How’s your week going?

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It’s been very up and down around here, guys. Every morning, I wake up, momentarily forget that the whole world has changed, and then remember. Oh yeah. Ugh.  After that,  I’ll sit in bed feeling bad and scared for a few minutes, and wonder why I shouldn’t just remain in bed. And then I’ll drag myself out of the bedroom, make myself some coffee, and get on with my day. Because what the hell else is there to do? Here are a few things that have made the past few days bearable:

What’s making things better for you? Please share in the comments. Also, I’ve been thinking about this blog, and how it encourages making purchases, and wondering if that’s such a good idea at a time when delivery workers are over-taxed and physically vulnerable. A whole lot of you have written in encouraging me to keep posting about shopping because you’re craving the distraction. But I’d like to hear from more of you. I’m not saying I’ll stop doing those posts altogether, but I might start mixing things up a bit.

 

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    McNeill
    26 Mar 2020
    1:39pm

    I work for a small indie shoe company, and am in the strange position of really hoping that people continue to order from us, while also feeling that a shopping pause makes sense for this moment. It’s a both/and kind of time, I guess! Speaking of which, I’d love to continue seeing both shopping inspo and other kinds of content. Thanks for continuing to check in!

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    Amanda
    26 Mar 2020
    7:56am

    Yeah, I’ve stopped buying anything online that I don’t truly need for the moment. But I don’t mind the shopping posts. It’s fun to see what’s out there for inspiration and future ideas. I especially appreciated the recent post on small/indie boutiques and brands.

    For alternatives, I always like your posts on the wardrobe items you already have that you’ve found to be favorites, and why. Plus advice on re/styling things, new combinations and what looks good together – that’s fun too.

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      Liz
      26 Mar 2020
      7:57pm

      I love the idea of styling posts – both home decor and styling basics that people probably have in their closets.

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    Mae
    27 Mar 2020
    4:16pm

    Here’s a reminder: People, not things, are what matters. I paid my cleaning lady triple today to help her make her mortgage payment next week, then got her high with a beer and a little marijuana. I feel better about this than anything I’ve done in a long time. Show Love All Ways, ya’ll, and you’ll live a life of no regrets.

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    Gablesgirl
    27 Mar 2020
    6:54pm

    Hey Kim, sorry I am late to this post. How about some shopping for home spa products? I find myself doing more masks, baths and scrubs. Any bit of home luxury. Also you know I love ya but could show a little smile in a picture? Just so we know you are ok.

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    Tamara
    26 Mar 2020
    8:23am

    Wore the Nili Lotan sweats yesterday and posted a photo on my insta story under the hashtag #quarantinefashion and tagged her. Well she wrote me back and I actually had a sweet chat with her and I won’t lie it sorta made my day! She thanked me for the purchase and said she was “honored” to be in my closet. I get it. Delivery people are swamped. But there is something to keeping the economy going any way we can, isn’t there? You’ve got such great picks always. And I feel like it’s better than hoarding Toilet paper…

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      Mary
      26 Mar 2020
      8:48am

      I’d love to hear from Nili! That would have made my day too.

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      Liz
      26 Mar 2020
      11:11am

      For me, the ethical issue isn’t whether they’re swamped. Most of us have worked jobs where we’re swamped. The issue for me is that we are now hearing about these workers not being adequately protected in their workplaces and falling ill from the virus as a result.

      We all rightfully balked when Republicans started talking about how we’ll just have to sacrifice old people’s lives if it means saving the economy. But by continuing to order non-essential items like fancy sweatpants that we can wear around the house, aren’t we making that same choice? We now know that 20% of Americans hospitalized with the virus are between the ages of 20-40.

      I love this blog, though, and I love looking at pictures of clothes. I’m just not buying anything beyond groceries until it is safe for everyone to go back to work.

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    Mary
    26 Mar 2020
    8:13am

    It’s a difficult balance. So heartbreaking to see businesses suffering like this but yes, I worry about the safety of the warehouse workers and delivery people. Net a Porter has shut things down.

    I still love fashion posts though! What’s in, what’s out (I know I’m not supposed to care), timeless pieces, age appropriateness etc. All great diversions – for me anyway.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      26 Mar 2020
      5:10pm

      It’s OK to care, Mary! How we present ourselves is a form of artistic expression. And yes, it’s a great diversion.

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    Annie
    26 Mar 2020
    8:30am

    Please keep posting! Pretty things are a distraction from everything else, even if just for a few minutes.

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    Caryn
    26 Mar 2020
    8:46am

    I wake up in a similar fashion lately… it takes a few minutes to come up with a reason to even get out of bed. Showering and actually getting dressed have been very helpful for me.

    Your shopping posts are likely what brought most of us here in the first place, and it wouldn’t be the same without them. Honestly, waiting for that occasional purchase to be delivered gives me something to look forward to. But I also love hearing what you (and others) are cooking, listening to, watching, reading, etc.
    P.S. Have you seen Dave Grohl’s new IG account, @davestruestories?

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      Jennifer M.
      30 Mar 2020
      4:45pm

      I actually stopped scrolling dead and waved my hands in the air as I read your P.S. about Dave Grohl’s IG account. I haven’t thought to follow him or the Foo Fighters and I LOVE him/them. (To be fair my IG is pretty paired back. I’m very selective about who I follow in order to save it from being like FB, which half the time makes my head exploded.)

