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If Katy Perry had a mythical spirit animal, I imagine it would be the unicorn. As it happens, pop's reigning cupcake queen is apparently a big fan of Jewelry by Veronique, the whimsical accessories line of LA designer Veronique Vicari, who crafted the pretty silver unicorn horn pendant you see here. As the jeweler states, the imaginary horned creatures are symbols of luck and hope, "and fortunate indeed are those who possess a unicorn horn of their very own."
That sounds cool and all, but let's be completely logical: In addition being magical mustangs of good vibes, unicorns most definitely used their horns for self-defense. I'm not saying this necklace should be repurposed as a makeshift weapon; however, I am saying that it makes for a very stylish package opener. How's that for fashion meets function?
Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Shampoo with Tsubaki Oil, $14.99, and Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner with Tsubaki Oil, $15.99, both via Amazon
Racked Vegas editor Susan Stapleton: Shh. I've been cheating on my regular shampoo and conditioner, and I've fallen in love. Shiseido's Tsubaki Shampoo and Conditioner contain red camellia flower oil, which geishas used to use to tame their hair. The oil prevents frizziness and flyaways (although honestly, with the dry weather in Las Vegas, it's tough to have a bad hair day). And the heady fragrance alone makes me want to toss out all of my other hair products.
While you can buy both the shampoo and the conditioner on Amazon, try to find a local Asian market for better prices on this brand, which is common in pharmacies in Japan. In Las Vegas, the Greenland Supermarket carries it.
Pendleton Fire on the Mountain Spa Towel, $49.50
Racked Bostoneditor Susie Kostaras: I may be getting a bit ahead of the season (at least up north), but for the benefit of anyone who has access to the beach now, I highly recommend the super plush spa towels from Pendleton. Sure, you can use also them in the bathroom, but these bright signature prints are begging to be shown off. Pendleton excels at the intersection of form and function, and its water absorbing cotton-velour towels are no exception.
Racked SF editor Kristen Philipkoski: The varsity jacket trend has been going strong for a minute now, and it shows no signs of waning. But the leather versions can be pricey. So when San Francisco-based American Giant (makers of the greatest sweatshirt ever made) released their heavyweight cotton fleece version, I was wowed by the price tag ($99) as well as the statement-making style. I hope the hubby's paying attention, because this is top on my birthday want list.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Refiner, $45 at Birchbox
Racked National associate editor Kenzie Bryant: Of all the pore refiners I've tried—we're talking upwards of fifteen over eight years of my makeup-wearing existence (I know)—Dr. Brandt Pores No More is the best. It's creamy, not gel-y. It doesn't pill. It gives the skin a silky matte glow, nips shininess in the bud and holds makeup on there with a strength and stamina that's no joke. Hat tip to Birchbox for the introduction.