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What Pete Wentz Can’t Live Without

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 hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, who are currently on their worldwide tour for their album Mania, about the exfoliant, face cream, and sneakers he can’t live without.

Nando’s is one of my favorite places to go in England, and I think they have them in D.C. and Chicago now, too. It’s like a South African fast-food place, and basically it’s chicken with this South African hot sauce that’s so good, I put it on absolutely everything. I think there’s never been a night when I’ve gotten too drunk and not put Nando’s sauce on something. It’s more vinegary than a hot sauce you’re maybe used to. I love it.

If you prefer, it’s available at Amazon for $7, too.

More times than not, celebrities will license their names on something and put it on garbage — or not garbage, but just a whatever product. It doesn’t make you want to go out and buy the thing. I wasn’t super aware of Gentle Monster, but it’s a Korean sunglasses brand that collaborated with Tilda Swinton on these sunglasses, and they’re truly great. After getting them, I started wondering, what else does Tilda Swinton do? She’s really an artist! It’s so exciting when someone works with a brand and it enhances both the celebrity and the brand, because usually it’s so whatever. I have a pair in red, which are sold out now, and people ask me about them wherever I go.

I’m one of the driest people. From being constantly on airplanes, I think that moisturization has been the key to everything for me. I’m trying to get carded at least one time when I’m 40, and La Mer may be the way to get there. It’s not fragrant, so even as a man you can kind of rock it, and even though you can use it anywhere on your body, it’s priced like gold, so it’s really not to be wasted. You don’t want to blow it on spots that take up a lot of real estate. I go for the face usually.

Compared to a Prince or Head tennis racket, it’s a little bit heavier. I’m obsessed with tennis, and it’s a super-healthy/unhealthy obsession to the point where I’ll tell my family I’m at the mall or something when really I’m just playing tennis. I think it’s one of those games you can play when you’re 8 or 80. I love the Volkl because it’s a bit weird — the symbol on it is clearly not a Wilson or standard racket — so it’s a conversation starter because people don’t see them a lot.

People are always asking about the key to my skin routine, but I’m always latching on to people who have super skin. The guy with super skin is Pharrell, who somehow has just looked 21 forever. And he told me, exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. And I trust him on that. The reason I like this one in particular is because it comes dry, which makes it perfect for traveling. If you’re just taking a carry-on, often liquid exfoliants are too large for the three-ounce rule, but this you can take anywhere because it’s not a liquid. You just add water to it and start exfoliating. I think it might have charcoal in it, which is like this year’s avocado toast or kale.

This book is amazing whether you like tennis or Andre Agassi or not. There are moments in there where he’s at the French Open and scared his wig is going to fall off. I have a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old, and I’m like, “Do I make them do the thing? Do I make them Tiger Woods or Serena or Agassi?” And every single chapter of Agassi’s book ends with “I hate tennis. I hate my dad for making me play.” So now I know.

I mean, I said it last week on Twitter, but God bless Kanye West so hard that we can wear sweatpants outside. Even five years ago, I could go outside in sweatpants, but felt schlubby about it, but these are tapered and have pockets. I’m a dad, but I don’t have to dress like a dad.

These are regular checkerboard Vans, but they have this fuzzy material that makes them like cartoon shoes. It’s like I’m in a claymation movie when I wear them, and people think they’re slippers. They’re really easy for school drop-off, and since I live in SoCal, they’re perfect any time of year.

The sun can be really harsh, and you don’t think about it when you’re 15, but it tears your skin up. It’s great to walk around in the sun, but super important to protect your face and arms with sunscreen. The Eve Lom doesn’t go on heavy, and it protects me without feeling like anything. I remember it every day because I don’t want to look like Leatherface.

Okay, Decaydance is my own record label, so I’m biased, but this sweatshirt is very comfortable for hanging around or going through airports. I’m a person who is so happy that we’re living in a time when menswear has embraced sweatshirts and sweatpants. Now men can embrace what the yoga pants were for women — something you feel good in, but can also leave the house wearing.

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What Pete Wentz Can’t Live Without