Saturday, December 10, 2016

Exclusive Chanel & Hermes Sale

Looking for a great deal on a Chanel or Hermes bag? 

A Modern Take is hosting an online Instagram sale that starts right now. The shopping event includes a great assortment of new and preowned designer bags by Chanel, Hermes, Celine and more.  Click here to to watch a stream of available merchandise and you can email if you have any questions.

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The IT-it: Skiwear Jumps Off the Lift

The handbag market has reached a tipping point where $3000 bags have become a bore. The newest status luxury item is outerwear but the best part is that prices are still quite affordable.

Those living in cold weather climates wear heavy coats and jackets for almost five months straight.  Now more than ever, fashion customers are demanding items that provide performance as well as fashion. Moncler and Canada Goose have heard the cries of consumers and grown exponentially.

More designers are beginning to take note and are enticing woman with a variety of colorful and dramatic winter jackets spanning from Balenciaga's oversized quilted shell to Perfect Moment's retro designs. Some big hits of the season include, Stella McCartney's oversized denim jacket, Fendi's monster collection and Dsquared2 who has introduced a full assortment of ski items including, boots, pants and accessories.

If you are entranced by Perfect Moment's form and function, you should shop around. We found that Matchesfashion retails the brand for about 30% less than NetAPorter. This red, white and blue jacket is $311 on Matches but $420 on NAP. Ski pants are $400 on NAP and just $300 on Matches.

See! It always pays to shop around.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Skull Cashmere & 360Cashmere Sample Sale

Save 70% off at the Skull Cashmere and 360Cashmere sample sale. The sale will include clothing and accessories for women and men.

Skull Cashmere & 360Cashmere
Monday, December  12 through Wednesday, December 14
10am to 5pm daily
231 West 39th Street, (btw 7th & 8th Ave) Suite 1001

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gift Ideas: The Best Holiday Beauty Sets

The holiday season is always an exciting time to shop. If you're a beauty addict it's even better. Cosmetic, fragrance and beauty companies always put together the most value packed gift packages during the holiday season.

This is an opportune time to try something new or stock up on the items you love.
Below are some of our favorite beauty packages that you can buy as gifts or beautify yourself:

Marc Jacobs Five Piece Mini Lipsticks $49
No Angel (apricot nude)
Slow Burn (creamy nude rose)
OH Miley! (strawberry spice)
Miss Scarlet (deep ruby)
Scandal (intense plum)
VALUE: $82

Dior ($29.50)
Mascara & eyeshadow combo
VALUE: Mascara alone is usually $30

Kevin Aucoin lip kit $48
Lipstick, lipgloss and lip pencil
VALUE: Lipsticks are $35, lipgloss is usually $30 and pencil is $25= $90

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Brush Gift Set $65
Mini Powder Brush for blusher, powder and sculpting
Mini Blender Brush for blending eye shadow
Mini Smudge Brush to apply eye shadow
Mini Precision Brush for perfecting lips and eyes
VALUE: $72

The French Pharmacy Set $77
Bioderma Sensibio H20
Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré
Avéne Cold Cream Lip Cream
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
VALUE: Business class ticket to France?

Saint Laurent Lips & Lash Set $60
Touche Eclat in #2 Luminous Ivory
Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll in #1 Black
Rouge Volupte Shine Lip Color in #49 Saint Germain (mini size)
Pink cosmetics bag
VALUE: Mascara $32, Eclat $42...

Makeup Forever Holiday Eye Shadow Palette on sale for $39 from $49
VALUE: $95

Beauty Blender $32
Two beauty blenders
VALUE: $40

Pat McGrath Labs Eye Kit $60
Mehron mixing liquid
Dual-Ended Marker in Black
VALUE: These kits sell out too quickly to price

Trish McEvoy the power of makeup planner collection $225
Eye Base Essentials Bare
24-Hour Eye Shadow And Liner Smokey Quartz
Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner
Lash Curling Mascara
Instant Eye Lift Made
Eye Brightener Shell
Light & Lift Eye Palette
Eye Shadow Snow
Eye Shadow Pink
Eye Shadow Glamorous
Eye Shadow Pebble
Eye Shadow Nude
Eye Shadow Rose Quartz
Glaze Eye Shadow Bronze Gold
Eye Definer Blackberry Granite
Eye Definer Paris Nights
Translucent Finishing Powder
Bronzer Golden
Blush Pink Glow
Brow Mascara Natural
Beauty Booster Lip & Cheek Perfect Plum
Ultra-Wear Lip Gloss Berry
Makeup Planner
Brush 65 Eye Blending
Pencil Sharpener

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide: What to Get the Trinity Girl

New York private school girls are a most interesting specimen. They have more academic pressure than most first year med students but many are more entitled than a managing director at Goldman. To watch them in their natural habitat one only need to sip coffee at any bakery or on Madison Avenue coffee shop.

Shopping for these girls is no easy task. The bar is high and it's so easy to go too far. Below is a gift guide that can satisfy the private school girl-- from Chapin to Columbia Prep.

Glossier Lip Stain $18 | SanYes LED Sneakers $30 | Adidas track pants $60 | Mophie charging case $99 Bose Bluetooth noise canceling headphones $299 | Balenciaga envelope clutch with a cross body strap $1335 | Bow choker necklace $28 | Maria Tash hoop earring $360 | Kenzo x HM silk dress $129

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Closer Look at the Nordstrom Sale

We have closely focused on the markdowns at stores in The City but that precludes one major fashion shopping destination: Nordstrom! At Nordstrom, shoppers will find lots of interesting sale items that may have already sold out at our local stores.

