Dear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so, when a commenter suggested I create a regular feature for them to recommend some of their favorite products, it was a no-brainer and Reader Recs was born. Today’s recommendations come from DW guest contributor, Emily Morris (she wrote “I’m Conflicted About Being a Feminist and a Wife,” “I Wasn’t Slutty in My Twenties… and I Regret It,” and “After My Miscarriage, A Dog Saved My Life.” Emily lives in Boston with her drummer boyfriend, two dogs, and one cat. Emily has great taste and is always up on the latest beauty product. Years ago she and I even wrote a product blog together wherein we featured some of our favorite finds online and off. I asked her if she could share some of her current finds, like old times, and she happily obliged, below.
Julep’s Maven Box
I like beauty boxes, and I had Birchbox for a while, but I was over getting tiny samples of stuff that I never used. When I heard about Julep’s box, I thought that might be better for me. I love nail polish and I polish my nails a lot, and this box is two polishes a month (which you can customize) plus at least one other product. This month it was a large tube of their summer lotion; in the past it’s been a full-sized facial oil, a top coat, cuticle oil, etc., etc. Also you can refer friends and earn points good for free boxes! Fun!
iPhone stand up dock
I am in love with this little thing. I keep it on my night stand and actually got rid of my alarm clock since I use my phone as a clock now, plus it charges your phone and it’s just RIGHT there on your nightstand looking low profile and not taking up space. And via that link it’s NINETY-NINE cents [it’s forty-eight cents now! — Wendy].
Grady’s Cold Brew
I was spending $5 a day on an iced latte from my local coffee shop. And they were delicious! But expensive. And I also recently developed an aversion to milk. So I went looking for something else and found Grady’s Cold Brew online, and then I discovered they carry it at my local Whole Foods. It’s sooo good (and delicious with coconut milk!). One bottle is $12/13, which seems like a lot, but it’s very concentrated and I can get five or so iced coffees from a bottle. I can do math! That’s cheaper!
Clark Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream
Speaking of Birchbox, one thing I did get and love in a Birchbox once was this cream. This cream. Is the shit. Obviously, it’s expensive, but if you search online (hello, eBay!), you can find some cheaper prices. It smells great, and it is described as having a “potent blend of exfoliating natural acids and energizing algae extracts.” It makes my skin baby soft and I feel like it might be magic!
The Woman Upstairs
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I read it on a trip to visit my best friend in Austin this spring and I was reading parts of it aloud to her. Some people described the main character as “angry,” which… I think she’s just normal? But she’s a lady with strong opinions, so reviewers saw that as ANGRY (which I see as sexist… but that’s a conversation for another time!). Anyway. I may have to read it again soon. It was sooo good. And it takes place in Boston, where I live!
If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with links to five recommendations. (Write “reader recs” in the subject line, please). Your recommendations can be from any store or website, but 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.