Friday, April 30, 2010 10% off

I admit, I'm a bar soap girl. The shower gels, although lovely smelling, just take up too much time-- like my showers aren't long enough! It's gotten progressively harder and harder to find my fav quadruple-milled goat's milk soap with almonds and honey (by Mudlark), and just when I found a substitution in Remede, they went and discontinued their body bars.

Enter Beekman 1802, a natural goat's milk soap that is fast becoming my new favorite (and a favorite of Martha Stewart). Made in NY, you can find it at some small boutiques or my fav mass-market 'boutique' Anthropologie.

With a different scent for every month, I'm quite keen to try them all. So far I've only tried the lavender scent (August) which is really lovely. To solve my problem, I just purchased the limited edition "A Year in the Country" gift set for myself, which is one soap from every month. At $70, it's a very economical way to test them out! (all the soaps are full-size, and you have to figure that 1 soap is $6.25, so it's a $5 savings) It's also only available until Monday, May 10th.

Please note that they are not able to ship anything out until May 9th b/c they are moving offices. However, to offset this minor inconvenience, we can use code "FRIENDS" for 10% off for the rest of the year on everything. Shipping is quite pricey, though, so be warned. I realize my case of soap is probably quite heavy, but $17 seems like a bit much!

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Groupon deal today: $13 NYC boat cruises

Totally touristy, but nice to have up your sleeve if guests are coming. (Also, personally, one of my favorite ways to see the city despite its inherent cheesiness) Groupon's NYC deal of the day is $13 boat cruise tickets from New York Water Taxi or Circle Line (regularly $23-27, depending on which cruise you take). The options are standard, yacht, and speed-boat. I've only done the standard, and I really enjoyed it. There's so much to see from the water you can't see from the street!

Now, reading carefully it says you can only buy 1 ticket. Well, I know my sisters are coming in June, so I'll 'gift' each of them with a ticket too. The weather will be perfect for this!

You must use the ticket within 1 yr. Deal ends today.

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Today on theOutnet, an extra 30% off tops! They'll have ChloƩ, K by Karl Lagerfeld, Proenza Schouler, and more casual ones like Antik Batik. Starts at noon.

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Secret Louboutins on

Doing a search for "Louboutin" on yields but few results. I don't know why they aren't all showing, but here are some that you generally can't find by search. I found these because I was bored.

Red satin d'orsays $455, size 36, 41

Yellow patent platform slingbacks $385, size 35.5

Gold ankle-wrap sandals $590, size 38.5, 41

Platform sandals $920, black size 40, beige size 36, 41

Ankle-wrap espadrilles, size 35 in dark brown and ivory

Black satin d'orsay $770, size 39, 41

Blue suede peep-toe cork platform heels $650, size 38.5, 40

Laminated envelope clutch in gold or bronze $590

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sigerson Morrison, Zero+Maria Cornejo sample sale

Oops, in all the Manolo excitement, I forgot this one!

What: Sigerson Morrison, Zero+Maria Cornejo sample sale
When: Wednesday, Apr 28 - Friday, Apr 30; Th 8AM-7:30PM, F 8AM-3PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St

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Neiman Marcus price matching grumble

Just a disclaimer: this post is about me voicing my malcontent with Neiman Marcus. No more, no less.

As I posted a couple of days ago, I took advantage of NM's double giftcard promotion. I got a Hanro bra and a pair of classic platform Louboutins which are $695. For Louboutins, this was the best deal by far in terms of 'discount', so I jumped on it. However, I am also a SaksFIRST cardholder, and I noticed that on the Saks page, they carry an eerily similar shoe for $625. (Unfortunately Barney's and Net-A-Porter aren't carrying this style online for comparison)

So, I get on NM Live Chat to ask about it, and she confirms it is indeed the same shoe. So my next logical question was: well, the NM pair is $70 more than the Saks pair. If it's the same, will you price match? Their response: No, we do not price match with Saks. Now I know that in years past Saks has gone a little hog-wild with their discounting, so not wanting to match Saks' 70% off designer handbags makes sense. However, this is a full-retail shoe that is commonly carried by major department stores. WTF? Turns out the NM price-matching policy is only for SALE merchandise, not full-retail.

This is totally ridiculous to me on so many levels. First, there's the aspect that this is a full-retail item that all department stores pay the same stock price for. Why would NM refuse to reduce their margins to the as another respected, high-end department store? I'm not asking them to match Bluefly or Filene's Basement. Second, as a matter of customer service, why not allow people to request price matching? Would you rather lose business and customers? Fine, don't make it policy, but if someone asks, and it is CLEAR the item is the same, why would you want to put someone in my situation: wondering if I should cancel my NM order and place it with Saks?

I suppose in this situation NM wouldn't care because I'd forfeit the $200 in giftcards (and I'm still getting $130 of free value), but on a regular basis, shouldn't they? I understand the desire to maintain this snooty 'people-who-shop-here-don't-care-about-price' attitude, but in this economy I'd think they were a little more liberal. Obviously $625 doesn't equate to $130 in Saks points, but I'm still considering pulling the plug.

