We’re so excited! One of our fave frugal fashionistas — Lilliana Vazquez – has written her first book! The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic features the best of her brilliant blog and it’s the first time we can recall a fashion book that shows us how to style ourselves like an expert and save money in the process! Who doesn’t love that?
Lilliana told us she has been in love with fashion since she was a child. “I get it from my grandmother. To this day, at 87, she doesn’t leave the house unless she’s really put together.”
Like many of us, Lilliana’s budget just didn’t live up to her high-end fashion tastes. So she learned to scour the racks at TJ Maxx and Marshalls and to check her Salemail religiously to recreate the looks she coveted for a lot less. (Her last big score was a pair of Loeffler Randall boots at 40 percent off.)
An avid reader of both fashion and budget blogs, Lilliana felt that none offered advice on how to look chic on a budget. “The style blogs featured pricey clothing, while the clothes on budget blogs looked cheap.”
So, she created her own blog to offer other budget-challenged fashionistas ideas for “dressing chic for less.” The blog established Lilliana as a style expert and opened the door for frequent guest spots on shows like Today, Rachael Ray and Katie. It’s also the basis of her new book, which goes on sale Nov. 5. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
In the meantime, we asked Lilliana to share her advice for chic, but cheap, holiday dressing:
- For casual events, she suggests purchasing an embellished or lace blouse and wearing it with a dark skinny jean. Repurpose your metallic sandals from the summer and you have a look that’s totally luxe for less!
- Even formal events don’t have to break the bank. One little black dress can be transformed into different looks just by adding a statement necklace (layer two smaller necklaces for a cheap but chic alternative) or fabulous earrings. And don’t forget about a bold lip – it’s one step to glam!
As for holiday gift giving on a budget, go with items for the home that aren’t seasonal – like simple white candles or a collection of mini-vases. She’s also a fan of DIY: a nice bottle of wine can be packaged beautifully.
November 5, 2013 No Comments
At Shop It To Me, we have one purpose and one purpose only: To be the best online personal shopping assistant on the planet! We’re always looking for ways to make your experience better.
You told us what you like most about Shop It To Me:
“It’s super personalized!”
“It’s quick and easy to keep up with the latest looks.”
“You collect my favorite brands so I don’t have to go to 20 Web sites to find sales.”
“The daily email is my favorite, and I look forward to receiving it every morning”.
“It’s like a daily paper to me. I try to look through it in my lunch break, though sometimes I can’t wait that long.”
We listened, and, in the next few weeks, we’ll introduce some changes to bring you a more interactive and unified shopping experience. Of course, we’ll still be doing all the legwork to bring you exactly the items you want, on sale, in your sizes. But we think the new Shop It To Me will be a better, faster, smarter personal shopper.
What will change?
First, we gave our website a makeover! Starting this week, you’ll now see a fresh new Shop It To Me. More than just a pretty face, the new look makes it easier for you to tell us just what you want, to save favorite items and to make scrolling through all your sales less overwhelming. You’ll find this new look and feel in your Salemail, too, and in our soon-to-be launched mobile app.
Yes, starting mid-November, you can check your Shop It To Me on the go! You’ll be able to see what’s on sale in your size when and where you want – and you’ll never have to miss a sale again! We’ll be giving you more details about the mobile app as the launch date gets a bit closer.
Also coming soon: New features and a more “social” Shop It To Me. Stay tuned for details.
We hope you like the new, unified look and the site enhancements. We think they will make your Shop It To Me experience better than ever. Let us know what you think!
November 4, 2013 No Comments
The friends and family sale trifecta has arrived. Shop up to 30% off fall essentials at Tory Burch, get 30% off sitewide (including sale) at Kate Spade with code FALL13FF, and get 30% off at 7 For All Mankind with code FRIENDS1013.
October 18, 2013 No Comments
Mark Ellwood, whose Salemail features John Varvatos, Marc Jacobs and Fred Perry, offers Shop It To Me members these four tips from his new book to help you score the best possible deals online.
1. Don’t hit ‘check out’ without asking for a better deal
Many shoppers assume that the posted sale price is non-negotiable. Not true. The retailer may have over-bought and might be under pressure to clear out the item you want to buy. Before making the purchase, IM with customer service: Are any additional discounts available? How about free shipping? It doesn’t always work, but it never hurts to ask.
