Friday, June 26, 2009

Vacation hiatus

My dearest fellow shoppers,

I know there have been very few posts in the past couple days-- I can assure you it is not (totally) slacking on my part-- there is just not a lot going on. This weekend I depart for Seoul, Korea, and, barring any antics on the part of Dear Leader, will be back after the 4th of July. Why am I going to Seoul? Well, the flights were just so cheap. With Singapore Airlines offering a roundtrip fare for only $600 out of SFO, I couldn't say no. I'm not even Korean, and Seoul isn't really near the top of my list, but how often does an offer like that come around? (Answer: not often, as usually the price is around $1000.) And it's Singapore Airlines, which will hopefully not drive me to dig into my emergency stash of Ambien.

So I may post here and there, but it will probably be more personal-- about my experiences shopping and eating in Korea.

Incidentally, there will not be a lot of sample sales going down near/over July 4th, so concentrate your shopping efforts on standard retail outlets: department stores and chains (J.Crew, Banana Republic, H&M, etc). These will probably have great sales over the holiday weekend. If you have the stomach, I would also advise you to check out your outlet mall. It will be madness, but the discounts should make it worth it.

In parting, I wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th!
xoxo, Tina

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Do you work for Balenciaga?

Because right about now, I'd like to know you. Just sayin'-- call me! ;)

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Anya Hindmarch full sale

I suppose what we had a week or so ago was just a sneak peek, for the 'full sale' has gone live.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

eLuxury closing tomorrow

Last chance...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saks 25% off denim

I wasn't going to post this (with all the sales going on, 25% seems like a pittance). However, it is a VERY slow news day, and I suppose if you are dying for new jeans, 25% is better than nothing! No code, prices go back up Monday, Jun 29.

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Jimmy Choo starts online sale

Here's the beginning, but it should get better in the coming weeks. Incidentally I did notice that some things hidden in there look like they are full price. (???)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

J.Crew final sale

Bumrush your nearest store or be speedy with the mouse. Free shipping for $175+ through Thursday, Jun 25 with code "BEACH".

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Nordstrom swim up to 50% off

Check it out. Includes BCBG, Lucky Brand, Tommy Bahama, Gottex, Milly, Vitamin A, Michael by Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, and others, all 40 or 50% off.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania S/S sample sale

Per TopButton:

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania - Spring/Summer Sample Sale

The city's most anticipated sample sale is back with 70-80% off retail. Vivienne Westwood dresses are now $190, originally $750. Other international designers including Ilaria Nistri, beat3ez, Iodice, Scatola, and J4 are on sale starting at $29.

Print the TopButton ad to play the "Lucky Draw" raffle at the check-in desk, and win up to $1,000 in free merchandise.

What: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania S/S sample sale
When: Wednesday, Jun 24 - Friday, Jun 26; 10AM-8PM daily
Where: 6th Fl @ 544 W 27th St (btw 10/11th Ave)
Cash or CC.

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ShopBop 20% off 100 items, IvyBlue 72 hour sale has selected 100 items on which you can take an additional 20% off. Use code "BONUS20". Ends Tuesday, Jun 23. has selected 143 items on which you can take an additional 40% off (some are already on sale too). Use code "72HOUR". Ends Wednesday, Jun 24, but bear in mind that these are final sale. Free shipping if you go through my link.

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Alice + Olivia spring stock sale

Update: Their PR just told me they take credit cards too! Even better!

Help Alice + Olivia get rid of their spring merchandise, including dresses, jumpsuits, boyfriend blazers and shorts. Up to 70% off, bring cash.

What: Alice + Olivia spring stock sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 23 - Friday, Jun 26; 8AM-8PM daily
Where: 80 W 40th St
Cash or CC.

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Fendi sample sale

Fendi sample sale. If these words don't set your pulse racing, then you might want to pass on the chaos and madness that will definitely, absolutely ensue. RTW, handbags, small leather acessories, and fur. I suggest showing up with nothing but your credit cards ready to go.

What: Fendi sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 23 - Wednesday, Jun 24; T 8AM-8PM, W 9AM-3:30PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St
CC only (MC, Visa, Amex).

