Thanksgiving Wishes - Annual Celebration of a Daily Practice

"Gratitude is riches.  Complaint is poverty." - Doris Day

Our favorite holiday is finally here; hello to all from an unseasonably chilly Brooklyn.  Here is our Thankful List for today; what's yours?

1.  We are so thankful as a small brand we have the chance to connect with real people and have real conversations about their skin.  We have never taken a single one of you for granted.  Is there a way for you to feel this virtual hug as intensely as we are sending it?

2.  We are so lucky to have great family and friends in our lives.  Probably this part of gratitude is the easy part, where you see loving faces around you on this special day.

3.  We are so thankful for our gratitude daily practice, that effort we take in the morning before the day starts to try to connect with our real selves and the positivity and spirit of the universe.

4. We are so thankful for our commitment to encounter different people and different viewpoints from a place of love, and the assumption of goodwill on their part.  Sometimes this is trying, but we have never failed with this approach.

5.  We are so thankful for our failures.  As Ryan Holiday wrote in The Obstacle is the Way, "Your plan and the way things turn out rarely resemble each other."  It is pushing through and learning through our failures that we emerge stronger and readier to do good in the world.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dumbo!  Lots of love...

Ko & Humble

Brooklyn Dreaming; Independent Spirit and Design

So some big news this week!  With so much of the team here, we always wanted Dumbo to be the first place to find a retail partner.  This neighborhood located on the Brooklyn waterfront has some of the most interesting galleries and cafes, and dramatic views of New York City, like this one here:

We could not be more thrilled to work with Trunk, a boutique that stands apart for its independent spirit.  Full of innovative designs in fashion and jewelry (all locally sourced), and founded by three artists, it is a must-see destination for those visiting our gorgeous neighborhood.  Trunk is the kind of store you want to keep coming back to, as things are always fresh and there is a story behind every brand and every object.  

So... the next time you are in Brooklyn, and want to come back with something made here, come visit!   And tag us on Instagram to let us know!  

that's us in the window!that's us in the window!


Optimism and Beauty - Good News For Real

Think positive: A colloquial phrase we have adopted and use time and time again. It sounds really pretty, doesn’t it?  Positivity. Optimism. Looking at the glass half full.

But how many of us secretly want to reply, “Look at everything going on around me. How am I going to be positive?  Have you watched the news lately?  Do you know what’s going on with my kids?  Have you met my boss?  Would you like to take a look at my finances or talk to my doctor?” 

Maybe we feel that optimism is not authentic.  After all, people are starving, terrorists are attacking, and cancer is invading our lives.   What place does optimism have in a hard world?  Perhaps it is the way we deal with optimism that feels inauthentic, not the optimism itself.

See, many of us act optimistically.  We pretend that things are fine.  Think about the last time somebody asked you how you are.  Did you answer, “I’m fine thanks” with a smile? Probably.  Many of us, however, do not think optimistically; we are Chicken Little and the sky is falling. 

To correct this feeling of inauthenticity, we can start adding a little genuine feeling into our interactions with others and start adding a little positive hope to the interactions in our own heads.  If we choose to believe that there is good in this world, our positive reactions with others naturally become more and more authentic.

Optimism should start from within.  A hopeful confidence that things will be good.   Hopeful does not mean we hold a delusional belief that everything will be great and wonderful all the time.   It means, as the brilliant writer Oscar Wilde wrote: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Putting a newfound focus on adding a little optimism to our lives benefits us tremendously in many areas. 

It can also make us beautiful.  Here’s how it works:

Optimism and Beauty 101:

  • Physically Beautiful

Study after study shows that there is a link between optimism and stress reduction.  We know that lowering your stress benefits all your organs, including your skin. Optimism can also help people strengthen their coping skills and can even lessen conditions like depression and anxiety.  Less stress = slower aging process.  You can actually look younger and more vibrant, and essentially be healthier, by choosing to look at the world more positively.

 Studies also show the more optimistic you are, the more like you will be to participate in a healthy lifestyle.  You will be more likely to take care of your body and skin, if you think your body and skin are good.  If you look at your flawed body (and they all are flawed) as the best thing that has ever happened to you, you are going to go the extra mile to take care of it.

  • Spiritually Beautiful

May our outlook always be sunny... 

…And by spiritually, we aren’t talking about any religious practice at all.  This is the part of you that seems to be beyond your flesh and blood.  Your soul, if you will, is greatly improved by optimism and has the greatest impact on your beauty.

 After all, if you look at your face in the mirror and have a feeling of awe – you will feel more beautiful the second you step outside.  If you walk with confidence because you choose to focus on the best parts of yourself, you will appear more beautiful.  If you own who you are, everything about you will radiate beauty.  It’s that little spark of magic that goes beyond anything a cream could ever offer.

 Optimism may not save your life (though optimists probably think it will!), but it can make you more beautiful.  Beyond beauty, it can give you a better life.  There are so many things we cannot control from the day we are conceived to the day we die.  If we choose to respond to the things we can’t control with that hopeful confidence that they will be used for good, our beautiful selves win.