Monday, November 29, 2010
Who doesn't want a boutique where you like everything? My guess is no one, especially if this boutique is a virtual one, which requires no actual physical movement to get there and allows for browsing during work hours.
It would seem like Google genius has struck again, and yet, Boutiques.com is a huge disappointment.
It took me about 18 minutes to complete the click-through questionnaire about which silhouettes I prefer, which colors and prints strike my fancy and which celeb's style I most identify with. At the end of this process I was presented with pages upon pages of merchandise I'm supposed to like, according to the shopping criteria I'd just selected.
And to my surprise, I did like a lot of it. Plus, the system offers the option for me to click "hate" if I'd rather some item not taint my custom ecommerce paradise.
Brilliant, I thought, as I clicked a bronze sequin skirt by Chloe, marked down to $110.25. It's perfect for the holiday party circuit, paired with a black short-sleeved turtle neck and some black tights.
Only, Boutiques.com giveth, and Boutiques.com taketh away. When I clicked on the image of the beautiful skirt, not only was the price then $122.85 but it was also "unavailable." Disappointed, but not discouraged, I shrugged that off as bad timing and scrolled on.
One look at the dreamcicle-colored cashmere sweater dress by Dolce & Gabbana and I'd already forgiven the Chloe skirt incident. On sale for $117 I clicked feverishly to purchase the garment...only to be welcomed by "SOLD OUT" in big, red letters. Strike two for Boutiques.com.
Surely, I thought, the fashion fates had denied me my first two purchase attempts so I could see the brown booties by BCBGeneration for just $61.02. Click. Instead of taking me to the product page for these lovelies, it took me to a page with the same booties in black for $110.95.
Strike 3, Boutiques.com, you're out.
What's the point of a site that offers you everything you want but can't have?
Trust me, I have enough of that in my life already.
If you'd like to see for yourself, click here.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I may have to turn in my shopaholic card for this but I usually skip Black Friday. Like with most people, Thanksgiving for my family involves much eating of carbs, drinking of adult beverages and staying up too late; behavior that doesn't lend itself well to waking early. And diving into a desperate mob of bargain shoppers doesn't really sound good to my hung over, bloated self.
But this year, there's a certain black cashmere sweater waiting for me at Saks Fifth Avenue, whose price will rise after 12 p.m. So friends, I'll see you on the battlefield.
I've outlined some deals by local merchants below to help get you in the shopping spirit.
Aeropostale is marking its entire stock 50-70 percent off.
At Apricot Lane everything is buy one, get one 50 percent off.
Bebe is taking 20 percent off your entire purchase before noon.
The Best Chocolate in Town is offering 50 percent off its hand-whisked hot chocolate at $1.43 a cup. They're offering their original milk hot chocolate as well as a spicy version with cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
The Children's Place is taking 30 percent off your total purchase before noon. Global Gifts will be donating 10 percent of their sales on Friday to The Wheeler Mission and The Julian Center.
H&M will have Black Friday Fashion Finds from $5.
J.Benzal is taking 40 percent off all merchandise including suits and winter coats, dress shirts are buy one, get one free and if you spend $500 or more you get a $100 Style Certificate.
J.Jill is taking 25 percent off your entire purchase.
Mass Ave Wine Shoppe will be open from noon to 9 p.m. to welcome weary shoppers with wine, craft beer and snacks.
Pampolina is taking 15 percent off winter coats and snow suits.
Saks Fifth Avenue is making rare--and deep--markdowns for shoppers making purchases before noon. Coffee will be served as you browse the Chanel and Louboutins.
Trade Secret is selling the CHI 1=inch flat iron and Pro Dryer as a pair for $149.99. Regularly $269.90.
Anywho, I've gathered some must-haves for the friend who Tweets so much you want to slap their digital device away while you're trying to tell them about your blind date.
$598 - anthropologie.com
$8 - urbanoutfitters.com
$140 - bestbuy.com
Friday, November 19, 2010
Trashion is the result of creatively turning discarded items into fashion.
Refashion is the result of modifying existing clothing into something more fashionable.
Cool, now that we've got that out of the way, all you creative types have until Feb. 1 to submit your designs for the juried show on March 26th. The only criteria is it has to be from 90 percent recycled materials.
There are no conventional prizes, but every participant is a winner, since proceeds from the event will benefit the Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington.
The show, which starts at 7pm, will cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 under 18. There will be two runway shows, a silent auction, community art project, live music, cash bar and information about the Center for Sustainable Living. It is free to submit a design.
Watch a slide show from last year's event here.
For information or to submit an entry, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
You'll notice local creative-gurus Kipp Normand and Nikki Sutton are the stars. Who knew they could act, among their many talents?
I've been on this huge "Royal Tenenbaums" kick (by kick, I mean I fall asleep to it nearly every night) and this commercial captures that type of genius rather well. In fact, I think I might watch a feature-length film starring Emilio DeChamplain, famous chip collector.
Using what I'm sure she already had lurking in her closet, Sutton has styled herself as a beautiful, yet eccentric wife of a genius gone a little bonkers...maybe channeling Jennifer Connelly's Character in "A Beautiful Mind."
Anyhow, I'd tell you to vote for it, but it's not that kind of contest, so instead, just cross your fingers for the home team!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
$32 - anthropologie.com
$30 - surlatable.com
$27 - crateandbarrel.com
$17 - bedbathandbeyond.com
Each friend of yours who signs up thereafter will enter you again.
Ready, set, go!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Veterans Day by gposhadlo featuring military pants
To all of those who have valiantly served our country and those who continue to serve: thank you. It's easy to take for granted the luxuries we all enjoy, and it's because of your efforts we continue to enjoy them.
The fashion world regularly shows its gratitude by imitating military looks season, after season, after season. And it's no wonder; y'all look darn good in uniform.
God bless America.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (the first female to fill that role) didn't play by those rules, however.
Sure, she still wears the suits but she's never without a gorgeous pin. It was the meanings and stories behind the jewelry, as well as its obvious beauty, that has made her collection utterly famous.
Any woman who dares make a statement with some show-stopping costume jewelry I can certainly get behind, regardless of her political views.
View more than 200 of the politician's pins at the IMA's "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection," Which runs now through Jan. 30 in the European Galleries on the second floor.
Wondering where she got each piece and what it means? Ask her yourself at the Q&A session on Thursday at the IMA.