Thursday, March 12, 2009

Let's Talk Shop(ping)

In these tough economic times, we're all tightening our belts and doing a little less needless spending. But let's be real: Spring is about to arrive, and a girl has to keep up appearances!

I recently was tipped off to the new phenomenon of online "members only" shopping websites that offer current designer clothes at deeply discounted prices (with different designers featured every day).

Gilt Group ( has recently featured Catherine Malandrino and Marchesa, and today has a sale on Marc Jacobs (up to 70ish% off).

Ideeli ( currently has a sale on Ginette NY jewelry and Michael Kors Home, with YSL and Burburry on the horizon.

Rue La La ( has sales on Free People and Birkenstock today, with Betsy Johnson and Dolce & Gabbana coming up later this week.

As a disclaimer, I have never bought anything from any of them, but I have checked out the sales which seem good (although the best stuff sells out very quickly). It never hurts to have another way to discount shop.

Because they want to maintain an air of exclusivity, you have to be invited by a current "member" to visit the site. Luckily for you, I'm in with the In Crowd, and I'm inviting you now, if you want to check it out. I'm going to try to set up an automatic link from here, but in the meantime, shoot an email to and I'll send you the link.

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