Barry McGee Catalogue

$23

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Writer Katya Tylevich’s Barry McGee, which examines the beloved multidisciplinary artist, is the accompanying catalogue and essay from McGee’s show at Cheim & Read earlier this year. With sketches, photos and more, the 72-page book traces his delightfully uncategorizable work—and thankfully doesn’t attempt to explain it.

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Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One

$18

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Anita Lo, a Michelin-starred chef, penned a self-deprecating guide to eating alone. It’s not a list of restaurants accommodating a table for one, but rather a cookbook filled with recipes perfectly sized for the person preparing them. She feels, after realizing that working odd hours often forced her to dine solo, that the process should be empowering and not loathed.

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Nilotica Goddess Glow

$42

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Part moisturizer, part illuminator, Nilotica Goddess Glow feels soft and nourishing—neither caked-on and dry, nor greasy. The subtle hint of sparkle creates delicate radiance, while the rosy tint gives color. It’s free from synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phenoxyethanol, sulfates, triclosan and gluten—and it’s also vegan and cruelty-free.

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With two components, The Nue Co’s Sleep Kit comes with Magnesium Ease spray and Sleep Drops, make falling—and staying—asleep easier. The spray—made using magnesium chloride with lavender and arnica oil—helps to reduce muscle tension. Simply spray it on and massage into your face (be prepared for a mild tingle and the flavor if it hits your lips). The sleep drops are essentially a tincture, made with sleep aids like Valerian root, passionflower, catnip and chamomile—all of which help lull you to sleep without any groggy vibes the next morning. All ingredients are non-habit-forming, alcohol-free and have little to no scent, so these products are great for air travel—and jet lag.

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This Gamer Kit from Tech Will Save Us lets kids become their own game inventor. Starting by building their own console, they can then code their own game—choosing from 15+ retro games or or custom-building their own. Best of all, not much at all is needed to play: the kit, a nine-volt battery and a laptop or desktop computer to code on. The brand’s online platform offers lots of free projects, but the possibilities for creation are almost endless.

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Ginger Baby Room Playset

$58

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An entire nursery room exists in Maileg’s new playset. Inside the box, one finds a doll with a change of clothes, sleeping bag and diaper—set in a room that reflects the majesty of Danish design. Further, there’s a chair for the doll and a hanger for the other items. All of the materials are premium (including cotton and linen)—and the entire set begs to be loved.

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Kodiak Quilted Down Jacket

$5210

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This made-in-Japan jacket from beloved brand Visvim is puffy and perfectly functional—there’s a detachable hood, snap-pockets on the front and a drawstring waist and hem to trap warmth inside. Filled with 96% down and 4% feathers, it’s also fully lined—so no matter how cold your winter gets, you’ll stay super-cozy.

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Player One Recording Device

$76

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A super-fun audio-recording device, Player One boasts a looping feature,  playback button and pitch-shifter. Handmade in Dallas, it’s easy to use, with two arcade-style buttons on top—pink for record and yellow for play. Playful, user-friendly and heavy on DIY spirit, this is a sweet gift for children (aged four and up) and kids at heart.

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In 1964 Marimekko launched trademark Unikko print, after the company’s founder declared they would never produce a floral print. Designer Maija Isola rebelled and the now-familiar poppy print was born. This duvet cover—in beige, ecru and blue—is muted but still bold. Matching pillow cases are also available.

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One of her many “B-Sides,” this white and gold vase by LA-based artist Meegan Barnes is just as eye-catching without any flowers inside. Made from slipcast porcelain with ceramic decals, it stands at 10 inches tall and cheekily celebrates empowered women.

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The Rimowa Cabin—a 36-liter suitcase—is carry-on luggage at its most efficient. This carefully designed, German-engineered suitcase features TSA-approved locks, an interior flex divider, innovative multi-wheel system and a telescopic handle. Super-durable but still lightweight, it’s available in two matte colorways, or five glossy options.

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From the Tom of Finland store comes a collaboration between CDLP and Tom of Finland. Made from a super-soft blend of 95% lyocell (eco-friendly wood pulp) and 5% elastane, these briefs are available in four sizes. The blend is proven to be softer than silk and the shape is extra-comfortable for all shapes and sizes.

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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

$20

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Exploring topics from black feminism to artists’ collective AfriCOBRA and representation in museums, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is an inspiring and significant exploration of black art during an era that was ultimately world-changing. The book aims to archive, document and represent black artists and movements—but tells a much broader story at the same time.

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Little Book of House Plants and Other Greenery

$15

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Emma Sibley’s Little Book of House Plants and Other Greenery is quite literally a little book packed with inspiration for plant-enthusiasts—especially those attempting to create a garden in a small space. With a breakdown of 60 popular plants, Sibley explains how to care for them and and includes notes on what to expect—height, growth, flowering, and more.

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Exploring an American obsession—dead (predominantly white) girls in the media—Alice Bolin’s debut book of essays Dead Girls is insightful and smart, but accessible. Through the lens of TV (from Twin Peaks to Pretty Little Liars) and books (by Joan Didion, Khadija Queen and James Baldwin) as well as film and more, Bolin outlines not only society’s fixation on dead girls, but also the resulting implications. Through 14 essays, she delves into gender, race, misogyny, traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity, and more. Both objective and personal, this book is an important read for anybody who has enjoyed the morbid entertainment of what Bolin calls “Dead Girl stories” in pop culture.

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Coach House Books

My Ariel

$5

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Sylvia Plath’s second book of poetry “Ariel” (famously edited and rearranged by her husband Ted Hughes) was published two years after her death. In “My Ariel,” Canadian writer Sina Queyras explores and reworks Plath’s poems with unabashed humor and dynamism. Backed up by plenty of research on Plath and her texts, the contemporary poems pay homage but are truly the works of Queyras.

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