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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.



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Far Away Perfume by Avon…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber,, coconut, Far Away, freesia, gardenia, jasmine, karo karounde, musk, online shopping, orange, oriental floral, osmanthus, peach, perfume notes, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, violet, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Far Away.

Far Away.

Ethereal, mysterious, what I imagine the long ago Far Eastern World women must have worn as their perfume oils. Yes, the name fits this perfume. Seven hours ago I sprayed my wrist from two feet away gently and the scent of this oriental fragrance is still heavily with me.
I owned it years back and last summer acquired an older bottle. I’ve waited for a colder day of winter to wear it again. This is a glorious fragrance.
It’s rich and thick in its entire run and certainly not for someone shy or one who likes a lighter, cleaner fragrance. Gardenia and coconut stand the strongest for me with sandalwood wrapped around these notes in a thick musky way. The musk that I inhale from Far away is not the musk that I get from perfumes I’ve been sampling lately. This musk is thick, almost syrupy, so embracing, that when coupled with the wood it could be stifling if over-sprayed. This is such an exotic smelling perfume that goes on and on and on. Spray a scarf or doily in your home and the scent will there for days.
Close your eyes and it evokes images of rawness, of sexual energy, of days in spring gardens bursting with fresh blooming flowers, of oiled wooden barrels with leather straps filled with intoxicating hot spices, even of antique liquor cabinets that house fine wines and assorted liquors and liqueurs. It takes you to many places.
It’s a perfume that entices you to return to your wrist again and again to remind you of those images. It’s really that wondrous in its composition.
If I wore it out, I’d spray it prudently, so as not to offend anyone. It’s very strong and in today’s fruity-gourmand times, Far Away may not be to everyone’s liking. A delicate spritz from a few feet away or a walk-through spray is more than enough.
This is a picturesque perfume, one that will bring images to your mind when wearing it. That’s when a perfume is worth it’s weight. Housed in an opaque round bottle with an art deco fuschia and black round cap, cordoned with a black tassel, Far Away should be on anyone’s sample list.

Far Away is known as an oriental floral and is currently available through Avon’s catalog,  through Avon’s representatives or through Avon’s online site. It is also available on the secondary market through auction. Visit Avon here for Far Away:
Top Notes: Karo Karounde, Ylang-Ylang, Orange, Coconut, Peach.
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Osmanthus, Rose, Violet, Gardenia, Freesia.
Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber.



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Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel…Clear Away Those Dark Bags

Posted in animal testing, cruelty-free skincare, hypoallergenic, Ole Henriksen, online retailers, online shopping, skincare with tags , , , , on January 21, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Ole Henriksen Ultimate LIft Eye Gel.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel.

It seems the main complaint about Ole Henriksen’s Ultimate Lift Eye Gel is that it’s sticky. It’s a gel. Not a cream. Thus, it’s composition is going to be different, so you should automatically consider this. Gels assimilate into the skin differently than creams do. Secondly, as with any product, you begin with a small amount and don’t glop it on your target area, thinking the more the better. You start out with a small amount to see how it works into your skin and adjust appropriately. That’s the difference between a gel and a cream.
I love Ole Henriksen’s products for a variety of reasons. They are cruelty-free. As his site will tell you, “Animals, like humans, are to be loved, not tortured.” His entire philosophy is based on how you take care of yourself, which is important. You cannot expect one product to simply erase your problem area immediately, but people do. If a product helps to lessen your issue and make it seem less obvious, then it’s working.

To those that believe a product will erase years of abuse in the sun or abuse to their bodies they are looking for the Holy Grail. And their Holy Grail is in the shape of a knife while they are out cold in a doctor’s office or a hospital. But that’s their choice. (And their wallet, too.) We all wish we could turn back the hands of time to a more youthful expression on our faces, but we can’t. What we must do is learn to accept what we have with grace and find our inner peace. That’s when our faces reflect a special glow from within that no amount of makeup or doctor could ever emulate. That’s called personal style and grace.
I keep my Ultimate Lift Eye Gel in my refrigerator so when I apply it it’s extremely soothing and cooling to my under-eye area and above my eyes. I use it at night because it does take at least 10 minutes to absorb into my skin. That’s not a big deal to me. I use this product on top of my other eye products, usually. So it’s the last one I am using and I’m finished with my routine. When I say “eye products”, I am speaking of serum, moisturizer, peptides formulations, etc., whatever mix I have chosen to use that evening.

