#51: Helen Levi

Potter Helen Levi on Friday Night Lights, Dried Fruit, Aperol Spritzes, and more!

Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked cool person Helen Levi to come on Perfectly Imperfect & spread the hot rec wealth.

I remember the first time I bought a really nice coffee mug & it was a beautiful piece from Helen, a photographer & potter living in NYC. Her work is a distinct style that combines abstract shapes, earthy tones, and bright contrasting colors to create perfectly imperfect items such as plates, mugs, bowls, and planters. Helen has great taste and lucky for us, she’s here from maternity leave to talk about what she’s been into.

Without further ado

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📺  Friday Night Lights

So I've started rewatching this as one of the several archival series I've revisited in quarantimes. Season 1 is perfect television, and season 2 goes completely off the rails.  At first I was pissed, but then I did some light googling and found out there had been a writer's strike for season 2, and now I'm watching with a sick intrigue as the plot lines get more and more convoluted. It's truly insane, and I'm here for it.

🥘 Katie Lee’s Recipes

I don't know how I stumbled on Katie Lee Biegel's IG, explore page probably? But her IGTV channel is exactly the amount of effort I want to be putting in to my cooking these days. I recently became a mom, and so did she, so I probably am feeling extra kindred. But do me a favor, go watch and make yourself a Backpack Bagel! I've been having them multiple times a week.

🍎 Apricot King

This is probably the most old lady thing I'll ever do, but here I am recommending dried fruit. You know when you're used to the grocery store version of something, and then you have an excellent version, and it's just like... a completely different thing? That happened to me when I first bought a nice bottle of olive oil. And also when I ordered from Apricot King. I love dried apricots on my oatmeal, and now I'm spoiled beyond return. I just turn my nose up at those dumb bags of stupid apricots at the grocery and keep on walkin. 

🗣️ Higher Learning

Anyone out there love the Bachelor as much as me? One of the hosts of this pod, Rachel Lindsay, was a contestant years ago, and then became the first Black bachelorette. And yes, she actually married the guy she chose! She also happens to be an attorney and is extremely smart. Now she and her cohost Van Lathan dissect pop culture, sports, politics... and IYKYK that #bachelornation is going through some serious upheaval, which makes this required listening.

🍸 Aperol Spritz 

I've never been a drinker... until motherhood. Now at the end of the day I don't mind something to take the edge off.  Not to mention the slog of winter is upon us, and all I want is to think of the warm weather - enter the Aperol Spritz. It's the perfect end-of-day drink for me because it's not too strong (I'm breastfeeding). But I can't get through a whole bottle of prosecco before it goes flat, so I've been getting 4 packs of cans of prosecco. Did everyone else know this trick already?! It feels like a stroke of genius to this sleep deprived gal.

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