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This lightweight, fast-drying reversible poncho makes April downpours a little less dreary. Bonus points for convenience: It folds up into a palm-size pouch for easy storage. Rainrap waterproof jacket, $48, at rainraps.com
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We’ve long been fans of Tom Binns’s electric-hued stone jewelry but could never swallow the triple-digit price tags that his pieces often command. So when we spotted this affordable neon dead ringer, composed of hand-painted round and rectangle faceted stones, our jaws nearly dropped to the floor. ColorblockShop painted rhinestone necklace, $36, at colorblockshop.etsy.com
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You’ll swear there’s magic fairy dust in this scalloped sponge, which removes errant makeup marks and pesky deodorant streaks from clothing at the slightest swipe. It’s part of Miss Oops founder Jennifer Higgins’s new line of problem-solving products that she created exclusively for Duane Reade. Johnny on the Spot deodorant sponge, $7, at Duane Reade, locations throughout the city; visit duanereade.com
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We jumped for joy on behalf of our aching feet when we saw sneakers on the Spring 2012 runways (especially Marc by Marc Jacobs’s brightly hued kicks). With the launch of its debut sneaker collection, Nine West provides an affordable take on the comfy trend. Our favorite style features perforated-suede sides and a hidden three-inch wedge, making them feminine yet fly. Nine West Lana sneakers, $95, at Nine West, locations throughout the city; visit ninewest.com
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New York designer Rebecca Minkoff joins forces with beauty brand Mark to create an affordable version of her cult-favorite handbags. The exclusive design features her signature edgy-yet-feminine aesthetic in a studded faux-leather cross-body style. Rebecca Minkoff Delight bag, $60, at shop.meetmark.com
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Clean up your act with this refreshing, all-natural soap, handmade in small batches in the Carroll Gardens studio of local bath-and-body company Love Nature NYC. Although moisturizing grape-seed and jojoba oils will leave your bod feeling silky smooth, we found that we got the best lather when using the bar to wash our hands. Love Nature NYC lemon verbena soap, $8, at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-229-2560)
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Technically, this paraben-free spray is designed to protect color-treated hair from fading, and while even virgin strands can benefit from the moisture and shine it imparts, we could care less if the product actually works—the sweet orchid scent is so amazing, we’re content using it merely as a perfume for our locks. Biolage Colorcarethérapie Shine Shake spray, $14, at J Christopher Salon, 43 Seventh Ave between 13th and 14th Sts (212-929-5505)

Our obsessions (March 29–April 4, 2012)

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