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REBECCA TAYLOR JACKET
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: When I stumbled upon this jacket, it felt like hitting the fall fashion jackpot. It combines two of the season’s biggest trends (frayed denim and tweed), and because both fabrics can be treated as a neutral, it has plenty of potential to become my new go-to layering piece. Now if the weather would just cooperate
JIN SOON NAIL POLISH
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: The official start of fall is still a few weeks away, but I’m already embracing the season on my hands and feet. My early fave: Jin Soon Choi’s dramatic new palette, inspired by designer Erté’s opera costumes. And just like beautiful, rich fabric, each color has a hint of texture. Verismo, a black and gold blend, is my new go-to toe color. And while I’m not a star of the stage, I can tell the gray, which has a hint of purple shimmer, is going to be show-stopping paired with an armful of bangles.
URBANEARS X DONALD ROBERTSON HEADPHONES
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I already mentioned that I’m now a ClassPass cult follower and am in desperate need of a workout wardrobe upgrade, and a solid pair of headphones is part of that. Top of my wish list: Urbanears’ newest designer collab with Donald Robertson, in particular this cheeky (and super-cute) kiss-covered pair! They’re perfect for blasting my current go-to pump-up song, Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself”.
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: I usually swap my summer crossbody for something a little roomier for fall, but this buttery satchel has me rethinking my whole strategy. At about 10 inches wide, it holds the essentials (plus a little more), but it’s not so big that my shoulder will hate me forever. Now the question is: To monogram or not to monogram?
THE ROW '8' SUNGLASSES
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: It’s hard for me to commit to the ’70s trend for Fall, but I think I found the way I’m going to do it: Retro round sunnies by The Row. Gilt had the brand on major sale – I’m talking $99 for this pair with nearly neutral transparent grey frames (down from $485). It doesn’t hurt that they look just like the pair Beyoncé has! Get in on the deal! There are still a few styles available.
DOLCE & GABBANA 'ITALIAN MONICA' LIPSTICK
I am obsessed with bright lip colors, and this is the one that’s in my bag most days at the moment. It has a super-saturated orangey-red pigment that works as well dabbed on as a stain as it does slicked on for the full effect, and it makes me feel exactly like I’m about to head out into an Italian square for a lazy August day of gelato and sunshine (so the name is appropriate).
KORAL ACTIVEWEAR DOUBLE TIME TANK
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: I really wish I was able to wear a crop top to the gym, but until I feel comfortable enough to go totally bare, this layered top is my jam. It shows just enough skin on the sides and back, and the longer tank layer hits right where my hips start to flare out (read: it’s ultra-flattering). My favorite part about it is that after seeing the super simple front, the peekaboo back feels totally unexpected, and is perfect to show off a cute multi-strap sports bra.
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: Our director Andrea has this satchel in maroon, and after cooing “cute bag!” every time she carried it, I decided to finally bite the bullet and get one of my own. This perfect-for-fall color sold out in the bigger size, but still exists in the mini version, which is just as cute and $100 less!
DEMETER CARIBBEAN SEA FRAGRANCE
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: While coconut-based scents are a summer staple, I don’t love fragrances that smell like they should be frozen drinks instead. I like salt, sea, a refreshing breeze and if I’m really feeling beach-y, the faint sandy smell of a seashell. Demeter’s newest single-note scent, called “Caribbean Sea,” is all of those things swept into one bottle accented with a bright pop of aquamarine.
RIFLE PAPER CO. CALENDAR
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: Don’t worry, you’re not behind on buying your 2016 calendar (yet). You see, there’s a big, blank wall in my apartment that’s been empty far too long. I stumbled across this fun Alice in Wonderland-themed calendar during a recent shopping spree at Paper Source (I could seriously spend hours there), and realized the pretty illustrations inside would make the perfect gallery wall. Easiest DIY ever!
ELIZABETH AND JAMES 'NIRVANA' BODY OILS
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: Oils are a huge trend in beauty right now. And this duo smells amazing – one is a softer daytime scent (the white mixes peony with musk!), the other is a bit stronger thanks to the mix of violet and sandalwood, and together they look pretty cool on a dresser. I even like to add a little to the ends of my hair so the fragrance travels with me throughout the day.
