Dahling, let’s face it: Albuquerque isn’t exactly fashion paradise. Though we’re definitely making progress, there’s still much to be desired. What to do when the shopping bug bites (sadly, I can’t use “when the fashion bug bites,” as the mere thought of Fashion Bug leaves ghastly, retail chain poly-blend scars in my psyche) and we’ve nowhere in town to turn? Get ready to click that mouse like a fiend, because it’s time to hit the Internets, children!
Shopbop.com Ah, Shopbop … how do I love thee? Since its launch in 2000, this site has become a global must-click for web-based women’s apparel and accessories. Shop by designer, trend, boutique or discount (up to 70 percent off!). You’ll find classics from Balmain, Halston, Michael Kors and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as newer faves like William Rast, Winter Kate and Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony. Side note: How much do we love Drew Droege’s Chloe Sevigny parodies?! They totally make me want to take a Bikram yoga class wearing a fitness bra by Imitation of Christ, culottes by Danskin and goldenrod Havaianas. OK, back to shopping. Let’s resume!
Avelle.com Welcome to handbag Nirvana. This site has thousands of high-end designer bags, sunglasses and jewelry by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and many other delightful brands. Expensive? Yes, indeed. But here’s the good news: You can rent them all! Rent these perfect-condition items by the week, month or season, then you have the option to buy them or swap them for something else. More good news: free shipping. You can even rent an Hermès Birkin bag. Helloooo?!? Did someone say five-star fabulous? I did! Why? Because it’s a Birkin bag, for crying out loud. Any handbag lover knows if you say the word Birkin three times in front of a mirror, the ghost of Jane Birkin will appear, wave her wand and make all your dreams come true. Yes, I realize Jane’s still alive; minor technicality; don’t steal my urban legend thunder.
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