Wednesday, 13 November 2013

dreamy shopping list

GE-images_v2HI this post is sponsored by nuffnang
 
Well, yes, it’s true, being asked to write a fantasy shopping list is not the most taxing request I’ve ever had. In fact I might even have enjoyed it, though that’s unconfirmed.

But here it is, everything I really absolutely would not mind dropping into my post box on any given day any time soon. And, I think I am not alone with a lot of these! I’m pretty sure!

As I buy almost all of my dressing-y stuff online it was pretty easy to do. I do admit, though, that I seem to have quite specific wants – makeup and shoes – and something of a predilection for green shoes. Always have, can’t think why. Don’t have any as of yet, tres sad. Soon, soon!

I was asked to put this together as we approach Cyber Monday, taking place this year on Monday December 2nd (US time, so I’ll have to start early the next day on Aus time, oh the struggle) by 28 Degrees MasterCard. It has no international transaction fees on purchases, so it can help us get some nice online bargains which apparently is super good for the Cyber Monday Sales, and especially good for Christmas, but I think is good all year round because yay presents. The 28 Degrees card also has no currency conversion fees, which, for people like me, who buy from the US all the time, sounds pretty good.

I’m actually glad I now know what Cyber Monday is, because I’ve heard the phrase for years and was always a bit hazy on it. It was coined back in 2005, and refers to the spike in “e-commerce spending” after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the States, as people got back in front of their computers and clicky shopped. It wasn’t quite as huge as people believed it was to begin with, but has now grown into the largest online shopping day of the year in the US, and more and more retailers are providing special offers for it.

Now, here are the links to my picks. They are all just things I want, no “suggestions” were made to me as to who I should have on here, and none are affiliate links etc; I tried affiliates with Lime Crime for a bit ages ago but turned it off (also ages ago) and have never claimed anything from it, and I just genuinely love these things... I just want that to be clear. Ok. I am going to have to get picky as I (obviously) can’t have them all (boo) (what, I never said I wasn’t greedy) BUT: one of you in Australia will get one of them (with a value of up to AU$200) as a pressie from me and Nuffnang! And the winner chooses!

And I shall be happy for you and also quite jealous! But mostly happy! 



1. besame black liquorice lipstick (really want a dark lip colour, must try this)

2. besame lipstick (I bought this in Carmine a while ago and it is one of my favourites)

3. remix shoes: miranda in green (I want these so badly and have done for ever now) (SO BADLY)

4. swedish hasbeens super high (LOVE Swedish Hasbeens and very much would like a pair in tan/natural and a green pair too, because me and my green shoe thing)

5. limecrime velvetines (loooove these, just bought the Red Velvet one and LOVE it, but find the Suedeberry a bit too bright with my red hair, but loved it with my white hair)

6. swedish hasbeens heart sandals (as number 4, and did I mention I really love these?)

7. swedish hasbeens bag (I really want a big, pale bag for summer and I love light blue and simple shapes so hi hi nice summer bag)



So, to enter, please answer this question, which I know will be easy:

Q: Are you an online shopper? Have any horror stories or been stung by currency conversion fees? Share your stories for a chance to win! 

I will pick the best/worst. All I need you to do is:

– answer ze question by telling us all your story in the comments

– be in Australia

–give me your email address so I can contact you.


Terms and conditions here. Ends Thursday 21 November 2013. Good luck!




This blog post has been paid for by 28 Degrees, with limited input. The opinions and views set out in this post are the writer’s alone and do not represent the opinions and views of 28 Degrees or GE Capital Finance Australia (ABN 42 008 583 588), trading as GE Money, Australian Credit Licence Number 392145. Save for the 28 Degrees MasterCard, GE Money is not associated with and does not recommend any of the products, goods or services described. You should determine if the 28 Degrees MasterCard meets your objectives and requirements before applying.

33 comments:

suzanne stevens said...

