June 11th, 2008
Do you remember how, last week, I promised to list my favorite websites for stuff this Wednesday? And do you recall how I blew off listing my favorite soft rock hits from the ’70s? Even though I knew that post would be big, BIG!, babies. I’m telling you. And maybe you thought that I’d forget to blog my favorite stuff websites like I forgot to blog K-Tel’s greatest hits? And do you know how right now, you could care less what I do? And how you just want me to shut up? And how you’re not even here anymore?
So OK, I’ll get on with it.
Drum roll, please (I feel so Dwight Shrute right now. You know? Kind of self-important geeky?)…
All right, seriously. Here we go now.
OK, this time I mean it.
Don’t you wish you knew me for reals?
I could do this in person!
And you could hit me in the face! With real-life, actual fists!
Really, now let’s get into my websites. (Websites that do not know I’m listing them here, but they won’t care, right? There’s no, say, copyright infringement issues to be aware of?)
All right. Without further yammering:
Cool Clothing Websites:
- Artful Wears
Artful Wears features unique, comfortable, cool-looking clothes that I covet often. The site also sells jewelry and bags. And I could drop major money here, if I could just find a way to hide it from my husband.
I like this dress from AW…because it’s basic, but with some flair.
- My Shape
This site encourages you to input your measurements and the like, then offers you a clothing selection suited to your shape. I just ignore the measurements part and browse the clothes.
- Twelve by Twelve
Owned by the Forever 21 people, Twelve by Twelve is great for casual, cheap basics, like this:
- Penguin Store
I see the Penguin logo on a lot of things during my thrift store runs, and so I always associated Penguin with old-fashioned, threadbare, kitschy golf wear. BUT, I was so wrong. This site has the cutest clothes ever, and I’m totally buying this.
- Boutique Overstock
Exactly what it says. Many high-end, boutique brands can be found here for a lot less than you’d pay for them full price.
I’m always amazed by the sales at Bloomingdales, because I thought its clothes were so out of my league price-wise. But not at all. In fact, the sales at Bloomies (the brick and mortar store especially) out-do any I’ve seen at the other department stores. And here’s a tip: the savings are even better if you sign up for their e-newsletter. I routinely get an extra 40% off the lowest marked prices of hundreds of items, like my kick-ass Faryl Robin boots and Joe’s Jeans.
- The F!
I get a lot of fashion inspiration here. Many of the clothes pictured I’d never wear in a million years OR I’m too old to wear, but I like to see how she mixes colors and patterns and accessories. She’s got a great eye.
- Shana Logic
for her birthday, I bought my best friend one of these:
…and it came beautifully wrapped and she loved it. This website represents independent artists and sellers and features some truly one-of-a-kind designs. It’s sort of Etsy-esque, which is probably why I’m a fan.
I think of Rimi as the Forever 21 of accessories. If you just want to follow a trend or get a cute basic that won’t take you into 2021, then this site has some cute things to try for fun.
- Inspired Silver
I bought a cute Tiffany knock-off silver mesh ring here, and it’s lasted me through the seasons. Inspired Silver features current, trendy jewelry that’s made well.
- Kelly Meeker Designs
Everything here is so, so, so, so pretty. I’ve long fantasized over this piece
…And now that I’ve posted it here, someone’s probably going to buy it and it will be all gone. Ah well, it removes the temptation. But I tell you what: if any of you San Diego Blog Bitches buy this, and I see you wearing it at PF Chang’s, I will rip it off your neck and stuff it in my pants.
Oh you better believe I will.
- Two Sisters Jewelry
Just beautiful pieces.
- A Pretty Rock
Also: unique, pretty pieces with semi-precious stones.
- Sea Breeze Studio
This site sells bags of all kinds (even water bottle bags) in the cutest styles and patterns. It’s a UK company, but they ship to the U.S.
- Bag Haus
Fashion-forward purses for less than full price. I want this for the summer:
Not much more to say! But I like
as a neutral add-on to summer dresses, chinos, and bermudas.
- Habitat Shoes
Only if I had the money, only if I had the money. (Google Ads pay up the $4.82 you owe me for running your crappy ads on every page of my site for four months.)
- Moon and Back Studios
I’ve long trolled stationary websites for creative holiday cards, funky notecards and envelope labels. Yea, I’ve looked long and hard for bright and unique designs, and I often have a hard time finding them on the web. BUT, Moon and Back delivered what I was looking for in a big way, and I’m thrilled to have found this site (through my bloggy friend, Myra, who does the designs). I just ordered this:
…with matching labels. And I can’t wait to get it! They’ll go so perfectly with that Kelly Meeker necklace I’m going to shove down my pants.
- Twenty-five Days to Make a Difference.
Anything I say about this website started by a young girl to benefit charitable causes will pale in comparison to how she tells it herself here.
Websites with Cool Accessories:
A bit of everything
Cool Shoe Websites
Cool Stationary Website
Site to Combat All This Commercialism
Tomorrow, I’ll list some of my favorite kid’s clothes sites and a hodge podge of other websites, like the ones I consult for cooking and writing inspiration.