Strategic Circular: 10 Things We Loved Last Week

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We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in the version of Sunday’s circular, we’ve gathered some of our favorites – recommended by an expert basic things life changing things you didn’t know you needed the newly launched gizmos and the very good deals Last week, as we walked through the vast universe of online shopping, we discovered a butt-shaped ficus, an electric hot pot (including a soup base), and Sarah Hyland’s favorite herbal yoga mattress.

Ficus Ginseng

We had Butt Week at the Strategist this week and we leaned on the theme of all the derriere. Our selection of the best butt-themed decorations included vases, butt wallpaper and this butt-shaped ficus plant. Despite being called “ficus ginseng,” the name only refers to the ginseng-shaped strain (there is nothing edible in this plant) that happens to resemble the lower half of an arched body. You can order this sensual tree in small or medium size and decorate your space with its subtly suggestive green.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

Strategic beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton has been included in the cult of Living Proof dry shampoo. While he knew about it from an episode Fat crane, he only fully understood what the hype was about until he tried it himself. “I’m happy to report that this is without a doubt the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used,” says Viera-Newton. The main difference between Living Proof Dry Shampoo and the rest is that “you can use it several times a week without feeling the product accumulate on your scalp”. This is due to the formula that actually removes the fat from the hair, not just matte and conceals it. The product is especially excellent for bangs, so it will be clean and voluminous in a few seconds from the “fibrous and oily” state. Viera-Newton continues, “I really feel like this product has halved my daily hair care routine.”

Wrangler Cowboy Slim Jeans

Buying vintage-fitting vintage pants is no easy task, but the writer of the strategist Erin Schwartz has done in-depth research to uncover the elusive art of buying jeans online. A tailor’s tape measure is a necessary tool, but you also need to master the definition of what fits your body perfectly and read the size charts. Simone Kitchens, chief editor of Strategist, says these Wrangler jeans are a great way to make bottom-up shopping easier, due to their 100 percent cotton build, vintage tailoring and extremely important return policy.

ISM Touring saddle

If you’re a prospective cyclist blaming the lack of miles traveled on an uncomfortable bike ride, you’ll be happy to see the saddles recommended by the experts. The list includes a 3D-printed saddle, plus-size, friendly options, and this comfortable “noseless” saddle recommended by Harlem Cycle instructor Jonathan Oliveras. He says this shape may “look subtle” but is “phenomenal” and “dampens a lot of pressure points”. The lack of a nose makes it a great choice if you experience more discomfort in your groin than in your buttocks, while the long-lasting foam pad stays soft even during daily commuting.

K9 Sport Sack Backpack

Arielle Avila, a strategic writer, moved to New York and noticed that the adjustment was worn by her dog, Maggie. She spoke to dog experts to give advice on the best techniques and products to make puppies urban life easier. Their suggestions included a tension-free harness, a white noisy machine, and this K9 backpack (urban dog owners are well aware of the struggle to comply with the MTA rule that all dogs must be “locked in a bag”). Annie Grossman, owner and co-founder of the School for the Dogs, says this backpack is “very popular” with its customers because it is available in a variety of sizes to fit the largest 26-29-inch-long dog (from collar to 29-inch). tail). “It may take a little training to get a dog used to being in a backpack,” says Grossman, “but it’s definitely worth taking a lot of subway.”

Fly by Jing Hot Pot Starter Set

In this week’s Don’t Dillydally, we showcased Jeff Leatham x KKW Fragrance’s collaboration, Ami Colé’s Skin-Enhancing Concealer, and this Hot Pot Starter Set from Fly by Jing. Fly by Jing is known for its frozen dumplings and delicious sauces, but this starter kit is perfect if you want to have a memorable dinner party, possibly for Lunar New Year. The starter kit includes an electric hot pot (six of which you can feed), two silver chopsticks, two split spoons that fit snugly around the edge of the pot, and two packs of hot pot bases — ginger, star anise, cloves, and Sichuan pepper.

Eco Living Herbal Yoga Mat

Vintner’s Daughter’s cult-popular Active Botanical serum and a tarot deck of cards were among the ones Sarah Hyland couldn’t live without, but one of the most unique items on her list was the Eco Fabric Yoga Mattress. A little expensive, but a great solution if you are trying to avoid brightly colored rubber eyes. Hyland says she likes to be “sustainable because most yoga mats aren’t. I use it while watching TV or just for a nice break. ” You’d prefer to unwind on the mat so you don’t slip, and it says the ribbed lines on both ends of the mat act like a stop or gripper… so if I make a board, I don’t slip. If you’re wondering why it’s called an herbal yoga mattress, 20 soothing herbs are embedded in the tissue, including turmeric, neem and holy basil.

Battenwear Anyway bag, Coyote x Tan

Even if you’re not as agile as Andy Baraghani, and the thought of an impromptu weekend in San Miguel de Allende seems daunting, you can still prepare for your next meticulously planned trip like him. Baraghani shared his long weekend with spa treatments, shrimp tostadas, cafes and antiques, and highlighted his favorite places in the Mexican destination. Standard equipment for the trip included EltaMD sunscreen, John Elliot t-shirts and this lightweight Battenwear backpack. Baraghani says she’s been looking for the perfect travel backpack for a long time and loves that “there aren’t too many bells and whistles in this. It’s just a good, lightweight backpack that I can easily take with me anywhere in the world. ”

Caswell-Massey Beatrix Rose bathroom soap

We’ve put together a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for every type of person, featuring colorful drip candles, pink roll paper and this luxury soap. The American Caswell-Massey Soap Factory has partnered with the New York Botanic Gardens to create the triple-milled rose-scented bar. If you buy for yourself, you can buy this elegant soap at the bar, but you may prefer the three packages if you are looking for the perfect hostess gift. The soap, in addition to the rose, is available in an equally seductive scent of organ and orchid.

Ibex Women's Wool Tech Base Coat

Whether you live in a sub-freezing climate or are only extremely sensitive to the cold, the wear closest to your skin will matter if you feel good this winter. We’ve put together a selection of base layers ranging from trendy to sporty, including these leggings with a blend of goat wool and nylon. Mia Leimkuhler, a writer of Canadian descent, says they are “stretchy enough to feel like a second skin, but not like a sausage casing”. The serious warmth they provide is ideal for outdoor activities such as ice skating and hiking. “How hot,” Leimkuhler writes, “they are extremely light, so much so that I forget they are on me.”

The strategist is designed to display the most useful, expert recommendations for shopping in the vast field of e-commerce. Some of our recent conquests contain the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anti-anxiety drugsand towels. Whenever possible, we’ll update the links, but please note that offers may expire and all prices are subject to change.

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