From her Vogue column to her VICELAND TV series, Karley Sciortino has sought to reclaim the word “slut” in an open, exploratory and inclusive way. With Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World, Sciortino combines elements of memoir with a manifesto for embracing sexual satisfaction. It’s informative and, as with all of Sciortino’s work, it also happens to be wildly funny.
Whether or not you believe in the merits of burning sage or palo santo wood for their more mystical attributes, there’s something soothing about both scents—and a ritual-like repetition of use. J Southern Studio has assembled a kit with these and many other items, for the sake of happiness and inspiration. For those in need of a well-intentioned ritual, be it in the morning or for breaks at work, a kit like this offers a few points of entry—and a handful of divine fragrances.
Beginning at $39 and reaching all the way to $1,799, Venus et Fleur roses aren’t your regular bodega posy. Their roses (which come in all colors from classic red to mint green or black) can last a year—thanks to their proprietary solution and color pigmentation process. These are some of the biggest, most lush and beautiful roses we have seen.
Two important details of Lock Stock & Barrel’s 18 Year Rye Whiskey battle each other to create a surprisingly smooth profile. First, the proof stands at a whopping 109. Second, its age—the aforementioned 18 years—actually tames that high ABV. In fact, aging in American oak barrels has lent the spirit a creamy vanilla warmth. There’s a bunch of rye spice here but it’s all in service to a tasty, uniform and wood-defined whiskey.
The smallest portable speaker yet by Danish brand Vifa takes its design cues (and name) from Iceland. With three drivers packed into a pebbly shape that enhances 360-degree sound, the Reykjavik comes either covered in Kvadrat woolen fabric or in a fully anodized aluminum version that’s as tough as it looks.
Packaged in a box featuring artist Renee Phillips’ painting “Vortex,” this Peet Rivko Essentials Kit contains three lush products. With zero toxins and zero irritants (that means no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, silicones, petroleum fragrance, limonene, essential oils, nut oils or floral extracts) there’s a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and balancing face oil—all of which can be used daily. Together, these products aim to nourish and soften skin.
Some 20 years in the making, this lovely book of Marilyn Monroe portraits contains many never-seen-before shots—thanks to Joshua Greene meticulously restoring and preserving the photos taken by his father, photographer Milton H. Greene, who was a business partner and personal friend of Monroe. More than just a study of a celebrity, the 250+ images explore a close bond and friendship. Further, it displays a son’s passion for restoring his father’s work.
Despite its name, IIUVO and Stefan Brüggemann’s “Bullshit” candle smells divine. With notes of Sichuan pepper, grapefruit, lavender, musk, guaiac wood and more, the candle was inspired by the theory of bullshit. According to the makers, the scent has been derived from the idle content that’s found between truth and invention; the things we think but don’t say. Price is in Euros.
This cane sugar body polish can be used all year ’round, but it’s invaluable during the winter. Gently exfoliating, REN’s Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish doesn’t leave skin feeling stripped or dry, rather it will feel silky smooth and nourished (thanks to olive and almond oils) and slightly rose-scented. The fragrance is 100% natural, and the dense scrub is also suitable for vegans—plus the brand never uses synthetic microbeads.
With a career that spanned 50+ years, Ward Bennett’s eye for elegance and minimal style was (and remains) undeniable. Known as a designer and artist who helped define an era, Bennett worked with clients including Sasaki, Japan, Chase, David Rockefeller, Tiffany & Co, and more—creating everything from furniture to flatware, jewelry to textiles. This lovely hardcover book explores his work across 280 pages and 300 illustrations—some of which have never been published.
This white kettle from Tokyo-based designer Makoto Koizumi’s “Kaico” series is subtle and stylish. Made from enamel-coated steel, it features a beechwood handle and maple knob, altogether creating an attractive but warm contrast. This lovely piece holds 49 fluid ounces. The “Kaico” series also boasts a butter warmer, saucepan and more.
If the new year has gotten off on the wrong foot and you’re already feeling overwhelmed, aromatherapy can make a difference in transforming your headspace. Vitruvi’s pre-blended essential oil bottles are slightly easier than mixing a bunch of separate ingredients yourself, and each blend has its own inspired mood or place. The Quiet blend (ylang ylang, geranium, amyris, clary sage) is great for recharging your mental batteries.
Made from 100% viscose, this Lanvin button-down looks—at first—like a corny Hawaiin shirt, but gaze a little longer and you’ll see it’s a Jurassic-themed delight. Covered in prehistoric creatures, the shirt features a patch pocket and split seams—adding a little sophistication to the playful design.
With an 18-ounce capacity, Harold Import Company’s Penguin Shaped Cocktail Shaker makes for a whimsical, arguably elegant way to mix a drink. Drinks aren’t supposed to be boring, so bar tools shouldn’t either and this stainless steel shaker does everything one needs it to and more.
Evoking the untouchable desert plant, Cartier’s Cactus de Cartier ring uses emeralds and carnelians to build an imaginative design. The 18K gold piece gets a brilliant-cut diamond punctuation point on top. It’s a work of pure imagination from the luxury house and it doesn’t look the same from any two vantage points.
With around 30 hours of burn time, this candle from Maison Margiela is floral-forward, warm and alluring. With notes of patchouli, iris, orange, pear and white musk, the scent has been crafted to evoke a lazy Sunday morning. This candle will fill a room with a soft, clean fragrance as it burns.