Editor Obsessions! What We're Loving Right Now
The best fashion and beauty finds PEOPLE editors can't stop talking about
Express' Dream Big Project
Sarah Ball, Market Editor: Express is declaring Sept. 17 “Dream Big Day” in honor of its latest philanthropic initiative, the Dream Big Project, which was created to inspire customers to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. To kick off the project, Express is holding its first-ever virtual summit (tonight at 5 p.m. EST) and I just bought a ticket! The night will be full of inspiring stories and discussions from fashion industry leaders which will be hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France. Attendees can sign up to attend at the link here. While tickets are free of cost, donations are welcome with each sign-up and proceeds will benefit GoFundMe's Small Business Relief Fund.
Beekman 1802 x Rose Apothecary
Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: When my go-to beauty brand, Beekman 1802 debuted a new collection inspired by my favorite TV show, Schitt's Creek, I wanted one of everything — especially the collectible candle. Beekman transformed its signature scent, Heirloom Rose, into "Rose Apothecary" — a play off the name of David Rose’s general store in the show.
Buy It! Rose Apothecary Hand-Poured Candle, $32; beekman1802.com
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Style & Beauty Editor: I've battled chronic migraines my entire life, but for the past few weeks serious back pain has kicked in, making it so much worse. I wanted to take a holistic approach to managing my head and back pain, so decided to book my first-ever acupuncture appointment at N.Y.C. studio, WTHN. Each session is completely customized to the goals you hope to achieve -- whether it be pain, anxiety, PMS, fatigue or insomnia. I was a little bit nervous about laying with needles in my back for 30 minutes, but the soothing ambience immediately out me at ease. You feel a slight prick with each needle, but quickly feel your muscles begin to relax into the cozy heated table. Once your healer finishes, they put on sound cancelling headphones and allow you to listen to guided mediation during the session. Shortly after my experience, I felt extremely relaxed and drowsy, which was to be expected. The next day, I woke up with all my neck and shoulder pain subsided. But it's not a one-time fix, so I have visited again to continue relieving tension in my muscles and indulging in some much-needed me time.
Laki Naturals Aloha Rose Bath Soak
Katie Intner, Style & Beauty Intern: With awards season in full swing, I rely on these rose bath salts from Laki Naturals in times of vital relaxation. Not only do these pink crystals look chic in my tub, but they are filled with magnesium, which reduces stress and helps promote sleep. Bonus: the floral aroma will make your bathroom smell heavenly while soothing and reviving your skin.
Buy It! Laki Naturals Aloha Rose Bath Soak, $16.99; lakinaturals.com
Carmindy Beauty "I Got You" Mascara
Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: I love every product in Carmindy's 5-Minute Face Collection, but the standout item is hands-down the . First and foremost, it lengthens my lashes and makes them so long and full, I don't even need to use a lash curler. (True story!)
But it's also the easiest-to-remove mascara I've ever used. With just a brush of a warm wash cloth, the mascara balls up, and turns into small flecks that easily roll off my lashes. It's a total game-changer and something I will make sure I never, ever run out of.
PAIGE Shoe Studio Pop-Up
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I've been wearing (and loving) PAIGE denim since college, so when the brand launched a footwear collection I was first in line to buy a pair. Now PAIGE is expanding its shoe offerings with two pop-up shops in New York City and Los Angeles just in time for the holidays. As soon as I stepped into the brand's Soho space I knew it was the right decision for my closet — and maybe the wrong one for my wallet. But the boots I left with — the that hit right below the knee — will go with everything in my fall wardrobe.
Each PAIGE Shoe Studio features over 60 styles, and every month the brand will drop new designs at each location in limited quantities.
"We know finding the right shoes is such a personal experience for shoppers, so we wanted to give them a place to try on, test out and walk home in a new pair of PAIGE shoes," says founder Paige Adams-Geller. "We're excited to offer our customers one place to shop our entire collection and it’s perfect timing – just in time for the holidays!"
