Thursday, March 31, 2011 Dress Up event

Earlier this month, TheOutnet invited a small group of bloggers for a Dress Up event. We got to pick out disgustingly delicious articles of clothing and accessories from the site, have our hair and makeup done, and get our photos taken by a professional photographer in a professional studio with stark white backdrop, huge picture windows, studio lighting, and even a wind machine!! The day was heavily documented with Twitter posts by @THEOUTNET and us bloggers (using tag #DressUp).

The event was beyond fun. TheOutnet used hair and makeup people from The John Barrett salon at Bergdorf Goodman. Makeup artist Joe Hubrich made me look just spectacular, although he initially tried to scare my by saying things like, Think Black Swan! Mahogany Grace did my hair with a wide-barreled curling iron, and it turned out so lovely that I am considering buying an iron like the one she used. I actually slept on it and went to have my hair highlighted the morning after, and my colorist was still swooning over the style.

And then the clothes! We got to choose 2 looks, so for the first, I went more casual: a silk Stella McCartney blouse (very Three Musketeers meets feminine luxe), RED Valentino wide-leg jeans, and (although you can't see them) patent cut-out Alaia booties. 5" high. Perfect for giving me some height! Then, I spontaneously chose the pièce de résistance: an intricate, totally amazing Oscar de la Renta chain necklace (not online, unfortunately). I am in love with this outfit want to buy the whole thing!
My second look was an 'office outfit' consisting of a Marni blouse (in white), Narcisco Rodriguez pencil skirt, and Alaia heels. So polished, it was a perfect stylish outfit for the workplace! If only I could dress like this to the office everyday... but then my boss would never think I needed another raise.
A HUGE Thank You to TheOutnet, Joe and Mahogany, and Jack Studios :) I think there will be some behind-the scenes shots available soon, but to see the pieces I pre-selected for my looks (or similar pieces) check out my rack at TheOutnet.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 free shipping today

I love (and so does Anne Hathaway, did you know that? :D), but paying $70 to have something sent to me from Lake Como, Italy is not my idea of savings! Today only, they are doing free shipping (and free return!).

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$100 for $200 or $200 for $400 at OTTE online

I love OTTE because they always have a great stock of 3.1 Phillip Lim, and this is a fabulous deal. Refinery 29 is selling vouchers for the online boutique: $100 for $200 worth of items, or $200 for $400 worth of items, including shoes, handbags, and clothing. Go go go!

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Hanky Panky +20% off soft bras and bralettes

One can never have enough Hanky Panky! Soft bras and bralettes 20% off through Thursday, Mar 31.

... more +20% off Smashbox items seems to sell overstock and discontinued items, and the majority of reports are positive (no broken compacts, nothing has been used, etc.) so I feel comfortable putting it out there. Use code "SMASH20" to take an additional 20% off all the Smashbox items. Ends Friday, Apr 1.

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The Wearhouse private sale, Long Island

For those living out in Long Island, here's a good one. Designer boutique The Wearhouse is discounting up to 70%, and for 1 week only, take an additional 40% off by printing out this email. Goodies include womens SS RTW, cocktail dresses, evening, outerwear, handbags and accessories. Designers include M Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Marchesa, Badgley Mischka, See by Chloe, Robert Rodriguez, and more.

What: The Wearhouse private sale
When: Sunday, Mar 27 - Sunday, Apr 3; Su-Th 9:30AM-6PM, F 9:30AM-4PM, S closed
Where: 8 Hicks Ln; Great Neck NY 11024 (off Middle Neck Road); 516-466-5959

Directions from NYC: Take LIE to Exit 33. Merge onto S. Service Road. Turn left at Lakeville Road. Continue onto S. Middle Neck Road. Turn right at Hicks Lane. 4 miles off the LIE.

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Sanyo sample sale

For the boys... a Sanyo outerwear sale! They'll have coats, jackets, and overcoats from the Spring and Fall collections at 30-70% off.

What: Sanyo sample sale
When: Wednesday, Mar 30 - Thursday, Mar 31; W 8:30-6:30, Th 9AM-6PM
Where: Ste 1709 @ 525 Seventh Ave (@ 38 St)
Cash or CC.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 $50 of American Apparel for $25 in-stores or online, 4 AMC movie tickets for $24

I cannot keep up with all these deal sites! But here's a few of good ones: $50 worth of American Apparel for $25 in-stores, $50 worth of American Apparel for $25 online, and 4 AMC movie tickets for $24.

... more $15 off $75+

Click through their email link to get $15 taken off your order of $75+. Ends Thursday, Mar 31.

