Strategists flyer: 10 things we wrote last week 2021
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We write about hundreds of products a week. Here in our version of the Sunday flyer, we’ve picked out some of our favorites – recommended by experts essential, life changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gadgets, and the very good deals We discovered while browsing the vast universe of online shopping last week, including Alan Cumming’s eye drops, a cheap tip for more comfortable lighting and naturally sweet whole fruit candies.
When makeup artist Niko Maragos started using less powder and more liquids and creams, she started adding art store brushes to her arsenal of makeup brushes. âWhen you’re working with products that have a liquid or creamy texture, you want to apply them to the skin with synthetic fiber brushes. They repel the liquid rather than retaining it, which means that instead of the brush absorbing this liquid product, the synthetic fibers apply more of it to the skin, âexplains Maragos. She told us about four art store brushes in her rotation, including this “powerhouse” of a brush. She says it’s great for everything from “applying lipstick, eye shadow and sculpting the arch of an eyebrow” to “creating a nice, clean contour line, especially on the sides. nose “and” make a cut fold too. “
Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon recently published her second book, The manual of moon juice, which is full of comfort food recipes. Grain-free waffles are one of the many recipes included, and she told us about this Cuisinart waffle iron that she uses exclusively to make them. “I probably went through six more before this and gave them all away,” she says. The difference with this one is that it hot, creating an intense steaming effect as the dough enters the dough – the key to Bacon’s success. The surface of the iron becomes hot enough to give the exterior a nice golden brown. âWith the grain-free, my goal is to always get a crust and then have a steamed cake inside,â she says. The other models she tested left “thin and flat” waffles, but they get “hot enough to achieve that optimum texture”.
âLike many kids growing up in the city, my little boy, Augie, is just simply obsessed with the subway,â writes strategist writer Lauren Ro. “COVID makes it difficult to constantly get on the tracks, so when he can’t, he just calls stations on walks and trips, plays with his toy subway cars and read books on the train. Metro. One of the three books that Ro owns is The big map of the New York subway, which Augie spotted in a bookstore. “It’s definitely on the too old side for him (it’s historical and rich in text),” she says. “But the illustrations are beautiful and graphic and the adults learn a lot too.” Published in collaboration with MoMA, the book introduces readers to famous Italian designer Massimo Vignelli and traces how he came to design the modern MTA metro map. But what’s best is that “Augie loves images above all else and is endlessly thrilled with the ‘subway spaghetti’ which ultimately gives the designer an aha moment,” Ro says. Since the book is aimed at ages 8 to 12, she hopes it’s a book Augie will come back to when he’s older.
This adorable plush squeaky toy that nods to the underground system was unearthed during a microwell this week. We think any dog ââin your life (MTA obsessed or not) would love it as much as we do. “All dogs are allowed on the Mutt Transportation Authority,” writes our editor Leah Muncy.
Ahead of the Met’s âBefore Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Roomâ exhibition, the museum collaborated with Harlem Candle Co. on a limited edition candle. âThe candle, called Seneca, imagines a world in which Seneca Village – a historically black village that was destroyed to make way for Central Park – still exists and thrives,â we write in this week’s Don’t Dillydally. âApparently a modern day Seneca Village smells of spicy black tea. It’s also mixed with the scents of today’s Central Park, which has hints of wild thyme and cedar leaf, and ends with a scent of incense, cloves, birch, vetiver, and powdery concrete.
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Strategic contributor Sadie Stein is a fan of low light. âI want a dimmer; I love a pink light bulb; I live for a red shade, âshe writes. One way to do this is to use table lighting, which she calls âthe top of the couthâ. For me, there is nothing more cozy than a cozy pool of light in a dark room. While Stein amassed a collection of fairy lights, candle holders, and other things to achieve that The Frog effect, she brought us up to date with a simple and inexpensive lighting hack. She often uses a light fixture or wineglass shade, which is “just a vellum cone that you glue onto any stemmed glass.” Put a tea light (or LED) inside, and voila! Instant filter. She buys whites, creams or roses and suggests pairing them with second-hand glasses. âRun a pile on your table; put one in the bathroom for a party. Stick one in your window so that a passing child can develop a lifelong obsession, âshe says.
When we spoke to actor Alan Cummings about the things he can’t live without, he told us about Bausch + Lomb eye drops, which were recommended to him by his ophthalmologist. He explains that they are less bad for the eyes because they “don’t have the harmful chemicals that other people have” and they really work. âBeing an actor is boring sometimes because you have to be cute. At three in the morning, when your eyes are bloodshot and you are very tired, I can clearly see a difference, âhe says.
“I generally eat healthy, but I have a sweet tooth,” writes Steven John, strategic contributor. “Give me a bag of Hi-Chew, a Cow Tale, or a handful of Sour Patch Kids, and I’ll put it away.” To curb his sugar cravings, he found “healthier candies that are itchy but lower in sugar and made with more natural, even organic, ingredients.” One of those candies he’s found is Raisels, a “great whole fruit option for candy” that doesn’t contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners. They come in flavors like Pineapple and Raspberry Chili LimÃ³n which make them “more appealing than classic raisins, but still very sweet thanks to the natural sugars”.
âThere is nothing worse than watching your brand new shoes get covered in mud, snow or an unexpected rainstorm at night,â writes strategist writer Ambar Pardilla. To help protect your shoes from the elements, we interviewed shoemakers, custom shoemakers, and shoe store owners about the sprays, creams and oils they swear by. This pretreatment product was developed by Waleed Cope of Brooklyn’s laundry and sneaker cleaning store The Soap Box, who says it effectively cleans and conditions most materials. Cope has tried the solution on many different materials like leather and suede, but adds that he hasn’t tried it on very expensive sneakers, like alligator or snakeskin ones. âI’m not saying it won’t work, I’m just choosing to be very careful what I use,â he explains. Cope adds that the solution works to clean stains and advises using just a small amount to do so.
Last week, we teamed up with West Elm to host a live digital store on our website. Now you’ll be able to purchase over 40 of our favorites at the Strategist store in West Elm, from upholstered bedroom benches to easy-to-clean bamboo placemats. Everything featured in this one-stop-shop has been pulled from our archives and has been independently verified, recommended and curated by our editors and editors, including this very giveaway weighted cover. Bearaby’s blanket is loved by experts because its “open loop design is breathable and distributes weight evenly over the body, which most weighted blankets covered with a duvet (cooling or not) do not.”
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