International shopping websites!- Part 1

As the name suggests, this blog is all about international shopping websites that are shipping to India. There are over 100 websites at the moment that are shipping to India but I will only be listing the ones that are popular, safe and  tested by me. There are  many websites that I have used to shop online, the product has always came out authentic, reached on time and can be returned.(most of the times sender bears the cost).

Rule:

Since Indian custom department has become really strict lately with international couriers, it is mandatory to fill out KYC(know your customer) forms to get your courier delivered. The forms are filled after you have ordered your stuff and it reaches the custom department. If you have paid custom fees in advance, you will get a call regarding the submission of KYC forms that will include your Aadhar card details, pan details and some forms that may differ from company to company. Once you get a call, they send you a mail wherein you can attach the required documents and the packet gets delivered to you in 2-3 days time, depending on your location.

First up is www.shopbop.com.

The website has a huge variety of International brands ranging from local high street brands of USA and UK to designer brands like Gucci, YSL, Givenchy, etc. You can definitely shop on the website  for latest designer wear. This is one of my favourite websites because it ships to India for free. That definitely saves a lot of money. Also, the custom duty charged by the website is pretty less as compared to other International websites that I will be reviewing in this article.

I have used this website many times to buy brands like Michael kors, Rebecca minkoff, Tory Burch and others. The shipping time is around 4-5 days. So basically when you shop from this website, they tell you the total charges in the cart along with the custom fees applicable on your purchase. You can choose to pay the custom fees at the checkout or when your product gets delivered.  Your order must be of minimum $100 or more to get free delivery or else you will be charged for delivery.

The shipping time from shop bob is pretty less like 4-5 days on an average.

Coupon code: 15FORYOU or FORYOU!; check out which works on your order. This will make you eligible for 15% discounted on non-discounted items. There are some brands on which this coupon doesn’t apply like Kate Spade, Sam Edelman, etc.

The next website is www.nordstorm.com.

The website has a very wide collection of various high street and designer brand. The rates are genuine and very often you get sales on the items too. I have shopped from the website before but I got the stuff delivered to Australia coz my friend was coming from there. They don’t charge any customs to Australia and many other countries. I bought a bag from here which was on 30% off from Tory burch. The price of the bag was marked down by quiet a good amount but when I checked out, I saw shipping fees and import duties added to my order which increased the price to even more than its original price. I was heart broken, then I decided to check the prices and custom cost to other countries. I was lucky that my friend was coming from Australia and I got the bag shipped to her at no extra cost. I did pay $15 shipping, which didn’t hurt that much.

So basically Nordstrom has a lot of things on sale but if you calculate the shipping and customs to India, the product you get is always at full value. But if you see on the brighter side, you can shop your favourite brands from USA while sitting at your home- you are definitely saving on the travel cost. If it doesn’t hurt you to pay few extra bucks for your favourite pieces then getting it from Nordstrom is your best bet. The variety available with them is definitely extensive than shopbop.

The third one on my list is www.asos.com

Many of you must already been using asos for its fashionable clothes and affordable prices. Well ASOS is the very first international website that I used to purchase clothes online. My first order from it was probably 8 years ago. Asos is one of the first international websites that started delivering to India for free. Custom charges were imposed earlier also but the rules were different. Earlier the charges were implied on orders above INR10000. So if your order was under that value, chances were you won’t pay any custom charges.  I have always ordered under that value, if I was ordering anything above that value; I would rather split it in two orders. The same is not true now, you do have to pay custom fees on every order whether it is under 10k or not in India; thanks to our prime minister Modi!

Also a lot of times the packet was lost somewhere in the middle. It has happened to me twice,  ASOS is kind enough to refund your money for undelivered packets and also generous enough to give a 25% coupon code for next purchase.

Earlier the product was sent through government posts and postman used to come to your house telling that there is an International delivery and you need to collect it from the post office. Now its not the same, they use faster courier services like DTDC international, etc. So what happened before was that people used to send back the courier looking at the custom charges imposed on it. That is why ASOS has now changed the rules.

Once you now place an order with ASOS, you will be sent a mail 1-2 days later regarding the custom fees. You need to pay it before your order gets dispatched. This ensures them that you will take the order and won’t send back because of custom fees.

The custom duty imposed on orders is pretty high. It is around 30% of the total value of your order. So if you ordered something for 10000INR , you will pay a custom fees of 3000 or more on it, which will make it 13000+. If you look at the extra custom duty we pay, the things end up being really expensive in some cases, and since you have a longer process of sending it back; it makes it even less interesting.

ASOS has its own manufacturing, for which the prices are reasonable but comparable to various high street brands in India like ZARA, Mango, Promod, Forever New, etc. The variety available with them is huge but their boots and shoes are definitely cheaper than the brands available in India. The added custom fees always make them equally expensive. The only best part about shopping from ASOS is that the variety and stuff available it is latest and is not available in India. So buying from there makes a lot of sense if you are fashion forward and want to wear the latest trends before anyone else does.

There are some other websites that I will be discussing in the next blog, since this one ha become really long. Lets do a part 2!

Nordstorm fall sale is here

Nordstorm is one great website to shop online all American and European brands and best part is that it delivers to India as well. The bonus is its ongoing upto 40% sale, which you must definitely browse.

I m posting some of the best pieces that I like from the sale.

First of all is Tory Burch Parker tote. Well it is a very popular bag from Tory and doesn’t go on sale frequently, usually offers sale on colors that are not basic.

