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Time To Grow Up

Owning a watch — a sophisticated one — is one of the rites of passage into womanhood that passed me by. I had a number of neon and patterned Swatches in the ’80s, but I forgot to update. I love the way a chic watch can pull an outfit together, give you an air of confidence, let the world know that you are one badass, on-time lady. My watch style is ready to get an adult makeover. Citizen’s rose gold watch with Swarovski crystals — from Citizen’s new Drive collection — is vintage yet modern; affordable yet expensive looking. Perfect for a focused, 30-something woman who wants to make a statement.Most importantly, it’s convenient and eco-friendly because it’s are powered by light.  Meaning, I’ll never need to replace the batteries. That appeals to the girl in me, who still doesn’t find herself able to get around to doing those sorts of things. [$295, Kay Jewelerss]

The Secret To A Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It’s getting to be that time in February where I’m like, “Really, Winter? You’re still here?!” Pretty much the only thing getting me through these dreary gray days are the soups and amazing grilled cheese sandwiches my cheesemonger/boyfriend has been making for dinner. The other night he used this Kerrygold aged Irish cheddar on white bread with a few leaves of arugula, and it was perfection. Try it for yourself! It will help you forget that we still have a month til the official start of spring. [$5.89, Food Ireland or your local cheese seller]

Two Necessary Additions To Your Crazy Cults Bookshelf

Scientology Under Fire
5 questions about Scientology that the Church does NOT want you to ask. Read More »
Women And Scientology
How the controversial cult treats its female members. Read More »

If you’re a friend of mine and have tried to make plans with me the last few weeks, you’ve likely failed, because i have been very busy planning my infiltration into the upper echelon of Scientology. And by “planning” I mean reading Going Clear by Lawrence Wright and Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill, two new fascinating and in-depth books about the notorious cult/religion, and having extremely exciting dreams in which I am tasked by the authorities to help take down the religion. Both books are so fantastic, I couldn’t pick just one to recommend as a Crave, so I’m doing both, because I am the David Miscavige of The Frisky, only much taller. Keep reading »

It’s About Time To Buy A Really Fabulous Watch

I’ve been looking for a chunky, menswear-inspired watch for awhile now, and this one, with a black tuxedo stripe and ring of rhinestones, might be The One. I’ll wear it with a slouchy black V-neck sweater and jeans, and be fashionably on time everywhere I go. [$22, Nordstrom]

An All-Natural Deodorant That Actually Does What It Claims (Really!)

Green Skincare
These five companies are worth every penny. Read More »
MacBook Perfume
Yep, it's a thing. Read More »

There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about chemicals in deodorant and their potential cancer-causing properties. I can’t speak to that because I’m not a scientist (weird, right?), but I do know that traditional deodorants and antiperspirants have never quite worked for me: my sensitive skin and haphazard shaving habits make me the perfect candidate for redness and irritation (and if you’ve ever applied deodorant on raw skin, you know just how painful that irritation can be), and the unmistakable plasticky-powdered-flower stench knows just how to induce a migraine in seconds flat. I used to forego the stuff altogether because I don’t have much of a natural scent, but since I’ve started exercising regularly (a novel concept!), that is no longer an option. And so began the search for a natural deodorant that isn’t Tom’s of Maine or a friggin’ rock. It’s pricy, so call me a flagrant wastrel if you must, but Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant is the only way to go from here. The light, fresh scents come from a combination of essential oils, and thanks to its primary ingredient (aloe!) I’ll never have to face a compulsively itchy armpit ever again. And here’s the kicker: it really works, all day long. [$18, Lavanila]

These Polishes Score A Perfect TenOverTen

tenoverten nail polish

We’re something of nail polish connoisseurs here at The Frisky and TenOverTen polishes are some of the most fun colors priced midrange. Available at Anthropologie or online at TenOverTen’s website, the polishes are made without icky chemicals like formaldehyde, plus they’re not tested on animals. And I can speak from experience when I say that these polishes last. Cute colors, safe, slow to chip, and cruelty free? Now, that’s beautiful. [$18, Anthropologie]

Don’t Get It Swissted

Design Sponge At Home
Our favorite shelter blog, in coffee table book form. Read More »
Home Inspiration: Vases
Keep your flower game looking good with these cute vases. Read More »
Home Inspiration: Clocks
What time is it? Time to buy a clock! Read More »

One of those major signs of adulthood is when you begin trading in your ratty band posters for actual framed pieces of art. But what if there was a way to pay homage to you favorite band and have some super stylish artwork, too? Enter Swissted, a new book from Mike Joyce, in which Joyce combines his love of clean design with his passion for punk rock. Swissted offers up 200 vintage rock posters, redesigned with the crisp tenants of Swiss design in mind. And the best part? Each page of the 11″ x 14″ book is pre-perforated for easy tearing out and framing. Pre-order now, before it’s released on March 5! [$24.95, Swissted]

Powerful Advice You Can Sip On

Tiny Beautiful Things
tiny beautiful things
Buy this amazing collection of advice columns. Read More »
Cheryl's Thoughts...
She refuses to apologize for being female. Read More »
Cheryl's ModCloth Dress
The online retailer is selling a dress inspired by the writer. Read More »

In a previous Crave, Ami advised you to pick up the book Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of the Dear Sugar advice columns published on the website The Rumpus. Penned by author Cheryl Strayed (who also wrote the best-selling memoir Wild), the Sugar advice columns are filled to the brim with wonderful wisdom for both the advice seeker and the reader. One of the more popular bits of advice Sugar ever gave was to a struggling writer in a column called “Write Like A Motherfucker.” Whether you’re a student struggling through your senior thesis or a novelist facing a serious bout of writer’s block or a blogger questioning your career’s tragectory, Sugar’s advice to” write like a motherfucker — read the whole column here — will light a fire under your ass. I bought this mug about a month ago and posted this photo of it to my Tumblr blog. Before I knew it, it had been reblogged over 2,000 times — clearly, this is a mantra many can relate to and this mug is a daily reminder of Sugar’s advice to give your all to your passions,  regardless of how that effort is perceived by those around you. [$13, The Rumpus Shop]

These Dogs Are Roaring

Lace Toe Socks
Half Pretties photo
So, basically a camisole for your toe cleavage? Read More »

When I recently surveyed my sock drawer and noticed that my collection was all hole-filled stinkers and pairs that I’d “borrowed” from friends, I realized that it was time to update my footdrobe. I started with these Digital Tiger Ankle Socks, which send the appropriate “Don’t step on my toes” message. Footwear that is both threatening and adorable feels like the right way to go. Just think, nobody will ever accuse me of foot odor again — they’ll be too scared of my socks. Rawr! [$6, TopShop]

Brad Goreski Wrapped Around Your Little Finger

Kate Spade Brad Goreski ring

Okay, so ex-”Rachel Zoe Project” fashion fiend Brad Goreski might be the whiniest man on television. But his glasses are pretty sweet. And because Brad is Kate Spade’s newest brand stylist, his signature glasses are now memorialized in earrings, a bangle, a necklace, and this adorable ring. Take that, Rachel Zoe! [$48, KateSpade.com]

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