“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:
When I was in Chicago last month, I stayed at my friend Chad’s place and he had this amazing GelPro mat on his kitchen floor in front of the sink. It had been a Christmas gift from his boyfriend’s parents, who have several of these mats themselves, after Chad had admired theirs the last time he visited. And then I admired his and came home and ordered one for our kitchen. Because if you have to stand in front of a stove or sink for several hours a week, you may as well be standing on a fantasic “anti-fatigue” mat that puts a little pep in your step faster than you can say “ginger shot.”
Speaking of which, have you tried them (ginger shots, I mean)? Do you like them? One of our local grocery stores sells this brand, which is handcrafted here in Brooklyn, and I’ve had a few…annndd, I mean, I’m not saying they taste good (not on their own anyway), but, man, they’re so powerful I believe all the healing powers they’ve been hyped to have.
It’s April, which means it’s time for some spring wardrobe updates. I’m excited because peasant tops, a style I tend to gravitate toward, is actually trendy this year. I like this top, this one, this one, this one, and this one. And this isn’t a peasant top and it’s not exactly springy, but I bought it during a sale recently and it’s one of the more flattering things I’ve tried on lately and also seems like something that would look good on various body types and would be a versatile wardrobe piece (with the multiple five-star reviews kind of confirming that).
Here’s a kickstarter project that sounds amazing and necessary: a magazine for girls aged 5-10 that will give them “tools to create, build, explore, dream, play and ask questions. KAZOO will be published quarterly and feature sections on art, nature, science, tinkering and tech, cooking, travel, sports, emotions, citizenship, and critical thinking. Regular features will include: science experiments; comics; art projects; recipes; interviews with inspiring women from athletes to astronauts; and fun activities, including secret codes, jokes, mazes, search-and-finds and more.”
When I was in Chicago last month, besides admiring my friend’s new kitchen mat, I did a lot of lounging around shootin’ the shit with my pals, drinking cocktails, going out for meals, and playing a bunch of Ping Pong. My friend Nikki has this handy dandy portable ping pong net set (comes with a net, two paddles and balls), which turns any long table, a group of friends, and some beer into an instant ping pong tournament. I can’t remember the last time I played Ping Pong before this, but, like riding a bike, it’s something you don’t really forget how to do. Pro Tip: wearing running tights and pink pumps is key to kicking ass. (These are the shoes I’m wearing. They’re pretty comfortable, for being 4-inch heels, and they’re on sale for less than 30 bucks).
At the end of the month, we’re going to have a baby-naming ceremony for Joanie. (This is a Jewish ceremony done in the first year of a baby girl’s life — though typically much earlier than we’re doing it — wherein she is given a Hebrew name and a special blessing by a rabbi.) I bought Joanie’s dress for the occasion several months ago, but I still have to find something for myself to wear. Help? So far, I’ve ordered this dress (15% off the sale price, yay) and this dress and maybe one or both of them will look ok. (That silhouette seems to work pretty well for my body type, fyi, and I want to stay under $100.) I really like this one, but it’s a bit more than I want to spend and it’s on back order ’til the end of May. I’m gonna have to keep my eye on it and see if it goes on sale this summer though.
Finally, Bloomingdales is having a 25% off sale all week with code FRIENDS. Now would be a good time to get a new pair (or two) of sunglasses. I’m really liking a lot of the Kate Spade shades this season.