I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really tired of spending a ton of money for every wedding I’m going to this year. I mean, bachelorette parties alone include flights, hotels, food, and don’t even get me started on the matching swimsuits. And on top of that, brides are now asking for lingerie showers?
Give me (and my wallet) a break.
The only silver lining to this trend is not having any awkward run-ins with grandma while the bride is opening up the edible thong you bought her.
Even still, it can be tricky trying to find the ~perfectly tasteful~ yet reasonably priced “something special” for your BFF, so we did the work for you. We rounded up our top 10 picks under $100 for every type of bride.
The Practical Bride
Let’s be honest — the bride is going to need something to sleep in on her wedding night. This cami has the perfect balance of lace and practicality.
The Traditional Bride
This white, frilly frock is exactly what you would picture for a bride on her wedding night or honeymoon.
The Bold Bride
This number is for the bride that has a little pep in her step, enjoys a spicy margarita, and the color pink. Bonus points for being able to wear this well after the wedding.
The Easygoing Bride
A comfortable classic for a bride that defines the phrase “easy breezy” and is likely calming you down on her wedding day.
The Fun Bride
Her personality is bright and bubbly, so she’s going to need a little lingerie to match her energy. This Savage x Fenty teddy totally delivers.
The Low Maintenance Bride
If simplicity is her middle name, this silky, stretch satin bra is the perfect addition to her honeymoon collection.
The Daring Bride
Nothing says daring quite like wearing black on your wedding day. Just ask Christine Quinn.
The Bride That Needs Something Blue
How’s this for a “something blue”? Perfect, right? We think so, too.
The Bride That Wants Something Special For the Wedding Day
Just like adding avocado to your Chipotle order, this bride might be a little bit extra. Not only does she want something special for the wedding night, but something for the wedding DAY. This cheeky number will do the trick.
The Bride That Can Take a Joke
Playful and nostalgic like those old school candy necklaces… Need I say more?
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Just like summer, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is quickly coming to a close (on July 31, to be exact). Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of the best fashion finds so whether you’re preparing to go back to school, have a last-minute vacation lined up, or are still in your WFH era, you’ll be sure to do it in style.
Investing in a classic white tee that won’t fall apart after one wash is never a bad idea, so make sure to restock your closet with this cotton tee from AllSaints.
Cropped cardigans have been a personal fashion favorite for years now, so it’s no surprise I love this one from PacSun. With pearly buttons and a curly lettuce hem, it’s got a feminine edge that can be dressed up or down. You can easily transition this piece into your fall wardrobe, too, making it well worth the price.
Speaking of transition pieces, black jeans are the anchor to a perfect day-to-night look. Just swap your sneakers for heels and your graphic tee for a corset top, et voilà!
If you thought puffed sleeves were just a cottage core trend waiting to fall out of favor, you may want to reconsider. This form-fitting minidress from French Connection is the perfect blend of classic and trendy that you’ll want to keep on hand all year long.
These lightweight running shorts by Free People are totally giving Lululemon vibes at less than half the price. *adds to cart immediately*
Available in black, white, baby pink, and neon green, this oversized hoodie by Nike is a campus life staple that you’ll be grateful to have during those Sunday recovery brunches, late-night study sessions, and sprints up the stairs to your 8 a.m.
Step aside Y2K girlies, the 90s are still very much on-trend as seen through this plaid miniskirt by WAYF that Cher and Dionne definitely would have approved of.
“Modern edge and retro-chic style” combine to create the essential bootie I’ve been dreaming of. Thanks Steve Madden!
How could we forget about accessories? Add a touch of personalization to any outfit with this initial pendant necklace from Bracha.
A daily dose of positivity is hard to come by these days, so let Little Words Project’s Be Happy/Stay Positive bracelet set encourage you to adopt a “glass half-full” mentality (as long as the glass is filled with wine ofc).
Images: Pansfun Images /Stocksy.com
Picture a yellow halter top with bedazzled details and a coordinating floral skirt paired with strappy sandals. Did this outfit come from the Children’s Place’s 2008 summer catalog, or did you just see it on your Instagram feed from influencers like Shy Smith or Devon Lee Carlson? Turns out one of my favorite elementary school outfits could totally pass for a going-out look in 2022, meaning Y2K fashion is back and better than ever. While some things should stay hidden in the archives forever (we’re looking at you, dresses over jeans), this summer we’re excited for our chance to recreate some of our most memorable looks with 10 of our favorite Y2K trends!