My worst experience was when I was shopping on a boutique New York online shop and spotted a beautiful 40's reproduction dress way out of my price range. I started saving for it as I knew it had to be mine and after 4 weeks of saving I could finally purchase it. So with much excitment I added my credit card details into the computer waiting with baited breath for the lovely order confirmation page we all know and love. Unfortunately the page I saw was an error message saying that I could not use my credit card as I was not in the correct region for the country. And they didn't take paypal. I was so crushed I couldn't get that lovely emerald green velvet wrap dress. It's luxery still haunts me to this day.
Thanks for the oppertunity to vent.
misssuzannestevens@gmail.com

Miss Louise said...

besame lipsticks are so much fun! I love the one I bought in Red Hot Red

Wild Tea Party said...

I was having a jolly time supporting the US economy a few months back while the AUS dollar was doing so strong. Click-click-click *squeals at new shoes*. But of course, good things come to an end and the dollar dropped. And that's when the most perfect dress came to my attention from an American retailer. The most perfect dress ever. It was exxy, and it was worse with the conversion rate again. Eventually the desire won out. Thinking I could save myself a few dimes off their outrageous flat rate shipping, I arranged for it to ship to a forwarding address and then get posted on to me from there. That'll be so much more cost effective, or so I thought. Of course, the dress shipped in a big box, despite being light, and the shipping got charged by volume not weight. It worked out horrendously more, plus the conversion fee. Oh, and of course, when it arrived, it didn't fit. It's now hanging in a friend's wardrobe. Some things just aren't meant to be...

wildteaparty@gmail.com

Boyer Family Singers said...

Boo that it's in Aussie only :,( I am a SUCKER for anything Swedish Hasbeens or Remix!

-Charlotte
boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

Theresa said...

The worst shopping experience I've been involved in was a present from my mother. She lives in the U.S. I live in Australia. She ordered a present for Christmas from Black Milk Clothing, which some of you might realise is in Australia. But did she get it sent to her house? No, she got it sent to the States. (And had to pay fees on top of it.)

Then she had to send it all the way across half the U.S. and the Pacific...only to find out that it didn't fit me!

(Silver lining: I was able to exchange it for a swimsuit with a galaxy pattern that I actually wore this Halloween as part of a UFO costume.)

desdrata@hotmail.com

Harlow Darling said...

My latest online shopping horror story was when I bought some beautiful skirts from Tara Starlet (which I ordered in my regular size) and they ran VERY verrrrrrrrry small! It made me very sad since I paid $70 for shipping alone...and of course returning things bought from overseas is not easy :(

Another thing that's upsetting me is that I found the most beautiful 50s style summer hat on Unique Vintage...but shipping for the hat is $100!! Unfair :(
Sorry for the rant, but it's not the weak Aussie dollar that grinds my gears the most, but extortionate shipping costs :'(

harlowdarling@hotmail.com

Deidre said...

I do a little online shopping but not heaps. I think the worst thing that has happened to me was I bought some jewellery from an Etsy seller for my wedding that was being held in the US (I live in the Australia) and for some reason it got shipped to Australia instead. I majorly panicked and the poor seller felt AWFUL and sent me other jewellery - which was lovely of her. In the end, it was all fine. Australia shipped the package back to me and I was able to do an awesome blog giveaway! :)

Nora said...

Oh I love your wish list and I personally have the 28degrees Mastercard. AMAZING for international shopping (you know I'm addicted to Etsy) and overseas holiday!!

I have been screwed over by conversion fee too many times. People do not realise it because they think it's such a small amount! It was when Australian dollar was stronger than American dollar and I thought I'd benefit from that - I paid for some parts of my holiday, not realising that it doesn't get charged right away and then ended up paying the conversion and fee :( :( Annoying start of my Japan holiday, and that's how we decided to get a 28degrees card!! Really handy when I was in Japan!

Nora
mail@norafinds.com

rosirockets said...

