Friday, December 23, 2011

High Fashion Friday

Milly Wiggle Strapless Paillettes DressFridays are for not just fashion, high fashion!

Tis the season for holiday parties.  Yet trying to look fabulous in the middle of winter can be a challenge.  This Online Shopper has often struggled with what to wear to a holiday party.  Your skin is as fair as it will get, perhaps dry, you have likely put on a few pounds with the holidays, and not to mention it is cold out!  It is important to find a balance of warmth and style with your garments and dress your body for what it is now (not what you think that it could be after a diet and a tan).

This little number, the Milly Wiggle Strapless Pailettes, available at Bloomingdales for $225 (marked down from $375), is a great party dress!  For a work party, this Online Shopper would top off the dress with a fitted, black blazer, opaque black tights and black pumps.  For something less professional, loose the blazer and opt for black stockings.  As the sheen of the dress makes it a statement, less is more with the jewelry.  Try some large studs, and leave it at that. 

Happy  Holidays!  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday's Tip of the Week: Holiday Shopping Online

Tuesday's Tip of the Week is a guide for navigating the vast world of e-commerce. Tips and Tricks from The Online Shopper for Online Shoppers!
We are, a-hem, less than four shipping days away from Christmas!  Load up your sleighs online shopping carts, and click check-out, STAT.  Several sites are still offering guaranteed shipping for Christmas, including some of this Online Shopper's favorite gift spots, Amazon, RedEnvelope (plus 20% off your purchase with code SGIFTS20), and Nordstrom

Have you delayed the purchase because you just are not sure what to get for the adults on your list, who oh-so-unfortunately do not write letters to Santa?  For gentlemen, go for the Kindle at Amazon for 79.  The Kindle Fire for $199, and Kindle Touch for 99 are also options, depending on your price point.  For ladies go for a Philosophy gift set.  Snow Angel, pictured right, which comes with a body wash/bubble bath/shampoo and lotion combination smells wonderfully appealing to all, and has been very popular according to this Online Shopper's local sales associate - especially for $20!  You could also snag a Clarisonic facial brush (which are all the rage and perfect for everyone from pre-teens to grandma) for the beauty conscious lady.  The Clarisonic ranges from $130 to $195.       

For kids, try the personalized kids superhero t-shirt at RedEnvelope, which can arrive as early as December 22, if you order today.  At 39.95 what great bang for the buck. 

Whether you grab these gift ideas, or have your own great presents, just online shop shop shop, Christmas is almost here!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

For the Home: Crate and Barrel Pet Bowls

White Cat Bowl
White Cat Bowl
What better for a Sunday afternoon than a wonderful recommendation For the Home?
 Crate and Barrel has the cutest set of pet accessories, including bowls for your cat(s) and/or dog(s).  The Online Shopper happens to be a cat person - and this "Meow" "Pur" White Cat Bowl caught the eye.  For only $6.95 a piece, what a fun way to add some personality to your kitchen floor, and your pet's life?  The best cat bowls are wide with a low rim, whiskers are sensitive, after all and this bowl seems to do the trick!  These bowls would also make a great gift for the pet-lover in your life. 

Happy Sunday!  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Deal of the Day: Tip on Ann Taylor Sale

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

Ann Taylor is offering $100.00 off the purchase of a full suit.  Get them while they're hot!

High Fashion Friday: Gucci Leather Wedge Bootie

Fridays are for not just fashion, high fashion!
Gucci Leather Wedge Booties

If you are going to spend $850.00 on a pair of shoes (and you are not Beyonce), you better (1) love the shoes; and (2) be able to wear them everywhere!  Well, these are your pair.  These Gucci Leather Wedge Booties available at Bergdorf Goodman are just beautiful.  Beyond their loveliness, you can wear these black booties to work, out to a fancy dinner, or as an accent to a more casual look.  Plus as this Online Shopper tells herself before making any big purchase, "You'll have them forever!" 

Although initially skeptical to the bootie craze, and still not on board for the peep-toe bootie (which to this Online Shopper just doesn't make sense, or look that great), a great pair like these, are worth the splurge because they are equal parts trendy and classic.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Deal of the Day: Missoni for Target Sleeveless Sweater Dress

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!
Missoni for Target® Sleeveless Sweater Dress - Multicolor Zigzag Print
Missoni for Target

For today's deal of the day The Online Shopper is loving this Missoni for Target Sleeveless Sweater Dress - Multicolor Zigzag available for $54.99.  Although Target's website crashed with its highly anticipated Missoni debut - the site is up and running again and ready for us online shoppers!   

