Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gilt City $40 Mint Car membership

I find the whole Gilt Groupe case study to be fascinating. The market they've created, their attempts (and failures) to do more faster (GiltFuse anyone?). Newest venture: city-based deals.

For NYCers, one of the current deals is a $40 one-year membership (plus $75 driving credit) to Mint Cars, the sexier alternative to ZipCar. They have those adorable SmartCars!! I love the convenience of this whole rent-by-the-hour thing. ZipCar's weird way of billing things makes me crazy, and I would switch, but they have more cars located within my walking distance. So I'll stay... for now.

Anyway, if you are curious, and near a Mint car location, this is a great low-risk way to try it out. Insurance and gas are included in your membership and hourly rates, so it's pretty easy. Ends Wednesday, Jul 7.

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Woodbury Common July 4th sales

Although I get Friday off, I think I'm obligated to stay at home and cheer for Brazil. Damn these allegiances you marry into. God I really want to hit up that Prada (outlet) sample sale.

Here's the rundown of sales going down at Woodbury Common this weekend. Some start tomorrow and some start Friday. Remember to dress light and wear sunscreen because that sun will be bearing down on you! Also, you can print a coupon for a free VIP coupon book as well. It might not do you any good, though, because most stores don't let you combine coupons/promos/discounts.

When: Thursday, Jul 1 - Monday, Jul 5; 9AM-9PM everyday
Where: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917; 845-928-4000

New stores open now:
Elizabeth Arden
Rock and Republic

New stores coming soon:
Coach mens (September 2010)
Ed Hardy (Summer 2010)

SALE INFO on my favorite boutiques. See the full list here.
7 For All Mankind (ends July 5)
60% off select Sportswear, Swim & Kids
70% off select Shoes, Handbags & Accessories
*Some exclusions may apply. Merchandise may vary.

A|X Armani Exchange (July 2 - 5)
+25% off all purchases of $100+
Fri-Mon: 7AM opening

AG Adriano Goldschmied (June 30 - July 5)
+20% off on already reduced prices
Markdowns 50-75%

Ann Taylor Factory Store (June 30 - July 6)
+40% off lowest ticket price store-wide
Bonus offer: s/s basic tee BOGO free
25-70% off throughout the store

Banana Republic Factory Store (July 1 - 6)
+40% off entire store

BCBG Max Azria (June 21 - July 11)
Summer Sale: 30-50% off

Burberry (July 1 - 7)
+30% Off Selected Items

Calvin Klein mens and womens (June 30 - July 7)
Storewide Summer sale: 10-50% off

Catherine Malandrino (Now - July 1)
+40% off of already reduced merchandise (select styles only).
Receive a free Catherine Malandrino Eco Tote with Any purchase (while supplies last)

Chloe (July 1 - 5)
+20% off the entire store (excludes Paddington classic handbag, Fragrance and Eyewear)
RTW: +35% off already reduced outlet price
Handbags: 35-60% off original retail
Accessories: 40-60% off original retail
Shoes: 50-60% off original retail
Selected Eyewear: 25-50% off original retail
Sidewalk sale clearance RTW from $40-250

Cole Haan (June 30 - July 6)
+50% Off the Entire Store

Diesel (July 1 - 5)
Footwear: Buy One, Get 1 50% Off
(July 3 - 4)
All Dresses: $49.99
All Female Tops and T-shirts: Buy One, Get 1 50% Off

DKNY (July 1 - 5)
+50% off store-wide

Dolce & Gabbana (June 24 - July 31)
Select Spring 2009 merchandise +40% off

Etro (June 25 - July 5)
+50% off selected Men’s and Women’s Spring/Summer Collections.

