Saturday, April 17, 2021

Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

This week, Alessandro Michele presented the 100th Anniversary Collection for Gucci. The most remarkable elements were the "hacking collection" with Balenciaga and the Tom Ford revamp. You can see the runway show for yourself here. Of course, there was the Alessandro Michele twist that always makes me think of an off-duty circus troupe hitting the Vegas strip.

The show was exciting, even as viewed on YouTube. The situation is that once you start pulling the pieces apart there isn't that much newness. There isn't very much to purchase. Seems like a bag with a bamboo top handle might make a strong appearance for the Fall but is that really exciting? I suppose it's more supportive of my personal fashion philosophy to buy things I love and to hold on. They will always come back. Even if you're personal style is circus troupe in Vegas it's nice to experience some exciting fashion options.

If you're shopping this week, you won't want to miss the LN-CC sale where discounts are up to 30% off with the code LNCC-FORYOU30. Highlights include YSL Tribute sandals for $416 from $600,  a YSL belt for $343 from $490, and a Balenciaga Hourglass bag for $1323 from $1890. Once you put the code into the checkout page all the participating discounts are revealed. There is also no tax, duties, or shipping fees on purchases over $300. 

Saks Fifth Avenue is running an amazing promotion where you can save $50 off every $200 you spend up to $500. The code ADORE21SF can be used to engage the discount at checkout. Take note, the promotion ends Saturday at midnight. The code can be applied to some Saint Laurent bags like this Loulou Puffer that comes to $1850 from $2350 or this medium Niki bag that is $1500 from $2000. You can see more of our favorites in this post

Saks Off 5th is hosting a jewelry event where you can find lots of real gold jewelry for a reasonable price. Over this way, you can see a prior blog post where I sing the value of this discounter's jewelry edit.  These rose gold and diamond huggies are only $150, these diamond pave lightening bolt earrings are $190 and this clover pendant necklace is $280. 

At D'anello you can use this link to shop an exclusive edit or recent merchandise that's discounted 30%. (Men can shop from this link.) Use the code MADISON30 to engage the discount at checkout. Some standouts include this Fendi logo dress that comes to $833 from $1200, a Prada logo top is $730 from $1240 US, and this Zimmerman dress is $700 from $996. Click here to see more highlights

You should stock up on your beauty needs during Sephora's Spring Savings eventThose with the highest loyalty standing can save 20% off and those in the medium bracket can save 10% off. You can log into your account and use the code OMGSPRING to engage the discount at checkout. All of our favorite beauty products are here

The Italian site, Tessabit is hosting an early-season sale where lots of full-priced merchandise is discounted 15% off. Most European designer items are already priced under US retail and there are no taxes or duties, which really add to the final savings.  The code TS15X reduces prices at checkout.  You can check out the best bets in this point

Stay tuned. Until next time... same time, same place?






Thursday, April 15, 2021

Saks Fifth Avenue: Get $50 Off Every $200 You Spend

Sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Shopstyle 

Forget about Spring showers, we are already looking forward to gathering Summer towels. Long weekends, beaches, pools, and backyard get-togethers aren't too far away. 

Saks inspired me get Summer-ready with a few new great outfits. What's even better is that now through April 17 you can save $50 off every $200 you spend; up to $500 in savings. Just use the code at ADORE21SF at checkout.

We fell in love with all the great beach options from Agua Bendita. Check out this floral print bikini and the matching sundress. It pairs perfectly with these Aquazzura twist sandals and this Yuzefi macrame fringed bag. The outfit is absolutely perfect for a day of entertaining friends at home or dinner on the docks. 

For brunch to the beach, we love this one-size-fits-all Hunza G bikini paired with this Melissa Odabash white romper. Slip on these Aquazzura low-heel thong sandals and this Little Liffner Tulip tote and you will be set for the day, 

We picked lots of other great Summer outfit items above, Remember the Saks Get $50 Off Every $200 You Spend promotion ends on Saturday. Get shopping and don't forget the sunscreen. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Italian Boutiques Danielle 30% off

If you want to get an idea of what the sale season will look like, it's not a bad idea to look over to Europe where the sale season has already started. D'anello is offering an amazing deal exclusive to MadSpy fans.



D'anello you can use this link to shop an exclusive edit or recent merchandise that's discounted 30%. (Men can shop from this link.) Use the code MADISON30 to engage the discount at checkout. Some standouts include this Fendi logo dress that comes to $833 from $1200, a Prada logo top is $730 from $1240 US, and this Zimmerman dress is $700 from $996.

D'anello covers all taxes and shipping for purchases over $300. Just take note, since the US dollar started sliding, some retail prices are slightly higher than those in the US but the savings are still very large.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sephora: Up to 20% Off

After a year of isolation, it's time to turn up the volume. The first order of business is getting your beauty and cosmetic routine in order. We are ready to "glow out." Sephora's Spring Savings event can't come too soon. 




Those with the highest loyalty standing can save 20% off and those in the medium bracket can save 10% off. You can log into your account and use the code OMGSPRING to engage the discount at checkout.

It's very hard to find discounted Dyson hair dryers. Now is a great time to grab yours. Some of my other beauty favorites include Armani Ecstacy mascara, Marc Jacobs Ultra Skinny Gel eyeliner, and Makeup Forever makeup remover. 

The promotion ends for all levels on April 14, Above are all of the products that I regularly restock. 


Monday, April 12, 2021

Tessabit's Early-Season 15% Off

The Italian site, Tessabit is hosting an early-season sale where lots of full-priced merchandise is discounted 15% off. Most European designer items are already priced under US retail and there are no taxes or duties, which really add to the final savings. 