This dress is a particular standout from the collection due to the price point, lovely fall colors, vibrant pattern, and its versatility.  Do not miss out on your chance to pick up a piece at your price point, from a traditionally high-fashion designer.  The Online Shopper would wear this must-have with dark brown tights, metallic flats, and a large-pearl earring.  Fun and fabulous!   

Friday, September 9, 2011

High Fashion Friday: Vince Camuto Faux Fur Vest

VINCE CAMUTO Faux Fur VestFridays are for not just fashion, high fashion!

Happy Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week a/k/a New York Fashion Week Online Shoppers!  This weekend designers including Rebecca Taylor, Cynthia Rowley, Monique Lhuillier, and Diane Von Furstenberg will be showing their latest collections.  Whether you are in the front row at the shows, or checking them out via youtube, we can all keep our eyes out for the latest looks and soon-to-be trends.   

Thoughts of new fashion gracing the runways is all too inspiring for this High Fashion Friday post!  The Online Shopper is not a fur girl - but is coming around to be a fabulous-faux-fur girl.  In that regard, this Vince Camuto Faux Fur Vest available at Bloomingdales for $175.00, is fabulous!  (Plus Bloomies is offering $50.00 off for purchases over 100.00).  The Online Shopper loves the idea of wearing this vest as pictured - over a professional outfit - to work on a crisp fall day, or wearing it on the weekend with a pair of dark denim skinny jeans and a thin, vibrantly colored sweater.  The look is both cute and snugly, while being a but provocative and edgy.  Just fabulously high fashion.     

Online Shoppers - what do you think of faux fur?  Would you dare to wear real fur? 

Friday, September 2, 2011

High Fashion Friday: Rebecca Minkoff Jaqueline Trench

Rebecca Minkoff Jaqueline Trench
Rebecca Minkoff Jaqueline Trench

Fridays are for not just fashion, high fashion!

It is officially September, and this Online Shopper's utmost favorite fashion season.  The slight chill in the air and the warm colors make for superb dressingm and fall brings about (for most areas of the country) jacket season.  In that regard, The Online Shopper recommends this lovely Rebecca Minkoff Jaqueline Trench available at Bloomingdales for $498.00.  This trench seems particularly lovely due to its dramatic (but wearable) collar, the belt that will cinch your waste and create a feminine shape, and the voluminous bottom that can work equally well with skirts, dresses and pants.  A great and classic topper, like this, is a wonderful investment piece because not only will you have it for years, but in the interim it will tie together your daily look. 

 Online Shoppers, enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekend Warrior: Say No to Flip Flops!

No Hippie Dinner Shoes by PaleontourWeekends are for expressing ourselves! Get casual, but stay stylish with Saturday's post for the weekend warrior in us all.

So you are traipsing around your home and perhaps even your flip flops?  You think, well they are leather, or wedged, or embellished with jewels so they are stylish enough for a Saturday.  If you think that, retrain your brain.  Flip flops are not OK unless you are in the shower at the gym, or wading in the shallow ocean.  Can you imagine Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Princess Kate, or [*insert your favorite style incon here*] strutting around in these unflattering, extremely un-stylish shoes?  Of course not.  If you have not already come to the realization, today is the day that you learn that flip flops are not for you.  (Photograph No Hippie Dinner Shoes, a photo by Paleontour on Flickr.)

Are flip flops the best that you can do?  Of course not!  There are countless stylish, comfortable and easy-to-wear alternatives.  Try these Report 'Grover' Flats available at Nordstrom.  Simple, stylish and affordable at $69.95.   
REPORT 'Grover' Flat
Report 'Grover' Flats
If these shoes are not what you have in mind for Saturday errands, then go with a simple sandal like these BP. 'Falcon' Sandals for only $39.90, also available at Nordstrom.

BP. 'Falcon' Sandal
BP. 'Falcon' Sandal
If you'd prefer a little height (and are now mistakenly wearing chunky wedge, rubber flip flops) then give something like these DV by Dolce Vita Toni wedge espadrilles a try.  These are available for $44.99 at Piperlime. 
DV by Dolce Vita Toni
Ladies, you can do it. Say no to flip flops!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Deal of the Day: Ana and Ava Bracelet

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

Attention Online Shoppers: Dillard's has a great selection of affordable bangles that will turn your wardrobe up a notch.  This black and gold number by Ana and Ava for only $20.00 caught this Online Shopper's eye.  Dillard's also has a buy more save more option if you want to turn this cute piece into one of a stack. 

