Why I Decided Not to Marry My Wife in a Church

All of my childhood fantasies about marriage involved a church.

I was raised in a tongues-speaking, foot-stomping, choir-sanging, tambourine-playing Black church, where my grandparents—on both sides of my family—were pastors. I loved being a church girl—spending every Sunday in a wooden pew within the first five rows, the way my world revolved around the extra aunties and cousins I gained through this spiritual family. I envisioned that one day I’d walk up the large brown staircase of the main entrance, through the vestibule, and down the aisle toward my future husband. It’s where my mother and father were married more than three decades ago, and I always looked forward to kicking off my own happily ever after the same way.

But my real wedding in 2021 was nothing like what I’d pictured. For starters, the husband of my dreams was actually my wife, Mariah. I couldn’t have conjured up a better life partner and soulmate if I tried. But queerness was nowhere on my life bingo card growing up, so when I realized, just after graduating college, that I had feelings for one of my best friends, it altered everything.

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The author, Brea Baker, left, with her wife, Mariah, right.

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Suddenly church, this place I loved, became a place of conflict. At my church, queerness wasn’t accepted and certainly not celebrated— that was made clear to me in both overt and subtle ways. But it was also the place where I celebrated Black History Month and sang spirituals. It was where my community organizing began, where I interacted with multiple generations of Black people, and where most of my close friends spent their time. For so long, my childhood and overall cultural identity were tied to the Black church. We like to say that “love wins,” but when choosing love, I didn’t know how much it would change me. For a while, I couldn’t make out the prize I had supposedly won.

So when it came time for Mariah and I to select a venue for our wedding ceremony and reception, we didn’t even entertain the idea of trading vows in a church. I worried: Would they consider our union sacrilegious? Would we be lectured by a presiding pastor who doesn’t “believe” in homosexuality? Would I feel affirmed and loved on the day, or would we be anxious about any last-minute backlash? It didn’t feel right to invite people to turn us down during what was otherwise the happiest day of our lives. Why put ourselves through the anguish of unrequited care?

Preparing for this next phase, I felt lonely for one of the first times in my life. My career was beginning to take off, and I’d actively worked toward the healthiest relationship I’d ever had. Yet a community that always felt like safety for me couldn’t, or wouldn’t, bear witness to the home we’d found in one another. Growing up, we were taught that God is love, so what did it mean that love’s earthly representatives didn’t find us worthy of binding ourselves in what was supposed to be a sanctuary and source of refuge? We were lucky to have amazing people in our lives who’d supported us from the very beginning, but in those early moments of being engaged, I was coming to the realization that the one thing I had craved for so much of my life might never be.

There was so much time we’d never get back—and so much disappointment still in store.

The thought of having to jump through hoops to find a church that felt culturally relevant and was willing to accept us made me reflect on all the hardships we faced just by being our authentic selves: The holidays we spent away from extended family. Our constant internal conflicts around religion. The never-ending need to educate loved ones. The friends and family who weren’t there when it mattered most. There was so much time we’d never get back—and so much disappointment still in store.

I may have drowned in that loneliness had it not been for the land—89 lush, green acres of Southern land that my paternal grandfather spent his pension and the final years of his life making possible. He affectionately dubbed it Baker Acres: a plot of land covered in thin, towering pine trees and roaming white-tailed deer with two sprawling freshwater lakes fed by a winding brook. It was to be a safe haven for any of his children or grandchildren. And less than a decade later, the Baker Acres became a refuge for my wife and I when we said “I do.” I can’t remember exactly when I first had the idea of getting married on my family’s land, but it was like having a song stuck in your head. Once I entertained the thought for even a moment, it felt like what I was always meant to do.

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The couple getting married at Baker Acres.

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The family land freed me in more ways than one. There was no gatekeeper there to tell me that our love was too blasphemous or that the Lord’s house was too sacred. As Imani Perry wrote in her bestselling book South to America: “The trees don’t know your race or your gender identity or your sexuality. The trees don’t expel you for rumors or bigotries.” In fact, the hallowed ground modeled what love really was: the insistence upon blooming no matter the conditions. Over the years, this land has been home to many people; first, the Indigenous Lumbee people, followed by colonizers, and eventually, us Bakers. Through extractive agriculture, natural disasters, and over-yielding, the land never stopped being exactly who She had always been. In good times, the land offered bountiful harvests and a foundation for shelter. In bad times, the land listened and learned resilience. She welcomed Mariah and I without judgment, presenting us with a clean slate. As a queer Black couple, everything about it felt too good to turn down. With my grandmother’s blessing and my aunt’s support, we set to work planning our special day.

When Aug. 14, 2021, finally rolled around, I no longer felt alone. I was better at setting boundaries and unwilling to be phased by anyone who wasn’t there for the explicit purpose of celebrating our love. I cherished those who had traveled to be with us. I realized that the sacredness of the day wasn’t lost, and God didn’t need a building to make His presence known. I felt God through my mother and Auntie Tyra, who pulled me to the side, just before I got dressed for my big day, to share marital wisdom. I felt God when what should have realistically been a 90-degree day was cooled off by a rain that completely encircled the land—without more than a drizzle reaching our party’s plot. I felt God in my Uncle David, who walked me down the aisle and always affirmed that being Christian and being queer are not mutually exclusive.

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As our sisters co-officiated the ceremony, I stared ahead at my bride, thankful. “How lucky am I,” I thought to myself, “that God saw it fit to send me a life partner and use this wedding as a reminder that church exists all around us.” I thought about my ancestors who were enslaved in this county and may have worked this land with their dirt-caked hands. I thought about the white men who tried to beat this land and Her stewards into submission but failed. I thought about what it meant to build a love strong enough to withstand not only the test of time but also fear—to be brave enough to find God and love everywhere I go.

In an 1996 article for Orion Magazine called “Touching the Earth,” bell hooks wrote:

For many years, and even now, generations of black folks who migrated north to escape life in the South, returned down home in search of a spiritual nourishment, a healing, that was fundamentally connected to reaffirming one’s connection to nature…When the earth is sacred to us, our bodies can also be sacred to us.

In this way, I’m grateful for every closed door that led my wife and I to the land. I haven’t looked back since.

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Women’s New Take on Ambition in 2022

Something’s been happening with the ambitious women in my life. A friend who used to be focused on climbing the corporate ladder in her marketing job—while dabbling in a series of side hustles—is trying to figure out how to backpedal. A lawyer at a big tech company who’s the breadwinner for her family is taking a leave of absence. A creative force of nature who burned out mid-pandemic is trying to make peace with the not-that-difficult job she took just to hold on to her health insurance.

Then, over glasses of wine one weeknight, I found myself saying to a fellow go-getter: “I’m just not that busy lately.” As someone who has always had a sense of pride in her work ethic and found a sense of purpose in her career, this was a shocking, satisfying, and slightly shameful admission. I realized that something had shifted for me, too.

Women are in the midst of a revolutionary reckoning with our ambitions. We’re not resigning en masse—because who can afford to quit her job in this economy?!—but we are trying to figure out a new set of goals and guidance for our professional lives. Thanks to long-simmering inequality and stubborn sexism, clarified by the pain of the pandemic, our definitions of success increasingly lie outside the realm of work. We are waking up to the fact that our jobs are never going to love us back. And we are trying to adjust accordingly.

The girlbosses who once dominated our social media feeds have been ousted and mocked, and are now selling cottagecore trinkets in Brooklyn. On TikTok, “bimbofication” converts preach the gospel of not trying to prove you’re the smartest or hardest-working person in the room: Just concentrate on your looks and let someone else pick up the check. Essays about the disappearance of ambition and the liberating power of saying “no” go instantly viral. And yes, I’ll say it: When Kim Kardashian was dragged for declaring, in her signature vocal fry, that “nobody wants to work these days,” she was a little bit right. We don’t want to work ourselves to the bone, clocking overtime hours without overtime pay, for a vanity title at a soulless corporation anymore.

At this point in our collective professional history, women are looking for something more. Or is it something less?

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If you narrowly define ambition as the pursuit of money and power, then the last century was one of increasingly ambitious women. In the early 20th century, just 20 percent of women worked outside the home, with Black women twice as likely as white women to have wage-earning jobs. After World War II, the numbers ticked up steadily (Rosie the Riveter is an icon for a reason), and by the 1970s, half of single women and 40 percent of married women were employed. Women were helped along by some important feminist gains: We could finally access birth control, get a credit card in our own name, and enjoy some basic protections against pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment. But even after the heavy-shoulder-pads energy of the 1980s and early ’90s, our workforce participation peaked in the late ’90s.

Women’s progress stalled before our ambition did. In the 21st century, “although women now enter professional schools in numbers nearly equal to men, they are still substantially less likely to reach the highest echelons of their professions,” said then-Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen in a 2017 speech. The gender pay gap stubbornly persists, even among men and women of similar education and occupation, and is particularly yawning for women of color. A 2021 McKinsey report found “a disconnect between companies’ growing commitment to racial equity and the lack of improvement we see in the day-to-day experiences of women of color.” No wonder the pandemic—and its accompanying crisis of caregiving—pushed many women with stagnant paychecks out of the workforce and into full-time childcare. In 2020, a full quarter of U.S. women considered leaving the workforce or downshifting their career, according to another McKinsey report in March 2021.

