These are a few of my Favorite Things: [Part 2, Products edition]. / by Alexandra Fox

Well, it's been a little while since I last shared some of my favorite things, so I'm going to follow up this month with some of my favorite products!

Here we go:

1. Favorite Backpacks: Sandqvist

Sandqvist's flagship store in London.  Photo: Highsnobiety .

Sandqvist's flagship store in London. Photo: Highsnobiety.

If you live in San Francisco, you probably see Herschel everywhere. I personally prefer Sandqvist. It's definitely more expensive, but it's a great product and I love the story. The brand was founded by two brothers in Sweden, who hole away every few months in the Swedish countryside to work on new designs. They're super transparent on how their products are made, and where everything is sourced from. They're currently having a summer sale (you're welcome).

2. Favorite Accessories: Côte & Ciel.

Yes, again, these can get quite pricey. But look how pretty! Côte et ciel produces really straightforward designs, with simple and consistent colorways. I don't buy the bags, but I really like the laptop cases and small accessories. The fabric has a diamond finish which feels really good and has a good grip, but the product is still super durable. 

3. Favorite Water Bottle: bkr 1L glass bottle.

Photo:  bkr .

Photo: bkr.

I drink a lot of water. For me, having anything less than a 1L bottle means I'm basically getting up every 45 minutes or so to refill on water. So, I've always been on the hunt for the perfect 1L bottle...

And last year, I found it: bkr - a glass bottle wrapped in a silicon sleeve. The design is simple - it's the fat glass bottle with a plastic screw-top, and a plain silicone sleeve that comes in a variety of pastel options. But it's awesome: it doesn't leak, it doesn't even condensate like other bottles do, getting everything else inside your bag damp when you take it out of the fridge on a hot day. The sleeve gives it a good grip and means you don't have to worry about bumping it around. You don't get any tin or metal taste from the glass bottle. It's slightly heavier ---- but that's a tradeoff I'm definitely willing to make. The design is definitely catered toward women - but I'd honestly recommend anyone check it out. #forgetplastic.

4. Best thing to have in your bag: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, 1oz.

Photo:  L'Occitane .

Photo: L'Occitane.

So, this one's a classic.
So. Luxurious.

I admit, I don't really justify spending $12 on a 1oz. container of hand lotion. Although, in it's defense, 1 oz. of L'Occitane's hand cream goes a long way. But I always, always ask for this travel-size version of the French brand's classic shea butter as a gift, if someone is going to buy me something for my birthday or Christmas. I always keep lotion in my bag, because I hate the feeling after washing my hands without it. And this, by far, is the best one to have. So. Silky.

5. Best Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 25. 

Ok, this one is a classic. But I still believe Bose makes the best headphones of all time. These headphones got me through college, ya'll. They're so comfortable, lightweight, and don't burn through your batteries. They last a long time, if you take care of them - and the sleek case makes that easy. The sound is amazing, the noise-cancelling technology is amazing, and I still think these are the best you can buy. Life has never been the same.

6. Best Haircare: Olaplex Hair Perfector, no. 3.

Photo:  Olaplex .

Photo: Olaplex.

If you've ever had extensive hair treatments (guilty...), you've probably come across or heard of Olaplex at some point or another. Olaplex is a Salon-grade, professional haircare system designed to restore hair health and promote bond growth, following or in anticipation of heavy chemical treatments. I recently met a stylist who swears by the Olaplex system, who put me on. And honestly, I do think using the treatment above, occasionally, can create great results and restore hair health. Olaplex No. 3 is the only one I'd strongly recommend purchasing for at-home use. Use it as a mask as needed - either swapping for conditioner every so often, or leaving it on as an over-night treatment. 

7. Best Liquid Eyeliner - Makeup Forever Aqua Liner, "mat black".

Photo:  StellaLee .

Photo: StellaLee.

I've searched, and I've found. I've tried Kat Von D, Urban Decay, Stila, Marc Jacobs... and I think this one is, by far, the best applicator and the best formulation. The tip is not too fine, and sturdy enough that it makes application super easy. The handle is the perfect size, and doesn't have that uncomfortable slimming that a lot of liquid eyeliners do, which I find annoying. The formulation is not too thin, and goes on super-smoothly. I don't know what else I can say here - trust me on this one :) You can buy Makeup Forever here, on Sephora

Alright folks - that's it for now.

Happy happy,

- A