Right now, Nordstrom has an amazing selection of fashion that goes way beyond Uggs and Tory Burch. Even top designer items are discounted 40%, which tops the discounts at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks. Take a look at this gloved bag from Undercover that's $536 from almost $900, that gold and black shearling jacket from Acne is now $1800 from $3000 and Valentino lace-up ballerina flats are $536 from $900.

Many of the most popular bags are already sold out online but there are still some good options. Here is a Chloe Hudson that's priced at $1500 from $2250, an ornate Valentino Lock bag that's $3100 from $5200 and a Saint Laurent wallet on a chain with studded hearts is $1200 from $1800.

We really encourage you to explore the sale section of 'Space' collection that go beyond basic fashion. Included in this all-star fashion line-up are: Junya Watanabe, Simone Rocha, Mira Mikati, Ellery, Roksanda and Undercover. As part of the most recent additions for cruise we absolutely love this Mira Mikati powder blue coat, this Roksanda bell sleeve blouse and this Jiwinaia ribbon chocker ($190) that also doubles as a bracelet.

It's really novel to have such an offering from Nordstrom, which offers outstanding customer service and will even price match. Try getting Jeffery to price match!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Chanel Presale Begins

The Chanel presale started a bit early this year-- like almost everything. Right now, shoppers can begin to presale the items of their choice at various department stores and Chanel boutiques. The sale officially begins and opens to the public on Thursday, December 8.

Discounts usually only apply to shoes, clothing and jewelry. Sometimes we find a very small assortment of small leather goods and some novelty bags from the current  season. Chanel boutiques, Barneys and Hirshleifers (great for finding sold out items) offer a 40% discount. The markdown at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Jeffery is 30%.

If you have something particular in mind, we suggest contacting a reliable sales person to keep an eye out for your anticipated purchase. Chanel fans will be happy to see how much is included in this season's markdown. We love the pointy-toe mule the the pearl heel. The variety of short boots is also excellent.

Head right this way to browse a large selection of shoes that have been flagged for markdown at various stores. Stay tuned for updates.

Bergdorf Goodman: Doreen 347-986-9483
Hirshleifers: Tova 516-627-3566
Barneys: Instagram DM ArnieBNY
Fifth Avenue Club: Eric 212-753-4000
Jeffery: Michelle 212-206-1272

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Department Store Discount Cheat Sheet

Almost all of the seasonal merchandise in department stores are on sale. At most of our local shopping destinations, fall and winter clothing is discounted 40% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary greatly.

Some boutiques are offering even lower discounts than the department stores. For instance, Lanvin and Prada are both offering customers a 50% savings. Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Take note, for a limited time Barneys is offering a  extra 10% off, which brings the total savings to about 45% off.

Dior, Celine and Louboutin all went on sale this week. We are still waiting for Chanel to hit the markdown market. If you're looking for something from Gianvito Rossi, you'll need to head to Barneys where the discount is 40%. These velvet pumps are spot on for this season.

Here is your cheat sheet. Take note, we didn't include limited time promotions. These are 'hard markdowns':

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nancy Gonzalez Sample Sale VIP Access

Nancy Gonzalez is hosting her bi-annual sample sale where her famous exotic skin bags will be significantly reduced. The sale doesn't open to the public until Monday, December 5 but Madison Avenue Spy readers will be given VIP access.

Shoppers can attend the pre-sale on Sunday by giving a $36 donation, which will go to New York Cancer Center. Please email us here if you would like to attend. If you can't make it to the sale preview, readers who RSVP will be given the opportunity to cut the line throughout the sale.

Space is limited and you must RSVP must RSVP to access these VIP perks. There will be a guest list at the door on Sunday. The remaining dates of the sale are open to the general public.

We are told that this season's sale will have a great selection of the designer's most popular 3-D collections. Past Gonzalez sample sales include an impressive inventory of exotic styles and colors. The prices at the last sale were almost as impressive as the assortment of merchandise starting at just $500.

This sale is always very popular and can be quite chaotic. We suggest that serious Nancy Gonzalez shoppers should take advantage of this VIP-shopping opportunity.

Nancy Gonzalez Sample Sale
VIP Shopping: Sunday, December 4 from 12pm-5pm
Public shopping: Monday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 7
Mon 9am-6pm, Tues 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-4pm
5 East 57th Street, 19th FL

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Christian Louboutin Sample Sale Invites

Ladies, have you been naughty or nice?

Check your inboxes to find out. Christian Louboutin just sent their best friends, VIP invites to its exclusive sample sale. That's right, the sale that everyone loves to hate starts next week. Remember, the security is tight and there's a clear mean-girls hierarchy to who gets invited to shop first.

The most important Louboutin insiders, glossy magazine editors and celebrities, are known to be invited to begin shopping by appointment on the first few days. The sale extends all week as the invited guest list expands to allow general press and "friends and family."

Last season, prices started at just $200 but most styles were priced in the $250-range. The most expensive style shoes were $800. A majority of the heels and studded variety pumps were priced between $300 and $400. For example, studded kitten heels was $300 and $2300 studded knee high boots were just $600. You can click here to see the inside scoop from last year's sample sale.

If you're considering door-busting this sale, we suggest that you use your best technique starting Wednesday. Be forewarned, at the last sale, there were several layers of security and we received many reports of people getting turned away after waiting on line for a ridiculous amount of time.

Those who weren't invited can now save 40% at Christian Louboutin boutiques and Barneys. Other department stores have markdowns too but the discounts are less. There are dozens of styles included in the markdown. Use the scroll above to begin browsing.

Follow along on Instagram to get up-to-the minute updates.

Christian Louboutin Invite Only Sample Sale
Monday, December 12 through Friday, December 16
11am to 6pm
307 West 38th Street No. 3 @ 8th Ave.