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Everything Our Team Loved in June

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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Eco-Friendly Nylon Elastics, Blush: I know hair elastics aren't THE most exciting purchase, but let me assure you I've tried nearly everything on the market and these are the best I've found. They hold your hair so it never slips, feel more like a comfortable scrunchie (but look infinitely chicer), are flexible depending on how much hair you have, and never break. Added bonus that I realized only after I'd purchased my second set (Sloan regularly steals them): they're eco-friendly and made of recycled materials!

Theory Drape-Back Dress in Good Linen: been considering this white Theory dress for a while and am so pleased I waited since I bought it this past weekend at 20% off. My friend, Cristina has owned the longer black version (which is also marked down!) and every time I see it on her I question why it's not in my closet. The shape of the dress is gorgeous in its simplicity, with clean lines, made of a linen blend, which offers just the slightest amount of stretch while still making it an excellent fabric for the summer. I plan on wearing mine with studded leather sandals, black sunglasses, and gold hoops for an effortless outfit all season long.

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Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer: You’d think being married to someone, who takes exceptional care of their skin, would have inspired me to do the same, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized I needed to make a change whenI looked in the mirror and the Crypt Keeper was staring back. We have a ton of products in the house, but most are made for Emily’s skin type, so after doing a bit of research, I landed on this moisturizer, which has transformed my skin within weeks. While I was looking for a strong, overnight lotion, this product has also smoothed out my skin after shaving (which I’m guessing doesn’t apply to many readers), but has eliminated all signs of dryness. I don’t care about wrinkles, but Em mentioned that my skin also looks smoother, which is a nice side benefit.

Aji Panca Hot Sauce: Have you ever seen a recipe that looks amazing, but requires a single ingredient that you know you’ll most likely never use on a regular basis, but still crave that recipe? Maybe it’s only me, but when this Peruvian Chicken dish kept coming up in newsletters from NY Times Cooking, I felt compelled to try it. The chili paste (technically there are two in the recipe, but this is the one I love) has a mild heat level, but has the rich, concentrated flavor of sun-dried chilis, which makes a versatile condiment. I’ve thinned it out to use on eggs, have added it to roasted potatoes, and even mixed it with mayo for a spicy turkey sandwich. The chicken recipe is awesome, but buying a jar of this will go well beyond a single use.

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Jupiter Balancing Shampoo: I deal with some pretty minor dandruff/angry scalp issues (especially in the colder months). Yeah, it's a little embarrassing to admit... but this shampoo from Jupiter has helped a ton! I've been using it for just over three months, and I can actually say that it's helped more than I was expecting. I'll spare you the details, but I can now safely wear a black t-shirt without worrying about what the shoulders are going to look like at the end of the day. On top of that, I SO appreciate that it doesn't actually look like dandruff shampoo (you know the clinical looking blue bottle that has "DANDRUFF" written on it in large font... yeah, sexy). I don't receive a ton of PR emails that are all that relevant to me, but this is one I'm so glad I got. I have enough to get me through the rest of 2022, but I'll definitely buy this again next year. #gifted

Stranger & Co.: I've been in a decorating frenzy since moving in to our new house at the end of April, so basically any store I see that looks like it might carry home goods, I'm in. One little boutique that was such a delightful surprise to discover in May was Stranger & Co.–a women-owned small business tucked away in a quiet corner of a shopping district in Edina, MN. We walked out with a beautiful ceramic incense holder and a cool architectural planter, but easily could have bought the whole store. If you're not in Minnesota, the website has an incredible assortment that mirrors what's in the Edina storefront. From candles and perfumes to vases and glassware that are primarily designed by women, I'll definitely be back!

And a note from Lauren...

P.S. I wanted to thank everyone for letting me share a bit about myself with you for almost two years. My time at cupcakes and cashmere has come to an end, but this experience has made one of the most life-changing impacts on me as a person, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. To Emily and the team, you are some of my favorite people I’ve ever met, and I’m eternally grateful for the wisdom and knowledge you passed down to me. It has been an honor to work alongside such talented, creative, and down-to-earth people. To the c&c readers, thank you for giving me an outlet to express my thoughts and more personal essays – your support has meant so much to me. It’s bittersweet, but I’m filled with gratitude and excitement for the next chapter. Cheers! xLauren

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