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    MARGARET
    26 Mar 2020
    1:33pm

    Welcome to THE most soothing podcast in the history of ever. It is simultaneously boring and fascinating, which might have something to do with it. An English farmer walks around his Norfolk farm and talks about birds, animals, grass, and flowers. I might have to move there an marry him. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02tfhrt

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      Viajera
      27 Mar 2020
      5:18pm

      Speaking of soothing … Dogtv … did everyone else already know about it? I don’t have a dog. I just sort of flip past it but it’s kinda cool, in a way.

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      susanm
      27 Mar 2020
      12:58pm

      I need to check this out!!!

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      Julie
      26 Mar 2020
      2:58pm

      Thank you! Looks perfect.

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    Lauren Spencer
    27 Mar 2020
    8:16pm

    Kim, I rarely comment but always read because I love your voice! I felt the urge to comment today because I love your list of distractions and also really feel you’re spot-on in your link suggestions (always, not just now during our current pandemic). As to your Q re: shopping and delivery people and the like, I do agree that it’s a touchy subject in that you want to keep small businesses in business, and shopping is a good place to support that, but also, as you say, so many people out of work and disposable income not so much available and delivery folks are just so stressed on a lot of other levels. I like the model I’ve seen for restaurants, which is to buy gift certificates for the future if the income is available. I’m also interested in how (or which) designers are applying themselves to making PPEs (i.e., gowns, booties, masks) for healthcare workers. And, yes, as Jenny says, as the world swings back, the normality of shopping in some way or another will (yes, yes, yes) as well! Stay safe and thank you for you!

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    Jenn
    26 Mar 2020
    12:40pm

    When you post an item, you often say, “I would wear with x…”. Why not look back at your favorite items and show us: “I would wear these joggers, with these sneakers, this sweater, and this scarf” or something like that?

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    CC
    26 Mar 2020
    12:41pm

    Can I rant here?

    That (excellent) McSweeney’s entry about humblebragging is BARELY a parody of the shit my family and I are forced to take in during our half-hour, every weekday Zoom conference for our early elementary class at a NYC public. If some of these monsters don’t settle the f-(k down, I’m going to emerge from this with a beat down list and some new skills from a “Learn MMA and Defeat Your Enemies” exercise video that I’m sure exists somewhere on YouTube. Just, DAMN.

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      Ramonaquimby
      26 Mar 2020
      8:48pm

      Hahaha at least they are social distancing?? Not so much here in LA.

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    MaryAlice
    26 Mar 2020
    12:33pm

    Kim, you have a great platform here to help us get through this – by providing a much needed distraction even for a few minutes. For your own mental health i strongly encourage you to get out and walk those dogs. It’s the single thing keeping me sane – looooong neighborhood walks with my hyperactive Phoebe and my calm pit bull Gus – calms my anxiety like nothing else.
    As for shopping, I am not ordering but I am most definitely online shopping and dreaming!

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    Melynda
    26 Mar 2020
    12:34pm

    I’m using this time to let my hair go back to its natural color. We’ll see how I look at the end of it! (You look fabulous, by the way, in those glasses and that sweater.) Also, it helps that Texas allows takeout of both food AND liquor, so we can get our tacos and margaritas to go.

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      Liz
      26 Mar 2020
      8:01pm

      Ha, I’m unwillingly letting my hair grown to its natural color, which is pure gray. I’ve never let myself go gray before and I’m only 45, so this should be interesting/very discomforting.

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        MARGARET
        27 Mar 2020
        4:52pm

        I went gray a couple years ago during a spate of unemployment. I let the roots get about and inch and half long then cut the dyed hair off and rocked a pixie. I can tell you it’s kind of a mindfuck (since we tend to think that gray=old), but it’s ALSO so liberating. And you save so much money! Also I realized that the state of your skin is more of an age indicator than the color of your hair. And red lipstick is your friend.

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        Carol
        27 Mar 2020
        5:51am

        Can’t be sure if this qualifies as a humble brag, but thanking the universe I went gray a few years ago!

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    HickfromStyx
    26 Mar 2020
    12:52pm

    I check out the latest in bhangra dance videos from this guy to start the day:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/GurdeepPandher/status/1242868863038976000

    Yes, that is an outhouse.

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    Candy
    26 Mar 2020
    1:09pm

    Some interesting points being made by many of you about whether or not to buy online. I thought this was an interesting NYT article that addressed the moral issue.
    “Should We Still Go Shopping (Online)?” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/style/coronavirus-shopping.html

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      Mamavalveeta03
      26 Mar 2020
      5:14pm

      Thanks, Candy!

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      Mary
      26 Mar 2020
      6:45pm

      Very interesting! Thank you so much, Candy.

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      Liz
      26 Mar 2020
      8:10pm

      Hmm, that article didn’t address the issues of delivery/warehouse workers at all, oddly, other than, I guess, keeping them employed. I think that thanks to the Democrats, unemployed people making $15 or less an hour will make more money if they are laid off than they would have while employed, at least for the next month until hopefully we can flatten the curve. Of course, the way Trump is handling things, it also does not seem like this will happen any time soon. I don’t know, I just worry that this is us justifying some really odious shit because we want to shop.