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Roberto Cavalli sample sale

I guess these past Cavalli sales have been unauthorized because Roberto Cavalli is hosting their first 'official' sample sale in 3 yrs this week. Hopefully this means we see lots of stock! Per the marketing material, they will have over 10,000 pieces on hand, which means treasure hunting! Look for: RTW and couture for men and women. Women: dresses, gowns, pants, tops, skirts, jackets, jeans, t-shirts, shoes and handbags. Men: pants, shirts, jackets and shoes. Prices will be from $100-1,950, reflecting 70-80% off (retail $500-7,000). There will be dressing rooms.

Print out the invitation and come to the private preview sale tonight!

What: Roberto Cavalli sample sale
When: Private: Monday, Jun 22; 4-8PM. Public: Tuesday, Jun 23 - Thursday, Jun 25; 11AM-8PM
Where: The Altman Building, 135 W 18 St (btw 6/7th Ave)
Cash or CC only (MC, Visa, Amex).

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Inhabit NY summer sale

Their Gilt Groupe sale ends today at noon, but starting now, everything on is 40% off (at least). Everything.

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Saks Designer Sale 60% off

Ridiculous. I'm just speechless... speechlessly shopping, that is!

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Chelsea Market, Hugo Boss sample sale report

Today I met an old friend from Texas for brunch at Cookshop, which is conveniently close to Chelsea Market! Despite the rain, we hiked it down a block and around the corner and visited the Prive sample sale happening at Chelsea Market. The sale has TONS of clothes, mostly womens. Pretty much everything is $65 or less. Tanks, tops, dresses, t-shirts, denim from Edun, Iisli, T Luxury, Lewis Cho, J Brand, Free People, and a pair of Diesel shoes. If you are looking for summer clothes, i.e. lots of cotton camis/thin straps/airy material, you will find gold here. For men, there's a long row of t-shirts, and Ben Sherman and Original Penguin short-sleeve button-down shirts and pants along the back. I walked away with a T Luxury tank top for $15!

Due to the rain we nixed walking around the Meatpacking District and cabbed it straight to the Hugo Boss sale held by Soiffer Haskin. The sale is really really good for men. Mens t-shirts and knits are $45, shoes are $99, button-down shirts $59.99, polos $39.99, and most have discounts for buying more than 1 item (i.e. polos are 3 for $99.99, but $39.99 each). There are tons and tons of suits! Mostly around $400, all sizes. There were also messenger bags and duffle bags, priced $99+.

Womens selection is very small, 6 racks of tops in all sizes ($39.99 each or 3 for $99.99), a few boxes of belts, handbags ($199+), and shoes ($99.99). There are fitting rooms in the back for men and women.

If you love Hugo Boss, this is a MUST for you. I found 3 tops I loved (for $99.99, retail $515), and my (male) friend got a pair of leather loafers, a pair of ankle boots, a t-shirt, and 2 button-down shirts for a total of $377.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer sample sale (Original Penguin, Iisli, Lewis Cho, and others)

Prive is currently hosting a summer sample sale for men and women. Featured designers include: Lewis Cho, Original Penguin, Josh Brody, Freedom is Natural, T Luxury, Nirvana, Iisli, Pink Polka Dot, Shumaq and others.

I've attended a couple of previous Prive sales, and I have always found them to be pretty good. I scored at the Sferra sale as well as their sale before that, where I got an ADAM basic cotton tank for $10 and an ADAM viscose hoodie for $45! (By the way, is having a fabulous sale right now-- you should check it out!)

What: Summer sample sale
When: Thursday, Jun 18 - Sunday, May 21; 10:30AM-7PM daily
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (corner of 15th St)

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Taschen warehouse sale

Starting today, Taschen down in Soho is having a 3-day warehouse sale. If you need new coffee table books, or are looking for a gift for an artsy friend, there will be new, rare, out-of-print, and collector's books at 50-75% off. They may have been on display or exhibit slight damage, so be sure to check it out thoroughly before you walk out the door.

What: Taschen warehouse sale
When: Friday, Jun 19 - Sunday, Jun 21; F/Sat 11AM-8PM, Sun 12-8PM
Where: Taschen, 107 Greene St; 212-226-2212

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Anya Hindmarch private online sale

Anya Hindmarch just kicked off an online private sale for her most loyal fans. From what I can tell, the servers are either down or sloooow, but we know you love her stuff, and we know you'll keep trying. (It's kind of an abusive relationship, isn't it?)

