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Racked LA editor Natalie Alcala: Pardon the selfie, but I'm really excited about my new overalls. After seeing Keira Knightley frolic around town in Citizen of Humanity's Quincy overalls on multiple occasions, I couldn't resist attempting the trend myself. Although I don't look half as babely as the British A-lister, I'm happy to report that I don't feel like a farmer at all! The fit is awesome, even for a petite girl like me, and the wash offers a cool, worn-in vibe.
Mini Desktop iPhone Gramophone, $199 at Restoration Hardware
Racked National columnist Frank Gargione: These desktop iPhone docks look amazing: a bit of handsome, industrial-age high design to liven up any surface; sculpture for those of us lacking the space and cash for an Alexander Calder mobile. More importantly, that's a functioning gramophone horn that beautifully amplifies your iPhone's tinny speakers (an iPad version is also available) without any wires or batteries.
This isn't the speaker for audio snobs and Bose devotees—the sound is warmer, fuzzier, more vinyl than digital. But it's more than loud enough, especially when you consider the rotating horn can send your tunes in any which direction. Inventor Matt Richmond—who was inspired by a 1920s Victrola from a San Francisco antique shop—suggests putting "it in a corner" so the sound can "really fill a room."
Cashmere baseball sweater, $175 at Ivory Row
Racked SF editor Kristen Philipkoski: Nothing says casual cool quite like a baseball shirt tucked into leather pants or high-waisted denim. But make the baseball shirt out of the softest cashmere and you've gone to a whole new level.
That's where Grace Chang, the designer behind Ivory Row, is going with her a brand-new line of 100% cashmere sweaters. I'm particularly smitten with the two-tone baseball style, but the V-neck, with its shawl-bottom silhouette, and the chunky ribbed cardigan are also calling my name.
The price points are impressive, especially since we're talking about the cuddliest cashmere here. The baseball sweater is $175 and nothing in the inaugural collection costs more than $300.
Le Typographe Mini Bloc notebook in orange. Image via Rikiki
Racked NY editor Tiffany Yannetta: I'm a total sucker for paper goods, which is why I do my best to stay out of Goods for the Study, a new office supply/home goods store in New York City, run by the owner of the beloved McNally Jackson bookstore. The last time I was there, I bought a Le Typographe notebook for $15. It's handmade in Belgium, and the neon-orange grid makes my mundane notes look a lot more exciting. I can only find the $15 version in-store, but the smaller pad (that's less than half the price) is online.
Malin + Goetz's bergamot body wash, $18
Racked editorial director Izzy Grinspan:"Unisex" means "suitable for both sexes," but in practice, it tends to skew mannish. Malin + Goetz's bergamot body wash is an exception. The scent isn't flowery and feminine, but it's also not woodsy and masculine. It's just totally gender neutral, without the blandness that neutrality implies—zingy and refreshing in a way that's much more interesting than lemon or even lemongrass.
That's what makes this such a great gift for a guy-girl household. Buy it for your brother who has a girlfriend, or your girlfriend who has a boyfriend. Buy it for your friend who refuses to conform to binary definitions of gender! Or just buy it for yourself, because whether you're male or female, you probably like to smell nice.
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