Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale Great Prices!!

Usually, we are very cautious when shopping sample sales. There are just too many shopping days in the year to justify big purchases. Today, was a exception. The Charlotte Olympia sale offers pricing so good that it's even worth fighting the UN traffic to get to midtown.






We all love Charlotte Olympia for her quirky shoes, but if you're going to want to head directly to the bag section. The designer's clear box clutches usually retail for between $1200 and $1600 but are priced starting at just $150. Smaller clutches or pouches were only $100 from over $700. There are also lots of cute little accessories and pouches that are priced between $50 and $100.

Moving on to the shoes, most styles are priced at just $150. That includes Kitty Flats, Dolly platforms and several style ornate shoes. Shoe styles that are much more popular are priced at $200 but we don't see many priced even that high.

A lot of the same items we saw are also listed at Saks Off 5th. Like this wallet at the sale is just $50. The prices aren't as good but perhaps you can experience a bit of the thrill while shopping from afar. Pictures from the sale are posted in the jump. We suggest you hurry over fast because we are sure there will be nothing left by the time the sale closes at at 7pm on Wednesday.

Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale
Through Wednesday, September 20
Wed 8:30am-7pm
Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St. (Vanderbilt Suite)


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saks Gift Card Promotion Starts Now

It's officially gift card season. Various department stores are offering gift card incentives to customers who purchase full price merchandise. This is a great opportunity to get an extra sweet gift card on an item we were going to buy anyway. While we are at it, why not seek out the best gift card.





Last week Barneys started their promotion, where customers can earn $25 gift cards for every $250 you spend. (You can see more details about the Barneys deal over here.) Saks Fifth Avenue has an even sweeter deal, where you can earn $35 in credits for every $250 you spend. Use the code SEPT2017 to engage the promotion.

Some Saks highlights include those Saint Laurent Niki boots in the short version, which are 'just' $2900. (A steal when compared to the OTK version that's 10-grand.) A suede version is $1200. This Michael Kors boot has a similar heel and is priced at $800.

Among the most popular handbags this season, we are a bit confused by Gucci's Totem. Is wearing one bag at a time so boring that you need to stack them down to your ankles. See here. Among other bags we don't understand this season, is the Fendi logo bag. The new logo looks like a bad Canal Street logo mistake. We absolutely love Prada's velvet bags but $2700 -- it's just priced too high.

The gift card promotion is live online and is available in stores on Wednesday and Thursday. The gift cards are only valid until the end of October, so you might want to scope out how to use them even before you make your purchase. There are more designer exclusions at Saks, which can make the Barneys deal better. Just read the fine print before making any final purchases.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Barneys Gift Card Promotion

Not sure what to do this weekend? We suggest you head to Barneys.





Through Sunday, Barneys shoppers can earn a $25 gift card for every $250 you spend. Purchases over $1000 will get you even more. Click on the Barneys image to see a blow-up of the breakdowns. Accrued gift cards are redeemable for merchandise from September 20 through October 24.

The only exclusions are Louboutin shoes (handbags are included in the promo), Chanel and Celine. That leaves lots of the prime fall fashion from which to choose (or shoes.) Gucci, Alia and Valentino are included in the promotion. We would suggest going for Saint Laurent Niki boots (not the sparkle ones), the Loewe Puzzle bag (in red to show off the great lines), a new pair of Gucci loafers (last year's look wore out already),  an Ienki Ienki puffer  or Balenciaga's pointy toe kitten heels (almost sold out).

The Purple Card promotion is available at Barneys stores nationwide, on the website and at BarneysWarehouse. (Winter clothing is an extra 25% off at the online outlet store!)

Be warned, however, Barneys will most likely not extend the dates if the cards aren't used during the specified window of time. So be sure to enjoy your meal at Freds and go back next week to use those gift cards!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale Will Be Great!

Usually, we are very cautious when posting about sample sales. There are just too many shopping days in the year to justify big purchases and out-of-the-way destinations. Next week may prove to be a huge exception. The two-day Charlotte Olympia kicks off on Tuesday morning and we are told it will be even better than last year.



The sale will include shoes from this past Summer and include the Let's Go Bananas collection, the Secret Garden collection from cruise '17 and lots of kitties and encore styles. Prices will start at just $50 and cap off at $300 on most items. At the last sale, most style shoes were just $100 and we expect this sale to be just as good. You can click here to see what we found at last year's sale.