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shanghai Tang sale report

I ventured out into the pouring rain to check out the Shanghai Tang private sale. It did not disappoint. Most of the higher-end items were 50% off, which is pretty fair considering this is a 'private sale' and not a 'sample sale' (although the staff used the term 'sample sale' freely).

For 50% off you'll find silk blouses, velvet jackets, silk pants, and silk camisoles, and silk cardigans, all decorated with either a mandarin collar or other Asian accents. Some wool items were also only 50% off, such as the top I got (below). There are also pajama sets available, although size M was sold out.

For more than 50% off (sometimes up to 70% off), you will find cotton shirts (some sparkly t-shirts), wool sweaters, wool cardigans, and a very small selection of cotton tops.

If you like Shanghai Tang bags, there were quite a few on sale against the opposite wall. Small cute clutches that retail at $280 are only half off, but the big bags that were in the $800 range were marked down to $240. In the back room, you'll also find a very small rack of kids clothes.

For men, I saw a lot of pullovers and t-shirts, up on shelves against the wall. The mens' selection is probably 1/2 of the womens'. Prices looked more discounted than 50% for the few things I looked at. There are also cotton button-down shirts in the back room which are on sale for half off.

They are not allowing private/sample sale shoppers to use the dressing rooms, but recommend that you try things on over your clothes in the back area, so either know your size, or wear something relatively tight. From my personal experience, I would say trying it on is key because some things run really small! Overall a very cute sale, and I'm glad I went. I was a little disappointed they didn't have any house stuff or small accessories on sale, though.

Wool blouse $90 (retail $180). Looks funny b/c it's draped over my office chair! The other items in this 'collection' (the cardigan, the chi-pao top, the v-neck tunic) were more deeply discounted (priced $54-64)

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Barneys +25% off sale

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to stampede to your local Barney's if you have been on the fence about some sale items. Starting today: an extra 25% off. GO! You can thank me later.

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ABC Carpet & Home tag sale

ABC Carpet & Home is having their summer tag sale! Happening now at all locations. Clicking on the image will open up their email in PDF format.

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Kate Spade online sample sale

Going on now... you'll have to enter your name, email, and zip code to access the sale. All sales final. Ends Friday, Jun 19.

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Blue Bee's sale site has discounted an additional 30% to now 60% off retail. Not too shabby. Free shipping if you go through my link.

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Use code "BLOOM" and take an extra 30% off's sale merchandise. Ends Friday, Jun 19.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rebecca Minkoff sample sale

Update: The link is not very intuitive, and I think the overwhelming response has caught RM with their pants down. To check out the few bags on deep, deep sale, click here. You can use the links they provided, but you'll need to navigate to 'Handbags'.

Update: as we could have predicted, RM' server is totally f-ed. I have no idea when it will even be back online. Maybe in a couple of hours? Note to retail websites: if you are are a popular brand with a legion of loyal followers, you might try boning up on some bandwidth best-practices or learning from past FAIL case studies (see: Gilt) before jumping onto the online sample sale bandwagon.

I just got an email from Rebecca Minkoff alerting me to their online sample sale which starts tonight, in about 3 hours. So if you are a big fan, don't take too long to eat dinner...

The sale is going through Sunday night, and they'll be adding new styles, but make sure it's what you love- all sales are final.

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Saks has discounted some items up to 40% and swimwear is up to 30% off.

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If you weren't able to find anything you liked from Saks' sale, check out which carries Valentino accessories and RED Valentino clothing (my absolute fav right now). Some items are 40% off, including adorable dresses and a really nice clutch! (And I am eyeballing this top, although I just bought that dress today! Doh!)

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Catherine Malandrino sample sale report

This morning I hit up the Catherine Malandrino sample sale. I got in line around 10:30, and there were maybe 40 girls in front of me. They are carefully monitoring occupancy, letting people in only 10 at a time; it took me about 20 minutes. I would highly recommend that you not bring anything but your wallet if possible. Otherwise you waste precious minutes checking in your bag or coat. A quick glance into the bag/coat check room revealed impressive rows of bags: Gucci, Miu Miu, YSL... girls in New York definitely have style!

