Our most clicked buying/reading/cooking/watching/listening recommendations from 2023
Buying under $50
Preen Screen SPF 50 Reapplication Mist
Sunscreen is always a good idea, but it can be a pain to reapply over makeup. This spray sunscreen is a gamechanger, and we'll be chucking it in our bag this summer.
One of the more unusual but incredibly handy gifts we received last Christmas was this toothpaste squeezer. It extends the life of your tube, and kids can use it with ease too. Genius.
Buying over $50
Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Candle
We actually bought this from Mecca for a mate, and we ended up keeping it because we liked it so much... It’s on the pricier side, but it burns for hours.
Vera Wave Hoops
We’ve basically lived in these wavy gold hoops from Sydney brand Saint Valentine after receiving a pair last Christmas. They’re minimalist with a touch of elegance, even if we do say so ourselves...
*Buy using these links and The Squiz may earn a little commission.
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, it’s about a boy who is born into poverty and his experiences growing up in the modern-day American South. It also won this year’s Pulitzer Prize.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
It was one of our favourite reads of the year - it's a beautifully written novel about 2 friends who are brought together by a shared love of video games - but it’s about so much more than that.
Alba de Céspedes
It’s about the inner life of a dissatisfied housewife in post-war Italy. It was serialised in an Italian magazine in the 1950s and has now been translated into English for the first time by the acclaimed Ann Goldstein, who worked on Elena Ferrante’s novels.
Lost & Found
A great memoir by The New Yorker staffer/Pulitzer winner about the decline and death of her father at the same time she was falling in love with the woman she would go on to marry. It's a beautifully written book that reminds you that life - and love - are precious.
We’re always keeping an ear out for a productivity hack, and Zoe's playlist on Spotify has been great for getting into a good workflow. However, if we ever get through the whole 27 hours we’ll know we’ve been really productive…
We don’t usually gravitate towards true crime podcasts, but this one caught our eye… It is a 13-part ‘poo-dunnit’ that attempts to answer the uncomfortable question. It’s hosted by the couple and their ‘detective’ friend - hilarious and gross at the same time.
It's a deep dive into the lyrics written by one of the world’s greatest songwriters, Paul McCartney. In short 20-minute episodes, Macca chats to poet Paul Muldoon about tunes like Eleanor Rigby and Back in the USSR.
This podcast from The Economist takes a peek into what life is like for Russians who oppose the Ukraine war. It offers a wonderful bit of storytelling from a perspective we don’t often see in the news cycle.
For a fancy but minimal effort Chrissy appetiser, this tomato and goats cheese focaccia looks like you've spent all day kneading when you've really just been kicking back waiting for the dough to rise...
Summertime = watermelon season... This watermelon and pomegranate salad with whipped feta from Aussie chef Matt Moran is the perfect dish to serve for silly season entertaining.
We reckon these miso white chocolate and macadamia cookies would make great Chrissy gifts for all those neighbours/teachers/colleagues you rely on all year. See also: Nigella's totally chocolate chocolate chip cookies...
We're all for eating lasagne all year round, but Hetty McKinnon's summer spin on the classic is packed full of veggies and is perfect for the warmer months.
Sometimes you just need some carbey and cheesy goodness, and a potato gratin ticks both those boxes. This recipe levels it up with a parmesan sourdough crumb.
And as the weather warms up, we recommend this delicious Vietnamese noodle bowl with lemongrass chicken. Like all the recipes we’ve tried so far from RecipeTin Eats, it’s an absolute winner. It’s packed full of fresh flavours and is easy enough to pull together on a weeknight.
What is happening to The Great Australian Dream? - The SMH/The Age put together an excellent series on the housing crisis and the fading great Australian dream of homeownership. It’s a good one to get your property market talking points sorted.
How Israel’s longest-serving leader reshaped the country in his image - This long read on Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu explained a lot about him and the complex political scene in that nation. It’s worth a read if you’re trying to get more than the headlines.
Inside the Billion-Dollar Effort to Clean Up the World’s Most Romantic River - It’s less than a year until the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, and one thing that’s drawn a lot of attention is the city’s efforts to make its iconic (and notoriously polluted) river, the Seine, swimmable in time. This article takes a look at the massive effort that’s underway to clean it up.
Inside Barcelona’s Unfinished Masterpiece - We went down a rabbit hole with news that the Sagrada Familia - Barcelona’s famous incomplete cathedral designed by architect Antoni Gaudi - is finally nearing completion. This is an excellent read with visuals about the race to finish it before 2026, which is the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death.
Writing for Friends was no dream job - Ever wondered what it would be like to be a writer for a popular TV show? One writer who penned episodes for Friends, Freaks and Geeks, Desperate Housewives, and Breaking Bad spilled the beans in this very interesting feature article. TL;DR: Friends isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…
My Delirious Trip to the Heart of Swiftiedom - Fleishman is in Trouble author Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s insightful account on the interesting mix of Swift fans she spotted at the Eras Tour concert and what it means to be a Swifty is a good one.
It is a show a mate told us about as we lamented the Succession-sized holes in our lives. And it’s great… Made by some of the team behind the US version of The Office, it's a look at the legal system through the eyes of juror Ronald Gladden - except he's unaware that everyone aside from him is an actor. Hilarity ensues…
If you’re looking for something easy to watch, this scratched our itch for a short/fun series. It stars Gina Rodriguez (from Jane the Virgin), Hannah Simone (from New Girl) and Lauren Ash (from Superstore). And you know our preference for the 27-minute/ep format…
We’re huge fans of the book and loved the mini-series adaptation, too. Starring Brie Larson, it’s about a woman who becomes a beloved cooking show host in the 1960s after being forced to resign as a chemist.
We were very excited when a series about a food tour around Italy hosted by actor/foodie Stanley Tucci was first announced. That was over 2 years ago, and now it’s finally available in Oz… As you would expect, it’s delightful. It's the ultimate de-stressor after finishing Season 2 of The Bear...
It’s been a few years since Kitchen Cabinet graced our screens and Annabel Crabb dusted off her unique format of a home-cooked meal and a chat with pollies across the political divide including Linda Burney, Peter Dutton, and Lidia Thorpe.