A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica

A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica

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Hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, who you might know as the co-founders of the website Of a Kind (RIP!) or the co-authors of the book Work Wife, are all about discovery and enthusiasm. We’ve heard this weekly podcast described as a ‘unique mix of urgent discussions of non-urgent things and thoughtful discussions of important, and often otherwise ignored, things,’ and we’re very much on board with that take.


Going Big on Big Friendship with Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Jul 6 • 45 min
Um, aspirational friendship alert!! We’re bringing you THE Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, hosts of the podcast , brilliant minds behind , and authors of the book that all of your pals are going to be talking about on the group text. They’ve…
House Shoes and Our Favorite Contemporary Novels by Black Authors
Jun 29 • 33 min
Slip on your comfiest shoes (ideally the ones that don’t go outdoors?) and get ready to curl up with a good book—or, rather, our enthusiastic endorsements of 26 novels by Black authors. YA and romance included, duh. The linkage: If…
The Women Behind Omsom, Our New Kitchen Go-To, and Rethinking Instagram
Jun 22 • 49 min
What’s up over here? We’re still giving too much headspace to Instagram…but our perspectives are shifting. And we’re also eating some of our very best meals of quar, thanks to Vanessa and Kim Pham, the sisters behind and its outrageously good…
Pledging to Shop Better
Jun 15 • 40 min
The two of us are calling our reps, donating money, consuming so much news, researching our primary candidates…and also rethinking where we spend our money and the businesses that warrant our support. We have SO MANY THOUGHTS. Also: We’re giving a…
All Our Uncanny Valley Thoughts…And When You Need to Go to the Doctor
Jun 1 • 44 min
Have you all read ? Because this episode is a long way of saying, “Wow, you really should.” We are bubbling over with thoughts about Silicon Valley, gender and tech, and Anna Wiener’s all-around exceptional writing. Oh, and we also have…
How We’re Working Together Now and John Jannuzzi (Master of Creative Pursuits!)
May 25 • 50 min
You know who wrote (and started one of the best Tumblrs and bakes )? , and he’s here to share his creative side-hustle tips (but not any of the burnt malted milk and Kit-Kat cookies—he’s keeping those for himself). Before we dive in, though,…
Precious Condiments and Non-Zoom Ways to Be a Pal
May 18 • 41 min
We’re getting saucy—even more so than usual?—and dipping into the spreads, schmears, and drizzles we’re treating as essential supplements to our souls as well as our fridge-clearing batches of fried rice. Also! We’re coming at you with a…
Seeking Comfort in Mugs, Mugs, Mugs, and Surprisingly Good Home Manicures
May 11 • 39 min
What does it say about us that we’re taking a great deal of pleasure in having a mug of something warm as a near-constant companion? You be the judge! Also for your consideration: a nail-painting tool, a line of chic retro dinnerware, a…
The IGs We’re Following, the Tees We’re Wearing, and the Hashtags We’re Starting
May 4 • 36 min
This week in “it’s the small things” content, we’re sharing the Instagram accounts bringing us joy, the T-shirts we have possibly (definitely) too many thoughts about, and the campaign we’re launching to book our dream pod guest. Let’s…
How We IG (And, You Know, Think About Social Media in General)
Apr 27 • 41 min
Apparently, we have a lot of pent-up thoughts about Instagram in need of an outlet, namely this episode of this podcast. Dive in for how we think about consuming and posting (in this time and in less insane ones), the features we want from the app,…
Square-Toe Shoes, the Joy of Eating Two Meals a Day, and an Alex Update (!!!)
Apr 20 • 37 min
Things we’re rejecting (some days): three square meals. Things we’re embracing: square-toe shoes…and also special treats in pretty much any form. Including a long-distance update from our one-time pod producer Alex, the Roz to our Frasier….
Marisa Meltzer’s Excellent Book This Is Big and, Somehow, Billy Idol
Apr 13 • 37 min
Geez, does know how to get the wheels turning. We talk to her about her shiny new book , which digs deep into dieting, wellness, feminism, body positivity, and the intersection of those topics—and also about friendship and snacks. Much to discuss,…
Trying to Make Webonair Happen and Another Round with Mickey Drexler
Apr 6 • 31 min
Here we are again, talking about stuff no one else is talking about (and we hope that’s a good thing?). Today, we’re digging into a surprisingly handy word and plenty o’ business insights from the bonafide retail legend Mickey Drexler, who’s…
The Newsletters We Always Open…and Perhaps Too Many Thoughts on Ironing
Mar 30 • 38 min
Reading newsletters and doing ironing—two indoor-kid activities no doubt! Ok, seriously, though, take care of yourselves, find some good distractions, and maybe try to get some fresh air? The linkage: Claire bought and highly endorses…
Jason Polan’s Legacy as an Artist and an Incredibly Kind Human
Mar 23 • 36 min
There’s so much to think about right now, it seems, but we’re going to take this opportunity to focus on one truly magical person: Jason Polan, an artist we’ve been in awe of for at least a decade who passed away at 37 in January. In a word:…
Nikki Ogunnaike’s Introduction to Menswear—and a Smart Little Decision-Making Trick
Mar 16 • 28 min
When got a new job as GQ’s deputy fashion director, we were immediately all, “What’s it like?!” So we took this opportunity to ask her about making the move from women’s fashion to men’s…and where she gets the bags she couldn’t…
Three Literary Gems and a Love-It-Or-Hate-It Condiment
Mar 9 • 40 min
Not to brag or anything, but our reading has range. Please accept the authors we discuss in this episode—buzzed-about novelist Kevin Wilson, person you’ve definitely heard of Jessica Simpson, and children’s book phenom Sandra Boynton—as proof….
