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April
29
2020
Written by
the LULU—LAND Team
Instagramlove #03

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#instagramlove is a series of posts where we share some of the accounts we enjoy following. We love accounts that leave us feeling inspired, motivated, and curious. Read more about the series and our view on Instagram here.

Don't forget to unfollow accounts
that make you feel like shit! 

#instagramlove @officemagazinenyc // Issue 12 — Spring / Summer 2020

officeoffice was founded as a print magazine in New York City in 2014. Today, it's a global media network designed to subvert convention with an unorthodox approach to fashion and creative culture at large. We have been following office since the very beginning, online as well as offline, they never fail to inspire and always have a quirky and unconventional angle to whatever topic they treat. Check out their website officemagazine.net. Don't forget to click uncensored while you are there, and make a pre-order if you are interested in getting your hand on Issue 12 — Spring / Summer 2020!

https://www.instagram.com/vermland.cph/?hl=en

#instagramlove @vermland.cph

Vermland — is based on a refined yet experimenting approach to product design, interiors, and architecture. By intertwining traditional Danish crafts with an investigative interest in new materials, they create nontraditional design rooted in nature. At Vermland, architects and craftsmen work closely together, enabling them to experiment, draw and produce state of the art solutions directly from their workshop in the heart of Copenhagen. They have a way of merging Scandinavian aesthetics with a contemporary elegance that ensures relevance and timelessness at the same time. Check it out – it's simply stunning!

#instagramlove @tableau_cph

TABLEAU welcomes you into a rather unique space in the heart of Copenhagen – a colorful universe of contemporary art, design, and flowers. The studio creates new and innovative objects and vases to showcase flowers and plants in an unpredictable manner. The space functions as a gallery that hosts exhibitions curated by different artists who share the same vision. It's a celebration of craftsmanship and a mix between raw materials and the softness of flowers. Also, check out their beautifully designed website, tableau-cph.com, and visit the webshop while you are at it.

미식 美識 Meeseek — A remarkable merge between a gallery and a Korean tea house. We love the aesthetics and hope we'll have the chance to visit this tiny gem in Seoul in the future – until then, we'll continue following them in cyberspace. We miraculously found our way to Meeseek, recently, when they did an exhibition streaming with one of our friends, Peter Amby, the owner of Last Resort Gallery in Copenhagen.

#instagramlove @masseykleingallery

Massey Klein Gallery — is a contemporary art gallery located in the Lower East Side of NYC. The gallery supports both local and international mid-career and emerging artists. Husband and wife team, Garrett Klein and Ryan Massey, believe in the collaborative partnership between artist, gallery, and collector. The gallery functions as a meeting place where collectors and the general public can experience carefully curated exhibitions and foster meaningful relationships with art. We'll definitely drop by the next time we are around. Check out exhibitions at masseyklein.com.

April
26
2020
Written by
the LULU—LAND Team
Carl Carrell
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Carl Carrell, also known as CRL CRRLL, is a Denver-based DJ, producer and content creator. He works with everything that moves him and has an open mind and open heart towards creative projects of all kinds.

We meet Carl in a somewhat questionable hostel lobby in Bowery, Manhattan, NY, less than a year ago. He was in the city preparing for a couple of gigs, and we just arrived, jet-lagged out of this world from a 30 some hour flight from South East Asia. Both of us were only there for the night. Luckily, we connected before he went out in the night, and we fell asleep.

We feel very fortunate that Carl agreed to curate our very first LULU—LAND playlist on Spotify – a mix of funk, soul and disco, with a modern twist. Enjoy!

WE LOVE TO CONNECT PEOPLE

NAME Carl Carrell/ Crl Crrll (Denver, US)

WEBSITE crlcrrll.com

INSTAGRAM @crlcrrll

FACEBOOK @crlcrrll

TWITTER @crlcrrll

SOUNDCLOUD CRLCRRLL

BOOKING booking@crlcrrll.com

April
21
2020
Written by
the LULU—LAND Team
Remote Internship Opportunity!
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LULU—LAND is a tiny global community for creative "kids," artists, photographers, designers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, athletes, and entrepreneurs – all of those to whom crazy ideas and thinking differently somehow comes naturally. A community that brings together like-minded creators, thinkers, troublemakers, popcorn brains, nomads, explorers, geeks, rebels, and curious outsiders, who thrive with fluid boundaries and whose restlessness and creative mindset are their greatest strengths.

