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Inviting Testers For LITB’s New iOS App!

Do you like being the first to try out new things? LightInTheBox.com is looking to launch our very own shopping app for Apple and – yes, you read it right – we’re looking for beta testers! We’re going to make it into a competition, as well, so the top five testers who find the most bugs will be given US$100 coupons to spend on anything at LITB!

If you’re interested in testing out the app, there’s a couple of requirements:
1) Have either an iPhone or iPod Touch capable
2) A WiFi or 3G connection
3) An intense interest and love for beta testing

Like we said before, the first five people to get back to us with (valid) bugs and problems in the app will win a US$100 coupon. We’re looking for shoppers who are already familiar with LightInTheBox.com and its products, or have ordered from us before.

Sounds like you?
Drop us a line at contact@lightinthebox.com with the following information:
1) Your iPhone/iPod Touch’s UDID (see here for instructions on finding the UDID)
2) Your name and geographic location

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

MiniInTheBox.com: Nintendo 3DS Accessories

Getting a Nintendo 3DS? Need accessories? (Say yes even if you don’t!) We’re offering a variety of Nintendo 3DS accessories over at MiniInTheBox.com to compliment the launch of Nintendo 3DS in Europe and North America.

Our accessories range from game pouches and protective cases (to hide the thing in) to extra loud plug-in speakers and back-up touch pen styluses. The gadgets are priced at anywhere between US$0.99 and ~US$12.00, making them quite the deal for those looking to buy accessories to spruce up their new toy.

Wait. WHAT? You don’t know what the Nintendo 3DS is?! The Nintendo 3DS is the world’s first glasses-free 3D gaming device, and was first released in Japan earlier this year. (It sold out in a week!) I even heard somewhere that 3D gaming is considered by gamers worldwide to be the next step in the industry’s rapid evolution. Sort of like pokemon, maybe? (You can check out what games they sell here.)

Anyway, trot over to MiniInTheBox.com and take a look at our new Nintendo 3DS accessories if you’re even mildly considering getting the new handheld console. Enjoy & Happy Shopping!

MiniInTheBox Is Cool and a Great Way to Save a Ton on Gadgets!

MiniInTheBox.com

We’ve been talking a lot about LightInThebox.com and all that the site has to offer, but today we’d like to bring your attention to MiniInTheBox.com, our (baby) sister site that focuses mainly on gadgets, electronics, video game accessories, and other supremely cool stuff.

There’s a few promotions and deals going on in the next couple of weeks that we want to draw your attention to, so get out your notepad and start scribblin’!

Easter Special
For Easter, MITB is offering 10% off on ALL orders over $50! (In case you can’t do the math, that means your $50 order will now cost $45. Great, right?) There is also a discount of 60% off any express shipping fees.

Today’s Deals
There’s a new special deal every day, and you can save up to 75% on selected products. A different day means a different deal, so don’t forget to check it out!

Monthly US $1000 Giveaway & More
Yep, seriously! Just subscribe to MITB’s weekly newsletter for your chance to win a US$1000 shopping spree! Winners are drawn once a month, and US$10 coupons are included in every newsletter.

PS. MiniInTheBox.com offers FREE SHIPPING on all its products. Yeah, really. FREE shipping. To anywhere in the world. Why are you still here?

Step By Step Player’s Guide – An In Depth Look at Deal or No Deal

ROUND 1: TO DEAL OR NOT TO DEAL?

- Each game can last up to 3 Rounds. Each Round has a Deal, a Magic Number of people and a Deadline.
- We show you a popular product on our website with its retail price.
- Round 1 starts. We offer you a Deal on that product, an outrageous discount! We also give you a Magic Number and a Deadline. Let’s say the Magic Number is 10 people and the Deadline is tomorrow at noon!
- You check out the Product…you check out the Deal. What happens next?
- You can’t resist the Deal! You find the game on the LightInTheBox Insider Facebook wall, click Comment and write DEAL!
- Now you watch and wait…the Magic Number is 10. That means if 9 other people Comment DEAL, the game is over and ALL 10 of you win a Coupon Code for that product at the Deal’s discounted price!
- Maybe you don’t like the Deal…you want to hold out for a better one! If10 people Comment NO DEAL first, we go to Round 2. It’s DEAL people VS. NO DEAL people, and the first to reach the Magic Number get their way!
- If we don’t reach the Magic Number of players (10 people in this example), and not enough people comment DEAL or NO DEAL by the Deadline, the game ends with no prizes! Aww that sucks.

ROUND 2: DO YOU FEEL LUCKY PUNK?

