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I wish I had MORE baggage!

I just found mold all over my luggage and need to replace it - grrr. Help me find a mold-free replacement. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Feb 26, 2015 - 8 answers

What is the Zenni Optical of things other than glasses?

Recently discovered and fell in love with Zenni Optical, and now I'm wondering if there are other things that are "best kept secrets" that provide incredible value. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 20, 2015 - 33 answers

Tell me what different dresses are called, please!

Much of my wardrobe consists of short (knee length or slightly above) dresses. In the past 2-3 years, however, I've been plagued by a weird cut that seems to be super-popular, but which is intensely unflattering for me: a very slightly full skirt, with a waist that is too high for the natural waistline, but too low for empire. Do you know what this cut is called, and what I should be searching for in order to avoid it? Examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Feb 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Search furnishings by size?

I often find myself looking for very specific furniture or home decor products. For example: right now I'm looking for a square basket (or open container) with a drawer in the base that measures no more than 11 inches wide and 22 inches long, and I was wondering if there was a way to search for home products by size, shape, and dimension in the same way you'd search for clothes by size?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Opaque, low-rise black leggings for gal with big hips?

I'm looking for a pair of low-rise, fully opaque, black leggings for a dance performance I've got coming up in a couple of months. [more inside]
posted by burntflowers on Jan 27, 2015 - 4 answers

What's worth getting at Wegmans?

I've heard a lot of good things about Wegmans, but I've never been. What do they have that's especially good and/or unique? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jan 21, 2015 - 38 answers

Coldwater Creek Replacement?

I'm bummed that Coldwater Creek has gone bottoms-up. Who's their best online replacement?
posted by summerstorm on Jan 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Affordable, interesting clothes shopping in Bangkok?

I'm in Bangkok for two days and I'd like to do some clothing shopping--for interesting, inexpensive things, maybe vintage/used if it exists here in the same way it does in the states. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf on Jan 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Last minute plea: Where to buy men's cargo pants in SF?

Where should I shop (with reluctant fitting model in tow) for casual, affordable men's cargo pants in SF? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Jan 17, 2015 - 10 answers

flannel eye for the tiny, squishy guy

I would like some basic, dude-styled flannel button up shirts. I'm a short, small-framed queer person who stores weight in my chest. "Men's" flannels are generally too large; "women's" often have girly details like darts and little wee pockets and dainty buttons; "boy's" would be perfect but the sleeves are invariably too short. Do you have a body like mine and a basic flannel you love? Where did you buy it? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 9, 2015 - 26 answers

Non-scary winter face protection for a woman

Help me find a "ski mask" type hat or scarf solution for freezing weather! Difficulty level: glasses. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jan 8, 2015 - 24 answers

How do I buy a used gemstone?

I'd like to buy a used/"vintage" gem for an engagement ring. Looking at vintage rings on ebay and etsy, I have zero idea how to assess the "quality" of the stone, or how to know if it's real, or what. Is it possible for a lay person to do this? What should be my basic steps for assessing the rings or loose stones I see online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Anyone have experience with Big Cartel?

I'm trying to change the header link on a product page to redirect to a certain URL, instead it brings me back to 'products'. I'm stumped, I cant seem to find the [a href] in the code concerning this. This is in regards to the mobile page only. If anyone has any idea, please let me know! http://s10.postimg.org/o7h5r31rt/image.png
posted by MrLLG on Jan 4, 2015 - 1 answer

How do I shop for makeup?

For my birthday (many moons ago) I said I wanted to go buy some makeup as everything I have is ancient and from the drugstore. Now my husband wants to take me makeup shopping tomorrow and I don't know how or where. I think some professional advice is in order, but I'm also a bit leary of the hard sell. Do I go to, like, a counter at Macy's? Which one? A different department store? A makeup store? Which store? I am in the Chicago northwest suburbs and looking for someplace between roughly Evanston and Woodfield Mall. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Dec 29, 2014 - 44 answers

Let's style that momma booty!

Until I loose that last 30 pounds from having a baby I got a bit of a belly and butt to contend with. What clothing can I wear that doesn't make me look like a sausage? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Dec 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you help me find this coat?

After spending months searching for the perfect coat, in November I found this Coffee Shop toggle coat at Scheels and fell in love with it. However, today I noticed a large hole in the fabric on the back of it and had to return it. Now the coat is no longer sold there and I am desperate to find another, but every place I can find says it is unavailable/out of stock. Please help me find where I can purchase this coat in a size small!
posted by Malleable on Dec 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Christmas gift for Columbian guests

My family is hosting a teenage girl who is an orphan from Columbia for Christmas eve. She is here with one of my sisters as part of a Catholic Charities and KidSave program which helps older kids to network with people to look for potential adoption candidates. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 20, 2014 - 8 answers

What do I call the spring loaded metal bit that holds watch bands in?