Shopping Strikes and What We Spied (and Mostly Liked) at the Trade Shows
Mar 2 • 28 min
How do we train ourselves to be better fashion consumers? Claire, who is as surprised as you are that she’s three months into a shopping ban, has some learnings. And! We’re delivering plenty of intel from our visit to the home and lifestyle trade…
Kim France and a Weirdly Moving Meditation Technique
Feb 24 • 40 min
It’s possible you’ve been consuming content by Kim France for thirty-ish years, and we’re here to talk about all of it (including —which, have you listened?!). Also, not to be the people who talk about our meditation experiences, but we kind…
How We’re Eating Our Eggs, Organizing Our Homes, and Wearing Wide-Legs Pants in This Weather
Feb 17 • 33 min
It’s total mid-February vibes around here, as evidenced by the fact that we’re entertaining ourselves with new egg preparations and spending our weekend nights getting our jewelry in order. And when we do leave the house? Well, we’re pulling on…
Our Most Enthusiastic Tokyo and Kyoto Recs—and How to Shop The RealReal
Feb 10 • 41 min
Taking a vacation to Japan is overwhelming. Sharing travel picks is overwhelming. Shopping online consignment is overwhelming. But you know what? We went ahead and tackled it all here, and we’re pretty proud of ourselves, thanks. The linkage:…
Phil Chang’s Wild—and Hugely Informative—IG and Vacuums that Don’t Suck
Feb 3 • 49 min
We’ve got some real dirt today—or, rather, we have ways to clean it up (including a stick vac that’s maybe falling out of favor?) and a guest who’s dishing it on his Stories, which we consider must-see IG. Tune in and then hit up to see what…
Motherhood, One Year In, and Gluten-Free Bunnies
Jan 27 • 43 min
Congrats to Cam on his first bday and to Claire on her one-year motherhood anniversary! We’ll get into all of the learnings—and bathtime struggles. But first: a rabbit whose diet is raw, vegan, now grain-free. How very 2020 of her. The…
Checking in With Your Unemployed Hosts
Jan 20 • 36 min
A couple of months ago, we went deep on what it felt like to shut down our company Of a Kind (), and now, with more distance, we have plenty of fresh new takeaways to share. Spoiler alert: We have no idea what our professional futures hold, and…
The Tyranny of Tights, Drinking and Not Drinking, and Where We Shop Now
Jan 13 • 42 min
Are black tights getting you down? Are you looking to investigate your alcohol consumption? Are you searching for some new places to shop? This is not an infomercial—it’s just an intro to all that awaits you in this week’s grab bag of an ep….
Mickey Drexler and Sweet Potatoes—a Classic Combination?!
Jan 6 • 45 min
Talk about thrilling: We have a bonafide icon on today’s ep. We’re talking to Mickey Drexler—who spearheaded Gap and J.Crew in their heydays and is now helping make magic happen at Alex Mill—about how he works and just plain does his days. But…
Personal-Care Wonders We Enthusiastically Buy in Bulk
Dec 30, 2019 • 57 min
Something we learned in recording this episode: We have a lot of HG beauty products—and you’re ‘bout to hear about all of them. Oh, and about Christmas trees…which, is that still a seasonally appropriate topic? The linkage: …
The O.C., Cheese Curls, and Jaw Massage—Yes, a True Grab Bag
Dec 23, 2019 • 44 min
If you’re starved for a dose of our trademark randomness, WELCOME. There’s so much to reflect on today, including Marissa Cooper, paleo puffs, Amazon avoidance, and something *vaguely mysterious* called buccal massage. The linkage: …
Gift Guide, Part 2—Because Now’s the Time, Huh?
Dec 16, 2019 • 30 min
Welcome to the second half of our very enthusiastic, mildly frantic gift guide! If you’re still trying to track down something for that cool teen ya know, your nana, or anyone who demands practicality, we’ve got you. And hit up last week’s ep if…
Gift Guide, Part 1—Whiskey Stones Not Included!
Dec 9, 2019 • 35 min
What’s this? A holiday gift guide?! You bet. We solicited your Qs for hard-to-shop-for loved ones on Instagram, and we have so very many thoughts. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for here, tune in next Monday for the second half,…
What It Has Felt Like to Shut Down Our Company
Dec 2, 2019 • 41 min
So, you may have heard: Of a Kind is no more. What’s it been like for us to step away from the business we built and ran for nine years? How are we doing over here? What are we still processing? Oh, so very many thoughts and feeeeeeelings ahead……
196: A Fresh Fall Crop of the Best of 10 Things
Oct 21, 2019 • 31 min
Super compelling topics on this week’s episode include paper towels and pasta straws—and if you’re thirsty to know more about what exactly that means, read on. The linkage… For some sustainable sipping, scoop up a Stojo cup and HAY! straws….
195: We’re Answering Your Biz Qs with Bosslady CEO Julia Hunter
Oct 14, 2019 • 42 min
We rounded up your mailbag questions all about being a boss, having a boss, and just, like, WORKING and asked Julia Hunter, the CEO of the ultra-cool fashion and home line Jenni Kayne for her take. Oh, does she deliver the insights and realness. The…
194: Answering Your First Round of Listener Questions!
Oct 7, 2019 • 57 min
You had questions, and this week Claire and Erica have the answers to some of them—keep an ear open for answers to even more in coming weeks. If you’re wondering what to read next, how to show thanks, or how to prepare for your due date, tune in…
193: A Fall Crop of Things Too Popular for 10 Things
Sep 30, 2019 • 41 min
Claire and Erica are deep-diving into all the things they just can’t get enough of—but that don’t exactly qualify as new. From iPhone bedtimes (totally not what you think) to traveling the world for yogurt, they’re covering all the bases….
