Caleb Thill's Curation: Summer is Coming

Caleb is a travel, lifestyle and fashion blogger, creative consultant and photographer based out of NYC passionate about sharing and capturing everyday moments whether that be in his neighborhood (Williamsburg, NYC) or traveling around world on a project. Caleb has worked with clients such as The Four Seasons, Audi, Paul Smith, Patron and KLM Airlines to name a few.

What do you look for in the brands or products you use?
A: It really depends on the brand or product - for the most part, I look for brands that align with my lifestyle and beliefs. I try and make sure the brands and products I buy are conscious about the earth and environment. I especially want to make sure the brand isn't using greenwashing marketing strategies to "trick" the consumer. I'm all about Quality > Quantity and will always invest a bit more to have a product I love and that'll last a lot longer than something that may be cheaper, but poorly made.

What has been the most challenging thing about the stay at home order?
A: I'm an extrovert and always stay incredibly busy - especially living in NYC. I also hang out with friends almost every day - from coffee dates, to cocktail hours, I LOVE that stuff and it's what makes living in NYC so exciting and great so having that all stop was (and still is) - incredibly difficult and challenging - especially not seeing friends... I also travel a ton so it's been hard to have trips and work projects in the work cancelled and put on hold. It's definitely been challenging and tough, but I'm fully aware, my situation could be much much worse and I'm grateful for mine and my families health - thankful I have a roof over my head and have groceries in the fridge. It's so easy to overlook how much of a privilege that is so I'm trying not to complain.

What are you looking forward to this summer?
A: I'm looking forward to a slower summer. Who knows how long this all is going to last, but I'm dreaming of laying on a beach, reading books and swimming... I don't think NYC is going to see normal for quite some time so I'm possibly looking at renting my apartment and heading somewhere else for a bit. Not sure where yet, but I'm excited to just go with the flow. If there's one thing this all has taught me is I don't need to be running around crazy busy all the time. I can take a second to breathe and just be... Something that was always hard for me.

What will be the one thing that will stay with you that you have learned during this time?
I think one thing I've learned through all this is that it's okay to slow down and just be. I don't always need to be super productive and getting things done - sometimes my most creative ideas come to me when I'm just chilling or doing something completely unrelated like baking. I've enjoyed learning how to cook a bit more and have loved getting creative with recipes. I hope when everything goes back to "normal", I'm able to differentiate which part of my old life (aka before this crazy pandemic) I want to let go off and which part I want to bring back.

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