Stylish Spring Picks For The Family

February 28, 2013 by  
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When it comes to online shopping (and I do most of my shopping online) I look for stores that have variety.  Especially at the begining of a new season where I like to buy  basic stylish pieces  that I can mix into my wardrobe.  Being a busy working mom I also look for stores that have something for the whole family to save time and money on shipping.  Stores like psyche.co.uk make it a cinch to do just that. You can easily shop by category, price, size or even trends!   With over 150 designer brands like Michael Kors, Barbour and Marc Jacobs to name just a few, there’s something for everyone regardless of style, size or budget.  And customers ordering outside the European Union get a 20% discount on their order, which is a biggie for me.  Established in 1982, Psyche has received recognition on an international stage, attracting the attention of fashion industry heavyweights in both the UK and  in Tokyo, Singapore and New York, including many parts of Europe.  Psyche aims to please the customer and make online shopping a pleasure so I can only imagine that in store shopping is equally enjoyable.  Check out some of my favorite spring picks below for the entire family.

I was immediately impressed by their vast selection: The tops range from dressy blouses with chic prints that are easy to wear for between weather like spring  (see below),  to trendy tees and preppy polos (and their jeans selection was just as impressive). Their shoe selection was equally diverse carrying shoes from affordable lines like Chinese Laundry to Ted Baker (I absolutely love the Ted Baker selection).   In this particular outfit I chose a light star print blouse, a faux fur jacket that I LOVE and gray jeans to create an effortless look that you can wear day or night.

Paul Smith Star Print Shirt – $62.39 | J Brand Skinny Jeans – $119.14  | Faux Fur Cropped Jacket – $59 | Paul Smith Cross Body Bag – $559 | Ted Baker Bow Heels – $124.80

The men selection was equally on par and just as fashionable.  I find that some online stores tend to stick to men’s basics and that’s not the case with Psyche.  Their men’s knitwear  and dressier shoes definitely stood out.  This outfit was totally inspired by my two teenagers.  They wear a pair of khaki’s, a button down and a light pullover nearly everyday.  I chose a white sweater because it gives the basic khaki’s a crisp clean feel and the polka dots provide a little flair.  Love it!

Hugo Boss Polka Dot Shirt – $143.71 | Armani Crew Neck Sweater – $137.41 | Ralph Lauren Khaki’s – $83.71 | J Shoes Brogues – $143.71 | Navy Nixon – $545

With spring comes rain and what makes rainy days a little more fun?  An adorable pair of kids Hunter boots!

Kids Hunter Boots

 

An all in one online shop that will surely fit you or your families stylish spring needs.  For more info on the pieces featured in this post visit www.psyche.com

New Brooklyn Based Vintage Clothing Shopping Site – Nifty Thrifty

October 9, 2012 by  
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I love vintage clothes!  As a teenager, my parents entire basement was filled with bags and bags of treasured finds from my favorite vintage stores and my car was affectionately dubbed “the closet on wheels.”   It didn’t matter if clothes fit – I would tailor whatever I bought or simply tear it apart and use the pieces for some other project.  Because I currently live in Florida and vintage venue is limited, I couldn’t be more excited about online stores like Nifty Thrifty, a new Brooklyn based (my hometown) member-only vintage clothing site that just launched last week.  The site will curate collections of 50-100 vintage pieces organized into themed sales, such as ‘Weekend Fall Getaway’ or ‘Left Bank Looks’. The Brooklyn based company will initially focus on womenswear, with menswear and home goods soon to follow. At launch, the company will post two sales a week, then increase to a sale a day, eventually building up to multiple flash sales a day. This week’s theme sale starts on October 9th, at 11 am  and will be called  “Campus Cool”.  Pieces will include all-American collegiate inspired sportswear, with cute cardigans, letterman jackets, satchels, blazers and bows, by designers such as Marc Jacobs, Rag and Bone, Moschino, Chloe, Perry Ellis, Agnes B and Cacharel all available at prices that everyone can actually afford!  

By early next year, there will be an archive of 1,000 – 3,000 ‘discoverable’ pieces on the site, with an average retail price around $50.  Check out NiftyThrifty.com and make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on their sales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Online Designer Consignment Boutique The Real Real

January 17, 2012 by  
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Ever wonder where to purchase and sell designer clothing from your couch?  Well look no further, as I would like to introduce The Real Real, an online designer consignment boutique.  Best of all?  Membership is free!

