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Vegan Booties-J.Adams

Posted in amazon, budget online shopping, online shopping, shopping on a budget, Vegan Shopping with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

Vegan boots and shoes.  That’s what I look for, since I am a vegetarian. With the internet, it’s easy. Shopping stores, it’s exceedingly difficult. I went into a big-box store looking for vegan shoes and handbags recently and was exceedingly disappointed. I found one handbag in TJMaxx. One. Really? Loads of designer bags with price points that went over $300 tho that were leather. But only one that was a vegan bag. I’m not looking for a straw bag or a canvas bag. I simply want a nice handbag that doesn’t look like it will fall apart and that it’s designed well. Is it so hard to find? Yes, it is.

Same for shoes or boots. Almost impossible if I try to shop the stores. If I ask a salesperson, they look at me like I’m crazy because I don’t want leather. When they ask why in the world I wouldn’t want leather, I really don’t want to go into details, I simply tell them I’m a vegetarian. Then I get That Look.

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So I found these vegan booties by J.Adams on Amazon. Then scrolling through their other shoes I realized J.Adams also sells a whole lot of other vegan shoes, boots and sandals. I’m in heaven. I don’t have to get dirty looks from non-informed sales associates and I can shop to my heart’s content knowing animals are safe.

They’re comfortable and that’s what matters to me. The price is good, too. $29.90 with Prime (free shipping) is a great deal as far as I’m concerned.  Here’s my basic review:

I have them in tan and the color pretty much goes with everything. I like the perforation for the spring and summer for more of a cooling effect. The heel isn’t too high to make this an uncomfortable height. I normally wear a 9 1/2 so I went with the 10 which fits well enough but is a tad larger than I expected. However, since the toe is rather pointy, the 9 would have been too small, so the 10 it is. Bear that in mind when you’re choosing this bootie. Definitely a cute shoe. Length of a size 10 is 10 7/8 inches. The width of the cuff is 11 1/4 inches. Heel height is 1 7/8 inches with a platform of 1/4 inch. The heel base is 3 inches long by 2 1/2 wide, very easy for walking. Zipper height 5 inches. Heels are rubberized and quiet when you walk. I’ve had booties for a long time that I’ve worn for fashion’s sake that have made my feet hurt at the end of the day but these are quite comfortable. I don’t long to take them off. Perfect with jeans and long dresses/skirts.

Hope more companies care.

Peace,

Sorceress.

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How To Shop Online At Amazon Or Anywhere…

Posted in amazon, budget online shopping, budget shopping, online shopping, Sephora, shopping, shopping on a budget, Target stores, The Gap with tags , , , , on February 21, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

black-friday-shoppers_zpsqpeze3be.gif Do I really want to go to the mall or do I want to stay in the comfort of my own home and shop online? Hmmm….

When I was a little girl, my Mom would go away for 6 weeks every spring to Miami. That was her vacation that she looked forward to all year. She’d either stay at the Eden Roc or the Fontainebleau and I could only imagine what it was like to spend 6 weeks away from the cold winter luxuriating in the Florida sun for that long. My first Spring Break in college, I was invited to spend with her in Miami.  The deal was that if I spent my first Spring Break supervised I could spend the rest of them with my friends. That was fine with me. I wasn’t going to spend Spring Break at home, and if I could spend it in Florida, I would. Especially in one of these old-fashioned, grande dame hotels.

Before she would go away, two racks of clothing would appear in her home from one of the local boutiques. The owner would choose clothing for her, send it along to the house, and she would have the options of trying it on, keeping what she wanted and sending the rest back. If she didn’t like what they sent, they’d send more. What a deal. I’d sit and watch her try the resort clothing on and think how easy this is to go shopping. Never leave your home.

She’d also often have packages sent to her from her favorite NYC department store, Saks . I honestly don’t know if she just didn’t want to carry these bags with her when she did go to the City, if she had a personal shopper or just called them to order items. The internet wasn’t available back then. Catalogs were also available so you could order that way if you desired. All I know is that somehow, stuff arrived at the home in ways that seemed unorthodox to me.

Well, that’s what online shopping is all about. Some companies have you choose the clothing, and some companies have personal shoppers that choose the clothing for you. Some companies don’t have shipping costs, some have minimal shipping costs and some charge you flat rate shipping. The best scenario is to find online sources that have no shipping costs, the best prices and obviously the items of clothing that appeal to you in one stop shopping. Navigating their site easily is highly beneficial too.

