I’m a woman of many loves — my husband, “Mad Men,” my son, day drinking, super soft t-shirts, karaoke… you get the drift. And I love finding new things to love and sharing my finds with others, so in Wendy’s Picks I do just that. Keep reading for my five new loves this month and please feel free to share yours in the comments!
1. Under Armour tights
I’ve been running off and on since I was a teenager, but after over two years of an “off” period, I started up again last June and now run about three days a week, 10-12 miles total. I ran my first race on Thanksgiving — a five mile “Turkey Trot” — finishing at a respectable 47:30 (in the top third for my age group). I say all this not just to braggy-brag-brag, but to point out that, when it comes to running, I’m a solid hobbyist. And when it comes to couch surfing, I go for gold. So when I say that Under Armour tights, which are perfect for both running and couch surfing, are hands-down the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn for either activity (and soo warm!), I hope you’ll believe me (and go get yourself a pair!). I bought my first pair earlier this month, and I’ve basically only taken them off to shower. And sometimes not even then.
2. Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes
I’m a bit of a clean/neat-freak, and with a 2-year-old it’s been a challenge keeping our small Brooklyn apartment looking good at all times. I have had to adjust my attitude a little bit and loosen up and accept that there will be toys out during the day and crumbs I don’t always sweep immediately, but the one thing I cannot accept is a fridge with streaks. But until I discovered these stainless steel wipes, keeping the fridge streak-free was a near-impossible feat. Now? Easy. I spend about 20 seconds every day (sometimes twice a day), quickly wiping it down. A streak-free fridge goes a LONG way to making a home look clean (even if there are a few crumbs on the floor and toys scattered about). And I realize this whole paragraph sounds like a script for a commercial, but it’s all sincere. These wipes are seriously one of my favorite things right now.
3. Nespresso Pixie
I asked for and got this Nespresso machine for Christmas from Drew, and I love it so much. I used to go to the coffee shop maybe three or four times a week for a latte — mama’s special treat to get through the mornings — but, at four bucks a pop plus tip, those things add up. Plus, some mornings you just don’t feel like changing out of your Under Armour tights and putting on real pants — and don’t even get me started on shoes — and heading to the coffee shop where everyone is all cute in their Frye boots and smart coats. Now, with the N’espresso, I just order my capsules, which cost like 65 cents each, drop them in the top, push a button, and voila! I have an espresso in 20 seconds. I steam some milk in the aeroccino thingy, which takes an additional 30 seconds, and then I have myself a delicious latte for less than a dollar and I don’t even have to wear pants. Win-win for everyone. And the clean-up is a breeze (wipe down with a wet cloth).
4. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
This is a web series from Jerry Seinfeld where he … gets in a car with comedians and they go get coffee (or sometimes breakfast… or sometimes, like with Louis CK, they get in a car and then on a boat and then they drink coffee). Each episode is about 15 minutes long and, depending on the guest, the shows range from chuckle-funny (Jay Leno) to HAHAHAHA (Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock). Some are even bittersweet (Michael Richards, who played Kramer on “Seinfeld”). Drew and I have been going through the series on cold nights when there’s nothing to watch on TV and none of our wish list movies are available for rent yet on Netflix. It’s way better than 99% of the current TV lineup.
5. JAPONESQUE Brow Kit
I basically have no eyebrows anymore. Through a combination of aggressive threading when I was younger, old age, and, most of all, my thyroid disease, my eyebrows have pretty much disappeared over the last couple years. It’s really sad, actually, but the good news is that makeup can help a little bit. A few months ago, when I was getting a hair cut, I noticed that my stylist had great brows (I always notice people’s eyebrows now) and, when she told me they were fake and that she used this eyebrow kit to draw them on, I literally went from the salon to Ricky’s up the street and bought the kit immediately. Alas, my brows still don’t look as lovely and full as my stylist’s — I suspect when she said they were “fake,” she didn’t mean ALL of them — but they look a lot better than nothing. Best of all, they look totally natural and not drawn on like they would with a pencil or some of the other kits I’ve tried. If you have thinned out or sparse brows or none at all (I feel you), try out this brow kit. It’s cheaper than brow transplant and less permanent than a tattoo.