Dear 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. Many of the recommended products happen to be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Today’s recommendations comes from AndSoItGoes, who lives in California but will be moving to the east coast in a few weeks. Having just finished graduate school, she’ll begin teaching at a college in Philadelphia in the fall. She is also a writer (of academic stuff, poetry, and non-academic essays). She practices yoga and picked up Pilates after a back injury, loves candy, enjoys a good French 75, and has recently been re-watching “A Different World” on Netflix. Check out her recommendations:
I prefer cleaning my face with wipes, because it’s less hassle and because I’m less likely to be too rough on my skin. I’ve been using this kit for a few years and really love how smooth and bright it makes my skin. It used to be sold at CVS, but now I can only find it on Amazon. You’re supposed to use it every other day, so one package lasts two months.
I’ve been using Acme Made sleeves for a long time now, first with my MacBook Air and now with my new MacBook 12″. I purchased my first sleeve a bit hesitantly because I wasn’t in love with the look of it, but when I switched to the 12″ MacBook this year, I happily bought a new one. It’s a sturdy case that doesn’t look dirty over time and it’s a great design. Because the case has just the elastic strip, I have the option to leave the strip off to make the laptop accessible from inside my bag. I can pull it out without taking the case out with it.
This coffee grinder is worth the money (I paid $100 for mine). It is less noisy than some other models and, though a burr grinder is more expensive than a blade grinder, it grinds more consistently, which makes for a smoother cup of coffee. The consistency of a burr grinder is especially useful if you’re making espresso.
Going along with the grinder, I brew my coffee in this French press. It is much cheaper than a comparable Bodum model and is excellent quality. I’ve had mine for two years and never had a problem. Also, the stainless steel press is more sturdy than a glass one and keeps the coffee hot for much longer.
I never used to have problems with razor burn or shaving bumps, but I guess things change as you age. I had given up on shaving and switched to hair removal creams, despite that they don’t leave the skin as smooth, because it was the only way to avoid irritation. But thanks to this shave lotion, I’m back to using a razor. Some customers have complained that it doesn’t lather, but that’s the point — it’s a lotion, not a cream. It is much more moisturizing and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. Also, though the price is a bit steep, the bottle is big and goes a long way.
There are so many books I would love to suggest, but I chose this one because it’s a great book, it’s an accessible introduction to poetry for those who don’t read much of it, and I think many of DW readers will find the subject matter relatable.
This personal water filter will turn 1500 liters of water into safe drinking water. It’s very small, cheap, and good for camping/travel. I actually bought mine primarily for emergency preparedness (i.e., in case of earthquakes). It’s a lot easier than stockpiling water, which is heavy and consumes a lot of space.
Thank you, AndSoItGoes! 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. 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.