadchurch, and Top of the Lake (which I hear will be getting a second series). I’ll be moving on to Happy Valley and Hinterland soon. There’s seriously no need to go see Fifty Shades of Grey if you want to see Jamie Dornan nearly naked and acting creepy—just queue up The Fall on Netflix. Extra super bonus (aka, the Real Reason To Watch): GILLIAN ANDERSON.
2. Along the same lines, I’m also into Tana French’s “Dublin Murder Squad” book series, including the first three: In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place. This week I began reading book four, Broken Harbor, and will definitely read book five, The Secret Place, once it comes out in paperback. The series is unique in that each book takes on the POV of a character from the previous book, so the stories are somewhat linked but each feels fresh and tonally distinct.
3. Eco-Tools Pure Complexion Sensitive Skin Konjac Facial Sponge. That’s a mouthful! I’ve heard that Konjac sponges are all the rage in facial cleansing circles, and seeing as how I too cleanse my skin on the regular I decided to give one of these guys a go. I found this sensitive skin version at my local Whole Foods for just six buckaroos!
4. Suja Elements King of Greens Juice. A 12 oz. bottle costs about $5 and it’s jam-packed with organic tasty goodness: apple, celery, cucumber, kale, collard greens, lemon, ginger, spinach, chlorella, and spirulina. When you buy a bottle of Suja Elements juice, $.20 is donated to the International Rescue Commitee, so you’re doing good for others as well as yourself!
5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This new Tina Fey-helmed Netflix original is ripe for binge-watching. I flew through season one in two days this week! I love me some Ellie Kemper, and she’s adorable as always here. Tituss Burgess as Kimmy’s fabulously broke roommate Titus Andromedon and Jane Krakowski as her clueless one percenter boss Jacqueline Voorhees are both laugh out loud funny. And in later episodes, Jon Hamm shows up and starts Jon Hamm-ing all over the place (excellent!). I love the opening credits with the auto-tuned viral news interview about the Mole Women being rescued from Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne’s cult bunker. Plus, Jacqueline’s spot-on horrible teenage stepdaughter Xanthippe’s middle name is Lannister (weeeelll, obviously). Gotta love Game of Thrones references. In addition to all that, Kimmy has a positive message about the resilience and strength of women. There will be a season two, and I’m ready for it!Happy Friday the 13th, all! Here are some tips to help ensure your survival: