Friday, May 29, 2009

Cheesy fun in the city

If you have registered as a VIP for Chelsea Premium Outlets (which I am due to the great coupons for Woodbury Common), they have bulked up their "Deals Around Town" section for a few locations. Among them, New York! Looking through the list, they have some hotel discounts, $39 Stomp tickets, 25% off downtown Circle Line cruises, 25% off Madame Tussad's, and half-price tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure (in June). Not too bad if you feel like you need a touristy moment or have visitors coming into town.

I've included a few below-- just print and go (or call). There don't seem to be any coupon codes associated with these, so I guess the reservationist/ticket counter will just know it when they see it.




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Spanx 20% off

BareNecessities.com is having a private Spanx sale. Now you can get the essentials to wear under those summer dresses at 20% off and free shipping on orders $100+. Ends Monday, Jun 1.

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BBlessing weekend sale

For the guys: pop by boutique BBlessing this weekend to score new spring clothing for 30-40% off.

When:
Friday, May 29, 1-9PM
Saturday, May 30, 12-9PM (dj and drinks @ 3PM!)
Sunday, May 31, 12-8PM

Where: 181 Orchard St (btw Houston/Stanton St)

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Rock & Republic online sale

Noted denim brand Rock & Republic has put a selection of things at 30% off. It's not very well organized-- just one section of mens and womens tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories.

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I (heart) N.Y.

On my way home from work, I experienced a truly New York moment. When getting on the subway, I took an empty seat next to an older Hispanic gentleman that looked rather harmless-- he definitely had the 'fun grandpa'/'jovial uncle' aura about him. Ha. About 2 stops after I got on, he started muttering to himself, which really brought back memories of Fury, the book by Salman Rushdie which actually haunted me for many months. The man started softly and riled himself up til he was a very audible cursing machine. Interspersed with his favorite choice four-letter words were "Obama" "hope" "Clinton" and some Spanish I failed to catch. Apparently this guy does not appreciate our new government leaders, oh, and he was stinking drunk. He started ranting to no one about his opinions to the point of harassing the people nearby. Then the other older gentleman across from him, a lean no-nonsense New-Yorker-for-life type started yelling back at him. "Shut up! I'm trying to read my newspaper! You make no sense!" and so on. It was hilarious. This other guy was like Will Ferrell and Larry David mashed together. I try not to physically laugh as I play Marbles on my phone, and people start migrating to the ends of the train, away from the yelling men, but close enough to hear. Alas, I had to get off before this novela came to its dramatic conclusion, but once I stepped out of that train, fellow passengers and I giggled our heads off. I love New York.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vera Wang sample sale (not bridal)

Per NYMag.com:

Snag deals on spring merchandise that is up to 80 percent off at the Vera Wang ready-to-wear sample sale.
When: 5/28–5/30; W–F (9–7), S (noon–4).
Where: 225 W. 39th St., nr. Seventh Ave., ninth fl.

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C&C California 30%, 50% off

Once in a while Luxe Club One comes up with a truly spectacular discount. Other times it's pretty meh. Right now they have 2 exclusive promo codes for a C&C California member event:
- 50% off of regular priced items with code "LUXECC50", and
- 30% Off of sale items with code "LUXECC30"

You can't use both codes at once, so I would suggest doing 2 separate transactions if necessary. End date unknown.

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Barneys designer sale

Update: It only gets better. Hardworking Sales Associate Ramiro has sent me Picasa albums of the Prada/Miu Miu and Lanvin (including ballet) shoes now on sale. Prada shoes are probably my favorite shoes in the whole entire world, so I just might have to pay Barney's a visit!

The way I'm gawking at my laptop right now would make passerbys HIGHLY suspicious of what's on my screen. My eyes are wide as saucers and I admit, my mouth is agape. Some might immediately think inappropriate content, but no! it's the majestic assortment of size 6.5 shoes available on sale at
Barneys.com right now. Namely, a ton of Louboutins, Manolos, and even a couple of YSLs. See for yourself.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Boutiques on sale

Update: wanted to add Prada and Herve Leger to the list ;)

Currently, I've heard that Burberry, Chloe, Stella McCartney, and YSL boutiques are on sale, and Gucci and Marni are starting this weekend. If you have more info on others starting soon, please feel free to comment below :)

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EmilioPucci.com free shipping

A sign that eLuxury is winding down? I just received an order I placed this weekend when some things went on crazy clearance, and within the order was 2 glossy postcards. 1 promoting the new LV website, and 1 promoting the (new?) Pucci website. Anyhow, the Pucci card has a free shipping code valid until Tuesday, Jun 30. Use code "SUMMER@PUCCI" (yes, with the @ sign).

