Friday Favorites 5/15

Happy Friday!

For those of you who are new around here, I used to have this weekly series where I’d share some of my favorite links around the web that I discovered throughout the week. It was meant to be a fun, entertaining and informative short article published every Friday as a way to sort of wrap up the entire week. If you like to keep up with celebrity news, pop culture trends and current events, then this was meant to be the perfect piece for you.

When I took a hiatus from blog writing, my weekly series thus took a time out. But now that I’m back, I figured there’s no time like the present to pick back up where we left off especially since there are so many good resources and content out there right now with everything going on. People and organizations have really embraced digital storytelling. So in an effort to get you through the day, that much closer to the weekend, here are some of my favorite pieces of content from this week. I hope you enjoy and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Danielle Bernstein, founder of We Wore What, released her book this week. My copy of This is NOT a Fashion Story came in the mail on Thursday!

If you haven’t seen this adorable video of Kylie Jenner’s daughter Stormi doing the #ToddlerChallenge you need to indulge yourself ASAP

Hollywood pays tribute to Jerry Stiller who passed away earlier this week at the age of 92. He will always remind me of my childhood.

Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific launches another collection at Nordstrom in collaboration with Halogen. It’s entirely whimsical and classic, just like Blair, and she hopes it invokes a feeling of optimism

Starting today at 1PM CST, Facebook will be hosting a star-studded virtual graduation for the class of 2020

Rise Up New York! telethon raises over $115 million for people and non-profits most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak

Bruce Willis posts quarantine content on TikTok I didn’t know I needed in my life…DAMN he looks good!

And ICYMI on Sincerely-Sydney this week

I recreated two Gigi Hadid street style looks

How to stay positive in a world of chaos

Gift ideas for the alternative mom

Sincerely,

Sincerely Quarantined

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Dear Friends,

Woah this is not the world I left when I published my last blog post, which by the way I checked and was exactly 3 months and one day ago today. Since then, a lot has changed the biggest shift coming in the form of a worldwide pandemic and stay-at-home order. Can you believe what’s happening? Can you believe this is how 2020 is turning out? Can you believe that we’ve been sheltering in place for almost 2 months? It’s wild.

I missed you guys and I missed expressing my inner most thoughts to my little corner of the internet. Why has it been so long since my last post? Good question. I honestly don’t know. I think I got to a point around the time of my last published work where I was extremely overwhelmed. Everything I had going on from family, to work, to travel, working on my blog, maintaining a social life, keeping my space clean, cooking, laundry, more work, it was a lot and the thought of taking my “free time” (I use that phrase loosely because it essentially didn’t exist) to write seemed less like an enjoyable pastime and more like a chore. At the beginning of this year, I honestly think I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It was always go go go and never any time to really stop.

And then the virus hit. It has been total devastation and something I don’t think any of us ever expected. Thank god for the frontline workers and first responders who put their own lives at risk every day in an effort to keep us safer. I grieve deeply for the families who’ve lost loved ones. I actually thought at the beginning of 2020 that this was going to be “my year”…yeah that didn’t age well.

In the ever so slight silver lining of the scenario, it’s given the world, and me, some time to take a breather. Some time at home. Some time to spend with family. Some time to reevaluate what’s important and how we’ve been living our lives. Some extra time to get back to doing the things we once found enjoyable. Being forced to work from home has literally given me 3+ hours back into my day with the lack of a commute. It’s allowed me to exercise, to cook, to clean, to organize. I know a pandemic is not a productivity contest, but when I feel like it, I can actually get shit done. The Earth is literally healing around us. Maybe in some sort of twisted fate, this was God’s (or whatever higher power you believe in) way of telling us to slow the eff down.

That may be an unpopular opinion, some may disagree, I mean troves of people across the U.S. are protesting beach re-openings. Those people are idiots, but I completely understand that others have not had my experience and that some people are really suffering right now. If you are one of those individuals and there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.

It’s been a while since we’ve communicated. How are you? What’s been going on? I seriously would love to know. As an extrovert, I’m sort of craving human interaction right now. Conversation and a sit down at a nice restaurant are my personality’s reinforcements.

For me? I haven’t been up to much lately. My mom tore her rotator cuff so she had to have surgery a few weeks ago and I’m now chauffeuring her to physical therapy three days a week. I’m still working from home full-time, I’m so thankful for my job and the seamless integration of being fully operational while remote. I’m quarantined with my mom at our house but still am able to visit my boyfriend often. I’ve been trying to get through Three by Ted Dekker (the book) which I started over a year and a half ago…I’m a horrible reader. I’ve been trying to take advantage of the now vast array of free online courses when I can, possibly thinking of signing up for Masterclass to take Anna Wintour’s and Annie Leibovitz’s sessions. We’ve been supporting local as much as possible whenever we don’t feel like cooking. I joined TikTok because why not and it’s so fun! Besides that, not much else has been going on.

I’ve been taking a lot of time to think about content and what this next phase of my blog will bring. I have some fun ideas I can’t wait to post, and I hope you love these new posts as much as I do. If you have any ideas for me or I can be a resource to you in any way during or post-COVID, please do not hesitate to reach out. Share with friends and family that I’m back baby! I’m thoroughly looking forward to this next chapter with you guys!

Sincerely,