The T Checklist: Valentine’s Day Reward Information, Half II

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dramatic FLOWERS

Robbie Fairchild, a former New York ballet director who went on to become a Broadway star, received flowers for a grand performance for years. In 2017 when he was in the lead On the London production of An American in Paris, his apartment was next to the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, and he was busy enrolling in a class. He found working with flowers therapeutic and best, similar to dancing. “Arrangements are all about balance and movement,” he says. “And you spend all that time creating something that you can present to the recipient.” So it was in March last year when a fan working for a florist in the Netherlands sent a large box of fresh roses and peonies to Fairchild in New York and shot it in bouquets for healthcare workers. Then he realized that the hobby with dark theaters could also be an opportunity to support another group in need: He founded the Boo-Kay NYC flower studio and soon brought together Adam Perry, a colleague who assisted florists between concerts with three others with Broadway ties. The team works on the first floor of Fairchild’s Duplex Upper West Side, which is now fitted with a 5 x 5 foot walk-in refrigerator, sourced from the Netherlands and the flower district of Manhattan. Fairchild hopes Boo-Kay NYC will continue to provide a source of income – and a creative opportunity – for its workers even after the theaters reopen. For Valentine’s Day it offers self-made arrangement sets as well as the Valentine, a bouquet with red roses, pink trumpet tulips and feathered strips of dried Eulalia. “We really get into the theatrics,” says Fairchild.

As a design and photography student at the University of the Arts in London, Maya Njie has often incorporated scents into her work and added scents to her images to communicate “how a place or environment smells,” she says. After graduating in 2012, she began producing her own blends and launched her fragrance line of the same name in 2016. Mixed in small quantities and bottled by hand In a studio near Njie’s house in East London, her light, unisex fragrances draw on her Swedish and Gambian heritage. Nordic cedar that has Notes of patchouli and Virginian cedarwood, influenced by the forests of her hometown, Vasteras and This includes cardamom, a common ingredient in Swedish cuisine that Njie is said to be “so deeply rooted in the Scandinavian way of life that I can’t imagine a home without it”. Tobacco is a warm and soothing scent with notes made of tobacco leaf, tonka, cinnamon and leather it reminds the perfumer to visit her grandfather’s apartment in Sweden as a child. Tropica is what it sounds like: it is reminiscent of an exotic vacation with hints of citrus, pineapple, coconut and sandalwood. And for something more seasonal, this winter Njie partnered with Los Angeles-based fragrance company Scent Trunk on a woody floral blend inspired by Macedonian Pelister National Park, with earthy flavors like birch leaf, iris, purple leaf, and tree moss. While the inspirations of the fragrances are personal to their creator, the fragrances are just as portable for wearers.

sweet treats

The nunchi cakes wiggle and wiggle. They are available in childish colors from slime green to pastel pink and are characterized by decorative fruits and nature Motifs. This is wildly inventive and Asian-inspired Work by Lexie Park, the Korean-American food artist who started after the pandemic began, using her homemade jelly cakes (made entirely from agar, which is derived from seaweed, and vegan; her jelly cheesecakes are made with gelatin) too share friends in Los Angeles and on Instagram. “It’s only picked up exponentially,” she says of her fledgling business, which she officially launched in 2019. “Everyone wanted to indulge themselves and they sent me a message asking about desserts.” And so Park was still busy making around 200 smooth sweets a month and preparing the desserts for the designer Humberto Leon’s new Eagle Rock Restaurant, Chifa, and the development of a soon-to-be-launched line of home and chef clothing. “It will look like Animal Crossing, Cooking Mama and Sanrio are having a baby,” she said says with a laugh. The name Nunchi comes from a Korean word that is not easy to translate. “Korean parents often use ‘nunchi’ when scolding their children. It’s like common sense combined with emotional intelligence. Have you ever seen an Asian home with everyone helping in the kitchen? This is nunchi. “For Valentine’s Day, Park has teamed up with the Brrch Flowers flower studio, which means you can now buy a special pairing of a Rosey raspberry cheesecake with a perpetual A bouquet of canned grass and ferns with a selection of bows and pearls on Nunchi’s Instagram (for pickup in Los Angeles) and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to FreeFrom, a nonprofit dedicated to combating gender-based violence.


