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The Financial Lives of the Poets: A Novel

I don’t read a lot (ok almost never but like I try whatever….) but I started reading this book finally the other day and I haven’t stopped except when I had to. So I am recommending it for making me read after a long hiatus of not being able to fall into any new books. It came out in 2010 so I am a little late to this one.

Jess Walter writes like my brain thinks and I think that’s why “the stream of consciousness inner dialogue” style of writing gets me. It’s an awesome coming of age late late type tale of being an adult and trying to make things work.

The Financial Lives of the Poets: A Novel (Amazon)

Everlane Twill Snap Backpack


The NEW Everlane Twill Snap Backpack is here.

I have used the older version of the Snap Backpack since I got it back in December. I think I’ve used it more than any bag I’ve ever owned. I still love my Archival Clothing giant tough canvas Rucksack but this Everlane one is the most versatile one I’ve had.

With a padded Laptop sleeve, side pockets, front pocket, inside pocket and enough main compartment room to carry my Camera, an extra lens my laptop and other randoms, it’s the perfect everyday bag.

I’ve traveled to Vietnam, Iceland, road tripped and everyday carrying of things with my bag and it hasn’t let me down yet. For the price of $65, the looks, space and durability, you can’t go wrong. It’s highly recommended.

Purchase the Everlane Twill Snap Backpack ($65)

EasyAcc 10000mAh Battery Pack


If you live in NYC, travel a lot, and/or you have a job that has you running around all day, it’s probably a good idea to add a backup iPhone or iPad charger (works with other devices too) to your bag. There are backup battery cases but I’ve never liked the added bulk. These are more versatile and shareable. Friendship!

I searched for a long time for a powerful enough / cheap enough / cool looking backup battery and ended up not caring about looks and just going for power/value. The EasyAcc will charge your iPhone 5-6 times before it needs to be charged again all for under $30 dollars. Recharge the battery using USB or wall charger and you’re back in business.

I’ve been charging people’s phones using mine whenever someone’s dies. Unknown brand, but has been a workhorse and has great reviews on Amazon. It can also charge other USB devices/phones.

Hope it works out for you!

Buy it now: EasyAcc 10000mAh Battery pack ($29.77)

ps. There’s a million options on these. I just tried to find the most powerful/cheapest that would be reliable. This was that for me.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash


Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash - I’ve finally found an affordable, long lasting (4 months / 2 times a day), 99.5% natural face wash that smells nice and doesn’t freak me or my skin out.

I like this company a lot. They’ve put a lot of thought into their ingredients and brand and I appreciate it all. I’ve been using it now for 4 months and I’m going to be sticking with it. Since I have skin that if you touch it slightly funny it can get irritated it was nice to find this. A lot of stores are stocking it in NYC and around the USA, so it’s easy to get as well.


  • Thoroughly cleans without dryness or irritation (sulfate-free)
  • Robust alpha/beta hydroxy acid complex dissolves dead surface skin cells, leaving skin brighter & clearer
  • High % of aloe soothes irritated skin
  • Concentrated formula should last 3-4 months (2x/day)
  • Zero toxins, no irritating synthetic chemicals
  • 99.5% natural, 51% organic

Smell: An enticing blend of premium, whole essential oils including cedar, spearmint, lime, lemon, rosemary, black spruce, owyhee, vetiver and lavender.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash over at Amazon. ($26)

Also now that the winter is over I recommend their Fortifying Face Balm which is very light and soaks in nicely.

For more info visit their site.