Sites to help you shop

More and more these days, especially with the growth of the web, there are a multitude of services to help you shop. Whether is beating that ‘We can only ship to US addresses’, personal styling services, VIP memberships to get you into sales before everyone else, hunting down that sold out top…it can be done with a bit of assistance.

Mail/Parcel Forwarding

Check out our Mail Forwarding page for a complete rundown on what it is (short answer: lets you buy from international stores that do not ship internationally) here

Converters & Calculators

Xe is my currency converter of choice.
The Womens Clothing Size Converter will convert US, UK, Japanese and European sizes into Australian clothing sizes – however remember that there is not such thing as ‘standard’ sizing anymore and always ask for measurements where possible. Other clothing size converters include the Bra Size Converter and the international shoe size converter.
To get an idea how much it cost to get parcels sent from the US to Australia, check out the UPS Postal Calculator

Member Only Sale Sites

A huge craze in the US and now we’ve got them in Australia too – sites offering massive discounts but you must be a member to join.

International sites
Rue La La – Get a membership via this link
Hautelook – Membership is open to all, no invite needed
Gilt Groupe – Get a membership using this link
ideeli – Shoot us an email if you need an invite
Billion Dollar Babes – Get a membership using this link
Editors Closet – Shoot us an email if you need an invite
Beyond the Rack – use referral code NKL8F0AEA8E to get a membership
Glamlist – Shoot us an email if you need an invite
The Savvy – membership is open, no invite needed
The Fairest – membership is open

Australian Sites
Coco Lee – Membership is open to all, no invite needed
Estile – Get a membership using this link
OzSale – Get a membership using this link
Brands Exclusive – Get access by following these instructions
Thread People – Get a membership using this link

Daily Deal Sites

Deals.com.au
Cudo

Spreets
Scoopon

Swap Parties/Events

Swap My Style
Miss Greens Wardrobe
The Clothing Exchange
The Fashion Exchange

Sites to Inspire You

stylehunter.com – browse this online fashion magazine with the latest lookbooks, style tips, editorial and links to fashion brands
The Budget Fashionista – one of the first female bloggers online, the budget fashionista is a great site for fashion finds that don’t break the bank
MyLookbook
– a very cool concept – pages and pages of style ideas and you simply click on the page to go the designers website or store
Polyvore – play fashion stylist – read our write up here

Social Shopping Networks

This Next – social shopping website. read our write up here
Style Feeder – Plug in your interests and shop away
My Style Diary – get on and start snapping your daily outfits or just browse through and checkout other peoples daily styles.
I Like Totally Love It is another social shopping network
Shop Style – a social shopping network that also lets you browse multiple stores by brand or item
Style Hive -
Closet Couture
Style Caster

Catalogues Online

A great resource if your postman hasn’t noticed you’ve tried to cover up the ‘No Junk Mail’ sign at your house. Most of the major Australian retailers list their catalogues online either on their own site or on the sites below

Catalogue Central
What’s On Sale
Lasoo

Ebay Tools

Use Toolhaus, Goofbay or DSR Watch to weed through your sellers feedback and easily pull out the negatives and also check up on any suss bidding – shill bidding is surprisingly easy to spot! If you are thinking of starting an eBay business or just want to know what people are looking for eBay Pulse is your friend. Another good tool is the BSB search which you can use to check which bank a BSB belongs to.

Fat Fingers is a nifty little search engine which will find misspelt auctions on eBay for you. Since most people search by brand name, this can help you snag a bargain. Typo Hound is another one.

For a totally free auction sniper (bids on eBay auctions for you at the last minute) check out bidding scheduler

Personal Stylists

I’ve never used any of these services so I can’t comment if they are any good, but here there are for your viewing pleasure

Stylizit
Style with Cindy
– Melbourne based but also does Gold Coast consultations.
Idcouture – Melbourne based
Style Counsel – Brisbane Based
Your Look – Melbourne based
Styled by Sally – Melbourne based

Celebrity Style

Seen something you loved on Mischa/Nicole/Sienna et al? Check out this sites to find out how to get your hands on celeb favs:
Celebrity Style Guide
Celebrity Must Haves
Junky Trunk
Famous Fashions Found
FamousStyle
TabloidStyle

Fashion & Shopping Forums

Okay so maybe they aren’t services as such, but fashion forums are full of great information. I’ve listed the ones I know of here:
The Fashion Spot (US Based and invite only)
Vogue Forum (AU based)
Fashion Forums (Irish)
Style.com Forums (US Based)
Shiny Fashion Forums (US Based)
Style Talk (US Based)
The Purse Forum (US Based)
The Luxe Lounge (US Based)
Make Up Alley (US Based, but strong international membership)
The Honest Forum is a forum devoted to designer denim and the stamping out of fakes. A great resource for COH and SAFM information.
Not Good Enough – Great Australian site devoted to helping the consumer when services or products just aren’t up to scratch. The gripe HQ is an interesting read and you can also contact them with your gripe and they will contact the company in question to try and get you help.

Rent-a-Handbag or dress

Can’t afford that chloe/chanel/dior/fendi you’ve always lusted after – how about trying renting it? Milla and Eddie is the first to do this in Australia (and hence probably the best value for us Aussies) but there is also some international sites:

BagBorrowOrSteal
From Bags to Riches
Love Me and Leave Me is also Australian based and offers jewellery and shoes as well as handbags!
Dressed Up is also Australian based, and hires out pretty frocks for parties
Indian Giver is another australian site that hires out gorgeous party frocks

Discount Codes

Don’t forget our Discount Codes Section for our exclusive Never Shopped Out discount codes, and the Current Discount Codes & Vouchers for lots more coupon codes!

Reesy Cakes
Retail Me Not
Grechens Closet
OzBargain

Price Monitor & Protection Websites

These super nifty sites will monitor the price of an item you love and when it goes on sale, shoot you an email so you can purchase

Savvy Circle
Price Protectr
Price Pinx -
Shopping Notes – great because you don’t even have to sign up for an account
ZAlert – (Amazon.com items only)
Zingsale
Price Ambush

Fashion E-Newsletters

For Melbournians, Michi Girl is a daily fashion & weather fix.
Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily is daily newsletter with fashion and state weather forecasts
Shop it to Me – sign up, select your brands and sizes and they will email you when they go on sale! Check here for a better explanation

Consumer Adcovacies/Assistance when things go wrong

ACCC – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Consumers Online – Australian Government site, includes links to Consumer Affairs
Econsumer – for consumer complaints that are cross border (ie. You are in Australia, other party is in US)

Misc Services

My Bag Spa – melbourne based bag spa to restore your most loved bag back to better condition