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Try This: Chilled Body Spray

This makes so much sense. It’s a wonder we didn’t think of it before. An easy way to keep cool this summer (especially if you don’t have air conditioning … we feel your pain), is to store a body or face spray in the fridge. That way, you can get an icy spritz that also combats the body odor you’ve inevitably worked up from the heat. You can do it with perfume as well, but it’s generally more refreshing with a light, almost watery, fragrance.

Our suggestion: Chantecaille pure rose water, a fancy, completely botanical blend that moisturizes and refreshes. [$50, Chantecaille, NeimanMarcus.com] [Editor: For a cheaper fix, we also swear by Evian's mister, $15 at Sephora, which hydrates and whisks away perspiration, which is kind of crazy great.] Keep reading »

Love Nest: Creative Side Table You May Already Own

This weekend, I spent an embarrassing amount of time online trolling through photos of other people’s homes looking for inspiration—and another excuse to repaint or reupholster or re-anything my own apartment—and I happened upon this photo. I immediately zeroed in on their side tables and realized that they’re actually file folder cabinets! They’re the perfect storage solution (to go all “Container Store” lingo on you) for a tight living room—all you need is a little DIY love to make them work. Pick up a can of spray paint (I’m always a fan of color, bypass the blah whites and beige paints), and spray over the usually grim-looking, office-y finish. Throw a lamp on top and—voila!—you’ve got yourself tables with loads space to hide, well, whatever it is you don’t want people seeing. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Did Halloween Come Early This Year?

If Halloween came early this year, we missed the memo. Here, the frightening and creepy creations by artist Nagi Noda. They’re hats made of human hair and molded into animals. This has to be screwing with the food chain somehow. [Nagi Noda via Inventor Spot] Keep reading »

The NY Times Is Late To The Style Party, Again!

Polyvore, an online version of Lucky magazine of sorts, but better, has finally found its way onto the New York Times‘ radar, and we couldn’t be happier (even if it took almost a year!). For those not yet in the know, Polyvore was founded by three ex-Yahoo guys—and it’s been wildly successful in this, its first year, especially for fashion-obsessed types like us. The premise behind the site is that it’s a place where anyone can go, create an outfit (they call them “sets”), and click on any one part of the get-up to buy the piece, all the way down to makeup. You can also browse celeb sets and other user sets for inspiration, and again, there’s that whole instant gratification element for when you find a must-have item. Danger! Still, we can’t get enough. [NY Times] Keep reading »

J.Crew Gets Into The Beauty Biz By Selling Essie Nail Polish

We just got an email from J.Crew alerting us to the fact that “New Fall Arrivals Are In” and immediately stopped working to drool over the retailer’s genius ribbon-front top, wool schoolboy blazer, and …nail polish? Yes, J.Crew appears to be selling nail polish from our favorite maker, Essie! (We always knew the people at J.Crew were totally on the same page as us.) The two special colors are called One of A Kind, a bright orangey red (which just happens to be this writer’s favorite shade for her short nails), and Eternal Optimist, a subdued baby pink.

Trying a new polish color can be a gamble, because what it looks like in the bottle isn’t necessary how it appears on your hands. But since we adore just about everything J.Crew produces, we’re guessing these shades, with their J.Crew stamp of approval, are pretty fab. [J.Crew] Keep reading »

I Want To Hold Your Hand (And Walk Your Dog)

Oh, no! Someone captured Thing from “The Addams Family” and glued him to a dog leash!

Usually, disembodied hands are pretty creepy, but, we gotta say, the handle on this leash is pretty cool. Probably not as nice as holding a real human hand while walking a pooch, though. [price unknown, Alice Wang] Keep reading »

Crave: Steve Madden SanFrann Sandals

These sandals are the perfect accent to any outfit, whether you’re heading to the beach or out on the town. They’re unique and fun, come in six colors, and are currently half-price. Wear them in black for a sleeker look or in bright orange for a refreshing pop of color. They’re classier than flip-flops but can also be worn casually — they look great with everything from dresses to jeans. Conclusion? They’re adorable, cheap, and versatile, and they’ll make your feet feel fabulous. So, indulge your toesies, and go strut your stuff in these sexy sandals. [$34.98, Steve Madden] Keep reading »

What Would Happen If Anti-Aging Products Really Worked?

As rational, educated women, we know in our heads that when it comes to the often outlandish promises skincare companies make, applying a so-called wrinkle cure will not actually erase lines from our face. As people bombarded with airbrushed images of perfect, supernaturally youthful skin and famous idols who fight each skin fold with a double dose of Botox, it’s safe to say that we’re warily interested in aging and the lack thereof. And when it comes to beauty products in general, is it really so crazy to ask for something that does what it promises? According to a Daily Mail report, we may be getting closer to true product efficacy and real, not just promised, miracles in a jar. Keep reading »

Grey Gardens Gets New Tenants

According to WWD, there will be a new family in residence at the notorious East Hampton estate of Grey Gardens come this September. NYC interior designer Celerie Kemble and her family have just signed a five-year agreement to lease the property, and if there’s anyone would could thoughtfully perk up the historically grim estate, it’s Kemble—known for her fanciful and fresh, yet still traditional aesthetic. Not that the house needs it: The squalor and raccoon-infested property of Big and Little Edie is long gone. When the house was sold to Ben Bradlee and wife Sally Quinn in 1979, the couple began to completely renovate and re-build the property, turning it into a jewel of a place. Kemble’s children will love the wild and ever-so-slightly over the top wildflower gardens, and according to Kemble, the history of the home was also a selling (or renting) point: “I believe a house should have personality, and Grey Gardens is one of the greatest and most graceful of characters I can imagine out there.” We’re jealous. [WWD] Keep reading »

Amazon Buys Zappos, We’re Concerned

Remember when Zappos.com was just a cute little website where you could get amazing deals on shoes? Well, today our fave place to score heels and flats alike is a multi-million dollar company that has attracted the attention of Amazon. In fact, the online giant has scooped up the company for almost one billion dollars. (We made the same face too!) The purchase was announced earlier this month and will be fully completed in the fall. Despite the major news, don’t expect any dramatic changes. Tony Hsieh, Zappos’ CEO, recently sent out a video promising, “We plan to continue to run Zappos the way we have always run Zappos.” If that means continued great selection, amazing customer service and an uber-generous return policy, then the deal is A-OK by us. But we’ll be paying close attention. [Tech Crunch] Keep reading »

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