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 LBH–or “lets_be_honest” if you’re being formal, who has already shared some of her favorites with us and now has more because girlfriend loves to shop. LBH is from NY and lives with her partner and daughter. Her hobbies include mimosas, naps, HGTV, and spreadsheets. Keep reading to see what cool stuff shopaholic LBH recommends.
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration
I got this in my Birchbox and it’s my new favorite hand cream. I’ve tried a million, ranging in different prices, and this is the best yet.
DCL AHA Revitalizing Cleanser
I’ve had cystic acne for years now and, so far, this is the only thing that’s helped that doesn’t include getting shots in my face. It doesn’t make you feel clean, which is kind of gross, but it really works.
GapFit GDance Pants
I have 4 of these now all in the same color. Way better than Lulu! Don’t listen to Iwanna!
Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey perfume
I’ve been wearing this for over 15 years. Nice smell, not too girly or strong. If you like floral, try Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. Its pricey, but smells amazing in the summer.
Vince Camuto Ellens
If any of you remember seeing my shoe closet picture, you’ll know I have tried plenty of flats. These are the best. I’d recommend the black ones and a patent pair.
If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at [email protected] 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.
ktfran May 29, 2014, 1:12 pm
I use that perfume too! And I love Gap Body work out gear. LOVE.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 1:47 pm
We have a lot in common shopping-wise, kt.
ktfran May 29, 2014, 1:49 pm
We totally do.
Amanda May 29, 2014, 1:15 pm
LBH – I get Birchbox too! And I looooove it. Kind of miffed that I didn’t get a sample of that moisturizer though…
sobriquet May 29, 2014, 1:19 pm
I’m gonna try out that cleanser. It’s not very expensive for a face wash! I have oily oily acne-proned skin and live in a humid climate so I’m basically obsessed with skin care. I so envy my friends who can just roll out of bed and splash water on their faces. Thanks for the recommendation!
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 1:23 pm
Try these if your skin gets oily during the day. I keep a pack in my purse and use it at least once a day. It does nothing to any makeup you might have on too.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 1:19 pm
YAYYY! In the last 24 hours, I’ve used all these haha. I’m wearing Camutos right now.
Its like the greatest DW Day of the Year for me. First an “omg” by Wendy herself, a real, actual text message from Fab and now this!
No Pants May 29, 2014, 1:23 pm
Oh, YAY for including GapFit! I wear it when I’m rowing and some of my GapFit shorts have lasted for years! I’m also a big fan of the racerback tanks.
ktfran May 29, 2014, 1:51 pm
I just got a new racerback tank from there last weekend. I’m kind of obsessed with GapFit.
No Pants May 29, 2014, 1:54 pm
Me too. If you want to get into more trouble, check out GapFit during the Fourth of July sale. I think i picked up shorts and racerbacks for $5 – 7 each during that time last year. He Pants nearly had a heart attack until I showed him how inexpensive everything was.
ktfran May 29, 2014, 1:58 pm
Hahaha. Perfect! I also picked up a pair of running shorts last weekend. And a new sports bra. I like sales. I’ll remember this.
No Pants May 29, 2014, 2:16 pm
Def check it out. I may have gone overboard last summer, but I’m glad I have a ton of workout clothes now. Plus, I like GapFit’s colors. I doubt anyone else out on the water gives a crap about the bright green racing stripes on my shorts, but I love ’em.
theattack May 29, 2014, 1:25 pm
LBH, are those supposed to be two different perfumes, or just one? I only see one link. I’m confused.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 1:26 pm
Yes, two different. Here’s an amazon link to Issey.
theattack May 29, 2014, 1:30 pm
GatorGirl May 29, 2014, 1:40 pm
Can someone add a good sports bra to their list? If I’m going to keep jogging, I’m going to need to wrangle these thing.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 1:42 pm
I could probably run a marathon without the need for a bra, so can’t help you there haha. 🙁
GatorGirl May 29, 2014, 1:47 pm
iwannatalktosampson May 29, 2014, 4:09 pm
Oh, you’ve found my area of expertise!