LULU—LAND allows for fun ventures, collaborations, and crazy ideas at the stage where no one knows if they'll fly or fall. There are no rules. We experiment, we learn, and we grow in the process. We love to challenge the status quo, and we seek to move people. We're inspired by the madness around us and like to share that inspiration.

LULU—LAND is an idea of creating something; we don't know exactly what is yet. A space that emerges, evolves and develops over time, a platform that's able to grow with us. It's our workspace, an office, a creative studio and bureau, a shop, and a journal. It's a collection of ideas, curated inspiration, a pop-up store, events and happenings, an exhibition, a workshop, ... We never completely define it: in that sense, LULU—LAND is continually changing. The overall purpose is to inspire. We firmly believe that happiness is a journey, not a destination.

As a small startup, with limited resources, it's crucial for us that we spend our time right, and that both our interns and we feel like we're getting the most out of the internships we offer. Therefore, we always start by aligning expectations. We create a development plan for the time you are working with us and make sure to set clear development goals together.

As a remote intern at LULU—LAND, you'll get the chance to work with:

· Content creation
· Visual communication
· Graphic design
· Social media
· Copywriting
· Ecommerce
· Digital media
· Community management
· Project management
· Business development
· Research, etc.

If you're interested, please write hi@lululand.io and tell us;

1) a little bit about yourself

2) what you'll bring to our team

3) why you want to be our intern

4) most importantly, what inspires you?

The internship is unpaid [none of us are getting paid at this stage]. Therefore, we fully understand if you need to have another job or study at the same time, and we are flexible with the hours.

We are currently based in Copenhagen due to the COVID19 outbreak. However, you can work from anywhere you like as long as you have a computer and a stable internet connection :)

July
3
2020
Written by
the LULU—LAND Team
Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
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This video has made it into the list of our favorite TED talks, and it seems like we are not the only ones who think that this lady rocks. The Power of Vulnerability is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 47 million views.

Brené Brown is a research professor (/storyteller) at the University of Houston. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.

"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging."

BRENÈ BROWN : THE CALL TO COURAGE

If you find this TED talk as interesting as we did, you should also check out Brené Brown: The Call to Courage on Netflix.

It's a 2019 documentary film directed by Sandra Restrepo. The documentary depicts Brené Brown as she discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in today's culture.

BOOKS

If you still haven't had enough, she is also the author of five number one New York Times bestsellers:

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts (2018)

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone (2017)

Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution (2015)

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012)

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (2010)

WE LOVE TO CONNECT PEOPLE

NAME Brené Brown

WEBSITE brenebrown.com

INSATGRAM @brenebrown

FACEBOOK @brenebrown

TWITTER @BreneBrown

LINKEDIN Brené Brown

CREDITS

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September
22
2020
Written by
Louise Bøgeskov Hou
Editorial #04:
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Image: @squaresayings

MOST OF US STRUGGLE ...
... in one way or the other, to find a way through this madness. Everyone is under extraordinary pressure and dealing with an extreme degree of uncertainty. We don't know when this will end and exactly how the world will look like on the other side.

Essential workers and healthcare personal work their asses off, under challenging conditions, to get us through this nightmare. In some places, even without the necessary equipment and protective measures. Thank you!

Exposed elders and those at the highest risk deal with fear, isolation, and loneliness.

Parents have to find ways to manage homeschooling children while working full-time jobs, ordering groceries and cleaning at the same time.

Kids and young people miss their friends and everyday routines – students universities, etc.

No wonder a lot of us feel a sense of unease, restlessness, and even claustrophobia.

People lose their jobs with no safety net. Freelancers and creatives struggle to survive. Entrepreneurs and business owners see everything they have worked hard to built fall apart and are, to say the least, financially screwed.

Politicians are handling a pandemic and health crisis that affect the whole world while trying to avoid sending entire nations into a deep financial depression.

Families have lost, and families are losing loved ones to the virus every day.

I could go on ... but you get the point.

We all struggle in our own way! Be kind. Be considerate. Communicate. Listen. Don't be afraid to reach out if you need a hand and do what you can to help others through this madness.

