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Get your (marked down) Gucci while you watch the Grucci(’s)–and other July 4th sale advice

4th of July Discounts: the lowdown

Who’s ready for shopping fireworks? July 4th is coming up—and Independence Day is the fourth best sale shopping holiday of the year.

So if you’ve got shopping on your long-weekend agenda, here’s some data-driven advice:

Last year Shop It To Me served up more than 84,000 women’s clothing items on sale online, averaging 47 percent off.  So, if you’re wondering what’s a better than average deal—go for 47 percent off or higher.

This year, many more retailers have apprised us of their July 4 sales and promotions, so we are expecting that things will be better for you, dear shopper. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the offers—including ones on The North Face—which are rarer than nitrate-free hotdogs at a Major League Baseball game.

  • 7 For All Mankind will have 50% off hundreds of new markdowns plus up to an additional $150 off on orders over $550
  • Backcountry is offering up to 30% off The North Face gear and apparel, plus free shipping on orders over $50
  • Sweaty Betty, British activewear boutique, has up to 50% off plus free shipping on orders over $200
  •  James Perse, will have up to 65% plus free shipping with code SITMSUMR2014

Also take note—women will find great deals on shoes and outerwear. For guys, it’s a great time to stock up on underwear and pajamas (who knew?!)

Some sales have started already; other skick off July 2 and 3. You can check your sales anytime anywhere with Shop It To Me’s iPhone app. So just remember, it’s never wrong to look for sales on Gucci while you watching fireworks by Grucci.

Methodology: Shop It To Me analyzed more than 1 million sale items available online from January 1 to December 31 2013.

June 27, 2014   No Comments

Getting the ‘Suits’ Look on a Summer Associate’s Budget

Our Shop It To Me team is obsessed with “Suits,” the USA Network and Universal Cable Productions hit series. In honesty, we tune into this addictive legal drama as much for the incredible clothing as for the kickass characters and sizzling dialogue.

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Because we lust after Jessica’s (Gina Torres) Giambattista Valli dresses and Rachel’s (Meghan Markle) Alexander McQueen pencil skirts, we sought out Jolie Andreatta, the show’s costume designer, to learn how to get the look she uses to tell the Suits story.

SITM:  We drool over Jessica, Rachel and Donna’s amazing wardrobes. Any advice for summer associates who are just starting out? 

JA: Start with a pencil skirt — a few if you can afford it – because it will never go out of style. You just have to find the right proportion: for the show, we like the below-the-knee length.  Add a classic white shirt, and any kind of jewelry — like a statement necklace or a locket — and you are ready to fit in anywhere.

SITM:  What type of shoes and bags should we invest our hard-earned cash in this summer?

JA:  It’s important to invest in quality shoes! You’re wearing them a lot, so it’s worth it to spend the money. You need black, but I love a sexy brown pump.

I buy beautiful bags for the show, especially Prada. If you can only afford to purchase one bag, go for a medium-sized bag–something big enough to slip an 8×10 file and your flats into. As for color, I love, love, love taupe. It’s fresher than black and can go from winter to summer.

SITM: Any suggestions on how to achieve the Suits look without breaking the bank? 

JA: Services like Shop It To Me, that find beautiful designers like Dsquared2, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Reed Krakoff and Rachel Comey on sale in your size. Consignment stores–like The Cat’s Meow or Revival Couture in Toronto, where we shoot, or Decades in LA. Zara—for insane knockoffs of designer stuff. The Room, at Hudson’s Bay, also in Toronto is another of my favorite haunts.

Learn your proportions. I can’t stress this enough for building a great wardrobe. It’s important to try things on and see what works best for your body. Avoid oversized clothing, go with things that are fitted but have a little bit of stretch. Start a file of things you love – cut pictures out or pin things online.  And don’t buy something just because it’s on sale; buy on sale because it’s the right thing!  Especially shoes!  Invest in good quality shoes!

Some of our favorite Suits-inspired picks:

1. Jimmy Choo Pumps now $277.81
2. Mulberry Bag now $1,500
3. Vince Pencil Skirt now $94.99
4. Ann Taylor Tweed Pencil Skirt now $64.88
5. Equipment Blouse now $99
6. J.Crew Pencil Skirt now $79.99
7. Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace now $78.52
8. Miu Miu Pumps now $269
9. Neiman Marcus Tote now $44
10. Vince Pumps now $191
11. Ann Taylor Button Down Shirt now $59.99

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And don’t forget to watch a new “Suits” tonight, at 9/8C, on USA. It’s never too late to join the firm!

