You may have noticed some posts from our friends at the Strategist on the Cut. They’ll be dropping in every now and again, sharing their expertise on the basics you don’t have time to research and the weird and wonderful things you don’t yet know you need.
As the Strategist’s deals editor, it is with delight that I can announce that there are so many sales happening right now. Below, you’ll find the French pharmacy micellar water that’s a best seller among our readers, a steak-knife set to slice and dice like a pro, and a sale-on-sale event at J.Crew that is not to be missed. Plus, you can check out my thorough investigation into the best President’s Day sales to shop over the long weekend. And as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.
We crowned Neato’s robot vacuum our best-in-class pick if you’re dealing with pet hair. Veterinarian Dr. Jamie Richardson says the unique D-shape helps the vacuum get into all the nooks and crannies of her house, and the spiral brush is designed especially to pick up pet hair.
Writer Katie Arnold-Ratliff found the best steak knives, which have a blade that “slices through the steak with tactile precision.” And right now, they’re 43 percent off.
You’ve no doubt seen these Levi’s Ribcage jeans splashed across our best-in-class pages for years: Several Strategist staffers (myself included) have been wooed by the higher rise, subtle hem flare, comfortable stretch, and myriad of color options. This weekend, you can nab a pair for 30 percent off as part of Levi’s sitewide sale — I suggest in this faded black wash, which looks broken-in but not sloppy.
Keep your carry-on organized with this set of utilitarian packing cubes from frequent-flier fave Briggs & Riley. A mesh top lets you peek in without unzipping.
A very-on-sale Carhartt long-sleeve tee that I’ve already added to my cart as an early anniversary gift for my boyfriend.
If winter weather has been wreaking havoc on your skin, slather on this hydrating Kiehl’s body moisturizer that’s a favorite of dermatologists and luxurious enough for several celebrities (including Levar Burton).
You can’t keep kids out of puddles, but you can keep their socks dry with these adorable Hunter rain boots that are 40 percent off in six colors. (And there are plenty of Hunter boots on sale in adult sizes, too.)
Speaking of rain, this water-repellant North Face backpack is a great choice whether you’re commuting to work or class. Padded straps won’t cut into your shoulders, and the interior features secure-zip pockets and a padded sleeve for your tablet, phone, and sunglasses.
Over at Urban Outfitters, sale items are an extra 40 percent off through the long weekend, no code needed. That includes this lemon-yellow alarm clock if you’re itching to go analog.
For Baggu fans with a “collect ‘em all” mentality, the brand’s mini-tote is on sale in two Urban Outfitters–exclusive patterns.
Select full-price apparel at J.Crew is 40 percent off with the code WEEKEND. Former Strategist staffer David Notis bought this midweight work shirt after seeing a “secret denim-shirt society” form around it, and appreciated how the stitching, wash, and fabric “seemed like someone had turned a pair of Levi’s 501s into a shirt.”
If your spring break plans include a dip in the pool, get this ruched strapless one-piece that goes up to a size 24. It comes with an optional strap in case you need the extra support.
For a more dramatic look, here’s a one-shoulder one-piece that features a full-coverage bottom and low-cut leg, along with a built-in UPF 50 for sun protection.” (It’s even cheaper if you buy it in this floral print.)
Sale items are an extra 60 percent off with the same code as above. I spotted a lot of cute kids’ clothing, like this space-themed tee, but would suggest searching by size to avoid out-of-stock heartbreak. (This is still available in sizes extra-extra small through extra large, thankfully.)
A cache of Strategist-vetted beauty products are up to 30 percent off at SkinStore this weekend — like our best-overall make-up remover from Bioderma. “Not only does it take all of my makeup off,” our beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton says, “it actually does a great job of soothing my skin, especially after a night out.”
Or you could get this collagen-packed cleansing balm that melts away “even the most stubborn mascara without stinging or clouding the eyes,” according to makeup artist Jenny Patinkin.
For the long weekend, sale items are an extra 25 percent off at Shopbop with the code EXTRA25 — making these nice-looking, giftable playing cards just $8.
Several Strategist staffers own and love Parachute’s linen bedding, which we crowned our best-in-class pick. You can find six seasonal colors are on sale in Parachute’s clearance section in duvet cover, sham, pillowcase and sheet form.
Parachute also makes our favorite splurge-y and semi-sheer linen curtains, but for an even airier look, you can pick up this ultra-sheer version for $60. Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens says they have a “a genius strip of loops sewn into the back panel, which makes connecting them to curtain rings and hooks super-easy.”
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