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Reader Recs: ShakeOurTree Shares Her Faves

shoppingDear 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 come from ShakeOurTree who is a third-year law student in her late 20s, living in a liberal enclave of the South. She lives alone with her very mouthy cat, and she has been with her extremely supportive boyfriend for more than a year. Her free time is scarce, but she tries to spend as much time as possible with her friends, eating tacos, getting drinks, or watching local bands, and she also spends a lot of time advocating for survivors of domestic violence. Check out her recommendations below.

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Every year I suffer from SAD, and this gets me through the winter. I used to leave it on my desk at work, and I would turn it on in the morning for a while. Now it lives next to my bed, and I’ll turn it on when I’m waking up (which is a long process for me). The light doesn’t bother your eyes. I even use it in the summer sometimes when I’m working a lot and can’t get out of the office enough.

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Japanese skin peel for your feet. Soak your feet in this stuff for an hour, and a few days later the skin on your feet starts molting like a snake. It’s totally disgusting but also fascinating and effective.


41ApmQluRCLToddy Cold Brew

I used to cold brew my coffee with a mason jar and a cheesecloth, but this simplifies the process by a lot, and I’m totally lazy. I mostly use it for iced coffee, but it can be heated if you prefer your coffee hot. I prefer cold brew, even for hot coffee, because it is less bitter, and you can make several days’ worth at once. Also, it makes it easier to adjust how strong your coffee is. My daily caffeine intake would probably kill a small animal, but caffeine lightweights can dilute it as much as they want.

812wFaYvIXL._SL1500_Red Carpet Manicure At-Home Gel Kit

This has saved me hundreds of dollars over the years. Great to be able to do touch-ups on my own manicures because I’m always screwing up my manis.


51fh1Lw48-LMaddaddam Trilogy

Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction series. I read each of these books in less than two days apiece. HBO recently acquired the rights to this, and Darren Aronofsky is adapting it for a miniseries.

Thanks for your recommendations, SOT!

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17 comments… add one
  • Addie Pray November 13, 2014, 3:01 pm

    Yesssss regarding that baby foot stuff. That’s what I used when I posted pictures of my flaky feet somewhere in the forums.
    Also, let me guess: Austin?

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    • _s_ November 13, 2014, 3:30 pm

      Ha ha, Addie beat me to the punch. Liberal southern city with tacos? Gotta be Austin.

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    • Boobs Magee November 14, 2014, 12:03 pm

      How long does the flakiness last? Are your feet soft and smooth afterwards? I really need something for the awful calluses on my poor tootsies!
      Oh, and I’m guessing Orangeburg, SC. 🙂

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      • Addie Pray November 14, 2014, 12:14 pm

        The flakes lasted for a long time, it seemed – a whole week? And yes oh my, my feet were so so so smooth! and i walk a lot in shoes without socks, so my feet were SO DRY AND CALLUSED before.

      • shakeourtree November 14, 2014, 12:56 pm

        Also, I’ve started soaking my feet for 15 or 20 minutes a day after doing the peel, and I think it shortens the amount of time my feet are flaky.

  • shakeourtree November 13, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Not Austin! I’m on the East Coast. I guess the tacos thing was a bit misleading, but I don’t really even think of Texas as the South so much as just Texas.

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    • mylaray November 13, 2014, 5:02 pm

      Atlanta? I live there! (Or here). Also, I really think I need that cold brew. I keep telling myself I will make my own coffee.

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    • muchachaenlaventana November 13, 2014, 5:05 pm

      Asheville? This is fun playing guess that city.

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      • Addie Pray November 13, 2014, 6:22 pm

        No I don’t think there are any law schools in Asheville.

        Auburn? I’m having a hard time thinking of liberal places in the south.

      • call-me-hobo November 13, 2014, 6:47 pm

        Auburn is in Alabama; Asheville is in North Carolina. Maybe she’s at Vanderbilt!

      • shakeourtree November 13, 2014, 10:53 pm

        You guys are like detectives! I was hesitant to name my exact location because it’s a small town, and law school is an even tinier tiny place, but Muchacha has definitely gotten the closest!

      • jlyfsh November 14, 2014, 12:32 pm

        You’re not in SC are you? My other guess is further West than Muchacha…

    • Portia November 13, 2014, 8:01 pm

      Phew, for a second I was convinced you were my good friend I’m going to see in a few weeks. Your description could have described her, except she has a dog instead of a cat.

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  • othy November 13, 2014, 10:07 pm

    How is the MaddAddam Trilogy compared to the Handmaid’s Tale? I liked the Handmaid’s Tale, but didn’t love it (even though it’s one of my favorite genres).

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    • shakeourtree November 13, 2014, 10:49 pm

      I like the MaddAddam books better than Handmaid’s Tale by a lot. Handmaid’s Tale was more contemplative and melancholy. The MaddAddam books are very, very smart and well written, but also funny and exciting and shocking at the same time–page-turners, for sure.

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      • othy November 14, 2014, 9:44 am

        Excellent. I’ll add it to my Christmas list!

      • Portia November 14, 2014, 9:49 am

        I’ve been getting some great book recommendations from here recently! That series sounds just up my alley. Also, I’m glad it’s a series – I hate reading one book, getting hooked, then that’s it and I’m done with those characters forever. Getting on the waitlist for the first book at my library right now…


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