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eLuxury 30% off beauty, 40% off some dresses

eLuxury.com's beauty section is fairly skimpy, but if you love by Terry, T.LeClerc, or Cornelia Essentials, you should probably check it out-- today only is 30% off. The site has also marked down some dresses 40%.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Neiman Marcus swimwear sale

Neiman Marcus is doing 30% off their swimwear until end of day tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27. Use code "MAYNM" to get free shipping too!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Smashbox friends and family

If you are running low on Smashbox essentials, it's time to stock up. Save 20% and get free shipping during their F&F event. Use code "FFSB9" to shop online. Ends Friday, May 29.

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Christofle, Temple St. Clair sample sale

The Christofle sample sale is back! I'm pretty excited for this, since the last one was really good, and I have a couple of housewarmings and weddings lined up for this summer. Starting Wednesday, Soiffer-Haskin will be hosting a Christofle and Temple St. Clair sample sale. You'll find crystal, fancy serving pieces, porcelain, silver flatware (including 5 pc place settings), great giftables and sterling silver jewelry from Christofle, and more jewelry from Temple St. Clair. There will also be a selection of limited-edition, hand-crafted pieces from Christofle's exclusive Haute Orfevrerie Collection. Up to 70% off retail prices.

If you want to attend the F&F preview on Tuesday, from 3-6PM, print out the invitation image below.

What: Christofle/Temple St. Clair sample sale
When: Wednesday, May 27 - Saturday, May 30; Wed-Fri 9AM-6:30PM, Sat 9AM-5PM
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave)
How: Google Transit to Penn Station
CC only. No strollers. No children under 12. All sales final.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

So to recap...

If you need a handbag... (select styles/designers)
Barney's 40% off *best bet
Nordstrom 40% off *best bet
Saks 30-40% off
Bloomingdale's 30% off
Intermix 40% off *best bet

If you need shoes... (select styles/designers)
Barney's 40% off *best bet
Nordstrom 40% off *best bet
Saks 30-40% off
Bloomingdale's 25-40% off
Intermix 40% off

If you just want to spend some money (and who doesn't)
YOOX.com *best bet
eLuxury.com
CatherineMalandrino.com
Tobi.com
ShopBop.com *best bet
BlueBee.com
ToryBurch.com
DKNY stores
Anthropologie stores
and the requisite Barneys, Saks, Bloomie's, Nordie's
Outlet mall *best bet

I hope everyone has a safe and spectacular Memorial Day weekend!!!

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Mulberry sale

After reading the Mulberry sale info from NYMag, I hurried over to the Bleeker St in this seriously-getting-hot-fast sun. Incidentally, on my way over I saw a certain stoop on Perry St had a "NO TRESPASSING" sign strung across the railing to prevent people from sitting on the steps. I see SJP quite often and know she lives very close to me, but I don't know if this is her house. (I'm sure she will be relieved to know I don't stalk her). It might be, there are lots of tourists always posing in front of it. The fact that anyone has to do this to not be bothered makes me sad. Although ironically I saw 3 different people taking pictures of themselves WITH the sign. Hilarious.

Anyway, back to the sale info... I spoke to a lovely sales lady who told me that select styles and seasonal colors of classic styles (i.e. Bayswater) are on sale (which are about $699+). This weekend they are taking an additional 10% off the sales prices. She also let me know that the online store has everything and more available, discounted equally. So if it's just too darn hot, then just cruise on over to Mulberry.com.

What: Mulberry sale
When: now - ?
Where: all Mulberry boutiques and Mulberry.com

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ShopIntuition sale

ShopIntuition put some things on cheap sale, but the inventory is limited so it's not a treasure trove-- unless you need some Lindsay Lohan leggings, that is.

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Beauty.com 20% off

Today is the last day of Beauty.com's F&F event: 20% off brands like Kinerase, NARS, Fresh, PHYTO, Caudalie, and many others (including lots of perfumes). Shipping is free for $49+, and you also don't pay tax if the order is not shipping to NY, WA, or NJ. I think it's time to try out the Clarisonic face brush everyone is talking about. They even have a pink breast cancer awareness one!

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eLuxury.com new markdowns

eLuxury! If you wear a size 6 or 8, be sure to check out the beefed up Final Clearance section. Sale will end Friday, Jun 26.

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YOOX.com spring sale

We all know how much I love YOOX, as I've ranted and raved plenty. But what I love is their "Dream Box", which is pretty much like any old online wishlist. BUT, YOOX will tell you when the item you are watching is the last one in stock. That is fabulous for price-watchers/procrastinators (like me!). Case in point: I'd been eying these Balenciaga sandals for probably two months now. I knew they were the last pair, so I was taking a gamble. They started at $365, dropped to $310, and finally Tuesday to $260. I sprung into action. They are not only awesome looking, but very comfortable! (How often can you say that about a 4" heel?)