Should you go? Yes! The selection is fantastic, honestly, and the price points are good. The staff is lovely and let me take a photo of the pricing list, and for dresses, you're looking at a 65-75% discount. After much deliberating, I scored a red silk shirt dress for $125 (retail $475). There were only a few leather dresses though, so don't get too excited. The area is expansive and it takes a while to get oriented. There's an area for tops, then skirts (very few) and a rack of pants.

Then the dresses are in 2 'rows': one of P/S/M/L and one of sizes. In the far back corner there is even a little niche of samples, size S. Dressing room is large and communal, so wear good underwear! Oh, and if you want a dress, go soon. I will probably swing by again on Friday to dig through tops (the worst organized area, and you'll see why when you go). Let's hope they do a last-day discount!

See more photos pf the merchandise and layout below

A very large space, filled with Catherine Malandrino goodies!
Shoppers ecstatically pile clothes over their arms
The size 4 dress section

The three dresses I deliberated for an hour, frantically SMSing my friend in Chicago for wisdom. The silk shirt dress just looked so nice on! In the end I took the red one-- I really have tons of black dresses... I put the yellow one down b/c although it is super cute, there's the Shanghai Tang sale tomorrow...

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Bloomingdale's 3-day online sale

I'm sorry! I should have posted this earlier!

Bloomingdale's 3-day online sale event

- Spend $250-499.99 and get 25% off
- Spend $500+ and get 40% off
Plus discounts for home purchases. Ends Thursday, Jun 18.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Qi Cashmere online sample sale

Savvy & Co is hosting an online sample sale of Qi Cashmere. Prices look like they will be around 60% off.

Lace Kimono Tie Cardigan, $100 (retail $248)
Lantern Sleeve Knit Dress in 100% Pima Cotton, $86 (retail $215)
Ruffle Tie Cropped Cardigan in Cashmere and Silk blend, $80 (retail $198)
V-Neck Blouse Sleeve Top in Cashmere and Silk blend, $97 (retail $242)
Waffle Short Sleeve Duster in 100% Pima Cotton, $66 (retail $165)
What: Qi Cashmere sample sale
When: Wednesday, Jun 17 @ noon - Saturday, Jun 20

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eLuxury +50% sale apparel

The firesale has begun! Take an extra 50% off sale clothing (but not final clearance).

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Adventures in discount beauty shopping: eBay

After staying at a St. Regis for the first time ever (yes, I know, but I was/am pretty committed to the Four Seasons), I discovered Remede bath soap. It is lovely. It smells heavenly, cleanses beautifully, and leaves me very well moisturized, squarely displacing my current soap, Savon de Luxe, which is made of goat's milk, honey, and crushed almonds.

Despite my counter of La Prairie (purchased during Saks' F&F of course), I still had a very hard time ponying up $10.13 per bar of 2 oz soap (after's F&F discount), and faced an even bigger crisis when I ran out: do I pay full retail (that would be $12.67 per bar)? Economically, that is nuts. Nuts. Is a bar of soap ever worth more than $7? And mind you, this is a teensy bar, not Bliss' ginormous clown soap or even Fresh's generous turkey eggs.

So, reluctant to find a gem only to let it slip away, I did something I have never done before: I went on
eBay. I had my reservations, but it's soap, I figure. It can't be that bad. Even an expired bar shouldn't burn my skin off or leave me with horrible chemical reactions. So I went for it. 9 bars for $50 ($57.50 after shipping, which equals $6.39 per soap). I was pretty pleased, but at the same time, afraid. Is it too good to be true?

The soap arrived today, and unluckily, maybe, I had it shipped to my office. Let's just say they handled it with suspicion because it came in a box used for packaging ground beef. It actually had beef expiration stickers on it, was scribbled over in permanent marker, and 'finished' with a flourish of 2 rubber bands. Upon handing it to me, the mail person
said, make sure it's not ticking!

The product: these things definitely came from TJMaxx, scraped off price tags and all. Boxes banged up all to hell and the soaps themselves are probably old but thankfully unmolested and intact (and still smell great!). Would I do this again? Probably not. I'll just have to go back to my more affordable goat's milk soap. Lesson learned: only gamble on beauty products that won't horribly disfigure you, but even still, it may not be worth the risk.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Intermix +15% off sale

Get an extra 15% off the sale stuff at Intermix. Use code "HOTPOP" to shop online, or print out the image to shop in-store. Ends Sunday, Jul 5.

