Strategist flyer: 10 things we loved last week
We write about hundreds of products a week. Here in our version of the Sunday flyer, we’ve picked out some of our favorites – recommended by experts essential, life changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gadgets, and the very good deals we found out while browsing the vast universe of online shopping last week, including a luxurious silk tank, an easy-to-clean stovetop percolator, and a WFH Pain Relief Massager.
TV host and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek counts these Clean & Clear Facial Blotter Sheets as one of his favorite things because they keep him from “looking shiny in front of the camera.” They were first offered to him by the producers of his Podcast, which is also being filmed, and he has “used them in every episode since”. Dyrdek says he’s “usually not a sweater for the face”, but when he’s recording in bright lights and he’s “pissed off I tend to sweat a little – just enough to look a little shiny “. So he keeps a blotter sheet handy âto pat my face and make sure I always look freshâ.
While searching for a stylish and functional laptop bag, Strategist Senior Editor Liza Corsillo was overjoyed to stumble upon this padded sleeve from Baggu. Resembling a “miniature sleeping bag,” the sleeve is “quilted and filled with recycled Poly-Fil, closes with a square inch of velcro, and comes in seven different designs and two sizes: 13 inches for small laptops like my Macbook Air and 16 inches for larger devices, âaccording to Corsillo. Every time she puts her computer in the âfunâ and âcomfyâ case, she imagines that she is âputting my laptop to bedâ.
When we asked travel experts to share their favorite packing cubes, Briona Lamback, founder of Buoyant, a community for black travelers – recommended this Shacke set, which she says has been booming since 2017. âThey’ve helped me pack my bags more efficiently by maximizing my space,â she told us. said. “I just feel more organized on a trip because the packing cubes force me to be intentional about what I bring on a trip.” Since the set includes multiple sizes of packing cubes, Lamback can mix and match depending on the length of their trip; she uses a large cube as well as the smaller size for a weekend getaway, but for a three week long haul vacation, “I use all four between my carry-on and checked baggage.”
Linen bedding can be pricey, but we found a good deal on a Scandinavian-chic linen-blend duvet and pillowcases at West Elm: several colors are currently at 50% off. Made from European linen and cotton in an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 factory, it comes in pretty neutral shades such as natural linen, burnt terracotta and subtle indigo and is filled with 100 percent recycled polyester. . The oversized quilt is available with two matching decorative pillowcases for as little as $ 135 or on its own for a very reasonable $ 115. If you are looking to upgrade your bedding for the cold weather to come, don’t be discouraged.
We consulted a cool panel of people to find the best silk pajamas for women, and professional underwear educator Kimmay Caldwell recommended the Hanro brand for their “extreme dedication to quality fabrics and environmental causes.” While this camisole may look like it’s made from knitted fabric, it’s actually made with 100 percent silk – some of what Caldwell calls the brand’s âsurprise silkâ. Available in black and cream colourways, Hanro says it’s designed for sleeping, lounging, and layering as thermal underwear.
The best thing senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson bought this year was a heated shoulder massager to help soothe her “wrecked” back, shoulders and neck. âMassage buttons really look like hands, knead sore muscles and work sore spots,â she writes. âIt only takes a 15 minute session to soothe my stiff neck and shoulders, and it has become a treat I look forward to at the end of the day. Whenever she feels a headache coming up, she can usually push it away “with a few minutes under the massager,” and she says the heating element helps her “imagine I’m in a spa and not just in a spa. my living room”.
Amazon reviewers love these Popit! the containers âpile up on top of each other like Russian nesting dolls,â says one customer. âIt’s great for saving space, which was a major issue we had with our old Tupperware. It was a pleasant surprise! â Another reviewer is so thrilled with the containers that they’ve ordered them 14 times: âNow the refrigerators in our house, cabin and boat are well organized and have more usable space. Looks like it almost doubled the capacity of our little boat refrigeratorâ¦ They stack up and stay put even in ripple conditions on the boat.
When we asked Australian Ballet Artistic Director David Hallberg what he couldn’t be without, he told us about this Zebra pen, which he discovered through Tomoko Dunbar, Head of Wardrobe at the American Ballet Theater. âThey have the finest point for writing, but they are not fragile. And the ink is not erratic; it’s very consistent, âhe told us. Hallberg says he’s especially drawn to the dark blue color, which he says is “so much more soothing to the eyes.” I don’t like to write in black ink and people who write in red are clearly angry.
Kitchen and dining strategist (and self-proclaimed coffee addict) writer Emma Wartzman has finally found her forever coffee maker in this Farberware Percolator, which has the honor of being the best thing she’s bought this year. Wartzman reports that the percolator is by far “less difficult than an Aeropress and is pourable” and because it is made entirely of stainless steel it is “the easiest thing in the world to clean” because it “wipes clean” and all parts can be thrown in the dishwasher. If you’re more of a tea lover, she says it can do double duty: the “non-reactive material means it doesn’t retain any coffee flavor, so as long as it’s clean you pour your tea into the same cup as you make your coffee grounds, and voila.
We quizzed a group of chefs and bartenders about their favorite aprons, and three of them mentioned this sleek, budget style from Bragard. Anna Polonsky, founder of the food-focused strategy and design consultancy Polonsky and his friends, thinks they are “by far the best cotton on the market” and specifies that “most Parisian bistros still use them”. Charlie Pennes, owner of White bark work clothes, introduced Bragard aprons as a must-have choice for many chefs’ first âmost beautiful apronsâ. âLinen helps it drape well so it doesn’t pack, and the color blue hides a lot of stains and is associated with classic French workwear,â Pennes said.
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