Posted on March 27 2020
Staying home during this time might start to get a little old after a while, even through it's imperative that you socially distance! Luckily, you're not along in this. Let A.K. Rikk's help keep you active and inspired through Social Distance.
As we work through these uncertain times, let's shine a light on our days and fill them with happiness and gratitude. If there's one thing we know, it's how to bring beauty to the world. Explore our take on what activities can be done form home, fashion inspired by that activity, and how you can support small businesses during this time of necessary national action.
Strike the Right Note.
Have you been wearing out your playlists? We hope so! Music can boost the brain's production of the hormone dopamine. This increased production helps relieve feelings of both anxiety and depression. Don't let your music accessories play second fiddle. Check out our wireless headphones, turntables, and more from Ermenegildo Zegna that were designed in collaboration with Master & Dynamic to have you listening in both quality and style.
Getting inspired or want to check out fashion for your next dance party? Create a wishlist or order now, and we'll be happy to assist you virtually!
In Good Company
Small Business : Adrian Butler (DJ AB)
Designer. Musician. DJ. its no secret that we are a HUGE fan of AB and work with him any chance we get. His DJ sets are a cool mix of timeless classics, underground bangers, and everyone's favorite songs. While events across the world are #CANCELED at the moment, AB is doing a variety of virtual dance parties to keep you entertained and moving! You also can purchase some swag, perfect for quarantine. Check out his website to learn more on how you can show him some love by supporting local during this time.
The Lockdown List
- "Toxic" - Britney Spears
- "Unwell" - Matchbox 20
- "Don't Stand So Close to Me" - The Police
- "Fever" - Carly Rae Jepsen
- "Stayin Alive" - Bee Gees
- "U Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer
- "No More Parties in LA" - Kanye West
- "Lonely Weekend" - Kacey Musgraves
- "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
- "Work from Home" - With Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Home Is Where Your Heart (And Work And School And Play) Is.
Now more than ever, you're spending time in the home. For the first time in ages perhaps, you've been able to truly see what is working for your space and what is not! Consider reaching out to one of our Home and Lifestyle Specialists for advice during this time! They can talk you through options from out amazing vendors like Herman Miller, Knoll, Jonathan Adler, and more!
Getting inspired? Create a wishlist or order now and we'll be happy to assist you virtually!
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Small Business : Herman Miller
Heritage. Longevity. Authentic design. Quality. Local favorite, Herman Miller, makes beautiful and useful furnishings designed to make your experience at home and work richer and more meaningful. Looking for an Eames Lounge chair?Classic Aeron chair? Nelson bench? Things are changing fast these days, but whatever happens next, they've got your back. Check out their sale now through May 12th 2020 for 15% OFF and free delivery today!
5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Decor
- Reboot your coffee table with hardcover books and decor that expresses your personality.
- Decorate in threes on bookcases, mantels, and tables. Three objects arranges in a small cluster are particularly pleasing to the eye. Try objects of subtly different lengths or widths for maximum effect.
- frame your kids' drawings on a wall that's looking dull or bare. Kids' drawings are colorful and can be lovely displayed en masse.
- Declutter your study. Is your home office a mess of torn envelopes, half-forgotten bills and old coupons? Take a few minutes to tidy, clean and polish your desk or catch-all space.
- Take a look at the pillows you already own. Could they be combined in a more interesting arrangement elsewhere? Experiment with them on different chairs and in different rooms.
Booked for the Weekend (and Beyond)...
Isolation reading but make it fashion. Escape a bit with Jim Moore’s Hunks and Heroes featuring four decades of fashion at GQ. Ladies, the visuals are stunning. Guys, you’ll get your sports fix here with plenty of athlete profiles. This book is a quarantine oasis. We also suggest cozying up in anything from Extreme Cashmere clothing. Next, create a comfortable reading nook and goodbye reality!
In Good Company
Small Business : Schuler Books
Order books online to stay mentally active or snag a gift card to show support. Books are medicine and there’s a remedy for everything you’re feeling. Pick up a romance novel, a celebrity cookbook or a memoir or poetry--even a dystopian novel (no judging but I think we’ve had our fair share of that). Besides, book lovers never go to bed alone (wink-wink).