You can take a peak at some of the styles we expect to be in the sale over here in the jump.

Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale
Tuesday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 20
Tues 11am-7pm, Wed 8:30am-7pm
Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St. (Vanderbilt Suite)


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fashion Week Trends: Candy Stripes

Fashion week is heating up. We are serving up all the smoking hot trends while we get through a marathon of shows. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazines next Spring.






Stripes were a big part of the runways last year and will be making a repeat performance. Designers took the east-west lines out of the basic black-and-white territory and injected lots of sorbet colors. Jason Wu was one of the early designers in this week's lineup. He showed candy colored stripes going in all directions and matched them with a solid separate. Tory Burch took her runway outside and showed stripes of various sizes and colors. Monse littered the collection with stripes with enough patriotic red-white-and-blue to lead a Forth-of-July parade.

Monday, September 11, 2017

NYFW: 10% Off at Net-A-Porter

It's day four of New York Fashion Week and even top stylists start running out of outfit ideas. (That's especially if the outfits are coming out of their own closets.) Net-A-Porter knows the struggle and is offering 10% off almost everything on its site.

📸 credit: Cameron Tewson, Front Row Edit


Use the code SHOP10 to active the discount, which was only given to top VIP shoppers.

This season, we are noticing a lot of the top fashion girls opting for alternative luxury brand bags. In place of the obvious designer labels, opt for off the radar options like The Volon's mini cube, Simon Miller's mini bucket bag and Loewe's Puzzle bag.

Among footwear we are still seeing a lot of Adidas (boring). There are also lots of interesting shaped mules and boots. We love Malone Souliers suede mules, Off-White's 'For Walking' over-the-knee boots.

If you're looking for more than an accessory, then you need something long and dramatic. Perhaps something like this Rixo printed print wrap dress worn as a duster or dramatic ruffle and tie tops like this one from Rosie Assouline.

If the Net's discount still doesn't fit into your budget, we suggest you register a new email account with TheOutnet and save 20% as a new customer.

Inside Global Fashions Sale

Global Fashions multi-designer sale kicked off Today and those who attended the sale were rewarded with heavily discounted designer finds. The sale includes a very large assortment of past season M Missoni, Red Valentino, the couture stuff too, Moschino and Marchesa. Clothing is discounted 80% and shoes and handbags are 70% off.

Click here to see lots photos from inside the sale.

Global Fashions Summer Sale
Monday, September 11 through Thursday, September 14
9am-6pm daily
49 W. 38th Street btwn 5th & 6th (Main floor)


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Neiman Marcus Private Sale: 80% Off Givenchy, The Row, McQueen & More

Neiman Marcus started an online promotion, today, where many sale items are reduced an extra 25% off bringing the total markdown to 80% off on many past seasons items. The sale is currently private and only for 'best customers' so you must use this link to access the additional discounts.






The assortment is comprised of lots of past season merchandise but the designer options are extensive. Here we found a Givenchy print dress for under $650 from $3500,  a sleeveless dress from The Row is $400 from $2150 and our favorite item is this Alexander McQueen British flag plaid blazer that is $830 from $5500. There still hasn't been any takers on this Mary Katrantzou flame dress, which I love, love, love.

Oh, Oh-- this Delpozo star top is just $235 from $1250! Do you think it could be delivered before his fashion show on Wednesday?

Click here to see what else we found.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

NYFW Prep: Designer Sample Sale

New York Fashion Week is officially upon us. If you haven't had time to get your wardrobe paparazzi ready-- you're not alone. We were in such a closet rut on Wednesday night that we attempted to style a night robe as a dress. Fashion week can be so much stress if you don't now how to dress.



We know just the answer for amazing designer fashion for incredibly discounted prices. Starting Monday, Global Fashions will be hosting a multi-brand sale. There will be a spectacular assortment of designer clothing for men and women, which will include M Missoni, Marchesa, Moschino, Red Valentino and more. Discounts will be 80% off clothing. Shoes and bags-- ranging from top selling classics to iconic seasonal pieces-- will be 70% off retail. You can click here to see some pictures.

At the last sale, some shoppers requested more Rockstud merchandise and Global Fashions listened. We got a little preview of the sale and saw some spectacular items including a croc Rockstud tote and assorted color combination shoes. There are even plenty of flats in an assortment of sizes. The best part is that even the most expensive items are affordable when the discounts exceed 70%.

