Friday, October 30, 2009

All I want for Christmas...

I'm the type of gal who has starts thinking of Christmas gifts in October. It's 50% me loving gift giving and 50% OCD anxiety over not finding something for everyone.

For the people on my list, I try and take full advantage of the F&F discounts and the relevant sample sales. Case in point: Sephora, Caudalie, Saks, and Christofle. Now, since my friends read my blog, unfortunately I can't share what I've gotten them. Suffice to say, I've definitely started. If you're doing your shopping online, keep an eye on the Google Calendar widget I have in the upper-right. I'll be listing whatever site discounts I find, and this weekend I'm going to get the November InStyle magazine and add a whole bunch more!

My DH and I impose a $200-ish limit on our Xmas presents to each other because our birthdays are such lavish affairs. However, $200 is a really difficult limit! It's in that little-too-low-for-the-nice-stuff, little-too-high-for-necessities area. I'm toiling over ideas, but here's my start. (I'll work on my hubby's gift in another post).

The #1 item on my consideration list so far: the James Perse Infinity cashmere scarf, $195. It just looks so practical and soft, and sometimes I just can't deal with the trailing ends of a long scarf.
The #2 item: the James Perse ribbed poncho tunic, $225. Yes, I really really adore James Perse. It comprises about 60% of my casual wardrobe, the rest being jeans, dresses, and graphic tees. This would be a nice layering piece, or for just lounging around my apartment if the dodgy heating hasn't kicked on yet.

The #3 item: a pair of booties. These Dolce Vita Wish Wrap Tie ones are so cute, and the price point is pretty low for booties at $215. I wouldn't feel bad tromping through the snow and slush. The only thing is, to get the full cute-effect, you'd have to wear them with a skirt and tights, which could get chilly.

What would you ask for? $200 is not enough for a cashmere sweater or a dress, but I'd feel lame asking for makeup or a pair of jeans or a giftcard. Normally I'd want the $200 and get something good at a sample sale, but receiving cash for Xmas seems like a faux pas-- that only feels acceptable when coming from my parents ;) Thoughts and suggestions welcome!

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Andrew Marc sample sale

Time for a new winter coat? Check out the Andrew Marc sample sale flyer, courtesy of The sale is at a unique location - the Hotel Pennsylvania, which always makes me think of The Shining. The carpet, wallpaper, and wood paneling just make me envision blood gushing towards me. (Do I have issues? Yeah, maybe.)

What: Andrew Marc sample sale
Saturday, Oct 31 - Sunday, Nov 8; Sat/Sun 10AM-6PM, M-F 8AM-6PM

Where: Penn Plaza Pavilion (adjacent to Hotel Pennsylvania), 401 7th Ave (@ 33rd St); 212-840-1800
CC only. Final sale.

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Pratesi sample sale

Pratesi linens is having a sample sale this weekend. They'll have bedding, towels, robes, and table and baby linens. Prices will be up to 75% off, which will make them still expensive, but way more palatable than spending $7,000 to dress your bed!

What: Pratesi sample sale
When: Saturday, Oct 31 - Tuesday, Nov 3; Th-S 9AM-6:30PM daily
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave); 718-747-1656
CC only. No strollers. No children under 12. All sales final.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

A.P.C. overstock sale


A.P.C. is hosting an overstock sale, offering womenswear, menswear, and accessories for up to 80 percent off. The men's cotton cowboy-cut button-down shirt is $90 (originally $153), the women's ivory cotton and silk dress is $165 (originally $275), and the chestnut-brown baby llama wool oversize scarf is $120 (originally $199). Stock will be replenished daily. Through 11/1. 33 Grand St., nr. Wythe Ave. (212-966-9885); F–Su (11–7).

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Baily Banks & Biddle stores closing

Bailey Banks & Biddle is done. Finito. But the silver lining is the jewelry liquidation. Find a store near you and pick yourself up something pretty.

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W Hotel bed, down bedding 40% off

Although I personally am waiting for the Sferra sale for sheets, you can get yourself a new bed and/or some down bedding at is 40% off with code "HURRY". Ends Friday, Oct 30.

Also, Frette is doing their online fall sale now too of sheet sets and duvet covers (but the selection is quite limited).

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Neiman Marcus $100 off $400

Update: Online as well if you use code "CONTEMP". Works on mens and womens contemporary, dresses, and sportswear only.

