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Is there more than monochromatic minimalism?

Hey clothes-loving folks! I've been reading about capsule wardrobes, paring down clothing, and other minimalism-type posts My question is- does anyone know of a good post on capsule wardrobes/minimalism that has color in it? Something along the lines of "hey, I'm a minimalist and I love color, here's how that works" [more inside]
posted by EVM on Oct 18, 2016 - 9 answers

WWQCW? (What Would Quentin Crisp Wear?)

I'm looking for lavender undershirts and socks but searches so far have turned up mostly chaff. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Sep 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Where to shop for mid-century German ceramics in NYC?

I really like German mid-century art pottery -- think Scheurich, Ruscha, etc. And there's lots of it available at decent prices . . . in Europe. Where I live, it seems to be limited to a few expensive specimen pieces in mid-century furniture stores. But I'll be visiting New York City soon, and they have all the shopping in the world there, right? Where should I go for a good selection in the sub-$50 range? [more inside]
posted by ostro on Sep 16, 2016 - 1 answer

Where can I find a Japanese onsen towel?

I can't figure out how to find a towel like I brought home from Japan. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Sep 14, 2016 - 13 answers

Closet purged...now what?!

After my weekend spent purging my closet of BAGS full of clothes to donate that are too young, too cheap, too ill fitting, and just too plain ugly, I now find myself with a few holes and thin areas in my (blessedly) more manageable wardrobe. I'd like to fill those holes (slowly, eventually) with pieces that are classic, high quality, and (unicorn!) ethically produced (or at least MORE ethically produced than many major brands). Problem: I LOATHE shopping and am a style/fashion amateur. Where should be looking? What should I be looking for? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Sep 12, 2016 - 24 answers

What should this Brit buy at Target

I've just discovered Target ships to the UK, claiming full responsibility for landed costs, which is very exciting for this brand deprived individual (I grew up in New Zealand, okay...) So what should I buy? What's your favourite Target item? I like snacks, desk accessories, tech accessories, beauty, and I have a dog. Probably $100 is my max budget.
posted by teststrip on Sep 5, 2016 - 14 answers

How do you judge the quality of jewelry?

I am interested in learning how to differentiate high quality jewelry from common pieces--especially on the resale market. When I go to an antique store or thrift shop and look at jewelry, it all looks the same to me. Sure, I can differentiate by color and number of stones, but that is about it. How could I develop the ability to tell the difference in quality of jewelry, apart from the price tag that a store manager or dealer has put on it? Are there resources that you have used, such as blogs or books, to help you learn to appreciate the truly great from the mediocre? Any general advice for someone that wants to be a jewelry connoisseur? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Sep 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Anything good-quality on Shoedazzle?

I signed up for Shoedazzle VIP membership quite a few months ago in order to get a free pair of shoes, and through a combination of forgetfulness and laziness I left my membership active for much longer than I would have liked, so now I've accumulated quite a bit of shoe credit. Yes, I'm dumb. [more inside]
posted by mekily on Sep 3, 2016 - 4 answers

It's hip to be a (deep) square

I love plunging square necklines on dresses and tops. Help me find more? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Sep 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Bed Sheets: Amazon Prime Edition

Looking for any good recommendations on Amazon Prime for bed sheets. I just spent my entire lunch break looking and I feel overwhelmed with fake reviews in a hugely oversaturated market. [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises on Aug 30, 2016 - 22 answers

Who wears not-that-short shorts?

Women and shoppers-in-women's clothes of Metafilter, I have been gladdened by the appearance this summer of women's denim shorts with actual inseams! But I've only seen them in the wild, and haven't found any in stores. If you've bought some can you tell me where? Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on Aug 21, 2016 - 8 answers

WideFoot needs shoes!

I have super wide feet that aren't all that long--a size 7 or 7 ½ women's. But my feet are 4 inches wide at the toes. Help me find masculine or gender neutral shoes, please! [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort on Aug 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Name This Tune - 1970s Cheerful "Shopping" Music

Hey - I've done my best, can't find it, now I'm turning to Ask Metafilter. Does anyone know what is the music in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stcF2TX-dCc [more inside]
posted by rmmcclay on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Give me your best desktop organizers!

I'm changing jobs and don't want to pack up/move my current desktop organizer set-up, which is both old and cheap/flimsy. I currently have two organizers I use, a stacked plastic organizer like this, and a wire file holder like this. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Buying wine online

Any suggestions for buying wine online in the US? There was a previous discussion here but from 2009, and I assume/hope there are new options available. [more inside]
posted by toadlover on Aug 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I buy contact lenses online without a prescription?

