Dear 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 LANY, a management consultant who lives in Venice, CA with her new husband. When not working, reading DW, and killing time reading the New Yorker on airplanes, she loves traveling (especially for African safaris), hiking on the many great trails around LA, road tripping to Santa Barbara and Napa on wine tours, and stalking Benedict Cumberbatch (for which she may need to take a trip to London this summer to see him in Hamlet). Check out her recommendations below!
Cremo Astonishingly Superior Shave Cream
I discovered this shaving cream a few years ago – super close shave and few nicks. Best shaving cream ever… The 3 oz ones are pretty big, yet they are small enough to carry on a plane. They also have Cremo Cream Lady – but it smells a little too much like a beverage you would drink on a Caribbean island for my taste.
Woolzies, Wool Dryer Ball Fabric Softener
At my bachelorette party, my friends got me cleaning supplies as gifts (when they know you too well). This was one of my two favorite items. I love how much softer dryer sheets make my clothes, but I hate the chemicals they add. (And several of my towels and sheets specifically say no dryer sheets). These solve the problem. (My other favorite item: Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber – this thing is amazing).
The Missing Piece
I’m at a point in life where babies are everywhere, so, between births, birthday parties, and holidays, I need lots of baby gifts. My go-to is this Shel Silverstein book about being complete on your own and not looking for someone else to complete you (along with “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O“). Kids won’t grow out of it and can appreciate it as they get older, and it instills great relationship skills early.
Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish
In a word, heaven. Better than other sugar scrubs I’ve tried because the sugar is much grainier, so I feel like it’s actually scrubbing. The oils in it leave my skin super soft. It smells awesome. I also recommend the face and lip polish in this line.
Splendid Sheer Layers Tank
These tanks go with, under, and over anything, and they are super comfy. I live in them on airplanes, wear them as slips under dresses, layer them, dress them up with a cute skirt and heels…
Sarah Asymmetric Maxi Dress
It’s not cheap at the full price, but it’s currently on sale in select colors. I pretty much lived in this the week of my wedding in Hawaii, on my honeymoon in Africa, and at home in LA. It goes with everything and every situation, packs well, is machine washable, and is incredibly comfortable. If you have a warm climate, it fits. If you ate too much the week before, it’s completely forgiving. Looks awesome with statement jewelery, with funky shoes, or with flat sandals and nothing else. Best dress ever.
If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with links to five recommendations. (Write “reader recs” in the subject line, please). Your recommendations can be from any store or website but 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.