Monday, July 30, 2012

Where to Stay: The Surrey

With all the time we spend shopping along Madison Avenue it's a wonder that we have never considered those who do not live in the immediate vicinity. After several requests for hotel recommendations we are dedicating the entire week to uncovering the amazing places to stay along Madison Avenue.

There are basically five hotels from which to choose -- The Mark, The Surrey, The Carlyle, The Lowell, and Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Truth be told, the hotels are as varied as the boutiques along Madison Avenue. There isn't a wrong choice among these establishments but we hope to help you find the place to stay that best represents your personal style.

The Surrey 
The Surrey hotel is an art lover's dream destination. The property is located at 76th and Madison, which is right in the heart of Museum Mile. In addition to the surrounding museums, the hotel hosts an impressive modern art collection that is dispersed throughout the private and public spaces.

The Surrey has all the furnishings and panache of a chic boutique hotel but without any of the pretense. Interior architect Lauren Rottet was agile in her ability to create a modern space that maintains sophistication and warmth. Upstairs, the rooms are furnished functionally and luxuriously.

Each salon is very spacious and outfitted for ultimate comfort with a Duxiana bed and custom Sferra bedding. Every item is well edited and functional, as well as luxurious. The oversized desks are a working traveler's dream.

If you're looking to find the perfect place to daydream you must check out the hotel's rooftop garden. This 17th floor oasis is exclusive to hotel guests and select "members" from the neighborhood. This serene escape is the perfect spot to grab a light snack or drink before dinner-- we suggest the Basil Martini.

Downstairs, you can eat at Daniel Boulud's world class restaurant, Cafe Boulud or grab a drink at the neighborhood's favorite, Bar Pleiades. In addition, New York's most indulgent spa just opened in the Surrey. Cornelia Spa, is best known for their decedent services and skilled staff. Personally, we can't wait to try the Caviar and Oxygen Reparitive Quench facial.

The hotel contains 190 salons, including 30 one-bedroom suites. Even the most jaded traveler will become giddy from the Penthouse and a Presidential Suites. Rooms range in price from about $400 to about $7500.

The Surrey is clearly the destination of choice for well-heeled travelers and neighborhood residents needing an extra room for guests. If Coco Chanel were coming into town, this is where she would stay.

Packing tip: Don't forget your Metallic Silver Chanel Reissue

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Where to Stay: The Mark Hotel

With all the time we spend shopping along Madison Avenue it's a wonder that we have never considered those who do not live in the immediate vicinity. After several requests for hotel recommendations we are dedicating the entire week to uncovering the amazing places to stay along Madison Avenue.

There are basically five hotels from which to choose -- The Mark, The Surrey, The Carlyle, The Lowell,  and Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Truth be told, the Hotels are as varied as the boutiques along Madison Avenue. There isn't a wrong choice among these establishments but we hope to help you find the place to stay that best represents your personal style.

The Mark Hotel
Our first stop is The Mark Hotel, which is located on 77th Street off of Madison Avenue. Walking into the lobby feels as if you received a gilded invitation from Vogue magazine to an exclusive event. Jacques Grange's design is flawless and modern. There is no doubt that you've come to the right place. After all, you're a lover of great design.

Upstairs the rooms are toned down into a warm and inviting space to rest your shopping bags. Each suite has furnishings and details created by famed designers including, iRon Arad, Vladimir Kagan, Todd Eberle and Karl Lagerfeld. Each room has a private bar, which feature Sub-Zero refrigeration and black granite counters. The beds are custom-made and the linens are by Quagliotti, the fine Italian textile maker.

Beyond the rooms, The Mark Hotel houses one of the most wanted reservation on the Upper East Side. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges serves up some of the best food in the neighborhood and isn't bad for star gazing either. On any given night you can spy Justin Timberlake, Tom Ford or Harvey Weinstein. 

Our favorite perk of The Mark are the bicycles that guests can use to cruise the neighborhood or explore central park. Hotel rates range from about $360 to about $10,000 a night for the Signature Suite, which has four bedrooms and six bathrooms. Families, children, pets and long term stays are welcome.

