Oct 22, 2014 8:35 AM
The New Zealand duo that is Broods is made up of brother and sister Georgia and Caleb Nott, which makes sense, considering their band name. Something else that might strike you, after hearing their debut album Evergreen ($8), is how familiar the slightly haunting, dreamy sound is to another New Zealand musician (possibly the only other one you can name) - Lorde. Both artists use the same producer, but in case Lorde isn't your thing, Broods is decidedly more poppy, danceable, and decidedly less angst-y.
Oct 22, 2014 8:30 AM
It's the Goldschläger of condiments: Fernando Pensato's Olive Oil with 24k Gold Flakes ($60). And sorry, but you won't taste the shiny stuff. Gold, while edible, is completely flavorless. But what it lacks in savor it more than makes up in sheer wow factor. Use it to put some seriously impressive bling onto your bruschetta.
Oct 22, 2014 8:25 AM
No wonder this is called the Velocity Top ($136) - it's form-fitting and sleek, which will make you very aerodynamic and give you the ability to cut through crowds with amazing deftness and speed. The back is cut out in an array of dynamic shapes (mimicking your manic zigzagging), giving your bod some much needed breathing space.
Oct 22, 2014 8:20 AM
While most people consider sugar skulls (aka calaveras) seasonal, there are a few of us here who have no issue displaying them year-round. Make your spooky holiday a little more final with this morbidly chic black and gold Day of the Dead Wallpaper ($180 for a roll).
Oct 22, 2014 8:15 AM
Want to add a little ambience to your apartment without gagging on the sickly sweet aroma of vanilla, spicy pumpkin, or some other unctuous, vaguely food-inspired fragrance? These H&M Unscented Candles ($6) come in a range of colors without a hint of stink. Get all the ambience without the potential allergic reaction.
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Oct 22, 2014 8:10 AM
Affordable, adorable, and completely multi-purpose, you'll want to grab a few Bonica Pouches ($12) for all of your stuff-stashing needs. Use one to hold your makeup when you travel, grab another for pens, pencils, and other office miscellany, and don't forget to order a few to give as gifts this holiday season. The plaid, denim, and tartan prints make them festive packaging - a dozen cellophane-wrapped sugar cookies should easily fit inside!
Oct 22, 2014 8:06 AM
There's only so much water you can drink in a day to armor yourself against the dry air. We mean, technically, you can drink quite a lot, but it's always at the expense of your bladder. Get your 8 to 10 cups in and then turn to the feeLING Protected Body Hydrator ($35). It's designed to be rubbed into the skin and fortify it with hyaluronic acid, rose water, and essential oils that lock in hydration and guard against redness and dry patches. The scent should also have a calming effect on your forever-feeling-stressed mind.
Oct 22, 2014 8:05 AM
How about these gorgeous two-toned shoes, eh? The Mode Collective's Ankle Strap Point heels ($230) in navy and ox blood are not only sexy as hell, they're also unique and exquisitely crafted. We suppose they're technically office appropriate, but you really shouldn't wear them on a day when you need people to pay attention what you're saying instead of just wondering where you got your shoes.
Oct 22, 2014 8:00 AM
Sometimes you need a whole makeover. Fast. You need a lipliner that matches a lipstick and an eyeshadow that makes sense with the whole thing. That's why we love makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's new line at Nordstrom; it's categorized into looks that range from dewy and fresh to tough and intimidating and come in prepackaged, coordinating sets containing mascara, eyeshadow, lip gloss, and more. We're feeling The Bombshell Set ($225) - it's retro-chic and a little dark and mysterious for fall and winter.
Full disclosure: Outblush received a free sample of this product.
Oct 21, 2014 11:05 AM
Especially if it means you can play hooky for the morning and head into work late after spending a hour or two lounging in bed with a cup of coffee and your thoughts of a tropical vacation. Or an episode of Castle on your iPad.
Don't Quit Your Daydream Pillow ($39) by Levtex
Oct 21, 2014 11:00 AM
We don't get it. Other adults are always talking about candy and cakes being "much too sweet" for their tastes... say what? More for us, then, and we'll proudly show off our allegiance to sugar by wearing a pair of Gummi Bear Stud Earrings ($25). Sure, we know candy is bad for us... but it's oh-so-good, and since these earrings are made of resin and not sugar, we'll call today a victory in self-control (so long as we avoid eating any more Halloween candy).
Oct 21, 2014 10:55 AM
It's alllll yours, so make sure your friends know that it's one closet item they're not allowed to borrow. In fact, you best keep the Mine Jean Clutch ($1,295) from Edie Parker under lock and key when you're not carrying it. You wouldn't want someone else snagging it and claiming that it's theirs!
Oct 21, 2014 10:50 AM
Every parents' reply to the infamous toddler declaration is some variation of, "We know! Go to bed anyway... NOW!" Ain't no way junior is going to budge in on the only 90 minutes of the day you have to yourselves!
I'm Not Tired T-Shirt ($22)
Oct 21, 2014 10:45 AM
Still using that extra set of flatware your mom gave you when you first moved out? It's certainly done its job, but now that you're a grown-up, you should consider investing in a new, more aesthetically pleasing set (not that we have anything against '80s floral handles, per se). The Atelier Flatware ($98, set of 5) is most definitely an investment, but just look at that gorgeous color! We have a feeling it will serve you well until your own kiddo moves out and needs a starter set of flatware.
Oct 21, 2014 10:40 AM
Forget browns and grays - these days, we're making our smoky eyes with varying shades of plum. Want to try the look yourself? This eyeshadow palette ($14) contains everything you need to create the perfect purple smokey eye. Worried you're going to wind up looking like somebody gave you a black eye? Here's a tutorial.
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