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July is one of my favorite months of the year, and this one has been no exception. Summer is in full swing and I can usually take some time away from the office (while checking in from afar, the beauty of technology) to be with family and visit some of my favorite places to relax, unwind and be with my boys.
That said, August is nearly here already and I'm soaking up every sandy, salty minute and every summer sunset before it's too late. Come next month, we have so much exciting newness to share with you – I can't wait for you to see it.
For now, let's look back at July (and savor it).
Here are some things I've been loving and living in, this past month.
Major news (and you're the first to hear it) – we're launching our first FEED kids collection of backpacks and lunch boxes next month. It's a small but mighty capsule collection, designed to ready your little ones for the back to school season, while providing an opportunity to teach the importance of giving back to other kids in need. It's been a long-time coming for FEED and we hope you love it as much as we do. Join the waitlist and you'll be the very first to shop.
We've launched a few truly stunning and special artisan-made bags this month. My favorite (although it's hard to choose) is the Embroidered Tote. Burlap is always one of my favorite, heritage fabrics for FEED and the embroidery is intricate and stunning.
Reading / watching / listening to
Big Little Lies has been a Sunday favorite for June and July. Reading wise, I have found myself on an environmental kick recently and just finished "The Overstory" by Richard Powers, which follows nine characters and their life-changing connections to trees, and am now on to "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, which helped start the environmental movement in the 60s.
Friends of FEED
In case you missed it, we launched a classic, limited-edition collection of bags that do so much good, right here in America, with Polo Ralph Lauren last week! It's such a special collection to me, in more ways than one. Shop now on their site and go behind the collab, on the FEED blog.
The youth #FridaysforFuture movement that started with one Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, skipping school every Friday to protest the lack of action around the climate crisis, has now spread to a global movement. Following Greta's example, thousands of student-organized strikes are taking place weekly. I am inspired to see this level of commitment and action that the next generation is already taking and it gives me hope for the future. Go Greta!
What would you tell new moms who have recently returned to work after mat leave? – Margaret Patton
I would tell new moms going back to work to take it one day at a time. I love my work, but I will admit to crying all the way to work for a week after having my first son, James. There were so many emotions, from not wanting to leave him, to insecurities about my ability to dig back in at work and show up for my team and my company the way I used to pre-baby. The reality is that the timeline and emotions are different for everyone and I did find it much easier after my second to jump back in. One book that might be helpful is called "The Fifth Trimester" by Lauren Smith Brody. I heard her speak a few months after getting back to work and she really captures the craziness of this moment for women, when you are in between the baby cocoon phase and trying to be a working professional. It's a lot! Oh, and be kind to yourself.