Our hearts have been so heavy this week. Houston, our thoughts and prayers are with you. The devastation is staggering, and really, we are only at the beginning of this terrible mess – the cleanup and recovery will likely last months. To put things into perspective, Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005, had a maximum rainfall of 17 inches….while Hurricane Harvey has dumped almost 52 inches of rain on Houston. One ABC affiliate calculated that the amount of water dumped on Houston could supply New York City with water for the next 50 years*. The death toll is up to 35, and some 34,000 people have been displaced.
*Huffington Post has pulled together a few numbers to help put this storm into perspective.
National Geographic has a set of heartbreaking photos that illustrate the scope of the destruction.
This NPR article, How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey, is easily the best article I’ve found on the topic. It includes where to give blood, how to open your home to displaced families (if you are in the surrounding regions), what food banks have been affected, diaper distribution efforts (diapers are not stocked in shelters FYI), and a number of organizations directly involved in the cleanup and rescue efforts who need online donations.
To be honest, it’s hard to keep posting about fashion during weeks like this. So I really appreciated Christy’s recent comment: “…I’m loving the distraction right now because I’m in southeast Houston, going on day 7 stuck in the house with two active little boys. We’re VERY lucky we didn’t have any damage and never lost power, but there is destruction all around us and it’s nice to take my mind off of it for a little while. Thanks TME team, keep the posts coming!”
Ok. Yes. Distraction time:
Yeti is donating 100% of proceeds (from today) to Hurricane Harvey relief. I posted about their ah-mazing tumbler before but hadn’t gotten a chance to pull the trigger. Done and done. (Here’s a direct link to the tumbler, and the beer holder – for guys like Mike. I might actually get a couple of these for kids’ lunches. Both have now declared themselves vegetarians, so I’m thinking SOUP.)
Take 60% off select styles at Shop BURU with code LABORDAY. And for every order placed, Morgan will send a package of diapers to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. My silver shorts are part of the sale, I love this Lemlem top, and this mesh-sleeve pullover (perfectly on-trend).
My fav skincare is 20% off. Use code LABORDAY to take 20% off everything at Colleen Rothschild. If you do nothing else, get the oil-based cleanser. I’ve talked about it before, and it’s completely game-changing. For anti-aging, I also swear by the retinol cream (night) and vitamin c serum (day). I layer each under my usual moisturizer.
Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone for their recent feedback on our picnic post and Cap Hill hotel post. Both of those posts have been updated based on your feedback…..and we’re just going to chalk the whole thing up to end-of-summer laziness + with back-to-school craziness. Thanks for the love, you guys. (Because we do see constructive criticism as love…and we appreciate it SO much.)
Enjoy your last summer weekend, everyone. And Houston….love and light and prayers of safety to you all.