The hotel also includes a shoe shine kiosk by John Lobb, a full gym with trainers from neighborhood favorite, Punch Fitness Center and a Frederic Fekkai salon. So even if you don't get your annual invitation to the Met Gala you can stay at The Mark and feel as if you are a Vogue editor.

Packing Tip: Don't forget your Celine Trapeze.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The It-it: Bill Blass

Amidst the loud environment of Twitter, Instigram, Facebook and, yes we'll say it, blogs, there is something extra special about quiet elegance. The resurgence of the all-American brand, Bill Blass has us dreaming of days spent on Yachts and nights spent dancing at Les Caves Du Roy.

We are especially taken with the designer's Fall/Winter 2012 collection. First, we absolutely adore the contrast of navy and black. The gowns are classic but modern and the tailoring is sublime. The overall ascetic reminds us of the wonderful roots of the American designer.

Longtime fans of Bill Blass include Sigourney Weaver, Candice Bergen, Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, Nancy Reagan and Jackie Onassis. Today Bill Blass's designs can be found on Eve, Gabrielle Union and Nicole Scherzinger.

Super Doctor: Dr. Jerry Lubliner

We would like to congratulate Dr. Jerry Lubliner for being selected, for the fourth year in a row, as one of the “Super Doctors” in Orthopedic Surgery. This year, Dr. Lubliner was highlighted among all his peers in the latest edition of New York Super Doctors list in the New York Times Magazine.

"Super Doctors" is a prized honor, which only includes the top 5% of New York City physicians among 30 specialties. In an interview with Dr. Lubliner he shared his gratitude for the prestigious recognition.

Dr. Lubliner is currently the Chief of Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center and has over 27-years of surgical experience. He credits his professional achievement to his ability to quickly and accurately diagnose, treat and get his patients back to their sport.

The operating table is always the last resort and is only recommended to about 10% of Dr. Lubliner's patients. Known for his minimally invasive shoulder and knee surgeries, he is widely recognized by his peers as an expert in the treatment of ACLs, rotator cuffs and meniscal tears.

Dr. Jerry Lubliner
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
215 E 73rd St # 1C (212) 249-8200

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Discovering the UWS DSW

By ManhattanMataHari

Trekking to Union Square for your discount shoe fix is no longer necessary. This week, DSW opened  a megastore on 79th and Broadway and we couldn't wait to sink our feet into the new location.

The new DSW emporium transformed the former Filene’s Basement into a heel heaven. With three floors and over 30,000 pairs of shoes we had lofty hopes. On the ground floor to the far left of the store is a stash of designer shoes. Although Union Square seems to have a larger selection there were still plenty of shoes from which to choose.

We quickly found some current style shoes from Miu Miu, Fendi, Prada and Giuseppe Zanotti. Miu Miu’s glitter peep toe sandaled heels and pebbled leather bow flats are $400. Buttery soft black leather Prada booties are a $550 and suede bow-embellished flats are $250. There are a few different styles of Ralph Lauren Collection loafers and flats in the $200 to $250 range, although we preferred the more funky Fendi flats for about the same price. Our favorite shoe was a classic Zanotti black leather flat with Swarovski crystal toe caps. They were still pricy at $400 but the retail price is $750.

If you have some time to spare, be sure to head upstairs to the clearance section. We found some fun patent printed Emilio Pucci flats marked down 30% to $245 as well as an incredible pair of Dolce and Gabbana black suede stacked booties for $240.

DSW Upper West Side
2220 Broadway (at 79th street)

Diamond Looking for Love

The Love Lady is back!

Missy from Divorce Your Jewels has the most stunning 3.01 carat, cushion cut diamond that's looking to bring happiness to the perfect couple. The center diamond is G color and is surround by a halo of diamonds, which extend all the way around the shank of the ring.

The ring was originally purchased by high school sweethearts who say that their relationship peaked during their college years. The couple recently agreed that it was better to find new loves. Now this ring needs a new love too. Between you and me, this is the perfect ring and it's priced thousands less than any jewelry store. (Read: Forward this post to your boyfriend, now!)