The Online Shopper would wear this with a kelly green wrap dress and small diamond (or rhinestone) studs.  It would also look great with a white button-down shirt, with slim black pants, small gold studs and a red shoe.  Fabulous!

High Fashion Friday: Valentino Couture Dotted Bead-Collar Blouse

Valentino Couture Dotted Bead-Collar Blouse
Valentino Blouse

Fridays are for not just fashion, high fashion!

Today's High Fashion Friday is celebrating this beautiful and interesting Couture Dotted Bead-Collar Blouse from Valentino and available at Neiman Marcus. Neiman Marcus's website does a terrific job describing this piece...

"Valentino pulls out all the stops with this ultra-feminine top. In a departure from the fashion house's beloved bows and lace, the new design duo backs the sheer chiffon with jersey for a modern feel. Tuck this top into a black skirt for a smart look."

The Online Shopper is in love with the cut of the top, the sheer overlay with a diminutive dotted pattern and the seemingly comfy jersey under-layer.  If you zoom into the top on Neiman's website you will not the gorgeous little pearl detailing on the colar.  This looks wonderful as pictured with a high wasted pair of black trousers, but it would look equally beautiful with a either a black pencil skirt or full black skirt (perhaps silk for evening). 

At a *ah-hem,* whopping, $1090.00, if you cannot afford this lovely, high fashion piece, may it at least inspire a similar look in your own wardrobe!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wear it to Work Monday: Kate Spade Deb Wedges

Kate Spade Deb Wedges

The Online Shopper's Wear it to Work Monday focus on work attire.  The styling recommendations are geared towards a professional environment.

As Ms. Carrie Bradshaw would say, "Hello Luva."  These Kate Spade Deb Wedges are gorgeous office shoes.  Conservative and classic, with a stylish slant make these wedges must haves for your fall professional wardrobe.  They are available in black, pink and linen patent.  Although The Online Shopper prefers the black because they can easily transition from late summer, to fall, to winter, the linen patent are also gorgeous.  Whether you decide on the black or linen, these shoes would look amazing with a skirt suit, or with a straight leg suit pant.  Their versatility helps embrace the $298.00 price point, but, if you sign  up for Kate Spade's mailing list, they will offer you a 20% discount.  Woohoo! 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

For the Home: DKNY Uptown Quilt

DKNY Uptown Quilt - Purple
DKNY Uptown Quilt

What better for a Sunday afternoon than a wonderful recommendation For the Home?

In the hottest month of the year - your bedding can make or break your night's sleep.  Too light, you cannot hunker in; too heavy, you will be hot as a baked potato.  The Online Shopper finds that the perfect remedy for summer nights are quilt sets, like this DKNY Uptown Quilt available at Bed Bath and Beyond.  This quilt set is every bit as polished as a heavier comforter, but without the warmth.  Plus the purple is a great bedroom color because it is serene, and not overtly feminine.  A purple set with the appropriate accompaniment, like dark grey sheets and a black accent pillow, will take what could be a "girly" look to a gender-neutral, sophisticated room. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

High Fashion Friday: Diane von Furstenberg Aurora Elbow Sleeve Dress

Fridays are for not just fashion, high fashion!

Diane von Furstenberg Aurora Elbow Sleeve Dress

Happy High Fashion Friday!  Saks has a great selection of Diane von Furstenberg's fall line.  The Online Shopper gives Ms. Furstenberg's line two thumbs up for providing online shoppers with an array of silk dresses, colorful tops, and interesting outerwear.  It seems that the fashion house really gets women.  From the line comes this Aurora Elbow Sleeve Dress in a gorgeous purple tone, called "Deep Poppy."  The Online Shopper is in love.  The appropriate length, the fit and the color are just what the doctor ordered for fall.  Early fall can take on this look with nude pumps and a textured leather bag (much like the photo here).  For later fall, wear some black tights, black pumps and a thin black belt and a small structured black bag.  You could even wear this look for evening by up styling your hair, adding a brooch and wearing some sparkly evening shoes.  All in all, this dress is worth the $385.00 price point. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Wear it to Work Monday: Rachel Zoe Charlie Suit Jacket

Rachel Zoe Charlie Suit Jacket
The Online Shopper's Wear it to Work Monday focus on work attire.  The styling recommendations are geared towards a professional environment.

