The Jones List: July 2020 (Part 2)

What are we living and loving for at the moment? The Jones & Co girls share their inside tips on what’s hot and not! 

JJ’s List

What is our founder Jennifer Jones going gaga for now?

What I’m coveting

A floor to ceiling gallery wall! We haven’t got the right space in the house we are in but it doesn’t stop me planning and dreaming! I’d love to include framed drawings from my four-year-old plus fun artworks from Hotel Magique and a portrait from Janet Hill. Front and centre would be the drawings of me with my daughter that Jen gave me as a Christmas present last year. She commissioned Leo Greenfield to produce this treasured keepsake.

What I'm eating:

I had date night on Saturday with my husband at our all-time favourite Sydney restaurant Bistro Rex in Potts Point. We ate twice-baked cheese souffles, Moreton Bay bug omelettes and quaffed French Bordeaux. It was heavenly to sit in that space with its cosy bistro interiors on a cold winter’s night. They are so welcoming that it’s like a warm hug.

With my daughter Teddie, we’re cooking from her new book Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street

which is the most delightful book about a community cooking different dishes from around the world and includes easy toddler friendly recipes. The illustrations are so sweet and I love how it explores the different cuisines.

What I'm reading:

Like the rest of the world, I devoured Untamed by Glennon Doyle in a week. Now I’m re-reading it with my highlighter pen. It is a book full of wisdom and pure shots of magic and great parenting advice. It’s definitely been one of the most powerful books I’ve read this year.

Glennon also features on heaps of podcasts. One of my favourites is Glennon's interview with Elizabeth Day on her How to Fail podcast.

What I'm watching:

I’ve just binge watched Schitt’s Creek. I was first drawn to it as it is light and fun which is what I’m needing at the moment. But as the show progressed you really fall in love with the characters and the underlying message of acceptance and family ties. It really becomes a show that is all about love especially family love when you are forced to spend time in close proximity! (In fact, three of the characters are actually father, son and daughter.) So fitting for our current times. The last episode had me in tears! I 100% recommend it.

What I'm listening to:

I have the biggest girl crush on British journalist Pandora Skyes and love her podcast with Dolly Alderton called The High Low. So I’m thrilled that Pandora has a new solo podcast called Doing it Right with Pandora Sykes. The bio reads: “Each week, Pandora interviews an expert in their field, about their life, their work, and the trivialities, myths and anxieties of modern life. This is a show that combines the big things and a little things - because a good life is made up of both.”

Another interview-style podcast I’ve recently subscribed to is Happy Place with Fearne Cotton. I’m looking forward to a long drive so I can listen to the episodes with Gok Wan, Stephen Fry and Kirsty Young. 

Jen’s List

What is floating the boat of our creative director Jennifer Sampson this month?

What I'm loving:

Dirt! The Dirt Company make an eco-conscious laundry detergent that you by in a sleek, re-fillable glass dispenser online. You can even send back the refills to completely eliminate those gargantuan plastic bottles of washing liquid from the supermarket. It has exceeded my expectations in stain removal too (with three boys in the house that’s a fair ask). You only use four pumps a load so it’s better for your machine and the oceans too. Win-win!

What I'm eating:

Portuguese tarts from Sweet Belem, a Sydney inner-west institution. You’ll not find a flakier pastry!

What I'm reading:

I’m catching up on a few books I’ve had in the bookcase at the moment. I’ve just finished a light read of Michael Robotham The Secrets She Keeps and now I’m onto Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.

What I'm buying:

Downloadable recipe journals from my favourite restaurants! In a bid to help restaurants struggling though the pandemic Cartilage have partnered with some great local venues. You get delicious recipes and the restaurant gets two thirds of the cost. This weekend we are having Mary’s burgers and fried chicken, yew! 

What I'm watching:

Like everyone else on the planet I watched Hamilton on Disney Plus last week! Although I was a little disappointed with Lin Manuel Miranda’s voice (I had no idea), it was eclipsed by his gargantuan supporting players in the original cast. The quality and originality of his writing however is unquestionably brilliant. Although I was unfamiliar with the subject matter of America’s founding fathers, it’s still at times a moving piece cinematically and some of those tracks really are earworms!

What I'm listening to:

My thirteen-year-old is pumping Juice Wrlds posthumous new album and Kanye’s Jesus is King through the household speakers this month.