What’s your favorite recent purchase?

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I’ve been living without an Nespresso machine these past few years—ordering (and responsibly disposing of) the capsules is such a pain, and the machines themselves can be so darned finicky. I was convinced I could do better on my own, with a conventional coffee maker. But it turns out that I make a horrible cup of coffee, just awful, which was not always the case. I blame my thick, sludgy coffee on learned helplessness: the Nespresso makes it so easy to brew a perfect cup, in literal seconds (which is clutch because I need coffee before I do anything in the morning). So last week, I got myself  a new Nespresso machine—a cheaper model because I’ve tried fancier ones and they’re not much better—and coffee is good again.

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    Michele
    1 Dec 2022
    11:26am

    A sort of spendy Breville Control Grip immersion blender. You can find them for less but I decided go large or go home. I haven’t gotten it yet but I’m already looking up all the soup recipes I’ve passed on for years because I’m damn well not dealing with pureeing stuff in a blender. So excited.

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    anne
    30 Nov 2022
    10:19am

    Woken capsules are a great option instead of the metal nespresso capsules. i switched a couple of years ago.
    http://www.woken.coffee
    They are compostable! And make great coffee…

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    LMB
    30 Nov 2022
    10:31am

    NYC has partnered with Nespresso to enable recycling of the capsules without removing the coffee. You can put them in the blue bin with your other recyclables.

    https://www.waste360.com/recycling/new-york-city-first-recycle-nespresso-coffee-capsules

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    cw
    30 Nov 2022
    10:39am

    I needed a file cabinet, but I didn’t want a file cabinet so I purchased an elfa rolling cart “file cabinet.” I can roll it out of my storage closet/pretend office and file things away and then roll it back into the closet so I don’t have to look at it. https://www.containerstore.com/s/elfa-platinum-mesh-file-carts/d?q=rolling%20file&productId=10017392

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      Tahe Z
      30 Nov 2022
      11:12am

      cw, thanks for the tip! I was just venting my frustration about where the hell to put all the piles of papers that’s bigger than an accordion file and smaller and less ugly than a filing cabinet.

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      Viajera
      30 Nov 2022
      12:31pm

      So, just to stick up for file cabinets a minute. I agree that they maybe aren’t so attractive. But, otoh, if you are really jammed up for space, the short ones are a good height for a bedside table. That is a lot of bang for the space. (I am not a cloud storage person, yet. It is on my To Do list to get a decent scanner. No idea when this may actually occur…)

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        Elisabeth
        30 Nov 2022
        5:06pm

        For stuff that doesn’t have to be top quality, an app based scanner would do the job… I use a free one on my phone.

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          Viajera
          30 Nov 2022
          7:18pm

          Thanks, good point, yes, I do that too sometimes.

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    Susanna
    30 Nov 2022
    11:07am

    It’s funny that you should post about the Nespresso, cause it’s my fave recent purchase too. I just set mine up on Sunday. So easy! Except when you do what I did this morning. In my half-awake haze, and feeling smug that coffee making was now such a breeze, I popped in a capsule, turned in the machine, went to brush my teeth, and returned to realize that I’d neglected to place a cup on the cup holder. That cleanup has pretty much ruined my morning.

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      Pam Dmith
      1 Dec 2022
      9:07am

      I’ve done the same thing. You probably won’t do it again!

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      Elizabeth
      30 Nov 2022
      11:37am

      I’m in love with my Barbour Kilmarie coat. It has every feature I was looking for: the right length sleeves, knit cuffs, mid-length, warm, snaps and zipper, and it is comfortable over a heavy sweater or hoodie. Also, I am terrible at making coffee. I replaced my Nespresso with a Phillips superautomatic that grinds the beans and brews coffee or espresso and I love it too.

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      Viajera
      30 Nov 2022
      12:28pm

      Oh i’m so sorry! I did something similar, only worse. I cold-brew overnight in a Mason jar, and then pour through a paper filter in the am. Well … it was a bad idea to do this on the stove … cleanup took maybe an hour, because I spilled it in a couple burners. Oopsie!! Now I do it in the sink. Lesson learned!