June 25, 2014   No Comments

5 Things for the Gals from the Men’s Half-Yearly Sale at Nordstrom

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale for men is on, and we’re a bit jealous. Our stylists have uncovered some total gender-neutral gems, so let’s borrow from the boys, shall we?

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1. Mighty Fine t-shirt, now $24.12 (rock it with a skirt and Converse for the perfect casual-cool look)
2. Hershel Supply Co. backpack, now $33.49 (the mixed print is spot-on for hikes & trips to the beach)
3. Paul Smith scarf, now $116.98 (lightweight & patterned with vintage beach postcards, too cute)
4. MICHAEL Michael Kors watch, now $164.98 (all the cool girls are wearing oversized watches)
5. Recover iPhone 5 case, now $25.46 (a refreshing option to dress your iPhone)

 

June 18, 2014   No Comments

Men are “like hummingbirds,” and other advice from Silicon Valley’s leading matchmaker

We’ve all been there: stressing over what to wear on that all-important first date.

So we turned to dating expert Amy Andersen, founder of Linx Dating, who has launched hundreds of relationships and dozens of marriages. Known as the Cupid of Silicon Valley, Amy teaches tech executives, entrepreneurs and investors how to date. We asked her for some dos and don’ts for smart first-date dressing.

“First impressions are lasting ones when it comes to dating,” Amy says. “That doesn’t mean you need to wear designer clothes. It’s about being well groomed: think nice haircut/color and feminine nail polish for ladies; for men, neck hair shaved, clothes pressed.

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According to Amy, men and women are very different when it comes to first-date impressions. “Men are visual creatures. He will know within the first 30-60 seconds if he is interested — purely based on physical attraction.” She recommends women “channel your inner Natalie Portman” — be classic, lady like and stylish.

  • Wear color. Men are like hummingbirds and are attracted to red and jewel tones. Avoid black, Army green and gray.
  • Avoid super-baggy clothing. (Men want to see a woman’s figure!) You don’t need to show a lot of skin, but know what works for your body type.
  • Skip the heels if he’s short. Your towering height could make him feel insecure, so it’s safer to wear flats.

women's optionsClockwise from left: Diane von Furstenberg dress, now $245.25 | Alice + Olivia top, now $116.16 | Isabel Marant flats, now $289 | Tory Burch Reva flats, now $180

The typical Silicon Valley man is a challenge when it comes to dating, says Amy. He often shows up wearing yesterday’s clothing and looking like he just woke up from a nap. Amy counsels male clients to wear clean, pressed clothes. She recommends he invest in:

  • A great pair of dark denim jeans.
  • A good sport coat — something with personality, like Etro.
  • Beautiful shoes, like a pair of leather Ferragamo drivers. Shoes that are scuffed up or outdated could be a reason she eliminates him from the dating game.

men's optionsFrom left: Citizens of Humanity jeans, now $126.63 | BOSS HUGO BOSS sportcoat, now $432.15 | Ferragamo drivers, now $335.99

She encourages both men and women mix up their dating look in the early stages: “If you are uptown with your day-to-day fashion, go for a more edgy downtown look on a date.” For women, she recommends playing with colors, texture and shine to keep him on the edge of his seat and excited to see you. For more about Amy and linxdating, hop over to her site here.

June 17, 2014   No Comments

GIVEAWAY! Win Free Shoes for a Year [Closed]

We’re excited to announce our biggest giveaway ever. One Shop It To Me member will win FREE shoes for a year up to $2,000.

Entering is simple: all you have to do is invite friends to join Shop It To Me. You’ll get one entry for each friend who signs up.

Bonus entry: in addition to inviting friends, you’ll get a bonus entry for downloading the Shop It To Me iPhone app during the week of the promotion.

The contest ends at 11:59pm PDT on Friday June 6, 2014.

Important notes: US residents only, you must be 18+ years old to enter.

See the official rules for more info.

June 2, 2014   No Comments

Bye Bye, Passwords

At Shop It To Me, we think it’s time to say goodbye to passwords.

Why?  First of all, passwords are inconvenient. For security, you need a unique, “hard-to-crack” password for every site you frequent. They’re hard to think up and easy to forget.  (How many times have you resorted to the “forgot password” button?) Sure, password managers can help — unless, of course, you want to login on your mobile app!

What’s more, passwords just aren’t that secure any more. Cyber-attacks are rampant – and it’s not just Heartbleed: there are new revelations almost daily that some popular site has been “compromised.” Last week, it was eBay warning us to change our passwords; next week, who knows?

We think there’s a better way, and we’re excited to announce that our new version of the Shop It To Me mobile app eliminates the need for a password.