In addition, Missy has just received a new pre-owned Cartier Love bracelet.  Missy's numerous dealings with authentic preowned Cartier jewelry, is what originally earned her the reputation as the Love Lady. You can see Missy's full online jewelry store here.

On the flip side, Missy is widely available to buy the jewelry items you once loved. Always remember, love lost can quickly turn into love gained.
Missy Schorr, the Love Lady

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Robert Marc Summer Sale

By ManhattanMataHari

Eyewear favorite, Robert Marc is starting their summer sale on Thursday, July 26. Both sun styles and optical versions will be discounted 40% to 50% off retail.

There are a variety of styles included in the markdown but most sale items fall within the 40% cut. Men’s aviator styles and funky unisex retro sunnies are $270 from $450 and ladies seasonal colored sunglasses are priced at about $285. If you’re looking for a new pair of optical frames, there are many contemporary acetate styles that are discounted to $237. There is even a scattering of traditional tortoise shell frames included in the markdown.

Robert Marc stores are more prolific than Starbucks on Madison Avenue, with one spaced about every ten blocks. You can find your closest location by clicking here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Exploring Steps Off Madison

Anyone who has traveled the world can recognize that Madison Avenue is a true gem among centers of world-class shopping. Yes, Rodeo Drive may have palm trees and Oak Street may be considered the Magnificent Mile but no other city has the style, fashion and assortment of Madison Avenue.

Among the unique features of the Avenue are the hidden and diverse boutiques that are just steps off of Madison. For example, Marni is steps off Madison at 67th Street, Charlotte Olympia is steps off of Madison at 65th Street and Canturi Jewels is steps off of Madison at 66th Street.

Preen at Fivestory
As part of our exploration of the  boutiques that are just off Madison, we found some unexpected hidden gems. One of Madison Avenue's newest additions, Fivestory (69th Street) is filled with items that are unique for both their style, variety and design. Tucked in every corner of the store you can find a covetable item from the Preen pre-fall collection Edie Parker clutches, there is something to inspire anyone who loves fashion.

Over at Marina Rinaldi (69th Street) we were surprised to find a wide assortment of color used in the newest fall collection-- reds, hot pinks, royal blues. Our favorite item, however, is a spruce green two piece gown with tulle and sequined overlay ($1670).

Qiviuk Adeli Cardigan
With one touch, you will fall in love with Qiviuk (58th Street), which is comprised of the downy fibers of Musk Ox. Qiviuk, which is pronounced Kiv-ee-uk, is a favorite among icons such as Queen Elizabeth II, Sarah Jessica Parker and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A favorite item of ours is the Adeli Cardigan ($1350 with fur, $950 without). Once you try it on you will not want to love another cold day without it.

The floral designs found at Ovando (65th Street) are so much more than arrangements. Some might say they are works of modern art. Floral designer and event producer Sandra de Ovando is able to manipulate flowers in a way that feels more like sculpture than botanicals. Clients include, Hermes, The US Open Tennis Association, Donna Karan, Four Seasons, Saks Fifth Avenue, and of course, you!

In addition to creating wonderful events and arrangements, Ovando always has an interesting window display. It's often worth the extra few steps to peek on on what's brewing.

Charlotte Olympia
Now we should look south, towards your toes, of course. We can't understate how much we love Charlotte Olympia (65th Street). The boutique just opened this Spring but is already a neighborhood classic. The 750-square-foot space is decked out with suspended lights and trademark spiderwebs.

To mark the London-based designer's first store state-side, she created the Charlotte Olympia Priscilla Stars and Stripes heel. Could you imagine a more patriotic (and stylish) shoe?

Robert Clergerie
Speaking of shoes, uptown favorite Robert Clergerie (62th Street) is the apex of French style on Madison. The shoes are both fashionable and comfortable. (Imagine that!) For Fall, the store is stocked with fashionable chunky heels and lace-up flats. A favorite of ours is a black and white Rolo flat that resembles a bowling shoe.