- Still here? Let’s imagine Round 2 has started. Oh wow an even BIGGER Deal on that product! We’re practically giving it away! But this time the Magic Number is higher. Round 2’s Magic Number is 15, so now 5 more people will need to participate…better tell a friend! The Deadline is the next day at noon, you’ve got 24 hours.
- You check out the Product (still want it!)…you check out the Deal…AND you check out the Magic Number. Now if 15 of you Comment DEAL, all 15 of you win a Coupon Code for that Product at that Outrageous Price!
- If 15 of you Comment NO DEAL first though, we’re on to the 3rd and FINAL Round!
- If we don’t reach the Magic Number of players (15 people now), and not enough people comment DEAL or NO DEAL by the Deadline, the game ends with no prizes! Aww that’s like eating moldy pizza!

ROUND 3: SCRAMBLE!

- So you didn’t like the Deal in Round 1….you SCOFFED at the Deal in Round 2…and you along with friends and complete strangers have PUSHED US around TWISTED OUR ARMS to offer you the 3rd and FINAL DEAL of the Game! The product’s the same, but this price is Unbelievable! We’d might as well be paying YOU! It’s robbery! But if you want our FINAL DEAL you gotta earn it. The Magic Number now is 20.
- Now we need 20 people to comment DEAL Before The Deadline and all 20 of you will win this Incredibly Valuable Coupon Code! If 20 people can’t Comment in time, no dice!

Your Wedding: 3 Styles For Each Season

As we mentioned before, the time of year your wedding falls in is quite a big thing to consider when you’re picking your dress. It really wouldn’t do, for example, to be shivering in a breezy, knee-length affair in the middle of winter… sweating unattractively through your make-up in summer.

It seems to us that the question of “wedding date and wedding dress – which comes first?” is something of a chick and egg argument. Regardless of whether or not you’ve picked your wedding date yet, or whether or not you’ve already got a style of dress in mind, taking a look at what styles best suit each season can’t hurt, right?

Spring

Think flowers! The spring season has traditionally always been considered a romantic time for weddings – it’s the season for new beginnings, and what is more romantic than beginning a new life together surrounded by budding flowers?

We believe that spring is one of the more dreamy seasons, so take a look at fuller skirted gowns. As the weather warms, you’ll also be able to handle sleeveless dresses. Patterned lace and soft ruffles made from lighter fabrics such as chiffon and organza will be a good touch.

Summer

This is the perfect season for outdoors weddings – think beach, garden, or backyard weddings! There’ll be lots of green, lots of bright colors, and sunlight to reflect your joy and happiness during this momentous occasion.

Since it’s going to be warm, we would recommend shorter dresses, light fabrics, and maybe little cheeky touches here and there. You should go for something soft and breezy, and be careful to avoid decorations that may appear too “heavy” for the season such as overly ornate ruffles.

Autumn

Another great season for outdoor weddings. It’s festive, but still manages to have a somewhat “mellow” feel. Usually favorite for those who are looking for warm and intimate weddings, as autumn the season for getting together with family and close friends.

Cream or off-white dresses will really match with the colors of the season. This season is quite flexible – both long or short wedding dresses are ideal. However, fall weather is a little tricky, and liable to change at any minute, so perhaps you should look for dresses that match well with a wrap.

Winter

This season is magical! Just imagine all the snow, the sparkle, the perfect whiteness… It’s definitely one of the dreamy seasons, and absolutely perfect for indoor weddings.

We recommend taking a look at gowns with dramatic sweeps and maybe even a long train. Lace and shimmering beading or decorations would really work well – think of a winter ball! If you’re looking to wear a long-sleeved wedding gown, then this is also the season for you.

To see some tips on picking dress styles based on your personality (and more wedding eyecandy), head over to this blog post.

Your Wedding: Finding A Dress That Suits Your Personality

Let your personality shine through on your big day! Continuing from Your Wedding: A Starting Point, we’ve compiled a list of personality types to help you with ideas for your future wedding dress.

Trendy

The trendy bride has an intuitive fashion sense that allows them to sense trends almost even before they start, impressing those around them with their strong sense for style and flair.

We Recommend: Trumpet/Mermaid cut wedding dresses, though you may also find yourself drawn towards asymmetrical or ball gown styles.

Styles to take a look at:

Satin Sheath/Column Floor Length Satin Trumpet/Mermaid One Shoulder Chapel Train Trumpet/Mermaid One Shoulder  Chapel Train with Floral Decor

Elegant

The elegant bride has style and taste, but prefers to make her statement subtly, without as much glitter and flash as the trendy bride. They tend to exude a sense of calm and grace that can be sensed by those around them.

We Recommend: Sheath/Column style dresses are a great choice. You’ll also love wedding dresses with an empire waistline for their simple lines.

Styles to take a look at:

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Traditional

The traditional bride is generally slightly more modest and conservative than their other bride counterparts, less impulsive, and much more likely to take their time considering their options before finally making a decision.

