Hi cuties! I feel like spring has finally sprung here in NYC—the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the city is looking so lovely! So, what better moment to share another installment of my Favorites?
If this is your first time tuning into our monthly Favorites From Kathy Kuo series, this is space on the Kuotes that I set aside each month to share what products, services, books, podcasts, and destinations I’m feeling particularly enriched or inspired by.
One of the best parts of my job here at KKH is getting to know our customers and clients—so I just want to always be returning that joy into the vast internet universe and give you all a fun opportunity to get to know me better!
Kathy’s Favorite #1: Oura Ring
Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am obsessed with habit tracking. I am fasciated by the day-to-day data that we all produce in this life, and I love to try to use that info—be it about my step count or my sleep habits—to make positive changes in my routine. Enter the Oura Ring!
“The Oura Ring built its reputation from 2013 onward as a sleep tracker but I can tell you from experience that it’s so much more than that.”
This is wearable tech (that is also actually very chic) that tracks sleep, over 300 types of physical activity, heart rate, stress, and more…and the most important part is that they help you make sense of all the information and use it to take action in your life.
Kathy’s Favorite #2: July Travel
The only thing I might be more obsessed with than habit tracking is…travel, of course! I love to see new parts of the world and draw professional inspiration from all the art, culture, and natural beauty out there. With summer travel season coming up, I know I need to be able to pack and go with ease, which brings me to July Travel.
“July’s products are just the epitome of quality, style, and functionality—this is a company that really puts good design at the core of everything they do.”
I have been following the story of July Travel for some time because the founder is a friend, but what I love the most is that—like KKH—they are truly design-first business. July pieces are built to last a lifetime and to solve for common design flaws present in many luggage offerings.
I just purchased a customized travel trunk and can’t wait to take it ’round the world for years to come!
Kathy’s Favorite #3: Women of Color Rise Podcast with Analiza Wolf
I really thrive on connecting with fellow female creators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs, especially when we get to chat about lifting other women up and the value of being vulnerable. So naturally, it was a total joy to be a guest on my friend Analiza Wolf’s “Women of Color Rise“ podcast recently.
“Analiza is a former CEO and US Air Force Captain who now produces a successful podcast where she interviews female CEOs and business leaders of color about their career and leadership journeys.”
Her podcast’s mission is “to support having more diverse leaders at the table, especially women and people of color.” So inspiring and illuminating. Check out the video embedded below for our full podcast episode (our check out Analiza’s website HERE for info on streamign through most major podcast platforms.
Kathy’s Favorite #4: Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
It wouldn’t be a monthly Favorites list without a KKH Book Club pick! Many of you know I’m always immersed in a good book, and I especially love reading about how different phenomena in the natural world affect our modern daily lives. Lately, I’ve been loving Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake (what an awesome name, right?)!
Mushrooms have been having a major cultural moment lately (yours truly called it in Glamour back in December) and this book is great part of that trend. Biologist Merlin Sheldrake pulls back the curtain on how fungi are ever-present in every aspect of life on Earth and have a profound influence on our bodies, minds, and environments.
“As someone who makes a living in the home and living world, it’s so interesting to me to consider all the forces at work in our homes and routines that are invisible to the eye, yet are always growing, evolving, and working.”
Kathy’s Favorite #5: Silk Sleep Accessories from Gingerlily London
Since we started this list with a sleep tracker, I’ll end it with sleep accessories of another kind: My favorite silk pillowcase and eye mask from KKH’s Gingerlily London assortment.
“If you’re not familiar with Gingerlily London, they specialize in bedding and sleep accessories that are naturally hypoallergenic and made of top-quality long strand mulberry silk; their products are designed and handcrafted in London with unparalleled attention to detail.”
I have been a devotee of both the Gingerlily London Beauty Box Modern White Mulberry Silk Pillow Case and the Gingerlily London Classic Silk Eye Mask for years, and the benefits to my skin and hair have been so, so, so noticeable! If you’re in search of Mother’s Day gifts this year that will promise to be both luxurious and practical, you can’t go wrong with either of these pieces.