The one dress you need this summer

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The Silk Daybreak sundress from Madewell: now marked down to $99.50. When I tell you everyone looks good in this, I am not lying – see that tie? Normally I would run away, as I have no waist.  But since this dress is cut more like a shift, it totally works (they just styled it to look more girlie). Bonus: it’s silk so it will fold super tiny for travel. Bonus #2: Cut big, size down. Bonus #3: Very dress up/dress down. Love! Check it out here.

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Lip service

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Had to come out of hibernation the past couple of weeks to hit some design mafia events. This required change of outfits and, of course, a lip situation that would survive very long evenings. Enter Bite Beauty’s Cashmere Lip Cream. This is the ONLY product I have ever used that goes on matte but feels creamy, and stays on forever. They call it a “cream to powder” formulation. I call it a miracle.

At $28, it is not cheap, but it is worth every penny. I got the Rioja (deep red) and Port (more of a burgundy) and both are amazing. Buy them online at Sephora, or check out their Lip Lab on Prince Street in SoHo.

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An awesome bag

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I have been trying to find a bag I love that doesn’t have a comma in the price tag. It has not been easy. But last weekend, on my way home from Sight Unseen’s best-part-of-ICFF offsite, I walked by Personnel on Greenwich Ave., and there it was in the window:  the perfect not-huge duffel. I went in, I fondled the buttery leather, I took out the stuffing to make sure it would fit all my crap (it did), and I held my breath as I reached for the price tag.

$480. Sold.

Backstory: It’s made by a company called Aandd. Apparently one of the guys involved is a designer at Coach. They also make a cute cross-body option.

Personnel doesn’t have e-commerce, so here’s a shot of the bag I bought, except it’s burgundy and mine is black. It comes with a long strap, and has two exterior zip pockets as well as one on the inside.

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Ergonomic game changer

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I’ve been having all sorts of shoulder/rotator/pectoral issues that my doctor had assumed were because of my workout. Turns out it’s because of my very bad non-ergonomic laptop set up. I got this stand, by Rain Design, at Tekserve. This is not a new product, but it was news to me. This + wireless keyboard = life changing and perhaps even posture-saving.  For about $140 total. Buy the stand here, and the keyboard here. There’s also a version of the stand that swivels – see it here.

 

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Best luggage tag ever

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Dilemma: you’re traveling and checking luggage. What address do you put on the tag — for the destination or for your home base? I’m always torn and have taken to putting pieces of paper in every pocket of my luggage with my destination and home addresses, phone numbers, and email, in case the luggage is lost. I feel like a crazy person when I do this, but until I saw this Smythson luggage tag I didn’t know what else to do.

Check it out – destination info on one side, home info on the other. Such a “duh.”  I bought one. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

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Hard (drive) lessons

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My tiny, gorgeous, G Tech mini external hard drive died suddenly over the weekend. It was six months old, was used for weekly back ups only, as well as storage for my entire iTunes library. It had a long life ahead of it – quite sad. But still under warranty so I should be covered, right?

Wrong. G Tech won’t restore the drive, only replace it. Restoring the drive is completely up to me, at a cost of $900+.  Kind of ironic that a company created to keep your data safe/secure/intact won’t step up when their products fail. Especially while under warranty.

No more G Tech for me. The sympathetic guy at Tekserve (who has seen this G Tech movie many, many times) suggested Glyph instead. Why? They’ll restore any data you lose while under warranty. They look cool, too:

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It’s not just for whiskey

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The Glencairn glass is the classic whiskey sipping glass but, as I found out recently, it’s also a great glass for apertifs. At the St. Regis in Washington, DC, I was served something called Cocchi Americano in this glass. I’d never heard of it, but there’s a great explanation of this lemony vermouth-like spirit here.  Trust me, it’s great, and it’s not expensive. But back to the glass – it’s great, and not expensive, and best yet, fits in those crazy non-adjustable NYC kitchen shelves.

The glass looks like this, costs around $10, and you can buy it here.

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Cocchi Americano looks like this, around $18-$20 a bottle, and you can buy it here.

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The lip stuff you need for crazy cold weather

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My lips are currently a dry, at times very chapped, mess. Thank you winter weather. I have  searched high and low for the right lip stuff that will deal with this more-serious-than-usual problem. And last week, thanks to Bite beauty, I did.

It’s their new Agave Lip Mask. It is packed with natural goodness, including organic agave, jojoba oil, pharmaceutical grade lanolin and, my personal favorite, reservatrol (who doesn’t love an antioxidant?!).  At $26 it’s not cheap, but at this point I’ll pay anything for something that works. And this really does. Buy it here.

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Crazy expensive but awesome laundry detergent

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I never thought I’d tell anyone to spend $45 on laundry detergent, but after using the Le Labo Rose 31 signature detergent by The Laundress, I’m converted. First – it smells nothing like those awful artificial rose scents. This is fresh and light and surprisingly masculine.The description from their site reads: “This 31-ingredient combination is designed to be both feminine and masculine. Le Labo Rose 31 is a chorus of warm, spicy, woody notes such as cumin, olibanum, and cedar, touched by a hint of amber, surrounding a centifolia rose scent.

Second – that scent lingers in whatever you washed, and is really lovely. Now – I was given this bottle ages ago, forgot about it, and grudgingly used it when I was recently out of my other stuff and desperate. I now have a problem, as I’m in love with $45 laundry detergent, which has created a new category in my household: special occasion detergent, not to be used on just anything.

Check it out here. They also have their famous Santal scent available as detergent as well.

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Gift of the day: tea party

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Shark tea infuser — kitschy but cool for the right person. $12 here.

 

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