We’re asking different writers, artists and others to share some of their current favorites. This week we feature picks from writer and editor Sonia Chopra. As the Cities Editor for Eater.com, she manages 27 restaurant news-focused city sites across the United States and Canada, and last year, she was named one of Atlanta’s 20 most driven influencers under 40 by Tastemaker Magazine. Say hello on Twitter or Instagram.
1. D.S. & Durga’s Boston Ivy Cologne
My love for fragrances probably stems from my penchant from interesting flavors — I can never turn down that fig-gorgonzola gelato or grapefruit-black pepper sorbet at the end of the meal, no matter how full I am. So when I first came across D.S. & Durga’s colognes at a well-curated men’s store next door to my go-to coffee shop, I stopped because of the vaguely Hindu name (one of the owners is Indian) on the bottles. From there it was easy to fall hard for the scents, their story-like descriptions, and the cool husband-and-wife team behind it all. I’m partial to Boston Ivy, which has salty-floral clover and ivy notes.
2. Moleskine Art Plus Folio Notebook, A3
I am a notebook fiend, so when a colleague suggested this 12″ by 16.5″ huge and amazing Moleskine notebook as a way to store the menus I’d been hoarding in a dresser drawer for months, I took her recommendation. The large size and unlined pages are perfect to keep not just menus, but also magazine clips and other mementos. On Amazon here.
3. Compression Socks
Before her last trip to India, my mother vowed she was going to beat jet lag. She managed to do so with a combination of tried-and-true methods, like eating light when traveling and slightly adjusting her sleep schedule prior to her trip, but she also wore these cutely packaged compression socks to improve circulation. Recently relaunched as Marvy, the company aims to provide a fashionable alternative to the legwear. She bought me a pair of my own, and I’m counting on them to get me through all of my upcoming trips.
4. Chrome Extension OneTab
Another coworker of mine recently discovered OneTab, which has made my life easier and more organized by neatly storing all tabs onto a single, accessible page. From there, it’s easy to restore them either individually or all at once.
5. Location-Specific Art
I’m moving soon so I’m feeling kind of nostalgic for Atlanta, but even if that wasn’t the case, I’d still love these City Prints maps (also perfect for sports fans and recent graduates) and the Southern-inspired prints and shirts from The Old Try, plus this sweet mug from Tania Julian Ceramics. And once I’m settled in my new home, I’ll probably pick up one of these typographic Ork Posters to learn the lay of the land.
6. Doux South’s Southern Organic Pickles