Staff Picks: All the Stuff Our Editors Fell in Love With This Week
The ultimate summer shirt, trusty camp stoves and more
Welcome to InsideHook’s Staff Picks, a compendium of all the stuff our editors have been digging on recently.
Topman Pink Lemon Short Sleeve Shirt
I bought this shirt on a lark last week, wore it to an outdoor concert and got so many compliments from strangers that I wore the exact same thing the next day. Same result. Best 50 bucks I’ve spent in a hot minute. — Danny Agnew, Creative Director
The Hoy Short by United by Blue
Despite my humidity-averse nature, I headed south last weekend to a wonderful little coastal commune called Tilghman Island. My better half told me to bring a pair of swim trunks, a pair of casual shorts and a pair of shorts for running the dog. And so I did — by packing these water-resistant hybrid shorts from United by Blue, an ethically minded apparel company that relies on sustainable materials and removes a pound of trash from our waterways for every product sold. — Walker Loetscher, Editor in Chief
Montgolfier Indoor/Outdoor Plant Stand
For aging hippies, potted plants crowded on windowsills, shelves and patio railings is right on brand. For someone (like me) who wants the therapeutic aspects of caring for and living amongst greenery without the Bohemian vibes, you’re going to need a more sophisticated system. This two-tiered geometric plant stand (pots included) is the first thing on my list. — Alex Lauer, Associate Editor
TRX Slam Ball
Just look at this thing: it’s like if a kickball had a rough childhood and ended up doing five-to-10 up the river. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. During the summer, I like to get some outdoor track workouts in, and adding a training ball opens up a whole host of additional exercises. Slams, jumps, lateral movements, tricep push-ups … you can even bring a buddy and get some overhead tosses in. — Tanner Garrity, Associate Editor
Coleman Classic Propane Stove
On a recent road/camping trip, I brought this two-burner along for the ride and it was well worth the packing space (which is minimal, considering it folds down to about the size of a briefcase). While it isn’t the latest direct-to-consumer camping tech out of Silicon Valley, it is sturdy as hell, burns well (even in heavy wind) and cools down fast. — Eli London, Director of Partnerships and User Acquisition
Port Products Face Saving Hydrating Shave Cream
When it comes to shaving, “the best a man can get” is a hyper-scented, environment-killing condensed chemical foam in an aerosol can? And y’all are supposed to spread that on your mug? I’d rather shave my legs with lotion … which is pretty much what this cream from Port Products is: ultra face- and body-friendly for his and hers, whatever your pleasure. Buttery texture for smooth shaving and minimal irritation, with replenishing aloe vera and willow bark, and no synthetic fragrances or colors. — Athena Wisotsky, Senior Editor
NUOMI Reusable Produce Bag
On my last day trip to the beach, I saw a guy carrying this mesh tote packed with mangos, coconut water and booze. Maybe it’s because he and his girlfriend looked like a Calvin Klein ad, but suddenly mesh didn’t seem so tacky. What’s great about this bag is how you can ball it up in your work bag and fill it with snacks and drinks on your way to the park after work. Two of my friends already ordered their own after seeing mine. — Ryan Thaxton, Editorial Intern
A former product manager at Tesla switched gears (ha!) and designed this hangover remedy after being inspired by a trip to Korea … though I wasn’t thinking about any of this when I reached for a bottle immediately after a hard night out (and right before passing out). Recently reconfigured with a new formula (something with electrolytes, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, milk thistle, etc.), all I know is my early a.m. wakeup that should’ve been rough was surprisingly OK. — Kirk Miller, Nation Editor/Managing Editor
THE BEST THING WE DRANK THIS WEEK
If LaCroix was boozy, it’d be SpikedSeltzer. Started in 2012 and only going national last summer (via Anheuser-Busch InBev), this might be the easiest sipper we’ve enjoyed this summer — but at a solid 6% ABV, be careful. We, uh, weren’t.
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