Yes, I mix it up. No, I don’t stay true to one fastidious line of products and maintenance of their product line. I do, however, have exacting ideas on how my skin care regime should be done at nighttime and in the morning and I do follow my ideas. I just like to mix these ideas up with different lines of products. As long as I’ve researched the product lines and I feel comfortable using them, once I do  use them for a few weeks and notice a difference, then I’m good to go.

The great thing about beauty and skin care is that you can ask for samples from your department store counter or businesses like Sephora. Try a product and see if it is working for you. If it is, then buy it. Always try before you buy. No money wasted then. If you like the drugstore products, buy them first and if they don’t work, return them. The point is to try before you buy, and if you cannot do this, always ask about the return policy. Don’t get stuck with a product that isn’t going to work for you.
This gel goes a very long way. Originally, I received a little pot of it from Sephora. That little container lasted me for months. That’s how little you need to use. I felt confident enough in its working qualities to actually purchase it.
I’ve used a few other brands over the years that are supposed to clear up dark circles, bags, puffiness…whatever you would like to call your eye problems in the morning. Some of them have made me want to put a towel over my mirror when I looked at myself. This eye gel actually works to make my eyes look rested. My eyes just don’t look droopy. They seem brighter. My eye area looks as if it has slept (which it hasn’t). After applying it, within the drying time, I do notice a slight effect, but the greater effect is when you awaken the next day. I’d also say the most beneficial effect is with constant usage. As with any product, constant use will tell you if it works with your skin type along with using steps in your skin care routine and not just one item, expecting to see miracles from one jar. Take care of your whole self and your whole self will take better care of you.
I also use a tiny spatula to scoop out just what I need, apply the gel with my finger from the spatula, rather than dipping my finger into the jar. That keeps the jar more hygienic. Ole suggests using it both day and night for both under the eyes and  above the eyes (your eyelids) extending towards your eyelids).

Key ingredients are:

Arginine Promotes wrinkle resistance
Peptides Improve skin elasticity and tone
Calendula extract Lightly energizes and softens
Cucumber extract Tightens pores and works as a decongestant
Eyebright extract Calms, soothes and constricts the capillaries around the eye area.
As usual, the ingredients are good too.
water (aqua), glyceryl polyacrylate, glycerin, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, oleth-20, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, copper pca, calendula officinalis flower extract, euphrasia officinalis extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, potassium hydroxide, arginine, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, steareth-20, n-hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl oligopeptide.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel retails for at 1 oz. for $38.00 and can be found online or in select stores here:

This Sorceress gives it 5 wands.



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Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Questions & Answers…

Posted in american apparel, color red, color wheel, designers, dressing from years gone by, jeggings, online retailers, online shopping, personal shopper, runway clothing, runway designers, shopping, skinny jeans, womens fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by sorceressofthedark

Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? That’s my title for this blog I began just about a year ago. I wanted to talk about fashion and the impetus behind it. What pushes a person to walk into a particular store to look at their goods? Once they’ve made their selection and purchase, why did they? What made them feel good enough to part with their money and want to dress themselves a certain way?

The same formula doesn’t apply so stringently to online shopping. Online shopping is blind shopping. You’re not talking with anyone. You don’t look eye-to-eye with a salesperson. You don’t have any guilt about not buying something. You can’t try on the clothing, or feel the material or walk in the shoes to see how they look on your feet. No mirror to look into and decide if what you’re trying on is a “feel good outfit”. Online retailers must offer something special to their customers to make them want to buy from their site.

We already know about the online shoe shopping clubs. We know about the contacts called TOS (terms of service)  they tell you to read before you sign up for their $39.95 specials but the consumer never does and then they’re so sorry later because their credit card is charged every month whether they buy from the online site or not. Scroll down and read what consumers have to say about the shoe shopping clubs here on a former post:

Beyond all this exchange of consumer goods and money, what makes a consumer return? Return to the store or return to the online-shopping experience? Why do people buy and wear those things?

Besides that, a new phenomena has occurred in the industry with online shopping where there are more returns than before. Why? Because people are shopping while under the influence. And while under-the-influence, that neon-green dress might look very cute online on the model but when it arrives to you and you unwrap it, you wonder what made you buy it after all. Hence, the heftier returns.

People are also playing games with their phones and ordering outfits to see who can put together an ensemble and have it completed and delivered first. All of these factors are not helping the retail industry. They hurt sales. They hurt forecasts of future sales. And they also hurt trends.

