Things I love, August 2021

Portland Leather Tote Bag in Grizzly

Just a few of the things I have been swooning over the past few months. This Portland Leather tote is my new go to for my laptop, books and notebooks for meetings and travel. I love the company ethos, their affordability, style and ease. I brought it with me a while back on a road trip I took to San Francisco to see my old Bard friend, the very talented painter and artist, Michelle Morby (*who was also a producer on my film!) She introduced me to the most amazing chocolate company in the world, Vosges Chocolate, where they infuse their chocolates with 528 hz healing sound frequency to “raise your vibe.” It kind of works. Don’t at me but this company is onto something, especially with their Chocolate Meditation gift set. Just trust me, it’s magical. I have also been working my way through my latest stack of books, and one of my absolute favorites is the new one from Lisa Taddeo, Animal, published in June 2021. I also just finished watching

Season 5 of the brilliant Queen Sugar, which is now available on Hulu along with the other powerful four seasons. It’s one of those shows that marries family, drama, culture and politics in the most brilliant way. Not surprising since it is the brainchild of Ava DuVernay. Watch the trailer below and then settle in for a few hours with your Hulu.

This track from Eli & Fur really got under my skin one late evening a while back, probably for it’s very vintage club house melancholy vibe, which is one of my favorites when in a certain mood. I blame it on my Russian roots and Eighties genes.

One last thought to leave you with on this mixed feelings weekend. If you are in a place where you are able to help refugees from Afghanistan, please do it. There are a lot of organizations helping however they can, raising money, asking for people to mentor and welcome those running from a really tragic situation on all fronts. My mom and I are refugees and if it wasn’t for the kindness of strangers, I am not sure where we would be over the years. Love to all.

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