What would you do?

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Update: don't combine this with any other discount codes. You may get canceled!

Ooooh so tempting! Lanvin and Proenza and Givenchy!!! is doing 25% off all their handbags. I am totally sitting on my hands so I don't get a PS1.

All sales are FINAL though, so make sure you really want it. Ends Monday, May 3 (yeah right, like there will be anything left).

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Bloomingdale's 20% off 2 pairs of shoes

Update: confirmed by a commenter, you can do a full-priced + sale combo and get your 20% off! Thanks!! (I also discovered that this DOES work on Ferragamos and Zanottis!) Now I just wonder if you could take the coupon to the Dior/Chanel shoe floor... or if they'd throw me out on my bum for such a ridiculous suggestion.

Bloomie's is having a shoe sale! Buy 2 or more pairs of full-price or sale shoes, and get 20% off. I'm not sure if you can do a full-price + sale combo or if you need 2 of the same. Looking at their shoes, I'm thinking it works on the high-end designers too, like Giuseppe Zanotti and Ferragamo. Which is pretty nice b/c Zanottis were recently excluded from Saks F&F. Use code "SHOESALE" to shop online or print out the email below. Ends Monday, May 3.

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Anya Hindmarch friends & family, London

Anya Hindmarch has kicked off their F&F event in Covent Garden already! Up to 70% off bags & accessories. I guess the online F&F is the 'secret sale' I just posted. Hmm, kinda lame.

What: Anya Hindmarch F&F
When: Wednesday, Apr 28 - Friday, Apr 30; W 5-7PM, Th 9AM-8PM, F 10AM-5PM
Where: 16 Mercer St, WC2H 9QE, London

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Anya Hindmarch secret flash sale

Going on now. Great discounts, but when things are gone, they're gone! I'm awaiting details of their F&F sale in London, but they will start online F&F on Thursday.

... more new shipment just got some new inventory-- a lot of Alberta Ferretti, some Roberto Cavalli, some Pucci, and bikinis by Tooshie.

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Manolo sample sale - did you go?

Work decided to rain on my parade and schedule consecutive conference calls until 11:30PM, and then a 1PM team lunch. I didn't even bother to squeeze in a trip to the sale, and I am very sad!!

Did anyone go? Was it good?? And more importantly, what did you score?!

Another thing I realized... NYMag TheCut reported that ALT is at every Manolo sale, and I am 99.999% positive I saw him at last Spring's sale. I remember I stared at him for a looong time, wondering why the hell ALT would be sitting around at a Manolo sample sale. I couldn't tell if it was really him because he was kind of dressed down-- no LV cape or anything flashy. He was dressed in mostly black, just sitting in a chair off to the side behind the register. (He certainly wasn't out and about, helping women buy shoes) So now I feel somewhat vindicated for hardcore eyeballing him last year.

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Prada on

At 11AM EDT today, Prada goes live on Up to 30% off.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Neiman Marcus gift card event

Update: apparently I don't know how to read a calendar. It ends today (not yesterday)!

I must have missed this over the weekend. Ending today, Neiman Marcus is doing a spend $X get a $Y giftcard. The bonus is, if you buy something from Apparel AND something from shoes or handbags, you get $Y*2! Sooo, being the naughty girl I am, I got a pair of Loubs and a Hanro bra, broke the $750 barrier with apparel and shoes, and now have a $200 gift card headed my way!

Use code "BET2GET" for the double giftcard promo and "NMSHOP" for free shipping!

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Tibi Dress for Success, sample sale

Perfect timing for some cute colorful summer dresses and shoes! If you need to donate some gently worn business attire and accessories, now is the time. Bring them into the Tibi boutique in Soho and get 20% off your entire purchase! Donations will be given to Dress for Success, a non-profit focused on helping adults get the appropriate look for their interviews and jobs. Personally, I cannot emphasize enough how important this is for your career growth. Wearing the wrong clothes, or dressing sloppily, can seriously impair the image you want to project. If you ever need help or recommendations on this, I am always happy to help!

In addition to the in-store charity drive, they will also be holding a sample sale in the Garment District in a couple of weeks!

What: Dress for Success 20% off with donation
When: Monday, Apr 26 - Sunday, May 2
Where: Tibi boutique, 120 Wooster

What: Tibi sample sale
When: Wednesday, May 12 - Saturday, May 15; W 1-6PM, Th/F 10AM-6PM, S 10AM-4PM
Where: Coolture Showroom, 409 W 39th St

... more 50% off sale on pumps and flats is taking 50% off prices of pumps and flats. Some things have always been on sale, some things are new. Happy hunting! (P.S. and once you're done shopping, open a browser with and get 20% cashback!) Ooh, now I semi-regret those Louboutins because there are some really nice Casadei, Bally, and Georgina Goodman heels marked down...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

theOutnet Jil Sander sale tomorrow

Sometime tomorrow theOutnet will launch their Jil Sander sale. With price up to 70% off, you'll want to stay tuned if you are a fan of the minimalist look. $1,000+ dresses will be priced around $400+, tops for $100+, shoes for $200+.

