You’ve Got Mail: 5 E-mail Newsletters To Brighten Up Your Inbox

Becca Van Sambeck
Becca is a recent Fordham grad, a former German beer hall girl, and a new Brooklyn resident who used to read the dictionary for fun as a kid. She has only gotten slightly less lame since then. She loves pugs, chicken fingers, reading and Game of Thrones.

Look, early mornings are rough. Whether you’re heading to an early class, work, or any other obligation, it’s hard to feel totally cheery in the a.m. So to brighten up your mornings and make them a little easier, subscribe to these five email newsletters to read while you enjoy that obligatory cup of coffee.



Everyone wants to be well-informed about world events, but we’re too often caught up on work to go too in depth into news both national and international. theSkimm offers a quick, cheekily-written roundup of all the important events that happened within the past day, so you can at least have a grasp of what’s important to know, and know what news topics you want to look into deeper.

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Okay, people have all SORTS of feelings about Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s drama Girls. But even if you’re not feeling Lena Dunham, her feminist newsletter, Lenny, is absolutely worth signing up for — she gets personal essays on all sorts of subjects that are important to women, sexism in all its forms, racism, women’s health, sex and all sorts of other issues. She also gets amazing contributors — Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on the wage gap originated with Lenny.




Medium has become a major site because it lets anyone post their written work on it and allows readers to push the best content to the top. The content ranges far and wide, with yesterday’s staff picks including a girl discussing her sexual assault at the hands of a close friend, a woman sharing her fears about her cancer diagnosis, a look into how technology’s cheeriness and glibness is failing those who need help, and a profile of James Deen, America’s favorite porn star-turned-abuser/rapist. There’s so much great and interesting content to sift from, which is exactly why you should subscribe to the newsletter to get the best of the best.



Refinery29 has become a go-to website for beauty and fashion tips, and its daily newsletter makes sure you get the most necessary tips. We’ve all had days where we wake up and wonder what the hell happened to our faces while we slept, Refinery29’s newsletter will give you the quick beauty inspiration you need to feel like a human being again.

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Tasting Table

Judging by the popularity of food Instagram accounts, we all love ogling a good meal. Tasting Table’s newsletter offers plenty of pretty pictures of food, as well as creative and delicious recipes so you can make your own. Cooking is a necessary skill for any 20something and Tasting Table makes you feel like you could actually one day be a chef.


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