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The Strategist Haul: What the Editors Bought in May

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If you follow our monthly feature “Your Shopping Cart,” you know 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 for 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 May.

Crystal Martin, senior editor


I pretty much use only bone china mugs — I enjoy the fineness of the lip and that they’re light but sturdy. But one day, while searching for We Bare Bears merch, I happened upon this glass upside-down bear mug. This purchase was about delight and cuteness, but as it turns out, the mug’s quite functional, too. It keeps my coffee warm for a nice length of time (certainly as long as porcelain) and has survived two falls. There was luck involved there, surely, but the mug’s made from borosilicate glass, which is much less rigid and studier than regular glass.

Lauren Ro, writer

I’m a Rachel Cusk fan for life and ordered her new book as soon as it came out. Second Place is an epistolary novel in which an unnamed narrator writes to her friend Jeffers about what unfolds when she invites a famous painter (whose work she is familiar with but personally doesn’t know) to stay with her and her family in their isolated home. It’s safe to say that she’s obsessed with the painter, who takes advantage of his hold on her. I gobbled it up within a few days and plan to reread it again soon, this go-around taking the time to underline passages and sit with the questions she raises about what it means to truly have freedom as a woman.

My friend (and Strategist contributor) Iva Dixit recently posted this on her Instagram story, saying that it was the only sunscreen for her. I was intrigued by her description of it as a gel-like SPF, which sounded great for warmer weather ahead. I’ve always been an EltaMD girl, but sometimes it feels really heavy on my face. I have to say that I love how smoothly and easily this goes on my skin and plan to add it into my rotation.