So, if you have a Dream Box, go check on it, because prices on lots of things have changed for the better. (And shipping is free). Expect these good things to end Monday, May 31.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Stila 40% off + free shipping

I am constantly wondering if Stila is going under. All their online 'warehouse sales' (at Maybelline prices), Costco sets, and my friend from Malaysia telling me that Stila has stopped Asian operations/distributions has me worried. I love Stila! Their lip glazes, long-wear lip color, and lip glaze sticks are pretty much all I wear, aside from colored chapstick (Tarte). The color push-up is the only way I can get blush on my face without looking like I'm in a music video from the '80s. In other words, my world would be a cold and dark place without Stila.

The current promo, which runs through Wednesday, June 17, does not quell my fears (although I will use it to stock up for armageddon). Use code "STILAPRO" and take 40% off your purchase and get free shipping when shopping online at
StilaCosmetics.com.

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DVF sample sale

DVF is consistently using Facebook as a channel for marketing their deals. At their upcoming sample sale, prices will be up to 75% off on fab DVF goodies: wraps, tops, pants, swim, sweaters, and more. They will be restocking throughout. RSVP on Facebook.

What: DVF sample sale

When: Tuesday, Jun 2 - Saturday, Jun 6; Tu 9AM-6:30PM, W 10AM-8PM, Th 10AM-7PM, Fr 9AM-5:30PM, Sat 9AM-3PM

Where:
260 5th Ave (btw 28/29th St)

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Catherine Malandrino private sale

Through Monday, May 25, take 30% off full-priced merchandise on Catherine Malandrino's new website. Use code "STARSANDSTRIPES".

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Nordstrom on sale

Nordstrom!

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Bloomingdale's on sale

Bloomingdale's! Print out the email to shop in-store.

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Saks on sale

Saks! And the EGC ends today too.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Memorial Day weekend outlet madness

I'm hearing streaming intel on various outlet stores doing additional 20-50% off store-wide this weekend. Now we all know the madness that is the Outlet Mall Parking Lot on holiday weekends. Dare I brave it? Are you braving it?

Research your local outlet mall deals to make an informed decision and let me know! I'm on the fence on this one...

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Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Ilaria Nistri, Iodice, Qi sample sale

Per NYMag:

Through 5/22 Clothing from Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Ilaria Nistri, Iodice, and Qi is 70 percent off at this sample sale. 544 W. 27th St., 6th fl., nr. Eleventh Ave.; T–F (10–8).

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DKNY buy-2-get-1 for $1

How could I not post this?? Buy 2 t-shirts/tanks/polos and get your third for $1. DKNY stores this weekend only.

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Secret Christian Louboutin sample sale

Update: So I wasn't able to secure a spot on the hallowed guest list. However, from all the reports, I'm not totally bummed. Yes, shoes start at $100, but the "good stuff", I've been told, ranges from $250-325. Honestly, I would rather buy CLs on sale for $400 and not deal with the waiting in line for 2-3 hrs. I'm more disappointed that CL doesn't take the 'sample sale' spirit to heart and make the prices a bit lower. I much prefer the Manolo sale! However, if you are dying for some CLs on sale (~40% off), you should check your local boutiques, Nordstroms, FootCandyShoes.com, or Shoe In (if you're in Vegas). Or keep holding out for the summer sales that are coming!

Update: So the internets have been flooded with details on where it is (306 W 38th St [btw 8th/9th Ave]), and I have managed to find the email address to RSVP. However, today and tomorrow are strictly guestlist only, and we unprivileged public folk *may* be able to secure a place on the list starting Wednesday. (Oh yes, my dears, this sale runs through Thursday) No sense bombarding CL with emails just yet-- I promise to give it a shot Wednesday bright and early and post back the results! (and possibly unleash the fury that is CL-crazed shoppers upon them)


Alas, I have no information on this other than it is happening today. I would suggest everyone ring up their industry friends to beg and be their "+1". If anyone wants to share an invite with me, I'm available! :P

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Tobi.com 20% off

Shop through Monday, May 25 on Tobi.com and take an additional 20% off using code "HELLOSUMMER".

Note: Excludes all merchandise from A.P.C., Anthony Logistics for Men, Comme des Garcons, Hudson Jeans, Nixon, T By Alexander Wang, and Robin's Jeans. No minimum purchase necessary. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other coupons or price matching. If item discount is 50% or more off regular price, item is Final Sale and cannot be returned or exchanged.

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Save Fashion VIP preview

Refinery 29 is hosting a VIP preview of the Save Fashion's Week 4 designers tomorrow night. Brands include Made her Think, Lauren Moffat, Hayden Harnett, Sunshine & Shadow, Tom Scott, Whyred, and Lorick (from Gossip Girl).