French Connection (June 30 - July 7)
+40% off the entire store
Fri, July 2: 8AM opening

Gap Outlet (July 1 - 6)
All Shorts, $10
Sale - 70% off select styles

Giuseppe Zanotti Design (July 1 - 5)
65% off original retail on Spring/Summer Collection
75% off all Winter boots
75% off select accessories
$99 - $150 belts
$199 purses and clutches

J.Crew (June 30 - July 7)
$19.99 all full-price Shorts
+40% off all Footwear and Accessories, Graphic Tees, Jackie Cardigans, Denim
$9.99 Artist Tees
$4.99 Favorite Tanks
$19.99 Cotton V-neck Sweaters
$29.99 Silk Christen Camis
50% off all Polos
$12.99 Graphic Tees
50% off all Shirts
40% off all Pants
$19.99- $29.99 all Shorts
+40% off all Footwear and Accessories

Jimmy Choo
(July 1 - 5)
New Spring/Summer 2010 Arrivals
Select Shoe Styles, 55%-75% off
Classic Black Boots at 50% off
Select Bags and Small Leather Goods, 55%-65% off

Judith Leiber (July 1 - 5)
+25% off the outlet price, excludes: clearance, eyewear & fragrance

Judith Ripka (now - July 5)
+50% off your purchase

Juicy Couture (June 30 - July 6)
+30% off all sale merchandise

Kenneth Cole (July 1 - 7)
+41% off entire store

(July 1 - 5)
+10% off entire purchase
GWP of $80+: Luxurious Olive Body Cream & Shower Cream (2.5 fl oz)

La Perla (June 30 - July 5)
Free La Perla Panty with all purchases of $250+
75% off select regular price items

Lucky Brand (July 1 - 5)
+25% Off Lowest Price

Movado Company Store
(July 1 - 6)
+25% off your entire purchase, including brand discounts, Doorbuster Deals excluded

Neiman Marcus Last Call (June 30 - July 6)
+30% off your total purchase, excludes Smart Buys 24/7 merchandise

The North Face (now - July 6)
+25% off all equipment
+50% off Selected Outerwear, Selected Sportswear and all Footwear

Prada (July 2 - 5)
Sample Sale to include Handbags, Ready To Wear, Accessories and Shoes at 80% off retail
3 handbag limit per person on samples

Roberto Cavalli (June 28 - July 30)
Just Cavalli +30% off original price
Spring/Summer RTW and accessories +50% off the outlet price

Rock & Republic (July 1 - 5)
Buy a jean and get the second jean +50% off
Buy a tee and get the second tee +50% off

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th (June 30 - July 6)
+50% Off Clearance Apparel
+40% Off Spring and Summer shoes (marked with red sticker)
+30% Off Jewelry & Watches (Fine and Trend), Handbags, and Men's Suits
BOGO 50% off on all other merchandise not listed above

Salvatore Ferragamo (July 1 - 5)
Selected Merchandise: 50%-85% off the Original Price

Superdry (July 1 - 5)
+50% off entire store

Swarovski (July 1 – 5)
+30% off entire store
Select crystal living styles +50% off

Tag Heuer (July 1 - 5)
+10% off of regular priced TAG Heuer and Zenith timepieces
Plus TAG Heuer special promotions from $999 - $2,999 on key styles
+25% off MSRP on TAG Heuer new product arrivals, along with every day +35% off MSRP on TAG Heuer timepiece assortment

Tommy Bahama (July 1 - 5)
+50% off the entire store, excluding fragrance, cds & clearance items

Tory Burch (July 1 - 5)
Spend $300 and Save 30%
Discount not valid on purchase of Reva Ballerinas or Gift Cards

True Religion (June 29 - July 5)
+20-30% off Denim, Shorts and Skirts
$79.99 Crystal Logo (Regularly price $99.99-129.99)
Buy One, Get One Free on all t-shirts and tank tops

Tumi (Now - July 6)
Buy One Item, Get a Second Item +50% Off

Zegna Outlet Store (July 2 - 5
Spend $200 - $499 Save 10% Off
Spend $500 - $999 Save 15% Off
Spend $1000 - $1499 Save 20% Off
Spend $1500 or more Save 25% Off

... more cute shoes has been doing some pretty random advertising (most of which I don't post b/c I think it's a bit of a stretch). But I like having a little browse to see what they've got. Right now I'm actually impressed with their shoe collection. They have a decent selection of sandals and heels under $300. For example:

These Valentinos are gorgeous! $278 if you wear size 9 (retail $695)

and these super classy Rupert Sanderson pumps are the perfect vampy work staple. $257, and they have a nice range of sizes available (retail $735).

