If you have followed my various jewelry and
style-related columns over the years, you know that I am a devoted reader of
fashion magazines. These days there is an overwhelming amount of social media
coverage of actual and would-be fashion influencers, to be sure. Yet fashion
magazines provide inspiration in showcasing fashion in a permanent, readily
accessible archive utilizing the fashion savvy of editors, writers,
photographers, and all the many other members of the magazine staff who create
something memorable and extraordinary in every issue.
I noticed that some of the magazines went to
seasonal issues early this year, as the effect of the coronavirus grew. It was
only this month that I became aware that several of my favorite fashion
magazines may be or are being shut down entirely.
It has been surprisingly difficult to obtain information
about the closures, and I’m still not entirely clear as to whether the closures
affect worldwide editions of these publications, but I understand that the
venerable Harper’s Bazaar – in print since 1867 – along with Elle magazine and
InStyle – three of my favorites – have been affected. I will report further in
As we all shelter in place in an effort to prevent
the spread of the coronavirus, now is the perfect time to take on a review of
our resources. Checking the kitchen pantry, cleaning supplies and paper goods
are top priority projects in assessing what we have and what we might need, to
With those tasks under control, it is worthwhile to
take on a review of the resources in our closets. It’s the perfect time to go
through our wardrobes and determine what works and what doesn’t – what is
flattering and useful; which pieces only take up space. Whether or not you
think every item should spark joy, you can assess what pieces don’t merit
closet or drawer space.
In a closet review, you may come across garments
that are tried and true but which have become the tired workhorses of your
wardrobes and might be ready to be replaced when the time is right. You may
find shoes or handbags that can use a good cleaning or minor repairs. Some
items may be ready to be retired immediately.
Assembling donations for your favorite charity can
provide a sense of connection to others. And in these trying times, that
connection can help us not only to survive, but also to thrive.
Be well and stay connected.