192: A Reproductive Psychiatrist on What That Means, Exactly
Sep 23, 2019 • 30 min
Dr. Alexandra Sacks is there this week to give us the scoop on matrescence—basically, the idea that the transition into parenthood is similar to a second adolescence—and, wow, are we thrilled to have her. Listen in to hear her advice for how both…
191: A Pilates Pro on What the Fuss is All About
Sep 16, 2019 • 31 min
Today we’re busting pilates myths with Heather Andersen, the star instructor-turned-entrepreneur behind New York Pilates, an airy-and-excellent NYC chainlet you’ve definitely heard us talk about before. Listen in for the scoop on pelvic floors,…
190: How Taylor Lorenz Turned Her Tumblr Obsession into an NYT Reporting Gig
Sep 9, 2019 • 36 min
Aaand we’re back! In this first post-hiatus episode, we’re talking tech with Taylor Lorenz, an incoming reporter for The New York Times whose byline has been synonymous with “ooh, this is going to be good!” for us for years. Listen in to hear…
166: How Friendship (And Mutual Respect) Fuel Call Your Girlfriend
Sep 3, 2019 • 31 min
We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 1.18.19 What an ep! This week, Claire and Erica had the pleasure of chatting it up with Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Gina Delvac, the three long-distance work…
154: Angela Garbes on Doing Things Like a Mother
Aug 26, 2019 • 44 min
We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 10.12.18 This week, we got to break it down with Angela Garbes, a total badass and the author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of…
105: V.I.P Author Celeste Ng on Writing a Super-Buzzy Novel
Aug 20, 2019 • 31 min
We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 10.16.17 It’s officially cozy-reading season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Celeste Ng, the author of one spectacular recent release Little Fires…
174: New Mom Life—and How to Handle it as Work Wives
Aug 12, 2019 • 56 min
We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 4.7.19 If ya haven’t already heard, Claire had a baby in December (welcome to the A Few Things family, Cam!). Today, she and Erica recap what having a baby and…
15: Our Season One Coversation with Cup of Jo’s Joanna Goddard
Aug 5, 2019 • 19 min
We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 8.20.15 In 2015, just fifteen episodes into A Few Things, one of our all time favorite guests, Cup of Jo’s Joanna Goddard, stopped by for a timeless chat about…
189: Rachel DeLoache Williams Goes Deep on Her Book About Fake Heiress Anna Delvey
Jul 29, 2019 • 36 min
This week, we’re thrilled to sit down with Rachel DeLoache Williams, whose new book, My Friend Anna—the BTS story of how the fake heiress Anna Delvey scammed her out of $62,000—you probably preordered the second you heard about it. Rachel has so…
188: A Major Alex Update and the Best of Summer Snacks
Jul 22, 2019 • 25 min
It’s the penultimate episode before our summer break, and we’ve got a final (for now!) Alex update for ya, because this guy’s headed west. If you need to self-soothe after, we follow that up with plenty of crunchy, salty, and sweet snack news. …
187: Mira Jacob Illustrates Important Questions in Her New Book, Good Talk
Jul 15, 2019 • 50 min
One of our all-time favorite podcast guests, author Mira Jacob, is back! This time, she’s talking Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, her new graphic memoir that we’re basically obsessed with. The book explores the vulnerability of difficult…
186: This Unstoppable PR Duo is Reinventing the Industry’s Sustainability Standards
Jul 8, 2019 • 28 min
When Erin Allweiss and Melody Serafino started their PR firm No. 29 in 2013, it was out of a desire to leave an impact on the world. Stick around to hear exactly how they bring their work-wife dynamic to crazy cool, sustainability-minded,…
185: A Summery Round of Stuff We Can’t Get Enough Of
Jul 1, 2019 • 37 min
On this episode of A Few Things, Claire and Erica are having another food moment. As Claire puts it, 70 to 80% of these podcasts are 90% about food, and this week’s show features yummy things like Jon & Vinny’s (which Erica was craving before…
184: How Mickey Rapkin Wrote a Book-Turned-Blockbuster and the Greatest New Children’s Book
Jun 24, 2019 • 29 min
If you’ve been alive on this earth for the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of a little movie called Pitch Perfect. Well, you can thank today’s guest, Mickey Rapkin, for that—he wrote the original book the blockbuster series was based…
183: A Wildly Successful Denim Line Was Just the Start for These Work Wives
Jun 17, 2019 • 32 min
This week on A Few Things, Emily Current and Meritt Elliott have a lot to say about keeping a business partnership alive through a whole lotta changes. This badass duo met at UCLA, co-founded (and sold!) Current Elliott, and are the brains behind…
182: Old News That’s Seriously Worth a Revisit
Jun 10, 2019 • 26 min
This week on A Few Things, Claire and Erica go deep on their favorite stuff that’s not exactly newsy but still worth plenty of attention. Listen in while they share their favorite random but wonderful faves, from the best dips to, well, the appeal…
181: The NYC Duo Making Entertaining and Good Eating Easier
Jun 3, 2019 • 29 min
Settle in for an extra-delicious week of a A Few Things, why don’t you? We’re picking the brains of Jill Donenfeld and Tiana Tenet, the food-plus-business badasses behind The Culinistas, a New York-based in-home cooking service that connects busy…
180: The Female VCs Changing the Funding Game
May 28, 2019 • 39 min