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    Sari Botton
    30 Nov 2022
    11:21am

    I love these ZipTop food storage containers I recently purchased. I got so tired of rarely being able to find the right tops for traditional containers. https://ziptop.com/ My favorite thing I didn’t buy, but someone recently bought for me: bluetooth karaoke mics. https://www.amazon.com/BONAOK-Bluetooth-Microphone-Christmas-Smartphone/dp/B07XGKV8ZC/

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    Bette
    30 Nov 2022
    11:14am

    Best recent purchase. Hmmm. This may seem mundane, but my absolute favorite purchase this fall has been a set of Sistema containers. I love these things so much. I don’t know how people live without them, LOL.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00284AG7S

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    Tahe Z
    30 Nov 2022
    11:17am

    I bought a Shark steam mop which has changed my life. The one I got is compact which is good for apartment/condo living.

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      Jennifer
      30 Nov 2022
      5:50pm

      I got a Bissell steam mop earlier this year and was gushing about it to friends for about a month afterward. Middle age!

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        Gablesgirl
        30 Nov 2022
        7:35pm

        Bissell Pet vacuum for me. Life changing if you love dogs!

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        gemmifer
        4 Dec 2022
        5:51pm

        This isn’t a recent purchase, but I bought myself a Miele canister vac with money I received for my 50th birthday. I wanted one for ages, but they were always too expensive for my budget. My mom was a cleaning fanatic, so when I bought it (and every time I use) it I figure she’s smiling down on me. xo

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    Liz
    30 Nov 2022
    9:12pm

    I splurged on a roborock Q5 robot vacuum and I am so very happy with it! The dogs are kind of spooked by it which is pretty sweet and upping my vacuuming from, um, not often enough to 4 or 5 days a week feels so good!

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    y.k.
    30 Nov 2022
    10:15pm

    lululemon has always turned me off a bit (maybe b/c they’re everywhere, or b/c they’re trying to be everything w/ their office wear for men etc), but still, i’ve long been drawn to their scuba hoodie b/c of it’s hefty hood. the hood is substantial enough that it kind of piles up around the neck & shoulders, which sounds weird but is a good look for me . When up, the hood is almost medieval friar deep, which is also good look. anyway, despite the annoying price, i bought it & i love it. it’s very warm, cozy, pocket depth is ideal & those thumb holes are very comfy .

    i’m a forever fan of the Bialetti Moka pot, but i’m looking for a cold brew device. i think the OXO touted by Wirecutter is calling my name.

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    Viajera
    30 Nov 2022
    7:26pm

    Well I am talking a lot today – so much so, the server has eaten the first 2 versions of this comment – I am sure I did something wrong, such as talk too much!! Anyhoo, I got one of these (I got the lemon verbena – there is also vanilla or lavender):

    https://www.temeculaoliveoil.com/lemon-verbena-lotion-stick-593.html

    And they make twoooo balms for dogs, one for the nose, one for paws and elbows. I thought that might be of interest.

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    Kelly
    30 Nov 2022
    6:02pm

    Shearling lined Arizona-style Birkenstocks in mink. Everyone was like, You will never wear these, they’re so impractical, blah blah, but I am so glad I didn’t listen. I wear them all the time! The problem is, they are great to wear outside, with warm wool socks, but they are also great to wear indoors, as slippers, So not only were others wrong that I would never wear these, I feel like I need another pair, so I can have an outdoor and an indoor pair, lol!
    https://www.birkenstock.com/us/arizona-suede-leather/arizona-shearling-suedeleather-0-eva-u_491.html#lang=en_US&q=arizona%20shearling

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    Viajera
    30 Nov 2022
    1:17pm

    Kim, I’m so glad you put this up, I was just going to ask if anyone needed small gift ideas.

    I just got one of these lotion sticks (i got the lemon verbena – it also comes in vanilla and lavender – the fragrance is light and pleasant, imo): https://www.temeculaoliveoil.com/lemon-verbena-lotion-stick-593.html

    They also make a dog version! (I like dogs but don’t know from them.) https://www.temeculaoliveoil.com/dog-nose-balm.html

    And they make another one for dogs’ elbows and paws. Soooo much dog moisturizing! (Btw, I don’t work for them.)