The Real Real has the world’s best previously owned jewelry, accessories and clothing – from Hermes and Chanel to Balenciaga and Lanvin. Celebrities such as Whitney Port and Molly Sims have all consigned their clothes to make this online boutique a Real Real success!

Fashiongrail readers have been offered an exclusive 20% off their purchase.  Just use promo code Fashion, it expired on January 31st and the minimum purchase is $50.

Check out The Real Real here: www.therealreal.com


Very.com: A Little Bit British & A Whole Lot Of Fashion

November 14, 2011 by  
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The small island of Britain has a big surprise for the U.S.: The launch of Very.com.  Very is on a mission to bring the very best of British style, trends and designer brands to the colonies in style!  With a huge range of home grown labels and selections from all over the globe, it’s impossible to not find something to fall in love with (they even break down trends with categories like Beatnik, Boy Meets Girl, Cabaret, and the earthy Smoke Signal section).  How cool is that!

The Very.com site is easy to use plus offers FREE shipping and FREE returns.  And, to keep your finger on the pulse of all the latest trends, Very.com has a “Street Style” blog to keep you what’s hot on the streets of London and every week you can find brand new fashion news and nice little offers.  So enjoy Very.com – it’s a little bit British, a lot fashion and it’s going to be your new shopping best friend!

Sponsored by Very

How to Shop Online Flash Sales

August 16, 2011 by  
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How to Shop Online Flash Sales

J Brand jeans, Gucci sunglasses, Hanky Panky thongs, Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses, Stuart Weitzman stilettos, Botkier handbags and TAG Heuer watches: All at a fraction of their retail price. If you’re the kind of woman who finds fashion bargains to be more irresistible than brownies, chances are you’ve already discovered the world of online flash sales. At leading flash sites, like Rue La La, HauteLook, Gilt Groupe and Ideeli, along with dozens of new ones that pop up weekly, high-end fashion is offered for up to 80 percent off.

Shopping a flash sale takes planning and decisiveness. Each limited-time sale lasts for only 24 to 72 hours with the pick of the online litter going almost instantly. Any woman who regularly shops flash sales can tell wrenching tales of the platform sandals or classic trench coat that ended up “In member’s cart” just as she was about to click “Buy.”

Want a competitive edge? Follow these shopping tips from the pros.

Do advance scouting. Many flash sales sites have an “Upcoming” tab that lists the labels that will be going on sale in the next few days. Familiarize yourself with the possible inventory and select your top picks by checking out the current line on department store sites and the designer’s own website.

Be prompt. Online boutiques open their virtual doors the same time every day, so get to know their schedule. New sales at HauteLook and Rue La La go live at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Gilt Groupe at noon. Have your mouse posed for action. “Sign in early to check out the lists of sales before they go live, and hit refresh right at 12 p.m. ET to enter the sale as soon as it begins,” suggest Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, a founder and chief merchandising officer of Gilt.com.

Use all the tools that are out there, suggests Kerry Bennett, marketing vice president for HauteLook.com. Some sites have mobile apps that allow you to shop on the go. Becoming a Facebook fan or following a site on Twitter can get you perks, like early previews and friends-only sales.

Shop from the bottom up, suggests Wilson. “Most people begin shopping at the top of the page, and those items get snapped up early,” she says. If you’re even considering an item, drop it in your shopping cart immediately. Sites typically give you 10 or 15 minutes before you have to make the purchase. If the piece you want is sold out, use the “Wait list” option. Items frequently become available as shoppers give them up — or reach their “Time’s up” limit — and you’ll be notified as soon as that happens.

Make a shopping list. Know what you need to buy, suggests Kim Turner, an image consultant with FashionCents.tv. “Just like with other sales, if you just buy something because it’s on sale, then you’ll find it sitting in the back of your closet, unworn. An unused item is never a bargain,” she says.

Know your body measurements. The dress that hits the mid-thigh of the tall model featured on a shopping site might land just above the knee on you if you’re 5 feet 3 inches tall. Shopping sites generally include the length of garments, and that can be the most reliable predictor of fit. Turner suggests taking four measurements, using pieces in your wardrobe that fit you perfectly: Inseam (measure a pair of pants from crotch to hem); ideal dress length (measure from shoulder to hem); ideal skirt length (run the tape measure from waist to hem), and sleeve length (measure from shoulder to the end of sleeve).

Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of SELF and senior writer at People.



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