Home shopping advice
[xgrid layout="1" condition="" order="DESC" featured="1" cats="24181" speed="" count="0"]

shopping advice

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

admin
339

Remember the joy you felt when you stepped into a Zara for the first time? It was like the clouds parted and a sparkling rainbow appeared, right? The fast-fashion brand can be counted on for stylish, trend-driven pieces that feel grown-up, with a wide range that's appropriate for both work and the weekend. And guess what? That feeling of discovery is about to happen again because we've got info.

Zara Home, a go-to spot for wallet-friendly home decor that counts Kate Middleton as a fan, has more than lamps, sheets, and throw pillows. Guys, there's fashion. All the items that live on Zara Home are exclusive to that site, so you won't find this stuff on zara.com or in stores. Available now? Bikinis, sandals, and silk tunics—all stuff that works as normal, everyday apparel. There are definite only-for-the-home pieces like PJs and robes, but plenty of this stuff is basically begging to be worn in public.

Browse it all here, and shop our favorites below:

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home striped dress, $50, zarahome.com

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home silk tunic, $90, zarahome.com

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home cardigan, $80, zarahome.com

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home embroidered linen tunic, $90, zarahome.com

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home dress, $50, zarahome.com

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home bikini, $50, zarahome.com

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home raffia sandals, $50, zarahome.com

Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Zara Home hat, $30, zarahome.com













Discovered: The Secret Section of Zara You Never Knew About

Nordstrom, L.L. Bean Top the List of Stores With the Best Return Policies

admin
448

Whether you're doing some run-of-the-mill shopping or scrambling for last-minute Christmas gifts (like 54 million other Americans), it's handy to study up on which stores have the best return policies. After you've been burned once by a steely-eyed shop associate delivering the unwelcome news that, nope, that sweater that will never, ever fit is yours to keep, it's an issue you'll never want to repeat.

Nordstrom, L.L. Bean Top the List of Stores With the Best Return Policies

The team at GOBankingRates.com crunched a set of data including the amount of time you have to make a return, how the refund is issued, and whether original packaging is required in order to figure out which stores make returns the easiest.

Check out the ranked requests they shared with us:

#1. Nordstrom
Time limit: None
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? No

#2. L.L. Bean
Time limit: None
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? No
Original packaging required? No

#3. Bed Bath & Beyond
Time limit: None
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? No

#4. JCPenney
Time limit: None
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? No
Original packaging required? No

#5. Costco
Time limit: None (90 days for certain electronics)
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? N/A
Original packaging required? No

#6. Staples
Time limit: None
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? Yes

#7. Zappos
Time limit: 365 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? Yes

#8. REI
Time limit: 365 days
Can you return without a receipt? No
Is there free shopping online returns? Not specified
Original packaging required? No

#9. Macy's
Time limit: None
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Not specified
Original packaging required? Yes

#10. Kohl's
Time limit: None
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? No
Original packaging required? Yes

#11. Target
Time limit: 90 days
Can you return without a receipt? Case dependent
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? Yes

#12. Sephora
Time limit: 60 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? No

#13. Michaels
Time limit: 180 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Not specified
Original packaging required? Yes

#14. Lowe's
Time limit: 90 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? Yes

#15. Walmart
Time limit: 90 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? No
Original packaging required? Yes

#16. Apple
Time limit: 14 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? Yes

#17. Old Navy
Time limit: 90 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? Yes
Original packaging required? Yes

#18. Amazon
Time limit: 30 days
Can you return without a receipt? No
Is there free shopping online returns? No
Original packaging required? Yes

#19. T.J. Maxx
Time limit: 30 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? No
Original packaging required? Yes

#20. Best Buy
Time limit: 15 days
Can you return without a receipt? Yes
Is there free shopping online returns? No
Original packaging required? Yes

And what were we seriously shopping all this year? Come see the top searches by state (spoiler: A TON of you were loving tulle skirts!).










Nordstrom, L.L. Bean Top the List of Stores With the Best Return Policies

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

admin
250

Geographically, it feels like Australia is directly flip-flopped from the United States. But style-wise? Not so much. Ladies down under routinely inspire sartorial wanderlust in us Americans, keen to replicate their beachy cool take on just about every fashion situation. It's vital too to remember that Oz isn't made up of a gaggle of bikini babes lounging beachside: The country has turned up some design talent (like Kate Middleton favorite Zimmerman and Sass & Bide), plus bloggers galore. For insight into what makes style-setters down under tick, we connected with Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson, the best-friend duo behind They All Hate Us.

