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shop: Gelcream tee

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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.

http://www.gelcream.com

shop: OV swim

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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?

https://www.outdoorvoices.com/collections/h2ov-swim-collection

want: Overose Holographic Candles

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 all hail  Overose candles  - $55 each

all hail Overose candles - $55 each

I go for neutrals in every aspect of my life - my nails, my car, my go-to purses, my living room accessories. Every once in a while, though, I'll wander outside of my comfort zone and go for something that really pops, like when I ventured into Paintbox this past summer and got sparkly pink and shimmering silver nail art. That same feeling came over me the second I saw the latest collection of candles from Overose on Instagram. I don't care what they smell like - I just need one of these holographic bad boys. 

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https://overose.com/

want: Boy Smells Candles

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$29 Boy Smells Candles on BoySmells.com

I've been able to control my candle shopping habits by only allowing myself to pick out under-$20 options from T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods. By thoroughly combing through their aisles, I can usually pick out a few soy wax options with the muskier, more masculine notes that I prefer over fruity or florally ones (I've actually had good success with the "Manly Indulgences" line and love to think about the type of bro that would actually pick one of them out for his own pad). 

I'm a sucker for the more Instagram-friendly selections, though, and while I'm not going to start filling my online shopping cart with Byredo or Dyptique candles anytime soon, I am ready to spend a tiny bit more to satisfy this urge to fill my home with millennial pink purchases.

Enter Boy Smells candles. These candles seem like they were designed as click bait for a rosรฉ-loving 28 year old like me. The design is minimal but playful, the names are punny and simple, and their scent profiles are sophisticated but not overly complicated. I'm allowing myself to pick one out as a new summer scent, but now the real hard part is deciding which one to get.