 The code TS15X reduces prices at checkout.  (Brands like YSL, Bottega, and Gucci are not included in the promotion.) The sale selection isn't bad either. Below are all of our favorite sale items. Not all the product pictures filtered in but everything can be found in a brand search. 



Sunday, April 11, 2021

VIP Preview: Save Up to 25% on Shopbop

Shopbop is offering a shopping discount incentive that increases with the more you spend. The best part is that we just got early access. You can start shopping now using this link combined with the code STYLE to save on items marked 'Style Event'. 




We found lots of dresses that could be perfect for graduation or daytime casual events. Check out these white and ivory dresses from Sea and Self Portrait
 We also love the swim options from Azulu. Below are the discount breakdowns. 

 15% off orders of $200+ 
 20% off orders of $500+ 
 25% off orders of $800+


The sale opens to the public on Monday and the promotion runs through Friday, April 16. The next big Shopbop deal doesn't usually take place until early May.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

I think it's time we get down to brass tacks in relation to store credit cards. Despite alluring points and reward programs, they are nearly always a bad idea. Truth be told, the only winner is very often the store.

Putting on my personal finance hat, an individual doesn't normally need more than one credit card. Having a second credit card to segregate types of charges is acceptable but anything more is counterproductive. Below are several reseason why having a store credit card isn't a good idea:




1. Interest rates are INSANE. In general, you shouldn't buy what you can't afford to pay in cash. Sometimes life happens or the impulse to shop becomes too great. You can be sure that interest payments will nullify most discount savings. In many cases, it's better to pay full price than the cost of interest. That's the store getting rewards, not you.

2. Your card credit report will be hit with a hard inquiry and your credit rating will take a ding. That's another strike for you. Based on your credit score, each individual is allocated a certain amount of credit. Having more credit cards doesn't necessarily give you more buying power. It's better to have a higher spending limit on each card than have several cards with smaller limits. (We will get to why a little further down the list.)

3. Store cards can only be used in one establishment, which limits their purchasing power. Points and perks can be enticing but many general credit cards offer similar advantages. Travel rewards are usually a lot more valuable than store credit but even if you don't want to travel, in many cases you can often favorably convert your points into store credits. 

4. Store credit cards offer much lower credit limits than major credit cards, which means that even a small purchase can gobble up that line of credit. Ultimately that will impact your credit score negatively. Banks don't like to see a high percentage of available credit being utilized. For instance, if the store gives you a $1500 credit limit and you spend $700 on shoes, that means you've used about half your available credit. That doesn't report well. If you're looking to buy a home or take on a line of credit you should be sure that you're not using more than 10% off your allocated credit on any card at any time. Some big banks won't even give you a credit if you have too many credit cards open-- that's even if your credit is in good standing.

5. The lure of spending to get more rewards can be overcoming. There are entire marketing strategies behind behavioral consumerism. Once you see those points racking up, it can be tempting to buy more merchandise only to accumulate more points. It's a huge mind game that can get dangerous. 

Having smart money is the first step in saving money. Store credit cards are ultimately a bad idea (in almost all situations). Moving on to some money-saving fashion deals.

If you're scouring the web for a must-have new season fashion item, you should check Nugnes 1920. The code  WELCOME15 will save you 15% off nearly everything on the site. That's on top of the inherent European savings, no tax, and no shipping. The translation is often about 30% off. Don't miss the Bottega and Fendi options. 

Sephora started their insider beauty sale. The highest level of shoppers can save 20% off and the discount applies to Dyson and La Mer. Use the code OMGSPRING to engage the savings. 

Bloomingdales is offering up to 30% off with the code SAVEMORE. Take note of the great home items. An Allclad grill pan is $49 from $155. These prices are about as low as Bloomingdales offers and it's a great time to freshen up your home or stock up for a Summer rental. 

The Italian site Giglio is hosting a mid-season sale where a great assortment of designer merchandise is discounted 20% off. Most European designer items are already priced under US retail and there are no taxes or duties, which really add to the final savings.  You can see all the items included in the promotion in this link. The code SC20 reduces prices at checkout. You can see the full post here

Right now you can save up to 90% off a huge assortment of merchandise on Yoox. It will take a lot of digging but if you have the time there are some real gems. You can see all of our best finds in this link

Getting ready for spring we got a little denim crazy and rounded up our favorite denim bags. You can see the best of the season in this link

Stay tuned. Until next time... same time, same place?

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Amazing Finds on Yoox: 90% Off

Let's set the record straight: Yoox is a nightmare to shop. There is way too much merchandise and the retail prices are always underquoted. So you never really know how much. you're really savings. The good thing is that it's usually a lot more. 

 Right now you can save up to 90% off a huge assortment of merchandise on Yoox. It will take a lot of digging but if you have the time there are some real gems. Below are some of the great items we found.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The IT-It: Denim Bags

Denim has been hot for some time but bags made from dungaree fabric are all the rage for Summer. This warm weather staple was interpreted into handbags in a number of ways. They range from super casual to elaborate with versions showing up frayed, patchwork, embroidered, painted, beaded and mixed with other materials. Below are some of our favorties:

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Giglio: 20% Off+ on Saint Laurent, Fendi, Pucci & More

 The Italian site Giglio is hosting a mid-season sale where a great assortment of designer merchandise is discounted 20% off. Most European designer items are already priced under US retail and there are no taxes or duties, which really add to the final savings. 

You can see all the items included in the promotion in this link. The code SC20 reducess prices at checkout. The men's selection is here and those shopping for kids can look here. Below are all of our favorite sale items.