Fresh, jane iredale, and Murad products

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Bloomingdale's friends and family

Take 20% off your purchase at Bloomingdale's through Sunday, Apr 3. Use code "SPRINGFF" to shop online or print out the email to shop in-stores. *Mens electronics are only 10% off and the massive exclusion list is below. Some brands are excluded online only (like Coach and North Face) so it might be worth a trip.

*Offer excludes
Women's Apparel
Chanel, Marc Jacobs Collection, Agent Provocateur
online only: The North Face®
Men's Apparel
Burberry Prorsum, Duchamp, Men's Leased Departments, Moncler, Polo Black Label, PS Paul Smith, The North Face®, Turnbull & Asser, UGG® Australia and Vilebrequin
Kids' Apparel
Moncler, The North Face® and UGG® Australia
Handbags and Soft Leather Goods
Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo leased, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada
online only: COACH and UGG® Australia
Fashion Accessories
online only: Balenciaga Sunglasses, UGG® Australia, The North Face® and COACH
Women's Shoes
Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada, UGG® Australia
online only: COACH, The North Face® and Nike
Fine Jewelry
David Yurman
online only: Ippolita
Cosmetics, Fragrances, Maximilian Fur Services, Martine's Chocolates, Shop at Home Services, Rug Cleaning Services, Interior Design Special Orders, Restaurants and Gift Cards.

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Brooks Brothers preferred customer event

Until Thursday, Apr 7, take 15% off your entire Brooks Brothers purchase using their link. And if you have a Brooks Brothers card, you get 25% off. You can shop online or in-stores.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Shizuka spa steals

Shizuka Spa hasn't participated in Spa Week for the past couple of years, which has bummed me out, BUT, they're doing their own promo week Apr 11-17th! I have immediately booked another Geisha Facial (yes, the bird poo facial) because I LOVED it last time and cannot wait to do it again! I just wanted to share this with you in case you were also a fan (or just need a massage!). You can also use their infrared sauna (their little sweatbox) free prior to any facial or massage if you ask when you make your appointment.

Their offerings:

- 60 Min Geisha Facial - $90 (reg. $180)
- 35 Min Swedish or Shiatsu Massage - $50 (reg. $85)
- 50 Min Swedish or Shiatsu Massage - $80 (reg. $105)

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Friday, March 25, 2011 clearance sale TODAY

Just a reminder: keep checking!!

And a refresher of items available (links go live when the sale is up):

Missoni leather zip-detail tote
85% off @ $295 (originally $1,965)

Dolce & Gabbana silk pussybow blouse
85% off @ $133 (originally $885)

See by Chloé double-breasted cotton trench coat
80% off @ $139 (originally $695)

Chloé strapless silk-blend dress
85% off @ $453 (originally $3,015)

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Tory Burch private sale

Thank you Elizabeth for reminding me that the Tory Burch private sale has started. You'll have to input your email address to get access. Ends Sunday, Mar 28.

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3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale for Japan

Update: a commenter posted that Phillip Lim himself is there, and that 100% of proceeds go to Japan. Two very good reasons to go!


I am absolutely, totally BUMMED that I will be out of town for this. Granted, it's my best friend's wedding, but GOD this is a PHILLIP LIM sample sale. Rita, I semi-hate you.

I don't know how much of the 'proceeds' will go to Japan, but I haven't seen Phillip Lim have a sample sale in... 2 years? 3 years? Thank you, Japan!

What: 3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale
When: Thursday, Mar 24 - Friday, Mar 25; 10AM-6PM
Where: 17th Fl @ 260 W 39th St

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Calypso St. Barth +50% off sale

Final final call. Use code "FINALSALE311" to take an extra 50% off all their sale merchandise. If you're in the city you can also drop by their Au Marche boutique in Soho to shop in-store (also 50% off).

... more sale hits 85% off's sale has hit 85%. I checked and it is still not final sale, which is great news, and shipping is still free, which is even better news! Guess they really want to move out some inventory!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This Friday: clearance

This Friday, is having one of it's knock-down drag-out online sale melees. Over 500 items that are really and truly 80% off. You need to register prior to entering the sale, so make sure you're registered and you've saved your mailing address, billing address, and credit card number in your profile. If you've done this before, you know I speak the truth-- this is race until the confirmation screen.

So be on the lookout Friday for the sale. They are not announcing a start time, which is their M.O., but the sales usually start at 11AM EDT. So I would start checking at 10:30ish :)

Below are some little tidbits of what will be available. Looks good, doesn't it!? Link doesn't become live until Friday when the sale goes live.

