Sunday Scaries Diaries: Leandra Did Nothing, Socialized with No One, Bought a Pair of Jeans

Whatever, the party is what you make it!



Welcome to MR’s Sunday Scaries Diaries, where haunted humans chronicle their end-of-the-weekend terrors (plus the events that led up to them), hopefully to make all of us feel a little less alone in the fetal position come Monday morning.

I didn’t realize how pathetic my weekends are until I had to chronicle the events of a Sunday and reflect on the Saturday that preceded it (when I did, pretty much, the same stuff give or take an arm and lip wax). It’s okay, though, I am who I am and if I want to use baby carrots as a procrastination mechanism, than so be it! I forgive myself.

7:26 a.m.

I wake up, get up, pee, get back in bed, notice that I have put up a wall made from a pillow that stands between Abie and me.

8:01 a.m.

Abie asks about the wall, I tell him if Trump can build one, so can I (I’m protecting myself against his breath. Mine’s not any better, but I don’t sleep with my mouth open).

8:22 a.m.

Now I’m out of bed for good. I go to the bathroom, wash my face, brush my teeth and make our bed. Abie is meditating and we will likely go for breakfast in 20 minutes when he’s done. I want scra–no, waffles.

8:45 a.m.

Should I put on a lewk?


9:01 a.m.

We’re at Jack’s Wife Freda and I’m really excited to drink coffee. There are so many productive things that I can to do today, such as write a story (an idea came to me last night while I was watching the Tony Robbins documentary), record this week’s episode of Monocycle (maybe next week’s too if I am feeling ambitious) and market research for a bunch of stories I need to style this week but I really, really don’t want to confront any of it.

9:07 a.m.

I CAN DO ANYTHING. I CAN DO EVERYTHING. (The caffeine kicked in.) I BETTER GET HOME AND PROVE MY WORTH. I’m also reading this story in the Style section of The New York Times right now — the front cover is about breaking up with Twitter and on the inside page, there’s a piece about personal newsletters usurping blogs or something. I am starting to feel a strange sort of media fatigue; I’m not sure if it’s born out of what has seemed like a hundred years of election coverage, or if there is just too much that is too scattered and choice is paralyzing me but — hey! My waffles are here.

Is that a story?

10:36 a.m.

I forgot to pick up almond butter from the supermarket yesterday, so I guess I’ll do that now. In case you’re wondering, the brand of ‘butter that I get is called Nuttzo and it is fucking nutzo. As in, so good, it’s nutzo.

11:58 a.m.


I got home around 10:50, retreated to the blue velvet couch where Abie is sitting and doing weird stuff in Excel (my nightmare) and started writing a story called “What Are You Looking For?” It’s about media fatigue, obviously. I’m also writing this, in real time. Abie just looked over my shoulder and said, “Hey, why are you writing mean things about me?” I explained that everyone struggles with bad morning breath.


Back to writing — the thing about Sunday Scaries is that the only way to make them go away is to do a bunch of shit you really don’t want to. Like write stories on a Sunday after you’ve just spent the greater half of a week doing exactly that. I just found a chewed piece of gum inside my iPhone case, by the way.

12:45 p.m.

Things that are currently on my mind: pre-Thanksgiving burnout (is that a story?), an incredible interview I read yesterday between Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada in this quarter’s issue of System Magazine (they had this awesome idea about designing each other’s collections one season, which made me really want Team MR to take over a magazine for a month, or something), and what kind of stories we should be serving to the ~community~ following Trump’s election. Should I record Monocycle now or later?


I’m about to turn the editorial team on its head and e-mail them with this !surprise! Monday morning inclusion.

2:00 p.m.

Abie is out of Excel, wants to go for a walk. It is like, 60 degrees out and sunny. I am down. In leggings and a headband thank you very much.

2:21 p.m.

This walk has turned into lunch break at Peacefood Cafe (very delicious vegan place on 11th and University). I was trying to avoid this because I am still so damn full from breakfast. (Fine, in addition to breakfast, I ate an entire bag of licorice.)


Healthy licorice! Made not with sugar, but molasses, which apparently is really good for a woman’s iron levels. I don’t know, Amelia told me that and you can only really count on 16% of what she says.

3:00 p.m.

Walk resumes.

3:08 p.m.

I stop for soft serve.


I’m happier than it seems!

4:01 p.m.

Walk concludes. And here’s what I still have to do today: finish market research that was due on Friday for a style story we are running in partnership with AG on how to wear denim to a holiday party without looking like, you know, you’re wearing denim. We’re also working on the world’s greatest gift guide and that motherfucker will require a pretty large loot of product that Amelia and I are going to have to pick. And I’m styling a piece on how to wear berets, which is being shot tomorrow morning, and have another bit on graphic T-shirts being shot later this week. Working peripherally in fashion (I say peripherally because the fashion content is really only like, 20% of what we do) is awesome most days because STUFF is my escape. I genuinely use it to get out of my head, but man, I feel like there are other, great, diverse style opinions out there!!!! If you want to be a market editor at Man Repeller and also kind of know how to write, can you send me a telegram?

