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Our World

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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1. Dior ‘All-in-Brow’ 3D Backstage Pros Kit: I have a pretty complex relationship with my eyebrows. For a while, I was overfilling them, in an attempt to recapture the thick brows of my youth, only to realize that a. It’s far too much effort and b. Doesn’t look natural. Now I’ve found a happy medium with this kit that comes with two colors you can combine to find your ideal shade, a setting gel, three brushes (one of which is a bristly one to help the hairs stand up) and most importantly: a big, magnifying mirror. It’s pretty much all I’ll ever need and helps me fill-in my brows in a way that looks both subtle and natural. - Emily

2. Craft Check App: As more smaller breweries are being bought-up by large brands (Rainier and Goose Island come to mind) it can be tricky to decipher which beers are actually craft beers (those that have an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less, in case you’re curious!). This app scans the labels and immediately tells you whether you’re about to purchase an imitation or the real deal. - Leslie

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3. Jennifer Behr Bows: I wasn’t a kid who wore bows in my hair (thankfully Sloan indulges me), but have embraced the trend now that I’m an adult. Usually I like something easy that I’ve tied myself (here) and other times, I opt for something preppy and vintage (here). But it’s the simple, yet stunning velvet bow barrettes by Jennifer Behr that strike that ideal balance. I’m planning on swiping up the black version to dress up a messy updo. - Emily

4. Joule Sous Vide: We’ve been cooking with a sous vide for years, but recently received this sleek version from ChefSteps and it’s changed the way we approach this cooking method. If you’re new to sous vide (or a seasoned pro) this sleek and smart device takes the guesswork out of creating perfectly cooked food, with minimal effort. The app manages everything, from recipe selection to temperature control, so you essentially do everything from your smartphone. After testing a few different devices, I can honestly say this is the best option available on the market for the home cook. - Geoffrey

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5. The Bold Type: I’ve always been interested in the behind-the-scenes at fashion magazines, which was only fueled by documentaries like The September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada (wait, is that not a documentary?). After reading Cat Marnell’s tell-all memoir How to Murder Your Life, about her experience as a beauty editor, I became interested all over again, which lead me to the series Bold Type. While over-the-top and probably very far from reality, it’s a fun guilty pleasure to dive into, just like an issue of Cosmo. - Leslie

6. Manhunt: Unabomber: After a friend recently admitted to me that he dedicated a Sunday to watching the entire series on Netflix in one sitting (“I ordered Postmates for both lunch and dinner”), he convinced me to try it out that same night. It’s got a great cast (love you forever, Mr. Big!) and unravels how the Unabomber was caught by dissecting his 35,000-word manifesto. - Emily

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7. Primal Strips Vegan Jerky: Okay, I know “vegan jerkey” has just about as much of a ring to it as “freeze-dried and flavored seitan” (which is what it is, technically) but I promise these they're delicious. Since going pescatarian in September, I’ve been on the lookout for quick and easy snacks to keep on hand for added protein and these fit the bill perfectly. I keep them in my purse at all times for hangry car rides home from work (you never know when traffic’s going to hit in L.A.) and hikes. - Leslie

8. Roll Recovery 8: On my recent bike trip to Vermont, we were cycling 100-mile days, which would normally mean dealing with incredibly sore muscles. Luckily one of my friends introduced me to this roller, which looks a little like a torture device—and feels like one at the end of a long ride—but worked wonders. I finally ordered one for myself, which I’ve been using after long rides and rough workouts to speed-up recovery and limit sore muscles. - Geoffrey

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9. Gin Marinated Olives: I recently re-discovered this recipe while looking for a good holiday appetizer for a Friendsiving earlier this month, and I’m so glad I did. It’s by one of my favorite cookbook authors (do yourself a favor and order Near and Far immediately), and makes the most decadent warm, olive oil-y, briny, lemony olives that are so good I’ve taken to eating them standing over the sink with a glass of wine and calling it “dinner.” But be forewarned: Since alcohol is so flammable, I’ve opened the oven door to an actual fire ball shooting out more than once. But that’s all just part of the fun, right? - Leslie

10. KiraKira App: I’m a little late to the game on this one, but this app is just pure fun (and yes, completely unnecessary). It allows you to add sparkles/glitter/magical lights to videos, effectively making your InstaStories feel just a bit more special. Worth noting: Since the app let’s you control the amount of sparkles you add, I find that, with most things, less is more. - Emily

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11. Brass spoon rest: About two months ago, I shattered our previous spoon rest and simply hadn’t gotten around to finding a new one. Initially I questioned whether it was something we even needed to re-buy, but I missed it anytime I found myself at the stove. Our old one wasn’t particularly nice (it was just plain white), so I figured it was a good opportunity for an upgrade. This one is brass, which feels cool and unique and I like that the construction is modest and unassuming. - Emily 

12. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin: This book wasn’t even on my radar until I came across a glowing staff review of the “crystalline prose” and “insights into the haunting legacy of loss” at a small bookstore that convinced me to buy it on the spot. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, it’s about a solitary apple farmer who catches two young, pregnant runaways stealing apples on his farm. Since I don't want to give too much away, that's all I’ll say about it—now go find yourself a cozy nook and a fireplace. It’s the perfect thing to curl up with this fall. - Leslie

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