Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Picks

jpegI’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!

 

 

Unknown1. 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.

Unknown-12. 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.

204763. 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).

comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee4. 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.

images5. 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.

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    kerrycontrary January 21, 2014, 1:36 pm

    Thanks for the brow kit recommendation! Just the way my brow-bone is shaped, I’ve recently realized that I always look like I have half-eyebrows in pictures. Even though you can see my full eyebrows in real life. I’ll need to get this.

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    • othy

      othy January 21, 2014, 1:38 pm

      I currently have some eye brows, but not sure how much longer they will last. My dad doesn’t have any (which I somehow never noticed until my mom pointed it out?), but he used to. I fear it’s genetic.

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        Painted_lady January 21, 2014, 1:44 pm

        I have mine and several other people’s. I’d be willing to share. My mom says hers thinned out, but I’m not buying it.

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        quixoticbeatnik January 21, 2014, 8:34 pm

        Yeah I have my Dad’s lovely bushy caterpillar eyebrows. I love eyebrow waxes.

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    • Fabelle

      Fabelle January 21, 2014, 3:00 pm

      I have half eyebrows– I always did 🙁 The half closer to my nose is nice & dense, & then the latter half is a mess (grows both over & under my actual brow line, sparse, etc.) It sucks.

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    Painted_lady January 21, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I am currently obsessed with everything Urban Decay makes. Base, eyeliner, lipstick are currently in my quickly-expanding collection, along with their setting spray, which I put over my derby makeup and it stays the entire game.

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      MissDre January 21, 2014, 2:49 pm

      Yeah they have pretty amazing colours. I need a new primer (they make great primer).

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        Painted_lady January 21, 2014, 3:35 pm

        I haven’t tried their primer – I use their BB cream under the foundation instead, and it makes my skin feel so soft!

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      starpattern January 21, 2014, 3:37 pm

      Also, the Naked palettes.

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        Painted_lady January 21, 2014, 3:47 pm

        Next on the list of acquisitions for sure 🙂

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    GatorGirl January 21, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Speaking of super soft t shirts…I got one of these for Christmas and it’s so soft.

    http://www.thehomet.com/

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      jpkrueger January 22, 2014, 10:00 am

      That is so cute!!! Love the tote bags too.

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      lets_be_honest January 22, 2014, 10:26 am

      Thanks for sharing! Very cute.

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  • Northern Mermaid

    Northern Mermaid January 21, 2014, 8:35 pm

    Under Armor used to make the BEST leggings–I (somewhat inappropriately) called them the From Jesus leggings because I could wear them as field pants. They held up to alder thickets and rough work and the weave was tight enough to keep mosquitoes from biting through. They kept you warm when it was cold, and cool when it was hot, and I didn’t have to wear cargo pants or carhardt type things while working. They were glorious. I wore them for three Alaskan field seasons and this year I went to buy new ones and they just aren’t the same, especially on the mosquito front. Such a bummer.

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark January 21, 2014, 11:15 pm

    HOTTEST (LIVING) ACTOR
    Bradley Cooper. Enough said.

    BEST MOVIE OUT NOW
    Hands down. AMERICAN HUSTLE. So much fun, makes me wanna chuck everything and become a scam artist — stat! Killer production design and epic performances even by those I find irritating — like Jennifer Lawrence. Seriously, SHE kills it in this movie. Totally deserves that Oscar nod. Oh, and Bradley Cooper somehow makes even an olgivie home perm sexy..

    MOVIE TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS
    You have been forewarned… AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Shrill cliche’d drek. Just dreadful. If screaming: “Eat the fish, bitch!” and smashing plates is GREAT ACTING, then film truly IS dead. Oh, wait. No. See everybody in American Hustle. I love Meryl, and I don’t hate Julia — but they chew so much scenery in this flick it’s amazing that there is any set left. It also looks REALLY cheap. And like it was lensed by a highschool film student. Just painfully obvious and BLAH composition.

    BEST TV ON DVD
    THE WALKING DEAD. Nevermind the great acting or incredible production value. The success of this show hinges upon the simple fact that pretty much everybody — at one time or another — has simply wanted to run around braining idiots everywhere with an oversized hammer. SPLAT!

    WORST TV ON DVD
    The last season of MAD MEN with the shittiest dvds ever that have NO COMMENTARY TRACKS. Just Lame-o. Great season, but the lack of these — USUALLY THERE ARE TWO PER EPISODE made me feel like I’d be gang-raped by a some seriously ugly chicks… Boo! Hiss!

    BEST MADONNA SONG ON MY IPOD
    How can a list not have this? I’M A SINNER. “I’m a sinner. I’m a sinner. I’m a sinner. I like it that way…” Hell, yes! Madonna. It’s all very RAY OF LIGHT meets BEAUTIFUL STRANGER.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray January 22, 2014, 4:30 am

      Bradley Cooper?! You lose credibility there but ok to the rest! I haven’t seen those movies but need to. It’s “watch all oscar nods before the oscars” season and per usual I’ve seen only 2-3 on the best film list. It really pissed me off when they extended that category to 9 – I never manage to get all best film pics watched in time. I went to see Her this weekend but left after 15 minutes. I found whatshisname painful to watch and his relationship with scarlet’s voice sooo uninteresting that I couldn’t stand it. Also my sister and I just weren’t in the mood so we left. I haven’t left a movie like that in … Well never. But I’ll go back. When I get a chance. I’ve only seen: Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club and … Shit, what’s the third film on the best film list I saw… gravity? I think that’s the one but now I gotta go google it. Also it’s 3:30 am here, why am I up? Oh, Moose!

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