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Ye Olde Weekend Getaway

Heading to Staunton, VA for a little anniversary getaway/Shakespeare nerd-fest in a few weeks. Aside from a show and tour at the reconstructed Blackfriars (which I am BEYOND excited about), what should we not miss? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Jul 11, 2014 - 9 answers

That's a lot of soda bread...

By mistake my company has booked me double baggage allowance for my flight to Dublin for a conference, so I have a capacity of 46kg. I live in London. What kind of heavy yet-hard-to-get in the UK thing should I buy to make the most of this? My only thought was a case of whisky or possibly a very large amount of Guinness. I only have one free morning (Thursday), which is also the day I fly out. Is there anything I'm not thinking of?
posted by litereally on Jul 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find these golden high-tops!

So this website sells these awesome Game of Thrones House Martell high-top sneakers. Unfortunately they don't have them in my size (US Men's 13). I cried for a bit, and now I'm asking: Where can I find high-tops in a similar golden-orange color? I really love it!
posted by nickhb on Jul 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Anyone got a number for the Fairy Godmother?

I have to go to a family party in two weeks and I have a wardrobe full of rags. All my impossibly tall, willowy and well-dressed cousins will be there and for once I'd like to not feel like post-midnight Cinderella. Can you give me suggestions for styles that would suit me and also not cost one million pounds? Shops, blogs, personal anecdotes of outfits you have rocked...anything. Fashion-frustrating snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Jul 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Where in the UK can I buy good quality, plain women's T-shirts?

I want something that won't stretch out of shape within half a dozen washes, that isn't floral, pastel, see-through or low-cut. Surely this must be possible? [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Jul 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Where can I buy a cheap, giant suitcase on the internet?

A few friends of mine have bought cheap, giant suitcases from novelty shops and souvenir shops in NYC. Since I'm halfway across the country, I'm looking for something similar that I can buy on the internet. Workable dimensions are around 32 x 25 x 10 inches - really freakin' big. But, amazon and ebay and the like are failing me. Can you help?
posted by entropone on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 answers

I'm here to buy shoes; I don't need the extended powertrain warranty

Where (if anywhere) can I go in Manhattan to browse a reasonably large selection of high-quality men's dress shoes and try them on in different sizes without needing to deal with any salespeople? A warehouse with a bench would be fine. I am a guy with large but not gargantuan feet if that matters. Thanks.
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Jun 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Cheaper version of this handbag?

Can't get this "modern, adult version of the trapperkeeper" out of my head, but it's too expensive! [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Jun 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Shopping for Disney shoes for August

A portmanteau for this man's poor toes:
  • Are Keen Newports good shoes for a long trip to Disney World in August? If not, what beats them? I mean, can I simply wear my running shoes?
  • Do you try on footwear like this with or without socks?
  • Do you allow extra room on the assumption that your feet will swell in the steam heat?
  • [more inside]
    posted by wenestvedt on Jun 12, 2014 - 20 answers

    Looking for the rockingest places in Chicago

    I'll be heading to Chicago this weekend for a vacationy weekend in a new city. I've got an armload of plans for various things to see and do (including the Wax Trax popup shop), but I also wouldn't mind doing some shopping while I'm down there. Suggestions for an alt-culture excursion? [more inside]
    posted by FatherDagon on Jun 11, 2014 - 10 answers

    Please help me make peace with my high efficiency washer.

    I recently moved into an eco-friendly apartment building, and my unit has this high-efficiency Whirlpool washer. I foolishly did not consider how having this type of washer would impact my lifestyle- namely, that there is no way it can accommodate my full-size comforter. I really do not want to drive down to the laundromat every time I have to wash my comforter. If you have a HE washer, how to do work around this issue? Are there thinner, more heat-insulating comforters out there? [more inside]
    posted by invisible ink on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

    Tips for shopping for a mid-level acoustic guitar

    I have about $300-400 to spend on a new acoustic guitar that will be gifted to someone who is a classically-trained pianist but would be a beginner on this particular instrument, someone who wants to play music in the vein of Cat Stevens (i.e., pop-folk). There are simply so many options out there that I thought I would ask this site for advice. [more inside]
    posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 10, 2014 - 27 answers

    My chest is a tank! Tanks need suit jackets too!