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson

The biggest sartorial takeaway from Aussies? Don't let the season dictate your shopping list. It's a curse of living in the southern hemisphere, where seasons are opposite from what's happening in most global style capitals like Manhattan, Paris, and London—the women are constantly tempted to buy pieces from other seasons. "We buy wool coats and over-the-knee boots in summer because we see the girls in the States looking amazing in their winter," Ferguson shared. Apply her shopping strategy to your own situation, buying what catches your eye and simply wearing it when the weather's right.

More aspects of Aussie style to learn from?

Australian girls wear ripped-up denim better than anyone else.
Jeans are a global closet staple, but women are wearing them differently everywhere. In Australia, that means looser and typically ripped, plus styles other than skinnies. "You see so many girls wearing bootleg and flare jeans here," Sefton told us.

Australian girls don't stress over pre-planning outfits.
The relaxed-chic of Aussie girls is achieved, in part, by not thinking too much about what they'll be wearing. "As a whole, we're really laid-back. When we go out, we've probably been for a swim beforehand or a walk on the beach," Ferguson explained. "I think of American girls as being so beautifully 'done' with weekly blow-outs and outfits styled from head to toe."

They are very brand-loyal.
It was a point both women made multiple times: Aussies stay true to brands they love, whereas ladies in the U.S. will flit between multiple options. "There are shared spaces when shopping in the states. You go into a boutique and there are five or six different brands, and you're intended to mix it up," Ferguson said, explaining that for her, shopping is often about popping into individual brand stores.

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

They work denim at the office.
"We get away with dressing down," Sefton pointed out. "Even denim is becoming more acceptable in the work place." Ferguson seconded the thought, saying that Australian workwear isn't as tailored as that in the U.S.

They size up.
"We love American style, but when we take inspiration from it we make it a little more relaxed," Sefton said. Specifically, it can be about what size we decide to buy. "We all have the same items in our closets, but an Australian girl's white t-shirt would be a size large and worn oversized. An American's would fit her properly and be a smaller size," added Ferguson.

They love high-street shops.
After existing without budget-friendly staples like H&M, Zara, and Topshop for awhile, the women in Oz are still rabid for them. "It's like Christmas for us!" Sefton reported. "We finally have access to brands like never before—in turn we sometimes go a little crazy."

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

Wearing best friend t-shirts you can buy here

They keep the jewelry to a limit.
As a generalization, the ladies report that they tend to see American girls in more accessories than they do on their countrywomen. The term "arm party" felt distinctly American to them, and while they love it, both said the Aussie way is to wear one bangle, not a stack of five.

They don't focus on brands when shopping.
"Wearing head-to-toe designer labels isn't big here. We mix it up with high street and aren't as brand-focused as you see in the U.S., mainly due to availability," Sefton explained. It's a shopping attitude that's likely to fill your closet with pieces you truly love: Keep an eye out for pieces that call to you, ignoring whether they're the "right" brand.

They shop knowing that eventually they'll be able to wear an occasion-piece
Ever shopped with an event in mind, hunting for a dress to wear to that particular party you've got on the calendar? It's not something Aussies relate to as much. The girls, superstar Instagrammers, say they feel led by the desire to buy—and wear—something immediately. Saving it for a Saturday night four weeks from now? Impossible.

Another reason we love the They All Hate Us girls? Beyond reliably peppering our Insta-feed with Aussie-cool outfits, they oversee a shoppable arm of their brand that brings their curated picks from Australian brands to international shoppers (Sefton says 40% of their customers are outside of their country, mostly from the U.S.). "I think the customer loves seeing our local brands as a point of difference to global-dominated brands. It's exciting for us to spread the word of what great designers we have here!"

More international fashion? Come see 10 style differences between American and French girl-style.











