sunday circular

11 Products That Delighted Us Last Week: From CD Players to Cheese Grottos

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We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week — including a cult-favorite sweater in the menswear community, a shimmery lipstick made for NYE, and a “wearable sleeping bag.”

A CD player made for spinning K-pop albums

In speaking to a bunch of K-pop fans about the best gifts for people like themselves, writer Dominique Pariso uncovered a surprising fact: While fans collect albums, she writes, “it’s not always so they can play the CD inside, according to K-pop fan Rov R., who told us ‘the CDs can end up collecting dust in their cases.’” But a gadget like this one, Rov told Pariso, would encourage fans to actually break out their CDs because it displays them through its cover and can even be hung on a wall to make the CD player look more like décor. K-pop fan Evie W., who recommended this exact model to us, agrees: “It’s relatively small, looks nice, and can work as décor as well.” (It can also work as a DVD player, thanks to a port that accommodates a cable you can use to connect it to a TV or projector.)

Some Baggies-like pants (that are actually made for bouldering)

Perhaps the Baggies-wearing man (or woman or person) in your life has yet to find a longer alternative to their favorite technical shorts. If so, these pants made for bouldering — a hobby contributor James Lynch describes as “a little different from climbing” because “it doesn’t involve ropes and happens only a few feet off the ground” — may be just what they’re looking for. Unlike other heavier-duty pants, Lynch says these “have all the technical features you need, including super flexible fabric and a gusseted crotch, without any of the embellishments that make you feel like a Sir Edmund Hillary wannabe or the lazy features that imply that your diet consists primarily of Funyuns. They have a slim cut and — maybe most important — a zipper fly that, despite the internal drawstring waist, makes it clear that you’re not wearing loungewear.” Though, while the pants may not look like loungewear, Lynch adds they do perform like it, calling them “the perfect WFH pants.”

A shimmery lipstick made for NYE

2021, at long last, is within view — and just because we may not usher it in as we normally would doesn’t mean New Year’s Eve can’t be festive. Which is exactly where this new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick from our latest installment of Don’t Dillydally comes in. “The formula contains vitamin E, which moisturizes and smooths the lips,” we wrote of the pH-activated lipstick that, once applied, “settles into a flattering pink shade with a hint of sparkle.”

A cult-favorite sweater in the menswear community

As Strategist writer Louis Cheslaw reminds us, “No winter wardrobe is complete without at least one great sweater that can keep you warm both inside and out (and, ideally, look good on Zoom, too.)” If you’re looking to add a new one to your closet, he spoke to some 20 cool people to find the best men’s sweaters, from turtlenecks to cardigans to zip-ups. Among them is this fisherman-style L.L. Bean crewneck that one guy told Cheslaw he’s “had in his closet since high school.” Adds that guy: “It has been an L.L.Bean classic since the ’70s (if not earlier),” making it perhaps the brand’s most popular sweater within the menswear community, according to him.

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