The image of the invitation says "RSVP to rsvp@savefashion.com or bring a print-out of this invitation"

The sale has run through all of May and next week is the last week. This totally didn't make it onto my radar this year, but I'll keep an eye out for 2010. Learn all about and look at their designers here: Save Fashion.

Today looks like the last day for the Week 3 designers which include great mens brands like Gilded Age, Band of Outsiders, BBlessing, Rogan, Steven Alan, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers, Helmut Lang, Earnest Sewn, and Rag & Bone.

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JCrew.com $20 off $175+

Online only, J.Crew is taking 20% off orders of $175+ until Monday, May 25. Use code "SUMMER".

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Tory Burch summer sale

If you need Revas, act fast! The website is REALLY slow right now, and shipping is free for $150+. All Revas ship for free.
These styles are now $117 (originally $195)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Intermix 40% off certain designers

Intermix is running their 40% off select designer promo again! Great designers such as Valentino, Giuseppe Zanotti, Balmain, and Chloe. Shop online with code "DE402", but to find Valentino bags at 40% off, you'll have to shop in-store. Print out the image to get 40% off in person. Ends Monday, May 25.

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Anthropologie sale report

My good friend Rita trekked out to Anthropologie and scored these 3 pieces for $100! She lives in Austin, TX and hit up the store at 6th St and Lamar. Although she got some goodies, she felt the sale was 'ok' and that 'the Christmas sale is better'. When she went at 1PM, the sale had just started, so maybe it will get better?

See prices of individual items below:

Shirt $39.95 (originally $88)Skirt $9.95 (originally $88)
Shirt $39.95 (originally $88)

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eLuxury spring sale

Oops, a couple days late on this, but eLuxury has started their spring designer sale...

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ShopBop new sale items

ShopBop has beefed up their sale section and reduced prices on items! The Rachel Pally dress I was eyeing (like, seriously eyeballing) yesterday was $163, but now it is $116! As my friend Kelly would say, I think that's a sign! (BTW- I know I am super behind the times on this, but how awesome are Rachel Pally dresses!??! It has now officially joined my list of things I *must* buy if I like it and it's on (a good) sale. My list also includes: James Perse tops and pants, Catherine Malandrino dresses, Prada/YSL/Zanotti shoes, Pucci scarves, and 3.1 Phillip Lim anything.

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Anthropologie sale

It may be a very good thing my boss did not come into the office today. Methinks I need a late extended lunch at my local Rockefeller Center Anthropologie store...

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Barney's private sale, 40% off

Barney's is has started their annual 'secret' SS 40% off sale on a good deal of items. Their online shoe selection is meh, but in-stores I know they have some Manolos, Giuseppe Zanottis, Miu Mius, etc, on sale (no Louboutins). It's worth either popping in or calling around if you have something in mind!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

BlueBee 30% off

BlueBee's sale site is alive and well with some new stuff at 30% off. Brands include Bailey 44, Marc Jacobs bags, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti, Ella Moss, Splendid, and Gilded Age, Rogan, and John Varvatos for men. Free shipping if you go through my link.

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Cole Haan sample sale

Soiffer-Haskin is hosting a Cole Haan sale. Find mens and womens shoes, bags, and small leather goods. There will also be outerwear for women. Prices are up to 75% off retail.

What: Cole Haan sample sale
When: Sunday, May 17 - Thursday, May 21; Sun-Wed 9AM-6:30PM, Th 9AM-6PM
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave)
How: Google Transit to Penn Station
CC only. No strollers. No children under 12. All sales final.

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3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale

Oh yes, I will be here. Per NYMag:

Always an anticipated sale during sample-sale season, 3.1 phillip lim womenswear, menswear, and children's clothes will be up to 50 percent off.
When: 5/20–5/21; W, Th (10–5).
Where: 260 W. 39th St., nr. Seventh Ave., seventeenth fl.

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Chinatown shopping fun

I just wanted to share that this weekend, while browsing the shops in Flushing, NY, I saw a fake Balenciaga bag for the first time! (Praline covered City) And a fake YSL! (Brown Rive Gauche) I've seen plenty of fake LV, Prada, Gucci, and Chanel, but I was pretty impressed that the counterfeits are moving into the equally-luxurious-yet-not-so-mainstream brands.

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Net-A-Porter sale

Net-A-Porter is on sale now. All the great brands are there: Chloe, Louboutin, Miu Miu, Philip Lim, Fendi. Miu Miu bags 50% off? Run. Run and don't look back.

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Mackage, Tocca, Prairie New York, Iisli, White+Warren, Nanette Lepore, Luca Luca, Araks, Charlotte Ronson, Julie Haus, Gustto sample sales

Daily Candy has compiled a list of impressive sample sales from Mackage, Tocca, Prairie New York, Iisli, White+Warren, Nanette Lepore, Luca Luca, Araks, Charlotte Ronson, Julie Haus, and Gustto.