Madison Avenue and the stores in its vicinity are not only about feasts for your eyes but there are also wonderful sweets for your mouth. K Chocolatier by Diane Kron (69th Street) us a favorite among New Yorkers and travelers alike. The truffles and liquors are in-'K'-redible.

If you're looking for a literal gem, Reinstein/Ross (73rd Street) carries handmade gold jewelry that's both modern and classic. If you don't see exactly what you like within their extensive inventory, the boutique will happily collaborate with you to make an entirely custom piece.

As you can see, the boutiques that are just steps off Madison are as interesting and varied as the ones directly on the Avenue. For your shopping ease, we compiled a list of side street stores that should not be missed.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Manolos Now 50% Off

The Manolo Blahnik sale continues with another markdown. The additional discount begins Monday, July 23. The 50% savings includes the spring and summer collection, along with some alligator styles.

We are told that the Manolo final markdown-- or "sticker" sale-- will likely begin the first week of August. During the "sticker sale," shoes are priced according to the dot at the bottom of the shoe. The discount can be upwards of 75% off and prices usually 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.

During a previous sale we nabbed a pair of green and black suede shoes with gems for just $195 from $1255. That's closer to 90% off and we didn't even have wake up at the crack of down to wait in a sample sale cue. You can never underestimate the value of beauty sleep!

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Monday-Friday 10:30 am to 6pm Sunday 12pm to 5pm
The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock when necessary

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The It-it: AVF Acrylic Accessories

Wearing a great pair of shoes is one way to dress up an outfit and the same philosophy goes for home furnishings. We have recently become obsessed with Alexandra von Furstenberg's acrylic home accessories.

The collection includes candy bowls, vases, napkin rings, coasters, trays and treasure boxes in a rainbow of bright colors. Our favorite piece, however, is the limited edition Lotus Bowl. The multi-faceted bowl can be used to display fruit, flowers or just on it's own to brighten up a spot in your kitchen, dining room or living area. What makes this particular item uniquely special is the way it refracts light. Our favorite color, is obviously orange.

Unfortunately, like an amazing pair of shoes this type of home chic is not inexpensive. The aforementioned bowl is almost $1000 but an 8-pack of bright coasters are just $158. You can view the AVF accessories collection online here and  at Maison 24 on Park Avenue South and in Bridgehampton. Just don't blame us when you find yourself hopelessly addicted to lucite.

Alexandra Von Furstenberg
Limited Edition Lotus Bowl ($958)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Henri Bendel 50% Off

Can't remember the last time you were in Henri Bendel? Well, neither do I. I must admit that I prefer the memory of what used to be. The once decadent department store currently feels like a cosmetic arena combined with an a Etsy flee-market.

Even the sales people we spoke to admitted to be confused by the store's product assortment and lack of focus. This is just conjecture but I can't imagine "this" Henri Bendel lasting much longer as it exists today. Something must be done but we can talk about that another time.

During a quick browse we found jeweled bobby pins for $14 from $28, a croc embossed wristlet for $74 from $148 and large cosmetic bag for $29 from $58. As you can see, dedicated a shopping trip is not suggested but those looking to pick up a small gift or 'Bendel' trinket will be happy to save a bit.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bergdorf: The Final Sale

By ManhattanMataHari

Bergdorf Goodman‘s seasonal sale is winding down as marked by the luxury retailer taking their final 75% final reduction on designer ready-to-wear. The stock and sizes are starting to dwindle. Sale handbags, for example, are completely sold out.

Shoe Salon
All shoes are now 50% off retail with the exception of Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Alaia which are still 30%. The selection is nowhere near as plentiful as the start of the sale (we didn’t see any shoes in size 37.5), but there are five large racks replete with Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent wedges and Tribtoo pumps (no Tributes), Manolo Blahnik, Lanvin (no ballet flats), Nicholas Kirkwood and all the usual suspects. We were surprised to find a few different styles of the popular Brian Atwood Maniac pumps and slingbacks. The discount is set to go up to 65% for all brands before the sale ends around the first week in August.
Bill: 212-872-8940

