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Racked LA associate editor Danielle Directo-Meston: Blame it on Jenna Lyons, but I've been feeling particularly inspired by menswear as of late. (I'll proceed to back away from J. Crew's October catalog in 3, 2, 1...) Since my husband's handkerchief collection offers pretty slim pickings, I'll be reaching for this über-cute bunny print pocket square from LA-based label O'Harrow Clothiers to give my chambrays and button-downs a pop of tomboy-inspired color this fall.
At just $35 and made from Japanese cotton, this adorable accessory is an affordable and more subtle alternative to a sparkly bejeweled statement necklace. If bunny rabbits aren't your thing, the brand also makes pocket squares in classic prints (polka dots, stripes, etc), as well as collared shirts and accessories for both dapper lads and ladies.
M-61 Fast Blast Mask, $50 at Bluemercury
Racked NY Associate Editor Nicola Fumo:
I'm not typically one to spend big bucks on skincare, but the Fast Blast Mask from M-61 is the exception to the rule. The idea of an at-home mask is daunting, but this gets the deed done in two minutes flat. It goes on like a cream and builds to a foam before your skin starts to tingle (in the good way) and the fragrance reaches what can only be described as Emergen-C orange (also in a good way).
On top of all that sensory delight, skin is left brighter, tighter and squeaky clean in a jiffy. I use it any time I need serious skin improvement in an instant, like after a long flight or before an important event. While the price tag is steep, the bottle is enormous and should fill the splurge void for some time (my bottle from January is still going strong).
Water bottle, $28 at Bkr
Racked SF Editor Kristen Philipkoski: Who cares what your water bottle looks like, right? I didn't, until I held this lovely specimen in my hands. Granted, my previous stainless steel version is covered in dents and gorillas (yes, gorillas) so the competition was not tough. But once I laid my eyes on San Francisco-based Bkr's rainbow of portable vessels, I realized I carry this thing everywhere and it's just as visible as a handbag. Why was I ruining my look with black gorillas on metal? No more.
I'm so obsessed with how chic the silicone-covered glass looks dangling casually from my fingertips that I think I'm drinking more water. And hey, Giselle likes it, so it must be cool.
Racked NY Editor Tiffany Yannetta: I quit smoking this year (nine months and counting!), and now I'm desperately trying to repair the damage that nasty habit did to the color of my teeth. I recently started using Go Smile's Truly Whitening Toothpaste System. It's $50, which may as well be a million dollars for toothpaste, but it really has made a noticeable difference. And when I calculate how much I spent on smokes, $50 seems like nothing.
Long colorblock field jacket, $198 at J.Crew
Racked editorial director Izzy Grinspan: For the past two autumns, I've been wandering the streets of New York in an army green parka with a detachable fuzzy hood. I thought the look was appealingly grungy, but based on the sad noises my husband made every time I pulled the jacket out of the closet, it's possible that the effect was more Lindsay Weir than United Bamboo.
So this fall, I think I'm going to upgrade. J.Crew's colorblock field jacket is just as practical as my beloved parka, but much more sleek. The two-tone effect is trendy without being overwhelming, and the shape is long but not baggy. Best of all, it comes in petite, so I'll look like an adult who appreciates tailoring, instead of a teenager who doesn't appreciate the undying love of Nick Andopolis.
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