I'm a huge online shopper and will even get my boss to pick up purchases from stores that won't deliver to Australia from our US office when he goes over for business trips. Not sure if he'll be doing that for me again any time soon as the last haul was massive and tipped his weight limit way over the allocated amount. In the end it cost me a bundle as I had to pay him back for the privilege.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see you doing a post to support shopping local and small business too :)

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I must admit I love trawling the internet for things, & some of my all time favourite frocks have come from Ebay & Etsy, but I love trying things on & deciding on a purchase that way too. I think the worst thing about buying online is finding the item doesn't fit, or is in worse condition then you expected. But I love that the internet brings the whole world to your doorstep. Leisa. Xx
vintagebirdgirl@tpg.com.au

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Good luck to everyone that enters, the dark licorice lipstick sounds wonderful!! Gorgeous prizes and I like your list xx

Kim maxwell said...

Back years ago, I would look online for things that I couldn't get in Australia, but with the exchange rate and postage costs, they ended up costing a fortune, so usually didn't end up buying anything. I did end up buying a cup with my daughter's name (Alyssa) on it, as they were available in America but not Australia. So I ordered one, paid a fortune for it and she was very very happy!

Kim
galwayst@hotmail.com

esme and the laneway said...

Anonymous : excellent idea – I will very soon. I've got a little list already! :)

Amber Jade said...

A recent experience of mine was when I purchased a bicycle online. I got an email saying it had been shipped and should arrive within 10 days. I waited a couple of weeks before calling the company to find out what was happening. They had a look into it and found that my order had somehow been lost and thus my bike hadn't left the warehouse. I was assured it would go out the next day and was fine with that.
I called a few days later to confirm everything was okay now. Again there had been some mishap and my bike had not been sent. They managed to send it this time however, and two weeks later I received the bike. I was so excited, opened the box, only to find various parts damaged, dented frame, bent mudguard, chipped paint. I was super disappointed.
The redeeming factor in this story is that the company were very helpful each time I had to contact them with a complaint. Still, it was a long, exhausting and irritating process, but all's well that ends well!

Ami said...

That bag is so beautiful! I absolutely love the colour :)

Heather Bristow said...

Just tried the Besame Violette Brightening Powder--great stuff. Will be trying the beautifully packaged lipsticks next!

Carolyn08 said...

Not me but my partner - he was looking on ebay looking for man stuff. Bought some stuff for his boat. He was so proud of himself for buying his first online purchase.I pointed out his $75 purchase cost an extra $125 postage as he bought it from England. He now checks with me before he buys anything online.

Carolyn08 said...

Carolyn08 - cdking1967@gmail.com

Elke said...

I really would love some swedish hasbeens. Last summer they were having a sale and my husband wanted to buy them for me as a present. and I said 'oh, no, that's to much, they are to expensive.' A few hours later i came to my senses. By then my size was sold out... and i was crushed. but, i learned a valuable lesson ;)

Claire said...

I regularly get Ebay shopping suggestions and I usually ignore them. On this occasion however I decided to have a look. There was a very cute dress with a lovely floral pattern that caught my eye. It was so cheap! I couldn't believe it, and they had a size 10, perfect! I bought it without a second thought. When it arrived in the mail I was so excited, I opened it but to my dismay it was for KIDS! Damn. I knew it was too good to be true.

clairea88@hotmail.com

GracefullyVintage said...

I was shopping online for my school formal dress in 2009 and this was the first vintage dress that I was ever going to own! I found the PERFECT dress which had to be mine! I got so overwhelmed ad thought about it and dreamed about it...

This was an ebay auction so of course it ended it up costing a lot more than I intended to pay, the conversion fees bumped up the price and shipping cost an arm and a leg since it was quite a big delicate dress that couldn't be stuffed in a parcel that simply! But it was a real sigh of relief that it arrived safely, fit perfectly and is still one of the most amazing dresses to live in my wardrobe! I like to think that I have learnt to shop wisely online from overseas sellers and to always check out Australian sellers (and to also not be afraid to ask if they have what I'm after). x

gracefullyvintagekayla@gmail.com

Rebeccak said...

