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Reader Recs: Absurdfiction’s Picks

absurdfictionDear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so it’s a no-brainer to feature some of their favorite products. Today’s recommendations comes from absurdfiction who lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, their snuggly 60-lb lapdog, and their terrifying demon-cat. She loves advice columns, and she has been reading DW since The Frisky days. In her spare time, she loves reading, hiking, cooking, and drinking too much wine. Although she lives in the South, she hates hot weather, so she is ecstatic that fall is finally here! Keep reading for her recommendations, including the wedding gift she uses more than any other.

9781607741916_p0_v1_s260x420Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison
I get a CSA box delivered every week, and this book has been so awesome in helping me figure out how to use some of the more peculiar veggies I’ve gotten in my shares. There are really basic cooking instructions, as well as fancy-pants recipes, and everything I’ve tried has come out delicious!


51BBLKmKdYL._SX425_Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips
I am the worst at keeping up with nail polish, so when I want to look well-manicured for more than five minutes, these strips are my go-to. They are easy to apply, they come in dozens of funky patterns, you don’t have to wait for them to dry, and they last for at least a week. In fact, I find that I have to bust out the nail polish remover only because they are growing out, not because they’re chipped. To help keep them going so long, I top them off with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat, which is salon-quality but cheap!


71JhGWqdqVL._SL1500_Bag Balm Ointment
I have dry skin, and I’ve tried just about everything to keep it in check. Bag Balm is one of my favorite things, period. I use it on my hands, elbows, cat scratches, chapped lips, and even new tattoos. It was originally developed to soothe sore udders on dairy cows, and, incidentally, I’ve heard it’s great for nursing moms, too!


130484_926_41L.L. Bean Wicked Good Moccasins
I live in these slippers when I am at home. They keep your feet cozy and warm, and the natural shearling lining wicks moisture, so I can even get away with wearing them in summer (though it probably helps that I blast the A/C). My mom has had a similar pair from L.L. Bean for probably 30 years, so they are a worthwhile investment!


wineChalkNotePier1 Chalk Note Glassware
My husband and I got a set of the stemless wine glasses from this collection as a wedding gift, and we use them more than anything else we received! Since you can personalize each glass, they are perfect for entertaining. We like to try to outdo each other with goofy things to write or draw on them whenever we uncork a bottle of wine. They’re dishwasher safe, and the only drawback is that cold beverages like white wine may cause condensation to form and destroy your little masterpieces. [Amazon sells a similar set with a growler and pint glasses, fyi.]

Thanks, adsurdfiction!

If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at wendy@dearwendy.com with links to five recommendations. (Write “reader recs” in the subject line, please). Your recommendations can be from any store or website, but they need to be accessible online — and I would love it if at least two items could be found on Amazon where I am an affiliate. If your list is a good fit for the site, I’ll ask you to write a brief description of each item/explain what you love so much about it.

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9 comments… add one
  • TheLadyE October 30, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Totally not at all to do with the recs, but I live in Raleigh, too!! How exciting! I think we should have a Raleigh – or maybe a NC – DW meetup, for sure!

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  • Jennylou October 30, 2014, 4:39 pm

    I am so checking out the Vegetable Literacy book! It’s so hard cooking a healthy dinner for my boyfriend because he doesn’t like most veggies. This looks like it has some great ideas and could really help with the need for variety!

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  • 2_j October 31, 2014, 9:09 am

    Honestly, I really do not think being 35 and having a younger gf, 21, is suspicious at all.. just my opinion. I think that’s a bit harsh to say. They are both grown adults, age is just a number…no? Knowing your gf follows you or can see what you post or like on instagram yet still continues to do stuff on there that makes you uncomfortable and basically not caring is quite shitty though.

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    • Dear Wendy October 31, 2014, 9:17 am

      I think you meant to comment on the shortcuts, no?

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  • 2_j October 31, 2014, 9:18 am

    i so put this in the wrong section haha. Yes i agree Wendy. I think it depends on the people for sure. I was 22 (years ago) and my gf at the time was 36. We had a long term healthy relationship, caught a lot of flack for it but we didn’t care and were mature consenting adults.

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  • saracarolina500 October 31, 2014, 9:54 am

    Also in the Triangle…

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  • Gigantor October 31, 2014, 9:38 pm

    I live in Raleigh, too! We should definitely do a Triangle meet up!

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  • Addie Pray November 4, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Ok, I just bought that bag balm ointment for my terrible terrible dry skin on my heals. … Wish me luck!

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    • Addie Pray November 6, 2014, 2:07 pm

      Absurdfiction, the bag balm arrived – and I LOVE IT!!!! THANK YOU!!!

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