Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cyber Monday is a Month Away! Are You Ready?

We can hear it now—but Designer Studio Store, it’s OCTOBER! Why are you talking about the holidays NOW? Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the rest of the winter holidays seem to come faster and faster every year. Now, with the economy showing signs of rebound, this is likely to be one of the craziest holiday seasons in the last five years. The question is, come Cyber Monday, are you going to be prepared to get all of the amazing online deals you want? Or, are you going to be caught in a swirl of red tape? You can get some great deals on Cyber Monday, but if you don’t keep a sharp eye out on sales tax, order quantities, shipping policies, return policies, and shipping charges, your Cyber Monday might not be so merry.

Here are the top four things you need to remember when you are shopping online (not just during the season, but any time you shop online.)

#1: Dollars and Cents—A lot goes into shopping online. You can go into the store and walk out knowing exactly what your state tax rate is and the price on the tag. Online shopping is a different animal, especially on Cyber Monday. Pay attention to whether or not you need to pay sales tax. In some states, that could cost you up to 10% that you weren’t planning to spend. Also, pay attention to sale prices and promo codes. If you have a promo code, be sure to enter it correctly and make sure it is properly applied in your shopping cart.

#2: What and How Many— Especially on Cyber Monday, there are limits to the number of a certain item you can buy. Be sure to check order quantities and make sure that the order quantity you want is properly reflected in your shopping cart. If there is a limit, check to see if that limit is per order or per household. If you are ordering clothes, make sure you are choosing the right size.

#3: The Terms of the Deal— The deals are amazing on Cyber Monday, but sometimes you have to spend a certain amount to get the discount or buy items of a certain type. Make sure you are clear on the terms of the deal so you aren’t surprised when it’s time to check out. Also, if you are ordering a gift for someone who likes to return things, be sure to check return policies. It will save you a lot of stress later.

#4: Getting It There—Shipping is one of the biggest costs and time-swallowers in online shopping. Make sure when you shop online that you are clear on shipping costs and (most importantly) you know how long it will take to get your item to you. If you are ordering last minute, make sure your item will arrive before it’s time to open presents. If not, it might not be such a happy holiday.


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No Laces Required

Work, school, kids, family, football practice, homework, soccer, dance lessons, going out, extracurricular activities—your schedule is pretty packed, isn’t it? With fall in full swing, so is your schedule! By this time, you are looking for any shortcut to work or time-saving tip you can find. Well, you are in luck! There is one thing you do every day you can save time on—putting on your shoes!

Did you know you can save 1 minute a day, 7 minutes a week, more than 6 hours a YEAR by wearing shoes you don’t have to buckle, zip, or tie? Wearing slip on shoes is a time saving and comfortable way to get a jump on your fall schedule.

UGG® Slip Ons with Fur

Fur keeps your feet warm during the summer to fall weather changes. That’s why we like to save time and keep warm with UGG®. This style, made out of real sheepskin, suede, and fur is breathable and easy to wear.

TOMS Shoes Classic Glitter Slip On

Who says slip ons need to be boring? TOMS puts plenty of pizzazz into this funky glitter silver slip on. Put ‘em on and use all of that time savings to go dancing!

Lacoste Women Arixia PSS Sneaker

When you can’t slip, use a Velcro strip! Lacoste delivers sporty style with these leather uppers that feature two Velcro strap closures that let you slip ‘em on and go! Textile lining, a well-cushioned insole, and outsole traction makes these your go-to shoes when you are on the go.

TOMS Shoes Wedge—Red Savannah

Who says slip ons are just for play? Pair TOMS Red Savannah with your favorite dress and be comfortable and office-ready!

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Be Natural!

Emma Watson, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez, and Nicole Richie—successful, popular, and all over the natural beauty trend! This fall, clear, glowing skin, statement eyes, and pale lips are the biggest fashion statement. The look is being rocked from head to toe, with all natural skin products, fair trade clothing, and even vegan shoes!

Selena Gomez was spotted at JFK airport sporting an all natural look, sunglasses and vegan TOMS shoes, shoes made with no animal products or by products. To luxe up her relaxed look, she carried a Louis Vuitton canvas bag, and wore a pair of Ray-Ban 2140 wayfarers.

Nicole Richie took her daughter to a pumpkin patch, looking relaxed and natural from head to toe in UGG Australia’s Classic Black Short Boots.

