There’s never been a better time to check in on our friends, Pretty Birds. Life in the time of COVID-19 is full of uncertainty and stress, but no matter how we’re coping, we can all agree it’s a time to be grateful for the people in our lives who show up for us. Checking in With Friends is dedicated to touching base with our fabulous friends all over the world.
Checking in With Friends: Julia Gall
Julia Gall is a New York-based stylist and fashion consultant as well as Accessories Director at Marie Claire. We’ve loved catching up with Julia at Milan Fashion Week and featuring her always fab street style in both Milan and Paris. Follow along as we hear how she’s doing amid the lockdown in New York.
All The Pretty Birds: How are you? How are your loved ones?
Julia Gall: I am good! And healthy. Family is doing great too. My mom and sister are still working, they are essential workers as a pediatrician and a WIC (government provided supplemental nutrition program) counselor. I am so proud of them!
ATPB: Where are you currently staying?
JG: I am in my apartment in Manhattan with my fiancé, Philip.
ATPB: Are you in lockdown/isolation? Describe your new circumstances.
JG: I was self-quarantined since my arrival to NYC from Paris on March 5th and haven’t left my block! My last taste of normal living was in Paris, which feels like a weird dream now. I went outside for a walk close to my building a week ago, yikes! It takes a lot of effort to leave and clean after so I don’t love having to do that. Luckily for a small apartment mine has big windows with an open view so never feels too stuffy. I open them often for fresh air, don’t worry. I’m kind of an indoor cat by nature, so I’m not having a totally terrible time being told to stay in.
ATPB: How is it affecting your work and personal life?
JG: Work actually has been really productive. Sometimes being in a bustling office and running around to appointments and meetings can be super distracting from creative work. So I’ve had a lot of uninterrupted time to plan and develop ideas, which has been wonderful.
It’s been a fun time learning how to work digitally, as in connecting with co-workers remotely but also creating content on digital platforms. A whole new ballgame for a print editor! I don’t live close to my family so Facetiming seems pretty normal but I was hoping to see them around this time so I’m pretty bummed about that. I do miss having dinner with friends, it’s one of the best parts of living in New York, so it feels very weird to no longer have that as part of my reality.
ATPB: What have you learned about yourself during this time?
JG: That I am surprisingly great at keeping myself busy! The days seem to fly by each day though now they’re starting to blend together. But every day I’m like “HUH??? How is it already 4:00???” So I guess that is great. I’m rarely bored.
ATPB: Can you tell us about a daily ritual that has been keeping you sane?
JG: My fiancé and I do SkytingTV Yoga every day. We are obsessed! Even if we only have time for a 15 minute one, it still makes a huge difference. He’s getting really good at it!
ATPB: What’s something you hope to take from this experience?
JG: I now have a much deeper understanding of who actually helps our society run. We need to all treat these people with extreme respect and be humbler as “non-essential” workers.
ATPB: What are some things you’re grateful for?
JG: To be currently employed with health insurance and the ability to work remotely. So grateful for a roof over my head, food in my fridge and clean water. For supportive family and friends. And lastly, my health, something that most of us have been taking for granted until now.
ATPB: Is there an album or playlist that you’ve been feeling lately?
JG: I recently revisited Pink’s greatest hits and honestly she’s really underrated!
ATPB: Do you have a poem, quote, article, and/or image that you’d like to share to inspire others?
JG: It’s all over the place but I love Mr. Rogers quote about “look for the helpers” – we need to stand up and give major recognition to the people braver than the rest of us.
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