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Intermix +40% off sale

Take an additional 40% off the sale items in-stores or on Use code "40SALE" to shop online, and I don't think you need the email to get the discount in the boutiques. Ends Sunday, July 31st, and all sales are final.

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Fendi sample sale

Update: a commenter has let us know that the Fendi sale is no good. "I went there during lunch hour. Very disappointed. Nothing good there. Many people left empty handed."

Fendi sample sale starts tomorrow! Not sure of the price points though.

What: Fendi sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 29 - Thursday, Jul 1; T 3-8PM, W 8AM-8PM, Th 8AM-3PM
What: Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 W 19th St
Credit cards only. All sales final.

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Bergdorf Goodman sale hits 60% off

BG's sale is now up to 60% off. Online is kind of sparse, so I may do a little July 4th shopping this weekend!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Banana Republic $75 dresses today

Today only, all non-sale dresses on are $75.

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Monday, June 28, 2010 +20% off Marc Jacobs

Until 11 AM Wednesday, Jun 30, take an additional 20% off all Marc Jacobs and free shipping through this link or using code "YOOXLOVESMARC".


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 $20 off $100

Take $20 off your $100 order at

Valid on items only, excluding gift cards, gift certificates and Aramis, Darphin, DKNY, Donna Karan, jane iredale, Lab Series, Missoni, Michael Kors, Mustang, Origins, Murad, Sean John, Smashbox, and Tommy Hilfiger products.

... more summer sale has some items at a heavy discount, and you can still use code "AFPVIP2010" for 20% off your entire order.

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Catherine Malandrino sample sale +30% off

For the last day of the Catherine Malandrino sample sale (which I haven't visited due to my sisters being in town-- which also explains the decrease in posts), take an extra 30% off.

Catherine Malandrino sample sale

When: Monday, Jun 21 - Wednesday, Jun 23; M 10AM-9PM, T-W 8AM-8PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St (btw 6/7th Ave)

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Rogan, Loomstate sample sale

I'm noticing an excess of Rogan sales, and I have a sinking feeling about the label. At this upcoming sale, jeans start at $60, and there will also be leather goods, dresses, t-shirts, and more are up to 75% off.

What: Rogan, Loomstate sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 23 - Friday, Jun 25: T-W 8AM-8PM, F 8AM-5PM
Where: 91 Franklin St (@ Church St); 646-827-7560

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Me & Ro sample sale

Visit Me & Ro's sample sale, and get silver, gold or platinum jewelry up to 75% off.

What: Me & Ro sample sale
When: Wednesday, Jun 23 - Thursday, Jun 24; W noon-7PM, Th 10AM-7PM
What: 13 Crosby St (btw Howard/Grand St); 646-747-5900

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Rag & Bone sample sale

Rag & Bone's sample sale moves out of its Meat-packing showroom location and into another sample sale space. Visit Chelsea Market on Thursday to get t-shirts for $45+ or jeans/pants for $95+.

What: Rag & Bone sample sale
When: Thursday, Jun 24 - Sunday, Jun 27; Th-F 8AM-8PM, S noon-6PM, Su noon-5PM
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chivalry vs the revolving door

Note: not shopping related.

Last night my husband and I went to dinner at Daniel, which, like a few other nice restaurants, has a revolving door in the entrance. While I have some standard chivalry preferences (like having the door/car door held open for me or entering/exiting an elevator first), when it comes to revolving doors, I jump in when there the door is already moving, but if it's still, I hang back and let him do the work.

As we were leaving dinner, a couple (obviously in the early dating phase) walked up to the revolving door, and the young man let the girl go first. She went forward but turned around and shrilly asked, "You want me to push?" And then he stammered, "Uh, no, I just wanted, you know, to let you go first". I, of course, started laughing. And he's right, there's no way for men to win with a revolving door. Go first and you're insensitive, go second and you're lazy. Women really ARE complicated!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

BG mens 40% off

BG's mens has been added to the sale

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Catherine Malandrino sample sale

Update: Print out the email and get an extra 10% off your purchase.
Savvy & Co will be hosting the summer Catherine Malandrino sample sale next week! One of my favorite sales of the year, I am VERY amped up about this one!

