Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Theory Friends & Family 30%

Theory is hosting a friends and family sale where shoppers can save 30% off at boutiques. The promotion is also available online using the code TSPRINGFF but the discount is 25%.

Theory isn't known for the most exciting pieces of fashion but they may provide the most wearable items. This Slicker Makintosh coat is already on sale and is quite versatile. It comes to about $350 from $645. This jumpsuit is the perfect blank canvas to a super accessorized summer outfit and is about $310 from $445. A sleeveless silk blouse isn't exactly cheap for $130 from $190 but it pairs effortlessly with almost anything-- pants, blazers, skirts, etc.

The Theory friends and family sale runs for a full week and ends Wednesday, April 30. The only excisions are third party denim and Mansur Gavriel bags-- but we're pretty over them anyway.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Collection

Mother's Day is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Sunday, May 11 and we couldn't be more excited to be the beneficiary of pampering and praise. The first thing you have to know about Mother's Day is that moms don't want you breaking the bank to say, "I love you." They also don't want a thoughtless card with a scribbled signature.

Finding the perfect gift can take a bit of determination and thought. Over here we put together a few collections of gift ideas. The first collection is for the Domestic Goddess and contains an assortment of beautiful and functional items, like a Pucci cosmetic case and a gift set of hand-made soaps. The other collection, The Matriarch, is focused on the women who rules. Gift ideas include, Tom Ford sunglasses, a Cuisinart juice extractor and a Dolce & Gabbana studded clutch. You can also click here to see eBay's guide for Mother’s Day.

Ebay collections are a great way to inspire and be inspired. Create your own Mother's Day collection using the tag #eBayMom and you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win $500 to shop on eBay. (Sweeps ends May 11, 2014.)

My blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay.

Inside the Yigal Azrouel Sale

Yigal Azrouel has become one of our favorite designers. His clothing is edgy and youthful without looking overdone or overly-hootchie. This season's sample sale started today and our devoted enthusiast, Paige Turner, couldn't wait to dig in.

As was the case last season, the sample sale is in the designer's showroom. Those looking for major discounts will be especially happy because the samples section is much larger than past years. The only drawback is that a lot of the samples look like they are very old. They could have possibly come from the back of a warehouse. Prices for samples are the same as prior season's-- all Yigal Azrouel samples are $60 (leather $125) and Cut25 samples are $40 (leather $90). Within the sample rack we found this current season draped top and this maxi-dress.

The open stock items are priced almost exactly the same as prior season's too. Cut25 jersey dresses are $125, tops are $100 and jackets are $175. The high-end collection, is understandably more pricey. Dresses are $250, tops are $120 and blazers are $225. We found lots of current season merchandise like this front-zip Yigal dress ($1050), this modern one that's normally $1090 and this red skinny skirt ($520). There was also this jacket ($890) and this hot pink drapy top ($590). From the current Cut25 we found this sweatshirt ($265), an open shoulder blouse $275 and this stripped techno dress (currently reduced to $250 from $500).

In addition to all the women's finds, there are also a few racks of men's clothing. As usual, there were hardly any men shopping. Women should take note that there is no dressing room. We suggest wearing sample sale attire -- leggings and a tank for optimal modesty. Take note, that more samples are expect to arrive daily.

Yigal Azrouël / Cut25 Sample Sale
Through Friday, April 25
Wed—Fri 9:30am—7pm
225 W. 39th St (btwn 7th & 8th) 5th fl

Monday, April 21, 2014

Baccarat Annual Sample Sale

When it comes to buying crystal almost all the brands seem as if they are too fussy and dated. Baccarat has invested in taking their brand to a modern level by partnering with some of the most talented designers of our time.

Philippe Starck, Nicolas Triboulot and Eriko Horiki are just some of the design geniuses that have made Baccarat one of the most desirable brands in home goods. We can expect even more buzz as the brand opens a branded hotel with condos in midtown.

For two days, you can dig into the home goods luxury world as Baccarat discounts their delectable items up to 80% off. The only catch is that you have to drive to the warehouse, in New Jersey. But think of how wonderful items you could bring home without paying the amount of a home.  The sale will include barware, vases, decorative pieces and a large selection of Baccarat jewelry. Remember, Mother's Day is only a few weeks away!

Baccarat Sample Sale
Friday, April 25 to Saturday, April 26
Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 3pm
36 Mayfield Ave. Edison, NJ 08837

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Worthy Sample Sales: Bulgari, Yigal and More

It's been a few weeks since there's been a sample sale worth mentioning. Lucky for us, spring break is over and sample sale shopping can resume. Below is a carefully curated selection of our favorite upcoming sample sales.

Bulgari is opening the vault and offering their treasured jewelry at significant discounts. The sale will include jewelry, watches, accessories, handbags, sunglasses, fragrances and beauty items. Beware, this sale attracts lots of shoppers and lines can span over three hours on the first day. Shoppers can expect to find leather goods discounted about 70% off, which comes to about $500 to $700. The markdowns on jewelry and watches range from 50% to 60% off. During past sales, we noticed that much of the jewels and timepieces were discontinued designs. We would be rather surprised if you were able to snag a current Serpenti watch. During the last sale sunglasses ranged in price from $150 to $200 and wallets were about $100.

Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25
Tues to Thurs 9am—6:30pm, Fri 9am—5pm
Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St (btwn 8th & 9th)

Yigal Azrouël & Cut25
This is always one of our favorite sample sales of the season. We love the wearable and sexy clothing that is stylish but still classic. At the last sample sale all Yigal samples were priced at $60 and Cut25 samples were $40. Leather Cut25 samples were $90 and Yigal leather samples were $125. You can click here to see full pricing and inventory details from last season's sale.

Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25
Tues 1pm—7pm, Wed—Fri 9:30am—7pm
 225 W. 39th St (btwn 7th & 8th) 5th fl

Scotch & Soda
We aren't big fans of Scotch & Soda for ourselves but it's great for men. The sample sale will provide discounts up to 70% off. At the last sale shoppers snagged tanks for $15, jeans for $50, and blazers for $100. Prices for clothing start at $15 for a tank and go up to $150 for leather goods.

Tuesday, April 22 through Sunday, April 27
Tues to Thurs 10am—8pm, Fri to Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 10am—3pm
260 Fifth Ave (btwn 28th and 29th St)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweaty Betty 20% Off

We will always have an affinity for Lululemon but their sketchy sale practices and strange color combinations have us looking for athletic alternatives. If you're in the same boat, this would be the perfect time to give the Sweaty Betty a run around the block.

The UK-based company, which has stores in Soho and CT, is offering customers 20% off from now until April 21. The promotion is also available online. Prices  for Sweaty Betty fall between Lululemon and Michi NY, with workout capris ranging from $60–$110 and tanks $30–$88. The focus is on gearing up for all types of sweat-- ranging from yoga to running, ski to beach, gym wear to tennis.

Despite cool cloths and interesting style we still think it's best to keep your athletic clothing for Soul Cycle and Core Fusion. After all, you have a closet full of clothing dying for attention.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Soigne K 75% Off

Soigne K opened on Madison Avenue about four years ago and has remained devoted to designers from India and modern takes on the traditional sari. While shopping the specialized boutique, we always find unique and colorful fashion that is wonderful for adding an authentic jolt of unique to your wardrobe.

Of course, we also love the store's markdowns. Right now, the boutique is offering shoppers up to 75% off retail prices. All of the sale items are located in the upstairs level of the boutique. There you will find an assortment of fabulous clothing, outerwear, bags and jewelry. There is even a rack of items that are perfect as Monaco-fabulous coverups.

Some of our favorite pieces include a white coat with black brocade that's priced at $2000 from $4000 and a classic silk white blouse that's $90 from $250. A jacket by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna is perfect for transitional weather and is a great fashion item for $325 from $850.

If you head over the the boutique's online store you will find some of the same items and a few extras too. Check out this Rinku Dalamal printed hi-lo dress that's $75 from $275 and these red onyx earrings that are $100 from $250.

Our philosophy on Indian-inspired clothing is: when in doubt, wear it to the beach!

Soinge K
717 Madison Ave
(212) 486-2890

Saks Friends and Family

The Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family sale is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 19 and run until April 28. We hear that sales associates have already started preselling merchandise in the store. Online shoppers can use the code FRNFAM at checkout.

The very loosely defined friends and family sale will be 25% off clothing, shoes and accessories. The discount on jewelry is 20% off. Every season this promotion becomes more popular and the list of brand exclusions get longer. We will post the list of exclusions when it becomes available.

We usually like to use the discount to shop for items already on sale.  This Sachin + Babi dress will come to about $140 from $450 and this colorful DVF snakeskin print top will come to about $60 from almost $200. That's really not too far off from a sample sale price.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shopbop Friends & Family Now

The Shopbop friends and family is scheduled to begin at 7:30am, on Tuesday. The discount is 25% off  site-wide. We suggest you log on early. The site actually crashed during the last friends and family because of all the traffic.

As with most of these types of promotional sales, some of the most upscale designer brands are excluded.  You can click on the jump to see a full list of exclusions. 

In the meantime, we suggest you start your shopping in the 60% off department and work your way back. (Merchandise discounted 70% is final sale, and we tend to avoid online shopping if backsies are not allowed.) Don't forget, summer is around the corner and are plotting to stack dozens of colorful bracelets up the arm all season long.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hervé Léger 80% Off

The cherry blossoms in Central Park are starting to bloom, which means it's officially spring. Time to shed the bulk and slink into something a bit, ahem, more body conscious. How about a classic Hervé Léger for a great price?
Designer discounter, Amuze just launched their Hervé Léger sale where the designer's feminine and glamours dresses are reduced up to 70% off. We suggest you jump on this sale right away because inventory is very slim. While you're shopping, be sure to check out the site's other great designer sales. The site has some gorgeous Oscar de la Renta and Marni clothing, shoes, bags and accessories reduced 80%.

The site also has daily designer deals where one item is reduced a ridiculous amount. Past daily deals have ranged from Tom Ford shoes to YSL bags and Alexander Mcqueen clutches. Many times, items are reduced 90% off the retail price.

The best part is that all the items on the site are always authentic and brand new. Use the code madavespy for free shipping. It's addictive, don't say we didn't warn you!

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