Lifestyle Blogs

July 22, 2014

I’m a bit confused by lifestyle blogs/curated shopping blogs in a similar way that memoirs by “average” people confuse me. I think Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is the most famous and probably most ridiculed lifestyle blog, but Blake Lively just launched Preserve and Heidi Swanson, whose recipes I love has one called Quitokeeto.  The general idea behind these blogs is you like me/my life, so you’ll like what insanely expensive things I tell you to buy and I’ll make money when you buy a $58 jar of honey or a $495 skateboard.  I guess they make more money if you buy more expensive things, but wouldn’t more people buy more things if they weren’t insanely expensive?  Probably if you’re really wealthy, you just want someone to tell you what to buy, but then wouldn’t you have a personal shopper?  See, it’s very confusing!  (My comparison to memoirs is when people write about their average lives without demonstrating any particular insight.  I don’t understand why these memoirs get published!)

Any way, I was joking with some friends about starting my own lifestyle blog and then I thought it would actually be funny to make the “normal” person version of it, so here’s my first curated list of must haves for July 22:

  1. Nutella – You eat kale and quinoa, but sometimes you want a creamy, chocolately, hazelnuty treat and you know what, it’s okay to consume palm oil and lecithin once in a while.  Nutella is especially delicious in a sandwich with peanut butter and bananas.  Delicious!
  2. Leahco Back ‘N Belly pregnancy pillow – Are you pregnant?  You need this.  You can suffer on without it, but once you try it, you’ll be hooked.  It’s amazing, though be prepared – it takes up 70% of the width of your bed, but it’s worth it.  Toddlers also love laying in it.
  3. Reef Flip Flops – They’re the best.  I wear the men’s ones even though I’m not a man.  They’re awesome.  You can walk in them for days.
  4. Costco croissants – Seriously, they are good straight out of the package, but even better when toasted and they’re made with real ingredients like butter and flour.  Plus, they are SO affordable.  Flaky deliciousness.  You could refi your house and get some $58 honey to spread on these.  That would be heavenly.
  5. Mayordomo Chocolate – Okay, this is a little bougie, but only because it’s hard to buy in the US, but seriously, Mexican hot chocolate made with Mayordomo chocolate is SO good.
  6. Craigslist Free Section – I know, technically, you can’t buy this, but if you’ve ever read my blog before, you know I love CL.

Stay tuned for more plebian curated shopping lists in my next lifestyle post.