If you are buying clothes (not shoes, bags, beauty, or anything else), Neiman Marcus is starting their
$100 off $400 promotion on Thursday. In stores only, it seems.

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Valentino sample sale

Aside from the bags, another little bit of information caught my eye: WEDDING GOWNS. Um, seriously? A Valentino wedding gown? It almost makes me wish I hadn't gotten married already, although I love love love my dress. WARNING: now going totally off topic... And since all girls love showing off the dress, I'm more than happy to post the stock photo and an 'action photo' for the curious. And as a side note, what have you done, or what would you do, with your wedding gown? I bought it new (but on sale of course), had it altered, wore it on my wedding day, and had it cleaned and box by Madame Paulette for a tidy $800 (oh yes, that little bit will cost you). Now I have no idea what to do with it. I'm not planning on having kids, and I considered Trash the Dress, donating it, or making drapes out of all that fabric.

Back to the topic at hand: Valentino sample sale. Indeed aside from the 'limited selection' of bridal gowns, there will be womens clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories, and even some stock for men (clothing and accessories)!

What: Valentino sample sale
When: Thursday, Nov 5 - Sunday, Nov 8; Th-S 9AM-6:30PM, Sun 9AM-5PM
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave); 718-747-1656
CC only. No strollers. No children under 12. All sales final.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece womens warehouse sale

BB Black Fleece is having a big warehouse clearance of womens clothing, accessories and outerwear. Prices look pretty good, and you can bet it's going to be full of female bankers just by looking at its location. I would not go around lunchtime to fight the crowds and opt instead for the more meeting-friendly times of mid-morning and afternoons.

What: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece womens warehouse sale
When: Thursday, Oct 29 - Saturday, Oct 31; Th 8AM-7PM, F 10AM-7PM, S9AM-2PM
Where: Lighthouse International, 111 E 59th St (btw Park/Lexington Ave)
CC only (V, M, Amex). All sales final. No alterations.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

YSL friends and family (warehouse sale)

Update: has gotten the debrief from a sale previewer. I suppose since last year's sale was denigrated to such embarrassing degree they've stepped it up this year. The item to run for bags. Racked reports:

Highlights included cashmere and silk scarves for just $100, women's shoes for $300, chic runway collar pieces for $39, and mink neck wraps for $300. Other items include jackets for $400, pants, skirts, and sweaters for $250, dresses for $300, coats for $650, blouses for $175, knits for $150, boots starting at $400, belts for $50 (buy two, get one free), and men's suits for $500. The real steal of the sale has to be the classic Muse Two bag, which is on sale for only $500.
Ummm, I'm going to let the inner Gossip Girl out for just one second and say: OMFG OMFG OMFG. I am a bit of a YSL freak, so I am excited! I'm really wondering whether there will be bags and shoes. I doubt we'll see the Tribute sandals, but will there be Muse bags or just Majorelles? Or will it be a total let-down like last time? Questions, questions. Up to 80% off.

What: YSL friends and family sale
When: Wednesday, Oct 28 – Friday, Oct 30; F/S 8AM-8PM, Sun 8AM-2M
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 4th Fl @ 123 W 18th St (btw 6/7th Ave)
Cash or CC only (Visa, MC, Disc,Amex). All sales final.

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Christofle private jewelry sale

My lovely contact at Christofle has sent me the details of their jewelry sale this week that I cannot wait to check out. I got a ring and cufflinks (skull and crossbones ones that I've received SO many compliments on!) at their last sample sale, so at up to 90% off I'm totally there.

What: Christofle private sample sale
When: Wednesday, Oct 28 - Friday, Oct 30; W 9AM-8PM, Th/F 10AM-8PM
Where: 15th Fl @ 11 E 26th St
CC only.

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Dueling for your lunch hour: Saks joins the fray

My morning is filled with HauteLook, RueLaLa, Beyond The Rack, and One King's Lane (I love house stuff), and usually I can get some work done before I need to mentally prepare myself (and my mouse clicking finger) for Gilt at noon. Since Neiman Marcus joined in the lunchtime sales, it's been a bit more hectic, but now Saks has thrown it's hat into the ring. At 50% off, the current season selection at NM and Saks is pretty enticing. Granted, the NM one has sucked lately, but today's Saks kickoff was amazing. Alexander McQueen dresses, bags, and scarves, Marc Jacobs cardigans. It sold out of most stuff within the first 10 minutes. I'll be checking this one out every time. If you're interested, sign up for their emails. I'm pretty sure they just send this out to everyone, about 30 min-1 hr prior to start.