Being a stay-at-home parent of a five month old, going to the optometrist for an eye exam is a bit of an inconvenience. My vision has not changed in ten years. Are there any online sources that don't require you to have a current prescription? Bonus points if prices are comparable to Vision Direct, 1-800-contacts, etc.
posted by rivtintin on Jul 29, 2016 - 16 answers

Recommendations for a new water heater / brand?

We need a new water heater. Do you have any reason to believe your water heater is better or worse than other water heaters? [more inside]
posted by springo on Jul 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Tasty and stylish Washington DC

Mr Tav is unexpectedly going on a work trip to Washington DC in the US on Friday. He'll hvae a couple of free days during the trip. What should he eat and where should he shop for cool clothes? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jul 18, 2016 - 22 answers

Best mid-century antique shops in or near Atlanta?

Help me sort through all the country stuff and find some modern gems. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Jul 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Where should we go for summer sales in London next week?

We live outside the UK. We're going to be in London from this Sunday to Wednesday. We want to take advantage of the sales without wasting time that could be better used sightseeing. Are the sales still on in the places we want to shop? Is Oxford Street as good as anywhere for our purposes? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jul 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Not-as-popular books for a 0-2 year old.

A friend is expecting a baby and the baby shower host is suggesting baby books as the present. I expect some guests will wind up buying the same books ("...and another Goodnight Moon!") and I don't want it to be me, so do you have any recommendations for less-popular baby books?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 9, 2016 - 66 answers

Shop open in Krakow past 6pm where I can buy chargers

I just arrived in Krakow from Australia. My luggage did not. Insurance will cover replacement of everything if it hasn't turned up after 8 hours, which will be 5pm. I desperately need clean clothes, a laptop charger (Acer) and a phone charger before tomorrow as I am teaching a workshop. Have located places for clothes open until 10pm. What about the chargers? I am in the Old Town. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Find me a just-so laptop

So I'd like a laptop that is generally not crap, has a discrete GPU, weighs 4 lbs or under (approx) and costs under $1000 (in the US). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jul 6, 2016 - 20 answers

Eclectic/quirky shopping in Boston

I'm going to Boston/Cambridge later this month and have pretty much everything planned except where to shop. Any favorite quirky/eclectic places I should be sure to stop by while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jul 6, 2016 - 23 answers

Excuse me sir, have you seen my spectacles?

Where can I get pretty glasses in London? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Jul 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Dog-Proof Bedroom Trash Can

My dog is good at jumping, climbing, and loves to eat literal garbage trash. I'm sexually active, have a roommate, uh....there are reasons I need a trash can in my bedroom that my dog ABSOLUTELY CANNOT GET INTO. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 27, 2016 - 28 answers

Hey Girl With Those Pretty Glasses, Where Did You Get Them?

Today I tried on this pair of glasses & I loved them. I did not love the price tag - can you help me find them (or a very similar style) within my budget? Difficulty level: UK but happy to internet shop. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Jun 22, 2016 - 8 answers

How to prevent online spending with Apple TV

I'm asking for a dying friend's caregiver. We want to give him his Apple TV, but are concerned about the potential for online spending (and exposure to fraud). We want to figure out if it's possible to prevent online spending through Apple TV (or another platform). I know there are parental locks possible, but I think that will mean he can't purchase movies and music, which we'd like to allow. [more inside]
posted by Gorgik on Jun 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Hope me shop: new skin, new beauty products! (Australia edition)

Tell me your favourite winter/stress oily acne-prone skin care products. I’m going into Sydney CBD tomorrow. I know there’s a Kiehl’s, a Body Shop, a Lush, and a well-stocked Priceline. I need new face wash anyway, and probably new… lotion? What do I need? (Reasonably priced is always good too!) Help, I hate shopping and have no idea what I'm doing or looking for! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 2, 2016 - 7 answers

More like a pocket, less like a fanny pack?

The world is frustrating my efforts to only own dresses/skirts with pockets. I am wondering if you can help me find some kind of bag that would work like an external pocket for me. Like a fanny pack. Except I'm not really confident I can or want to pull off the fanny pack look. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on May 15, 2016 - 33 answers

How do I choose a microwave?

Please help me buy my first microwave. What do I need to know? How much is reasonable to spend? Australian edition. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on May 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Online, specific school supply bargain shopping

I am looking for a relatively cheap, reliable bulk online source for three items for the next school year: sturdy, reusable luggage tags (or ideas for a better solution), plastic sheet protectors and 1" 3-ring binders. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on May 11, 2016 - 2 answers

ISO cheap backpacks

I would like to purchase some backpacks (approx 10 of them) at a price point of under a dollar each. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 11, 2016 - 16 answers

where can I buy a pom pom ring like this?