RBX COLORBLOCK SPORTS BRA
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I recently signed up for ClassPass after months of talking myself into it. But now that I’m actually registered, I realized my workout wardrobe is a little sparse. So I’ll be hitting up my favorite one-shop stop, TJ Maxx, for sports bras, spandex and socks for less than what I would pay for a pair of leggings at Patagonia. I’ve already got my eye on this color-block piece!
BIORé PORE PENETRATING CHARCOAL BAR
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: If you suffer from sensitive skin too, you know that the word “exfoliating” on any face wash is an immediate no-go. But I actually found a product that exfoliates without any increased redness (I would not kid about this!). I’ve been using Bioré’s charcoal bar for a few weeks now, and I can’t get over how clean and smooth my skin feels. Plus, I’ve even had fewer breakouts. And even though the all-black soap bar looks a little alarming, it actually applies clear and doesn’t leave any dark residue around your tub.
YUNI AROMATIC BODY MIST
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: I think most yogis would agree the best part of yoga is savasana (it’s where you lie still at the end of class). Which is why this new yoga-inspired beauty brand caught my attention. All its products are meant to recall that super-relaxing feeling you have in that moment. I’m particularly into this bergamot, neroli and sage mist, which smells like the oils instructors often spray while you’re getting your om on.
PEVONIA DE-AGING SALTMOUSSE
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I’m obsessed with this salt scrub because it has anti-aging ingredients and skin-brightening qualities, but the reason I really can’t stop using it is its insanely delicious papaya-pineapple scent. Pevonia’s De-Aging Saltmousse is effective (without being too rough) and completely revitalizes skin after its been sweaty and sunscreen-slathered all summer. (And if you’re as into the tropical scent as I am, following-up with the brand’s body balm is a definite must.)
L. ERICKSON BRUSHES
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: Back-to-school season is upon us, so while you’re searching for that perfect backpack or stocking up on supplies that’ll guarantee you ace your makeup, I suggest splurging on some brushes that give back. These five L. Erickson designs may cost $72, but the purchase of each will result in a donation of a seven-item personal hygiene kit to a young person in need through their Brush with Love Campaign.
KEVIN MURPHY ANGEL.WASH SHAMPOO
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I have super-fine highlighted hair, so I need a shampoo that both thickens and holds color. This sometimes leads to a wild goose chase through the drugstore. But I’ve recently discovered Kevin Murphy’s Angel Wash shampoo, a shampoo that meets both my needs while also strengthening my strands. Plus, it’s sulfate- and paraben-free and filled with antioxidants, so I know it won’t further damage my roots.
MARC ANTHONY HAIRSPRAY
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: Only aerosol hairsprays work on my hair (just try taming my lion’s mane with a dinky spritz). But banish any ’80s hair-band vibes from your mind: Marc Anthony’s Oil of Morocco Argan Oil hairspray smells great, lasts forever and keeps my hair in place without an ounce of crunch or flake. I’ll even rub a little on my palms and comb through my hair with fingers for some texture and shine!
HAIR COLOR BY TRACEY CUNNINGHAM
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: I know I look a little smug in this pic, but that’s because it was taken just after I was a hair model for brilliant celebrity hair colorist Tracey Cunningham and I was trying to play it cool. Tracey teamed up with Mane Addicts to teach a class on color, and she re-created the looks of some of her A-list roster. Think Lily Alridge’s flawless ombré, ‘s perfect red and warm blonde (which is what I had done). Tracey made this dramatic hair change look so natural; my mom even told me it looked like the highlights I had as a kid when I lived on the beach all summer. There is no better compliment when it comes to hair color!
JAMES READ TAN ACCELERATOR
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: If your tan fades super-fast, I totally recommend this product. It contains special ingredients that actively stimulate the natural melanin in your skin to escalate the rate at which you tan and it helps enhance your self tanner’s powers. It also evens out your complexion for a more continuous tan. I use it every week to help maintain my natural summer glow, and I plan to use it all fall and winter in unison with James Read’s amazing Instant bronzing mist.
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: First, let me just say that until recently, I was seriously against the ugly shoe trend. Then, out of nowhere, something inside me changed when I spotted Birkenstock’s Milano sandal – a riff on their classic sandal with a convenient heel strap – and I’ve been thinking about them ever since.
