What We're Buying: Vacation-Ready Shorts, the Best-Smelling Candles and the Perfect-Fitting Bra (and More!)
See what our StyleWatch editors can't resist this month
Have you bought anything you loved lately? In the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices, the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” This week, we tracked down the vacation shorts of our dreams, the best water-delivery system ever and more — plus, stylist Jen Rade shares the necklaces she can’t stop thinking about.
Courtesy Forever 21
Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: My fiancé and I finally booked our honeymoon to Belize. So now all I want to do is online shop and buy cute coverups, bikinis and sundresses to wear. (Which is pretty easy thanks to all the amazing summer sales happening right now.) Luckily, this weekend I was home doing some wedding related stuff with my mom, and as part of our routine, we headed to the mall for a quick look. It ended in Forever 21, where I found these two printed bottoms. I loved the pleated skort style of the blue pair, and really loved the print of the other pair.
They both feel perfect for my upcoming tropical vacation — I’ll probably post an Instagram photo in at least one of them on our day trip to explore Mayan ruins. And since they are only $15.80 each, it was no brainer to get both. (Okay, maybe my mom bought me one of ’em.)
Jen Rade, Celebrity Stylist: I love Iwona Ludyga necklaces. They’re all handmade in Brooklyn. I love how delicate but strong her pieces are. Each bead is so beautiful and the way she puts them together is true jewelry artistry. The rings, bracelets, necklaces … ahhhhh, I want them all!!! I am so obsessed with her pieces, every time I walk into her LA PR showroom, IHPR, all I can do is stare at the wall of her pieces and I forget what job I went there to pull for. I literally want every piece she makes and they all look so great layered and stacked. LOVE!
Jen Rade is a celebrity stylist whose clients have included Jennifer Morrison and Abbie Cornish. Her clothing collection, EDGE, can be found on QVC (tune in for her next appearances August 23 at 8 a.m. EST and August 25 at 7 p.m. EST!) and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram!
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: My family has a house at the Jersey Shore and on days when it’s cloudy and cool there are only two things to do: drink and shop. I combined both this past weekend by having a few afternoon cocktails on the Asbury Park boardwalk then strolling in and out of the quirky boutiques that line it. I found a really cool store called Red Moon which stocks its shelves with products that have been created “in small batch by passionate people across the country,” including hand-poured candles by a Portland, Maine-based brand called Wary Meyers. I probably appeared way more tipsy than I was since I practically huffed each one while shouting “you have to smell this!” to no one in particular. I had such a hard time deciding which scent to pick that I gave up and bought three: Coco Nuit (coconut, suntan oil and cannabis), Brasilla (pictured — Brazilian rosewood, cassis and amber musk) and Lovely, Honey (honey and exotic amber). And at a reasonable (at least by candle standards) $28 a piece, I won’t wince every time I burn them.
Courtesy Third Love
Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: The only thing worse than jeans shopping is bra shopping, a fact that I believe is held as a universal truth and probably written in the Rosetta stone. Luckily there’s no problem I have that the iPhone can’t solve, and thanks to the miracle of technology, I now have a perfectly-fitted bra, no dressing-room measuring tape fumbling required. The ThirdLove app uses the iPhone camera and gyroscope to find your bra size (down to the half-cup) and then sends you the bra of your choice (and you can customize the straps, lace, style, the works).
I wish I could say I picked out something lacy and pretty, but because I’m 28 going on 92, I fell for the 24/7 T-shirt bra they just launched. It’s super lightweight, super comfortable, fits perfectly (somehow that magical app really did get my size exactly right) and disappears under all my shirts. Best part? It’s got all the features of a high-end bra but it’s only $55. You have my word as a lady that I will never get groped by a teen saleswoman in a lingerie store again.
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Jackie Fields, Writer/Reporter: If I had a dollar for every time some beautiful celeb told me the beauty advice they swear by is “drinking water — and lots of it!” I’d be writing to you from my satellite office in St. Bart’s. But weirdly I’m not rich yet, and conveniently water is free, so instead I’m focusing on following the advice of all those gorgeous stars and upping my water intake. This of course lead me to look for an office carafe! On the advice of a friend, I picked up this Soma, and for now it’s my new favorite desk accessory (that may change when the Karl Lagerfeld Barbie launches). Most days I can’t find the time to go outside to grab lunch, let alone run to the water cooler, so I love that it holds six glasses of water, which is all about all I can stomach in a day. I also invested in this brand because filters last about two months, and are delivered to me, so it’s kind of this lazy gal’s dream item.