Missoni leather zip-detail tote
85% off @ $295 (originally $1,965)

Dolce & Gabbana silk pussybow blouse
85% off @ $133 (originally $885)

See by Chloé double-breasted cotton trench coat
80% off @ $139 (originally $695)

Chloé strapless silk-blend dress
85% off @ $453 (originally $3,015)

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Hermes sample sale

Sorry for the late post on this. I know info has been floating around on the interwebs for a while now, and if you're a VIP, you probably went today!

The Hermes sample sale is back! always has extensive line-blogging and reporting on this event, so stay tuned to them for updates. In the past, the sale has actually been quite calm given their strict door control, and there are always scarves, ties, and seasonal bags and accessories. At the last sale they even had jewelry which is a bit of a rarity.

What: Hermes sample sale
When: Wednesday, Mar 23 - Sunday, Mar 27; W/Fr/S 9AM-6PM, Th 9AM-8PM, Su 1-5PM
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (@ 8th Ave)

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United Bamboo sample sale for Japan

In a supreme act of goodwill, United Bamboo is hosting a sample sale where ALL proceeds will be donated to Japan. And if that doesn't sell you, then consider this: they might have kitty clothes.

What: United Bamboo sample sale
When: Tuesday, Mar 22 - Wednesday, Mar 23; 11AM-8PM
Where: 6th Fl @ 217 Centre St

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Monday, March 21, 2011

NM double giftcard event

I love this NM giftcard event. Mostly because it actually works on the brands I buy, and the bonus is that it's a nice significant gift card amount. Use code "BET2GET" through Wednesday, Mar 23. Online only!

If you don't know what apparel to get, I recommend a Splendid tee or a Hanro bra. You won't regret either!

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Under.ligne by Doo.RI on YOOX sale

As I'm sitting here looking at dresses on sale at YOOX, I'm pretty struck by the Under.ligne by Doo.Ri pieces here. Specifically, the crazy prices, such as slouchy dresses starting at $32. So if you're a fan, pop on over. There are some good finds under $100 but if your budget is $300-350, there's a pretty nice spectrum for you.

There are also a lot of Kenzo bras in 32B which are final sale (for fairly understandable reason). Shipping is still free, and this is the last cut on prices before everything goes to final sale in clearance!

... more +40% off sparkle and shine

This weekend take an additional 40% off pieces with sequins, rhinestones, shimmer, and shine. There's dresses, tops, and shoes, but one of the best values there: the Lee Angel jewelry pieces, such as the rose-gold plated crystal hoop earrings which are now $36 (orig $120).

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy 30% off

GAP Co. has started their Give and Get charity promotion. Get a multiple-use barcode and a one-time-use online code good for 30% off at Gap, BR, and Old Navy stores. 5% of proceeds also go towards charity. (I've selected the World Wildlife Fund.)

You can sign up here, but if for whatever reason you have a problem, email me and I can forward you a set of codes. Ends Sunday Mar 20.

I think you should be able to print out the image below to shop in-stores.

... more 25% off today only

In celebration of St. Patrick's day, use code "LUCKY25" to take 25% off the entire site at Ends at midnight.

... more 20% off in emails

Check your email inboxes and spam folders, because sent out an email today with a 20% off code on orders up to $897 (quite precise!). The code is generic, "UPDATEMYLOOKUSA", but the fine print says it will only work on accounts who actually received the email. I've never seen this before, so it might be a good idea to sign up for their emails if you shop ASOS often. Expires Sunday, Mar 20th.

... more $25% off $100+

Take 25% off orders over $100 at with code "MARFFEVT". Ends Tuesday, Mar 22. Exclusions apply, although sometimes something slips through.

Brand exclusions: ASICS, Caravelle by Bulova, Callaway, Brooks, Bulova Corporation, Citizen Watch Company, Dansko, ECCO Footwear, Fitflop Limited, Fossil Partners, Frye, Giuseppe Zanotti, Hunter Boots USA, Keen, Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbags, Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, Mizuno USA, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Michael Kors Footwear, MICHAEL Michael Kors Handbags, Michael Kors Kids, Mizuno Running USA, ESQ by Movado, Movado, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Patagonia Footwear, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prince/Ektelon Racquet Sports, Pulsar, REEBOK - ADIDAS GROUP, Reebok Footwear, Seiko Watch Corporation, Sperry Top-Sider, Stuart Weitzman shoes and bags, Stuart Weitzman Kids, Stuart Weitzman Collection, To Boot New York, Tumi, and VF Outdoors.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bliss 20% off

Some notable brand exclusions, but other than that, 20% off everything else with code "SITE20". Ends Thursday, Mar 17.