LAURA MERCIER CAVIAR STICK
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: My coworker Brittany and I talk about how obsessed we are with these eyeshadow crayons all the time, and finally, a lightbulb went off: Why am I not telling the Internet how amazing they are? The colors are gorgeous, the formula glides on effortlessly, they work equally well as a smudgy liner or an allover shadow wash, and once they’re on, they do not budge or crease. I’m addicted to the Rosegold (pictured) and Amethyst shades, while Britt swears by Gilded Gold – and between us, we’ll probably collect them all.
ARYA ESSENTIALS PURIFYING TONER
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I’ve got an array of mists and toners handy to help fight midday fatigue and dry skin in this brutally hot (and then icy-cold indoors) summer. But lately, my go-to has been an all-natural, rose-and-cucumber blended concoction, Arya Essentials’ Purifying Toner, $50, which instantly refreshes and smoothes my skin with every spritz. (And I’ve had plenty of chances to try it – I can’t stop spraying it at my desk!)
PRIVATE PARTY TEE
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: If you are what you eat – or your T-shirt is, anyway – mine should technically read “Two Helpings of Chips and One Extremely Large Tub of Guacamole,” but “Avocado Toast” comes in at a pretty close second. I can’t wait to see my friends’ faces when I show up in this celeb loved style for brunch.
1907 BRUSHES BY FROMM
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: I had the pleasure of getting a Glam Squad blowout with this new brush (shoutout to my stylist Andrew Chen!), and I was amazed by how much volume he was able to get thanks to the coated copper barrel. This tool allows for three different looks: straight, loose waves (which I opted for) and even tight curls. So all you need is the brush and blowdryer – no need to whip out your curling iron!
EVERLANE TOTE BAG
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: Although I must have several (dozen) canvas totes, I recently realized I don t have one that works as an everyday bag, too. This sturdy leather tote from Everlane is great for work, shopping, traveling – you name it. And as much as I love classic black, the navy version feels a little less stuffy.
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: Not to brag, but I own more hairbrushes than anyone I know. I keep them in any purse that can fit them (shoutout to my multi-tasking mini Fekkai). So, I was particularly intrigued by the Go Comb, a small metal comb that fits in your wallet; it’s about the size of a credit card. The personalized ones are adorable, but I’m particularly taken with the ones that have a little mirror on the back. There are even fine-toothed versions for the dapper dude in your life, who finally can touch himself up at work without having to break out the usual 8-in. comb.
GROH HAIR & SCALP CONDITIONING TREATMENT
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I love a conditioning hair mask, but I was intrigued by Groh’s Ergo Boost hair treatment because it’s designed to recharge the hair by nourishing from the scalp. After using it for a few weeks I noticed a huge difference – my hair looked glossier and I lost fewer locks in my hair brush (and shower drain). Even though I can’t use the treatment continuously (I have a pretty thick mane), I love using it from time to time to give my hair a healthy boost.
JET SET CANDY CHARM NECKLACE
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: I like to collect charms that pay homage to my hometown of Boston. My latest memento: Jet Set Candy’s Boston Luggage Tag. The chic piece displays the city’s airport name and code. The brand makes dozens of destinations all over the world, so pardon my pun, but I’m thinking all of you should get on board!
JENNIFER ZEUNER 'KASSANDRA' STUDS
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I’m a big fan of Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry (I wear my “Harley every day), so when I lost my favorite pair of cheapie studs, I knew just where to head for an upgraded replacement. Now I can’t wait to rock my gold triangle-shaped “Kassandra, $110, for the rest of summer – and all through fall.
MADEWELL X SéZANE SANDALS
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: As if I needed another reason to love Madewell, they teamed up with the equally-chic French brand, Sézane for a second capsule collection (friendly warning: these outfits will make you want to book a trip to Paris stat). I already snagged the perfectly-baggy (already sold-out) tee, and now I’m rushing to get the Ulysses Lace-Up Sandal. I love the edgy leopard-print calf hair mixed with leather and the fun lace-up quality that makes the design fun.
