Pssst. . . Fashion Gals: Try Blu Pyxie!
Aug 12, 2003 (Updated Apr 27, 2004)
Although I would like to think so, I am not really a fashion gal. I left the city for the suburbs a long time ago. Plus, I work from home and, through the beauty of email and faxing, I rarely meet a client face to face. As a result, my wardrobe consists mainly of jeans and Ts.
Therefore, for those rare occasions when I want to be fashionable to attend an event, I must shop. The reason for this mandate is that the items I purchased for my last fashionable event have expired and are now no longer fashionable (unless the 80s look is coming back). Enter Blu Pyxie. They don't have clothing but they have very stylish accessories and don't we all know that accessories make the outfit. For those of you who seek bags, shoes and jewelery beyond the ordinary, surf on over to www.blupyxie.com.
Blu Pyxie offers a smallish collection of shoes, bags and accessories. Each piece is well-selected and often comes from the vogue designer of the moment.
Jewelery: There are no diamonds here. However, there is a good selection of stylish earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The best part is that there are many items under $50. I purchased a necklace and it arrived exactly as described.
Shoes and Boots: The best part of the site is the shoes. There are several styles and designers to choose from and the styles range from dressy to casual. While some of the shoes and boots are expensive initially, there are frequent markdowns and the prices here are as good as anywhere else.
Bags: The bag selection on the site is pretty good and includes tote bags, cosmetic bags and hand bags. There is even a very stylish diaper changing pad for $35 that might make a nice shower gift.
WEB SITE OPERATION
The web site is very easy and intuitive to use. There are clear color pictures of the merchandise. The web site is a pleasure to shop and is easy on the eyes. Each page loads quickly.
Checkout is managed by Yahoo and when you indicate that you are ready to checkout, you are automatically transfered to the Yahoo system. The Yahoo system is not as user friendly as Blu Pyxie but it gets the job done. You have to enter your name, address and payment information. Yahoo will not let you use a yahoo account as your checkout email address for some reason I don't understand. In any case, checkout was rather painless.
SHIPPING COSTS ARE HIGH BUT RETURNS ARE FREE
Sorry foreign fashion girls, Blu Pyxie only ships within the U.S. Shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are subject to an additional $20.00 charge and are automatically shipped 2nd Day Air.
I think these shipping costs are high, but I suppose you get what you pay for. The items were wrapped up well and shipped very promptly.
$ amount of order U.S. shipping cost
Under $25.01 $4.00
$25.01 - 50.00 $7.00
$50.01 - 75.00 $9.00
$75.01 - 100.00 $11.00
$100.01 - 150.00 $13.00
$150.01 - 200.00 $15.00
You can ship 2nd Day Air for an additional charge of $8.00 and next day air for an additional charge of $16.00. I wish there was a cheaper ground ship option but that isn't the case. The good news is that Blu Pyxie occasionally sends out coupon codes for free shipping. I was able to use one on my last order.
Return shipping to Blu Pyxie is FREE (see below for more info).
In my package, there is a card with the return policy. You can return items for any reason as long as they are returned within 30 days in unworn condition. A free UPS shipping label was also included. The trick is that you need to call Blu Pyxie to get a Return Merchandise Authorization code by emailing customer service before you make a return. I didn't need to return anything so I don't know how well this process works.
SHIPPING AND PACKING
The items arrived faster than expected. I was shocked to see the box on my front step only a few days after ordering. I had purchased Hype shoes, a necklace and a Tara Boone bag. Everything was packed individually and secured with extra packing material in a well-secured box.
Prices on this site are very good and there are lots of sale items. Currently, some items are marked down 70% which is unusual for a boutique site.
STEALS AND DEALS
If you intend to shop at Blu Pyxie, you must become a member of the site. If you join, you will get loads of bargains by email from the company. I got a 10% off coupon good any time and recently got a 25% off new shoes coupon.
Blu Pyxie has unique boutique items. Prices are good and the company will send coupon codes to members of the site. Customer service was great. I definitely recommend this site.
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Clothing and Home Goods: Lands End; Bluefly; Soft Surroundings; Garnet Hill; Sundance; L.L. Bean.
Home and Garden: Smith & Noble; Restoration Hardware; Gardeners Supply Company; Unicahome; Homeclick; FaucetDirect; Gardens Alive; West Elm.
Books and Magazines: Amazon.com; ValueMags; Magazine Values; Dover Publications.
Office Supplies, Furniture and Services: Staples; Officemax; Topdeq; Efax.
Electronics: HP Shopping; Buy.com.
Travel: Amtrak; Hotwire; Orbitz; Hotels.com.
Miscellaneous: Babystyle; Shutterfly; 1-800 contacts.