Opinion Page: Follow-ups, Vol. XVII

Dec 12, 2023

A few years ago, a PR person told me that I was a bad influencer.  All of the qualities that made me a “bad” influencer also made me a regular person.  I re-wear clothes.  I order something and change my mind about it.  I would rather put $2,500 in my IRA than buy a purse (though some of the purses appreciate in value more).  So occasionally, I like to talk about the purchases I’ve made and which ones I would make again and which ones I wouldn’t.  Because most purchases feel like a lock on day four, but what about day forty?

This is Product Follow-ups.

The Varley Milton Sweatshirt (three colors) was an impulse purchase at a Shopbop sale.  When I tried it on the first time, I planned to return it.  Then, I wore it one Saturday and was like, “Hmm, maybe I’m wrong.”  Now, I adore it.  And whenever I wear it in an Instagram video, I get so many compliments.

I own the charcoal color, which is currently on sale at Saks.  I also just bought the boucle half zip because I wanted a knit jacket to wear in my cold office.

We bought these Hexclad pans at the start of the summer, and I purposely waited to review them until they had some age on them.  We really like them.  They’re non-stick, heat evenly, and are durable.  Also, the price point isn’t low, but it’s a lot less than several other brands we looked at.  We also bought the Wok, which we use way more than we thought we would.

I bought these Spanx Ecru jeans back in April.  I looked at them all summer.  My post-pregnancy body was simply not ready for jeans.  Then, in October, I needed an outfit for a party and thought, “Why not?”  Well, I’m hear to tell you that I should have put them on sooner.  Because they are amazing.  I wear them every time I need to make an outfit a little more interesting.  These would be awesome for someone who works in a casual office.  My only complaint is that the front pockets don’t work.

K18’s Detox Peptide Prep shampoo is the perfect thing if you use dry shampoo.  It cleans hair without drying it out, and it’s a great precursor to the K18 Leave-In Repair Mask.  I use it twice per week to clean up hair that has seen more dry shampoo than it probably should, and I love that it doesn’t dry out my hair.  You can also get both products in this mini-gift pack if you want to try it out.

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  1. Chrissy says:

    Your choice to revisit recommendations and purchases is one of the reasons I’ve followed you for so many years! Thanks for keeping it up.

  2. CitrineDC says:

    I love your product reviews and curated recommendations. That is why I trust you and have bought (and re-bought) things like the K18 mask (love it for my wavy hair and my daughter’s unruly curls), the Free People tunic, Urban Decay All-Nighter, and so much other stuff – thank you for doing this.

  3. Sarah says:

    I think one of my favorite things about you and your blog and substack is that you’re a bad influencer. I’ve trusted many of your recs because they’re actual recs, and I’ve consistently been happy. Your approach may not be the path to great wealth, but it is the path to being trusted by those who follow you.

  4. Ana says:

    Laughed when I saw your opening paragraph – your approach is exactly why we’ve all followed you for so many years. Thank you for writing and continuing to share with us!

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