Online Shoppers - let's go bananas!  Rachel Zoe's new line, which has been popping up at different online retailers, including Neiman Marcus, has made its debut on Piperlime.  The entire line is really quite stylish, with a fun Faux Fur jacket, cute party dresses, and well tailored outerwear.  Though the line is a bit pricey. 

However, The Online Shopper is always willing to spend a bit more on the staples, including a good charcoal suit like the Charlie Suit pictured here.   The Charlie Jacket is $375.00, and the matching wide leg pants which are also available on pre-order are $275.00,  The Online Shopper, though not typically crazy for animal print, loves pairing this suit with Rachel Zoe's Natalie Tie Collar Blouse for $295.00.  Die! 

Online Shoppers are you in love?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wear it to Work Monday: Preston & York "Taylor" Skirt

Preston & York "Taylor" Skirt

The Online Shopper's Wear it to Work Monday focus on work attire.  The styling recommendations are geared towards a professional environment.

What about this below the knee, white Preston & York "Taylor" Skirt priced at $59.00 at Dillards for work?  The Online Shopper likes the atypical length which gives a vintage vibe for the office, and the crisp white color to bring us into August, in style.  This skirt would work well with the matching jacket and nude pumps, or with a nude camisole, and thin black cardigan tucked in, with a statement necklack and black pumps.  Classic and pretty at an attainable price.  Work it at work, ladies!       

Sunday, July 31, 2011

For the Home: Simon Pearce Hartland Candlesticks

What better for a Sunday afternoon than a wonderful recommendation For the Home?

Hartland Candlesticks
Hartland Candlesticks
The Online Shopper is crazy for Simon Pearce.  The blown glass designer, based in Vermont, creates gorgeous and understated pieces for your home - or for your next gift recipient's home.  Really, you cannot go wrong with any of the glassware, but The Online Shopper loves these best selling Hartland Candlesticks ranging from $115.00 to $195.00.  These are perfect for sitting atop a mantle, or on a dining room table.  Any color candle will work with the clear glass, but The Online Shopper loves the clean look of white candles as the photo here displays.  That said, the best part about this great decor is that you can use any color candle to compliment your decor or even the the season/holiday.     

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wear it to Work Monday: Brooks Brothers Classic Single Breasted Blazer

An essential in pure Italian wool from Loro Piana®. Perfectly finished with darted front and seamed back for shaping. Appointed with gold-toned buttons. Single-breasted. Flap pockets. Fully lined. 27" center back length. Dry clean. Imported. Also available in Petites.
 Brooks Brothers
Classic Single Breasted Blazer
The Online Shopper's Wear it to Work Monday focus on work attire.  The styling recommendations are geared towards a professional environment.

Now, for just one moment, let's all get past the terrible styling in this picture.  Once we do that, we can see that a classic Brooks Brothers classic single breasted blazer on sale for $348.00 is a must for a professional woman's wardrobe.  The Online Shopper would wear this (not with a baby blue collared shirt and khakis, which is a look so WASPy, it can hurt one's eyes), but over a sheath dress, or atop a patterned skirt.  This will compliment turquoise or pink tones.  As the Brooks Brothers hardware stands out in gold, be sure to accent your professional outfit with simple gold studs.  The traditional and summery look, styled properly, will take your professional look to the next level.       

Sunday, July 17, 2011

For the Home: Jonathan Adler 'Coral' Porcelain Vase

What better for a Sunday afternoon than a wonderful recommendation For the Home?

Jonathan Adler 'Coral' Porcelain Vase (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Jonathan Adler 'Coral'
Porcelain Vase

Flowers (including Hydrangeas, this Online Shopper's favorite) are in full bloom.  The Online Shopper thinks that bringing fresh flowers into your home is absolutely a necessary design element.  Putting fresh flowers on your dining table, kitchen table and bedroom dresser, adds color, texture and life to your room. 

The Online Shopper believes that this Jonathan Adler 'Coral' Porcelain Vase for $51.90 at Nordstrom is a wonderful way to hold your flowers.  The striking white porcelain will add a pop of white to your room, and its decorative shape and design will look lovely standing alone or filled with flowers.  However, Online Shoppers beware: please do not, under any circumstances, put silk flowers in this vase (or any vase for that matter).  As tempting as a well made silk flower may look, they are not sophisticated and will detract from your room's aesthetic, not add to it.