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Vena Cava sample sale

Per NYMag:

6/18–6/20 At the Vena Cava sample sale, leather leggings are $400 (originally $900), the text-print chiffon T-shirt dress is $175 (originally $435), and the brocade-and-silk bustier dress is $250 (originally $550). 33 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fifth fl.; Th–F (11–7), S (noon–6).

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Kate Spade, Jack Spade sample sale

Starting today, Clothingline is hosting a brother and sister sample sale.
- Kate Spade: handbags, small accessories, apparel and footwear
- Jack Spade: sparse selection of bags & small accessories
No dressing rooms available.

What: Kate Spade, Jack Spade sample sale
When: Monday, Jun 15 - Thursday, Jun 18; 11AM-7PM
Where: Clothingline, SSS Sample Sales, 2nd Fl @ 261 W 36th St (btw 7/8th Ave)

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Paul & Shark sample sale

Paul & Shark is having their sample sale! You'll find (all for men) lightweight and heavy outerwear, short-sleeve polos, jeans, trousers, swimwear, wool and cotton sweaters, select cashmere outerwear and sweaters, hats, 100% cotton woven shirts, and shoes. Sizes are mostly on the larger side.

What: Paul & Shark sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 16 - Thursday, Jun 18; T/W 9AM-6PM, Th 9AM-5PM
Where: Ste 1206, 79 Madison Ave (@ 28th Stt)
Must Have ID to enter building

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Walter, Tracy Reese, Eugenia Kim, Rag & Bone, Dolce & Gabbana/D&G, Diptyque, Generra, Shoshanna, Abaete, Hugo Boss sample sales

Why fight a good thing? Daily Candy has provided a succinct list of sales this week. Included: Walter, Tracy Reese, Eugenia Kim, Rag & Bone, Dolce & Gabbana/D&G, Diptyque, Simon Showroom, James Coviello, Generra, Shoshanna/Anlo, Abaete, Christopher Fisher, Hugo Boss, Matta, and Amanda Uprichard.

What: Walter
Why: Tops, jackets, and frocks are up to 75 percent off. We love the mint ruffle and tulip silk dresses for $94 (reg. $268).
When: June 16-18. Tues. & Wed., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 265 W. 37th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 5th flr. (212-391-9400)

What: Tracy Reese
Why: Floral skirts, strapless tops, and dresses are more than 50 percent off. The first 400 guests snag a goodie bag.
When: June 16-18. Tues. & Wed., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Red Bag, 250 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves. Info at 646-438-6928

What: Eugenia Kim
Why: Hats, belts, and headbands are 80 percent off.
When: June 15 & 16. Mon. & Tues., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 347 W. 36th St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves., ste. 502

What: Rag & Bone
Why: Cashmere sweaters are $99 and under; leather jackets are $350 and under; jeans are $79 and under.
When: June 18-20. Thurs.-Sat., noon-8 p.m.
Where: 100 & 104 Christopher St., b/t Bleecker & Hudson Sts.

What: Dolce & Gabbana and D&G
Why: Get your nails did and claw at those silk leopard-print blouses we have come to love (were $695, now $350). Canvas Animalier totes were $1,350, now $675. Bags, suits, cocktail dresses, jeans, and men’s stuff topples the 70 percent mark.
When: June 16-21. Tues., Wed. & Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Ave

What: Diptyque
Why: Forty to 90 percent off deluxe candles, perfume, and body washes.
When: June 18 & 19. Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 11 E. 26th St., b/t Madison & Fifth Aves., ste. 600

What: Simon Showroom
Why: Adorable designer duds from Wren, laid-back C&C, Goldsign, and Paul & Joe are wholesale and below.
When: June 15-17. Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 95 Fifth Ave., at 17th St., 3rd flr.
Cash only

What: James Coviello
Why: Accessory designer and collaborator with Ana Sui unleashes ten years of archives (sweaters, hand-knits, fab textiles, spring line) at sample sale prices.
When: June 17-19. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 208 W. 29th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ste. 603 (212-695-8082)

What: Generra
Why: Slub cotton V-necks and polos for guys are $30-$35. Cotton tanks and racers for ladies are $15. Tops and dresses are up to 60 percent off.
When: June 17-19. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 275 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 5a (212-768-2868)

