We live in the digital age – literally. Each day brings another round of Zoom meetings, Facetime catch ups, and the inevitable rabbit hole of Tik Toks. But these are simply personal affairs. Social distancing has also affected the way we interact with the outside world; chowing down and catching up at restaurants or popping into a retail store of any sort are no longer options, which have instantly changed the way we shop.
The separation between work-school life and the ambiguous world called the internet is a fine one, if it exists at all. Our beloved brands are at the tips of our fingertips, making online shopping more tempting.
Yet, it isn’t as accessible as it seems. There are a lot of factors to consider, like individual financial means and needs, what it means for small businesses who can’t sustain an online business, and how it impacts frontline workers who get our packages to the doorstep. For those of us who have the means to shop online, here’s what we’ve had our eye on (whether you’re looking for some retail therapy or inspiration for post-quarantine life).
The commute from my bed to my makeshift office rarely involves a stop at my closet. But dressing up in “normal clothes” once in a blue moon helps boost my productivity and maintain somewhat of a regular routine. Womn has all of the basics that make this easy.
Founded by lifestyle Youtubers, Weylie Hoang and Sophia Chang, and her sister Robin, WOMN is an eco-conscious brand with a minimal mindset.
Their spring collection is filled with elevated staple pieces like The Nely Wrap Top –inspired by a ballerina silhouette, a ribbed slip skirt-cropped tank top created from The Michelle Skirt and The Gabbi Top and The Bryn Jumpsuit – a playful tank top one piece in a slate blue – all suitable pieces for a work from home uniform. On top of their sustainable practices, WOMN launched their #ShopSmall campaign, releasing new items sourced from small businesses each week to support the relief effort.
Glossier Skywash Lid Tints
For as long as we’ve been quarantined, my makeup routine has been on halt. But, that doesn’t stop me from getting inspired to try new looks once I get out of the house. With notes of spring in the air, I find myself gravitating towards subtle makeup with pops of color. And Glossier is the right shop for that. Their Skywash Matte Eyeshadows are easy to apply tints that come in effortless shades (yes to warm toned peach “Terracotta” and bold, lime green “Lawn”) suitable for everyday wear.
Bar Pa Tea
Overpriced lattes and decadent meals aren’t as easy to come by. So, naturally, the one thing to do is to turn to the kitchen and get to cooking and brewing. But, failed attempts and exhausting stirring of Dalgona coffee can only get so far. Thankfully, bubble tea shop Bar Pa Tea is bringing their classic drinks to us home with their DIY Bubble Tea Kits.
Each package is filled with two kinds of their premium tea flavors – Black and Roasted Oolong or Green Tea and Jasmine – bags of “Golden Bubbles”, a pair of reusable straws (cleaning brush included), and preparation instructions. You can also buy the Golden Bubbles or tea flavors separately. Bar Pa Tea’s Kenmare Street location is currently closed but is offering nationwide shipping so you get your bubble tea fix anywhere.
Being quarantined has definitely left a lot of room for thinking and it can be a lot. That’s why I make room for journaling each day to understand this new normal. These Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are a must for sifting through your thoughts, hopping on the bullet journal trend, drawing, or all three if you’re bored and want to get inspired. They also come in muted springtime shades that can make even your stationary an aesthetic dream.