This tote makes a good everyday and office bag because of its huge capacity and make. Its on 33% off epoch is a fairly good deal for all of you wanting you grab this bag.

Next up is my favourite brand in Boots though I don’t own one from it yet, but I love all of its boots, “Stuart Weitzman”. The beautiful ankle boots are available in tan and black and both are on sale. They look lovely with dresses, denims , skirts – you name it!
If you have the money I would say grab them, its one of those brands that make wonderful boots that are classy, good looking and at the same time comfortable as hell- I have heard that from a lot of people who own them.

Next one is another boots from Tory Burch. These are OTK boots which are quiet popular this season. If you want to keep your trend game on point then you must invest in some nice over the knee boots.

Check out these, they are beautiful black coloured with metal detailing on the heels and right amount of gold ware added to it. They are on 40% off- woah! You can easily slay any outfit with these on.

Some other brands on sale are sam Edelman, Halogen, Kate spade and Michael Kors. I am inserting pictures of the stuff I like from all of these. Hope you enjoyed my favorite pieces from the sale.

Let me know what all you bought!

Happy shopping!

In love with Zimmerman’s new fashion week collection!

New York fashion week has definitely given style bloggers some new style goals. The variety and execution of fashion staples was amazing. The one designer that blew my mind was Zimmerman. Their collection is so basic yet trendy. Zimmerman went back to her roots for her 2017 collection and created magic on the ramp.

I loved the use of grey and white colors; perfect for the fall season. Many designers stay away from white in winters as it gets dull and boring but the way Zimmerman ruled the walkway with basic fall colors left me wonderstruck.

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Her inspiration was Gold coast in Australia. While reminiscing her parent’s honeymoon in the Gold coast; she tried to capture the calmness, romanticism and beauty of Gold coast in her collection. The cuts, silhouette and design of his dresses left me awestruck for days.

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Look at the designs, I mean how creative it is. Not that we haven’t seen a blazer and pants style before but the color coordination and right use of accessories is beautiful.

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The frills, ruffles, lace  and right use of metallic buttons is incredible. It’s like eating a Sundae with a little bit of every flavor tickling my taste buds in every possible way.

The cropped blouses until mid rift,  bell sleeves, cold shoulders and long jackets are some of the styles that will continue to make a fashion statement in fall as well.

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My favorite of all his creations has been this beautiful ruffled dress in gray and white with immaculate use of metallic button fastening and laces running through them in crisscross fashion; aaah! Lovely!. It has been running on my mind from so many days. Check it out, isn’t it just out of this world?

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So if you are investing in fall essentials; make sure to include grey and off white in it.

Top five Transitional essentials 2017- What to buy?

Fall is almost here, the weather is getting chillier and it’s time to take out your wardrobe staples. To look your best in winter 2017, there are certain staple transitional outfits that one must invest in.

1. The very first basic September transitional essential is a black blazer. You can never go wrong with a black blazer. A blazer can make any outfit look special. You can wear it over simple shirt and denim or throw a blazer over a dress to add oomph to your outfit. So investing in a black blazer is a must.

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2. The next transitional outfit that you must invest in is over the knee boots. Over the knee boots are definitely a major fashion investment for winter 2017. Every fashionista and celebrity is wearing them. These must have boots look good with everything; I mean it – with everything!!!

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I myself have invested in over the knee boots even though it is still hot where I live because i couldn’t wait to see them standing in my wardrobe. I am now just looking for an excuse to pop them out and wear them.

These boots look amazingly cute with dresses and edgy with jeans. I love them because they can be dressed up or down as per the occasion.

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You can either buy the ones with heels or comfortable flat ones; black is a safe color to invest in but latest colors like cognac, taupe, grey and red also look equally lovely.

3. The third staple is a denim shirt, I personally love denim on denim look a lot. Having a denim shirt in winters is a must. There are so many ways in which you can style a denim shirt. It is a contemporary piece which never goes out of fashion.

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A denim on denim look always catches the eye no matter how old it gets. The celebs have been spotted in denim on denim look from the time immemorial.

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So if you do not have it yet, you must invest in a denim shirt. over-sized denim shirts are more popular these days. If you are investing in one, make sure it is over-sized. By oversized I don’t mean baggy at all, it should be a size or two bigger than your normal size so that you can wear it tucked inside your shirt with an edgy belt.

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4. Every designer is bringing back the red. Gucci, Prada, Givenchy,; you name it- all designers are craving over red this season.  Red is the new black thus your winter wardrobe must have a red sweater, coat or a red top for sure.

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red dress also makes a wonderful choice. Without a red outfit, your fall wardrobe is incomplete. A red blazer thrown over a denim on denim look will definitely make heads turn.

A red chunky sweater will add color to your basic outfit. A red blouse can turn a cliche outfit to a chic outfit.

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5. The last but not the least wardrobe essential for fall 2017 is a great pair of jeans. The skinny, relaxed fit or bellbottoms – all of them look amazing but if you really want to take your styling game to the next level, try investing in a culotte jeans/pants. These looking amazingly attractive with sock boots and a chunky sweater.

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These jeans have been a great hit in summers too and seems like they will continue the trend in winters as well. Take a cue from these celebs to style culotte jeans.

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these are my top 5 picks for fall wardrobe. Let me know in comments about your thoughts and other essential that are must have for this season.