Millennials, particularly those of us with college degrees and feminist impulses, once thought we could crack the ambition code. Where boomers had failed to shatter glass ceilings and Gen Xers had failed to fully scale the corporate ladder, my generation would do better. And if we couldn’t change corporate America, we’d build our own businesses and simply sidestep the problem. We all know how that worked out! It’s become apparent that many of the promised rewards of professional striving are never going to materialize. Why, some women are wondering, should I keep trying so hard?

“Some people feel as if they’ve been tricked,” says Paco de Leon, author of Finance for the People. “And they’re waking up to this realization: There’s gotta be a better way to make money and save for all my goals—and not feel like I’m constantly burning the candle at both ends.”

In a fall 2021 Gallup survey of 13,000 U.S. employees, the top quality that women sought in a job was “greater work-life balance and better personal well-being”—just slightly ahead of higher pay and benefits. Despite the damning statistic that there are 1.8 million fewer women in the labor force than before the pandemic, the vast majority of workers don’t have the financial option to drop out entirely. Some of us wouldn’t want to even if we could.

I know a few women who are fantasizing about fundraising a seed round or making partner. But most of my friends are running the numbers to figure out if they can afford to quit without another job lined up, or go down to four days a week without taking a significant salary hit. They are applying for positions that don’t require overtime so they can be more present for their children, their elderly parents, the causes they care about, their own creative practice. Some are thoroughly burned out and want to work less for the sake of their own health. Still others spent much of the past two years collecting unemployment, and found the experience more radicalizing than demoralizing.

“Yes, I’m ambitious,” a friend told me recently, “but climbing the corporate ladder does not interest me like it used to. A title, a bump in pay—it’s not satisfying. What I need to feel successful and fulfilled is completely different. Am I doing something that brings satisfaction? Do I feel like I’m learning? Do I feel like I’m contributing? Do I feel like I’m connecting to other people? Do I feel like I have flexibility in this new way we live and work? Am I given not only responsibility but autonomy? Am I in a place that aligns with my values? The things that I am looking for have changed.”

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What’s happening now is a restlessness, a searching, a wholesale reexamination of the role that work should play in a woman’s life and identity. “If we look at the second wave of feminism, the goal was to access the things that white men had,” says Mia Birdsong, author of How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community. But now, instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Birdsong says she and many other women would rather leave the building altogether. “I want to go and sit beneath trees, or sit in a field, or whatever,” she says, laughing.

Of course, some women—particularly those working for hourly wages—never had any illusions that work was a path to personal fulfillment. Work has always been a necessity, and therefore less about narrowing the national wage gap and more about just putting food on the damn table. Many of these women have been sounding the alarm about the untenable nature of American labor for years now, and are leaders in the movements to organize at places like Starbucks and Amazon.

But this rethinking of ambition is a more recent twist for those of us who get paid a salary with benefits, and who absorbed the idea that we could possibly advance feminism while also advancing our own careers. “Girlboss,” now a verb, finds itself grouped with “gaslight” and “gatekeep” in what Vox called “a kind of ‘live, laugh, love’ of toxic, usually white feminism.” The widespread Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020 prompted many of us to develop a new understanding of the unfair systems that underpin much of American life. And of course, the pandemic has revealed everything from the gaping holes in the safety net to the unequal domestic work of heterosexual relationships to the fragility of our health—both mental and physical. For many of us, the ambition to rise through the ranks in our chosen field has dissolved into something simpler: the desire to not feel so stressed and exhausted all the time.

Working fewer hours was supposed to be our collective reality by now. In 1965, a U.S. Senate subcommittee projected that thanks to advancements in technology, workers would be so productive that we’d all enjoy a 14-hour workweek by the year 2000. (That sound you hear is the bitter laughter of every American worker.) Instead, we are clocking an average of 44 hours per week, with one in five workers working 49 to 59 hours. Meanwhile, for women, sexist barriers to professional advancement remain stubbornly in place. On The Economist’s glass-ceiling index, which ranks OECD countries from best to worst when it comes to women’s chances for equal treatment at work, the United States recently fell by two places to the 20th spot on the list.

No matter how hard we hustle, the statistics say that most of us will still hit that proverbial glass ceiling—especially if we are women of color and/or parents, and most especially if we are parents of more than one child. “I do think that there’s a very seductive element to [the idea that] if I work hard enough, if I do the right networking, if I have the right internet presence, then I will get the life that I want,” says Samhita Mukhopadhyay, former executive editor of Teen Vogue and author of the forthcoming book The Myth of Making It. And that has certainly worked for a handful of women—you probably follow at least one of them on Instagram. But for most of us, in the absence of universal health care, worker protections, and affordable childcare, those illusions have crumbled.

That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to scale back our attachment to our former professional ideals. For some former straight-A students, the challenge is psychological. There are no performance reviews for friendship or personal well-being, so it can be harder to set goals in nonwork arenas. Rainesford Stauffer, author of the upcoming book All the Gold Stars, makes a distinction between ambition that is rooted in personal meaning and ambition that is about proving external worth. Meaningful ambition often centers on things like community and creativity, with goals like feeling connected, whole, and healthy. It “typically doesn’t come with that pressure cooker sensation of, ‘Oh my God, I’m falling behind. I’m the only one who isn’t doing enough.’”

Then there’s the bigger picture: Are we failing future generations of women when we don’t throw ourselves wholeheartedly against the glass ceiling? Even the question is a bit of a trap, says Mukhopadhyay, placing an individual burden on women when it should be a collective one. It’s not on each of us, as workers, to better the world for all women. The gains of previous generations of social-justice movements teach us the truth: Collective progress isn’t gained through one exceptional individual’s achievements.

When that panicked not-doing-enough feeling kicks in, Tiffany Dufu, founder and CEO of peer coaching service The Cru, counsels women to have a clear sense of what matters most to them. “Because when you’re overwhelmed and you’ve got a ton on your plate, you need to figure out, What are you going to delegate and what is just going to, like, roll all over the floor?” Redefining ambition is about knowing which professional things to set aside, and it often takes some support to figure it out. She adds, “It’s one thing to know you want to shift your career and maybe align it with more purpose and meaning, or really focus on a more value-based way of living. It’s another thing to actually figure out, Okay, well, what does that mean? And how am I going to actually make that happen?”

Letting go of the idea that our titles or salaries define us is difficult even for those of us who say we know better, because American culture venerates the idea that we are all individually responsible for our success as human beings. We’re taught that we can get anything that we need on our own, that if we don’t succeed it’s because of some failure within us. In reality, “most of what you need is going to be outside of you,” Kate Bowler, author of No Cure for Being Human, said in an interview with GQ last year. “It’s structural justice and a community that holds you, and coming to terms with your own limitations and frailties.”

For ambition to be sustainable, it has to be personal and complex, not just about rising through the ranks. For every woman who is burned out after placing too much value on work as a key component of her identity, the task isn’t letting go of ambition altogether. It’s relocating those ambitions beyond the traditional markers of money, title, and professional recognition. Ambition does not have to be limited to a quest for power at the expense of yourself and others. It can also be a drive for a more just world, a healthier self, a stronger community. And it’s definitely achievable in soft pants.

What Famous Women Have to Say About Ambition


“Sometimes your ambition will lead you into rooms where you may be the only one who looks like you or who has had your lived experiences. In those moments, when you are the first, know that we are all there with you, cheering you on. And remember, like my mother always told me, ‘You may be the first to do many things—make sure you’re not the last.’”


“[My relationship with ambition] is very strong, but it has faltered. I think that has a lot to do with association, and [people] I’ve let in my world who maybe didn’t like my ambition to achieve certain things. So I’ve removed those people over the years, the ones who try to deter or hate.”


“As an Asian woman, [I’ve found that] ambition can be tricky. I’ve been criticized for being too ambitious—being a complainer when asking for pay equity, or too demanding when trying to hold people accountable—and for not being ambitious enough in action and thinking: being too quiet, too introverted, not owning the room, not being a thought leader.”


“To be ambitious means that you care enough to commit to something in your future. Our collective ambitions for justice and equity are why we marched through the streets of Ferguson…[and] why we’re still pulling for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and the cancellation of student debt.”


“Ambition sustains us and keeps us going to achieve our goals. I’ll never forget what it was like to grow up in Iowa during the farm crisis. Parents lost jobs, kids lost hope, and families lost homes. There were suicides. My experience in Iowa sparked my life-long ambition to make a difference in the lives of families.”


“As I’ve gotten older, the definition has expanded, because it’s not just about the professional for me. I want successful friendships, romantic relationships, hobbies. To me, ambition’s about working hard to have the life you want. Having that desire to take this one life we all get to live and do it our fiercely independent way and experience joy on our terms.”


