Discount Apparel Shopping Online

The most recognizable choice is the online auction, specifically eBay. I think everyone knows that if you want to buy something and buy it cheaper than anywhere else, eBay is the place to go. The strengths of eBay are the breadth of selection and the chance to make a really good deal that you can brag about to your friends and coworkers. The weaknesses of eBay are the scams. There have been quite a few scams perpetrated throughout the history of eBay by buyers and sellers. Unfortunately, eBay is also getting a growing reputation as a place to sell counterfeit goods. There are some safeguards against these practices, though. The most prominent and important is the feedback rating. Next to everybody’s ID is a number that tells you how many transactions that person has had on eBay. Click on that number and you get more detail about what type of interaction that person has with others on eBay. If you want to deal only with vendors who have had thousands of transactions where all of them are positive, you can control that. It doesn’t save you from being scammed but it does increase your chances that you won’t be. Another help is the reviews and guide page. The guides which are written by fellow eBayers can sometimes provide useful info about shopping on eBay, such as how to tell an authentic Coach bag or purse from a fake. The reviews tend to give you detailed feedback about the actual item, as in whether it’s actually a well-made or designed item or not. As always buyer beware, but you are not alone. There are other more specialized auctions that you can use such as Bidz, and but I’ll save those for another article.

Another route you can take is using a shopping search engine. These are search engines the function in the same way that Google’s or Yahoo’s search engine does but they specialize in new merchandise from established vendors, not individuals. The improvement here over using an online auction is that there is a lower chance of buying a counterfeit item given that you are dealing with established companies who are more dependent on their reputations than an individual might be. The two shopping search engines that I recommend the most are Froogle and Shopzilla. These two are highly informative, have great selections, and are easy to use. If I’m buying a Christmas gift, for example, and don’t want to take the chance on an item being counterfeit or in bad condition then I’m going to want to head to Froogle and Shopzilla and do a search ordering my results by lowest price first. Some notable retailers that operate function similar to shopping search are Amazon, Smartbargains and Overstock. These are also worth checking out. If I’m just trying to get some idea of the lowest price that I would have to pay for something, I’ll probably just go to Froogle and Shopzilla. If I’m budget-conscious and absolutely have to have a particular item, then I may check out all of them because every once in a while, each one of the sites will have a substantial discount on a specific brand or item.
The most intriguing option is the clearance or warehouse sale. The obvious route to a clearing sale is to go to a retailer’s website, click on the “clearance” button and browse what they have. This can vary for effectiveness. Sometimes the selection is good, sometimes it’s garbage, but it worth checking out for sites that you visit repeatedly. You should also check the sites that you frequent for coupons. A lot of retailers seem to think that a 10% off discount is something to get excited over (yawn). However, sometimes that the only discount available anywhere and on something like a Chloe Paddington bag or a top of the line Louis Vuitton bag, it can make a substantial difference. Another route to a clearance sale is search for information online for good offline deals. There are various websites online that regularly post when a warehouse sale is going to occur. A warehouse sale typically is when a warehouse closes resulting in merchandise to be liquidated. This can be the source of the once-in-a-lifetime dream discounts for quality brands that make you feel like Christmas has arrived.

Leggings Make Look Slimmer

Since designers such as Henry Holland and Mark Fast have tried their hand at hosiery, the hosiery world has received a lot more attention and is no longer seen as boring or dreary.

In particular, many retailers have developed their styles of leggings. Being quite a continuity product and with many suppliers of leggings, they are fairly easy to change the printed design of the legging seasonally in order to adapt to trends. This means that shops can always stock leggings but simply change the prints of them. For example a few months ago many of the high street retailers will have had animal print leg wear, and now the dogtooth print has come into fashion and we are seeing them sold all across the high street.

However, many people do not wear leg wear solely for fashion purposes. Many believe that the garment can help the body to appear slimmer than it actually this. This is a theory that is strongly believed by some but disputed by others. Whilst many people believe that black is a slimming colour anyway, it is debatable whether printed or patterned leggings have the same slimming effect.

A variety of styles have now been developed on the market that aim to help suck the wearer in and cover up any unwanted lumps and bumps. These spanx like leggings of course will help the wearer to look slimmer, but it is questionable whether these are designed to only be an undergarment unlike regular leggings that can almost be worn as trousers.

Whilst leg wear maintains a clingy material, it could be suggested that the leggings simply make the wearer feel slimmer rather than actually creating the desired look.

However, alike a pair of jeans- leggings can have a lifting and toning element to them. The tight structure can help to lift areas that may be less toned than others.

