Aug 15, 2014 8:44 AM
Regardless of whether you ever carved your initials along with your highschool sweethearts' into a kind, giving tree, the sentiment of a heart chiseled into a trunk is not lost on you. And although this Emily + Meritt Tree Trunk Side Table ($229) is designed for teens, we think it's a good idea to bring a reminder of that giddy love that brought (or almost brought) you to deface a living tree into your home at any age! And now if you want to carve your initials into it, it can be on an item that you paid good money for, and not public property.
Aug 15, 2014 8:41 AM
While this Louboutin-inspired nail polish ($50) is much, much cheaper than a pair of sky-high Loubs, it still seems like a pretty tall price to pay for a home manicure. However: Thanks to the hyper-pigmented, extra-glossy formula, one coat of this stuff is the equivalent of 20 coats of traditional polish, which essentially means you're getting a great deal. And you'll want to save all the money you can if you want to be able to afford a pair of the iconic red-soled stilettos someday.
Aug 15, 2014 8:35 AM
Open up that kitchen window and let the breeze in - we promise, it won't budge the Elizabeth Olwen Farm to Table Click Magnets ($12, 4-pack) that are hanging out on your fridge and holding up your farm share pick-up schedule (or a stack of takeout menus, we're not judging!).
Aug 15, 2014 8:30 AM
No need to waste time figuring out which shirt will go under a sweater the best, which one is the right length to peek out ever so artfully, or which one has the right type of neckline. Just grab this two-in-one Madie Sweater ($150), embellished with a generous sheer flounce attached to its hem. Now you can wear the most basic top underneath, and people will still think you're being fancy.
Aug 15, 2014 8:26 AM
Don't hate us or anything, but we bought the Professional Ultrasonic Bark Stop ($45) to handle our neighbor's noisy puppy. The poor dog gets left in the backyard by himself for long stretches of time and won't quit yapping. We feel for him, but it's a nightmare to listen to all day, which is why having this device - which emits a high pitch noise audible to dog's ears from up to 50 feet away - is a miracle. Knowing that an irritating noise will follow, the dog knows to limit his barking. The best part is that our neighbor doesn't even know... whether she would even care is another issue.
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Aug 15, 2014 8:20 AM
Yes, this Regenerating Balm ($79) is kind of pricey. Like, new-pair-of-shoes pricey. But you can use it on virtually any part of your body that needs to be moisturized, nourished, or soothed - which means that you're getting a hair treatment, intensive lip therapy, and hydrating body lotion all in one jar. So really, buying this balm is actually saving you money! (If we ever tire of reviewing products, we're totally going to go into used car sales.)
Aug 15, 2014 8:15 AM
The KAMALIKULTURE Crewneck Flair Dress ($99) is perfect for your social dance class (swish that skirt around like a pro even if you can barely do the tango steps) or a classy dinner date (classy because you know there will be no cleavage-staring, thank you very much). It's also good for just about anything else - just maybe not in one hundred degree weather.
Aug 15, 2014 8:10 AM
We're pretty sure everyone we know posted photos of themselves picking strawberries to Instagram this summer and we're feeling a little left out. Do you think we can pass off this Fraise Chocolate Collection ($31, 15 piece) from Sucré as one of our own delightful concoctions? The dark chocolate is infused with a fresh, seasonal Louisiana strawberry purée for a sweet, oh-so-summer flavor. So okay, no one will believe that we made these ourselves, but at least they're the perfect consolation prize for not having gotten our butts to a berry farm with a bucket.
Aug 15, 2014 8:05 AM
Talk about the ultimate in diaper bag awesomeness! StorkSak's Tania Bee Bag ($210) is large, full of organizational pockets and compartments, water- (or pee-soaked diaper) resistant, and comes equipped with extras, like a bottle bag and changing mat. But best, of course, is that it doesn't immediately register as a diaper bag. The great ombré stripe pattern gives it a modern tote bag look. In fact, you may find yourself reaching for it even on those (far and few between) afternoons you leave the house without the kiddo in tow.
Aug 15, 2014 8:00 AM
Now that we've told you about the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial ($48), you officially have zero excuses not to wash your face before bed when you're tired. In just 60 seconds, this stuff makes your skin brighter, smoother, and can even decrease the appearance of wrinkles. When's the last time you accomplished so much in just one minute?
Aug 15, 2014 6:34 AM
Accessorizing your dorm is at the top of your list, right? Well it definitely should be since you'll be spending lots of time in there. Add that finishing touch to your bed with a fun Victoria's Secret PINK Throw Pillow ($30). Head over to Victoria's Secret PINK and for a limited time, you can score a free pillow with your $65 PINK purchase (code PILLOW). Purchase must include at least one dorm item. Offer ends Sunday, August 17.
Aug 14, 2014 11:05 AM
Birkenstocks are makin' a comeback this year and we're stoked. There are many ways to wear them and look stylish. Pair them with your favorite boyfriend jeans, a dress, or even a romper for a fabulous look. Which ensemble would you pair your Birkenstocks with? Please do share.
Velvet Maeby Lace Cotton Tank ($59, on sale)
Mother Graffiti Girl Dropout Boyfriend Jeans ($196)
Mint Green Cluster Statement Necklace Set ($17, on sale)
Pikolinos Brandy Bag ($155, on sale)
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, I do L-O-V-E shopping with a passion and finding amazing deals for myself as well as for others.
Aug 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Fancy yourself a crafty gal? Give this Chalkboard Paint Set ($13) a test run. It's designed for smaller projects, like wood coasters, a few terra-cotta pots, or the bottom of your wine glasses. Just paint, heat in a low-temp oven, and let cool. Ta-da! You have a chalkboard surface for scribbling away. Use the included chalk markers for a bright and pigmented way to decorate your new chalkboard surfaces, adding easy-to-remove designs, names, or drawings.
Aug 14, 2014 10:55 AM
Well, looks like you botched another Sudoku puzzle. There's a mess that no ordinary pencil could fix. For a mistake that big, you're going to need a tool... or Tool Erasers ($8). They may look like a hammer and screwdriver, but they're just massive pencil attachments. They'll get you through a whole year's worth of Sudoku errors.
Aug 14, 2014 10:50 AM
It's nice to get outdoors and leave all of those modern conveniences behind. Well, all of those modern conveniences aside from a shower, anyway. After a dirty day of hiking and exploring the wilderness, having just a little bit of running water before retreating to your tent for the night doesn't sound like too much to ask, now does it? Bring along the Sea to Summit Pocket Shower ($30) on your next outdoor excursion and you'll be able to take up to a seven-minute shower wherever you go. After leaving the black case out in the sun all day, you'll find the shower to be refreshingly warm.