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Think of today’s end-of-week sales sweep as the on-sale version of our Strategist Greatest Hits: We found lots of truly excellent deals on things we’ve written about before. There’s a breathable cotton bathrobe that’s quick to dry, a reusable shopping bag that beats Baggu, and a trusty waffle-maker for even better breakfast. (As always, if you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)
Strategist staffer Kelsie Schrader purchased this yoga mat from New Balance last month after spotting it on sale at REI. At 10 mm. thick, it’s “much cushier than my old one,” she says. Plus “I haven’t had to crawl around on my hands and knees picking up foam flecks every morning.”
This linen gingham duvet cover from Brooklinen won’t work for every bedroom, but it does look particularly handsome styled with warm-toned wood and minimalist décor. If you’re looking for something more subtle, the matching sheet set is also on sale.
If you plan to trade out your plush robe for something a little lighter once the weather warms, writer Carrie Carrollo says this waffle robe from Brooklinen is “everything” (per our guide to all the best bathrobes for women). It’s soft, breathable, and dries quickly.
While Baggu bags will always hold a place in my heart, I’ve come to prefer Junes bags, which have longer, thinner handles that don’t slide down my arm while I’m wearing my winter jacket. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles and, like Baggu bags, come in a range of stylish seasonal colors.
Whether you plan to use it for cooking or canning (or both), this heavily discounted Instant Pot pressure cooker has an easy-to-use touchscreen for temperature and pressure programming.
Shapelier than Crocs, more stylish than Calzuros.
Strategist newsletter editor Mia Leimkuhler not only owns (and loves) this top-rated waffle-maker, she’s also given it to her mom and several married couples as a wedding gift. “It consistently churns out excellent waffles no matter what sort of waffle batter I throw at it,” she says, whether that be buttermilk, buckwheat, or even mochi.
“So soft! This big boy is DENSE,” raves one five-star reviewer of this shiba inu plush. Note that it arrives vacuum-sealed and will “need a bit of fluffing before he reaches his full chungus potential,” they write.
Earlier this week, we named these Supima-cotton bath towels the most durable ones on the market. They are super-plush, and parent and creative director Mark Warren says they’ve withstood “years of what is probably excessive wear and tear” — including “emergency potty-training accidents.” For a limited time, they’re 40 percent off with code WXERZ40.
Alo Yoga is taking 30 percent off select warm-weather workout gear including this ribbed scoop-neck bra top. It’s on sale in gray, yellow, pink, and the spring-y green shown.
The matching high-rise bike shorts are also 30 percent off.
Sizes are limited (and going fast), but these calf-high fleece-lined boots are a steal: They’re made from buttery-soft suede and have a thick rubberized tread for extra height and grip.
Made from glazed ceramic, this nice-looking colander can double as a fruit bowl (as shown).
Now through Monday, everything at Ole Henriksen is 30 percent off at checkout. One of our favorite products from the brand is its vitamin C–infused eye cream, which “neutralizes free-radical damage, calms inflammation, and blocks the production of abnormal pigmentation to brighten under-eye circles,” explains one dermatologist we spoke to. It’s a favorite of Strategist beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton, who uses it to prolong the lifespan of her under-eye concealer.
In case you missed it, Dermstore is taking up to 20 percent off select best-selling skin-care products through Thursday. You can shop all of our favorites from the sale here, but those in a rush can’t go wrong with this pubic-hair oil, which is good at preventing razor bumps thanks to antiseptic and antimicrobial ingredients like grape-seed, jojoba, and tea-tree oils.
J.Crew is taking an extra 50 percent off select sale items with code VACAY, including this ruched puff-sleeve top. Reviewers note it runs a little small, but after sizing up, it’s “insanely flattering,” one writes.
Pair it with this cinched-waist midi skirt from Abercrombie & Fitch, which (along with other sale styles) is an extra 20 percent off at checkout.
Spotted in Ssense’s kids’ section, of all places, this canvas cow-print carryall would make an excellent makeup bag. (It’s also available as full-size tote.)
It’s not every day we find a packable, down-fill puffer for just $35.
And finally, this key chain — from Bella Hadid favorite Vivienne Westwood — is not your dad’s carabiner.
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