The Select FileS
Consider these Files a distillation of years, days, months and hours spent researching, searching, tagging, pinning, asking for information and giving recommendations. They are your resource for all things beauty and fashion, your online travel guides, social guides, holiday catalog, life coach, design consultant and anything else in your life that might benefit from an exchange of thoughts and information.
The world is big and life is a work in progress. And these are just my 7 cents.
There are so many reasons to escape into a few good books this holiday season — to avoid reality, to relieve boredom during long hours of travel, to avoid speaking to others (both fellow travelers AND family members), to take a tech break.Read More
So I guess this is a cautionary tale. Life throws crazy shit at us all the time and my story is just a tiny needle in a haystack of heartbreaking, life-changing events happening every second on this planet. We all have to learn that vulnerability is not a weakness. It’s actually an incredible show of courage that helps keep our relationships rich and our lives balanced. Opening up sounds like an easy ask, right? I know it’s not, but I’m willing to work on it. I hope you are, too.Read More
Jai and Gayatri attracted a glittering international crowd to India including none other than First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived with the glamorous couple for several months during her visit to the country in the 1960s.Read More
Today, though, as we celebrate National Women's Equality Day, we wanted to take a minute to recognize those guests who chose organizations that focus on women as their mission. It's time to realize that not only are women's rights human rights, but that the future is, in fact, equal.Read More
August is the Sunday of summer, and while it's depressing AF, it's also imperative that you squeeze out every last second of beach time that you can. And while you're there, why not polish off one (or seven) of this season's best books? Whether a lighthearted read is your jam or you have an affinity for adrenaline-pumping thrillers, we’ve got you covered. So grab a cocktail, a beach chair and one of our favorite beach reads and get ready to chase away the Summer Scaries.
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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
If the name Liane Moriarty rings a bell, you’re probably thinking of her novel-turned-episodic Big Little Lies. The New York Times bestselling author is back with this new binge-worthy thriller which centers around a group of nine strangers who gather at a remote health resort for a not-so-relaxing retreat.
Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of the Wild Women by Becca Anderson
In a whip-smart take on a classic affirmation book, Becca Anderson shows us that even a badass can use a reminder every now and then. With the pressures and expectations of society weighing down on the daily, we’re in for adding more positivity back into our routine.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This buzzy read should be at the top of everyone’s summer reading list, and not just becasue the movie is coming out this week. The international bestseller follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she adventures upon a summer in Singapore with her boyfriend and his family. Little does she know she’s about to embark on an adventure way past what she ever could have prepared for.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
It’s the sequel we’ve all been waiting for— Emily, the notorious frenemy from The Devil Wears Prada, gives us a peek into life post-Runway in Greenwich, Connecticut. Although, it’s not all workout classes and picket fences; she’s on a mission to find her comeback with the help of an unlikely ally.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
This #1 New York Times bestseller is a thought-provoking page-turner that looks at our current state of society by touching on race, privilege and justice. Between a controversial court case and keeping life as normal as possible for her family, the plot follows Ruth as she navigates the chaos that has taken over her daily life.
The President is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
Written by President and author Bill Clinton and award-winning novelist James Patterson, this novel is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The political thriller takes an authentic view on very real fears in our society, like cyberterrorism and espionage, as the plot unfolds and the nation handles the crisis at hand.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur, the best-selling author of Milk and Honey, curated her second collection of poetry for this beautiful tome. Her way with words and relatable themes make this the perfect beach read for a dose of positivity, introspection and inspiration.
Summer's here, AC's are on full blast and there's a whole bunch of new beauty loot that will help you take full advantage of the warmer weather. From Off-White’s first perfume drop with Byredo to the face cream that will repair your skin cells and undo years of damage, here are the 7 summer beauty launches you don’t want to miss.
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ACQUA DI PARMA
Chinotto di Liguaria
If you’re not making it to Northern Italy this summer, Acqua di Parma’s newest fragrance will give you a sense of what you’re missing (think rugged mountains, white sand beaches and the citrusy scent of the rare chinotto fruit). Chinotto di Liguaria is a nod to the allure of a refreshing, sparkling foreign holiday and we’re already guilty of dosing ourselves in it.
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Acqua Di Parma is taking us away again, although this time it’s a boy’s trip to Ancient Rome. Their new cologne, inspired by a journey on the Via Sacra, combines spicy nutmeg, orange blossom and the medicinal myrhh oil. Both charming and mystical, you can bet we’re all buying this for our mans.
Say what you will about Miami, the city is Florida’s answer to dopamine. Walk around South Beach, and its neon signs, ocean air and overpopulation of palm trees will have your endorphins buzzing. KILIAN went and bottled this feeling into two limited edition summer fragrances inspired by the sun, sin and style of Miami. LOVE THE WAY YOU TASTE is the ultimate night scent – think sweet and refreshing Mojito’s at sunset. LOVE THE WAY YOU FEEL celebrates beachside bodies with its warming and exotic scent. KILIAN captured the vintage Miami we all know and love.
