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Happy first day of fall — we’re celebrating by stocking up on summer goodies that are now discounted (hello, Reformation dresses!) plus cold-weather favorites that we’ll be happy to have come November, from Saturdays NYC hoodies and North Face coats to Missoni scarves and Madewell sweaters.
A very well-reviewed Bluetooth speaker (more than 800 ratings) that’s nearly 70 percent off.
The Cut’s beauty editors call this a “sunscreen favorite that won’t break you out and leaves your skin moisturized, silky, and protected with SPF50.” The dermatologist-recommended stuff is something you should be slathering on every day even now that summer’s over.
Our own beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton just recently put this NARS concealer up against the Tarte Shape Tape — it’s her favorite for under-eyes as a buildable concealer.
We’ll leave it to one reviewer of this blow dryer: “I have tried every high-end brand on the market, and this is BY FAR the best hair dryer I have ever used! Drying time is cut in half, and I find the heat level to be perfect for drying quickly without splitting or burning my hair. I have recommended this dryer to all of my family and friends and will never use another.”
There’s something nicely vintage and ’70s Ivy League about this sweater.
Worn with a hoodie or T-shirt, a Chesterfield coat is anything but stuffy.
Stumped for a gift for that baby shower or 1-year-old birthday? Nothing will elicit ooohs like a cashmere hat.
Another newborn gift that looks much more expensive than it is? A Ralph Lauren baby blanket.
Reformation made its name on affordable dresses that look much more expensive than they are — now they’re even cheaper.
We’d put a cardigan or even sweatshirt over this just to give its sweetness some edge.
The pale yellow on this linen dress is surprisingly flattering on a number of different skin tones.
The gingham revolution continues apace.
The next-gen water filtration pitcher for just a little bit cheaper.
Ankle-baring skinny jeans are calling out for these cream-colored platform sneakers.
A totally no-frills coffee machine with nothing but just an on/off switch.
There’s something J.W. Anderson–esque about this (much cheaper) bag.
We can’t resist a pair of low-heeled slides, and these are a party on your feet.
Know a college student? Or are you a college student? Look no further.
We swear half the office pretty much lived in one of these shirtdresses (and this other denim version) this summer.
This suede mule comes in lots of different colors, but we happen to think the natural sandy shade is most elegant.
Get ready for rain and cold no matter where you are with this raincoat that folds into its own travel pouch.
Any beginning or, ahem, seasoned chef will tell you that the Lodge cast iron skillet is a kitchen MVP.
We especially appreciate the slubby, worn-in quality of this Everlane pocket tee.
Many of the men we spoke to about their favorite hair products swear by the Baxter of California pomade — now the brand makes face wash, shampoo, and conditioner, too.
We still love this hand ashtray we wrote about last year — now it’s on sale (and obviously is good for plant life, too).
We’re all about a fun trend, but sometimes the classic things are the safest to stock up on, and striped T-shirts will always be in style.
When we see North Face on sale, it’s often the colors that are fun but hard to pull off in everyday life — that’s why we’re snatching up one of these subtle grey hooded coats for ourselves.
It might look like a swimsuit, but it’s actually a bodysuit designed to keep you comfortable in delicate situations.
If you are looking for a swimsuit though, here’s a jaunty ruffled one from J.Crew.
We don’t know why, but we’re totally enamored of the mullet-ish quality of the hem on this dress.
We love Eberjey around these parts, and we especially are taken with the racer back on this tank top.
We want to put on this flowy bathrobe after taking a lavender-scented bath while reading The Great Believers.
And after that, we’d slip on this equally flowy knit top for lounging.
We’re always trying to tweeze that last hair on our chin to no avail because we have no magnifying mirror — this version (note it’s not lighted like these) will magnify it four times and has very good reviews.
We love these Nippon Kodo incense sticks but always thought there had to be a better way to stick them up — here’s our answer. Would make a great hostess gift two-fer, for what it’s worth.
Get four of these — two black and two white — for an Andrée Putman vibe that’s just a bit more down-to-earth and inviting.
Saturdays NYC went big on florals this season, and this black hoodie does it in just the most tasteful way.
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