6 Book Recommendations at A.K. Rikk's
- French Bistro. Filled with seasonal recipes.
- Balenciaga in Black. Because it’s slimming.
- Change-Makers. Come for the illustrations.
- Ibiza Bohemia. Inexpensive travel.
- Eternally Ritz. A glimpse into luxury.
- Frida Kahlo. Coffee table book goals.
Your New Side Hustle
Load up on practical pieces that allow you to move from room to room and subject to subject (all while still being presentable for a video conference). Dads on recess duty can sport slick puffer jackets while mom whips up snacks and curriculum in charming and cozy lightweight wrap sweaters. Wear color to spark their interest. Little eyes are watching. Teach them that looking good can translate to feeling good.
In Good Company
Small Business: Kent District Library
No Screams. Just Streams. Looking for a break or just need another resource? The Kent District Library is livestreaming everything from virtual zoo visits, storytime and a teens and tweens book club. Libraries are still our community’s safe place to enrich our lives (just online for now). We challenge you to try the Boredom Busters activity to complete a daily mission. Genius!
6 Lesson Plans for Life
Learn a new word each day!
Promote peace, serenity and resilience.
Create bonding exercises through crafts.
Tutor them in good diet and nutrition.
Invite them to events such as a daddy-daughter dance.
Everyone should try a spelling bee once.
Take a hike.
Even Netflix needs a chance to chill. One great way to de-stress during this time is to get outside! Physical activity helps prevent chronic disease, improves our mental health, and aids in the overall quality of our life. Check out some of our amazing hiking recommendations from leather boots to fashionable outerwear. Fresh duds pair well with fresh air.
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Small Business: Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation
Their mission is to help create a connected and healthy community through 74 parks and year-round recreation programs. Currently, the safest parks to visit include trails where you can walk with at least a 6-foot distance between you and other guests. Check out their website for a full list of new places to explore. We bet there is one you haven't been to yet!
5 Ways to Step Up Your Hike
- Start slow. A short, local hike is best for beginners. Gradually work up to trails with hills or uneven terrain.
- Head for the hills. Even a small hill will intensify your heart rate and burn extra calories.
- Bump it up. Uneven terrain can work muscles while improving balance and stability.
- Weigh yourself down. Stock your pack with extra weight. (Water’s a good option.)
- Use poles. Digging into the ground and propelling yourself forward pushes your upper body muscles to work harder and gives you a stronger cardio workout.
At Home, You’re the Boss
Desk to dinner looks have made way for crisis chic, to put it bluntly. Place the focus where it matters on the screen and load up on sportcoats and blazers. These pieces style well with twinkling earrings, sophisticated neckties and spreadsheets. Your 9 to 5 gig may turn into 9 to whenever as you juggle home responsibilities with makeshift remote offices. Make sure you are comfortable, presentable and so bossed up they can’t look away.
In Good Company
Small Business: The Lemon Bowl
Get a Dose of Full-time Flavor! Ready to make lemonade out of today’s sour lemons with The Lemon Bowl? Liz Della Croce is a lifestyle food blogger and a prime example of a woman that’s the CEO from her own home. She’s the feel-good moment we seek these days. Plus, homemade meals are your life right now. You’re in luck because homegirl has more than 1,000 recipes and a new Irie Lemon podcast to keep you sane and satiated.
6 Ways to Rock the Remote Life
Create a visually pleasing backdrop. The Eiffel Tower works for us.
Replicate your office environment as much as possible.
Take that lunch break. Walk outside or call equally bored friends.
Embark on a little professional development with the downtime.
Invest in reliable technology so you’re never in a lurch.
Know when to log off for a healthy work-life balance.
How Are You Doing, Honey?
Take stock of your feelings. Set the tone for your days. Now, more than ever, is a time to spread kindness and that means bestowing those graces upon yourself as well. Move beyond the face mask to day-lounging necessities including slippers and luxe robes and treats such as cashmere wraps and small jewelry treasures to take back life’s beauty. Immerse yourself in indulgent comforts that calm and relax you.