It seems like everyone and their mother has hopped on the butterfly clip trend, and for good reason. While we may remember stars like Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, and the Olsen twins rocking these in their golden blonde waves, butterfly clips look great in a wide variety of hair textures. The key is finding quality clips—like these ones from Etsy—of the right size that’ll keep your curls in place. And the best part is, you can accessorize as much or as little as you want, opting for a minimalistic style that keeps your hair out of your eyes, or going full glam with face-framing pops of color. Creator BettyDreamShop offers a wide variety of clips with a sophisticated color palette as the perfect elevation from your middle-school pastels.
Whether you’re attending a graduation ceremony, a summer barbeque, or enjoying drinks in the city, a pair of strappy sandals are a summer must-have. This pair by Marc Fisher has a low block heel, making them easy to walk in and comfortable for long stretches of time. Pair with a flowy sundress or a pair of low-rise jeans (like the ones up next) to complete your Y2K aesthetic.
Love them or hate them, low-rise jeans are a 2000s fashion staple we never thought would return, but here we are. While I’ll always be biased toward my high-rises, these outfits from Lori Harvey, Bella Hadid, and Rihanna definitely make me want to reconsider with these skater jeans from American Eagle.
Built. In. Shorts. That is the key to nailing the miniskirt trend this summer, keeping you comfortable and stylish. This tennis skirt from Aritzia comes in 22 colors and is made with recycled materials to produce a sweat-wicking fabric that’s breathable enough to handle all of your adventures… even if they just include walking your dog for a puppuccino.
Cut-outs are a super sexy and fun detail that can be seen in everything from tops and dresses to pants. They can be dressed up or down based on fabric colors, patterns, and cut-out placements, making them a versatile standout in your wardrobe.
Didn’t we all own the same lace cami in every color of the rainbow, or was that just me? This classic piece is a step up from the Aeropostale tanks we used to love, trading elongated hemlines for a cropped lettuce hem and adding subtle cross lace detailing. For an extra bit of nostalgia, layer your cami over a plain tee or long-sleeved top—just don’t bring Polo shirts into this, k?
If Beyoncé was a fan of pink sunglasses, I’m a fan of pink sunglasses. The 2000s were all about oversized square frames, lots of rhinestones, and if you’re feeling extra bold, you can go for the full shield look.
Everyone from Dua Lipa to Harry Styles has been seen rocking chunky, beaded necklaces. Emulating a DIY vibe, this set is made with recycled plastics and adds a playful pop of color to any outfit. You can also look for necklaces with a variety of charms to spell out your name to add a personalized touch.
My elementary school self would be proud of this choice. I am absolutely obsessed with this halter from PacSun. The fabric is thick, yet breathable, making it perfect for warm summer days and cooler nights. Plus, the butterfly pattern is the perfect not-so-subtle nod to the 2000s… let me grab my hair clips!
We couldn’t close out a Y2K fashion round-up without mentioning the infamous baby tee. Bonus points if yours doubles as a graphic tee, like these ones from Garage and Betches.
Millennials and Gen-Zers might still be arguing about who does 2000s fashion better, but no matter where your vote lies, these trends are back for a reason and we’re ready to see them all summer long.
Images: Martin Pisotti / Deathtothestockphoto.com
“Fuck yes to summer, fuck no to bathing suit shopping” seems to be the recurring thought in my mind as the weather starts getting warmer. The current “cool girl” swim brands charge what seems to be a lot for a tiny strip of fabric that rides up my ass, and that’s simply not reasonable for most people. So, while it’s of course always better to buy from more ethical brands vs. fast fashion, not everyone can afford to buy those pricier pieces—especially when it comes to, as I said, one single strip of fabric. Here’s a list of swimsuits that cost $100 and under from fast fashion brands, more sustainable brands, and everything in between.
If you’re one of those sporty girls that I never related to, this bikini is probs the one for you. Carve Designs makes 100% of their swimsuits from recycled plastic water bottles and was founded by two sisters who, while on a surf trip, realized how hard it was to find board shorts made for women. They decided to make some themselves, and so their brand was born.