Clash of the titans


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Piperlime $25 with every order

To celebrate their 3rd birthday, Piperlime is putting a $25 giftcard into every order today. For every 100th order, it's a $100 giftcard! Today only, no code needed. Good luck!

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Monday, October 26, 2009 20% off

Get 20% off at through Thursday, Oct 29. Use code "FORYOU" or "FRIEND".

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Nancy Gonzalez, Giuliana Teso, Class by Roberto Cavalli, Evening Wear sample sale

Apparently there has been a sample sale going on at Flatotel I know nothing about. Hours aren't very friendly for the working girl, but if you like the labels, hurry on over. Ends tomorrow!

What: Nancy Gonzalez, Giuliana Teso, Class by Roberto Cavalli, Evening Wear: Peter Soronen, Donald Deal, Monica Byrne, Marc Bouwer, De Michelle Fine Jewelry from Italy, Designer Fur Accessories and more

When: Monday, Oct 26 - Tuesday, Oct 27; 10AM-6PM
Where: Flatotel, Ballroom 5A @ 135 W 52 St

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Bonpoint childrens sample sale

Normally I don't post about baby sales, but a PR rep asked me nicely, so... :)

Bonpoint, luxe children's clothing, will be having a sale this week at now-officially-the-sample-sale-mecca, the Metropolitan Pavilion. Celebrity babies love this stuff, and I can guarantee that, as a friend of mine was shopping alongside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Upper East Side boutique. (And yes, she was totally freaking out.) Up to 75% off clothing for boys and girls, sizes newborn to pre-teen.

Baby coats $70-180 (retail $180-450). Girl's cardigans/pullovers $55 (retail $155). Girl's coats $80-175 (retail $180-550). Boy's pants $60 (retail $150). Shoes $35-80 (retail $150-260).
What: Bonpoint Childrens sample sale
Wednesday, Oct 28 - Thursday, Oct 29; W 8AM-7PM, Th 8AM-3PM
Metropolitan Pavilion, 5th Fl @ 123 W 18th St (6/7th Ave)
CC only (Amex, Visa, MC) All sales final. Strollers not allowed on premises.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rebecca Minkoff sample sale

Rebecca Minkoff is having a sample sale, and I expect the prices will be excellent. I'll be able to knock a few holiday gifts off my list!

What: Rebecca Minkoff sample sale
When: Wednesday, Nov 18 - Sunday, Nov 22; 10AM-8PM daily
Where: 17 W 17th St (btw 5/6th Ave)
No phone or email orders. All sales final.

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Victoria’s Secret PINK launches in Canada

Victoria's Secret is bringing PINK to Canada with fanfare. As stores open across the country, they will have "I (heart) CANADA" t-shirts which are free with purchase (or $10 alone). On Thursday, Oct 29, there will be a big launch party (with DJs) at the store at the Square One location in Mississauga, Ontario, but there are other stores open in Conestoga Mall (Waterloo, Ontario) and Mapleview Shopping Centre (Burlington, Ontario), and one more opening in Vaughn Mills Mall (Vaughn, Ontario).

What: Victoria's Secret PINK launch party
When: Thursday, Oct 29; 10AM
Where: Square One, 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, Ontario

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Forward by Revolve sale

Forward by Revolve is having an online sale. 40-80% hundreds off items.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

MBTs, FitFlops, SpringBoost on sale at Bliss

I'm seriously considering another pair of MBTs now... Damn you, Bliss!

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Cole Haan 40% off today at Neiman Marcus

Today only, Neiman Marcus has a selection of mens and womens Cole Haan goods at 40% off. It's mostly womens shoes and bags, with a few pairs of mens shoes scattered among them.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Container Store 20% off

Not fashion-y, but we certainly could do with more cedar slats, mothballs, garment bags, coat hangers, laundry racks, and clothing storage! I cannot tell you how much money I spend at the Container Store buying things to 'protect my investments'. My DH thinks I'm totally insane (and wasting money), but why splurge for the designer goodies if you aren't going to keep them nice?? Just because I bought it at a sample sale doesn't mean I value it any less ;)

Use code "SAVENOW" to take 20% off at or print the coupon (PDF) to shop in-stores. You will definitely need the coupon to get the discounts in the store. Ends Sunday, Nov 1.