Enjoy your Sunday -- enjoy your home.    

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Deal of the Day: Kendra Scott 'Tera' Nugget Stone Ring

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

Kendra Scott 'Tera' Nugget Stone Ring
Kendra Scott 'Tera'
Nugget Stone Ring
Look at these Kendra Scott 'Tera' Nugget Stone Rings for $37.90 per ring (also part of the famed Nordstrom Anniversary Sale)!  What beautiful accessories?  Although both are lovely, The Online Shopper is drawn towards Green Onyx and thinks that it could serve as a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.  They are reminiscent of Angelina Jolie's emerald earrings at the Oscars a few years back.  The cocktail ring look is best saved for weekend wear, or nightlife (as they are a bit excessive for a professional, corporate environment in This Online Shopper's opinion).  Cocktail rings have a risk of looking tacky (think on their worst day, home shopping network, or on their best day Real Housewives of New Jersey), but when made beautifully and styled appropriately they can be utterly fabulous. 

Online Shoppers, what do you think?

Weekend Warrior: Workout in Lucy

Weekends are for expressing ourselves! Get casual, but stay stylish with Saturday's post for the weekend warrior in us all.

Lucy LogoOnline Shoppers, you can run, but you cannot run in dowdy old clothes from high school...or college.  Just because you are working out, does not mean that you should give up on looking good.  The gym is not only an opportunity to burn "cals" and work off some stress, but you may actually network a bit, meet your next date, or make a friendly acquaintance. 

In that regard, The Online Shopper recommends checking out Lucy.  Lucy explains the problem precisely in describing their store:
  • "In 1999, women’s workout wear was well overdue for a makeover: by the end of the eighties, leotards and legwarmers had given way to baggy shorts and ill-fitting college t-shirts. Why, we wondered, would a fashionable and put-together woman dress for the gym like she’s going to a ninth grade PE class—for boys? Didn’t a store exist that sold a wide array of attractive and athletic apparel for active women in a fun, friendly shopping environment?"  About Lucy. 

Lucy hit the nail on the head by identifying a serious problem and gap in the market.  Lucy's philosophy is one that this Online Shopper cannot help but buy into.  Accordingly, for today's Weekend Warrior, The Online Shopper recommends trying this lovely set.  The Sculpted Power Top in midnight/bright magenta mosaic print for $55.00 along with the Lucy X-Training Capri for $79.00 in the same color. 

Online Shoppers do you share a similar philosphy when it comes to working out, or do you take an "anything goes" approach to workout attire?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Deal of the Day: Me Too Paige Flats

Me Too 'Paige' Patent Leather Flat
Me Too Paige Patent Flats
The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

At the risk of Nordstrom overkill - The Online Shopper is just not done with the Anniversary Sale quite yet.  These are the shoes: Me Too Paige Patent Leather flats.  Nude - yes, pointy - yes yes, embellished toe - yes yes yes!  The best part is the anniversary price.  Priced at $88.95, you can snatch up these versatile flats $59.90.  The Online Shopper purchased these lovely flats this morning, and plans to wear these as stylish "commuter shoes" and with jeans on the weekend. 

All too often ladies make the mistake of wearing flip flops as commuter shoes.  Flip flips are unflattering and utterly lack style.  Online Shoppers, you can do better!  Try these Me Toos or another pair of embellished flats.  Nordstrom has a great selection.  Happy Shopping. 

High Fashion Friday: McGinn 'Elizabeth' Boucle Jacket

Mcginn 'Elizabeth' Metallic Bouclé Jacket
McGinn 'Elizabeth' Boucle Jacket
Fridays are for not just fashion, high fashion!

Happy High Fashion Friday - and Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Nordstrom is offering a wonderful fall pieces on sale starting today.  The Online Shopper is just in love with this McGinn 'Elizabeth' boucle jacket.  The jacket's original price is $375.00, but with the anniversary sale, you can snatch it up for a mere $229.00.  Woohoo.  This jacket, which is featured in Nordstrom's recent catalogue, reminds The Online Shopper of a Chanel design, and finds it appealing because it can be paired with other suit pants, skirts and even jeans on the weekend. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Deal of the Day: SR Squared by Sondra Roberts Clutch

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

SR Squared by Sondra Roberts

Hello Online Shoppers. Here is your deal of the day - SR Squared by Sondra Roberts purse for [insert anticipatory drum role here] $31.99 at Piperlime!  Wow - this is a lovely little structured piece that will work fabulously for a weekday networking event (who else hates standing around engaged in small talk with a purse that feels more like a travel-on suit case?).  The perfectly sized clutch allows you to either toss it over your shoulder with the convenient shoulder strap or tuck in the strap for a sheik way to hold your credit cards and cell phone.  Although one of Piperlime's reviewers commented that the purse looks cheap, it is a Rachel Zoe pick.  If it is good enough for Ms. Zoe - then Oh-My-God, The Online Shopper will go bananas for it. 

