If you follow our biweekly feature Your Shopping Cart, you know that we have some eerily good intel on what you all are buying. Which led us to think that, as Strategist editors, we could turn the tables and highlight all the things we’ve been buying ourselves. As you’ll notice, it’s both a blessing and a curse to be a Strategist editor; we’re picky, but sometimes we just have to get on with it (it’s online shopping expertise meets IRL needs). Below, what we all bought in November.
Lori Keong, writer
The most decadent part of the long Thanksgiving weekend wasn’t the amount of food I consumed, but the hours I got to spend curled up reading books. I’m halfway through Pachinko, but also pocketed Eve Babitz’s Black Swans over the weekend (the typography really jumps out on a shelf).
It’s my first Eve Babitz encounter and I’m in love: I’ve been reading a story or two before bed every night and the closest thing I can compare it to is dessert.
In lieu of getting a digital perm this month, I called in reinforcements from Sachajuan to see if I could actually zhuzh my flat, straight hair into something resembling a hairstyle. I’d heard great things, but was floored by how bouncy and soft my hair looked post-volumizing shampoo and cream. It was such a convincing change that colleagues actually cornered me to compliment me on my new haircut afterwards. (It’s the same old hair, just Sachujuan playing tricks on you.)
Karen Iorio Adelson, writer
File this one under “Rio made me do it.” After reading Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s ode to Bite Beauty’s lip moisturizer, I was convinced to order one for myself. Everything she says is true — it’s hydrating with a hint of color that looks natural even on a lipstick-phobe like myself.
This running top was an early Black Friday purchase that I bought on impulse because I loved the color, but I’ve already worn it twice. It’s sort of a combination base layer/mid-layer as it’s fine to wear on its own (like I did yesterday when running in 40-degree weather), or you can throw it over a T-shirt for a little added warmth (like I did on Thanksgiving when it was barely 30 degrees). I imagine that in even colder temps I’ll be able to layer a jacket on top. The funnel neck definitely keeps you warm, and I especially like that along with thumb holes there are hand covers that work like built-in mittens. It’s also still 20 percent off.
This little gizmo holds half of a lemon or lime and lets you squeeze its juice onto a salad, into your water, or wherever else you want a splash of citrus. I have a bigger citrus juicer but I’m usually too lazy to take it out and wash all the parts when I just want a little spritz of lemon, so this is ideal. The tiny holes filter out the seeds and it’s even machine washable. My friend and I were browsing Lancelotti Housewares in the East Village and we each had to buy one.
Margaret Rhodes, senior editor
For someone who makes a big deal out of having coffee immediately upon waking up, I’m not very precious about it. We buy coffee from Porto Rico Importing Co. (I get the organic French Peruvian and it’s dark and full and perfect) and they put it in paper bags which then go in my fridge. But then, a few months ago, I edited this post on coffee canisters and realized exactly how much I’d been doing wrong. If you want coffee to keep its flavor, you need an airtight, light-free container. So I got this green plastic Coffeevac, which sucks oxygen out and feels very “Fort Lauderdale in the late 1970s.” Soon I’ll finally buy my own coffee grinder.