Housed in a blue cloth box with a magnetic closure, Paperfinger’s Daily Invitation Cards strive to stir up an intention for each day. One word (written in calligraphy) graces one side, while the other remains blank. Whether it’s “yes,” “begin,” “your invitation” or “stretch,” each entry aims to “serve as a gentle compass, an epiphany or a reminder,” the brand explains. There are 60 in total, each printed on thick stock paper.
Nevada City-based, queer-owned Stone Road (whose sun-grown flowers grow on a 57-acre off-grid farm) makes high-quality cannabis products that are beautifully packaged. The brand’s pre-rolls, available in several different strains, are a standout. Five 0.7g joints come in each box, and our favorite so far is Black Jack—which contains 16.72% THC and 1.88% CBD. It’s a hybrid that’s ideal for reducing pain and increasing relaxation, and is equally enjoyable on an outdoor adventure as it is working on an at-home creative endeavor. Plus, for the month of April, the brand is donating 10% of all proceeds to the Trevor Project, which focuses on supporting LGBTQ youth.
Joshua Tree-based olive oil brand Wonder Valley manufactures their own olive-derived skincare products. Their It Takes Two kit comprises an Olive + Lotus Exfoliant and an antioxidant-rich Oil Cleanser. Simply mix both in the palm of your hand and scrub your face clean, ridding it of dead skin, dirt, build-up and residual beauty products. Because they’re packaged separately, you can lessen or increase the rigidness of your own formula: add more exfoliant for a rougher clean or lessen it for a softer touch.
For years, Romance Was Born has created apparel featuring artwork by beloved Australian author, illustrator and cartoonist May Gibbs. These Obelia shorts present the character surrounded by marine flora, coral, sea anemone and more. The story (published in 1921) tells of Little Obelia, who slept in a shell on the ocean floor, with wisdom growing inside her, until she came out and was raised by Ragged Blossoms, eventually becoming Queen of the Fish Folk. While the tale was written for kids, the all-over print garments are playful without being childish. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Northcott Society and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Price is in AUD.
Jessica Tse’s NOTTE Jewelry joyfully embraces the early 2000s without appearing entirely retro. The brand recently brought back one of their favorite designs, the Bloom Bloom earrings. The chunky hoops feature a diamond-cut flower charm and are tarnish-resistant gold-plated. Made by hand, they are available as singles or in pairs.
Tokyo-based Suicoke is no stranger to collaboration, and have just released their latest collection made with Danish design brand HAY. In four different color-blocked versions, the DEPA 2.0 sandals are intended for all genders. The eye-catching hues were selected by Mette Hay, and are inspired by the brand’s own spring/summer 2021 collection of homewares and furniture. Pairing bright red with pale pink, deep plumb with emerald green and more, the combinations simultaneously contrast and complement. The silhouettes are classic Suicoke and feature an adjustable Velcro strap and a foam-rubber sole. Stylish but utilitarian, these sandals are ideal for all kinds of summer adventures.
An organic, fair-trade hibiscus water, Ruby is full of antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes and free of nasty preservatives and additives. Refreshingly tart, the drink contains zero sugar—in fact, its only ingredients are organic brewed hibiscus and water. Hibiscus water is known to help in lowering blood pressure, promoting healthy skin and boosting metabolism. Price is for a 12-pack and a gently sweetened version is also available.
Limited to 10 pieces, luxury Swiss watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (aka the Quadriptyque) celebrates an iconic wristwatch model through an abundance of astronomical functionality. An example of haute horlogerie at its finest, the Quadriptyque incorporates a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and minute repeater complication into a slender but legible wristwatch with three dedicated lunar indicators. It’s a poetic piece as much as it is a time-telling tool and guide to the skies.
From Eat Offbeat, The Kitchen Without Borders is part cookbook, part story book. With recipes by refugees and asylees from Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran, Eritrea, Venezuela and beyond, who relocated to NYC and became chefs at Eat Offbeat, the book contains diverse and delicious dishes. From fattoush to stuffed momos, the recipes will thrill home cooks. Much more than a list of ingredients and a method, the book profiles each chef. The overall result is imbued with tales of memories, places, family and identity.
From the Brooklyn-based, queer-couple-owned business Queen Candle Co, this hand-poured sea salt and orchid soy candle blends luscious floral notes with a salty tang. The clean-burning creation comes in a recyclable (or reusable) container and an eight-ounce candle burns for 40 to 50 hours. Each candle is topped with a visual representation of the scent beneath—in this instance pink Himalayan salt rocks. This soothing scent is a favorite, but the brand has many more well-priced options to choose from.
Moment has developed a collection of seven sleek iPhone 12 MagSafe mounts—and our pick is the car vent version. It attaches to the vent with a rubberized press-on grip and features a stronger connection thanks to the brand’s patent-pending (M)Force magnet array. Strong, but not clunky, the mount is also padded to keep your phone even safer. iPhone content makers will want to check out the rest of the collection as well—it features a range of tripod and cold shoe mounts.
From Comme des Garçons SHIRT (one of the brand’s diffusion labels) and featuring an abstract print by legendary NYC graffiti artist Futura, just how “floral” this tote bag really is remains in the eye of the beholder, but there’s no denying it’s colorful and playful. The polyurethane outer isn’t quite waterproof, but should protect from drizzle or well-placed spills. With a cotton inner lining, the bag features two top handles and a shoulder strap.
Not only is hemp milk among the most sustainable plant milks available, it’s also high in protein and good fats, and low in carbs. Unlike lots of other hemp milks, Goodmylk doesn’t use any additives like binders, fillers or gums—only 100% organic ingredients. Available in two flavors, in packs of two or six, this Hemp Mylk Concentrate is easy to use (just thaw, add water, then stir) but best of all, it actually tastes delicious—and its creamy texture only adds to the experience.
Composed of WeedSport’s custom blend of hand-harvested Sel Gris salt, Dead Sea salt with high minerality, magnesium-rich Epsom salt and 150mg of cannabinoids, Dunk Zero muscle soak aims to refresh and restore. Each 12-ounce compostable bag—which adhere to Matek’s mission to minimize waste—comes with enough product for one or two baths, depending on desired personal use (a 20-minute soak is recommended, regardless). The gentle fragrance is inspired by coastal California forests.
Made to help with digestion, AYNI’s SMOOTH Digestive Superpowder comprises consciously sourced organic superfoods, prebiotics and digestive enzymes that are highly bioavailable—meaning they are absorbed into the body rapidly and effectively. Including turmeric and cinnamon (to decrease inflammation, which also reduces constipation and gas), Maqui Berry and naturally occurring prebiotic Inulin increase good bacteria, while green papaya and quinoa provide plenty of fiber to benefit digestion. Sprinkle the powder into shakes or granola, make a golden milk, or simply add it to water—for those who especially enjoy the cinnamon-forward flavor. Each jar contains 30 servings, and every purchase results in a donation to One Tree Planted and Survival International.
Containing hemp-derived Delta 8 THC, these gummies from Reform Wellness can promote relaxation, alleviate nausea and offer a subtle high without the anxiety or intensity that can come from Delta 9 THC. Just one of the chemical compounds within the cannabis flower, Delta 8 THC is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, so these fruit-flavored treats are available more widely. Each tin contains 15 gummies, available in blueberry or strawberry, and 5mg or 10mg options. Additionally, Reform Wellness is committed to redistribution of wealth within the cannabis industry, which manifests in part as a referral program that provides immediate payments and royalties to users. They also donate 10% of all sales to the Last Prisoner Project.