I have been gifted a Samsung Gear Live, and in the process of struggling to put a backpack on over a heavy winter jacket, I ripped off one of the watch bands. The band itself is fine, but the metal post or whatever that attaches it to the watch face is bent. Can I buy just the post somewhere? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Bowling for ramen

My SO and I like to get take-out ramen from Japanese restaurants, but our bowls are woefully inadequate. (Usually I use a regular bowl and have to go back for seconds and thirds, while he awkwardly slurps it out of a salad bowl.) I'd like to get him some appropriately-sized bowls for Christmas, but I'm not even sure what to search for or where to look. Any suggestions, recommendations or pointers? Doesn't have to be fancy or Japanese, just a good size to hold all the deliciousness.
posted by radioamy on Dec 15, 2014 - 20 answers

stealthy one-off TJ grocery shop for struggling family

I'm visiting some dear friends who are barely scraping by in the South (US) with two kids and a third on the way. I'm plotting a covert op to Trader Joe's tomorrow to buy them a whole bunch of groceries before I leave. I'd welcome all ideas or suggestions on what would be most useful for them! details inside [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Dec 12, 2014 - 30 answers

Unique gift/book stores in NYC along the lines of Kinokunya

I'm doing some holiday gift shopping in NYC this weekend and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for one-of-a-kind stores that are fun to browse and would provide gifting inspiration! [more inside]
posted by musicismath on Dec 12, 2014 - 9 answers

two travel booking questions

I'm putting together some travel plans for 2015 and am considering my online travel booking options. [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Dec 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Best Shaving Mirror?

I have been tasked with a very specific Christmas request: the best illuminated, magnifying shaving mirror available. That's the sole requirement. I think they'd also like if it had a reservable regular mirror side. What is the best illuminated, magnifying shaving mirror out there?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Furniture Makers in Brianza region, Italy

Hi, My partner and I are going to Italy in a couple of weeks. We're going to spend 3 days in Milan. We are aware that Milan is great for shopping and we're definitely planning on visit some of the furniture showrooms in the city. But internet search also says the Brianza region right outside Milan has the greatest concentration of furniture shops in Italy. But I have a hard time figuring out logistics of visiting these shops. [more inside]
posted by wcmf on Dec 9, 2014 - 1 answer

Shopping - Help me find a wallet just like this, except it works!

My wife found her dream wallet, but its card pockets were too small. I'd like to surprise her with one like it, but am having a hard time finding similar things. It is the JOYN Navy zig-zag wallet - Here it is at TOMS, where we found it. [more inside]
posted by mmc on Dec 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Food? How?

I would like to be given a very specific grocery list telling me exactly what to buy in a week, as well as instructions on how turn the groceries into meals. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Dec 6, 2014 - 28 answers

So Eshakti Does Not Believe in Fractions

I’d like to order a dress from eshakti, but the sizing is off for me, so I thought I’d do the custom-sizing. However, the form for entering your measurements only accepts whole numbers, whereas all my measurements end in fractions of an inch (you know, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2). I'm having trouble reconciling this, as there is an huge difference between X overbust and a X+1 overbust measurement, particularly when you bother to take a bust and underbust measurement as well. So I’m having trouble reconciling this. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Dec 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Buying duplicates/multiples - when is it a good idea and when isn't it?

I often obsess in my head about how many of X item I should buy at a time. What is your process for deciding this with maximum end satisfaction for any given category? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me find a snazzy new jacket for winter

I'd like to buy a new parka. Criteria: It must be warm enough for Toronto's winters; it should be available in Toronto or ship there; it shouldn't be too bulky; it should be under $200; and I'd like it to be aqua/turquoise/robin's egg blue with little to no second/other colours. This one would do but it's both too expensive and out of stock. Suggestions?
posted by orange swan on Nov 25, 2014 - 8 answers

{Los Angeles / OC} Shopping on Saturday after Black Friday?

So, how crazy is it to go shopping at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa CA on the SATURDAY after Black Friday? Will it be as crowded as the day before? [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Nov 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Configuring a whitebox laptop to be future-proof, but not OTT ridiculous

I have a high budget for this particular purchase-- as much as I need to spend, I can spend. I'm sure I want a small laptop, about 13", and I'm 85% sure about the builder I've chosen, Mythlogic. I'll be using the machine for gaming and programming/computer science applications for certain. I have some ideas about how to do this the ideal way, and some specific questions about those ideas. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Nov 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Best place to purchase antique maps of Massachusetts?

I'd like to purchase an antique map (or a good reproduction) as a Christmas present, and I'm having trouble figuring out where to shop. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Nov 21, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I maximize my online Black Thursday experience?

