Make It Better Staff Picks: Holiday Items, Places to Shop and More

The Make It Better staff is always out and about, trying new restaurants, visiting boutiques and finding new products we love. In this recurring column, we’ll provide our recommendations.

Susan B. Noyes, Publisher and Founder

Make It Better Shop For Good

Every business featured in Shop For Good.  I’m doing all my holiday shopping with them!

Brooke McDonald, Managing Editor

Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo

There’s no way around it. I can’t get enough of that Christmas tree smell. Candles and fresh-cut trees (yes, multiple) do the trick at home, and Philip B Nordic Wood shampoo and Williams Sonoma Winter Forest hand soap and lotion ensure that I take the sweet, woodsy smell of the holidays with me when I leave the house!

Michelle Morris, Associate Publisher

The Hampton Social Montauk Mac

Enjoyed family dinner, featuring lobster mac and cheese, at the Hampton Social with a smooth glass of Pinot noir sporting my new Hermes belt. Great service. Adored our waitress, Candace.

Anna Carlson, Digital Editor

butter LONDON nail polish

butter LONDON nail polish. I tried this brand of polish for the first time at an event held at theWit Hotel. The color was gorgeous and my nails remained chip-free for days.

Lesley Simon, Art Director

Cranberry Cocktail

The cocktails and the grilled octopus at the Charlatan Chicago.

Heather Leszczewicz, Social Media Manager

Pentatonix "That's Christmas to Me"

I love Christmas and holiday music. Right now, my favorite album is Pentatonix‘s “That’s Christmas to Me,” which was released recently in a deluxe version with four new songs, including a cover of “Just For Now” off of one of my other favorite holiday albums, “Wrapped in Red” by Kelly Clarkson.

Gabrielle Tasiopoulos, Shop For Good Manager

Earrings in a Bottle from Juniper Boutique

Juniper Boutique’s Earrings in a Bottle are the perfect everyday earrings with just the right amount of sparkle, AND they come in adorable packaging.

January Thomas, Designer

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Whenever I am talking about cooking I am always talking about using my cast iron skillet from Lodge (by the way, it’s American made.) I have made the best chicken dishes from stove top to oven, I’ve perfected the art of making a killer rib-eye steak and, of course, making amazing corn bread, upside-down pineapple cake and Dutch baby pancakes.

Haley Hughes, Sales Assistant

Ponds Dry Skin Cream

With winter approaching, Pond’s Dry Skin cream helps keep my face moisturized day and night.

Julie Carter, Executive Sales Representative

Carrot Juice

Stocking the fridge with Cold Pressed juices. One a day gives me all the nutrients I might miss by being a busy working mom of four. The NEW LF Juice always has great flavor ready to go.

Jessica Suss, Editorial Intern

"Pandora's Lunchbox" by Melanie Warner

“Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal” by Melanie Warner

Even though this book came out in 2013, I’m reading it for the first time now and it is BLOWING MY MIND. Even though I eat very mindfully, the extent to which our food is manipulated is terrifying. This is a great, engrossing read that will leave you more informed after every page.