Online Shoppers, what do you think?

Gifts Galore: Papyrus Greeting Cards

Thursday's post, just in time for the weekend shopping rush, is dedicated to gift recommendations.

Multicolor Fuchsias
Multicolor Fuchsias
Blank Greeting Card
A gift is not complete without a beautiful handwritten card.  The Online Shopper almost always goes to Papyrus, a retailer with a beautiful and original assortment of greeting cards.  Currently, Papyrus is offering 20% off 4 or more cards, 25% off of 8 or more cards and 30% off of 12 or more cards.  With this deal, it makes sense to stock up on a few blank cards, like the blank multicolor fuchsias card for $6.95, pictured to the right,  so you have them at the ready when the time is right.  


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Deal of the Day: Calvin Klein Tie Front Shirt Dress

Calvin Klein Tie Front Shirtdress
Calvin Klein Tie Front Shirt Dress
The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

Today's Deal of the Day is this Calvin Klein Tie Front Shirt Dress on sale today for $64.90 at Nordstrom.  Although The Online Shopper certainly prefers sleeves on a professional dress, because this dress has an ever-so-slight cap sleeve, it is professional for the office absent the addition of a cardigan or blazer. 

The grey color is a blank canvas for your accessories, so get creative!   The Online Shopper would liven this dress up with a lively, hot pink statement bracelet and dark grey pumps. 

Online Shoppers, what are your styling suggestions? Comment below. 

Wednesday is for the 'Fellas: Thomas Pink Warren Check Woven Tie

Girls do not need to have all the fun.  Wednesday's post is for the 'fellas (or the fella in your life).  
Warren Check Woven Tie
Thomas Pink
Navy/Pink Warren Check Woven Tie

Thomas Pink has an extraordinary array of ties and dress shirts for the 'fellas.  The Online Shopper enjoys this navy and pink Warren Check Woven Tie priced at $105.00.  It comes in varying color combinations, but The Online Shopper is struck by this Navy/Pink Check pattern.  The Online Shopper would put this tie alongside a sky blue shirt and a navy or grey suit.  Mighty stylish, gentlemen Online Shoppers! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deal of the Day: Mango Meeting Skirt

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

Mango Women's Skirt Meeting2, 14, Ice
Well, you may have noticed that it is hot out today (at least in this Online Shopper's world).  The heat provides us with a perfect excuse to wear a feminine skirt to work.  The Online Shopper likes this Mango Meeting Skirt for only $53.99 at Amazon.  Although The Online Shopper is not overly familiar with the brand "Mango," the picture reveals that this skirt is an appropriate length and a  feminine shape.  To counter the flouncy skirt, The Online Shopper recommends pairing this skirt with a structured top (either cardigan or button up depending what is in your closet). 

Tuesday's Tip of the Week: Shopping Online for a Vacation

Tuesday's Tip of the Week is a guide for navigating the vast world of e-commerce.  Tips and Tricks from The Online Shopper for Online Shoppers!
tropical female by *michael sweet*
tropical female, a photo by *michael sweet* on Flickr.
It is summer vacation season!  Kids are out of school, the office slows down a bit and the weather is ripe for taking time off and traveling somewhere new.  With that in mind, The Online Shopper thought it prudent to consider how to shop online for a vacation.  There are many options for booking your next trip online.  For instance, you could go directly to the respective hotel and airline websites and book your trips directly.  Or, you may decide to book your trip with one of the popular travel websites like Expedia, Hotels.Com, or Travelocity (to name a few). 

However, The Online Shopper recommends using Bing Travel.  It is in so many ways a one-stop-shop for searching for great rates and then booking your travel arrangements.  Like all travel sites, Bing allows you to input your To/From information, the dates of your travel.  However, where Bing gets good is that it allows you to conduct a "Compare search" that opens in a new window and lets you search hotel and flight information from Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, BookingBuddy and  After you click "search" approximately eight (8) windows will pop up offering your complete options.  How convenient? 

