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God Save My Shoes documentary coming soon. If you’ve experienced the power shoes have to alternate your attitude and outlook, then you’ll want to watch this.

If you like Anthropologie or ModCloth, check out the unique, vintage style of Ruche.

Popular Retail Store Launches Online Shopping in US + Carin Goes To Washington

Zara is launching their e-commerce site in the U.S. on September 7th-just in time for fall shopping. Check out the site and start planning your wardrobe now.

Carin Goes To Washington: My First Introduction To Zara

For Washingtonians, Georgetown college girls and other city dwellers, there’s no doubt affordable retailer, Zara has been a long time staple in your wardrobe. 

However, it wasn’t until this past weekend while shopping in Georgetown, that my boyfriend introduced me to the name and took me inside the two-story boutique. Before that I hadn’t even heard of the store, let alone seen one. Needless to say it was quite embarrassing that my fashion knowledge was being one-uped by a man who rarely went shopping and still wore clothes dating back to the previous decade.

As I entered, I was briefed by my BF that this store sold designer knock-offs. I was immediately turned off thinking-I don’t do fake. There’s just something about knowing it’s not the real thing that perhaps only Carrie Bradshaw could understand when she rejected a “fake fendi”.

I started to walk around and noticed a pair of high-heeled patent leather pumps that reminded me a little of Brian Atwood’s Maniac Platform Pumps…and the price tag? A mere $50—a drop in the bucket compared to almost $600 at Saks. Still it wasn’t the same. I kept looking around though for the simple fact that I love clothes and fashion, regardless. I noticed a few skirts, jackets and blazers that I liked, even tried a few on.

After awhile the more I analyzed the clothing, the more I noticed the designs were actually good, the workmanship was there and the prices were really reasonable for having those two qualities combined. I thought this isn’t knock-off designs but rather a more upscale H&M. Once I realized that, I shopped with a little less resistance to the thought of possibly buying a fake Tory Burch, Alexander Wang or Donna Karan. Now, I can’t wait for the e-commerce site to launch so I can pick up a few items and add them to my own closet.

If you’ve never shopped at Zara or are only just discovering it like me I encourage you to take a look around. There’s no need to cut back on quality and style anymore just to save on the price tag. You can find high fashion for affordable prices—and with fall just around the corner Zara can help you build a great collection for less.

August 3, 2011

First Worldwide Mobile Pop-up Shop: Stylish Girl + Gretchy
There are still a few hours left to check out the first worldwide mobile pop-up shop by Stylish Girl and Gretchy. Sale ends at midnight.
Stylish Girl is a fashion app first introduced by Apple during New York Fashion Week in 2009, the app allows users to catalog their clothing and accessories to create new outfits and remember their favorites to wear again.
Gretchy is a members only retailer that sells designer clothing at a discount of 50-90% off, plus they sell high-end trade-ins as well.
Combined they offer a great tool that helps keep track of outfits you have, pieces you need to add into your wardrobe, and items you need to trade-in.
Be sure to check it out before it’s too late!
July 31, 2011

First Worldwide Mobile Pop-up Shop: Stylish Girl + Gretchy

There are still a few hours left to check out the first worldwide mobile pop-up shop by Stylish Girl and Gretchy. Sale ends at midnight.

Stylish Girl is a fashion app first introduced by Apple during New York Fashion Week in 2009, the app allows users to catalog their clothing and accessories to create new outfits and remember their favorites to wear again.

Gretchy is a members only retailer that sells designer clothing at a discount of 50-90% off, plus they sell high-end trade-ins as well.

Combined they offer a great tool that helps keep track of outfits you have, pieces you need to add into your wardrobe, and items you need to trade-in.

Be sure to check it out before it’s too late!

July 31, 2011

Delight in Black and White at Kate Spade

Shopping and Finance
I didn’t realize Target had their own coupon section http://bit.ly/ifdqJE It’s like a whole new world of savings.

Shopping and Finance

I didn’t realize Target had their own coupon section http://bit.ly/ifdqJE It’s like a whole new world of savings.

