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Racked Boston editor Susie Kostaras: With its cherry red hue and gold foil emoticon faces, this cheeky leather coin purse from New Zealand brand Paris House caught my attention when I last perused indie e-retailer Covet + Lou. It's the perfect size to hold onto change, some cash, cards, and ID with a friendly "hello" in script on the front. Makes a great gift or adorable little splurge for yourself.
Racked LA editor Natalie Alcala: Anine Bing is a Danish model-turned-designer based in Los Angeles. Known for her effortlessly cool, model-off-duty vibe, she is beloved by bloggers, who are frequently spotted at her stunning DTLA studio. Bing's badass boots and luscious leather jackets are big crowd-pleasers, as are her easy tees and comfy sweatshirts.
This sweater in particular has been a serious game-changer for me; I've finally found something other than a white T-shirt that pairs perfectly with skinny leather pants. I love the goes-with-everything color and the fact that it's lightweight enough to wear through multiple seasons.
Hanz de Fuko Quicksand, $17.50 at Birchbox Man
Racked National columnist Frank Gargione: Hanz de Fuko Quicksand is formulated to de-grease and give lift to unwashed hair. That said, I got my hands on a tub before I knew it was dry shampoo that styled—I just tried it on wet, clean hair before brushing. And I absolutely loved it.
I've got fine hair. It's still there, thank goodness, but it's next to impossible to get it to do anything but lay there limply until I step outside (when it invariably gets Dennis-the-Menace messy.) And yet this Quicksand stuff adds texture and lift and volume and even some hold—without the over-styled shellac or inevitable crunch or dead weight that is pretty much standard with all gels and most other pastes and pomades. I'm crazy about the stuff. Now I just have to try it when I skip a morning shower.
Racked New York contributor Claudia Saide: Relying solely on technology makes me uneasy, which is why I like to use my Barneys Pocket Datebook. I honestly don't think I can go a day without checking it; my entire life is written inside. I love the sleek design, and the gold-rimmed pages make it easy to find in my bag. It's the perfect size, fits into most of my small clutches and crossbodys, and has just the right amount of writing space for each day.
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil, $24 at Sephora
Racked Miami editor Ashley Brozic: Bright lipstick used to be the one makeup trend that intimidated me, but as I've grown older (and wiser, obvi) the brighter the lip, the happier I am. The one issue I still have with lipstick is how heavy it feels on your lips, especially in Miami's smoldering weather. I solved this pesky little issue when I found Bite Beauty in my local Sephora, and haven't looked at another brand of lipstick since.
My favorite color of the moment is Tannin. It's a deep poppy red with a matte effect that seems to flatter me and all my friends who have borrowed it, which automatically makes it a miracle shade. It also has antioxidants in it with anti-aging benefits, and is made with lip-nurturing food-grade ingredients that are apparently healthy enough to eat (please don't). It doesn't dry out your lips like other highly pigmented brands do, but still adds enough color to make you feel like the most glamorous girl in the room. And who doesn't love that?
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