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The Strategist Haul: What the Editors Bought in February

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If you follow our biweekly feature Your Shopping Cart, you know that we have some eerily good intel on what you all are buying. Which led us to think that, as Strategist editors, we could turn the tables and highlight all the things we’ve been buying for ourselves. As you’ll notice, it’s both a blessing and a curse to be a Strategist editor; we’re picky, but sometimes we just have to get on with it. (It’s online-shopping expertise meets IRL needs.) Below, what we all bought in February.

Tembe Denton-Hurst, staff writer

I, like many other Strategist staffers, have purchased these Wranglers at the convincing recommendation of Rio Viera-Newton. I’m curious about how they’ll fit my plus-size, thick-thighed frame (especially because they run notoriously small), but I’m excited about the prospect of adding cool-casual slacks to my wardrobe. I’ve already started dreaming up outfits.

I’ve loved Audre Lorde since college, and although I’ve read her other work, like Sister Outsider, I’ve been slow to dig into Zami, arguably one of her most popular books. It came up numerous times for a story I’m working on, and it feels like the right time to visit the text for myself.

Casey Lewis, senior editor


Winter has not been kind to my hair. If it’s not completely dry when I leave the house in the morning, my curls collapse, completely deflated by the cold. But my very old drugstore blow dryer wasn’t cutting it. Not only did it take forever, it was also actively damaging my hair. That’s the only way I can explain how, one night after work, I walked into Sephora, blacked out, and walked out with a Dyson in my hand. (Don’t worry — I paid for it, according to the receipt and my very sad bank statement.) It really is unbelievably pricey, but I regret nothing. It dries my hair so fast, even using the low setting and a diffuser, and I swear it looks healthier.