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23 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Anker to Universal Standard

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The sales are sales-ing this week: Nordstrom has added a lot of new products to its annual Anniversary Sale, is offering 20 percent off dozens of cute desk accessories, and our recently crowned best overall tank top is just $12 right now. Below, you’ll also find an Outdoor Voices sports bra and running headphones to jumpstart your marathon training; our favorite affordable eye cream and a Supergoop trio to amp up your skin-care routine; and a rare sitewide sale at Susan Alexandra. As always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage — including five extra deals I unearthed just for our subscribers.


Our favorite affordable eye cream is even more affordable at Amazon. It’s formulated with both collagen-boosting retinol and moisturizing hyaluronic acid, which help to improve the look of fine lines and plumps the under-eye skin.

Anker’s ultraslim portable charger is 20 percent off when you apply the on-site coupon, so you can stop outlet-scoping at the airport.

Former Strategist editor Louis Cheslaw purchased the AfterShokz OpenMove running headphones for his brother, who likes them better than AirPods. Cheslaw says the two noticed “no difference in sound quality” between the OpenMove and the (much) pricier OpenRun model.

At Universal Standard, warm-weather staples are up to 75 percent off through Sunday night. I’m eyeing these half-off mid-length denim shorts that come in size 00 through 40.

Outdoor Voices’ supportive sports bra is on sale in five colors (including classic black), but I quite like this squiggly print.

Our best overall women’s tank top (which comes in four colors) is 40 percent off. It was originally recommended to us by “Page Six” style editor Elana Fishman, who says it’s “blessedly opaque (even in white),” and slim without being skintight.

I’m always delighted to see this adorable hooded onesie for newborns go on sale at Nordstrom, and the retailer just added it to its Anniversary Sale.

You can also usually find Zella activewear on sale. These do-everything shorts come in four colors and sizes 28 through 40.

Here’s a linen shirt for the guy who has been feeling the Ken-ergy this week.

And here are some hot-pink PJs that wouldn’t look out of place in Barbie’s Dreamhouse.

Iconic Ray Bans you’ll wear forever, now 33 percent off.

If you like incorporating tech into your skin-care routine, consider this ultrasonic spatula, which helps to penetrate skin-care products deeper into your skin, as well as unclog and remove dirt, blackheads, and dead skin.

Supergoop’s sunscreen sets often sell out quickly during Nordstrom sales, so don’t dillydally.

This $28 duo including Vacation’s Chardonnay Oil — which made our best-in-class sunscreen list — as well as the brand’s signature SPF 50 lotion.

Here’s a packable sun hat (that comes in five colors) for an extra layer of sun protection.


A selection of desk accessories are 20 percent off with the code NICEDESK at Celebritiescool teens, and Strategist staffers alike use the brand’s notebooks, and this one comes in 14 fun patterns to choose from.

$10 at
with code: SWEET25

I’ve been using Le Pens since high school and am eyeing this rainbow ten-pack that’s now just $16.

Areaware’s Memphis-inspired wall clock from its collaboration with designer Pat Kim is on sale in mint.

Susan Alexandra is having a rare sale this weekend, and everything is 25 percent off at checkout — no code required. If you haven’t already purchased these shrimp-cocktail earrings we’ve been seeing around the city, now’s your chance to nab them for $39 off.

Our fashion writer Ambar Pardilla told me she purchased this show-stopping oversize ring from the sale.

And that if the above earrings aren’t your style, she spotted these martini danglers are also popular with the fashion-forward crowd.

Our best memory-foam pillow for side sleepers is 33 percent off. It’s also great for hot sleepers as it is infused with copper gel, which helps to wick away moisture, and has perforation holes that allow air to circulate.

All of DreamCloud’s mattresses are half off this weekend too. Its signature hybrid model is made with four layers of gel memory foam as well as innerspring coils.

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23 Things on Sale to Buy: From Anker to Universal Standard