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Welcome to Editor's Picks, a weekly round-up of what we're buying (or at least coveting) this week.
Pendleton Fire on the Mountain Spa Towel, $49.50
Racked Boston editor Susie Kostaras: I may be getting a bit ahead of the season (at least up north), but for the benefit of anyone who has access to the beach now, I highly recommend the super plush spa towels from Pendleton. Sure, you can use also them in the bathroom, but these bright signature prints are begging to be shown off. Pendleton excels at the intersection of form and function, and its water absorbing cotton-velour towels are no exception.
Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Shampoo with Tsubaki Oil, $14.99, and Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner with Tsubaki Oil, $15.99, both via Amazon
Racked Vegas editor Susan Stapleton: Shh. I've been cheating on my regular shampoo and conditioner, and I've fallen in love. Shiseido's Tsubaki Shampoo and Conditioner contain red camellia flower oil, which geishas used to use to tame their hair. The oil prevents frizziness and flyaways (although honestly, with the dry weather in Las Vegas, it's tough to have a bad hair day). And the heady fragrance alone makes me want to toss out all of my other hair products.
While you can buy both the shampoo and the conditioner on Amazon, try to find a local Asian market for better prices on this brand, which is common in pharmacies in Japan. In Las Vegas, the Greenland Supermarket carries it.
Unicorn necklace in silver, $72.99 at Jewelry by Veronique
Racked LA Associate Editor Danielle Directo-Meston: If Katy Perry had a mythical spirit animal, I imagine it would be the unicorn. As it happens, pop's reigning cupcake queen is apparently a big fan of Jewelry by Veronique, the whimsical accessories line of LA designer Veronique Vicari, who crafted the pretty silver unicorn horn pendant you see here. As the jeweler states, the imaginary horned creatures are symbols of luck and hope, "and fortunate indeed are those who possess a unicorn horn of their very own."
That sounds cool and all, but let's be completely logical: In addition being magical mustangs of good vibes, unicorns most definitely used their horns for self-defense. I'm not saying this necklace should be repurposed as a makeshift weapon; however, I am saying that it makes for a very stylish package opener. How's that for fashion meets function?
Racked Market Editor Nicola Fumo: The Birkenstocks ship has sailed: If you didn't pony up on last summer's runaway anti-fashion fashion shoe, it's too late now. Turn instead to the humble Teva sandal, which looks quite of-the-normcore-moment in the Original Universal and Original Sandal styles. If you aren't ready to dive into the patterned styles of summercamp memories, try white, black, or navy for a sleek, minimal look. They're only $40 a pop, a perfectly digestible price to pay for this summer's un-trendy trend sandal.
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