Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Picks

saluxWendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I highlight stuff I like or recommend in the worlds of fashion, gift ideas, home decor, makeup, websites, entertainment, and recipes. Of course, many of the things I link to will be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Here are my favorite finds this week:

I celebrated turning 40 last week by getting a memory foam mattress to better support my old and achey back. After doing lots of crowd-sourcing, researching, and reading reviews, we settled on the Leesa mattress. It’s a pretty easy process, as far as buying a mattress goes. You order it online — yes, without testing it at a store first because they aren’t carried in stores (welcome to the future of mattress-buying where the middleman is cut out and you save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars) — and a few days later it is delivered to your doorstep (for free!) super compressed in a box about half the size of an average refrigerator (in lieu of traditional boxsprings, which aren’t recommended for memory foam mattresses, we bought this box foundation for it, but you can put it directly on the floor, a platform bed, or any other kind of hard or slatted surface). You open the box, pull off the plastic, unroll the mattress and within minutes it’s ready. You get 100 days to test it out and, if you aren’t happy with it, you can return it for free for a full refund. So far, we’re very happy with it! Bonus: for a limited time you can get get $75 off the Leesa mattress + $25 Target eGiftCard with promo code FRIEND75.

We got a new duvet cover not too long ago (on sale now), so I’m not getting another one right now, but with a new mattress I’m thinking it might be time to fully embrace being adults and buy our first real bed some time soon (we’ve only ever had a cheap metal bed frame). I’m leaning toward something like this, which is a total departure from the one I fantasized about literally for years after a friend got it when she got married maybe fifteen years ago (the bed lasted, the marriage did not).

I got these dual-tipped markers for Jackson recently and they’re so smooth and fun to use that I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve been secretly (not so secretly anymore) coloring with them when he isn’t around (they are marketed for adults). I’d recommend them with this amazing coloring book (definitely for a grown-up).

Fall officially starts next week, and that means: ankle boots! Already, I’m seeing the cut-out trend a lot. I like: these, these, these, these, and these for a big splurge.

At the very beginning of summer, I started using these exfoliating washcloths, and now, three or four months later, my skin is softer than it’s been since I was a baby. I’ve got to stock up for the cold winter months ahead (ugh, as much as I’m ready for fall, which is amazing and wonderful and lasts all of about three weeks here, I am not so ready for winter…).

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  • MaterialsGirl

    MaterialsGirl September 13, 2016, 1:16 pm

    I’ve not seen booties like those, I must get a pair! Will look so good with a striped sweater dress.

    Wendy, did you ever use a Clarisonic? I’m just wondering if the washclothes you’re using now are a replacement for, or in addition to that. Might have to get some for my body.

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      RedRoverRedRover September 13, 2016, 1:55 pm

      And do they last? Just curious why you said you have to “stock up”. I’m looking for something similar but a lot seem to be disposable. These say they’re machine-washable… do they break apart eventually and that’s why you have to stock up?

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        Dear Wendy September 13, 2016, 4:08 pm

        Yeah, they’re not like a typical washcloth. I dispose them after a few washings.

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        va-in-ny September 13, 2016, 4:10 pm

        @Materials – I wouldn’t use these on your face – they are pretty abrasive! It’s a good abrasive for the skin on your body, but I tend to use much much gentler exfoliating on my face.

        @RedRover – I actually listed these towels on my reader rec! I bought probably 10 of them around Christmas last year (I gave them to everyone) and only broke out a new one for myself last month. Since they dry completely after each use, they don’t get moldy or gross, and mine was completely whole when I switched over (no breaking!). They last a long time!

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        ktfran September 14, 2016, 7:44 am

        So. I’m interested in these washcloths. My legs are sensitive to shaving, so mornings I shave, I use a body scrub on them. I’m wondering if these washcloths could take the place of that? I’m also excited about these washcloths for my back!

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        RedRoverRedRover September 14, 2016, 10:30 am

        Ktfran, my legs are really sensitive too. Like red, bumpy, even bleeding. And then insanely itchy and with tons of ingrown hairs after. I was to the point of shaving with the grain, which is almost useless because my hair grows so fast.

        But just recently, after years of this and trying everything, I found a magic solution! Shave with coconut oil! It’s messy, but oh my god. No redness, no itchiness. I can shave my legs like a normal person. It’s sooooo nice! Highly recommend. And relatively cheap too! 🙂

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        snoopy128 September 14, 2016, 10:42 am

        Does anyone do dry body brushing? Or do you just use the towels instead?
        I’m curious about dry brushing/better body exfoliation!

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        va-in-ny September 14, 2016, 1:53 pm

        I actually do both! My skin isn’t sensitive though, so it doesn’t aggravate. I stopped doing the dry-brushing after I got married (I got lazy with skincare), but I recently picked it back up again and I totally forgot what a difference it makes!

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        snoopy128 September 14, 2016, 2:18 pm

        What dry brush do you use?

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        va-in-ny September 14, 2016, 2:58 pm

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      Dear Wendy September 13, 2016, 4:07 pm

      I do use a clarisonic, and I love it! My first one broke about 1 1/2 years ago (After several years of almost daily use) and I didn’t replace it until the Nordstrom sale a few weeks ago. Now that I have one again, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to replace the broken one. I don’t use the washcloths on my face — too abrasive for the face, but perfect for the body (unless you have particularly thin skin, like an older person might).

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        MaterialsGirl September 13, 2016, 4:19 pm

        Sounds good! I just think of washcloth and then I think “face.” Probably because I use them on my face at night (not for scrubbing just for patting and steaming)

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        snoopy128 September 14, 2016, 2:20 pm

        I’m looking at getting his and her clarisonics for my partner and I. They’re a bit pricey for a ‘just cause’ present….but I feel like they aren’t a great major event (birthday, Christmas, anniversary) present.

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        MaterialsGirl September 14, 2016, 2:31 pm

        we have his and hers!

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        snoopy128 September 14, 2016, 2:33 pm

        I feel like the only way he will try it is if I buy it first and then encourage him to use it and then buy him his own. I had to do the same thing with getting him to use some skincare products (ahem, daily toner!).

        MG- is your guy into skincare? Did you just give the clarisonic to him one day and hope he’d use it?

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        MaterialsGirl September 14, 2016, 2:51 pm

        That’s how both my husband and my ex started using theirs. Cause its a cool tool and it cleans really well, especially if you have weird beard or bumps and stuff. My husband works in manufacturing so he’s always covered in oil and grease. seems to work the best for him.
        I’ve gotten him to use eyecream but he needs to use it more regularly. his routine is pretty basic and more for oily/acne skin than mine (i’m normal/dry and sensitive). He uses the orange neutrogena liquid and clean and clear lotion. At least it’s something!

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        Dear Wendy September 14, 2016, 2:55 pm

        I think it’s a great gift any time!

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    honeybeenicki September 13, 2016, 1:46 pm

    I have 2 swear word coloring books 🙂

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    Vathena September 13, 2016, 1:47 pm

    My daughter has the Morocco bed in white (because her bedroom was a guest room for a hot second before I got pregnant). I love the style of the other one too – very urban-retro! I am so intrigued by the memory foam mattress discussion. I don’t know if I could talk my husband into it, but we are definitely going to need a new mattress before long. I keep rolling into the middle of ours.

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    zombeyonce September 14, 2016, 11:20 am

    I love the look of cutout boots, but man are they impractical for Portland’s rainy weather during boot-wearing season. I’ll just look at the photos and dream…

    But I’m definitely getting those markers and coloring book for my sister. She will go bananas with excitement!

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