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    Lesley W
    30 Nov 2022
    1:45pm

    For sure, the LL Bean Maine Mountain Parka. I am a lifelong Chicagoan and the winter coat is probably the most important item of clothing, no armor, in my wardrobe. I can’t tell you how many North Faces I’ve been through – their 650 power fill down just can’t keep the wind and cold out. This one from LL Bean came at Andrea Linett’s recommendation last year and I’ve never looked back. It comes in petite so the length and sleeves are the right length. I can adjust the waist too.
    https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/118914?page=maine-mountain-parka&bc=516567-610-504735&feat=504735-GN3&csp=f&pos=4

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    gillian
    30 Nov 2022
    2:01pm

    The Birkenstocks Boston clogs ! They were sold out here in the US, I was in Israel and there they were! So comfortable!!!

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    Sharona
    30 Nov 2022
    2:14pm

    For coffee, I used a kitchen scale and was careful with water amounts, and iterated to find my definition of good coffee (7.5 grams of medium-roast grounds per coffee-carafe ‘cup’ of water). Then I figured out how many scoops or spoonsful made up the weight I needed. Fidgety, but it’s a task that needs done only once. Fwiw.

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    Amal Joury
    30 Nov 2022
    2:30pm

    I just snagged black Cashmere wide leg pants (on crazy sale)
    Seriously- I thought I might be too hot or itchy – nope. Perfect. Warm, happy legs. Am a convert.

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    Wendela
    30 Nov 2022
    2:45pm

    It has been a rough few months, so I just splurged on a very cozy Jenni Kane sweater during the sale last week as a holiday gift for myself. It was still above my usual price point for a sweater (even on sale) but it is definitely going to be comforting during an otherwise hard time, and I cannot wait to wear it.

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      Liz
      30 Nov 2022
      3:34pm

      I really hope things get better for you ❤️

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    Mary
    30 Nov 2022
    3:35pm

    shearling Lined Boston birks- caramel suede for $ 80 at surplus discount place – the MOST comfy

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    Liz
    30 Nov 2022
    4:39pm

    Ha! Recently purchased a Nespresso myself. My old machine started flashing the red light of death, and then one morning refused to open. I had it long enough for it to be out of warrenty, so I got rid of it and thought long and hard about becoming one of those coffee purists who use a Moka Pot to make expresso and a French press for the frothed milk, but that’s a lot of work at 5 AM, so I bought a new machine. Still might get the Moka Pot for when it decides to glitch on me.

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    Another Rebecca
    30 Nov 2022
    5:13pm

    I bought some baking pans from Sur La Table’s platinum pro line. They’re heavy ribbed metal coated in a thin and slippery layer of silicone. Super non-stick and easy to clean. I don’t even have to grease the bread pan. Loaves just fall out when I tip the pan.

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    Cola
    30 Nov 2022
    3:22pm

    An orange Carhartt liner coat. It’s hunting season and the dog and I walk in the woods everyday. He has a matching orange Carhartt coat so no one will mistake us for deer! If it’s warm(ish) out I can wear the coat on its own and if it’s cold, it’s roomy enough that I can layer it over whatever other jacket I’m wearing. I used to pop on an orange safety vest and this is a real upgrade.

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    Marie
    2 Dec 2022
    10:17am

    Oh i also truly splurged on a pair of office of angela scott shoes during that sale a bit back –
    They are stunning and so beautifully made.
    And a statement . Black and blue – couldnt resist

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    Bobby
    2 Dec 2022
    1:00pm

    I hesitated to add this comment as it might seem like a humblebrag. But I love them so much, and they were such an amazing present from my husband for a big birthday. http://www.ellagafter.com/products-earrings-elegant-pearls.html. I don’t know if the link goes to the exact pair but they are the diamond bow south sea drops.

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      Bobby
      2 Dec 2022
      1:03pm

      I should add the single bow, not the triple bow.

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        Papersitter
        2 Dec 2022
        6:51pm

        Those are gorgeous, and after reading your comment on the 12/2 post, I hope there are more of these in your future!

