Everyday Essentials for Women and Men

Monday, July 14, 2014

A good guy friend of mine (and loyal reader) recently asked me if I might post more things geared towards men.  Well, ask and you shall receive.  But seriously, if you want to read more about a particular topic, feel free to comment or message me with reader requests!  In any case, I thought I'd outline a few practical essentials for women and men today that are great for everyday use.
Gap denim jacket - I live in my denim jacket year round - it's the perfect weight for those cool California mornings and evenings.

Kiehl's micro-blur skin perfector - This is the first and last primer I'll ever use.  I can't count how many compliments I've gotten on my skin every time I wear it; it does magical things to your complexion - filling in fine lines and making your skin feel silky smooth.

S'well bottle - I'm constantly thirsty, but hate drinking luke-warm beverages.  S'well bottles keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.  Once you try one, I promise, you'll never look at another water bottle the same way.

Madewell leather tote - I'm all about classics, and you can't ever go wrong with a simple leather tote.  This is my carryall for work, travel, and play.

Kindle paperwhite - I can't go a day without reading, and devour books a week or two at a time.  I love the feeling of a real book in my hands, but at my rate I ran out of space for books long ago.  Now I buy e-books and read them on my kindle - with no glare, it's great for reading outdoors, and it's super light-weight as well.
Persol sunglasses - If Steve McQueen wore them, you know they've got to be an everyday essential.  These sunglasses are a classic shape, and fold up for easy storing.

Redwing boots - For the adventurer, these rugged boots go with anything and will take you from a casual cool dinner to a sunset motorcycle ride.

Apolis waterproof journal - this pocket-sized notepad is great when you need to jot down a little something, but with a huge added bonus: it's waterproof.  You never know what sort of crazy situations men will get themselves into!

Filson bag - Filson uses extra durable canvas and bridle leather handles for bags built to last.  I bought this bag for my boyfriend four years ago, and its only gotten better with age and every day use.

Whiskey after shave - This all natural vegan aftershave is the perfect thing to soothe your skin after a shave.  If whiskey hangovers smelled good, they'd smell like this.

Speaking of essentials, I recently came across a newer company that embraces those everyday essentials by creating crates full of survival items.  Man Crates makes great gifts for the men in your life, and saves you the legwork of curating items.  And yes, they come in an actual crate.  Man Crates thoughtfully supplies a crowbar with each order as well - I mean, what fun is a gift if you can't pry it open using your man strength and a man tool?  Check out some of their crates here.  I'm a fan of the clean shave crategrill master, and whiskey cocktail.  What are some of your everyday essentials?

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