I am looking for somewhere that sells this pom pom ring. It's a small black tinsel pom pom glued to an adjustable ring. I feel like i should be able to find them in bulk somewhere but haven't had luck looking online. I would try DIYing them but I haven't been able to find that size black pom poms in the right size 3/4-1 in diameter. These rings are my cat's favorite toys and we're down to the last one. They originally came with a nail polish order. I emailed the polish maker but didn't hear back I've bought her tinsel poms but she seems to only really love these rings.
posted by oneear on Apr 27, 2016 - 8 answers

What is the sandal equivalent of an ankle boot?

I pretty much live in these Madewell ankle boots all fall, winter, and as far into spring as sweaty feet allow. What is the sandal version of these? Excessive detail inside. [more inside]
posted by superquail on Apr 27, 2016 - 24 answers

Bra bra ;)

Asking for bra advice for a wonderful friend who has a magnificent rack: [more inside]
posted by moody cow on Apr 27, 2016 - 15 answers

What's the best place to buy general-purpose sneakers?

I've been coasting for a while on a pair of shoes bought about two years ago, but they're starting to show their wear. I have very little experience shopping for shoes and don't have the slightest idea what my options are. Durability is important, since I spend most of my time in one pair of shoes. Online is fine; Chicago-based is also good. I'm fine with national brands and local.
posted by LSK on Apr 21, 2016 - 15 answers

Canadian West Coast shopping

Heading to Victoria and Vancouver next week - what unique stores may we be interested in checking out? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Apr 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Beyond "The Bins"... Thrift Stores in PDX

What are the best thrift stores in portland these days? I'm looking for places with nice finds, but without the not so nice "vintage" price markups.
posted by long haired child on Apr 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Help buying a nice laptop with Linux pre-installed

I'm looking to buy a nice new Linux laptop and having trouble finding many reviews online of the various options. [more inside]
posted by parkin on Apr 16, 2016 - 17 answers

How can I help my friend with his compulsive spending issues?

My close friend M is struggling with compulsive spending (and other compulsive habits). I've just found out from a mutual friend that he's run out of money again. How can I help him help himself? What are some ways that I can support him emotionally without enabling his behaviours? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by mr. manager on Apr 13, 2016 - 20 answers

End of April in Durham, NC

I'll be in Durham, North Carolina from April 26 - May 1, staying downtown. I don't drive. What should I check out while I'm in the area? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Apr 12, 2016 - 6 answers

In search of consumerism-neutral time-wasters

So, like many people, when I need a break at my desk I tend to look for something mindless on the Internet. I'm trying to get out of the habit of defaulting to fashion and beauty forums, which I like because they're low-effort, have pretty things to look at, and tend not to get me worked up about politics or whatever, but hate because I get the impulse to buy things I don't need. It's not causing a financial problem but I just don't want my time-wasters to lead to a shopping spree. [more inside]
posted by mama casserole on Apr 12, 2016 - 27 answers

professional shirts for a woman with a slim torso and strong arms

Where can I find shirts cut for someone my shape? I have a slim, long torso, and relatively muscular, and therefore large, arms. [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Apr 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Has anyone used Letgo or similar apps or are they just a crazy bad idea?

I want to get rid of some random stuff in my apt and I've heard of apps like Letgo where you can sell stuff locally but... I'm nervous about actually using it. Has anyone used them and are they legit, or shady? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Apr 3, 2016 - 7 answers

What is a "MUST BUY" in London?

I am taking my family to London for two weeks this summer.....what is a MUST BUY? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Apr 3, 2016 - 36 answers

Recommendations for a tiny purse that will last?

I'm looking for a high quality, tiny purse that will fit my 5" phone, Kindle Paperwhite (7x5), credit cards, and possibly a pen and lip balm. Ladies of AskMe, what do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Mar 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Japanese Shopping Spree

What should I buy while I'm in Japan that are not available in or better than the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Mar 17, 2016 - 32 answers

Is There a Visual Difference in AAA Akoya Pearls Versus Freshwater?

Once you're interested in aiming for AAA quality, round pearls in a necklace, is there a "beauty" benefit (i.e., not a bragging rights or investment one) in going after Akoya pearls over freshwater? Thanks in advance!
posted by whitebird on Mar 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Adorable stores in France?

Are there any French stores that are similar to the Dutch store Dille & Kamille, or the Danish store Sostrene & Grene? I will also gladly accept any other recommendations for adorable stores in France! [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

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