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    Clatie
    26 Mar 2020
    1:19pm

    I do enjoy the shopping posts but only as window shopping. My husband is a DP – he was prepping a movie overseas that was going to keep him employed through the middle of May. They shut down and sent everyone home the morning after the announcement about the travel restrictions. Obviously no one is working (except news shows) and no one knows when work will be able to resume. So, we have literally no income for who knows how long. I’m cooking a lot, which I enjoy. I wish I were a better knitter! Is anyone crafty in a noncorny way?

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      Liz
      27 Mar 2020
      6:46am

      What’s a non corny way to craft? 😊 I knit with middling results. I wanted to use up my yarn odds and ends so I got some plastic canvas and have been “bargelloing.” It’s very colorful and relaxing. I have some macrame cord here somewhere to try a project. Just embrace the learning. It’s all pretty corny unless one has an amazing talent (which comes with practice).

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      Liz
      27 Mar 2020
      11:01am

      I do macrame! I’m not a great crafter, and macrame appeals to me because it’s easy to make pieces with just a few basic knots look cool. There are tons of You Tube videos that are easy to follow. I think I know what you mean about non-corny (not the cutesy, kitschy stuff, right?). Macrame is also good for minimalists, because you can use natural colored rope. My favorite easy things to make are trivets to go under plants or coasters for drinks. And plant hangers are also super easy. But I also love a good, large wall hanging. I also like making fringed, beaded belts to wear with my plain black jumpsuit.

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    Kathi
    26 Mar 2020
    1:20pm

    Doing okay, looking forward to iHeart Living Room Concert on Sunday night, hosted by Elton John. It is airing on all Fox platforms & iHeart at 9pm ET.Tried to copy/paste link but not working for me.

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      MARGARET
      27 Mar 2020
      6:46pm

      I love Elton John so much. His autobiography (out last year) was superb. In fact I was reminded of something from it when Gal Gadot got all her fabulously wealthy friends to sing “Imagine” to us all in a video last week: Elton was so tickled that a rich guy like Lennon was writing a song with lyrics like “imagine no possessions” that he sent him a rewrite: “Imagine six apartments, it isn’t hard to do, one is full of fur coats, another’s full of shoes.’”

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      Kathi
      26 Mar 2020
      1:25pm

      Meant to say it is to thank all those on the corona virus frontline & benefit applicable charities.

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    maria
    26 Mar 2020
    12:51pm

    On a pasta with cauliflower note–my (Italian) dad taught me this add, which is delish: You melt a little butter and hot olive oil, and then saute in there some diced garlic –JUST until it gets lite brown. This is hard to do–it should be crunchy but not burnt. There is like a 1-second window. Then remove the garlic and throw in some capers THAT YOU HAVE DRIED OFF (if they were jarred) until they frizzle and get brown edges. Toss that on top, too. Very delish. You can also throw in some anchovy paste before the capers, if you like… for more salty flava.

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    valerie
    26 Mar 2020
    11:55am

    Hi Kim! I also look forward to your posts – I still enjoy the shopping posts, they’re a great distraction and even if I’m not buying, they’re inspiring. Plus, as I sit here in leggings and a sweatshirt (my daytime pajamas!) it’s nice to imagine the days when I’ll get to get dressed again.

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    Liz
    26 Mar 2020
    11:53am

    I love your posts about what you’re reading, watching, doing, etc…and your writing is so good, I’ll come here daily regardless of what you post. During quarantine, I gave Better Things a second chance because you liked it so much. I hadn’t loved one of the episodes I’d watched before on a plane, but now I’m on season 2 and loving it. I’ve also read some of your book recommendations, and I love that I can still buy IBooks without feeling guilty right now.

    I’m still loving being stuck at home, admittedly. And as someone who’s been married for 20 years, this situation has really reinvigorated my marriage. In normal times, we usually do our own things so often on the weekends and spend so many week nights watching tv and not talking. Now that we’re literally each other’s only company, we’re actually hanging out and doing fun things like finding home workouts, having happy hours on the porch people watching, playing games, etc…It’s been really fun.

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      c.w.
      26 Mar 2020
      8:21pm

      One of the best comedic moments in television history is the opening scene of season three of Better Things. Pamela Adlon NAILS it.

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    Dana D
    26 Mar 2020
    11:54am

    I’ve also loved your blog for years now. And I miss those Friday links as well. I think it is important to put our emotional energy toward empathy and concern for those doing front-line work now, including postal/delivery folks. But what I really loved about yesterday’s focus on small boutiques is that it also gets to the issue of “front-line” real-live people who make fast fashion. Who is advocating for those lives in China and Pakistan and ??? If anything, this pandemic has the opportunity to make us more conscientious consumers. So I’d love for you to keep posting about clothes, but I’m personally turned off by “bargain” posts because of the harm to the human and the planet. And when you post pictures of beautiful, out-of-my-price-range pieces that I’d love to perhaps own, I’ll just head right on over to TheRealReal.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      26 Mar 2020
      5:19pm

      Resale is growing right now – and that makes me & the planet happy. 😊

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    melsybelsy
    26 Mar 2020
    8:53am

    I love fashion and see style as escapism so your posts are welcome. I’d love see more of what we’re wearing to feel stylish and comfortable at home or a deeper dive into a specific designer and why you appreciate them. I also really liked the last post you did about supporting the smaller boutiques one of the things that keeps bringing me back here is discovering new designers and products with your sensibility.

