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Things Popupla Editors Want Right Now - Vol. 21

by Team Popupla
Peet Peet Rivko Exfoliator. Photo courtesy of Peet Rivko.

Over the last year I have slowly been cleaning up my beauty regime and am psyched to add this new gentle exfoliator — made with jojoba beads, oatmeal, and rice bran — to my routine. Not only will it keep my skin in tip-top shape for summer beach days, but the minimalist glass bottle will look great in my bathroom. ($34) - Berit, senior editor

I'm determined to do pretty much all of my indoor activities outdoors while the weather cooperates. I've found a modern, handsome, American-made accessory that makes al-fresco living easy and breezy. Gathre's wipeable, washable, water-impermeable, stain-resistant blankets work for beaching, crafting, lunching, napping, and perching. No laundering necessary. In multiple shapes, sizes, and colors. ($30 and up) – Jeralyn, editorial director

My summer girlcrush on winemaker and boutique owner Joey Wölffer got stronger when I spotted these amazing summer slides at her shop in Sag Harbor. They're pricey as hell and delicate as can be. I wouldn't wear them on the streets of NYC, but they are perfect for the beach and backyard parties. And I'm a total sucker for embroidery anywhere. ($315) — Pavia, CEO

You can never have too many cute summer handbags. Currently on my wishlist: this stylish bucket basket. Handwoven by female artisans in Rwanda using sustainably harvested local sisal, the bag is then assembled in the brand’s New York City atelier. Additions like the Italian calfskin leather handle, natural-colored cotton canvas lining, and 18k-plated brass hardware elevate it to the next level. ($375) – Berit

Photo courtesy of Pathport.

I have a love/hate relationship with these PDF travel guides curated and photographed by Instagram-famous travelers. Love, because they’re personal and comprehensive, are themed around specific interests (summer in Mérida, vintage finds in Edinburgh, architecture in Copenhagen), and, in this world where doing it from the ‘Gram has become just another part of how we travel, show you exactly what you’re getting. Hate, because I didn’t think of this idea first. ($7) – Daniel, editor

I just tore through Popupla contributor Jo Piazza's fantastic new novel about a Silicon Valley tech star (a la Sheryl Sandberg) who moves back to her hometown in Pennsylvania to run for Senate in the post-Trump, #MeToo era. It's smart, engrossing, topical, and timely — and filled with deft plot twists. I only wish it had been twice as long. - Pavia

I’ve recently returned from Madrid, where I stumbled upon the most stylish, eye-catching boutique ever — only in Spain, land of paella, could such a shop be dedicated entirely to … saffron. The humble just-learned-how-to-poach-an-egg chef that I am was too intimidated to buy a jar of the world's most expensive spice on the spot, but La Melguiza ships their saffron products to the U.S. Saffron grown in Spain, specifically in Castilla la Mancha, the region surrounding Madrid, is the finest to cook with, and can add spice (pardon my pun) to any Mediterranean or Middle-Eastern dish. ¡Buen provecho! ($36 and up) – Rachel, editorial assistant

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