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a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste

clean up with Ouai Pet Shampoo

beauty, catsAnna KellerComment
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I've grown very fond of Jen Atkin's hair care collection, Ouai, because of its sophisticated musky-floral fragrances and its promises to kick your hair up to Kardashian level with just a few spritzes. I've even gone so far in the past as to set up Sephora alerts for new launches for any product that would be mildly compatible with my wavy-ish hair that refuses to hold a curl. Her Memory Mist actually helps me accomplish something of a beach wave!

The brand's newest launch isn't something I could actually use - I have a cat who hates water almost as much as she hates vacuums. The brand just launched a Pet Shampoo that will elevate your four-legged friend's routine and give them a "sheer and airy floral/musk" scent, thanks to notes of Italian lemon, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, iris, lily, and white musk.

15% of sales go to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, so even if your pop isn't striving for dog-fluencer status, you shouldn't feel too guilty about paying $29 for some doggy soap.

shop: Gelcream tee

shopping, styleAnna KellerComment
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There's a vast world of skincare product Instagrammers out there, and one of the OGs (and unfortunately, one of the most ripped off) is @gelcream. Her product holding technique and use of shadows in her photography is always just right, and her captions are always honest reviews of a full spectrum of products - mass and indie, brand new and classic. Her Insta is a goldmine of product inspiration and discussion topics, and her stories feature cameos of her adorable pup Mishka and lots of reminders to drink more water (seriously, everyone needs to drink more water!)

She's hinted at having other creative projects in the works beyond her IG pages, and her first one was released this week. A simple, yet completely on-brand custom t-shirt. I'm thinking this will bring together true @gelcream fans the same way that Glossier's grey sweatshirts did.

Even though it's a little pricey ($59), I love supporting bloggers and other creatives when they make the leap from Instagram posts to a finished product. Plus making product in small volumes is incredibly expensive! And the design is so cool AND comfortable - my only two real qualifiers when shopping for myself. I already bought mine.

shop: OV swim

shopping, styleAnna KellerComment

I'm a girl who owns zero pairs of spindly high heels (wedges and sturdy stacked heels are my fo-to, preferably from Madewell), has too many pairs of workout leggings, and air dries my hair 99.9% of the time. I live for comfort and thrive in low-effort environments. I blame it on too many years of living in Vermont, land of Birkenstocks and actual no-makeup looks (my Birkenstocks are rose gold, though, and my overflowing makeup bag is proof of my Sephora VIB status, so it's all relative, I suppose).

This expected level of comfort extends to all aspects of my wardrobe, including beachwear. We may have approximately 8 months of winter here (a slight exageration, but only a slight one), but the second that it gets above 70 degrees, you'll find me down at the lake, wearing a hat, absorbing as much vitamin D as I can on my exposed limbs.

The just-launched collection of swimwear from Outdoor Voices is perfect for those long afternoon of sipping Zero Gravity beers by Lake Champlain. The tops and bottoms promise to stay put during an impromptu game of frisbee, and you won't flash anyone while trying to get situated in a fruit-themed floatie. And, the available colors all compliment any level of tan! 

I've been a fan of this brand for years, and their new collections do not disappoint. This one launches just as I'm starting to get bored with all of the other swimsuits that I have in my dresser for the season. Serendipitous, or just really good planning on their part?

listen: Whack World

musicAnna KellerComment

I go through spells where I get really bored with music. Once this happens, I start heavily relying on Spotify to feed me new tunes through its playlists. While on occasion, the algorithm kills it, often, I'm disappointed. Last week, my boyfriend clued me in to something that definitely wasn't on my radar, but also wasn't an immediate let down: Tierra Whack's audio visual album, Whack World.

Each song runs about a minute, and she creatively transitions between beats, chameleoning her way through musical themes and candy colored wonderlands. Some of them feel a bit campy, some feel surprisingly dark (what happened to her dog?!?), but they all flow together in one surprising piece. Cue this one up for your next hangout and you'll be captivated from start to finish.