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Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 4

Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 4

For this edition of Things To Do In Quarantine (or TTDIQ), I give you a list focused entirely on the art of creating a delightfully chic, safe, and socially distant picnic. From what to bring, to what to eat, and (of course) what to wear, these tips work in the park, on the beach, or in the middle of your living space. 

1) The Picnic Basket. I’ve been on a never ending quest for one that is both large and durable enough, yet not awkward to carry. Extra points for one that’s easy to clean and pretty, too! Enter this number that is somehow all of the above. And, of course, you can use any bag big enough that won’t fall apart if it gets wet.

2) I don’t love the feeling of sitting in the grass and getting up with a soggy bottom, so I do love this mat that rolls up neatly and can be carried on the shoulder and not take up precious space in the basket. Now you have a chic, dry place to park it. 

3) I’m a reusable to-go dinnerware advocate. Between the scores of charming options out there and the many service items you probably already own, there’s really no reason to buy anything disposable. Here’s what I’ve got in my basket:

Glasses - These fluted, stackable glasses come in two sizes, and the many colors help ensure you always know which one is yours so you don’t unintentionally commingle germs. 
Plates - I’m big on nostalgia, and these melamine plates deliver. A bonus delight is watching the a-ha moment when someone realizes they’re not actually paper.
Napkins - I love this tea towel set. It’s a fun, modern take on the classic picnic check, and generously sized to take care of any emergency spills. And if utensils are required, I just wrap them up in these towels so they stay together and don’t clank around in the basket.
Beverage Cooler - Fill the largest size S’well bottle (25 oz.) with your drink of choice. Stays cold forever, no condensation, SO EASY!
 

4) The perfect picnic lunch? Something you pick up at the store, of course! I mean, haven’t you cooked enough? This is supposed to be a break for goodness’ sake. My favorite: an Italian-style antipasto situation.  

5) Ambience is important. The speaker on my phone is fine in a pinch, but the tinny sound that it projects can ruin a perfectly good playlist. This portable nugget is Scandinavian design at its best.

6) What to wear during this picnic, you ask? This frothy concoction transitions breezily from day to night. Pair it with one of these, a pair of these and your favorite set to snuggle into on cool summer nights and you’ve got yourself a capsule summer collection that’s ready for anything.

7) Other must-haves for a safe, socially distant picnic include, but are not limited to:  

A MASK!! Please don’t think it doesn’t make a difference. It very much does. It’s our duty to protect each other and this is the easiest way to do that. 
A HAT!! Let’s keep those fine lines and melasma at bay, shall we? Also, does anyone else find it challenging to layer a mask and sunglasses?
SUNSCREEN!! I’m very excited to try this new brand by an athlete I have long-admired. Chalky, sticky sunscreen, be gone! 
SUNGLASSES!! An added layer of protection that sends love everywhere you look. 
HAND SANITIZER!! I prefer the spray to the gel for it’s quick drying properties and versatility (I use it on my phone, keys, etc). Whatever your preference, make sure it’s always at the ready.

 

So get out there, keep your distance from others, soak up some relaxing vibes and come back refreshed and ready to get back to work!

Love,
Alessandra

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Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 3

Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 3

Another day, another quarantine extension. Does anyone else miss social interactions that don't involve a sidewalk?

Here we are, descending the curve and heading into summer, and I thought it was an ideal time for my latest and greatest tips for making quarantine a bit better.

Without further ado, Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol.3!

1) I'm verging on desperate for things to do that don't involve a screen. That said, watching these singles on a beach in Mexico is a gift from the quarantine gods (and Netflix). The "voiceover of reason" is primarily why I found it so delightfully amusing.

2) As a person who is sick of sitting and starting to experience what I can only assume are premature middle-aged aches (my knees can't stay bent for a extended periods of time), this short and sweet routine is much appreciated and does not require a change of clothes.

3) As many of you know, I got my fashion start at Ralph Lauren, but way before that, I was an immense fan of the Polo Bear (Martini Bear was my favorite). This coloring book feels nostalgic and the act of coloring (or watercoloring if you're like me) is incredibly soothing. I feel silly pointing out that it's also great for kids.

4) Speaking of soothing, these meditation breaks at 3pm help me reset during the afternoon slump. I don't do them every day, but when I do, it's a quick 5-minute meditation followed by Q&A of how to stay sane in this craziness. I will happily take helpful info from a meditation expert like MOBY, wouldn't you?