That’s right!  You won’t need to set a password at signup. You won’t need to remember or change one. You won’t need to login via Facebook (although you can if you’d like).

Instead, you simply type in your email address and receive a one-time link. When you click the link, it will auto-log you into the app. And you’ll stay logged in until you choose to log out.

We believe our new login is safer, easier and just plain better than passwords. (It’s also more fun!)

So try out our iPhone App and let us know what you think!

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May 29, 2014   1 Comment

3 Huge Updates to the Shop It To Me iPhone App

At Shop It To Me, we believe that you know what you love, and that our job is to find it for you on sale in your size.  We’re always looking for ways to do that even better, which is why we’ve updated our iPhone app with some new features to make shopping faster, easier and more fun. Here’s what’s new in the latest version:

“Heart” for price drop alerts

Up until now, when you checked your sales on your iPhone, you’ve been able to “heart” items and save them for later. But now when you “heart,” you’ll immediately set yourself up to receive a price drop alert if and when that hearted item gets marked down further. You asked for price drop alerts — we listened!

Tell friends, get rewarded

Shop It To Me has grown to millions of users almost exclusively by word of mouth. We love rewarding you for telling friends about us and we’re making it easier for you to that with our updated app. Now you can invite your friends by email, text, Facebook or Twitter; when 10 of them sign up, you’ll receive a $20 gift card to your favorite retailer—like Nordstrom, Starbucks or Sephora.

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Refine, sort and filter – your way!

We all have a preferred way of shopping, depending on what you’re looking for: some of us are “sort from low-to-high price” people while others are “just show me the shoes”-types. Whatever your strategy, our updated app lets you efficiently shop your sales the way you want to see them—whether that’s by item type, price or brand.

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We’re sure these these updates will make the Shop It To Me iPhone app even better. If you have other suggestions, let us hear them! And don’t forget to update your brand and size preferences for spring and summer, so we can make sure we bring you what you love!

May 2, 2014   No Comments

A Professional’s Guide to Shop It To Me

We’re the ladies of House of Marbury and we are honored to be guest blogging here on Shop It To Me, one of our favorite shopping resources as of late.  When we launched House of Marbury nearly a year ago now, our goal was to give lawyers and other professionals a one-stop source for fashion guidance and inspiration.

Here’s our suggested approach to finding the designers and items your professional closet can’t do without:  

1) Consider Your Basics

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1. Theory Cardigan 2. J.Crew Loafers 3. J.Crew Necklace 4. J.Crew Sweater

Just like any shopping adventure, getting clear about what you actually need in your closet at the outset is a smart approach.  With Shop It To Me, we recommend that you include some of your basic, go-to designers and brands so that, no matter what, your feed will be populated with items that you are definitively missing in your closet.

For this purpose, we love:

J. Crew – J. Crew is your one stop shop for business casual clothes, preppy basics, shoes, and fun costume jewelry.

Theory – No one does women’s suits like Theory, and a professional wardrobe is not complete without 2 to 3 Theory suits (try navy, grey, and pinstripe for variety).

Rachel Roy – RR puts a twist on professional basics.  We especially love her jackets and shift/A-line dresses for their young, fresh look and flattering fit.

Kate Spade – This is the perfect finishing brand for a professional woman’s wardrobe.  Find the cutest skirts, dresses, and accessories (including scarves and eyewear) at Kate Spade to add color, pattern, and spunk to your professional wardrobe.

2) Find Standout Items

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Bag 2. Tory Burch Dress 3. Ralph Lauren Gown 4. Ralph Lauren Pants

In addition to the things you need, we tend to peruse our closets every once in a while and take inventory of those items we can’t live without.  Make a mental note of the size, designer, fit, and anything else about the item that makes it your dream piece.  And set your Shop It To Me feed to include those designers (or designers who make similar pieces).  That way, when you’re shopping on Shop It To Me, you’re well tuned in to what actually works for you (and not distracted by items that you like but that you’ve tried again and again and just can’t quite figure out how to wear).

For this purpose, we love:

Ralph Lauren – Ralph Lauren is a classic brand with fabulous basics that any professional closet needs.  We are always on the look out for this season’s staple Ralph Lauren pieces.

Rebecca Minkoff – Rebecca Minkoff makes everything from great work bags to the famous morning after bag to sweet little handbags and clutches that easily transition from day to night.  A few Rebecca Minkoff handbags make a decent start to an extensive purse collection.

Tory Burch – A great Tory skirt, a pair of boots, a blouse – we’ve got those irreplaceable Tory Birch items but we’re always on the lookout for more.  This is one of those brands that will make your wardrobe better, and that you can rely on consistently for great pieces to supplement your wardrobe basics.