I want to do Black Friday online this year and I'm looking for tips on how to make my experience as successful as possible since the last time I did Black Friday in general was when I was 8 and going from toy store to toy store looking for a goddamn Furby. [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Nov 21, 2014 - 9 answers

A gift for a late 30s legal eagle Londoner

Hi, yes it's one of those pre-Christmas questions from a desperate gift-giver who's out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Bed detectives needed!

I have been unsuccessfully searching for the perfect new bed and just saw a super good one but... on a mattress website. How can I find the bed that the mattress is on? Hope me!
posted by prefpara on Nov 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That (Google Maps Edition)

Can I search for two separate stores (or whatever) on (New) Google Maps to find not only which location of each is closest to me, but also where the two stores are closest to each other? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Nov 15, 2014 - 1 answer

Bay Area clothing store for 80-year-old mom

My mother is visiting Berkeley and would like to shop for clothing. She is 80 and her taste runs to Koret and Coldwater Creek but both of those have become online only. Can you recommend a brick and mortar clothing store where she might enjoy shopping for herself? She would be interested in a chain store or an interesting boutique.
posted by drdanger on Nov 15, 2014 - 9 answers

What's the best tech solution for me?

I'm in the market to buy some tech that allows me to tweet and do other stuff at cafes and such, but what would be the best fit for me? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Do contemporary companies use microtargeting to subliminally advertise?

Hello. I'm having problems at the moment with feeling like I'm being microtargetted. After reading the November issue of Wired, it seems data brokers know everything about everybody. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Nov 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for Beach Plum Jam + Delicious Shortbread on Long Island/NYC

Back in the early 2000's, I went to a bakery on Martha's Vineyard and purchased a jar of Beach Plum jam and a tin of homemade shortbread. Fell in love with the combination. Is it possible to buy Beach Plum Jam on Long Island or in Manhattan? Also, where can find delicious shortbread? [more inside]
posted by qi on Nov 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Pantsed!

The comments in this thread have inspired me to go ahead and ask: where can I find jeans that fit and don't stretch out? Hit me with your best pants. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Nov 12, 2014 - 11 answers

It's that time of year again...holiday gifting for a difficult partner

I know there are hundreds of these, but none that address my rather geeky, very special seattle snowflake of a boyfriend. Details below. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Nov 11, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I become better at giving people gifts?

I feel great gift givers are not always the ones who devote the most time or money to this art - so what are their secrets? I'm happy to consider wisdom derived from science, literature or anecdote. Likewise I am interested in advice centred on observation, triage, shopping, timing, wrapping and so on. What makes a ninja gift giver?
posted by rongorongo on Oct 31, 2014 - 26 answers

Help me find cute, affordable plus-size clothes

Between a recent fire at my apartment and a mix-up with the cleaning crew, all of my clothes are now gone except a few things I picked up at Target with a giftcard from a friend. Another friend was amazingly generous enough to send me $200 to help rebuild my wardrobe, and I am trying to figure out the most satisfying way to do so. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Oct 28, 2014 - 26 answers

Does this service exist?

I made my Christmas gift list early, and I'm looking for a way to watch for sales on this specific list of items between now and early December without having to check every sale flyer for every possible store every week. Does this exist as a web service or an app? [more inside]
posted by donajo on Oct 25, 2014 - 6 answers

How to boil down again to one shop?

Can you still do a week's food shopping in one go? If you have moved to going to the grocery store more than once a week to buy things to cook that day or the next few days, what do you typically run out of, or is it more of an impulse buy? If you were able to have appliances or storage to help you keep food fresh or remember to use what you bought, what would you consider getting? Assume a typical English diet: meat, potatoes, greens, bread, tea, coffee, milk etc. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Oct 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Etsy or indie designers for tasteful, hypoallergenic dangly earrings?

I need sparkly, dangly statement earrings with posts made of sterling silver, gold-plated silver, or gold. Where can I find them for <$100/pair? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Oct 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Start walkin'.

I'm a guy in Los Angeles. I need some sexy, funky, S&M/leather-friendly, ankle-height black boots for rocking out on go-go platforms, cruising around at Burning Man, and generally pairing up with scandalous outfits at club nights. My budget could be up to $350 for the right pair. In-store only, because I'd really like to try them on. Where shall I go?
posted by mykescipark on Oct 21, 2014 - 7 answers

How to stop compulsive behaviour?

I have problems with shopping compulsively. I want to stop so I can work on paying down debt, and the feelings of guilt and deception when it comes to hiding things. But I haven't found a way that sticks. Does anyone have any experience with beating addictions on a day to day basis? Or in talking yourself out of cravings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me find the best leggings?

I'm shopping for the best. leggings. ever. Help me find them? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Oct 10, 2014 - 21 answers

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