Monday, July 25, 2016

Hunt & Gather: $200 Designer Shoes

The prices of designer shoes have skyrocketed over the past five years. It wasn't so long ago that standard designer pumps retailed for $600. Now it seems as if $900 is the designer benchmark. Analysts frequently debate if people are actually spending more or just waiting longer for deeper discounts.

After experiencing several seasons of sticker shock it's fun to hunt for shoes that are reduced under $300. Insiders tell us there is an deluge of designer merchandise still left in stores. Above is a great assortment of designer shoes that will cost you somewhere in the $200-range. It just proves that no matter your budget you should never settle.

Our lineup includes an impressive assortment from Francesco Russo, Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo, Prada and Aquazzura. Sizes are limited in each style but if you hunt, we are sure everyone can find something to gather.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bandier Sale Up to 60% Off

Bandier has hit the upscale athletic-wear market and has attracted the attention of everyone from Barry's Bootcamp warriors to the SLT contortionists. It's hard-core workout chic.

We recently hit the sale racks and found some really great finds that are reduced up to 60% off. We are in love with these print Ringer leggings that are reduced to $82 from $118. Over here is a Norma Kamali racker tank with pockets (genius!) for $44 from $144, gumball leggings from Terez are $30 from $72 and here is the matching sports bra for $40 from $72.

Buying new athletic wear is great motivation to keep your latest package from expiring. After all, how many pairs of $100 leggings does anyone need?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Neiman Marcus Discounts Hit 80% Off

The sale of all designer sales is here.

Neiman Marcus is now offering discounts up to 80% when you take an extra 40% off designer clothing. Other sale merchandise is reduced an extra 20% off bringing the total savings to 75% off. This promotion is available in stores and online.

Manolo Blahnik Rogustta Lace-up Pumps

The shoe sale is really quite stellar. Checking out the selection there are a lot of shoes we've been eyeing that are now reduced to irresistible prices. If you have a larger size foot, we suggest you grab these Aquazzura suede wedges asap. The price is just $166 from almost $700. These Tom Ford animal print calf-hair pumps are available in almost every size and are reduced to $400 from almost $1700. Jimmy Choo platform heels and Gianvito Rossi velvet pumps would cost even more than $200 at a sample sale.

The clothing selection is quite good too. Over here we found a Moschino 'Stop Sign' dress that's reduced all the way down to $250 from $1400,  a striking white jumpsuit from Angona is $360 from $2000 and a Givenchy draped one-shoulder fitted dress is $500 from $2300.

This sale runs through Tuesday but we don't expect prices to get any lower. We suggest you grab what you need now and wear it right away. After all, there is nothing better than wearing a great sale find while it's still in-season.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Goes Public

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public Friday. We like to think of the promotion as a Fall pre-presale and it's a great opportunity to stock up on items that you will need as soon as temperatures start heading south or even some fun items you can enjoy now.

This year's prices and the assortment is stellar. We sorted through the entire inventory from the women's and kid's sale sections. Below are some of our favorites items:

Alice + Olivia Lace Collar Cotton Sweater $200 going to $330

Veda Mustard Suede Moto Jacket $600 going to $1000

Stuart Weitzman 'Soho' Tall Elastic Back Boot $550 going to $685

MCM Metallic Coated Canvas Crossbody Bag $342 going to $510

Nike 'Free RN Distance' Sneakers $90 going to $120

Frame 'Le Skinny de Jeanne' Jeans $140 going to $209

Girl's Bernardo Parka $50 going to $75

Boy's Northface Puffer Jacket $66 going to $99

Girl's Emoji PJs $30 going to $46

Adidas Superstars in 'Colorshift' $46 going to $70

NARS Survival Kit $59 valued at $116

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TheOutnet Clearance 85% Off

TheOutnet is hosting a huge sale on Tuesday morning where everything will be discounted 80%. In addition to clothing, the sale will include shoes, bags and jewelry.

We dug in, browsing the sale assortment and fell in love with this Stella McCartney embellished coat that's reduced 85% to $835 from $5565 and a colorful Etro dress is $300 from almost $2000. Among the shoes are Saint Laurent studded cowboy boots for $320 from $1600 and Maiyet boots are $199 from $1000. There is a great Charlotte Olympia Perspex bag reduced to just $380 from $1900. There are also lots of jeans for about $50.

If you don't see what you like, we suggest you continue to check back. We are told even more merchandise will be added throughout the week. We have a feeling that enough damage can be done right now. Just be warned, all sales are final.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

M. Gemi Summer Clearance

Fashion shoppers have more choices then ever. There are the super luxury companies that are the main influencers of trend and style, there are the lower priced-copycats and the middle of the road contemporary brands. The newest trend in retail is the emergence of companies like M. Gemi that produce top quality fashion for no-frills prices.

For the uninitiated, M.Gemi is a direct-to-consumer company that offers handcrafted Italian shoes for no frills prices. Most recently, M. Gemi raised $18 million in Series B funding and is turning fashion and retail on it's ear. What's even better, is the site is hosting its twice-yearly sale were their finely crafted footwear is reduced 50%.

Head this way to check out these aqua suede lace-up shoes that are just $175 from $300, suede mules with a stacked heel are $125 from $228 and boho t-straps with studs are $75 from $148. Take note, that each of these styles are available in a variety of colors.