What: Catherine Malandrino sample sale
When: Monday, Jun 21 - Wednesday, Jun 23; M 10AM-9PM, T-W 8AM-8PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St (btw 6/7th Ave)

... more 10th Anniversary means 15% off for us

Update: code is good for all weekend :D

YOOX turns 10 today, and
in celebration, use code "10ANNIVERSARY@YOOX" for 15% off your purchase TODAY ONLY plus free shipping! Good on everything except super-clearance (final sale items).

... more +40% off timeless Italian

This weekend's deal: +40% off a selection of 'timeless' Italian pieces. Looks like Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti, and Missoni feature heavily.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tory Burch sale up to 50% off

Tory Burch has hit 50% off. For free shipping $250+, use code "SHIP250".

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Riedel sample sale

If you need some housewarming or wedding gifts (or want to stock up for your dinner parties), head to Chelsea Market for Riedel's first-ever NYC sample sale!

Sample price points: Ouverture Magnum Wine Glasses - Four party magnum glasses supplied in a stylish gift tube $29 (retail $48), Happy ‘O’ gift set - 1 red, green, blue and yellow stemless wine glass $45 (retail $60), Vinum Pink Rose wine glasses (a personal favorite!) - a set for $18 (retail $59).

They will also have some tabletop and glassware pieces from Nachtmann and Spiegelau.

What: Riedel sample sale
When: Thursday, Jun 17 – Sunday, Jun 20; 10:30AM-7PM

Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave; 212-543-4300

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Browns UK summer sale

Browns Fashion UK is having their summer sale with a very nice collection of shoes. Just remember that you'll have to pay customs to DHL or FedEx instead of normal VAT. (And obviously we prefer DHL)

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Buying direct from European websites

Update: customs bills comparisons: FedEx v DHL

FedEx: While the customs fees themselves are pretty reasonable: 10% tax and a .21% "Merchandise Processing Fee" on each item. The sucker punch: a self-imposed 'minimum' Merchandise Processing Fee of $25. Then a $5.50 advancement fee. So my bill was $42.50 in customs duties + $25 in processing charges + $5.50 advancement fee. $73.00 on $425 worth of goods.

DHL: 2.8% duty on my one pair of boots + $5.50 advancement fee, a grand total of $16.42 on $390 worth of goods. No processing fees.

Moral of the story: ask your international vendor to ship DHL if possible!!!

As I keep mentioning, the Euro is dropping, which I am fully embracing, online-shopping wise! Today I finally got my order in from a pair of Margiela 22 knee high boots and two pairs of Prada leather peeptoe slingbacks... all for a whopping $468. They arrived in perfect condition, and I had them only send the boot box and not the Prada boxes to save on shipping. It seems some people were interested in my shopping experience, so I thought I'd share!

Why would I shop from a European site versus an American one? Mostly to avoid designer mark-ups. It's no secret that French designer goods retail for lower in France (like Longchamp, Vanessa Bruno) or that in all of Europe, Giorgio Armani and Valentino are not as hideously expensive as they are here. (And don't even THINK about Asia! I was pretty aghast to see the average price of Manolos around $800-900.) Plus a lot of designers make things that never come to the US-- shoe styles, bags, or small accessories, like scarves or gloves.

Besides, many European vendors with better prices (and sales!) are happy to ship state-side. and have US warehouses, so we don't have to worry about VAT, customs duties, or crazy shipping fees. Just remember that returns or exchanges might be a real pain to deal with!