About four years ago, French industrial designer Fabien Cappello began experimenting with scraps of colored glass that had been lying in his studio in Mexico City and fusing the oddly shaped pieces in an oven to carry out three-dimensional studies on pigments and processes. Tech quickly became one of many expanding wheelhouses in Cappellos, and last year when the British magazine Modern Design Review hired the Guadalajara-based designer for its fourth annual collaboration with the Swedes on a limited number of decorative objects, design brand Hem, he immediately turned back to these first creations. The result is a series of 15 finely curved plates in the colors purple, sage and aquamarine, which are decorated with opaque geometric shapes in school bus yellow, melted tangerine and bright anthracite gray. The pieces, which could serve as bowls of fruit or simply beautiful artifacts, suggest broken ceramic shards that have become radioactive and are reminiscent of the mosaics of broken tiles found in thresholds, stairs, and floors across Mexico. Melting glass is a relatively new technique here, says the designer, “which is mainly used for decorative crosses, picture frames and the like.” But like so much of Cappello’s work, these plates look less like handicrafts than the country’s rich tradition of reusing and reinventing and playing with the limits between artisanal and industrial, functional and decorative, and perhaps erasing these lines altogether.

By now, many of us have blown a television every season Series available. So if you’re desperate for something else to see or do this weekend, why not try showing a short film? “Sincerely, Erik”, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Naz Riahi and selected by Vimeo as one of the best films of 2020, is a love letter to New York City – and to literature. The story continues after a lonely bookseller whose business in West Village had to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic (played by Erik DuRon, the co-owner of Left Bank Books in real life) how individuals – especially those who are decoupled – navigate forced loneliness. “For this film, I had to be vulnerable and shelter as a lone New Yorker,” says Riahi. “I had to say out loud, ‘I’m lonely’ and show it on the screen.” But similar to take a long hot bath Watching a good movie can feel relaxing – and even more so when you’re alone.

see red

For most, this Valentine’s Day doesn’t include romantic dinners or get-togethers with friends – but that doesn’t mean we can’t find little ways to celebrate. Recently I found that wearing red lipstick, if only for Zoom meetings, brightens my mind infinitely. However, it can be difficult to find just the right shade. For one thing, the beauty industry has long been concerned primarily with people with a lighter complexion, and often people of color have mixed up their own complementary hues. To remedy that, KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, founders of the New York-based company Mented Cosmetics, created three different shades of red, each best to work with on specific undertone: yellow, blue or black. To determine your optimal shade, Miller suggests referring to your most flattering jewelry. If you look your best in silver pieces, chances are you have a cooler complexion and should try red carpet, which has a bluish tinge to it. If you prefer gold, go for red and butter with yellow undertones. And when in doubt, try Red Rover, a dark, berry-like shade that goes well with almost everyone. Some of my other favorite reds are Lisa Eldridge’s classic Velvet Ribbon lipstick, which has a slight sheen so the lips look really velvety, not flat. the cherry-colored Cool Gloss from Jones Road, Bobbi Brown’s new makeup company, which has a refreshing, minty scent; L’Oréals Shiny Lip Stain, whose glossy finish makes it perfect for all day; and Huestick from Live Tinted, a 4-in-1 product that can be used as blush, eye shadow, lipstick, and color grader. La Bise may be a thing of the past, but red lips certainly not.

timeless fashion

It’s the rare fashion editor and writer who can translate her flawless eye into a global brand, but that’s exactly what Elin Kling did when she founded Totême with her current husband Karl Lindman in 2014. The Stockholm-based line appeals to those who don’t like a design twist on their own, but lacks clothing that feels chic rather than sensible or austere. To celebrate the addition of the brand The German retailer Mytheresa has worked with Kling and Lindman to develop a nine-piece capsule collection that picks up on some of their most famous styles. Included are wide-leg jeans made of white or raw denim, a light blue cashmere cardigan with black and silver buttons and a cream-colored tracksuit made of dressed polyester with a button-down collar and tapered pants with an elastic waist. “The pants could almost be an evening piece – or you could wear them on the beach with a bikini,” says Tiffany Hsu, Mytheresa’s fashion purchasing manager. Your words make me curious about the days when I have to dress properly again, not least because that means the world has become safer. And these pieces, telegraphing optimism in their palette and the mere fact of their existence without straying too far from the level of comfort we’ve become accustomed to, seem ideal if we’re expecting a re-entry.

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