Strategist 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 found out while browsing the vast universe of online shopping last week, including a ‘life-changing’ oracle bridge, Katya Zamolodchikova’s makeup-removing dish detergent and a kettle that doubles as a work of art.

Earth Breeze Liquidless Laundry Detergent Sheets

Strategic writer Chloe Anello, who interviews many celebrities, has been “captivated” by certain products that people tell her they can’t live without. “But it takes a particularly persuasive celebrity to convince me to buy something, because as a strategist writer, I’ve honestly seen it all,” she writes. These liquidless laundry detergent sheets fell into this category after Piper Perabo convinced Anello to try them out herself after a phone call. Anello reports that the cardboard box takes up hardly any space in her linen closet, and the sheets are significantly cheaper than the Laundromat detergent she’s been using for years. She first tried a half sheet for the towels used to wash her dog. “The towels came out as clean as when I used a more expensive, less durable detergent,” Anello reports. And after a load of her own clothes, they found themselves “with a subtle yet appealing scent.” Now she writes, “I’m not sure I can use anything else. So far I have washed towels, sheets, clothes, delicates, whites and colors, and much more with these detergent sheets.

Dawn Ultra Original Liquid Dish Detergent (8oz)

“I do the dishes with Dawn, but I also wash my face with it,” drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova told us when she spoke about the things she can’t live without. “There was a queen in Boston who told me she washes her face with Dawn at the end of the night, and I said, ‘Excuse me? And she said to me: ‘You will see’. After trying it on herself, Zamolodchikova claims she removes makeup in 90 seconds which is a feat when she wears “tons and tons of makeup all around my chest and neck – like, makeup Complete Cirque du Soleil. Zamolodchikova says, “When you want to get rid of the drag, you want to fuck off the drag, and Dawn does it well… just follow with a strong moisturizer, then you’ll be fine.”

Block Shop Sidewinder bathrobe

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There is something more heartwarming about wrapping up in a bathrobe after a steamy shower or slipping into a bathrobe at the end of a long day. To find the best dresses, strategist writer Ambar Pardilla consulted very stylish women about their favorites. Writer and publicist Linlee Allen-Homs loves this colorful Block Shop dress for its print, which she says is hand painted by fifth generation master printers in Jaipur. “I might not look like David Hockney’s housewife in Beverly Hills,” she says, “but when I wear this dress, standing in my garden 90210, morning coffee in my hand, I feel surely like one. “

Nuun Hydration Sport Drink Tablets (10 units)

Training and running a marathon is hard work, but it doesn’t stop at the finish line. As senior writer (and marathon runner) Karen Iorio Adelson writes: “How you recover from a marathon is extremely important in reducing pain, preventing injury and getting you back in shape when you’re ready to run again. For advice on what to do after the marathon, she turned to the experts. Peloton Tread and weight training instructor Becs Gentry recommended that you “drink water with electrolyte lozenges as soon as possible after running to replace all the sodium, potassium, and magnesium your body has lost through sweat. “. Gentry says, “Rehydration and replenishing your electrolyte stores are two very important things to do as soon as possible after the end of a race. When these levels are correct, your body is in homeostasis, or its happy place. Iorio Adelson herself uses these Nuuns for recovery, as they “provide the balance of minerals that runners need without a lot of added sugar.”

Nordic Ware Bundt Jubilee Mold

Vallery Lomas, a lawyer who became a baker who became Great American pastry fair winner, told cookery and restaurant writer Emma Wartzman about her favorite baking tool: the Nordic Ware Decorative Bundt Pan, which she uses to make her simple pound cake look as good as it tastes. taste. She says the “upper” pans are aluminum, which means they heat evenly and the non-stick coating makes it easy to unmold. On top of that, the pans come in many stunning designs – graphic, simple and elegant, braided, star shaped, and more. “You don’t have to worry about frosting or layering anything or decorating anything,” Lomas tells us. Whichever pan you go with, the pound cake becomes the “centerpiece of the table”.