Thank you, Summersalt, for creating a one-piece that doesn’t smoosh down my boobs. Not only that, but Summersalt is also committed to sustainability, as well as working to ensure we get the best price possible by removing the middleman. Sign me up.
SXA Swim + Active
This swimsuit looks like it could flatter anyone, which makes sense, since this brand is all about designing with comfort and luxury in mind. We also love this brand because a portion of their profits go to Black Women’s Agenda, an organization devoted to securing and protecting the rights of Black women.
Lively makes bras, undies, loungewear, swimwear, and activewear; aka “Leisurée.” That word is 100% a part of my vocabulary now. Also, love that Lively actually bundles their bikini tops and bottoms *together* to help us save money.
Kitty and Vibe
You might have seen this brand on TikTok because their stuff is so cute and their vibe (no pun intended) is so positive. Kitty and Vibe is the first brand to make bikini bottoms using two butt size metrics, meaning you never have to deal with that dreaded dumpy diaper look or the equally annoying wedgie. (The bikinis do run just over $100, though.) And they make one pieces, too! They offer inclusive sizing, with many of the suits ranging from S-5XL.
Pink Lilly definitely gives off basic betch vibes, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking their bathing suits are super cute and super affordable. Like, I’ve bought two bellinis at brunch in NYC that cost more than one of these things.
If you’re into a sexier look/that single-strip-of-fabric vibe I spoke about earlier, this is the brand for you. Their bathing suits are extremely affordable—like I don’t really want to know how/where they are made—but very trendy and perfect for a thirst trap (even though your ex totally isn’t worth it, sweetie).
I’ve only heard amazing things about Good American swim. They have so many fun different colors and flattering styles, and for some reason, buying from Good American makes me feel better than buying from Skims. Almost like I’m supporting a small business? But not at all.
Alpine Butterfly Swim
Alpine Butterfly Swim is a plus-size luxury swimwear line designed and founded in Venice Beach, California. They have some of the most unique and fun swim styles out there. While they’re definitely on the pricier side, you can always find some good stuff in their sale section, like this Overalls One-Piece.
Abercrombie & Fitch
Full disclosure, I do work for Abercrombie. But I know how much everyone loves their Curve Love denim, so I felt like everyone should know they have Curve Love swim, too. They also have super cute cover up options that may or may not also be in my cart right now.
Andie Swim is all about stylish staples that look and fit great. Their ethos is “comfortable looks good on you,” and I’m never one to say no to a compliment. 😍 But seriously, don’t underestimate how much better a bikini feels if it’s actually comfortable. Thx, Andie.
Faithfull The Brand
This brand is available on Amazon and Shopbop, so you can trust that it’s not going to be child sized when it finally arrives. Right? This one is cute while still being appropriate enough to wear on a family beach day (thank you, high waist), and the top could also pass for a crop top. Multifunctional, am I right?
Amalfi Coast vibes for less than the price of an overweight baggage fee? Sign me up. The print will look so cute in all your summer
thirst traps Instagrams.
Images: Lucas Ottone / stocksy.com; Carve Designs; Summersalt; SXA Swim + Active; Lively, Pink Lilly, IconSwim; Good American; Alpine Butterfly Swim; Abercrombie & Fitch; Andie Swim
Women rule the world…duh. So I’m sharing my favorite women-owned businesses of the moment, including everything from swimsuits to jewelry to sustainable cosmetic cases and more. So if you’re a woman reading this, def treat yourself to some online shopping – you’ve made it far despite so many men telling you to smile through the years.
Modern Picnic is so genius, you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. But then you realize we can’t all be as bright as founder Ali Kaminetsky, who wanted to create a chic and functional way of carrying her lunch to work each day. So she gave the traditional lunchbox a makeover, and Modern Picnic was born. Now you just have to learn how to cook, sweetie.
These days, everyone’s foaming at the mouth for sustainable brands, and DaniJayne founder Danielle Kaplan hit the nail on the head with her handmade, upcycled cosmetic cases. Those Lululemon bags you always say you’ll use but never do? DaniJayne uses recycled materials like those to make her toiletry bags. They’re so high-quality and sturdy that you’d never know she’s making them from her professional bedroom sewing studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
These gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sugar, and certified low FODMAP* bars are just it. Founder Katie Wilson struggled with IBS and wanted to create a baked bar free of any triggers and processed sugars, so BelliWelli was born. Flavors include fudge brownie, cinnamon swirl, birthday cake, and more. They’re perfect for dessert or a midday snack. Might I add that her merch is also kind of iconic? Hot girls have IBS!