No brainers: [Italy, US] [UK, US] (N-A-P's outlet site) [UK, US] [Italy]

Set shipping costs, but you'll have to pay customs duties: [Germany] - standard 2-day international shipping is pretty steep at 45 Euro, which is ok if you are buying a lot, but sometimes they have periods where the int'l shipping is only 10 Euro! Sale items are usually final sale, but for full-priced items, returns are free. [various EU] - a little marketplace of EU boutiques, and 2-day shipping is very reasonable
Matches [UK] - shipping is very expensive! (but returns are free)
Browns [UK] - shipping is pricey

You need to do the legwork on pricing out shipping, and you'll also have to pay customs: [Italy, in Italian only although they email back in English] - they are having an amazing sale on sunglasses right now. And remember the price is: (online-price-with-VAT) / [(what-you'll-actually-pay)*1.2]. You must use PayPal. [Italy] - if you know what size you wear, this is a great treasure trove for clothes **Note: They DO NOT ship to the US at this time -- they are aiming to by the end of this year**

Remember to make sure that VAT is not included (most sites have prices with VAT, which is about 20%). I got a pair of YSL boots from MyTheresa for 293 Euro + 10 Euro shipping ($394 USD at the time), and I got a DHL invoice for customs of $17. So a total cost of $411 for boots that retail for 630 Euro! uses FedEx for shipping, and since my order was over $250 USD, I had to fill out paperwork with the Dept of Homeland Security (!) as an importer. Obviously I am not a reseller, but it was kind of interesting nonetheless. I'll report back when I get that customs bill :)

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It's not too late to grab a new bikini for July 4th weekend if you need one... Saks has discounted their swim by 30%.

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Ben-Amun goes insane with super low-priced jewelry this week

Th update: today's item: antique silver bangle for $8 (retail $80)

T update: today's item: a chain and crystal multi-strand necklace for $40 (retail $295)

If you don't feel like waiting for their sample sale (or aren't in NYC), take advantage of this week's promotions by Ben-Amun. Everyday they will pick a piece of jewelry to be sold super cheap (under $40).
The catch? It's only until 6PM or until they sell out.

Today's item is a pair of crystal earrings for $6 (retail $95).

To stay on top of the daily promos, follow their Facebook or Twitter.

... more friends and family is having a F&F event-- 25% off everything, including La Perla bras, Cosabella and Hanky Panky undies, and Hanro tops and boxer shorts. Use code "FRIEND", and $50+ ships for free. Ends Monday, Jun 21.

Bare Necessities

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hugo Boss up to 45% off denim

Hugo Boss is taking up to 45% off their denim pieces for two days. I wasn't even aware they did jeans for women. Learn something new everyday!

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Bloomingdale's buy more, save more

Update: Take $25 off $100 with code "SAVE25". Print the email to get the discount in-store.

Bloomingdale's is having their "Buy More, Save More" event. Take 20% off for $250-499.99 or 30% off for $500+. That makes a lot of cute Burberry, Hugo Boss Black, and Herve Leger dresses 30% off! Online and in-stores. Ends Thursday, Jun 17.

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Jildor summer sale

Jildor is having their semi-annual sale, up to 50% off. Flat-rate shipping.

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Piperlime lime tag sale 40% off

Starts today. Free shipping and free returns.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kate Spade online sample sale

To clear out everything that didn't sell before... up to 75% off, and shipping is $5. You'll need to sign in.

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If you read my earlier post about shopping from Europe and want to give it a whirl, is having a summer sale of items ranging from 50-70% off. The shipping is the standard 45 Euro right now, but the lack of VAT and low prices may just make it worth it.

For example,
this Temperley Electric Hobo bag that is a total of about $414 (not including DHL's custom fees). On the actual Temperley site, it's still $636 from its retail of $1060 (and shipping is an additional $35).

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Catherine Malandrino friends and family

I'm really excited about Catherine Malandrino's F&F this weekend, esp since I don't nearly get to go to Woodbury Common often enough to hit up her outlet store (my FAVORITE store in the whole thing). A very good option if you can't make it to the sample sale next week too.

Starting Thursday, Jun 17 - Sunday, Jun 20, pop by the CM stores in the Meatpacking District, Soho, East Hampton, Manhasset, Las Vegas, Melrose, or Sunset and score Spring-Summer items up to 70% off.

... more new denim shipment has gotten a shipment of denim in!

