It’s official! We’ve made it to summer. It’s the end of the month so like clockwork, we always write one of these posts. It has been many many days at home and we’ve reached the point where I have caved. I made my first online shopping purchase just a couple of weeks ago to allow myself to have more flexibility in my rotation of leggings. It’s not lost on me that if I continue to shop more that I still won’t have a place to where these new pieces out to. However, with that thinking in mind, the leggings seem like they will serve a good purpose. Whether you’re shopping right now or not, may these pieces below provide you with some inspiration for whenever you’re ready.Read more “The Closet: May 2020”
I want to do my best to keep this brief. For the first time this week, COVID-19 was the last thing on my mind. This week’s incident resulting in the death of George Floyd is devastating. And having to already deal with a pandemic and feeling like we are rolling backwards from the progress we’ve made on racism in this country is exhausting for everyone. Every time one of these deaths occurs, I find myself struggling with words. I know even after this post gets published, I’m going to go back and forth on it wishing I had said something differently or more.
There are many ways for Asian Americans to stand with African Americans as allies. I’m sure all of you are seeing these resources within your social media accounts right now. I urge you to take the time and read through each one. This is important and doesn’t warrant you skipping by it. Because I have this platform, it doesn’t feel right to not address it. It’s not business as usual; nothing about 2020 is normal. To not acknowledge what is going on in this country as a problem would signal that it doesn’t impact me.
I cannot speak for everyone and I recognize that not everyone is as comfortable with social media as I am. There are two points I want to say here: if you yourself are not a social media regular and don’t feel comfortable posting anything regarding the matter, that is okay. Know that there are other ways to become involved and informed and you can do this behind the scenes. Secondly, sharing related posts on social media and flooding your stories doesn’t do any good if you yourself are not taking action. What you are doing is spreading awareness, but take it a step further. Make those shares count for something.
This is actually a graphic designed by the [MTA] On another note, as of today, Mayor London Breed has announced that face coverings will now be required in San Francisco when outside the home and within 30 feet of people. And honestly, thank goodness because it’s not even that hard to be wearing a face mask when you’re walking yet people can’t seem to do it here anyways.
How crazy is it that we are going to end 2020 without a spring/summer music festival season? Primavera Sound is getting a head start on releasing next year’s lineup. On the other hand, Coachella realized they were too optimistic by pushing their festival out to October when they likely will have to wait until 2021 as well. Many of my friends have commented that one of the hardest parts about quarantine is missing out on live music and shows. This was also the year that I was planning on returning home for Capitol Hill Block Party. The only positive upside to this is that I’m not missing anything.
Due to COVID-19, Pride events aren’t being held like they normally would be next month. That doesn’t mean that Pride Month isn’t being celebrated. Nike, Converse, and adidas have all released their pride-themed sneakers ahead of the month and we are big fans. I especially love this one by adidas (above) that has parts of the sneaker itself in a designated color. If you’re wanting that all-over look though, Converse (bottom right) is the look for you. And for the minimalist – we’ve got Nike (bottom left.)
For details on all three pairs and where and when to buy, visit the sources below.
It has been a terrible 48 hours in the world so to keep things light-hearted this evening, we’re sharing another post by [Colossal] Since we’ve been shelter-in-place the amount of doggies I’ve seen around the city have been few and far between. Seeing these wooden pieces of different breeds by Misato Sano was enough to cheer me up. Joy from these pieces span a number of reasons for me. I think they’d make great one-of-a-kind home decor pieces for one. They also have the best expressions and there’s a piece for everyone since they come in a variety of breeds. Here are just a few of my favorites:
We still would not be producing pies that even match a 1/4 of what these pieces of work are. In quarantine, my friends fall into two categories. Everyone is spending much more time in the kitchen and while half are cooking meals for themselves, the other half lean more into the baking. I keep hearing the same thing. Bakers are more skilled. Everything they make has a greater level of detail and precision. With cooking, you can kind of throw things together with it still working. The same cannot be said for bread, pastries, and all of the above. That statement continues to ring true as we dig into the work of Karin Pfeiff-Boschek’s pies.
I’m stunned as I view photos of these pies because they are truly pieces of art. I would feel intimidated just having a slice; I’m not even sure if I could! Each one of her pies is topped with some kind of intricate design whether it’s done with fruit or more dough. To view more of what she’s been creating during quarantine, visit her [Instagram]
Lennon Stella Ft. Charlie Puth – Summer Feelings
I’m thinking about transitioning our “Song of the Day” to YouTube videos instead of Spotify links. It took me the longest time to figure out that Spotify was only letting you play 15 second clips! This would be much better right?
In what will be their most inclusive release yet, Crayola is releasing a box dedicated entirely to skin tones. Announced by Crayola, the box is for children to “accurately color themselves into the world.” The pack, called “Colors of the World,” will include 24 new crayons.
“With the world growing more diverse than ever before, Crayola hopes our new Colors of the World crayons will increase representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance. We want the new Colors of the World crayons to advance inclusion within creativity and impact how kids express themselves.”
The new crayons will be released this coming July, but you can begin preorders [here.] I really love the messaging behind this release. As a child with my crayons, this was always something that was challenging for me.