Staff Picks: All the Stuff Our Editors Fell In Love With This Week

Cookware, mood lighting and a sneakily reversible flannel

By The Editors
January 25, 2018 9:00 am

Welcome to InsideHook’s Staff Picks, a compendium of what our editors are digging recently.

LectroFan Micro
Whether it’s trouble at the office, North Korea or general concern about what Philadelphia Eagles fans are going to do next week, there are many things that’ll keep you up at night. While it won’t ease all your worries, the LectroFan Micro will help you get to sleep, even if you’re traveling. A 2-in-1 device that also features a standard Bluetooth speaker, the noise-canceling aspect has five fan sounds, four white noises and one ocean tone. — Evan Bleier, News Editor

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Sometimes in lieu of a meal or after a workout, I’ll knock back this protein drink made from grass-fed cow’s milk that’s been put through a fancy machine to separate the lactose but keep the omega-3s, B-12 and muscle-building protein. And their flavors are made with real ingredients, like Indian turmeric, single-origin Colombian coffee and cacao. — Reuben Brody, Los Angeles Editor

When in doubt, add bacon. #wemadein

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Made In Cookware
I’ve been thoroughly ashamed of my cookware since, well, college — when I got it. I was waiting to get hitched to get a fanciful new set until this gem of a line came along. The Warby Parker of cookware, Made In is up to snuff for my advanced kitchen wizardry but direct-to-consumer affordable. To boot, if you don’t know exactly what you need, their “Build Your Kitchen” system will point you in the right direction. — Shari Gab, Senior Producer

Our Legacy Unconstructed Classic Coat
Every man needs a classic camel overcoat in his life. The right one can legit do wonders for your wardrobe — and you’ll be surprised how it’ll fit right into casual everyday fits, slung over your favorite graphic tee and a pair of jeans. Made from a soft Italian virgin wool-cashmere blend, this single-breasted overcoat from Our Legacy is a safe bet, and trust it’ll get more handsome with each wear. — Michael Nolledo, Deputy Editor

Nanoleaf Aurora Smarter Ambient Lighting Kit
Once the express domain of people who keep a copy of the Kama Sutra on the nightstand, mood lighting has become an increasingly mainstream option in recent years thanks to its numerous health benefits (it’s better for your eyes, it helps you sleep, etc.). But that doesn’t mean you should run out to the nearest rummage sale and pick up a lava lamp. Our money’s on Nanoleaf, maker of elegant triangular light panels that mount on walls and ceilings. Inspired by the Northern Lights, they can be programmed to illuminate your room or workspace with 16.7 million different colors. — Walker Loetscher, Editor in Chief

Faherty Reversible Belmar Shirt
Two patterns, two sets of buttons, patch chest on both sides … basically, it’s two comfy flannels in one. And so seamless in its transition, I didn’t notice the first few times I wore it (me, early one morning: “Hey, wait a minute … is this reversible?”). Smart shirt for a not-always smart guy. — Kirk Miller, Managing Editor

SG Vape: Zero
As a marijuana enthusiast/irresponsible eater, I was intrigued to hear about the development (by alt-pin-up site Suicide Girls, believe it or not) of a vape pen boasting THCV, a cannabinoid alleged to have appetite-suppressant effects. Did it curb the munchies entirely? No. But did it mitigate the terrifying, werewolf-style foodlust I often experience? For sure. My midsection thanks you, Suicide Girls! — Danny Agnew, Creative Director


From one of our favorite (and favorably affordable) bourbons comes Old Forester Cocktail Provisions, a new line of awesome bitters (cherry tobacco, smoked cinnamon, citrus/flora) with an Old Forester bourbon base, plus an Old Fashioned syrup, an oleo-saccharum syrup (to add citrus-y spark) and a bourbon barrel smoked sea salt and black pepper tincture. Quick way to get your fancy drinks on — recipes for each are on the site, but we say, experiment! Drinks get better as you go along.

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