You know I don’t take sartorial commands lightly, but stop what you’re doing and buy these sandals in both colors. I had sandals nearly identical to the brown version a few years ago, and I wore them until they literally fell apart. I received so many questions about them and couldn't find them anywhere online so my hunt for this pair has been three years in the making. Finally a footwear miracle occured: my friend Jean shared these beauties on instastories and I’ve never swiped up faster. I was skeptical since they’re INSANELY CHEAP but lo and behold, they are THE MOST COMFORTABLE pair of sandals I think I’ve ever bought. I mean, they immediately feel like butter on your feet—not a stiff element or pressure point anywhere, meaning you can leave the band aids that you usually carry around for breaking in all of your summer sandals at home. Also, they’re under $50. At the risk of sounding like a complete psycho, I just bought a second pair of both colors just in case I have the same problem where I wear these out and can’t find a replacement for years. Have I made my point clear?
You’ve heard me sing the praises of Drunk Elephant skincare many times before, but this summer, the brand has a new-to-me product that I’m shouting from the rooftops: D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops are ideal for hot summer days when the idea of wearing foundation is repulsive, but you don’t want to walk around sans-glow, either. It’s a hydrating serum that imparts a beautiful bronze color, without the sun damage. The drops use a chronopeptide and other hydrating ingredients that provide antioxidant benefits, boost your skin’s defenses against pollution and environmental stressors, and create the most beautiful J-Lo glow. The color and protection you want, without any extra weight you don’t need while it’s sticky outside. Brilliant. Just finish with a spritz of this favorite Supergoop SPF 50 spray.
My friend Emily recently shared these hair ties in her bun tutorial, so I thought I’d give them a try and she was right. They’re officially the best hair ties I’ve ever tried. They hold your hair in a ponytail or bun amazingly well (even if you have very thick hair), they don’t damage your hair, and they also prevent it from creasing like other hair ties. You can buy them at Nordstrom, but check out even more colors and options on Amazon.
Yes, those snuggies. You might’ve seen us wearing these recently on the roof last week in order to enjoy our outdoor space without requiring a regimen of DayQuil afterward. Naturally, I was inundated with questions afterwards. We use these blankets-with-arms when dining or enjoying a glass of wine al fresco and they’re the best. I know we’re about to be in prime summer weather but for anyone living on the west coast or anywhere it gets cool at night, these are a must!
You know I’m always making recipes from Half Baked Harvest, and that’s most likely because her recipes are simply the BEST. I made these barbecue pineapple chicken bowls for a few friends recently and they were DELISH (and so easy) for a relaxed summer night. Next on my list is this absolutely scrumptious looking lemon tart.
Also on the docket for summer entertaining are these paper straws which I’ve received lots of questions about since they made an appearance on instastories. Obviously, I love that they’re environmentally friendly, but I’m also a huge fan of functional party supplies that also look adorable on display. Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be limited to unattractive plasticware. I love the mix of black and white prints (the pack has polka dots, stripes, and chevron prints) and you don’t have to worry about them getting soggy or falling apart in your drink. Cheers!
Rich and I got this remarkable cooking solution a few months ago, and it has completely changed the way we cook. You’d think a Michelin-starred chef is cooking our meals now. The Brava uses first-of-its-kind, totally revolutionary light technology (first developed for the solar industry) to speed up cooking times (it can reach 500°F in under a second with no preheating), ensure higher-quality results, and allow you to cook multiple courses at once (to perfection). The New York Times calls it the “easy bake oven for grown ups” and applauds its ability to precisely cook everything from steaks to vegetables to s’mores, simultaneously. It can literally cook up to three different foods at the same time, each to their own unique temperature, in under 20 minutes. You can cook anything you want on your own, or use Brava’s meal kits, and the touch screen guide shows you how to make everything perfectly with the touch of a button. It’s an investment, but after using it for a few months I can promise you it’s SO worth it. Whether you’re an advanced chef or a complete novice in the kitchen, this device is a home run.
We already know that Beauty Counter’s mineral sunscreens have achieved cult status, but they just came out with a tinted sunscreen and it’s AMAZING. It’s available in two shades, so you can protect yourself from the sun while having an extra faux glow (that gives you color AND disguises skin imperfections). Just one tip: as they say on the product page “mind where you mist,” because it will show up on white garments if you spray it around with reckless abandon. So focus a little, and get glowing.