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Personal Shopper: Fun, No-Frills Apron for Tess

Tess writes: "I love to cook, and can make quite a mess in the kitchen. I've looked at places like Bed Bath & Beyond and such to find aprons. Although they're pretty cute, oftentimes they have extra details on them (like faux jewels, bows, etc.) that just aren't practical and can get in the way. I'd like to find a nice, full-length apron that looks really nice and fun, but is not something I'll be afraid to get dirty and throw in the washer!"

Real cooks don't need fluffy, frilly extras. These aprons keep things fun with bright colors and playful prints, with nary a ruffle or bow in sight. As a bonus, those busy patterns might help conceal the inevitable splotches of marinara or merlot. I've also tried to keep the prices low enough so you won't be overly heartbroken when you've finally whipped and beaten one of these into retirement.

1. Cuisine Couture Apron ($32)
2. Sagaform Tulip Apron ($25)
3. Geranium Vintage-Inspired Apron ($12)
4. Threshold Tuxedo Apron ($16)
5. Harrods Ice Cream Sundae Apron ($19)

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crazy-jane-profile-1.jpgCrazy Jane here: I'm a New England girl with couture tastes and a Salvation Army budget who usually ends up wearing flannel. My shopping forte: finding the impossible dream. Throw your tough stuff at me and let me go bloodhound on it. When not playing on Outblush, I'm probably yelling at my cats, getting a backrub from my hot teacher husband, or playing kissy-face with my adorably chubby offspring.

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Pipe Solid Fragrance

Forget basic pumpkin and apple - this fall, reach for something unexpected, like this pipe-scented solid perfume ($22). With notes of vanilla, bourbon, cognac, and tobacco, it will evoke all those warm and fuzzy autumn feelings without making you smell like a pie.

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Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat

Is it time to talk winter coats yet? No? Err, sorry - we're always jumping the gun (but at least we're not trying to sell you Christmas wreaths in September like your local Target!) The Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat ($350) is made from a nice heavy wool inspired by the fabrics of vintage stadium blankets. It'll keep you toasty warm and looking chic as you cheer on your alma mater. The coat comes in seven different colors so you can match it to your school's shades, or order it in a neutral and wrap a team scarf around your neck.

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Wondermade Fall Flavor Pack

While we consider ourselves enthusiastic devotees to Wondermade marshmallows, nothing could have prepared us for the pure heaven we faced when opening a Fall Flavor Pack ($29). The pack includes four autumn-inspired flavors, like (better-than-a-Starbucks-latte) pumpkin pie, apple cinnamon, chai, and honey pear. Savor each 'mallow slowly, use 'em to top off your hot chocolate, or stuff two or three kinds in your mouth at a time to experience the ultimate in fall-flavor experiences!

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Six Month Soap of the Month Club Subscription

Featuring a different gift wrapped, handmade bar of soap every month for six months, this Soap of the Month Club Subscription ($48) is our new go-to gift for hostesses, new moms, and birthday girls. It lasts longer than a bottle of wine, and you don't even have to wrap it!

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Wit & Delight Bottle Opener

Is a pun punnier before or after you've finished a bottle of your favorite brew? Use this Wit & Delight Bottle Opener ($7) to help you conduct an experiment. We suspect the answer is after, but you can record the fervor of giggles before, during, and post drink.

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Round Neck Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

This Round Neck Long Sleeve Maxi Dress ($29) proves that you don't have to pack away your maxi dresses at the end of the summer. With a striking black and white chevron pattern, long sleeves, and fitted bodice, you'll look stunning while staying comfy. Wear it with simple flats and a denim jacket for a casual weekend look.

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Up in Honey's Room

Sometimes you need to lose yourself in a zany, slightly campy, but ultimately entertaining and satisfying plot. Enter Up in Honey's Room ($9) by Elmore Leonard. This book's got it all: German spies, escaped POWs, a smart and calculated blonde, a solemn U.S. Marshal, quick-paced conversations, and lots of drinking. We're not saying that the novel is ground-breaking, or will toy with your emotions, but it's a quick and entertaining read, perfect for digging into before bed each night.

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beautyblender sur.face pro

Your summer tan is fading, and that bottle of expensive foundation you bought in August is now a shade darker than your face. Easy solution? Mix in a dab of moisturizer to lighten it up without having to buy a whole new bottle. Use beautyblender's sur.face pro ($40) to blend up your own concoction, then snap on the lid to preserve your new custom shade!

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You're F'n Awesome Candle

There's no hesitating before you add this You're F'n Awesome Candle ($18) to your Etsy shopping cart - it's the perfect gift for your BFF because it compliments both her and you! And actually, you will have to pause for just a moment to pick out a scent for your candle. Brown sugar & fig is divine, but the pink grapefruit is also excellent. Okay, it's probably best to just buy two!

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Northern Bluff Hoodie

You could throw on that oversized sweatshirt from your alma mater when you get chilly on the weekend, but why not class it up a little with this Northern Bluff Hoodie ($68)? Pair it with leggings and a pair of white sneakers - you'll be every bit as cozy as you are in old sweats, but with the added benefit of looking like you put some thought into your outfit.

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Hungry Dog Tee

We don't have anything against Cars, or even Frozen, but Cars and Frozen gracing the fronts of every. single. kids. item. ever? Ugh. Where's the imagination?! Kids look way cuter dressed in more original graphics like this Hungry Dog Tee ($23). It's cute, clever, and sets Jimmy and Jane apart from the throngs of kids wearing character gear.

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Fango Ferma Firming Mud Mask for Face and Body

As we inch closer to our thirties, we've noticed our skin becoming just a little bit less radiant, and our crows feet getting ever-so-slightly more pronounced. (We blame all those nail-biting Game of Thrones marathons - that sh*t is stressful!) It's never too early to launch your defense against aging, which is why we love this firming mud mask ($72). It helps smooth out wrinkles and snap sagging skin back into place, all while moisturizing and softening your skin.

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Petal Coffee Table

Even at its sale price, this Petal Coffee Table ($1,857, on sale) is way out of our budgets. We mean, maybe if we skipped vacationing for the next two summers, and spent a month eating nothing but boxed pasta, we could consider the possibility of owning this stunning table, but... we value beach time and dinners out too much. Sorry, table, maybe in a few years!

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Vince Camuto Sultra Bootie

Every fall, we survey our closet full of cute boots that we bought last year and decide that we need just one more pair. This year, that pair will likely be Vince Camuto's Sultra Bootie ($169). The thicker heel won't send us flying when we encounter uneven sidewalks, and the gold details add just enough visual interest without breaking up the miles-long visual line created when we pair them with black skinnies or tights.

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