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Reader Recs: Addie Pray’s Faves

Me + NumeDear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so, when a commenter suggested I create a regular feature for them to recommend some of their favorite products, it was a no-brainer and Reader Recs was born. Today’s recommendations come from Addie Pray who is an attorney in Chicago. She has a puppy named Moose, who is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet. In her free time, in addition to commenting on Dear Wendy all the live-long day, Addie Pray writes a movie review column that runs in a local newspaper once a month, and she enjoys red wine, cheese, TV, friends, red wine, and cheese.

mA3NigeT-pdadEmu7Dgw1ygThe NuMe Classic Curling Wand
This is the coolest hair tool ever, and worth every penny. I have wavy hair that I can straighten easily or wear wavy (or really wavy if it’s humid), but I can never get tight curls (not without the NuMe, that is). Here’s how I like to use the NuMe (and it takes all of 2 minutes): I wake up with bed head and don’t bother brushing it, except I do add in a few tight and loose curls using the NuMe wand. The result is a perfect messy mix of straight, wavy, and curly! I snapped the (cheesy) selfie pictured above for you to see the NuMe curls in action. By the way, I learned about NuMe from this online hair tutorial channel, and in an old clip, they offered NuMe discount codes. If you’re interested in buying a NuMe wand, it can’t hurt to see if the discount codes still work. Click the voucher redemption button at the top of the page and type “sweethair1″ (all lowercase) to receive $112 off any NuMe classic wands, special edition wands, magic wands, or flat irons (I have the classic wand), and “sweethair2″ for $120 off of NuMe Styling Sets.

58787_BL8124J Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats
These are the perfect flats. I have a three-step approach to shoes, which may be a little unconventional: First, comfort; If I can’t walk miles in them, I will never wear them. Second, practicality; I don’t like accumulating a lot of stuff (shoes included), so I prefer a shoe that is practical – one I can wear everywhere, whether it be to work, on a date, at the park, to the grocery store, etc. Only if I make it past the first two steps will I consider the third step: style. I don’t know what my style is. Classic Sporty and classic? Simple? I dunno. All I know is, I LOVE THESE FLATS, they have it all. I know I just said I don’t like accumulating a lot of stuff, but that only applies to stuff I don’t get a lot of use out of. I have these shoes in green, yellow, and red, and it’s not enough; I need more. Every year they seem to offer these in various new colors, and I am always tempted to just buy every single color in my size.

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This is the Best Blender in all the Land. It blends everything perfectly; no chunks left behind. My all-time favorite, and very healthy, smoothie combination is: fozen kale, bananas, mangoes, and pineapple, with a cup or two of water or almond milk.

 

719CeUmoXML._SL1500_Roku Streaming Player
When my sister came to visit to help me move into my new place, she couldn’t get Netflix on my stupid smart TV (ha) to work. So she went out to Target and came back with a Roku Streaming Player, which I thought was a waste of money at first. Then she set it up, and it has been glorious. It plugs into my TV, and it has EVERY streaming channel you can think of, plus more, right there, and for some divine reason everything plays really quickly and continuously.

 

2279691611OGX Shampoo and Conditioners
I love OGX-brand shampoos and conditioners for these simple reasons: They’re cheap and easy to find, and they make my hair smell and feel good. What more do you want? Over the years, I’ve tried expensive hair products but found Herbal Essence or whatever-is-on-sale-at-Target works just as well. Until I found this OGX stuff; at its price, it’s my new favorite for sure. I’ve tried a few of the different scents and like them all.

Thanks, Addie!

If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at wendy@dearwendy.com with links to five recommendations. (Write “reader recs” in the subject line, please). Your recommendations can be from any store or website, but they need to be accessible online — and I would love it if at least two items could be found on Amazon where I am an affiliate. If your list is a good fit for the site, I’ll ask you to write a brief description of each item/explain what you love so much about it.

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26 comments… add one
  • MaterialsGirl

    MaterialsGirl July 10, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I PICKED OUT THAT PHOTO!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray July 10, 2014, 3:16 pm

      You did! It was one of the approximate million shameless selfies I took when we went to dinner!

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  • Lianne

    Lianne July 10, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Love it! I have a Ninja blender and I find it also works so well to get all those chunks out perfectly. AND I’ve often made the kale smoothie you referenced, minus the bananas – so yummy. My latest smoothie concoction is a banana, 1/4 cup cooked oatmeal, coconut water, and almonds. SO GOOD.
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    Second, I also love the OGX shampoo and conditioner. I included my face in my reader recs – the Morroccan Argan Creme. Best stuff for MY wavy hair.
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    It’s like we’re the same person living in an alternate universe from one another…a la Fringe.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray July 10, 2014, 3:22 pm

      We can go by Liaddie.

