A while back I was publishing a list of things that made me think, inspired me, or just amused me if only for a moment. I’ve been asked by a few people why I stopped and who urged me to bring these musings back. As I began to pull this list together it was hard to avoid the topic that is top of mind for everyone—”The Beast.” So here we go—week 01 of Things To Love.
1. I Love New York: I have called NYC home for my entire adult life. I was there for 9/11, the blackout, and Hurricane Sandy, but this time I left, fleeing like many to places that felt safer. While I’m happy to be with family, have a lot more space to socially distance, and have access to nature, I miss the city. Two friends help me feel connected and entertained with their social posts, and Molly Jong-Fast wrote a poignant piece for Vogue capturing life in NYC and why she’s not leaving.
@TheJenniferWalsh has been sharing her long runs in the empty streets of Manhattan. Experience the surreal quiet when “the city that never sleeps” comes to a grinding halt.
@EllenLubinSherman is a quintessential New Yorker. She is a brilliant writer with a wicked sense of humor, one of the chicest women I know who elevates shopping to an art form. She began posting short videos last week that just make me smile.
2. Have a Little Faith: Li Edelkoort said on a Business of Fashion podcast, “Hopefully after this is all over, we will be able to reset society and make a completely new world.” Creatives everywhere are already thinking about the future, inspired by resilience while respectfully honoring the devastation this virus is creating around the globe. She believes the coronavirus pandemic is bringing to light what is wrong with society, teaching us to slow down and to change our ways.
Check out these free resources from Li Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano and the Trend Union team that are sure to open your mind, inspire you, and make you think about the future. Embracing equal parts emotion and reason.
3. We’ve Got This: That is the tagline for Zents, the bath and body range born from founder Cord Cohen’s experience after a car accident left him with physical and brain injuries including chronic pain, intense migraines, and almost complete loss of the ability to smell. This is a founder that intuitively understands the need for and importance of community. Zents has launched a Wellness Room, bringing experts to social via Facebook Live, and on his personal Facebook page Cord has initiated a 30 Day Healing Breath Challenge, sharing the practice he learned in India that healed him after his accident.
While some brands are taking the discounting tact (perhaps out of necessity) still focusing on transactions, I believe it is going to be the business that leads with empathy, understands the need for community, and focuses on connection that will come out the other side of this stronger having created value beyond the products they sell.
4. From the Frontline: Bauer Media-owned British magazine Grazia replaced the celebrity photos that usually grace the cover with medical heroes from the National Health Service—doctors, nurses, and medical professionals working relentlessly to keep the public safe. The elaborate cover photo shoot was replaced by photos that took minutes in carparks while observing social distancing.
“Undoubtedly there are many heroes that have emerged over the last few weeks—from delivery drivers and supermarket workers to teachers keeping classrooms open,” Grazia editor Hattie Brett said to The Drum. “But those on the front line, most exposed to the virus, are the NHS workers. They’re going above and beyond to battle the physical and emotional effects of COVID-19—risking their own lives to help us all. We owe them all enormous gratitude, and this week’s issue of Grazia is our attempt to say thank you to the NHS and let their workers send a clear message to us all.”
5. Melinda Lee Holm, Tarot Priestess, reader, writer, guide, and thinker, has taken to Instagram to offer free Tarot classes and readings for the duration of the quarantine (and maybe beyond). Let’s face it, we could all use a little magick these days.
Photo: @sallyhershberger via Instagram