Eat Outside the Box

Jazz up lunchtime with one of these stylish totes.

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You have a busy life, and packing a lunch shaves precious time off your morning routine. On the flip side, it’s so easy to fall into the habit of buying lunch every day, and those restaurant and take-out bills can add up. So what’s a hungry working girl or a frantic mom to do? There’s no reason you can’t outfit some soup, salad or a sandwich as fashionably and intelligently as you do yourself (or your little ones). All you need are some fun, reusable containers to up the lunchtime style quotient.

Luckily, those old metal boxes and plastic monstrosities have gone the way of the rotary phone. The newest lunch totes are eco-friendly, versatile and pretty. So you won’t mind spending a few extra minutes packing up a meal for you, your kids or a significant other. Bon appétit!

It’s a Wrap: Above, clockwise from far left: Sugarbooger Good Lunch Sack by o.r.e. at Bed Bath & Beyond, $18. “Eat Me!” eco-friendly tote from Oh Little Rabbit at etsy.com, $16. “Pick Your Fabric” lunch bag by Willow Handmade at etsy.com. Luckies of London reusable brown lunch bag at Amazon.com, $20. Tiffin box by Global Views at Domino.com, $200, currently unavailable. Lego lunch box at Amazon.com, $17. Waxed canvas lunch tote #215 from ArtifactBags.com, $65.

For more luscious lunch boxes, visit Red Typewriter’s Pinterest Page.

Spray Your Way to Gorgeous Skin

Put on the spritz with one of these hydrating, refreshing face mists.

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Mist Opportunities: There are now dozens of sweet-smelling, hydrating sprays on the market. Photo by INGA LIM.

Yes, we slather, dab, dot and rub many things on our precious faces in the name of beauty. Lotions, creams, ointments and serums all require nimble fingers—or at least a solid cotton ball—for application. But when’s the last time we sprayed a product on our face?

Get ready to take aim.

A few years ago, Evian (yes, the company known for its bottled spring water) introduced the first mineral-water facial spray. Touted as a refresher and toner, the product was marketed toward jet-setting women who wanted to stay hydrated during travel. Soon enough, well-heeled women everywhere were seen tucking these cute white-and-pink spray bottles in their carry-on bags before boarding the plane. //READ MORE

Be the Most Fashionable Bookworm in Town

These literary-minded accessories show off your style—and your current reading list.

Novel ideas, from left: Wuthering Heights knit jersey scarf by Thornfield Hall. Great Gatsby locket necklace by Junk Studio at etsy.com. Catcher in the Rye purse by Novel Creations. Miniature book pendants by Kariann Kelly. Pride and Prejudice writing gloves from Toriarts by Tori Tissell. "If You Were in My Novel" book tote by Book Fiend. Breakfast at Tiffany's earrings from Designs by Annette.
Novel ideas, from left: Wuthering Heights knit jersey scarf by Thornfield Hall. Great Gatsby locket necklace by Junk Studio at etsy.com. Catcher in the Rye purse by Novel Creations. Miniature book pendants by Kariann Kelly. Pride and Prejudice writing gloves from Toriarts by Tori Tissell. "If You Were in My Novel" book tote by Book Fiend. Breakfast at Tiffany's earrings from Designs by Annette.

Designers are throwing the book at the latest fashion accessories.

People will be hanging on your every word when they notice you bouncing around town or showing up to your next book club gathering wearing one of these literature-inspired fashions. Try a sassy purse like one that might have swayed from Daisy Buchanan’s wrist, a wise-ass tote that would make Holden Caulfield smirk, or writing gloves worthy of a Jane Austen heroine. Whether you love the classics, swoon over epic romances, or find sci-fi out of this world, there’s a novel accessory for you this season. //READ MORE

An Ocean of Ombre

The latest wave of ombre is rolling out in cool, calming aqua.

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Ombre has been hot for several seasons now, with graduated shades of a single color popping up on everything from fashion and home furnishings to nails, jewelry, hair coloring and even food. The latest hue to roll with the trend is aqua, a calming color whose popularity is swelling in preparation for those easy, breezy months ahead. Lending an oceanic air to all it touches, aqua ombre has been making waves this spring on a range of ready-to-wear and accessories. Now the look is working its way into the house, adding a playful element to window treatments, rugs, walls and other home accessories. So what are you waiting for? Let aqua ombre enrapture you this summer. //READ MORE

Doggy Style

What do you get the pooch who has everything?

Fido would look fab in the Legacy Stripe dog sweater from Coach.
Fido would look fab in the Legacy Stripe dog sweater from Coach.

Yes, we all know people who are more obsessed with their dogs than with their own children (if they have any). If those pet owners are also fashion lovers, this fascination with their furry friends can be over-the-top. But really, what stylish consumer is able to refuse some of these irresistible pet products? Luxe dog collars from Gucci and Coach? Glam. ’80s-style sweatshirt-hoodies from American Apparel? Totally rad. How about a rich dog shampoo that turns bath time into spa time, or an organic dog bed that makes Fido’s afternoon nap feel like a stay at the Four Seasons? Now your pup is living large. It’s OK to be a crazy dog owner. You’ve earned it. Now just make sure your dog has. //READ MORE

A Head for Fashion

Looking for the latest jewelry trend? Try some bling for your noggin.

Jewelry by Bracelet Painting Art on Etsy.
Jewelry by Bracelet Painting Art on Etsy.

Fashion moves so fast these days that it’s hard to keep up. But the latest trend is a no-brainer: gorgeous head jewelry designed to make you feel like an Egyptian goddess. If the idea of wrapping your pretty little noggin with chains and gems sounds strange, consider this: You wouldn’t think twice about adorning your neck, ears, wrists and fingers, right? So why not bedazzle your most valuable asset?

No longer just for brides, Bollywood stars and princesses, head jewelry is now hitting the mainstream. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens have been caught out and about sporting beautiful gold and silver chains draped over long wavy hair or a sleek ponytail. Some of this bling is ornamented with antique metal accents, rhinestones or jewels. While it’s still hard to find these heady accessories in stores, they’re readily //READ MORE