The sale will only run for four days. Every purchase will come with a gift of an iPhone case, iPad case or silk scarf. If you attended the last sale, you know how quickly the best merchandise was gone. Don't say we didn't warn you!

Global Fashions Summer Warehouse Sale
Monday, September 11 through Thursday, September 14
9am-6pm daily
49 W. 38th Street btwn 5th & 6th (Main floor)

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Nordstrom End of Summer Sale

You might be sad that Summer is over but Nordstrom is hosting a sale that will give you a way to shop yourself some happiness. A sort through the sale section turned up some interesting finds.




Among the items the reduced 60% is this denim and patchwork Marc Jacobs tote that's $666 from $999, a Lela Rose fit and flare dress that's $450 from $1100 and Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots are $450 from $800.

Beyond the sale section, it's definitely worth your time to take a browse through the more cutting edge designer merchandise that Nordstrom has grouped as 'Space - a shop for emerging and advanced designers'. Check out this print puffer from Hyein Sao, this bell sleeve top from Tejina Pyo and this Roksanda bow sleeve dress. What's an emerging designer collection without an assortment from Vetements? Yes, there's a full selection.

Beyond the Vetements, there is truly a lot to keep your eyes on. For now, we are happy with our sale finds. Take note, the sale ends September 10.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The IT-It: Millennial Yellow

Summer is unofficially over but that doesn't mean sunshine days are done. This season, you can expect to see bright shades of yellow overtaking the ubiquitous pinkalicious that's been dominating fashion for several seasons.






The pink spectrum ranged from bright bubble gum to subtle blush. Yellow is also available in assorted variations too. Shades include La-La Land yellow, banana yellow, marigold, butter cream and goes as far as chartreuse.

The optimism of Yellow is especially welcomed in contrast to the usual somber autumnal color palate. Adding zest to your wardrobe is especially easy at Nordstrom, where you can find a great selection of this season's hottest color. Right this way, is a sunflower yellow Topshop lattice back sweater ($65), mustard yellow Gucci Brixton loafers $630 and here is a dainty Monique Lhuillier garden dress set on a mellow yellow background ($2600). If you don't have a waterproof raincoat here is a great one in, yes, raincoat yellow.

Yellow doesn't need to be the outfit headliner. It makes a great supporting color. For instance, this Dries black and white dress comes alive with splashes of bright yellow. This Toga check wool coat has just a hint of yellow but it livens the entire look ($1780). This JW Anderson cable knit sweater ($830) comes alive with the various yellow backgrounds.

As always, online shoppers should take advantage of Nordstrom's great customer service, which features free shipping and free returns. If only all stores were as easy to shop as Nordstrom.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

The IT-Not: 3 of the Most Tired Trends

Labor Day is done and it's back to business. Back to school means a new shopping season. Before you start buying your Fall wardrobe we wanted to take a moment to review the top trends that are becoming as annoying as Despacito.

Below is a list of three fashion trends that have exceeded their expiration date. Not all of these fashions are a faux pas but you might want to make some modifications to the core fad before making any substantial investment.

Ruffles


Broad ruffled tops and dresses have become so big that it's tempting to flick people in the face with their own flounce. The trend was cute when it was first seen on the runway but now it's become a girl-uniform.

We suggest going against the tide and cutting all ties with ruffles. Go minimalistic. Opt for well tailored. Stand like a lady and set yourself apart from the girls.










Cargo Jackets with Colored Fur



Hearts skipped a beat when brightly colored fur combined with a military issue cargo jackets hit our photo stream. The twist of novelty and utility was unbelievably attractive. It was only a few short months until those $5000 fur jackets were tweaked into mini-kid versions. The trend went full on cheese-wiz, almost as quickly as it started. It's time to park that parka!

This season, forget about the military combo and opt for an oversized bright fur. We especially love the versions from DVF, Prada and here is one from Asos for just $174.








Sweatpants


We still can't figure out how this trend started. Maybe it was leggings backlash? Perhaps it was conspiracy by the athleisure market?

 We'll never really know but can confidently say, it should never have happened. Sweatpants should be avoided by anyone outside of her teens.

Remember, if a Kardashians does it. You shouldn't!