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What Anna Konkle of PEN15 Can’t Live Without

Photo: Courtesy of Anna Konkle

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 Anna Konkle, co-creator and star of Hulu’s PEN15 about the weighted blanket, ballpoint pen, and cheddar cheese she can’t live without. (And you can read about her co-star Maya Erskine’s favorite things, too.)

I got my weighted blanket a few months ago, and it makes me feel calm, and not cold. It feels like you’re being held. I tend to overpack all my days with things to do, and I’m learning slowly to not do that. The blanket is a moment at the end of the day to just relax and take care of myself.

I have — for some reason — chosen to live in the desert known as L.A. It’s so dry here, and since I was young, my hands and lips have always been really, really dry, like a little monster (sexy). I found this and it’s like a shot of Aquaphor, but better. I used to use Aquaphor but then you read all this stuff about how bad petrolatum is for you, so this is probably exactly the same but since it’s in Korean, I can’t read it. It’s meant to be an overnight mask for your lips, but I use it all day everywhere — on my lips and elbows or anywhere dry. It’s really, really sticky, like it’s meant for a car, but it works.

These pens are 20 bucks on Amazon, and I just discovered them from clicking around. [Editor’s note: We’ve written about this pen before.] I was actually at this bougie boutique in L.A. and saw the same thing for three times the price, and I thought, “My Amazon pen is so worth it.” I love a deal, especially on things you can give people as gifts. This pen has this cap that you can take off, and then you stick it on the back of the thing, and it becomes a longer pen for you to write with. It writes really well, too, and the barrel that you use to hold and write with is wood, which feels nice on your fingers.