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1.Heavy-duty, self-adhesive weatherstrip seals for the doors and windows in your home – they’re designed to stop air leaks (keeping hot or cold air from slipping in or out), but can also help in reducing just how much *outdoor* noise you hear *indoors*.
“I’m a big Winky Lux fan — mainly because their balms help me look like I’ve done THE MOST with my lips with the least amount of effort. This rainbow tinted balm is no different. The red and orange stripe are tinted while the blue is pH activated. I keep one of these in my bag at all times for a quick lip refresh I know I can count on. IMHO, one can never have too many of these tubes.” –Heather Braga
Get it from Winky Lux for $18.
17.A cat backpack. No, not a backpack with a cat on it – a backpack you put your cat (or dog or whatever) *in*.
“I got this backpack a couple of weeks ago because I have one cat who loves the outdoors and attention with equal enthusiasm. I’ve never had more people stop me on the street than when I’m using this. It’s also spacious and seems pretty comfortable for my cat. I dig it, she digs it, every siiiingle person who sees it digs it…it’s a win.” —Mal Mower
Get it from Amazon for $28.57+ (available in five colors).
18.A pair of retro aviator sunglasses (by Ray-Ban) – they’re worth the splurge and will make every outfit you wear for the rest of the summer seem cooler.
“I have these myself and I love them! I was nervous to spend so much since I lose literally all of my sunglasses, but splurging made me RESPONSIBLE about these. They look great with everything I wear and truly shield my eyes from the sun (they’re 100% UV protection)!” —Emma McAnaw
Get them from Nordstrom for $153.
19.A Remington curling iron that heats up in only 30 seconds, turns off automatically (so you don’t freak out after you get to the office with “did I forget to turn it off?” worries), and will aid even hair styling newbies in successfully creating beautiful waves.
“I have been using the same Remington wand for about six (maybe seven) years and it is truly a gift from above. For reference, I have super straight, thin hair that usually can’t ever hold a curl, but this helps me achieve a full head of beach waves in under 15 minutes.” —AnaMaria Glavan
Get it from Amazon for $19.04+ (available in two barrel sizes).
20.An oscillating, easy-to-move Lasko tower fan to help make the current heat wave more bearable (until you head back outside, that is). Even if you have an actual AC unit, this can make it easier to disperse that gloriously cold air around your apartment (or a large room).
“I keep a Lasko fan by my bed and it’s truly a lifesaver. My AC unit is too loud to keep on all night, so this fan saves me during the hotter summer months. It’s quiet, oscillates, and provides a ton of cross ventilation. It also has a timer option so you can set it before heading to bed. And a handy remote so you can control it from across the room.” —Alexandra Napoli
Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two colors).
21.A caffeinated scalp scrub and hair mask set that’ll banish all the build-up currently making its home atop your head *and* then soften up your locks.
“Man, I love these things! The scrub has little bits of ground coffee beans to help scrub my scalp. It’s really helped my problem with product build-up. The hair mask has a nice fresh scent that I would say is similar to ginger beer (although I couldn’t find ginger in the ingredient list) and leaves my hair feeling super soft. And don’t worry: They’re made without silicones and synthetics!” —Bek O’Connell
Get them from Frank Body for $34.95.
22.A bikini top able to handle a ride down a slide without allowing your nips to make an unwelcome appearance at the bottom of said slide.
“I own this bathing suit top and love how supportive it is. It has a strong underwire, removable soft cups, and a two-way tie back. I wouldn’t think twice about wearing this down a water slide or while jumping into a pool — it’s THAT supportive.” —Heather Braga
Get it from Skye Swimwear for $50 (available in sizes D–F and 22 styles).
23.A print celebrating one of the greatest friendships in all of literature (no exaggeration) = Frog and Toad.
“I tear up whenever I read one of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad books. They are, IMO, the best ‘I Can Read books’ *ever* and I honor them with this print which is hung in a prominent position on a wall in my apartment.” —Mallory McInnis
Get it from Lauren Gregg on Etsy for $15 (and get the books here while you’re at it).
24.A teeth whitening system that’ll cost you *significantly* less than a professional treatment.
“I’m in a constant battle against my love of coffee and a front tooth that’s actually a crown to make sure that my *actual* teeth match the color of my crown (yep, go ahead and pity me). I’ve been using the toothpaste alone a few months and have noticed whitening results! But I’ve recently tried the kit and haven’t experienced any sensitivity that I’ve experienced with whitening strips and whitening mouth washes. You can do treatments back to back and can expect results in 10 treatments. But there’s enough supplies in one kit to do at least 20 treatments.” —Elizabeth Lilly
Get it from Amazon for $36.09 (“Which, btw, is so much less than a professional treatment, which I’ve definitely paid for myself.” —Elizabeth Lilly)
Want more whitening options? Check out our best picks for the best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.
25.Blackout curtains to straight-up BANISH all light trying to creep its way into your bedroom when you’re just tryin’ to snooze.
“When I moved into a light-drenched apartment (yay!), I realized that meant I’d also have a light-drenched bedroom at hours when I’d rather be fast asleep (boo!). So I bought these these Deconovo curtains, swayed by an inviting price tag and more than 1,000 glowing reviews. When they arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by their high-quality, heavy, soft fabric — they looked more expensive than their price suggests — as well as immediately impressed by their ability to deliver.> I’m consistently able to sleep soundly well until my wake-up time, no matter how sunny it is outside.” —Emmy Favilla
Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three sizes and 23 colors).
Read our full review of the light-blocking curtains.
26.A pair of high-waisted yoga pants with….POCKETS! The feature that brings any article of clothing from “!” to “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“I own these leggings and I am OBSESSED with them. I mean, when I’m going for a walk or a hike outside, the last thing I feel like doing is having to hold my phone and my keys. And I’m personally not a fan of those arm bands for your phone! So, these are great! I can just slip my keys, my small wallet, and my phone in the pockets, and be on my merry little way!” —Sam Wieder
Get them from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in various colors/styles, and sizes XS–2XL).
27.And the snack you never knew you needed = cheddar and caramel popcorn.
“For those of you uninitiated in the delights of this iconic Chicago treat, allow me to enlighten you. Like the best rom-com couples, cheddar and caramel are two things that don’t seem like they should go together AT ALL. And yet they are so perfect in this mix, which is both a dessert and a snack. My friends and family actually have a joke where we say ‘It’s Garrett’s o’ clock’ when it’s time to dig in to some of this ambrosia-level stuff. Trust me, you deserve to make it Garrett’s o’ clock for you, too.” —Katy Herman
Get it from Garrett for $36 (available in seven sizes and six tin designs, including Chicago sports teams).
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