5) When calm and quiet just isn't doing the trick, knock something over! Playing this game in giant size makes me feel like a kid, with the giant-ness making the destruction potential even more satisfying. Anything I can customize to my interior, entertains me and supports a maker is a win-win-win.

That wraps up Vol. 3! Keep your comments coming! I love hearing from you.

Stay safe and stay home, and don't forget the sunscreen.

Love,

Alessandra

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Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol.2

Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol.2

1) For the adventurers who are starting to twitch, these classroom sessions do temporarily satiate my wanderlust. It's as if you're dreaming of a vacation but you're awake. 

2) It turns out that I absolutely do not have a green thumb. I have murdered - or maybe plantslaughtered? - the green things I brought home last month. I figure this hilariously titled book is sure to rectify my horticulturally challenged-ness.

3) This incredible house has earned a spot on my vision board.

4) The "Lipstick Effect" is in full effect with this chic compact. Organic ingredients, personalization and it's French, bien sûr! 

5) I made these because why the {expletive} not? Added chocolate and berry sauces for dunking which pair very nicely with the cinnamon sugar dusting. Plus, the kneading is highly therapeutic. Careful you don't overdo it.

That's a wrap for Vol. 2 of, "Things To Do In Quarantine!" Keep your thoughts coming - I love hearing from you! And if there is anything in particular you'd like to see next week, let me know by replying to this email.

Stay safe, and stay home.

Love,
Alessandra

P.S. The links included here are purely recommendations, we do not receive any compensation if you click or purchase at this time.

 

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Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 1

Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 1

Alessandra, here. I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe in this unprecedented time. 

In these past weeks, in addition to getting used to our new normal and emptying the dishwasher, I wondered how AM could use its limited resources make a difference in our beloved New York that has been so hard hit by COVID-19. Last week, we donated leftover fabric to our NYC factory to aid their efforts to (safely) make and donate masks to local medical professionals. We are so happy and proud to be a part of this endeavor along with other NY designers. It's inspiring how we have all come together to help however we can.

I also want to be helpful to all of you, to provide some inspiration, happiness and a sense of community in a time that can seem quite bleak and lonely. And so, without further ado, I give you, "Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 1!"

Expect to read about how I keep my shower clean-ish and other things I have found to make my days a little brighter.

Please note: I will NOT suggest that you make a piñata from scratch which I actually read recently and was marginally offended by the assumption that I would do such a thing. My lists will have much lower barriers to entry.

 

Things To Do In Quarantine, Vol. 1


1) My husband takes VERY HOT showers, and to limit the need for scrubbing, I decided to try this daily shower spray. I have used it for a week and it seems to keep the soap scum (and mold) at bay. It also smells delightful. 

2) We've been trying to expand our go-to's, but we can't help but keep going back to this recipe. It's fantastic, but even better the next day (hello, leftovers!). I also find his son adorably entertaining.

3) Those who know me know how much I ADORE going to school, and there is no time like the present to learn something new, amiright? I thought this was a fantastic list of free options to keep boredom at bay.

4) I desperately want to add to my pathetic collection of table linens but I suffer greatly from indecision, so instead I'm going to order an issue of this magazine to satisfy my desire for color and pattern.

5) Finally, for all the moms with young, needy children, I would like to prescribe a nightly Negroni as made by Michelangelo in Positano. It might sound weird at first, but just try it. I promise it will make your day.


That's it for Vol. 1 of "Things To Do In Quarantine!" I would love to hear from you with any thoughts or comments or tips or tricks you've employed to stay sane. A trick for not having to iron cloth napkins would be MUCH appreciated. Email us at hello@alessandramackenzie.com.

Stay safe and stay home.

 

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A Note From Our CEO

Dear AM Family, 

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well in the midst of this very strange reality. We are so grateful for you, our loyal AM supporters, and are thinking of you and your families at this time. 

I wanted to take a moment to update you on what we are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety of everyone who works for us and with us is our number one priority.

We have checked in with our factories in NYC and LA, and they are safe and well.

Our team is working remotely, and will continue to work to bring you uplifting, inspiring content and some exciting new products this summer. We are doing our best to find a new normal in a world that is far from it.

We have donated fabric to our NYC factory to aid in their efforts to safely make PPE for medical workers on the front lines. We would like to do more to help those who need it most, and so we are donating 10% of all orders directly to God's Love We Deliver. 

We hope this brings some happiness and inspiration to our wonderful community during this unprecedented time. 

Sending love,

Alessandra

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