Friends, this week. This week has been a tough one. At the outset, the loss of Kate Spade had me so sad. Kate Spade was one of the first shows I ever attended at New York Fashion Week. The creativity, ingenuity and message of female empowerment that Kate Spade ignited was so impactful. Her brand inspired me to be braver. With my outfit choices and my life choices.
And then came the news of Anthony Bourdain.
His passing has struck me down cold. Maybe because he’s been beamed into our living rooms for so many years. Maybe because I wanted to travel and eat just like he did. Maybe because he was a voice for the often voiceless and a champion of the underdog. He was the guy I always said I wanted on the proverbial “dream dinner party.” We live in a time with an extraordinary amount of pain and an extraordinary lack of kindness and human decency. The technological tools that were invited to “bring us closer together” (and on which this little corner of the internet so heavily relies) actually serve to put a very inhumane amount of distance between us.
While the losses of these two brilliant humans is tragic, I’m attempting to take the loss as a reminder to be gentle. To be kind. To reach out. To connect. Everyday. And not with a heart or a like or an emoji. But with a call. A hug. A “tell me what’s going with you lately.” We say please reach out, ask for help. But when you’re drowning in emotional & mental turmoil it can be impossible to catch your breath long enough to speak. That said I have included the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline below. Because it is the very very least I can do.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255
There were an amazing array of things that brought a smile to my face this week – from attending the Pinterest Creators Conference to spending time with treasured friends (have you seen my 16 hours in Seattle on Instagram?!) so I want to share smile-inducing links for this week’s Friday Finds in the hopes they’ll lift your spirits as well.
My friend Alicia’s house is goalz.
And this gorgeous furniture collection is making me want all the things.
As will this refreshing smoothie.
If you’re looking for bright and cheery right now (aren’t we all) this home tour should do the trick.
Page turners also always help me get in a good mood so I might pick up one of these summer reads this weekend.
Why overpay for a summer stray tote when you can make your own?
And in an extremely timely post, Victoria profiled amazing, inspirational women who are also struggling with mental health challenges.
We’re all in this together. Let’s take care of each other a little bit more.