Buy a ukulele and you might play it a few times before stashing it in a closet forever. Build a ukulele and you'll connect with your instrument on a whole new level. After spending a few hours putting together this Ukulele Kit ($42), you'll feel obligated to follow through on music lessons. Just be glad that Hawaiians are (probably, for most readers) thousands of miles away and unable to hear you butchering their traditional music for those first few months of learning.
You'll look just as cute wearing these Strawberry Sponge Hair Curlers ($2) as you will with a head full of cascading curls. To use, gently pull the top and bottom of each berry apart, roll your hair up the middle, and then push the berry back together to hold the curler in place.
If this Boyfriend Tank ($40) wasn't part of Heidi Klum's New Balance line, it would have taken us several moments to figure out what the hell "OUFVDRZEN" meant. We're still a little confused why they couldn't just put "auf Wiedersehen" on the front of this tank, but we guess it all comes down to style over logic. Besides, if they had to cram that many letters onto the tank, they'd be so small that people wouldn't be able to read your shirt as you whiz past them.
It's a mixed blessing when the bride and groom ask for cash in lieu of a traditional wedding registry. On the one hand, gift shopping couldn't be simpler. On the other hand, the pressure is on to make the gift look nicer than just an envelope stuffed with cash. The Love Bird Wedding Congratulations Card ($9) has you covered. The 3-D design is so adorable that you'll guarantee the couple will save the card as a keepsake for the next...oh, let's say the next eight years. We all agree they'll be divorced within ten, right?
These handmade striped cotton towels ($24) are so much prettier than the giant neon monstrosities littering the beach and they dry up to five times faster than a traditional towel. Tuck a few into your beach bag this summer for instant chicness, and tie one around your waist as a sarong while you're at it.
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We've always envied those girls who just smell nice; they flip their hair and you can smell flowers and rainbows and freshly cleaned clothes. We were just settling for not smelling bad until we washed our hair with Neuma Renew Shampoo ($24), which doesn't smell like fairy dust but does have a refreshing herbal scent that lasted us long after shampooing. There are a number of different Neuma shampoos with different specialties; in addition to giving our locks a fresh scent, this one also helps to retain hair color.
Full disclosure: Outblush received a free sample of this product.
The cacti may look prickly, but we assure you, this Desert Print Mini Pouch ($38) is smooth to the touch, with a soft leather exterior and cushy suede interior. It's the perfect everyday bag to carry around with you this summer - not only for its brightly colored succulents, but because of its compact size, perfect for the minimal number of accessories you need during warm weather months: phone, wallet, keys, sunnies, check.
Hiding the bobby pins in your updo can be a real pain, especially if your hair isn't one of the two shades of pins you can usually find in the drugstore. Instead of going through all that trouble, try buying bold-patterned bobby pins, like this animal print set ($12), and letting them have the spotlight.
You already consider your pet a part of the family, but would you also consider her a person? In his new book, Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs ($17), David Grimm outlines the case that pets may soon be granted a protected legal status. With cats receiving organ transplants and dogs having their own lawyers in custody disputes, pets currently have more rights than ever. The prospect may seem a little far-fetched (pun!), but if the government can declare corporations "people", why not your dog?
We really hope Desigual didn't get too literal when creating this fragrance, subtly titled Sex ($59). We're guessing "pleather car seats with top notes of shame" would be a tough sell.
This Dolce Vita Cadis Dress ($100, on sale) is a perfect summer white dress that's so pretty that it's attracted a ton of colorful butterflies to gather on it. We've got Mariah Carey in our heads now, and we can't help but suggest that you spread your wings and prepare to fly, because at this rate, there are going to be so many butterflies on your dress that you'll lift right up off the ground.
Stuffy relatives coming for a visit? We suggest setting out a bar of Unicorn Poop Soap ($12) in the guest bathroom. The scents vary from batch to batch, but each layer will contain a unique smell, including birthday cake, butterscotch, vanilla, blueberry muffin, and more. Your house guests will either love you more or decide never to come back. Either way, you come out ahead.
We usually spend the first five minutes of every gym visit standing on the treadmill trying to untangle the earphones that got thrown in a bag with hair ties and brushes. Every other organization technique involves us wrapping up the wires nicely after every use, and we just don't have the patience for that. The Round Earphone Winder ($6) is small and light and will keep the cord from knotting in on itself whenever you use it - which is probably always, right?
You probably use primer on your face and eyelids, but have you tried it on your lips yet? This Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer ($22) smoothes and prepares your lips for color while plumping them up for maximum impact. The fact that it helps keep them hydrated is just icing on the cake.
A statement necklace can totally make or break your outfit. We're loving the Kate Spade Amalfi Mosaic Statement Necklace ($348) this season. With a beautiful palette of stone, this necklace gives us so many options to create awesome ensembles.
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.