Two very important (and very different) topics coming at you hard this week: pelvic-floor strength and the power of putting women in charge of venture capital. Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong are the brilliant minds behind Female Founders Fund, an…
179: Rabbit Care, a Netflix Rec, and a Call for Shorter Content
May 20, 2019 • 38 min
We’re back with a banner best of 10 things week, featuring the cream of Claire and Erica’s recent 10 Things newsletter picks. If you love Diane Keaton, planking, and cool new ways to mend your jeans, this is truly the episode for you. P.S. And if…
178: How LaTonya Yvette is Making Space for Women of Color
May 13, 2019 • 27 min
If you’ve ever spent time in lifestyle-blog land, chances are you’ve stumbled across LaTonya Yvette—and that first encounter probably involved a gasp at how great her OOTD game is. But in addition to being a stellar stylist, she tackles weighty…
177: The Founders of Loom on the Radical Way They’re Teaching Women About Their Bodies
May 6, 2019 • 38 min
If your sex ed was more than a little lacking, you’re not alone—but Erica Chidi Cohen and Quinn Lundberg are firm believers in a better-late-than-never mantra when it comes to learning more about their sexual and reproductive health. The pair runs…
176: The That’s So Retrograde Gals on All the Best of L.A. Wellness and Weirdness
Apr 29, 2019 • 39 min
Today we’ve got a West Coast wellness dispatch from Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari, the hilarious work wives behind the podcast That’s So Retrograde (a.k.a. “the Ab Fab of new age”). It’s a crash course in the woo-woo—and in many…
175: The Co-Founders of Squeeze on Leveling-Up Their Work-Wife Relationship
Apr 22, 2019 • 38 min
Today’s ep features our very first live taping, coming to you from sunny L.A.! Our guests kicked off their relationship on the job when Drybar co-founder Alli Webb hired Brittany Driscoll to work as the brand’s head of marketing. Fast forward to…
174: New Mom Life—and How to Handle it as Work Wives
Apr 15, 2019 • 48 min
If ya haven’t already heard, Claire had a baby in December (welcome to the A Few Things family, Cam!). Today, she and Erica recap what having a baby and pop-up shop during the busiest month of the year looked like—and all the interesting,…
Introducing Motherhood Sessions from Gimlet
Apr 11, 2019 • 7 min
Confronting Your Parents After Motherhood Julia was born in South Korea, but was adopted and raised by a white family. Now that she has her own child—the first biological relative she’s ever known—she’s rethinking her relationship with her own…
Listen Up: Loss and Community-Building with the Founders of The Dinner Party
Apr 8, 2019 • 38 min
Lennon Flowers and Carla Fernandez are here to discuss their work-wife partnership and their incredible non-profit The Dinner Party, which facilitates a series of potlucks around the country to support people in their twenties and thirties who have…
“172: Red Lentils, Rachel Bilson, and More Random Things We Can’t Get Enough Of “
Apr 1, 2019 • 24 min
Claire and Erica are back in the studio with a real great grab bag of an episode today, answering listener questions re: treadmill TV and supplying the red lentil content nobody asked for—but that we swear you’ll be grateful for! P.S. Cut down on…
171: How Two Pop-Culture-Obsessed Friends Built @commentsbycelebs
Mar 25, 2019 • 27 min
Even if you’re not up on your celebrity gossip, you’ve probably seen a post from @commentsbybelebs, the now famous in its own right Instagram account that highlights all the hilarious chatter between, say, J-Lo and Ellen in the comments section….
170: The Culinary Work Wives Behind the Japanese Comfort-Food Gem Bessou
Mar 18, 2019 • 24 min
When Maiko Kyogoku decided to open Bessou, a ridiculously satisfying Japanese comfort-food restaurant in Manhattan’s Noho neighborhood, her former Boulud Sud co-worker Emily Yuen asked if she might need an executive chef. The rest is (delicious)…
169: How Two Longtime Friends Created the Cheese Empire That Is Cowgirl Creamery
Mar 11, 2019 • 26 min
You may not know them by name, but Sue Conley and Peggy Smith are the dairy mavens who founded Cowgirl Creamery, the famous Bay Area maker of such delicious cheeses as Mt Tam and Red Hawk. On this ep, Claire and Erica had the pleasure of hearing the…
168: A Candid Convo with Two of the Coolest Moms (and Podcast Co-Hosts) Around
Mar 4, 2019 • 31 min
Are you listening to the Cool Moms podcast? Because you should be. It’s hosted by Elise Peterson, an artist and illustrator, and Lizzy Okpo, co-founder of the fashion line William Okpo, and they both joined Claire and Erica on this ep to break down…
167: Talking Partnership with the Siblings and Romance-Novel Experts Who Signed a Sony Deal
Feb 26, 2019 • 37 min
Today on the pod, Claire and Erica chat with two extraordinary sisters, Leah and Bea Koch, founders of The Ripped Bodice, the only romance-novel bookstore in all of the United States. But they’re up to even more than that—from landing a deal with…
166: How Friendship (And Mutual Respect) Fuel Call Your Girlfriend
Feb 18, 2019 • 30 min
What an ep! This week, Claire and Erica had the pleasure of chatting it up with Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Gina Delvac, the three long-distance work wives behind the gold standard in bestie podcasting, Call Your Girlfriend. They share their…
165: Two Cannabis Work Wives With a Powerful Friendship Pact
Feb 11, 2019 • 30 min
Are you ready to meet two of Claire and Erica’s fave work wives, Barbara Diner and Deb Baker? These two are the founders of Higher Standard Packaging, a Denver-based cannabis packaging company. Tune in to hear how they turned a friendship that…
164: The Pod Is Back With a Work-Wife Double Date!
