A lot of fragrances have names that do not reflect the actual scent. (We got a whiff of the real Christina Aguilera once, and let's just say that her BO is not as pleasant as her perfume.) At the Time Travel Mart, however, their scents aren't just fancy names - they accurately capture a historical time period. The Gold Rush Timeline Fragrance ($25) contains hints of "musk, denim, pink pepper, [and] river", which'll have you smelling like a gold digger in the most literal, old-fashioned way. It may not attract everyone, but we bet miners - and even some minors - will be intrigued by your aroma.
These woven Fuchsia Nantucket Bowls ($48 for two) from Serena & Lily have enough of a color pop to brighten up a room and enough space to hold plenty of miscellaneous objects. It's a good thing they come as a set, because we want one to sit on the dining room table as a fruit bowl and the other to hold onto our living room extras - the remote(s), drink coasters, and a random People magazine from last May that we never got around to recycling.
It's getting warmer and no doubt you're enjoying all sorts of fun, outdoorsy adventures with your friends. This means one thing: There are going to be hundreds of photos of your face plastered all over Facebook and Instagram. Make sure you're ready for your #nofilter close up with dr. brandt's Exclusive Camera-Ready Kit ($42), which contains all the products you need to minimize the appearance of pores, buff away dead skin, and achieve flawless texture.
You may think that this Oversize Cami Dress ($444) either has some sort of zip-off convertible skirt or a big pocket on its right side, but you'd be wrong. Assembly New York is simply furthering the art of the exposed, decorative zipper - and so instead of something functional, you get about a three-inch strip of exposed skin at your hips. At least the zipper actually zips - it could be like those pockets on really cheap jackets that are only flaps of material sewed on the outside. Still, even if you don't need the world to get a closer look at your hipbone, this dress is on point when it comes to simple, bright, minimalistic style.
We'll never let go, Jack! At least not until we're done with our bath anyway. The Tubtanic Bath Plug ($4) is a novelty drain stopper that pays tribute to the world's most famous shipwreck. If you're as twisted as us, you'll get a kick out of seeing the sinking ship bobble on the surface while lathering up. We wouldn't blame you if you started humming "My Heart Will Go On" either.
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This is how we feel about shorts covered with a faded vintage-inspired tropical getaway print: We'll sign up for these Scotch & Soda Printed Boyfriend Shorts ($89) as fast as we'll sign up for a free vacation to the Caribbean. Our love for patterned shorts continues to know no bounds, and we especially love this pair because of its relaxed cut, perfect for romping around at the beach (on our free trip that we'll be asked to go on...someday).
Don't let dry cuticles ruin your manicure - keep them soft and pretty with this Hand and Cuticle Stick from Julep ($22). Sure, you could probably just use hand lotion, but at least this won't leave you with greasy hands or explode in your purse.
For years we've intended to try some yoga classes, but after a lot of procrastination, we worry that we're too late to the party. The Yoga Beginner's Kit ($30) is an inexpensive way to give the exercise a try in the privacy of your own home. With instructional DVDs, a mat, a brick, and a strap, we'll be able to A) see if we're cut out for meditative stretching in the first place and B) get some practice in so we're not embarrassing ourselves when we finally show up at a yoga studio.
These Seychelles Brand New shoes ($70) expertly combine the high with the low - leopard print with calf hair and leather with the simplest of sandal designs. Pick up a pair for yourself and you'll find these sandals elevate every single outfit you wear them with this summer.
Only have a fifty dollar party decoration budget? Spend the majority on a strobe light (for dancing!) and the rest on this Jumbo Confetti Balloon ($17). It's bigger than a toddler! It's bigger than your cat (or your small dog)! But keep it away from any of them until you're ready for the party to end - that's going to be one big pop.
What would you do if you could shave a little time off your morning routine? Hit snooze one more time? Guzzle another cup of coffee before heading to work? It may be possible, thanks to Kenra's Platinum Blow Dry Spray ($13). Mist onto towel-dried hair to significantly reduce blow-dry time while protecting your hair from heat damage and frizz.
Get energized with this Checked Out Dress's ($68) abundant amount of flower power! The colorful spring frock updates the psychedelic '60s dress with a modern cut and telltale 21st-century cutouts at the waist - we bet you'll find yourself throwing up the peace sign in every single photo. It seems almost impossible not to.
When would hanging these Pink Flamingo Electric Party Lights ($16) not be a good idea? We understand not wanting to put the classic flamingo ornament in your yard - you may be doing it ironically, but what will the neighbors think?! - but we're pretty sure this string of pink birds would add a welcome dash of tropical levity to any living situation.
Biology may not be our strong suit, but that doesn't diminish our appreciation for the DNA Bookcase ($1050). That is one sexy double helix, and the fact that it can hold all of our old English Lit books proves that science can be useful to liberal arts nerds!
Okay, so we have this adorable bikini top covered in sweet little flamingos, but we're not a fan of the coordinating bottom. It's just a bit much if we wear the same printed bottom and there's no reason to settle since there are so many fabulous separates to mix and match.
The Wild One
Jessica Simpson Welcome to the Jungle Fringe Skirted Hipster Swim Bottoms ($27, on sale)
London Rebel White Bow Flip Flops ($28, on sale)
Long Beaded Shell Necklace ($12)
Carlota here: I'm a true girly-girl. I love strapless dresses, skinny jeans, basic ribbed tanks, lace intimates, patent peep-toes, jeweled sandals, buttery-soft leather satchels, sparkly pendants....you get the point! I also love to save cash when I can, so consider me your personal concierge when you're looking for luxury-for-less. I also have a crazy husband, two little munchkins (Carlo and Milly) and a furry yellow Lab. All of them are sweet and lovable, but they certainly do occupy a good portion of my day. However,l I do L-O-V-E shopping with a passion and finding amazing deals for myself as well as for others.