Fine print: Offer excludes Chantecaille, Clarins, Cass Luxury Shapewear, Dr. Sebagh, La Mer, Sassybax, Sisley, SK-II, Skinceuticals, Spanx, TRIA and Wellbox brand purchases, and all sale items. Not valid on past purchases or spa services. Cannot be combined with other product offers or promotions.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lauren Merkin, Lee Angel sample sales

Two sales of interest to me from NYMag:

3/15–3/19 Handbags, clutches, and accessories are up to 70 percent off at the Lauren Merkin sample sale. The Louise bag is $100 (originally $200), the Diana is $98 (originally $195), and small leather goods start at $40. 231 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 201 (212-239-2459); T–F (11–7), S (11–4).

3/16–3/17 Jewelry is up to 75 percent off at the Lee Angel sample sale. Prices start at $5. The Martine glass pearl, chain, and crystal necklace is $126 (originally $180), the Jane crystal and ribbon wrapped bangles are $100 (originally $145), and the Lilianna crystal button earrings are $38 (originally $75). 524 Broadway, at Spring St., sixth fl. (212-334-6573); W–Th (11–7), F (10–5).

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James Perse sample sale, Chelsea

So, perhaps it is becoming a wandering sideshow?

What: James Perse sample sale, Chelsea Market
When: Friday, Mar 18 - Sunday, Mar 20; F 10AM-9PM, S 10AM-7PM, Sun 10AM-4PM
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave
Cash or CC only.

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Flight 001 30% off entire site for four hours

Now until 4PM EDT, use code "STOPOVER" for 30% off anything and everything

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Monday, March 14, 2011

ShopBop launches wedding boutique

Two of my best friends are getting married within the next 3 months, so I am up to my eyeballs in wedding stuff!! (the upside: a bachelorette getaway in Puerto Vallarta next month) But the sheer number of boutiques and options is sometimes overwhelming (or, I've found, underwhelming).

ShopBop is here to help! With dresses and accessories that are not one-time-wear-only, thank god.

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Steven Alan for charity

Normally I whole-heartedly support shopping-for-charity events, but in the wake of an actual disaster of this magnitude, I feel it's a bit... inappropriate. I don't know, I just feel like these events, like Haiti, Pakistan, and now Japan deserve our direct support.

But, if you need to buy stuff anyway, this is a fabulous reason to do so. Steven Alan is donating 15% of all sales (not just margins!) to the International Medical Corps to go towards the Japanese victims.

For other ways to donate, here's a short list I took from I also hate to be a cynic, but charities are big business, so I encourage you to research a non-profit to determine their efficiency with your money (some organizations pass on only half of what you donate, keeping half for 'operational expenses'). Charity Navigator is pretty good, and I've included their efficiency ratings below. They also have a list of organizations who are donating funds to Japan (with their ratings).

Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
Toll free: 800-728-3843
Text JAPAN or 20222 to donate.
Efficiency: four stars out of four

The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
Text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message.
Efficiency: three stars out of four

Salvation Army
Toll free: 800-SAL-ARMY
Text QUAKE or 80888 to donate $10
Efficiency: unrated because it is a religious organization

International Medical Corps
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10
Efficiency: four stars out of four

Doctors Without Borders
Efficiency: three stars out of four

Global Giving
Text JAPAN or 50555 to donate $10
Efficiency: three stars out of four

World Vision
Toll Free: 888-56-CHILD Text 4JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10
Efficiency: four stars out of four

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tod's outlets warehouse/sample sale event

I just got a postcard in the mail that Tod's will be having a large warehouse / sample sale event at a few of their outlet stores next week. No details on what will be available, or the discounts, but they do say they are not taking phone orders.

What: Tod's outlet warehouse / sample sale
When: Tuesday, Mar 15 - Sunday, Mar 20
Where: Tod's outlet stores @ Woodbury Common (Central Valley, NY), Desert Hills Premium Outlets(Cabazon, CA), Orlando Premium Outlets (FL), and Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas (NV)

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Friday, March 11, 2011 +30% off LBDs

I just participated in TheOutnet's dress-up event this morning, where I got to wear some gorgeous pieces and take beautiful photos! The photos will be available soon, but for now, I posted a peek on my Twitter :)

BUT, back to business... TheOutnet is taking an extra 30% off a nice sexy selection of LBDs.