Second Floor Boutiques
Chanel fans should head to the boutique stat! There are some lovely boucle wool blazers, which retail for nearly $5000 that are being transferred from the VIP customer closet to the 60% off sales rack at the end of the day. We were seriously tempted by a cropped style with a Chanel crest, as well as a poncho version. The Dior boutique has a few nice dresses, although sizes are limited and most are over $500 even with a 75% cut. Tom Ford has a plentiful selection of mostly separates, which are also 75% off retail.
Alla (Chanel Specialist): 212-872-2856

Third Floor Consolidation
The majority of the designer ready-to-wear has been consolidated along the south side of the third floor. We did, however, find some 75% off sales racks in Miu Miu (not the most desirable styles). In the Balenciaga boutique where we were drawn to a lovely $1645 draped white dress marked down to $489. Marc Jacobs had lots of clothing on markdown, even some warmer separates that will easily transition to Fall. With a bit of patience you can find a limited selection of Marni, The Row and Narcisco Rodriguez on the consolidation racks. Our favorite finds were the $2250 Prada silk lips dress for $559, a hot pink long sleeve Celine statement dress for $589 and a $199 basic silk Gucci blouse with a tie neck.
Mira: 212-872-2822

Fourth Floor Consolidation
Akris and Giambattisa Valli fans will fare well since their boutiques are replete with discounted separates and dresses. Don’t bother browsing the Oscar de la Renta racks since everything was rather matronly. We found loads of discounted Lanvin and Valentino dresses, with some Carolina Herrera, J. Mendel, and Bottega Veneta mixed in. Good luck!
Jeremy: 212-872-8840

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alessi Sale 20% Off

Alessi is hosting an 'It's a Steel' sale where for the entire month of July iconic stainless steel items are 20% off. The sale is in stores and online here.

Alessi always makes a nice hostess gift or a wonderful gift for yourself. Some discount examples include Michael Graves teakettles now $144 from $180, a large Mediterraneo front bowl is $141 from $176 and an espresso coffee maker is $165 from $207.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

TheOutnet Clearance Begins Tuesday will begin their bi-annual clearance sale Tuesday, July 17, according to exclusive information given to We are told that over 2000 items will be reduced up to 85% off.

Before the weekend, TheOutnet treated us to a sneak peak of their clearance inventory. Highlights include a Rick Owens, Sparta wool-flannel coat for $278 from $1390, a Peter Pilotto printed silk dress for $339 from $1695, a Miu Miu color-blocked satin dress from the "star" collection for $575 from $2874 and a Lanvin embellished dress for $1286 from $6430.

This is one of the TheOutnet's most popular shopping events. The sale is scheduled to begin just before noon. We suggest logging on as soon as possible because items do go quickly. Just don't be surprised if there is a logjam on the site. Unfortunately, it's the online equivalent in standing in a sample sale line.

For your viewing pleasure we have added lots of pictures from TheOutnet's clearance sale to our Instagrapm photo stream.  Instagram users can follow us @MadisonAvenueSpy or click here.

Photo credit: StreetPeeper

Manolo First Summer Markdown

The Manolo Blahnik's boutique sale is happily on its way. The savings are currently 30% off but in just days the markdown will go to will be 50%.

As far as markdowns go, the department stores are serving up better discounts. Just don't expect to find any of the more interesting styles in Bergodorf or Saks.

Towards the end of the month, Manlolo adds a third "sticker" markdown where prices start at just $250. You can see our past overage of Manolo's sticker sales here.  We always prefer the boutique final markdown to the sample sale-- at least you get a box with your shoes!

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Abby: 212-582-3007
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-6PM, Sat 10:30- 6PM, Sun 12pm-5pm
The boutique will periodically close from 2pm to 3pm to restock

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Alejandro Ingelmo 70% Off

One of our favorite indie shoe designers, Alejandro Ingelmo, is hosting a sale at his Soho store where select summer shoes are marked down 70% off. The discounted shoes are also available online, just ignore the 40% off image and click on each item to see the reduced price.

We found the iconic Origami open toe shoes for $239 from $795, Penny heels are $179 from $556 and Sophia platform heels $199 from $459. Men's shoes are also included in the markdown. For instance, Jeddi hightops are $169 from $525.

