Monday, February 28, 2011

The Best Target Reissues

Later this month, Target will be reissuing some of their best and brightest designer collaborations, including Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, Rodarte and Thakoon. We must admit that we have gathered some really great pieces from these limited run collections. It's a shame that the more recent designer collaborations have had diminished quality and higher price points.

For reputation of the designers and the sake of Target customers we can only hope that the quality of the reissues will remain true to the originals, even if the prices don't. recently posted pictures of the entire 34-piece collection-- which happens to only includes dresses for some reason. Below is a list of what we think are the best of the best. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

The collection officially goes live online March 13 and is available in-stores until April 10. If you miss it, there's always eBay.

Top left: Tracy Fieth, Jonathan Saunders, Libertine,
Bottom left: Alice Temperley, Zac Posen, Thakoon

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Retail Therapy: Gigi Mortimer

Fashion week has just ended and we couldn’t resist recruiting Gigi Mortimer for our Retail Therapy hot seat. Gigi is best known among friends for her sharp sense of style and relaxed attitude. Most people, however, don’t appreciate her knack for spotting great deals.

Gigi tells the story about how she fell in love with Baccarat’s black chandelier collection. She was unsure of the lofty price, so she decided to hold off on its purchase. Everything changed when Gigi received a phone call about an upcoming Baccarat price increase. She just couldn’t resist the opportunity to save money on the showpiece and swooped in and purchased it for her foyer.

In addition to her great shopping skills, Gigi has a design resume that could overshadow even the most decorated garmento. She has held senior design positions at some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Tory Burch. Um, the woman even designed the Vera Wang Barbie with Mattel. Talk about a dream project.

Most recently, Gigi and long-time friend Courtney Moss started Glamourpuss NYC, a playful accessories brand. For fall, the company produces rabbit fur hats, scarves and hoods. This summer, the company is introducing the most delicious watercolor caftans and beaded jewelry. We love the fact that most of the items in the Glamourpuss collection are under $200 and can be found locally at Saks Fifth Avenue and Calypso.

What's your most prized deal?
Ten Years ago, while shopping deep in the corridors of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, I stumbled upon a magnificent pearl and semi precious stone tassel necklace. I bought the necklaces and gave one to my mother, grandmother, and best friend. For the last decade its timeless style has been a staple in my wardrobe. I love wearing it with traditional pearls and a suit to a ladies lunch or pair it with a white tank and a tan and wear it to a beach party. For our Glamourpuss NYC spring collection we are recreating this necklace in five fabulous colors. Cultured pearl with shocking pink quartz, Turquoise with cultured pearls, gold nuggets with pearls and navy quartz with pearls for $475. We recently saw a similar necklace in WWD from Van Cleef in Paris.

Biggest regret that you didn't purchase?
No regrets. I always find something new to fall in love with.

This season you are looking for...
After this long cold dreary winter, I am looking for COLOR.

What's your number one shopping tip?
Never buy two of the same thing even though you think you need two. Never buy pants loose they always stretch. One more thing, Saks Fifth Avenue's Fifth Avenue Club has fantastic service and elegant changing rooms.

What's your biggest weakness?
Organic Avenue juices they are a healthy luxury. I'm also obsessed with chocolate drizzled popcorn from Greenberg Bakery, two-inch T-bones from Leonard's grilled with truffle salt and olive oil which challenges Mario Batali's finest.

Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?
If you love it and it will become a part of your seasons uniform, its worth every penny.

Photo Credit: Joshua Bright for Vogue

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ralph Lauren Home Sale

If you've always dreamed of surrounding yourself within the equestrian theme of Ralph Lauren, here's your chance to decorate for less. Ralph Lauren Home is hosting a sale where furniture, lighting, home accessories, decorative pillows, gifts, vintage items and antiques will be significantly discounted.

The sale runs from Friday through Monday. In prior years, this promotion was only open to Ralph Lauren employees but the discount was great with markdowns up to 75% off. We hope that the sale this year offers the same pricing but we have our doubts.

Beware, organizers don't want your kids and their sticky fingers. So no children under 12 will be admitted. On the plus side, there will be shippers on the premises to assist you with your purchases but costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the customer.