zombeyonce May 30, 2014, 1:51 pm
Does anyone know of good sports bras that come in larger sizes? I’m a 36G and have a heck of a time finding anything that let’s me jog that isn’t also itchy and up to my neck.
kerrycontrary May 29, 2014, 1:48 pm
I wear this, or the non-underwire version: http://www.herroom.com/champion-1890-shape-too-underwire-convertible-sports-bra.shtml. I went to a big sports store and focused on the champion bras, which you can buy by bra/cup-size, and I really like them. I’m a 34DD-DDD for reference and I can run/jump/etc….I think Lemongrass uses champion bras as well.
kerrycontrary May 29, 2014, 1:49 pm
Actually, this is the exact one I have: . They fit VERY tight which is awesome, but not so tight that it hurts your back or shoulders or anything.
kerrycontrary May 29, 2014, 1:50 pm
Oh and they were selling them in DD-DDD sizes when I bought mine, which is incredible because they’re usually hard to find. Like they had 32DDs
GatorGirl May 29, 2014, 1:53 pm
Ooo they aren’t even ugly! My chest isn’t that big, but it’s one of my big deterrents to being comfortable while jogging. That and finding a hair thing that doesn’t slip.
kerrycontrary May 29, 2014, 1:55 pm
You have the small ribcage/not small boobs issue right? Cause that’s what I have. But yeh it’s awesome, I could never go back to a regular sports bra again. I do a lot of jumping jacks and I haven’t had an issue.
GatorGirl May 29, 2014, 1:59 pm
Yeah, I’m like a 32D-ish that sit very high on my body. So still on the not too big side of things, but man they move around.
rachel May 29, 2014, 1:57 pm
My favorite is made by Moving Comfort, and I think I got it at a Dick’s. I’ve seen it recommended by others before too. It doesn’t have an underwire, so there’s a bit of uni-boob going on, but it holds them in, and the straps are adjustable.
GatorGirl May 29, 2014, 2:10 pm
Pinned! I need to find a sporting goods store…I assume there must be one in my town…
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 1:43 pm
Let’s all talk on here today so we can beat CSP’s record for most comment on Reader Recs, ok? (by “we” I mean “me”)
ktfran May 29, 2014, 1:56 pm
I’ll start because I need fashion advice. I’m trying to decide what to pack for my weekend with the gentleman caller. This is what I’m thinking:
Friday night, he gets in. We’re meeting for drinks. I have dinner reservations at a great place. Actually two great places. And we’ll decide. Anyway, I’m thinking super tight black dress with exposed zipper down to my rear. A jean jacket. And these super hot wedges I bought.
Saturday day. White shorts, a lightweight tan sweater and sandals.
Saturday night. Regular or white jeans. I’m undecided. I sleeveless black silk tank that ties on both shoulders. My wedges.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 2:01 pm
Go with the white jeans! I like all the outfits.
ktfran May 29, 2014, 2:03 pm
That’s what I’m thinking, because then I don’t need to pack another jacket besides my jean jacket in case it gets cold.
No Pants May 29, 2014, 2:12 pm
I’m a nerd and absolutely love stalking style Instagrams because it helps me shop in my own closet, so thank you for your outfit outline. The sleeveless tank and white jeans sounds perfect!
ktfran May 29, 2014, 3:03 pm
I’m a little bit ridiculous. But I like looking pretty and dressing appropriately. And since I want to impress the gentleman caller, I’m being more ridiculous than usual.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 3:15 pm
I already made 3 polyvore outfits to help me decide what to wear to the DW picnic.
No Pants May 29, 2014, 3:20 pm
I think I follow you on Polyvore. Excuse me while I go stalk.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 3:24 pm
No Pants May 29, 2014, 3:30 pm
I’m leaning toward #1, but probably because that’s my uniform. But I also really like #3! So, ok, either #s 1 or 3!
ktfran May 29, 2014, 3:34 pm
I’m with no pants. 1 or 3. I like them both!!!!!!! Maybe 1. Or 3. Crap. IDK.
I should try to polyvore my outfits. Hmm.
LadyinPurpleNotRed May 29, 2014, 3:35 pm
I vote #3!!
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 3:36 pm
haha thank you guys!