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LeSportsac friends & family

LeSportsac is hosting their F&F starting Thursday (tomorrow). Get 25% off everything in-stores or online. For shopping online, use code "FRIENDSFAMILY". I don't think you need anything to get the discount in the boutiques. Ends Sunday, Oct 25.

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Robert Marc warehouse sale

Time to get new eyeglass frames or sunnies?

What: Robert Marc warehouse sale
When: Thursday, Oct 22 - Saturday, Oct 24; 10AM-7PM daily
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 4th Fl @ 123 W 18th St

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Caudalie friends & family

If you're like me and bummed that all the Caudalie body scrubs are sold out at Sephora, be happy that Caudalie is throwing open their doors starting tomorrow. Use code "FALLHARVEST" to take 20% off during their F&F event. Ends Monday, Oct 26.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lisa Hoffman 35% off

If you like Lisa Hoffman, now's the time to load up. Use code "LHTHXDC" to get 35% off your $15+ order. Courtesy of Daily Candy. End date unknown.

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Intermix 15% off

What with their European discount and this Daily Candy special, it looks like Intermix might be desperate to boost sales.

Take 15% off at using code "DC15". Not sure what is excluded. Ends Sunday, Nov 8.

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Lord & Taylor friends & family

Update: A commenter has noted that they currently have an "online-only preview" of available F&F items now. Thanks for letting us know!

Lord & Taylor is doing their F&F event: 25% off, and they have the shortest brand exclusion list I've seen yet: no Coach, Uggs, or Juicy. No beauty either, sadly enough. Print the coupon (PDF) to shop in-store. No online component. Ends Sunday, Oct 25.

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L'Occitane warehouse sale - Lyndhurst, NJ

Update: Commenter Gregori may be right (perhaps he works for L'Occitane?) but the website does say that a printout of the email qualifies, and the link I provided was directly off the email I received. I'm not trying to get into a streetfight here, but either L'Occitane is lying or it's not. Click here to forward yourself a copy of the actual email.L'Occitane will be having their annual warehouse sale in Lyndhurst, NJ this coming weekend. The webpage says they are having a free bus from midtown to NJ on VIP day, but for the life of me I can't find the official announcement on their Facebook or Twitter pages for you to print out as 'proof' of being a VIP. I guess you'll need to have received a postcard in the mail.

However, for everyone else who can find their own transportation, the sale is public from Friday - Saturday.

What: L'Occitane warehouse sale
When: VIP: Thursday, Oct 22, noon-9PM; Public: Friday, Oct 23 - Saturday, Oct 24; F 10AM-9PM, S 9AM-5PM
Where: 1270 Valley Brook Ave; Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

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ShopBop friends & family

ShopBop is doing F&F :) Use code "INTHEFAMILY15" and get 15% off all full-priced merch. Ends TOMORROW, Wednesday October, 21.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Sephora friends & family

Update: Just put through my F&F order at 20% off! Did you? The code is "FF2009".

Mark your calendars and load up your Favorites list, on the stroke of midnight on Monday, Oct 19, the Sephora F&F frenzy will begin! It kicks Saks' 10% ass, so if there's something that can be gotten at Sephora instead of Saks, wait the few days. BUT, if what you want is a hot commodity, you best check out asap b/c Sephora's stock runs out fast normally, so you can just imagine what it will look like come Monday, Nov 2, the last day.

Remember Monday, Oct 19 - Monday, Nov 2, everything is 20% off! Use code "FF2009". From what I hear, unless you really are friends or family with a Sephora associate (and they give you a special card with a code), you'll only be able to get this discount online.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 sale

Tons of items have gone on sale at

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Shu Uemura online sale - ends today

Ending today, Shu Uemura has a limited number of items on discount, kind of like a customer appreciation thing. It started Thursday, but ends today, (and unfortunately I just noticed it now). So if you're a Shu Uemura fan, go now.

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European designer sample sale

Update: Checked the email and it is womens only. Sorry boys.

Up to 80% off dresses, skirts, tops, sweaters, pants and jackets, including leather, suede and fur coats/jackets, designer sunglasses and fur accessories from Just Cavalli by Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Galliano, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Dior, YSL and many others. All sizes. Try-ons permitted. New merchandise arrives daily.