What: Mackage
Why: Leather jackets and smart-looking trenches are 50 percent off.
When: May 18 & 19. Mon. & Tues., noon-7 p.m.
Where: 275 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 7th flr. Cash only.

What: Tocca
Why: Sari dresses and sweaters are up to 80 percent off. Stock up on candles at $20 a pop.
When: May 18 & 19. Mon. & Tues., 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: 542 W. 22nd St., b/t Tenth & Eleventh Aves.

What: Prairie New York
Why: Printed and tie-dyed dresses for $65, skirts and tops for $40.
When: May 18-21. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 306 W. 38th St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves., 2nd flr. (212-967-8166).

What: Iisli
Why: Up to 75 percent off sophisticated stock and samples.
When: May 19 & 20. Tues. & Wed., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 416 W. 13th St., b/t Ninth Ave. & Washington St., ste. 201

What: White + Warren
Why: Cotton tees for $25, cardis for $50, cashmere tees for $55.
When: May 19 & 20. Tues., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed., noon-8 p.m.
Where: 80 W. 40th St., at Sixth Ave., 3rd flr. (212-398-3295).

What: Nanette Lepore
Why: Dresses for $150, pants for $100, tops for $95, shorts for $75.
When: May 20-22. Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 225 W. 35th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 4th flr.

What: Luca Luca
Why: Up to 90 percent off fancy cocktail dresses.
When: May 20-22 & 26-29. Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 30 & 31. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 19 W. 36th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves. (212-644-5568).

What: Araks
Why: Take 50 percent off organic cotton lingerie, find swimsuits for $40, and sift through $10 panty bins.
When: May 21 & 22. Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 137 Grand St., b/t Lafayette & Crosby Sts.

What: Charlotte Ronson
Why: Stonewashed linen, button-down dresses, platforms, and espadrilles are up to 80 percent off.
When: May 27-29. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1071 Sixth Ave., at 41st St., ste. 301.

What: Julie Haus & Gustto
Why: Up to 80 percent off the NY designer’s modern cuts (plus racks of clothes for less than $55) and bags with crazy-big hardware.
When: May 27-29. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 39 W. 38th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., 6th flr. (212-239-4100).

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Inhabit NY sample sale

Update: Online sample sale is now Wednesday, May 20 - Friday, May 22

Inhabit NY's fabulous cashmere goodies are going to be available at their upcoming sample sale. And if you can't make it to the physical sale, the online component will be happening from Monday, May 18 - Wednesday, May 20.

What: Inhabit NY sample sale
When: Thursday, May 14 - Friday, May 15; 10AM-6PM daily
Where: 24th Fl @ 1441 Broadway
Cash or CC only.

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Miss Sixty, Energie sample sale

If you are a fan of Miss Sixty or Energie, you should check out their spring 2009 sample sale. Find clothes, shoes, and bags from their latest collections for men and women at up to 90% off retail. All sizes.

Sample price points:
Jeans now $20, orig. $185
Tops now $15, orig. $99
Dresses now $25, orig. $139
Skirts and shorts now $15, orig. $150
Jackets now $30, orig. $200
Bags now $20, orig. $150
Shoes now $25, orig. $200
What: Miss Sixty, Energie sample sale
When: Monday, May 18 - Thursday, May 21; M 3-7PM, Tu/Wed 9AM-7PM, Th 9AM-3PM
Where: Ste 400, 4th Fl @ 435 Hudson St (btw Leroy/Morton St); 212-597-0800
Cash or CC. All sales final, no exchanges, no returns.

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Tobi.com, RevolveClothing.com 30-80% off sale

My parents now officially live in India! Well, for the next two years anyway, while my dad is there on a project. I'll probably be making a trip there for Xmas which is quite exciting. I've always carried the romantic notion of doing yoga with a wizened old yoga master on the balcony of a grand hotel while the sun rises in the background...

While back in NYC, there are a flurry of things happening this week, so I'll try to get you updated as soon as possible! First up are dueling online sales:

Tobi.com and RevolveClothing.com.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

FYI

Just wanted to apologize for the lack of posts yesterday (and today, tomorrow, and prob Sunday). My mom is in town for the long weekend, and I probably won't see her again until Xmas, so I'm showing her around NYC and taking her to all the fabulous places to eat! I'll be back Monday :) xoxo, Tina

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Free Zagat NYC guide

While walking to Keste Pizza for lunch (excellent, by the way), I passed a couple of guys handing out postcards requesting restaurant reviews in exchange for free Zagat guides. With the Michelin guide in NYC, I really don't refer to my Zagat guide much anymore, and I have seen Mr. Zagat doing the power lunch a couple of times at Jean Georges, so he's definitely trying to keep his ship afloat. But a free copy? Why not? I can contribute more than enough restaurant dining experiences to warrant a free copy. I thought I'd share :)

1. Go to http://www.zagat.com/votenyc
2. Register (free) or sign into your account
3. Select your favorite restaurants and write reviews
4. Finalize and 'send it in'
5. Voila! Get either a free copy of Zagat NYC 2010 when it comes out, a 90 day online subscription to Zagat.com, or an entry into their $500 sweepstakes

Ends Sunday, May 17.