The Los Angeles PAIGE Shoe Studio (8473 Melrose Place) will be open until December, 30, 2019, and the New York City PAIGE Shoe Studio (112 Mercer Street) will remain open through January 2020.
Neutrogena Bright Boost Illuminating Serum
Sonal Dutt, Food & Lifestyle Director: I always side-eye products that claim they will boost my skin's brightness — but every time I apply this, I see an immediate difference.
Ouai Body Crème
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I don’t know what I love more about this coconut-oilbased cream: how moisturizing it is or the fresh citrus scent.
Olapex No.7 Bonding Oil
Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director: Transitional weather is tough on my wavy hair, but this lightweight oil did an incredible job of preventing frizz and smoothing day-two flyaways.
HoliFrog Milky Wash
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: This hydrating formula leaves my skin feeling so soft, I actually look forward to washing my face twice a day.
Too Faced Damn Girl! Mascara
Sarah Ball, Market Editor: This innovative mousse-like formula creates an insane amount of volume but zero clumps. What more could I ask for?
Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette
Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: Just as the palette’s name, Honey, implies, these satin, matte, shimmer and metallic shades have a golden glow that looks gorgeous on everyone.
Clinique Pop Lip Colour Foundation
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: Clinique has taken the guesswork out of finding the perfect neutral shade. I used the shade finder on their website to select my foundation, and it also suggested three lipstick options, including this soft mauve I'm obsessed with.
Naked Cashmere "LOVE" Collection
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Not only is this sweater my new fall favorite, but it gives back to a great cause.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Naked Cashmere has launched the exclusive "LOVE Collection," and will be donating $50 of each purcahse to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
And if you're in the NYC area you can shop in person!
The brand has introduced "The LOVE Shack" — a one size fits all BCRF collection pop-up shop at 93 Prince Street, open now through Sunday, October 13 from 11AM to 7PM.
Buy It! Naked Cashemere Love Dip-Dye Sweater, $250; nakedcashmere.com
M.M. LaFleur's New Packable Suit
Sarah Ball, Market Editor: Workwear can be expensive, so when shopping for these pieces, I want to make sure it’s worth the investment. M.M. LaFleur’s new suit is just that! This suit is super comfortable and crafted from machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant fabric that can easily fold into compact shapes that fit into two drawstring pouches (which are included with the purchase).
Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk Palette of Pops
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Charlotte Tilbury is known for creating glam red-carpet looks on her A-List clients (ranging from Amal Clooney to Nicole Kidman to Sienna Miller) so when she launches a new product it usually sells out fast - and I'm one of the first in line.
Her latest drop that I added to my cart: This gorgeous palette featuring four shimmering shades that are perfect for the party circuit thanks to their high-pigment and all over sparkle.
“The shades play with the light for the most beautiful shine bright, crystal eyes,” Tilbury shares.
And of course I'll be pairing it with her best-selling Pillow Talk nude lip lustre that sells about one tube every two minutes!
Buy It! Pillow Talk Palette of Pops, $53; charlottetilbury.com
Buy It! Pillow Talk Lip Lustre, $22; charlottetilbury.com
Kooreloo Pouch Bag
Sarah Ball, Market Editor: I’ve been looking for the perfect “statement” bag for fall. Something that is special, but at the same time will pair with almost anything I wear and I’ve finally found it! This plaid pouch pairs with both causal and formal looks thanks to the pearl handles that add a fun trendy touch.
Buy It! Buy It! “Charlotte” Tweed Pouch, $360.46; kooreloo.com
Olive & June The Fall Set 7-Free Nail Polish
Zoë Ruderman, Editor of People Digital: I can live with a chipped nude mani (annoying, but manageable). A chipped red mani, however, makes me want to immediately leave wherever I am and go straight home to remove the polish. That’s why I used to only do red as a gel. But! Olive & June polishes last five or six or even seven days for me and—hallelujah—they’ve now got a few shades of red (and some other gorgeous sweater-weather colors). I’m wearing the SC, a deep wine hue, and my chipped-polish anxiety is at an all-time low.
Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy CBD Muscle Balm
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: As a former gymnast, I've suffered from lower back pain for as long as I can remember. Now that I sit at a desk hunched over my computer most of the day, the pain's become more exacerbated than ever before, especially when I lay down for bed. Since getting a massage every night is out of the question, I decided to see if a CBD-infused balm would do the trick. To be honest, I was skeptical, but this one completely blew me away. The soothing blend of CBD, peppermint, menthol and ginger immediately provides a cooling effect that delivers instant pain relief. Plus, the balm packaging makes for super easy application on hard-to-reach areas on my back and shoulders without leaving a greasy residue. I've been recommending this to all my friends who deal with similar back pain, and now they're just as obsessed as I am.
LuMee Phone Case
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: Not going to lie: I was a little skeptical about the LuMee when I first heard about it from Kim Kardashian West. Could it really be worth the price tag? The short answer is yes. Once I tried one for myself, I realized I could never go back to a non-illuminating iPhone case. Whether you need the perfect studio light for a selfie or want to get a professional-looking food pic at dinner, this device never fails you. Besides that, the case itself is über protective. I've had some scary moments dropping my phone, but it always ends up unscathed thanks to my LuMee. It's so fabulous, I've convinced nearly all my friends to buy one for themselves, too.
Alexandre Birman 'Clarita' Bow Sneakers
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: As soon as I spotted these sneakers on Gwyneth Paltrow, I knew I had to have them. Not only are they the perfect travel shoe, but they elevate any look thanks to the velvet knotted bow. Plus, they're a great antidote to the Stan Smith fatigue I've been feeling lately.
Buy It! Alexandre Birman 'Clarita' Bow Sneakers, $395; nordstrom.com
Emily Strohm, Senior Writer: I was first introduced to Throne watches when the HGTV queen herself, Joanna Gaines wore one during her People Magazine cover shoot. I loved the look, so I checked out their website and was immediately hooked on the Brooklyn based brand. The clock strikes number 13 instead of 12 on these timepieces, and the trademark X stitching stands out on beautiful Italian leather bands. (Other band options include black, silver and my personal favorite, gold stainless steel mesh. Another selling point is the exclusivity. Only handful are made in each style, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Buy It! Throne Watches, $265.00-395.00; thronewatches.com
Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach
Alex Apatoff, Lifestyle Director: I still remember vividly a fellow curly-haired friend giving me Bed Head by TIGI products for my 14th birthday and what a game-changer it was to realize I didn't have to torture my hair into being something that it wasn't. The brand is still touting that individuality with their "Your Vibe, Our Tribe" campaign, and pro surfer Kelia Moniz inspired me to play with my texture a little more with the brand's salt spray.
Buy It! Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach salt-infused texture spray, $18.99; ulta.com
My Play Furla Bag
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: If you're tired of bringing your day carryall out at night, then this is the purse for you. Furla recently launched a customizable cross-body purse that's basically three bags in one. It's perfect for a night out or as a wedding guest bag, and is big enough to fit the essentials - lipstick, credit cards and phone! Plus, it's fun to mix-and-match the flaps depending on your outfit.
Buy It! Furla Metropolis Body Petalo Bag (2 Flaps + 1 Body); $298; furla.com
Alo Yoga Alosoft Sheila Legging
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: I like to think of myself as a bit of a leggings connoisseur considering the stretchy style is my weekend uniform, whether I'm going to a barre class or laying in bed. Surpringly enough, it's taken up until now for me to test drive Alo Yoga's leggings and let me say, I'm officially converted. This particular high waisted design is made from the brand's signature supersoft fabric, which makes them -- hands down -- the most comfortable pair I own. The geometric colorblock design makes for a fun style statement along with the array of neutral and bold hue options. Whether you're a workout fiend or just love relaxing in comfy bottoms, this one's sure to be a hit.
Milestones by Ashleigh Bergman
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I met jewelry design expert Ashleigh Bergman when she stopped by the PEOPLE offices to show off her latest pieces — and I immediately felt her passion for accessorizing. (It was contagious!) Bergman, a former buyer for Anthropologie, started her brand Milestones, which offers a diverse selection of fine, designer, bridal and fashion jewelry, as a way to channel that passion. Her pieces are not only available online, but can also be shopped in person via private consultation.