*If you don’t know what low FODMAP is, then move on and be glad you don’t have IBS. 😘
Hot Girls Have IBS Oversized Sweatshirt
Founded by Alisa Metzger and Jen Shane, this brand makes skincare fun again. It’s clean, vegan, cruelty-free, and affordable. The packaging is so interesting to look at (unlike you, Kourtney K); when I use it at the gym, everyone always asks me what brand it is – perfect for an attention whore 🙋♀️. I’m also obsessed with their lip glazes – each of the different colors actually smells like their flavor (Frosé is my personal fave). I’m iNN.
Glaze #3 Frosé Lip Oil
Viera Swim is great not only because of its super-flattering designs, but also because of its sustainable practices for fabrics, packaging, and everything in between. Founder Giselle Viera is passionate about making swimsuits for everyone, evident in her wide variety of designs like the Thumper Suit and the Earth Bottoms/Top. It’s April, so we’ll be in swimsuits in no time, right? *ignores the cold rain outside my window*.
Paintlab is hands down the brand I’m raving to my friends about the most these days. Founded by beauty entrepreneur Karina Sulzer, Paintlab offers innovative press-on nails, nail stickers, fun fake lashes, eye stickers, and more. Why did I ever pay $60 to sit and schvitz in a tiny New York City nail salon? I’m never going back.
Cosmo Girl Press-On Nails
Lauren Schneider is a designer and leather painter based out of NYC. She can paint anything and is best known for her designs on jean/leather jackets and bags. Brides-to-be particularly love her designs, but customization is the best gift for any occasion. Those overly preppy monogrammed beach bags are getting old, so please switch over to cool-as-hell Lauren Schneider’s designs.
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Erin Carpenter founded Nude Barre to revolutionize nude. Remind me why nude was once only considered beige? Embarrassing. Anyway, Nude Barre offers bodywear solutions like underwear, bralettes, tops, tights, etc. They also offer an online quiz to find your shade easily, which is excellent because we love using the absolute least amount of brainpower possible when shopping.
Maggie Villamaria Jewelry
My love affair with Maggie Villamaria’s jewelry line began where all good things do: TikTok. Her pieces range from bold and in-your-face (e.g., these ‘I Hate You / I Love You’ earrings) to small and dainty, like this heart necklace. Villamaria is a true artist, and I’m genuinely ~obsessed~ with her collection.
Pave Chain Linked Huggies
Founded by Jazmin Veney in 2018, ARCH NYC is a “footwear brand for fashion enthusiasts.” As someone obsessed with anything bright and fuzzy, her Mules are to-die-for. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re super comfy. She also offers slingback heels, plush slippers, and fun as hell socks. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
I have yet to find a Wander Beauty product I’m not obsessed with. Divya Gugnani, a serial entrepreneur and mom of two, and Lindsay Ellingson, a supermodel and a mom, wanted to create a brand of beauty “multitaskers” that were not so freaking complicated to use. Most importantly, their skincare and makeup quality can’t be beat — multitasking ftw.
On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator
Founder of Fancy Troubles, Gabrielle Saifi, believes that sunglasses are the ultimate enhancement. So she founded Fancy Troubles, soon to be rebranded as Sunclub. A true creative, Saifi has an amazing eye for what’s on-trend. I’m pretty picky about sunglasses, but every style of hers seemed to look good (or maybe that’s just my gorgeous face?). Either way, I’ll take one of each, plz.
Sisters Dr. Hedieh Asadi and Hasti Asadi, along with Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Gunvor Ekman Ordeberg, created DeoDoc after Hasti was told there was nothing she could do for her intimate odor. They made their own solution, and now DeoDoc exists as the first and only intimate care brand founded and run by women doctors. They offer everything from organic tampons to spray to shaving kits and more. Your vulva deserves the best—don’t you forget that.
The founder of Codex Beauty, Barb Paldus, is kind of a huge boss. She received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford and, by the age of 34, had founded two Silicon Valley companies. NBD. After working in biotech for 12 years, she dedicated herself to working on incredibly effective plant-based biotech ingredients for beauty.
