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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Use Amazon to Window Shop

You don't have to buy to use Amazon and Shop Smart. Use it to get ideas of styles and prices.  But there are good reasons to shop at Amazon.

Low prices - yes.  Because they have no brick and mortar shop or store to maintain and connections with suppliers world wide, they can offer low prices.

One Stop Shopping.  No longer just a book and electronic store.  They offer the gamut of products from food and clothes, to garden equipment and tools for every chore.  When I was shopping for sandals I found 55,616 results.  I got ideas beyond my imagination and prices from $8.99 to over $100.00.

Easy Returns. Fill out the form through your account, print the RMA and shipping label and mail the item back.  Amazon will send a replacement or credit your account as soon as the return arrives. 

Subscribe and Save.  Yep, certain products like groceries and diapers can be purchased as a subscription. They will ship your product on a regular basis at the current price and give you 15% off.

With Shop Smart We did the shopping so you don't have to - we narrowed down the various items to make your Amazon shopping adventure pleasurable.

This is the Quilt I chose out of more than I could really look at.  This fit my fancy perfectly.

Butterflies Quilt Set

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Best Bras for Fuller Figures

Best bras for the fuller size aren't always easy to find.  I did some online checking out different full sized bras and read the reviews of buyers.

I learned that women want comfort first.  

Next they want good lift without stabbing into the shoulder blades.

Smooth lines are also important.  

They want a bra that minimizes size but not shape.  That isn't always easy to find.

This Walcol Women's Awareness Full Figure Underwire got 54 t stars. That's about the best I found when reading reviews of various full-figure bras.

Get More Details About This Bra Here

One reviewer said she is a 32G and this is the best bra she ever bought.

Women buying uplifting bras said they want one that is a minimizing as well as uplifting.

For more details on buying bras and especially how to measure for the best fit, go to:

Click here for Lots of Bra Buying Information

Next bra update will include information about different brands of bras including Vera Bradley.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Best Plus Size Bathing Suits -

Usually one piece bathing suits are the best option for the plus size figure.  
When selecting, it is suggested choosing a monochrome color with maybe a small print on one side of the suit for best slimming options.  
Searching for plus size beachwear should use the same time and energy as for any special event shopping.  Before starting the search,  know your body shape and what areas you want to hide.  Are there some spots you want to hide and some to show off?
Your bathing suit or plus size swimwear should have a complimentary balance between the upper and lower body.

Body Shapes:

Pear - Torso and upper body is smaller than your hips with waist definition

Inverted triangle - torso and upper body wider than your hips - with little waist definition  

Rectangle - Torso and upper body are the same width as your hips - little waist definition

Hourglass - Torso and hips are approximately the same width - with waist definition

Apple - Torso and upper body wider than your hips - with little or no waist definition. You might have weight surrounding your waist.  

It's about looking good.  It's about feeling good.  It's about knowing what's good for you.

Some great shop smart idea are a click away.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bras - Sizing isn't always easy

I recently read that 80% of us are wearing the wrong size and style bra. What??? I decided to investigate. I know not all my bras are comfortable. I also know certain ones look better under certain clothes. What a trip I've had checking it all out. Article after article. Page after page, until I finally combined what I think are the important things to know before buying your next bra.

I learned getting the right fit could make us look thinner. I liked that. I also learned that bras made outside the US don't always have cup sizes similar to our USA brands.

Getting fitted, professionally fitted that is, is most important. Know before you buy. Specialty stores like Soma, that primarily sell Intimate apparel, will often have trained bra fitters. They should do it free. Fine department stores usually have a fitter. If not, watch for ads when fitters might be coming to the store near you.

You can do it yourself.

1 - Get a tape measure, tightly wrap it under your bust.

2 - If the measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches. Even, add 4 inches.

3 - Cup size-wrap the tape around the fullest part of you bust.

4 – Subtract your band size from the cup size.

5 – 1' is A cup; 2' B; 3' C; 4' D; 5"DD; 6' DDD; 7' E
We should have a minimum of 5 bras, two in the same style. One for casual or sports, one for dress up, and one to feel elegant, sexy, and up to date. Once you know your true size, you can Shop Smart on the Internet. You can check out various styles at: So many styles to choose from

Best Handbag Buys

Shop Smart for handbags in your PJs. Shop Smart for handbags, without leaving your home. Be relaxed. See all the latest styles, and, with a click or two, bring the one you want to you.
The choices on the Internet are more than vast. One could get handbag overload. Designer bags, tote bags, shoulder bags, clutch, evening, beaded, Celebrity bags and knockoff designer bags are a click away.

