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Lately I'm dreaming of escaping the winter doldrums to warmer temps, bronzed skin and sleeveless tops. And in my bare-armed dreams, I'm wearing this star cuff by Voce Keen. I'm a sucker for a star motif, and I've never seen one quite like this. Plus I love what the folks at Fiat Lux suggest: "Wear it two points out for evil doing or single point up for good." Don't worry, I plan to use my star powers strictly for good.
'Refresh' Pure Essential Oil, $12.95 at Muji
Racked LA associate editor Danielle Directo-Meston: In addition to making perfect umbrellas and minimalist cool merch for every corner of your home, Muji also makes very fine fragrances. I discovered this upon entering the Japanese retailer's shiny new domestic wonderland in Hollywood, when I got a whiff of what can only be described as a spotless version of my own abode. (But really, it just reminds me of living inside a Muji.)
A mix of lemon, sweet orange and eucalyptus radiata, Muji's "Refresh" essential oil evokes a sense of calmness and cleanliness for those days you just can't be bothered with that whole spring cleaning nonsense. I use it with a porcelain aroma burner similar to this, but you can use also use a diffuser if you wanna get all fancy about it.
Partly Cloudy Pillow, $50 at Baba Souk
Racked DC editor Adele Chapin: This is in the running for cutest pillow ever. I'm a sucker for stripes, but the little cartoon clouds really push it over the edge to twee perfection. The knitted pillows are made in Quebec, and are a collaboration between designer SHiliconfETTi° and the owner of e-shop Baba Souk, who also showcases her awesome taste in a column on the addictive blog Designlovefest. It'll set you back $14 just to get the pillow shipped from Canada, but that evens out because it's on sale for $50 instead of $65.
Racked Chicago editor Jenny Berg: Drybar just opened up shop in Chicago. And while it's pretty close to where I live, I wish they'd open another one in my building. On the off chance that doesn't happen, I got the next best thing: the salon's Buttercup Blow Dryer.
Though nothing can totally achieve the professional blow-out look like actually having a professional do it, this tool comes close. It dries hair speedily and has crazy technology to take down frizz and add shine. My recommendation? Get the "Blowout in a Box" gift set. For just nine extra bucks, you get the Buttercup, a round brush, and all kinds of products that give your tresses that fresh-from-the-salon smell.
Racked Market Editor Nicola Fumo: A while back, Eva Chen called out Athleta's fleece-lined leggings on Instagram, declaring them "pure warmth." I put those suckers on my Christmas list immediately and I would like to join Eva's chorus of praise: These leggings feel like the clouds of heaven and the warmth of love hugging every centimeter of your lower limbs. I've more or less bypassed winter with their help. At $79 they aren't the cheapest leggings you'll buy, but the cost per wear (and toasty legs) justify the dough.
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