What: European sample sale
Where: Wednesday, Oct 20 - Sunday, Oct 25; 11AM-7PM daily
What: 5th Fl @ 41 W 57 St (btw 5/6 Ave); 212-935-2670
Cash and Amex, Visa, MC, Discover.

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MaxMara sample sale

MaxMara is having a Fall/Winter sample sale of coats, sportswear & accessories.

What: MaxMara sample sale
When: Monday, Oct 19 - Thursday, Oct 22; M-W 9AM-6:30PM, Th 9AM-5PM
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave); 718-747-1656
CC only. No strollers. No children under 12. All sales final.

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Free People and Walter sample sale

Get in-season Fall merchandise from Free People and Walter 60 – 80% off retail.

What: Free People & Walter sample sale
When: Thursday, Oct 22 – Sunday, Nov 25; 10:30AM-7PM
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (btw 15/16th St)

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Max & Co sample sale

MaxMara's MAX&Co. is having a sample sale, bringing Italian flair to our closets. Get handbags, coats, and dresses up to 85% off. There will also be narrow shouldered coats and double breasted jackets.

What: Max & Co sample sale
When: Wednesday, Oct 28 – Sunday, Nov 1; 10:30AM-7PM
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (btw 15/16th St)

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Elie Tahari sample sale

Time to stock up on the basics. Get mens and womens clothing, shoes, and accessories up to 85% off original prices.

Womens selections will include:
• Handbags originally $448-$898 now $179-$249.
• Shoes originally $228-$598 now $79-$129.
• Cocktail dresses retailing at $498-$598 now on sale for $99-$129.
• Women’s wool trench coats originally $550 now $279.

And available for men:
• Dress pants originally $198 now $49.
• Cashmere sweaters retailing at $398 now $69.
• Leather jackets, originally $1,198 now $279.
What: Elie Tahari sample sale
When: Tuesday, Oct 20 - Saturday, Oct 24; T-F 8:30AM-7:30PM, Sat 10AM-5PM
Where: 510 5th Ave (btw 42/43 St), Entrance on 43rd St; 212-398-2622
Cash or Amex, Visa, MC.

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m0851 sample sale

m0851 is a Canadian company with a cute boutique in Soho. I went to this sale last year and got a really cute lightweight trench for only $85. This year I think it will be pretty comparable - lots of coats, some clothing, and tons of leather bags. It's also cash only, unlike last yr.

Sample sale items will be up to 70%, and the entire regular collection will be 20% off. On sale will be: leather weekend bags, totes, shopping bags, computer bags, travel pouches, wallets, agenda cover, large belts, full-grain calf-skin leather jackets, bomber and vests. There will also be outerwear and accessories including Alpaca hand-knits.

What: m0851 sample sale
When: Thursday, Oct 22 - Sunday, October 25; 11AM-8PM
Where: 106 Wooster St (btw Spring/Prince St); 212-431-3069
Cash only.

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Paul & Shark sample sale

Paul & Shark, Made 100% in Italy, is once again having their mens sample sale. You'll find luxury lightweight and heavy outerwear, short sleeve polos, jeans, trousers, swimwear, wool and cotton sweaters, cashmere outerwear and sweaters, 100% cotton-woven shirts and shoes. Most of the things there will be size Large, with limited quantities of other sizes.

What: Paul & Shark sample sale
When: Monday, Oct 19 - Wednesday, Oct 21; M/T 9AM-5PM, W 10AM-3PM
Where: Suite 1206 @ 79 Madison Ave (at 28th St)
Must have I.D. to enter building & limited attendance near closing time.

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John Varvatos warehouse sale

Update: links updated. Thank you!

Men, pay attention. John Varvatos will be having their first sample sale. 90% off 15,000+ pieces from John Varvatos and John Varvatos USA.
You'll find sportswear, tailored clothing, suits, trousers, sweaters, knits, dress shirts, soft luxury coats, & jackets in leather and cashmere, in addition to bags, belts, & ties.

You need to RSVP.

What: John Varvatos warehouse sale
When: Friday, Oct 23 - Saturday, Oct 24; 10AM-8PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 4th fl, 123 W 18th St
Must RSVP at

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Friday, October 16, 2009

David Yurman sample sale

Thank you, my dear reader, for bringing this to my attention!

In full swing, the David Yurman sample sale is going on at the Altman Building. The recent Yurman sample sale had women falling over themselves at the selection and the prices, so I think we should all brave the cold weather and check it out.