Inspired by the nocturnal and passionate atmosphere of film noir in the 80’s, Nocturama has a sensual, almost animal dimension. When we heard it’s laced with Narcissus, a flower that only blooms at night, we couldn’t resist getting our hands on the bottle. If there is ever a scent that will coin you the mystery woman, Nocturama is it. Warning: highly addictive, so spray with caution. (Available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue New York, +1 212 753 4000)
REN CLEAN SKINCARE
Atlantic Kelp and Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Toning Body Oil
Over the past few years, beauty experts have realized that essential oils are the cure-all skincare product, but it can still be hard to find an oil that doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. Ren Clean Skincare’s new body oil feels light yet gives you that energetic "don’t mind me I just came from the gym" glow. Not to mention, it’s packed full of super nutrients that will naturally destress you. $50.00/100 ML, www.renskincare.com.
We won’t bore you with the scientific vocab that explains these two transformative creams, but know that when one of the world’s leading stem cell scientists creates a skincare brand, you’re going to want to get involved. Augustinas Bader’s first products, the Cream and Rich Cream, will bring your skin back to its youth by boosting cell function to repair damage and dramatically improve complexion.
BYREDO x OFF-WHITE ELEVATOR MUSIC COLLECTION
Throw Virgil Abloh’s brand on quite literally anything and it’s guaranteed to blow up. So we’re pretty excited about Off-White’s newest capsule collection with Byredo, “Elevator Music.” Debatably the most exciting thing about this collab is that it includes Off-White’s first and long-awaited perfume (as in you can now smell like the hype brand). The accessories, denim and ready to wear don’t disappoint either.
Let’s face the facts - dads are the toughest breed of human to buy gifts for. They have everything they need, and chances are everything they want is unaffordable. My dad officially became cooler than me when he asked me why I still had wires on my headphones. So vintage right? But hey, it’s not about needing anything. Father’s Day is just a chance to celebrate the most important men in our lives, and show a token of our appreciation for he who raised us. So, whether your dad brews his own kombucha or only seems to own one t-shirt - we’ve got you covered with our gift selects.
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The Trendy Dad
He just discovered the benefits of bone broth and won’t shut up about it. Hopefully this goes better than his matcha and kombucha phase. Get your dad a Thrive Market membership so he can shop all his boujee products, from chaga mushrooms to collagen, for a fraction of the price.
The Zen Dad
We all drive our dad’s crazy, so here’s an opportunity to calm them down. While he meditates, this headband measures his brain activity. If he’s calm, he’ll hear peaceful weather sounds, and as soon as his mind wanders, stormy weather will sound and guide him back to *insert happy place*. Namaste.
The Simple Dad
Your dad still wears the same green shirt you threw up on as a baby. Yes, we know it’s softer than all his other shirts, but perhaps he could use another for laundry day? Simple dads are usually a sucker for a good deal - how’s $9 a month for this suave t-shirt subscription?
The Old School Dad
If it was your dad’s turn to carpool, you could bet rock radio was the only station allowed. Now the two of you can reminisce over some quality whiskey and Bruce Springsteenon vinyl.
The Stereotypical Dad Dad
Your dad’s favorite words: beers, golf & beers. This siteallows you to build a golfing trip package for him - talk about a hole in one.
The Chef Dad
Your dad has every kitchen utensil in the book — tagine pots galore, mandolins for days and every cookbook on Amazon. He just might not have a donabe pot though ... and you’re not going to refuse an authentic Japanese dinner.
The OCD Dad
Self-explanatory. This gadget makes me want to start cleaning more.
God bless the fashion world for turning the wallflower of bags into the most coveted piece of 2018. What was once popular with European skiers, for the purely practical reason of holding a sandwich and skiers wax, is now found strapped across the waists of the fashion world’s most influential people; and with a subtle name change, the fanny pack is now known as The Belt Bag. Personally, you could sell me on this product with any name - I mean, come on, hands free on the dance floor? Swipe. Check out our seven fanny pack/belt bag/kangaroo pouch selects.
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For the Vintage Lover
You already know we think velvet should be a year round staple, so we present to you the best way to rock it in the summer.
For Those Who Just Need A Balenciaga Fanny Pack
Calling all hypebaes and Francophiles, this charm belt has two benefits: Bonafide swag, and if you jump up and down it will send out a sound signal to let everyone know you have arrived.
For Those Who Want To Test The Trend Without Forgoing Rent (on a Balenciaga Fanny Pack)
This Botkier piece comes in five different colors, from bedazzled to minimal, leaving you all with no excuse but to test the trend.
For the 80’s Fitness Queen
The 80’s are back baby. Throw on Footloose, strap on your Marc Jacobs fanny pack and get groovin’.
For the Ripped Jeans and White-T Addict
We’re always going to envy the Kate Mosses of the world – they don’t own a hairbrush, just a bunch of leather jackets, and now this Alice Mccall fanny pack!
For the Carefree Hippie
Always straying from the norm like the bohemian rock star you are – now you can shake up this trend too with Boyy’s patchwork beauty.
For the St. Tropez Enthusiast
Note that St. Tropez can be subbed for any area where sand is present — Miami, Coney Island, your local park’s sandbox … you really just need somewhere to rock your island swag.
As fashion weeks have concluded, and fashion’s biggest night of the year came clad in stained glass dresses and headwear inspired by the heavens, it’s clear that this season is about rebirthing Catholicism as we know it. We’re taking it’s enchantment, and it’s power and combining it with strong women and artful design. It’s a modern day Renaissance if you will, but how do we make sense of it all? Here are seven ways to incorporate it into your life.Read More
What’s the first thing you think of when someone says Buenos Aires? Evita. The second? Tango. The third? Meat. Am I right? What’s probably NOT on the list of top 10 things you think of when you think of Buenos Aires is vegetables.Read More