Friends doing cool things: A little spark in this crazy world

Good morning, Tuesday. I'm so incredibly freaked by what's happening in California and everywhere else. Clearly we're getting something very wrong as we continually seek to better ourselves- with everybody getting so healthy and (supposedly) happy, why is the world collapsing around us? Ugh. I have no answers. But I want to share some positive vibes with you and I'm always so thrilled when friends start their own businesses. It's the spark I need today and every day and so deeply inspired and proud of the fabulously creative and talented people I know who want to do it their way.

One such friend- Amanda Dolan, whose 90s inspired vintage collection, Spark Pretty,  has found a new and permanent home in the East Village. Her take on the 90s is of the technicolor varietal and I can't think of a better way to lift the spirits than looking at some bright and shiny vintage goods. Go check it out. She's done a few pop ups in the city and has worked so hard to bring this store to life amidst a good deal of buzz. I am so very thrilled for her. Mazel.

Another friend of mine had an amazing vintage pop up this weekend upstate- my dear friend Katie gathered all of her western wear and had an amazing weekend selling her wares in a cool vintage shop in Andes (close to her fab home in Delhi) called Clementine. Katie is a dear friend of mine and style maven- and a western inspired weekend is just her steez- she hails from Portland and comes from a long line of frontier women. Love how hard she worked to put this together and look forward to seeing what she's going to do next. She is truly one of the most focused people I know- just hoping some of that good juju rubs off on me. Check her out here

Oh and another pal of mine from my old CP+B days, Frank Amoros, has persisted and launched this incredibly cool line of luxe slippers called Baboosha, a fun and luxe take on the Moroccan babouche. Based in Paris, the fuzz is alpaca and completely cruelty-free and they are too much fun and come in a couple of great styles. If you're looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, you should absolutely get a pair of these for yourself or someone worthy of such chicness. They come in 3 different styles and multiple colors, below.

 And if the world is indeed ending, might as well have some lovely items to pad around the bunker in, non? Love the photography on the site and wish them a whole heaping world of success. Such a great concept and so pleased to see someone walk away from the ad world and do something so creative and cool.

So even though the world is falling apart, finding some greatness and happiness in the form of friends forging their own paths gives me some hope. Cheers to all my friends having the courage to do their own things in this very wacky world we live in. So much love for them.

Cause that's what's up this here's to good friends doing great things kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in hopes, dreams, and doing it yourself (and not letting the world do you in first). XO