One thing under $ 100 that has made our lives better this year


Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Retailers

2021: perhaps the most confusing year yet. We will therefore take anything to feel the slightest semblance of normalcy. As we head into a new year, the editors and editors of Cut and the Strategist have shared things under $ 100 that they bought this year that have given them joy or improved their lives. .

Mamison Quality Rubber Oven Gloves

If there’s one thing Cut’s associate editor Joanna Nikas has learned from this year (and from #cleanok), it’s to rejoice in simple meditative tasks, like washing dishes. “Every time I put on these oven mitts, I imagine myself at the opera,” she said. “These bright pink Korean clothes, which are recommended by the strategist, are extra long so they don’t get your shirt sleeves wet. They also make any outfit cool.

Golde Superfood Latte Sampler

The Cut Beauty Director, Kathleen Hou, “Minors in Coffee but Major in Matcha” and the Golde Superfood Latte Sampler are perfect for a WFH day. “Daily matcha-latte habits can get expensive, [and] Not everyone makes a latte to my liking… These latte powders are perfect for a matcha latte control freak like me, ”she said. “They mix with water without leaving a residue, are dairy free and a spoonful makes a giant cup with lots of flavor and a hint of spice. “

Crocs Classic Bae clogs

“I care a little less about what people are going to say if they see me and more about ‘Do I feel comfortable with this?'” Said Chinea Rodriguez of the Cut. The Crocs Classic Bae platform clog, which she deemed “ugly in a good way,” became her most worn shoe this year. Attached in “sport mode” (rotate the straps down), you can run, you can jump, and there is no run you cannot do. His are shaped with spikes which, along with the imposing platform, add a touch of style to his racing days. “When you have fun now with your clothes on, it’s definitely more for you.” I always keep comfort in mind; it is the top priority now.

Nail and cuticle care by CND, SolarOil for dry and damaged cuticles

Comfort was important in all areas this year. The Cut Associate Fashion Editor, Devine Blacksher, has figured out how to keep her nails looking great without leaving the house. “While I like to take the time to go to the nail salon twice a month to do a mani gel, sometimes consistency is not possible and my nails suffer. They become brittle and break easily or my nails are damaged. cuticles look rough and dry even after the lotion.With this nail and cuticle oil, she immediately noticed a difference in the health of her nails.

J. Crew Easy-luxe eco tank top pajamas

A good pair of pajamas helped the strategist’s Crystal Martin establish a bedtime ritual that improved her rest and became something she looked forward to every day. “It’s nice to have something special to wear during this extremely important time of the day or that part of life that I’ve kind of neglected. It tapped into a kind of natural joy that I’ve always had for clothes. It’s fair to me and it encouraged me to do the care I needed to get ready for sleep.

Arq wide straps bra

Likewise, the practice of dressing, starting with an ARQ bra and underwear set, has helped Strategist’s Tembe Denton-Hurst separate his work day from his home life. “I don’t want to wear a traditional bra like never before, death to the underwire for sure. Having a very comfortable and relaxed bra that looks like nothing but really supports me really helps me get into the “you work” state of mind. It’s really cool, and I can spend all day there, which is a big deal. ARQ is a small batch, female-owned brand that it is also happy to support. With a wide range of colors to match or color and an affordable price tag, “It’s like Pokémon cards, collect them all.” You can’t have too many.


Another collectible like Pokémon cards are thrifty Montbell Mono Pouches, which Cut’s senior fashion editor Emilia Petrarca has “one of every size and color.” Shoulder bags are lightweight, simple, and made from a silicone-coated ripstop nylon fabric that stands up to all of life’s tests. “They’re interesting because they come in all of these fun colors and have a really cool shape, but they’re not too flashy or too gorpy. I’m a grown up person of color and I really enjoy matching my colors so it’s a satisfying thing for me to be able to match my bag to my coat.

Ordora pet epilator

A big lesson this year is that satisfaction and joy can come from the smallest things in life. For Andrew Nguyen, Cut’s fashion writer, satisfaction has come in removing all the lint, furs and dander from his living room rug with this fancy little carpet brush. “TikTok made me buy it,” he said between laughs. “A carpet brush was a recurring thing in all of these videos and I needed to buy it because my carpet was wasting so much space. I’m really, really excited to do it after that. It’s one of those oddly satisfying things because you can really see the difference between the areas you clean and the places you haven’t cleaned.

RIENOK portable bluetooth speaker

Asia Milia Ware from The Cut found solace in this portable Bluetooth speaker. “I thought I liked my AirPods until I got a portable speaker this year. It sounds crazy, but before this year I had never had a portable speaker. It created my personal haven of peace. The enclosure has become her favorite thing to take anywhere, from beachside outings with flamingos to quiet nights on her balcony. “It turns me into a different place when I’m just in my room to vibrate, and it has traveled with me on all of my vacations this year. “

Photo: Retailer

For another peace of mind, New York Magazine Editor-in-Chief Joy Shan Recommended The three body problem, by Cixin Liu. Set against the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the sci-fi trilogy is a rumination on technology, morality and more, as the inhabitants of Earth divide into camps in support of and against an impending alien invasion. “It was one of the first books in which I was able to immerse myself completely [during lockdown] … Where when you finish it, you line up at a grocery store, and you just start to think about it. With our lives steeped in uncertainty lately, the book presents parallels to our lived realities as well as a unique kind of perspective: one that offers the opportunity to step back, reduce the scope of our challenges. daily. . “There is something so heartwarming about reading this during the pandemic,” Shan said. “It makes you think of the size of the galaxy. It is also such an amazing world build and it is the best massage for your brain.

With the past two years accentuated by catastrophes of all kinds (to put it lightly), perhaps the sexiest form of self-care in our time is… safety. Editor-in-chief at New York Choire Sicha magazine made two purchases this year that boosted its disaster preparedness at home.

Zircon Leak Alert Electronic Water Detectors

The first is the Zircon Leak Alert electronic water detector.

It’s simple and straightforward: it sits on the ground and screams “like a gremlin” when water hits it. It’s essential for bathrooms or under the sink, to alert you right away when you have a water leak. In a year of torrential rains and flooding, this gadget has already saved Sicha from a world of trouble and could do the same for you.

First Alert standard household fire extinguisher

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