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    Lisa
    26 Mar 2020
    8:59am

    Kim, Dave Grohl is writing short stories and posting on instagram. Very funny!

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    Jasmine Cirjanic
    26 Mar 2020
    9:15am

    I LOVE the People Dancing to Steely Dan feed! Thanks for sharing, it has made my morning. I’m also loving #clubquarantine with @dnice. My pilates studio is doing live Zoom mat classes which are also keeping me sane these days.

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      Heather
      26 Mar 2020
      9:25am

      The parakeets dancing to Bodhisattva made my day. Thanks, Kim.

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        Kim France
        26 Mar 2020
        4:59pm

        I know, it’s really a gift.

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    Kate mccarthy
    26 Mar 2020
    9:19am

    I’m amassing a stash for the epic clothing swap of all time when we can gather agin. It’s going to be a blast. There will be snacks and drinks and everyone I can round up will bring their cast offs, especially if she likes clothes. even if she doesn’t, maybe she’ll leave with a new to her purse. Strangely, It helps I’ve been really sick—had to have a kidney removed. So I will have a fun few months of being skinny before inevitably gain it back (it’s just 12 lbs but it’s that IMPOSSIBLE 12 lbs that only ghirrardga or an infected kidney will boot).ill have extra stuff to get rid of on the chance I stay slim (optimism! Why not?) anyway it’s fun to plan a party and get the word out to everyone who’s cleaning their closets I an effort to stay busy. Date tba…

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      Caroline
      26 Mar 2020
      11:32am

      Your look fabulous in this photo Kim. That sweater!
      Maybe some styling tips using clothes we already have..
      I realize everyone has different things, but still.
      I watched Jimmy Kimmel on you tube the other day (hey, i couldn’t sleep) and he was doing formal Friday in the house:-).kind of a cheerful idea..
      Since nothing is normal anymore I’m trying to slow down and ease into a new routine..
      Keeping some semblance of a schedule is helping a bit..
      Making sure to get outside at least once a day. Reaching out to friends and family to check in. Making the beds. Not listening to the new while a work. It’s a rabbit hole of stress..ugh.
      Still slightly anxious and depressed, but keeping it together.
      Maybe I’ll finally unpack some boxes and train my naughty dog.
      Or make my kids do it. Lol.
      Also, some recipes.. lame but my cooking is in need of inspiration..
      Funny, how the priorities shift so very fast..
      I’m hoping the world will be a kinder place after were done with this.
      I need the glass to be half full right now. Xoxo

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      Kimbersam
      26 Mar 2020
      11:21am

      I feel you. I have a serious heart condition–in short, I need a valve replacement. Being sick during this volatile time has made me both super empathetic (it sucks to be really ill–I ache for those with COVID, their families, and the fear of the unknown) and strangely dispassionate (well if I can keep it together, why can’t healthy people). Is that selfish of me? Probably.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        26 Mar 2020
        1:58pm

        It was about nineteen years for my husband to get his first major surgery. It took four months for him to get an appointment to be officially diagnosed with a herniated disc. In both cases, I hated that I couldn’t do anything to help him. So, I wish I could do something to help you, Kimbersam. While there’s probably nothing helpful on a major scale I can do, if my being a sympathetic listener or a distracting verbose oddball would give you any emotional boost, you let me know.

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          Kimbersam
          26 Mar 2020
          5:13pm

          D.Morgendorffer, I (as I am sure many, many others) have enjoyed your “distracting verbose oddball” posts for quite some time, now. Thank you!

          And thank you Kim for giving us the platform in which to “oddball” 🙂

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            Mamavalveeta03
            26 Mar 2020
            5:27pm

            Thumbs up to this D and K! (Sorry for commenting on everything today, guys, but you’re all so damned inspiring!)

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    Dianne
    26 Mar 2020
    9:22am

    Someday things will return to some form of normal- and we will want clothes! Keep posting! I am wondering about shorts. I just turned 58- can I still wear them for non athletic endeavors or should I stick with dresses?
    Also wondering about swim suits, sandals, beach bags, bicycles, and pajamas and sweats for people who are easily overheated. Shopping is a great distraction from what’s going on out in the real world

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      Jennifer L.
      26 Mar 2020
      9:00pm

      Please keep posting about fashion and shopping. It provides a semblance of normalcy for those of us who’ve incorporated your blog into our daily routine—and it signifies hope of better things to come.

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    Chris
    26 Mar 2020
    9:24am

    I think your sentiment is on point. In my opinion it’s to have some thoughtful shopping posts, but daily ones seem insensitive to the current broader world-wide circumstances. Thank you for considering this change for now.

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    saochi
    26 Mar 2020
    9:27am

    Hi Kim- about what to post: a couple years ago you used to do a regular post with curated lists of links that were not directly related to shopping. If I remember correctly you phased that out when you started writing a book. I for one would enjoy a comeback of those posts. As with shopping posts, you were a great curator! Thanks for the blog, it’s one of the things helping with my sanity right now.

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      Kay Erikson
      26 Mar 2020
      11:02am

      I miss those Friday links! Always some great reads or things I would never come across. Could definitely use the distraction from the headlines these days.

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      GILLI TREIMAN
      26 Mar 2020
      10:21pm

      Yes I loved those posts and links about books and music, please bring those back!

