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Raise your glass (& Friday Links)

We’re celebrating birthdays this weekend—Aron’s and, today, his mom’s! I wish we could all beam ourselves to this bar to celebrate. Isn’t it the most beautiful space? It’s Le Coucou, in New York City, and Bon Appetit describes the vibe as “candle wax dripping from long tapers onto the table, chefs wearing toques without a hint of irony, and plush banquettes that you’ll sink into like they’re a bed of pillows.” It was no surprise to me to learn the designers are Roman and Williams. Their restaurant designs are always incredible!

What are your plans for the weekend? Hope it’s a good one!

Some links of note… 

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How the Scandinavians stay dry: A rain gear roundup

One of the (many) things I took away from our trip to Scandinavia was the value of really hard-working, but still good-looking rain gear. They have it dialed in!

Each country seemed to have its own national brand, its own fashionable take on this particular piece of outerwear. There was no sacrificing style, and yet style alone wouldn’t make the cut—it must actually keep you dry, without the aid of an umbrella.

Here were the names I quickly learned…

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How to get out any stain

The other day I was talking to one of Skyler’s preschool teachers—the true experts in stain removal—and she swears by an old book of tricks called Haley’s Hints

“I now keep random things like a bottle of hairspray in the laundry room.” Apparently, there are just a few household items that Graham and Rosemary Haley suggest you keep at hand, and with these items you can get anything clean. Haley’s Hints was once a popular Canadian TV show that was aired on PBS before being picked up around the world, so some of you may already be familiar with it.

One of his biggest secrets? Waterless Hand Cleaner! The stuff mechanics keep around to clean off grease. Haley calls it the most versatile cleaning agent he knows.

Do you have any tried-and-true clothing care and stain removal tips?

I’ve always been amazed just how much you can get out with cold water, if you’re patient. I once spilled red wine all over a white skirt, a la Cindy Mancini in Can’t Buy Me Love. After some panicked internet searching, I submerged the whole thing in a bucket of ice water (heat can set a stain) and let it sit overnight. When I came back in the morning, the wine was completely gone! Now I’ll occasionally do the same thing with just the offending mark and a glass of ice water—using a spoon to keep the bit of fabric submerged.

P.S. On signature uniforms and tips for staying productive.

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