It’s a strange time, isn’t it? Since many of us have been in quarantine and practicing social distancing, it’s truly the little joys that make this difficult time more manageable. From making sweets in the kitchen, to trying a new bottle of wine or cracking open a warm and nostalgic book… it’s the little, simple things that can turn any day into a sunnier one.
No matter what way you look at it, our lives as we know it have all completed changed from the wake of COVID-19. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite items that are bringing us so much joy and happiness during quarantine.
Face Masks By Artisans
Buying a face mask seems all too normal nowadays. But why not invest in one that can help an artist through these tough times? We love these 100% cotton masks made by Project Runway Alum Jennifer Diederich. Made in NYC, these masks are playful, feature a pocket for a filter and a bendy nose piece to mold the mask to your face. Plus, Jennifer’s mask profits go towards more materials for donated masks!
Closet Additions That Support Black Businesses
Without a doubt, this unprecedented time has made us evaluate where we choose to spend and the power that lies in our wallets. We’re focusing on supporting black businesses in all avenues right now – apparel, accessories, restaurants and more. Making it a priority to support and increase the visibility of incredible black creators, designers and entrepreneurs is something we will be continuing to do in the months ahead. Nía Thomas’s eco-conscious apparel line has us swooning. Each piece is crafted intentionally with sustainability in mind. We’re obsessed with this handwoven cotton jute skirt, paired with this azul colored ceramic bra – the perfect pairing for hotter days ahead. And you can bet that on any given day we’ll be strutting our stuff with Nia’s lightweight silk and cotton palazzo pant with side slit and attached cross body bag in one! Each piece feels incredibly special and bolsters our confidence with their bold design.
Fun Bamboo Plates For Summer Picnics
With social distancing measures still in place this summer, we have one thing on our minds… outdoor picnics! Times spent outside in the beautiful warm weather is meant to be treasured – especially after a long quarantine. This set of light, bamboo plates have the most adorable terrazzo pattern and are the perfect size for salads, desserts or whatever you’re serving. We’ll be packing them up in our bags to meet up with our gal pals in the park as much as possible!
Boy Smells Candle
There’s nothing more special than a candle that makes you feel oh so calm and collected. Especially during a crazy situation as this! We’re obsessing over Boy Smells’ LES Scented Candle – inspired by NYC’s eclectic and cool Lower East Side. (We miss being able to explore your every nook and corner New York!) With scents of blackcurrant, peach blossom, pear and cedar – we’ll be lighting this candle to get a whiff of the outdoors when we can’t be outside in the springtime air!
Fashion That Gives Back
Our wishlists on our favorite online shopping stores are ever growing nowadays. But, we’re always happy to know our money is going towards something really important right now. We’re obsessed with Industry Standard’s special edition cotton NYC tee with our custom embroidery because 50% of all sales go to the NYC Fund for Public Health in their efforts fighting COVID-19. There is really nothing more special than knowing our money is going towards supporting public health organizations that have saved endless lives.
Plush Cotton and Bamboo Towels
It feels like the little things really help us through social distancing and being cooped up at home. For example, treating ourselves to a long, warm bath at the end of the day! No spa-like experience is complete without plush towels, right? That’s why these plush Egyptian cotton hand towels with bamboo rayon are our go-to in our bathroom! They’re absorbent as they come and are thick, plush and can handle any sort of self-care product that crosses its path! We love how thick and luxurious they feel!
La Colombe Cold Brew Coffee
What’s a girl to do without her daily run to the local coffeeshop? We’ve discovered that having the perfect, smooth blend of cold brew in the fridge fills that void! La Colombe’s Cold Brew Coffee is our absolute favorite coffee to have stocked up. Silky, strong and totally convenient… their cold brew chilled cans are fresh-roasted and double-filtered for the smoothest, cleanest sip. Quarantine mode won’t have us un-caffeinated – that’s for sure! PS we’re giving away coffee and Dame Traveler books to healthcare workers. Click here to nominate your healthcare heroes!
Olive & June’s Manicure Kit
Quarantine’s got nothing on our mani game with Olive & June’s adorable Everything Box! Inside is literally everything you could ever need for a killer manicure or pedicure at home. From six of their beautiful nail colors (that you can choose from!), their iconic universal polish bottle handle, cuticle cream, nail polish remover pot, brushes, clippers – this box will get any gal’s nails back in tip top shape. It’s the little things like this that make us happy right now!
