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10 Things We’re Doing To Avoid Falling Prey to “Blue Monday”

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According to the internet, today is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Or something. Turns out it’s actually just a dubious marketing scheme started by a television channel, but Erica’s still taken the opportunity to observe this fake holiday by shipping off to the ski slopes, and I’m here holding down the fort with my pinky finger. Below, our list of things we found remarkable enough to tell you about in the hopes that it will perk you up a little bit. And if it doesn’t? There’s always Cute Roulette. —claire

Erica’s things:

+ Getting really into deep, bruise-y purples, thanks to these watercolors from ZBC House Designs.

+ Trying out a wavy hair trick that actually works, ℅ The Beauty Department.

+ Dying over pretty much everything that Michele Varian sells. This home store can make you feel deep affection for a potholder or sugar dish.

+ Raving about how amazing Sushi Yasuda is. If you’re in NYC, go for lunch, and get the mochi.

+ Dipping my toe into wedding planning. Ok, not really: More like falling hard for my friend Lisa Hedge’s Save the Dates.

Claire’s things:

+ Awarding Kerry Washington’s Miu Miu getup the trophy-less honor of being my favorite Golden Globes look.

+ Feeling inspired by Blackstone Bicycle Works, a youth program that teaches kids how to fix bikes—and then gives them one in exchange for their work. (And, yes, helmets are part of the deal.)

+ Loving the playfully scientific work of Willy Chyr, a physics-student-turned-balloon-animal-maker-turned-installation-artist. Fun fact: Willy is also responsible for the very first feminie hygiene advertisement to feature blood! Three cheers for Willy!

+ Rekindling a romance with my onetime-home of Chicago, courtesy of Logan Center for the Arts, Publican Quality Meats, Longman & Eagle, and unreal architecture.

+ Thinking I can’t possibly be the only person stunned to learn that there is a real person named Ricky behind everyone’s favorite wigs-and-other-things shop Ricky’s.

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