If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked Maggie Holladay — the founder of vintage home-décor retailer and interior-design studio Claude Home — about the pens, wine, and white T-shirt she can’t live without.
I have a weird infatuation with really, really thin pens. These are the absolute best. They come in multiple colors and have this smooth, slick feeling that makes me want to write and work harder. When I first bought them, I didn’t think much of it. But when one of the pens went missing, I started freaking out. I was like, “I can’t work because I don’t have my pen.” Now I always have one on me.
The best-fitting T-shirts. My go-to uniform is this white tee with black Levi’s. If I’m trying to be fancy, I’ll wear a blazer or a trench coat, too. I walk to Kmart and get packs of them. And when all of the tees inevitably get stained, I can just get a new pack because they’re so affordable.
When I first got it, I did one side of my face for 20 minutes and it was a solid inch higher than the other side. You really do see a difference after you use it. It’s instant gratification and just a really fun thing to do. I’m addicted. I’ll get really into it and do it three times a day for like a week.
It’s the best wine in the world. Super affordable, slightly bubbly, and tastes just like summer. I first bought it because I liked the label, but then I started buying it every time I went to my wine store in the East Village. I brought four bottles when I went on a trip upstate with some friends and they were all like, “Holy fuck!”
I used to make fun of everybody who wore them. Now I’ve had a pair for five years and they’ve completely molded to my feet. They’re so comfortable. I love to wear mine with socks and Levi’s.
I’m so bad at doing my hair. But with this, I can almost make it look like somebody other than me did it. It’s cordless, which is really convenient. It heats up super, super fast and is 100 percent less damaging than other straighteners I’ve used. You don’t have to keep going over the same piece of hair again and again.
I’ve been obsessed with these glasses for years. They’re super thin and the size is perfect — they hold the perfect amount of water or liquid. They’re also so affordable and often on sale. When a shelf fell in my apartment, all of mine broke and I didn’t have time to replace them right away. Friends would come over and bring me new glasses, and was like, “I’m not having these in my home.” I will not use anything else.
It’s my go-to. I’ve been using the same tube for about a year. It’s basically the same shade as my lips but has a little more color. It’s also very moisturizing and never clumps or dries or peels.
This comb is so small it can fit in a wallet. It feels amazing on my scalp and my hair looks shinier and healthier after I use it. It’s beautifully designed, too: It looks gorgeous just sitting on my counter.
I used to go to Paris a lot for work and I became obsessed with French cotton pads. But when I stopped going to Paris, I ran out, and ordering French cotton pads during the pandemic just seemed ridiculous. These are the closest thing I could find to the French ones I like. They are really thick and plush and they don’t seem to absorb as much product as CVS-brand ones. Some of my skin care is expensive and I don’t want to waste any of it.
One of my favorite hobbies is making playlists. If I’m not working, I’m bringing myself joy by making a playlist. Lately, I’ve been listening a lot to a playlist I started to make while folding laundry — called Folding Laundry — and another one called Songs for My Mom, which has all the songs she would play for me when I was a kid. I got Spotify when I was a freshman in high school, so I still have all the playlists I made from when I was that age, too. It’s really funny to take a trip down memory lane and listen to all those songs. They’re still really good playlists.
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