Bia Facial Oil
Gwen Beloti Collection
In need of everyday gold jewelry? Look no further. Founder Gwen Beloti wanted to create a minimalistic jewelry line with subtle statements. My fave is the Pave Love Charm Necklace—it’s super sparkly in person. Beloti is also super passionate about making jewelry that fits comfortably on everyone, so she’s launching custom length chains this season.
Pave Love Charm Necklace
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native Canadian cosmetics company. They’re known for creating high-quality, cruelty-free beauty products for low environmental impact and maximum wearability. The colors they use are pretty amazing… *adding a blue eyeshadow pencil to check out right now*.
Sustain Eyes Cobalt Blue
Images: Karsten Winegeart / Unsplash; Modern Picnic; DaniJayne; BelliWelli; iNNBeauty Project; Viera Swim; Paintlab; @thelaurenschneider / Instagram; Nude Barre; Maggie Villamaria Jewelry; ARCH NYC; Wander Beauty; Fancy Troubles; DeoDoc; Codex Beauty; Gwen Beloti Collection; Cheekbone Beauty.
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, I wanted to put together a list of 10 amazing Black Women-Owned Businesses with exceptional products that promote inclusivity, are incredibly creative, and celebrate Black culture. Whether it be fashion inspired by Elizabeth Keckly, the personal dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln, hair care products inspired by Madam C.J. Walker, or sex toy lines, these business owners continue to carry on the legacy of Black women who were pioneers and broke barriers for future female entrepreneurs. Women have and will continue to make amazing contributions to entrepreneurship to be enjoyed by many.
The Nu Bamboo
Owned by one of my favorite Twitter users, Jusme Kamil (@earringdealer1), The Nu Bamboo sells what they call a modern twist on the classic bamboo earring. With several styles to choose from, including double braided neon earrings, bright-colored earrings, and metallic style earrings, you are sure to find the perfect earring for you or a loved one. The “Ari” earring, affectionately named after Ari Lennox, who wore the earring, is a show stopper.
Created by powerhouse influencer and entrepreneur Jackie Aina, Forvr Mood is a luxury candle brand sure to have your space smelling amazing. With different collections tailored to your vibe at the moment (sensual, spring, etc.), you’re sure to find the right candle for you. A personal favorite is the Matcha Business candle with hazelnut, coffee, lavender, and vanilla tones.
Matcha Business candle
Alikay Naturals, created by Rochelle Alikay, is a beauty and lifestyle brand known for its hair care products that ensure and promote hair growth and healthy hair. The Honey and Sage deep conditioner, one of their best sellers, is suited for those with dry or damaged hair. It contains babassu, sage, and extra virgin olive oil, perfect for those needing deep conditioning.
Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner
Founded in 2011 by Cashmere Nicole, the Beauty Bakerie was created with the intention of having makeup products that were health conscious and good for our bodies. Beauty Bakerie makes great cosmetics, and trust me (I’ve asked friends) when I say their Lip Whips do not come off, in a good way. They also smell as good as they look and come in super cute packaging. In addition to the eyes, lips, and face products, they also just came out with skin care. Think moisturizer, glycolic facial peel cleanser, a coffee exfoliator, and chai tea toner.
Lip Whip in Cake d’Ivoire
BCakeNY makes some seriously impressive cake designs, and is currently offering Women’s History Month cupcakes adorned with the faces of some v influential figures, like Michelle Obama and Frida Kahlo. Even if you don’t live in Brooklyn, you can get BCakeNY’s delicious cakes, cake jars, and customizable cookies shipped straight to you. What if I order one of everything…
Cake Jar Gift Box
Nina Parker Collection
Known for her excellent hosting skills and killer fashion, television personality and journalist Nina Parker created her eponymous fashion line, promoting body inclusivity and unique styles. This collection embodies versatility from polished jumpsuits, high-waisted skinny jeans, and the perfect party dresses. The Mesh Midi dress is one of the best-sellers of the collection and is stunning.
Trendy Plus Size Mesh Midi Dress
If you know anything about Kandi Burruss, a hit songwriter, producer, and Real Housewife, then you know that she is a serial entrepreneur. One of her many endeavors is Bedroom Kandi, a sex toy line that embodies inclusivity and sexual liberation. From LGBTQ+ toys, sex toy collections curated by Black women, and a collection of sex education books, Kandi’s line is a good destination for those who want to know themselves more sexually. The Turbo-Waterproof Massager is perfect for those who want to enjoy themselves discreetly and, as described on their website, is the ideal “starter” vibe for those starting with vibrators.
