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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 released gadgets and great bargains. that we discovered browsing the vast universe of online shopping – including a book written by a trained botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, an LED rainbow costume for cats and dogs, and the hairdressing tool not harmful by Nicole Scherzinger.
According to junior Strategist writer Brenley Goertzen, Birkenstock’s suede Boston clogs have been dubbed the official cool-girl shoe of the fall, both by retailers like Free People and Urban Outfitters and by TikTok style. But as lead writer Liza Corsillo argues, the true the cool-girl shoes are the Tokios – in black specifically – which have been “worn largely by medical professionals and people in the catering industry, and these are the kitchen shoes that Carmy and Sydney wear on the hit of FX the bear.” Compared to the Bostons, the Tokios are also better equipped to handle “puddles and wet subway platforms,” says Corsillo. With a plush EVA midsole, they’re designed for people who are always on their feet, plus they’re easy to slip on and off – and they’re a “less basic, more status choice.”
Tons of Target bedding from the retailer’s Threshold house brand are currently 20% off. Deals writer Sam Daly recommends this cotton sateen duvet set for those who “tend to get hot at night – or just have an overzealous heater.”
After blowing cans of her favorite Living Proof dry shampoo to combat oily hair, beauty strategist writer Rio Viera-Newton discovered Ouai’s Detox Shampoo and finally kicked the habit. The culprit, as she learned, is hard water, which “contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, and sulfates” that can create “nasty buildup.” Ouai’s Detox Shampoo bonds with these harsh minerals, working to strip hair of grime. But beware: “This shampoo works best when used sparingly,” says Viera-Newton.
Hoping to put an end to allergy-related scalp tingling (yes, it can) and flaking, strategist writer Erin Schwartz turned to Vanicream — and after a few months, their hair became healthy enough to bleach blonde hair. “Since buying the shampoo, my hair routine has gotten easier and cheaper, and reliably produces days of bouncy hair,” says Schwartz, who even bought the brand’s conditioner.
In Strategist Haul’s latest installment, junior writer Kitty Guo bought this Japanese cheesecake from Keki Modern Cakes in Chinatown. Guo says Japanese cheesecakes are “soft and bouncy and light as air” compared to their American counterparts, and are best enjoyed with a “cup of jasmine tea and some fresh berries.”
Strategist editor Tshepo Mokoena was looking for classic white tube socks when she came across these at a Cos in London. Although they’re not 100% cotton (there are synthetic fibers mixed in), these socks leave her feet feeling cool and comfortable, and they feature a “sturdy, not fluffy, and long enough to wrinkle” design. At $22 for three pairs, it’s an affordable option “for someone who wants something understated, almost Muji-esque,” says Mokoena.
If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift, check out our guide to buying Indigenous-owned brands, which includes this book that was recommended to strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst when she spoke to experts of the best books on environmental justice. Written by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and a botanist by training, this book combines two unique perspectives: Indigenous wisdom and science.. “Sweet grass braiding does a great job of saying, “Hey, they’re not mutually exclusive — it’s just that our ancestral form of science isn’t credited and validated by a Western perspective,” says Diandra Marizet, co-founder of the Intersectional platform. Environmentalist.
When we asked Nicole Scherzinger what she can’t do without, she named this heat tool her masked singer The stylist freaked out over the health of Scherzinger’s hair after using it so much. Because it “uses 30% less heat than other styling tools,” it gives hair “more shine and less frizz,” says Scherzinger, who uses it to smooth and add waves to her lengths. .
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