2. Practice cart abandonment
Nothing worries a retailer more than a shopper who logs in, places an item in her cart and then closes the window without completing the sale. Clearly, you were about to make a purchase and got distracted. They REALLY want you to come back and finish your purchase. Many will email you a “reminder” within 24 hours – and offer you an additional discount to close the sale.
3. Take things out of context
Retailers engineer product context – both in-store and online — to make sale prices look cheaper than they are. They surround “sale” items with high-priced ones, to make you think you’re getting a good deal. So you aren’t misled by this, take the item you want to purchase out of that retailer-engineered context and look at it again. Is it really a bargain? (Does that $500 bag still look like a deal when it’s not sitting next to one that’s $1,200?)
4. Don’t shop while stressed
This is a corollary to the rule of not shopping for food when you’re hungry. Like hunger, stress hormones interfere with the brain’s ability to make good comparisons and smart decisions. If you shop when you are feeling stressed, you’ll make impulse purchases that you will regret later. So, put on some classical music, do some deep breathing … and wait for the “headmaster of your brain” to take back control before you shop. Mark lists John Varvatos shoes, shirts and fragrances (“I’m obsessed with Varvatos!”) among his top Shop it To Me finds. His biggest “score” was a lilac-striped shirt that makes him feel like a cross between Mick Jagger and Gordon Gecko. Mark also keeps Gucci shoes on his Salemail, hoping someday to find a pair of classic loafers on sale in his size.
Mark Ellwood’s new book “Bargain Fever” will be published on October 17, but is available for preorder here. If you order a copy of the book before October 17, you’ll even receive a BONUS chapter, Bargain Fever: The Manual, which features 100 tips and tricks to help you save money and shop smarter, from airline tickets to TVs. Forward the proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll receive this manual by email after publication.
October 15, 2013 No Comments
The sales your work wardrobe have been waiting for are here. Anthropologie just marked down 300+ new items, Tracy Reese is offering 20% off everything with code OCTFAM, LOFT is offering up 50% off select full-price items and 50% off sale items, and at Ann Taylor you can get 40% off your entire purchase.
October 11, 2013 No Comments
Indulge in some sale shopping from three of our retailer faves. DVF just marked down a bevy of new merchandise, 7 For All Mankind put their sale on sale, and Express is having their semi-annual clearance event. Happy shopping!
September 26, 2013 No Comments
Fall is officially here but that doesn’t mean we have to put away our bright colors! We are loving all the bold bright patterns splashed across the fall runways. And what could be better for a cool crisp fall day than a big bold sweater? Our favorite fall staple is making a statement everywhere. To show how to wear this fabulous fall trend, our fashion experts are here to compile the best of the best into one Thread, all on sale!
Introducing our newest curated Thread: Statement Sweaters. Log into www.shopittome.com/threads and view this Thread by clicking here. Or you can type “Statement Sweaters” into the search bar and select it from the drop down menu. Don’t forget to hit the “+ Add” button at the top right. We’re adding new items every day!
Here’s a sneak peek at favorite style winners:
1. Halston Heritage Sweater now $195 (40% off)
2. Rag & Bone Sweater now $150 (55% off)
3. Nasty Gal Sweater now $43.50 (20% off)
4. Madewell Sweater now $276 (20% off)
5. Pencey Sweater now $84 (45% off)
September 20, 2013 No Comments
Announcing a new color trend for the new season! Navy is the new black, at least when it comes to your fall wardrobe. The dark, rich hue has been spotted on runways and celebrities everywhere. The best part is, this color looks great on everyone! Our fashion experts are here to show you many different ways to go navy this season and have compiled the best of the best into one Thread, all on sale!
Introducing our newest curated Thread: Navy is the New Black. Log into www.shopittome.com/threads and view this Thread by clicking here. Or you can type “Navy is the New Black” into the search bar and select it from the drop down menu. Don’t forget to hit the “+ Add” button at the top right. We’re adding new items every day!
Here’s a sneak peek at favorite navy numbers:
September 9, 2013 No Comments
While it usually makes us think of BBQ’s and long weekends, Labor Day is also that amazing time of year when retailers mark down summer and spring collections. Lucky for you, we’ve taken all the hard work out of finding the top sales!
Here are the deals that we’ve rounded up so far, but come back throughout the weekend for new additions:
Spend $300 get 20% off, spend $500 get 25% off, spend $750 get 30% off with code LABORDAY at checkout. Free shipping over $300. Ends Mon 9/2.
Fall Shoe Clearance! Save up to 40% on shoes for the whole family. Ends Sun 9/15.