The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

Quiz: What Should Your First Big Fashion Splurge Be?

admin
234

The biggest downside of shopping might just be this little thing called a budget. While nothing quite meets the retail rush of finding a mega bargain, there are some classic pieces that will never go out of style and, as such, are totally worth saving up for and investing in. Whether it’s an amazing bag or a pair of heels you’ve been making eyes at, your style and dressing habits dictate which would be the wisest splurge for you. Take our quiz below for help on figuring out what you should start saving up for.


From royals to eyebrows, we've got more quizzes where that came from.











Quiz: What Should Your First Big Fashion Splurge Be?

The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French Girl Style

admin
326

There's something so crazy good about French girl style that makes it maddeningly frustrating that it's out of reach. Unless you were born with a Parisian pedigree, can you ever really perfect the non-plussed, laid-back luxe that seems to come so effortlessly to our sisters-in-style across the pond? While the answer might have been a firm non previously, a new app from a former Chanel employee is letting women around the globe have a crack at getting some French chicness.

MORE: 10 Key Differences Between French and American Style

The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French Girl Style

Apparel Paris asks users to provide some personal info (hair and eye color, body type) and then fill out a virtual closet with both pre-loaded options or specifics taken from what they actually own. The process itself is surprisingly quick: You can cruise through styles the app already has and tick off basics that you own (e.g., a plain white tee, ripped black skinny jeans) or upload images and a description of a very specific piece. From there, select what sort of outfit you're looking for and what the weather's like. The French girl magic is worked, and you're presented with a formula ready to copy.

The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French Girl Style

A French-girl outfit suggested for one of our editors, using a coat and dress she already owns and a pair of boots and clutch available to buy—she'd asked for a casual outfit in chilly weather

"The outfits are created by an algorithm that has been developed by both fashion experts and mathematicians," founder Michel Ward explained. Ward's the one with Chanel on his resume: he worked as an analyst in the strategy department before focusing on the app, a project he's been working on for the past two years. Overall, the user experience was good and the idea feels pretty air-tight. Have a team tell you exactly how to style stuff you already own and get budget-friendly shopping suggestions as you go? Parisian style might really only be a click away.

Should you need any French-girl style inspo: Meet Brooklyn Beckham's new girlfriend, a Paris-based model who's bound to become a mega street style star.










The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French Girl Style

The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French-Girl Style

admin
280

There's something so crazy good about French girl style that makes it maddeningly frustrating that it's out of reach. Unless you were born with a Parisian pedigree, can you ever really perfect the non-plussed, laid-back luxe that seems to come so effortlessly to our sisters-in-style across the pond? While the answer might have been a firm non previously, a new app from a former Chanel employee is letting women around the globe have a crack at getting some French chicness.

MORE: 10 Key Differences Between French and American Style

The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French-Girl Style

Apparel Paris asks users to provide some personal info (hair and eye color, body type) and then fill out a virtual closet with both preloaded options or specifics taken from what they actually own. The process itself is surprisingly quick: You can cruise through styles the app already has and tick off basics that you own (e.g., a plain white tee, ripped black skinny jeans) or upload images and a description of a very specific piece. From there, select what sort of outfit you're looking for and what the weather's like. The French girl magic is worked, and you're presented with a formula ready to copy.

The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French-Girl Style

A French-girl outfit suggested for one of our editors, using a coat and dress she already owns and a pair of boots and clutch available to buy—she'd asked for a casual outfit in chilly weather

"The outfits are created by an algorithm that has been developed by both fashion experts and mathematicians," founder Michel Ward explained. Ward's the one with Chanel on his resume: he worked as an analyst in the strategy department before focusing on the app, a project he's been working on for the past two years. Overall, the user experience was good and the idea feels pretty airtight. Have a team tell you exactly how to style stuff you already own and get budget-friendly shopping suggestions as you go? Parisian style might really only be a click away.

The app is available for iOS and Android; you can get it in the app store here.

Should you need any French-girl style inspo: Meet Brooklyn Beckham's new girlfriend, a Paris-based model who's bound to become a mega street style star.










The Fashion App That Helps You Achieve French-Girl Style

QUIZ: What’s Your Shopping Style?

admin
297

All it takes is a look at your group of girlfriends to realize that there are all kinds of ways to shop. For every one person who’s got a warrior mindset, hitting the shops with a to-find list and an energy that seems to know no limits, there’s someone else that goes at it almost reluctantly and only when they actually need something. Which are you? Get started on our quiz below to find out how you operate in the retail space.