Ralph Lauren Home Sale
Friday, February 25 to Monday, February 28th
Fri 12pm-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-6pm, Mon 9am-5pm
110 West 19th Street
For more information: (718) 747-1656

Mi Casa su Armani Casa

Amani's Casa can now come to your casa at much more reasonable prices. The Soho store is currently hosting a sale where select merchandise is up to 60% off. The sale runs until Sunday, February 27th.

Wether you're purchasing merchandise on sale or full price, be sure to take advantage of the boutique's resident interior designer who can help with everything from accent pieces, furniture placement to full on decorating.

Armani Casa
97 Greene St. (near Spring St.)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bloomies Fashionable Fundraiser

Bloomingdales is hosting their Fashionable Fundraiser promotion where customers can save 15% on purchases in honor of the department store donating $75,000 to Mentoring USA. The event starts Friday, February 25th and runs until Sunday.

Unfortunately, cosmetics and all designer brands except Max Mara are excluded. We're not sure what that leaves us beyond "Aqua" but we're sure you will find something to put the discount to good use.

If only the promotion could be applied towards 40 Carrots...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Luxury for Pennies

Would you ever imagine scoring a $100 gift card to Neiman Marcus for just 40-cents, a 3G Apple iPad for under $21 or a Gucci bag for 84-cents?

Those types of savings are usually reserved for dreams but the users of did exactly that. Penny auctions sites like are the newest and most exciting sector of entertainment shopping. (Haven’t we always said shopping was part of the entertainment category!)

Unlike auction sites like eBay, where you’re lucky to spend full price and not get a fake. Penny auctions allow you to purchase bids and score great luxury items for a fraction of their retail price. What’s even better is that all the items on the site are purchased directly from the retailer and are guaranteed authentic and brand new.

Yes, it may cost $99 to buy 100 bids, but you’re ahead about $800 if you win a Chanel wallet for $20. A Chanel wallet for a total of $120 (the cost of 99 bids and the acution amount) is a score in our book. How about yours?

Be sure to check out to find a neverending line-up of wonderful items at even better deals.This week, is offering up great prizes like, a Verizon iPhone 4, a Louis Vuitton Neverfill and a $500 gift card to Nordstrom.

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Robert Marc Winter Sale

The high end optical store, Robert Marc, has started their winter sale. Handmade corrective glasses and sunglasses for men and women are now up to 50% off.

Robert Marc glasses are both fashionable and high quality. The best part is that there are no obnoxious logos. Faithful customers include, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman and Matt Damon. Prices start at about $400 and work their way up to very expensive. In addition to the house imprint, stores carry hard-to-find brands like Lunor and Retrospecs.

In our case, it's always when the sale ends that we realize we need new glasses. So if you're optically challenged, this is truly a good opportunity for eyewear rebanding.

190 Columbus Avenue (between 68 & 69), 212-799-4600
400 Madison Avenue (between 47 & 48), 212-319-2900
551 Madison Avenue (between 55 & 56), 212-319-2000
782 Madison Avenue (between 66 & 67), 212-737-6000
1046 Madison Avenue (between 79 & 80), 212-988-9600
1300 Madison Avenue (between 92 & 93), 212-722-1600
386 Bleecker Street (at Perry), 212-242-6668
436 West Broadway (between Spring & Prince), 212-343-8300

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Woodbury Common Holiday

The holiday weekend is upon us, which usually means major outlet reductions. We started snooping around Woodbury Common and found that many of our favorite outlet stores are adding extra discounts to lure customers. Don't worry if your plans don't include driving an hour north to go shopping. Most stores are willing to ship merchandise.

Bottega Veneta
We are told that there is a very good selection of shoes and ready-to-wear, which is are additional 50% off for the long weekend. Select older style bags are an extra 30% off, exotic skinned bags are another 40% off and small accessories are an additional 50% off. Unfortunately. there are no woven styles included in the extra markdowns.

Get this: The outlet store permanently closed on January 22nd. Don't feel like you're missing anything, the selection was always awful.

The entire store is an additional 20% off for the weekend (except for classic style bags, of course.) The clothing collection is a bit sparse but the savings are huge. The total markdown, including the extra 20%, comes out to almost 90%!

Select handbags, belts, hats and shoes are an additional 30% off. There is no extra markdown on ready-to-wear but the discount is currently about 75% off retail.

