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It’s a shopping editor’s job to sort through all the online clutter and find our readers the very best stuff, from new releases and unique gadgets to major sales and deals. We’re practically professional shoppers. That said, when you shop for a living, you have to buy and try a lot of stuff — at least, that’s what I tell myself every time I get another package in the mail.
In The Know shopping editors made their fair share of purchases in 2022, but some were better than others. Here are nine of the best things our team purchased in 2022.
1. APL Women’s TechLoom Bliss Shoes, $153.99 (Orig. $219.99)
“Hands down, these are the most comfortable sneakers I have ever worn. APL sneakers are so bouncy, and they were actually banned from the NBA. Its slip-on style, the TechLoom Bliss, has a stretchy knit exterior all around and an elastic strap over the top to keep your foot in place. I’m constantly slipping them on to take my dog out, run errands, get coffee, walk in the park and even jog a few laps if I’m feeling it.” — Ellie Conley
2. The Fiona Beaded Bag, $88
“For the last year, I’ve been eyeing the Staud Tommy Beaded Bags, but I could never rationalize the hefty price tag. So when I saw this similar style from Anthropologie, I bought it immediately. It’s the perfect size for a night out and is surprisingly well-made for such an affordable price point. The petite style comes in a bunch of designs, but this floral one is my favorite!” — Julia Webb
“I don’t wear a ton of makeup, so the little that I do wear needs to make a big impact. That’s why I’m obsessed with Beautycounter’s mascara. Yes, $30 is a lot for mascara, but it really does wonders for my lashes. Even when it’s the only product I use, my face just looks so much better with a few swipes of this mascara. The clean formula is an added bonus!” — Jeanine Edwards
4. Hatch Restore Light, $129.99
“Seasonal depression is real, and I seriously struggle getting up in time for work when it’s still dark outside. Enter: the Hatch Restore lamp. You can use it for a million and one sleep-related things, but I love the soft sunrise and nature sounds that wake me up peacefully every morning for an energetic day.” — Sarah Weldon
5. Hill House Home The Cher Dress, $125
“As a Hill House stan for years, my closet is filled with the brand’s viral Nap Dresses. However, this non-Nap Dress tartan minidress has fulfilled all of my Gossip Girl dreams. I’ve worn it layered with a turtleneck, a button-down blouse, tights, sneakers and sky-high heels. All excellent looks, if I do say so myself!” — Sarah Weldon
6. Society6 Neutral Geometric Hexagon Pattern Serving Tray by Modern Tropical, $49.30 (Orig. $58)
“I looked everywhere for a coffee table tray when furnishing my apartment last year, and everything I found seemed to be too small, too gaudy, too flimsy or too expensive. This one from Society6 was perfect! It’s well-made and sturdy, fits the neutral design elements of my living room without blending in too much and, best of all, it’s super affordable!” — Moriba Cummings
“I got this 34-ounce water bottle a few weeks ago and was instantly obsessed! It immediately replaced my old water bottle that held about half the amount of water so I can skip my almost hourly refills. It keeps my drinks cold, is dishwasher safe and comes in four colors — trust me, you’ll love this!” — Julia Webb
8. The North Face Royal Arch Full-Zip Jacket, $118 (Orig. $168.95)
“I had no idea I’d wear this perfect fleece jacket as much as I do when I first grabbed it on sale. It legit looks good over everything, and it’s the perfect cover-up when it’s too hot for a full-on coat but too cold for nothing. It’s light and not bulky at all, but it keeps me perfectly warm and comfortable during the weird in-between weather we have in the spring and fall.” — Jeanine Edwards
“I’ve dealt with stubborn acne for basically my whole life — everything from red, angry cysts to whiteheads — and nothing has calmed my skin down more than a twice daily spritz of this healing toner right after I wash my face.” — Sarah Weldon
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