    FashionPhillyFilter: I have had a borderline-apocalyptic time trying to find a suit/sports jacket that fits in Philadelphia. I am a tall-but-not-notably so (6'0") dude who is built like a [big football guy term here], but with a smaller waist & bottom half to mis-match my enormous breastplate/shoulders. (My friend says "you are an inverse triangle"). Attendants at the stores I have gone to have been completely flummoxed by my proportions, which end up with either the jacket not fitting over my chest or there being a puffy cloud of fabric on the bottom. It's at the point where I'm getting recommendations for $1895 (low estimate I was given???)+ tailor-made jackets as the only solution for my build, which I am trying to avoid based on my budget (doctoral student on stipend). Surely there are... some stores that have tailorable off-the-rack things that might fit? Any suggestions as to stores that have fashionable, comfortable clothing for larger-built gentleman, especially in distance of Philadelphia? [more inside]
    posted by Keter on Jun 8, 2014 - 15 answers

    What if Carhartt and 2(x)ist had a baby?

    I need new clothes, and I would like, for once, clothes that look good. Significant bonus points if they signal modesty and I can do some physical work in them. [more inside]
    posted by The Gaffer on Jun 2, 2014 - 7 answers

    Where can I buy women's size 5 hiking boots in LA today?

    Help! Where can I buy women's size 5 hiking boots in Los Angeles today? For some reason it's really hard to find shoes in my size, let alone shoes that are reasonably priced and for a specific purpose without ordering them online. Unfortunately, the window for ordering online has passed. Walking shoes will do as long as my size is in stock. Where can I go shopping tonight or tomorrow night and know they'll have something in my size? Small size shoe wearers, WHERE DO YOU SHOP? (As always, cheaper is better)
    posted by Space Kitty on May 29, 2014 - 18 answers

    Drycleaning and menswear in Amsterdam

    AmsterdamFilter: can you recommend (1) a good, fast dry cleaner and (2) a reliable, not too expensive menswear store in Centrum or the Oosterparkbuurt? Reason: pigeon attack. [more inside]
    posted by brianogilvie on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

    Where to shop for petite sized clothes in London?

    I have a day to do shop for petite sized clothes and shoes in London. I need everything from t-shirts to dresses. Good quality clothes preferred, but getting some items at Topshop and the like would be fine. Where should I go?
    posted by wavelette on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

    Gifts for liberal, active, outdoor peeps?

    I want to get birthday gifts for two liberal, active outdoor people. Ideas? Hoping for real objects to give under $50. [more inside]
    posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

    So long, and thanks for all the books!

    What thank-you gift for a couple of nice librarians? [more inside]
    posted by Bardolph on May 16, 2014 - 16 answers

    Best NYC clothes stores for larger guys? Goal: step up from jeans & tees

    Which clothing stores in NYC have good casual/business casual clothes for larger men? My boyfriend and I are going clothes shopping this coming Saturday to prepare for an upcoming trip. He has a suit, but other than that, all his clothes are jeans and tees. For this trip, we are looking for: casual button down shirts (oxfords or plaids), non-jeans/non-khaki trousers, a sport coat or blazer, and some shoes that fall in between the New Balance sneakers he usually wears and the nice black shoes he wears with his suit. Sizes and price range below the cut. [more inside]
    posted by ocherdraco on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

    Clothes Woes

    Please tell me about your experience with a Nordstrom's shopper and if their services would be right for my situation. [more inside]
    posted by WeekendJen on May 6, 2014 - 15 answers

    Backpack cover?

