By Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman, the book “Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven” is full of spells, potions and enchantments, but mostly dollops of sensible advice. From experimenting with make-up to ending toxic friendships, reading tea leaves and more, there are plenty of tips for self-betterment. Encouraging readers to tap into their inner sorceress, this book is all about empowerment and self-care.
As far as group games go, bingo might just be one of the easiest activities to enjoy. Now, artist Rob Hodgson has reimagined the classic with monsters and crazy creatures. There are googly-eyed counters, creepy characters and mythological beasts—and a monster head storage box for the 48 chips. Three people are needed to play (and three is also the recommended starting age) but bigger families can definitely all jump in.
There’s still nothing like a handwritten note—and paper matters. From NYC’s Damaged Goods (and creators John Hardy and Nicholas DelRose) comes a line of “nom nom nom” cards featuring our personal favorite, the fortune cookie. Select stock meets thoughtful design, all bound with an environmentally conscious production. These are statement-making, small batch cards.
Founded by Cutler Brooklyn’s Tyson Kennedy—the hairdresser who doesn’t look like a hairdresser, maybe due to his other life as a rock musician—the Fatboy styling line started with this creamy homemade putty that he created for his own hair. A casual, effortless look comes easily, with equally nonchalant packaging. Fatboy has recently added a shampoo and conditioner set to their roster, too.
Part trivia, part photo book, Olivia Locher’s new “I Fought the Law: Photographs by Olivia Locher of the Strangest Laws from Each of the 50 States” is both pretty and witty. Explore the weird and wild laws (some of which still stand) from all over the States—for instance, in Connecticut pickles must bounce in order to be considered pickles officially. With a foreword by poet Kenneth Goldsmith, it’s a highly entertaining book.
From CH favorite Adam J Kurtz comes another book of positive vibes: “Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives.” Entirely handwritten on perforated tear-and-share pages, the book is full of advice, inspiration and empathy for creatives of all kinds. In Kurtz’s classic style, it’s cheeky and funny, but ultimately kind, generous and empowering. If you’re feeling a creative block, open at any page.
NYC-based artist Jon Burgerman has just released a fun and inspiring activity book called “It’s Great to Create: 101 Fun Creative Exercises for Everyone.” Perfect for anybody who wants to unleash their artistic side, but isn’t sure where to start, Burgerman’s book offers lots of ideas—from making art with cereal, combining several markers to create a “Megapenopolis,” to adding googly eyes to just about anything, there are plenty of off-beat and entertaining ideas.
Compact and usable in 150+ countries, this travel adaptor is four plugs in one. Color-coded to be extra easy to use (thanks to the included map), it’s made of ABS plastic. Since it breaks apart, you can travel with the entire piece (if going to multiple countries) or simply take the one adaptor needed.
Lizzy Goodman’s “Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011” is the incredible story of NYC’s explosive music scene in the early 2000s—in which bands like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem and more were propelled into fame. The behind-the-scenes insights are from some 200 interviews with musicians, journalists, photographers, managers, music executives, groupies, DJs and more. It’s a fascinating read—full of gossip—and not just for rock enthusiasts.
Made from BPA-free platinum silicone, this set of four stackable popsicle molds is practical and kind to the environment. Create all kinds of flavored frozen treats (including healthier options) on your own or take tips from the accompanying recipe booklet that includes ideas for lactose- and gluten-free options. Dishwasher-safe and ideal for summer months, they are available from the MoMA Store.
Unlike alcohol-based wipes that remove make-up but clog the environment, Face Halo is a reusable pad that utilizes microfiber technology and water to get your skin squeaky clean. The ultra-fine fibers are specially engineered to lift impurities while gently exfoliating your face, and you can toss the dirty pad into the washing machine up to 200 times before finally throwing it away—it’s better for you and the earth.
Barnana has come to make a name for themselves as a brand “upcycling” organic bananas that don’t have the perfect look but taste perfectly fine. While minimizing food waste, they’ve also developed a series of delicious banana-based snacks. Our personal favorite, Organic Banana Brittle is made of thin, crisp laters of the fruit and chocolate. It’s also USDA Organic, non-GMO project verified, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free—meaning it can be enjoyed by just about everyone.
With all kinds of excellent PSAs, Word for Word’s Social Alert buttons let everybody know what’s up. Each costs between $2 and $4, are colorful and simple—stating everything from “Queer” to “Homo” to “Lezbrarian.” (There are also plenty of non-LGBTQ+-related buttons worth looking at.) They’re hand-pressed 1.25″ pin back buttons and let everybody know which team you’re on—as well as being a badge of honor.
For anybody who travels for work or simply likes to make a good impression, a rainy day or unexpected spill can throw your appearance out. Perfect for some of these minor catastrophes, Jason Markk’s travel shoe-cleaning kit means you won’t have to panic and buy a new pair of wheels—rather you can spruce up the ones on your feet. This kit includes a two-ounce premium shoe cleaner, a mini premium brush, microfiber towel, and three wipes—all of which are TSA-approved and made in the USA.
A company that has immense ingredient integrity, Beauty Heroes doesn’t skimp on quality. Ensuring their products aren’t just toxin-free, but rather actually good for you, the team selects some of the most glorious products that will leave you feeling entirely pampered. With so many to choose from, sometimes the best bet is a gift card, and these ones are available from $25 to $420 and can be used toward their subscription service or in their webstore.
Those of us who were following along with the rogue social media managers from several national parks this week might be looking for ways to support them. One easy option is buying this deck of playing cards, as 100% of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation. Each card is illustrated by one of 40 artists from all over the world and has a wholesome, retro vibe.