MONDAY MEMO Jun 25, 2018

Monday Memo No. 17

Rachel Zoe Joins the Trove team!

As announced on Women’s Wear Daily, we’re so thrilled to unveil that Rachel Zoe has joined the Trove team!  As one of the leading voices in the industry whose many hats include celebrity stylist, media mogul, designer and CEO, it’s been a dream to have her as both a business partner and friend.  Rachel is as brilliant as she is stylish and as truly one of the nicest people in the industry on the planet, it is impossible to articulate how grateful we are for her invaluable contributions in building Trove.  Together with her husband and business partner Rodger Berman, we’ve been blown away not only by their genuine excitement for the company, but their eagerness to jump in.  And of course, as husband and wife co-founders ourselves, we couldn’t dream of better partners!

In addition to the app that so many of you know and love, we have several very exciting announcements in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!

The Best Hairdryers On The Planet

If you’re looking for a traditional hair dryer, I’ve used T3’s hair dryer for years (they also make my favorite curling wand as well) and highly recommend all of their products.  However, in the past few months I’ve switched over to the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dyer and my gahd.  I’m a total convert.  My hair dries quicker and feels healthier than ever before.  I have thick hair so it used to take a good 15-20 minutes to dry thoroughly.  Now with the Dyson, it takes five minutes max.  Between the time it saves and the noticeable difference I’ve seen in the health of my hair (more shine, better texture, fewer split ends), I would say it is absolutely worth the investment.  You’ll have this sucker for YEARS and your hair (and alarm clock) will thank you.

The Best Portable Charger

Between Rich and I, we now own at least four of these portable chargers.  Since our jobs require the constant use of our phones, we’ve tested dozens over the years, and this model is hands-down our favorite.  The reason is three-fold:

  1. It has the highest power storage to size ratio with 20,000 mAh and a compact design that’s still small enough to fit into most handbags (it’s about the length of my iPhone 8 Plus);
  2. It has a built-in stand which allows you to prop up your phone to comfortably continue using/watching while it charges; and
  3. It has a built-in iPhone AND Android cord.

This last point is particularly key.  There are a ton of models on the market that do not have one built-in cord, much less two, and not only is remembering a separate phone cord a fool’s game, but the extra bulk/congestion in your bag is no bueno (especially if you’re carrying a small purse).  With two different types of cords, I’m able to simultaneously charge my iPhone and my favorite bluetooth headphones (which use the same charging cord as an Android) simultaneously.  The charger gives me a full FOUR charges on my iPhone 8 Plus (same for Rich’s iPhone X) and I never leave home without it.  Oh, and it just so happens to also be super sleek and pretty.  WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?

P.S. There are a few reviews on Amazon that describe issues with the device’s cords/charging ability after a few months.  If this is the case, the company has a 100% guarantee and will send you a replacement immediately (as confirmed by other reviewers).  I’m guessing there’s going to be one or two bad eggs in the bunch with any product, and people are more likely to review when they have a negative experience than the (likely) hundreds of people like me who have had a positive experience.  We’ve had ours for months and have never experienced any issues whatsoever.

New Google Ad Settings Portal

In the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the resulting widespread discussions about privacy, Google unveiled a new Ad Settings page that gives you insight into and control over the data that Google uses to tailor ads and search results to you.  On this page, you can see all of the different factors that Google is using and adjust any individual interests that you believe to be wrong.  Of course, many people incorrectly believe that turning Ad Personalization off will prevent Google from targeting them with ads, but this is a bad idea.  You’ll still see ads while browsing, they’ll just be less relevant to your interests because Google will have no idea what you like.  In reality, this kind of targeting can actually be incredibly helpful in your online experience (when done correctly and within reason!), so having these additional controls from Google is a great thing.

The Next Skincare Memo

I’ve absolutely loved writing the Skincare Memos over the last several months and have many more in the works!  In case you missed it, last week I broke down everything you need to know about Vitamin C products which you can read HERE.  Before that, I did a deep-dive into exfoliation, how to properly clean your face, and even discussed the top seven skincare myths (that are pretty shocking).  In the coming weeks and months I’ll be tackling many more skincare-related subjects (like retinols, facial oils, sheet masks, etc.), but if there are any topics that you’re particularly curious about, please let me know in the comments below!

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8 Responses to Monday Memo No. 17

  1. I’m dying to get my hands on anything T3 really!

    chevrons & éclairs

  2. Congratulation for the join of this great artist. I love her design but her shoes are amazing. The hair dryer really caught my attention, I’m going to check it out. Thank you so much for this great information!!!!!

    New blog post: I’m sharing with you very interesting information about the last trimester of pregnancy. Don’t miss it out, maybe you have some relative or friend that is expecting and she’ll want to know what’s happening in her body right now!!!!!

    Kisses from Miami

  3. Karen Brooks says:

    Thank you for the blow dryer recommendation. I will put that on my wish list. I just purchased the charger since I am coming to NYC next week and will have my iPhone, iPad and Beats headphones so this little beauty will be perfect for the trip. You are always so full of great information, I know that is your job, but I you for it. Thanks Mary. Have a great day!

  4. Anna says:

    Hi Mary,

    I love your blog and especially the monday memo.
    Could you do a segment on what kind of suitcase you recommed for travelling and how you pack
    your clothes, toiletteries, electronics, shoes etc.?
    What/how much do you pack for a weekend getaway, for a two-week trip etc.
    I know you had a monday memo on your favorite makeup travel bag and jewelry travel bag.
    I would really like to know more about how to travel in style but also be comfortable and efficient at the same time, from the luggage to the clothes to wear. This is just something I fail at constantly (hot mess alarm!!) and I really would appreciate some help :-).

    Thanks XX

  5. Kari says:

    I keep hearing good things about those dryers!

  6. Tena says:

    I have just found this website while searching over the internet, you have posted valuable information which i like reading.

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