Things We’re Loving — Vol. 8
The smartest beach bag around. Photo courtesy of Quirky.
In an effort to uncover the best in travel, we spend a lot of time traversing the world — and the world wide web. Here are the goods we can't stop thinking and talking about this month.
QuintEssential Optimum Mineralization Pods
The best remedy for an early morning cross-country flight is Moon Juice's energizing Roots Royal (green apple, beet, lemon, ginger, and turmeric juice) followed by a shot of cold filtered sea water. At least that's what the salesgirl suggested. The small glass vials of salt water are intended to help your body achieve mineral balance, and I couldn't think of a reason not to give one a shot. (Pardon the pun.) I felt pretty good afterwards and found myself thinking that perhaps I've finally found the jet lag cure I've been searching for. ($52 for 30 vials) – Berit, editor
Quirky Shake Tote
Beach season is almost upon us, which means there's about to be sand everywhere. Someone at Quirky had a stroke of genius: Their new tote bag features a mesh bottom with a removable flap so you can shake all the sand out of your beach bag before heading home. It's also water-resistant and really, really cute. ($90) – Kim, editorial assistant
Pacific Wonderland Palapa Lounge Chair
If you can't get outdoors, the next best thing is to bring the outdoors in. That's what I like about Pacific Wonderland Inc.'s woven loungers. Handmade in LA out of birch and colorful cording, they'd feel beachy and breezy even in the middle of a small city apartment. ($800) – Jeralyn, editorial director
Rudy's Matte Pomade
Being the serious hat guy I am, I never travel with hair products. But now that the weather is looking good, I expect to find myself on rooftop bars more often. Rather than worry about caps blowing dramatically off buildings, I’m considering padding down my locks with some pomade from bi-coastal barbershop Rudy's. Their product is easy on the shine, my eyes, and my wallet. ($22) – Daniel, editorial assistant
Andrew Moore's "Room 348, Hermitage"
At this year's Collective Design Fair, I was struck by Andrew Moore's photograph of the Hermitage in gallerist Yancey Richardson's area. I visited the St. Petersburg museum when I was 17 and still remember vividly. Given the price tag, this one's more fantasy than reality, but if I win the lottery, this one's mine. ($28,000) – Pavia, CEO
Kinkajou Bottle Cutter
While cruising Kickstarter, I came across an amazing bottle cutter that transforms regular old beer bottles into beautiful souvenir drinking glasses. I can already picture my international beer bottle glass collection sourced from all of the countries I visit. ($50) – Helena, intern
L.L. Bean Tote
I think the zip-top version of the classic tote is chic — even a little Celine-like. It fits all my travel essentials, including a purse, books, computer, and chargers, and stacks nicely on top of a rolling suitcase. ($45) – Christina, contributing editor
"The Price of Illusion"
I recently wrapped up Joan Juliet Buck's memoir, a fascinating look at the former Paris Vogue editor-in-chief's fantastical life. From swinging 1960s London and New York to Paris in the go-go '80s, the book is filled with interesting characters and a storyline that navigates the film and fashion scenes. ($16) – Berit
United by Blue Evergreen Pouch
I have a zillion pouches, yet somehow I always need more. They make such a difference when I'm trying to stay organized on a trip. This time, I'm opting for one from United by Blue, a store I stumbled on while Christmas shopping in downtown NYC. For every item sold, the company removes a pound of garbage in oceans and waterways across the country. Bonus: Anyone can participate in their local clean-ups. ($16) – Kim
COOPH Card Holder
I may have found my next wallet: slim and sleek, made from vegetable-tanned Italian leather, and equipped with pockets for both credit cards and SIM cards, which tend to be misplaced very easily by on-the-go camera enthusiasts who don't have their own SIM card cases. Guilty as charged. (€69) – Daniel
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