We Recommend: A-Line wedding dresses with their classic cut will definitely appeal to you. We suggest taking a look at styles that rely on more subtle decorations (such as beading) to attract the eye.

Styles to take a look at:

Fun Loving

The fun loving bride is lively, impulsive, and maybe a little bit flirty. They enjoy a good joke, love to laugh, and try to live their life to the fullest.

We Recommend: Short, knee-length dresses best reflect your easygoing nature, as well as providing you with the ability to move about freely.

Styles to take a look at:

Independent

The independent bride is generally more rebellious, sticking out in a crowd not because they do so on purpose, but simply because they are rarely bothered by others’ opinions and believe strongly in their own opinions and feelings.

We Recommend: Something a little less conventional. You’ll probably enjoy the use of color to express your individuality. We also suggest that you take a peek at some asymmetrical or knee-length wedding dresses.

Styles to take a look at:

Dreamy

The dreamy bride usually has their head in the clouds, and is likely to be an idealist. Fairytales and stores of knights in shining armor are their lifeblood, and they’d often see the world through rose tinted glasses.

We Recommend: Ball gown wedding dresses are perfect for you. The style, frequently seen in fairytales, reflects the way you feel about the wedding – it’s going to be one dreamy, perfect event.

Styles to take a look at:

Your Wedding: The Starting Point – 5 Things To Consider When Picking Your Dress

Getting married should always be an exciting adventure, but many brides-to-be often find themselves faced with a myriad of uncertainties and questions once the glow of their upcoming marriage has receded a little and reality has come crashing back in. There are a multitude of decisions to make, a thousand details to oversee, and the prospect of marriage begins to look a little overwhelming.

“Now what?”

Finding a good starting point is important. Planning a wedding is very similar to planning any other large event – find the main theme, and work outwards. For weddings, you should begin your planning process by directing your thoughts towards your ideal wedding dress. Once you’ve found your dress, or at the very least, have a good idea of what you want for your dress, everything else should start falling into place.

Are You Ready For Your Wedding?

Deciding On Your Wedding Dress

Considering how central your wedding dress will be to the rest of your wedding plans, picking the right one for you is extremely important. There are a few things think about when you start looking for your dress:

1) What are your personal tastes?
Your personal dress style will affect the style of your wedding dress a lot. If you are a naturally flashy type of gal, your wedding gown will likely reflect that. On the other hand, if you have a more down-to-earth personality, you might find yourself drawn towards simpler wedding dresses. Be true to yourself and your own tastes when picking your dress to make sure you end up with the perfect match!

2) When is your wedding?
The time of year plays an important role in choosing the type of wedding you will have. For example, depending on where you are in the world, winter weddings are more likely to be indoors, while summer is a great season for outdoor weddings. You will also want to take into account the weather during the season of your wedding. Getting a long-sleeved, heavy wedding dress for summer wedding in a tropical country could well make your wedding one of the most uncomfortable days of your life.

3) What type of wedding do you have in mind?
Outdoors? Indoors? In a church? Something less traditional? You must have some vague ideas of where your wedding should be, even if they are not yet crystal clear in your head. Your wedding dress should suit the type of mood you have in mind for your wedding. An elaborate ball gown could work beautifully with a formal wedding, but be overly ornate for a casual outdoor wedding.

4) What is your budget?
Most brides to be often have a limit to their wedding budget. While we may all wish to have a bottomless spending account from which to plan our weddings, this is unfortunately not always the case. Taking your budget into consideration when looking for your wedding dress may save you a bit of heartbreak later. Look for dresses within (or just a little bit above) your budget, but don’t give up on your ideal wedding dress. Nowadays, there are plenty of websites that offer copycat dresses of celebrity or designer styles.

5) What are the styles of the season?
We’ve placed this particular consideration last, as it’s likely to be the most unimportant of all. Your wedding dress should be unique to you, and following the “Styles of the Season” may not be the best way to find the dress that is really clicks. But having said that, take a look through the season’s styles – it’s a great place to start, and who knows, your dress might be there!

While we’re not saying that finding the right dress is the ultimate solution to fixing all your wedding planning problems, it will definitely help you get started in the right direction. So, ladies, what sort of dress do you have in mind?

Win a US$50 Shopping Spree at MiniInTheBox.com! (event restarted)

Thinking of the upcoming holidays yet? Not quite sure what to get for family and friends? We’ve got the solution for you! You can save big on your Christmas shopping this year with a few quick steps and a lot of fun!