Online Shoppers, do you have any tips for booking vacations online, or otherwise?  Where do you plan on heading this summer?  Post your comments, below.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wear it to Work Monday: Nine West Puff Sleeve Suit

The Online Shopper's Wear it to Work Monday focus on work attire.  The styling recommendations are geared towards a professional environment. 

Nine West Suit, Puff Sleeve Jacket & SkirtNine West is expanding into suiting.  Traditionally, a shoe and handbag designer, Nine West is a great brand that offers the latest fashion trends at reasonable prices.  The Online Shopper always strives to buy "trendy" pieces from reasonably priced brands, like Nine West.  Whereas, The Online Shopper is more than willing to spend a few more pennies on the classics like a simple black interview suit, a black pencil skirt, and a trench coat.  You know that you will have these classic pieces for years.  Think of them as investments. 

By way of a trendy look, The Online Shopper found this Nine West Puff Sleeve Suit at Macy's.  Originally $240.00, the suit is marked down to $119.00.  Sizes 6, 8, 10 and 12 remain.  The Online Shopper appreciates the dark grey color, which is less severe then black, and its feminine shape and puff sleeves.  Although with the short, puff sleeves, this look may be less than appropriate for court, it is a great summer suit for a meeting, presentation or for the office (if you work in a professional/corporate environment).   

Online Shoppers, do you love it or hate it?  Post your comments here.   

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Deal of the Day: Gerard Yosca Chain and Pearl Bracelet

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

Gerard Yosca Jewelry Chain & Pearl Bead BraceletAre you familiar with Last Call by Neiman Marcus?  The Online Shopper only recently learned of the site - and was pleasantly surprised by its steals and deals.  For today's Deal of the Day The Online Shopper recommends this Gerard Yosca Jewelry Chain & Pearl Bracelet that The Online Shopper spied at Last Call.  Originally $150.00, the bracelet is marked down over 50% at $60.00!  Summer is certainly here, and it is more likely than not that you will wear your sleeveless tops and t-shirts.  With your arms out and bare, what a lovely statement bracelet to accent your arm?  You could match the bracelet with some pearl or diamond studs, but because this is a sizable bracelet, The Online Shopper would wear this without any necklace or statement earrings. 

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For the Home: Anthropologie's Paisley Reef Rug

Paisley Reef RugWhat better for a Sunday afternoon than a wonderful recommendation For the Home? 

Anthropologie has the most gorgeous selection of carpets.  The Online Shopper thinks that any of their carpets could liven up your home, but this Paisley Reef Rug is a real stand out.  The pricing ranges from $78.00 for the 2x3 to $1,098.00 for the 9x12.  As we can all see, the pattern and colors are lively and unique.  The Online Shopper would put this carpet in a casual living room with neutral sofas and dark wood furniture.   Be sure to measure your space before making the purchase.  The Anthropologie reviews are incredibly favorable and inform us that the carpet is not as thick as a traditional Oriental rug, but boy, it is beautiful!  

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Deal of the Day: Banana Republic Silk Blouse

The Online Shopper's Deal of the Day brings you stylish steals to ramp up your lifestyle -- without depleting your bank account!

The Online Shopper's eye was caught today by this pretty silk button-back blouse on sale for $54.99 at today.  The Online Shopper enjoys the idea of a silk top rather than wearing a "plain old t-shirt."  The fit is ever just as comfortable, but the fabrication shows that you take pride in your appearance.  This vibrant pink will compliment all skin tones (even this model who is quite fair) but sizing is limited. 

Weekend Warrior: Five Tips for What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Weekends are for expressing ourselves! Get casual, but stay stylish with Saturday's post for the weekend warrior in us all.

"Duh-duh-duh-daaaa" wedding season is is full force and effect.  It is likely that you will attend at least one, or perhaps more, this summer.  You receive that fancy invitation in the mail, and naturally, you start contemplating what to wear.  You are not the bride this time, phew, but you still want to look amazing!  Will you sport a dress that you already have? Something new?  What is appropriate?  There is a lot to consider, so The Online Shopper has some recommendations for finding your perfect look.

