The spiral represents "the journey of life", according to this item's description, which is all very well and good, but we're mostly delighted by how tactile these Cosmic Spiral Rings ($28 each) are (and how they remind us of those sweet curly shoelaces from the nineties). It looks like we could put a little pressure on them and they'd jump right off our fingers - if they weren't made of metal, of course.
It's like the head honchos at Gucci randomly stumbled across a pack of Crayola Bold markers rolling across the floor and had an epiphany - use them to create colorful, rad high-top sneakers. Great idea, Gucci! That was always our favorite pack. Oh, these paneled satin sneakers ($515) will never belong to us, but at least our six-year-old selves (who loved that fuchsia color more than anything) would be satisfied to know that in the future people paid money for shoes covered in Crayola colors instead of giving artistic, marker-happy kids a timeout.
The pointed toes! The double ankle straps! The haircalf uppers in that fabulous print! There isn't a single thing we'd change about the Lucky T Flats in Tiger's Eye ($170) from Marais USA. In fact, our collective opinion is that more shoes should channel this much fierceness. We can't wait to bring these flats home and start breaking 'em in.
Just in case you couldn't tell from the photo, the lemlem Berta Patio Dress ($248) is made out of a sheer cotton material, so it's going to be a perfect beach cover-up. But unless you live in Miami or somewhere else where bathing suits are everyday wear, you might not get a ton of wear out of it. If you want to wear this beautifully hand woven dress more often than just during beach visits, experiment with pretty slips underneath to make a lovely layered outfit.
A lot of facial toners and cleansers use witch hazel as an ingredient, so why not just use the original, concentrated version? Original Thayer's Witch Hazel ($13), also available in cucumber and rose petal "flavors", is great for your skin as the plant is a natural antioxidant that will also clean out and tighten your pores. Have a small cut or burn? This deciduous medicinal wonder will help with those as well.
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Lydia Loveless' new album Somewhere Else ($7) is amazing in its entirety, but let's talk about our favorite song from this collection. It is called "Wine Lips", and it is playing on repeat in the office, and when it's not playing on repeat in the office, it is playing on repeat inside our brains, except we don't know all the words, so we're just like, "Wine lips... wine lips... I wanna kiss your wiiiiiiiine lips!" Basically, this song is phenomenally catchy, and it reminds us of drinking wine and kissing, which we really like. We're also into Beer Lips, and Whiskey Lips, and we're hoping those songs will get written too.
If you have very specific olfactory needs in order to get to sleep, we suggest picking up the Classic White Linen Travel Tin ($12) from Xela Aroma. If your motel room smells vaguely like trash and a bouquet of various disinfectants, never fear. Fill it with the aroma of clean white linen instead, so that maybe your dreams will be filled with fields of wildflowers instead of nightmares of trash dumps.
After one too many self-tanning mishaps, we've come to just deal with being pale - and we know better than to hit the tanning beds. But we were sent Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner ($30) to try and we have to say, rubbing ourselves in tinted lotion ain't as bad as we remember it. We're definitely not experts in applying a faux tan, but we managed to give ourselves a consistent and natural looking bronze - or at least as natural as it can look in the tail end of winter. Aside from lookin' good and smellin' great, Sexy Stems is also formulated with skinPERK, which helps to firm and tone.
Full disclosure: Outblush received a free sample of this product.
Does your dog have a drinking problem? No, not like that, but maybe he often kicks his water dish over. Or maybe he drinks stagnant water with dead bugs floating in it. Or maybe his water dish attracts other animals into your yard. Regardless of the exact problem, the WaterDog Pet Fountain ($59) may be the solution. The new gadget attaches to outdoor spigots and uses motion sensor technology to spit water out when your dog is near. Now he'll always have a fresh, reliable source of water available to him and you won't have to worry about refilling his dish each day.
Not all little birdies feel at home in expensive and modern-looking birdhouses. We're pretty sure some of 'em prefer something more akin to this Shasta trailer birdhouse ($45). Okay, they probably don't care where they build their nests so long as they're not reachable by neighborhood cats. We're the ones who can't resist this clever take on a bird home.
This year, we're going to stop trying to plant vegetables and just tell our friends we intentionally planted weeds since that's most of what seems to sprout in our garden anyway. However, if you are still willing to put up a fight, do yourself a favor and buy an Easy Weeder ($15). Instead of picking at one weed multiple times without managing to get the roots out, this tool allows you to get underneath the soil and attack from the bottom.
The nautical trend is making an appearance once again this spring season. We love how some designers are mixing it up with an unexpected color like pink or purple. One of our favorites is the Victoria's Secret Platform Wedge Sandal shown here. Pair them with one of the cute strapless dress and you're good to go plus you'll score free shipping with any $25 clothing or shoe purchase (code FASHION25). Coupon is valid through Tuesday, March 11.
Hold that thought, somebunny's calling me!
Feelin' crabby because there's still a bunch of snow on the ground? Why don't you go ahead and pop another vitamin D capsule while you order a Lobster Roll Beach Towel ($25) from Echo Design. We know you won't get to use it beachside for a few more weeks (okay, more like months, but we were trying to think positively), but maybe the purchase will act as an affirmation: "I have a new beach towel, therefore summer will come."
While we think it's a key part of healthy adult development to grow out of the whole "It's spring break, bitches!" phase, we also think it's always advantageous to know how to make a mean margarita. Of course, if you've got a Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker ($300) in your arsenal, it'll do most of the heavy lifting for you. Buy a bunch of berries and tequila, add ice, and mix up some yummy, boozy drinks to share with friends in the backyard while you avoid the hot mess of Bourbon Street.