All the best things I bought in 2020 were things that brought me comfort. These Zella pants and top have basically been my uniform. Because the top is so perfectly soft and flowy, I ended up buying two colors: pink and black. The pants are basically leggings with pockets large enough to accommodate my phone.
Since everyone’s favorite activity this year is hand washing, I upgraded my hand soap to Aesop’s Reverence. Yes, that name is a little grandiose and the $39 price tag is definitely a little unreasonable for hand soap… but the soap has a lovely woodsy scent and there are tiny little granules that buff away dead skin, so it leaves hands incredibly soft.
A new coffee shop, KLVN, with a killer hi-fi system, opened right before the pandemic set in. I remember the first time I walked in, “It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career” by Belle and Sebastian was playing over the Dynaco A25 speakers. In the dozens of times I’ve heard the song, it never sounded so good. I would love to invest in a fancy hi-fi set up, but because we live in a small apartment, it seemed unnecessary for now. These speakers from Edifier are only $99 and sound amazing… honestly, much better than all portable bluetooth speakers I’ve tried.
Because we’ve been doing so much cooking at home, we are a little sick of our classic rotation of dinners. I’ve loved trying recipes out of “Six Seasons” because the book offers interesting takes on a big variety of vegetables. It is organized by season, so I can easily navigate by the time of year.
The last thing: a nice journal. It’s a little corny, but it feels important to write about this wild time in our lives. Journaling also helps me process things. If a problem is a tangled knot, writing about it helps me think clearly and unravel it.