It sounds as if Etro may be hosting the best sale of all the Woodbury boutiques. All winter merchandise is an additional 70% off. This includes clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. The sale selection for men is very small but your gal can walk away with the most sensational coat for about 90% off.

Giuseppe Zanotti
The outlet store just received 200 pair of sample shoes, which are all marked $99 and $149. The more expensive styles are heavily jeweled styles. There's one hitch, they are almost all size 7s. If you're not a perfect sample size shoe you can still benefit from the discount on the majority of shoes, which is now 75% off retail.

Prada has become a lot more conservative with their markdowns. Clothing and shoes are just an additional 30% off. That's on top of the basic 40% outlet discount. Small accessories, handbags and Prada sport merchandise are not included in the additional markdown.

All bags, except Muses, are an extra 20% off. Ready-to-wear from the most recent collection is an additional 40% off. Shoes will be discounted an extra 20%. Don 't get too excited, there are no high Tribute sandals.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fashion Week: Milly by Michelle Smith

Milly by Michelle Smith is always dependable for creating a collection that is uptown chic but still suitable for the under 40... 30... and 20 crowd. This season was no different. Michelle wowed an audience with bright colors like orange, hot pink and red. The new handbag line was also a great attention grabber with shapes that are both practical and stylish.

Standout item: The assortment of hats and bags were the perfect punctuation to Milly's girly and preppy fall designs.

Our take: Michelle Smith seems to have invented a winning formula for dressing girls from the right side of town without making them look old past their age. We hear that a kids line is in the works and can't wait to take a bite the collection, which is sure to be as sweet as a bin of gumdrops.

Twitter reviews:
womensweardaily: Milly returned to girly looks for fall with sweet, ruffly dresses & bright & preppy maxi coats & pants.
sunlovey: head over heels in #LOVE with this look—head to toe. the hues! the frills! Milly by Michelle Smith
shefindseileen: Milly proves you CAN wear color when it's cold. Gotta get outta my all-black rut:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fashion Week: Dennis Basso

For obvious reasons Dennis Basso is always best at showing the fall collection. This season, the famous furrier deviated from the popular and trim look of sheared fur and delivered a collection of longer hair coats that were both bohemian and uptown chic.

Standout item: We've always had a soft spot for lynx but the fur can easily overpower the wearer. Dennis Basso effortlessly tamed this beast.

Our take: After several seasons of very tailored coats, Dennis is letting the fur out into the wild. We love the natural drape and bounce of the pelts. It was great to see the collection but we are really looking forward to getting our hands on the fur.

Twitter Reviews:
HuffPostStyle: Everyone's letting their fur flag fly at Dennis Basso. And their plastic surgery flag.
HannahElliott: And may I say that @DennisBasso does a lovely job of incorporating women of all skin tones in his shows
eFatApple: Loving the embellishments, feathers and mocha color of the @dennisbasso show

Fashion Week: Pamella Roland

Red carpet favorite, Pamella Roland's fall collection was inspired by combination of old verses new within the Far East. Variations like "western technologies with eastern tradition, modern cityscapes with rural farmland and the colors of field harvests and urban skylines," provided the foundation for Pamella's designs, according to her show notes.

Standout item: Pamella is a master draper and we particularly loved the blue-gray prints that resembled the hypnotic color exchange of an oily puddle.

Our Take: Most of the Eastern designs were subtle but the ring of a giant dong could be heard when a few crimson colored gowns took to the cat walk.

Twitter reviews:
ACCIDENTALChic: Pamella Roland collection was gorgeous! I WANT the black cape with fur trim that I just saw down the runway. It's all about the capes
SecondCityStyle: Gorgeous beige coat at Pamella Roland
NadiaNeophytou: Beautiful shades of red and green, mix of sparkly and bold designs from Pamella Roland

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fashion Week: Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera has the unique ability to combine European style with American sensibility. Her designs are always timeless and finishes always flawless. This season, the trend was bright colors and striking accents like over sized cuffs and luxurious fur. At least one of these designs is sure to become a big winner on the red carpet of the Academy Awards.

Standout item: Gowns in bright colors and striking necklines

Our take: A starlet or prima donna" can't go wrong with any of these dresses.

