Successful hunt: Eshakti online. I’ve ordered two more dresses, having added a couple of inches to my shoulder-to-waist measurement, and they’re lovely. A great deal. You MUST know your colors and style lines to make this work – but if you do, you’ll have a good time. (Watch thy fabric content). Note: Necklines, hemlines, sleeves are usually changeable on their designs – so if you like something but wish it came a foot shorter/longer or wish it covered a bit more territory up top? Doable. Takes a couple of weeks to arrive. This is not Amazon. Price point? Entirely reasonable. I’m spending what I would normally spend on fabric and notions to make myself comparable clothing.
Continuing adventures: As an aesthete, I’m all about the full effect of my presentation, very much including how I smell. Unfortunately, regular perfumes and my body chemistry don’t get on. I’ve been searching for a signature fragrance for years. I’ve found a few almost-rans, but nothing that I fell in love with. And the esoteric scents that I love tend to be very difficult to sample – and sample I must.
I’ve been doing business off and on with BPAL, but they’ve gotten a bit *much* with the branding. And it takes a long time to get samples… one is never quite sure what you’re going to end up with. I loved one of the random samples they sent me (Paris), it’s darling – and it disappears in an hour. -sigh- But that was enough to send me on the hunt. Online, natch.
I found a new shop, loaded up my cart with $6 perfume samples (that’s about the standard price point for a sample vial in my experience), and am anxious to let you all know of a new source for perfumes. They have a million options on that site… hopefully I will fall in love. (Stay tuned).
I was bummed to find that Wintersilks has discontinued most of their daytime clothing, although I recommend them as a source for real silk underthings and nighties. Silk, if you are unaware, is a magnificent insulator. Well, stick to your strength – always a good move for any retailer.
Etsy is a marvelous place to get leather goods. Again – buyer be aware. One must examine the pictures closely and read the details. I just scored two vintage leather belts, and I spent no more than I’d have spent on pleather in the mall. They’re beautiful belts, and appear to have been barely worn.
Shopping online success? KNOW your colors and stick to them. KNOW your fabrics, or you’ll end up with trash. If it’s too cheap to be believed, … it is. KNOW your style lines and stay close. Online clothes shopping isn’t a good place to take chances, unless you’re really willing to send things back en masse – I hear this is popular, but I don’t have time for that nonsense. The dressing room remains the place to try wild new things – you should! – not the computer screen. (Call me old-fashioned if you will – I take it as a compliment). Utilize online review sites that aren’t the website itself if at all possible – the website can edit its reviews.