{Style Intelligence} 7 Awesome Online Designer Sample Sales

Dot com sites are the new black for designer fashions at member’s-only prices. Because we love to spread the word, we’ve brought you the ultimate in exclusive shopping with 7 of the best online sample sales.

Gilt Groupe offers exclusive, invitation-only sales on stylish apparel for men, women and kids. How it works: Each 3-day sale begins at noon EST and features styles from designers like Derek Lam and Diane Von Furstenberg. Score an invite from a current member for access to top tier designer fashions.

Rue la la is an invitation-only retail destination for designer stylistas. How it Works: Members delight in private sale boutiques from brands like Whitney Eve and Candy Shoes. FYI: Rue La La’s semi-annual shoe sale is happening NOW!

ideeli is a members-only luxury shopping community offering premium merchandise and apparel at steller prices. How it Works: Sign up to become a member to earn up to 80 percent off on brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Calvin Klein, plus weekly giveaways.

Haute Look curates exclusive 12-48 hour private sales from luxury fashion and lifestyle brands like Elizabeth & James and Dolce Vita at up to 75 percent off retail price. How it Works: Join for free and receive email notification for the brand, start date & time of each sale.

Beyond The Rack is a private shopping club for men and women who die for designer brands at up to 80 percent off retail. How it Works: Members-only perks include daily, limited-time events featuring member-preferred brands starting at 11 am EST.

Editor’s Closet offers the creme de la creme in up and coming brands at 30 to 75 percent off. How it Works: Membership is free with referral with email notification within 48 hours of every sale.

Planet LuLu takes you there with 50 to 90 percent off groovy designer fashions. How it Works: Answer questions about your age and the fabulous city where you live in addition to designers preferences to create your own shopping experience. Plus, you can invite up to 6 friends for perks exclusive to Planet LuLu!

Thank me later,

Shekinah

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{Style Intelligence} 7 Reason’s To Shop UrbanOutfitters.com

1. Online Exclusives. If you’re like us, you crave exclusivity. Indulge.

2. Wider Selection. Much to shop is never a bad thing.

3. Totally Accessible. Whether its 2pm or 2am, urban [dot] com is always open.

4. PayPal Friendly.

5. Awesome SALE Prices! There’s no guess work, urban [dot]com tabulates the deals and steals for you before check out.
6. Great Deals on Shipping. Take advantage, there is almost always a special on shipping and returns.

7. Product Reviews. You have the right to know if that orange tee or that maxi dress fits true to size, before you buy.

Shop,

Team

{We’re Obsessed} Straw Hats and Flatforms

Hats & Flatforms

Sunhats and flatforms are thee summer staples for style trendsetters. From supermodel Alek Wek to actress Kate Hudson, these accessories and shoes have been dubbed both chic and practical. The hat, great for UV ray protection and the flatforms, awesome for all-day shopping excursions, a fashion girl simply can’t go wrong. Pair ’em with shorts and a boho blouse or a sexy sundress for definite flair.

Much ❤,

Shekinah J

{Editor’s Picks} Memorial Day Must Haves

Memorial Day Must Haves

Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen soldiers and is the unofficial kick off to sun-drenched summer festivities. From Coney Island to free concerts in the park to laying out at the shore, we’re gearing up with these new essentials. My personal favorite is the {sexy} maxi dress. Emphasize on ‘sexy’, as this summer is all about the barely there, backless, make him stare maxi.

The tote bag is up next, as long as its outfitted with razzle dazzle embellishments  inspired by some exotic tropical escape, you’re endless-summer ready. And of course, we can’t forget about the bikini. Whether your petite and busty, tall and boy-shaped, or average height with a few extra curves, you’re sure to find a suit that screams “summa’ time!” As long as you’ve got these, the rest is just gravy.

Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend!

SJ

What To Wear: {Spring} Bridal Shower

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Yes, its that time of year again. We’re talking weddings. Starting now through August, our mailboxes, both freestanding and virtual, are on stand-by for Save-the-Dates and full-fledged invites to the nuptials of college roommates, study buddies and favorite acquaintances.

Enter the Bridal Shower, as well as the inevitable question of what to wear. We said “Yes” to these three dresses, each chosen to suit the modern bride’s mix of stylish girlfriends. The girly-girl, the bohemian, and the sex pot usually arrive fashionably late and make an effort to steer clear of the bride-to-be’s signature {white} sundress.

