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While a lot of our time at the APW offices is spent with our heads down at the computer, hammering away on deadlines (I mean, glamorous #InsideAPW Instagram tags aside, this is true), the most fun part of our offices is the all-girl vibe. On good days, that means we’re just sharing shopping tips and political articles a mile a minute. And I’m not bringing you much today on political articles (though if you haven’t done a recent re-read of Ta-Nehisi Coates Atlantic article about the Civil War, you probably should, in light of recent events). But I am gonna bring you some shopping.
And for once (in time for the holidays), I’m bringing you non-wedding shopping. In fact, this is just a list of the stuff the APW team is loving the most right now, for your pre-holiday shopping pleasure. In exchange, I hope you share what you’re loving the most right now in the comments, and we’ll… pretend it’s the holidays and we’re not shopping for ourselves. JK JK, obviously we totally are.
Confession: Link is almost six months old and we still don’t have a nursery set up for him. WHOOPS. I mean, there’s a room, with a crib in it, but it also has exposed wires coming out of the wall, so I should PROBABLY get on fixing that before he can…walk. Anyway, after Meg and I went to an event at Anthropologie last year, I’ve been obsessed with wallpaper. (Who me? Obsessed with bright obnoxious patterns? Never.) Anyway, after much research and great debate with Michael, I found this awesome Etsy store that sells removable wallpaper, and I’m pretty sure I’m getting this one for Link’s bedroom. And I’m trying to convince Meg we need this for the office.
—Maddie, Chief Revenue Officer
The reason you’ve heard a lot about Rent the Runway on APW of late (and the reason we hosted an event there the other weekend) is just because I signed up for their Unlimited plan a few months ago, and I LOVE it. I mean, it’s changed the way I shop, I get compliments on what I wear all the time, LOVE it. And it just so happens that this month they changed up their subscription plans and are offering a much cheaper option. While I ended up grandfathered-at-a-cheaper-price into the plan that gives you four items at a time on a rotating basis (now $159/month), they’re now offering something called Rent the Runway Update, where you get four items a month for $89.
Because of RTR, I’ve stopped buying cheap fast fashion (something I’ve been trying to break myself of), and I’ve stopped giving away piles of clothes every six months. Instead, I pretty much only buy quality basics, and occasionally buy something I really love from RTR, generally for 60 percent off, because it’s been in the rotation for a while.
Recent favorite rentals include this (super on trend for fall) pink knit pleated skirt, this polka dot maxi that I got wall-to-wall compliments on, and these floral culottes (I know they sound unwearable, but check them out IRL here).
In short, you’ll have to pry this membership from my hands.
—Meg, CEO & EIC
My new favorite step one (or step only…) in my makeup routine: this product. A totally clear, non-yuck SPF 30 primer? Yes please. I never thought I’d use a primer on a daily basis until I tried this. The SPF 30 was the main attraction, but it makes my skin look smoother, even without foundation or my usual CC cream. Before Invisiblur, I’d had a come-to-primer moment after needing to conceal the amount of sunscreen I was wearing at an outdoor wedding early this summer—and trying to avoid the dreaded melting face look that comes with triple-digit heat. (The pore-minimizing primer from Smashbox did that perfectly, btw.) When I put on the primer, I looked like I wasn’t wearing any sunscreen, and my makeup still looked fresh at the end of the night. Magic.
—Kate B., Copy Editor
We’re in the middle of some renovations, and since I work from home, having my office feel like an oasis from the chaos seemed wise, so I decided to jump on the essential oils bandwagon. I picked up this cute mini diffuser (so I could also use it in the bath!) and a set of oils (it was a much better deal to pick up a set of six different scents for around $20, than just one oil for around $10) from Amazon, and so far I’m loving it. Even my husband, who enthusiastically hates candles/things-that-smell, said it made the house smell like a spa.
—Keriann, Advertising Manager
As the climate darkens (politically and environmentally) I’m always looking for ways to find joy. Turns out vitamin D drops help me easily make up for shorter days and office work, while a mermaid color-changing sequin throw pillow never fails to delight my eyes (and remind me to be a tad bit less doom and gloom as a human).
—Najva, Brand Director
I decided to take my manicures literally into my own hands. I love having a gel manicure but honestly don’t love having to go get them done on a regular basis, plus 💸💸💸. I started out by getting this UV/LED light and found a great gel polish starter set (which includes four colors plus base and top coats) for only $12! But my new obsession has been holographic manicures by using this powder. I’m trying this color-changing chrome powder next! You can get all of these supplies for just about the same price as ONE gel manicure.
—Kate L., Marketing Manager
I work with my hands all the time and as the weather starts to cool down, my hands tend to get super dry. One small dab of this and my skin is fully hydrated again. You can use it on your face and lips, too! Plus, the price can’t be beat: you can totally keep one at home, at work, and in your bag. Also, I am living for this shirt. I just bought it in gold and don’t ever want to take it off. A perfect layering piece for Bay Area fall weather.
—Chelsea, Studio Coordinator
I’m regularly traveling with short notice so need I products that make me look brilliant with minimal effort that I can throw into a bag and take with me. Anything that helps me last through a day or two when I might have to work eighteen hours straight while still looking shiny and new is a big plus. With this polish, my nails start out noticeably flawless, but easily transition to “not trying too hard” when the polish eventually starts to perfectly chip and fade away. (Current favorite shade right here.) When it comes to my hair, I can spread this gunk throughout and shape my Mohawk up sky high. It doesn’t move, and if it gets bent I can just use my hands to adjust its form. No comb needed.
—Mark, Editorial Associate
I love Shea Moisture products! Their curl shampoo and conditioner give my curls the bounce and shine they need. I recently just tried this facial mask and was instantly a fan. My skin felt so soft and had a great glow. The day after I used it, I got a lot of compliments about how dewey my skin looked!
—Sarah, Social Media Assistant
What are you super loving right now that we should buy for ourselves (or add to our holiday wish list)?