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    Robin
    26 Mar 2020
    9:48am

    Kim, I love your blog. I love the posts, all of them. We can all make the individual decision about shopping right now. I appreciate your insight, wisdom and sensitivity. Please keep doing what you do. I’ll keep on reading…

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    amy
    26 Mar 2020
    9:44am

    Hi Kim! Love your blog! Just remember—we got this! Expect to see infection rates rising this week and perhaps the next, but then they are going to go down. Stay away from news sites that are preaching catastrophe—they have a political agenda. Listen to the experts on the government task force and Governor Cuomo (like you have been). He’s doing an excellent job in this crisis. Your post today gave me lots of good ideas! Thanks!

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    c.w.
    26 Mar 2020
    9:48am

    Late yesterday afternoon I was notified by our property manager that one of the residents in our building tested positive. I live in a small building (84 units-2 elevators). The property management team has been exemplary in their response to this news. Everything has been sanitized from elevator buttons to each condo’s front door. Prior to this news the elevator buttons, the inside of the elevators and the doors to the elevators were sanitized every couple of hours. All to say while the news did give me some initial anxiety I have been relentless in my own sanitizing, hand-washing and social distancing so my risk of exposure is very low. It’s just different when the virus is so close. Another one of those things that tilts your world at a slightly different angle. On another topic entirely….I find myself spending more time checking Instagram lately. Would it be proper to share our Instagram “names” on your blog, Kim? Or would it be ok to do a posting of recommended Instagram folks?

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      Kim France
      26 Mar 2020
      10:04am

      Sure, that’s a great idea, C.W. And stay safe!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      26 Mar 2020
      5:46pm

      Oh man. It’s bound to happen, but it still shakes me. Stay well, CW! ❤️

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    Kim France
    26 Mar 2020
    10:11am

    It’s a sweater from A Detacher, Maureen. Sadly the line does not exist anymore.

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    Allison
    26 Mar 2020
    10:12am

    Please keep posting! I’m 33 and adored Lucky, and I was so glad when I found your blog and Iwantotbeher. As I’m a PhD student without a lot of expendable cash I tend to look at blogs more for inspiration than purchasing in the first place, so not much has changed there. But checking this blog is one of the things that gets me out of my morning anxiety-loop and into a much happier, calmer, creative space–thank you for it!

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    Liz
    26 Mar 2020
    10:13am

    Hi, Kim! I appreciate your blog. Just reaching out to your readers means a lot and I’ve always appreciated your content. Similar to C.W.’s suggestion, would you consider doing Insta Stories? Regardless, keep up the good work. I am not shopping at the moment (not working and looking for a job), but I have a lot of your suggestions bookmarked. Thanks for your connection.

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      Kim France
      26 Mar 2020
      4:59pm

      I am SO bad at Insta stories, Liz. If somebody here wants to give me a FaceTime or Zoom tutorial in it, I’m all in.

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    Maureen
    26 Mar 2020
    10:05am

    I like the shopping posts, even if I’m not sure what I’ll be buying any time soon. Also, what is that soft fleece-y looking sweater you are wearing in the pic? That looks divinely soft, comfortable and warm.

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    Mouse
    26 Mar 2020
    10:21am

    I wonder if online vendors of non-essential things could do something like what restaurants are doing with gift certificates? They could take money but not deliver until it is clear that delivery services are not overwhelmed. It might be an insurmountable organizational task for them though…..

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      Eloise
      26 Mar 2020
      2:49pm

      I actually sent an email to my favorite NYC boutique, Lingo (Lingonyc.com) on Mott, and bought a “gift card” for (hopefully) future use. The shop doesn’t have an online store but the selection (and owner) are wonderful. Anyone able to do so may want to do the same from their favorite independent “go to.”

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    e
    26 Mar 2020
    10:26am

    Keep it up! I’m avoiding unnecessary shopping, and frankly can never afford the stuff you post, but I continue to enjoy the distraction – even more important now!

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    Melissa
    26 Mar 2020
    10:39am

    The Steely Dan twitter feed was hilarious! Thank you for that. I’m trying to avoid shopping for clothes but I like seeing the posts. Governor Cuomo is the best- I live in NJ but I watch his updates every day. I was in the middle of trying to sell my house and buy a new one with my fiancé and I have decided to stop everything. It’s too stressful and there aren’t any homes coming onto the market right now anyway.

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      Viajera
      26 Mar 2020
      11:02am

      My folks in California are watching Gov Cuomo too. And I hope this suggestion of his about focusing resources on New York now, and spreading them around later, will bear fruit. Normally I tend pessimist, but if we are already bleeped on resources anyway, which we seem to be, maybe this would be worth trying. It’s like that scene in Lord of the Rings, with the beacons being lit. (I forget which one … probably Two Towers … I am not a real nerd.) Will we respond?

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        MaryAlice
        26 Mar 2020
        12:42pm

        I’m so proud to live in California, where Governor Newsom was the first to place residents under quarantine and has also been a beacon of calm and reason. I don’t even watch the White House briefings, it’s our governors and mayors who are providing the leadership we need.

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          Jan W
          26 Mar 2020
          3:55pm

          I totally agree… also from California

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          Debra K
          26 Mar 2020
          4:26pm

          Me too! He has really done a great job and I agree about the governors and mayors.

