I'm looking for a pair of sleek, fashionable women's shoes that I can have reshod when necessary so that I don't have to mourn the loss of another pair of favorites. I generally wear ballet flats, and am searching for a pair in red or black that are >$300. [more inside]
If you're on a super-tight budget, would you go with the practical regular ol' car or spring for a (maybe reliable, I dunno) hybrid? [more inside]
I like to visit independent toy stores when I travel. I’m looking for stores that sell “natural” toys, wooden toys, Waldorf dolls, etc. Toys made in the U.S. would be great, but not necessary. Can you recommend such a toy store on the East Coast or Midwest?
So I, or rather the good lady, need a new laptop. I'm tech and computer savvy but out of touch with the constant flow of improvements so not sure what I should be looking for. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
What are my options for more ethical alternatives to Amazon? [more inside]
I lost my Wallaroo Sonoma hat. It was the best sun hat I ever had, but it's been discontinued and I can't find one for sale anywhere! Please help me find another one in a similar color (or, failing that, the same kind of hat). [more inside]
Please keep in mind that I don't mean random novelty items like the ones in ThinkGeek or any shop in Etsy, but websites that provide quality stuff in any of the following categories: home/decor/kitchen, stationery, clothes, accessories, beauty/skincare. [more inside]
I'm staying in Milan until Tuesday evening, and I'd like to pick up something for a close friend's birthday while I'm here. I can't spend a huge amount of money (maybe $100-$150 max), but I'd love to get her something unique from Milan. She's kind of a fashionista, and she tends to have an Anthropologie-esque style. I'd be looking for something like a blouse, dress, unique accessory, or personal product. Where should I go? Any specific suggestions and/or products you can recommend? Thanks!
Where should I look for toys that I wouldn't find in toy stores outside of such a large, diverse city? I'm also interested in watching the Venice Basketball League championship game tomorrow. What do I need to know about that? [more inside]
Some ominous clicking from my current laptop's hard drive, along with a separating bezel that I've taped together for the moment, have convinced me that I should take advantage of back-to-school sales and get a new laptop before this one craps out. I'm looking for advice with the somewhat picky wishlist I've got going for a 15.6" laptop that comes in at less that $800, and is ideally closer to $600. I refuse to get a Dell or a Mac, but would love opinions on other brands, and will definitely purchase online. [more inside]
I made an in-person (not online) purchase yesterday from a vendor I had never used before using my personal credit card on a Square. I did not request that an e-mail receipt be sent to me, nor did the vendor. Yet, an e-mail receipt was sent by Square to my work email address. How would Square have this address? Why would they send it to my work email without me requesting it? Are they stalking me? [more inside]
Where can I find fitted, work-friendly jackets/blazers that are 100% not bulky or stiff? Difficulty: must come in petite sizes and not-just-black colors. [more inside]
I quit Amazon because all my packages ship via USPS, either directly or FedEx SmartPost. Now I'm looking for online retailers who let me choose UPS or FedEx. Are there any? Also want to avoid SmartPost and its UPS equivalent. (Some merchants tell you a shipment will use FedEx/UPS but you find out after commiting the order that USPS handles the last mile. Right now I'm waiting on a SmartPost package turned over to USPS 150 miles from me and it will take 3 days to get it delivered from there.)
I'm a slim 40-year old guy in Brooklyn and cannot find pants that fit me and are age-appropriate. Help? [more inside]
I need help managing the food in my pantry, fridge, and freezer. [more inside]
Where can I buy a women's lightweight merino wool t-shirt in London this weekend? [more inside]
Hi All, I could not find the answer to this in the archives; apologies if I am overlooking something. I would like to buy a gift [either in a brick-and-mortar store (I live in a large, American city) or online]. I need the gift by Aug 7. It is for a 10-year-old child who loves rock collecting. [more inside]
This is a follow-up to to this question about high-quality cotton boy shorts underwear for women. I would like exactly that, but with the caveat that they must accomodate a rather large ass (since many of the answers in the original question mentioned that the recommended undies ran small). [more inside]
I saw a woman in downtown Seattle today wearing a black, long-sleeve pullover sweatshirt that had an all-over print of shiny silver damask - not unlike these leggings, except in sweatshirt form. Google hasn't turned up anything, but I desperately want one! Any ideas where to look? thanks!
My Nexus 4 is getting a bit long in the tooth, looking for something similar but with updated specs. I've gone through the G1, G2, and Nexus 4, and would just hop right on up to the Nexus 5, but I get the feeling that options have opened up in the current + last gen of devices. My list of prioritized features inside. [more inside]
Going to Denver to visit the Garden Tool Company and were wondering if there are other unique stores we might visit. No clothes,toys, or outdoors outfitters. Any suggestions?
I found a bikini I really like here. The problem is it is a Walmart exclusive brand and for various reasons I really don't like shopping at Walmart. Help! [more inside]
Where can I buy this rug? It is no longer for sale from the manufacturer, and I've struck out on Craigslist. [more inside]
I waited too long to bite the bullet on this dress and now it's out of stock. Any ideas on where else to buy out-of-stock ASOS dresses, or ideas for online stores that are stocking similarly shaped and printed dresses for tall ladies? I'm looking for sleeved, slim cut/tailored, midi or below-the-knee length (but not a maxi), preferably in a dark floral, in a US 16.
