Posts Categorized: shopping

How to Be a Good Shopping Buddy

Compare notes: Before you hit the shops, stop for a coffee and chat about your goals for the day. Share yours, but take note of your friend’s, too. As you browse around, keep her list and criteria in mind, and pull items for her to try. You are an objective set of eyes, and will undoubtedly select items for her that she would’ve passed right over.

Make a plan: Your buddy may have different tastes, or just have different goals for the day. Unless you’re exploring a new city and have absolutely no obligations until bedtime, make a rough plan so that you’ll know which shops you’ll be visiting. It’ll help you budget for the outing, and also create balance: You can hit the stores you need, and make sure your friend hits her targets, too. READ MORE

Originally posted 2011-08-05 06:19:59.

Reader Request: Sassy Swimwear

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Back in May, I was flipping through InStyle’s swimsuit guide and thinking to myself, “Man, am I glad I haven’t gotten any reader requests for a suit guide. I know absolutely nothing about swimsuits.”

Then I went to check my e-mail, and found this note from Lydia:

I have a request I’d like you to cover in a blog post – summer swimsuits. Finding a swimsuit, shopping for one, how to find suits that are flattering yet covering, good places to find them, and what trends (color, pattern, and style wise) are popular this summer. I know finding a bathing suit is a challenge most women face each spring, and we’d love some tips on how to know what is flattering, because so often bathing suit shopping is very frustrating! READ MORE

Originally posted 2010-07-01 05:52:00.

Smart Internet Shopping for Style Lovers

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I brag a lot about my ability to track down virtually any product online, and several years ago I decided to put my prowess to reader-fueled use through the Insomniac Sale Picks series. But I’ve had a few questions about online searching and shopping techniques, so I thought I’d share some of my personal practices so you can try them out for yourself!

Here’s where I look when I’m looking for something online:

  1. eBay – If you missed out on an item when it was first being sold, it is likely to be somewhere on eBay. If you’re looking for something super trendy or runway reminiscent – like burgundy boots or a peplum top – eBay will sell you vintage and used versions for pennies on the dollar. Check vendor feedback and don’t go with anyone less than 100% if you’re super skittish (I go as low as 97% myself). Tips for shopping eBay here.
  2. Amazon – I remember when Amazon sold books, and books only. I’ve bought green tea, cosmetics, and cheese curds (for my gran) from them. And they often have amazing deals on clothing, shoes, and accessories. Check Amazon for any and everything.
  3. Google Shopping – Google Shopping used to be my secret weapon, but it’s changed. Google switched its model to favor paid entries, so many times the service points you to sponsored listings. But not always, and using Google Shopping or just plain Google can help you narrow down an online search. Especially if you’re looking for a specific, named item – like a pair of Timberland Earthkeeper boots – since even related retailers may be offering different prices for the same item. If you’re looking for a category of item, like high-waisted skinny jeans, also search. The shopping tool is limited, but will still introduce a few vendors into the mix that you’d never have thought of on your own.
  4. Etsy: I have nearly endless patience when I’m questing for something, and will pore over 65 pages of search results. Not everyone has that kind of stamina. But Etsy’s vintage offerings are amazing, handmade goods are often reasonably priced, and accessories are unbearably fun.

For those who are skittish about shopping online, here are some general tips: READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-11-20 06:20:36.