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          Bobby
          2 Dec 2022
          7:19pm

          What a kind thing to say. I got into the LAST clinical trial that Sloan Kettering was doing before everything shut down, and I’m doing well (knock on wood)

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    Wendelah
    1 Dec 2022
    12:52pm

    I also need my coffee to get started on the day. I make pour-over coffee, one cup at a time, using the same 2 cup Melitta filter gizmo that I bought in college, back in 1974. The filters and coffee grounds are compostable. The coffee is much better than anything I’ve had from a pod type coffee maker, and much, much cheaper. I use an electric kettle to heat the water. It takes no time at all. And except for the kettle, which I use multiple times a day, it takes up no counter space in my tiny kitchen.

    My favorite recent purchase was a hand-quilting class through the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. I just finished an adorable doll-sized quilt.

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      gemmifer
      4 Dec 2022
      5:55pm

      I’ve been using a Melitta pour over filter holder for years. Works great, especially once I found the perfect ratio of scoops to water to make a cup just to my liking. I live in a small apartment without much counter space, so any kind of coffee maker appliance would take up way too much real estate.

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    kimbersam
    30 Nov 2022
    11:35am

    Two actually. I couldn’t bring myself to spring for the Dyson, so I bought the Shark knockoff. I love it. It dries my porous, colored hair in a jiffy! The other is a MAC lip gloss from the Ulta sale. The color is Spite. I’ve been getting a huge kick of running work meetings with spite-coated lips. It’s juuuust subversive enough to be satisfying! Yes, I am a bitch.

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    Kim
    30 Nov 2022
    11:40am

    My skin gets so dry in the winter and I bought Westman Atelier Lit Up stick in nectar and it’s saved the day. It is super creamy, just the faintest touch of shimmer, and as with all her products it’s got active ingredients, so I’ve found adding a touch to all my dry patch areas has worked wonders. https://www.westman-atelier.com/collections/face/products/lit-up?variant=38011297267894

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    Elisabeth
    30 Nov 2022
    11:57am

    Good coffee in the morning is one of life’s greatest pleasures and necessities, so you do you!

    My fave recent purchase is an ottoman, finally and at long last! I’ve been shopping for just the right one for what feels like forever, for my den/sun room, and this is my lobster:
    https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/susila-ottoman?utm_source=transact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AN-US_delivery_notification&utm_content=product-img&utm_term=anus_ppc_deliveryNotification&utm_id=52926&sfmc_id=34678516&s2=abe2f1bf775d8cbce4f5bced84427515d5aefbe5858f3b5d03734559428a1353&utm_kxconfid=vxjp670zb&utm_kxcampaignid=anus_ppc_deliveryNotification&sfsc=0033600001IArZeAAL&color=014&type=STANDARD&size=One%20Size&quantity=1
    (It was on sale for $100 off, plus I had a GC that was a clerical error on Anthro’s part, which is a story for another time!)

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      Viajera
      30 Nov 2022
      12:20pm

      Hey, I really like that. Where was it made? (I am nosy … just ignore me.) Hmm. Maybe I should actually go out and look at things again. Mind you, I haven’t anywhere to put one of those. But it’s quite nifty!! Makes me want to see the rest of the room, too. Thanks!

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        Elisabeth
        30 Nov 2022
        11:03pm

        No worries! It was made in India. And I didn’t go out to look at it, I saw it online, bc I was trying to spend my ill gotten gift card. The rest of the rom is usually infested with cats lol

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          Viajera
          1 Dec 2022
          12:23pm

          Thanks!!

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    Emmy B
    30 Nov 2022
    12:04pm

    This sounds ridiculous but my GAMMA2 Vittles Vault Outback Airtight Pet Food Container from Amazon is my favorite recent purchase – I always bought cheap ones with the flip tops from PetSmart or whatever, and the lids always broke or it never seemed like a tight seal. I was always wrangling it and it was always just this little annoying thing that I dealt with every time I fed my dog. This container takes that one little annoyance away, which doesn’t seem like a big deal but once it’s gone and you don’t have to think about it, you realize that it was kind of a bigger deal than you thought?
    Ohhhhh the things you start to think about as you get older 🙂

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      Viajera
      30 Nov 2022
      12:33pm

      It’s not at all ridiculous. I have seen articles about behavioral economists, and among other things, they appear to say that eliminating just such daily irritations is one of the most efficient investments one can make. (I like economists. I also enjoy mocking them. But, this is actually good advice, I think.)

