So many beautiful, useful, and sustainable things cross my desk every week, so I condense them all into a handy post of my favorites for you to peruse. I hope you find something you like in here!
Don’t you know that you’re always supposed to ask for your cuticles to be pushed back, not cut? But even if you’re at home, this little pen is so much nicer than a mean orange stick. Push back your cuticles and nourish them at home or when you’re traveling with this little non-toxic stick o’ nail beauty–it comes with replacement tips, too! Then finish off your mini manicure with Dr. Hauschka’s hand cream. Big fans includes include celeb manicurists Madeline Poole, Jenna Hipp, and Stephanie Stone. And famous designer Kelly Wearstler likes it too. #goodtaste
I mean, it made my super short nails look longer, which is crucial!
Love: Auromere Incense
Call me a hippie, but lately I’ve been really into the idea of incense. It’s like a scented candle, but based on Ayurvedic principals of aromatherapy. (Also, not parodied in “basic bitch” sketches.) Auromere incense is free of chemicals, and comes in attractive, recycled, handmade pouches. Try amber, which “restores equilibrium by harmonizing energy imbalances, protects the atmosphere from negative influences, stimulates and centers the being in the heart chakra.” Or just try a sample pack and pick the one that smells best. Oh and if you need an incense burner, Species by the Thousands has a great one.
I don’t know how I went this long without knowing about this online store that only sells ethical goods! When Melissa Shin of Dagne Dover turned me onto it, I thanked her profusely. Here are some of my favorites:
Want: Supra Endura
I mean, just look at this blouse! It’s made of printed cotton voile in the front, and sheer silk organza in the back. The print is inspired by ACE Programs for Homeless, and ith purchase of each garment $5 will be donated to ACE. It’s also made in New York.
The cooler-than-school minds at Holstee have come up with a cute new way to get your pen out and tell your friends you care. (You’ve been meaning to do it for a while.) Here’s how it works:
Each month receive:
One archival letterpress-printed card
One pre-stamped envelope to share last month’s art with a friend
A description of the art you receive, why they chose it and how Holstee hopes it inspires you to live mindfully
Drawing from themes like connection, nature, balance, passion and generosity, each print is meant to allow for a moment of reflection in an otherwise too busy for life, life. Each monthly delivery serves as a reminder to stay connected with others and to add value to your relationships through a shared experience. The inclusion of a pre-stamped envelope makes this reminder as simple as possible: just write your message and send.
Want: Tree Spoons
I discovered these beautiful, hand-carved, wooden spoons at Expo West last month, and I foresee a collecting spree happening. They’re made by this eccentric guy from Pennsylvania, whose online shop just went online. So while I cannot say what his customer service will be like, on the upside, I guarantee no one else will have something quite like this in their kitchen!
Love: Think Dirty App
It seems like Good Guide will never get around to updating their app to comply with the latest iPhone OS. Too bad for them, this fun little app has swooped in to take its place. I downloaded it, and went on a journey through my bathroom, scanning everything. The Avalon Organics SPF face cream? Dirty. The Soapwalla deodorant? Super clean.
If it didn’t recognize the product, the app would prompt you to put it in: the product, the brand, and a photo of the front and back of the packaging. If it did recognize it, I could add it to my “bathroom shelf,” like it, or add it to a list. There are so many other little fun things–I haven’t even brushed the surface. I can’t wait to use this when I’m out and about and looking for sunscreen on the fly!
Want: White Arrow Work Studio
A work acquaintance sent this around, saying she was leaving and opening up a space. And, ugh, I just covet a reclaimed wood desk at this coworking office in Williamsburg. Please! All of it!
Look! Basic, no seam thongs in the basic colors. It may not be exciting to you, but to me, this is pretty necessary.