What: Shoshanna and Anlo
Why: Up to 75 percent off swimwear and dresses. Up to 70 percent off denim shorts and skinny jeans.
When: June 17 & 18. Wed., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: 231 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ste. 422 (212-719-3601)

What: Abaeté
Why: A cocktail party and auction of popular pieces kicks off the three-day sample sale.
When: June 17-20. Party, Wed., 6 p.m. Sale, Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 117 Crosby St., b/t Houston & Prince Sts.
For access to event, e-mail

What: Christopher Fischer
Why: Cashmere everything! Men, women, baby, and home goods are up to 80 percent off.
When: June 18-21. Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 80 Wooster St., b/t Spring & Broome Sts. (212-965-9009)

What: Hugo Boss
Why: Up to 70 percent off duds (in lots of sizes).
When: June 20-24. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves

What: Matta
Why: Cotton wrap dresses for $92, batik silk dresses for $108, handmade leather sandals for $30, and 50 percent off home accessories.
When: June 23-25. Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 286 Lafayette St., b/t Houston & Prince Sts. (212-343-9399)
Cash only

What: Amanda Uprichard
Why: Perfect summer silk tunic dresses in bright colors are $60. All jersey dresses are $45. Bargain bins start at $25.
When: June 24-26. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 226 W. 37th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 3rd flr. (212-719-0320).

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Sunday, June 14, 2009 sale

Revolve Clothing has bulked up their sale dept. Check it out.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

DKNY boutique sale, Barney's shoe sale report

This morning on my way home from my doctor (who is perfectly situated across from Bally and Tod's and 1 block away from Barney's), I popped into the DKNY boutique to see what I could see. The upstairs has a TON of things on sale! DKNY Jeans (pants, t-shirts, tanks), DKNY Pure (cotton and silk tops, pants, and skirts), and regular DKNY (tops). Discounts are about 40% off.

I also ducked into Barney's to check the shoe sale selection (40% off). There is still tons left, although not all are must-haves. Louboutins, Manolos, Pradas, Zanottis, and even a few Chanels, but the styles are very 'fashion-forward'. Nothing subtle is left, although the Chanels were all gorgeous. This is a MUST if you wear size 5 or 5.5 or even 6-- those shoes are the most unmolested and plentiful. If there's something you like but feel slightly ambivalent about, you can take a gamble and hold out for the additional price cut (probably around 4th of July). Or if you want rock-bottom prices, hold out for the Barney's Warehouse Sale which starts Aug 20!

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David & Goliath 60% off

If you think you could do with more graphic and tongue-in-cheek tees, log on for David & Goliath's 60% off t-shirt sale on Saturday. Prices will be automatically marked down.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

BlueBeeSale 50% off

BlueBee's sale has gone down to 50%. Free shipping if you go through my link.

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Tumi friends and family

Starting Saturday, Tumi will be having their F&F event: 25% off everything, including sale. So, if you have any summer travel plans coming up and you need some new jet-setting luggage, might be time to have a looky-loo. To get the discount online, go through their email link. You'll also want to print it out if you're going to shop in-store. Ends Sunday, Jun 21.

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BCBG friends and family, Lord and Taylor friends and family

Woohoo! BCBG is doing a F&F for the first time ever! Take 30% off your purchase online using code "FRIENDS30" or print out the email to shop in-store. This even works on sale merch :) Unfortunately, this will not be valid on Herve Leger or in the outlets. However it will work at certain BCBG departments in Dillards, Macy's, or Lord & Taylor. Ends Sunday, Jun 14.

Incidentally, Lord & Taylor's F&F is going on now-- print their coupon to get 25% off your purchase in-stores (or 10% off beauty). Ends Sunday, Jun 14. ***The million-dollar question: will they honor both the BCBG and their own F&F discounts?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ShopBop 20% off swim

ShopBop will take 20% off your swimwear (even sale swimwear) with code "MAKEASPLASH". Ends Sunday, Jun 14.

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Earnest Sewn sample sale

Oops, this one slipped by. Per NYMag.

6/8–6/14 Women’s five-pocket jeans, denim skirts, jackets, and men’s jeans are $70 (originally $125-$275), and men’s shirts, sweater’s and kid’s jeans are $20-$40 (originally $62-$300) at the Earnest Sewn sample sale. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St. (212-242-3414); M (1–8), T–F (10–8), S (10–7), Su (10–3).

