I know it seems like I'm always flogging these online sample sale sites, but when you live in the woods like I do, this is how shopping is done. I've used them all, and here is my take on three of the biggest and best:

Gilt Groupe: Your cool best friend who lives in the city who always looks effortlessly hip and is plugged in to the latest home and fashion trends, but isn't an asshole about it.

TRM Pick of the Day: Graphic Image’s luscious leather wallets, passport holders and clutches are treats for the travel-weary. Invest in lollipop-hued luggage tags for your suitcase, or keep your last vacation in sight longer with a croc-embossed frame. With any of these bold accessories along for the ride, travel need never be tiresome again. Sign up here.

One Kings Lane: Your mom's cool best friend who lives in an upscale suburb and has a tastefully appointed home with lot's of scented candles, red coral accessories, topiaries, and is probably secretly banging the poolboy on the side.

TRM Pick of the Day: Moleskine notebooks. You'd recognize them anywhere — the classic little planners and notebooks with rounded corners, bookmarks and elastic closures. Used by artists and thinkers such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. In fact, these trusted and handy travel companions held the sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that defined their owners. Sign up here.

Hautelook: Your tacky cousin who wears too much mascara who just loves getting down and dirty in the bargain bins at Filene's Basement or Stein Mart.

TRM Pick of the Day: It was tough sifting through all of the crap, but some of these kitchen doodads from Kalorik (who the fuck are they?) didn't look too horrible. Sign up here.


  1. joe*to*hell // December 9, 2009 at 2:37 AM