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The sighting of a hidden robin's nest on a New York City terrace proves to be for a mom and her kids the ultimate spring luxury experience

Robin’s Nest Sighting Proves This Year to be the Ultimate Spring Luxury

It has been said that “one swallow does not make spring, nor does one fine day.” But when you live in an apartment in New York City, the arrival of even a single emissary from the natural world can be cause for jubilation. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen is sharing her first-hand experience this spring, along with her three daughters, of observing a family of baby robins hatching on her city terrace. With adorable photos to illustrate what she saw! Just in time for the beginning of Spring, it’s a reminder that sometimes the most precious luxury experiences are free. Here’s our account of the surprise luxury experience of sighting a robin’s nest in New York City this spring.

COVID-19 quarantine practices and silver linings that made our lives better that we hope to continue.

10 COVID-19 Practices That Actually Made Our Lives Better

As more Americans are fully vaccinated and long-term quarantine and lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic finally ease, what have we learned? Were any of the changes we were forced to make during the COVID-19 Great Lockdown(s) actually good? Are there silver linings from this terrible time that we can hope to maintain as we re-emerge from our cocoons? Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum reflects on 10 COVID-19 practices that actually made our lives better and that we hope to continue as we collectively define what life in the New Normal will be.

trend in ways in which luxury has been changed post-pandemic, including luxury trends in experiences, travel, fashion and home décor

6 Ways Luxury Has Been Changed Forever by the COVID Pandemic

What will the world of luxury look like post-pandemic? We’re starting to understand the impact that the global COVID-19 crisis has had on how we think about luxury goods and experiences. Which of these are passing fads, and which are permanent? Here’s our take. Our ace correspondent Jillian Tangen is sharing thoughts on the trend in post-pandemic luxury, including trends in experiences, travel, home décor, fashion, leisure activities, self-care and more.

best spring color that perfectly captures the vibe of the month of April for a wedding, wardrobe and more

Best Spring Color that Perfectly Captures the Month of April

Months tend to evoke certain colors and moods, at least in the parts of the world with four distinct seasons. Some are obvious, and some perhaps more subtle, or at least open to debate. What is the color of the month of April? Dear reader, we think there are several ways to frame that question. Here are our thoughts on the spring color that best captures the vibe and spirit of the month of April.