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IDK about you guys, but I’m always cold. There’s rarely ever a day that I’m not decked out in an oversized hoodie, sweats, and some slippers when I’m lounging at home. But, on the days when it’s really cold, I whip out my Warmies Microwavable Slippers to take the cozy vibes to the next level.
I know what you’re thinking…microwavable slippers!? Yes, you can literally pop these in the microwave (safely, of course) and get your toes all nice and toasty when the temps are just too brisk to deal with. I own all the blankets, sleep masks, and loungewear you can think of, so clearly these were the only thing missing from my hygge collection.
So, how do they work? Simply toss these into your microwave for up to (emphasis on the up to!) 90 seconds. From there, the lavender-infused seeds in the slippers will activate and warm up for around 25 minutes. You’ll feel that the slippers are slightly heavier than when you wear them without heat. (Think of them as a weighted blanket for your feet!)
I won’t lie, the first time I wore them I was completely weirded out. The entire process felt strange…did I really want to put shoes in the microwave!? But, since that’s the only way to do it, I sucked it up and haven’t looked back. I totally get the hype now. I usually just wear these to unwind at the end of a long day, but some people sleep with them on because they bring on that sleepy feeling more quickly than usual.
While there aren’t many downers to these, one major gripe is that they’re not machine washable. And those of you who live in slippers know how important it is to wash them to keep them in good shape. I mean, do you want to be walking around in a fuzzy, dusty mess? Probably not. So, if you don’t take good care of them you can expect to go through a few different pairs.
But, outside of that, these are like a fluffy marshmallow for your feet— and who wouldn’t want to slip into that? If you’re not down to rock the lilac pair pictured below, you can also find Warmies in brown and gray for some more neutral vibes. BTW, Warmies doesn’t only make slippers. You can find a selection of microwavable stuffed animals and pillows to keep you warm and cozy any night of the week.
Sure, they sound all fancy and tech-savvy, but these microwavable fuzzies won’t totally burn a hole in your pocket. You can get your first pair on sale for $30.39 on Amazon right now, and the original price tag is still only $35. Compared to a lot of the luxe slippers on the market that don’t heat up, these are a bang for your buck. So, the next time you’re so over having cold feet—literally—step into some Warmies and get your microwavable slipper game going.
Shop It: Warmies Microwavable Slippers, $30.39, Amazon
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, finding a bar in a big city is hard. It’s especially hard if you’re looking for a date spot, and you want to
fool convince your date that you are a classy individual who does not choose establishments solely based on happy hour prices. Life is hard, but there is good news! If you’re based in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Miami, Nashville, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix-Scottsdale, Houston, Seattle, Orange County, or Toronto, there’s an app to help you out. Skorch is a new app that can help you pick bars, restaurants, lounges, and other hotspots in your city.
And the best part? Every locale is specifically curated to what you’re looking for. You can refine your results based on “hotness” and distance (which is, incidentally, how I choose my dating app matches), plus you can filter by category: bar, club, lounge, cafe, restaurant, event, attraction, and outdoor.
Basically, Skorch takes all the effort, difficulty, and indecision out of picking a place to eat and drink. So I decided to put Skorch to the test and see what classy date spots I could find in NYC using the app. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
When Gallow Green came up on Skorch I knew I had to include it, because it’s so classy I could only afford to go there when my cousin was the bartender. Excuse me, the mixologist. Thanks for the free drinks, Kev!
Gallow Green is a rooftop bar at the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, and it makes you feel like you are in a secret tranquil garden atop this dirty trash city. You can order drinks or dinner, or drinks AND dinner. Plus, you can say things like, “I’ll have the Scottish Law. Do you only have Glenlivet 18-year, or can you substitute with Glenlivet 21-year?” and then throw a suggestive wink at my guy. Locked. It. Up.
Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is located in my absolute favorite part of New York City, the West Village. You can’t get much classier than a neighborhood where I saw Liv Tyler every morning on the way to work, am I right?
Not only is Jack’s Wife Freda in a great spot, but it also has a menu that’s the bomb, relatively reasonable prices, and is in a small space, so you’ll be able to get pretty close to your date. So ideal! And when you’re finished, you can stroll down the quaint streets together, pointing out all the beautiful brownstones and pick out the one you’ll buy together once you’ve scraped together $12 million.
Oh HELLO, do my eyes deceive me or is this a still from a rom-com?
The Standard Biergarten
Just admit it, we all love to day drink. The sun is shining, the possibilities are endless, and you can get to bed at 9pm. I know you’re thinking that day drinking might not be all that elegant, but you’re wrong. Sure, maybe it’s not classy when you’re in the backyard of the Sigma Chi house doing keg stands, but at a luxury boutique hotel where you might find Solange assaulting Jay-Z in an elevator? Abso-f*cking-lutely.
At the Standard Biergarten you can get, you guessed it, beer, as well as the other traditional German fare. And if you like a little competitive element to your dates, you can pass the time at the ping-pong table, since every dude likes a girl that can hit a winner.
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Sure, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is in Times Square, but some of us work in Midtown! And everyone likes a quick commute to their cocktail. Magic Hour is owned by the Tao Group, who also own Tao and Lavo, two of my favorite high-class places. The $19 dumplings are to
go broke for die for.
Magic Hour has expensive cocktails and a great view, but it also has cheeky elements that make it a perfect date spot. It’s got a mini golf course that is called Foreplay and features sexy animals in suggestive poses. Yes, I did just say “sexy animals.” And sure, a mini-golf course called Foreplay might not be coy, but sometimes you just have to be forward about what you want. Am I right, ladies?
And those are just a few of the many ideas that Skorch gave me for my classy date night! It’s available in a bunch of cities, so if you’re trying to snag husband material in say, Austin, you should definitely check it out. And you can use Skorch for way more than bars, like planning your next group dinner, finding a cute cafe to work at, or deciding where to go for your best night out.
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