Thuma the bed

When strategist’s offer writer Leah Muncy moved into a new apartment, she worried that she would have to dismantle and then reassemble her 14-piece bed frame. “I’m far from being a handyman – and prone to tears when left alone with an Allen wrench and a poorly printed diagram,” writes Muncy. In her search for an easy alternative, she found Thuma’s the Bed, which “claimed to require no tools for assembly. According to the brand, the pieces of the Japanese-inspired frame would fit together like a puzzle. She contacted the brand to test it for herself. After setting up the boxes in his apartment (the hardest part of the whole process), assembly was a snap. “The pieces fit together intuitively and seamlessly – there was no gap or ill-fitting screws – and I almost felt like a child playing with a set of fancy wooden blocks,” writes Muncy. “He stood upright without needing to be supported, and the pieces were held together when in place. Only three minutes had passed and my bed was already a quarter of the way assembled (and although I didn’t want to admit it, I was really enjoying myself). In total, assembling her bed frame took 20 minutes (unpacking and cleaning took 30, she notes). “Rather than tearful, I finished assembling like a kid who finished a beautiful wooden Rubix cube,” she writes. “It’s well enough made (and easy enough to take apart) that I imagine I’ll bring it with me to my next apartment.

Oracle Rumi: an invitation to the heart of the divine

On a whim, contributing strategist Gabriel Mac bought the Oracle Rumi – “a deck of cards, with rich illustrations by Iranian painter Rassouli, accompanied by a book of corresponding poems and spiritual guidance.” Since then he has “returned to it in times of confusion, existential terror, or mild boredom” and found it “life changing”. He explains that an oracle game is similar to a tarot deck but less complicated: draw a card, search the book for the card, and get a poem by the 13th-century Persian mystic Rumi, as well as an inspirational text from the book. ‘Alana Fairchild. While Mac has purchased other oracle decks, this one is his benchmark. “Rumi never fails to evoke a joyful, loving or profound reflection,” he says. “Fairchild’s text always ensures that whatever happens, I am worthy and whole.”

Great Comrade Kettle

Stagg, a longtime favorite of strategists, has collaborated with cooking company Great Jones. “The long-beloved Fellow electric kettle gets a broccoli-colored makeover, pushing the already pretty kettle into the realm of a work of art,” we wrote in last week’s episode of Don’t Dillydally. As we noted, quantities are limited, so it will probably go quickly.

Marisha Falkovich Spoons, $ 35

Photo: Courtesy of Marisha Falkovich

“Since the early 2010s, a small number of boutique hotels have settled in the Catskills, an area once dominated by commendable riverside bungalows and Borscht Belt resorts that still operate,” write the Catskills. Associate Editors of Strategist, Louis Cheslaw and Daniel Varghese. “But in the past two months, as the real estate market in the upstate has exploded, a veritable attack of amenities-rich hotels has opened its doors.” They analyzed the new offerings, including Inness, which is the latest project from Taavo Somer, the man behind Freemans, Hotel Kinsley and Ray’s (a bar he owns with Succession‘s Nicholas Braun). Like a real strategist, they also went to the hotel gift shop and found these Marisha Falkovich ceramic serving spoons. Inness is one of two retailers (the other being the Brooklyn store, Thank You Have a Good Day) selling them. (Or you can buy them online directly from Falkovich’s store.)

True Botanicals Glowing Confidence Set

“If you’ve ever wondered how Olivia Wilde gets her dewy skin, you’re in luck,” writes Leah Muncy, editor of strategist. At a micro-sale last week, she unearthed Wilde’s favorite products from True Botanicals, which when bundled together are each at 30% off. “It’s a great deal,” writes Muncy. “Especially when you consider that the included small bottle of Pure Radiance Oil – a favorite of beauty columnist Strategist Rio Viera-Newton for its nourishing, acne-free formula – costs $ 110 on its own.”

The strategist is designed to bring out the most useful expert recommendations for things to buy in the broad landscape of ecommerce. Some of our latest wins include the best acne treatments, wheeled luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural remedies for anxiety, and bath towels. We update links where possible, but note that offers may expire and all prices are subject to change.



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