CONFLICTING FEELINGS
I am fortunate enough to live in a country (Denmark) with a robust economy and social security system, that has reacted resolutely and without hesitation to the COVID19 outbreak. With a cautious optimism, it seems like we have managed to break the much talked about, curve. We are in lockdown but still allowed to go outside as long as we keep a safe distance and don't gather more than ten people.

However, it touches me deeply to see how other counties have reached and are reaching the limits of what their healthcare systems can handle, people are quarantined and restricted not to go outside of their homes – It's terrifying.

I consider NYC my second home, and it's unbearable to follow how the virus spreads at the speed of lightning, and how thousands are dying. I can't even start to imagine the powerlessness the New Yorkers must feel.

Horrible images from the situation in China and Southern Europe will probably be stuck in my memory forever.

At the same time, I'm blown away and astonished by the helpfulness and compassion I see everywhere around me. How people help each other overcome challenges and come together to fight this. Creativity is flourishing, that's for sure!

A RARE INSIGHT
I personally worry about family members at risk, economy, my business, etc. For a second, I felt like I was back at square one when borders throughout Europe closed, and my plans to live and work from Barcelona for three months was canceled overnight.

I've been struggling with a sense of restlessness. I suck at being stuck in the same place for too long. I have found it unusually hard to motivate myself and get things done. I can't really figure out why I feel the way I do. I have been tired and not quite like myself, less productive and less inspired, which is kind of a problem when you are trying to make a living out of sharing inspiration.

In the beginning, I was super annoyed with myself and the situation. I felt paralyzed and unable to do anything, but I quickly realized that I had to knock myself out of the paralysis and remind myself that a lot of people are during a lot worse.

I had to do something and hope things would change as I move forward. Getting the LULU—LAND Shop up and running had been on my to-do list for months, but didn't have the time to focus on it. In the first week of the lockdown, I had the limited edition tote bags designed, printed, and ready to ship. In addition, I've tried to make new routines to fit the situation – habits that hopefully will benefit me when this is over as well.

  • I get up early and write down my thoughts every morning.
  • I try to schedule my days and the things that I want to do, to be more productive.
  • I've started to do home exercises. Nothing extensive. Just a few squats, sit-ups, and push-ups every day (My ass was getting flat).
  • I enjoy longs walks, while listening to music, or podcasts.
  • I have been eating healthier and I try to get into the habit of drinking more water (I drank like zero water before).
  • I read every night and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep.
  • I try my best to accept that this is an extraordinary situation, that things are not as they usually would be, and allow myself time for reflection and relaxation without becoming lazy.
  • I help creatives and small local businesses in the ways I can (Engage on social media, buy gift cards to my favorite coffee shops, take away, home delivery of flowers, etc.)
However, there is no one fits all. Really, take a bit of time for yourself to figure out what you need to be okay, even if it is just a few seconds (Breathe). Notice how you feel – it's okay. Do the things that you usually don't have time for. Accept the things you can't or don't get done right now. Let go of what's outside of your control and work with the things that are in your control. Try to be tolerant. Most people are pushed outside of their comfort zones. Everyone is dealing with their own s***. 

HOPE & FOCUS
Yes, 2020 has been off to a terrible start, but at LULU—LAND, we are full of hope. We firmly believe that things will change for the better. There will be grieving of the past. However, we have been giving an opportunity to recalibrate, find out what's really important to us, and rethink how we do things. We feel confident that it will become easier to create positive and sustainable change in the future.

In the coming months, we will focus on gathering contributors for the LULU—LAND Journal. Creators, writers, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, great thinkers, etc. who will love to share their stories, work, ideas, different perspectives and other inspiration. Our goal is to be able to update the journal daily within six months.

Further, we have a couple of exciting new collaborations coming up that we look forwards to share with you. Right now, we are working on a project called the "The Creative Manifest". If you are curious, sign-up to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram @lululand.io.

Finally, we'll hopefully be able to expand our team by offering a remote internship. As our intern, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with us on developing LULU—LAND from anywhere you like (with a stable internet connection). Don't hesitate to contact us, if you're interested and want to know more. Write an email to hi@lululand.io, tell us a little bit about yourself, why you want to be our intern, and, most importantly, what inspires you.

STAY SAFE (& SANE)!
LULU

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