Rachelle's Reading List

RBG in LF. Painting by Ashley Longshore.

Give a damn.

Happy New York Primary Day!! If you still don't know where your voting location is, go HERE. The polls are open until 9 pm. Does anyone else love the Armando Iannucci (of VEEP) film "In the Loop?" There's a scene that I particularly remember of the main character's plight in trying to build a better fence in his backyard and coming up against his neighbor and coding laws. Anyway, it was a terrific showcase on why local politics matter so much in everyday life and, as a proud New Yorker, I can't wait to get to my polling location today.

Switching gears, I was surprised by the number of people telling me to keep doing these lists. Mostly because I really do enjoy doing them, which makes me happy to call this "work." I won't question this until you tell me to. One thing for new subscribers. I try to keep this list fun. I hope you think of it as a welcome break from the hard news being thrown your way every day. 

In no particular order, some things I've been digging...

This organization based out of Montauk will help restore your faith in humanity.  A Walk On Water (“AWOW”) provides Surf Therapy to children with special needs or disability. I'm a native Nebraskan who married into surf royalty years ago, but until this summer I didn't realize the profound effect this therapeutic sport would have on me and my family. This summer I got to see my own son (who is 6, shy, trying to find his way like every little person in a big world) magically change into a more confident being after taking to surfing. I cannot say enough good things about AWOW.

"For one perfect, a restorative day at the beach, there are no labels. Everyone is an Athlete." Humans are good. 

On the art tip. I'm eyeing Brancusi at the Guggenheim,  David Wojnarowicz at the Whitney, and Wolfgang Tillmans at David Zwirner. 

I really like these marble fruits spotted in Leandra Medine's apartment tour! (Scroll through photos to see the fruits!)

You may have noticed that it was "fashun" week. I've sort of learned to accept the fact that during this time of year I will always feel like a loser. That being said, after starting this company, I've learned to have a deep respect for any creative being that manages to spit that energy out in physical form to the world. My favorite of the week: Batsheva. 

Photo via WSJ

Batsheva, who I met at a "mommy and me" tea party 5 years ago (see!? moms CAN be fashion leaders!) took over a diner in Tribeca and filled it up with cool real girl models in her glam-o-rama prairie dresses which feel oddly fashionable and subversive. There are pioneer women roaming the city and she's the leader of the herd! 

p.s. Chloe Malle reminded me to remember Oregon Trail. Shout out to all you all who remember avoiding dysentery on the Plains. As you were...

Some other fashionable things that caught my eye this week. How cool is this Gabriela Hearst bag?  Everyone was asking me about these Chufy dresses I wore this week. The Corso Como store opened in the South Street Seaport and is worth a trek east.  Edie Parker made the chicest connect four-game sets in the world, and OfRareOrigin's presentation featuring busts wearing earrings was more eye candy than I deserved:

My husband and I seem to only agree on one kind of screen time: documentaries. Here's three I'm adding to our list. 

Playboy just opened a new club in NYC and I'm not sure how I feel about it. 

CBD oil update. While it didn't knock me out or work on anxiety the way a Xanax will, the oil did make me feel sort of warm inside and relaxed. More importantly, it totally was a lifesaver in helping with neck pain. And, I recently discovered a little CBD oil under your tongue is a FANTASTIC hangover remedy. Here's what I was using, but this brand is also highly recommended. (Speaking of CBD, this toast is trending...)

My friend Claire Olshan just launched a new chic healthy food company called Dada Daily How amazing are these:

I finally listened to the entire S Town podcast. It's moving and poetic and you should definitely check it out if you'd like to, you know, be moved. Speaking of exciting podcast news. Jacob Weisberg is leaving his 22-year run at Slate to join forces with Malcolm Gladwell in a new podcasting adventure. I'm excited about it! 

I was intrigued by Frank Bruni's latest on the contrarian school that is St. Johns College. Now I'm inspired to revisit some of the classics. Any advice on where to start?

Last night my husband and I caught the premiere of the documentary Quincy on the life of Quincy Jones. It was moving beyond words. What a life this man has lived.  Debuting next Friday on Netflix, I couldn't recommend this film enough!

Our friends Aaron and Jessica Sitting have the most envious house I've seen in San Francisco. Check it out in this month's Arch Digest

Finally, I keep going back to these photos from the architect Guillermo Santomá's Casa Horta in Barcelona. They are just stunning. 

Photos via T Magazine

I enjoyed this Esquire cover story: Sane advice for crazy times

Finally, check out my cousin Claire's video round-up Down the Tube. Claire works at YouTube and scours thousands of videos each week picking out the must-views for you. Her commentary is delightful and I promise you will discover something you didn't know existed.