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 Andrea/Veritek33, who works as a communications strategist for a lobbying firm in Jefferson City, Mo. She is currently playing the dating field, but she comes home each night to her two beagles, Betty and Bogey, who also function as foot-warmers. In her spare time, she enjoys running, wine, the Boston Red Sox and binge-watching “Mad Men” and “The West Wing” on Netflix.
1. Biolage Smoothing Milk
I have naturally curly hair, and during the humid summer months I wear it natural as much as possible. With this spray, I just wash my hair and scrunch it with a towel and spray it. It makes my hair very shiny and smooth. It really helps with Midwestern humidity and makes it look like I just came from the beach. Oh, and it smells amazing.
Out of all my clothing items, long sleeved t-shirts are my absolute favorite. I love these shirts because I can wear them with jeans, but I can also get away with wearing them under a blazer and with nice slacks and a statement necklace at work. They’re super soft and comfy while also looking nice. Plus, they’re super affordable, so I have this shirt in probably seven colors.
I love gingerbread cookies, and I could probably eat them all year long, so my dad bought me these and I absolutely love them! I made ninja sugar cookies for a friend’s birthday a year ago and she still talks about them. Plus, these cookie-cutters are plastic and not metal, so they don’t get bent out of shape (literally) and are dishwasher safe.
I bought this while outlet shopping with Applescruffs last fall and LOVE it. I keep it in the freezer and when I decide I’d like some white wine but don’t have any chilled, I put this on the bottle and it can chill it in about 25 minutes. I also use it at parties to keep a bottle of wine cold while sitting on the counter. (It will also fit over a bottle of pre-made margaritas).
My bow ring holds special meaning for me, but it’s just a fun piece of jewelry anyone could add to their collection. Mine is in rose gold — it also comes in silver and gold — and it just seems to go with every outfit. I even get compliments on it from the weirdest places — like from my massage therapist and from the sample guy at Sam’s Club — and it’s super affordable.