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AEFFE sample sale

The AEFFE Showroom is having their sample sale as well! Representing Italian labels such as Alberta Ferretti, Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Pollini, and Liberty of London, it's a massive overstock and sample sale of SS10 merchandise: casual, evening, outerwear, lingerie & swim, shoes & accessories. Prices are 65-70% off.

What: AEFFE Showroom sample sale
When: Wednesday, Apr 28 - Saturday, May 1; W-F 10AM-6PM, S 11AM-5PM
Where: 1st fl @ 30 W 56th St (btw 5/6th Ave); 212-632-9300
Cash or CC.

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Exclusif Showroom sample sale

If I remember correctly, this sample sale last time around was pretty good (well, so people said). Exclusif Showroom is emptying their stockroom of Womens samples and stock from SS10 and FW11. There will be brands like Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Tricot Chic, Galliano, Gianfranco Ferre, Chacok, Alviero Martini and many more. You'll find dresses, jackets, separates,evening and trench coats in sizes 2-14, and the samples are size 8 (converted US sizes). There will also be some bags and sunglasses, although probably not much. Discount will be up to 80% off.

What: Exclusif Showroom sample sale
When: Monday, Apr 26 - Friday, Apr 30; 10AM-7PM
Where: 5th fl @ 41 W 57th St (btw 5/6th Ave); 212-935-2670
Cash or CC. All sales final.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010 private sale

Announced on Facebook today, has started their private sale. Up to 70% off.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Mona Moore boutique 15% off Balenciaga

A lovely lovely poster at tPF contributed this very valuable nugget of information. This weekend, Venice Beach/Montreal boutique Mona Moore is offering a discount to their mailing list. Now I don't know how strict they will on whether you are actually an email subscriber, but as we all know, there is NO discount on Balenciaga EVER, so this is ridiculously exciting stuff.

This weekend ONLY, and you can either call the boutiques or email them for available styles/colors. I suppose if you live in the neighborhood you can try storming the doors too.

Phone: 800-619-0674
Venice Beach location: 1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Montreal location: 1446 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

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Avenue on Park vintage shopping

If you (or your mom, since Mother's Day is coming up) dig old vintage couture stuff or period decor, then you may want to hit up Avenue on Park, a shopping bazaar of vendors selling things like:

- Antique, Estate and Contemporary Jewelry including Boucheron, Buccellati, Cartier, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels
- Fine objects including English and Chinese porcelain, art glass, sculpture, fine antique silver - Period art and furniture
- Vintage Couture including 1960's Hermes bags, vintage Chanel dresses and suits

Typically there is a $15 entrance fee, but print out my email below and get in for free! (up to 2 people)

What: Avenue on Park vintage shopping
Friday, Apr 23 - Sunday, Apr 25; F/S 11AM-7:30, Su 1:30-6PM

583 Park Ave (@ 63rd St); 646-442-1627

... more 15% off select SS items, free shipping this weekend

As if YOOX has not taken enough of my money, they are running a weekend promo.
15% off select items and free shipping on everything! SO, if you have any remnant sample sale items in your Dream Box that are worth buying with free shipping... now's your chance.

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Le Metier Peau Vierge 20% off at Neiman Marcus

If you're after the new Le Metier Peau Vierge beauty products, check out Neiman's 20% off before settling for 10%. Use code "PEAUNM" for 20% off Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer and Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment Fluid items. Ends Friday, May 21.

Plus get free shipping (no min) with "NMSHOP".

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theOutnet +40% off true blue

Update: Hurrah! The Lela Rose dress I picked out is on sale!!

Kind of random, but kind of interesting as well. Today's Weekend Shop-In event is
40% off an assortment of blue items at theOutnet. It starts at noon EDT, and I'm really hoping they have that blue 3.1 Phillip Lim dress in my size! Also, by searching using keyword 'blue', I found this super awesome Lela Rose dress that would come out to $298.50 IF it is part of the sale. I'm hoping it is!

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Kate Spade, Jack Spade friends and family

Update: wrong end date! It actually ends tomorrow, Saturday Apr 24.

Better than the department stores, Kate Spade is coming through with a 30% off F&F. EVERYTHING. Including sale. Use code "FRIENDLY30" or print the image below to shop in-stores.

Brother Jack Spade is also doing this! Online code "JSPADEFF" or print it out. It all ends Saturday, Apr 24.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Intermix +15% off sale

Intermix wants a share of your wallet too. In-stores and online, take an additional 15% off the sale merch through Sunday, Apr 15. Use code "SALE15" or mention the promotion when shopping.

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Manolo sample sale

I suppose it's the new standard that the 'secret' Manolo sample sale will now and forever be open to everyone with plenty of notice. I can't say I'm happy about it, but I suppose I ranted and raved enough in November that I can give up the ghost and get on with it. I wonder what corporate HQ thinks about it.