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            Jeanne
            26 Mar 2020
            7:20pm

            Even my gop husband (who hates Trump thank god) remarked that Newsom has been doing an incredible job. I think that Newsom and Cuomo (who also has been a rock star) will be competing for the Presidential nomination in 2024. And they will be going up against Robert Iger on the gop side.

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        Viajera
        27 Mar 2020
        2:11am

        Just out of curiosity … how many of you watched those movies? I was pretty into them.

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          Mamavalveeta03
          27 Mar 2020
          1:49pm

          LOTR movies? We LIVE for them! We teasingly call my 21-yr old daughter (who wanted me to tell you that the beacon scene is from “Return of the King” 😉 ) the world’s most preeminent Tolkien expert. Tuesday was “destruction of the ring day” so we had a special meal and watched “Return of the King.” She sounds way nerdier than she is, but seriously, she’s hilarious.

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            Viajera
            27 Mar 2020
            5:24pm

            Awesome!!! She sounds very bright. Please tell her i said thanks! …

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    Bonnie
    26 Mar 2020
    10:52am

    Hi Kim, I like your site in particular because it is so picky and considered and DIScourages unnecessary shopping and over-purchasing. I’ve been reading for years and have only bought things a handful of times because you had finally found the exact-right items. That said, it’s hard to get excited about fashion in this moment because “there’s nothing to dress up for”. I’ve been thinking about summer clothes and activities a lot because it feels like a little ray of hope that we’ll be back together eventually. And it’s kind of practical? Because caftans work now around house and in July by the pool…?

    I appreciate that you are keeping us appraised on how you are doing too – ups and downs.

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    Carrie
    26 Mar 2020
    11:02am

    Thank you for the link to the Steely Dan Twitter account, made my day.

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    JC
    26 Mar 2020
    11:04am

    Hi Kim, I’m am new to your site. My lovely sister who lives in Brooklyn turned me on to your podcast and blog. I really did try and ration myself on the podcasts but in the end they were just too good and I binged them all in a day and a half. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and the other readers comments. I live in England and I am hunkering down since last Monday with my husband and dog and cats. I feel really far away from my family In the States and I am really worried for my sister (who lives alone) and the crisis in NYC and my also my elderly parents. I am having to ration the news. I feel like I am at saturation point so can only take about a half hour a day. I also agree with you that Governor Cuomo is a legend. So a couple of things that cheered me up today – Someone sent me this Michael Rapaport clip on Trump. It pretty much made my day: https://twitter.com/michaelrapaport/status/1242931495460671489?s=12
    And for some reason the Romeo Void song ‘Never Say Never’ popped into my head so I blasted it and danced around my kitchen. That definitely cheered me up.

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    C.Michol
    26 Mar 2020
    11:36am

    I am also concerned about the health and safety of delivery workers, and with the economy so delicate I won’t be doing much shopping any time soon. Focused more on supporting local restaurants and service people for the moment. But one idea, Kim, might be to do some posts on wardrobe strategies/outfit combinations/cleanouts? I love it when you do those and I’m spending a lot of time staring at what I already own.

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    KathrynSK
    26 Mar 2020
    11:38am

    Love the steely dancing and the humble brags! Berklee music made me cry, so beautiful! Thanks for posting the links.

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    Molly
    26 Mar 2020
    11:38am

    Please keep posting! Shopping stuff, really anything. Just love to see your blog everyday. I recently got my sister into it as well. I think we’re all struggling with what is going on, what is a reasonable reaction, etc. A few things I’m doing to stay sane… following a detailed daily schedule which I wrote on the wall! Doing a daily exercise challenge with friend, we text each other proof everyday, taking a lot of walks with the dog, not watching the news, taking CBD, trying not to drink too much everyday (one per day the past two days!). Hang in there. We’re all in it together!

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    dkl
    26 Mar 2020
    11:41am

    I love the “mix it up” idea. We stopped shopping for recreation years ago, and while I obviously still need the occasional great boot or stylish pant, a more rounded survey of GOACA life would be very welcome to me.

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    Mimi
    26 Mar 2020
    11:18am

    I worry about the financial health of so many people whose salaries and revenue streams are being interrupted – including Kim. So if posting things to shop for is a pleasant distraction for this community’s members and it’s good for Kim I say do it. BTW, my allergies were driving me crazy yesterday so late in the afternoon I crawled on my bed and watched the HBO documentary “Very Ralph.” It’s hagiographic and beautiful, filled with visions of a prettier, healthier world. Unless you don’t like the Ralph Lauren aesthetic, it offers lots of styling ideas. It made me want to go shopping in my closet and then I remembered I have nowhere to go while sheltering in place. Dang. So here I am sitting at the breakfast table wearing a retro plaid flannel shirt, tweed trousers and a silver conch belt.

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      Rae
      26 Mar 2020
      8:49pm

      I agree with everything Mimi has said here…I’ll read anything you write Kim so if it works for you, please forge on. So sad that I don’t have HBO because I will always and forever love the Ralph Lauren aesthetic.
      My offering for some feel good moments – if you don’t already, follow Steph Curry on IG. He interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci today for his 2.5 million followers.

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    Leilani
    26 Mar 2020
    11:20am

    Yes, I too, look at your posts more as inspiration, so keep posting (but continue to mention that we should all be thinking about the warehouse and delivery workers).

