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What the Mashable staff bought this month: July 2020 edition


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What the Mashable staff bought this month: July 2020 edition

What the Mashable staff bought this month: July 2020 edition

Who else is finding themselves online shopping way more often lately? Over at Mashable, it’s happening to a lot of us. Maybe it’s boredom. Maybe it’s that we’re longing to fill some sort of void with material possessions. Yeah, it’s probably one of those two things. 

Reasons for rampant online shopping aside, we’re back again to share with you all the cool stuff we bought this month to hopefully inspire our fine readers to treat themselves, just like we did. Come on, we’ve all been living through tough times (that show no signs of stopping anytime soon) — you deserve to hit that “buy” button on that thing you’ve been wanting. Go ahead, do it. 
Below, what the Mashable staff bought in July (along with some familiar faces from our friends at PCMag and AskMen). 
A stylish duvet cover

“I’ve been looking for a new duvet cover for a long time, but haven’t been able to find one that fits my style and won’t get too dirty (I spill far too often to have a white duvet). I came across a thread on Twitter of a bunch of Black-owned home decor businesses and one of the tweets highlighted a Society6 shop called The Pairabirds, which had this fun geometric duvet cover. I consider myself to be a maximalist, so this fits in great with all the other loud patterns and colors in my room.” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter

A chic desk chair

“I finally caved and bought a desk chair because the shitty little dining table chair I’ve been working from home in for the past few months is killing my back. So, naturally, I went for style over ergonomics and bought this bougie pink velvet chair. My back still hurts a little, but this is far more comfortable than my previous setup and it’s cute as hell.” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter

That new album that everyone is talking about
“Taylor Swift got me. Even before folklore was released, I bought one of the deluxe vinyl albums. Luckily, I love all of the songs on the album (as I knew I would) and I’m stoked to get the physical copy. I should have read before purchasing, though, that it will ship in 16 weeks. See you in four months, Taylor!” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter

A mechanical keyboard

“I primarily use a MacBook for work, and I like it a lot, but one thing that always bothered me about it was the keyboard. I missed the mechanical keyboards that I used to use regularly — the ones that go clickity-clack when you type — so I bought one for myself. The Anne Pro 2 is one of the more highly rated wireless mechanical keyboards on the market, so I’m really excited for it to come in.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter

July’s biggest game release

“I like to stay up to date with all the big game releases, and Ghost of Tsushima was undoubtedly the most anticipated drop of July. I pretty much lost two entire weekends to it, so I guess you can say I really enjoyed my time with the game.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter

An iced coffee growler from a local shop
“I’m clinging to any joy I can find these days, and this summer, that joy is often contained in a tall glass of iced coffee with almond milk. The price racks up quickly, though, so I decided to get a 64-ounce growler of iced coffee from a local coffee shop. Not only does this save money, but I’m also not wasting plastic, as I use a mug and metal straw at home. Plus, the coffee shop offers refills at a reduced price — which I’ll be taking advantage of through the fall.” —Anna Iovine, Sex & Relationships Reporter

An artistic throw blanket

“Wrap me in the comforting goodness of the ‘Morning Love’ blanket from People I’ve Loved, a small printmaking workshop based in Oakland. I added this charming and colorful cotton throw to my collection of pretty things I put on the sofa to cover stains. I love that the scene celebrates a mundane moment in time, a simple morning hug and a messy bed.” —Annie Colbert, Executive Editor

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An optimistic art print

“My house has a number of People I’ve Loved items, including the “Things Will Work Out” card that we hung on the inside of our door when the pandemic started. It’s still there.” —Annie Colbert, Executive Editor

Some classy fan art

“I love supporting indie artists, and you betcha I also love Sailor Moon. This classy piece of art came quickly, and the artist was so nice!” —Vicky Leta, Illustrator

A pair of blue light specs

“I spend a nonsensical amount of time on the computer, so I’m thrilled I could get a stylish and quality set of frames to protect my eyes. Plus now I look like a hot nerd, so that’s a bonus!” —Vicky Leta, Illustrator

A fly trap, for obvious reasons
“I bought this because flies are evil and deserve to be destroyed.” —Elvie Mae Parian, Associate Animator

A luxurious new mattress

“‘Get a cushy mattress topper,’ I said. ‘It’ll make my old AF mattress feel I’m like sleeping on a big fluffy cloud,’ I said. ‘It’ll be cheaper, so yay!’ I said. I have never had more back pain in my 30-plus years. After spending many quarantine months catching up on sleep when I would have otherwise been commuting, I realized it was time for a better mattress. I did my research, read the reviews, and landed on the Casper Wave Hybrid. I haven’t had it all that long, but I noticed a difference the first night… or I should say, the first morning. My aging back highly recommends it.” —Barret Wertz, Grooming & Style Editor for AskMen

A new monitor to upgrade the WFH space
“I bought an LG 34WL500 monitor as part of a move to a new apartment to further improve my work environment. I previously used a two-monitor system with my laptop’s screen and a 16:9 monitor, but having everything on one monitor while keeping the same amount of space to work is a big step up. It makes gaming feel great, too. This monitor is only 1080p rather than 1440p or 4K, but I don’t really notice the pixel size at my usual working distance, and the resolution is the difference between a $350 monitor and a $600 monitor.” —Will Greenwald, Senior Analyst, Consumer Electronics for PCMag

An air conditioning unit for the summer
“We have struggled for years with how to run an air conditioner in our small bedroom. This new AC puts the compressor outside your window, dramatically reducing noise, as well as looking weird and cool.” —Sascha Segan, Lead Analyst, Mobile for PCMag

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