When I'm not busy reading and writing all things online shopping as an editor here at BuzzFeed, I'm a woman of many hobbies; here are just a few: taking long walks and hikes, reading all kinds of books but especially some good Sci-Fi/Fantasy (keep reading for a rec), baking something tasty and different (like this 200-year-old cake), working on new embroidery stitches, and watching horror movies (/obvs whatever's good to binge-watch). Once upon a time I also loved trying new restaurants in NYC!
Photos: Natalie Brown
TBH in 2020, you can prooobably find me on the Switch, either plotting gifts to give to my Animal Crossing neighbors or working on raising my Kubfu on Pokémon Sword.
Hope you enjoy my picks!
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In Gideon, two not-quite-friends with undeniable queer energy, along with a cast of eight other necromancers and their sword-bearing cavaliers, descend on a decaying palace riddled with dangerous secrets after being summoned by the Emporer to take on the challenge. I inhaled the first two books of the trilogy (here's the link to book two, BTW!), which are packed with emotion, humor, adventure, mystery, and a unique brand of gore, in about three day's worth of spare time each. They're the first books since Harry Potter that so many of my friends have read and love to talk about, and we can't wait for book three. Oh, and if you want to shop on Bookshop instead, here's the link for that!
I got this pair of flats in 2017 and reviewed 'em back then, but I recommend them any chance I get. Name any OTHER brand of flats that you can wear up and down the streets of NYC for three years and have them look (and smell) basically the same as they did on day one. They're comfortable, breathable, machine and hand washable, and while they have basically no arch support, I've used 'em with these inserts with no problems.
My WFH outfits vary: some days I wear dresses, others I go for jogger pants, while still others I happily slip on a pair of jeans because they help me feel like life's a little more normal. But one key component of any outfit? Socks to keep my toes warm! And while I only have a couple of pairs from Conscious Step, they're super soft, cozy, fair trade certified, have extra cushion in the toes and heels, come in cute prints, and each pair benefits a different cause!
Okay, yes, this has been a long time favorite product at BuzzFeed. But in quarantine, my S.O. and I have moved in together, which means we've also started sharing a bathroom on a much more regular basis than before. After a couple of months, it became clear that we needed something that would actually work to cover up poop odor, and STAT. So I turned to this spray-before-you-go essential oil concoction. And yes! It does exactly what is says it does. Thank goodness.