On any given weekend afternoon, you’ll find me hunched over my kitchen counter, inventing a recipe using farmer’s market ingredients and make-believing that my last name is Waters—as in Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. I love getting creative and pairing unexpected flavors together (pomegranate and fennel? yes please!). What I don’t love is the laborious prep involved in cutting veggies and preparing seasonings to go into each dish. I need a sous chef stat. Recently, however, I’ve been figuring out ways to save time and space in the kitchen without cutting corners by using a few nifty gadgets. Here are the top three that I think all home cooks should have in their arsenal:
When I think of my dream New York City apartment, I picture a light and airy penthouse loft with a king-size canopy bed and views of Central Park—oh, and a functional dishwasher and a shower drain that doesn’t clog. While I’m still firmly entrenched in my IKEA days, that doesn’t mean I can’t get in touch with my Elle Decor side. That’s why I’m so psyched to announce our new Home Pop-Up Shop, a curated collection of our favorite (affordable) kitchen gadgets, gourmet foods, room accessories, and more.
If you don’t have time to browse our Pop-Up Shop, the easiest way to try some of these new goodies is to pick up our very first Limited Edition: Home box, which we designed with holiday entertaining in mind. It makes a great gift for a hostess or relative—I already snagged one for my mom and dad this morning—or you can use it as a dinner party toolkit. Click through to learn more about the goodies inside!
If we had to name just one style savante at Birchbox HQ, it would have to be Emily, our ops manager. First it was her shoes we oggled over, but now it’s her desk. Who else could house four drinks in her workspace and still keep clean? Click through to read about what else Emily keeps behind the walls of her cube.
1. Polaroids from the Birchbox one year anniversary party: Such a fun party! It was so exciting to celebrate our first year and even crazier to think of how far we’ve come in our second.
Birchbox dads are an awesome bunch. They not only taught us how to fish, barbecue and enjoy a game of football; they also provided us with some of our best (and most hilarious) grooming advice. In honor of Father’s Day, we’re sharing the greatest-hits of fatherly beauty tips and what we’ll be giving them on this special holiday. Are you still looking for a gift for your Papa? Order by noon on June 11 (next Monday!) to grab guaranteed delivery in time for Father’s Day.
Jillian Rissman-Sherr and Dad
Dad’s Best Grooming Advice: Always, always wear sunscreen (plus a dorky wide-brimmed hat). And, chapstick is a must—he has a few handy at all times.
Father’s Day Present: I’m giving him the one and only Birchbox Man!