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Racked National editor Leslie Price: When I saw Reformation's spring lookbook six months ago, I knew that I wanted both the dresses and the clunky, '90s-ugly sneakers they were styled with. This week, I finally caved and bought a pair of Palladiums. They are a wonderful alternative to Converse in that they're much less ubiquitous, and due to their lug soles and wide footbed, they're also more comfortable.
I couldn't find the washed beige color online, so I snapped up the Pallabrouse in "vapor," a light gray color with an outsole that already looks worn in. They balance out floral dresses nicely, and come winter they'll look cute with thick socks and skinny jeans—that is, if you're feeling this whole Nineties-revival thing.
Poketo Agenda Planner Large, $32
Racked Boston editor Susie Kostaras: No matter my age, I always feel like fall marks the start of something. But now the frat parties have been swapped out for weddings and the calculus books have been replaced with Grace: A Memoir, so instead of organizing my brain for new classes, I figure it's a good time to do it for my sanity.
Poketo can always be counted on for quirky office goods, especially open-dated planners. Forget the confines of a yearly or academic format—these let you get your life together any time you like. The Agenda Planner boasts a water resistant softcover and elastic band closure, meaning a coffee spill won't penetrate your budget plan or shopping list. A world map is ready for wanderlust note-taking, and a "My Favorite" section provides a space to jot down the best meals, movies, and exhibits of your year. Five color options means there's one for everyone.
Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo, $16 at Ricky's
Racked National associate editor Kenzie Bryant: I'm bracing myself for the angry emails I'm about to receive from hairstylists across the nation, because my hair secret is a bit of a no-no in terms of follicle care. I ran out of shampoo and conditioner about a month ago, and turned to the shampoo that a girlfriend left at my apartment. She has the type of curly hair that mesmerizes babies and impels grown adults to ask her if they can touch it. I have basically thick, sort of wavy, long hair. She washes it maybe once a week. I shampoo every other day and use conditioner always. Period.
But in a moment of desperation I tried her bottle of extremely moisturizing and extra gentle Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo by Ouidad without conditioner, and my hair didn't just survive the experience. It looked amazing. It became soft, shiny but not greasy, and full. It brought out my natural highlights and my hair's waviness actually looked intentional. Any haircare professional will chastise me by citing hair science, and I should probably listen to them. But my locks looks great for now, and I'm into it.
Emi Scarf at Need Supply, $42
Racked Boston editor Susie Kostaras: Here in New England, there are few things less predictable than the weather, especially as we move into fall and all its vibrant foliage glory. Temperatures can flux twenty or even thirty degrees between day and night, so for on-the-go women, layering is key.
The Emi Scarf from Need Supply Co. ($42) is just the cozy accessory to assist in comfortable dressing. The infinity shape makes it easy to pull on and off, while two contrasting knit patterns add texture to any look. The neutral taupe-brown hue complements rich seasonal colors (maroon, violet, navy) nicely and won't compete with a statement bag, shoe or coat.
Ford Standard Bottle Opener Crest 1, $60 at TenOverSix.com
Racked LA editor Natalie Alcala: When it comes to shopping for a new bottle opener, it's totally acceptable to focus on function over style. However, when I spotted Ford Standard's incredibly stylish version of the frat-friendly tool at LA's cult fashion mecca TenOverSix, I couldn't resist giving my booze ware a chic update. Cast in brass and blessed with clean, geometric lines, it also doubles as an avant-garde necklace if you loop in a chain. Expect envy.
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