Some of my friends are against online shopping today. They look at it as an inconvenience. It’s basically the same as what I’ve described shopping to be years ago. It hasn’t changed. You can save yourself time, money and a huge stress factor by shopping in the comfort of your own home.

I’ve shopped online thru Sephora, Ulta, Off Saks Fifth Avenue, Amazon, Bath, Bed & Beyond, Old Navy, The Gap, Target and all have been seamless shopping experiences. They all have great customer service lines who are more than willing to help you should any problems or questions arise. You don’t get the full shopping experience of actually going into a store and seeing all they have to offer, but in today’s world, that full shopping experience isn’t available anyway, as far as I’m concerned. What they have online is more than what’s in their stores. Some businesses also won’t charge you for shipping if you pick-up at one of their local stores.

So what actually convinced me to shop online now versus in stores? I believe I get better deals, I find what I want and I find items that are more unique. Add to that the cost of saving gas so I’m not leaving a footprint, either. The sites are safer now and you do not have to leave your credit card information. You can find almost anything you can think of online. Whatever you order it comes in a plain brown wrapper. Wink-wink.  It’s a win-win all-around.

And if thrift stores are your thing, you can shop them online, too. Just google them and you’ll find a plethora of sites. Who knew?

Peace.

Sorceress.

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How To Buy Boots at Amazon.

Posted in amazon, budget online shopping, budget shopping, fashion, online shopping with tags , , , on January 5, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

It’s time to confess. I’m a bootaholic. I wear them year-round. I probably own more boots than shoes. I would rather be wearing a pair of boots than sandals in the summer. I don’t see the point of sneakers. Ok, unless you’re a runner. Even then, the sneakers that are high enough to look more like boots are better  looking as far as I’m concerned.

Anyway, since I’m on a kick at fleamarket Amazon, I decided to shop for boots at the site.

Omg, there are so many! But how would I know if they fit? The above fit perfectly and I couldn’t be happier. Black faux suede Women’s Thigh High Boots by Dream Pairs Upland are so comfortable. I love the gold metal band around the top of the heel. And they fit my skinny legs without falling down because I can tie them in the back.

Here’s my problem with fitting. Or I should say my obsession. If I’m in a store, I’ll try my size on and the next size to compare. Then I can’t decide which is better. I know, weird.

But even weirder is years back once my big brother and I went shoe shopping and he noticed what I was doing. He started laughing. I asked him what was so funny. He told me he did the same thing. So we sat down in the shoe store discussing this eerie phenomenon. Decided it must have started in our childhood and our mother somehow, but we had no idea how. All we knew is that we both couldn’t decide which size was better and it was this big chore for us. See how parents can screw you up in adulthood?

Ah…my Mordenmiss boots in red. I’ve received so many compliments on these! Mordenmiss Women’s Size Zipper Leather Ankle Toe Cap Boot Style 2 Red, when I first saw these, I couldn’t get them out of my mind. I ordered them within days of first seeing them and never looked back. The leather is soft, I can wear these all day and my feet are so comfortable. Absolutely perfect.

These tan suede babies are my go-to boots. I’ve been wearing these since the beginning of October through all kinds of weather, including snow and ice and they still look good. These are my Bella Marie Marcy -26 Women’s Casual Side Zipper Flat Snow Ankle  Bootie in Camel. What first caught my eye was the side zipper on the outside of the bootie rather than the inside. They’re lightly lined for warmth and extremely sturdy and somehow just stay super clean.

My Charles Albert Knee-High Faux Leather Boot With Buckle in Tan*. These are more than knee-high, actually over the knee. Turned out, these are a little too wide for me so I’m thinking of lacing up the top so I can close it to tighten it. The idea behind the boot is that you can also fold the top down, kind of like a pirate boot, but I prefer it over the knee.The color is good tho and blends well with a lot of outfits.

