Dear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so it’s a no-brainer to feature some of their favorite products. Today’s recommendations come from ShakeOurTree who is a third-year law student in her late 20s, living in a liberal enclave of the South. She lives alone with her very mouthy cat, and she has been with her extremely supportive boyfriend for more than a year. Her free time is scarce, but she tries to spend as much time as possible with her friends, eating tacos, getting drinks, or watching local bands, and she also spends a lot of time advocating for survivors of domestic violence. Check out her recommendations below.
Every year I suffer from SAD, and this gets me through the winter. I used to leave it on my desk at work, and I would turn it on in the morning for a while. Now it lives next to my bed, and I’ll turn it on when I’m waking up (which is a long process for me). The light doesn’t bother your eyes. I even use it in the summer sometimes when I’m working a lot and can’t get out of the office enough.
Japanese skin peel for your feet. Soak your feet in this stuff for an hour, and a few days later the skin on your feet starts molting like a snake. It’s totally disgusting but also fascinating and effective.
I used to cold brew my coffee with a mason jar and a cheesecloth, but this simplifies the process by a lot, and I’m totally lazy. I mostly use it for iced coffee, but it can be heated if you prefer your coffee hot. I prefer cold brew, even for hot coffee, because it is less bitter, and you can make several days’ worth at once. Also, it makes it easier to adjust how strong your coffee is. My daily caffeine intake would probably kill a small animal, but caffeine lightweights can dilute it as much as they want.
This has saved me hundreds of dollars over the years. Great to be able to do touch-ups on my own manicures because I’m always screwing up my manis.
Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction series. I read each of these books in less than two days apiece. HBO recently acquired the rights to this, and Darren Aronofsky is adapting it for a miniseries.
Thanks for your recommendations, SOT!
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