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Caudalie 20% off

Update: a very awesome commenter just let me/us know that the 2010 Caudalie summer event is happening soon. Score 20% off with code "SUMMERSALE" from Friday, Jun 18 - Monday, Jun 21. Thank you!!

In case you didn't get everything you wanted during their F&F event, Caudalie is giving you a second chance. Use code "SUMMERSALE" through Wednesday, Jun 10 to save 20% off.

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Giles & Brother sample sale

Pop by the Giles & Brother sample sale for $50 bangles! The catch? Cash only.

What: Giles & Brother sample sale
When: Wednesday, Jun 16 - Thurs, Jun 17; 11AM-6:30PM
Where: 147 W 29th St (btw 6/7th Ave); 212-643-0026
Cash only.

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Wolford summer sale

Wolford, the gold standard in hosiery, is having their 50% off summer sale! Items include tights (of course!), lingerie, RTW like bodysuits, a couple of swimsuits, and socks for men.

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Carolina Herrera sample sale

Carolina Herrera is having a womens RTW and bridal sample sale! Prices up to 85% off.

What: Carolina Herrera, Rena Lange sample sale
When: Sunday, Jun 13 - Thursday, Jun 17; Su-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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Monday, June 14, 2010 +10% during your country's World Cup matches has a code for you to take an extra 10% off during the times your home country is playing during the World Cup. That's 90 minutes of discount if you don't watch the games, or 15 minutes of discount if you're squeezing in some shopping time between halves. Use code "YOOXMUNDIAL". Ole!

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Fun iPhone app: Tiffany & Co.'s engagement ring finder

Because sometimes a subway ride isn't long enough to play a game or start reading a lengthy book, T&Co has created a fun app for those of us who dream of bling. (Yes, I am already married, but my hubby knows an 'upgraded' engagement ring is required in the next 5 years-- just because we got married when we were young and poor doesn't mean we have to live with that forever, right??)

The app offers information on all the various facets going into choosing the perfect Tiffany diamond engagement ring, and an on-the-screen Ring Sizer, which is pretty cool. You can put your ring directly on the screen and align it with the correct circle in the guide.

Rings are shown true-to-size and each style may be viewed with diamonds of six different carat sizes (because sometimes, it IS too big. I know, blasphemy!). Users can zoom in, pair with a wedding band, and save or share via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

T&Co will also have prices, to help allay the sticker shock, and, in the true spirit of optimism, users can make an appointment for a diamond consultation via phone or e-mail!

Introducing: Tiffany's engagement ring finder iPhone app. Just don't show your significant other or they will probably think you are scary/crazy :P

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James Perse private sale early access

James Perse has kicked off their private sale for those in the know (like me!). Up to 60% off. The sale publicly starts Wednesday, so make sure you pop in today or tomorrow to beat the crowd. You'll need to sign in, and all sales are final.

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Stephen Dweck sample sale

It's that time. Stephen Dweck is having their annual sample sale of bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces, all at 50-80% off. You'll find semi-precious and rare stones with an emphasis on bold colors, just in time for summer and early fall. They promise a wide selection, ranging from classic necklaces and earrings to funky bold pieces.

What: Stephen Dweck sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 15 - Wednesday, Jun 16; T 9AM-7PM, W 9AM-5PM
Where: 17th fl @ 21 W 38th St (btw 5/6th Ave); 212-764-3030
Cash or CC.

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Barney's beauty gift card event

Right now, Barney's is giving giftcards for spending in the Beauty department. Spend $100+ and get $10, spend $150+ and get $15, spend $200+ and get $20, or spend $250+ and get $25. You don't have to twist my arm! (in-stores only) Ends Saturday, Jun 19.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Hanger Project 20% off

If you have a designer man in your life who seems to have everything, consider a gift from The Hanger Project. A few years ago I came across The Hanger Project when searching for a good Xmas present for the husby, and I've been hooked ever since. The quality is really superior to almost everything, even the most expensive Container Store wood hangers (although I still get their big coat hangers for my winter wool coats).