So, here are the details, as released by Madison Avenue Spy (and subsequently picked up by
What: Manolo Blahnik sample sale
When: Thursday, Apr 29
Where: The Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St (@ 6th Ave); don't bother calling, they will pretend they have no clue what you're talking about

What you should do:
1. Block off 10:30-2PM on your Outlook calendar. Dr. Blahnik will be seeing you then.
2. Start accumulating piles of cash. This is a cash-only party. No exceptions.
3. Know your size. Manolos are the definition of consistency, so if you wear 36.5 in one pair, you wear 36.5 in all styles. Unlike *cough cough* CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN.
4. Get there early. I guess you could be one of the crazies that lines up at 7AM in the rain, but if you have a job, or you are just not THAT enthusiastic, I'd show up around 10:30. Traditionally they don't let the public in until about noon anyway.
5. Don't wear Manolos to the sale. Chances are while you're trying on a gorgeous pair of slippers, someone else will try to buy yours.
6. Play nice. Even though it's a landgrab, don't forget your manners. It's a very tense environment with many anxious and high-strung women. We don't want to set off this powder keg.
7. Don't horde. Unless you are really prepared to buy 10 pairs of shoes, please don't keep 10 pairs of shoes in the corner.
8. Make rational decisions as you go. If you have a pair of "maybe" heels in your hand that you're really only buying them because they are $100, you should rethink. There are always other sales and better ways to spend $100.
9. Eat before you go. Because it could be a long wait.
10. Be nimble and agile. Leave everything you can. Babies, bags, reluctant significant others-- you don't need them here.

Good luck!! Maybe I will see you there :)

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Henri Bendel friends and family

Another F&F event with a mercifully short exclusion list! 20% off full-priced items at Henri Bendel in-store and online through Sunday, Apr 25. Use code "FRIENDS AND FAMILY" or print out the email.

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Tory Burch spring sale

Up to 50% off on Tory Burch spring sale items. Ends Sunday, Apr 25.

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Beauty wars! Research and buy smart.

Update: Bergdorf Goodman code is "BTYEVENT" PLUS free shipping with code "BEAUTY"

Update: The Saks beauty discount is only 10%! Sorry for posting the wrong amount :( Also, if you buy online from Sephora, you can use's cashback program for 10% cashback and free shipping (no min)

Update: if you are a Gift-With-Purchase gal, Nordstrom is doing
a whole little Estee Lauder kit (valued at $110) for $39.50+ of Estee Lauder beauty. There are 3 options, and each have a different code.

It is definitely time for me to restock the makeup kitty and skincare products.

So, here's the deal:

Sephora Makeup Madness
When: Now through Monday, Apr 19
Where: Online with codes: VIBs use "MADNESS" but everyone else can use "FACEBOOK15" or in-stores with either VIB email coupon or print out the Facebook coupon (PDF)
What: 15% off everything
Shipping: Free for $50+
Tax: Yes if you live in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA or WI

Bergdorf Goodman Beauty Event
When: Thursday, Apr 22 - Sunday, Apr 25
Where: In-stores, online code TBD
What: instant $25 off $100+, then you get a gift card: $50 for $500+, $75 for $750+, $100 for $1000+
Shipping: Yes unless you find a code (currently "WELCOME" works)
Tax: Yes if you live in NY, NJ or TX

Saks F&F
When: Thursday, Apr 22 - Sunday, Apr 25
Where: In-stores, online code TBD
What: 10% off beauty + fragrance
Shipping: Free for $150+ with code "SHIPFREE2"
Tax: Yes if you live in AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, or VA

Douglas Cosmetics Mother's Day
When: Friday, May 7
Where: In-stores or via phone order
What: 20% off everything
Shipping: Free (no minimum)
Tax: Yes if you live in CT, DC, FL, NJ, or PA

My strategy? Unless there is a new gadget you want that only Sephora has or a makeup label that BG doesn't carry (like Dior), I'd sit this one out. As loyal as I am to Saks F&F, I'm skipping the beauty this year and heading upstairs (to shoes, naturally, for a pair of Repettos). I'm getting Kanebo Sensai, Cle de Peau beauty, Chantecaille, and Le Metier from BG, and I'm waiting to order my La Mer and La Prairie from Douglas Cosmetics in May.

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Piperlime 20% off sandals

Use code "SWEET" today ONLY.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

West Elm sale up to 70% off

Also not fashion-related, West Elm is having a sale. I thought I'd share in case anyone has a case of Spring Redecorating Fever. In-store sales as well.

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15% off B.R. Guest gift cards

Not fashionable, but a girl's gotta eat (or down tequila shots). The B.R. Guest organization is discounting their gift cards by 15% if you buy online now through Tuesday, May 4. Not a bad gift, either because that's good at Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos, Primehouse steakhouse, and Wildwood BBQ.

