The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

February 6, 2013
Fun / health & wellness / Things

7 Things I’d Rather Not Live Without

It’s been a tough winter for The E List. You heard all about my ski injury, but did I mention my sinus surgery? Don’t worry. I won’t. Suffice to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be thanks to Dr. Boey and the wonderful nurses at Middlesex Surgical Center. I’m not back to my usual zipping around the Shoreline quite yet, so in casting about for something to write, I came up with this: Seven Things I’d Rather Not Live Without. Mind you, I CAN’T live without my family, my friends, my art, my books, my photos (and my health!), but these seven things make life, well, a little lovelier.

The Cure by Natura Bisse

I’m a high end/low end sort of girl. I say splurge on your face, save on your body. My latest moisturizing addiction isThe Cure by Natura Bisse. I’ve a perennial eyebrow raised about the effects of creams and  potions, but I’m entirely sold on this one, a Spanish entrant to the BB creams that are flooding the skincare market. If you haven’t yet heard about BB, they’re an all-in-one primer, concealer, foundation, sunscreen and treatment. For the lazy groomers out there (moi), it’s the answer. The Cure provides a bit of tinted coverage and radiance, my skin feels supple, and everyone wants to know what I’m using. There you have it.


Pen and Paper

My back to school experience, growing up in Cambridge, MA,  involved a jaunt to the Harvard Coop and hours spent scrutinizing Flair pens and binders. Invariably I’d come away with a few fine-lined Veritas notebooks and a new cartridge fountain pen. Even now that I’m mainly digital, I still love to write longhand. Last year I discovered disposable Varsity Fountain Pens (thanks, Emery!). They last forever, sans messy cartridge, and I’ve yet to find a leaky one in the bottom of my purse. Indispensable, too, my stock of creamy letterpress notecards by William Arthur, ordered with the help of the knowledgeable staff at Two Ems in Madison. The small card (3  3/4 x 5  1/8) makes for a less daunting thank you note. One or two lines and done! (Find Varsity Pens on the counter at Office Express in Old Lyme or your local Staples).



I’ve had a thing for sneakers since my first pair of white Reebok Freestyle Hightops in the early 80’s. And if there was ever a year for them, this is it. My favorite Ash High Wedges (pictured) are relegated to the closet ‘til my knee heels, but I’ve handily replaced them with high top (flat) Pumas with a furry interior. The multitude of styles available from designers (Martin Margiela, Jimmy Choo, Isabel Marant, Jeffrey Campbell) to classic kicks (Converse, Tretorn, Superga, Nike) leave me positively giddy. See my picks on my Pinterest board, here.


Le Creuset French Oven
It’s a rare meal that’s made without dragging out my 14 year old still-sort-of-white Le Creuset giant French Oven. I’m not sure how any cook could live without one of these indispensable stove-top-to-oven-to-table beasts, but it is the go-to workhorse in my house and I use it for everything from sautéing onions to cooking up vats of jambalaya or split pea soup. The interior has discolored from years of heavy use but I don’t care; it proves how well-loved this pot is. I’d buy another as a back up, but the white has been discontinued. I can wait.

Click here for my favorite turkey chili recipe


CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

I’ve battled lizard skin every winter but no more; not since Annie bought me a tub of CeraVe. Slather this stuff all over after bathing while your skin is still moist, and you’ll ward off nasty winter scales. I know I sound like an infomercial, but you’ll be swearing by CeraVe, too. $15 to $18 at any drugstore, check the website for a $1 off coupon.


Ipad Mini

Apple Store, I’ve got your number. While I wait for the “genius” to fix my computer/gadget/iPhone, a geeky (but cute and charming) “genius” talks me into the latest version of computer/gadget/iPhone. And that’s how I ditched my first generation iPad and got my Mini. No buyer’s remorse for me, I LOVE the thing. It’s a much more suitable size for throwing in your bag, takes awesome photos and, when she allows it, I can even Facetime with my daughter. Apple Store, I guess you’ve got my number,


Ann Lightfoot Necklace

Eleven springs ago (or so) when I was still ensconced in my retail buying career, a new friend showed me some of the jewelry she had been stringing together with Chinese jade, mother of pearl and twine. The look was right on that spring. I took all she had and the stuff flew out the door. Ann Lightfoot has come a long way since those early days of hand-braided necklaces and hoop earrings; nowadays, you can find her collection at Calypso St. Barth, Donna Karan, and locally at Kimberly Boutique and Lori Warner Gallery.  My collection of Ann Lightfoot has grown, too, by a piece or so a year, but my favorite? My flower necklace from that very first collection.


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