A lot of factors go into the retail experience. Statistics attempt to track what the public is seeking to purchase. It’s economics for the industry. Companies start up and disappear. Others go into bankruptcy for a variety of reasons. Do consumers really care? Consumers main concerns are trendiness, cost, durability of product and animal-testing.

Around the world, people log on to their computers and wonder about vintage clothing and vintage designers. People look to past decades for inspiration and for ideas for their wardrobes. So do designers. You can see fashion recycle as the various decades are re-hashed.


Greta Constantine Fall 2011 for Aldo Folklore shoe boot.

Greta Constantine Fall 2011 for Aldo Folklore shoe boot.


Etro Past Collections.

Etro Past Collections.



Vintage Pink Fashions Worn Today.

Vintage Pink Fashions Worn Today, Some New, Some Older.


Fashion Repeats Itself.

Fashion Repeats Itself In Photographs And On The Runway.


Classic clothing that is enduring in style lasts. Consumers admire looks worn by top fashion models of former decades and look to these images for their own wardrobe ideas. They look to Hollywood icons of days gone by for fashion classics and designs.

With all of this shopping, what are people asking about clothing, about fashion, about trends? Not in any particular order, here are ten random questions I’ve received lately (I’ve para-phrased them) from my readers. Answers following…

1. Is plus size stylish clothing? Any size clothing is fashionable. You are an individual that makes the clothing. Never let your clothing make you. A person carries themselves with dignity in any size when they walk with confidence and comfort. Let you dictate what size is healthy and comfortable for you!

2. Is size 8 the international standard for clothing size? Now this is a can of worms! There is no standard size any longer in any country. There have been many arguments about sizing of clothing, vanity sizing and standardized sizing of manufacturers. In the last decade, the sizes 0 and 00 have been introduced.  If you are a buyer of vintage clothing and you shop thrift stores, it is imperative to try on the clothing  because measurement sizing changed through the decades. Some high-end manufacturers down-size their clothing so that it would appear their clothing sizes are smaller, making their consumers feel “better” in their clothing. European manufacturers have different sizing codes versus American manufacturers. If you are shopping in a store, it’s easier to try on the clothing. If you are shopping online, most sites offer measurement standards for their brands for you to compare your body to the item you are researching. Confused? It is frustrating. Basic answer to the size 8 question? No. You can read more at these links.

1. Vanity sizing: izing.

2. Size 0:

3. US Standard Clothing Sizes

4. European Standard for Clothing or EN13402:

Womens International Sizing Chart 2011.

Womens International Sizing Chart 2011.

3. Do real women actually wear high-fashion? Of course they do. Somebody is wearing the clothes in the pictures we all see…

4. Do real women actually like high-fashion? Can’t answer that one for everyone but I can answer it for me. I enjoy seeing the creativity of the minds of others. It’s fascinating to see what another person thinks what will look good on a woman’s body for the next season and how they influence fashion styles in the lesser markets that copy the designers. Remember how knock-offs are made? See this post about the runway:

5.Why do women buy up and coming designer clothing? The excitement of something brand-new, the freshness of the designer, the quality, the look. New designers don’t have an easy life. Ever watch Project Runway?

6. Do real people wear jeggings? Absolutely. The original “jeans and leggings” phase back in 2010 that created “jeggings” evolved into skinny jeans with zippers that some people may confuse with the original jeggings. Here’s that post with the pics:

7. What colors can I wear with red? Need I say more?

8. Why don’t I wear the things I buy? I could say much here, but I will zip it. Did you look in the mirror and try it on first? Here’s an idea…take your smartphone and snap a pic in the dressing room of whatever you’re deciding on. (ok, put your camera on silent) It’s your money you’re spending and if the item is expensive you want to see exactly how it’s going to reflect, right? As your shopping the racks you can take a look at the photos and then pick what looks best from your photos. Believe me, photos don’t lie and you’ll be happier. If it’s online shopping, sleep on it. If whatever you picked out the night before still makes you happy in the morning, order it. Don’t join clubs and let them pick for you. Be an individual.

9.Why do people buy what they do? Because initially they wanted to buy something to make themselves happier, or they needed an outfit for Saturday night or an event, etc… because they can and they do. People, ok,  probably more women, will always be shoppers. They will always be looking for that ultimate outfit to put together that will make them feel good about themselves.