Full B.R. Guest portfolio:
- 206 Spring Street Events
- 675 Bar
- Atlantic Grill
- Bill's Bar & Burger
- Blue Fin
- Blue Water Grill
- Dos Caminos Park
- Dos Caminos Soho
- Dos Caminos Third Avenue
- Dos Caminos Las Vegas
- Fiamma Trattoria in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
- Isabella's
- Ocean Grill
- Post Card Inn - St Pete beach, FL
- Primehouse New York
- Ruby Foo's Times Square
- Wildwood Barbeque - NYC
- Wildwood Barbeque - St Pete beach, FL

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Inhabit NY cotton sample sale

Inhabit NY is also having a cotton sample sale starting today. I guess this is to unload all their inventory that didn't sell during the online sale. Cardigans are $50 (retail $268), linen tunics are $50 (retail $288), and linen dresses are $60 (retail $338).

What: Inhabit NY cotton sample sale
When: Wednesday, Apr 21 - Thursday, Apr 22; 10AM-6PM
Where: 24th fl @ 1441 Broadway (@ 42nd St)

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Slane & Slane sample sale

Late post, sorry friends :( Today is the second (and last) day of the Slane & Slane sample sale.

Prices will be 40-50% off on samples and overstock, including silver, 18K gold, and freshwater oval pearl jewelry.

Some sample price points:
- Select sterling silver collection rings $60 (retail $120
- 18k yellow gold cuff bracelets and bangles $2,700 (retail $5,400)
- Freshwater oval pearl necklaces, $165 (retail $330)

What: Slane & Slane sample sale
When: Tuesday, Apr 20 - Wednesday, Apr 21; T 2-8PM, W 10AM-8PM
Where: 11th fl @ 48 W 25th St(btw 6th/Broadway); 212-691-5820
Cash or CC only.

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Lord & Taylor friends and family

Don't forget Lord & Taylor in this F&F/private sale/discount melee. 25% off everything and 10% off beauty. Although L&T doesn't carry all the high-end brands, their exclusion list is pretty reasonable. Use code "FRIENDS" to shop online or print the in-store shopping coupon (PDF). Ends Sunday, Apr 25.

REGULAR-PRICE ITEMS from Allen Edmonds, Aquatalia, Ecco, Frye, Jeffrey Campbell, Kors Michael Kors shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, Merrell, Tumi & Ugg; men’s Cole Haan shoes, men’s Lacoste shoes.
SALE-PRICE ITEMS from Allen Edmonds, Aquatalia, Ecco, Frye, Jeffrey Campbell, Kors Michael Kors shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, Merrell, Tumi & Ugg; men’s Cole Haan shoes & men’s Lacoste shoes.
DEPARTMENTS: Smart Value items; diamond solitaire rings and special event promotions in Fine Jewelry; FEED bags, gift cards.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 experiences some shipping delays

Confirmed sadness. Stupid volcano-I-can't-even-begin-to-pronounce!

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Dairy Queen blizzard buy-one-get-one for $0.25

I can post this because I live in Manhattan, a desolate and vacant plane devoid of Dairy Queen, Chik-fil-a, and Arby's, my biggest fast-food vices. I have been a fan of Blizzards since I was, oh, 8 years old? To celebrate its 25th birthday, Dairy Queen is doing buy-one-get-your-2nd-one for 25 cents. TWENTY FIVE CENTS!!! God, I can almost hear that Oreo cookie blizzard singing out to me... Ends Sunday, Apr 25.

... more online sample sale LAST DAY

Just in case you have not gotten your fill of some really really good deals, here's a PSA to let you know that the 90% off sample sale ends today. Also, not sure if it still works, but use code "ENJOYDESIGN" for free shipping. Personally, I need this sale to end because I keep buying stuff, and all this anxiety of waiting for my Italian shipments to get in is causing me some stress (damn volcano!).


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theOutnet Herve Leger sale


Just like the Louboutin sale, theOutnet is doing a large one-brand sell-off. Tomorrow keep on your toes for a 50-60% Herve Leger sale to go live. Prices will range between $535-845 for dresses, and $210ish for skirts and clutches.

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Bloomingdale's private sale

Update: Offer valid on on select merchandise marked with Buy More, Save More. Ok, now it's kind of boring.

Not one to sit on the sidelines, Bloomie's charges forth with some pretty nice blanket 20-30% off discounts. This won't work in beauty, but there is no exclusion list that I can find. This could be a very beautiful thing indeed! Ends Thursday, Apr 22.

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Kooba sample sale

Update: Commenter Abby has contributed some valuable information. Bags will be discounted 50-80%. She also says if you show the checkout that you are a Kooba Facebook fan (using your blackberry or iphone), you'll get a bonus $20 off! Thanks Abby!!

I'm posting this a bit late because I had hoped to get details on the discounts, but no response yet. Well, I shan't tarry any longer. If you plan on hitting this on your lunch break, make sure you get there before 2PM when they close shop for an hour.

What: Kooba sample sale
When: Tuesday, Apr 20 - Friday, Apr 23; 10AM-8PM with a 2-3PM siesta
Where: 10th fl @ 141 W 36th St (btw Broadway/7th Ave)
Cash and CC only.

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Rodarte sample sale

Update: it's cash only, so make sure you bring along anywhere from $40-4000. And if you're bring $4000, for god's sake don't tell anyone. You must be on the list to get in, so make sure you RSVP! What's there: RTW, shoes, t-shirts and accessories, in addition to a few men's knits. Location: 38 W 39th St (btw 5/6th Ave)

Posted by Nitrolicious, Rodarte will be having a sample sale near the end of the month. I think that's definitely a good time to be in town, because Blumarine's sale is that weekend too!

