sunday circular

10 Things That Delighted Us Last Week: From Desk Fans to Diaper Bags

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We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trawling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week, including classic rain boots, fashionable tennis separates, and a smart meat thermometer.

Cute oversize collars

It’s a Gen-Z dream collaboration: Depop and Ganni have partnered with six female designers to rework the brand’s signature oversize collars. This one in particular, from Sio Studio, was crafted out of dead-stock Ganni fabric and vintage Levi’s denim. Since they’re handmade out of preexisting materials, that means they’re available in extremely limited quantities, so if you see one that strikes your fancy, we recommend you don’t dillydally.

Todrick Hall’s holiday scented lotion

This Bath & Body Works lotion topped performer Todrick Hall’s list of what he can’t live without, and he was “heartbroken when I learned that it is usually only available during the holidays.” Another vanilla-bean-scented lotion from the brand is available year-round, but Hall declares “it’s not the same.” The next time this lotion became available, he started “buying ten, then 20, then 30 at a time. I know this sounds excessive, but I put them in every room of my house.” And he’s not alone in his obsession with this cookie-scented lotion; he insists that “there are other people who stock up on it every year, too — there’s a cult behind it.”

Sweet slurpable jelly

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“The screw-top pouches [this jelly] comes in make me feel a bit like I am eating high-end baby food,” writes Fishwife founder Caroline Goldfarb, who says that finding new things to snack on “is not only a hobby but a passion that verges on raison d’etre.” After encountering this jelly in food-diary vlogs from Korean and Japanese YouTubers, Goldfarb decided to give them a try, and they’ve since become “a go-to when my sweets cravings hit hardest, which is typically during the post-lunch afternoon slump.” Available in flavors from peach to green grape, mango to cola, she advises sticking them in the fridge “because they’re most sublime when chilled” and promises getting “the sweet, chunky gel flowing into your mouth” is a “wholly gratifying endeavor. By the time I finish a pouch, I always feel satisfied.”

The best laptop for the college-bound

With back-to-school season quickly approaching, Strategist tech writer Jordan Bowman spoke to a panel of computer-repair and tech experts about which laptops are best-suited for every type of student. Miguel Melendez, a PC expert at B&H Photo Video, recommends the latest version of the MacBook Air, which has Apple’s own M1 processor. “It’s really all a student would need, no matter what they are going to study. The M1 chip is very capable and it has been doing very well for any type of user,” he says. Plus, the Air is one of the most lightweight laptops on the market, which means you won’t get a backache from lugging it all over campus. Melendez has witnessed multiple returns from students who got a laptop that was too heavy, because “with all the books or other things they might need to have with them, two or three extra pounds make a big difference.”

Cult-classic rain boots

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is on now, and while we’ve compiled a list of everything that’s caught our eye, we were particularly excited over these classic Hunter boots, which are on sale for $100 (more than one-third off). Hunter’s rain boots have come highly recommended to us by adults, kids, and even gardeners as some of the best element-protecting footwear. This sleek black pair is sure to pair well with any outfit, whether you’re commuting to the office, out to dinner, or just running aroun