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ooh la Rue La La [a sponsored post]

Rue La La

In addition to having me along for their party at Alt Summit earlier this year Rue La La gave me a bit of store credit to spend so that I could report on what the experience was like. Sounds like a crazy good dream right? I’m not going to lie to you, it completely was.

In case you’re not already familiar with them here are the basics: Rue La La is a curated shopping site that offers impressive discounts on goods or coupons for women, men, kids and household stuff on a daily basis and travel and local finds for a bunch of cities on a weekly basis. In addition to shops featuring single brands they have collections of things like winter boots or summer dresses or, a recent favorite of mine, things that will get you ready for Sunday brunch (they had everything from specialty coffee to electric griddles). They carry a lot of high end brands and I have to admit I was a little afraid I might not find anything for our mostly practical household but it turns out that I shouldn’t have worried, they have a great mix of both the things you need and delicious eye candy (at impressive discounts). Rue La La is one of the oldest quick sales sites, have a huge number of shoppers and, I can say with confidence, are super nice people.

Rue La La

One of the things I like about Rue La La is that when you buy your first item you pay $9.95 for shipping and for the next 30 days your shipping is covered. I bought a good featherbed, pictured above, which came in a ginormous heavy box and I was grateful for that shipping price. And, oh my gosh people, having a featherbed is like sleeping on a cloud that is warm but not too warm and puffy but not too puffy. When it arrived we unpacked it and laid it out on the bed to let it fluff up (I hereby heart baffles). Scott flopped down on it and refused to leave for a solid ten minutes. We love it.

It is good to keep in mind that shipping is covered when you find something you like because things get sold out very quickly. One morning I found a fantastically priced Diane Von Furstenberg dress (silk print with a twist front, I could have worn it for so many occasions) and in the time it took me to decide between two sizes they were both sold out. Urgh. I refilled my coffee cup and by the time I got back to the table all of the sizes were sold out. Poof. The site has a shopping bag but they also wisely offer a “Quick! Buy It” button that I learned to use for items I was certain about. Each of the shops stay up for 48 hours and if you spot something you wanted but is sold out there is a “Still Want It?” option you can use and the folks at Rue La La told me that about 50% of the time they are still able to get the deal for you.

Rue La La

Rue La La has mobile apps for iPhone and Android and I found the iPhone app was very easy to navigate. I used my phone to buy the gold flats pictured above while lying in bed, it kinda made me feel like a princess so I took a photo from the same spot. If there is one thing I learned at Alt Summit it’s that I’ll use gold flats far more often than I might have thought. (You are secretly jealous of my pink polka dot pajama pants.)

Sales go up daily and most appear at 11 a.m. East coast time, meaning they are at 8 a.m. here on the West Coast. At first I was feeling a little like “everything has to happen so early here” but then a friend pointed out that she was able to shop Rue La La on her phone while on the bus on her way to work in the mornings. Another friend chimed in to say that she browses the new arrivals while she is walking her dog in the morning. I find this completely charming. It’s like we are living in the future.

Rue La La

Scott’s rubber boots got a hole in them so we replaced them with this far nicer looking pair of slip on shoes. These were meant to serve as mud shoes for chores but he reports they are so comfortable they might become shoes for trekking around the city on particularly rainy days instead.

To help you stay on top of sales that you’re interested in Rue La La lets you set up notices. They show you what’s coming up in the week or so ahead and you can choose to have the site email or text you when the shop goes live, and there is a nice little checklist layout for it so it takes seconds to do. I was really impressed with how easy they made it. When you do order something your confirmation and shipping notice emails come from “the Rue La La Concierge” which made me laugh.

Rue La La

Rue La La surprised me with the variety of what they have. I knew they offered lots of clothing and accessories but I also found kitchen appliances and gadgets, home decor, luggage and even modern fireplaces (which I wish we had a spot for, I’d be all over that). I have to admit I was not expecting to find wine among the sales. The bottles pictured above are two single vineyard varieties and I’m sort of in love with the dramatic labels. We’re planning on having friends over to share. I feel weirdly grown up to have such an abundance of matching wine in my house.

One of the things I was most surprised by was how helpful I started to find the weekly travel sales as they introduce me to new hotels or destinations. We’re headed to New England in the fall and twice now lovely inns have been featured that would be perfect (and I swear sound like they are located right inside Stars Hollow). While the dates of the deals didn’t coincide with our trip I am still happy to have learned about a great place I didn’t know about before. Also, I have to admit, the island getaways are like travel porn in the middle of a gloomy day here. Rue La La also has a selection of local deals for the cities of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC and (hooray) Seattle (we’re usually not on those sorts of lists). As with travel I’ve been introduced to spots around Seattle that I wasn’t familiar with yet.

Thanks for letting me a have a good look inside what you do, Rue La La!

Rue La La gave me credit to use to purchase the items I talk about above but all the opinions and observations are my own.

· comments [81] · 02-13-2012 · categories:shopping ·

81 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Boot~C // Feb 13, 2012 at 5:03 am

    there really aren’t enough gilmore girl references anymore!

  • 2 Connie // Feb 13, 2012 at 5:11 am

    It’s by invitation only. I’d love it if you would invite me.

