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The Craftcore Fashion Trend Grows, so does Crafty Chic Aesthetic
Wondering what the "craftcore" fashion trend is, and why a crafty chic aesthetic seems to be dominating the closets of style influencers everywhere? No worries. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has developed a primer to answer your pressing questions. What is the "Craftcore" aesthetic, and what are the best ways to embrace this new obsession with knitting, crocheting, slow fashion and more?
Which Color Palette is the Best One for 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 palette that best captures the vibe and spirit of the month of April.
Which Color Palette Actually Best Reflects the month of March?
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 are the colors in the color palette that best represents and reflects the spirit of March, that will look and feel good all month long? Well, dear reader, there are several ways to frame that question.
What Color Palette Best Fits the Passionate Spirit of February?
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 that best captures the essential vibe, unique spirit and  passionate feel of February? Well, there are several possibilities.
What Can we Learn About Life From the 2017 Super Bowl?
It’s been over five years and we’re still talking about it: how on earth did the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI in 2017? With the help of our friends on the Sports Desk, we went to school and studied what lessons we can learn about life, resiliency, leadership, teamwork and grit from Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots and their performance in the 2017 Super Bowl.
What Color Palette Best Captures the Wintry Spirit of January?
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. We like letting the color palette of the month help us decide what to wear - and sometimes even how to refresh our home décor. It can even guide us to the perfect tabletop look for a dinner party. So, what color palette and aesthetic best capture the wintry spirit of January? Well, dear reader, there are at least three ways to frame that question.
10 Cheugy Actions to Know and Avoid to Win Respect in 2021
What is cheugy, and does this new adjective apply to you? Sadly, we ourselves are personally too old to adequately address this pressing matter. So we pressed our youthful correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum into service. She kindly explains what cheugy is, why every publication from the august The New York Times to the sassy PopSugar is opining about it. And she shares the 10 cheugy actions that you should absolutely know about and avoid at all costs as millennials if you want to win the respect of the Gen Z's in your life in 2021. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have to go take the "GirlBoss" sign off our desk. Good luck, babies.
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.
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.
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.
Which Luxury American Fashion Designer will Dress Madame VP?
We know these are grave times, but we think we all deserve the fun of speculating about the fashion of Inauguration 2021. Just for a minute or two, we promise. So: what will the soon-to-be Madame Vice President (MVP!) wear when she is sworn into office? What will she wear to the low-key social festivities to follow? We have zero inside information. But here's our take on which luxury American fashion designer (or designers) has a very good chance at providing one of the two outfits Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will wear for the 2021 Inauguration.
3 Ways to Make Yourself Absolutely Indispensable at Work
The best piece of career advice we’ve ever received is this:Make yourself indispensable. After that, you can do whatever you want." That may be a bit of an over-exaggeration, but there's a lot of truth and wisdom in there, too. If you want to keep your job - and climb the ladder to the top of the leadership pyramid - you need to be irreplaceable, mission critical, core to the operation. But how do you  do it? A group of experienced women and men in business share the secret of success: the 3 ways to make yourself absolutely indispensable at work. Life hack: this works at home, too.
What Defines Luxury Brand Power? Disappearing From Social
Have you heard? Of course you have, because for at least a few moments last week the fashion world was solely focused on a seminal 2021 event. No, not the D.C. insurrection. The Disappearance of Bottega Veneta from social media. Which got us to thinking: is mystery the new authenticity? Is a whisper the new shout? Is this a bad move or a boss move? Perhaps the new definition of luxury brand power is this: real power is when a brand is so strong it can disappear from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and other social media and still be the object of clamorous attention and intense desire. Political types, you might also want to take note.
Adopt 9 Pandemic Gift-Giving Rules for 2020 Holiday Joy
It's holiday gift-giving season, and this year is going to be unlike any other in modern memory. As challenging as 2020 has been so far, with coronavirus lockdowns, job losses, personal losses and protests against racial violence, really, seriously, who's in the mood for holiday shopping? We feel you, dear reader. But do not despair. Our ace correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has done some research and she's sharing 9 gift-giving rules (guidelines, really) about how to think about holiday 2020 shopping - and holiday joy - in the midst of a global pandemic. Adopt some or all of these pandemic gift-giving rules, and you may actually have a shot at generating some 2020 holiday joy.
The New Luxury: Why Sneakers are Like Rare Works of Art
Low is the new high in the world of modern luxury, and much of the thanks (or derision) for this phenomenon goes to the humble sneaker. The sports and leisure shoe has morphed from a utilitarian and affordable item of footwear into a prized collectible worthy of the attention of a high-end auction house. Why are vintage sneakers now being treated like prized works in the contemporary art market? High auction houses like Sotheby's and Christie's are holding vintage Air Jordan luxury sneaker sales this summer, as athletic shoes are quickly becoming the hot new collectible item. Luxury sneaker as collectible art? Watch your back, watches. They're coming for you.
The Best New Words Invented in the COVID-19 Era
Every new era has its own unique slang - the new words and phrases that were invented to describe something that has never been experienced before. So, what are the best new words invented in the COVID-19 era? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has a glossary of definitions for all of the new words, slang and phrases invented during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic era that are now fully integrated into our everyday vocabularies. When the 2020 time capsule is opened, they'll need this definition of terms to interpret most of what they find.
Why Every Year Should be the Year of the Dandelion
What is the true nature and symbolic meaning of dandelions? What do dandelions stand for, what do they represent? Given our name, we here at Dandelion Chandelier clearly have a vested interest in this matter. Our conclusion? With all due respect to the animals in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, we think every year should be the Year of the Dandelion.
How Luxury Brands Are Embracing New Codes of Masculinity
As holiday gift-giving season rolls around, we've noticed that some leading global luxury brands are joining in the secular trend toward a much broader definition of what it means to be "masculine." Here's how traditional and new digitally-native luxury brands are responding to and sometimes embracing new codes of masculinity in luxury jewelry, makeup and handbags for men.
Can a Strong Woman ever be Deemed Likable?
Research shows that the more women succeed, the less likable they become. What is it about likability that absolutely seems to elude women leaders? And why does likability even matter? In fact, what does likability even mean? The new phrase summarizing the dilemma faced by women who already have or are seeking positions of authority is "the Likability Trap." Name a senior woman leader in an important field of endeavor who is routinely described as likable. Anyone? Anybody? Can a strong woman ever be deemed likable?

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