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Guest Strategist Haul: What Audrey Gelman Bought in January

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Every month, the Strategist editors do their version of a haul blog, jibber-jabbering about their favorite purchases of the past four weeks. To get that same personality and taste insight (via receipts), we’re inviting interesting friends of Strat to run down their own buys. Kicking off our first ever Guest Strat Haul, the Wing co-founder Audrey Gelman on her purchases last month.

Terrain Knot Weave Doormat

As part of my overall 2018 goal of feeling more like a grown-up, I purchased this handsome welcome mat for our house. Terrain is one of my favorite online stores for everything house and yard related and makes me feel like I live in Connecticut.

Harlem Candle Company Holiday Luxury Candle

I learned about Harlem Candle Company at the Wing’s recent Small Business Saturday event featuring female-owned shops. Not only do the candles all smell incredible but they each have a story rooted in Harlem history. I now get hygge with the Holiday and Langston candles every weekend.

Morihata Binchotan Activated Charcoal Toothbrush

I got these Morihata charcoal toothbrushes at Coming Soon, one of my favorite female-owned small businesses; they sell a million great things, but I recently bought these to make my dental routine feel a little more dynamic.

John Robshaw Hand Stitched Gray Coverlet and Shams

I recently gave my bed a whole new look in an attempt to feel like a truly self-actualized adult. I can’t count the number of times I have thrown myself on a display bed at ABC Carpet adorned in one of these John Robshaw coverlets, and now, finally, I live in a display bed.

Surface Handmade Terrazzo Barrette

Terrazzo is in, have you heard?! For me, it always will be. When I close my eyes, I actually see terrazzo. So I eagerly smashed that “buy now” button when I found this delightful barrette from indie jewelry designer Surface Handmade.

Chanel La Creme Main

I stan for Chanel generally but this is one of my favorite recent beauty inventions [editor’s note: Chanel is a beauty sponsor at the Wing.] The hand cream is rich but not sticky, has a clean, extremely subtle rose scent and the egg shape is a triumph of product design.

Pamela Card Medina Necklace

Pamela Card is my new favorite jewelry designer. She’s Canadian and everything she makes feels like it could have been uncovered in an archaeological dig of a Greek temple. I recommend everything on her website, and bonus, it is cool to get mail from Canada.

Sephora Collection Charcoal Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

When I am bone tired and not feeling particularly motivated to wash my face, these charcoal face wipes are a lifesaver. I now buy them in bulk on and it’s like having an insurance policy for my face — I know somehow, it will get clean.

Emilio Barga Notebook

On a recent trip to France (fancy, I know) I spent a few stolen hours in the concept store Merci and had what can only be described as a religious experience. Among my favorite items was this adorable marble notebook.

Table Stainless Steel Cookie Cutter

Another purchase at the Parisian concept store Merci was this table-shaped cookie cutter. I don’t know about you, but I find something delightful about cookies in the shape of mundane household items.

Royal Canin Persian Dry Cat Food

I am the proud co-parent of three extremely weird Persian cats — Lyle, Ping, and Dolly. Since my husband and I began feeding them Royal Canin, their moods have improved and they have become more loving! I cannot recommend this product more.

Spadone Home J Vase
Spadone Home J Vase

By now you can tell that I have a thing for a speckled motif. This vase is in the terrazzo-marble family and is designed by a husband-wife team at Spadone Home. It’s sold on one of my favorite design websites, Sight Unseen.


So this isn’t strictly a purchase, but I learned about Kanopy, an extremely neat streaming-video service created in partnership with the public library system. There is a huge collection of documentaries and educational films on the performing arts, science, literature, history, and politics, plus Criterion Collection films.

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Guest Strategist Haul: What Audrey Gelman Bought in January