Strategist Flyer: 10 things we loved last week

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We write about hundreds of products every week. Here in our version of the Sunday Flyer, we’ve picked out some of our recent favourites: expert-recommended essentials, life-changing things you didn’t know you needed, recently-launched gadgets and great bargains. which we discovered browsing the vast universe of online shopping – including a quirky electric kettle, anti-BO body spray and a stylish light bar with a soothing glow.

OffCourt Performance Body Spray, Fresh Lemon + Driftwood

Strategist writer Jeremy Rellosa gave himself a few spritzes of this OffCourt body spray just before dinner plans with friends and unexpectedly found himself receiving multiple compliments. “For years, I sought to smell something good, beyond my roll-on deodorant. But I didn’t constantly want to smell like the harsh smells of my teenage years or the formal notes that come with a typical cologne. “, writes Rellosa. “OffCourt’s low investment, high yield spray filled this void perfectly.” It comes in four different fresh and long-lasting scents and is formulated with “prebiotics, which are believed to fight bacteria responsible for odors – not just masking them,” he says.

Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven

When Strategist contributor Sarah Leon and her husband bought their home to renovate, they had no idea how long their kitchen renovation would take. Forced to improvise with a makeshift kitchen, they bought this Panasonic toaster oven which became an “unexpected star”, according to Leon. Because it cooks with infrared, it “heats up very quickly and doesn’t need to be on for long,” she writes. “It’s very small and compact, so it doesn’t take up much space, which is important when working in tight spaces. It is also very light, so you can move it around easily.

Kashi Go Keto Dark Cocoa Cereal

Former Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy can’t live without this keto-friendly cocoa cereal. While he used to opt for brands like “Cap’n Crunch or Trix or something with a lot of sugar”, he ended up “really liking” this Kashi cereal which contains very little sugar. “I actually switched to eating these cereals because they taste good and are better for me,” Kenworthy tells us.

Sugardoh Classic Gum Paste

Frustrated with razor bumps and ingrown hairs, strategist writer Latifah Miles wanted “another way to wax my legs and bikini area that doesn’t leave me with red bumps and disappointment.” She discovered it in Sugardoh’s at-home sugaring kit, which she found to be a gentler alternative to waxing. Although Miles was hesitant at first, once she got started the results were “undeniable”; she had never seen his skin “so smooth and without irritation”, she writes. “The hair started to grow back after about two and a half weeks, which is much slower than when I use a razor…I’ve now sucked three times, and the process has become more intuitive, with less mess .”

X-KD 10120 Pink Sunglasses

Tyler Bainbridge, one of the editors behind the cultural newsletter perfectly imperfect, described his participatory trip to San Francisco for our latest installment of “Steal My Vacation”. On the recommendation of his followers, he browsed a historic downtown bookstore, drank mai tais at a tiki bar, and bought a tourist-trap t-shirt from the gift shop in a tiny botanical garden. He also made a quick stop to buy a pair of gas station sunglasses – these X-KDs from Pacific Coast Sunglasses which are “polarized and available in a wide variety of colors. If they get damaged or you drop them in a puddle near a urinal, it won’t break the bank to buy a new pair,” advises Bainbridge.

Levi's x Naomi Osaka Chainlink Top

Tennis star Naomi Osaka teamed up with Levi’s for a five-piece capsule collection featuring a two-tone denim coat, zip-up trucker jacket, floral-embellished jeans and an asymmetric hem mermaid skirt. Our favorite of the bunch is this warm-weather-friendly corset-esque top featuring a zip front, smocked back and 100% organic cotton material.

Kettle Chantal Oslo

Strategist editor Liza Corsillo had been looking for a nice electric kettle for a while. Initially drawn to the much-loved Fellow Stagg, she quickly began to feel “put off by the price tag and the fact that it was starting to appear as an accessory in so many wellness influencers ‘and people’s Instagram posts'” cool”. When she came across this quirky Chantal kettle, she immediately fell in love with its “distinctive style inspired by Scandinavian design, with simple, clean lines and a fake-wooden patterned handle. (Since buying it, she’s also really enjoyed pressing her “glowing blue button.”)

Connect-a-Desk Walking Desk with Laptop Harness

Watching the first episode of Nathan Fielder’s new show, Repetition, strategist writer Katherine Gillespie remarked that Fielder wore “a comfy laptop harness that cradles her MacBook tenderly like a baby carrier.” She set out to find the exact model and, after several false alarms, concluded it was from Texas-based portable desk company Connect-a-Desk, which “makes a harness visually identical to Fielder’s and even a small Summit Ice. –esque in its branding.

Don Julio 1942 750ml

For our “Assistant Files” series, we recently chatted with “Shannon,” a 23-year-old who has worked as a production assistant on TV shows, commercials, and a very famous fashion show. She was hired once to help with a commercial shoot featuring a Grammy-winning rapper whose pilot included two bottles of Don Julio 1942. Unfortunately, on the day of the shoot, the rapper never arrived, so the high value bottles ended up being passed. around the advertising agency.

Hay Neon Tube LED

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Strategist writer Erin Schwartz first bought Hay’s LED light bar “in a warm egg-yellow-yellow color” in an effort to avoid using their kitchen ceiling light, which “has a greenish color , Seen– movie-style distribution. Since then, it’s become their “kitchen task light” due to its bright, soft, even glow, which looks more like “restaurant signage than an esports setup”. Their evangelism even convinced Dominique Pariso, a strategist writer, to buy one and mount it above a counter in her kitchen, where it lights up her prep space “great for when I’m chopping and mixing.”

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