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Hickey, Original Penguin mens sample sale

Guys need to head over the Chelsea Market, hit up the espresso bar and dive into the Hickey (the younger, hipper Hickey Freeman) & Original Penguin mens sample sale. You'll find mens classics at 60-85% off. The majority of the pieces are from the SS09 collection, just in time for the warm weather. You'll find classic polos, button-down shirts, tailored suits, blazers, shorts, sweaters, ties, tees, and more.

All sizes in stock. Full fitting room available.

What: Hickey, Original Penguins mens sample sale
When: Thursday, May 14 - Sunday, May 17; 10AM-7PM daily
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (corner of 15th St)
Cash or CC.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ShopBop extra 20% off 50% & 70% sale

Go NOW as girls have jumped on this like white on rice! Use code "EXTRA20" and take an additional 20% off the 50% and 70% off stuff. Ends Thursday, May 14.

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Be & D sample sale

If the Botkier, Kooba, Valentino, Nancy Gonzalez, or the recent online sample sales have not sated your need for a new spring bag, definitely check out the Be & D sample sale. In addition to bags, you will find shoes and belts at 30-75% off. This sample sale will actually include samples!

Price points:
Cosette $325 (retail $995)
Kan Kan Portfolio $200 (retail $595)
Greta Clutch: $125 (retail $595)
Crawford: $200 (retail $995)
What: Be & D sample sale
When: Wednesday, May 13 – Thursday, May 14; 9AM-7PM daily
Where: 10th Fl @ Be & D, 35 W 36th St (btween 5th/6th Ave)
Cash or CC.

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POSH charity designer sale

A charity event held by Fashionable Philanthropy benefiting Lighthouse International, POSH is a massive designer clothing sale (new and 'vintage', i.e. used). I'm not really sure what to expect, but apparently this has been going on for 40 years, so I assume it's got to be pretty good (like the sale in the Hamptons every summer). You can pay for admission at the door.

It's a four-day event (general admission $10/day or $30/4-day), and much like the recent HUSH sale, you can buy tickets for the Private Preview ($200-250). Mens, womens, and childrens clothing and accessories will be available from labels like: Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Diane von Furstenberg, Escada, Giorgio Armani, Giuseppe Zannoti, Jimmy Choo, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Kay Unger, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Turnbull & Asser, Valentino, Narcisco Rodriguez, Roberto Cavalli, and Tory Burch, among others.

Note: Students w/ valid IDs get 50% off ticket prices. No large bags/backpacks. No strollers. Junior and plus sizes available. Entrance on 59th St.

What: POSH charity sale
When: Private Preview: Wednesday, May 13; 4-8PM ($250), 5-8PM ($200)
Public Sale: Thursday, May 14 - Sunday, May 17; Th-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-5PM ($10/day or $30 for a 4-day pass)
Where: Lighthouse International, 110 E 60th St (btw Park/Lexington Ave); entrance on 59th St
CC only. Students w/ valid IDs get 50% off tickets. No large bags/backpacks. No strollers.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Sferra sale report, NJ warehouse sale, 20% online discount

Sunday I woke up before noon (a rarity) to get out to Chelsea Market and hit up the Sferra sale before heading to LGA to pick up my mom. It was the last day of the sale, and inventory looked fairly decent and well organized. As I chatted with the sale staff, they pointed out giant mounds of cardboard boxes hidden behind the linen curtains. If the sheer number of empty boxes was any indication, the sale was a huge success and they moved a tremendous amount of inventory. Price points were also more than fair. Decorative throw pillows were $29, wool/alpaca bed throws (the ones that go across your feet area) were $69, and sheets ranged from the very affordable to the very discounted super expensive stuff. Grande Hotel sheet sets were in the $150-170 range, but you could nab some 400-500 threadcount sets for $250 or 1000+ threadcount sets for $495 (retail $1800+). They also had velour terry bathrobes, towels, table cloths, napkins, and bedspreads. Everything was perfectly packaged and would make for GREAT gifts. I walked away with 2 sheet sets and a throw and very much look forward to the next sale (where I'll go the first day instead of the last!). You walk out with a gorgeous Sferra shopping bag as if you had been shopping at their boutique.