Easy Shirt Buying

Men have the choice of going for slim fit, regular fit and plus size shirts, and the style options that come with them will definitely stun you. The rules for buying each category of shirt differ a great deal; for example, if you are searching for fitted shirts then you need to decide whether you are going to tuck it in or leave it as it is. If you want to tuck your shirt in, then naturally you want it to be a bit lengthier but not to the point of jamming it inside your trousers/pants, so they look unnatural. Fitted, tucked-in shirts are going to make you so smart and confident that you will instantly sense the look of admiration and respect on your colleagues’ faces when you walk into your office. Hence, deciding on the shirt length is very important. Slim fit shirts are also called athletic shirts; you can specifically ask for them when you shop. The regular fit is slightly bigger than the slim fit version, and will be perfect for men who want to hide a paunch. Plus size shirts are loose and perfectly fitting for heavy men.

The next thing to consider is the sleeve length. Long sleeved with rolled sleeves are good, provided you carry it off well. If you keep tinkering with the sleeves, it shows you are uncomfortable, and the effect will be lost. Long sleeved shirts with buttoned cuffs make you professional looking when compared to half-sleeved formal shirts.

The third point to consider while getting fitted formal or casual shirts is the shoulder width. Align the shoulder seams of your shirt with the end of your shoulders and it will be a right fit. When you purchase online, you have to refer to the measurements given in the site and then compare them with yours. You can use the same as a guide.

Outlet Malls in Tokyo

La Fete Tama Minami Osawa

Styled in to be a little like Provence in South France (little bit of a stretch) this spacious mall is a nice place to spend a day shopping and sampling the restaurants and cafes. There is also a toho movie theater nearby. Has the usual mix of sports, outdoor, fashion, lifestyle goods, pets, furniture etc. The spacious environment and greenery of Minami Osawa make this a relaxing day out.

Grandberrry mall

Grenberry mall is quite large and although it is an outlet mall, it also includes all manner of shops, from pet stores and hairdressers, to lifestyle and fashion shops. This mall is divided into four zones; a family and family life themed zone, a fresh foods zone, an outlet mall zone, and a communication and entertainment zone.

Lala Port

Lala Port has continued to grow through successive additions since its inception in 1981. It is now home to more than 540 stores, including many brand name stores, fashion houses, movie theater etc. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Japan and is located just on the border of Tokyo in Chiba, Funabashi.

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Fashion is the main focus for this outlet mall, although there is a little of something for everyone. There is an imax theater, bowling alley and there are plenty of restaurants to enjoy. In the vicinity there is also a ski field and a couple of Onsens to enjoy (Hoshino Onsen is recommended).

Premium Outlet Mall at Gotenba

This outlet mall is one of the more expansive shopping malls around and has views of Mt Fuji on a clear day. There is every manner of foreign and domestic fashion brand as well as lifestyle stores and some 20 fooderies. There is a large ferris wheel and a play area for the kids. This is a popular mall and can get very crowded on public holidays and at bargain times.

Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma

This large Outlet mall has over 200 shops, 180 of them outlet stores. The main focus is on fashion. There is everything from kids fashion, outdoor and sports fashion, to accesories and fashion magazines. 44 shops opened their first Japan outlet store here, so there is definitely value in taking a look.The food court has 11 shops. There are six restaurants and three cafes to choose from and you can even take your pet. There are also facilities for babies and you can rent a baby cart if you wish.

Outlet Park Makuhari

This outlet mall has over 90 stores, mainly fashion-focused. The mall is a fairly open planned two-storey complex and is easy to get around. There are more than 30 restaurants.

Grocery Shopping

I think that it is safe to say that for most people or most households, groceries are probably the second biggest monthly expense, falling in right behind your mortgage/rent and right in front of your car payment(s) or somewhere close. Therefore, it stands to reason that this is one of the areas that if you concentrate, organize yourself, and do a little planning, that you can have a pretty big impact for your wallet. Make sense?

Before we begin, yes I am a guy and yes, I really do the majority of the grocery shopping for our household. Let’s just say I took it on as a little project and it became a challenge.

So, you probably don’t need to limit yourself to doing ALL of your shopping at one outlet. Personally, I use 4. Trust me, this will not take your grocery shopping from an hour or so a weekday night to a 6-7 hour marathon–I still do not spend much more time doing it on a weekly basis.

Basically, what I do is to use one outlet (I won’t name them) for the majority of my stuff and a second outlet who has items for a cheaper price. Third, I utilize a local farmer’s market as much as possible. There should probably be one close enough by you and they are definitely worth checking out. Major savings!!! You may have to spend a little bit more time picking through some stuff, but it is on the whole quality produce at substantially cheaper prices. And finally, I do use a specialty store to treat myself every once in awhile. You have to do every so often throughout this process of revamping your finances, or you’re liable to give up.