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    • Diablo

      Diablo July 10, 2014, 4:05 pm

      M uses and loves OGX shampoo, conditioner and other products. I used to groom myself mainly by letting the cat lick me, so it’s been hard going for the last while. Now I just lick the heel of my hand and then rub it on my face and head until i deem that I am fully groomed. And they said i couldn’t learn hygiene!

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki July 10, 2014, 4:45 pm

        One of my cats gets upset and has to start over if you touch a part she’s already groomed… do you have this same problem? Does M need to stay far, far away until you’re all groomed so you don’t have to start over?

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  • Portia

    Portia July 10, 2014, 3:01 pm

    Hm, I’ll keep OGX in mind next time I get more shampoo and conditioner, it’s cheaper than the kind I get now…
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    And I don’t have those specific shoes, but I did get one pair of J Crew flats about 6 months ago and they’re so comfortable! We set up a desktop computer to our TV so no need for a Roku. The rest are a little on the pricey side, but they sound nice…

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    Christy July 10, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Do you find that the suede gets gross from walking outside? That’s my big fear with suede shoes.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray July 10, 2014, 3:17 pm

      No – well, not any grosser than any shoe gets when you wear them over and over again like I do, without socks and stuff (stinky shoes!). I have a pair of green ones that I wore all over Europe and South America – those are gross, admittedly.

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        Christy July 10, 2014, 3:23 pm

        What about when it rains? Teach me your ways!

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        ktfran July 10, 2014, 3:31 pm

        YES! Actually, I haven’t bought suede shoes because of walking around Chicago. Although, I can get to AP’s from work via the Pedway. AP, have you explored yet?

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray July 10, 2014, 3:51 pm

        No, I haven’t! I’m going to need you to teach me. At least by next winter.

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        Addie Pray July 10, 2014, 3:47 pm

        Well, by “all over” I mean to like two places but still – beach, city, etc.
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        I guess my ways are just avoiding water – and I don’t really wear them in grass (what is grass? i forget)

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray July 10, 2014, 3:49 pm

        Here is a picture of the shoes I have under my desk at work. See the suede ones? They’re just fine! And there’s an old pair of leather ones up top that are all scratched up.

        http://i1351.photobucket.com/albums/p789/AddieFPray/shoes_zps97c9fab7.jpg

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    • Portia

      Portia July 10, 2014, 4:48 pm

      That’s always my problem with suede. I got these awesome suede boots on sale once and I loved them, but I was always afraid to wear them lest they get ruined so I pretty much just didn’t… First and last pair of suede shoes I owned.

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      XanderT July 10, 2014, 8:01 pm

      You just need to spray them with a protecting spray before you wear them. That way the white water stains never appear.

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  • sobriquet

    sobriquet July 10, 2014, 5:06 pm

    At first sight- on my phone- I thought that curling iron was a vibrator!
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    I love OGX. Is it sad that that’s my “fancy” conditioner?
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    My friends have a chromecast which is the cheapo $35 version of that streaming player and it’s pretty cool! We just canceled cable last week so that we can transition to full streaming and save $100 a month. We’re also excited to try Google Fiber- the free internet service?- when it hits Austin in a few months!

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    • othy

      othy July 11, 2014, 10:24 am

      So jealous you’re getting Google Fiber. My city is in the potential test area for it, but they have no solid plans to come here yet.

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny July 10, 2014, 5:12 pm

    I have those shoes in hot pink! And they actually are still pretty clean after wearing them on and off since April.

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    Brian Fairbanks July 10, 2014, 8:15 pm

    Obligatory “lookin’ sexy in that pic” comment. Of course.

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark July 10, 2014, 9:11 pm

    I am not quite sure I can pull off those shoes…

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    Marcie July 10, 2014, 9:29 pm

    Don’t buy anything from NUME without a coupon code! They are all over the internet!

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    Sunshine Brite July 10, 2014, 9:52 pm

    Man, in the market for a new flat and they don’t have that shoe in my size. Sigh, not the princess tonight lol.

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    jlyfsh July 11, 2014, 10:28 am

    i love my roku! if you lose the remote there is even an iphone app that turns your phone in to a remote. helpful for if you have a pet that likes to steal it and hide it from you.

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    Dietcokeaddict July 12, 2014, 8:15 pm

    I am going to try out this hair wand! I’m super excited about it!

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    Chaparra July 12, 2014, 9:26 pm

    Ogx is the best! I think it’s cruelty free, and it’s coconut oil shampoo/conditioner has been a miracle for my hair, which gets build up really quickly but is too sensitive for the tea tree shampoos. They should rename that stuff Your New Perfect Shampoo.

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