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In this week’s sales roundup, we found lots of things to help you enjoy the outdoor space you have, whether it’s a backyard or a fire escape, and to help you transition your wardrobe from winter sweatpants to warmer weather dresses and lounge-y shorts.
Madewell’s sale-on-sale is still chugging along, and somehow, the deals are better than ever: Take an extra 50 percent off already-on-sale items with the code BIGTIME. But if you see something you like — like this easy-to-throw-on, lightweight blouse — don’t dillydally, because sizes and styles are selling out quickly.
This popover shirtdress is as loose and comfortable as a nightgown, but the denim means it’s appropriate for daytime Zoom calls.
Here’s a lightweight chore coat to throw on over your sweats for your evening walks.
According to our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton, this two-in-one pigment creates the “most gorgeous, natural tint” on the skin with minimal effort — a nice trick if you need to put yourself together before a Zoom call with your boss.
If you’re cooking more than ever before, and you still don’t have a Dutch oven, you’re missing out on a lot of opportunities to make hearty stews, braise large cuts of meat, even bake bread. And this one from French heritage brand Staub will last long after this pandemic is over.
Just some classic Champion sweatpants (that are very similar to the ones beloved by pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz for their sturdiness and structure).
We featured this cooling, perfect-for-spring duvet cover from Casper earlier this week as a Deal of the Day, but it’s still on available and still half-off.
This weekend, take 30 percent off thousands of items of clothing at Anthropologie — including this easy-to-wear (and machine-washable) jumpsuit.
The matching sweatshirt is out of stock, but we’re still charmed by these bright, tie-dye lounge shorts, especially as the weather starts to warm up.
When you’re ready to retire your Uggs for the season, swap in these comfortable-yet-supportive, monochromatic Chaco sandals. (They’re also available in blue, lavender, and gray, in case brown isn’t your color.)
Gorpcore is the trend that just never seems to fade. Case in point: these baggy nylon shorts from the North Face.
Along with yoga mats and bread machines, office chairs were quick to sell out at the start of self-isolation. So if you missed that first wave, and are still missing the support of something more ergonomic than your dining room chair, here’s an in-stock and on-sale option from Wayfair.
Rio installed a hammock inside of her apartment, but if you’re lucky to have enough outdoor space, you can set this one up and also enjoy how “the gentle rock back and forth helps ease anxiety.”
We’ve been spending a lot of time looking for unlikely sources to buy high-demand, out-of-stock items, like toilet paper and groceries, and were pleased to find a sizable collection of snack on sale at REI — including a statusy chocolate bar from Tony’s Chocolonely.
We wrote about this South African beef jerky back in 2017. It’s got a thin, Prosciutto-like texture and makes for a “super-tasty, slightly tangy, slightly spicy snack, which has 16 grams of protein (and if it matters to you, no sugar, no gluten, and less than one gram of carbohydrates).”
For those missing their morning jolt from the coffee shop, here’s a five-pack of instant (vegan) chai latte with espresso.
If you’ve been inspired to turn your own fire escape into a plein air office (or makeshift bar), this lightweight, foldable stadium seat will provide back support and be easy to take in and out of a window.
Or if you have a real backyard and space to (safely!) have an open flame, here’s an easy-to-set-up propane fire pit, complete with roasting sticks for marshmallows.
This not-too-puffy puffer from Patagonia makes a nice layer for this transitional spring weather.
The descriptions says these are tiger print, we think they look more tie-dyed–slash–marbled. But either way, these eccentric “trousers” look very comfortable for padding around the house.
Even on sale, this Dyson air purifier is still a splurge, but it’s certified as allergy- and asthma-friendly, which might be nice if you feel like the air in your apartment is getting stale. Plus, it functions as a fan and a heater.
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