Twitter reviews:
SureshBeauty: Carolina Herrera collection is beautiful. Especially love the orange belted ensemble, plum sleeve dress & finale gown. So chic
Estilonyc: Carolina Herrera's collection was classic. I could see Michelle Obama wearing this.
HeadlinePortal: Carolina Herrera never met a feminine silhouette she didn't like.

Fashion Week: Vivienne Tam

This season, Vivienne Tam took inspiration from the Chinese opera. Thankfully, the collection wasn't too closely tied with the theme. Vivienne showed lots of chunky lose knits and wonderfully structured jackets. We especially liked the range of teal blues.

Standout item: Structured tweed jackets

Our take: We loved the balance of Chinese influence with modern design.

Twitter reviews:
OhMyTy: These jackets are EVERYTHING! #VivienneTam
shoehunting: Gorgeous glittery pewter dropped-waist dress and blavk sparkling flapperesque dress.
Styleite: Vivienne Tam was a little literal for our tastes. What say you?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fashion Week: Jill Stuart

We always look forward to the Jill Stuart fashion show as it is alway a fresh idea on old classics. This season, the designer decided to take her fans on a nature walk by using animal inspired prints. We are not talking about leopard or zebra prints but a more interesting owl or fox print. Jill also sent a great set of deco inspired designs down the runway as an alternative to her nature hunt.

Standout item: Deco-inspired dresses

Our take: We love the contrast of deep and moody colors with pops of bright

Twitter reviews:
ssfashion: Jill Stuart: Taking a complete 180-degree turn from last season's romance with ivory, frothy-pleated frocks
mrbradgoreski: The show was gorgeous. Loved all of the electric colors and the footwear was chic
guestofaguest: Owls and foxes in prints, oh my! Finally some interesting surprises at Jill Stuart

Fashion Week: Perry Ellis

Big coats, thick blazers, shawl-neck sweaters and robes, knit hats and legwarmers were sent down the Perry Ellis runway in a way your local senator might dress if he were having a casual weekend at the lodge. Creative director, John Crocco was uniquely able to combine a look that is both modern and waspy. It was an interesting juxtaposition of aesthetics that happened to work quite well.

Standout item: Pepper grey legwarmers, which are popping up everywhere this season.

Our take: This is perfect for the classic, reserved American man.

Twitter Reviews:
juliathomas2010: Urbanly Understated at Perry El Fall 2011
womensweardaily: John Crocco’s Perry Ellis collection was the kind of clothes a city guy would pick for a weekend in the country.
vogue_london: A comprehensive modern day wardrobe for the boys took to the Perry Ellis catwalk

By: Erin Jeen

Fashion Week: Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji is the king of eveningwear. He gives us another collection for the elegant and sophisticated woman. For fall, he was inspired by gardens of the far east and settled for much bolder colors than usual, which worked wonderfully. Tadashi makes a dress for every occasion. The models had simple, natural makeup paired with straight hair, side-parted and pinned back with bobby pins.

Standout item: White silk dress with chiffon bell sleeves and front feathers

Our take: You can’t really go wrong with organza and a pop of color. Thumbs up.

Twitter Reviews:
LucidAnna: Tadashi Shoji Kara Ross jewelry collaboration - I loved both designers but they didn't work together.
womensweardaily: Tadashi Shoji sure can cut a dress, and he proved it with one for every occasion.
SydneSummer: Every time I see a mustard gown I thing Michelle Williams, Oscars. Tadashi Shoji

By: Erin Jeen

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman is best known for her original prints. This season the collection was directly inspired by the juxtaposition of spiritual being and warrior, "where veil meets turban." Her newest fall collection did not deviate very far or disappoint fans. With a background of live celestial music, Mara added hoods and trimmings to long maxi dresses, ease to heavy knits and turbans to loosely styled braids.

Standout item: Hooded zebra print maxi dress with cutout back.

Our take: Prints and texture are always a great way to start the fall season.

Twitter Reviews:
StyledOn: The best coat ever? At Mara Hoffman. In. Love. #nyfw
HithaPrabhakar: Mara Hoffman's kaftan makes me want to go on vacation to Morocco immediately.
fashionsnoops: Mara Hoffman is beautiful...maxi lengths with slouchy knits and ethnic print gowns

Fashion Week: Nicholas K

Deep breath. Long Exhale.

