Oct 31, 2014 9:10 AM
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to get a pair of comfy wool-lined slippers for the winter. We won't pretend they'll make getting out of bed when it's still dark at 7 a.m. an enjoyable process, but they will help by preventing your tootsies from ever having to touch the cold floor. If you haven't found your magical Cinderella slippers yet, try out these sophisticated Mollie Slippers ($38) from the makers of the original penny loafer, G.H. Bass.
Oct 31, 2014 9:05 AM
You're the queen of the Bikram studio, showing off your sculpted biceps while you sweat your way through your sequences. It's all perfectly designed to catch the eye of that glistening stud muffin holding a sexy Warrior II across the room - until your mat slips across the wet floor and sends you sprawling. Keep your dignity as intact as it can be in a steaming hot room full of people contorting themselves into awkward positions. This eKO Mat ($88) holds steady even when the going gets drippy.
Oct 31, 2014 9:00 AM
Sonny and Cher, June Carter and Johnny Cash, Pitbull and Ke$ha - who can resist a good duet? Not us, which is probably why we wound up grabbing these Lip Duets ($12) in every color the last time we were at Ulta. The top half is a long-lasting matte lipstick, and the bottom is a shiny gloss in a matching shade. Use them individually, layer the gloss over the coordinating lipstick, or if you're like us, buy them all and then mix and match all the different colors.
Oct 31, 2014 8:55 AM
Reconfiguring your life to help manage stress can be a long process. There are a lot of yoga classes between Stressy Bessy you and the new and more relaxed you. To aid your journey, you can try out these all-natural Decompress Herb Drops ($27) from Herbalogic. They're based on an ancient Chinese mixture of herbs - including white peony, licorice, ginger, and mint - that's been used to relieve tension for centuries. Just a few drops a day can help keep the freak-out away.
Oct 31, 2014 8:50 AM
Think of this Range Cuff ($100-160) as your own personal, mobile Rorschach test. Do your friends and acquaintances think its sculptural, eye-catching design looks like a distant mountain peak, an irregular EKG, or the state of Kentucky? Flash it at them and ask what first comes to mind: hiking, palpitations, or bourbon.
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Oct 31, 2014 8:45 AM
These Half Round Walnut Shelves ($55) from Off Cut Studio won't give you a ton of space to store knickknacks, but isn't it time you declutter anyway? Toss some of your old stuff into a future yard sale box and use your new shelves to hang on to one or two of your favorite items - a framed photo of you and your high school BFF on your senior trip to NYC, or a small collection of agate rocks. Okay, and sure, if you really can't see yourself parting with it, go ahead and display that Disney World snow globe!
Oct 31, 2014 8:40 AM
These Solmate Raspberry Crew Socks ($24) make being mismatched cool. However, we will acknowledge that being mismatched works a lot better if your patterns and color palette are the same on each foot - a lot better, than, say, one leopard print sock and one polka dot sock (we speak from experience). If it really bugs you, though, simply buy two sets to get two matching pairs.
Oct 31, 2014 8:36 AM
Make your child the star of their very own story. This M is for Me Personalized Children's Book ($35) uses print-on-demand technology the way it should be: for self-aggrandizement. Customize the book with your choice of cover color and your child's first name and initial. The pages inside walk them through the alphabet, playfully illustrated with important life qualities for each letter. You kid will learn that C is for Caring and U is for Understanding. We're hoping Q is quiet and our best guess for X is Xerophilous, which would at least be handy for kids in Arizona and New Mexico.
Oct 31, 2014 8:30 AM
We swear our bobby pins come to life and wander off when we're not looking - there's no other explanation for how quickly we go through them! Hopefully this kit ($30) will last us at least a few months - it's stocked with over 120 bobby pins, hair pins, clips, and plastic bands, each stored in their own little compartment with a snap-on lid. We'd say it's foolproof, but we know we'll be eating our words six weeks from now when half the contents are missing.
Oct 31, 2014 8:24 AM
If you like a little encouragement from the people and objects around you, definitely plan on picking up this You Can Do It! Mug ($16) by Outblush fav Emily McDowell. Most of the time, we bet it'll give you a little pick-me-up - if not from the positive statement printed on it a dozen times, from the caffeine within. But if it's your first cup of coffee, we understand if it's a bit much. That's when you can focus your bleary eyes on the "Shut up, mug" until you start to feel the stirrings of life/caffeine within your veins.
Oct 31, 2014 8:20 AM
As if your dog needed any more motivation to lick her dinner bowl clean! Oh, well. Reward her anyway with a biscuit from the Clean Bowl Treat Jar ($20), designed by Jane Dixon. She'll certainly appreciate it!
Oct 31, 2014 8:15 AM
These are not your traditional moon boots. In fact, they're so far away from those puffy nightmares, and so sharply stylish, that these Luna Boots ($220) would make other moon boots deflate within their presence. They've got the perfect structure and heel height to wear every day, and although the color blocking makes them super bold, the navy blue and tan are both neutral enough colors to go with just about any outfit.
Oct 31, 2014 8:10 AM
Is this bronze Agnet Ring ($52) shaped like a lucky horseshoe, a mathematical symbol, a sign of protection, a U-shaped magnet, or simple the letter U? Or is it simply an attractive shape that signifies nothing except your good taste in minimal jewelry that draws attention to your beautiful and delicate fingers? Every which way, you're going to love this addition to your stack.
Oct 31, 2014 8:05 AM
Your typical girls' night involves gossip, trashy TV, and way too much wine. Next time, ditch the Real Housewives and merlot and pamper yourselves by whipping up some of the eco-friendly beauty product recipes in this book ($14). You'll have just as much fun, and you'll wake up the next morning with glowing skin instead of a pounding headache.
Oct 31, 2014 8:00 AM
After a full summer of kicking it at the beach, your tan is a-glowin' and your hair is... well, actually, it's a bit dried out, isn't it? Or maybe you're a chronic hair salon goer, getting your coif bleached on the regular? Either way, using Davines's Alchemic Conditioner Silver ($29) will help add moisture and flexibility to your yellowed or bleached hair. Work it into damp locks, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse out. You'll towel off your head and instantly be able to feel the softness.
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