Pre-Fall 2012 pieces may be rolling into stores, but right now it's definitely all about a Summer state of mind. And why not? With temperatures on the rise and the season's fun just hitting its stride, it's hard to think of anything but staying breezy. That's why this week's just-in picks are all about multitasking. In streamlined shapes, textural materials, and crisp hues, they'll look chic now — and straight through Fall.
For online shoppers, the flash sale is the ultimate guilty pleasure, and as many of us know (guilty as charged!), the promise of a limited-time bargain can be extremely alluring and even downright addicting. Instead of allowing your in-box to tempt you with unnecessary emails, we suggest you choose your memberships wisely. In this mom's guide to flash sales, you'll find the inside scoop on what's actually in-store at each of these kid-friendly sites. Limit your load (and your email in-box) and shop smarter. Your credit card will thank you!
>> After a brief delay, Club Monaco fans will be able to buy the brand's clothes online this week. The new e-commerce site is still in a soft launch phase, but the brand's representatives told Fashionologie on Monday that its Facebook fans will get access to the site on Tuesday, and everyone else will be able to shop online Wednesday.
That'll be useful for fans of the brand who don't live anywhere near one of its stores. Club Monaco has just over 100 brick-and-mortar locations around the world, which means the site will be a useful tool as the brand continues to build a fan base. What we've seen of the site so far is functional and clean, but it's also pretty engaging. The brand's Tumblr, Culture Club, has prominent links on most of the pages, and some key products — like the women's black leather jacket in the P.S. You Need This section — are cleverly animated. And so long as the site stays stocked with a fresh assortment of products and new ways to entertain browsers and hardcore shoppers alike, we think it'll be a top shopping destination.
If you want early access to the site, you'll have to like Club Monaco on Facebook now. In the meantime, check out a few of the products we'll be buying when the site goes live.
The World Wide Web can be a daunting place and with so much clicking at our fingertips, it's easy to overlook some pretty amazing e-finds. After a bit of cyber roaming and unearthing a whole lot of covet-worthy designer lineups, we've got 10 ultracool online boutiques you may not know about and most definitely should be shopping at already. From a one-of-a-kind curation site and a chic jewelry resource, to a superluxe London-based shopping destination and a Japanese designer-filled mecca, there's an online outlet for every kind of trend and fashion fancy. Click through to see our latest online boutique obsessions — and if you have an under-the-radar favorite to share, leave a comment below!
Starting Jan. 24, the maximum discount available on diapers and wipes subscriptions will be 20 percent, which isn't so bad, except that 15 of that 20 percent is only available to Amazon Mom members who are earning free shipping benefits because they signed up in the last three months, or because they have an active Amazon Prime membership (which comes with a $79 per year price tag). The site still has some good deals, but I'm not sure I'll take the time to go through them now that I can probably get my diapers and wipes cheaper somewhere else. And frankly, it annoys me when companies give new members incentives that they don't also offer to loyal customers. So what about you? Will you still be stocking up on Amazon Mom, or have the new terms turned you off? Weigh in below!
Have a pile of post-holiday cards now lining stocking after stocking? With a long weekend ahead of us, there's plenty of time to make use of the stack of $25 iTunes gift cards. Fill your downtime with an impromptu 2011 cinematic retrospective, by renting these six movies (all $4 per rental) that debuted this year.
- Apollo 18 — Why didn't NASA send more astronauts to the moon? The found footage-style film explores what really exists on our satellite.
- Super 8 — The charming tale of budding kid filmmakers in a 1970s small town takes a sci-fi twist with a crop of disappearances.
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes — The modern prequel to the classic film may have you wondering whose side you'd be on: human or ape.
- X-Men: First Class — The precursor to the X-Men saga reveals the creation and early days of our favorite superheroes.
- Cowboys & Aliens — Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford team up as fearsome cowboys to protect Earth and the Old West from alien takeover.
- Thor — By the hammer of Thor, this was one of the year's better superhero movies. Dazzling action scenes perfect for a comic book junkie.
Now consider yourself caught up on the year's sci-fi and superhero movies, with $1 to spare!
>> The best of the new arrivals, all in one place. With the flood of Resort 2012 pieces taking over stores, a few Spring 2012 items trickling in, and all the Holiday 2011 items still lingering about, the shopping options this time of year seem nearly endless. So, which of the just-in pieces are topping our list this week? Think ponyhair pumps from Alexander McQueen, a hyper-floral shift from Erdem, and drool-worthy handbags from 3.1 Phillip Lim — just to name a few. Shop all those, plus more, here in the slideshow.
Online retailers, it seems, are grateful for a new customer profile — the digital tipsy shopper. Web-based stores are seeing an uptick in late-night purchases, which could just be explained as the time when customers are home and online browsing, but anecdotal evidence from The New York Times suggests there are other factors — like a postwork cocktail — at play. With many customers keeping credit card information on file, shopping is easy as two clicks on a smartphone app while still at the office's favorite wine bar or an "Add to Cart" selection from the comfort of home without the real-life interference of taking out a wallet.
Of course, making purchases not remembered the next day can have dangerous repercussions on finances, so drinking and shopping isn't something retailers are claiming to support. Since it is so easy to shop on the cab ride back from drinks or while watching TV with glass of wine in hand, has your happy hour euphoria ever resulted in online shopping under the influence?
This year's growing presence of online retailers only furthered our shopping obsession with a bevy of options to peruse around the clock. Net-A-Porter supplied a luxe assortment of our favorite designer finds — if you loved it on the runway, look for it here. Kate Bosworth and her team at JewelMint gave us a whole new way to shop jewelry with personalized picks matched to fit our very own fashion aesthetic. Zara fed our fashion addiction by putting their irresistibly on-trend selection online, and Shopbop maintained its favored status in our toolbar with its covetable collection of cool-girl designer gear. Meanwhile, ASOS upped the ante with free shipping on its limitless variety of high-low goodies. It's a tough call, but we're turning it over to you — which online retailer had you hooked this year?
Shopping is quickly moving to the mobile world, with stores offering deals on the go and only accessible via mobile devices. Now, consumers can get in on the draw of selling their own goods to a mobile world with the new shopping app Poshmark.
Forget the old days of dragging bags of unused clothes to thrift stores hoping your trash becomes someone else's treasure (and let's face it, those buyers are so picky); Poshmark turns the hassle of fashion resale into an easy digital experience all within the comfortable confines of an iPhone. Created by the same brains behind social fashion website Kaboodle, Poshmark came to life "so that anyone can easily convert their closet into a stylish boutique with their phones," according to founder and CEO Manish Chandra.
Based on virtual events called Posh Parties, app users can enter a specific party — designer accessories, for example — browse goods, interact with other guests, and list items from their own closets for sale. The experience gets even more social by sharing listings on Facebook and inviting friends to future Posh Parties.
Of course, the employees of the Poshmark marketplace are always on hand ensuring that transactions go smoothly, and that all home sellers and customers keep coming back to the app to score fellow fashionistas' finds.