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Our World

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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1. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: In preparation for my trip (which I’ll be on by the time you read this!), I started listening to this audio book co-written by four Paris It-Girls that include on-brand gems like, “If you only own one sweater, make sure it’s cashmere.” Leslie recently lent me her hard copy and the photography and text graphics were so compelling that I re-read the entire thing. - Emily

2. Our Malibu Beaches iOS app: At the beginning of this year, I visited a new-to-me beach in Malibu, El Matador, that basically changed my life. It was so stunning that it inspired me to look for more beaches like it. This month, I discovered the Malibu Beaches App, a local’s guide to the best public beaches with the most useful tips like like which “No Trespassing” signs are fake and actually lead to public beaches. - Alina

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3. Homesick Candle: Earlier this month, I went home after an entire year away—the longest amount of time I’ve ever gone between visits. So many things struck me in a new way, but I was super nostalgic about the smell of the redwoods that surround my parents’ house. After returning to SoCal, I mentioned this to a friend who told me she had just purchased a candle from the site Homesick, which are designed to smell like different places. Their Northern California scent, which has notes of pears and redwoods, smells uncannily similar to my parents’ backyard. - Emily

4. Bandier Leggings: When I got back into rock climbing this summer, I quickly realized that my running shorts weren’t going to cut it (doing the splits on a rock wall above other climbers isn’t the most shorts-friendly activity.). During my hunt for more, um, concealing options, the entire legging selection from Bandier caught my eye with their fun prints and flattering cuts. I’ve been stalking my mailbox in anticipation of these. - Leslie

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5. Tumi USB Outlet Adaptor: When Emily and I were searching for a European adaptor for Paris, we found plenty of options, but most were only for individual plugs, which meant purchasing two. This version from Tumi has multiple USB slots, so we can connect both of our phones and our camera cord at the end of each day, without the hassle of multiple outlets and plugs.  - Geoffrey 

6. Elderflower Syrup: Seltzer, vodka, and elderflower syrup—the token cocktail at my favorite West Hollywood bar—is the perfect just-floral-enough, just honey-sweet summer drink. Since purchasing the syrup they use (after scoping it out from the other side of the bar), it’s become my favorite thing to make at home, not to mention a welcome, elevated departure from an after-work beer. - Alina

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7. Roma V. Newbark Sandal: I first spotted these sandals on a team outing to Robertson Boulevard in May, at Resevoir. While I left the store without them, I couldn’t stop thinking about them even a month later. Once I finally revisited the store’s website, I found that they were 50% off (now 60% oand snatched them up. The smooth lambskin lining and raffia strap combo was too cute to pass up a second time. - Emily 

8. Food & Beer: Even when I lived several subway lines away, I made frequent pilgrimages to Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and Daniel Burns’ Brooklyn-based hybrid bar-restaurant. Now that their new book, Food & Beer, is out, I've been pouring over the beautifully shot recipes—even if they’re way above my skill level. - Leslie

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9. Aesop Jet Set Kit: I’m far from being a skincare connoisseur, but I’ve always loved Aesop’s products. After buying a bottle of their hand soap for our office bathroom, I immediately bought a second for our home. For our trip to Paris, I purchased their carry-on kit which includes cedarwood-mint scented shampoo and conditioner, lotion, and soap that easily slide into my dopp kit, are small enough to go through TSA, and remove the necessity of relying on hotel soap. - Geoffrey 

10. Shoptagr: This browser add-on, which allows you to save products online and notifies you when they go on sale or are low in stock, has replaced my previous strategy of keeping one million tabs open at all times. - Leslie

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11. Maison Margiela Fragrance: All of Maison Margiela’s Replica fragrances are reminiscent of a specific time and place. This one, described as a lazy Sunday morning in Florence, Italy in 2003 is the only thing I want to wear now on long summer days off, with its top notes of lily of the valley, patchouli, and Never-Getting-Out-of Bed-Today. I'm also just a huge sucker for clean, cool packaging and typography, and this bottle/label is so chic.- Alina

12. Nails Inc. Overnight Detox Nail Mask: Because I rarely leave the house without painted nails, they don’t really have a chance to recover between polishes. Last week, I used this nail “detox mask,” removing polish the night before and allowing them to rehydrate overnight with the mask, and they felt noticeably healthier and ready for polish. - Emily

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