What: David Yurman sample sale
When: Thursday, Oct 15 - Sunday, Oct 18; Th-S 10AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-5PM
Where: The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St (btw 6/7th Ave)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tory Burch private sale begins at noon

Starting noon (I'm guessing Eastern time), hit up and grab goodies up to 70% off. Good luck! Ends Monday, Oct 19.

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Barney's gift card event

Barney's is not going to price-match Saks on their F&F, but they are doing something. Today through Sunday, get a giftcard worth 10% of certain spending thresholds: $250+ ($25), $500+ ($50), and $750+ ($75).

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Escada sample sale

Escada is having a sample sale. I suppose their floundering finances have something to do with this, but at prices up to 75% off, I'm not complaining.

What: Escada sample sale
When: Friday, Oct 16 - Sunday, Oct 18; F/Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 10AM-5PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion North, 110 W 19th St (btw 6/7th Ave); 212-852-5446
Cash or CC only. All sales final. No strollers or children under 12.

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Wink NYC warehouse sale

Update: For those unable to make it into the city, use code "WRHS09" to take 15% off your online shopping order. Ends Sunday, Oct. 18.

Wink NYC is having their annual warehouse sale this week. Starting Thursday, jump into the foray to and get 80% off clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories (including jewelry). Brands will include Current/Elliot, Foley & Corinna, Rebecca Minkoff & others.

What: Wink NYC warehouse sale
When: Thursday, Oct 15 - Saturday, Oct 17; 11AM-7PM
Where: 188 Columbus Ave (btw 68/69 St); 212-877-7727

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 sample sale

The combination of Gmail not working + all day meeting = a 1,2 punch. And while I was working, started their semi-annual sample sale. Up to 90% off.

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Petunia Pickle Bottom online sample sale

For those with babies, the Petunia Pickle Bottom online sample sale starts today. Ends Wednesday, Oct 21.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Neiman Marcus +25% off Last Call sale

If you can get the *#@!&*^ing website to load!!!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

ShopBop adds tops to 70% off sale

Sexy tops marked down at ShopBop.

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Saks Fifth Avenue friends & family

Update: Got my postcard in the mail. F&F officially starts Thursday, Oct 15 (not Tuesday, sorry), and discounts are as expected. During the F&F event, Saks will also be donating 2% of sales to local and national womens' cancer charities, which is really cool. Use code "FRIENDS3" to shop online and get the F&F discount.

Start making your lists for the
Saks F&F event. Details (codes & exclusion lists) have yet to be announced, but you can start preparing for 25% off most merchandise, 20% off jewelry, and 10% off beauty.

I'm pretty disappointed with the decrease in cosmetics discounting, but I suppose being effectively tax-free is better than nothing.

Officially starts Thursday, Oct 15 and runs through Sunday, Oct 18, but if you have a Saks card, you can pre-sale starting tomorrow. I'll be updating this post as I get more info.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Best bargain at-home haircolor: Prettia

Another off-topic post I just wanted to share. I have a love/hate relationship with October. Namely chilly weather/baseball play-offs. Tonight DH wanted to watch the Yankees game, so I did the only thing I could think of: nap through half, dye my hair through the other half.

I haven't done an at-home dye job in about a year (and before that, years), when Fekkai's box color came out. I had really high hopes for that, but I found it was just as good/normal as Feria (my old college stand-by), although the packaging is sleeker and the little bowl/brush combo makes it more fun to apply (guess that is where a good % of your $30 goes). A while ago, my friend, going through economically-challenged times as a MBA student, raved about Prettia, a Japanese at-home hair color. So I had to try it. One word: brilliant.

It made sense to me. When the Japanese get really OCD about something (see: Japanese square watermelons), they do it right. The obsession with hair is impressive, just look at anime. Japanese girls spend hours doing their hair every morning. Prettia lives up to their standard and totally blew away my expectations. The big, huge winning point: it washes out completely. Whenever I do color at home, I have to use dark towels for a few days because I can never get the color out the first time, even after a solid 20 minutes of rinsing. With Prettia, it is all out in about 5-7 minutes, which is great news for my knees too.

The application is a foam, which prevents errant drips and spray. You don't even have to worry about the language barrier. Although the instructions are totally in Japanese, the pictures are as good as airplane evacuation brochures -- very easily understood. (There are also photos on their website.) The only one I couldn't figure out was 2 images showing the do/don't method of massaging the foam. They really looked the same to me, but I suppose one is telling us not to mash into our scalps.