The sale selection also includes a variety of flats and pumps. These basic heels come in assorted colors and prints and are reduced to just $145 from $250 and we just adore these mixed media pumps that are only $95 from $278.

In a sea of $1500 shoes we love that these M. Gemi offers a section that is affordable enough to match to any item in your closet. After all, it's the shoe that make the outfit... and the bag... and the jewelry...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Selling Out: Melania Trump Wears Roksanda at RNC

Melania Trump took the RNC main stage tonight wearing British designer, Roksanda Illincic. The dress is currently available on Net-A-Porter in black or white. The price is $2200 and is selling out quickly.

The 'Margot' dress is made of a blend of ivory cotton and silk and designed with a nipped-in waist and dramatic bell sleeves in a contrasting basketweave. There is also a crepe option in hot pink that's $1365.

Roksanda Illincic has dressed many other celebrities including Kate Middleton, Shailene Woodley, Jessica Paré, Anne Hathaway, and a whole roster of stylish stars. The designer is known for super-modern, sculptural shapes, bright color schemes. If you don't catch the Margo dress, be sure to snag some of the designer's past season looks that are currently reduced up to 70% off.

Here a long-sleeve mini-dress with a eye-catching pink pointed collar for $440 from $1700, a color block maxi-dress is $972 from $4200 and bell-sleeve top is about $500 from $1000. There is also a full selection of even older merchandise on TheOutnet that's reduced up to 80%.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Manolo Blahnik Second Markdown 60% Off

The streets are steaming hot. What to do when you need to get out of your over air-conidtioned environment? Head over to Manolo Blahnik boutique's second markdown. The sale starts Monday and we've been told that the inventory is running practically at full stock.

This second markdown 60% off, which is much more than usual.  Surrounding department store competition must be putting pressure on the exclusive boutique. The prior markdown started after July 4th and was just a 30% discount.

We imagine that the next markdown will occur as usual in early August and will provide the best shopping opportunity of the season. The final markdown is always one of our favorite sales. Prices range from $195 to $350. Most shoes and low boots-- even highly ornate styles-- are priced at $250.

Expect to find a full assortment of shoes from the summer collection. Personally, we are waiting to make our major purchases in August. After all, everyone is out of the city. You can click here and here to see the reports from past final markdowns. (If you can't get to the boutique, you can scroll through the major Manolo markdowns we found elsewhere.)

Manolo Blahnik 31 West 54th Street (b/w 5th and 6th)
Monday to Friday 10:30 to 6pm
Saturday 10:30 to 5:30
Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Store will close from 2pm to 3pm for restocking (lunch)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Presale

Nordstrom is known for having great sales. There are two in particular that can send a city girl shopping in the burbs: The "Half-Yearly Sale" and the "Anniversary Sale." The Half-Yearly sale is clearance, usually towards the end of the season. (Like, now.) The Anniversary Sale is a presale before the new collection hits the department store floor.

Photo credit: Blaireadiebee
Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale starts today. The sale consists of a catalog of pre-Fall merchandise that is discounted 25% to 40% off. Each department has its own special items that are featured in the pre-Fall sale. You can sift through the catalog right here.

The presale runs from July 11th to July 21st but is limited to customers who have a Nordstrom credit card. Afterwards, on July 22, the sale opens to the general public. Prices return to normal once the sale ends in August.

Back-to-school items are especially attractive during this Nordies sale. For example, you know your kids want new Adidas sneakers for the start of school and they are right here for $35 from $55. (There is really no reason not to get them!) Over here are Hunter rain boots with buckles which are $70 from $115. There is even this Quicksilver backpack that's $45 from $60. We even spotted this Supa Monster stroller that's $260 from $350.

We are a bit choosier when picking pre-season items for ourselves but a DVF fit and flare dress caught our eye for $270 from almost $450. A casual camo jacket from Topshop is just $73 from $110 and there is an really amazing selection of workout wear with great discounts.

The selection this season is the best we can remember.  It's a novel idea to have the opportunity to buy new season merchandise at a significant savings. Identifying what you want for Fall is a bit more difficult but surely worth the effort. Sometimes it pays to plan ahead.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bergdorf Goodman Extra 20% Off Sale

If you're a fan of Bergdorf Goodman then we suggest you head to 57th Street right away.  The Lavender Lady is offering customers an extra 20% off sale items for a total discount of 80% off.The extra promotion is already available online and will be available in stores starting on Thursday and run through Saturday.

Head this way to see a white Kenzo a-line skirt with pocket patches for $112 from $560, this multi-color DVF maxi dress is $240 from $1000 or a mini Alice & Olivia colorful sequined dress is $290 from $1200.

Even the accessories and shoes are included in the extra discount. This Saint Laurent Sac de Jour is down to $1100 from $2900 and this Givenchy Shark Lock bag is $880 from $2200. Here are Laurence Decade sandals with an ankle cuff for $400 from $950 and those rainbow Aquazzura pumps we've been lusting over all season are now $340 from $850. (Chanel is the only designer excluded from the extra discount promotion.)

There are literally thousands of items discounted to mere pennies on the dollar. It's hard not to fill up a full cart of goodies. The best part is that all shipping and returns are free. Even ultra-discounted merchandise can be returned up to 30-days. Now, those are some policies we can get behind.