Turbo Waterproof Massager
EthereallPrincess is an Afrocentric sustainable fashion company specializing in jewelry, based in PG County, Maryland. Led by designers Tylair and Lailah, this jewelry company is perfect for those who want to explore different types of jewelry and other miscellaneous accessories. From crystal waistbeads to jade bracelets, there is something for everyone. The Crystal Bracelet Bundle comes with two bracelets ranging from Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, and Smoky Quartz.
Crystal Bracelet Bundle
Heavenly Beauty ATL
Created by the hilarious and highly successful Dr. Heavenly Kimes from Married To Medicine, Heavenly Beauty Supply is a beauty and health business in Atlanta, Georgia. The store, which also ships online, offers a range of health and beauty products, from bundle wigs to white teeth whitening products and candles. The BYD Lace Lavy has an undetectable RHD lace and pre-tweezed hairline and sells for $39.99. It’s perfect for someone who wants to try an HD lace without breaking the bank.
BYD Lace Lavy Wig
Kaleidoscope Hair Products
Created by Jessica Harris-Dupart, Kaleidoscope Hair Products has absolutely everything you could wish for. This versatile and inclusive haircare brand is made for everyone, from hair care for kids to people with dry hair and hair loss. The Miracle Drops remove excessive build-up, stimulate the hair follicles, and add shine to the hair.
Image: ohlamour studio /Stocksy.com; The Nu Bamboo; Forvr Mood; Beauty Bakerie; Alikay Naturals; BCakeNY; Nina Parker; Bedroom Kandi; Ethereallprincess; Heavenly Beauty ATL; Kaleidoscope Hair Products
I’ll start by saying that I’m highly aware that times are tough, but I also know that the one thing that always helps get me through these hard times (other than wine) is some good old fashioned retail therapy. And fortunately for us, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has arrived just in time for you to make yourself feel better by hitting “check out”. And not only is this the sale of all sales to buy yourself some new fall pieces at exclusive prices, but it’s also the prime time to take advantage of rare sales on new beauty, accessories, and home pieces with prices that you just won’t find anywhere else. It ends on Sunday, so don’t sleep on this sale.
1. Socialite Crewneck T-Shirt
Socialite Crewneck T-Shirt,
This tee is easily going to be a closet staple as we transition from summer to fall. The neutral snake print makes it trendier than your classic white tee, while the print is still subtle enough it can be paired with multiple different looks. Wear this tee now with a pair of distressed denim shorts and sneakers or, in a couple months from now, layered under a jacket or a cardigan.
2. Avec Les Filles Moto Detail Coat
Avec Les Filles Moto Detail Wool Blend Twill Coat,
Once you’re out of college, it’s crucial that you have a nice fall coat that isn’t just some dirty jacket you stole from a frat a few years ago. You need a high-quality piece that makes you look polished and as if you have your sh*t together, even if you actually don’t. The coat above is knocked down more than $100 off its regular price, which is an amazing deal.
3. 7 For All Mankind Dojo Wide Leg Jeans
7 For All Mankind Dojo Wide Leg Jeans,
As fall approaches, it’s time to start considering your denim situation. This pair from 7 For All Mankind is the ideal pair to purchase right now during the anniversary sale because they can seamlessly transition from summer to fall. The light wash color keeps the jeans summer-appropriate, while the trendy wide leg silhouette makes them stylish for fall.
4. Leith Cozy Long Cardigan
Leith Cozy Long Cardigan,
This cardigan comes in several different colors and is currently almost half off. I personally love a cardigan all year round. You can wear it now on a summer night paired with denim shorts, and then into the fall layered over all your basics. This cardigan is the perfect weight and length to casually layer over tanks, tees, or even over a fitted turtleneck as we move into the colder months.
5. Vince Low Top Sneaker
Vince Low Top Sneaker,
Everyone needs a good pair of sneakers to wear with jeans and leggings in the fall. This pair by Vince is a classic style that is sure to work with all of your fall outfits. Whether you’re running errands or heading out on the town (with your mask, of course), these sneakers are perfect for the occasion.