Things to look for when you are going for natural beauty:

Hair: Tousled, brushed but worked over with mousse so it has a natural luster.

Makeup: Neutrals, browns, blacks, and green – think colors of the earth. Your lips should be pale or very lightly colored. Bronzer for the skin is also appropriate.

Clothing: It’s all about comfortable clothes you can move in. Opt for loose blouses, flowing dresses, and well worn jeans.

Shoes: Again, comfort all the way. Vegan TOMS make a statement about style and sustainability. You can’t get any more natural than that!



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HI GUYS! I don’t know if you already know this, but Designer Studio it is located in the border with Mexico. Not so many stores are located in the border with other country and not many people know how the border looks like, that’s why we decided to show you the border Mexico-USA..

HOLA! No se si ya sepan esto pero la tienda de Designer Studio esta localizada en la frontera con Mexico. No muchas tiendas se encuentran localizadas en la frontera y no muchas personas saben como es la frontera con Mexico, pero decidimos enseñarte como se ve la frontera de Mexico con Estados Unidos.

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Fall is Classic: Fall 2012 Runway Trends

Both grandma and grandpa better guard their closets because, this fall, vintage is back—and it’s back big! Looking at the runways, beauty trends are getting more natural and clothes are getting more conservative. Ruffles showing femininity, shiny accents, mature looks, long sweaters, tweed—the list of vintage items that are coming back with a vengeance goes on and on, bending genders like never before. In addition to vintage, the military look is back for another season with a twist—leather. The all black look from the movie The Matrix was sprinkled throughout runway presentations, making the fall 2012 runway look like a tale of two personalities.

As the seasons change, fall runway looks account for lots of layers to shed as the weather goes from warm to cold. Fur creeps into the closet as well as tights, and (gasp) whites WELL after Labor Day.

Here’s how to make those very different fashion personalities work to your advantage.


The Matrix Meets The Battlefield

Dresses aren’t left in the summer closet; they are just updated and layered for warmth, with a harder edge than we have seen in previous seasons. Substantial fabric, metallic accents, and leather are the three ingredients necessary to pull of this look. Tommy Hilfiger continues to impress with his interpretation of the trend.

Pull Off the Look

You have two options here, a vest with a long sleeve counterpart or a jacket. This jacket by Kenneth Cole Reaction is one of our favorites. It trades zippers for buttons up the left side, a high angled collar and a hem that stops at the hip. If you are going the vest route, we recommend borrowing this black herringbone vest from your boyfriend’s closet and then softening it up with a black long sleeve dress and some sexy boots. Either way, boots are essential, the farther they go up your calf the better. We recommend the UGG® Australia Women’s Black Cosima Tall Boot. It’s plush pebbled leather, fixed metal rivets and wooden heel are the perfect statement in this The Matrix meets the battlefield outfit.



Wrap Yourself in Snow White

White after Labor Day—this fall, you bet it’s not only appropriate it’s the trend to grab on to. Head to toe white graces long coats, feminine tops and flowing pants. Even the shoes have gone crystal white. Here, J. Mendel goes white out, delivering a classy look that says, “I’m feminine, but I’m an angel who means business.”

Pull Off the Look

Head to toe white, or ivory, delivers an angelic look, perfect for when you want to make a statement. Start off with pairing a white undershirt with this soft and delicate cardigan from Umgee USA with a pair of white dress pants or skinny jeans. Then, tie it all together with a pair of lily boots. We like the UGG® Australia Women’s Heirloom Lace Up. It’s an all-weather breath of fresh air with a cotton weave upper and sweet grosgrain lacing up the back.

Go Digging in Grandma’s Closet

Grandma is one stylish lady! This fall, granny gets her due as true vintage bursts into style. Tweeds, sheers, patterns, lace, anything classic goes when you are going vintage. Tory Burch paired this look on the fall 2012, a sea of blue, flowers, and patterns.

Pull Off the Look

Vintage is a tale of two personalities, loose and comfortable or tailored and trim. Lucky Brand has captured this vibe quite well, bringing back paisley, embroidery, busy patterns, and metallic embellishments. Embellish heavily up top and keep it simple on the feet or wear strategically placed accents and let your shoes make the statement. TOMS Shoes Corbel is the perfect shoe to bridge the summer and fall seasons. The sturdy canvas will keep your foot warm while the peep toe says, “Hey, it’s not even in the 50s yet!”






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