While in quarantine and practicing social distancing, we’ve all had to face unusual circumstances and difficult changes. For many of us, keeping in touch with our inner dialogue and the world around us is one way to practice self care and mental wellness. We couldn’t love Baronfig’s Observation Journal more for its open-ended prompts that encourage us to set aside time to be present, reflect and observe. Made in collaboration with artist Shantall Martin – this journal is filled with 375+ bite sized prompts that get us thinking, make us appreciative and really check in with ourselves and the world around us right now!
Blue Light Filtering Glasses
It seems like social distancing has made us more and more reliant on our screens, hasn’t it? Between Zoom conferences, FaceTime happy hours and scrolling social media – it’s time to protect our eyes from the strain that comes from blue light. Our eyes simply weren’t made to handle this amount of screen time! We’re always excited to grab our cute Felix Gray Blue Light Filtering glasses. They protect us from headaches, blurry vision, tired eyes and trouble sleeping and we love that the lenses are anti-reflective too!
Classic Tennis Sneakers
Whether you’re meeting up with friends for a social distance picnic outdoors or going on a daily solo walk around your neighborhood, slip on a pair of classic tennis sneakers to look effortlessly put together! Superga’s Cotu sneakers are chic for any sort of small excursion you have in mind. We love these Italian-made, beloved rubber-soled sneakers worn by Europeans everywhere. There’s a reason they’re called “the people’s shoe of Italy” – they’re easy to wear, sporty, comfortable and wear-resistant too! We may not be able to hop on a plane to Italy right now, but slipping these on make us reminiscent of our time there!
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There’s nothing like slipping on a beautiful little something while lounging around at home. No offense to our favorite sweatpants, but it’s time for something a little more refined. This chic, ivory slip dress with scalloped edges has the perfect, relaxed fit. We’ll be popping it on while relaxing at home or dress it up with summery wedges and accessories for picnics and outdoor seating at restaurants!
The Dame Traveler Book
Covid-19 has completely disrupted the world as we know it across all industries – travel being one of the most impacted. As travelers, we certainly are going to miss adventure this summer while practicing social distancing. So, what’s a girl to do? Take part in armchair exploration! We’re very proud of our very first hardback cover book filled with the brave, courageous women in our community around the globe. “Dame Traveler: Live The Spirit Of Adventure” celebrates the diversity and bravery of women from around the world who are not afraid to think (and live) outside the box. Inside you’ll find endless inspiration for trips around the world, inside tips, beautiful photographs and safety tips too!
Stay Cool with this Vintage Fan
As the summers get hotter and hotter, there’s nothing like a cool looking fan to keep you cool while social distancing indoors. We absolutely love this powerful and gorgeous, vintage inspired fan.
Self Care Products
We might not be out and about as much as we used to be before Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean that beauty and self-care isn’t a priority! We’re obsessed with Indulge Craft Kit by äz Craft Luxury Haircare products. Each are luxurious upgrades to the essential items we love using day in and day out. Between the shampoo, conditioner and the Remedy Restorative masque (our fave!) these hair products have our locks feeling nourished, strengthened and cared for.
Coconut Water Mist
Sulfate free and plant-based ingredients for less scalp irritation and a healthy moisture to get your hair through the humid days without having to use hair styling tools, reducing the heat exposure to your hair. Just spray this inexpensive and natural coconut water and go!
Small Yet Mighty Hair Dryer
Our favorite Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer has feeling light as a feather and ready to go (even if that means we’re just heading to the closest park this summer)! This ultra light hair dryer is faster, lighter and quicker than any other hair dryer we’ve ever used. Weighing in at less than one pound, it’s ergonomically designed and whisper soft – perfect for a packing once we’re at a safer place in the world too! We love that it features 12-heat and speed setting for all hair types and its ion technology for frizz-fair, shinier hair.
Improve Gum Health
I don’t know about you but I’ve been living and enjoying the slower pace of life lately and since I have more time, I decided to add another product to my routine. The PerioSciences AO Gel is an incredibly unique and useful tool that helps improve the appearance and health of your gums . It’s a natural product with essential oils and anti-oxidants but the best part? No harsh chemicals. It also comes in a Oral Care System!
Here’s hoping that these items bring joy to your quarantine and social distancing summer. We’re wishing you all health and happiness during this difficult time!