6. UGG Wade Throw Blanket
UGG Wade Throw Blanket,
If you’re going to treat yourself to something from this anniversary sale, let it be this gorgeous and cozy blanket from UGG. There’s nothing more comforting and luxurious than snuggling into a premium blanket at the end of a long work day, even if it is just a work-from-home type of work day. Regardless, you deserve it.
7. Voluspa Vermeil Set of 5 Mini Tin Candles
Voluspa Vermeil Set of 5 Mini Tin Candles,
Since we’re all spending so much time at home right now, it’s important that we do everything we can to keep our environments zen. And I know that for me, even when my room is “was she hit by a tornado?”-level-messy, if I at the very least just light a candle then it gives me an instant sense of calm. Right now you can get this pack of beautiful and high-quality candles for just under $35.
8. Supergoop! Limited-Edition Set of 3 Body Mist
Supergoop! Full Size Play Antioxidant Body Mist Set of 3,
Supergoop! has quickly become my go-to sunscreen over these past few months. Their products do the job of protecting our delicate skin while still respecting our need to want to look good. By that I mean, their products effortlessly fit into any beauty routine and don’t make it look like you’re wearing sunscreen even when you are. With this limited-edition value set of three, you can keep a bottle in multiple different places so that you can be confident you’re always taking care of your skin.
9. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Set
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets,
Charlotte Tilbury’s pillow talk shade has become a universal favorite among celebrity makeup artists as the perfect pinky-nude color. I personally own this shade in the lipstick and lip liner, and can attest to it being both stunning and flattering. Right now during the anniversary sale, you can even get the full trifecta of lip-enhancing pillow talk products for a major discount.
10. Too Faced Hangover Prime, Set, Refresh Set
Too Faced Hangover Prime, Set, Refresh Set,
If you, like many of us, are drinking more in quarantine (no shame), chances are your skin is showing it. Too Face’s two-piece set includes a hydrating primer and a setting spray to bring your skin back to life. Formulated with probiotic-based coconut water and skin revivers, it will instantly hydrate your skin while locking in makeup so you can face the day again.
These exclusive anniversary sale deals were already starting to sell out as I was trying to write this article. That being said, my advice to you is to follow the wise words of Ariana Grande and if you “see it, like it and want it”…then you should get it.
Images: Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com; Nordstrom (10)
Whether you want to admit it or not, masks have become an everyday staple. You literally can’t leave your house without one, because you won’t be allowed in anywhere and will get scorned by the public. Of course, like most other things in life, not all masks are created equal. And with everyone and their mom selling masks right now, it can be hard to figure out which ones are actually worth the money. As a retail store manager, I’m lucky to currently be allowed back in my store every day doing what I love. However, major precautions have been set in place in order for the store to even be open, which means I’m wearing a mask for eight hours a day. So I definitely know a thing or two about which masks are actually breathable and what makes them that way. Here are my top picks for masks that are both cute and breathable.
1. Blush Mark Face Mask
Blush Mark Cotton Reusable Face Mask Blushing Pink, $2
The first thing that I quickly learned while trying out different masks is that the design makes the difference. This design that’s contoured to the shape of the face prevents the fabric from getting pressed against your mouth, which is what makes it hard to breathe in. And, as someone whose job not only requires them to wear a mask for eight hours a day but also to be able to communicate with customers simultaneously, I know the impact this difference in design makes.
2. DIOP Face Mask
DIOP Face Mask in Akira, $15
A major downfall of most masks is that the elastic that goes around the ears is either too small or too tight, so the mask pulls on the back of your ears and hurts after a while. Fortunately, DIOP’s masks solve that problem with straps that go around the head rather than around the ears. The mask is durable and lightweight with a design that’s contoured to the face, making it an all-around great option. Not to mention, DIOP is a Black-owned business inspired by founder Mapate Diop’s Nigerian heritage. His designs honor his heritage through utilization of Ankara, a boldly colored and patterned fabric used throughout West Africa. These masks are breathable and comfortable to wear, and they come in unique bright patterns, making them the all-around perfect masks.
3. South Moon Under Face Mask
South Moon Under Palm Print Face Mask, $7.95
What separates this mask from others that I’ve tried is that it has a moldable piece at the bridge of the nose that allows you to fit the top of your mask tightly to your face. Especially if you’re someone who has had the annoying and awkward experience of fogging up your own glasses while wearing your mask, you know that this moldable nose piece is a total game changer.