  • 3 Nancy // Feb 13, 2012 at 5:37 am

    me too!

  • 4 brady // Feb 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Me three! Gracias!

  • 5 anna // Feb 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

    me four!

  • 6 Heather // Feb 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    More details on the featherbed, please! and what kind of sheets are on your bed?–they look so much thicker than anything I have been able to find–they remind me of fresh sheets drying on a clothes line : )

  • 7 Joanna // Feb 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Yo tambien! :) I’d love an invite!

  • 8 jesser // Feb 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

    If invites are possible, I would love one! Looks like a really fun store. :)

  • 9 Stephanie // Feb 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Would love an invite to try shopping there!

  • 10 Christine // Feb 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I would love to get an invite to check it out :)

  • 11 Ellen // Feb 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I loved this writeup, Megan. And I so totally want to vacation in Stars Hollow.

  • 12 lisa // Feb 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    If invitations are possible, I’d love to check out their store!

  • 13 Adina // Feb 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I’ll chime in with the chorus that I would very much love an invite as well!

  • 14 megan // Feb 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Heather – Interestingly I don’t have the name of the brand of my featherbed because I cannot find the tag on it. I do know that you want to look for full baffles,meaning that instead of the boxes being just stitched like a quilt each section is actually a box. This helps keep the feathers fluffy. Also look for squared corners, ours says it has Dutch Corners but another good thing would be sides with a gusset edge. Down is softest but expensive, I read somewhere that I cannot find now that Small Grey Duck Feather is second best. Our cover on this is 195 thread count Twill cotton which so far appears plenty tight enough to hold in the pokey ends of the feathers. Two places that make lots of down items that I know of are Pacific Coast Feather Company (I pass their outlet store here in Seattle a lot) and The Company Store, where I bought two down comforters about a decade ago that I still use.

    The white sheet you see there is a comforter cover that I bought on sale at Macy’s a decade ago (wowsers). It’s percale and has that nice combination of soft and crisp but it is hell bent on sliding off the top of the comforter and I have sewed ribbon ties all along the top and sides to stop it, almost to no avail.

    I am a true believer that there is no other weave for sheets but percale and it’s surprisingly difficult to find in stores, especially when you really want something greater than 250 thread count. The Martha Stewart line of solid 400 thread count percale sheets is something I would invest in. I bought her percale 400 thread count patterned sheets for our guest bed and I was disappointed to find out the pattern is only on one side. I also like the feel of the percale Calvin Klein sheets you can find at Macys (and they have frequent sales), also The Company Store and Garnet Hill are two places I keep my eye on for sheets.

    Our very favorite sheets came from Target, they are a striped percale Thomas O’Brien set that started out soft and has only gotten better. Percale does wrinkle, as you can see above, but to be honest I’m more interested in how my bedding feels than how it looks.

  • 15 megan // Feb 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Ok! Everybody that requested an invitation to Rue La La has been sent one — if anybody else wants one just let me know. Just a note: I sent the invitations myself from my own account and not as a list in an email or anything like that. Though, obviously, the site has your email now. Thanks for asking everybody!

  • 16 Tonya // Feb 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    As much as I’m loath to have one more email to look at and delete everyday, you’ve peaked my interest. Can I please have an invite?

    Thanks.

  • 17 Liz // Feb 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’d love an invite too. Also, you might like fab.com if you haven’t already discovered it.

  • 18 Olga // Feb 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    This sounds like a fun site. Would love an invite. Thanks for sharing!

  • 19 Melanie // Feb 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I’m also looking for an invite.

  • 20 Masam // Feb 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Could I also get an invite? Thanks!

  • 21 jesser // Feb 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks so much for the invite! I think I see some shoes I might need. ;)

  • 22 Sara L. // Feb 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Invite for me too, please! Looks really cool.

  • 23 Laura B. // Feb 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Totally nerded out (in the best way!) about percale now. Thanks for all the info!

    Would love a Rue La La invite if you have more to spare.

  • 24 Michelle // Feb 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I’d like to be added to the invite list too!
    Thanks.

  • 25 Andrea // Feb 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Yes! Love an invite…we were just shopping around for a featherbed and now I know where to go!

  • 26 Mickey // Feb 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I’m new to your blog, and have been ready backwards, so far so good. I’d been interested in an invite to Rue too.

    Thanks for the insights.

  • 27 Kris // Feb 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I’m fascinated by the site, but can’t find any information on if they ship to Canada, and how much that would cost.

    Do you happen to have that information available?

    Thanks!

  • 28 megan // Feb 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Kris – Unfortunately Rue La La only ships to US addresses.

  • 29 Jen // Feb 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I’d love an invite as well!

  • 30 Rita // Feb 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I love your gold flats! I also love an invitation.

  • 31 Sheila // Feb 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Hm, interesting. I’d love an invite to check it out. Thanks!

  • 32 Jean Tepper // Feb 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Please send me an invite also.

    Thanks

  • 33 Kelly // Feb 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I would love an invite!

    Just bought my first home and would love to find some great deals to help me fill all these empty rooms!

    Yay!

