What Our Team Loved in April

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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For someone with chronically dry skin, you'd assume I'd have given dry brushing more of a shot. And while I kept a comically long option on the edge of my tub for years, I never used it. But after a recent girls trip in which several of my friends claimed how 'life-changing' it had been for their skin, I finally gave it a go. It's mildly uncomfortable at its worst, but after even a few minutes, all my dry skin is sloughed off. I use it while waiting for my bath to fill up and then after washing (and, in the case of my legs, shaving), I emerge feeling as sleek and soft as a seal. Followed up with my favorite body oil (that smells like heaven), it's a similar result to having had a scrub at the Korean spa by my house.

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I've used the same gym bag for the past decade, and while it's totally functional, it's also such a black hole that I once lost a deodorant in it for years (I'm not exaggerating). I've been on the hunt for a chic, functional bag for years and this is the first I've found that checks all the boxes I'm looking for. First off, it's heaven for an organization freak, with specific compartments for everything I carry in a day—running shoes, water bottle, phone, headphones, my laptop, a change of clothes. I also love that each bag comes in multiple sizes and colors so you can truly customize it for your lifestyle. And though their gym bags are what initially hooked me, I'm now also completely obsessed Dagne Dover's 'Allyn' tote as well, which I now use everyday. Mine's 'Medium' in Black and fits my 13" laptop in a protective, built-in sleeve, my water bottle, a book (in convenient sleeve), wallet, office keys on a chain, and highlighters and pens (which I'm never without). I also keep reusable cutlery and a metal straw in the side zipper pocket, and love the easy-access phone pocket on the side. It's a perfect office-to-drinks bag. Like I said: obsessed.

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Heaven for me is, without a doubt, Anthropologie's home section, but sometimes the products are so specific and sweet that I'm nervous I won't get enough use out of them. Given that I now have an apartment over 300-square-feet (thank you, West Coast), I decided to invest in a few summer entertainment pieces. This pitcher, wine glass set, and tablecloth will give my apartment the summer feel I love and will work both indoors and outdoors when I have guests over. 

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I'm always shopping a season ahead, so now that it's spring I've officially started my annual swimsuit hunt. I saw someone I follow on Instagram post about these and dug through ASOS to find them, but it was worth it. The prices are so reasonable ($40 for the one-piece and $36 for the bikini) and when I wore them on a recent weekend getaway, I had dozens of DMs asking about them. They were too good to keep them to myself! I love this one in blue, this navy bikini top, and high-waisted bottom

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You know it must be fancy if "color" is spelled with a "u." Chanel really hit the nail on the head with the name of this nail polish though, because it really does last a long time. The color name, 'Washed Denim', was also practically made for me, and goes with basically everything in my incredibly denim-focused wardrobe (as it should). I don't often buy nail polish, but when I do, they have to be good (I also love Essie in 'Wicked'... thank you, Emily!) 

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After our office-wide discussion about signature scents, I was inspired to branch-out and try a few new perfumes to find one I could wear every day and out at night. (I had previously been using Diptyque Do Son solid perfume for daytime and Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille for nights out.) I'm happy to report that I found one that checks all the boxes: it's my favorite vanilla scent without being cloyingly sweet and has a spray top so I can spritz it all over (including a little on my hair, thanks for the tip, Jess!), and has serious staying power. It's safe to say that I'll be using this one for the foreseeable feature and may never search for a new perfume again.

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Pinterest and I have become very good friends over the years, especially when it comes to baked goods. It's rare that I come across a recipe I haven't seen before, but earlier in April a photo of these five-ingredient peanut butter cookies caught my eye. They looked like dough scooped onto a tray, so I couldn't resist. If you have eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, peanut butter and salt in your kitchen, you can make these. I'm extremely pro-gluten and pro-butter, but the fact that these are so delicious without either made them worthy of writing about this month. 

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I had seen True&Co bras on Instagram, where they tout their bras as like “feeling naked, but better." I have too many mixed feelings about being naked for it be my personal barometer, but I can attest that this bra is comfortable! I bought the True Body V Neck bra, which looks a little like a “sexy” neutral-toned sports bra, a.k.a. what a Kardashian sister would wear as a shirt—but it’s quickly become my go-to bra! It's comfortable, feels like nothing on (maybe that’s what they mean by "naked," now I get it) and is the perfect bra to wear under a t-shirt. It also has removable padding, which allows it to have a seamless look. Bonus: It washes well and dries quickly, which means I never have to stop wearing it—right?!

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I'm not a huge fan of watching stand-up comedians in person because it's far too painful for me if they bomb. Those excruciating moments of silence when a joke doesn't land makes me want to crawl under my seat. But televised specials are a different story and in the past month, two have made me howl (which is saying a lot since I'm a tough laugh). The first one I saw was Amy Schumer's 'Growing,' which I loved so much that I watched it again the very next night after I'd flown up north to be with my family. And though John Mulaney's 'Kid Gorgeous' isn't new, it's worth a watch if you missed it as well. It's packed with hilarious and spot-on observations on everything from aging and the Stranger Danger assemblies we went to as kids, to parental advice and politics. 

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Ever since I started using Differen's retinol gel at the recommendation of my dermatologist (which has practically eradicated my breakouts), my skin has been dry. While I use a really high-quality rich cream in the evenings, I was having trouble finding a daily cream that was super-moisturizing without making me look like an oil slick. This. Stuff. Is. Amazing. Made with natural lanolin (a natural byproduct from wool washing after shearing), it glides on beautifully, and keeps my skin looking dewy and hydrated all day long. Leslie

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I'm pretty sure these are brand-new to Trader Joe's, but they already feel like a staple at my house. My fiancé Alfie picked up a bag of these a few weeks ago and basically ate them in one sitting, which is fair, considering how completely addicting they are. They taste like heavily seasoned Fritos or sort of like cool ranch Doritos, and you can tell that Mexican street corn was indeed a major part of the intended flavor profile. I like them with salsa, hummus, guacamole, queso dip, or honestly... just plain. 10/10 would buy again. 

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To make a long story short, I recently had a traumatizing case of closet mold (rentals, am I right??). And after the initial shock and tears of throwing out almost all my shoes, Anne recommended this door-to-door dry-cleaning service. Available in a few cities, Rinse comes to your door and hands you 3 bags to organize your laundry, from wash & fold, hang to dry, and dry cleaning. They then compile a list, take pictures of everything for quality insurance, and email you a summary report. In 3 days, the items are laundered, hung and covered, then delivered to your door. It made cleaning my entire wardrobe easy and stress free! 

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