Fashion week is upon us and our first stop was bright an early this morning at Nicholas K. Sister-brother duo, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz channeled Seattle by adding their twist to 1990s grunge. We are talking serious flannels and a palate of hunter greens and khaki browns.

Stand out item: Platform military boots

Our take: We weren't big fans of the grunge movement the first time around: Bad clothing, bad music, bad hair. If you really want to step into the time machine, Nicholas K. is the way to go.

Twitter reviews:
StyleAlt: @nilascholaskstudio @peoplesrev loved the Nicholas K F/W 2011 collection of gently draped garments and fur trims!
elizrosen: Nicholas K at #nyfw. LOVE the army green, plaid and cargo jackets
theglossdotcom: Nicholas K show - too early for this many ridiculous haircuts #nyfw

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hunter Dixon Friends & Family

Shhhhh. Hunter Dixon is hosting a friends and family sample sale where everything is just $50. The sale started today and we couldn't believe the hauls friends took home to prepare for spring.

The discount is huge no matter what you pick up. Hunter Dixon's flirty dresses and jackets normally retail for $350 to $600 and blouses and skirts are usually found in stores for between $199 and $330. From what we hear, there is still a nice selection of merchandise but there isn't a lot of time to procrastinate.

Before you get too worried there isn't a strict door policy. Just tell Sara you're friends with Lila!

Hunter Dixon Friends & Family
Wednesday, Feb 9 from 5pm to 8pm
70 Irving Place
Buzzer 2B

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: PhotoOp

Growing up, Valentine's Day was about the whole family. Every year my siblings and I would wake up to a host of chocolates, balloons and stuffed animals from our first love--our dad. There is no doubt he spoiled us but we suppose there are worse things in the world.

Why not spoil your entire family and plan a Valentine's Day that you will remember and cherish for years to come? PhotoOp is the newest family photo studio on the Upper West Side. Brian Marcus, who takes most of the photography credits in the New York Times Weddings section, oversees a staff of senior-level shutterbugs.

Of course, we can go on and on about the stylish looking editorial photos but we are equally overcome by the "sample closet." It's filled with some of the cutest designer kid's clothing, which is all available for your photo shoot. There are sequined skirts, fresh starched blouses, floral bouquets, leather jackets, pink tutus, glitter shoes and rain boots. It's almost like a mini Vogue closet.

All you need to bring is your smiles and we are sure the outcome will be the sweetest memories that will never fade.

PhotoOp: Sitting fee$199 and photo packages start at $150
442 Columbus Avenue (@ 82nd street) 212-362-1911

Monday, February 7, 2011

Max Mara 80% Off, Plus More

Looking for a great deal on Max Mara and Max Mara Sport? Well we have the perfect spot for you. For the next two weeks, shoes of both brands will be priced at just $99 and boots will be only $149.

Max Mara and Max Mara sport shoes and boots usually retail from $400 to $800. While you’re there be on the look out for a limited quantity of Tods and Fendi shoes and boots.

The sale also has a selection of discounted Bejewled sweatshirts, tanks and tees ($24 to $45) and European children’s clothing. So you can pick up a little for you and a bit for them. With these prices everyone is a big winner.

Max Mara, Max Mara Sport, Tods and Fendi Shoe Sale
605 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor (btwn 48th and 49th Street)
Tuesday, February 8th to Sunday, February 20th
Mon-Thur & Sun 10am to 7:30pm, Fri 10am to 2:30pm, closed Saturday

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Manolo Boutique Slashes Prices

So do you think you can handle Manolos starting at 75% off even if you don't get to wait on line for three hours or have to fish through piles of unorganized shoes? We think you'll do just fine without both at the Manolo Blahnik boutique's super semi-annual sale.

Today, marked the first day of the seasonal clearance sale and we were thrilled with the style selection and size assortment. Prices are marked by sticker dots, which range from $195 for a red dot up to $350 for a green dot. Most shoes and low boots-- even highly ornate styles-- are priced at $250.

Remember those Manolo Timberlands, worn by J-Lo and were all the rage about 8-years-ago? They come in an assortment of colors and are just $250. Knee high velvet Suwalki boots are $350 but started at a few thousand. Suede with leather trim booties are $250 from $1195. Green and black suede shoes with gems are just $195 from $1255.

