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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editor’s Note: This Surface Handmade Barrette is no longer available in Terrazzo, but there are other patterned barrettes on the Surface Handmade site.
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 Sephora.com and it’s like having an insurance policy for my face — I know somehow, it will get clean.
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.
Editor’s Note: This table-shaped cookie cutter is no longer available, but Merci has other stainless steel cookie cutters for sale here.
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.