November 23, 2015

12 online stores you can trust

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The truth is, I am a professional online shopper. I started this sport back in 2008 when I discovered ASOS (who currently have 60% off winter at the moment here) and I basically never looked back. I only became pro around four years ago and now, it is time to share my glory and knowledge with you.

Online shopping can be a little daunting, especially if you are shopping a store that is not from your country. I am here to say, you are missing out! You are missing out on sales, bargain, exclusive pieces and just really good fashion because of this fear of the unknown. I have trialled most online stores and I have compiled a trust worthy shopping guide for you.

Also, just so you know, it is BLACK FRIDAY (this coming friday) and CYBER MONDAY (the monday after) What is Black Friday? What is Cyber Monday? 24 hours (for both of those days) of huge discounts, sales and all round biggest shopping weekend online to get you sorted for Christmas, kind of like when a shopping centre has all night trading and every store has a sale!

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 Jump online, put some items in your wish list now on each of the sites you like and then on Friday or Monday, when the store has a % off, put it in your card and buy it so you don’t spend time looking and losing out on those actual days.

THE BEST ONLINE STORES YOU SHOULD BE SHOPPING ON:

1. ASOS
for women and men, have regular discounts and free shipping on occasion, ships from the UK or the Sydney warehouse within 7 days, easy return policy and refunds. Affordable fashion that keeps you on trend also features plus size, maternity and petite. My go-to for my everyday wardrobe and dresses.

2. SHOPBOP
for women and men, has a diverse range of contemporary – high end brands and some great every day brands. Find your Michael Kors watches on here and a good denim selection. Ships from USA free express international delivery. One of the most popular multi brand online retailers for bloggers.

3. FARFETCH
for women and men, gifts and everything in between and one of my absolute favourites! If you haven’t heard of FARFETCH, it’s ok, jump on now and you will see why I love it. It is basically 300 boutiques world wide that you can shop from, they put their items they sell in the boutique on farfetch for you to easily shop in the one spot. You can find designer items that you have been looking for elsewhere, in this one spot and even compare the same product price to what another FF boutique has it for. If you choose items from a few different boutiques, it doesn’t matter, just ignore that, because it all goes to check out together and you only pay one sum and it gets deliver to you super fast. My last order came in 3 days! Think YSL, VALENTINO, KENZO, CHLOE etc etc, great for shoe and handbag shopping but also has clothing too of course! Trust worthy 100% ps- you don’t get taxed extra if you spend of $1000 its all included!

4. NET-A-PORTER
for women (or go to Mr Porter for men and THE OUTNET for 70% off net-a-porter designers all year round, they are under the same brand) is the worlds favourite and most known luxury online retailer. Completely trust worthy (just like the rest) and you can filter by price so you don’t get too sad looking at amazing items out of your budget. I love to get gifts from here that are a little special such as Lanvin pen or notepad or some cool tech accessories. Everyone loves to open up a net-a-porter black box (be sure to select this before completing you order) sadly, they don’t usually have coupon codes to discount your shopping cart but their sales definitely make up for it-  bloody good!

5. NORDSTROM
for men, women, kids, gifts, everything! Because I am an insider or pretty much erry thang online shopping, I know for a fact that one of the biggest online stores shopped internationally is Nordstom, so why aren’t we jumping on this bandwagon? Nordstom are huge and have so much to offer for everyone and have those shoes you have wanted but can’t find in the colour-way you want just waiting for you to buy it. For Aussies, they show the price in AUD and have low international shipping costs. You might be able to find some great coupon codes to use at checkout (just google it) and I am sure their Black Friday sales will be amazing!

6. SAKS FIFTH AVE
for women, men and kids and more, the much loved department store, an icon in NYC (Currently has 40% off here) and is a designer haven. Good collection of Gucci which isnt very common and of course a price range for most people. Click the ‘ship to’ selection at the top to make it appropriate for your country and you will see it in your currency. Express shipping to Aus is 5-9 business days and refunds are accepted.

7. BOOHOO
did you know I was in two Boohoo TVC’s a few years back? Boohoo is the best for fast and on trend fashion. Some prices are ridiculously cheap, like $12! There is so much to choose from on this site for men and women! They always have discounts (At the moment they have 25% off dresses) and lots of discount codes are avail on checkout. Very trust worthy site and great delivery service. So many Aussies shop boohoo, once you start you can’t stop. They also have plus sizing, petite and tall. Love Boohoo! Actually one of the kinder mums said it is the only place she gets her fashion from (so she can put her wardrobe investment money into her handbags!)

8. DAVID JONES
the favourite Australian department store is the one stop shop for everything you need without having to head out to the shops to get. DJ’s is home to some of the best Australian designers and has a great list of international designers including its famous beauty range. DJ’s is making life easier for busy people and mums like me to deliver us the products we know and trust. You can trust this site with all your details and shipping to you in good time. They also have other online service such as wine and flowers. PS get your CHANEL beauty and fragrance from here! Brands such as Witchery, Zimmerman, Camilla, Bonds for women and all your homeware, electronics, kids, mens, underwear you could want!

9. MY THERESA
women’s clothing and accessories, another european online store which is great for you to compare pricing with when you are looking for something specific and want to get the best price for. A big Italian brand presence, very high end, good for looking for that time in your life you want to invest into something big. I have ordered from them before, a few years back and it was great and the box it arrived in was stunning, hand illustrated and decorated box.

10. LUISA VIA ROMA
my favourite Italian, from Florence with love! Awesome free express international shipping with import fees included (yay) the best in designer every thing and another luxury site to find your Valentino rock stud heels in your preferred colour. Shop men, women, kids (designer!) and home.

11. FASHION BUNKER
oh hey, Aussie favourites! you know those brands that all the international bloggers are loving? C/meo, Finders Keepers, Keepsake, The fifth etc etc (currently have 15% off your first order with code ‘BNKR’) are all here. It is the website to go to for on-trend Aussie style, at good prices and for that party season outfit. I would get in quick and put some items in the wish list cart for Black Friday and Cyber Monday before everything goes!

12. NASTY GAL
i have been shopping on Nasty Gal since before I started blogging. Trusted by millions of girls around the world, this site is pro at delivering great online service, product and shipping. I love how unique the collections are and that they have a lust worthy CHANEL VINTAGE section. Great price range, a dress for every occasion and great sales! The fashion chick’s BFF!

So there you have it, some of the stores that I regularly shop on that you might not have tried before. You will get to know your favourites for your every day shopping and those that you might only dream of shopping on or shop on to buy that one special bag you have always wanted. Don’t forget to get on, find your pieces and be ready to shop them with discounts on Friday! xo

more go-to stores are: THE ICONIC, SEED and MATCHES FASHION

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