TQE Presents Matchmaker: Your Personal Shopping Advice Column

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Here at The Quality Edit, we’re self-proclaimed product experts with a knack for gifting and online shopping. We created Matchmaker to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Ask us anything and we’ll deliver hand-curated recommendations just for you. Want a chance to get a custom product rec of your own? Slide into our DMs or email us at hello@thequalityedit.com. Let’s make some matches! 

Reader: Ideas for a lightweight travel stroller?

The YOYO2 can easily be carried on your shoulder -- perfect for strolling around a city with your little one.
Credit: @babyzenstrollers

Remi: Luckily we have plenty of lovely parents on the TQE team and the YOYO2 Stroller by Babyzen ($480) comes highly recommended by many of them. This stroller is super lightweight and folds up small enough to fit in the overhead compartment on a plane. It’s super easy to travel with, just throw it over your shoulder and go. Plus, there are different attachments you can buy to accommodate your youngins as they grow from baby to toddler. Hopefully this stroller can help you on your next adventure! 

Reader: Luggage with built-in storage?

2022 goal: pack light.
Credit: @monostravel

Remi: Finding great luggage is so important. If you don’t have packing cubes yet, you definitely need some. You can find them at Paravel, Monos, or just search on REI. They can turn any vessel into an organized packing masterpiece. I have a Roam suitcase (from $575) that I love, and it comes with some organizational compartments. Plus, it’s customizable so you can create your own colorway which is fun. One of our other editors recommends Monos (from $281) luggage. The pieces come with lots of thoughtful storage compartments for easy travel organization.  

Reader: Affordable lingerie?

Negative Underwear's pieces are simple, sexy, and comfortable.
Credit: Negative Underwear

Remi: Okay this is a saucy one and we love it. Our first recommendation is Savage X Fenty ($9-$45). I mean, you can’t go wrong with anything that has Rihanna’s badge of approval. She’s a goddess, but beyond that, this brand is awesome. There are tons of different styles, whether you’re going for a more modest or exposed look, and the brand champions inclusivity with pieces made for all people, regardless of gender and size. Negative Underwear may not be your classic lingerie, but the minimalist pieces have a subtle, sexy appeal and are super comfortable. The pieces are on the pricier side (thongs are $30 +, bras $60+), but they’re high-quality and ensure you never have to sacrifice comfort to feel sexy. 

Reader: Stylish snow/ski apparel?

TQE Editor Grace looking cute on the slopes in her Halfdays monochromatic look.

Remi: Perfect timing for this one, as one of our editors Grace just wrote an awesome ski gear and apparel roundup. You can find that article and her in-depth thoughts here, but here are some of her recs in a nutshell: Halfdays and DopeSnow for ski pants and jackets, Alp N Rock for base layers, and Give’r gloves. If you’re going for super chic Aspen-level apres, you can’t go wrong with Perfect Moment or Goldbergh for sleek onesies and funky sets. 

Reader: Great body lotion?

I live for this super luxe body lotion.
Credit: Nécessaire

Remi: I’m so passionate about this question. For everyday face and body, I love the Cerave Moisturizing Cream. It’s $19 for a big 16 oz. tub and is super hydrating, but still doesn’t break out my sensitive skin. I slather it on everywhere before I go to bed. If you want to splurge, I’m obsessed with The Body Lotion ($25) from Nécessaire. It’s definitely pricey for a 6.8 oz. tube, but this stuff is amazing. It’s loaded with vitamins and really noticeably nourishes your skin. I like using it in the daytime because it’s lightweight and doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind while you’re getting dressed. Plus, it looks super chic on a bathroom counter. A holy grail product! 

Reader: A journal for tracking my goals!

I love this organized moment.
Credit: Golden Coil

Remi: I love this question! It’s so awesome that you’re committed to staying on track with your goals. I have spent (read: wasted) so much money on planners that never actually felt catered to my goals, and I never ended up using them. To skip that and make sure you spend money on something you’ll actually use, we highly recommend checking out Golden Coil (from $68). The brand makes planners that are completely customizable, so you can create the organizational tool that feels right for you. Whether you’re trying to meet a career goal or a personal one, this planner lets you create the space for exactly what you need. If you want something a bit simpler, you can always get a simple lined notebook and fill it out as you wish. I like Papier for fun and colorful cover designs. 

Reader: Chic neutral outfits! Like Jenni Kayne but not as pricey. 

Chic, neutral winter look courtesy of Everlane
Credit: @everlane

Remi: Jenni Kayne is the aesthetic I aspire to, but the stuff is pretty pricey. Luckily you can achieve a similar vibe for a lot less money. I’d definitely check out Everlane ($10-$245). The brand has a great selection of simple, minimalist basics. Whether you’re looking to go for a neutral loungewear set or a bit less casual with pants and shirt, I’m sure you’ll find some good stuff there. Also would definitely recommend checking out Alex Mill ($38-$395) for those effortless, casual cool vibes. Lastly, Cuyana is amazing for elevated everyday essentials: think silk tees ($135) and cashmere cardigans ($265). 

That’s a wrap on this month’s edition of Matchmaker. Come back in February for even more product recommendations and fun gift ideas. 

Have something particular in mind, but can’t seem to find it? We’re here to help. Email hello@thequalityedit.com or shoot us a DM for a chance to be featured in our February issue. 

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