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eLuxury extra 40% off sale accessories

eLux is doing +40% off sale accessories! Today only, and remember, final sale.

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Piperlime Lime Tag sale

Starts today, their "sale of the season"! Free shipping and returns too.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Catherine Malandrino friends and family, sample sale

Update: I got some sample price points. The dress below, which retails for $695, will be $125. Overall prices will be 75-80% of retail. This sale is being hosted by Savvy & Co.

Sandbar Print Maxi Dress - original price $695, at sale $125 (82% off)
Nappa Leather Motorcycle Jacket - original price $895, at sale $225 (75% off)
Cobweb Dress - original price $495, at sale $125 (75% off)
Jacket with Ruffled Neckline – original price $545, at sale $140 (75% off)
Pencil Skirt with Scalloped Hemline – original price $325, at sale $60 (82% off)
Excuse me as I do a little dance...

Firstly, for all those not living in NYC, Catherine Malandrino will start their F&F event Thursday. In-stores and online, 50% off the spring/summer collection. To shop online, use code "FRIENDSANDFAMILY". Ends Sunday, Jun 14.

However, for all NYC gals, it gets better! Next week is the SS sample sale!

What: Catherine Malandrino sample sale
When: Wednesday, Jun 17 - Friday, Jun 19; W 10AM-9PM, Th/Fr 8AM-8PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 4th Fl @ 125 W 18th St

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Off 5th friends and family

I know it seems as if Off 5th runs a different, really good promo every weekend, but this F&F promo is pretty good. It's a consistent 30% and works on EVERYTHING, even clearance. They claim my coupon is one-time use only, but I have seen other people post the exact same one, so who knows. (The coupons I got in the mail do all have unique scan codes.) Print the online version here to go shopping! Ends Tuesday, Jun 16.

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Brian Atwood, Miguelina sample sale


Brian Atwood and Miguelina are hosting a sample sale.
When: 6/10 (8–8).
Where: 20 W. 36th St., nr. Fifth Ave., sixth fl.

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Shanghai Tang private sale

Very rarely do I see that I received an email that makes me smile even before opening it. Sometimes it is from a longtime friend I have not heard from in a while, but most of the times it's the subject line announcing a fabulous sale. (Is that sad?)

Case in point: "Shanghai Tang friends and family private sale". First off, I adore Shanghai Tang. If my NYC apt dining room was kept stately and permanently set, I'd have ST napkin rings. (Instead the dining room table is where piles of old mail collect). Secondly, I'm uber jealous that the boutiques in Asia are having big sales right now, Hong Kong in particular.

So, without further adieu, here are the details. The email specifically states you need a print-out to get in, so go prepared. It is also first-come-first-served, so I am guessing there will be no replenishing. That means I'm there at 10:30AM next Thursday.

What: Shanghai Tang friends and family private sale
When: Thursday, Jun 18 - Sunday, Jun 21; Th-Sat 10:30AM-6:30PM, Sun 12-5:30PM
Where: Shanghai Tang, 600 Madison Ave
Cash or CC only, no Amex.

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ShopIntuition 20% off

If you like to see clothing modeled on a celeb before it makes it into your closet, ShopIntuition seems to have really outdone themselves. Use code "SUMMERLOVE" and take 20% off your order through Sunday, Jun 14.

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W Hotel stores friends and family

If you are in close proximity to a W Hotel with a store (list is below), take a print out of the email, or simply mention their 'secret sale' and get 20% off through Monday, Jun 15. In-stores only, not online.

- W NEW YORK 541 Lexington Avenue (212) 659 3580
- W NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE 1567 Broadway - 7th Floor (212) 930 7431
- W CHICAGO LAKESHORE 644 North Lake Shore Drive (312) 266 8074
- W ATLANTA MIDTOWN 188 14st NE (404) 724 2585
- W SCOTTSDALE 7277 E Camelback Rd (480) 970 2114
- W HOBOKEN 225 River Street (201) 253 2580
- W FORT LAUDERDALE 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard (954) 414 8340

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Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Haute Hippie, Gryphon, Theory accessories sample sale

Clothingline is hosting a Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone sample sale with a few extra goodies strewn in. You'll find:
- Helmut Lang - mens and womens
- Rag & Bone - mens and womens
- Haute Hippie - women only
- Gryphon - women only
- Theory - womens bags, belts and scarves

What: Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Haute Hippie, Gryphon, Theory accessories sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 9 - Thursday, Jun 11; 10AM-7PM daily
Where: Clothingline, SSS Sample Sales, 2nd Fl @ 261 W 36th St (btw 7/8th Ave)
Cash or CC only. Dressing room closes up to one half hour prior to close of store. Our entrance and selling floor closes up 10 minutes prior to close of store.

