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SURVEY RESULTS: The Best Place To Spend your Tax Refund

Are you among the lucky ones expecting a tax refund this year?  With the average refund projected to be nearly $3,000, we wanted to know how – and where — you’d spend that kind of mad money if you could.*

Seems you are a practical bunch who would opt to buy a full spring wardrobe (83%) rather than blow it on one crazy, high-ticket item (17%).



There was less agreement about where you would shop for that wardrobe, if you had to do it all in one store.  Nordstrom came in first at 19%, with Bloomingdales in second place at 7%.  There was a near-tie for third place between Anthropologie (5.5%) and  J.Crew (5%).  Other top ten stores were Macy’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus.


Not surprising, when asked which department would be your first choice for spending your entire tax refund, 65% of you chose clothing; shoes and bags came in a distant second and third (at 16% and 15%).

As far as the spring trends that would most get your green, the top three responses all revolved around color — with Pastel (20%), Orange or Tangerine (17%) and Neon pieces (11%) topping the list.  You were less enamored by printed pants, pleated skirts, and peplum (under 5% each).

And, while we may or may not be “feeling the love” for our tax accountants right now, we do love our favorite “CPA” brands!  Your top choices for splurging with that refund were Chanel (16%), Prada (30%) and Anthropologie (24%).


No matter what your faves, the best way to fiscally responsible with your 2012 budget is to keep your Shop It To Me profile up to date. That way, you’ll always get the best prices on the brands you love.

*Methodology: Results are based on 480+ respondents from a survey fielded by Shop It To Me the week of April 2-6, 2012.


Other related posts:

Tax-Day Giveaway: Nominate a stylish accountant to win a designer bag!

Survey Results: What’s most “taxing” in your daily routine?

Time-saving tips: 5 busy accountants weigh in on how they make it through crunch-time


April 10, 2012   No Comments

Need a Dress? 3 Perfect Sales to Shop Now!

Clearly we’re all ready to transition out of pants and into the beloved warm-weather staple: the dress! Retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Rachel Rachel Roy and French Connection seem to agree, and have provided you with some extra special sales to kickstart your spring and summer dress wardrobe. Peep some of our favorites below!

Saks Fifth Avenue Gown SaleSaks Fifth Avenue: Get 20% off a collection of designer gowns, prices already marked, thru Friday 3/23.

Rachel Rachel Roy SaleRachel Rachel Roy: Get 30% off everything, plus free shipping on any order no code needed, thru Monday 3/26.

French ConnectionFrench Connection: Get an extra 30% off select sale items (via Shop It To Me), plus free shipping over $75 with code FCTOME thru Friday 3/23.

Some of our fancy favorites:

Rachel Rachel Roy, BCBGMAXAZRIA, French Connection DressesFrom left: Rachel Rachel Roy Field of Dreams Dress was $109, NOW $76.30 | BCBGMAXAZRIA Karey Dress was $348, NOW 278.40 | French Connection Reflectra Sequin Dress was $268, NOW $99.99

March 22, 2012   No Comments

Events this week: Jump into spring with Rebecca Taylor, Lilly Pulitzer, Free People and trends to love

We’ve certainly hit the ground running here at Shop It To Me on the first day of spring! While we can’t will this gloomy west coast weather to be more spring-like, we can give everyone a jump on some perfectly seasonal wardrobe additions, starting with some trends to love.

Fresh Florals

Pastel Perfection

Summer Shoes

Spring Comfort Shoes


We’re huge fans of brands that lend us a hand in the way of transitional pieces. Here are some of our favorites of the week!

Rebecca Taylor and Tibi Dresses

Not Your Daughter's Jeans

Free People

March 20, 2012   No Comments

Events this week: Spring’s Best Dresses, Rebecca Minkoff & Marc Jacobs signature items, plus 3 more!

This week’s events are all about springtime and signature items. Enjoy stylish picks from Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade, as well as closet staples from Elizabeth and James, Alexander Wang and many more. If you have spring fever like we do, you’ll find tons of adorable dress picks and frilly frocks here, too. And let’s not forget our favorite green holiday; snag some bold picks below. Log in and enjoy!

Bags to Bangles: Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff and moreSnag the items you’ve been eyeing for up to 65% off.

Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Elizabeth & JamesCool closet staples from top designers.

Spring's Best DressesGet a jump on the season with some versatile transition dresses.

Frilly Frocks from our Favorite Ladies: Kate Spade, Milly, Trina Turk and Nanette LeporeCelebrate spring with frills galore from $70.

Green With Envy: St. Patrick's Day Picks from Kate Spade, DVF, Rag & Bone and moreNo pinching here! Get in the spirit and don yourself in glorious green.

March 13, 2012   No Comments

Pop-Up Shops: Special Time Saving & Spring Edition

With Daylight Saving around the corner (and the loss of one precious hour of sleep), we’ve taken it upon ourselves to provide you with some extra special pop-up shops to celebrate the occasion. Investing in some Timeless Essentials and some Wardrobe Workhorses are so worth it, and will pay for themselves over time. With that extra hour of daylight, you’ll also want to update your hues and prints with our Spring Colors and Florals shop. And who doesn’t need a great, new timepiece? Check out our awesome array of Watches — and don’t forget to enter our Michael Kors Watch Giveaway!