3) Find Unique Pieces

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1. Alice + Olivia Dress 2. Anthropologie Necklace 3. Tibi Skirt 4. Anthropologie Tunic

Forgive us as we contradict ourselves for a moment.  While you should know yourself, and know what pieces you are certain to wear, shopping gets fun when you take risks.  As part of your Shop It To Me feed, include a few designers you might not have otherwise considered.  Go with something wild, adventurous, and unique.  Said another way, go with a designer who will add some color and interest to your otherwise professional wardrobe.

For this purpose, we love:

Tibi – Lovely patterns and shapes, Tibi is the perfect way to venture into unique, original looks without overdoing it.

Alice + Olivia – Alice + Olivia have perfected the funky-professional look.  Wide-leg trousers, great fitting sweaters and blazers.  This is not your traditional business/business casual brand, but you can certainly put together a stellar, work-appropriate outfit that’s guaranteed to be more interesting than the other girls’ get ups down the hall.

Anthropologie – We love everything Anthropologie, and their pieces work equally well for that bohemian-chic weekend look as they do for a business casual day at the office.  Pair cozy cardigans with full A-line skirts.  Choose an embroidered dress and a structured blazer.  There is something for everyone, and the way you combine Anthropologie pieces is what makes it your own.

4) Decide When To Splurge

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1. DVF Dress 2. DVF Dress 3. DVF Clutch 4. Derek Lam Skirt

As much as we love to save, we recognize that from time to time certain items are well-worth the splurge.  (In fact, we’ve devoted an entire page of House of Marbury to this concept.)  As you browse your Shop It To Me feed, you are inevitably going to come across items that are technically on sale, but not necessarily part of your contemplated budget.  If you’re tempted, but not certain you’re ready to pull the trigger, mark the item as a favorite and hold off for a few days.  There is a chance the item may no longer be available (that’s our “it wasn’t meant to be,” Zen approach to shopping) or, preferably, it has been marked down even more, which is great!

 The splurge-worthy brands we love include:  

Stella McCartney – Almost everything Stella is amazing, but her blouses in particular are a fabulous addition to any wardrobe- investment pieces you can showcase for years.

Victoria Beckham – VB is not only an incredible style icon, her clothes are gorgeous.  Every piece has so much subtle detail – they are edgy, unique, and striking, while simplistic at the same time.  The off-beat hemlines and funky jackets can be worn in business and social settings.

DVF – At House of Marbury, we are dedicated DVF fans.  No professional closet is complete without one of her signature wrap dresses, and DVF is making amazing work bags at the moment, too.

Burberry – A great Burberry bag, scarf, trench, watch or dress is irreplaceable.  While you don’t need a closet-full of Burberry, one or two nice pieces are guaranteed to fit like a glove and enhance any outfit.

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Desiree and Kate run the popular blog House of Marbury, a daily fashion and style guide for professional women.  Click here for more from House of Marbury!

April 16, 2014   No Comments

Baubles for Spring!

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Accessory lovers everywhere, rejoice! This spring, the runways are bursting with bright pops of colors seen hanging from ears, necks and wrists. We’re talking studs, collar necklaces, florals, insect & reptiles – you name it. Once again, we’ve done the dirty work for you so you can try out these trends for yourself. Get colorful and crystalized in this week’s roundup of the best jewelry brands to buy. Pay close attention—we guarantee these will end up on your must-have list this season.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the best bauble brands we suggest to keep on your radar. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Here is a little sneak preview of what you can expect to find:

 

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1. Lulu Frost Earrings now $97.50 (50% off)
2. Dannijo Cuff now $346.99 (30% off)
3. Dara Ettinger Necklace now $162.75 (65% off)
4. Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace now $175 (30% off)
5. Chan Luu Bracelet now $24.99 (50% off)
6. Giles & Brother Ring now $27.99 (60% off)

April 14, 2014   No Comments

Fashion Expert Rachel Zalis’ Fave Looks for Rocking your Coachella Style

Coachella kicks off on April 11, and if you’re lucky enough to be heading to this year’s music and arts festival, you’ll want to watch style expert Rachel Zalis’ picks for that laid-back desert look. She shared them during a fashion show on E! News Daily, including a few sweet pieces she found through Shop It To Me.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the brands we suggest to update the one staple in everyone’s wardrobe. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Haute Hippie Dress $163
Straw Hat $20.99
Free People Cuff $19.95
Dolce Vita Sandals $38.49
Dolce Vita Booties $119
Kelsi Dagger Bag $76.99
Rory Beca Romper $136

 

April 7, 2014   No Comments