“Now more than ever, I truly believe that our ambitions require a ‘we,’ not ‘me,’ approach to generate change. We can and should find ways to help each other reach our ambitions.”


“I still wake up many days with a desperate churning to achieve, but I also recognize how much ambition is about feeding a capitalist society that sees us as disposable. I’m a woman and a chronically ill person in a pretty intense business, and I want to redefine ambition in a healthier way. It doesn’t have to be a contest about who sleeps the least and drinks the most espressos while also jogging.”


“There are all different kinds of ambition. Ambition usually refers to the male kind of ambition that makes men compete to the death and try to take all the money and not care whom they subjugate in the process. Society has deemed this form of ambition okay for men but never okay for women.”


“I have become far more willing to ask for what I want and what I need. We cannot be too afraid to take steps toward what we want and deserve. If you’re not stumbling, you’re not going anywhere. The only failure is failing to move at all.”

This article appears in the September 2022 issue of ELLE.

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30 Houseplants That Can Survive Low Light

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You might be under the impression that you need a ton of sun and a green thumb to keep houseplants alive, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are plenty of indoor plants out there that are easy to care for, forgiving, and low-light tolerant. Some even do better in shadier spaces, if you can believe it. If you’re not a full-blown plant parent yet because you haven’t found the right low-light, low-maintenance greenery, then you’re in the right place.

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Split-leaf Philodendron

The split-leaf philodendron only needs a couple hours of indirect light each day, making it a great contender for livening up a darker corner of your space. It also comes with health benefits: These plants are natural humidifiers and detoxifiers, so your new greenery will literally help you breathe better.

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Bamboo Desktop Plant

Looking for something small to spruce up your desk decor? Try this bamboo plant. It comes in a chic ceramic pot and barely requires any water or light to grow tall and strong.

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Peperomia Plant

With its lighter color and smaller size, this version of a peperomia makes an easy styling piece for a mantel or bookcase. Because it’s low-maintenance (it doesn’t need constant watering or direct light), you can use it to fill an empty, hard-to-reach corner without worrying about it drying out.

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Japanese Sago Palm

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a palm tree as part of your decor, look no further. It might not be quite as tall as the ones in Beverly Hills, but it’s way cuter (and easier to maintain).

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Dwarf Ming Aralia Tree

Nicknamed the “happy plant,” the aralia can be counted on even in the low light of winter. Just make sure it avoids direct sunlight and water it weekly.

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Cast Iron Plant

This pet-friendly, low-maintenance, and basically beginner-proof plant is perfect for rookie plant parents—it thrives in shade so you won’t even need to free up space in front of the window.

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Golden Devil’s Ivy

This plant (a.k.a. Pothos) gets its name from the fact that it grows vines even in the worst conditions. That can be bad if it’s planted outdoors where it can choke out other plants, but for growing inside, it’s perfect.

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Silver Nerve Plant

Nerve plants, or fittonia, prefer brighter light, but they can handle low light quite well—although more colorful varieties might look a little less bright with less sun, according to Costa Farms.

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Ponytail Palm

This whimsical, Dr. Seuss-like plant can be an adorably small tabletop plant or a full-on tree, but in any case, it’s adaptable enough to survive in just about any light levels.

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Weeping Fig Tree

Don’t let the sad name turn you off. This quick-growing tree adds some life to any room in the house, and requires little more than the occasional trim and some regular watering.

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Didn’t expect to find a tropical plant on this list? This houseplant can actually survive on florescent light alone (!) and thrives in humid conditions, like bathrooms.

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Chinese Evergreen

Since this plant is one of the most durable indoor plants (it does quite well in low light) and only needs to be fertilized once or twice a year, it’s ideal for beginner gardeners.

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Snake Plant

This succulent is pretty tame (read: easy!) when it comes to maintenance. More light will help it grow, but it can tolerate darkness—just watch out for root rot caused by overwatering.

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Peace Lily

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, these beautiful, flowering tropical plants are very tolerant of low light, they just won’t flower as much without as much sun.

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Peperomia Obtusifolia

This cute little plant with its thick, spoon-shaped leaves is both pet-friendly and low-light tolerant. In fact too much intense sunlight can hurt this variety.

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Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen

This pretty, pink-and-green plant is as low-maintenance as they come, and while its colors will show even more in brighter light, it’ll thrive in low light, too.

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Oyster Plant

Like some of the other colorful plants on this list, the oyster plant thrives—and will show its purple hue—more in brighter light, but it’s a low maintenance plant that can handle lower light, too.

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Victorian Parlor Palm

This plant, also known as the victorian parlor palm, is famously resilient. Those pretty feathery leaves liven up any bland corner of your home. It does well in medium light, though can survive in lower light areas. It’s cousin, the majesty palm, is another great option.

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Dieffenbachia (Tropical Snow)

Filtered light is best for this plant. Try using a curtain as a barrier between it and the sun, especially during the the spring and summer when the plant is producing new, tender leaves.

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Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

With thick, waxy green leaves, the ZZ adds colors and lushness without being too high maintenance at all.

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Madagascar Dragon Tree

Spiky leaves that grow upwards and have a red outline make these plants totally stunning. But too much direct sunlight can damage them, so give this plant some sun and some shade.

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Heart-Leaf Philodendron

The sweetheart plant (a nickname given because of the shape of its glossy leaves) can stand dim rooms, but requires pinching to prevent it from growing in long, single stems.

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Spider Plants

This plant’s adaptability makes it super easy to grow and therefore, super popular. Plus, it’s easy to breed and share with others. It can stand up to a lot of neglect and will thrive in indirect light.

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Staghorn Fern

The staghorn fern thrives in high-humidity environments with indirect light. This makes them great shower plants.

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Bird’s Nest Fern

The fun ripple edges give the bird’s nest fern a unique, fun look. It’s also a pet-friendly plant. It thrives in medium indirect light but can usually tolerate low indirect light.

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Calathea Rattlesnake Lancifolia

With light and dark flecks, the colorful calathea adds an extra punch to you indoor plant lineup. They like medium to low light. Not to mention, it’s nontoxic and pet safe.

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Money Tree

If you want a larger indoor plant that can handle medium indirect light, opt for the money tree. The braided tree trunk sets it apart, too.

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Dracena Limelight

Full, bright, and wide neon leaves, this option is a lovely low-maintenance indoor plant. And it offers more than just good looks, removing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air.

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Princess Jessie Calathea (3-Pack)

Though these are more vibrant and colorful with deep red, purple swirls throughout the leaves when in direct, bright light, they can still survive in lower light conditions.

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Kimberly Queen Fern

As mentioned earlier, ferns are flexible, easy going plants. They can survive in a variety of conditions, from low to bright indirect light. And this variety can get quite large, but still keep its shape.

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Jaguar’s Future Is Driving Towards Style and Self-Expression

Sports cars often flood the forefront of the mind with alluring notions. Their charming physiques often give way to curvaceous architecture, free flowing lines, and a design aesthetic that catches even the most discerning eye. Jaguar sits at the intersection of luxurious style and automotive design. Its intricate design processes and handcrafted touches channel similarities to world-renowned fashion houses, cultivating an innate ability to create a sophisticated, timeless range of vehicles. It’s here where we see those two worlds colliding so closely—these spheres of style and automotive conception offer confluence with our own self-expression, inspiring the selections we make beyond our wardrobe armoire and more so into our driveways.

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Top, Mugler. Pants, Yves Saint Laurent. Sunglasses, Thierry Lasry. Suit, Versace. Shirt, Giorgio Armani.

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A Bold Perspective

Designed to leave a lasting impression, the graphic silhouette and aerodynamic lines of Jaguar’s F-TYPE are a striking sight—exuding sensational beauty at every angle that emphasizes its powerful stance and superior performance.

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Earrings, Yves Saint Laurent.

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Luxuriating in the Afterglow

Often, our vehicles become our sense of escape. The Jaguar F-TYPE offers up the ability to cocoon you in its plush interior, swathed in rich textiles and finishes—effectively kindling a transportive experience that enlivens your daily behind-the-wheel experience. Complemented by customizable ambient lighting, it actualizes your mood to embody your own unique style and carefree attitude.

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Sunglasses, Thierry Lasry. Earrings, vintage. Top, SemSem.

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An Unprecedented Magnetism

Jaguar has a knack for cleverly designing racing machines under the cloak of elegantly sculpted, moving works of art so consider the all-electric I-PACE an archetype for quintessential contemporary British design—all while integrating the future-forward innovation of Jaguar DNA and FIA Formula E Racing technology.

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Earrings, Yves Saint Laurent. Jumpsuit, SemSem. Cuff, Jean Paul Gaultier.

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The Statement Piece

If the little black dress or jumpsuit are considered ageless wardrobe staples, it’s the little two-seater coupe that demands attention upon arrival and departure. The F-TYPE’s Deep Desire Red shade is rich with subtle metallic pigment, achieving a glossed, midnight effect designed to catch the light at all the right angles and captivate the gaze like a form-fitting sequined ensemble.

