Saturday 3rd December 2016
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Gift Guide #2: Beauty sets

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Beauty sets abound this time of year, and I am a complete sucker for them. They’re almost always a really good deal—as in, you get a lot more than you typically pay for—even if you go the splurgetastic route, like with this Laura Mercier fantasia of her most iconic products.

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Look closely: this (also rather splurgy) Ultimate Beauty Kit from Net a Porter is all winner, no filler.

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This palette from Too Faced seems like an especially good deal: a bumper crop of eyeshadows, blushers, and bronzers, and a happy little travel-friendly tube of their stellar Better Than Sex mascara, all for just under $50.

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The purchase of this selection of skin-care items from Kiehl’s benefits Feeding America.

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The packaging of this Ren Skincare set is so pretty you won’t even need wrapping paper.

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I would just up and die if somebody gifted me this lipstick paradise from Bite Beauty.

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But I also quite like this smaller set, also from Bite Beauty, which rings in at a quite reasonable $39.

Tuesday links

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  • Wes Anderson directed this impossibly twee—but also impossible to dislike—holiday-themed short film, sponsored by H&M.  (Flavorwire)
  • Here’s a world map with every country’s tourism slogan on it. (Kottke)
  • Japan is creating a spa amusement park and I am so there. (Time)
  • This all-women’s motorcycle club delivers breast milk to women in need.  (R29)
  • Got a spare $150,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Possibly you might look into purchasing Dennis Hopper’s record collection. (Rolling Stone)

 

 

Today, I bring you zipper wallets

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Because they’re super-chic and handy, and nothing says fresh start like a new wallet, and I’m feeling like a fresh start might be just the thing right about now. First up: I’ve got no idea why I am so totally fixated on this splurgetastic multicolored number from Balenciaga—thoughts, anyone?—but I totally am.

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A really nicely put-together under-$100 option.

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I like the exterior change purse here.

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The geometric cubes on this pick from Pierre Hardy are fun.

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Love this embossed gold leather choice from Comme des Garcons.

Tuesday trifecta

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I didn’t think I could possibly need another pair of sneakers (really, the word “need” got removed from of the equation quite some time ago) but then I saw these special blue Adidas Stan Smiths, and now all bets are off.

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These Vans are lined in fleece, and weatherproofed for winter, and I tried them on at Madewell the other day and they are just completely fantastic.

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Old-school Pumas, but with a platform.

Your handy short list of the best Cyber Monday deals

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  • Over at Need Supply—which has an excellent home and design department I have only very recently discovered—everything is 25% off. Just type in CYBERMONDAY at checkout. I’m loving this ceramic vase.
  • At Madewell, the discount is also 25% off; code is CYBERMONDAY.
  • Clare Vivier is offering 30% off select styles. Code is CYBER30.
  • J. Crew’s discount is an amazing 40% with the code MONDAY.
  • And Alternative Apparel, makers of excellent slouchy tees, are extending a whopping 50% discount with the code CYBER50.

Monday links

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  • Welcome back from the holiday, everyone. Here’s a fun little thing I wrote. (And how clever is this illustration? I liked it so much I had to get a little bit more mileage out of it by running it here. The picture is about a million years old, but I’m getting to the age where the older the picture, the better.) (The Strategist)
  • The 33 best movies with a runtime of over three hours. (Vulture)
  • 25 notable women on overcoming rejection. (The Cut)
  • I suppose it’s pretty punk rock that Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s son burned millions of dollars worth of punk rock memorabilia to protest the commodification of punk rock. (Billboard)
  • Some of the facts on this list of 20 random facts about shopping are rather interesting. (Mental Floss)