As any Game of Thrones fan knows, winter is coming. Playgrounds will be less readily accessible and the bad-weather days will outnumber the good, so it's time to start planning what to do with the kiddos. If your little one is under a hundred pounds*, turn any door frame into a swing with this indoor Strap Swing ($56) and Support Bar ($90). Just like when they were bouncing in the exersaucer that hung from the door frame! Kids grow up, but the ability to turn your home into a jungle gym remains the same.
Read: Do NOT let your husband play on this, no matter how much he wants to.
Tinted lip balms are always a gamble. Some are heavy on the "balm" and don't deliver much color, while others pack on the pigment but give you a dry, waxy lip. Our solution? Yes to Carrots's Soft Plum Color Balm ($6). The sheen it gives is almost like a stain - it darkens our lips with a natural color that doesn't look over the top. It's also great for adding moisture to our puckers; our lips feel soft and smooth with no need to reach for a second tube of balm or ChapStick.
It's times like these when the Internet, in all of its awesomeness, lacks one vitally important element: Smell-O-Vision. Yup. Then we wouldn't even have to write about the Lotus & Chestnut Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash ($23) from Ahava. We'd let you take a whiff and you'd instantly understand why we love it so much. In fact, we ran out of hot water while showering this morning because we were too occupied with the sweetly-scented suds as we washed up.
No funny business or excessive flourishes here: this messenger bag ($60) is built for work. Its buckles, snaps, and interior pockets will keep all your gear intact without drawing too much attention. Its dedication to function, however, is what makes its form so attractive - with hardy thick canvas and rich dark leather.
Damn, our holiday pies sure look like they've been made in Martha Stewart's very own kitchen, especially when we bake them in a few of these Artisan Ruffled Pie Dishes ($46) from Emile Henry. The jury's still out on whether or not they're edible, though. A few eggshells never hurt anyone, right?
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Every woman needs one good pair of fierce boots to take her winter ensembles to Amazon Queen heights. Stomp around this season in the Dolce Vita Ellen Boots ($299). These all-leather lookers boast a 3.5-inch heel and go with anything from miniskirts and tights to your favorite pair of trusty old jeans.
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Wow, how did they get that ship in there? The B.Goods Ship in a Bottle Necklace ($22) rethinks ships and bottles with its stylish - and somewhat controversial - design.
"My baby needs more cashmere!" says no mom, ever. Until, of course, they spot J.Crew's baby cashmere collection. And then a big sigh happens as they peek at this polka dot sweater ($100, on sale). Babies really, really don't need cashmere sweaters, but dang it all, this would look so cute when worn with chubby cheeks and a gleeful giggle!
Dinner parties seem to spike in frequency over the holidays, and with dinner parties comes an increased use of all that fancy hostess stuff we never pull out: placemats, wine glasses, metal silverware...and trivets. It's true! We use trivets to protect our crummy IKEA dining table from bursting into flame. In fact, we're using crummy IKEA trivets, and we've decided enough's enough. We can't afford a fancy new table, but we can definitely class up our trivet situation with one of these Folklore Floral Trivets ($50). In fact, we might just leave it on the table all the time, allowing the colorful pattern to distract from the table's scratches, dents and dings.
There is a design geek in your life. They might know the Pantone number for the color of their carpets, or could be caught moaning about their inability to afford $10,000 chandeliers that look like glowing artichokes. They'll almost certainly have plastic chairs in their living room instead of a couch. Give them this Eames Memory Game ($16) and watch them flip their lid.
This shiny clutch is sure to be that perfect final touch for your outfit. It could also be the perfect topper for your tree if you can't find anything else. Three cheers for fashion accessories doing double duty!
Tasha Star Clutch ($58)
We all know Ron Burgundy revolutionized television news, but did you know that he also hunted jackelope with Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford? Let Me Off at the Top!: The Autobiography of Ron Burgundy ($14) is two hundred pages of Ferrellian wit, fleshing out the untold parts of Ron's life, and staying wholly in character, right down to the '70s bookcover.
Wham! Pow! With the Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure ($9), you can help Crazy Cat Lady use her (imaginary) superpower of controlling cats to battle her lifelong nemesis - Debilitating Loneliness.
Just because your iPad is modern doesn't mean it can't appreciate a classic look...animal-conscious, though - it wouldn't be caught dead in real fur! The Luxe Faux Fur iPad Case ($39) gives your tablet a distinguished look, and can also double as a pillow in dire situations.
Who better to spearhead a New York tribute than an L.A.-based company? NCLA's We Wore NY Nail Wraps ($16) are perfect to prepare for future trips to the Big Apple, or commemorate past ones. Us easterners accept this as the westerners' admittance that our coast is best.