I mostly have only good stories (thank goodness)! And I shop online ALL THE TIME. The only thing I am finding increasingly frustrating is the stupid parcel-pick-up system for Australia Post! I live in a big block of apartments with no mail box for parcels. I must go to the post office once a week, and they always seems to be lost! I have had to wait unto 30mins while the staff search high and low for my packages - what a pain! Not to mention the short opening times. grumble grumble!

rebeccak(at)gmail(dot)com

Ellie said...

I saw an amazing pair of high waisted 'jeans' on ebay covered in amazing African prints. I was so excited and got into the bidding war and won. When they arrived it turned out they were not jeans at all but made of completely ungiving cotton fabric. So not only was the quality far below what I expected, but they were too small for me. To make matters worse the button was not a button but a pop clip so even if I crammed myself into them the top would just pop open!
(egreenwood@pacific.net.au)

Allison W said...

I am not much of an online shopper, I'm a mother and not very tech savvy...

I read the catalogues and do my shopping and that's about it. But last year I wanted to buy my daughter a vintage dress and there wasn't anything real special in my local vintage stores, I soon discovered esty from Google searching vintage dresses and found a pink 1950s dress with bows printed on the fabric. I knew that I had to buy it for my daughter and then the dress jumped up in price because of conversion and postage was almost $40!!!

I had to get it though and it was such a relief that she loved it and it fit like a dream. But it has made me a little cautious about online shopping and looking at beautiful things. I will try to look for the best price time and use the "search from lowest price" when I look, I do like a bargain... Online shopping is very exciting, you never know what you will find and money will disappear from your wallet HAHA!!

allycrazycat@gmail.com

Emma Mary said...

YES! I keep having awful experiences both online and in real life with my bank recently, I turned 20 last month, and after saving and begging and pleading my brother agreed to put in for a beautiful princess coat I had found on etsy (however I think your green and blue ones are wonderful). Together we had enough to buy it. That night, the night of my birthday I sat on my bed with my laptop about to buy it, when I notice I can't access my bank account! It had completely shut down. I waited past midnight in home that it would come back online. It didn't. I went to bed tired and worried. What if it sold? I got up very early (very early) the next day and successfully bought it! I received it the other day and its so beautiful

JennyB said...

Internet disasters? NO! Unconvinced, nonplussed.
This past decade I did easily adjust.
I'm online shopping almost daily: it's now an absolute must.
From holidays down to groceries, the system's been robust.
I've had no issues, nothing to disgust...(Between you and me, it’s the postie I don’t trust!)

Shawpak said...

As a self-proclaimed lover of online shopping, I have definitely had my share of horror stories (but luckily some major wins!). Living in perth has caused a bit of a struggle when it comes to finding vintage, but luckily some beauties are just a few clicks away! I found a gorgeous dress on etsy (a designer label and with my spot on measurements. Score!) even better, I'm not sure the seller knew the label, so it was going for a steal. I cackled at my good fortune, only to have it shipped via DHL for hefty postage and get charged a customs fee and a "box opening fee" (your guess is as good as mine) plus the currency conversion fee for more than I paid for it! I still have the dress though and its worth every penny - including the fees! Price per wear. =)

Eagerly awaiting cyber Monday...and praying for those remix shoes!

Shawpak@gmail.com

jaz said...

I only ever shop online when I receive gift cards/gift vouchers. I haven't had any issues yet. The only thing that frustrates me is Australia Post. I've received several opened and damaged parcels. I think the delivery guys have too much fun playing footy with my parcels.

Michelle Gray said...

I still get "teased" by my husband about the sexy underwear I purchased online. I thought the red and black lace was very adventurous for me, but I didn't plan on it being crutchless!!!

mogy1808@gmail.com

JennyB said...

Forgot my email yesterday!...

schnoodle52@gmail.com

Lois Kerr said...

My worst online shopping experience would be when I ordered groceries, and as usual, checked the box to allow substitutions. I was pretty surprised to receive, instead of the dishwasher tablets I ordered, headache tablets...

Lois Kerr said...

P.S.
lois@thekerrs.com.au
L x

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