My personal favorites are versatile shoulder bags that have detachable straps.  I like one that has lots of room for the things I have to have with me, like wallet, cell phone, compact, tissue, etc and one that is classic that never goes out of style..

I love this tote bag inspired by Michael Kors.  It's made of faux leather, has a double shoulder strap with a gold-tone chain.  It has divided zippers and open pockets as well and an outside pocket for my cell phone.

It comes in various colors.  I chose black but I also liked the white one.  At the price, $39.10, I could buy two.  That might be what I do.

On the Shop Smart Handbag web page, there are various styles to look at, from shoulder bags, clutches, evening, and designer favorites.  Some knock off designers too, and all are listed by category in the Table of Contents.  Makes it easy to click on the style you want.

If you are shopping for a purse/handbag, this is the place for you.  No using gas going from store to store.  Shop from home and have delivered in two days.  Click on the link below and start shopping

Shop Smart - Handbags Plus

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Handbags, Purses, Totes and More

First of all, I must tell you, I hate to shop.  I am not a shopper, have never liked shopping, and will never like shopping.  That said, I must clarify, I hate shopping in stores and malls.

My most recent shopping adventure or disaster, I'm not sure which,was handbag/purse shopping.  I told my granddaughter I liked the old days when there were not many choices.  It was easier.  Not now, oh my goodness, not now.  

Back in the 50's and 60's, the perfectly dressed woman always wore perfectly matched handbag and shoes.  Purses, as they were called then, were simple. 

Queen Elizabeth still carries the type of bag we used back in the '50's.   This is the handbag carried by Her Majesty on her daily rounds.  Made by Launer London Limited, each handbag is crafted in the company's factory.

Have you ever seen a picture of the Queen without her arm draped with a handbag?

While researching for a web page I was creating about handbags, I learned that the term 'purse' originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. A handbag today is used to carry a woman's personal items.

A woman's mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is ALWAYS something at the bottom to surprise you!
~ Billy Connelly

Louis Vuitton bag (2010).
Designer bags made their appearance in the '50's when Vuitton, Hermes, and Channel introduced the fine are of accessorizing and color coordinating. That's about the time I started carrying a handbag.  Back then we matched our shoes to our bag and always wore hat and gloves before 5:00PM.  

For a long time handbags were associated with the female sex.  They are now becoming more popular with men.  Both the modern man and woman can strap on or sling over a hands free bag and be right in style.  

Recently I found the perfect way for me, the non shopper to shop smart for handbags, purses, totes, clutches and shoulder bags.  I am now a happier shopper.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Shop Smart and Save Big -Buying Clothes

Buy next year's clothes now:

You can save $$$$$ buying clothes near the end of the selling season.  For example, Spring and Summer clothes prices are highest in late Feb and March.  To save a bundle, buy those seasonal items at the end of the season, in August and September. Buy your winter clothes at the end of that selling season, Feb and March. You will get most of your wear out of them next season but the money you save, you could buy a really nice purse or shoes.

Invest in one really good outfit:

Get it on sale when possible.  Use it as your signature piece.  It can be a blouse or jacket, mix and match it with your less expensive, bought off season clothes.  If you were able to use the money saved buying off season for a great pair of shoes, or a piece of nice jewelry, that will highlight the whole outfit. 

Buy on line:

Absolutely.  Internet vendors do not have a store with employees to maintain.  They are usually just pack and ship.  Here's a tip.  Go to your local department store or designer boutique that carries the brand you like.  Find what appeals to you, try it on, make a note of the style, size, color etc.  I usually buy a small item before leaving so I don't feel guilty about doing this.  Go home, fire up the PC, or even your mobile device, and search for the brand.  You will be amazed at how much you save, even with shipping costs.

Buy Classic Jeans:                                

Jeans have become a fashion icon.  Wear them everywhere.  Dress em up with high heels and a classic jacket for an evening out or top with a comfy sweatshirt for hanging out.

One or two pairs of classic jeans will last you far longer than any of the 'trendy, here today, new trend tomorrow' jeans.

Never Pay Retail:

When you do shop in a 'brick and mortar' store, take the item you want to buy to the check out counter and ask them to hold it for you until it goes on sale.  It's worth a try.  Retailers mark their products up about 50% of what it costs them, so if they can make the sale at a fair discount, they are happy.

Check out Vintage Stores or Stylish Boutiques:

I know a very stylish gal who looks for clothes from the '50's.  She claims the quality of clothes was much better then.  Another good reason to buy Vintage, you are not going to see the same item on someone else.  Buy classic Vintage like Chanel.  It's always in style and so will you, economically too.

You can find them on Amazon--great shipping rates too.      Check Out These Designer Dresses       

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