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What computer do I want?

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]
posted by annie o on Apr 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Where should I be shopping? Difficulty level: Dresses

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]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Apr 9, 2015 - 31 answers

In search of the perfect socks

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]
posted by radioamy on Apr 6, 2015 - 10 answers

I want interesting, geometric silver jewelry. What designers do this?

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?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 31, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me find the perfect bike for me!

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]
posted by spindrifter on Mar 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Looking for super-comfortable mens' boots. I can shop in NYC or online.

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]
posted by evil otto on Mar 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Jeopardy: Potpourri Category

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?
posted by sciencemandan on Mar 22, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me find a bridesmaid's dress!

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]
posted by frizzle on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Let's save that money! (Spy-free edition)

I'm sort of obsessed with extreme couponing, but I actually don't understand how it works. Help me figure out how to do it...without giving away all of my personal information to corporations! [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Mar 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me find these retro glasses!

I am trying to find the glasses in this photo. I asked the girl wearing them where she got them and she told me Chinatown in her area, but I'm coming up empty on Etsy, ebay, Amazon, Poshmark, etc. Can you help me find them? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 answers

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 - 36 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

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