Jelisa Castrodale

Jelisa is a freelance writer who has covered food and travel, sports and pop culture for numerous publications. When she's not on deadline, she enjoys getting new passport stamps, collecting records and shouting at her beloved Liverpool Football Club.
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How Focusing on What We Can Do Instead of What We Can’t Has Helped Me This Year
Social distancing hasn’t replaced our need for socializing. “How We Gather Now” is Apartment Therapy’s look at how we’re finding safe new ways to get together in 2020, presented in partnership with Absolut Juice. We’ve heard about sunset cocktails on a city roof; the simple joys of the front porch, and celebrating even in times of crisis.
Sep 4, 2020
Why You Don’t Want to Sit Next to Martha Stewart on an Airplane
If you’ve ever been forced to endure a flight seated next to someone who decided to bring a tuna salad sandwich as their carry-on item, then congratulations—you’re fully prepared to be Martha Stewart’s seatmate. The OG lifestyle guru told the New York Times what her travel essentials are, and for the most part they’ll make you hope you never have to share an armrest with her. “I try to avoid plane food most of the time,” she harrumphed to the Times.
May 3, 2019
This $9 Kitchen Tool is a MoMA-Approved Design Icon
If you’ve been to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan, you’ve probably marveled at its permanent collection, which includes some of the most iconic and immediately recognizable works, ever — there’s the melting clocks of Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory, the soft-focus pastels of Claude Monet’s massive Water Lilies triptych, and everyone’s go-to poster from their freshman year, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
May 3, 2019
The Many Questions We Have About These Cookbook Covers
According to scientists, every 18 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone is leaning over to a semi-stranger and stage-whispering “You know, you can make yogurt in your Instant Pot.” It seems like we’re all in agreement that the Instant Pot does everything. It can make tender, juicy roasts; it can make perfectly poached eggs; and, if it had been asked, it would probably have found a way to avoid last weekend’s government shutdown.
Jan 30, 2018
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What New Movers Can Teach Us About a Home’s Essential Needs
Whew, I hope you’re sitting down. Of course you’re sitting down, because you’ve just spent the past week settling into your new place, somehow unpacking more boxes than you remember packing, and wondering how you’ve acquired so many novelty coffee mugs. (Garfield? Really?) But now that you’ve stacked what seems like two tons of cardboard on top of the recycle bins, what else do you need to do? Not as much as you think.
Oct 9, 2017
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Win: One Year of Free Rent (That’s $12,000!)
Prize: A Year of Free Rent From: The new CBS comedy 9JKL, premiering Monday, Oct. 2 at 8:30/7:30c Value: $12,000 It’s probably safe to say that most of us never anticipate moving back in with our folks, but it can happen for all kinds of reasons. Maybe your neighborhood got hot and your landlord jacked up the rent. Maybe you’re trying to figure out where to go (on multiple levels) after a breakup. Or maybe you’re just trying to save some money for the right place of your own.
Sep 18, 2017
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Building a Capsule Wardrobe with Thrift Store Basics
There are so many things that I know I should do, like taking more than one barre class or making açaí bowls instead of emptying the Lucky Charms box directly into my open mouth. Streamlining my own embarrassingly overstuffed closet into a well-curated capsule wardrobe is also on that list — it’s just a matter of getting started.
Aug 30, 2017
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The Benefits of Thrifting You Might Not Have Known
I’d ask for a show of hands to see how many of us have at least attempted the Marie Kondo method of organizing our homes, but at this point, half of us are still holding high school tennis T-shirts and waiting for them to spark a feeling of joy. There is something kind of exhilarating about decluttering and downsizing and even fussing over the way we fold our socks, but emptying out our closets and drawers forces us to ask a big question: What do we do with this stuff now?
Aug 17, 2017