Feb 4, 2019 • 41 min
Hey, there, we missed ya! To celebrate our return from hiatus, we’re bringing you a meet-cute, a pseudo-breakup, and the full story of a thriving bi-coastal relationship on the podcast today. Who are we chatting with? That would be Andrea Oliveri…
133: We Can’t Get Enough of Mary H.K. Choi, Author of Emergency Contact
Jan 29, 2019 • 48 min
This week on A Few Things, we’ve got Mary H.K. Choi, a.k.a. @choitotheworld, a.k.a. the brilliantly badass writer whose debut novel, Emergency Contact, is charming existing YA fans and converting new ones, both.
166: Olivia Milch on Making the Movies We All Deserve
Jan 23, 2019 • 42 min
First things first: Claire and Erica have quick updates on the competitive alpaca scene and the conclusion of The Great HDVB Shortage of 2018. Then—even more excitingly, if you can believe it—Olivia Milch joins us to talk about her first feature…
156: Nike’s Coach Bennett on Why Running Makes Everything Better
Jan 14, 2019 • 43 min
We’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 10.24.18. This week, Claire and Erica talk all things running with Coach Bennett, motivational guide and total athletic powerhouse (his résumé includes a four-minute…
145: On Choosing —and Not Choosing—Motherhood
Jan 6, 2019 • 48 min
We’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the archive! Originally aired 8.20.18. Today, a topic that’s been much-requested by our listeners: parenthood! Claire and Erica share their own personal decisions, some recommended reading, and a…
163: Top-Notch Advice on Long-Distance Relationships
Dec 27, 2018 • 22 min
This week, Claire and Erica sit down with longtime pal Julie Alvin, SVP of content strategy at Refinery29 and self-certified expert on how to make a long-distance relationship (or in her case, marriage) thrive. She makes it feel quite aspirational….
162: The Story Behind Our New Favorite Ingredient
Dec 16, 2018 • 43 min
This week on the podcast, we’ve got a fellow work wife on—her name’s Amy Zitelman, and along with her sisters Shelby and Jackie, she runs Soom Foods, source of the creamiest, dreamiest tahini we’ve ever tasted. She’s sharing hard-earned…
161: The Food Blogger Behind Half Baked Harvest Is Here To Solve Your Cooking Woes
Dec 10, 2018 • 38 min
Today in soft news, there’s a lot going down in the realm of stuffed animals, and Claire and Erica have the whole scoop. But an even more delightful subject is their interview with the food blogger and recent cookbook author Tieghan Gerard. The…
160: A Much-Needed and Extra Fun Best of 10 Things Episode
Dec 3, 2018 • 47 min
This week, Claire and Erica are bringing you another round of highlights from their weekly 10 Things newsletter. Read on for all sorts of easy and delicious ways to upgrade your life.
159: A Compelling Case for the Handwritten Thank You Note
Nov 26, 2018 • 36 min
This week, Claire and Erica get totally inspired by Gina Hamadey, the mind behind the brilliant project Thank You Year. What is this undertaking exactly? It involves Gina, a freelance writer and editor (who previously worked at places like Oprah…
158: Grace Bonney Gives Us the Scoop on Her New Magazine That’s All About Being Real
Nov 19, 2018 • 37 min
We’ve loved us some Grace Bonney for a long while (see: this A Few Things ep featuring her and her lovely and talented wife Julia Turshen). So Claire and Erica were especially thrilled to get to talk to the Design*Sponge founder about her new…
157: Katie Sturino on Good Body Vibes, Great Fashion, and Making a Pet IG Famous
Nov 12, 2018 • 39 min
This week, Claire and Erica talk with fall in love with Katie Sturino, founder of style blog The 12ish Style, dog momager to these famous pups, and the mind behind Megababe, the internet’s most empowering female hygiene brand. Clearly, there’s…
156: Nike’s Coach Bennett on Why Running Makes Everything Better
Nov 5, 2018 • 43 min
This week, Claire and Erica talk all things running with Coach Bennett, motivational guide and total athletic powerhouse (his résumé includes a four-minute mile!). On the docket: how meditation practice plays into his running philosophy, who should…
155: Our Best Not-New Discoveries
Oct 29, 2018 • 35 min
In this very dairy-heavy episode, Claire and Erica are talking ice cream cakes, miniature coffee creamers (officially known as milkettes!), and more things that you’ve probably heard of—but maybe don’t appreciate as much as you should. P.S….
154: Angela Garbes on Doing Things Like a Mother
Oct 22, 2018 • 42 min
This week, we got to break it down with Angela Garbes, a total badass and the author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, the only parenting book Claire insisted her husband read immediately. But having or…
Episode 153: Glory Edim on Diversifying Your Bookshelf
Oct 15, 2018 • 38 min
This week, Glory Edim stops by to talk about founding and building the Well-Read Black Girl community—and what it was like editing some of the best writers in the whole dang world for her new anthology of the same name. P.S. It’s fall! Which means…
Episode 152: Fall into the Latest Best of 10 Things
Oct 8, 2018 • 31 min
It’s baaack—and we’re not just talking about crisp weather. This week, Claire and Erica are bringing you another round of highlights from their weekly 10 Things newsletter. Read on for all sorts of easy and delicious ways to upgrade your life. …
Episode 151: Let’s Get into It with the Biz Whiz Behind Create & Cultivate
Oct 1, 2018 • 35 min
Bring on the fellow female entrepreneurs! This week, Claire and Erica are chatting with Jaclyn Johnson, creator of the wildly empowering Create & Cultivate conference. Oh yeah, and she’s a newly published author, too! Hit play to hear all about…
Episode 150: Maternity Fitness and Some Amazing Things You Might Already Know About
Sep 24, 2018 • 48 min
This week, Claire’s talking about the highs and lows of getting workouts in while expecting, and then we dive into all sorts of other great finds that aren’t fresh enough to make into 10 Things but that are still very much worth knowing about….