Most grocery stores track your purchases a lot more closely than you might think. The one I use the most started sending me coupons a few years ago for $4 off if I purchase $40 or more. Pretty good deal, right? Several months later, they started sending me the same coupon, but for $6 off when I spend $60 or more. I actually got up to an $8 off coupon when I spend $80 or more. I finally figured out the process. I was probably averaging $25-$30 per week when the first coupon came out. Then, they got me to the next level and so on and so on. The key is to NEVER buy anything just because you have a coupon, unless it’s free.

Next, you want to find a second outlet for items that you buy consistently that has them for less. This will take some time in the beginning but becomes easier with time. Also, pay attention to sales. I usually know each outlet’s sale items by listening to the radio, but if not, they almost always post their weekly sales flyer on their website. Browse through that quickly each week before your shopping day, to catch if you need to go to one store or the other for a special sale on the items you buy.

Another thing-for items that are non-perishable or can fit in you freezer-when you see that they are on sale—stock up! Canned goods, fresh chicken, etc. That way, you NEVER have to pay full price for these items. Another golden rule of shopping-NEVER pay full price when you don’t have to.

Wearing Fashion Tights

However, fashion tights are not just a winter accessory anymore but can be wore in summer too. Now, with a variety of different deniers and styles, tights can be worn in the summer without getting too hot and also if you don’t want to reveal your bare legs. If you’re short of time before work on a day, popping on a pair of fashion tights could hide any unwanted stumble. You’re also able to change the whole look or style of an outfit just by changing your design of tights. By adding a pair of ripped tights, it could give you quite a rock style whereas a pair of patterned tights may give you a classier look for both a day in the office or a night on the town. – (and no one would ever know you hadn’t changed!)

Fashion Hosiery doesn’t always have to burn a huge hole in your pocket. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford a brand new outfit, you could always just buy a pair of unusual unique tights, to style up an old outfit. With new designers out such as Henry Holland, Pamela Mann and Jonathon Aston, all with a gorgeous array of designs and styles you can purchase a pair at such a reasonable price. This has also caused people to change their prior perceptions that tights are only for essential use.

There are many different styles and designs of tights for example, patterned tights, textures tights, coloured tights, also recently ripped and embellished tights have made it on to the cat walk.

Another benefit of fashion tights is that they can be worn in a variety of different ways. An easy way to wear fashion tights that everyone can do, is to wear them with your plain block coloured dress. Patterned tights always look great against plain garments as they do not allow clashing of prints.

Fashion tights are an essential accessory to compliment any outfit as they are machine washable and so can be worn over and over again. Tights being a product that naturally dry quickly, it means that your fashion tights will be ready to wear almost all the time.

There is also a new style of tights out there on the market at the moment – for example ‘fake tanning tights’. These could be a great for so many people because they would definitely save some time.

Hijabs for Muslim

Women’s Scarves for a Trendy Look

As mindsets change, attitudes fluctuate, and fashion trends become even more contemporary, more and more women from the Islamic community continue to embrace new ideologies about style and fashion. The range of choices for you as you set out to shop for hijabs is bewildering to say the least. Hijabs, much like a khimar or shaylah, can be worn in solids, prints or a combination of the two. Pick your hijab to match and suit your seasonal color preferences if you have any. Designs and styles span the spectrum from a traditional look to something which looks and feels very much 21st century. You can also consider hijabs that are adorned with exquisite hand embroidery on the edges, evenly spaced in direct proportion to the pattern on the hijab.

Beauty beyond Size and the Muslim Headscarf

Whether it is a satin-trimmed hijab that catches your fancy or a somber-looking hijab in a dark, mixed shade that you would like to wear to your prayer sessions, one size usually fits all. The standard size for a hijab is 44″ X 44″ square. However, a few online stores like ours carry hijabs in more than one size and it is a good idea to specify your size requirement just in case you have a preference for a non-standard size.

Shopping Online for a Hijab Headscarf

Speaking of online shopping, you now have a wide range of choices when purchasing not only hijabs but also abayas, jilbabs, niqabs, and just about every type of Islamic clothing or accessory. They are not only displayed and described on websites but also critiqued usually through blog comments or through Facebook. Once you have picked your style and design, check out the hijab’s fabric and texture by reading the product descriptions. This is important if you happen to be allergic to a specific type of fabric such as pure synthetic or one of its variations. Online stores which sell hijabs are great about responding to customer inquiries through e-mail, phone and live chat and provide accurate answers within a matter of hours. So the next time you are ready to make a fashion statement or simply wish to add to your repertoire, shop online.

Lingerie Sewing Tricks

The most crucial step in sewing your own lingerie is taking accurate body measurements. Once you are able to take accurate body measurements and apply that when cutting the garment, everything else falls in place. If you want some custom made panties, you must take hip, waist, waist to hip and crotchet depth measurements.