From now until Sunday, Jun 20, use code "DAD" for 20% off your order of luxury hangers, garment bags, and mother-of-pearl collar stays. While not the sexiest present in the world, my DH was really pleased with such nice hangers for his Thomas Pink work shirts and Burberry suits. I mean, if you spend all that money on your clothes, you want to keep them properly, right? I even have a shipment of hangers coming in for my own half (ok, 3/4ths of the closet). And don't even get me started on those damn wire hangers!!!

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Cole Haan bi-annual sale

Update: If you've been having issues getting to the website, Cole Haan wants to apologize. Here's a new link to the sale, and use code "OOPS" for free shipping on everything. Code ends Sunday night, Jun 13.

Up to 40% off, and free shipping for $200+.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Made by Niki secret sample sale

UK lingerie line Made by Niki will be having their annual online sample sale this month. I am not familiar with them, but they look like a high-quality less-kinky competitor of Agent Provocateur (whose fun flirty underpinnings I LOVE). Sign up and join their email list for sample sale notification.

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Prive (Chelsea Market) clearance sample sale

The Prive, who hosts all the sample sales in Chelsea Market, is having a massive warehouse clearance sale. This weekend only, prices will be 50-95% off, and per my memory, previous sales have included Walter, J Brand, Iisli, Elie Tahari. They've also arranged sales for Sferra, James Perse, and French Connection, but I'm not sure they actually maintained the inventory.

Mens and womens, and prices start at $5.

What: Prive (Chelsea Market) clearance sample sale
When: Saturday, Jun 12 - Sunday, Jun 13; 10:30AM-7PM
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (btw 15/16th St)

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Escada sample sale

Starting Sunday, Escada will be hosting their annual sample sale of dresses, gowns, clothing, shoes, and bags. Prices will be up to 95% off, and new merchandise arrives daily.

What: Escada sample sale
When: Sunday, Jun 13 - Tuesday, Jun 15; 10AM-7PM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 W 19th St (btw 6/7th Ave); 212-852-5446
Cash or CC only. All sales are final, no exchanges, or returns. No strollers or children under 12 please.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Nordstrom final clearance

Lots of stuff left for some pretty good prices (50% off)...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

DvF sample sale

Diane von Furstenberg sample sale officially starts today although the "F&F preview" started yesterday, and has more info.

Up to 75% off with new merchandise arriving throughout the week!

What: DVF sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 8 - Friday, Jun 11; T 9AM-6:30PM, W 10AM-8PM, Th 10AM-7PM, F 9AM-3PM
Where: 260 5th Ave (btw 28/29th St)

... more 40% off select Spring-Summer, free shipping is up to 40% off plus free shipping! Time to check the Dream Box...

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La Perla sample sale

Update: Markdowns begin tomorrow, and the sale has been extended to Thursday, Jun 10.

La Perla's sample sale is coming! Well-known for it's really fantastic prices (up to 80% off!), it will have lingerie, sleepwear, swimwear, and RTW. Of course, me sitting here eating a bag of Maltesers isn't helping me get motivated for this, but imagining getting some nice lacy underpinnings does!

What: La Perla sample sale
When: Sunday, Jun 6 - Wednesday, Jun 9; Su 10AM-5PM, M-W 10AM-6PM
Where: 4th fl @ 4 W 58th St (btw 5th/6th Ave, by BG); 212-920-1211
Cash or CC.

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Rebecca Minkoff online sample sale

Prepare for potential website crashing! Rebecca Minkoff is hosting her online sample sale on Thursday, Jun 10, at noon!

Fine print: $100 gets you free shipping, but they are not combining orders. All sales are final -- no changing your mind! and will ship before the end of the month. Some bags do not come with shoulder straps unless indicated in the description.

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Ralph Lauren womens sample sale

Soiffer-Haskin is hosting a Ralph Lauren womenswear sample sale of cruise and SS RTW collections.

What: Ralph Lauren womens sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 8 - Friday, Jun 11; T-Th 9AM-6:30PM, F 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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L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers sample sale

Ah, I have been remiss in posting some sales because last week was so hectic at work! So I'll try and make up for lost time today...