1. The Invitation: The first indicator of what you should wear comes from the invitation itself.  Is it a double envelope, thick stalk, formal invitation, or a handmade print out from the maid of honor's computer?  Although not entirely determinitive of what you should wear, the style of the invitation provides the first indicia of the wedding's tone and style.  Keep this in mind as you choose your look.

2.  Where is the Wedding Reception?  Is the reception in a backyard, at a city hotel, or somewhere stylistically inbetween.  Where the wedding is, is the single most important factor for choosing your look.  In the Online Shopper's opinion, a city hotel wedding warrants the fanciest wedding guest look.  Think of the fancy lobby and the stylish travelers that come through.  By selecting a city hotel for their special day, the couple sets a certain tone and expectation for what they want you to wear. 

Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Ruffle Trim One Shoulder Chiffon Dress
The Most Casual:
Try a Short Chiffon Dress

Ivanka Trump Women's Bindy Ankle-Strap Sandal,Silver,8.5 M US
Wedges for Outdoors
Conversely, a backyard shindig trends towards the casual. For a backyard wedding, The Online Shopper likes this Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Ruffle Trim One Shoulder Chiffon Dress pictured, left.  The Online Shopper likes this pick because of the light weight, but fancy fabric and the pretty print.  This dress would also work for a beach wedding.  Lovely!  If you are outside, also keep in mind your footwear selection.  You either need to wear flats, or better yet, a wedge like the Ivanka Trump Bindy Wedges, pictured right, so that your heels do not sink into the earth.  This would not only seriouly impede your dancing skills, but it would ruin your shoes.

3. What time of day is the Wedding?  The later in the day the wedding, the fancier it is.  Likewise, the earlier in the day, the more casual the wedding is.  Traditionally weddings starting at 5:00 p.m. and later are the fanciest, and may even be black tie. The invitation should designate if the wedding is black tie and requires that the men wear tuxes and the women wear evening gowns.  What fun? 

Nicole Miller cobalt stretch silk ruffle detail strapless gown style# 315015903
The Fanciest:
For Black Tie Go Long

When shopping online for a black tie wedding, you should focus your search on "evening" attire, or narrow the produce search to "long" dresses.  For a fancy evening wedding, The Online Shopper likes something like this Nicole Miller Cobalt Stretch Silk Ruffle Detail Strapless Gown available at for $329.00.  This dress is great because it has a classic silhouette, a vibrant color for summer, and is stylish enough that you will not look like a bridesmaid.  
Depending on the location, a 2:00 p.m. wedding can still be pretty fancy, but is probably something short of black tie.  In this case, you can pretty much count on wearing a basic cocktail dress.  Your online search should focus on "short" or "cocktail" dresses.  Something like this, Adriana Papell Shirred Bandage Dress available at for $140.00 is perfect.  This beautiful color and body hugging look is sure to look great on you regardless of your shape.  In fact, this type of dress should be your go-to look when you are uncertain about what to wear.  Additionally, you can count on wearing this more than once and you will be able to "dress it up" or "dress it down" with your accessories (shoes, clutch and jewelry).   
Shirred Bandage Dress
Cocktail is the
Go-To Wedding Look

Cover your Shoulders
In a Church or Synagogue
4.  Consider the Location of the Ceremony When Accessorizing:  Now your shoe, clutch and jewerly will be dependent upon your dress selection.  The Online Shopper tends to select nude and muted metalic accessories so that they can be worn over and over again.  Yet, when accessorizing, your first questions should be where is the wedding ceremony?  If the ceremony is in a church or synagogue, you need to dress somewhat conservatively, in that your shoulders should be covered.  Of course this does not mean that you need to wear a dress with long sleaves, but it does mean that you should wear a capilet, shrug, or shawl over your shoulders.  The Online Shopper suggests a lovely, lightweight cashmere wrap like the one pictured to the right from for $98.00.  Depending on the accompanying dress, The Online Shopper would tie this shawl over her shoulders and likely pin this shawl with a vintage costume jewelry brooch to add some style and finish off the look.  It would come off for the reception, but you can always wear a shawl like this again (even as a scarf for the winter if you are so inclined). 

5. Don't Wear White. Or Beige. Or Tan.  Ladies, it is the bride's day.  If something could be construed as white (light grey, beige, tan, etc.) pick something else.  No matter how lovely the dress is, if it is white, or a shade of white, you will be entirely inappropriately dressed.  This is a traditional rule that you must stick to!

Hopefully you will have fun at the wedding, but more fun Online Shopping for what to wear to the wedding!