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August has been a big month for Selena Gomez: The third season of the actress’ “Only Murders in the Building” kicked off on Hulu, and we finally saw her long-awaited return to music with end-of-summer bop “Single Soon.” And in between each of these headline-worthy events, Gomez made equally big waves a couple of weeks ago, thanks to a viral Instagram photo of herself wrapped in a blanket.
If the post somehow hasn’t crossed your social media feed yet, let me give you the rundown: One of Gomez’s friends, Dominic J. West, shared the instantly iconic photo on his Instagram Story, and in it, the star appears to be gazing at some far-off point in the distance, cozily bundled up in a Mexican-style blanket. (And in the foreground is an artfully placed sequined Fendi purse, because of course.) Naturally, the internet did what the internet does and the memes took off in epic proportions. And let me tell you, they’ve been fantastic. Gomez even posted her favorite reactions on her own Story.
And though Gomez’s peaceful-slash-pondering expression undoubtedly played a large role in the photo’s meme treatment, the blanket itself caught the eye of many users, including us. Thankfully, just as fast as it went viral, fans wasted no time identifying exactly which blanket Gomez was swaddled in: It’s a throw from Laguna Beach Textile Co., which you can snag on Amazon right now for only $40!
That’s right: You can become just as content as Gomez appears to be for the bargain price of $40. Laguna Beach Textile Co. is a small California-based brand that sells a variety of beachy throws and towels, and they even donate a portion of their profits to the Rainforest Trust and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Further, excess and returned materials are given to local animal shelters. So in addition to being able to replicate the viral photo, your money will be going to a good cause.
The viral throw in question is handwoven by a small family of craftsmen in Mexico. Its durable fabric can hold up outside or inside because it’s made of 100 percent recycled yarn that’s just as long-lasting as it is soft. It’s about 6 by 4 feet, so you’ll get maximum coverage — so you can wrap yourself up burrito-style just as easily as Gomez did. And if the gorgeous teal and gray combination doesn’t work with the color scheme you have going on, there are four other colorways with an identical print, including black and white.
If Gomez’s stamp of approval wasn’t enough, it has over 500 five-star reviews, praising its feel and quality for the price. “I grew up with blankets like this that we’d buy in Matamoros,” one reviewer wrote. “Great quality and design. I very rarely write reviews, but I like this blanket that much.”
In addition to helping you channel your inner Gomez, this blanket is the perfect addition to your couch or patio setup. You can even use it as a picnic blanket! But best of all, it’s perhaps the easiest Halloween costume of all time. All in all, there are plenty of uses you can find for this throw, which makes it even more of a score.