sunday circular

10 Things That Delighted Us Last Week: From Lemon Paste to Lens Cleaner

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist

We write about hundreds of products each week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked some of our recent favorites: expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and very good deals we uncovered while trawling through the vast online-shopping universe — including an easy zip-up swaddle, a workhorse sports bra, and a glasses spray that will leave your lens sparkling.

A do-it-all condiment


Chef Lauren Joseph often has to whittle down her condiment collection to make room for groceries, but she’ll never part with her jar of New York Shuk’s Preserved Lemon Paste. “Its texture is soupy, which means it melts into a sauce or vinaigrette without any concerted whisking,” Joseph writes. “When it’s hot out, I drop a spoonful into a shaker full of ice, then empty a can of sparkling water over the top for a salted-lemonade spritz. Another spoonful mixed in my water bottle pre-run is possibly the best version of lemon-lime-flavored Gatorade.” She enjoys cooking with it too, dropping a dollop into — or onto — everything from grilled zucchini to pork chops to olive-oil cake.

Wardrobe staple socks

When Saks Potts co-founder Barbara Potts was looking for a relaxing, restorative destination to escape to near the end of her maternity leave, a friend suggested Pantelleria, a small island between Sicily and Tunisia. She and her boyfriend stayed in the “very specific, very beautiful house” from her favorite film, Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, and set about exploring the island’s winding beach trails, local markets, and volcanic lakes. When packing, Potts brought along these Comme Si socks, which she loves for “lounging around the house” but are also stylish enough “to wear for a little ankle exposure with tennis shoes.” They’re also ideal “for hiking as they’re naturally insulating and moisture-wicking,” Potts says.

The swaddle Ashley Graham used with her newborn twins

If Ashley Graham were to redo her baby registry, she would include this Love to Dream swaddle. She could never get the swaddle right with her first kid, Isaac, so it’s “great for people like me — you just zip them in,” Graham says. She really likes it because it keeps the baby’s arms “tucked in and folded how they are in the womb, and they’re not laid down straight like you would do a traditional swaddle,” she explains. “This company really believes that babies want to sleep how they were in the womb.” And once it’s time to transition to a new sleep solution, “there are holes the arms can come out of when you’re done swaddling,” she told us.

A sports bra that’s held up to 700 miles of hiking

Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra
From $33
From $33

Strategist contributor Maggie Slepian spent last summer thru-hiking the 485-mile Colorado Trail — and wore this Brooks Dare Crossback sports bra for all 23 days. “It’s hard for me to find a comfortable sports bra that doesn’t have me ripping it off and gasping for air at the end of the day,” Slepian writes, but she was impressed with the bra’s “nearly seamless design and the cups and straps that felt supportive without too much compression.” She’s also particularly fond of the racerback design, which allows for a full range of motion: “When you’re doing the same thing all day, you realize that a seemingly minor discomfort like bunched fabric, pressure points, or the smallest material shift can become unbearable.” She’s since worn the bra an additional 200 miles backpacking on the Arizona Trail, making it the most-worn piece of clothing in her wardrobe.

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