Get The Look For Less: Groupon offers 67% off Send The Trend accessories
In addition to daily deal sites, having your own personal stylist every month is quickly growing in popularity. Today, Groupon is offering three fashion accessories ($89.95 value) for  only $30.
Why you should be interested: Like many, they begin with a celebrity who has made their mark in the fashion world and is working with designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces based on your style.
Shopdazzle has Kim Kardashian, Sole Society features a different designer every month, along with editors from the top magazines, and Send The Trend has former Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano.
While some will find you shoes and handbags, Send The Trend is a monthly service that’s all about accessorizing. 
Here’s how it works:
Answer questions to create your style profile
You’ll receive a customized selection of accessories to choose from for $29.95 each month. There is no obligation to purchase and you are only charged once you place your first order. You can even skip the month if you want.
You pick your favorite and have it delivered for free.
Great for people who seem to have a different fundraiser, networking event or party to go to every week. It’s a great deal and a chance to see if this is a service you  might enjoy, if not, you can cancel at any time. Happy Shopping!
May 9, 2011

Get The Look For Less: Groupon offers 67% off Send The Trend accessories

In addition to daily deal sites, having your own personal stylist every month is quickly growing in popularity. Today, Groupon is offering three fashion accessories ($89.95 value) for only $30.

Why you should be interested: Like many, they begin with a celebrity who has made their mark in the fashion world and is working with designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces based on your style.

Shopdazzle has Kim Kardashian, Sole Society features a different designer every month, along with editors from the top magazines, and Send The Trend has former Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano.

While some will find you shoes and handbags, Send The Trend is a monthly service that’s all about accessorizing. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Answer questions to create your style profile
  • You’ll receive a customized selection of accessories to choose from for $29.95 each month. There is no obligation to purchase and you are only charged once you place your first order. You can even skip the month if you want.
  • You pick your favorite and have it delivered for free.

Great for people who seem to have a different fundraiser, networking event or party to go to every week. It’s a great deal and a chance to see if this is a service you might enjoy, if not, you can cancel at any time. Happy Shopping!

May 9, 2011

Attention Discount Shoppers

By now you’ve probably hit all your favorite “midday dash” shopping sites, but did you know that even though designer discount sites have become today’s go-to fashion accessory, they’ve actually been around since 2007?
I stumbled across this feature in my May 2008 issue of InStyle. @ideeli, @giltgroupe and @hautelook were already getting noticed as the next trend in shopping. Today, it’s become a sport to some fashionistas, am I right? Anyone who has been to these sites knows you have to sign on early because competition is fierce. Besides that Michael Kors dress would look way better on you. 
Other sites have popped up over time such as @rue_la_la and @jossandmain (home decor), two favorites. It’s a growing trend and larger retailers are taking notice with @Nordstrom recently buying Hautelook for $270 million in stock. Who will be next?

April 20, 2011

Attention Discount Shoppers

By now you’ve probably hit all your favorite “midday dash” shopping sites, but did you know that even though designer discount sites have become today’s go-to fashion accessory, they’ve actually been around since 2007? I stumbled across this feature in my May 2008 issue of InStyle. @ideeli, @giltgroupe and @hautelook were already getting noticed as the next trend in shopping. Today, it’s become a sport to some fashionistas, am I right? Anyone who has been to these sites knows you have to sign on early because competition is fierce. Besides that Michael Kors dress would look way better on you. Other sites have popped up over time such as @rue_la_la and @jossandmain (home decor), two favorites. It’s a growing trend and larger retailers are taking notice with @Nordstrom recently buying Hautelook for $270 million in stock. Who will be next?

April 20, 2011

Check out these rosette tops I discovered at American Apparel. Pair it with a skinny belt and fitted pencil skirt or black cigarette pants.

Check out these rosette tops I discovered at American Apparel. Pair it with a skinny belt and fitted pencil skirt or black cigarette pants.

Does this pattern remind anyone else of Tory Burch.
Available at Target. Fieldcrest Collection-Luxury Medallion Beach Towel. $17.99

Does this pattern remind anyone else of Tory Burch. Available at Target. Fieldcrest Collection-Luxury Medallion Beach Towel. $17.99