Right now, your inbox is likely full of emails spruiking 48-hour sales. Before you overwhelm yourself with 40 tabs that you probably won’t open, we’ve got some suggestions on shopping the online sales a little more thoughtfully.
We asked Melbourne-based stylist and expert shopper, Jade Leung, to give us her tips on the things we should be investing in come sale time.
New Balance Women’s 574 Sport Sneakers
It’s hard to put a price on a good quality sneaker that’s both stylish and comfy enough to wear every day. Leung’s go-to shoe is the New Balance Women’s 574 Sport Sneaker. Not only are they good-looking kicks – Leung particularly loves the green – but these sneakers are a pleasure to wear as well.
“I love the memory foam in the sole. They’re really cushy – I can wear them all day. I find a lot of sneakers I still have to break in, but with the 574s, I don’t get any weird heel blisters,” she says. “Because I’m on my feet all day as a stylist, I need that comfortable, cushy sole. It’s like walking on clouds.”
New Balance Women’s 574 Sport Sneakers: $120
Roborock S6 Pure Smart Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner
In 2020, Leung became the proud owner of a pandemic puppy. Raf is a 10-month-old German Shepherd who “moults like you wouldn’t believe,” says Leung. “She’s really shedding.”
The arrival of Raf has meant Leung is suddenly spending a significant portion of her day vacuuming up dog hair. A solution to this very 2020 problem is the Roborock S6 Pure Smart Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner, a gadget that allows you to automate your housework. Its features include a laser navigation system, a 5200mAh battery that powers up to three hours of cleaning over a 300 square-metre range, and a 180-litre water tank that mops up to 150 square metres in a single clean.
“I love that it maps your house out, so you can leave it and it does its thing. It’s going to make my life so much easier,” says Leung. “The fact that it mops is amazing.”
UE BOOM 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
With COVID-safe picnics the social gathering of choice this summer, a portable speaker is suddenly a must-have accessory. As well as listening to tunes in the park, Leung loves to play music on set to keep the crew energised and the atmosphere upbeat.
“Wireless speakers are so handy when we’re on location,” says Leung, who recommends UE BOOM 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers. Available in four colours, UE BOOM 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers are water, dust and drop-proof and feature 360-degree sound and powerful bass.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Sky Blue Camera Bundle
When the bulk of our photos are stored in digital files on computers and smartphones, there’s a nostalgic thrill that comes holding a physical photograph in your hands.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, which produces instant credit-card sized prints, is the perfect way to capture your memories on film. “My old Fuji Film got lost at a party, so I’ve been looking to replace it,” says Leung. “This is definitely high on my list.”
Featuring a sleek design, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 has a built-in flash, an automatic exposure function, and, importantly, “it comes in super cute blue. I love that it comes with a case,” says Leung. “It’s nice and compact, which is great because it fits in smaller bags, and with the case, you could just wear it with a side strap over the shoulder. You could take it out without anything else.”
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones in black
Where once we relied a good pair of headphones for long-haul flights and commutes, now they’re essential for Zoom meetings and remote work.
“Everyone needs a good pair of wireless headphones,” says Leung, who uses hers for pre-production meetings with clients and crew. “I need a really trustworthy brand, and these are a really good deal.”
Leung has traditionally found over ear headphones bulky but this model of Sony headphones folds down into a smaller, more transportable size. Other features include optimised noise cancellation, ambient sound control and Speak-to-Chat technology, which automatically stops the music and lets in ambient sound so you can conduct a conversation.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with eBay.
Prices shown are reflective of price at time of writing (27/11/2020). If linked items have sold out head to eBay for more sellers with the same product.
To find eBay Black Friday deals check out this page here. Deals dropping from 8am AEDT 27 November 2020 to 30 November at various times and quantities. eBay Plus exclusive on selected items only. 1 item per person. While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.