Jill Zarin hardly needs an introduction. She is a star of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York. As the other J.Z, she knows the ins and outs of New York and knows where to cop a great deal. Jill isn't afraid to admit her affinity for sample sales but is never willing to spend above her means.
Her book, Secrets of a Jewish Mother was co-wrotten with her sister and mother and goes on sale April 15th. The book is filled with bits of feel-good wisdom like, "Always bring a sweater," "If you don’t feel good in your clothing, you will radiate insecurity and others will notice" and our favorite, "Make sure that you love something before you buy it."
We are just hoping the sequel will be Secrets of an Upper East Side Shopper. For now, you can read on for Jill Zarin's unpublished shopping wisdom:
What's your most prized "deal?”
Wow...I am the queen of a good "deal." I love my sample sales just like the next girl. I can't pick just one though. My most recent was a fabulous Dolce dress that retailed for $3,600. I bought for 70% off.
Biggest regret that you didn't purchase?
I am the queen of shoulda, coulda, woulda. A chanel bag in Las Vegas. I loved it, went back the next day and it was sold.
This season you are looking for...
Anything that makes me look skinny.
What's your number one shopping tip?
Don't buy on credit. If you can't afford it, you don't need it. It will probably go on sale. 70% of goods sold are sold on sale.
What's your biggest weakness?
Bags and shoes. I am hunting for a white patent leather BIG Chanel bag. I saw one in Vegas and can't find it. (Someone was walking around with it). If you find one...I want it!
Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?
Louis Vuitton luggage and bags never go on sale. If you want it... be ready to pay full price.