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Online Shopping Tips: How to shop like a Pro

  • Posted on July 30, 2013 at 11:40 am
                                  Photo from thedrum.com

Nowadays, they say that the ultimate test for customer service is convenience to one’s clientele. Hence, everything is made easier. Added services like talking to a customer service rep, free pick up and delivery, and online shopping are trending.

Despite these entitlements, consumers still have to be wary of purchases. It cannot always be for convenience only. But rather, it is still wise to be discerning in every thing that we buy. Many are becoming online shoppers due to their hectic schedule. But how does one protect themselves from tricky purchases? Below are practical tips for online consumers:

1. Window shop, physically. Not virtually yet.

This works best for clothes, most especially coat, blazers, and pants. Before buying clothes online, you really have to know your fit. Online photos can be tricky and may not yield the best fit for you. Thus, if you know a store carrying the same brand or the same product, you might want to fit there first. Just when you have the chance and time. This can work as your future reference.

You might ask why not buy it from the store at the instance. Yes, you may. But as said, this can be used as a future reference. Plus, online stores most of the time give discounts and further reductions.

2. Know your precise measurements.

This works best for footwear and pants. Most online stores have product measurements. You can easily check if their size matches yours. If you’re not sure, you can always ask them. Please do note that sometimes sizes vary. The US, UK, and Asian sizes are different from each other. Thus, it is wise that you measure your foot/waist and match them with the store’s posted measurements.

3. Test if hypoallergenic and if compatible with skin tone.

This works best for hygiene and skin care products including make up. You cannot always rely on brand description and ads. You really have to be sure. The best way is to purchase a small one i.e. shampoo/conditioner and if you liked the results, you can continue purchasing in bulk. Another is by looking for forums where the products have been tested. However, what may work for them may not work for you. Thus it is still best that you try it personally. Start with the smallest bottle.

4. Know the material, check the zippers, and double-check the internal make.

This works for all of the clothing and accessories. But can also work for bags and wallets. Some online stores offer zoom-in and enlarged-but-not-pixelized feature of photos. This way you can see clearly almost all the details of the bags/wallet. Aside from the item description, it is best to check the internal and external make of the wallet/bag. Is it handwoven, double-lined, made of real leather or synthetic, or is it made of canvass? Usually canvass-made lasts longer. Are the zippers made by YKK?

5. Check for expiration date.

This works best for food and other perishable goods. Always always always check for this, especially if it’s on sale. Then check for the ingredients, you might be allergic to one or two of the contents.

6. Triple check the details and highlights of the deal.

This works best for vouchers and gift certificates. Most consumers overlook the details like required number of voucher purchase (for travel vouchers, it’s minimum of two), location of restaurant or store, shipping method or pick-up, time of redemption, prior reservation and other minute details that if overlooked would actually cost you more.

7. Sign up for free online newsletters.

This works best for plane tickets and vouchers. This will keep you posted for best travel deals like Piso-fare and the likes. Travel bloggers usually score their plane tickets at cheap prices this way.

8. RESEARCH.

This is the ultimate tip that can ever be given. We cannot always rely on other’s opinion, but as convenient as shopping can be, Google is as convenient! We can always find reliable information on the net. Hope this helped! Online shopping may be far from convenience after all. Surely, every one wants value for their money, whatever and wherever venue the shopping occurred! :)

 

Pretty ALL Day!

  • Posted on July 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Women juggle a lot of things all at the same time. Aside from performing excellently at work, we have to maintain our prettified self to be presentable.

Sometimes, as the day goes by, we overlook minute details on how to take care of ourselves. We just skip it and hop on to our next activity, leaving us more stressed and disheveled. To instantly feel fresh and radiant, here are reminders to pretty girls on the go out there:

1. Wear exact fitting clothes.

 

                      Photo from ivillage.ca

Tight-fitting clothes are over-rated. Not only does it limit our movements, but it also makes us more self-conscious. Of course on the other hand, we cannot also overdo on loose clothes lest we would look lousy. The technique is find a slacks with just the right percentage of spandex, say 3-5%, or get the proper length of skirt. Crisp polo blouses as well is a classic.

2. Wear pretty shoes.

 

           Photo from bleubirdvintage.typepad.com

Wearing pretty shoes boosts confidence. If you like what you see whenever you look down, you instantly feel refreshed and happy. Give yourself a reason to look down and smile 😀

3. Comb and fix your hair.

 

Photo from static.becomegorgeous.com

 

We know that messy and i-just-got-out-from-bed hairdo are the in things nowadays. But, we cannot afford to look like that when we are meeting clients or talking to our boss and colleagues. It is still best to look polished and neat, and save the messy do for a night out with friends.

Messy hair presents messy head (brain), so better to keep our hairs tucked in and you’ll instantly feel lighter.

4. Wear an earring.

 

       Photo from jewelinfo4u.com

For some, wearing accessories is a no-no. They either get hassled by it, or they have allergies. For others, they actually overdo it, by wearing dangling and heavier earrings. But to get the glow and radiance we want to achieve, wearing a stud with the right size can turn you into a charming lady.

Earring lifts the aura of your face. With the right size, you’ll feel prettified the whole day.

5. Powder your nose.

 

Photo from blog.beautycollection.com

 

Our T-zone (forehead and nose) is prone to oiliness. We all heard about the cliche “Oiliness is next to ugliness“, and it is thus a basic that we bring oil control film or a powder to preserve our pretty faces.

6. Arrange your belongings, leave bulky ones.

 

Photo from socialbliss.com

Now that we’re dressed pretty, wearing the right shoes and earrings, we can showcase ourselves without looking haggard—by not bringing bulky things, as much as possible. Women have this habit of carrying alot of things with them wherever they go. We might want to stick with our purse and smart-phones only so that we can be chic and classy. What’s the use of smart phones if we cannot use it as temp or alternative for our e-docs.

7.  Wear pretty undergarments.

 

Photo from perezhilton.com

In preparation for our day, we have to wear the proper undergarments to support our body. And, you’ll definitely feel the vibe of wearing a pair of pretty undies. Take it should be paired. ! You’ll feel sexy inside, and it will radiate on the outside. La Senza and Herbendh have a lot of pretty, sezy, and sassy undergarments that you could choose from. Hoard during their sale. You’ll never wear anything not paired after!

Hope this helps! Stay pretty ladies!