Essentially, this kicks the PANTS off American box color kits. If you are ok with brassier colors, I would highly recommend checking this out. I got my box of Prettia at Sunrise Mart in St. Marks Place. It was about $15, and I think, for the price and the ease of use, I might stop calling my colorist completely!

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Kate Spade survey discount

If you are planning on shopping on or at one of the boutiques before Saturday, Oct 31, send me an email. I received a survey which gives me $20 off a $50+ purchase and will not be using my discount.

... more 10% off this weekend will have a good selection of current non-sale FW stuff 10% off this weekend. All our favorite brands, yay!

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Via Spiga friends & family

Via Spiga is running their F&F this weekend. 25% off everything! Use code "VSFJ9" to shop at or print out the email to shop in-store. Ends Monday, Oct 12.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Intermix European designers 30% off

Starting tomorrow, take 30% all European designer goodies at Intermix. That includes, my dears: Stella McCartney, Giuseppe Zanotti, Matthew Williamson, HERVE LEGER, and Missoni, among others. Use code "EUROPEAN" to shop online or print the email and head to a store. Ends Sunday, Oct 18.

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Update: Revolve Clothing is matching this for non-sale items... Happy Thursday!

Latest code: PICKMEUP for 25% off. Standard rules apply (no sale stuff and there are some exclusions).

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Use code "FALL2009" to get 25% off $100+ at Ends Sunday, Oct 11.

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Prada sample sale

Better late than never. Fellow shopping blogger Guerilla Shopper has the deets. Again, no stupid web-based appointment system-- it's come one come all. ALSO, she mentions that this year there will be bags!

She writes: Merchandise: Prada & Miu Miu Ready-to-Wear, Footwear, Handbags, Wallets, Accessories... Women's and Men's FALL/WINTER 2008 and Select Merchandise from earlier seasons. Check out her full post here.

What: Prada sample sale
When: Saturday, Oct 17 - Friday, Oct 23; S/S 9AM-6PM, M-F 10AM-7PM
Where: 609 W 51 St (btw 11/12 Ave)

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Thrift Shop coat sale

From NYMag:

10/7–10/10 The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop is hosting a fall luxury-coat sale. Hundreds of coats, jackets, capes, and accessories start at $65. Designer minks are $1,800. 1440 Third Ave., nr. 81st St. (212-535-1250); W–F (10–5:30), S (11–5).

The official website says the Thrift Shop receives "the highest quality donations of designer and vintage clothing, home furnishings, accessories, children's clothing, books, and artwork." So I assume these coats will be used. Although probably by women who took them out of their closets only twice a year.

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Random musings

Not fashion related, but...

So while at Duane Reade this morning looking for Halloween candy, I came across this. I thought about it all morning until I just had to go back and take a photo. So, ... what exactly do you do with single-use spam in Manhattan? Keep it in your pocket in case you get stuck in an elevator? In case you run into a piece of bread?Also, my fav facial in the world, the Geisha facial, is 10% off with this coupon (PDF). Yes, I bought into the hype, and I must say it is literally the best facial I have ever received. Better than La Prairie, which runs a close second. My pores were perfect, and my skin was totally purified. (And it didn't hurt that the facialist told me I have the best skin she's ever seen. Ever.) Posh has it RIGHT. Bring on the bird poo!

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Puma 25% off

Print out the coupon or use code "RETCLP09091" to take 25% off at Puma stores or Maybe it's time for some Alexander McQueen for Puma... Ends Sunday, Nov 1.

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Kipling 20% off

Once in a while, the corporate shopping people come up with something good. Use code "KIPLINGRR" to take 20% off purchases at Won't work on sale stuff, and ends Saturday, Oct 24.
P.S. if you want to join the corporate shopping site, just email me. It's got a lot of stuff on there that doesn't make it to this site, like car rental discounts, 1-800-FLOWERS, and whatnot.

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Ralph Lauren 25% off is running a great discount/charity promotion. You get 25% off, and you get to choose which organization gets 10% of all sales proceeds. Use code "PINK" to vote for the Pink Pony organization, which supports breast cancer research, or use code "RLCCP" to vote for the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention (which does just that).

Either one would be a good choice! Ends Monday, Oct 12. All orders $195+ also get free shipping.