The store maybe crowded but at least there isn't a long line to get in. The sale should run for a week or so but styles and sizes will run low quickly. If you're looking for a great deal we suggest you switch out of your heels and take a run over to the boutique asap.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Abby: 212-582-3007
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-6PM

The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock when necessary

Sunday, February 6, 2011

$200 Jeans vs $25 Jeans

When do $200 jeans sell better than $25 jeans? When they are discount William Rast.

When William Rast, Justin Timberlake's fashion line launched at Target in December, there was a flashy launch party and lots of media hype. We expected the affordable denim and buttery leather jackets to sell out in a flash. Fast forward almost two months, a 50% discount and shoppers can still find the same items from the initial collab launch sadly hanging on racks.

The disappointing sales could be understood if the product were inferior but a quick review of shopper comments reveal that consumers love the jeans, tees and accessories. As a matter of fact, most items received four and five star reviews. One comment on the Target website says, "If you want to be booty fabulous buy these jeans! I've gotten more compliments and men asking for my number since I started rocking these jeans. THANK YOU JT!"

Another shopper reviewed the aforementioned leather jacket with these words: "This is a gorgeous jacket. The leather is of a quality rarely seen at this price. William Rast is cutting edge fashion and I paid more than double for a similar jacket in cloth. Slim fitting, nice color. Very flattering on."

Maybe this situation is a prime example of brand and price psychology. Could it be that discount jeans are less valued than those that sell at Barneys for a premium? Maybe Target customers weren't educated enough about the fashion worthiness of the pop-star's eye for style? Perhaps the collection too closely resembled items you could find at your local Gap?

Whatever the reason, we suggest that you take advantage of these deep discounts and size and style section right away. How can one really argue the merit of $25 jeans, $9 tees and $100 leather jackets? Seems better than the The Gap to us. We would just suggest that Mary Kate and Ashley keep the Row away from Main Street.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

D&G 50% Off

It seems a bit late in the season for a half-off sale but it appears as if this horrible weather could be keeping customers in a winter state of mind. If you're still in the market for bundle-up items, D&G has reduced fall and winter merchandise up to 50% off. What's better is that the sale is also online, so you don't even need to put on a coat to take advantage of the discount.

A classic lace and satin halter dress is $288 from $375, fur ankle boots are $623 from $1,245 and a tweed jacket is $698 from $1395. Bags, beachwear and underwear are only reduced 30% and we all know that's not enough incentive to make purchases from a collection nearing its expiration date.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Bose Headphones

There are a handful of things that excite a man as much as ladies and their discount Louboutins. There are sports cars, fancy watches and electronics. Hey, men are pretty simple like that. It's one of the things we love.

One way to catch the ear of your audiophile man is to gift him with Bose IE2 Headphones. We have it on good authority that these headphones are super comfortable and light because of the silicone earpiece. Did we mention the sound quality? Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Bose IE2 audio headphones $100-$130

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Betsey Johnson 80% Off

It may be too cold and slushy to walk up Madison but that won't stop us from scouting great sales. During a quick ride up the Avenue, we noticed that Betsey Johnson is hosting a sale where winter merchandise is 80% off. A markdown like that is too attractive to resist.

The crowded sale rack is full with interesting frocks that are an additional 60% off the already reduced price. We spotted a great gray cheetah print knit cape with a final price of just about $20, a dress that was about $330 is reduced to $85 and a little lace jacket for $30 from almost $200.

There is a markdown running on the Betsey Johnson website but we think the prices in the boutique may have been less. Then again, shopping online doesn't require a car and driver or creeping through slush.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Baccarat Heart

Valentine's Day is such a ray of sunshine in the middle of the dark depth of winter. What can be more wonderful than a token of love on the dreariest days. Although some shoppers take the holiday to the extreme, we are personally fond of the small and thoughtful gift. From now until February 14th, we will be suggesting some small ideas to warm a heart even when there's 15-inches of snow on the ground.

Baccarat is known for their flawless glass. Now it's time to share some of your flawless love with a big red glass heart. The ruby crystal heart comes with a matching cord and is just about the perfect way to say, I love you (or I really like you a lot).

Baccarat Glamour Heart Pendant $225