Even though I own quite a few, every year I get new ones. A woman can never have enough. So when I started shopping I read the reviews. How could I tell if they’d fit? Geez, some say they run small, some say larger than normal….I’m breaking out in a sweat here just reading the reviews. Finally, I notice some of the boot listings tell you the actual length of the boot in inches. Yes! This will do it. So I go and measure my favorite boot to compare and that’s how I ordered my first pair. They arrived and fit great. And that’s how I’ve continued to order my boots….um…my next 3 pairs that I ordered this year. Ok , 4 pairs.  Alright….4 pairs and 1 ice pair for when I have to walk on ice. There. Total of 5.

All necessary as you can see. All different from each other. Different colors, different styles. I adore each of them.

Just do a basic search for “women’s boots” on Amazon and you’ll come up with about 461,533 hits on women’s boots to choose from in the leisure of your own abode. You can narrow the search down to dress, casual, snow, above-the-knee, below-the-knee, booties, color, etc. and even by size and color. Think of shopping online this way. You’re not leaving an imprint by  driving around from store to store to store. Instead, you’re looking online and finding pretty much the same merchandise at the same or even lower prices. You don’t have to shop Amazon. That’s just one online site. I like them because of Prime benefits. (Read about Prime in yesterday’s post.) Oh, and for some, the best part? You don’t have to deal with any sales associates.

Regardless, have fun shopping, watch your money and always look for the best buys!

Peace.

Sorceress

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How & Why To Buy On Amazon

Posted in amazon, online retailers, online shopping, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 2, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

So Amazon being the world’s largest flea market of sorts where you can find virtually  anything and I do mean anything, have you ever shopped for clothing and accessories there? I never used to shop for clothes and such online until recently and now I’m hooked at shopping at Amazon. Let me tell you why.

Amazon has a customer first policy. I have Prime Membership, which gives me two day shipping, along with loads of other special things, like tv shows, music, movies, audio channels, photo storage, books and special deals on merchandise. It costs me $10.99 monthly or $99 annually. I can share these benefits with my family. To me, the cost of free shipping on any Prime order more than pays for my membership.

If something I order doesn’t fit, I simply let Amazon know I want to return it, they create a label and I print it out. I box the item up in the same box it arrived to me. Luckily, I have a UPS drop-off 1/2 block away where I simply drop off the box. The same day I’m credited that dollar amount I paid for the item. How simple is that? If you don’t have a drop-off, you can have UPS come directly to your home. Again, simple. I’ve come to love online shopping like this from the comfort of my own home. I don’t have to go too far in the freezing winter or boiling summer. Perfect.

Sometimes, you can write a seller directly and let them know that an item isn’t to your liking. Just be polite about it and send them a photo or two if the item isn’t right. Explain to them why. I’d say 98% of the sellers responded favorably to any messages I’ve left whenever I’ve had a problem. And I’ve always left those that did positive feedback. For those 2% that were weird or nasty, their feedback reflected their attitudes.

It’s really like a search engine when you first go on the site. Just type in what you’re looking for. The results will come back. Start shopping around and compare, just as if you were shopping from store to store. Read the reviews left by others(very important).

If you’re buying clothing, read about the sizing and how others say the clothing fits. Asian-sized clothing does not fit like USA-sized clothing. You’ll have to learn how to use a tape measure to measure your clothing and compare its measurements against Asian sizing.

For example, Asian clothing is measured in centimeters, ours in inches. Take a blouse and measure it from shoulder to shoulder. Write down this number. That will be the “shoulder”. Measure where the bust would be from one side to the other and double it.  Do the same for the waist. After you write all these numbers down, do the same for a favorite pair of jeans(waist, hips, rise, length) and then dress pants. Now you’ll have your sizing numbers to compare. Then you read the reviews. If people are saying the clothing runs small and to upsize, then do that. Buy the item in a size 2 or 3 times larger. If you read the sellers measurements and compare, you’ll generally see that your measurements will fit into that “larger” size. If I’m a USA 12, in Asian size, that could be up to a 3 or 4x. Or it could be a 1x. You must read the measurements listed.

Its not difficult once you see the prices and fashions that might catch your eye. Some people tell me they wouldn’t bother to do all that “work” just to order clothing online, but to me, it’s so much easier than driving from store to store and town to town. Cheaper, too. And my style is different because I’m not buying from generic big box stores, but instead I’m purchasing from items online from an array of sellers.

It’s really that simple. I never knew it was. My kids shop Amazon all the time. Now I know why. I hope this tutorial helps.

Peace.

Sorceress

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