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Jaguar vehicles often find influence in fine tailoring and sartorial staples too. Inside, the I-PACE boasts meticulous twin-needle stitching that echoes the effortlessly luxe style of Pitti Uomo habitués—further adding to its allure that simply cannot be dismissed.

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Best Beach Towels – The Best Chic Beach Towels of 2022

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For drying off after swimming, lounging on the sand, or laying out in the sun, a beach towel is a summer must-have. That said, not all beach towels are created equal. Do you prefer a fluffy option you can wrap yourself up in for maximum warmth post-dip in a chilly sea? A colorful, flat-weave Turkish set so chic, it doubles as a beach cover-up? Or are you more about a functional, quick-dry piece you can bring along for swimming laps? Whatever your preference, we’ve rounded up our top-tested picks along with top-rated sellers across retailers and consumer favorites to find the best beach towels to keep you dry, sand-free, and cozy this summer—whether you’re headed to the beach or just the neighborhood pool. Swim season is just around the corner, after all. Why not get prepared a little early this year?

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DEMMEX Organic Cotton Diamond Weave Turkish Towel

With 25 colors to pick from, you’ll be able to match your (affordable!) towel to your favorite swim. This GOTS-certified pick is pre-washed, so it won’t shrink, and is lightweight enough to double as a sarong if you need a cover-up in a pinch.


Turkish Towels Mediterranean Beach Towel

Play off the bright colors of the beach with this long-fiber cotton towel, which was hand-loomed in Turkey. Despite the fact that it’s more compact, it’s just as absorbent and quick-drying as the fluffiest options out there—though this one also gets softer with each wash, and is designed to prevent mildew or odor build-up.


Bergama Turkish Cotton Beige Towel

The best thing about this Turkish-made piece? Its versatility: Use it as a beach towel, a picnic blanket, or even a runner for your al fresco tablescape. Its large size and lightweight fabric makes it a smart multipurpose buy you’ll be glad to have on-hand.

When it comes to plush textiles, we trust the company behind some of the softest bath towels on the market—and Brooklinen’s beach version is just as great. Punchy pattern aside, this 1970s-inspired pick has a terry 600 GSM back that makes it thick and absorbent.


Kiton Diamond-Print Beach Towel

Bring your colorful style to the pool with you, courtesy of Kiton’s two-tone design. Made in Italy from a mostly cotton blend, this vibrant pick features an orange and purple palette with delicate diamond detailing on the border.


Lacoste Kane Cotton Beach Towel

Soft velvet on one side, absorbent terry on the other, Lacoste’s squiggle beach towel is the best of both worlds. It’s fast-drying, machine-washable, and ultra-lightweight, so you can pack it up and bring it with you to the park or the seaside without a hassle.


Johnny Was Grace Bright Beach Towel

Another reversible option we love? This splashy pastel beach towel from Johnny Was, which highlights a quilt-inspired pattern on one side and pretty florals on the other. It’s machine-washable and comes in its own little bag, so you can transport it back and forth without spilling sand into your beach tote.


Brooklinen Artist Series Beach Towel

Designed in partnership with artist Cheryl Thuesday, this abstract printed towel is limited-edition and worth every penny. Not only will it up your beach style, but it features both velour and terry fabric for a winning combination of coziness and absorbency.


Poolside Two-In-One Towel Tote

Introducing the most useful summer accessory: A tote that folds out into a beach towel. Machine-washable with a jacquard print, it’s made from 100% cotton and, in bag form, can hold all your essentials like SPF bottles and magazines.


Amazon Basics Cabana Stripe Beach Towel (Pack of 2)

Sunny yellow stripes will never go out of style. Available as a set of two, this budget-friendly option is a great value—and with almost 6,000 5-star reviews, it’s customer-approved as well.


Dock & Bay Quick-Dry Beach Towel

After a day at the beach, you want a quick-dry towel. We found this pick to be quick-drying and sand-resistant; plus, it holds up great in the wash. It comes in 21 bold striped colors, in large and extra large sizes, and we want one of each.


BolBom Cabana Striped Bath Towel (Pack of 6)

These 100% cotton towels are plush and water absorbent at a fraction of the cost of most beach towels. Over 5,000 Amazon reviewers have given these towels five stars. Make sure to follow the care instructions and to wash before use (like any new towel). With the classic terry cloth fabric, they’ll feel like your favorite bath towels.


Bdsign Oversized Beach Towel

If you’re heading to the beach this summer, you need this oversized beach towel, that measures 6 feet x 6 feet. The microfiber material will dry quicker than a cotton beach towel, and it’s thinner and rolls up into a compact size for easy carrying. It’s ideal for social distancing at the beach, or in public parks.


Thick Round Beach Towel Blanket

For the perfect beach Instagram, a cute towel is a must. This on-trend round towel has 14 cheeky patterns like anchors, flamingos, and beachy florals with tassels around the edges. Made of microfiber, it is quick-drying while still being soft. With such cute designs, many reviewers also use it as a picnic blanket, wall hanging, or throw. Note that this towel must be hand washed.


Microfiber Quick Dry Beach Towel

Designed to keep you dry, this quick drying beach towel from Your Choice is made of mostly polyester with a bit of added nylon for strength. It’s available in 11 fun shades with two different sizes. Because it’s thinner than traditional terry cloth towels, it can easily be rolled up to go in its included travel case. After the beach, throw it in the washing machine for simple cleaning.


Rainleaf Microfiber Towel

When traveling, your towel should take up as little space as possible. This pick packs down tightly into an included carrying case to keep your load extra light. The towel is made from microfiber fabric so it is light and quick-drying. We love the convenient snap loop for hanging and the small corner pocket that can hold all of your essentials.


Lands’ End Rugby Stripe Beach Towel

When your average-length beach towel doesn’t cut it, this XL option by Lands’ End is ideal as it is 78” long instead of the typical 60″ length beach towel. It is a plush terry cloth design with shorter loops to prevent snagging so this towel will last through many future beach trips.

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32 College Dorm Room Essentials 2020 — Cute College Dorm Items

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If you’re an incoming freshman, prepare to hear words like “bed risers” and “shower caddy” for the first time in your life. Yeah, we know it’s going to be overwhelming. If you have no idea where to start, you know we gotchu. It’s all about maximizing the space you have. minimizing the potential clutter in the room, and enhancing the ambience in your drab space. Take a look at exactly how it’s done and discover a list of all the essentials below.

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A Fun Lighting Sitch

String Lights

A college classic! String lights are the best way to enhance the ~ambiance~ in a typically depressing dorm room.


A Gold Door Hook

Over-The-Door Multi-Hook

Over-the-door hanging is a great option to store the bags and jackets that you use more frequently so they’re easily accessible as you’re inevitably running late.


A Comfy Robe

Classic Bathrobe

Trust me, the trip from your dorm room to the bathroom will be made much easier with a lush, cozy bathrobe. There’s nothing worse than fumbling around with your shower caddy while simultaneously trying to hold your towel up.


A Mini Speaker

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Speakers are great (when used at a chill volume, ppl!) for playing music while studying and while getting ready for a fun night out.


A Handy Vacuum

Handheld Vacuum

You’re going to have the inevitable spills and you’ll be grateful that you have this easy-to-use appliance to help clean up. Plus, it’s so compact that it will hardly take up any space in your already tiny dorm room.


A Sleek Alarm

OFLILAK Wooden Digital Alarm Clock

You’re never going to miss a class when you’ve got a legit alarm clock waiting to wake you up. Instead of relying on your phone for that morning ring, an alarm clock is also a great way to ensure you don’t scroll through your Instagram right when you wake up.


A Pretty Caddy

iDesign Orbz Bathroom Shower Tote

Make your trips to the bathroom SO much easier with a cute caddy that fits everything you’ll need.


A Pair of Slides

Nike Kawa Shower Sandals

Speaking of communal showers, you’ll wanna buy a pair of waterproof sandals. Safety first!


A Fluffy Set of Towels

Fresh New Towels

If there ever was a time to buy a pack of new cotton ones, going to college would be it.


An Over-the-Door Shoe Rack

Shoe Rack

These are a lifesaver when it comes to maximizing space in a tiny dorm room, and the transparent material means you can easily find the pair of shoes you’re looking for.


A Glam Comforter

Chic Home Halpert 6-Piece Comforter Set

Textured bedding will bring much-needed excitement to a lame dorm room.


A Cozy Pair of Sheets

Amazon Basics Microfiber Bed Sheet Set

Microfiber fabric is super soft and cool to the touch, like you’re lounging in a hotel bed.


Lorna Pillow Cover & Insert

Study in comfort with help from a soft, supportive pillow. It comes in both neutral and bright shades, and will complement just about any type of bedding.


A Chic Bed Lamp

Hollow Out Lamp

Want your room to feel more sophisticated? A lighting situation that features gold accents and a cool geometric shape is one you should def snag.


