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Being Generative is the secret sauce...

...though it doesn't necessarily mean launching a project or taking on The Next Big Thing. Rather, Being Generative means noticing how you are interacting with life in any given moment, and doing your best to be intentional about that. We keep talking about "creating your experience" because it's especially easy in this COVID time to just go with the flow of our frustrations. If we turn over the reins of our experience though, our default agitations and anxieties will take over. To claim your power, start by pausing the next time you find yourself upset. Notice your default reaction, take a deep breath, and ask yourself consciously, how do I want to be and act right now?  Then feed that answer with everything you got.

Cool And Thoughtful Daily Practices are aesthetic tips and mindfulness tools to help us be optimistic and intentional when it feels especially hard to do so. This 30-days series includes a daily post and a weekly email recapping practices that range from the frivolous & uplifting, to the thought-shifting & impactful....along with a few special additions. Volume One brought such power that we're getting ready to launch Volume Two - you can sign up to receive them here!
MAGIC MASKS - Alexis Badiyi is making masks that are so full of care, they feel like a stroke of magic. She uses vintage fabrics, sewing each one in her Clinton Hill abode before mailing them out with tissue and twine and love. Send her a DM on the gram to order yours - they feel like a real pièce de résistance.
If there's one film to prioritize watching, it would be Catwalk 1995. Timo Rissanen shared this a while back, and think of it less as a movie and more as an education of the kind of chutzpah & charisma that defined the supermodels of the 80's and 90's. It's a window into a different time, aesthetically and in terms of mood, and full of ideas we can port into today. (Another Mag also did a sparkling write up of the sartorial soul of the film.) Bonus: since the film lives on YouTube, a rabbit hole of ah-mazing 90's fashion shows is just one click away in the righthand reel of related videos! Enjoy.
MILKYSHAKE X COOL AND THOUGHTFUL - WE'VE TEAMED UP WITH ONE OF OUR FAVORITE GIRL BOSS DJS, MILKYSHAKE, TO CREATE AN ORIGINAL MIX FOR COOL AND THOUGHTFUL. 
 SADE X NELLY WILL BE YOUR SOUNDTRACK FOR BEING GRACEFUL AND INTENTIONAL.
May moods - everything in lilac, sunrise skies, listening to music you *really* love, buying new plants, well-hydrated skin, noticing details, doing the spiritual work, beat up Air Max, going after your dreams.
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Mood Image Sources: smoothie bowls via @lonijane, peace by @spirutualgangster, plants by @digitalf33ls, dream girl by @goliajewelry, sneakers by @kirstygodso, braids unknown source, "if it's on your mind" source unknown. I do not claim to own any of these photos, and they all below to their rightful owners.

Daily Practice Graphicphoto sources:  an old Urban Outfitters product detail via lacooletchic; Cool And Thoughtful original Polaroid; Gratitude via Subliming (@subliming.jpg); Nails on @laurenladnier with @greennailsalon @argentovio_us1/OFF Paris Denim; Great Art in Ugly Rooms by Paul Kremer; Cellophane backdrop via Grace Miceli. With the exception of the Polaroid, I do not claim to own any of these photos, and they all below to their rightful owners.

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