Episode 149: Meet Your New Favorite News Journalist, Alicia Menendez
Sep 17, 2018 • 31 min
Episode 148: A Very Snacky Best of 10 Things
Sep 10, 2018 • 35 min
This week, Claire and Erica’s last dispatch from L.A. is a real snack mix—with a couple of bonus Best of 10 Things nods thrown in for good measure. P.S. Word Notebooks will forever be an Of a Kind favorite, and you can snag a three-pack for 10% off with…
Episode 147: Wine Times with the Whiz Who Is Helen Johannesen
Sep 3, 2018 • 32 min
This week, fruit is front and center—first, Claire and Erica break down why and how they’re eating all the watermelon, and then it’s onto grapes with wine guru Helen Johannesen, the cutting-edge beverage director for the restaurants in the Jon & Vinny’s…
Episode 146: What to Expect When Claire’s Expecting
Aug 27, 2018 • 41 min
So, last week was a big one, and this week we’re doing a deeper dive into motherhood and pregnancy, talking all about Claire’s experience growing a human so far. Listen on for reading lists, shopping tips, and a least one toy that this fetus won’t be…
Episode 145: On Choosing —and Not Choosing—Motherhood
Aug 20, 2018 • 32 min
We’re baaack. And we’re jumping right in with a topic that’s been much-requested by our listeners: parenthood! Claire and Erica share their own personal decisions, some recommended reading, and a little bit of news. (We missed you, too.) P.S. We’ve been…
Episode 116: Talkin’ Shop with the Founder of Ban.do, The Most Fun Brand This Side of the Web
Aug 13, 2018 • 36 min
We’re highlighting some of our favorite past episodes! Original air date 1.8.18. If you properly appreciate the mood-boosting power of a fun phone case, you’ve probably come across Ban.do. The pop-culture-heavy accessories line is the brainchild of Jen…
Episode 122: All the Books We Can’t Wait to Read and Listener Mailbag!
Aug 6, 2018 • 41 min
We’re highlighting some of our favorite past episodes! Originally aired 2.18.18. In this episode, Claire and Erica are responding to some particularly noteworthy messages they’ve gotten recently, and chat about all the amazing books they can’t wait to…
Episode 103: Joe Holder, Trainer to the Stars (and Claire!), on All Things Exercise
Jul 30, 2018 • 28 min
We’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes! In this one, originally aired 10.2.17, Joe Holder, aka @ochosystem, talks about why getting your head right is more important than getting your body tight.
Episode 144: Glynnis MacNicol Has So Much to Say About Being a Woman in Her Forties
Jul 23, 2018 • 31 min
After Claire and Erica talk TSA, yogurt parfaits, and the intersection of the two, they have a chat with Glynnis MacNicol, whose new memoir No One Tells You This is about turning forty as a single women with no kids—and just how satisfying that can be.…
Episode 143: Claire Wasserman on Doing Her Part to End the Wage Gap
Jul 16, 2018 • 27 min
On this week’s episode, Claire and Erica have a topic hot off the garlic presses: whether or not those little kitchen devices actually work. And speaking of work, Claire Wasserman, the powerhouse founder of Ladies Get Paid, stops by to talk closing the…
Episode 142: Why Older Athletes Are Thriving, with the Guy Who Wrote a Book on It
Jul 9, 2018 • 38 min
On this episode, Claire and Erica are pondering a cashless economy—and what that that means for the bankless. They’re also talking about how big-money athletes are staying stronger, longer, with Jeff Bercovici, the San Francisco bureau chief of Inc.…
Episode 141: A Grocery-Centric Round of Listener Feedback
Jul 2, 2018 • 17 min
A few weeks ago, Claire and Erica came clean about the dirty truth that they’re not so into washing produce—and you people had some opinions (and tips!) about that. You also delivered some brilliant ideas for using up a can of chipotle peppers and…
Episode 140: A Mixed Bag of Things We Can’t Put in 10 Things
Jun 25, 2018 • 38 min
Claire and Erica are diving right in this week with the topic of showering at night. Is it worth the effort, really? That’s just the first of many groundbreaking topics covered this week, including crosswords and even more alternative mylks. P.S. Speaking…
Episode 139: We’re Reading Author Rumaan Alam Loud and Clear
Jun 18, 2018 • 49 min
We’re kicking off this week with an overdue (and not overly long) Alex update! Then! We’ve got the brilliantly insightful author and editor Rumaan Alam on the record about his second novel That Kind of Mother, which explores family, race, motherhood, and…
Episode 138: Alex Capano Schools Us on Women’s Health Issues and Cannabinoids
Jun 11, 2018 • 27 min
On this episode of A Few Things, Claire and Erica sit down with Alex Capano, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC (tl;dr she knows her medicine!). You can just think of her as your friendly neighborhood expert on reproductive sexual medicine and cannabinoids. P.S. Speaking…
Episode 137: We TB with D C-T! Authors Joana Avillez and Molly Young
Jun 4, 2018 • 30 min
This week on A Few Things, Claire and Erica chat with writer Molly Young and illustrator Joana Avillez about their new NYC-themed book of illustrated word puzzles, D C-T! It’s exactly as charming as they are. P.S. Code cherry red: The Megan Huntz Charlie…
Episode 136: Anthonia Akitunde on Showing Up for Moms of Color
May 24, 2018 • 28 min
This week, Claire and Erica go deep with Anthonia Akitunde, the founder of Mater Mea, a website that shares stories of black motherhood. Take a listen and keep her in your sights—there’s a lot more where this convo came from. P.S. Add mancala to your list…
Episode 135: Getting Bubbly with Sommelier Jordan Salcito
May 21, 2018 • 34 min
You don’t have to pour a glass of wine to listen to this episode, but it would be appropriate: Claire and Erica are chatting with Jordan Salcito, Momofuku wine whiz, co-founder of Bellus Wines, and creator of Ramona, a very refreshing, canned take on a…
Episode 134: A Super-Satisfying Installment of Best of 10 Things
May 14, 2018 • 41 min
Hungry for another Best of 10 Things? Prime recs comin’ right up! Claire’s living her best #taconight life, Erica’s got new bingeable TV, and—well, we don’t want to give too much away before you dive in. P.S. While you’re at it, get our most popular dress…
Episode 133: We Can’t Get Enough of Mary H.K. Choi, Author of Emergency Contact
May 7, 2018 • 49 min
This week on A Few Things, we’ve got Mary H.K. Choi, a.k.a. @choitotheworld, a.k.a. the brilliantly badass writer whose debut novel, Emergency Contact, is charming existing YA fans and converting new ones, both. P.S. We’re gearing up for sunny weather in…
Episode 132: Wake Up—It’s Time for Claire’s Morning Routine!