This will help you come up with a panty pattern that will perfectly fit into your body. This pattern is essential in helping you to come with a fitting leg curve and waist height. You should note that leg openings lie on the front of the panty. You could also use an existing pair of panties to come up with the perfect fit.

Tip: To get accurate waist measurements, place a non-stretching ribbon along your natural waistline. This will act as a guide.

Bras will require accurate measurement in order to have a perfect fit. The bra cup and the band must properly fit. If you are using s stretchable material, the easier it will be for you. For a perfectly fitting bra, it is necessary to take into consideration various measurements such as the bust’s fullest level measurements, high bust (under your arms) and under bust region. You should measure your torso in a back-to-front manner. This means starting from the neck (lower section of the neck), down the back and between the legs and finally coming to an end to the hollow at the base of the neck.

Tip: Follow your body curves as you take the measurements and ensure that you keep the tape close to the body.

Finally take measurements of the back and front part. Take the measurements starting from the shoulder down to the crotch seam along the center back curve. If you are making a pattern where the straps are separate, take the measurements from the bust point to the back waist. The pattern can be altered by adjusting the front and the back region. This should be the area between the waist and the bust. These measurements should be recorded on a paper. If you are working on full-body lingerie, you can skip the daunting task of taking these measurements. Your high bust measurements can suffice all the pattern needs.

Suede Chukka Boots

  • Clarks – if you are looking for a chukka shoes, the first pairs that you should check out are those that are from this brand. Their Desert Boot is one of today’s best-sellers because of its classic look, and not to mention that it is similar to the pairs used by British Officials during the Second World War. The Clarks Wallabee boot is also part of the Originals collection but is more known for its comfort features. It has a moccasin toe design on a nature-formed last making it spacious enough for the toes to spread naturally. Its shaft is also ankle high and still has the genuine plantation crepe out-sole.
  • Sperry Top-Sider Boat Oxford – The brand is known for its nautically-inspired products and they are the first to use the siped-rubber sole so you can expect their shoes to have a lot of traction wherever you go. And this footwear has the desert boot design in a quality leather material and EVA heel cup which is very effective in absorbing shock.
  • Vans Chukka Boots– This is perfect for the young and hip. The Core Classics actually is like a skate shoe with a chukka twist because of its flat collar and that it is ankle high. And like other Vans footwear, this one is very light and comfortable especially that both the foot-bed and collar have enough padding.
  • Johnston & Murphy Runnell – This men’s suede chukka boot has that timeless appeal of the desert but with more comfort features. The upper is soft and smooth and the lining is made from genuine sheepskin and the insole has the patented Dri-Lex technology for controlling moisture. It also has the genuine plantation crepe out-sole which is very flexible and absorbs tons of shock.
  • Allen-Edmonds Amok Chukka Boots – This designer brand is synonymous to quality craftsmanship. Although their footwear products are a bit pricey, it will surely be a good investment. It features a premium suede upper in a chukka silhouette and two pairs of eyelets for customized fit and style. Its contrast stitching is also very handsome.

Choose a Handbag for Autumn

  1. Rich Colors – I have spent the last few weeks updating my wardrobe with cosy knitted jumpers and cardigans in creams, dusky pinks and maroons. Choose a handbag that compliments the key season colors, look for anything rich, which makes you feel warm inside. I love deep terracotta, oak browns and vermilion reds. These colors should work well with the shades that you will have already been incorporating into your autumn wardrobe. Alternatively, use your bag to add a splash or color to your outfit; coral pinks and light blues are hot this season.
  2. Leathers and Suedes – You really can’t find a more hard wearing and resilient fabric than leather to buy a handbag in, the smell of a new leather handbag is like catnip for me. It’s time to put away your canvas, linen and cotton bags which were great for summer, but which won’t look good or last well in the more changeable autumn weather. Suede is a great alternative this season, which plays on the rich, warm look you are trying to create.
  3. Style – Any bag needs to have a certain ‘Je ne se qua’ in terms of style, whether this bag will be accompanying you to work, to restaurants or out shopping, your handbag will say a lot about your personal style. Stay true to the overall look you wish to achieve, if you want to find a bag that will be fit for many different occasions. ‘London Handbags’ are all the rage right now, as more designers opt to choose England’s capital to showcase their collections. Look for shoulder bags with slouchy duffel styles and gold trim chains to follow the trend.
  4. Size – The day of the over-sized bag is not entirely over, but perhaps I would look for a slightly smaller bag this season. Keep to shoulder bag styles of differing lengths when you want to change the look. For formal occasions opt for a short shoulder bag and for day wear an across-the-shoulder satchel, which are coming into full force this autumn.
  5. Enjoy Shopping – If it’s a bit too cold out to be heading to the shops in person, shop around online for your perfect autumn handbags. That way you can see all the shops have to offer from the comfort of your own home, or if you’re like me, the office.