A Brand-New Silverware Set


And the above isn’t complete without some silverware, of course.


A Drying Rack

Dish Drainers

Cherish your dishwashers, people, because odds are you won’t have one in your college housing. That’s where this small yet useful dish rack comes in.


A Five-Piece Desk Organizer

Desk Accessories

You’ll definitely get use out of your desk area with all the upcoming tests, studying, and assignments. Keep everything in its proper place with a rose-gold desk organizer.


A Rolling Storage Cart


This makes an amazing nightstand thanks to the flat top and impressive storage capabilities. And the wheels let you easily move it to any area in your room.


A Makeup Organizer

Cosmetic Storage

Clean out your foundation-stained makeup bag, and trade it for a clear cosmetics organizer. It holds all your brushes and products and has cute little drawers.


A *Lit* Vanity Mirror

AmnoAmno LED Makeup Mirror

An LED swivel mirror will go with your chic new makeup situation. Adjust the brightness, and it can even be used as a nightlight.


A Collapsible Laundry Basket

Storage Container

Fold this baby flat when it’s not in use, and pop it back up when you have dirty clothes to throw in. The leather handles are durable, and the size fits under any lofted bed.


A Pack of Nonslip Hangers

Swivel Hangers

Never worry about your clothes falling on the ground again with these velvet hangers. (Yes, you can even throw your tricky off-the-shoulder tops on them.)


A Slim Trashcan


A narrow wastebasket will fit between furniture better than a round or wide one. You can subtly hide this one between your desk and your bed.


An All-in-One Power Strip

Extension Cord

Outlets are a nightmare in small living spaces, and you almost always need more. This extension cord offers three extras as well as three USB charging ports.


A Set of Wire Panels

Grid Panel

Hang these up with Command hooks (more on those in a sec) and you suddenly have so many options for storage. Place a succulent on the flat wire shelf, hang sunglasses or necklaces from the hooks, or keep extra office supplies in these convenient grids.


A Few Hooks

Large Utility Hooks

Back to those hooks, which arguably are one of the most useful things to have handy in a dorm room. They can hang lights, handbags, towels, kitchenware, and more—and will save you floor space.


A Stylish Rug

Area Rug

Nobody likes stepping onto a cold tile floor when they jump out of their twin bed. A fun rug between your and your roommate’s spaces will make your dorm feel so much more homey.


An Artsy Tapestry

Beyond The Sky Tapesty

Cover up those blah concrete walls over your bed with a gorgeous tapestry.


A Foam Mattress Topper

Air Flow Topper

Dorm beds? Yeah, not the comfiest things in the world. For an easy fix to make yours feel more plush, place a foam topper between the mattress and fitted sheet.


An Adjustable Bed Riser

Furniture Riser

If you need even more space under your bed and it doesn’t loft high enough, get yourself these easy-to-use bed risers.


A Pretty Pouf

Faux Leather Floor Pouf

If you keep so many of your things under your lofted bed, you might need extra help actually getting on it. This ottoman serves as a stepping stool but also comes in handy for extra seating when guests come over.


A Cozy Blankie

Amped Fleece Fringe Trim Throw Blanket

Put the final touches on your bed by adding a fuzzy throw. You’ll love cuddling with it when you’re reading or taking a much-needed study break to catch up on Floor Is Lava.

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7 Tips for Hosting a Brilliant Summer Soirée

Midsummer evenings lend themselves to a dreaminess that’s enhanced by the joy of an al fresco party. While outdoor entertaining can be as simple as hanging up a few strands of lights and throwing on a random playlist, a bit of planning will ensure your event is ultra stylish and actually fun for you, too (nobody wants to break out into a panic sweat minutes before guests arrive).

For tips on hosting a relaxed gathering with an undeniable wow factor, we turned to Brenna Gilbert, founder and CEO of modern party planning company Feste. Read on for Gilbert’s advice, plus details on tasty custom cocktails from Diplomático’s Rum that’ll tie it all together.

1. Serve signature, summery cocktails

                              watermelon negroni


                              The secret to hosting a distinctive get together is paying attention to the details. A specialty drink created with a high quality base will undoubtedly elevate a gathering from your typical pool party to an affair to remember. One of our favorites—a watermelon negroni—takes just a few minutes to prepare, but tastes luxurious. This twist on the classic cocktail features Diplomático Mantuano rum, a consciously distilled, versatile spirit made with locally sourced ingredients, that takes the tipple up a few notches. Thanks to its notes of dried plum and vanilla, it pairs perfectly with any apertif, but also balances out punches and sweeter tiki drinks, if that’s the vibe you’re going for. Garnish with a watermelon ball for a photogenic touch.

                              Diplomático Mantuano Rum



                              • 1.5 oz Diplomático Mantuano
                              • 0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
                              • 0.75 oz Bitter Italian Aperitif
                              • 0.5 oz Watermelon juice


                                1. Add ingredients into an ice filled mixing glass, and stir together to combine/chill.
                                2. Strain into a Double Old Fashioned rocks glass containing a large rock of ice, and a watermelon ball garnish.
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                                    For another addition to your bar cart, serve a Diplomático Derby Cocktail. It comes together with just three ingredients, including honey, grapefruit juice, and Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva’s dark aged rum, which adds body to this simple, yet deceptively complex-tasting beverage.



                                      Add ingredients into an ice filled shaker and shake together to combine/chill. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel.

                                      2. Use your special occasion dinnerware

                                      You don’t have to stick to your plastic cups and disposable linens. Instead, take your vintage lowballs out of hiding to serve your negronis, “and don’t be afraid to drag those china plates to your backyard picnic,” Gilbert says. Sure, this will make cleanup a bit more of a pain, but it’ll also elevate your gathering.

                                      3. Remember that lighting is everything

                                      It’s the same rule that applies to indoor dinner parties. Once the sun goes down, don’t underestimate the power of candles. “Consider large displays of dripping candelabras or an assortment of mixed tapers at your cookout.” Or, opt for small tealight candles on the table, “and rely on a nearby firepit to give loud, crackling Patagonian vibes,” Gilbert advises.

                                      4. Scare off bugs (not guests)

                                      Nothing disrupts outdoor dining like mosquitos, but Gilbert has an eco-friendly fix for that. “I like to use fragrant herbs on the table to scare them away,” she shares. “Nobody likes the smell of citronella, but people love the smell of lavender, basil, and rosemary. Try mixing a few cut sprigs into your arrangements to keep bugs away.” Better yet? “Place huge potted herbs around your dining area with soft incense tucked in.”

                                      5. Keep the food family-style

                                      In the long, lingering light of summer, Gilbert loves the informality of big platters, easy dishes, and sharing. Keep it simple and focused on seasonal vegetables from your farmer’s market, “and make it fun for your guests by adding multiple portions of sides, condiments, and your favorite dishes,” she says. And set things up so you are free to relax and mingle. “No host wants to be trapped in the hot kitchen while guests are outside, so I like to center the entertaining around grilling outdoors. Encourage guests to grab their Diplomático Watermelon Negroni or Derby drink, and cook with you over a wood fire.”

                                      6. Factor in fashion

                                      “You know people are dying to break out those sundresses and summer whites. Give them a reason with a theme!” Gilbert advises. She suggests: Talk nauti(cal) to me. And for when the sun goes down? “I like to keep some extra throws and oversized fisherman cardigans on hand for late nights,” she says.

                                      7. Play games

                                      “You’ve got to give them something to do that’s more than just mingling,” Gilbert says. “A backyard summer night party feels slightly forbidden. It has the same vibe as a high school house party—is someone going to ask us to be quiet? Are we misbehaving in someone else’s home? Lean into it.” Consider a rowdy badminton match or play up the European summer mood by kicking off a game of Bocce ball, which, like the negroni has origins in Italy.

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                  Why I Chose to Marry a Zaddy⁠—And You Should, Too

                  Finding a man to date is kind of like adopting a pet, writes comedian Hannah Berner.

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                  The Best Luggage for Travel 2021 — Stylish and Durable Suitcase Brands

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                  A good piece of luggage can be the difference between a gate-side disaster and an easy, breezy trip. From durable, hard-shell spinners to elevated duffels you won’t want to pretend aren’t yours at baggage claim, there are suitcases for every kind of traveler, and every kind of budget. Here are 28 of our faves.

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                  If you love a matching set

                  COOLIFE Luggage 3 Piece Set

                  If you travel for lots of different reasons (for work, for weekends away, for longer vacays), then you should consider getting this 3-piece set. You get the hard-shell goodness, spinner wheels, and a two-year warranty in three convenient sizes that are perfect for lots of different excursions.