    A friend is going on a year-long, multi-continent backpacking adventure. She wants a sturdy travel cover that will take the abuse from buses/baggage handlers/planes instead of her pack, like this--except hopefully sturdier. Any recommendations?
    posted by flibbertigibbet on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

    A various amount of giving and shopping

    I''m setting up a webstore which will sell a limited run artwork, but I have two pony requests and have a hard time navigating all ecommerce options. Looking for flexible pricing & donation handling. [more inside]
    posted by monocultured on May 3, 2014 - 6 answers

    Will my returns hurt my former Nordstrom shopper?

    I have some items to return to Nordstrom. My personal Nordstrom shopper quit a few weeks ago. I don't want to return the things if it means she's somehow on the hook for the return. [more inside]
    posted by bloggerwench on Apr 24, 2014 - 4 answers

    Used RPGs in NYC?

    My wife and I will be making a trip to NYC this weekend. While we're out and about, I'd like to keep my eyes open for some used RPGs, specifically 1st or 2nd ed Dungeons and Dragons. Where should I look? I know I can get things cheaper online (online recommendations also welcomed for extra XP), but I need to actually examine the books to see if they fit my needs. [more inside]
    posted by robocop is bleeding on Apr 23, 2014 - 6 answers

    Where can I find a quality women's corduroy blazer in San Fran?

    I've got an unexpected day free in San Francisco tomorrow and I'd like to do some shopping. One thing I haven't been able to find back home in Sydney is a nice corduroy women's blazer. I had one years ago in a lovely dusty pink and I wore it til it fell apart. Anybody know if they're "in" this spring and where I can find one in the city? (Colour doesn't really matter.)
    posted by web-goddess on Apr 20, 2014 - 5 answers

    I came here to buy Ceasar... not to overpay for him.

    Okay, so I have a friend in Austria who looooves Ceasar salad dressing. (I used to smuggle it in my suitcase from America when I'd visit her.) As a surprise little "I'm thinking about you" gift, I've been thinking of mailing her a bottle or some salad dressing mix, but I just can't figure out how to do it at a reasonable price... German Amazon is asking for $28 to send a $5 bottle of Cardini's to Vienna. Anybody have any other suggestions? Thanks! :D
    posted by miss lynnster on Apr 8, 2014 - 12 answers

    Please educate me on shopping for traditional Indonesian textiles.

    A friend of mine is visiting Jakarta and will be taking a shopping trip to Pasaraya Grande as part of his tour. I love fabrics and I particularly love traditional dye work (such as batik) and handwoven cloth. However, I don't know much about the textiles of Indonesia, and I've never been there myself. What kinds of pieces are available at the Pasaraya Grande, and how are they priced? I'd like to give him some money and just tell him to get me something awesome -- what could he get for, say, $100 USD? How about $20 USD? [more inside]
    posted by pupstocks on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

    Help me find a LARGE individual salad bowl! That is all.

    I'm looking for a large, *individual-serving sized* salad bowl. Something dishwasher safe. Something that would hold A LOT of salad. Not the more modest salad bowl size reserved for use before the main dish...think bigger. A few more minor specs inside. [more inside]
    posted by LittleFuzzy on Apr 7, 2014 - 29 answers

    Looking for a light, Linux-friendly laptop with trackpoint

    My Lenovo Thinkpad X220 has been falling apart for awhile, but I've resisted replacing it because shopping for laptops is annoying. But now it's definitely time for something new. I'm overwhelmed by the options, but maybe someone else who's done some laptop-shopping recently can help? I'm looking for something small and light (12-14", less than 4 lbs.), Linux-friendly, and (here's the hard part) with a trackpoint-style mouse. I use my laptop mostly for writing and general Internetting, but also for processing photos, so a decent processor and display is nice. Price isn't a huge issue. I could go with one of the newer Lenovos, and I might still, but I'm interested in other options, as well. I'm not interested in any of the Chromebooks. Any suggestions?
    posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 3, 2014 - 10 answers

    Help me find more shirts like this

    The style of blouse that the woman is wearing in this stock photo looks very flattering on me. I have one blouse like that, but I'd like to buy more. What search terms can I use to find them, or what stores should I check out?
    posted by mekily on Mar 30, 2014 - 7 answers

    I need help buying a new bed

    I have never in my life bought a bed. I have never in my adult life owned a new mattress. I have always slept on hand-me-downs or give-aways. I am ready to invest in a new, top-quality mattress and box springs but I don't have the first idea of how or where to start. [more inside]
    posted by Brittanie on Mar 28, 2014 - 33 answers

    When can I go back to my beloved boot cut jeans?

