The Art of… Shopping

The Art of Shopping

I’ve decided to start a category within Minnie Muse called The Art of… as yet another way to share some musings concerning everything art and fashion; and what better a time to launch than now that Spring 12 sale season has begun. Sure, there are some basic shopping tips that every one, even online shopping armatures, should know – such as taking advantage of sites like Polyvore and ShopStyle come sale time– but there is one trick that I discovered that revolutionized internet shopping for me.

When looking back on my quest in Spring 2010 to try and track down Alexander Wang’s much-coveted cheetah wedges, I realize how tricky the Internet can be. I remember finding the spotted pieces of perfection on Barneys.com during English class one morning. Within minutes the shoes were sold out and the light at the end of the football-dome shaped tunnel (keeping with the theme of Wang’s SS10 show) was slowly fading. That story has a happy ending but I was put in a similar situation this past January when finding my dream belt by Isabel Marant on Net-a-Porter. It was a few days into the start of the sale and my size was already gone. Although I was checking daily to see if anyone had made a return, nothing had changed. It wasn’t until my trip to Europe later in the month that the belt became mine. When I logged on to the Internet in Paris to check Net-a-Porter, unbeknownst to me, my computer recognized I was over seas and thus connected me to the European Net-a-Porter site. Not only did I find my belt in the correct size, but a few other key pieces that had been sold out in the states for weeks. What a simple change that could, and did, make all the difference.

Since then I have been making sure to check on occasion to see if they carry anything major in Europe that wasn’t bought for – or is available in – the states. Now that sale time has commenced on both the US and International site, I thought it time to share my little trick with my readers. There are still plenty of pieces of perfection available here and in the newly launched European sale on Net-a-Porter, so act fast and happy shopping.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to change your location:
Begin by signing into you account and clicking on your current location in the upper left hand corner…

The Art of Shopping

Click on the International Site drop down menu…

The Art of Shopping

Choose your country and begin browsing…

The Art of Shopping

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