The sample sale flyer doesn't list a sale location, but perhaps if you RSVP they'll let you know.

What: Rodarte Sample Sale
When: Tuesday, Apr 20 - Wednesday, Apr 21
Where: ? It's a mystery!

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theOutnet free shipping until May 19

To make amends for their Birthday sale/disaster (depending on who you talk to), has a free shipping code that is good until Wednesday, May 19. Use code "FreeShipBday" as often as you'd like. Perfect timing for the Herve Leger sale tomorrow!

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Saks friends and family ONLINE NOW

Get a jump on Saks' F&F by using code "FRIEND3" now! I just ordered 2 pairs of Repetto ballet flats! Yay for 20% off! Beauty is only 10% off, but we've discussed all our options already. There is a long list of exclusions (see the long, long list below). In-store shopping starts Thursday, and you'll need to print out the email. Ends Sunday, Apr 25. OMG just noticed YSL HANDBAGS are excluded!! >:o

** Designer Exclusions include: David Yurman, Chanel, Bugaboo, Fendi, Dior, Gucci, Prada, NorthFace, Hermes, Graff, Cartier, H. Stern, Pomelatto, Buccellati, Garrard, Bvlgari, St. John, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Marni, Loro Piana, Akris, Azzedine Alaia, Bridal Salon, Chado Ralph Rucci, Doo Ri apparel, Dries Van Noten apparel and shoes, Erdem apparel, Giambattista Valli, J Mendel apparel, Piazza Sempione apparel, Brian Reyes apparel, Escada apparel, Etro apparel, Brunello Cucinelli, Ralph Lauren Women's Black Label and Collection, Ralph Lauren Men's Black Label and Purple Label, TSE apparel, Celine shoes, Oscar de la Renta, Commes des Garcons, Jil Sander, Loro Piana, Marchesa Couture, Marc Jacobs apparel, Mario Schwab apparel, Marni, Junya Watanabe, Peter Pilotto apparel, Vionnet apparel, Zegna, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent shoes and handbags, Valentino, Lanvin, Ugg Australia, Sergio Rossi, Moschino, Donna Karan shoes, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander Wang apparel and handbags, McQ, Opening Ceremony, Under.ligne by Doo Ri, Ann Demeulemeester, Derek Lam, Tod's shoes and handbags, Roger Vivier shoes, Camilla Skovgaard shoes, Charvet, Kiton, Maison Martin Margiela, MM6 Maison Martin shoes and handbags, Roger Vivier, Isaia, Mikimoto on only, Marco Bicego on only, Jude Frances on only, Ippolita on only, Charbonnel et Walker, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Peter Shoiket, John Allan Men's Grooming Salon, Louis Vuitton, The Fur Salon, Watch and Jewelry Repair.

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Monday, April 19, 2010 announces online sale and website immediate crashes.

Update: A commenter and I have agreed that this 'sale' officially sucks. It's got nothing new (at least in the way of shoes or bags), and I concur that it's a bit early for 60% off. So either the email marketing team got trigger happy, or as Anonymous succinctly puts "they're trying to scam us". Oh Barney's, say it ain't so!

Hahahahahaha. The stampede to! Although the current note says 'a few hours'. A FEW HOURS!?!?

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theOutnet Herve Leger sale tomorrow

Just like the Louboutin sale, theOutnet is doing a large one-brand sell-off. Tomorrow keep on your toes for a 50-60% Herve Leger sale to go live. Prices will range between $535-845 for dresses, and $210ish for skirts and clutches.

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Blumarine sample sale - CANCELED

Update: sad, sad news. I was alerted today that the Blumarine sale is canceled as of now. No reason given. Hopefully they will reschedule!

Quickly becoming one of my fav labels, Blumarine is having a sample sale at the end of the month.

Prices will be very good- up to 80% off. For example, this gorgeously outrageous leopard print dress will be available for $395 (retail $2100). They will also have shorter dresses and pants priced $155-300 (retail $900-1400).

What: Bluemarine sample sale
When: Tuesday, Apr 27 - Thursday, Apr 29; 10AM-6PM
Where: Blumarine showroom, 9th Fl @ 37 W 57th St; 212-920-1211

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IvoryTrunk,com Chloe bag sale ending today

Oops, I just now noticed that Ivory Trunk has been running a sale on Chloe bags (yes, those Paddington bags? yep) Go see what's left b/c the discounts are pretty good! AND there is a 30 day return policy, which is very nice. Since the site is new, you don't need a referral to sign up, either.

