Simplicity, style, and self-isolation . I love to be at home, whether in our Florida apartment or our tiny NYC studio. Home is where all the good things happen. I feel safe and peaceful and there’s always a snack nearby. High-speed internet, all my favorite linens, my two sweetie-cats (in Florida), and of course my soul-mate Sandy. But I don’t like having to stay home.
Everything about daily life is different and strange since the COVID-19 virus started proliferating. Now we’re being advised (especially those of us over 60, the “elderly”) to “shelter at home.” And to avoid bars and restaurants, gah. Restaurants and pubs make me live; please come back, safely and soon. It’s also become a time to step back from busy-ness, to simplify routines and be of service to others.
We’re learning to slow down and live more in the present, as the future is wildly unknowable. This quasi-quarantine is the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading, for example. My current novel of choice is Circe, recommended by my friend Sherry. The story is brilliant at taking one away from the chaos and headlines of Real Life. And Netflix: how I love you and have come to value you even more. And HBO, with your terrific documentaries and mini-series. PBS has a documentary at their site about the Flu epidemic of 1918, fascinating. Technology makes isolation less lonely.
Simple style is part of the new world order. Even though I’m only seen by the delivery staff at our small grocery store, I like to feel pulled together and easy on the eyes. We may be in isolation but we’re not dead yet! So I’ve made some simple guidelines for myself, to look and feel better for the duration.
Skip the ratty sweats. I could easily get away with my men’s boxer shorts and an aged tee shirt – who would know? But I feel much better in a pair of jeans or my jean skirt and an expressive tee. It helps me feel like a normal person in an abnormal world. And just in case – when I am taking out the recycling – George Clooney is passing by, I have my dignity.
Experiment with radical new hairstyles. For fun and perhaps for new ideas when we’re all going outside again. I put tiny braids all over my hair aiming for the “crimped” style. It was a frizzy fail, but fun. I’ve got Manic Panic in hot pink in the cupboard; it creates quirky looks that shampoo out.
I swear by red tinted lip gloss as a mood booster. Naked lips are always in style, but I love the feel and look of a lip gloss or oil. I skip eye makeup and concealer, but still spritz a few drops of Prada Infusion d’Iris on my wrist. It’s divine.
How are you dealing with the new normals? Stay fabulous, keep it simple and safe, wash, wash and wash, xo
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