4. Montce Face Mask
Montce Leopard Texture Adjustable Face Mask, $22
I’m sure most of you are familiar with Montce, a super cute swimwear brand known for their fashionable and well-fitting swimsuits. But what you may not be aware of is that they’re now in the mask-making game, and doing a hell of a good job at it. Their masks are extremely well-structured so that they protect your nose and mouth without having the fabric pressed up against your face. This mask also has adjustable ear elastics, an underrated feature that many masks don’t have. Not to mention, their masks come in all of the same cute prints as their signature swimwear, so you can match!
5. Shop Betches Face Mask
Shop Betches Pink Tie Dye Face Mask, $20
You might be rolling your eyes right now at the blatant self-promo, but like, since we sell masks I couldn’t not include them. But mind you, I’m also not willing to risk my journalistic integrity over promoting our own masks if they’re sh*tty. So you can believe me when I tell you that our Shop Betches masks are great—they’re breathable, cute, and *BONUS* for every mask purchased, we donate a mask to a frontline worker.
6. Socialite Bandanna Mask
Socialite Bandanna Mask, $24
Another great option for a face mask that’s also breathable is the bandanna style mask. This one from Socialite is amazing and way better than just an ordinary bandanna because the fabric is super soft and, since this one is actually designed to be a mask, it actually stays around your head. It’s also trendy and stylish enough to be worn around your neck for when you’re in a scenario where you don’t need it pulled over your face.
7. Rad + Refined Face Mask
Rad + Refined Lemon Lime Remix Mask, $18
This brand, Rad + Refined, is a celebrity fave for its cool and unique accessories that are so special they can’t be found anywhere else, and their masks are no exception. They have fashionable masks in tie-dye prints and rhinestone details that are stylish and still super comfortable. They’re also v breathable with their lightweight face-fitting fabrics and designs.
8. CR Clothing Co. Face Mask
CRCCo. Homemade Face Mask, $15
Another Black-owned company with phenomenally comfortable masks is CR Clothing Co., a company founded by fashion designer Charla Ruschelle. Charla’s brand is rooted in made-to-order designs that actually fit realistic body measurements. Charla carries this same brand mission in the creation of her masks, which are also homemade and designed with the perfect comfortable fit.
9. Shore Face Mask
Shore Adjustable Masks – Set of 3, $36
Made from upcycled swimsuit fabric, the material of these masks is buttery soft on your face and so unbelievably comfortable. Especially during the summer, a mask that’s made of the same moisture-wicking material used for swimsuits is definitely ideal. These masks from swim brand Shore are also easily adjustable, so you can ensure that it’s not pressed against your mouth, forcing you to inhale it every time you take a breath.
10. PQ Mask-Scarf
PQ Bay Stripe MasQuini Yamia Scarf Face Mask, $24
When I first saw this mask, I thought there was no way I’d like it considering the abundance of fabric. However, once I put it on I was actually in love. This mask-meets-scarf design is not only super breathable, but also very wearable with its lightweight fabric and adjustable ear straps. Of course, there’s definitely a lot going on with this mask, so I wouldn’t want to wear it on a day I’m trying to flaunt my outfit. I would definitely have to save this for a more basic T-shirt kind of day.
11. Brave New Look
Brave New Look Floral Breast Cancer Ribbons Printed Mask, $20
These masks are made from 100% cotton, have pockets for filters (each mask comes with one filter, but you can buy refills), and feature adjustable ear straps. That’s basically all the ingredients you need for a comfortable, breathable mask. They also come in about a million patterns, so you’re bound to find something you like. Really no excuses.
PSA: Masks are no longer optional, so it’s time to get on board. I guarantee you’ll be a lot less resistant to wear a mask in public if you have ones that are cute and breathable. There are now tons of cute options out there to keep ourselves and the people around us safe. At the end of the day, not wanting to put a piece of cloth on your face to help others stay healthy is the definition of first world problems, so I say it’s time we all just stop complaining and read the room already.
Images: @natedumlao / Unsplash; Shop Betches; Azazie; DIOP; South Moon Under; Montce; Socialite; Rad + Refined; CR Clothing Co.; Shore; PilyQ