She started Ashleigh Bergman Consulting as a way to share her experience in the jewelry arena with her clients, offering them guidance as they shop for forever pieces for life's big "milestones."
Shop some of our favorite pieces below and click here to see more of Bergman's gorgeous designs.
Buy It! Sparkling Gold Star Necklace, $315; ashleighbergman.com
Buy It! Rainbow Heart Studs, $450; ashleighbergman.com
Buy It! Enamel Evil Eye Bracelet, $270; ashleighbergman.com
Jeff Wan Pineapple Tote
Lindsay Kimble, Staff Editor: Summer is almost upon us, and I’m planning plenty of trips to the park. This adorable bag is right on trend with the clear vinyl, but has a playful nod to the summer with the pineapple print. Plus, the size is perfect for a book, my water bottle and a blanket. Jeff Wan Pineapple Tote, $88; JeffWan.com
Summersalt x Boll & Branch Towel
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: Fashion brands are constantly moving towards creating more sustainable products, including Summersalt, who teamed up with fair-traded luxury linen brand Boll & Branch, to launch a limited edition beach towel just in time for summer. Besides being made with 100 percent Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certificated organic cotton, the chic towel is free of toxins and created using responsible practices. Needless to say, I'm totally on board.
JINsoon Nail Polish
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: I’ve tried dozens of brands, and this is the only one that’s actually lasted a week without a single chip. Each of the over 50 chic shades will give your tips a stylish touch.
Spanx Debut Swimwear Collection
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style News Editor: After years of requests from fans to develop smoothing swimwear, the famous shapewear company finally delivers ultra-flattering suits that also offer sun protection. And I believe the result is worth the investment. I plan to wear this one-piece all summer long — it looks just as cute in the water as it does with a pair of cutoffs at the beach bar. The swim top is also great to have on hand when you travel. It's perfect for long days at the beach or outdoor activities like hiking.
"Spanx fans have been asking us to make swimwear for years and we take customer feedback to heart," Spanx Founder and CEO, Sara Blakely, tells PEOPLE. "So we designed a collection of classic styles with the same Spanx magic you know and love from us. Made with every (beach) body in mind, these silhouettes are flattering for all shapes and sizes! I gave a swimsuit to each of my girl friends during a trip to the Bahamas this year and they loved them! I know you will too."
Buy It! Spanx Classic One-Piece, $178; spanx.com
Buy It! Spanx Long Sleeve Swim Shirt, $148; spanx.com
Sarah Ball, Market Editor: I love this powder blue snakeskin bag from Los Angeles-based handbag brand, Hammitt. Not only does it come in one of spring’s trendiest colors, but the embossed animal print makes it feel super luxe and special. With adjustable straps and an easy access cell-phone exterior pocket, this will be my new go-to bag for spring!
Buy It! "Tony" Crossbody Bag, $195; hammitt.com
To Boot New York Sneakers
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Meet the fanciest tennis shoes in my closet. Between the buttery leather, metalic silver heel tabs and comfy cushioned soles, these sneakers (which are handmade in Italy!) get a lot of play in my wardrobe, making them worth the price.
Buy It! To Boot New York Cara Sneakers, $350; toboot.com
Minnie & Emma Initial Phone Case
Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: Sure, your phone case is there to protect your digital device, but in the age of selfies, it also functions as an accessory—so make it stylish! I’m a fan of these customizable covers, which come in fun designs like tie-dye.
Macadamia Professional Hair Mask
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: Ever since I started highlighting my hair, my ends feel more parched than ever before. Most deep conditioners weigh down my hair, but Macadamia Professional's rich mask leaves it silky soft while nourishing my ends. I was particularly drawn to this formula since it features omega 7 fatty acids, which repair your hair and improve its overall health over time. Since you only need about half a palm-full per use, the massive container it comes in should last many months, which is an added plus!