Friday Faves & Reader Survey

Sharing a few current favorites this Friday, including the best peds I’ve ever purchased! They absolutely will NOT come off your feet until you take them off. Check all the finds as you kick off this autumn weekend.

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The Holy Grail of Peds!

The Ondo brand had been showing up on my Facebook feed for months when I recently decided to pull the trigger. I ordered the low-cut no-shows and organic cotton no-shows in beige. They are perfection! Read my full Ondo socks review below and know that I’m ordering more this weekend.

So, why are they so great? I’ve got a relatively narrow foot and traditional peds always seem to pull off my heel and bunch up inside my shoe. They also tend to fall off as I put on and take off my shoes. The Ondo pairs do not budge! They are amazing. Oh, and did I mention, they don’t make your feet sweat?

Ondo socks review

For reference, I wear a size 5.5-6 shoe and ordered the peds in extra-small. They fit well and are accurate to the sizing recommendations on the website. They are certainly pricier than other brands but SO MUCH more effective. To save a bit:

  • sign up for emails and you’ll receive 10% off your first order, or
  • buy using one of their bulk pack options – this will get you discounts of 5-20% depending upon the quantity you buy!

The socks come in unisex sizing and are available in a bunch of colors and also a merino wool option.

First Class Travel at Economy Prices

We all dread those long-haul flights, right? Truly…who wants to spend 11, 13 or 15 hours in economy. But, oy, the sticker shock that comes with business or first class when you’re paying out of pocket!

Well, enter ZipAir. This relatively new budget airline is a subsidiary of JAL (Japan Airlines) and is offering fully lay-flat seats to Asia at prices on par with economy class!

ZipAir’s full-flat business-style seating.

So, what’s the catch? Well, as with any budget carrier, everything is a la carte. And I mean everything. Checked luggage, carry-on, meals, even water. Luckily, the costs are fairly reasonable, especially when purchased through one of their bundled packages.

ZipAir currently offers direct flights from four West Coast airports (LAX, SFO, SJC, and HNL) to Tokyo Narita and has connecting flights from Tokyo to Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, and Singapore.

Even standard seats look new/fresh! And come at rock-bottom budget prices.

We’ll be traveling with ZipAir later this year and are super excited to see how this idea translates into reality. It could be the deal of the century or a complete $hit-show. Stay tuned for a full report!

Terrific Tangle Tamers

Are you a neatnik? I most certainly am. Can’t stand seeing unraveled cords hanging off my lamps and other electronics. These nifty little velcro cable ties are just the thing to keep things under control. You can even use them for hanging holiday garlands on staircases, etc. without causing damage.

They come in both black and mixed colors and are under $5. Color coding is a great way to keep all those computer and television cables straight!


For those of you who follow me on GoodReads, feel free to check out all the books I’ve read this year. As for everyone else, a few tomes are worth mentioning in today’s post.

For non-fiction fans, I recommend Poverty, by America. While listed at 280 pages, most of that is references/notes so it’s a very quick read. Initially, I thought it would skew a bit left-wing but as I continued reading, I realized that the author holds both parties culpable for our untenable poverty issues. He offers some very unique perspectives that are well-supported by empirical evidence. It definitely got me thinking and wanting to do more research on this subject.

Next, I recommend Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. She cites many compelling examples that support the old adage that hard work pays off. What’s surprising is the degree to which hard work and perseverance affect success as compared to innate talent/intelligence. A worthwhile, motivating read!

For my fiction-loving friends, I’m just finishing up Lessons in Chemistry. This 2022 debut novel has been a popular book-club choice and I’m finding it a quick and engaging read. For fans of female equality (and who isn’t?), check it out. Or, if reading isn’t your thing, check out the AppleTV series of the same name debuting on October 13, 2023.

Until next time…keep cultivating a simple, stylish, and satisfying life!

Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

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