Welcome to #NotBadNews, our new (and hopefully short-lived) daily column where we round up the good, surprising, and weird things that have happened around the world during this coronavirus pandemic.
New York Celebrates First Responders
Governor Andrew Cuomo took the day to celebrate essential workers, those on the front lines, and medical personnel. New York has been hit incredibly hard by the COVID-19 virus, but the state has persisted, continuing to work day and night to ensure residents’ safety. As a way to honor the work these people have done and the sacrifices they’ve made, New York lit up landmarks blue all around the state.
Landmarks across the state are lit blue tonight in support of all the healthcare workers and all the essential personnel on the frontlines in our battle against #COVID19.
We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all they do.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 10, 2020
We love New York’s gesture, a wonderful symbol of thanks, and now we’re wondering what we can do to thank the medical workers in our lives. Whether it’s a text, a card, a Venmo for a coffee, or a basket of cookies, any gesture small or large is greatly appreciated during this time, so make sure to show your thanks in whatever way you can.
The Weirdest Thing You’ll See All Day
When the CDC recently changed their mind, advising now that all going out in public wear masks, one special effects artist saw the recommendation as a challenge. He did not follow the simple guides, using a bandana to cover his face—no—he took it a step further, creating a mask unlike any other.
Though his mask is slightly terrifying, we can not deny that it’s a job well done!
AOC’s New Mission
The country is familiar with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (more commonly referred to as AOC) for her social-justice driven policy as well as Twitter clap-backs. And when she’s not fighting for the working-class in the House, she spends her off-days helping those in her neighborhood. When COVID-19 hit Queens, the place she calls home, she did what few others have, gathering up her campaign donations and putting them towards food pantries and other relief organizations.
Per her IG Stories this morning:@AOC is taking her campaign donations and redirecting the funds to food pantries & other support orgs to help people in her district, which is the heaviest impacted district in the country. pic.twitter.com/59MFDwcZD7
— 𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚎 (@Stefmara) April 10, 2020
Seeing AOC’s commitment to her neighborhood is inspiring, and whether or not you’re all that political, it’s hard to say that this didn’t warm your heart!
Dressing up to Stay in
Staying at home can be incredibly dull, and that is where our closet comes into play. If you have not tried it yet, dress up! Finding an outfit that makes you feel good–nay, great–can take a day from uneventful to better (maybe the day still isn’t perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction). There’s even a hashtag for it!
Needing some fashion inspiration to help you start dressing for your day in? Criterion Collection suggests we look towards film. Kritsen Stewart’s look in Personal Shopper is perfect for a night of Zooming your girls with a cocktail.
Dressing for the day at home, courtesy of PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016) pic.twitter.com/GoiwsHo0aT
— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) April 6, 2020
And this look from The Young Girls of Rochefort is how we’re wanting to dress the rest of spring.
Dressing for the day at home, courtesy of THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (1967) pic.twitter.com/M1h1DL1gP1
— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) April 7, 2020
So find inspiration, raid your closet, revisit the pieces you thought would never get a second wear, and make a plan for your next dressing-up-to-stay-in outfit. It’s the mood boost we all need.
A Service Announcement From Our Favorite Funny Lady
In a public service announcement that her glam team could hilariously not help her prep for, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus asks Los Angeles residents to stay inside.
.@OfficialJLD you’ve never looked better.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) April 8, 2020
If Selena Meyer can go without her glam team for the next month, we too can social distance.
Check-in every day for an update on the wonderful and weird things happening in our current coronavirus world.