                  If you want something chic

                  DELSEY Paris Hardside Luggage

                  This French brand is super beloved among stylish travelers who are obsessed with the scratch-resistant finish, double spinner wheels, and roomy interior compartments. (Seriously, you can fit so much in each bag).


                  if you need extra durability

                  SHOWKOO Luggage Set

                  We love all the classic and bright colors offered with this set, like hot pink, lime green, and banana yellow. It makes it easy to spot them at baggage claim. The best thing about Showkoo’s luggage, however, is its durability. Double spinning wheels keep things moving, it has rubber bumpers all over, and it has been drop-tested to ensure that everything you put inside stays safe.


                  if you want a sturdy shoulder bag

                  David King Leather Carry-On Duffel

                  A slightly larger duffel at 23 inches, this matte black piece can fit enough for a quick work trip. It’s made from soft leather that is built to last and actually get better over time (read: It won’t crack like cheaper materials), and comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap so you have options for carrying it.


                  the super lightweight choice

                  Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Luggage

                  Created by a pilot, Travelpro luggage is thoughtfully made for people who are on the road all the time. Each bag comes with tons of pockets and easy-to-grasp handles that make lifting your stuff into overhead compartments a breeze.


                  a tough carry-on

                  Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage

                  You’ll love this maxed-out carry-on for all of it’s safety features. It has a sturdy, hard-side with scratch-resistant construction. TSA locks are built in, on the side. And if you need a bit of extra room, it’s even expandable.


                  If you’re looking for something classic

                  Samsonite Winfield 3 DLX Hardside Luggage

                  Ahhh, a classic that even your mama loves. Samsonite has hard- and soft-shell spinners and compartmentalized bags that’ll make even the most type-A travelers giddy.


                  A great value

                  Amazon Basics 2-Piece Set Hardside Spinner

                  It’s hard to find affordable luggage that’s also high-quality, but Amazon’s brand does not disappoint. We recently reviewed the underseat luggage and found it was a total steal. Amazon also boasts extensive testing to make sure it’ll hold up, and though it might not be the absolute best quality out there, the price can’t be beat.


                  If you need something easy to spot

                  Samsonite Centric 2 Hardside Expandable Luggage

                  Small enough to carry on board but large enough to hold everything you need for a weekend away, this hardside Samsonite is affordable and easy to spot on the luggage belt.


                  if you need extra space

                  Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set


                  Coolife’s soft-sided luggage sets are made with durable nylon and reinforced PVC edges, quiet spinning wheels, and comes in four classic colors. The set includes 28″, 24″, and 20″ sizes, which means that you can store the smaller ones in the larger one when your travels are done.


                  If you’re low maintenance

                  Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable Luggage

                  Samsonite has your back with a sturdy, hardside spinner suitcase in classic colors. It features a roomy interior with pockets, and a TSA-approved combination lock. It’s a solid basic with a 10-year warranty.


                  extra security

                  Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase

                  This hard-shell carry-on is super convenient to travel with. It has all the basics you expect: telescoping handle, spinning wheels, and fully lined on the inside with extra pockets. Plus it has a heavy-duty, TSA-approved combination lock.


                  If you’re fancy

                  Bric’s Bellagio 30-Inch Spinner Trunk Suitcase

                  Grab a piece of Bric’s luggage if you wanna feel fancy as hell with leather accents and special touches like garment rings and zippered dividers. Pick out a backpack as an affordable first piece, or go ham on one of the pricier spinners, like this one that comes in six classic color combinations.


                  If you’re looking to splurge

                  TUMI 19 Degree International Carry-On Luggage

                  Tumi luggage is chic, simple, and classic, sporting elegant details in everything from backpacks to pouches and suitcases. Yes, the pieces are a splurge, but you’ll have and love them forever.


                  if you love luscious leather

                  seyfocnia Weekender Travel Duffel Bag

                  This high-quality leather duffel bag is waterproof and plenty spacious enough to hold all your weekend essentials.


                  If vintage is your jam

                  Urecity Vintage Trunk Suitcase Set

                  If you feel like traveling back in time while also jetting around the world, this retro set was made for you. The cute vintage design hides tons of modern features, like spinner wheels, zipper pockets, and elastic shoe holders. Plus, it comes in a variety of cute colors.


                  If you like shiny things

                  Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Luggage

                  Rockland Melbourne makes super-durable bags with a sporty design (360-degree, four-wheel spinners!) that ensures you’ll never drag that bad boy through the airport—it basically pushes itself. The 33 vibrant, glossy colors don’t hurt these suitcases’ appeal, either.


                  KENNETH COLE REACTION Out Of Bounds Luggage Collection Lightweight Durable Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Suitcase Bags, Smokey Purple, 3-Piece Set (20″, 24″, & 28″)

                  This set of three has sizes from a 20-inch carry-on to a full 28-inch, these Kenneth Cole hard-side spinning suitcases are a reliable choice. Plus, it comes in 14 colors, so you can get one that stands out in a crowd.


                  If you want something sporty

                  Herschel Novel Duffel Bag

                  The hip backpack company makes more than just schoolbags. They also offer cute yet durable duffel bags and solid suitcases at not-too-bad price points.


                  If you want something durable

                  Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45L Travel Pack

                  Real adventurers know that Patagonia makes bags ideal for weekends spent glamping, hiking, or beaching, thanks to the weather-resistant materials. And the lifetime warranty means they’ll even help you with repairs if you end up free solo-ing with it across your back or whatever.


                  If you love a two-for-less deal

                  Away Set of Two

                  Ever-present on your Instagram feed, Away was one of the very first direct-to-consumer luggage brands and is still wildly popular thanks to its 100-day free trial, lifetime warranties, and ejectable chargers.


                  if you want to make a statement

                  American Tourister Moonlight Hardside Luggage

                  This piece from American Tourister comes with strong zippers, spinning wheels, and expandable packing space, but what really stands out is the selection of colors and patterns. If you like marble, metallics, and bright colors, this is the set for you.


                  if you need a lot of extra space

                  Flieks Luggage Sets

                  Affordable and chic, not to mention durable, Flieks’ hardside luggage sets come with all the must-haves. Smooth spinning wheels, top and side handles, and a three-digit combination lock are some of its convenient features, but the star of the show is on the inside — tons of space thanks to its squared corners and extra wide expandable panel.


                  if you can’t pack light

                  Apelila Hardshell Luggage Set


                  Apelila makes super-lightweight pieces without sacrificing any of the durability you count on during long trips. The wheels spin a full 360 degrees, while the telescoping handles allow you to pull the cases with less stress to your spine. And because this set arrives with four pieces, there’s plenty of room for all of your travel essentials—and then some.


                  if you need a classic duffel

                  Piel Leather Duffel Bag with Pockets

                  Pack light for your next weekend getaway with this chic leather duffel. It includes one large internal compartment and five external zippered pockets, so you can separate things like toiletries and chargers from your clothes.


                  if you need to pack for a long weekend

                  Tumi Extended Trip Packing Case

                  This sleek and stylish suitcase by TUMI features a quiet four-wheel system and three-stage telescoping handle for easy rolling between terminals. The roomy interior offers ample space for all of your travel essentials (and then some), while the handles, zippers, and exterior are treated with an anti-microbial coating.


                  if you want a luxe carry on

                  Gucci GG Supreme Carry-on

                  Jet-set in style with Gucci’s compact carry-on. It features a chic logo-laden canvas exterior (bonus: the material is eco-conscious!) with matte black leather accents, as well as 360° wheels for easy mobility.


                  good for long garments

                  Briggs & Riley Baseline Garment Bag

                  This compact suitcase easily fits in any overhead luggage, and will keep your clothing wrinkle-free. Perfect for suits or dresses that can’t be folded, and there’s a hook so you can hang it right over a door when you arrive at your destination.


                  This status symbol

                  Rimowa Essential Cabin

                  One Cosmo editor brought her fancy-ass Rimowa bag on a trip to Paris and has been obsessed with its super smooth wheels, weirdly spacious “flex-divider system,” and the priceless knowledge that she looks like a baller—even when running for the gate before those boarding doors close.

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                  92 Best Gifts for Teen Girls 2022 — Cute Teen Girl Presents

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                  Having once been teenage girls ourselves, we fancy ourselves experts when it comes to teens—or at least when it comes to what kind of gifts they want. The best girls for teenage girls tend to be cute, on-trend, and, you know, cool (duh), and if you’re a loss, then we’re here to help. From a seventh-grade girl who’s just entered her teen years to a 19-year-old college freshman who’s about to leave hers, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for teen girls of all ages and phases. Scroll on for 92 unique and cute gift ideas anyone—even the pickiest teen girls—would want this holiday season.