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    D.Morgendorffer
    26 Mar 2020
    11:24am

    Thank you for the concert link! I will watch that as my late afternoon treat, along with the latest Everything Is Fine (if it’s on Stitcher by then). It’s strange how the mind works in times like these. My husband and I snuggled on the sofa in his home office last night as we listened to episodes of Fresh Air. One of the episodes featured Max Brooks. This morning as I was getting coffee, I told my husband what was preoccupying me: “What about Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner maintaining their supper with Jeopardy watching routine? Do you think their sons have shown them technology options so they can do some version of this? Too bad one of them wasn’t visiting the other when this all started and they could have become roommates. Wouldn’t it be great if Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner were roommates through all of this?” My husband then said, “Yeah.”

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    Viajera
    26 Mar 2020
    11:07am

    It is good that you are showing concern. I think as a society we should be prioritizing our efforts on making masks, staying home, etc etc. But I don’t think you, or any individual who is already doing their part, should feel bad about shopping. The shipping companies are the ones best placed to prioritize it all, and *of course* they should look out for the workers. … And meanwhile, people out there are still having birthdays and their friends still want to get them something. No one will mind if things arrive late. So I say, keep on with the keeping on, that you have been keeping doing.

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    Stephanie
    26 Mar 2020
    11:44am

    I haven’t been buying things. I’ve just been doing a lot of filling my cart and then closing the window. For some reason, I find so much joy in virtual window shopping. I understand why you don’t think you should be encouraging shopping and delivery. I live in the suburbs of Toronto and don’t have a lot of small local retailers that I can shop from right now so I am still dependent on larger retailers that have an online presence if I want something. I’d like to think I supporting the economy in some way as I am fortunate to still have a job and be able to work from home. I will continue to visit your site and read your posts no matter what you decide to do.

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    Shannon
    26 Mar 2020
    11:49am

    Hi Kim. I look forward to reading your posts each day. I like the shopping posts, but especially like post supporting small retailers. I’m not buying much these days, although I’m going to want to get more leggings and lounge clothes if I’m working from home for months. I’m able to get outside each day for some fresh air, holler across driveways with my neighbors and watch the birds in my back yard. These small things are saving me right now. I do want to stay engaged with the world and support the economy in the small way that I can. Thank you for brightening my WFH life.

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    Jules
    26 Mar 2020
    11:57am

    I miss your posts with links to art, music, and interesting stories. I’m personally not shopping right now, but I am also bookmarking a ton of things to buy when this is all over.

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    Siobhan Millen
    26 Mar 2020
    12:01pm

    Tom Schnabel (Retired KCRW DJ) has two playlists on Spotify which I find really calming. Some classical, some world music, some jazz, but all soothing. (called Music to Soothe your Nerves and Music For Troubled Times Part 2)

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    Lisa
    26 Mar 2020
    1:53pm

    I just saw this interesting story on Quartz in which they talk to a Cambridge ethicist about retail therapy right now.

    https://qz.com/1823968/is-its-ethical-to-order-deliveries-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/

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      Candy
      27 Mar 2020
      8:47am

      Very thought-provoking. Thanks, Lisa

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      Lisa
      26 Mar 2020
      1:54pm

      Sorry an Oxford ethicist …

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      Mimi
      26 Mar 2020
      7:44pm

      My cousin wrote that story. 🙂

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    liz
    26 Mar 2020
    3:02pm

    I actually canceled an order from Nordstrom during the last sale. I will buy the item but at a higher process soon.
    I will be essentials online but I am enjoying the very limited shopping during my daily walks.

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      liz
      26 Mar 2020
      3:06pm

      See above – s/b higher price and I still buy essentials

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    Tanya Hahni
    26 Mar 2020
    2:29pm

    This has actually turned into a good survey of who is reading your blog and why. I am a daily reader and absolutely love your taste and writing but I’m a very conservative buyer. I’m only buying essentials for the time being but I still enjoy seeing all your shopping picks. Take care of yourself through these long days. You provide such a wonderful corner of the internet to check into daily.

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    mlinky
    26 Mar 2020
    2:31pm

    I am alone and running out of money and food. My bestie, who is in the front lines, just dropped off a Costco chicken. I can’t express just how loved I feel right now!!

    As to fashion, please keep bringing it. I love the distraction and the feeling that normalcy will return eventually.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    26 Mar 2020
    2:44pm

    Listening to music – as long as it isn’t too sad. Reading some bios and auto-bios. Cooking some yummy stews and getting fresh fish from friends whose husbands fish. Enjoying the meals that two of my adult daughters who are now home with us are coming up with: Last night was shrimp scampi. FaceTime with my parents in WI and group texting my brothers, which is tough because one of them is a far right Republican…and it’s not the hunter! Taking long walks along the beach and bluffs and not really running into too many people. Funny tho: An older guy passed by me jogging on the trail and when I made my return loop, he was laying on the ground. I was a bit alarmed, but saw him lean up and I said, “Stretching?” He laughed and said yes, stretching. I added, “I just wanted to make sure!”
    *I’m pretty nervous about how economics are going to affect my family with two more mouths to feed and only my husband working. I don’t need the temptation, but I still like to look at cool clothes. But I feel guilty because I ordered a new sweatshirt and joggers from Threads4Thought at 30% off. ☹️

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    Lisa B
    26 Mar 2020
    3:34pm

    I am only buying essentials right now, but please keep posting Kim as I love your taste and advice. I spend most of my day with our two kids, homeschooling for some and just trying my best to keep them happy (or at least content) and healthy. I check in regularly online with my elderly Mom and MIL, as well as as family and friends. We are having a virtual glass of wine tonight via FaceTime with some friends. When I am feeling despair or anxiety, I watch those videos of the Italian mayors yelling at their citizens to observe the quarantine. They make me laugh every time. My family is from Italy, and those mayors remind me of my parents back in the day.

