Strategist post: 10 things we loved last week

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We write about hundreds of products every week. Here, in our version of Sunday’s post, we’ve picked up some of our favorites recently: expert-recommended essentials, life-changing things you didn’t know you needed, newly launched tools, and super-good deals we discovered while searching for The vast world of online shopping – including a T-Pain electric wine opener, a rangoli mat for Diwali, and some cheerful sunglasses for the gas station.

at the strategic writer Kat Gillespie She was booking flights to Athens last summer, she was asked to buy this for $34 foldable keyboard for smartphone To reduce the space that her MacBook might have taken up. “Portable portability is the key feature, but I also enjoy actively typing on this thing,” Gillespie says of the responsive keys that have a “click-clack” sound. It also notes an intuitive keyboard Bluetooth function and impressive battery life.

In our latest installment of party robberyWe spoke to Avani Modi Sarkar, co-founder of Moody Toys, which explains how it hosts the kid-friendly Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, which runs for five days starting October 24 this year. To keep the young guests occupied while also teaching them about their culture, Sarkar had them decorate rangoli mats, which are a symbol of welcoming Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. “Rangoli is a foam rug with intricate designs cut about an inch or so deep, so it provides space for kids to fill each one with,” Modi says. “It’s something they have to do, and they can see the end product.”

to disappoint hot flashesstrategic contributor Sheryl Kramer Kay I collected who must have had menopause, which includes this body napkins. “I love that it’s large and fragrance-free, and that the packaging is sealed so the wipes don’t dry out,” Kaye says. They’re also safe to use as “intimate” wipes, are pH-balanced with no added hormones, and can be applied “from head to toe, including corners and crevices, to clean up after a sweat session,” she says.

When we talked to Lenny Kravitz about him His favorite thingsHe called this the smell of almonds soapwhich is used by dogHimself and his clothes. “You can even put a little of it on your finger and wash your mouth,” he says. “All Dr. Bronner’s scents smell good, but this one is by far my favorite.”

When we asked T-Pain about Things he is I can not live without himthe rapper and producer mentioned an electric wine opener he found on one of his monthly hits targeting visits. “You open the wine in about ten seconds, and you don’t have all the corks in the wine bottle like I do,” he says. “My favorite wine right now is Château St. Michel. Supercheap, $9 a bottle, in and out. Three bottles, and you’re going to have a very good time at night, or anytime.”

Our “plugin files“, We talked Brandon Lim, who works as a personal assistant to Trixie MattelOne of the most famous drag queens in the world. to store matel DJ Ji Mixes, Lim bought countless hard drives, but this is particularly private. “These little mushroom-hauling trips are kind of a fun escape, even behind the scenes,” he says. “People recognize its shape as a doll from their childhood, but it is very blunt and very clever. Like these engines, it is a combination of cute packaging and a powerful product. It is all part and parcel of the same thing.”

As noted by strategic contributor Laura Reilly, silhouette magnified classic gas station – “Unbranded wrapped style that lands somewhere between a fast-paced devilish trucker and a girl from the 2000s” – worn by fashionistas everywhere. Tom PetridgeSSENSE, chief content officer, regularly posts photos of himself in Oakley’s performance, making it the gold standard for high-end gas station sunglasses, Riley says.

With 3.5 mm joysticks and buttons. A headphone jack and a USB-C or Lightning port (depending on whether you are an Android or iPhone team), this mobile controller Turn strategic writer Jordan McMahon’s phone into a first-class gaming experience. Backbone is compatible with cloud gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and works with games you’ve downloaded from the App Store (as long as the developer has added support for hardware controllers). “Comfort is where the spine lights up,” says McMahon. “Sure, a Switch or Steam Deck can fit most devices Backpacks Without much hassle, but I always carry my phone around anyway, and my iPhone plus my spine can easily fit into most small bags, fanny packsor even a suitcase of an appropriate size.”

In our roundup of the best clothes and accessories Buy from PatagoniaStrategist Jeremy Relusa has described the Nano Air Jacket as the most versatile outdoor jacket. “I can wear it for easy walks in cold weather, or use it as a main insulator or a heavy layer on winter days around town,” says Relusa. “It’s totally comfortable.” as a Experienced outdoorsmanRellosa tested it against similar jackets from other brands, including Arctrix Atom LTThe Mount Hardware Core Strataand the North Face VentrixBut this is still his favourite. “I’m going to die for (or inMy Patagonia Nano Air jacket,” he says.

If you’re looking for a thoughtful (and affordable) gift, shop with us A guide to the best items under $50 From Asian and Asian American-owned brands And small businesses, which we’ve written about before. founded by Sandro Rocco, Filipino-American born in Queens, the sparkling water brand is available in Asian-inspired flavors such as lychee, calamansi, mango, and yuzu. This sampler will allow the recipient to try each one, or choose one flavor if you already know what it tastes like.

the strategist It’s designed to show experts’ most useful recommendations of things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our recent forays include the best acne treatmentsAnd the rolling baggageAnd the Side sleeping pillowsAnd the Natural Anxiety RemediesAnd the bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

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