... more sale up to 80%

Last call before it goes into final-sale-only. 80% off and free shipping!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gilt Groupe 20% off

It's Gilt's facebook fan appreciation day, so make sure you register for 20% off your next order! Discount good through next Wednesday, Mar 16.

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Luca Luca sample sale

It's time for the Luca Luca sample sale again! 75-90% off.

What: Luca Luca sample sale
When: Tuesday, Mar 15 - Wednesday, Mar 16; 10AM-6PM
Where: Luca Luca showroom, 4th fl @ 19 W 36th St

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Monday, March 7, 2011

James Perse sample sale, Soho

James Perse is hosting a sample sale in Soho this weekend. Will it be the first of many? I don't know, but I can't wait! Mens, womens and accessories. This means scarves, and maybe, please please please, Repetto for James Perse shoes?

What: James Perse sample sale
When: Friday, Mar 11 - Sunday, Mar 13; F 10AM-9PM, S 10AM-7PM, Su 10AM-4PM
Where: 382 W Broadway
Cash or CC only.

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Housing Works spring preview sales continue

This got buried in my inbox, so a few locations have already happened (Soho, UES, Chelsea). However, there are plenty of locations left as well as an online preview on the 17th.

Entry to each sale is $10 at the door, but if you're a member of Housing Works, it's free.

Sample price points:
Marni sandals : Retail: $800 HW: $200
Miu Miu wedges : Retail: $520 HW: $100
Marc Jacobs bag : Retail: $1100 HW: $225
Anya Hindmarch bag : Retail: $445 HW: $175
Burberry trench : Retail: $1200 HW: $150
Vivienne Tam Dress: Retail: $350 HW: $125
Asian Chest of Drawers One of a Kind HW: $500

What: Housing Works spring sales
When & Where: see list below

Tribeca, 119 Chambers St.
Tuesday, March 8, 5-8PM

Upper West, 306 Columbus Ave.
Thursday, March 10, 5-8PM

West Village, 245 West 10th St.
Saturday, March 12, 10AM-6PM

Hell’s Kitchen, 730-732 9th Ave.
Tuesday, March 15, 5-8PM online preview
Thursday, March 17, noon

Gramercy, 157 East 23rd St.
Thursday, March 17, 5-8PM

Brooklyn, 122 Montague St.
Saturday, March 19, 10AM-7PM

West End, 2569 Broadway
Tuesday, March 22, 5-8PM

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

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Friday, March 4, 2011 +30% off rock chic

I was on my way to lunch, so I couldn't post this, but I *did* get a nice Temperley dress. 30% off some nice black essentials.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011 +10% off clearance

Through Mar 6, take an extra 10% off some items in's clearance items. I don't think you need a code, they're just buried in there like Easter eggs.

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I like Moda Operandi a lot, even though I have curbed my spending quite a bit due to school this fall. The concept is solid, the audience is there, and if you have the connections and network to make it all come together, more power to you. That being said, I always thought Lauren Santo Domingo was ok. I mean, little rich girl with super gorgeous well-bred husband, well, of course there's some built-in bitterness :)

But this interview excerpt is just too much! She says she never washes her own hair (like, EVER), which makes me think, so either 1) she's pretty filthy, or 2) she's at a salon 3+ times a week to get her hair washed. Or I guess 3) she employs someone to bathe her (creepy). All seem ridiculous, but who has the TIME go to go a hair salon 3+ times a week?!?

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Richard Chai sample sale

Per, Richard Chai is having a sample sale starting tomorrow! Oooh, and it's at the Soho Grand, where I normally get my hair colored. I think that's a sign...

Deal: 70% to 90% off the designer's lines for men and women, as well as his contemporary womenswear line Richard Chai LOVE

What: Richard Chai sample sale
When: Friday, Mar 4 - Sunday, Mar 6; F-S 11AM-7PM, Su noon-6PM
Where: Harbor Room @ the Soho Grand Hotel, 310 W Broadway (btw Grand/Canal)

... more wellness week open for early bookings

I must say I'm a bit disappointed that more of the spas I've actually been to for SpaWeek are no longer participating, but that's not going to stop me from getting my microderm on! (I did it at Sothys last time, and my esthetician did a great job.)

So if there's anything that catches your eye (like Caudalie, maybe?), better get on the phone now!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 free shipping is back

If you sat on the fence, is again offering free shipping until next Friday, Mar 11. They've also adjusted some prices on their sale items.

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Finally FINALLY adds to their sale. It was getting really skimpy...

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