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: If you’ve ever laid on a beach towel while awkwardly craning your neck to read, The Tillow is for you. If you’ve ever gotten sand kicked into your beach tote, thus ruining your electronics, The Tillow is for you. And if you’ve ever wanted to use your smartphone without getting your sunscreen-y hands on it, The Tillow is for you. This photo may not look like much, but trust me when I say this item is going to change your beachgoing forever.
GLO MINERALS SUEDE MATTE LIP CRAYON
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: I recently grabbed Spanish food with a girlfriend and after several rounds of tapas her lip shade had not budged. I was already won over by the bright hue, but after her bold lip survived dinner, I simply had to know what it was. The answer: Glo Minerals Suede Matte Crayon in Sorbet. The fuchsia hue is not for the faint of heart, but the long-wear color collection has a color for every mood, from a classic red to nudes.
MY JEWEL BAR CHOKER
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: Ear jackets. Hand jewelry. Anklets. Chokers. If you’re all about trendy jewelry, then you need to check out My Jewel Bar. Not only are the prices very affordable (this choker I just picked up is $13 with the charm, $10 without it), but you can customize pieces with various chains and charms and can mix and match earrings. This is the most fun I’ve had jewelry shopping in a long time.
KISS DESIGN PERFECTION NAIL ART GUIDES
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: I’m really into the negative space mani trend that’s happening right now. (Proof here and here.) But the price it costs to get the look done at a salon is less appealing. Then I discovered these handy stickers you can pick up at Walgreens for just $2.99. They take a little getting used to (I’d recommend using a thin striker brush on each side of the guides so polish doesn’t run underneath), but overall, they’re so much easier to use than the Pinterest tape hacks I’ve tried.
JOUER LIP ENHANCER
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: I got a teeny Birchbox sample of this lip enhancer last week and it’s already become one of my favorites. On its own, it’s nearly sheer and has a ton of shine – perfect for a low-maintenance weekend look with lengthening mascara and a bit of creamy blush. For work, I’ve layered it over a deep nude chubby pencil, which gives the illusion of volume but still looks like I didn’t try too hard. But my favorite way to use it is as an overnight lip mask: After exfoliating, smear on a thin layer – You’ll wake up with a line-less, perfectly plump pout.
EMERGINC BODY OIL
Adeline Duff, Style & Beauty Intern: During the past year, I’ve tried to revamp my beauty routine and make it as non-toxic as possible (think: coconut oil as a moisturizer and argan oil as my go-to hair product). When I stumbled upon emerginC s Coconut Argan Body Oil, I was psyched: the brand is eco-friendly and free of any of the nasty ingredients I try to avoid, and it’s the perfect consistency: not quite an oil, not quite a mist. I ve never had softer skin than I do now, and as a plus, it smells amazing in a very natural way. This is exactly the type of product I’ll always keep on my nightstand (and in my purse, and at my desk.)
LAMOVE MOBILE CLOSET
Aili Nahas, Senior Writer: ‘Tis the season for jet-setting, and I think we can all agree that unpacking is way worse than a little jet lag. But with LAMove’s Mobile Closet, created by closet designer extraordinaire Lisa Adams and suitcase innovator Max Mirani, say bye-bye to wrinkled silk and misplaced Hanky Pankys. Dedicated pockets for everything from shoes to toiletries zip up neatly inside the case. The best part? The entire suitcase can be hung in a closet to keep everything ultra-organized and accessible for the entirety of your vacay. No unpacking required! And with fans like Fergie, Giuliana Rancic and Jaime King already giving their seal of approval, I m sold. Happy traveling!
GLOSSIER LIP BALM
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: If you have lips, this is the lip balm for you. (It’s not called the Balm Dot Com for nothing!) After applying Glossier’s newest formula in the morning, I was shocked to find the balm was still intact come dinner time and kept my lips super-smooth and moisturized. Plus, it’s coconut scent is beyond magical.
TERRAIN PARSLEY STUD EARRINGS
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: Terrain is where I shop when I want to dress like I have my own garden (think big sun hats and sturdy riding boots). In reality, all I really have is a sad but cute set of little pots where I try to grow herbs in my south-facing window. Parsley requires more light than I can give it, but these adorable studs only need my best culottes, a white tee and flat camel sandals to look perfect. For the bitter herb averse, designer Michael Michaud also makes versions in sage and rosemary.