No Pants May 29, 2014, 3:38 pm
HAHA I’m so bad at Polyvore. My outfits look like headless people who are floating in outer space.
rachel May 29, 2014, 1:58 pm
Ooh, the Gap pants look awesome. I need more workout clothes (in shorter form), so I’ll have to check out Gap’s stuff.
TaraMonster May 29, 2014, 1:56 pm
I have a flats dilemma. I tend to wear mine to death in the Spring/early Fall because NYC is the cookie monster of shoes. I love flats and they are super cute, but they’re either only comfortable for a short while, or are actually kind of horrible to my feet if I wear them on a regular basis (which I do because I’m a masochist). I have really archy feet so maybe that’s part of it. Same goes for flip flops. This means I tend to choose low wedges (ok most of them are high wedges bc again- masochism) on a sort of daily basis. But whatever I wear, I always feel like my feet are too hot, don’t have enough support, hurt because they’re too high, etc. I always feel like I’m doing warm weather footwear wrong; I LOOK nice, but it’s 50/50 as to whether I’m uncomfortable.
I so want those Vinco Camuto flats (to go with my cute Vince Camuto coat, of course!), but what if I’m still uncomfortable?! Does anyone have this same problem? HELP ME.
lets_be_honest May 29, 2014, 2:00 pm
Have you tried the flats with laser cut outs? Something like this: http://www.zappos.com/lucky-brand-eastly-nomad?ef_id=U4dFyQAABahU7xTq:20140529180001:s
Might at least help with how hot your feet get. You could also try a Dr. Scholls insert for your arch.
TaraMonster May 29, 2014, 2:16 pm
Oooo I love those. And I’ve used a few different inserts, but it always makes things complicated. Probably I’m just impatient when inserting them.
ktfran May 29, 2014, 2:02 pm
Living in Chicago, I walk a TON. I kind of like Toms because they’re super lightweight and super comfortable. Of course, I’ll throw in the right shoes for my outfit once I get somewhere. And sometimes, i too am a masochist in the name of beauty. BUT…. if I know I’m going to be walking a ton, I tend to stick with the Toms.
GatorGirl May 29, 2014, 2:07 pm
I love my Toms. I can wear them for 8 hours shifts at Kohls where I literally don’t stop walking and my feet hold up just fine. And they can slip into a purse easily.
muchachaenlaventana May 29, 2014, 2:08 pm
The best flats I have ever had were my Steve Madden ones, I wore them on about tons of walking intensive trips when I was overseas and they were so very comfortable.
TaraMonster May 29, 2014, 2:18 pm
I have a pair of Steve Maddens that I loved… before NYC destroyed them. I keep hoping they’re magically be brand new again. Clearly I need to do some spring cleaning and shopping!
lemongrass May 29, 2014, 3:07 pm
I can only wear leather shoes. I have a pair of leather flats from Aldo that I’ve had for 6 years and they are still super comfy!
Aurora May 29, 2014, 3:20 pm
I’m freaking obsessed with my Crocs flats. They seriously don’t really look like typical Crocs, and I can (and have) walked for miles upon miles in them with total comfort. Sadly I got mine a couple years ago and it doesn’t look like that specific style (the Marnie) is in stock anymore, but these are pretty close, minus the strap: .
Kicia May 30, 2014, 2:32 pm
Tara, I just got these flats (literally, they were just delivered) and they made me think of you since I have the same hot feet problem.
They have good air flow because of the crochet and they actually have decent padding in them. The sole feels a bit slippery but I think they just need to be worn in.
Addie Pray May 29, 2014, 4:17 pm
Oh oh oh I second (or third or fourth – however many of you have agreed) the Gap yoga pants. I have one pair that I wear over and over again. They beat out stupid Lululemonhead pants any day!
Jess May 29, 2014, 6:33 pm
@LBH, I am always looking for the ideal ballet flat too. I am afraid to buy the ones with elastic on the sides because I’ve had bad experience with them cutting off circulation and pressing painfully into my foot. Are these an exception to that rule? (or maybe its just my feet and no one else has this problem?!)
lets_be_honest May 30, 2014, 9:40 am
They are! I have the same problem with the elastic ones usually. These ones don’t do that.