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    Betsy P
    30 Nov 2022
    11:34am

    Ondo no show socks. The only ones that my shoes don’t eat.

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      JJ
      30 Nov 2022
      6:30pm

      Yes! They saved some of my favorite sneakers this summer. I’d all but given up because shoes slip off my heels and these are the only no-show socks that work for me!

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      EH
      4 Jan 2023
      9:57am

      Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve never been able to find no show socks that actually stayed on my heels and didn’t slide into my shoes. I hadn’t heard of Ondo before but ordered some after reading your comment. They work incredibly well and are comfortable. I plan on keeping a fresh pair in my handbag when visiting those homes that turn out to be “no shoes”, so I’m finally prepared.

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    Joannawnyc
    30 Nov 2022
    11:26am

    I’m still keen on my seatbelt adjuster! Otherwise, buying a gallon of distilled water every other week for nasal lavage (instead of boiling water every morning) has changed my life. I also found Bombas-like socks at Target which are great for wearing around my cold house. Sorry I’m so boring

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      MJ
      2 Dec 2022
      4:44pm

      Me too. I’m buying a new washer and dryer this weekend. Woohoo!

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    JennyMick
    30 Nov 2022
    12:14pm

    Around a year ago I bought a bi-fold phone case that has spots inside for a few credit cards, license and cash. I hate carrying a purse and this was a $20 game changer. If you like to take a lot of selfies/photos, it’s not for you bc you have to hold the case open to take photos, which is kind-of a pain. Thankfully I have a teenage daughter who takes more than enough photos for her and me both!

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    dkl
    30 Nov 2022
    12:16pm

    I had been looking for the perfect water bottle for years: stainless steel because I break glass, thermal so my water says very cold, a drinking system I can operate one-handed and a lid that won’t leak in my bag. I finally found one at Target, and it has been perfect: the Contigo Cortland https://www.target.com/p/contigo-cortland-chill-2-0-autoseal-stainless-steel-24oz-water-bottle-macaroon/-/A-84835702

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    karen
    30 Nov 2022
    12:54pm

    plane tickets to go home to see my mom at Xmas. i was just there for Thanksgiving, but she’s feeling her age more and more (86YO) and seems to want to see her family more and more.

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    Gemma
    30 Nov 2022
    12:56pm

    Even though I have a $700 espresso machine, I bought a stand-alone milk warmer/frother from Aldi (on sale for $9). I absolutely love it. It’s so much faster, quieter, and cleaner than steaming milk with the espresso machine. It looks like this one: https://a.co/d/eeUEvCm

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    Rosie Plichta
    30 Nov 2022
    1:00pm

    I bought the Columbia Minx short boots. I have the Ugg Adirondack and they are nice, but they are heavy and kind of stiff to wear. They kill it in snow and rain but I wanted some easier, lighter boots.
    RE coffee makers, I am on my third Cuisinart Grind and Brew, (they last about 8 to 10 years.) I love this coffee maker, it grinds the beans to make a pot of coffee. The coffee is so good.

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    Liz
    1 Dec 2022
    11:44am

    I bought these perfect lug sole ankle boots:

    https://www.shopbop.com/levi-lace-boot-madewell/vp/v=1/1518050878.htm

    I got mine on eBay for $60. There was a brief breaking in period, but now they’re basically the only shoe I wear, and they look great with dresses and pants.

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    Mònica
    30 Nov 2022
    12:14pm

    In Spain we have this wonderful Incapto coffee machine. They send you the coffee beans amount and origin that you like the most monthly, and the machine grinds the needed amount for each cup of coffee at the moment. It’s been a dramatic change for us. For the planet and for our cup of coffee quality, flavour and taste!

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