Apr 30, 2018 • 33 min
Ready for the very fascinating rundown of how Claire gets revved up in the A.M.? You’ve come to the right place. In this ep, she makes a strong case for drinking coffee while lying down, taking a bunch o’ morning mirror selfies, and giving yourself plenty…
Episode 131: Olivia Milch on Making the Movies We All Deserve
Apr 23, 2018 • 42 min
First things first: Claire and Erica have quick updates on the competitive alpaca scene and the conclusion of The Great HDVB Shortage of 2018. Then—even more excitingly, if you can believe it—Olivia Milch joins us to talk about her first feature film…
Episode 130: Loads of Pro Tips from the Dynamic Interior-Design Duo of Jesse Parris-Lamb
Apr 16, 2018 • 50 min
While we wait for the spring part of spring cleaning to kick in, Claire and Erica sat down to chat all things interior with fellow work wives and design gurus Amanda Jesse and Whitney Parris-Lamb, who are responsible for making Claire’s new place really…
Episode 129: Rise and Shine—It’s Erica’s Morning Routine!
Apr 9, 2018 • 32 min
This week, Erica shows us how she gets up and at ‘em, and we wonder why this Alpaca Championship in her hometown of Peoria, Illinois, didn’t get as much coverage as March Madness. P.S. Definitely take a page from the alpacas and put your best face forward…
Episode 128: Fact-Checking with Misinformation Expert Rex Sorgatz!
Apr 2, 2018 • 35 min
Call this the conspiracy-theory ep, if you like: After we revisit the oh-so-mysterious HDVB (Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean) shortage, we sit down with Rex Sorgatz, authority on all things hoax-y, misinformed, and just plain false. He literally wrote the book…
Episode 127: Dan Frommer on How to Score All the Points
Mar 26, 2018 • 49 min
Claire and Erica talk with Dan Frommer, creator of the Points Party newsletter, about which credit cards truly give you a bang for your buck. P.S. Don’t give up on dry shampoo just yet: La Tierra Sagrada’s smells great, absorbs fast, and is 10% off with…
Episode 126: Fake Ketchup and Real Celeb Talents on the Latest Best of 10 Things Ep!
Mar 19, 2018 • 29 min
Episode 125: A Very Sudsy Body Wash v. Soap Roundtable
Mar 12, 2018 • 36 min
Ok, it’s time for the great soap and body wash debate of 2018, and we brought in two beauty pros, Britt Aboutaleb and Claire Carusillo, to work us into a lather. P.S. Vote with your dollars! If you want! Daughter of the Land Hair and Body Shampoo Bar,…
Episode 124: Things You Can’t Say in 10 Things, Armie Hammer Edition
Mar 5, 2018 • 34 min
Our weekly 10 Things newsletter (sign up for it here!) is dedicated to Claire and Erica’s latest finds—but every now and then, they want to talk about things that are less discoveries than obsessions. Like Palm Springs! Ever heard of it? How ‘bout Armie…
Episode 123: Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Culture
Feb 26, 2018 • 47 min
Today we’re looking at the world through a green lens with Verena von Pfetten, co-creator of Gossamer, a lifestyle-slash-media brand for people who also smoke weed. P.S. Because you’ll definitely want some after listening to this episode, our best-selling…
Episode 122: Listen Up: All the Books We Can’t Wait to Read and Listener Mailbag!