  • 34 Casey // Feb 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Invite for me too, please!! TY!

  • 35 Susan Gibbs // Feb 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Invite please! I am dying to join after reading this post!

  • 36 megan // Feb 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Alright, all invites sent — if you requested one and didn’t get it lemme know and I’ll happy send one again. The email will come from Rue La La, the invite is through a form on their site, but the message is from me. Cheers everybody! Today has been fun.

  • 37 Caroline // Feb 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I’d love an invite please .
    Thanks!

  • 38 ashley // Feb 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    i would also love an invite if you have some!

  • 39 Ruthie // Feb 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Longtime reader. Would also appreciate an invite. Thanks!

  • 40 pam // Feb 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

    i’ll take an invite if you they’re still available. thanks!

  • 41 Kate // Feb 14, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Me too, please, I’d like to check it out!

  • 42 Meghan // Feb 14, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Sorry to pile on, but I’d love an invite, if you’ve got any left. Thanks!

  • 43 Cho // Feb 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Hi Meg! Could I have an invite as well if it’s not too late? :)

  • 44 Alison // Feb 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Ooh, I just saw this – I work in sales all day and have to wait until Tuesdays, my day off to catch up on my internet reading :) If you still have any invites, I’d love one!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • 45 Minchen // Feb 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Hi! What an awesome shop idea! If you still have invites available, I’d appreciate it very much. Always hunting and pecking for great new shops!

  • 46 Jane // Feb 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

    An invite also, please. love your tutorial on valentine crackers!

  • 47 Jan // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Meghan!

    Is there room for just one more? thanks a bunch!

  • 48 JamieH // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Nthing the request for an invite, please!

  • 49 Liz J in Central Illinois // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Megan, if you could possibly stand to send in one more invite, I would love to have one. Thanks! :)

  • 50 Page // Feb 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I would truly appreciate an invite, too, please! Thank you!

  • 51 Liz E. // Feb 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Sounds wonderful! Would love an invite please. Thank you!!!!

  • 52 Shawna O. // Feb 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Ooh! I would love an invite too, please! :) Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • 53 Deanna // Feb 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    What brand are the rubber slip on shoes please?

  • 54 megan // Feb 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Deanna – Scott’s shoes are Bogs brand, this pair is the Hawthorne shoe. Bogs appears to make a lot more rugged outdoors styles, these are in the “City” category and Scott reports they are great.

  • 55 Marie // Feb 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Please! May I have an invite as well :-)
    and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • 56 Rita // Feb 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Hi! Please send me an invite if you would?
    Thanks!

  • 57 Vicki // Feb 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I would love an invite also. Thank you so much!!!

  • 58 Nihcole // Feb 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Megan,

    I’d like an invite too :).

  • 59 jef // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Invite, please! Thx

  • 60 Sabrina // Feb 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I would love an invite too, please.
    Thanks. Love the review.

  • 61 Seanna Lea // Feb 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I have bought toys, dresses, workout clothing, and cheesecake from Rue La La. I’ve loved the experience, though I’m not quite a super frequent shopper. It’s great seeing all the different things, even the super expensive jewelry that I am completely uninterested in!

  • 62 erica from dallas // Feb 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I would love an invite also

  • 63 Phoebe // Feb 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the review! Can you share details on the mud shoes? I’d like a pair of shoes I can wear in the rain that aren’t necessarily boots.

  • 64 Josephine Tomato // Feb 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Invitation please – thanks in advance.

  • 65 Christina R. // Feb 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I would like an invite too, please!

  • 66 Molly // Feb 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I would love an invitation as well – thank you so much!

  • 67 Kristina // Feb 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I would love an invite if you can spare the time. Thanks!

  • 68 Sydney // Feb 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Loved your post about Rue La La. May I also have an invite?

  • 69 Van Brown // Feb 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Invite please? Thank you!

  • 70 kathee // Feb 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Can you please add me to your next batch of invites? All this talk has me intrigued and the Lord knows, I love to shop!

    TIA!

  • 71 Audrey // Feb 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t know if you’re still doing invites, but if possible I’d love the check out the site. It sounds like a fun shopping experience.

  • 72 Jenn // Feb 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I would also love to be invited if you have a minute. Many thanks!!

  • 73 Jeannie // Feb 16, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Megan, I’d love an invite, too. Thanks.

  • 74 sarah // Feb 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    another one for an invite, please! thank you for taking the time :)

  • 75 Karen // Feb 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    If you’re still inviting people to Rue La La, I’d love to get one too, please! Thank you!

  • 76 Beth // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I’d love an invite as well, when you have a moment. Thank you!

  • 77 grace // Feb 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    +1 for Rue la la, please!

  • 78 Jen // Feb 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Sounds like a great site – I’d love an invite if you are still doing them. Thanks!

  • 79 Betsy // Feb 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog and I’ll more than likely still be browsing it in a half hour. Rue la la sounds like a cool website. I’d like an invite if you get a chance. Thanks :)

  • 80 vampje // Feb 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    oh may i get a RLL invite please!

    thanks

  • 81 Barbara // Feb 24, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Hi! I realize I’m late to the game, but I’d love an invite to Rue LaLa! Thanks!

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