To thank you for your purchase/visit, they also give you a coupon for Sferra.com. Use code "NYC20" to take 20% off your entire order through Friday, July 31.

And if now you're really bummed, expand to see the details on the upcoming NJ sample sale, which, I've been told is more of a treasure-hunting experience. While the NYC sample sale is all brand-new overstock/discontinued merchandise, the NJ sale has different inventory: there are returns and imperfects mixed in with the overstock/discontinued goods, which are lower priced.

If you are the ultimate luxury bargain hunter, you need to keep this sale in mind for next year (which they said they are definitely considering).


What: Sferra warehouse sale
When: Thursday, May 14 - Sunday, May 16; Th 8AM-8PM, Fr 8AM-5PM, Sat 8AM-NOON
Where: 15 Mayfield Avenue, Edison, NJ; 732-225-6290

Travel directions: from NJ Turnpike N/S Exit 10 (to RT 514 West), GSP South Exit 129 (to 440/287), RT 1 to 287 South, GSP North Exit (to 440/287) or RT 9 to 440/287 Follow signs to Raritan Center/Rt 514 W. Merge onto Raritan Center Prky (Follow Signs to Expo Center) Make fourth right onto Mayfield Ave. First left into SFERRA (back of building).

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Fred Perry, Tibi, Yigal Azrouel, Lela Rose, Robert Clergerie sample sale

I had a crazy busy weekend, so sorry for the lack of posts welcoming you to the new week! On Saturday we did a daytrip to Philadelphia for a friend's annual BBQ. At last-minute we opted to Zipcar it (and pay the mile overage) versus taking Amtrak, so we rented one of their 'premium' vehicles: a Volvo S40 at a hefty $180/day. Usually we go for the basic Toyotas/Mazdas (or once in a while kick it up with a Mini), but this was our first foray into the big leagues. It turned out poorly. For one, on Saturday Weather.com was WRONG WRONG WRONG. In my mind I had planned this supercute sundress/sandals outfit, but since it said 'high-70s' in Philly, so I went with a tank top with cardigan, cargo pants and flats. Still a cute look, but not 'summery'. Combine that with no A/C in the car (totally broken). I can't remember the last time I drove 100+ miles down a highway with the windows open, stripping along the way in 85+ degree weather. It must have been in college when I rented a busted-up U-Haul to move my furniture from one house to another! It was miserable. I arrived at the BBQ already grimy and disgusting, and not even fully outfitted. Lesson learned: just stay with the cheap cars because you can't get too angry at $13/hr.

Things to get happy about: upcoming sample sales (per
Daily Candy):

What: Fred Perry
Why: Iconic polos, track jackets, and footwear for $40.
When: May 11-17. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 547 W. 27th St., b/t Tenth & Eleventh Aves.

What: Tibi
Why: Terry strapless cover-ups for $40 (reg. $185), swimwear for $55 (reg. $190), dresses for $99 (reg. $380).
When: May 13-15. Wed., 1-7 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 409 W. 39th St., b/t Ninth & Tenth Aves.

What: Yigal Azrouƫl
Why: Gowns for $275, dresses for $125, tops for $100, pants for $75. Casual merch for men starts at $43.
When: May 13-15. Wed. & Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 225 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 7th flr. (212-302-1194).

What: Lela Rose
Why: Fifty to 75 percent off party dresses and RTW.
When: May 13-15. Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 224 W. 30th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 13th flr.

What: Robert Clergerie
Why: First-time sample sale has actual samples (about 200 pairs) in sizes 5.5-10 from the fashion closet. Chunky heels, clogs, and boots are $100-$150 (reg. $400-$900).
When: May 15 & 16. Fri. & Sat., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: 19 E. 62nd St., b/t Fifth & Madison Aves. (212-207-8600).

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Dooney & Bourke sample sale

Dooney & Bourke is having a little sample sale with items priced $25-200. It will go on until everything's gone, but if word gets out, that will only take a day!

What: Dooney & Bourke sample sale
When: Wedneday, May 13
Where: D&B store, 20 E 60th St (btw Park/Madison Ave); 212-223-7444

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Joseph Abboud sample sale

The Joseph Abboud sample sale always seems to be popular, so without further ado... suits, sportcoats, trousers, dress shirts, ties & sportswear. Discount and price points unknown.

What: Joseph Abboud sample sale
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave/Penn Station); 718-747-1656
When: Monday, May 11 - Friday, May 15; M-Th 9AM-7PM, Fr 9AM-5PM
CC only. All Sales Final. Strollers not allowed. No children under 12 will be admitted.

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LaROK sample sale

LaROK is having a blowout sale, up to 90% off their dresses, tops, tees and more.