Whether the soiree is indoors or out, color is key for this pre-bridal bash. Flats are fine, but heels take the prize. You can even accessorize with a well chosen hat. Don’t forget to bring a gift!

Yours,

SJ

Beauty Buzz: My 7-Day Natural Beauty Challenge

Why do so many of us drown ourselves in sephora under the pretense that we can’t leave our houses without a face full of make-up? I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent applying my beloved MAC studio-fix in a desperate effort to achieve a ‘natural’ look. I had never considered how silly the idea was, not wearing make-up all together, the part about needing a cosmetic meant to hide imperfection to look ‘natural’. Let’s face it, you never really look natural—ever. No one has completely even skin tone, bronzed cheeks and jet black lashes, right?

So, I decided to take the first step by going bare for 7 consecutive days. Thus, allowing myself to appreciate my complexion, as is.  Its day 3 of my quest for a make-up free, beautiful me. It hasn’t been half bad. My skin is getting some much needed sun and I’ve even traded in my Nars lip stain for balm. I predict even after the 7 days have passed, i’ll keep my make-up days to a minimum. I love my MAC, but I love my skin more.

How often do you wear make-up?

Weigh in,

SJ

 

 

Style Intelligence: 10 Secrets to Consignment Shopping in NYC and Everywhere Else!

Luxury consignment shopping is exhilarating. Whether you are hunting for that perfect pump you saw in Vogue, chasing J.Lo’s Gucci sunglasses or are simply open to the fashion possibilities, no matter the mission, a smart shopper is always strategic.

1. Do your research. Madison Avenue on New York City’s Upper East Side hosts some of the city’s most sought after consignment boutiques. You owe it to yourself to check out at least 3 of them in one trip. This goes for any city. Google neighborhoods of interest to find the best re-sale retailers.

2. Make a list. Know what you want, and stick to it. Luxury consignment stores are nothing like Target. At Target, you go in with a plan to buy one item and walk out with 15 more. Impulse buys at luxury retailers can cost you a month’s worth of rent.

3. Set a budget. Need I say more?

4. Carry cash. This secret helps a girl avoid the smoking debit card and also helps you stay on budget.

5. Bring a fashion-forward friend. This secret goes without saying, as we usually shop in pairs. However, for consignment shopping, avoid bringing the “Yes, girl” friend along. Instead, invite the friend who’s brutally honest, she’ll help you avoid buying that dress that’s two sizes too small.

6. Know your designers. If you’re on the hunt for a Chanel jacket, it helps to know the retail price so that you aren’t blind to price gouging.

7. Try on EVERYTHING! If you’re a newbie to a select brand, be sure to try the piece on even if your pretty sure its your size. DVF’s size 6 may be H&M’s size 2.

8. Invest in what you love. If your gonna buy that Prada top, you’d better be proud of it!

9. Ask about their return policy. Very few shops like these have lenient return policies. Be aware of signs that read “ALL SALES FINAL”.

10. Join their mailing list! Most boutiques send out email blasts or postcards letting valued customers like you know when their having a sale. Take advantage, because close-out sales worth shopping usually only happen bi-annually.

Shop & Learn,

Shekinah

Style How To: Remix Your Wardrobe With Michelle Obama Inspired Looks

Our Illustrious First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama is known for her chic style sensability. In addition to being appreciated for her fashion, Mrs.O is also know for her well edited wardrobe repeats. Gone are the days of outfits, as tailored separates that can be worn again and again are a neccessity to personal style. And thanks to the First Lady, this working girl’s task has become a full on trend.

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White House Casual is a nod to Mrs.O’s stroll’s across the lawn in an a-line dress, cardigan, and bright belt; and again de-boarding the private jet after a well deserved vacation, this time with an off colored flat and hobo shoulder bag.

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Meet & Greet is inspired by the First Lady’s casual book readings and charitable activities in sleek, skinny trousers. Once with a striped tee, eye catching bracelt and peep toe flats and again in a bright top, cool cuff and a fun shoe.

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Camp David takes a que from the First Family’s trips to and from the White House. Easy and crisp goes the pleated skirt with a simple tank, belt and sunnies. An encore ensemble includes a colored cardigan, preppy belt and trusty ballerina flats.

Along with inspiration comes accessibility, as the First Lady rocks brands like J.Crew Collection, Old Navy and Banana Republic in addition to designers like Jason Wu and Tibi. While the everyday fashionista may not be able to afford all of Mrs.O’s favorite brands, we can certainly have fun remixing her signature style to suit our own.

Yours,

Shekinah