Alejandro Ingelmo
51 Wooster Street

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kirna Zabete Second Markdown

By ManhattanMataHari

The fabulously well curated Soho boutique, Kirna Zabete, is now having second markdown on t summer clothing, shoes and accessories. This means all the most coveted pieces from our favorite designers like, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler, Giambattista Valli and Givenchy are included along with cool indie labels are now up to 60% off.

For the unfamiliar, a quick browse of their website sale should get you out the door and into your taxi. We found this Lanvin jersey structured shoulder dress marked down to $332.50 and a printed Erdem panel dress is $397.50. There are also lots of nice separates to choose from like this $375 Prabal Gurung side-draped skirt. Our favorite items are by designer, Duro Olowe. The below photographed dress is $745 from $1400.

While there are a lot of dresses and separates online you should keep in mind that all clearance purchases are final sale. It may be safer for online shoppers to opt for stylish accessories. We love the $259 Giambattista Valli enamel panther bracelets and Lanvin flower ribbon necklaces for about $340.

Whatever you do, don't miss the shoe selection, which is totally fierce. Pierre Hardy striped wedges are $259, while Lanvin’s ballet wedges are just under $500 and Nicholas Kirkwood flowers pumps are now $347.50.

If you're not worried about missing out on particular item you may want to wait for Kirna's final markdown, which usually ranges in the 70% off neighborhood. After all, product stalking is our favorite pastime.

Kirna Zabete
96 Greene St. (between Spring & Prince)
Lauren 212-941-9656

Monday, July 9, 2012

Final Markdowns at Saks and Bergdorf Goodman

Sale season is quickly coming to an end and department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman will be reducing spring and summer merchandise to make way for the next season's inventory. This week is a big week for third, or final, markdowns.

Over at the Neiman Marcus owned Bergdorf Goodman, "Last Call" will bring discounts to a promoted 65% off. With a bit of sorting and a sharp eye you can sometimes find items marked down even more.

Starting Thursday, Saks Fifth Avenue will begin their famous "consolidation sale" where merchandise from neighboring stores will be make it's way to the 8th floor of the Fifth Avenue flagship for a final markdown. Expect to find discounts up to 70% off.

Both department stores will have corresponding markdowns online. As we always say, the best merchandise is usually found in stores. So don't underestimate the value of old-fashioned shopping.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Chanel & Hermes Bags for 99-Cent, Now!

The fantasy of catching an unbelievable deal is what keeps many of us on the hunt. The idea of catching one of our most coveted bags at just 99-cents is completely thrilling. Today we're giving your he scoop on a real life dream sale, which includes an Hermes PM Vespa bag and a Chanel silver quilted Reissue bag for just 99-cents.

Beginning July 9th, eBay's beloved Linda’s Stuff will feature 66 high-end handbags with a starting price of just 99-cents. The auctions will run just seven days and there were be no reserve! The sale will also include a Celine Luggage Tote and a Ralph Lauren Ricky bag, among others. The true question is: Which bag will you hunt?

This sale is the first of two eBay fashion 99-cent specials that Linda’s Stuff is hosting. The next sale features women’s and men’s high-end shoes, beginning on July 16th.

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Barneys Third Markdown

Barneys started their third markdown following July 4th. The discount on spring and summer merchandise is now up to 75% off.

Some markdown highlights include a selection of Proenza Schouler PSII tote bags that are now $829 from over $1600. Pierre Hardy stripe platform sandals are $239 from about $600. Over in the apparel section we spotted a Chloe blouse for about $600 from over $2400, a Lanvin print trench coat for about $1000 from almost $4400 and a Givenchy ruffled blouse for about $500 from almost $2000.

Although online shopping is always easy, we suggest going to Barneys for the best sale selection. Expect more items to be added to the third markdown pile as the month progresses.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Cartier Love Lady

Missy from has become better known as the "Love Lady" for her ability to help others buy and sell precious loved items. Missy's numerous dealings with authentic preowned Cartier jewelry, particularly Cartier Love bracelets, has only added to her "lovable" reputation. is a full service company with the ability to bring love to all parties. If there's a diamond not being utilized Missy will find the item a new love. Have old gold jewelry laying around? Missy will buy what you have for cash so that you can get something new to love.