Quiz-crazed? From J.Lo to Real Housewives to the fall TV show you should be watching, we're ready for you.










QUIZ: What's Your Shopping Style?

This Pro Shopping Tip Will Ensure You Never Buy Something You Won’t Wear

admin
238

As a rule, we're fascinated to hear about shopping tips and tricks that the pros use—how they find good deals and why they decide to shop where, when, and what they do. Hence, a chat with costume designer Jenn Rogien (of Girls and Orange Is the New Black fame) couldn't have finished up without a chat about her pro moves.

"If you buy something and you haven't worn it in three days, it's unlikely you're going to wear it. If you weren't that excited to wear it the next day, you weren't that excited to wear it to begin with," Rogien explained. "If you haven't worn it in seven days, you're definitely not going to wear it, so make sure you return it in fourteen. Get it out of your life within 14 days or you're never going to return it."

MORE: The Shopaholic Test: 7 Questions That Reveal Whether You Have a Shopping Problem

This Pro Shopping Tip Will Ensure You Never Buy Something You Won't Wear

Makes all kinds of sense, yeah?

Other shopping hacks and info we've loved breaking down? Everything you've ever wanted to know about buying and selling on eBay, plus the very best secrets from shoppers who never pay full price.










This Pro Shopping Tip Will Ensure You Never Buy Something You Won't Wear

10 Life Lessons You Learn Through Shopping

admin
229

Women that love shopping have likely learned a few major life lessons while perusing the racks, from patience and forbearance to how to identify the difference between a need and a want (because, truly, it exists). Herewith, ten different truths you've lived while shopping.

1. Patience is a virtue.
It's always tempting to rush, but reining yourself in can reap big rewards. Nowhere is that universal lesson clearer than in fashion, where buying immediately can cost you hundreds of dollars more than waiting to see whether something you were eyeing pops up in end-of-season clearances.

2. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
It feels good when a friend buys something after being inspired by an item you wore, right? It's what fashion is all about, whether you're shopping for something you saw walk down a runway or out of a pal's apartment.

3. Love at first sight is alive and real.
Skeptics only need shop a little more to find out that head-over-heels love can hit hard and fast. Some pieces win you over slowly after you spot them on celebs or in street style shots; others grab your attention the minute you spot it and never let go.

10 Life Lessons You Learn Through Shopping

4. Go all in when something feels right.
Wavering between options when it comes to career or relationship? Think back to how you handle a choice at the cash register. If you know deep in the pit of your stomach you'll wear the absolute crap out of something, it's worth spending a little bit more and walking away satisfied. If you're not sure, put it back on the shelf.

5. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.
The smartest shoppers know that some pieces just don't have hanger appeal. Spending the time to try it on and considering whether alterations will result in an improved fit is never a bad idea. The maxim holds true for devoting energy to a fitness routine, relationship, or an extra dose of studying: investing time leads to the best reward.

6. You have room in your heart for everyone.
The best thing about the human heart is that it's expandable, always able to stretch to allow new people in. Lest you need reminding, think of your closet. There's never been a time when you said, "That's it, I love the clothes I have right now too much to possibly go shopping again," right? Right.

7. Assumptions are no good.
Shop with an open mind always because you never know what you'll find. A nondescript secondhand store can turn up treasures and a brand you've always ignored could have something you're perpetually hunting for. Those shopping surprises teach a pretty stellar listen: approach fresh situations and meeting new people with zero preconceived notions.

MORE: Quiz: What's Your Clueless Style?

8. You'll have bad relationships—learn from them.
We've all suffered through a drawn-out relationship with a piece of clothing that just didn't fit or feel right, only to realize how absolutely freeing it was to donate or sell it. Don't apologize for the mistake, but learn from it, keeping them in mind when shopping.

9. To thine own self be true.
At least once you've likely lusted after something like crazy, only to find it and realize, for whatever reason, it doesn't sparkle as much in person. Rather than force it, let the dream go and accept that not everything is going to be right for you (no matter how buzzy).

10. Preparation is key.
Super shoppers work for a lot of their best steals, researching an item, price-comparing, and prioritizing wants and desires before they even step foot in the store. A stylish stitch in time definitely saves nine.











10 Life Lessons You Learn Through Shopping