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    Stephanie
    26 Mar 2020
    4:07pm

    I just bought a bidet from amazon. I try to avoid amazon in general, and I feel so bad for the person who will have to deliver it, but times (and tp supplies) being what they are, I went for it.

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    Debra K
    26 Mar 2020
    4:38pm

    Just riding it out. Starting the day with a to-do list so I can at least have some focus and goals (like: fold the laundry!) I started an IG account to help people figure out how to cook stuff they have in their pantry now that everyone is shopping for food again instead of eating out. They send me a pic of what they have and I advise them on how to put it together to make a meal. Taking lots of walks with the family and the dog who is overjoyed to have so much attention! Checking in with friends and face timing a lot.

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    Gwinnier
    26 Mar 2020
    6:46pm

    Reporting from Chicago, where we are also blessed with militant leadership (and further, our local NPR affiliate doesn’t even broadcast the WH press conferences live anymore). Please tack to your instincts re: content – We follow you for a reason.

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    Jeanne
    26 Mar 2020
    7:17pm

    Ok ladies, I’ve officially moved into day pjs and night pjs and I don’t even feel badly about it. I wonder if getting dressed again is going to be an issue for me in the future, lol. I have around 4 of the issues that make contracting covid very concerning, but we are in isolation until we will have to go to the store again. Most of my time these days have been spent cooking (which I like) and cleaning (which I hate). But I figure it’s a good way to pass the time and do those chores that seem to fall by the wayside. My thoughts go out to those of you in covid hotspots.

    If any of you are interested, there is a webinar tomorrow (Fri) on “Coronavirus and What To Do To Protect Your Small Business”. My sister is on the panel. It’s showing at 1pm EST/ 10am PST. Here is the link to rsvp:
    https://scaling-retail-coronavirus-and-protecting-your-small-business-2.splashthat.com/

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    Carrie
    26 Mar 2020
    8:20pm

    Ooh, I don’t want to tell you what to post, but it would be fun to have daily chats on things like recipes, book recommendations, tv recommendations, fun at home projects, etc…I just keep reading comments from your readers referring to food they cooked and I’m dying for the recipes.

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    Ramonaquimby
    26 Mar 2020
    8:46pm

    The shopping stuff doesn’t feel right until delivery workers get adequate support. Bottom line.

    How interesting to think of other content here that could be equally distracting though! Would you ever consider an advice column? That could be fun. Any topic you want. Also just love all these links you posted—hadn’t seen any of that. So something like that would be great too.

    Or posts expanding or related to the podcast?

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    Karla
    26 Mar 2020
    10:18pm

    I really like lists of things to read, watch and cook like you presented here. I’m always looking for more ideas and it’s so helpful and interesting to see what others are doing, reading, watching. Agree that it feels more appropriate to post this kind of stuff in this strange and stressful moment we are all in, I would encourage you to mix it up and btw I love your podcast and look forward to your blog at the end of a long day.

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    sally
    26 Mar 2020
    10:46pm

    Maybe posts of stuff from indie shops? House tour? Idk, I really need distraction and would still like to see some kind of frippery here rather than constant check ins, though I get that those are important too.

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      Kim France
      27 Mar 2020
      9:40am

      Sally, I am doing the check-ins twice a week, on Mondays & Thursdays, which feels a lot less than “constant.”

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        Carrie
        28 Mar 2020
        5:31pm

        I like the check-ins a lot!

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    Nik
    26 Mar 2020
    11:56pm

    I really loved ( and miss) your link posts. You’re just so clever.

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    Jenny
    27 Mar 2020
    7:54am

    Kim I love your posts. I love shopping online and even though I’ve hit pause on that right now I know for certain this world will swing back around and hopefully with all us in it!! Thank you for being out there and giving us a snap shot of your life as well. Xo

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    Jamaica
    28 Mar 2020
    9:49am

    Feeling panicky most of the time. I am considered “essential” since I do merchandising in grocery stores. I have to go to a different store each day and help make what still exists on the shelves look as full and nice as possible. Those cans of beans don’t automatically come with the pretty labels all facing the front of the shelf. I started wearing gloves this week but wearing them for 8 hours is harder than I expected. I have not been wearing a mask but just ordered some to wear next week. Maybe a post on masks/gloves for us non medical essentials that are actually functional. Are there any brands doing a buy one donate one deal? Thank you to this community for being an outlet!

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      Viajera
      28 Mar 2020
      1:51pm

      I really appreciate what you do, and I am sorry you are having a rough time. When it comes to food I feel so spoiled, all I have to do is go to a store and there (most of) it is. It really does help that the stores are still functioning. … I hope the stores are being nice to people working. I hope you will stay safe, and thank you.

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