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Since brick-and-mortar stores that are not absolutely necessary are closed for months, many of us have taken stock of their retail habits. Some wanted to save on purpose, either to have less money or for financial reasons because the economy has suffered a blow. Others have managed to order items that help us adapt to new ways of working and chat in our own homes.
And although I would not normally describe myself as a person with retail therapy, the emails that say "Order Confirmed" in my inbox would look different in the past four months. (I bought four blazers.)
From the perfect work-from-home pants to garden furniture, I didn't send the following back.
A modest work-from-home setup
Photo illustration by happiness
In March, I was one of those who thought quarantine would only last a few weeks. It quickly turned out that I was wrong and that months of bending over a laptop didn't work. Relying on Wirecutter as a guide (as always), I bought an adjustable laptop stand ($ 55) as well as a wireless keyboard ($ 60) and a mouse ($ 39). The laptop stand makes it very easy to set up the screen so you can hit these angles for video calls.
Dress up for the job you have
True Body Triangle Cabrio Strap Bra$ 44
I'm not sure what's so off-putting about wearing an underwire bra at home, but ordering home to stay seemed like a good time to try a bra that I've had on Instagram for a while- I've seen ads. Comfort is a matter of course, but support is really there. I have recommended this to almost every woman in my life.
A lightweight tank for women on the new day$ 8
These tanks are a cheap Target treasure and my focal point for zoom calls – and the softness is unbeatable. I now have these in four colors. Do not hesitate: they sell out quickly.
Lululemon On The Fly 7/8 pants$ 98
For years I have kept an eye on the effortless chic of other people's travel clothes and decided to finally head to Mecca: Lululemon. I originally invested in these as airplane pants, but they're also the perfect work-from-home pants. I wear them at least three times a week. They are light enough to feel comfortable on hot summer days.
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Mebak massager$ 130
While I switched to a chiropractor who didn't need to travel on public transportation, my weekly massage and spine alignment sessions are a thing of the past. Long working days from home – together with the stress of a global pandemic – have turned my hip, neck and shoulder muscles into rock. This massage gun is not a perfect solution, but it offers enough relief to spend weeks between visits to the doctor.
All In Motion Premium Fitness Mat$ 30
My efforts to get the right training equipment have been about as successful as my ability to get a grocery delivery spot – not very much. After trying to avoid hand weights for a few months, I was able to include a very comfortable Target yoga mat. This 15 millimeter thick mat made my peloton strength classes, which I stream from my Apple TV, much easier for the joints.
LG Smart Window air conditioning$ 310
My partner and I both work from our apartment with no end in sight, and when summer came we found that we needed air conditioning in every room. This WiFi-enabled LG device went into our living room and quickly proved itself. On the way back from a bike tour, I can turn it on so that the apartment has cooled down a bit before I return home.
Aunting from a distance
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JOYIN inflatable sprinkler system
Instead of throwing balloons and eating popsicles with my nieces and nephews this summer, I read books on FaceTime and consider buying a $ 300 video game console so I can visit my niece's island on Animal Crossing.
As an aunt, it's my duty to give ridiculous things away. This summer they were given huge water toys to play in the back yard. These 4-foot sprinklers with watermelon ($ 27) and unicorn ($ 22) were a hit.
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If we focus on the good side of home stay orders, quarantine was a fantastic opportunity to create some routines without distractions. I only wear make-up when I meet with external stakeholders or moderate a virtual panel. That's why I doubled my goal of more regular skin care.
In addition to a number of favorites, including Tatcha's Deep Cleansing Peeling Cleanser ($ 38) and Olehenriksen's Banana Cream for Light Eyes ($ 39), I was looking for new types of products. I plunged into the world of serums with Olehenriksen's banana-light vitamin C serum ($ 65) and Honest Company's honestly pure retinol serum ($ 28), and added Laneige's eye sleep mask ($ 34) to my nightly routine.
Fortune's office was closed in March when I was traveling. So I didn't get a chance to pick things up from my desk before I started working from home. I love my Felix Gray Blue Light Blocking glasses, but I didn't want to spend $ 100 on something that I already owned. I tried a cheaper pair from Amazon, but they just didn't make it.
Enter Eye Just. I was a little skeptical at first, but the blue light protective film for my iPhone ($ 35) works. My eyes feel less tired at the end of the day and my headache is less common. It works so well that I also added a screen protector to my Macbook ($ 56). Protection is now always in place – you no longer have to remember to wear glasses.
By Midwest standards, I have an ugly, unfinished concrete slab facing my main street in front of my apartment. By New York standards, I have a wonderful outdoor area.
A summer without bars and terraces on the roof meant that it was no longer possible to wait for my landlord to finish the terrace. First, at the suggestion of some friends, I bought a char broil grill ($ 280) for simple dinners.
Then the terrace came. It was really difficult to find garden furniture that was in stock this spring and was available for delivery because so many also invested in their living quarters. I set up notifications about various options, and when this four-part West Park set ($ 700) was refilled at Home Depot, I took the opportunity. I think it's good that it's part of a larger collection, so I can add matching pieces in the future.
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