Posted on: February 26, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

Many people bought ring lights early on in the pandemic when they started working from home, but I didn’t (and was already working from home). I wasn’t doing many video calls back then, and I certainly wasn’t planning on launching a TikTok career. (OK, I do post videos of my cats.)

Lately, though, I’ve been bothered a bit by how I look on Zoom. I’m not talking about my face — it’s just with the gray upstate New York weather, I’m often sitting in dim light, and I feel it looks a bit unprofessional. We don’t have ceiling lights in our bedrooms or offices, and shining a desk light on myself looked a bit harsh. (Yes, I know, probably very few people I’ve spoken to saw it as “unprofessional” — if any — but it still bugged me.)

I wanted to spend as little money as possible on a ring light without buying a piece of junk — I’m hoping it lasts a few years — and I didn’t want to potentially damage my laptop with a clip-on style.

The ring light I chose is very affordable and has three light options (“dramatic cool,” “dramatic warm,” and blended) and 10 brightness levels. It also has a non-slip phone holder, but I doubt I’ll use that. It’s handy, though! The long, flexible neck (arm? hmm) lets you position the light wherever you need.

I’ve only used it once so far, but it works great.

This ring light is under $20 at Amazon and available in white and black.

Workwear sales of note for 2.22.24

Our favorites are in bold!

Ann Taylor – 25% off full-price tops & sweaters; extra 30% off sale

Banana Republic – Up to 40% off sale styles

Banana Republic Factory – 40% off everything & extra 20% off purchase

Boden – 20% off (ends 2/22; 15% off starts 2/23)

Design Within Reach – Save 20% off on ergonomic office chairs from Herman Miller (readers love the Herman Miller Aeron and Sayl!)

Eloquii – $29 and up select styles; up to 40% off everything else

J.Crew – Up to 50% off winter-to-spring styles; up to extra 50% off sale styles

J.Crew Factory – 50% off all sweaters; readers love the schoolboy sweater blazer

M.M.LaFleur – 30-70% off bestselling work dresses, tops & more

Nordstrom – 600+ new markdowns

Nordstrom Rack – Up to 70% off markdowns

Talbots – 25% off entire purchase; 30% off all markdowns (here are all the reader favorites at Talbots)

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