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Reader Recs: LANY’s Loves

shoppingDear 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 LANY, a management consultant who lives in Venice, CA with her new husband. When not working, reading DW, and killing time reading the New Yorker on airplanes, she loves traveling (especially for African safaris), hiking on the many great trails around LA, road tripping to Santa Barbara and Napa on wine tours, and stalking Benedict Cumberbatch (for which she may need to take a trip to London this summer to see him in Hamlet). Check out her recommendations below!

41biEy-1VvL._SY300_Cremo Astonishingly Superior Shave Cream
I discovered this shaving cream a few years ago – super close shave and few nicks. Best shaving cream ever… The 3 oz ones are pretty big, yet they are small enough to carry on a plane. They also have Cremo Cream Lady – but it smells a little too much like a beverage you would drink on a Caribbean island for my taste.


51kxS-Cs7PL._SX425_Woolzies, Wool Dryer Ball Fabric Softener
At my bachelorette party, my friends got me cleaning supplies as gifts (when they know you too well). This was one of my two favorite items. I love how much softer dryer sheets make my clothes, but I hate the chemicals they add. (And several of my towels and sheets specifically say no dryer sheets). These solve the problem. (My other favorite item: Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber – this thing is amazing).

41zQj3Sw+TL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Missing Piece
I’m at a point in life where babies are everywhere, so, between births, birthday parties, and holidays, I need lots of baby gifts. My go-to is this Shel Silverstein book about being complete on your own and not looking for someone else to complete you (along with “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O“). Kids won’t grow out of it and can appreciate it as they get older, and it instills great relationship skills early.

s446609-main-heroFresh Brown Sugar Body Polish
In a word, heaven. Better than other sugar scrubs I’ve tried because the sugar is much grainier, so I feel like it’s actually scrubbing. The oils in it leave my skin super soft. It smells awesome. I also recommend the face and lip polish in this line.


img-thingSplendid Sheer Layers Tank
These tanks go with, under, and over anything, and they are super comfy. I live in them on airplanes, wear them as slips under dresses, layer them, dress them up with a cute skirt and heels…



img-thing-1Sarah Asymmetric Maxi Dress
It’s not cheap at the full price, but it’s currently on sale in select colors. I pretty much lived in this the week of my wedding in Hawaii, on my honeymoon in Africa, and at home in LA. It goes with everything and every situation, packs well, is machine washable, and is incredibly comfortable. If you have a warm climate, it fits. If you ate too much the week before, it’s completely forgiving. Looks awesome with statement jewelery, with funky shoes, or with flat sandals and nothing else. Best dress ever.

Thanks, LANY!

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 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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7 comments… add one
  • ChemE August 7, 2014, 3:14 pm

    That book looks interesting, may have to give it to my nephew.
    The fabric softener ball looks interesting, I may have to try it out!

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    Lianne August 7, 2014, 3:26 pm

    I love this list. I just added those dryer balls to my Amazon wedding registry – haha!

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  • ktfran August 7, 2014, 4:19 pm

    I want to try that shave gel. And body scrub. I need a new body scrub.

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      JenjaRose August 8, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Nooooo, never waste money on a body scrub! I make my own by the friggin’ TUB and it’s better than anything I’ve ever bought and a billion times cheaper! Use sugar (brown or white, for the exfoliation), honey (antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing. I can’t live without it: it treats acne, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, dry skin, infections, cuts and burns… everything!), and whatever kind of oil you like or have hanging around your kitchen (olive, canola, vegetable, soy, coconut, jojoba, whatever.) Just mix it until you have the right consistency. Then you can add whatever you like! I add tea tree oil, which is a great antiseptic and prevents/treats ingrowns and razor bumps somethin’ good. Sometimes I throw in fruit juices or aloe vera. It’s like making a skin smoothie! 😛


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  • Rangerchic August 7, 2014, 5:18 pm

    I purchased dryer balls from Etsy nearly a year ago. The vendor on Etsy sells the dryer balls in different colors and differing scents and she makes them herself. I love mine! She also sells the oils she uses so you can re-scent your dryer balls once the scent wares off. The vendor I use is CleanSypria. Check it out if you are ready to ditch fabric softener and dryer sheets.

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    mylaray August 7, 2014, 5:42 pm

    I have the Woolzies dryer balls too. I love them! I like to put a bit of lemon essential oil on them too.

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    Portia August 8, 2014, 8:56 am

    Aww, I love Shel Silverstein books. My favorite is probably the Giving Tree or Where the Sidewalk Ends (although that one is a collection of poems). But everything he wrote is so good. I think if I had kids I’d probably use some of the little poems all the time, like the early bird one. I think I’m gonna go dig out one of those books today…

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