Sample prices:
Shrug Dress, Retails $348, Sample Sale Price $40
Check Me Out Skirt, Retails $198, Sample Sale Price $20
Level Mini Skirt, Retails $168, Sample Sale Price $20
Ridiculous. I'm so there. Thanks Barneys Girl!

What: LaROK sample sale
When: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17; F/Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 12-6PM
Where: 72 Wooster St (btw Spring/Broome St)

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Escada sample sale

Speaking of Escada, the upcoming Escada sample sale is just around the corner. Get womens clothing from Escada, Escada Sport, and accessories up to 75% off. Allegedly, the merchandise will be replenished daily.

What: Escada sample sale
When: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17; F 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 10AM-5PM
Where: The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St (btw 6/7th Ave)
All sales final. No exchanges or returns. No strollers or children under 12.

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Mavi denim 80% off

Do you mentally associate some brands with people? Maybe Escada reminds you of your rich old aunt or Chanel or St. John triggers memories of your grandma... Mavi jeans remind me of a boy I dated when I first moved to NYC. I have to admit, when I moved here, I was overwhelmed. Boys are just so much more accessible in TX. After all attempts at looking cute at a bar ended up with sleazy 30-something egomaniacs talking at me, I resorted to... lavalife (hey, it was big at the time). I'm not proud, but I did meet D, this wonderful, sweet, cute, honest former-high-school-wrestler from Madison, WI. Our time was brief-- we only went on 3 dates (I stopped taking his calls b/c he was Catholic and wanted kids-- it would have gone nowhere). Sorry D, but at least I remember your favorite jeans.

Per NYMag.com:

5/10 Mavi jeans are 80 percent off. Styles that were $78 to $118 are now as low as $20. Mavi New York, 832 Broadway, nr. 12th St. (917-289-0520); 10–5.

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Delfino West store closing sale

Walking home after dinner last night, (the super fancy Qdoba next door to Gray's Papaya if you must know), giant store closing sale signage caught my eye. Delfino West, a little boutique selling bags and wallets, is going out with a 30-60% off bang. I quickly ducked inside to get an idea of the inventory. Longchamp bags are 30% off. Yes, there are some Pliage bags, but they also had nylon totes with external pockets going all around (sorry, I am not well-versed in Longchamp styles). Leather bags were 50% off. I didnt have much time, so I only peeked into a few bags to check out the labels. I saw Francesco Biasa, Jack Gomme, Delfino, The Sak, and Sequoia. According to the Delfino website, the chain of stores also carry bags from Rafe, Tano, Carla Mancini, and Hayden Harnett.

In the back there are a few Manhattan Portage messenger bags for 60% off, and a big selection of wallets in the glass case (discount unknown). There were a couple other girls in the shop. One was paying for her goods, and the other was excitedly talking to her sister on the phone, contemplating which Longchamp bag(s) to buy. If you need a new bag, I'd advise you visit soon while the selection is still pretty good.

What: Delfino West store closing
Where: 434 Avenue of the Americas; 212-982-2293

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Intermix 40% off select designers

Intermix is taking 40% off certain designers. Use code "DE40" through next Friday, May 15. This won't work on sale items, but you can print out the email (click to expand) to shop in-store. To see the list of designers, look here.

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Hush jewelry sample sale report

I attended the private screening of the Hush Insider Jewelry Sale, and I must say, if you are in the market for bling, you must go. Diamond necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are about 50% off retail, which is not bad considering the brands there. The average price for earrings was $1600-2000 (from $2500-3000), and I saw many a diamond pendant (pave design), diamond rings, and plenty of semi-precious stones. This is a great place for very expensive showy jewelry (not so much engagement rings or the like, although I did spot a few diamond wedding bands). There is a row of mostly mens watches as well, if you are in the market.

There are 2 rooms, one which looks like brand new jewelry, and the other which seems to me like resell/estate jewelry (although some of the sales associates said it was new). I was skeptical due to the mish-mash of things there, but some of the pieces in here are quite impressive, including a diamond Chanel watch (which I have to assume is re-sell), and there were some hefty retail price tags on big baubles (which will probably cost half that or less).

There is also unpolished crystal sculpture/decor as well as home trinkets made of enamel and rhinestones or sterling silver.

Some of the highlights of my excursion:
- Thin blue chalcedony diamond cable bracelet, $490 (~50% off)
- Diamond tennis bracelet, $5500
- HUGE Burmese ruby (not heat treated) ring by a very famous jeweler, price unknown
- Gorgeous floral pave diamond rings and necklaces
- Ornate rhinestone clutches, $2000-5000 (60% off)

See my original post, with all the details, here. Obviously I have not given out any of the brand names, per the shroud of secrecy required. But if you have something in mind you want, just email me and I'll tell you what I know :)

Note: Entrance is on 59th St. and there is a bag check.

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