Enjoy 30% off select wear-now styles from Diane von Furstenburg’s Pre-Fall 2013 Collection. Ends Mon 9/2.
Take an extra 20% off an amazing selection of sale and clearance items with code TAKE20. Ends Mon 9/2.
Save up to 50% off online & in stores with free shipping at any price using code SEPTFS. Ends Mon 9/2.
Save up to 40% off 5F Ready-to-Wear at bergdorfgoodman.com. Ends Tue 9/3.
Take an extra 30% off final sale items with code HELLO30, plus free shipping over $100. Ends Mon 9/2.
Take up to 60% off new markdowns plus free shipping and returns for both men and women at 7 For All Mankind. Ends Mon 9/2.
Take an extra 30% off all sale styles with code BYESUMMER, plus free shipping on all orders. Ends Mon 9/2.
Up to 60% off everything, including new fall fashions. Ends Mon 9/2.
Take an addition 25% off already reduced styles. Ends Tues 9/3.
Take an additional 50% off already reduced styles at ClubMonaco.com. Use code FINAL50. Ends Mon 9/2.
Extra 20% off everything at macys.com. Ends Mon 9/2.
Enjoy 20% off special Labor Day picks with code LABORDAY. Ends Mon 9/2.
Take an Additional 60% Off Clearance + Free Shipping over $99 only at CandCCalifornia.com. Ends Tue 9/3.
Save up to 60%. Clearance event. Ends Fri 8/30.
Enjoy 30% off and free shipping with code LABORDAY13. Ends Tues 9/3.
Save up to 50% off select styles. Ends Tues 9/3.
Get Up to 85% off thousands of already-reduced styles. Ends Mon 9/2.
Free shipping plus an extra 15% off when purchasing 3 or more items, an extra 10% off when purchasing 2 items, or an extra 5% off when purchasing 1 item by using code YOOXLEVEL13. Ends Mon 9/2.
Enjoy 40% off your Sale Purchase or Buy One Get One 50% off Select Full Price Styles. Ends Mon 9/2.
Save 40% off original ticket prices AND an additional 30% off all markdowns using code LONGWKND at checkout 8/30-9/1. All markdowns will be 30% off and original ticket items will be an amazing 50% off with code FIFTY on Labor Day! Ends Mon 9/2.
Free shipping, no minimum. Ends Tues 9/3.
20% off your of $150 or more plus free shipping with code LABORDAY2013. Ends Mon 9/2.
Everything is on sale! Plus, free shipping on orders over $99 with code TREK. Ends Mon 9/2.
30% off select items and free shipping on orders $49+. Ends Sun 9/1.
Enjoy 25% off select items site wide. Ends Mon 9/2.
Spend $50, Get $10 Off. Spend $75, Get $15 Off. Spend $100, Get $20 Off. Plus free shipping! Use Code: OHYEAH. Ends Mon 9/2.
Save 40% OFF EVERY SINGLE ITEM at Express.com! Ends Mon 9/2.
August 30, 2013 No Comments
We’re always hearing about “flowers for spring.” How original, right? Well, how about flowers for fall? That’s right, floral prints are finding a romantic revival on the fall runways this year! We are totally crushing on the gorgeous peonies, roses and dandelions splattered across every type of silhouette and accessory. Our fashion experts are here scouring the sales, showing you how to add the season’s latest must-haves to your wardrobe so take a look! Fall is slowing growing to be all about big, bold petaled things.
Introducing our newest curated Thread: Funky Florals. Log into www.shopittome.com/threads and view this Thread by clicking here. Or you can type “Funky Florals” into the search bar and select it from the drop down menu. Don’t forget to hit the “+ Add” button at the top right. We’re adding new items every day!
Here’s a little preview of our favorite steals:
1. Joie Blouse now $148.80 (40% off)
2. Marni Necklace now $283.50 (55% off)
3. Suno Dress now $350 (65% off)
4. D&G Swimsuit now $435 (65% off)
5. Haute Hippie Blazer now $162 (65% off)
6. Kate Spade Belt now $68 (30% off)
7. J Crew Skirt now $179.99 (30% off)
8. Current/Elliott Denim now $90 (57% off)
9. Stella McCartney Shorts now $275 (64% off)
10. Rag & Bone Boots now $219 (60% off)
11. Rafe Clutch now $206.50 (30% off)
12. Jimmy Choo Booties now $957 (50% off)
August 29, 2013 No Comments