Want it delivered to your doorstep for free? Select local delivery at checkout and we will have it to you before you do something drastic like cutting your own bangs (cringe).
In Good Company
Small Business: The Beauty Industry
Everything Feels Better After a Haircut…Here’s your daily dose of rabbit hole fuel. Start researching exactly where you’ll be spending your time and money upon re-entering society (and normalcy). Purchasing gift cards from a trusted salon or a new business you’ve wanted to try is a way to keep businesses afloat. We’ve tagged a few salons we’ve worked with in the past for inspiration.
6 Ways to Stay Positive Through Pampering
Create a soothing playlist with your favorite artists.
Your schedule opened up for that 15-step facial.
Light a candle. Aromatherapy is a real thing.
Start a contest with friends. The most creative mani and pedi wins!
Shop online for plush and cozy blankets, bath towels and headwraps.
Make a batch of fruit-infused water to stay hydrated. Beauty resides within.
Last Call Doesn’t Apply to You
Looks like you’ve become a regular around here. If life seems like a repeat television episode, let’s at least pretend it’s Cheers, where everybody knows your name and for good reason. They're familiar with your good taste. You're slinging drinks in comfortable and chic clothing with a dash of street inspiration.
Want it delivered to your doorstep for free? Select local delivery at checkout and we will have it to you before the ice starts to melt in that cocktail. (or before you start your next round or before shots start to seem like a good idea.)
In Good Company
Small Business: Buffalo Trader’s Lounge
Host a Virtual Happy Hour with Local Recipes…Properly imbibe during the quarantine period with the Buffalo Cocktail Bible. For donations of $25 or more you get access to a digital document filled with cocktail recipes for newly appointed home bartenders, cocktail enthusiasts and the desperately thirsty. The original document showcases 12 cocktail recipes but new ones will be added over time and we’ll drink to that! Every donation will be appreciated and split evenly between full-time staff members to offset revenues during this hard time.
6 Ways to Be Your Own Bartender
Create a swanky cocktail lounge at home. Dress code is enforced. A smoking jacket is a must.
Style your bar cart to brighten things up. Dust off the barware. Bring out the vintage glasses.
Perfect your mimosa bar for when you can entertain again. Still a good source of Vitamin C.
Look into poptail recipes: Prosecco plus real fruit popsicles are perfect for balcony sipping.
Try your hand at making simple syrup that's used in many spirits.
Search the web for the ultimate crowd-pleasing toast.
Isolation isn't an excuse for apathy, lovers.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Small Business: Bowdie's Chophouse
5 Self Distancing Date Ideas
- Set the mood- jazz music, candles, you get the idea.
- Go for a walk together with no cell phones.
- Game night- there are a lot of two-person games out there (board games, cards, jenga).
- Ask each other question prompts- you'll learn things you didn't know!
- Learn a dance routine- YouTube can tutor!
- Karaoke on your tv, but you pick each other's songs.
Keep Calm and Party On
In Good Company
Small Business: Cyclops Bakeshop
5 Ways To Solo Celebrate
Who said you have to puzzle in your PJs? Why not wear.....
Take a break from your smartphone, television, and computer for a bit to start a puzzle wearing a new sweater! Our favorite is the Hampus Dots sweater from Nudie Jeans. One researcher from the University of Michigan found that adults could boost their IQ by four points just by spending 25 minutes on a puzzle daily!
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Small Business : Piecework
Looking for a more aesthetically pleasing puzzle? We recommend Piecework. "Not only do jigsaws have the power to bring people together, they’re entirely gratifying to complete on their own. And we believe that they deserve as much consideration as all of the other objects in our lives. We set out to make puzzles that are just as enjoyable to look at as they are to compose"
7 Ways Puzzles Can Benefit Your Health
- Improves your memory
- Increases your problem-solving skills
- Improves spacial-reasoning
- Delays Dementia and Alzheimers
- Improves mood
- Lowers stress levels
- Increases productivity
- Increases your IQ