CURRENT/ELLIOTT CHAMBRAY SHIRT
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: I live by the philosophy that you can never have too many chambray shirts. (But really, I own at least five.) That said, I recently stumbled upon Current/Elliott’s The Perfect Shirt at my local Nordstrom Rack, and now I want to replace every single button-down in my closet with every single color the brand offers. First, it is insanely soft and lightweight. Second, the buttons on it look like the hardware on a denim jacket, so it doubles a cool outer layer when it’s too hot for rigid denim. (I’m weird and hate exposing my shoulders.) Third, sorry, BRB, too busy figuring out which shade to buy next.
CUTEX ADVANCED REVIVAL
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: I am a neutral nail polish devotee, not least of all because I hate how much effort it takes to remove things like glitter. But since my July 4th mani required that extra attention, Ami Vega, who did my nails that day, recommended this new Cutex formula for having the power of acetone without making your nailbeds and cuticles a wreck – and she was right, it totally works. This now has pride of place in my medicine cabinet (and my newly-fancy nails prove it).
SABO SKIRT DRESS
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: After seeing this Australian brand pop up all over Instagram, I was eager to learn more. And when I went to the retailer’s website, I immediately took out my credit card. Not only is there a huge selection, the prices are also affordable. It’s the perfect place to buy those trendy pieces you don’t want to blow your entire paycheck on. I told my husband this asymmetrical striped dress (which I’ve already worn with stacked metallic heels to a casual bachelorette party) was the only thing I purchased, but the truth is, I had a few more pieces sent to the office.
EAST & LO MUSCLE TEE
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: My summer weekend style has exclusively consisted of cutoffs and tank tops (it’s been consistently 90º in N.Y.C.). So to give my T-shirt selection a boost (I’m pretty tired of my white V-necks), I’m adding this muscle tee to my shopping cart. It’s slouchy, colorful and comfy, which definitely checks all of my boxes as far as perfect weekend wear is concerned.
Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: I’m a devoted fan of the TODAY Show (I need to watch it every morning the way other people need coffee), and some of my favorite segments are the ones with nutritionist Joy Bauer. So I was thrilled when she stopped by the PEOPLE office recently to debut her new line of healthy, gluten-free snacks. There are a dozen options, ranging from sweet and chewy to spicy and crunchy, and each are under 200 calories, which is a good thing since I polish off at least two bags a day.
TYRA BEAUTY MASCARA
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: Tyra Banks can smize like none other, so I’ve been sold on the eye products in her namesake makeup collection since it’s launch last year. My new MVP in her line is the Smack My Fat Lash Mascara. The color is a midnight blue-black, which I find creates more dimension than traditional black, and it only takes a few swipes to give my wimpy lashes a Twiggy-like look. But after a long day of smizing, what I love most about this formula is how easily it washes off.
LABEL.M BRIGHTENING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Adeline Duff, Style & Beauty Intern: When it comes to hair, I’m probably one of the laziest girls around, especially with upkeep. So whenever I finally make it into the salon to touch up my highlights (six months after my last application), I’m always on the lookout for something that will make my color stay vibrant and fresh. Enter label.m’s Brightening Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner. These products beat any other purple shampoo I’ve tried, and the subtle hue is actually a good thing – it means there are no harsh dyes or chemicals. I’ve been using it for the past few weeks now, and my blonde hair has never looked brighter or less brassy.
TORY BURCH BAG
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: I own this bag in a shell-gray color, and every time I use it, I think “You know, this might be the perfect bag.” Not only does it easily hold everything I really need (without weighing me down), it’s got smart details like an adjustable chain strap, magnetic closure and back pocket for easy phone access. So following the Andrea Lavinthal rule, because I love it, it’s time to buy it in another color: this pretty violet.
CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE JACKET
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: Yes, I realize it’s the dead of summer and is supposed to hit 90º in N.Y.C. this week. Yet here I am, ready to hit “Add to Cart” on this oversized army jacket, which Emily Schuman (the force behind Cupcakes and Cashmere) designed. It’s exactly what I’ll need to sling over my summer dresses when temps start to dip, and I figure it’s best to scoop it up now before it sells out like the rest of her recently launched line.