You can check out the online store right now to see a host of lovely items. Of course, there is a Cartier Love bracelet available now. On the flip side, Missy is widely available to buy the jewelry items you once loved. Call the Love Lady today!
Missy Schorr, the Love Lady

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Madison Markdowns Round II

By ManhattanMataHari

Sale season along Madison Avenue is still going strong and some boutiques have even added additional markdowns. Below are some highlights to help you through the July 4th holiday shopping weekend.
Happy Independence Day!

If you head straight downstairs, you ill find a sale section filled with women’s dresses and separates all for 60% off. We were most impressed with the selection of fashionable colorful blazers. All available sizes are out on the sales floor. So you should head to Akris sooner rather than later for the best selection.
Bruno: 212-717-1170

The temporary shop on Madison Avenue doesn't currently have air-conditioning but they do have a good selection of sales shoes, which are discounted  40%. There are several sandal and pump styles available with the discount but none of the classic ballet flats are included. If you're hoping to snag a small accessory or handbags on sale, you're out of luck here. All the discounted bags were sold out on the first day of the sale.
John: 212-535-5505

Derek Lam
While the sales area at the back of the store has a few racks of discounted ready-to-wear, we were majorly distracted by the plentiful selection handbags and shoes which are also heavily discounted to 60% off retail. The lightweight oversized knits are especially tempting at under $200.
Atsuko: 212-493-4454

Jimmy Choo
While sizes and selection are dwindling, the upstairs part of the boutique has two full walls of summer sandals, heels and flats priced at 50% off. There are also a couple of boot styles available at the sale price. Our favorite sale shoes are the wedges, which now run between $200 and $350 depending on style.
Heather: 212-759-7078

J. Mendel
The exclusive furrier does not have any of their luxurious fur coats included in their 40% to 60% off sale. Instead, you can score some unique and beautiful fur shrugs and caplets for 60% off the $3900 retail prices. Head upstairs for the sale section, and be sure to check out some of the exquisitely tailored dresses too.
Angellique: 212-832-5830

Oscar de la Renta
While the sales racks are not marked, a helpful sales associates will gladly help you sort through ladylike dresses, separates, shoes and costume jewelry that are now 40% off. If you don't see your size you you can likely have a your sized pulled from the stock room. This sale will likely go through the end of the month and we would expect an additional markdown shortly.
Nancie: 212-288-5810

Roberto Cavalli
All merchandise upstairs is now 60% off retail, including lots of his famous silk printed dresses perfect for a weekend in the Hamptons. There are also some lovely evening gowns, formal dresses included and casual summer dresses included in the sale.
Juana: 212-755-7722

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Shopping Woodbury Common July 4th

Independence day is almost here, 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. Prada and Valentino seem to be the only exceptions. Both stores will not ship during a holiday weekend but are more than happy to send merchandise starting Thursday.

Bottega Veneta
We are told that there is a very good selection of shoes and ready-to-wear from the spring/summer 20011 collection, which are additional 60% off for the holiday. Items from the fall/winter 2011 collection are extra 20% off. Select style bags are an extra 30% off. There are no woven style bags included in the extra markdowns.

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%. If you are looking ahead to fall the store already has a small selection of items from pre-fall 2011.

The Etro outlet is offering customers an extra 50% off almost everything from the summer 2011. Men's suits are an additional 25% off and sports jackets are an extra 50%. The only items not included in the holiday promotional markdown are men's and women's tailored shirts. We suggest checking out the women's shoe collection. The styling is original and they aren't overexposed like other brands.

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.

The spring and summer collection from 2011 is an extra 50% off. Day bags are cut an additional 20% and clutches are an extra 50% off. Unfortunately, there are no shoes included in the holiday markdown.

Ready-to-wear from the most recent collection is an additional 20% off. Shoes are also an additional 20% discount. Don 't get too excited, there are no handbags or Tribute sandals or shoes included in the promotional markdown.