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What Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who just designed San Francisco market café La Bande, about the ear plugs, face spray, and detangling comb she can’t live without.

Our boys are in a band, so they have to practice once or twice a week. One of my sons also writes music. So I’ve always worn these earplugs when going to band practice, to protect my ears, but because I’m such a light sleeper, about three years ago, I started putting them in to go to bed, and now I sleep so much better. I’m super sensitive about my ears, but these are so soft and pliable that I barely feel them. I use them when traveling internationally to block out sound if I don’t want to put my headset on.

I found this at Erewhon like 15 years ago. It’s German and has been around for like 40 years. I’ll use the lip balm day and night because it’s all-natural and has this scent that’s — I don’t want to say it’s medicinal — but it smells like it’s working.

Mustela is really sentimental because the first time I ever used it was when I washed my boys with it when they were little. The smell reminds me of when they were babies. Now I use it on my body and my face — it’s not drying and it’s super gentle.

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Everything actually stays on the hanger with these. If you have a delicate feminine blouse or something with a thin strap, it stays put! It’s quite thin so you can maximize the space in your closet, too. I found them through this organization expert I’ve worked with in the past.

I love these for traveling and keeping the germs away and when I’m out running around. I use them for everything — wiping myself down, wiping other things down. I actually have a few different kinds, but the one scent I really love is the lavender.

All of May’s products are completely natural — she makes them in her own lab. I truly believe that keeping your skin hydrated is an amazing antiaging remedy. I use it three to five times a day. I keep one at my desk. I have one in my car. I have another at home. It’s very refreshing during travel, too. You know Evian’s water spray? That’s just water, but this has jasmine and also additional antioxidants.

Two or three times a day, we burn this incense in the studio because it’s calming and smells amazing. We actually tried a whole bunch of different incenses, and everyone agreed that this was the best. It’s become this studio ritual that everyone loves.

I discovered Mason Pearson in London a long time ago, and I love this comb in particular because the teeth are wide enough that I can use it in the shower, no problem. A wide-tooth comb is so good for detangling but it’s hard to find one that has a sense of luxury. I have long locks and gotta keep them under control.

This water bottle is free of any of the bad stuff like BPAs. I literally come to work with three of them every day (I drink a lot of liquids). I have my protein green smoothie. And then I have a ginger celery juice. And then another one is just water that I bring with me to Barry’s. They’re practical and easy to tote around because they’re not glass. I just got the one featuring Camelbak’s brand-new lid.

I put this on my elbows, my hands, and my feet every night before I go to bed. It’s super hydrating and it keeps your skin really soft. [Editor’s note: Stephanie Danler has written about this product for the Strategist before.] Plus, it smells really good, and the packaging is really nice too. It’s an amazing formula, but it’s a little greasy, which is why I use it before bed. If I have it on my hands during the day, you can see my paw-prints all over the computer keyboard.

These are quite handy because I’m always running from meetings to job sites or galleries and need to keep something in the car as a snack. I’ll take them out of the fridge in the morning (they’re refrigerated) and stick them in my bag so when I do my Barry’s workout or a private Pilates class at lunch, I can eat half of one for additional protein.

These leggings are really great-quality and fit really well — they feel almost luxurious. I’ll wear them with a skirt or boots or to go to the gym. What I like best is that they don’t have logos — sometimes you just want to be logo-free. I have some that hit at the knee and some that are longer, depending on my mood.

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