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                  these top-notch headphnes

                  Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones


                  Quality headphones are v important in a teenager’s life! She can use these bbs to concentrate on schoolwork, prep for a game, or just relax and jam out to some tunes.


                  this galaxy lighting projector

                  BlissLights Sky Lite LED Laser Star Projector

                  With this handy lil projector, she can turn any room into a field of drifting stars and totally switch up the vibe.


                  this customizable felt letter board

                  Felt Like Sharing Felt Letter Board

                  Her room will look so trendy with a letter board she can switch up with cute, punny phrases.


                  these trendy slides

                  Cushionaire Feather Slides

                  These comfy, waterproof slides are gonna be everywhere this summer, so go ahead and grab a pair (or a few!) while you can.


                  these hair claws

                  TOCESS Big Hair Claw Clips

                  These are the viral claw clips that officially relaunched ’90s fashion for the younger generation. If she doesn’t have them yet (or if she already lost them), consider snagging a set for her basket this year.


                  these rainbow slippers

                  CRAZY LADY Fuzzy Crossband House Slippers

                  Your teen will love these super-fun and fuzzy slippers. Choose from more than a dozen fun colors to match her personality.


                  this makeup mirror

                  GLAMCOR Riki Skinny Vanity Makeup Mirror


                  A good pic is ALL about the lighting, and the same goes for makeup application. This light-up vanity mirror features adjustable LED lights and phone attachments, which makes it equally perfect for doing makeup or filming TikTok videos.


                  this trio of tortoise hair clips

                  Fsmiling Hair Clips, Set of 3

                  Need the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than this set of three gorg hair clips (’cause you can never have too many hair clips, JSYK).


                  this plush toy

                  Squishmallows Brandi the Cheetah

                  Find us a teenage girl who wouldn’t want a new Squishmallow friend (or a dozen) stacked up on her bed—we dare you.


                  these cozy tights

                  Fake Translucent Warm Fleece Pantyhose


                  If she won’t wear a coat this winter, get her some of these trendy “translucent” tights. They’re lined with fleece, so at least her legs will be warm.


                  this adorable fridge

                  Cooluli Skincare Mini Fridge

                  With both heating and cooling capabilities, this four-liter skincare fridge is highly portable and worth the $$$.


                  these satin pillowcases

                  Bedsure Satin Pillowcases, Set of 2

                  This pair of satin pillow cases (which come in just about every color imaginable) is T-R-U-L-Y the best stocking stuffer a girl could receive.


                  this multifunctional clock

                  SZELAM LED Electric Alarm Clocks

                  This futuristic alarm is a mirror, clock, and charging station all in one—like, what more could she ask for??


                  this moon lamp

                  HYODREAM 3D Moon Lamp

                  Part lamp, part night light, this colorful moon can be turned on and off with a touch. Or, use the remote control to change colors, brightness, and make it flash, strobe, fade, and swirl.


                  this makeup remover

                  The Original MakeUp Eraser

                  Makeup Eraser

                  They should call this the “magical” makeup eraser, because all you need to do is get it wet and wipe your face. It’s amazing, and lasts up to five years.


                  this nail art kit

                  Cool Maker GO Glam Nail Stamper

                  There are few things more fun than nail art. This kit will let her stamp patterns on any or all of her nails, and contains everything she needs to get started.


                  this stylish record player

                  Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Record Player

                  A music lover will flip for this portable record player, which you can gift to her along with a few of her fave albums.


                  this eyeshadow palette

                  One Size Patrick STARRR Visionary Eyeshadow Palette

                  A gal can never have enough eyeshadow palettes! This one features a bunch of neutral and colorful shades that she can play around with.


                  this multi-purpose hat

                  HEAD LIGHTZ Beanie with Light

                  HEAD LIGHTZ

                  Great for camping trips or even just walking the dog at night, this beanie will keep her warm and safe as it lights her way.


                  this styling brush

                  Conair InfinitiPro Hot Air Brush, 1.5-Inch

                  This tool dries, styles, and brushes all in one pass. For the days she wants to give herself a glam blowout, she’ll be pumped to have this hot air brush on hand.


                  this beauty fridge

                  Cooluli Skincare Mini Fridge

                  Is she obsessed with beauty? Then she knows the perfect place to store nail polishes, lipsticks, serums, and creams is in the fridge, and she’ll appreciate having a tiny personal beauty fridge for all her fave products.


                  this essential lap desk

                  LapGear Lap Desk with Device Ledge


                  She’s probably bogged down with tons of homework and just can’t find the perf place to relax and study. Help ya girl out by grabbing her this comfy lap desk that will fit her laptop, phone, and more.


                  this beauty trio

                  Glossier The Dewy Look Set

                  Glossier and Gen Z go together like peanut butter and jelly, so any product from the beauty brand would be a safe bet, like this top-rated dewy look set, which includes serum, gloss, and cheek color.


                  these adorable succulents

                  Shop Succulents Pack of 20 Succulents

                  Succulents are such an easy way to be a plant owner without all the stress and hard work that’s so often involved in keeping other types of plants alive. And she’ll love to decorate her space with all 20 (!!) of these bbs.


                  this astrology book

                  The Astrology of You and Me: How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life

                  Quirk Books

                  If the girl loves astrology and her monthly horoscope just isn’t enough, this guidebook will help her navigate any relationship in her life, from family to friends.


                  this set of lights

                  The Holiday Aisle 320 Light String Window Lighting

                  Lighting is everything when it comes to decorating. This set of string lights will turn her room into an enchanting world.


                  this lip kit

                  Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit

                  A gal always needs a trustee lipstick on deck—and any shade in Kylie’s lip kit collection won’t disappoint.


                  these cool press-ons

                  Kiss Mirror Mirror Majestic Nail Kit


                  Manis can cost a lot of dough these days! Save her some coin (and time) by getting her these fire press-ons. How adorable is the design on them though?!


                  these tinted lip balms

                  Fresh Sugar Hydrating Lip Value Set


                  These cult-favorite balms will leave her lips so smooth (and protected from the sun, which is always a bonus!).


                  this body mist

                  Eau de Juice Extra Concentrated Body Mist

                  Give the gift of smelling ah-mazing all day long.


                  this fancy skincare set

                  Sunday Riley Wake Up With Me Complete Brightening Morning Routine Kit

                  Sunday Riley

                  If your teen, in particular, considers herself a skincare junkie, spoil her with this Sunday Riley set that’s full of essentials.


                  these adorable eye masks

                  KNC Beauty Collagen-Infused Eye Mask 5-Pack

                  Eye masks just don’t have the same effect if they’re not some sort of adorable shape. I don’t make the rules! This pack includes ones that look like shooting stars.


                  this water bottle

                  Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

                  She doesn’t have to be a VSCO girl to love reusable water bottles. This one helps your drinks stay the perfect temp and has a wider opening for easy cleaning.


                  this handheld game console

                  Nintendo Switch Lite

                  If she doesn’t have a Nintendo Switch, chances are she’s been wishing for one.


                  these top-notch headphones

                  Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

                  Quality headphones are v important in a teenager’s life! She can use these bbs to concentrate on schoolwork, prep for a game, or just relax and jam out to some tunes.


                  this gorgeous nail polish

                  ZOYA Happy Holo-days Quad


                  Her outfit isn’t complete without a fresh mani. She’ll obsess over this stunning set of deep purples and blues that come in both solid and shimmery shades.


                  this facial cleaning brush

                  FOREO LUNA 3 Plus


                  Is she really into her beauty regimen? Then a cleansing brush that she can use with her fave face wash is totally for her. This product is tailored to different skin types and eliminates dead cells so she’s left glowing.


                  this mini Polaroid camera

                  Fujifilm instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

                  If she’s always the person in her friend group who documents every party, sleepover, vacation, etc., then she’ll definitely put an instant-print camera to good use.


                  this neon sign art

                  Caicaiduo ‘Good Vibes Only’ Neon Sign


                  A neon sign is much more exciting way to add light to a room than a regular table lamp. A teen girl would appreciate a fun design or saying like this one.


                  this smol speaker

                  Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

                  Her Spotify playlist will sound SO much better on a speaker. She can use it whether she is by herself and wants to listen to her jams out loud or hosting friends for a get-together.


                  these blue-light-blocking glasses

                  PRIVÉ REVAUX Bomer x Benzo Collection Kents Blue Light Glasses

                  She’s prob staring at screens so much more now than ever, so save her eyes with this chic pair of blue-light-blocking glasses.


                  this mini crossbody bag

                  Lululemon All Night Festival Bag Micro

                  Introducing: her new go-to mini bag, which is like a fanny pack, but way cooler.


                  this personalized ring

                  BYCHARI Gold-Filled Initial Ring-


                  If she has a thing for dainty gold jewelry that she can stack and layer, she’ll appreciate a delicate gold-filled ring with her initial on it.


                  this jewelry organizer

                  Umbra Tesora 3-Tier Jewelry Stand


                  This three-tier jewelry organizer can hold earrings, necklaces of varying lengths, rings, bracelets—pretty much anything she can fit on it. And the combination of concrete and copper is a cool touch.


                  these retro sunnies

                  Souk + Sepia Delmas Sunglasses

                  Gen Z can’t get enough of retro skinny shades, and this dainty pair (which comes in tonssss of different color options) is so chic…and cheap!


                  these viral crossover leggings

                  Aerie Offline Real Me High Waisted Crossover Leggings


                  Why did these leggings blow up on TikTok, you ask? Because they are so! Dang! Awesome! They’re also fast drying, lightweight, and available in tons of cute colors.