JONATHAN ADLER SUMMER TOTES
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: Sure, you can go the neutrals route (a.k.a. the easy way) if you’re accessorizing a neon one-piece. But I think it s much more fun to double or triple up on the color! Imagine my joy when one of my fave bold and bright designers (in work and in personality) Jonathan Adler picked this tote as one of his summer road trip must-haves in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. This specific bag is sold out, but there are many other cheeky styles left that also happen to go perfectly with my J.Crew suit and orange Ray-Bans.
JURLIQUE HAND CREAM
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: From face oils to fragrances, dozens of beauty products have launched with a rose scent this spring. But if you’re truly a super-fan of the floral aroma, you’re going to flip for Jurlique’s new limited-edition hand cream, which, in honor of their 30th anniversary, is even more fragrant than their cult-classic original formula.
FRENDS x BAUBLEBAR
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I don’t know if it’s the abundance of sunshine right now or just my inner magpie coming out to play, but I’m loving all things super-shiny or glittery. First it was the Lulu DK temporary metallic tattoos I’ve been wearing all summer and now I can’t wait to buy these blinged-out headphone caps, which are a collaboration between FRENDS and BaubleBar and debut on the jewelry site on July 20th. They come in a bunch of colors and motifs, but my favorite is the shimmery evil eye with rose gold hardware.
ERBORIAN BB CREAM
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: Summertime means endless sweat and melty makeup – until now. Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve found the BB cream that covers, hydrates and lasts throughout the day, all while it helps fight off UV rays with its SPF 20. Enter: the newest innovation from Paris and Seoul, Erborian’s BB Creéme. Trust me when I say after one day of use, you’ll be hooked.
MARGARITAVILLE BY MTX BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: My parents recently put in a pool, so we’re pretty much always hanging outside when I visit home. Next time I stop over, I can’t wait to bring them this amazing waterproof speaker. It floats in the pool and streams music wirelessly from a Bluetooth-enabled device (so we don’t have to worry about our phones getting wet or overheating). It’s the perfect pool accessory. Next on my list? One of these swan rafts.
LACE BY JENNY WU RING
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer/Reporter: I’m pretty plain-Jane when it comes to my jewelry selection – I like lots of silver in minimal designs. But when I saw this Lace Mobius Steel ring it was just the thing to up the ante on my accessory game. It still has a subtle color I like but the design is anything but. Oh, and just to double the cool factor? It’s 3D-printed!
POLO RALPH LAUREN CARGO PANT
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I was all about shopping the Fourth of July sales this weekend (and my wallet is feeling the pain today!). One of my favorite purchases were these Ralph Lauren cargo pants. Aside from the discounted price, I love that they’re lightly paint-splattered, plus they fit perfectly low on the hip (giving off a vibe that’s more fashionable than pure utility). I can’t wait to wear these with a tank top and duster next weekend, and then swap in a bomber jacket in the fall.
CHARMING CHARLIE EARRINGS
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: For whatever reason I’m really loving my second ear piercing these days, and I’m always on the hunt for sweet, simple little studs to go with my more substantial jewelry. Charming Charlie’s star set meets both those requirements, combining three stellar pairs for an even-more out-of-this-world price: $10.
BKR WATER BOTTLE
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I recently read that most people mistake thirst for hunger, especially in the late afternoon when energy levels start to plummet. Since I’m the type (I think they call it “human”) who would rather chow down on a Snickers bar than sip water no matter what, I need all the help I can get in the hydration department. So I picked up this super-chic, BPA-free bottle adorned with tiny stars (my favorite motif). It’s so pretty that I almost don’t mind hitting the water cooler instead of the vending machine.
ED BY ELLEN DEGENERES TOP
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: One of my go-to outfits is slip-on shoes, cropped pants, a chambray shirt and a crew neck sweater or sweatshirt over it. I know, I know, it sounds a little boring. But I’ve found a whimsical way to spice it up: the super-soft illustrated Pig Fleece Crew from Ellen Degeneres’s line. I went up one size from my usual and it fits my button-down underneath perfectly!
ANNE KLEIN FASHION FIT WATCH
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: I’ve sported a FitBit, JawBone and even a Garmin to track my steps, calorie intake and overall mileage on a daily basis. And while all of the trackers have been super helpful in keeping me moving throughout the day, they’ve never really fulfilled my “outfit accessory” needs. With the Anne Klein Fashion Fit watch, the watch isn’t just a tracker, it’s a part of my everyday wardrobe – and a stylish one at that for $119.
