These handy little pouches are by the Japanese brand Delfonics, which I discovered in the mall underneath the Louvre when I was in Paris around ten years ago. I throw all the smaller things that gather at the dark bottom my bag—Tide pens, lip balms, hand sanitizers—into one of these, and presto, no more digging endlessly in my purse for some elusive but necessary item. This is probably the oldest trick in the book, but I just discovered it, so there you go.
I like the pouches to be bright so they’re readily visible, and this set from Baggu is just the cutest.
And if you’re feeling splurgy, you could go for a neon-bright Comme des Garcons number like this one.
I always forget something when I pack for a trip, and this time, it was a Davines product—which I spritz on damp hair to protect and glossify it—that got left behind. I was slightly bereft, as I couldn’t imagine another product doing the job quite as well. But I took a chance on this leave-in conditioner from Whole Foods, and I must say it’s kind of a miracle. It detangles brilliantly, and leaves my hair smooth and virtually frizz-free. And it doesn’t make your hair feel heavy and sticky, the way some leave-in conditioners can.
I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.