Pop-Up Shop: Timeless EssentialsInvestment pieces you’ll fall in love with.

Pop-Up Shop: Wardrobe WorkhorsesWork wardrobe items you can count on.

Pop-Up Shop: Spring Brights, Florals and moreRefresh your closet with some perfect prints and vibrant colors.

Pop-Up Shop: WatchesThe essential accessory that matches any outfit.

March 8, 2012   1 Comment

Tips and Tricks from Wardrobe Stylists, Urban Darling

We’re big fans the of Bay-Area stylists over at Urban Darling. Not only are they all for building confidence and helping women discover their most stylish selves, but they have also developed a great online presence and nationwide team, so they can be there to offer fashion advice wherever you are!

We got to talking with Corinne Phipps, founder of Urban Darling, and she was kind enough to share with us some tips and tidbits we think you will find helpful!

What brands do you recommend for professional women, trying to look their best without breaking the bank?

Calvin Klein, Ann Taylor LOFT and even Elie Tahari have beautiful (and reasonable) suits. LOFT’s style has changed over the last few years and it’s got a more approachable vibe. For tops, Zara and Banana Republic are good options.

Any tips for women who have limited time to shop but want to keep up with what’s current in fashion?

Hire us to come and shop with you. Once we know you body type we can hunt out your brands you like. We can help set up your Shop It To Me account!

Also, online shopping is the best bet when it comes to saving time, but you have to spend a little time going to a few stores to test fit.

Any great shoe brands you’d recommend that look stylish but are still comfortable to wear all day?

Frye is by far my favorite shoe brand. Via Spiga makes a gorgeous heel – the “Ryan” pump can sell itself.  For those with fussy feet (arch problems, long toes, skinny ankles) AGL is a nice brand. And Cole Haan with the Nike Air is a great option.

Do you have any tips for taking an outfit from day to night?

First, swap out that heavy satchel you carry to work for an envelope clutch. Then just take off the skirt or pants and throw on jeans. Bam! Ready to go.

What are some of the best ways to dress up a basic black dress?

Women get stuck in the black-on-black so frequently that they have trouble seeing out of their “black-hole”! The easiest ways to change the basic black dress is to switch up the heels. Try a hot pink or electric blue heel, heck, even a pattern will do. Wear a big bold statement necklace with little studs or the reverse big bold earrings and a dainty necklace.

March 2, 2012   No Comments

Follow Us On Pinterest!

You may already know this, but we wanted to officially announce that we’re on Pinterest! Follow us for style inspiration, Salemail picks, daily conveniences, downright delightful things and much, much more. There’s a Pinboard for every preference!

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The fun doesn’t stop there…we want to know what you’re pinning, too! Leave a link to your Pinterest page below so we can follow back.

February 23, 2012   1 Comment

Events today: The Ultimate Bootie Shop, Animal Print and more

Our editors have curated some seriously drool-worthy pop-up shops for you today. Since you can never have too many pairs of booties, we’ve put together “The Ultimate Bootie Shop“. Loving leopard? Add an animalistic touch to your look with our Animal Print shop. And finally, if you’re suffering from the winter blues, think again, and snag something from our Spring Brights picks to wear now. These are today only, so log in now and shop away!

The Ultimate Bootie ShopTreat your feet with some stellar booties.

Animal PrintAdd a fun touch of leopard, zebra or cheetah.

Brighten Up For SpringGive the blacks, grey and browns a break and add some bold to your wardrobe.

February 16, 2012   1 Comment

Midi Dresses from BCBGMAXAZRIA: Trend Alert for Fall

Yesterday marked the beginning of New York Fashion Week and, lucky for us, we were able to attend the the BCBGMAXAZRIA show! Definitely a Shop It To Me favorite, and we know we’re not alone. The colors were magic – jewel tones galore…but gorgeous cuts on the various dresses we watched spill down the runway are what really had us smitten.

BCBGMAXAZRIA F/W 2012 Fashion Show

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Notice a trend here? Midis for days! And this got us thinking…when it comes to length, what exactly is it that women look for when dress shopping online?

Let’s face it, most of us aren’t models. 6 ft. tall is a ways off, and the length of our legs is closer to hours than days.  So how do you know what measurements are right for you when you see a dress you want to buy online? Ladies, help us out!

February 10, 2012   No Comments

Events today: best of sale from Neiman Marcus, Shopbop and more

This week, we’ve decided to present you with the “best of the sale section” from some of our favorite retailers. We know how overwhelming it can be to digest the bevy of sale items that major retailers offer, so we took it upon ourselves to find you the best of the best! Log in and enjoy!

Best of Neiman Marcus saleTop luxury picks from Marc Jacobs to Rebecca Taylor and more.

Best of Shopbop under $100Ultra-trendy items for the contemporary gal.

Saks Fifth Avenue under $150Up the ante with designer items from Burberry, Milly, Halston and more.

Ann Taylor under $100Your work-to-social hour wardrobe just got way more fun.

Urban Outfitters under $50Get a jump on your spring wardrobe with adorably urban pieces.

February 10, 2012   No Comments