    Dear mefite fashionistas, please help someone who has been in the fashion wilderness for a while. For the last three years I've either been pregnant or having children. Now I'm starting to get my body back and will have to go shopping, what's the deal with jeans now? Just by looking around it seems that unfortunately skinny jeans are still in but are bootcut or anything else coming back? (Please say yes...) I remember a comment here a while back from someone who said that they were the new mum jeans, and whilst I am one, I don't necessarily want to look like that! Is this still the case? I'm also not wanting to look like a teenager either, for what it's worth. Aim for mid 30s. What should I be buying?
    posted by Jubey on Mar 18, 2014 - 51 answers

    Why should I shop at Costco?

    What deals can I get at Costco that make it worth the hike and membership when I already have walking distance access to Trader Joe's, Walmart, Jewel and independent local grocers? [more inside]
    posted by srboisvert on Mar 18, 2014 - 48 answers

    Where to buy a stylish but affordable trenchcoat in Vancouver BC

    I'm going to be up in Vancouver this weekend and want to shop for a new spring coat. Something trenchcoat style but not in black or beige - cool colors or prints/patterns would be better. Size 12 or M/L, between $100 and $200. The style constraints are that it should not be teenagery but not dowdy either - I like classic cuts but trendy colors and patterns. I already plan to check out The Bay.
    posted by matildaben on Mar 14, 2014 - 7 answers

    I need some small, square/rectangular, rainbow-colored candies.

    I'm trying to recreate this rainbow mosaic cake (by Cakes of Our Lives in Melbourne), and need candies for the sides. The best US possibility I've found is these rainbow tropical gum tabs from Sweetworks/Oak Leaf, but they seem to be available online only in bulk quantities, for use in mall gumball machines and the like. I need suggestions for either (1) other ways to source those chiclets (for instance, anyone know a large brick-and-mortar candy emporium that might be able to do a one-off mail order?), or (2) alternative brightly-colored square/rectangular candies that I could use to create the same effect. [more inside]
    posted by Bardolph on Mar 14, 2014 - 26 answers

    shopping for a black strapless jumpsuit?

    i've been looking for a black strapless jumpsuit much like this one from LOFT. [more inside]
    posted by sabh on Mar 6, 2014 - 3 answers

    Fun, inexpensive "of the month" clubs

    I love the idea of Dollar Shave Club. What are some other subscription-type services I might enjoy? [more inside]
    posted by jbickers on Feb 27, 2014 - 24 answers

    Affordable sort of sexy underwear for allergy sufferer?

    I don't know if it's my latex allergy or something else, but I've been better off down there since I switched to 100% cotton underwear on the advice of my doctor. Currently I'm wearing the Elance Bikini and French Cuts, but I have pretty wide hips and they look kind of granny-like on me. I'd like to find something allergy/sensitive skin-appropriate that's at least kind of sexy and that's under $15 a pair.
    posted by melissam on Feb 26, 2014 - 5 answers

    How do you win at thrift shopping?

    Those of you who swear by thrift shopping: how do you do it? How much time do you spend, what's your strategy, what tips can you share? [more inside]
    posted by Metroid Baby on Feb 24, 2014 - 50 answers

    Clothes shopping filter: How do I separate the wheat from the chaff?

    I'll admit it, I buy a lot of clothes off the sale rack or at outlet stores. Too often, though, I bring home what I think is a great value only to discover, after wearing and/or washing said item, quality problems I didn't see in the store. Things like knits that are twisted and don't lie flat, shirt hems that are hopelessly contorted once they've been laundered, or buttonholes that quickly ravel beyond repair. I know these sorts of problems are inevitable given the state of clothing manufacture, but that doesn't mean I have to buy these "troubled" items. So, savvy shoppers of MeFi, what should I be looking for? What tells you to steer clear of a garment no matter how much you like it? Is there a secret code on the hang tag that everyone but me knows about? C'mon, please share your secrets.
    posted by DrGail on Feb 23, 2014 - 16 answers

    What to do with a few weekdays in Los Angeles?

