Aug 21, 2014 10:10 AM
Anything of importance must be written in ink these days, which is a shame since we prefer the look and feel of a classic pencil. At least we'll be able to trick ourselves a bit with these Wood Ballpoint Pens ($6, set of 3). Replacing pencil graphite with blue ink, the pens-in-disguise allow you to write checks and sign tax forms. Unfortunately, the eraser has no effect on the ink, but that just gives you extra permission to chew on the eraser instead just like you did as a child.
Aug 21, 2014 10:05 AM
Unless you own a sandwich shop or a bakery, you probably don't have much need for this Suffolk Two-Sided Chalkboard ($159), but... don't you want one anyway? We kinda do. We want to buy a big bucket of chalk and go to town, decorating each side of this board with designs and the soup du jour. In fact, we'd probably spend more time expressing our artistic talents in writing out "Cream of Broccoli" than we would actually working in the kitchen to make dinner.
Aug 21, 2014 10:00 AM
Finally, a magic marker you can use to add color to your lips and cheeks that, when you come down the stairs sure that you look like a million bucks, you don't have people screaming and picking you up and bringing you to the bathroom where they start running water over your face.
Aug 21, 2014 9:56 AM
Get a good look at this drool-worthy Sterling Silver and Blue Sapphires Cuff ($1,150) by Marla Aaron because, if you're like us, a look is all you're gonna get. While the dramatic bracelet is certainly worthy of its large price tag, it's also well outside our budgets. *Insert reluctant resignation here.*
Aug 21, 2014 9:50 AM
Talking notes on Molecular Biology or Advanced Statistics is hardly what we'd qualify as a "fun" time. Of course, your opinion may differ if you're into those sorts of things. If you're not, but stuck studying them anyway, scribble frantically into a Large Polka Dot Notebook ($26) from Sugar Paper. Sure, you could just type everything into your laptop, but Facebook is always so distracting. Write everything in shorthand while you're in class and then transcribe it to an Evernote file later. You'll get double the exposure to your notes, making studying for your first big test all the easier!
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Aug 21, 2014 9:45 AM
Because there's no better way to say, "I like you, but you kind of smell."
Aug 21, 2014 9:40 AM
Saying "harness" in the context of wearing one will automatically skew a little... uh, kinky, but this Shea Classic Harness ($795) from Azeeza is for black tie occasions, not black leather ones. It's meant to add interest to a simple strapless tube dress, in case you have a closet full of those sitting around. And the price tag may boggle your mind, but that's because the silk contraption is hand beaded with antique gold wire, beads, and crystals.
Aug 21, 2014 9:35 AM
Komono's Wizard Print Flemish Baroque Watch ($75) is rich in color and pattern, but fairly affordable in price. That's a winning combo if we ever saw one! Nab a watch to wear this fall, or take your chances that it'll go on sale in a few weeks and score it for an even lower price point (you bargain shopper, you!).
Aug 21, 2014 9:30 AM
Playing Memory is a great way to build kids' minds. Finding pairs of corresponding animals is fine, but why not give young children a way to familiarize themselves with family members? With the Personalized Photo Memory Game ($20), you can submit 12 photos of loved ones that get made into the classic game. It's surprisingly even more fun when you play with pictures of people you know!
Aug 21, 2014 9:25 AM
And now, a conversation between freshmen college roommates Hannah and Jenny:
Hannah: "Did you see this new peace sign stand I bought? It's the perfect place to store my hippie jewelry."
Jenny: "I like it, I think I'll get one, too."
Hannah: "What? You've never been to an anti-war protest!"
Jenny: "But I was voted class clown in high school and love to photo bomb people. You realize that this called the Emily + Meritt Bunny Ears Hand ($49), right? It's more antagonistic than peaceful."
Hannah: "It's open to interpretation, Jenny!"
Jenny: "I don't understand how the school's housing department ever thought we'd make good roommates."
Aug 21, 2014 9:20 AM
A good bar is stocked with not only booze, but also all the extras. Make sure you've got a good brand of bitters on hand, a few simple syrups, and don't forget a tin of Carolina Margarita Salt ($9) by Bulls Bay Saltworks. When you whip up a batch of 'ritas for your friends, you're going to want a professional-looking salt rim (seriously, table salt won't do... trust us on this one). Of course, you don't have to save this Southern state-mined salt for just your tequila-based drinks. Use it in a Bloody Mary, or to rim one of our favorite drinks, a Salty Dog (vodka and grapefruit juice)!
Aug 21, 2014 9:15 AM
The KIKO Loafer Lo ($219) ain't your mama's, papa's, or boyfriend's loafer. These disco-ready flats aren't for the faint of heart either, as they're divided up into fluorescent pink and metallic silver quadrants, complete with a bold graphic black band over the toe. If you click your heels together three times in these babies, well, we have news for you: you're not going home; you're going out to the club. Surrender to the beat, Dorothy!
Aug 21, 2014 9:10 AM
Argan oil mascara ($22) might seem kind of silly at first - it's not like anybody's going to be running their fingers through your lashes, after all. However, this mascara's softening effect helps your lashes look natural and dramatic at the same time - none of that scary spider-legs look that can sometimes happen when you apply multiple coats of the stuff.
Aug 21, 2014 9:05 AM
Forget pricey greeting/birthday/shower/graduation cards! Form now on, when you wrap up a gift to take to a friend or family member, top it off with a cute craft tag stamped with the Stay Awesome Stamp ($26) from A Sensible Habit. It basically says everything you need it to say, but we suppose you could add a handwritten message on the back of the tag if you feel so inclined.
Aug 21, 2014 9:00 AM
Trust us, your friend who just had a baby has casseroles and burping cloths coming out of her ears. Want to launch your way to the top of her favorite people list? Give her a tube of Keep Calm Nipple Balm ($16). She'll be so grateful for the relief that it won't even be awkward that you basically just gave her swollen, painful boobs a gift.