10.What do famous people wear? Many labels, many designers. I’ve listed some actresses, some models, some designers. There are magazines on the market that will tell you the labels of what mostly Hollywood people wear. Frankly, what they want to be seen in is expensive clothing that runs in the neighborhood of a thousands of dollars per outfit. Some have personal dressers and some dress themselves. Copying is flattery to that person but remember, you are an individual. Be an individual. Take pieces and mix them up to create you.

Instead of introducing designers or particular trends in this post, I wanted to talk fashion after realizing readers had real questions and were curious about fashion. I believe everyone can be fashionable. Trendiness is easy. Look at magazines and see what’s in style. Class and elegance is an art. Individuality is born within the individual. Yes, that is redundant.  But it must be. Individuality is personal to each person’s style. It can’t be copied, although it often is attempted. Elegance must be cultivated. Elegance is a look that is worn with any style of clothing, but born with an attitude. It cannot be imitated.

We are all born an open palette. How we design ourselves is up to ourselves. With that said, continue to buy and wear those things with impudence and style.



Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Is Black Your Color This Season? Pepper Black With Other Colors For Spice!

Posted in Chanel, Christian Dior, clothing, color black for fall, costume department, Hannah MacGibbon Chloe, John Galliano,, kill city, nightcap clothing, online retailers, Rodarte,, Stella McCartney, vintage boutique with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2011 by sorceressofthedark
Is Black Your Fall Color?

Is Black Your Fall Color?

You’d normally consider black a year-round color. It’s a color that goes with everything. It’s great in the summertime with basic white. It can show off a tan beautifully. Black is a striking color set against stark white, blue oceans and pure sand.

It has its place in the fall for the fashion-conscious, too. When you mix black with other colors of the color spectrum, you make colors pop and bring out the hue and saturation of those colors. Black is a perfect backdrop to highlight a certain favorite color you might want to showcase in your wardrobe. Take a look at what these designers have mixed with black.

Take A Look At What Works With Black.

Take A Look At What Works With Black & Pepper Your Wardrobe!

Starting with some basic, simple colors that blend easily with black, it’s easy to mix and match shades of the brown family. Actually, brown and black blend together wonderfully well. Try it! You’ll soon see this blend for its richness of the color family and its classic styling.

Chloe and Chanel both used both a light and a dark shade in their 2011 runway lines. Chloe used a beautifully rich brown-black balanced with a silvery-gray while Chanel’s black is balanced with a wintry white. Both work well with just a hint of the lighter color.

John Galliano‘s collection not only used white as a backdrop but he also used a creamy rich brown and hues of deep reds and burgandies to offset black. Beautiful for the oncoming winter months.

Hannah MacGibbon Chloe and sisley-benetton both showed blues and blacks together. Jeans always work well with black, it’s an easy throw together outfit, casual yet classic. Easily simply put together. Now add those deep brown leather booties with  a brown belt and you’re striding in classic style.

Christian Dior brought out beautiful warm hues of burgandies, browns and blues. All blending beautifully together.

Rodarte mixed a creamy ivory with black in a criss-cross long coat for a look of elegance on the runway. Long flowing lines mixed together for a show of elegance.

Make Black Work For You!

Make Black Work For You!

So how can you make black work for you without it draining your color in the winter? Without black seeming too gothic or drab? Spice it up and pepper it with other colors.  Here are some not-too-draining- on the budget clothing examples for you to put together with your black skinnies to pop out that color.


Costume Yourself With Black.

Costume Yourself With Black This Fall. carries street savvy styles that will get you noticed and are easy enough on the financial side of the wallet. There are many brands on their site to whet the palette of most any shopper looking for an edgy style that will set their look as an individual. More hard-core and tough than soft, they appeal to those seeking individuality. Karmaloop is known for its street wear style and was founded in Boston in 2000.


Accessories Make A Statement In Black.

Accessories Make A Statement In Black. is an online retailer of fashionable, trendy women’s clothing. They carry a line of eco-friendly products called Earth Friendly, Fashion for The Planet. There is a pull-down menu that lists trends, runway, exclusives, under $100 items (of which seven are in the collage above), videos and more.

If you’re gothic or not, if you just like black as a color, go for it. Wear it with style. Wear it with a smile. Wear it with confidence. That’s what fashion sense is all about. Wearing what pleases you. Because when you’re happy, it shows. And when you’re happy, you have that air of confidence that tells the world you are unique. You are special. You bought what you are wearing because it made you happy to wear it. Isn’t that what fashion is all about?





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