I love finding the best new beauty products and chic fashion items from season to season! As Founder and Chief Creative Officer of PageDaily, wife, mother of two children (and an adorable Shih-tzu), my days are action packed from morning to night, seven days a week. I find myself more and more turning to the internet for my market research and online purchasing. The daily overload of information combined with too many choices and places to shop, and countless items to buy can be overwhelming at times. I am so excited to have found a solution and can’t wait to share my latest best-kept secret and go-to online shopping destination: StyleUnited. The new online hub is a streamlined and efficient one-stop destination for the most cutting edge beauty and fashion news. They also pick items that are specially tailored just for you!
It is so easy to shop their personalized head to toe recommendations by taking the Style 360 quiz. All you have to do is answer a few fun questions about the looks you like, pattern combinations you prefer, create your own outfit out of styles provided and in a matter of seconds you have your very own customized picks! The Style quiz is highly adept and super smart at selecting the best skincare, haircare, cosmetics and fashion for you. I love how user friendly it is–in fact, my Style quiz continues to be spot on in the “looks I’d love!”
StyleUnited also features exclusive articles, slideshows, blog posts and helpful how-to videos from the industry’s leading experts. Want to create loose sexy waves and top hair styles to do with a curling iron? Check. Want to learn how to do a colorful smokey eye or waterproof your look? Check. Log on and score some of the best beauty and fashion information from influential stylists, top bloggers and online editors. Providing insider tricks, tips and product picks is my motto and I think StyleUnited is an amazing resource.
StyleUnited’s one-on-one live webcam consultations with professional beauty experts give you a department store shopping experience without ever having to leave your own home (which saves you time)! I enjoy chatting with the live consultants because they give you real time recommendations and advice. This is perfect for preemptive shopping or any last minute help you need before heading out the door.
StyleUnited gives you direct access to purchase your recommended beauty and fashion finds with the click of a button. I can shop my picks straight from their site and don’t have to spend hours, or even minutes searching for things. Some of their retailers include CVS, Amazon.com, Walgreens, Target, Soap.com, Walmart, Drugstore.com, Ulta and P&G’s own eStore.
StyleUnited helped me to select the stylish items and products that I truly need and love…I’m addicted! And, with a limited amount of free time each day, it’s not always easy to make the best shopping decisions. Be sure to check out this fabulous new site and take your very own Style 360 quiz–it’s fun and you will be impressed by the results.
This post is sponsored by P&G Beauty. The information included is the honest opinion of our editor.
We all know how hard it is to find the time to go shopping. By the time you make it to the store to pick up this season’s must-have item, it’s sold out. To assist you, we are introducing you to our favorite new fashion e-commerce sites to make sure that you achieve your summer wardrobe for the best price with just a few clicks.
FOR THE CAN’T-SHOP-ALONE SHOPPER:
Everyone has such a demanding schedule these days that scheduling a shopping trip with friends is not as easy as it used to be. Thank goodness for WingTipIt, a site that allows us to virtually shop and connect with our friends, family, and other trendsetters. WingTipIt was founded by Columbia Business School graduates Kimberly Karpf Skelton and Carla Holtze, who wanted to create an improved way for shoppers to connect online and mimic the fun, social, in-store shopping experience. As Holtze says, “For many people shopping is very much about sharing and getting feedback from those you trust. Up until now, it has been challenging for online shoppers to get the second opinions that they need prior to purchase in a quick, simple and realistic way.” WingTipIt allows us to save and see any online product in our “closet” as well as view our friends’ “closets.” We can also share products, generate wish lists, and obtain shopping advice from friends and family. Best of all, once we get the approval from our friends we can effortlessly purchase the product, as the site has more than 100 affiliate retail partners, including Bloomingdale’s and Bluefly. WingTipIt brings your together online through a social shopping community.
FOR THE SAMPLE-SALE FANATIC:
Online sample sales put the excitement back into shopping without aggressive crowds and fights over the last pair of size-7 shoes on the table. MyNines is a free service offering shoppers one convenient location to discover designer products from various sample sale sites. Instead of going to five different sites a day, you can log onto MyNines and see products collected from over 80 sites at 40-90 percent off during a time frame of 24-72 hours. Users can search and filter by designer, category, price range, sales ending soonest, most viewed items, deals under $100, and newly listed. Using MyNines will assure that you are always “dressed to the nines.”
FOR THE SHOE OBSESSED:
Sole Society and ShoeDazzle are subscription-based shoe delivery services. Both are sites that provide quality and on-trend shoes. Members’ picks are based on in-depth questionnaires completed at registration.
On ShoeDazzle, once members complete their questionnaires stylists will create their first selections. On the first of every month members will receive a new style selection and can pick their shoes of choice. Subscribers can also request alternate selections and are under no obligation to purchase – simply select the Skip This Month Option and you won’t be charged the $39.95 monthly fee for that month.
Within 24 hours of completing their questionnaires, Sole Society members will begin receiving a selection of monthly recommendations, be able choose a pair of shoes for $49.95 a month, select alternatives, or even opt out. Similar to ShoeDazzle, there’s no obligation to purchase.
The main difference between the two sites is the price-per-month for ShoeDazzle and Sole Society. Likewise, with ShoeDazzle members get the impression they are working alongside glitzy Kim Kardashian and Los Angeles stylists.
FOR THE ACCESSORIES MAVEN:
If you have an affection for jewelry and shopping but dislike going to overwhelming department stores and sifting through all the merchandise, make sure to visit these three online retailers that bring personalization to fashion accessories. At Send the Trend, BaubleBar, and JewelMint, consumers can find the right selection, excellent customer service, and picture-perfect piece without hassle. Both Send the Trend and JewelMint additionally take each member through a style assessment to evaluate which trends would best fit him or her, then offer a monthly list of curated and personalized recommendations of items available for purchase.
Send the Trend, curated by “Project Runway” designer Christian Siriano, offers its customers affordable accessories, such as fashion jewelry, sunglasses, and scarves. At Send the Trend, fashion experts are able to answer any style inquiries, provide individual recommendations, and keep a woman on trend with must-have accessories.
BaubleBar prices pieces based on quality and materials, allowing consumers to splurge on certain trends and save on others. If a consumer is uncertain how to wear an item, he or she can go to BaubleBar’s Lookbook for general outfit and shoe recommendations.
JewelMint, created by Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter, is captivating many fashion trendsetters with its large selection of beautiful jewelry. The monthly members-only jewelry site offers custom-made, trendy jewel selections centered on your individual style.
FOR THE MID-SUMMER WARDROBE UPDATE:
StyleMint (launching in July 2011)
With its debut set for July, StyleMint will work in the same way as the other monthly membership sites. After taking a personality and style quiz, StyleMint will recommend purchase selections that a member can choose to either buy into or not every month. Founded by fashion icons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the principal collection will consist of a variety of eight T-shirt styles in a choice of solids and stripes, selling for $29.99 each. As Ashley Olsen told WWD, “Online commerce is the perfect medium for us to create a brand that is as much about the clothing as it is about the customer experience.” StyleMint’s parent company, BeachMint (http://www.beachmint.com), plans to further develop its gamut of monthly clubs comprising of beauty, footwear, home, and wellness.