I still have to record Monocycle.

5:00 p.m.

I just bought Dries Van Noten jeans from Vestiaire Collective for $85. I have wanted these since like 2009. What a cool find.


5:30 p.m.

But have I completed any of the necessary market work? Of course not. I think I’ll eat a carrot.

5:45 p.m.

A handful of carrots. With…


6:15 p.m.

We’re going to a soba noodle place on Kenmare and Elizabeth for dinner with two of our friends (I forgot how to socialize, we’ll see what happens tonight). Supposed to meet at 6:30. I’ll have to stop at the office at pick up the berets for tomorrow morning’s shoot, too.

8 p.m.

Dinner was awesome, I am super nauseous. How many soba noodles are too many? Heading into the office, just a block away now.

11 p.m.

I did the market work. I did not record Monocycle. I’m going home. I’m going to bed. I hate Sundays.

Is that a story?

Illustration by Emily Zirimis.

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  • Gabby

    Love your gingham trousers Leandra. Where are they from?

    • Leandra Medine

      They are Celine. And I think going on sale v soon.

  • PCE

    Hating Sundays is definitely a story.

  • This sounds like the perfect Sunday even though you said you hated it. Lots of good food, you were productive, and you went on a walk and got ice cream! Leandra! I LOVE the idea of ya’ll taking over a magazine.

  • Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins

    how come the nut butter jar opens at the bottom? confused

    • Morgan Davison

      I’m guessing so that the oil disperses more evenly throughout the jar

    • moi

      Don’t you think it’s just nuttzzz??

  • Rose Leger

    If that’s a sincere employment opportunity, then, hi, I’ll be sincerely in touch.

  • Grace B

    Duuuuuude, I loved this! I bought a mock turtleneck sweater with stripes AND a flower at Savers yesterday. Thank you Sag Harbor.

  • A thing I gleaned from your laptop screen is that you also look up synonyms for words when writing and I found comfort in knowing that you are not in fact a human thesaurus / also need the occasional assist from the internet.

    PS love these posts keep ’em coming.

    • Leandra Medine

      No I am SO not. My default is to rely on the same 4 words. Thesauruses rule because they’re like vocab classes! Genuinely feel like I’ve learned a lot from being curious about what other ways I can say the same thing over and over

      • Thesauruses DO rule. Genuinely feel like I’ve expanded my vocabulary reading MR, so keep it up. Also my grasp of metaphors; y’all are damn good at metaphors.

        • Dior Bediako

          Yup, I learnt the word ‘trajectory’ on here because we definitely don’t use it in England! I feel so good when I say that word now HA x

  • idontlikesundays

    The technical/formal name for Sunday ?


  • Sophia

    I feel like I’m stalking you and believe me, I’M NOT I just wanted to make sure you got the gift I sent you to your office! Also, sometimes (always) I will come to my studio on Sundays and get nothing done but feel like I did because I am physically in a place where work COULD happen, but doesn’t. Does that make sense? Xo. (check your packages!!)

  • Christel Michelle

    Really really want your striped top! It’s one of the best I’ve seen!!

  • Frankie

    Reading this made my morning. Your writing cracks me up, keep them coming!
    Frankie x

  • Jessica Amento

    Hand raised for the Market Editor position! Or any position. P.S. Usurping is a fantastic word.

  • Gaby Medina

    thank you for making me smile!!

  • Jolie

    I know this had to have been written about one or two Sundays ago (because it definitely wasn’t 60 degrees yesterday), but just wanted to say that, randomly enough, I spent my Sunday yesterday doing brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda and stopping for a random lunch at Peacefood, as well. The coincidence freaked me the heck out while reading this! Those chickpea fries tho.

    • Leandra Medine

      Ha! That’s pretty fortuitous!

  • Senka

    I am snack shamed after reading this article, because you actually eat carrots as snack ( with almond butter, ok, but still). I only buy carrots because my parrots love them and wouldn’t be caught dead eating one unless mom puts them in some dish she prepairs and I don’t see them. I’ll so try the carrot almond/peanut butter thing. Time to be healthy! Also, I know it’s your down time outfit, but to me that navy sweater-khaki trench coat combo was an amazing work day look.

  • wornbywalda

    Thanking you from the bottom of my heart for sharing Nutzzo! Did not even know this lil glass jar of delight was existent and was available within Australia (v/ rare to find rad vegan foods) – thanks chick!

  • Chibisova Anastasia

    I guess a pair of Dries Van Noten jeans worth the hole Sunday

  • Tess Caras

    what did i just read

  • Amanda Orlando

    Enjoyed 🙂 Write more of these please!

  • Kattigans

    Leandra, I’ll do your Market Research! Also, you and Abie are so great together. Love the pics you post on IG of him taking naps all the time. Kinda like me and my guy only I’m the one who is always sleeping lol