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

Perspectives on Aging: Quotes

Anti-aging has become a term not without some controversy lately in the beauty industry.  On the one hand "anti-aging" products are legion, on the other it implies a value judgment about a natural process we all will (hopefully) be experiencing.  

At Ko & Humble ours has always been a holistic approach, and the team strives to look at factors outside topical preparations to increase vitality and health.  One of the most interesting and gentle has been tai chi practice.  There has never been a session after which we do not feel or look younger than when we started.

Here are some good quotes we found while looking for different perspectives on the subject:

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”- Anais Nin

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw 

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." - Henry David Thoreau

"As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative mathematics, I honestly do not know how old I am." - Erma Bombeck

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." - Henry Ford

"It takes a long time to become young." - Pablo Picasso

"Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age." - Maya Angelou

"Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise." - Margaret Atwood

"Some age, others mature." - Sean Connery

"Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese." - Billie Burke



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Love Is A Verb - our motto at Ko & Humble



On this lovely, rainy Mother's Day weekend here in Brooklyn, we took a step back and thought about the best way to honor the holiday.  What can we say better than what has been said many times already, and by those more eloquent?

So to be brief, let's just say we deconstructed things to their essence, which also happens to be our company motto.  Love is a Verb is what drives us to do what we do every day.  

We'll raise a glass on Sunday, on behalf of those of us lucky enough to get to spoil our mothers with gifts and flowers, and for those who no longer have this chance.  Do something brave and beautiful on Sunday.  Give a little bit more.  Happy Mother's Day from our team.