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Orchid Aesthetics Med Spa: chemical peel + diamond microdermabrasion for $79, 20 units of Dysport for $125

Better than SpaWeek. Orchid Aesthetics Med Spa is offering a couple deals that you can use at your leisure over the next year:

1. $79 - chemical peel (mandelic or glycolic) + a diamond microdermabrasion (normally $270)
2. $125 - 20 units (one area) of Dysport (normally $175+)

Ends Sunday, Apr 25. Certificate will be valid any day of the week. Must be used by March 31, 2011.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Loro Piana sample sale

Soiffer Haskin started their Loro Piana sample sale today. They have mens and womens cashmere knitwear, clothing, accessories, and outerwear. They'll also have bolts of fabric (cashmere and wool) for suits, jackets and outerwear.

What: Loro Piana sample sale
When: Sunday, Apr 18 - Thursday, Apr 22; S-W 9AM-6:30PM, Th 9AM-5PM
Where: Soiffer-Haskin, 317 W 33rd St (@ 8th Ave); 718-747-1656
CC only. All sales final. No exchanges. No returns.
No strollers. No children under 12.

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Forward by Revolve online sale

Forward by is having a sale! The prices are FABULOUS if you can find something in your size. I wish they had a size sorting feature!

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Saturday, April 17, 2010 20% off

This is good timing for me because I am totally out of Sole Stopperz (yes, I hate the name, but god help me I love that they preserve the bottoms of my shoes). Take 20% off your entire order with code "AFPVIP2010". My fav products include Sole Stopperz, Strappy Strips (which I also use under any sandal 'upper' which rubs my toes the wrong way), and, of course, Tip Toes. I find the arch support one is really bulky, and the heel cushion is so thick it pushes my foot forward too much. (In that case, I'll just use a strappy strip across the top rim of the heel to prevent my foot slipping out-- works wonders!)

20 Off Collection

... more clearance +25% off

Through this weekend, take an additional 25% off the clearance section at, including a nice selection of Hanky Panky thongs. No code necessary. Ends Monday, Apr 19.

Bare Necessities

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Intermix online sale

Not sure if it's happening in the stores too, but they put some things in their sale section today.

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REMINDER: Gilt Groupe Soho sample sale is TODAY!

If you are good little fan-girl/boy, you'll have this date already marked on your calendar. But just in case, I'll remind you :)

1. Make sure you go during the timeframe listed on your ticket-- it seems like they will be very strict on that.
2. Also, bring ID because they will probably check to make sure you didn't just photocopy someone else's invite.

3. Aaand, make sure you know where to go! I'm not going to write it here because if you don't know, then you obviously weren't invited. No gatecrashers!

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Friday, April 16, 2010 is astounded by the response

While the US sale did not suffer nearly as much technical difficulties as the European sale did, has released a statement apologizing for those who were affected by server time-outs. While there is no good news for us today (the sale really is over), they are promising more future sales. I think this is a great silver lining because they are acknowledging our disappointment. However, I know there were women who stayed up all night, diligently waiting by their email, and to them I say, you've earned it!

Full press release is included below.

“Hello everyone, I am Stephanie, Director of theOutnet. I wanted to personally say that we have been listening to all your comments. First and most importantly, I want to say sorry for the frustrating experience that many of you had. You have shown incredible interest in our site today and we do not take that lightly. Clearly, while we were prepared for the volume of traffic the sale would deliver, in some markets, the UK mainly, we were overwhelmed by the speed at which you came to the site this morning. This remarkable volume –up to 9 orders a second - led the site to crash for many of you, and I want to say that we are very sorry to all those who didn’t get to buy anything at the sale, but delighted for the thousands of lucky ones amongst you that did walk away with a £1/$1 bargain from theOutnet. We want to thank all of you for being part of our first year celebrations. With each event we are working hard to fix issues that arise, and want to say that we fully intend to offer you further bargain shopping opportunities in the future. Thank you again, Stephanie”

Record sell out at's £1/$1 First Birthday pop-up sale

Friday, April 16th 2010 ––’s first birthday pop-up sale launched today internationally at 07:24 GMT and in the United States a separate sale with new $1 stock went live at 06:45 EST. Thousands of designer items from the world's top fashion brands went on sale for just £1 or $1. Due to the unprecedented speed of the demand, everything sold out within hours - the fastest sale event of its kind on the site since launch.

Products were limited to one per person to ensure as many customers could be given the chance to snap up a designer item at an unbelievable price. Thousands of people walked away with huge bargains.

Stephanie Phair, Director of theOutnet says: “We are thrilled that there are so many people excited about what we are doing on theOutnet. Whilst we were prepared for the volume of traffic the sale would deliver, we were overwhelmed by the speed at which people came to the site this morning. This remarkable volume - up to 9 orders a second - led the site to crash in some markets and I want to say that we are very sorry to all those disappointed people who didn’t get to buy anything at the sale, but delighted for all of those who did. Thousands of happy Outnet customers walked away with once-in-a-lifetime bargains for £1 or $1. We want to thank everyone for being part of our first year celebrations and with each event we are working hard to fix issues that arise so we can serve you better and continue to offer amazing bargain shopping opportunities.”