    We'll be in L.A. for 2-3 weekdays in mid-March, and while one of our evenings is scheduled, we have no idea what to do with the rest of our time. We'll be staying in or near Hollywood, and won't have a car, but don't mind taking transit. We're especially looking for suggestions for one really very nice, splurge-y place for dinner, as well as great inexpensive places to eat. Also interested in: coffee-snob coffee; fancy cocktails; craft beer; fun/interesting/unique places to shop; anything else that seems interesting. We also really like live shows (comedy/improv/podcast/music), but most of the L.A. shows we know about are on the weekend. And I'm planning to go to Jenette Bras for a fitting, but I'd love suggestions for any other bra shops that carry sizes in the G+ range.
    posted by rhiannonstone on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

    Where to go mens clothes shopping in Philadelphia?

    Where do you recommend to go shopping for mens clothing, and specifically dress pants, in central Philadelphia or the surrounding area? [more inside]
    posted by eurandom on Feb 16, 2014 - 6 answers

    Help me find two articles of clothing

    I am looking for the following things and have not been able to find them through the major vendors where I usually buy clothes (Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Loft, Banana Republic, and the like). I'd appreciate tips to vendors either major or indie in the US where I could find them. (1) Women's spring-weight trenchcoat in a patterned fabric (houndstooth, plaid, graphic print, floral), $75-$175, size 12/M/L. (2) Women's/unisex hoodie with an argyle pattern, decent build quality, size M/L.
    posted by matildaben on Feb 14, 2014 - 10 answers

    Tips and advice for earning Delta Skymiles without a Delta credit card?

    I need some advice and/or tips for earning Delta Skymiles without the use of (or application for) a Delta credit card. Any mefites experienced in the fine art of earning miles? [more inside]
    posted by still bill on Feb 14, 2014 - 7 answers

    Looking for a lunchbox!

    The other Mr fffm is great. Works downtown at a financial firm, snappy dresser, etc. But he takes his lunch to work in a plastic bag from the supermarket and this gives me a sad. Help me find something stylish (but not hideously expensive please) to tote his lunch in. [more inside]
    posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Feb 13, 2014 - 18 answers

    Suit Me!

    Where to shop for a suit in Boston or the North Shore of Massachusetts? Challenge: Women's suit. [more inside]
    posted by zizzle on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

    A T-shirt that will make me Mr. Universe

    MeFi, I want to flex my muscles! More specifically, I want a T-shirt that looks like a muscular male chest. Cartoon abs would be ideal but photorealistic abs will be okay too. I would like the shirt to be in color, have the printed abs be wide enough to cover my chest so it looks like I have a six pack rather than looking like a picture of abs, and be available in a men's/unisex small. Under $20 including shipping would be ideal too. This is the closest I can find to what I need but is too large, too expensive and I'd honestly prefer cartoony abs. Halp?
    posted by capricorn on Feb 5, 2014 - 5 answers

    I recently got engaged...now what?

    I recently got engaged, and am so happy about this! But, I am not the type of girl who always dreamed about what my wedding would be like...basically, I'm more of a casual-type person who is not super into party planning (nor is the hubby-to-be). :) I feel like we need some help in figuring out how to make this wedding happen, but I don't want to get sucked into all the wedding industry stuff...we are not rich, and to the extent we will want to spend money on this, it is probably not on things like ridiculously expensive flower arrangements. So, two questions: [more inside]
    posted by rainbowbrite on Feb 4, 2014 - 32 answers

    Help me develop a healthier attitude to money and spending!

    Looking for online resources/support forums for compulsive shopping/spending. Books too! [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2014 - 5 answers

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