My mom (60) and I (30) are looking to do some clothes shopping this weekend. Neither of us knows where to go to find what we want in person: mostly knitwear in women's 16/18. Do you know where we should go? [more inside]
I'm shopping for shoes and clothes in Toronto and I am looking for outlet stores within TTC reach. I don't have a car so going to Heartland in Mississauga is a major inconvenience because I have no car. [more inside]
I want to do a découpage program with cut-up comic books at my library. Where should I look in Brooklyn or Manhattan for cheap used comics, and are there other sources I should be looking at? Is it worth it to get a random lot from eBay? [more inside]
I inherited a table that is at odds with my style and the style of my furniture, but I'm keeping. I want to get some dining chairs that tie the room together. Help me find some? [more inside]
I'm looking for a sweater similar to (the same as?) this sweater worn by Kenny in the Tom Ford movie A Single Man. Specifically, an ethereal men's sweater that conveys all the innocence of youth but still makes you want to reach out and grab it. Or maybe just a soft, fuzzy men's sweater in a light color. [more inside]
I want a pair of sandals similar to this or this - flat, made of thin straps of real leather, with an interesting strap design but no other embellishment. For some reason, I can't seem to find them anywhere. [more inside]
Preparing for our first baby in October and trying to figure out the smartest approach to equipping ourselves with everything we're going to need. So many choices to make! What things should we pay more for because we'd regret pinching pennies, and when is splurging on the pricier stuff a waste? What should we look for new vs used (and not just for safety issues like carseats, but also what's the key "never waste your money on buying X new, you can get it so much cheaper used" stuff)? [more inside]
I need summer shoes that are appropriate for my dark-colours, femme-with-an-edge aesthetic. Difficulty: my ankles roll (and then I fall), and my hand surgeon has emphasized I must do everything in my power to avoid slipping/falling this summer. What flat, good-grip summer shoes provide ankle support? [more inside]
I am trying to help a relative find a dress for her daughter's wedding, a dress that has very specific parameters. Where do the awesome ladies in their 70's shop for special occasion outfits that are, as my relative puts it, "suitable for someone over the age of 20"? [more inside]
A few of the mainstay items in my beauty regimen aren't cruelty free and I'm having a hard time finding replacements that don't give me acne or allergies. Can you recommend alternatives to these products/brands so I can stay true to my desire to be a cruelty free consumer? [more inside]
I'd like to purchase a friend a nice-looking (probably wood?) desk name plate/sign to celebrate a recent graduation. Probably something along these lines, but open to suggestions. I would want it customized with just her name. (I know this sounds a little random, but knowing her I believe she will get a kick out of it.) [more inside]
I have a problem buying clothes online. I'm in an in-between point in my fashion life: I'm not dressing like an undergraduate, but I haven't reached the LL Bean stage in my life either, and I don't have an office job that requires wearing business casual. Where do you all shop online? [more inside]
I'm looking for a certain kind of sandals for summer and am coming up barefoot. [more inside]
I'd like to spend ~$300 on a viola to be used by me for experimental purposes. Should I buy online, from a shop, from craigslist, or? [more inside]
I love butt-covering knit miniskirts for wearing over leggings like this one at H&M, but they don't make it in XL/16-18. That is, tight-fitting (NOT flared), knit, short -- shorter than a pencil skirt -- and ideally mostly cotton. Do you know where can I find one? [more inside]
What's the best place to go to see, learn about and purchase professional quality video production and sound studio equipment in San Francisco? Things like quality cameras, production lighting, studio quality microphones, etc... [more inside]
Heading to Detroit the first weekend in May to see the Diego Rivera/Frida Kahlo exhibit at DIA - would love any recommendations for food (hot dogs through high class) and we would dig some "shopping local" recs, too. Thanks!
I have a £75 gift voucher to spend in Liberty (the luxury department store in London). I don't buy a lot of stuff and when I do I don't really spend a lot of money, so since I have this opportunity I would like to buy something more luxurious / higher quality / aspirational than I would normally. I'm a guy, and there's nothing in particular I want or need, so up for consideration is anything from menswear, men's accessories, stationery, homeware, jewellery, furniture, random objects, etc. What would you go for? [more inside]
So, my 15mo old daughter poured a cup of coffee in my 2011 Mac Book Pro, and now the keyboard and none of the ports work. I am trying to figure out what to replace it with, if anything (at the moment). [more inside]
As a woman in her early-mid 30s I'm finding that my old standby clothing sources no longer really work for me, but I have no idea where to go from here. Everything seems to be either too young or too old, and the current silhouettes that are in vogue are absolutely the LEAST flattering to my figure imaginable, so more trendy places seem to be right out. Where should I be buying my casual dresses these days? [more inside]
I'm a woman, and I'm looking for socks to wear to work with dress shoes when it's too cold to go sockless. I need thin socks, similar weight to tights, but crew/ankle height. [more inside]
I'm getting interesting in buying some silver jewelry. I like things that are geometric, sharp, clean or 'weird'. I also have tiny, wee hands (ring size 4.0 in the US system, according to a recent measurement during occupational therapy), so any rings would need to be actually resizable. Where do you go for your geometric silver jewelry?
I want to take up bike riding as a larger portion of my transportation choices. My experience in the past is that when I have the right bike, I'm happy to bike lots of places. Help me pick the right bike for me (or at least know which ones to look at). [more inside]
I need to find some super-comfortable mens' boots. Looking for boot recommendations, as well as places to shop. I can shop in NYC or online. [more inside]
How do you keep your house smelling nice without breaking the bank? Right now we're using candles, Glade plug-ins, etc., but it's expensive! What inexpensive methods do you use to keep the dog, baby, and body odor scents out?
I'm going to be in my best friend's wedding this fall, and I get to pick my own dress. It needs to be a neutral color (blush/nude/champagne tones are all okay), and either floor length or tea length. I've found two dresses that I really like, but both have small things that take them out of the running. I'd love to find a dress that is similar to either of them. [more inside]