Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Picks

Wendy’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 was looking for some skinny corduroy pants and saw these on sale and purchased a pair and they’re my new favorite thing — super comfy and soft, no annoying waist-gap, and I love the color (I got the “Zinfandel,” because wine). I found that they run a little big, so try sizing down. I usually wear a size 10, but an 8 fit perfectly and that’s not ’cause I’ve been avoiding bread and booze this season.

Yes, these earrings are pricey (even 30% off), but since they could basically be your entire New Year’s Eve outfit, they’re kind of worth it, right?

Drew and I love watching comedy specials and we recently caught the Michael Che (SNL) special, Michael Che Matters (available on Netflix), and it’s fucking hilarious and thought-provoking. Like old school Eddie Murphy, he delivers big laughs while discussing hot button topics like race relations, homophobia, guns, religion. ““We can’t even agree on Black Lives Matter,” says the former Daily Show correspondent. “‘All Lives Matter’? That would be like if your wife came up to you and was like, ‘Do you love me?’ And you were like, ‘Baby, I love everybody, what are you talking about?’”

I never thought I’d be excited about packing tape of all things, but I’ve been wrapping up a lot of packages this month, and this stuff stuff has preserved what’s left of my sanity on at least a few occasions in the last couple weeks. You don’t need scissors! You just tear it. Revolutionary!

Jackson and I both share a love of ginger cookies, which are especially seasonal this time of year. Our favorites are these and these (perfect with some chai tea, Mmmm), which we’ve been eating a lot of lately.

My mom got Joanie this bubble gum pink floral sweatshirt, which is not something I would have picked out for her myself, but it’s totally adorable and Joanie loves it (if she knew more words, I am sure she’d be saying “Cozy and warm!”), so if you have a tiny little girl in your life, maybe make her day and give her this (bonus: it’s marked down from $36 to $10).

I just ordered that damn brush Kate has been raving about for weeks. I will report back in my next Wendy’s Pick about how well it works for me.

UPDATE:

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Here’s a picture of Kate (posted with her permission). She says: “Left is air drying, middle is what it looks like dry and curly, right is after using the brush.”

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    MissDre December 20, 2016, 1:38 pm

    Love it that I’m not the only one who calls it the damn brush 😀

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      Kate December 20, 2016, 2:27 pm

      I sent Wendy pics of my and Lianne’s hair after using it and she was convinced. For Lianne as a new mom too, it’s really helped with her schedule.

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        Ange December 20, 2016, 4:38 pm

        I already have an instyler and it’s not too bad on my hair, would you say the brush is better though?

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        Kate December 20, 2016, 5:23 pm

        Oh sure, you could just blow-dry first and then use this to make it smooth. I don’t blow-dry though, which is why this is my dream tool. If I’m gonna blow-dry, I’m getting a pro blowout. I SUCK at it.

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      Kate December 20, 2016, 4:50 pm

      Well, I’ve never tried the Instyler, does it dry your hair while it styles? This doesn’t. You have to air dry first. It also does not put waves or curls in your hair. It’s just an extremely easy and fast way to get hair that’s straight yet retains body (not flat). Lianne flips her ends out with a curling iron a little bit after.

      In Australia I think you can get the round brush version of this, “Babyliss Big Hair,” look it up on YouTube. This paddle brush is also Babyliss brand in AU. They aren’t selling the “Big Hair” one here yet but it looks really interesting.

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        Kate December 20, 2016, 4:51 pm

        It also shoots out ionic diamonds or something that make your hair shiny and soft.

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        RedRoverRedRover December 20, 2016, 5:12 pm

        You could blow-dry first too, right? Mine takes forever to air-dry. I would actually probably blow-dry on the days I wash my hair, and then use this on the other days to get it looking nice.

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        Ange December 21, 2016, 7:42 pm

        Thanks for the info! I can get it online easily enough, though it’s a shame it doesn’t dry. I might have to keep using the instyler until it croaks, though I do love the idea of tiny diamonds being shot into my hair….

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    Kate December 20, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Sorry, RR, my response ended up above your question.

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      RedRoverRedRover December 20, 2016, 6:18 pm

      Saw it. 🙂 Thanks!

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        Lianne December 21, 2016, 8:56 am

        RR I blow dried before using it on Saturday and it was fine. Just requires that extra effort of blow drying. Ideally, I shower at night, put in a heat protector, leave hair down over night, then in the morning my hair is super curly and fully dry. I use the brush and in 15-20 mins. I’m done. Historically I’d stretch my self-done blow out for 4-5 days. With this damn brush, I don’t have to, though I could. The chore of doin my hair again seems like a non-issue. Love!!!

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        Lianne December 21, 2016, 9:15 am

        I should add, the 15-20 mins includes softening my ends with the curling iron.

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        Lianne December 21, 2016, 9:32 am

        I should ALSO add that when I blow dried prior to owning the brush, I did a full on blow-out and smoothed with a flat iron. Now, I just blow dried to get my hair dry, but used the brush in lieu of a round brush while blow-drying and a flat iron.

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        RedRoverRedRover December 21, 2016, 3:54 pm

        Oh yeah, that makes sense to use it as the brush while you dry! Then it’s not an extra step. I’m gonna get one!

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      Kate December 21, 2016, 4:02 pm

      No, I think what Lianne means is that, instead of having to fully dry her hair smooth with a round brush AND THEN flat iron, she can just take this hot brush to her bed head mess in the morning and get it looking good in one quick step. To clarify, you would NOT use this brush while blow drying. You could just rough dry with the hair dryer, or air dry, THEN use this hot brush to straighten.

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    dinoceros December 20, 2016, 6:48 pm

    I love Michael Che.

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    Jenny December 21, 2016, 12:43 pm

    Ok regarding the damn brush…what about it is better than a flat iron? Is it faster?

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      Lianne December 21, 2016, 1:08 pm

      For me, I can’t just let my hair air dry and then flat iron it. I have to get it mostly smooth with the blow dryer and round brush and then refine with the flat iron. With the brush, I don’t have to do that at all.

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        Jenny December 21, 2016, 1:21 pm

        Ah, I see. I can let mine air dry and then flat iron, it just takes longer than if I blow dry first. I have no clue how to blow dry my hair with a round brush. But I have a six week old so right now I consider it a win if my hair is clean!

        I just want Connie Britton to donate her hair to me.

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      Kate December 21, 2016, 1:22 pm

      It’s way faster, less damaging, and doesn’t give me that unflattering super-flat look that a flat iron does. My hair is wavy and frizzy but not thick, so I want to keep some volume in it, otherwise it’s not cute.

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        Jenny December 21, 2016, 1:29 pm

        Hmm my hair might be pretty similar to yours, then. I do find that straightening can make my hair pretty limp and boring. Thanks for the tip!

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    Dear Wendy December 21, 2016, 6:05 pm

    See Kate’s picture above, posted as an update.

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    Kate December 22, 2016, 8:49 am

    Oh RedRover, look! Here’s another one that DOES dry your hair, as opposed to just heat up and straightening dry hair:

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Revlon-Pro-Collection-One-Step-Hair-Dryer-and-Styler/46828785?gclid=CObgxZ74h9ECFU5XDQodhb0LSA

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      RedRoverRedRover December 22, 2016, 9:22 am

      Ok, that’s pretty cool! Time to read some reviews and see which is better for me. 🙂

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