Funky Gwen Stefani's bags will be up to 70% off. There will be East-meets-West nylon and canvas tote bags, carry-alls, backpacks and shoulder bags.

Sample price points: L.A.M.B. Worthington satchel $80 (retail $275), L.A.M.B. Williamsfield tote from the Signature collection $90 (retail $295), L.A.M.B. Morgan clutch $60, (retail $195), Harajuku Lovers “Frosting” hobo $20 (retail $58), Harajuku Lovers “Bishoujo” tote $18 (retail $52).

What: L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers sample sale
When: Tuesday, Jun 8 - Friday, Jun 11; T-Th 8AM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM
Where: 307 W 38th St (btw 8/9th Ave)

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Tumi semi-annual sale

If you need some shiny new luggage for that European summer vacation (which is WAY more affordable now that the Euro is going down!). Tumi has items up to 40% off plus free shipping.

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ShopBop summer sale

Finally a SALE at ShopBop!!! Up to 70% off a bunch of summer items!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

BG adds to 40% off sale

New items have been added to BG's online designer sale. Up to 40% off.

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Friday, June 4, 2010 +50% off 'Parisian chic'

I don't know what that really means, but 50% off isn't bad. The items are mostly Chloe, Vanessa Bruno, Manoush, and other French designers (naturally).

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Free shipping is back! I didn't notice any additional markdowns on my Dream Box items, but perhaps they've added more items at 30% markdown... Ends Thursday, Jun 10.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Saks' sale has started too...

They didn't email me even though I am a cardholder (!!!) but it's on their sale page just like BG's (who DID email me). Yes, I'm slightly miffed.

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ADAM +10% off final sale is having their final sale of up to 65% off. Use code "MINTBOX10" and get an additional 10% off, and, if you go through Mintbox, you can even get a 5% cashback on top of all that. How's that for savings?

Mintbox also has some other kinda random cashback sites like NARS, Thomas Pink, and Vosges Chocolate. Mostly 5%, which is better than 0%! Their current Sephora cashback is 5%, so I'd still go with's 10%, but Bing doesn't have a lot of these online shops in its program, so I'd recommend checking it out.

If you need an invitation code, you can use "AAMB5"

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YSL sale is on

For all us girls and boys who heart YSL, their sale is on! The website is a little bogged down, FYI :P

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Up to 50% off, so what the hell are you waiting for?!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Alice+Olivia sample sale

Finally, a chance to buy Alice+Olivia dresses at reasonable prices! It says it 'opens to the public' on Thursday, so I'm guessing they are hosting a preview day on Wednesday... just sayin ;)

The Bryant Park location will be A+O sample sale HQ. Up to 70% off, dresses will be $149, skirts $99, tops $79. I've heard this sale is some cause for stampede, so go mentally prepared.

What: Alice + Olivia sample sale
When: Thursday, Jun 3 - Monday, June 7; Th/F/M 8AM-8PM, S/Sun 11AM-6PM
Where: 80 W 40 St (btw 5/6 Ave); 212-840-0887

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Christopher Fischer sample sale

You are probably not thinking of chunky cashmere sweaters right now in this newly arrived heat, BUT Christopher Fischer is having sample sale. So if you know you'll need some new things before this winter, might want to head over. No fitting rooms and all sales are final.

Last year (or was it 2 yrs) when I went to the one in midtown, prices were between $200-300 and there were lots of sweaters, some long gloves, and hoodies. It was about 40/60 mens/womens, although this time they say they'll have kids items too.

What: Christopher Fischer sample sale
When: Thursday, Jun 3 - Sunday, Jun 6; W-S 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-6PM
Where: 80 Wooster St (btw Spring/Broome St); 212-965-9009

... more new shipment of summer/pool stuff is featuring 'poolside luxe' items like bikinis, cover-ups, and sunglasses, if you're interested.

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Mango online sale

Super cute ad which caught my eye. Mango's online outlet shop has reduced prices by at least 50%, so there are some really cute summer dresses to be had for $30-40!!

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