Feb 19, 2018 • 41 min
One of the best things about doing this show is the very enthusiastic feedback we get from out listeners—and this week, Claire and Erica are responding to some particularly noteworthy messages they’ve gotten recently. We’re also chatting about all the…
Episode 121: Katonya Breaux Is So Bright, We Gotta Wear Sunscreen
Feb 12, 2018 • 27 min
Just because you haven’t seen the sun in weeks doesn’t mean you don’t still need SPF, and Unsun founder Katonya Breaux is here to chat all about how she made an effective one that doesn’t leave skin of any hue looking chalky. (She’s also Frank Ocean’s…
Episode 120: Talkin’ Female Friendship with the Woman Who Wrote the (New!) Book on It
Feb 5, 2018 • 30 min
We’re going deep on the history of shine theory with friend of the pod Kayleen Schaefer, author of the fan-freaking-tastic book Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Female Friendship. P.S. If you’re feeling warm and fuzzy about your BFF…
Episode 119: The Cream (and Sad Egg) of the 10 Things Crop
Jan 29, 2018 • 43 min
This week, Claire and Erica ponder an age-old issue: When the heck is the right time to re-apply lipstick? From there, they move onto…more recent finds they can’t stop talking about. Speaking of, now’s the time to sign up for our 10 Things newsletter,…
Episode 118: We Stretch Our Yoga Knowledge with Sky Ting Founder Krissy Jones
Jan 22, 2018 • 35 min
This week’s ep is a real high-low mix that includes both an ode to Russian dressing and a very enlightening conversation with Sky Ting Yoga’s co-founder Krissy Jones. P.S. We’re taking our love of Maison Louis Marie No. 4 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Oil…
Episode 117: Things We Can’t Put in 10 Things But Are 🤗 About Still
Jan 15, 2018 • 34 min
Less than 60 days ‘til spring, kids! In the meantime, Claire and Erica are cozying up to the simpler things in life. And by simpler things, we mean stuff you maybe, probably already know about (but that is still so great that it’s worth talking about!).…
Episode 116: Talkin’ Shop With the Founder of Ban.do, the Most Fun Brand This Side of the Web
Jan 8, 2018 • 36 min
If you properly appreciate the mood-boosting power of a fun phone case, you’ve probably come across Ban.do. The pop-culture-heavy accessories line is the brainchild of Jen Gotch, and she’s just as delightful, honest, and badass as the moniker mugs she…
Episode 115: Wrapping Up 2017 on a Charitable Note—Here’s How We Give
Dec 28, 2017 • 31 min
Hey-ho on this in-between week! We hope you’re listening to this with full hearts and stomachs, ideally surrounded by some of your favorite people. Something else we’re spending this late-December moment doing is thinking about end-of-year giving—a lot…
Episode 114: We Share Our Love of All the Indian Food Maya Kaimal Makes With the Woman Herself
Dec 18, 2017 • 44 min
We take kitchen business (snacking very much included) seriously around here. Which is why we’re so stoked to have founder of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods in our midst gettin’ saucy. P.S. Still struggling with a last-minute gift for, say, your…
Episode 113: Tune In and Tone Up—It’s Erica’s Fitness Routine!
Dec 11, 2017 • 35 min
Do Chili’s fajitas and fitness go together? They do today! Claire and Erica share a major moment at a certain Southwestern chain restaurant before Erica breaks down how she manages to actually make it to workout sessions on time. Speaking of heavy…
Episode 112: Very Chill Party Ideas and So Much More in This Week’s Best of 10 Things Episode
Dec 4, 2017 • 26 min
This week, Claire’s stanning for stools, and Erica’s all about knife-and-fork salads. But that’s not all! Listen for their latest faves from our legendary 10 Things newsletter (you get that, right?!). Also, get 10% off the Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with…
Episode 111: Claire’s Fitness Routine and Marathon Recap!
Nov 27, 2017 • 45 min
We’re not sure if ya heard, but 50% of the hosts of this podcast rocked the NYC Marathon in November. So, how’d Claire Mazur tackle it? And why?! All her tips ahead—just keep pace.
Episode 110: Oh Boy, We’ve Got Joy Cho of Oh Joy!
Nov 20, 2017 • 34 min
We’re talking non-endorsed energy bars and enthusiastically endorsed face masks. And then! We’re ecstatic to have on Joy Cho, O.G. blogger and creator of the very aesthetically pleasing world of Oh Joy!. It might be just what you need to get you through…
Episode 109: A Convo with the Cashmere Queen Behind Lingua Franca
Nov 13, 2017 • 39 min
Um, have you seen our Professional Enthusiast Round 5 Cashmere Sweater?! We’re obsessed with it—and the woman we partnered with to bring it to life, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson of Lingua Franca.
Episode 108: The Things Too Popular to Put in 10 Things—but That Are Still Worth Raving About!
Nov 6, 2017 • 26 min
Episode 107: Getting a Read on the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation
Oct 30, 2017 • 36 min
Our latest A Few Things episode is one for the books, thanks to some pre-Halloween planning (Ash the bunny is going as a bat, thanks for asking) and an extremely badass guest, Lisa Lucas, who runs the show at the National Book Foundation.
Episode 106: What We Learned from Movin’ Out (and Up!)
Oct 23, 2017 • 29 min
This week, we’re taking a page out of queen Cardi B’s book and makin’ moves—or, at least, recapping all the stuff we learned the hard way from our 2017 home and offices relocations.
Episode 105: V.I.P Author Celeste Ng on Writing a Super-Buzzy Novel
Oct 16, 2017 • 35 min
Episode 104: The Best and Brightest of Our Recent 10 Things Picks
Oct 9, 2017 • 24 min
Episode 103: Joe Holder, Trainer to the Stars (and Claire!), on All Things Exercise
Oct 2, 2017 • 28 min
Special and amazing guest Joe Holder, aka @ochosystem, on how why getting your head right is more important than getting your body tight.
Episode 102: Vacation Decisions We’d Do Over If We Could
Sep 25, 2017 • 22 min
Episode 101: We’re Back With Someone Whose Writing and Podcasting You Should Be Tracking
Sep 18, 2017 • 25 min
Claire and Erica are back with special guest Fran Tirado!
Episode 55: Grace Bonney and Julia Turshen on Their New Books—and Some Hostess Gifts, Too!
Aug 29, 2017 • 44 min
Originally aired 9.12.2016.
Episode 15: Ooh, Baby, Baby with special guest Joanna Goddard
Aug 7, 2017 • 28 min
Originally aired on 8.16.15. We chat baby gifts and running an insanely popular lifestyle website with Cup of Jo founder Joanna Goddard.
Episode 28: SparkNotes for Celebrity Pseudo-Advice Books and an Expert Guide to Writing on the Interwebz
Dec 2, 2015 • 43 min
Claire and Erica do your homework for you and share their favorite pieces of advice from bad bitches-turned-authors like Shonda Rhimes and Sheryl Sandberg. Then our girl Molly McAleer talks us through the short-ish history of writing on the internet.…