                  this art print

                  Marabou Design Magnifique Foil Stamped Wall Art

                  MARABOU DESIGN

                  This fun hand-lettered Parisian art print will look très chic in her bedroom (and you can get it custom framed for an extra $10!).


                  this customized chain

                  Adinas Jewels Block Name Necklace

                  Adina’s Jewels

                  This Insta-famous jewelry brand is best known for their dainty chains, and this block name necklace is sure to become her fave new accessory.


                  this pastel pj set

                  Printfresh Retro Stripes Pajama Set


                  Printfresh jammies are alllll over Insta rn for a reason, and if you get her this cozy cotton set, she’ll never wanna take it off.


                  this nifty portable charger

                  Multitasky Macaron Power Bank Duo

                  This cute macaron-shaped portable charger has a built-in mirror so she can check her makeup while her phone juices up—plus, it also works as a (*drum roll pls*) hand warmer!! Ingenious, no?


                  these minimalist earrings

                  Ten Wilde 18k Tiny Gold Hoops

                  You can’t go wrong with a pair of delicate gold hoop earrings, which can easily be dressed up or down and go with just about any ensemble.


                  this fuzzy zip-up

                  Athleta Tugga Sherpa Jacket


                  Sherpa jackets are a MUST for chillier weather, and this high-collar zip-up (which comes in four different color options) is so, so chic.


                  this it bag

                  Coach Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 18


                  Looking to spoil the ~youth~ in your life with something designer? Well, this is the bag of the moment—just ask TikTok—and it’s the perfect finishing touch to any ‘fit.


                  this metallic weekend bag

                  Calpak Luka Duffel


                  She’ll for sure be the most stylish girl at the sleepover if she shows up with this trendy quilted metallic duffle bag, which has enough space to store all her stuff.


                  this vibe-y collage set

                  caiandjo Modern Muse Collage Kit

                  She can give her space a makeover without using any paint thanks to this collage kit, which includes 50 curated prints.


                  this groovy phone case

                  Alisa Galitsyna Retro 70s Color Palette III iPhone Case

                  She may not have lived through the ’70s, but she’ll def still be feeling this retro striped phone case (which is available in a bunch of different sizes to fit every iPhone model).


                  this fun throw

                  PB Teen Cozy Pom Recycled Sherpa Throw

                  This pom-pom blanket will not only keep her so warm, but it’ll also look so chic on her bed (and you can even get it personalized!).


                  these trendy sweats

                  Daydreamer Sunny People Boyfriend Sweatpants

                  She’s most def living in sweatpants. Add to her collection by snagging her these luxe boyfriend joggers, which are chic and comfortable.


                  these cold brew essentials

                  Chamberlain Coffee Cold Brew Starter Pack

                  All Emma Chamberlain fans will absolutely freak over this cold brew gift box from the influencer’s brand.


                  this printed bucket hat

                  Princess Polly Highland Bucket Hat

                  Cool teens wear fun and funky bucket hats. Period!


                  this fruity candle

                  Mala the Brand Cereal Candle

                  A candle that smells e-x-a-c-t-l-y like Fruit Loops? Who wouldn’t love?!


                  these comfy clogs

                  Crocs Classic Clogs

                  If ya look around, you’ll see that Crocs are v popular amongst the ~teens~. With that said, I’m more than positive your young and free giftee will adore a pair of the rubber clogs.


                  this cool top

                  ASOS Curve Set Halter Neck Top

                  A color contrast shirt will bring an edge to an outfit without trying too hard.


                  this agate-like serving platter

                  Anthropologie Composite Agate Cheese Board

                  Maybe she found a love for charcuterie! Nab her this luxe option, which she’ll wanna keep out even when she’s not hosting.


                  this hair waver

                  Mermade Hair 32mm Pro Waver Heat Styling Tool

                  The crimped/wavy hair of the early 2000s is 100 percent a lewk again, and I don’t doubt that the teen in your life is loving the trend. With this waver, she’ll be able to rock the Y2K style easily.


                  this milky cleanser

                  Bread Beauty Supply Hair Wash Gentle Milky Hair Cleanser

                  BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY

                  A cleanser that has everything she needs for wash days will ensure her curls are always poppin’.


                  these soft scrunchies

                  Grace Eleyae Satin Scrunchie Color Pack

                  Upgrade her flimsy black hair ties with these strong (and extremely pretty!) satin scrunchies.


                  these chic leggings

                  Spanx Faux Suede Leggings


                  Bless her with these ultra-soft suede leggings that she can dress up or down.


                  these sneakers

                  Cariuma Off-White Canvas High Tops

                  Classic white sneakers go with everything, and these extra-cushiony and eco-friendly shoes will be her most comfortable pair yet.


                  this fab vase

                  Justina Blakeney Peace Vase

                  Her shelfie will be drab without this statement vase (and you don’t wanna do that to her dear shelfie).


                  this bright throw pillow

                  Morgan Elise Sevart Howdy Howdy Rectangular Pillow


                  Girls love their lively throw pillows! And you know I’m right!!


                  this contour set

                  FENTY BEAUTY Match Stix Trio

                  Any makeup-obsessed teen girl will appreciate a contour and shine kit—especially if it’s from Rihanna’s brand!


                  this fancy tote

                  Marc Jacobs Small Traveler Canvas Tote

                  Treat her to this elegant tote that’ll fit all the things. She can use it as a book bag or as her purse during a night out in the town.


                  these pretty combs

                  MalionneHair Ciel and Amélie Comb Set

                  These colorful combs would look so pretty sitting out on her vanity (and if you don’t want the whole set, then you’d be glad to know that each comb is available for purchase separately).


                  these comfy sandals

                  Flatform Universal Karina


                  These platform sandals are quirky, cozy, and will look so good with SO many ensembles.


                  this journal for astrology lovers

                  Stitch Your Star Sign Notebook

                  Uncommon Goods

                  Is she super into astrology? If the answer is yes, then she’ll be all over this journal that she can stitch her star sign onto.


                  these boho planters

                  Yerbamala Macramé Plant Hanger

                  The Sill

                  Give her plants a swanky new home by getting her these gorgeous plant hangers.


                  this gorgeous blush compact

                  Patrick Ta Major Beauty Headlines Double-Take Creme and Powder Blush

                  Speaking of beauty, this cream and powder blush duo is beyond stunning (and a bestseller!).


                  this comfy sweatsuit

                  Cosmopolitan Evening Sweat Set

                  The fancy-ish, “evening sweats” are too cute to pass up.


                  this supes adorbs bracelet

                  BonBonWhims Custom Pearl Drops Bracelet

                  Customize this pearly hand-beaded bracelet with a charm or two that fits her personality.


                  these tarot cards

                  Hearst Home The Cosmo Tarot: The Ultimate Deck and Guidebook

                  Whether you know someone who’s super into reading tarot cards or a beginner who’s a little curious about learning how, this deck is a great gift idea for either (and no, we’re def not biased).


                  this chunky knit

                  myraclehandmade Handmade Strawberry Cardigan

                  Honestly, she’s probably seen this chunky knit cardigan all over her Insta feed. Time to surprise her with one.


                  this workout kit

                  Alo The Ultimate Home Studio Set

                  If she’s alllll about the home workout life, upgrade her routine with this yoga set. It even comes with a subscription to Alo’s fitness and meditation program.


                  this cool hoodie

                  Boys Lie Crave Rose Hoodie

                  It’s trendy, artsy, and totally unique—and it’s all rolled up into one perfect hoodie.


                  this wall art

                  World Market Gold and Glass Honeycomb Wall Shelf

                  It doesn’t matter if her succulents are real or fake, they’ll look even better sitting on this gorgeous gold shelf.


                  this pair of jeans

                  PacSun Eco Light Blue Distressed Mom Jeans

                  Jeans are cool, but frayed ones like these, my friend, are even cooler.


                  this crossbody bag

                  Paravel Crossbody Capsule

                  If she wants her accessories to look a little more polished, then a leather-detailed crossbody will do just the trick. The cylindric silhouette and contrast trim guarantee she can wear it with almost anything.


                  these slippers

                  Sleeper Shearling Slippers


                  Ever seen a pair of square-toe slippers this chic? Well, now you have thanks to these colorful shearling ones.


                  these boots

                  Dr. Martens Jadon Lace-Up Boots

                  Few boots are as classic and trendy all at once as Doc Martens. This gift is one teen girls will definitely wear more than once.


                  these Insta-worthy heels

                  Alohas Juniper Wrap Heels

                  Funky heels are another major fashion trend. And you can show her you’re in the know by gifting her a pair of these bbs.


                  this new cleanser

                  Yellow Beauty Golden Hour Face Wash

                  This anti-inflammatory turmeric jelly cleanser will leave her skin feeling refreshed, clean, and glowing.


                  these wide-leg leggings

                  Bleusalt The Kaia Pant

                  She’ll be obsessed with these ultra-comfy pants, which are model Kaia Gerber’s go-to (hence the name).

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