About is the most fashionable fashion outlet. Since its launch in April 2009 by the people behind the award-winning website, NET-A PORTER.COM, theOutnet has quickly established itself as the chic, go-to destination for the global, style-conscious shopper looking for the best designer brands at a great price. Stocking an unparalleled selection of previous season designer fashion from over 200 brands and shipping to 170 countries, theOutnet is the definitive and exclusive designer outlet where everyone is invited. It's chic-onomics!™

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REMINDER:'s $1 birthday sale is TOMORROW!!

Update: It's over! It happened this morning at 6:45 and plenty of women were standing by to grab some really delicious goodies (including a ~$2000 Miu Miu dress that is gorgeous!). Unfortunately I was sleeping and missed out! Congrats to all of you who either stayed up or woke up early enough to get something!!

Remember to keep a close eye on your email tomorrow!! No one (well, except the staff, of course) knows when's $1 birthday sale will launch, but when it does, expect furious shopping all over the country.

They shared a few helpful tips for us to bear in mind:
1. The deal!
You can only buy one item, so focus and keep your shopping cool!
2. Just buy it!
Items in your shopping bag are not yours until your payment is confirmed. Everything will sell fast!
3. Come prepared!
Know your sizes in advance. Editors Note: Yes, esp the difference between French and Italian sizing.
4. Avoid sold-out rage!
Shop by size filter and we’ll only show you what’s still available. Editors Note: I have sooo been there!! Haha!
5. Check out fast!
Our system will remember all your billing and shipping addresses. Fact! Sign in to your account to check your details now.

So, bearing this in mind, do go make sure your addresses are pre-populated, and good luck to everyone!!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 online sample sale - up to 90% off

Update: Use code "ENJOYDESIGN" for free shipping!

Helloooo lunch time shopping! is having a sample sale, with tons of delicious goodies up to 90% off!. You don't want to snooze through this one!

... more liquidation

I bookmarked the handbags page on PoshOnMain, and checked it religiously, waiting for it to go beyond 60% off. Well of course today since I had a ridiculously busy morning, it went to 75% off. And while I was busy, the world kept on turning, and I missed out on the handbags. Nada.

Sob sob. But there are still shoes... I recommend you jump on it!

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Frette sample sale

All these online Frette sales (Gilt Man, One Kings Lane) have got me thinking of a crisp new set of sheets, so what comes along? A *real* Frette sale! Hurrah!

Sample discounts:
Bedsets, Duvet Sets, 80% off
Light Quilts & Covers, 80% off
Robes and PJs, 60-75% off
Tabletop, 60-75% off

What: Frette sample sale
When: Sunday, Apr 25 - Thursday, Apr 29; Su 1-5PM, M-Th 10AM-6PM
Where: 9th fl @ 4 W 58th St (btw 5/6th Ave, right by Bergdorf)

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Betsey Johnson sample sale

I was too busy to post yesterday, but I should have included the Betsey Johnson dress sale. Up to 80% off.

What: Betsey Johnson dress sample sale
When: Wednesday, Apr 14 - Friday, Apr 16; 10AM-10PM
Where: Millenium Hotel, 145 W 44th St (btw 6th Ave/Broadway); 212-993-9251

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Rock & Republic warehouse sale

Rock & Republic will be taking over the Metropolitan Pavilion this weekend for a big warehouse sale. Mens, womens, kids will all have items available in denim, tops, outerwear, and accessories (maybe shoes?).

If you are a R&R fan, you will want to pop by at discounts of 50-80% off! Don't bring your purse or any shopping bags unless you want to wait in bag check.

What: Rock & Republic warehouse sale
When: Friday, Apr 16 - Sunday, Apr 18; F 4-9PM, S1AM-7PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 4th fl @ 123 W 18th St
Cash or CC only. There will be a strict bag check (including purses!)

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Bartending 101 class for $25

Today's NYC deal from TheDealist is 50% off a 1-hour Bartending 101 class at SideBAR, with an additional 1-hour open bar following the class, priced at $25 (normally $50).

Currently they are selling spots at classes on:
Tuesday, 5/18, 7-9PM
Tuesday, 5/25, 7-9PM
Tuesday, 6/8, 7-9PM

Address for SideBAR:
120 E 15th St (corner of 15th St. & Irving Pl.)
New York, NY

I don't know much about SideBAR, but if you want get your basics in bartending, this will probably be a lot of fun!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Off-topic: beautiful photos of Egypt

One of my best friends is a professional photographer in Malaysia, and she recently went on a trip to Egypt. Her photos are gorgeous! Egypt has always been #1 on my personal list of 'places to go' (even though I seem to go everywhere else!) If you, like me, would rather not think about work, then I recommend spacing out to her pictures. Her shots of the temples are so clear you feel like you're seeing them as well. I need to start looking at airfare now.

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WinkNYC 25% off all bags

Use code "H2X78" to take 25% off all the Rebecca Minkoffs, Foley and Corinnas, and Olivia Harris' at Ends Friday, Apr 16.

... more +40% off sale

Take an extra 40% off the sale section at with code "X5Y4Q". Today only.

... more new jewelry

I have a serious, debilitating weakness for Burberry jewelry, and yet there are so many bright and shiny new pieces at TheOutnet... God give me strength to resist...

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