NEW BALANCE SNEAKERS
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: These aren’t your Dad’s New Balances. The activewear brand has shattered that stereotype with their latest #AlwaysinBeta campaign, introducing a brand new line of running shoes. The “Vazee Rush” style is great for cross training (from a jog around the park to a cardio dance class to a spinning) and the sneakers are super lightweight. I also love how they contour to my feet. Plus, they are really easy to put on (not to mention crazy comfortable). I’m even able to jump a littler higher when I wear them.
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: For the amount of time I now spend staring at my hand, you’d think I just got engaged. Nope! It’s all because of this gorgeous opal ring I recently added to my collection. The iridescent stone glistens just enough to make my ring stack feel more special – and it doesn’t hurt it costs about fraction of what a diamond would.
ALOHA DAILY GREENS
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: When I was a kid, my parents used to pour melted cheese over my vegetables in an effort to get me to eat something green. Not much has changed, except now it’s me attempting to trick myself into eating something green. Enter Aloha Daily Good Greens, a powdered green supplement that contains peas, wheatgrass, spinach and mushrooms, plus many more super-healthy fruits and veggies. Only you’d never know it, thanks to the rich chocolate flavor. I add it to a glass of almond milk and it’s pretty much like having a big glass of chocolate milk, which incidentally is another way my parents used to get me to drink milk.
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: For summer beach trips, you can usually find me in an all-black ensemble (much like my everyday wardrobe). But this year, in an attempt to step outside of my fashion comfort zone, I’ll be rocking this adorable floral two-piece from Topshop. Not only is it super-cute (and super flattering for small-busted girls like myself), but it’s also super affordable – something I can totally get behind.
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer/Reporter: I was just on vacation (with an itinerary that included swimming as much as humanly possible) and even though I packed every cute bikini I owned, I ended up in my favorite pair of high-waisted bottoms and a sports bra – yes, sports bra. I’m not a fan of a constricting one-pieces but love to feel completely covered-up (is there anything worse than having to pause between every stroke just to make sure your top is, well, still on top?) So this Somedays Lovin’ “Sporty is exactly what I need. It’s full coverage, but still has a hint of sexiness thanks to the racerback design and cheetah print.
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: There are two things I look for in a bathing suit: Something that won’t result in bra strap tan lines (it’s the biggest summer beauty faux pas) and something that will show off my figure in the most flattering way known to woman. This River Island retro-inspired aqua lace bikini top and high-waisted bottom fulfill both requirements. And when my curves are in check, and I look super cute, my only worry is whether my frozen drink will come with one of those adorable umbrellas.
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I’ve tried a ton of bikini styles over the years, but I always come back to a classic triangle top and side-tie bottom since I think it’s the most flattering on my body shape (which is sort of like a bowling pin). Since I already own a drawer of them, it takes a particularly striking print or incredible fit for me to justify adding another set to my collection. This colorful Helen Jon “Marrakesh nails both requirements and will be joining me at the beach next weekend.
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: Growing up on the Jersey Shore, I’ve amassed a ton of bikinis. But recently I’ve been looking to add some more practical styles to my collection (read: suits that I can actually wear paddle boarding and kayaking without worrying about overexposure). Lolë makes bathing suits that fit great and feel secure, so I don’t have to worry about a nip slip if a wave tips my kayak over. I just purchased this “Kailua” style and can’t wait to wear it over the holiday weekend.
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: The first time I saw this neoprene suit pop up in my Instagram feed, I thought, “Cute!” The fifth time: “Wow, it’s really popular.” The tenth time: “Okay, where can I get that?” From the flattering sculpted cups to the neon color-blocking, I can see why every style blogger and vlogger on the Internet owns one. Oh, and did I mention it’s only $89 for the set?
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: The last time I wore a two-piece, I was about three years old, so I’m always on the hunt for a non-snoozy maillot (monokinis need not apply). I love Everything But Water’s huge selection of fun, eye-catching one pieces (like this Nanette Lepore bandeau) to give my swimwear selection a break from boring black halters.