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Italian boutique closeout/sample sale

You know what they say of something that sounds too good to be true... Here is a new sale that I'm seeing posted in various places. Could be a dream, could be a bust. If you make the trip, please report back! Inquiring minds want to know!

Economic conditions have forced one of Italy's finest shops to close their doors. Fantastic selection of one-of-a-kind couture pieces from Spring/Summer '09 here at 70% off. Hundreds of pieces including ready-to-wear and accessories, from the hottest runways in Europe.

Prada • Tomas Maier • Fendi • • Tibi • Armani • Roberto Cavalli • Dior
Derek Lam • Miu Miu • Moncler • Albino • Milly • Yves Saint Laurent
Versace • Balenciaga • DSquared • Marc Jacobs • Giambattista Valli
Dolce Gabbana First Line • & many more

Dresses, jackets, skirts, pants and sportswear in all sizes and styles. Full fitting rooms are available.
What: Italian boutique closeout/sample sale
When: Wednesday, Jun 10 - Friday, Jun 12; W/Th 10AM-7PM, Fr 10AM-5PM
Where: 124 W 36th St (btw Broadway/7th Ave)
Cash or CC only. All sales final.

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Inhabit NY cotton tank tops $38

Inhabit NY is looking to move some tank inventory! Choose from 5 styles-- all $38 (retail $128).

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Monday, June 8, 2009

The end of an era... eLuxury is closing

The end is finally upon us, and eLuxury has announced their closing date: Friday, Jun 26. I really am quite sad about this-- their inventory (and sales!) were fantastic. Now we all need to keep on our toes to snap up all that inventory...

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Sheandme is offering 50% off with code "JUNE09" through Sunday, Jun 14. I just have to say that the Almost Bare Bralet I got from them a year or so ago is one of the best purchases I've made. It goes perfectly under tops, cashmere sweaters, or buttoned-up cardigans-- very comfortable and not bulky, esp when a full underlayer would be too hot.

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Singapore Airlines fare sale from the US

If you are dreaming of visiting a far-flung romantic destination but only have $1000 in your bank account, dream no more. For travel between now and Nov 30, Singapore Airlines is offering tremendously low airfare from major US departure points (NY, LA, SF, Houston) to cities like Moscow, Hanoi, Bali, and many cities in India for $579-879. And when they say $879 for a flight from JFK to Sydney, they mean it. All taxes are already priced in.

Of course, the low rates are somewhat inconsequential when you consider that you'll be flying on Singapore Airlines, quite likely the best airline in the world, and regularly ranked in the top 3 for service. Trust me, this is no Ryanair-- a first class ticket from JFK to Hong Kong will run you around $12,000. My only complaint is that they've ruined Incanto by Ferragamo for me forever. Every time I even catch a whiff of it, I am reminded of the airplane bathroom. Still, better than urine!

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H.Stern private sale

I had no idea H.Stern was a Brazilian company until my DH told me, which also surprised the heck out of me b/c since when did DH know anything about expensive jewelry before he met me?!? :P All along I thought it was just an upscale contemporary American shop. Not at all. Apparently in Rio, this brand is a big deal. So it only makes sense that this is going to cause a minor bit of panic, seeing as Americans are infatuated with all things Brazilian right now. DH (who was born and raised in Rio), incidentally, finds it quite hilarious as Brazilians themselves are concerned with all things US.

During H.Stern's private sale you'll find gold jewelry with colored gemstones, including cocktail rings, classic diamond solitaires or pave jewels, as well as vintage styles.

What: H.Stern private sale
When: Thursday, Jun 11 - Saturday, Jun 13; Th/F 10AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-6PM
Where: H.Stern boutique, 645 5th Ave (@ 51st St); 212-688-0300
Cash or CC. All sales final.

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