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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?



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Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things? Jeggings…Just What Are They?

Posted in budget online shopping, budget shopping, Cheap Monday, clothing, denim, designers, high-waisted skinny jeans, Levi-Strauss, man-repeller, Orjan Andersson, skinny jeans, The Gap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by sorceressofthedark
H&M DENIM Jeans 5 Pocket stretch high waist

H&M DENIM Jeans 5 pocket stretch high waist

Old Navy Rock Star Jeggings

Old Navy Rock Star Jeggings

Jeggings. You’ve heard the word. Jeans and jeggings. Connected in some shape or fashion. Here’s the scoop.

Jeggings were created a few years ago for a few reasons. Fashion needed them. Women needed them. Bodies needed them. Boots needed them. Ever try to stuff your jeans into boots and curse those jeans out big time? Remember those garter-type thingies that you could strap around the bottom of your feet and attach to the cuffs of your jeans to hold them down (back in the ’80’s) and then stuff your jeans into your boots? It made them look straight and neat. But the jeans back then were also tighter and lay different on your body.

Along with fashion, came wider pants. So much for stuffing the pants into boots. Style always repeats itself, anyway. Fast forward to this decade. Above the knee boots come into fashion. Very hip, no pun intended. But what do to do with those jeans? The boots were great, slim, form-fitting to the leg, very sexy. No way in hell were you going to get a pair of jeans inside those boots.

Last year Levi’s introduced a pair of real jeans, with real seams, real pockets, and the real logo, called jeggings. The deal with these jeans was that they resembled leggings. They were very tight. They had spandex in them, but they resembled leggings so much with the cross of jeans that they were called jeggings.

They pretty much sold out as soon as they hit the floor in stores. Middle America didn’t know what to do with these new pants. How to wear them? Change is a big deal. Boot-cut is the old standard. Now Levi’s is showing an ankle-cut that is reminiscent of the ’80’s and omg what are women going to do? What shoes to wear with these jeans?

It’s pretty simple, really. It’s called being a man-repeller. It’s wearing what men hate. It’s wearing what women love. It’s wearing what women feel comfortable in. It’s wearing what you like. It’s being you. And isn’t that what fashion is all about?

If you were to ask the normal American man what shoe he would like you to wear with a pair of jeans, my guess is he would tell you either a sneaker or a pair of high heels. And those heels would be the regular pointy-toe with the stiletto heel. No platform seen on the front of the shoe. The jeans he would want you to wear? Boot-cut with a tight-fitting ass. Why? Because that shape gives you a longer, lean look with long legs. So the man has an illusion in his eyes.

So back to the man-repeller. Back to the very skinny, very tight jeans that are so now. Wear them with platforms. Wear them with booties that have platforms. And those very tight, very skinny jeans that are really figure-flattering? There are some labels that make them in high-waisted versions. So you don’t have to worry about that low-waist where you’re popping out if you have any figure flaws.

Cheap Monday is one label that manufactures a decent selection. You can buy Cheap Monday at,Pacsun, but your best bet is to google the label. Cheap Monday was sold to H & M last fall, but the founder, Anderson is still responsible for the denim section. They have a selection of jeans that should suit anyone’s taste for street style.

Speaking of H & M, they brought out a pair of high-waist, skinny jeans at $39.95. Containing spandex, high-waisted, the only color they show is black and they are only available at the store. H & M, if you are lucky to have a store near you, or can buy online, have some great fashions at a great price.

Old Navy has a pair of jeggings called “The Rock Star Jeggings” available online and in clearance at some stores. The ratings on these are very high. They come in a huge variety of colors and  washes and the price is good.

Gap has quite a few pairs of legging jeans, super-lightweight, lightweight, mid-weight, regular-rise and high-rise. The leggings come in regular wash and different colors. Check the link for the colors and selection.

Gap 1969 midweight legging jeans

Gap 1969 midweight legging jeans

Check out the pictures of the jeans so you can get an idea of what jeggings, or really skinny jeans are all about. Match them with a long shirt, short blazer and you’re good to go.

Cheap Monday ankle chino

Cheap Monday ankle chino

So these pictures should give you a good idea about jeggings, leggings, high-waisted and middle-waisted skinny jeans. They really are figure-flattering when you wear them with the right tops and the right shoes. That’s the key. Wear the right undergarments. Don’t cinch the pants. Wear the right tops. Highlight the shoes. And have fun. That’s what fashion is all about. Make yourself heard. Be true to yourself, not someone else. Just have fun. And do it all with a smile on your face, ladies.



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