Shopping can mean one of two things:

1)   A relaxing day out at the mall, sauntering in and out of your favorite stores and finding fabulous pieces on sales that fit perfectly.

2)   An extremely stressful afternoon full of trying on jeans that won’t zip, dealing with screaming toddlers running rampant and pushy sales people making sure you have one of the store’s exclusive credit cards. I mean, you will save 15 percent if you open one.

The latter option is where in-home shopping and ‘trunk show’ parties come in. From comfy to business casual and jewelry and accessories, a new wave of shopping is making its way through Utah. A representative from the exclusive lines will join you one-on-one or host parties for you and your friends at your house to display the seasonal lines offer personal styling tips and help you find just the right piece or fit.

Etcetera, CAbi and Stella & Dot all provide these services and make for fabulous pre-holiday shopping parties. Read on to find out a bit about each and learn how to book an in-home show.

ETCETERA

Etcetera’s exclusive appointment only clothes are ready-to-wear designs on par with couture designers. Etcetera clothes not only pay meticulous attention to detail, they have a slightly eccentric charm, while maintaining professional, everyday wear. From a ravishing red wrap dress, ala Kate Middleton, to sparkly sequin skirts matched with a sophisticated top, Etcetera reps will help you find an outfit that works just right and fits you perfectly.

Etcetera debuts four lines each year ­­– spring, summer, fall and holiday, made by designers who have worked in the design houses of Christian Dior and Burberry.

Etcetera consults book mainly on and one-on-one basis, allowing them to devote an hour to each client to help them find the right looks and try on the styles for sizing. To book an appointment, contact Etcetera at (212-262-6432, myconsultant@etcetera.com) and ask for Ronda Landa, who, for a week each season, converts her home into a boutique where some of the city’s best dressed women come to build upon their personally styled wardrobe.

CAbi

CAbi, which stands for Carol Anderson by Invitation, brings your girlfriends to your home for an in-home shopping extravaganza. CAbi has two lines per year, for spring and fall, complete with essential jeans and t-shirts to the extravagant additions of trench coats, sequins and brightly colored blouses.

CAbi designer Carol Anderson designed for Nordstrom and other upscale department stores and boutiques for years, but later chose to take her designs to a more person level, bringing life to the in-home trunk shows. A CAbi rep will bring the entire line to your home, with pieces in every size for you to try on and size. She’ll also help you build your closet with pieces that are ideal on you.

CAbi also supports domestic and international non-profit organizations for women through their Heart of CAbi Foundation. The program donates clothing and financial support to disenfranchised women to help them embark on successful paths and bettering their lives.

CAbi parties make fun ladies nights in, and even better pre-Christmas shopping for clothes you can’t buy in stores. To book a party, log onto cabionline.com!

STELLA & DOT

So you’ve got your outfits set, but what about accessories? That’s where Stella & Dot comes in. The concept is the same, in-home parties where you can touch, feel and try on the jewelry brought by the consultant.

Stella & Dot jewelry and accessories have been featured on Gossip Girl, in the pages of InStyle magazine and have been worn by celebrities to award shows and events. From classic chains and bracelets to bib necklaces and bold bangles, the line has something for everyone and at every price.

Stella & Dot makes for fabulous stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts and is just another excuse to have a ladies night in, combining socializing and shopping.  The best part? Party hostesses receive discounted products based on their party’s sales. Who doesn’t love a discount?

To host a Stella & Dot party, contact local independent consultant Christina Forrest at christinaforrest1@yahoo.com and view the collection online here.