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Introducing: another online 'flash' sales site! Although we all may roll our eyes and say, "another one?", let's not kid ourselves into thinking that we're not secretly interested in whatever goodies could be unearthed.

This week Row Nine is featuring Bedat & Co watches, Tonino Lamborghini accessories, and Versace sunglasses. Impressive enough for me to say, it's worth a shot.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ricky's Halloween costumes 25% off

Daily Candy has a great deal for Halloween dress-up! Use code "PEEKABOO" to take 25% off

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BillionDollarBabes LA sale

BDB will be having their annual(?) sample sale in LA. Currently available labels include Black Halo, Kinerase, Oliver Peoples, Michael Kors, and Current/Elliot with more (presumably) TBD.

RSVP for free, and VIPs get a jump start on it. Maybe your $100 annual membership cost will prove a great investment.

What: Billion Dollar Babes LA sale
When: VIP: Friday, Nov 6, 12-9PM; Public: Saturday, Nov 7 9AM-5PM
Where: Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, 90036

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Bliss 'youth as we know it' set 30% off

If you REALLY love Bliss' Youth As We Know It line, better hop on this. Get the entire set for 30% off this week. That's $197.40 (instead of $282) for the cleanser, toner, concentrate, moisture cream, and eye cream.

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Loro Piana sample sale

Ugh, so sorry I didn't post this, I thought I had already! The Loro Piana sample sale is in its last days, and prices have been reduced. Ends Thursday, Oct 8. (Stock includes mens and womens cashmere knitwear, outerwear, accessories and clothing, in addition to bolts of cashmere and wool fabrics for making your own suits and jackets.)

What: Loro Piana sample sale
When: now - Thursday, Oct 8; T-W 9AM-6:30PM, Th 9AM-5PM
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (W of 8th Ave); 718-747-1656
CC only. No strollers. No children under 12. All sales final.

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Hugo Boss sample sale

Not where it normally is (which makes me a bit suspicious), a Hugo Boss sample sale starts today. Get mens and womens clothing up to 75% off.

What: Hugo Boss sample sale
When: Thursday, Oct 6 - Friday, Oct 9; T-Th 9AM-5PM, F 9AM-1PM
Where: Ste 845, 601 W 26th St (btw 11/12th Ave); 212-904-0800

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Monday, October 5, 2009

eBags fall bag blowout

If you need new luggage, or a school/work bag, or are a fan of Francesco Biasa, Treesje, Gustto, Kate Spade, or Cole Haan (among others), you should check out this sale. You may need to open up a different browser window for each category because it's not very clear which items are 'blowout' when browsing. Also, use code "EMFALLTRFS" for free shipping.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sephora cash for clunkers

Update: I don't know if this is a one-time-use barcode, but if it is, I'm sorry. I have not used it, and probably won't get to it before this weekend (if it even still works). Please leave a comment if you plan on using it, or if you used it successfully (or not), so that we know if it works multiple times. Thanks!

If you just can't wait for the F&F event, or you're wanting something that's only in the stores, dredge out 5 of your oldest unused beauty products (and we all know we have them, kept 'just in case' we ever decide that we really like that color, or we attend an 80's night theme party) and take them to Sephora, where they will reward you with $10 off a $50+ purchase. Not too bad. Of course the irony is that I cleaned out so many old products last weekend! Unopened, unused blushes, old mascaras, and unsatisfactory eye shadows! Ugh!

Just print the email and go! Ends Monday, Oct 12.

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Barneys haberdashery sale for men

I don't claim to be an olde English expert, so I really don't know what 'haberdashery' entails. However, I do know that a good selection of mens stuff is now on sale at Barney's, and that is good enough for me! Online and in-stores.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Forzieri gift card event

In light of fav brands being placed on F&F exclusion lists, keep Forzieri in mind for Dior shoes, Missoni scarves, Fendi, or Prada. The selections for those aren't huge, but it's worth a look if you have something in mind. (Unfortunately they don't carry the Dior booties that have been seared into my memory- boo)

This weekend, get a gift card with purchase too.
- Spend $195-499, get $25; use coupon "773DBD"
- Spend $500-999, get $50; use coupon "5AC11F"
- Spend $1000-1999, get $100; use coupon "565429"
- Spend $2000-2999, get $200; use coupon "F19302"
- Spend $3000+, get $300; use coupon "54E17F"

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