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Our Summer Edit 2020

There’s something about the hot summer air that brings up nostalgia + hope. While predicting what this season will look like from inside our homes, our recos may look a little different. However, let it be known that we have not given up on summer 2020. In fact, we’ve already gotten word from our EIC of her picks for this season + can safely say that this season is not going to be overlooked. While our priorities x products have shifted due to the climate we’re in, our mission of connecting women x products stands true. We’re listening + learning, and we hope this edit of our finds x ideas for this season reflect that.

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01 | Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil Learned about this number from an A9 contributor’s IG takeover + I’m loving it. [Hey Belmer!] An overnight bronzing treatment that does all the work while I catch up on Zzzs.

02 | Pop Up GrocerWhile we’re still limiting our time in and out of the store, I’ve been stashing some goods from Pop Up Grocer, a traveling, pop-up grocery store stocked with hundreds of innovative, unique brands + staples you’ll love.

03 | Buck Mason MasksAnti-microbial coating that will last up to 30 wash cycles. Hands down my favourite masks I’ve found so far [5-pack for $20]. So soft, comfortable, and well fitting. Plus, for each mask sold, one is donated in return — check out how many have been donated here

04 | PPG Starless SkyI took the plunge this quarantine season + blacked out the house. It can be a challenge to find the perfect shade of noir, but my pick landed on PPG Starless Sky.

05 | Fruity PebblesWhile definitely an indulgence I’ll need to drop post COVID-19, this kid-friendly breakfast has been making my days in a little more colorful.

06 | Dry Brush  — Such a beautiful object. Now to learn how to use it! I’ve been on a deep dive of tutorials over here. If you have the scoop, pass it here please.

07 | MAC ‘Teddy’ Eye KohlNormal People inspired, yes, but also pandemic mask inspired.

08 | Floral CubesI’ve been dropping flowers into my ice tray lately. Just freeze and serve to make your favourite summer beverage a little more inspired. Scored this easy entertaining tip from m’girl Alicia.

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Smiley Chain Bracelet

I’ve been sporting this Smiley Chain Bracelet since March — a reminder to hang in there.

Norden Ceramic Candle

AC: A splurge at first glance, but this gorgeous ceramic candle is hand poured in California and can be upcycled as a tumbler for daily enjoyment [so worth it now, right?].  How to: Once your candle has burned down, stick in the freezer for a few hours. Then pull the remnant frozen wax out by the wick, wash, and voila! A vessel for coffee, flowers, brushes, whatevs.


The Greek Gods Honey + Vanilla Yogurt 

AC: Delicious by itself or you can toss it in your morning smoothie. Go-to recipe: Banana, Frozen Blueberries, Greek Yogurt, Maca Powder, and Honey.


Ice Scoop

AC: By far my weirdest purchase from the Q. Stalked this from seeing it in an IGTV. A random purchase, but so pretty + useful for getting a cool down heading into the dog days.

Cutwater Canned Margs

AC: Not sweet like other canned margaritas. Lethal though at 12.5% so don’t say I didn’t tell you.

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O N  M Y  R A D A R

Paying Attention To: Digi pen pal of mine, Hannah Jane Collazo, is curating thoughtful care packages sourced exclusively from independent Black-owned businesses. She’s made it so easy to vote with our dollars and help spread support where it is so greatly deserved. . . check it.

Tuning In: Our latest OOO playlist has been on repeat for me + even put me onto some new artists [*ahem* Lennon Stella].

On Order: We’re Not Really Strangers was featured on the site earlier this summer, and all the buzz got me inspired to try it out myself. Needless to say, I’m tracking the shipment daily.

Lust List: Really want one of these bad boys. They’re adorable. Think I may actually try to make one! I mean, we are all tethered for remote work right now. . . so . . . 

Watching: Dear White People [season I + II], 13thJust Mercy

Inspired By: Sophia RoeShe is a FORCE who I have thoroughly enjoyed following along with. Can’t wait to try her infused water recipe. . . 


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What are you dishing on? Wearing? Lounging in? Watching? Give us the scoop x keep up with us on IG, where we’re currently spoiling one lucky reader with a Luxe Beauty Kit [$200+ value] featuring products from Sachajuan + Oribe . . . check out the giveaway here.

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