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Event Dates: Dec 1 – 15, 2010

The Prizes:
1 x US$50 Shopping Spree at MiniInTheBox.com
5 x US$25 Coupons to be used at MiniInTheBox.com

Just follow the steps below to join! Remember, the person whose product choice receives the most “Likes” between December 1 – 15 will win! Additionally, we’ll also be picking five more winners at random to receive US$25 shopping sprees, so what are you waiting for?! (Note: Those who have already won before during the last round of this event cannot win again.)

1) Join the LightInTheBox Insider Fan Page!

2) Browse through MiniInTheBox.com and find your favorite gadget.
Any ‘ol product that nobody else has chosen yet will work, but try to pick a gadget that you think has the best chance of being popular!

3) Hit the “Like” button next to the product, and add a comment by clicking on the “Add Comment” link and filling in the box that pops up.

Find the "Like" button on the product page!
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4) Copy/Paste the link to the product you’ve just “Liked” onto the LightInTheBox Insider Wall. Include how many “Likes” the product already has in your comment, and tell us why you’ve chosen that gadget. :)
NEW! Don’t forget to tag your posts to get more “Likes”! Click to see details on how to tag your friends.
(Please note that in order to qualify, the URL must be included in the wall post. Also, only the first submission will be counted – submitting more choices will not increase your chances to win, and may get you disqualified completely!)

5) Go nuts! Tell your friends to “Like” the product through the product link!
The product with the most new “Likes” between Dec 1 – 15, wins a $50 shopping spree! We’ll also be drawing five random participants to win a $25 shopping spree, so don’t miss out and join in!

Winning!
- The selection with the most ‘Likes’ on the product page, wins!
- The winner will win a FREE US$100 Shopping Spree at MiniInTheBox.com

- Five random winners will also be picked from amongst the participants to win a US$20 gift card/coupon

Rules
- Winners from previous rounds of our Shopping Spree events cannot win again
- Participants who attempt to exchange “Likes” with strangers in order to push their own product entry may be disqualified – let’s keep it as fair as we can!
- Entries must be posted between Dec 1 – 15 to enter
- The total “Likes” that each participant has gotten for their product selection is calculated from the time that they post their entry onto the Fan page wall. “Likes” that have been obtained before that do not count.

What are you waiting for? Get Started Now!

Tagging Your Posts To Get More “Likes”

Since many of our Facebook events are based on the “Like” button, and getting as many of your friends to “Like” something as possible, we decided it would definitely help our Fans if we posted a tip to help you get more “Likes”!

The process is really simple.

1) When posting your product link on our Facebook Fan Page wall, hit the “Photos” button.
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2) Hit “Upload a Photo” and pick the photo of the product that you want to upload! (To get the product picture, right click on the product image on the product pages select “Save Image As…”.)

3) Click the “Share” button to post your entry

4) Click on the uploaded image under your post to go to post’s page, and then select “Tag This Photo” on the bottom right of the product photo.

5) Click anywhere on the image to begin tagging your friends!

Tag as many friends as you want on the image to encourage them to help you win!

WIN a US$ 100 Shopping Spree At MiniInTheBox.com!

Thinking of the upcoming holidays yet? Not quite sure what to get for family and friends? We’ve got the solution for you! You can save big on your Christmas shopping this year with a few quick steps and a lot of fun!

win100

Event Dates: Nov 15 – 23, 2010

The Prizes:
1 x US$100 Shopping Spree at MiniInTheBox.com
5 x US$20 Coupons to be used at MiniInTheBox.com

Just follow the steps below to join! Remember, the person whose product choice receives the most “Likes” between November 15 – 23 will win! Additionally, we’ll be picking five more winners at random to receive exclusive US$20 coupons, so what are you waiting for?!

1) Join the LightInTheBox Insider Fan Page!

2) Browse through MiniInTheBox.com and find your favorite gadget.
Any ‘ol product that nobody else has chosen yet will work, but try to pick a gadget that you think has the best chance of being popular!

3) Hit the “Like” button next to the product, and add a comment by clicking on the “Add Comment” link and filling in the box that pops up.

Find the "Like" button on the product page!
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4) Copy/Paste the link to the product you’ve just “Liked” onto the LightInTheBox Insider Wall. Include how many “Likes” the product already has in your comment, and tell us why you’ve chosen that gadget. :)
(Please note that in order to qualify, the URL must be included in the wall post. Also, only the first submission will be counted – submitting more choices will not increase your chances to win, and may get you disqualified completely!)

5) Go nuts! Tell your friends to “Like” the product through the product link!
The product with the most new “Likes” between Nov 15 – 23, wins a $100 shopping spree!

Winning!
- The selection with the most ‘Likes’ on the product page, wins!
- The winner will win a FREE US$100 Shopping Spree at MiniInTheBox.com

- Five random winners will also be picked from amongst the participants to win a US$20 gift card/coupon

What are you waiting for? Get Started Now!