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hate carrying on luggage? scottevest carry on coat

This coat is so, functional, i’m speechless. It is an excellent gift for anyone who abhors luggage.

Carry-On Coat from Scottevest, $225. It has enough room for a change of clothes, in addition to your toiletries.

Pocket Map

Detailed pictures of what will fit into all the pockets

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part two on flash sales, featuring ideeli and ruelala

In this post, I talked about how Ramit Sethi keeps himself looking good for all those appearances he has to make. He does it at a discount, and he saves time by shopping on the web, the items come right to his doorstep, and most of the items are name brand at up to 70% off.

Part Two of this post takes us over to ideeli and rue la la. Next week I will give you my thoughts on Billion Dollar Babes, The Sample Sale, and One Kings Lane.

You have to join to be able to enjoy the savings, and joining is free.

Like other limited-sales sites, one has to act quickly to get the items you like. Ideeli offers viewing to those who are not upgraded members (2nd Row Members), before the sale starts. But exactly an hour before the sale opens to everyone, 1st Row Members are able to start purchasing. If you have your credit card ready for purchase on an item it can get pretty sickening watching it disappear before your eyes.

For a yearly fee you are able to shop before the rest of the peons and small-players. I am thinking about testing it out, There are sales that are only open to 1st Row Members and I would love to see what other perks included over and above free membership. Being a 1st Row Member comes in handy on days like ideeli red, where ideeli throws everything out there seen in recent sales at even more deeply discounted prices. This usually happens on a Saturday and everything goes fast! A recent Prada sale sold out it about an hour. But many of the items for sale on ideeli sell out quickly because they offer a good selection of items you probably haven’t seen anywhere else.

I like ideeli’s variety, not only in brands but the fact they offer plus-size, petites and european brands also. Categories offered are women’s, men’s, home goods (calphalon almost always sells out), children’s items and travel. Ideeli offers some amazing contests also. Shopping starts at 11 am central daily.

Any item return is for store-credit only. You must initiate the return process within 14 days of the original ship date.  They do have certain rules around what can be returned, so be sure to check what you are purchasing to make sure you will not have issues if it does not work out for you. Shoes and apparel are mostly what can be returned, and that excludes the ideeli red sales. Return shipping is free.

Ideeli is one my favorites out of all the limited-time shopping sites because it is so easy to use, and really customer friendly. If you would like to join, send me an email at glenyse at gmail dot com.

Rue La La, well who the hell wouldn’t love that name!!

Let’s start with the ease of navigation. Big buttons, awesome pictures. Great sales. They offer women’s, men’s, home goods, children’s and most recently they have started adding travel and sports themed sales (Callaway Golf anyone?). I would work for them if I could. They make it easy to want to spend your money with them. A St. John sale is coming up soon and let me tell you I will be front and center at 10 am central when that page opens up!

Joining is free and it is a free for all! No upgrades here baby! And Rue La La does not disappoint. Business attire, evening attire. It’s all offered and it goes quickly. It’s prom and wedding time. If you know your size and have a good tailor on hand you could walk away from Rue La La with exactly what you need at TJ Maxx prices! Quick shipping, great customer service. I highly recommend this for items you would love to have in your home without the wear of waiting for the sale. The sale comes to you and ships right to your doorstep!

Returns are free and are for store-credit only. Returns must be done within 30 days. There are restrictions on what can be returned, check out the return policy if you think you may have a problem later (so if you pick up that Cosabella bra, make sure you have someone in mind that it could be gifted in the event it does not fit. Lingerie is typically one of the categories none of the flash sales sites will accept returns on).

If you would like to join, send me an email at glenyse at gmail dot com.

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ramit sethi, gilt and hautelook flash sales

One of my favorite bloggers, sexy ass Ramit Sethi over at I will teach you to be rich, recently chimed in on one of my favorite things to do: SHOP!!!! Now I know why he looks so confident on Good Morning America; he got most of his designer label clothes for half price! And he didn’t have to leave the comfort of his lounge chair to go get that stuff. I’d be grinning too! (I can’t show the post about how much he really loves Gilt because you have to be on his list. Go join, you won’t regret it!)

You don’t read too often how a guy, really loves shopping, but he had a secret. He does most of his shopping on Gilt. What’s great about that is of course, all the shopping is done online, most of the items are in limited quantity being sold from new and established designers AND everything is up to 70 percent off!!!

Gilt, is just one a few sites that offer “flash sales”. A flash sale typically lasts 24 to 48 hours, or less or until all the merchandise is sold out.

In Part One of this post I am reviewing Gilt and Hautelook. Many flash shopping sites listed you need an invite to join, it’s provided if you would like to become a part of that shopping community (Go join! Go save money when you shop!). Part Two will cover RueLala, Ideeli and the The Sample Sale and One Kings Lane.

The Gilt Groupe consists of Gilt, Gilt Fuse (less inexpensive items than Gilt), Jetsetter, Gilt Men, Gilt Gifts and Gilt Home. Of all the flash shopping sites, I think Gilt provides the most luxurious shopping experience. The backgrounds are dark, and even the shipments come with a black thank you card embossed in gold. Gilt seems to have the most higher end designer sales. Recently, Reem Acra’s beautiful, exquisitely hand beaded gowns were featured on Gilt. Can you imagine purchasing an estimated $7,000 gown, for $1,499?

Membership is free. The return policy is for store credit only, and you can return items up to 21 days from the point of shipment. Return shipping is free. I have both purchased and returned items to Gilt with no problems at all. Join here.

Hautelook is a younger, fresher version of a flash shopping site. Makes me think of what a popup store would look like if there were internet versions. Hautelook carries men’s, women’s, children’s, home and most recently had a whole week of sales devoted to pets. You can find fabulous sales on ABS, BCBG and Juicy here and they always have a huge selection to choose from.

Membership is free. The return policy is for store credit only, and you can return items up to 21 days from the date of purchase. After that, the item is subject to a restocking fee. You pay for shipping, both to yourself and for returns. I have had slow return issues, the return being closed, etc., and they are slow to answer emails. But the customer service by phone is quick, and they are happy to help you with an issues you have. Recently a vendor could not provide enough of the product Hautelook advertised. Instead of Hautelook just telling me that, they gave me an additional $20 credit AND refunded the purchase. That’s something that I as the customer really appreciated! Join here.

Happy shopping!

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