Friday, April 29, 2016

The Best Sales this Weekend: Asos, RL, Bloomies and More

It's practically May and long weekends aren't too far away. It's time to start reevaluating what you have from last year and identify those items that you know you'll need until the weather is legitimately warm.

There are several sales going on this weekend. Be sure to browse the Asos sale section for a pre-summer re-fresh, Bloomies is hosting a shoe sale, Coach is offering 25% off for Mother's Day and Ralph Lauren has some serious discounts. We've highlighted some of the best and also pulled some of our favorite items that you can buy now on sale.

Asos- Save up to 80% off
The Asos outlet is where to begin your seasonal shopping when you are avoiding Zara. Some standout items include, a See by Chloe star blouse that's reduced to $187 from $400 or this cloud print blouse that's $150 from $400. Both are light but will work great with jeans while it's chilly. This Frankie Morello sweatshirt is reduced almost 80% to $127 from $623 and Markus Lupfer flat sandals are $204 from $560.

Bloomingdales- Shoe sale: save up to 25% when you spend $500, 20% when you spend $250 or 15% when you spend $150
You would have done better had you made your purchase during friends and family but if you spend $500 it's the exact same discount. Some of our favorite items for Spring include these rainbow espadrilles from Kate Spade that are $160 from $228 (before the additional promotion), these Celine-esque slides that are priced at just $195 or these classic Giuseppe thong sandals.

Coach- Save 25% off Mother's Day Sale. Use the code MOM2016 at checkout.
The timing couldn't be more perfect. Mother's Day is around the corner and the Coach collection is more popular than it has been in decades. Be sure to check out some of the new style bags. We really like the Swagger that comes in an array of bright colors and it's just $350. The classic cross-body saddle bag ($550) can be customized with you're mother's name or just add a simple MOM to the front. Before you check out be sure to take a browse through the ready to wear. We were quite surprised.

Ralph Lauren-Save an extra 15% on items already reduced up to 50%. Use the code PRIVATE16 at checkout.
Ummm, who doesn't need a personalized Polo when they are $60 from $98? (They should all say Mad-Spy on the back. Don't you agree?) We understand if everyone doesn't want our name on their back but this denim dress is quite agreeable at $160 from $245, as is this canvas field jacket that's $100 from $200.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Best Sample Sales: Jill Stuart, J. Adler, Choo & Sandro

Sample sale season is about to get very busy. There are 100's of sales scheduled for May and figuring out which ones are worthy of inspection takes a critical eye. To help you sort through the madness, we put together a list of the most deserving sales. Let us know if you think we missed anything spectacular.

Jill Stuart/ Jill Jill Stuart
Jill Stuart may not be as well known as Donna Karan but she ranks up there with some of America's great female designers. Grab a bit of classic Americana fashion at her sample sale which takes place in her actual showroom-- which is always a good sign. Prices for the designer's main line starts at $35 and top out at $240 for evening dresses. Most of assortment is sample sizes 2/4s but there are some other options for non-models. Be sure to check out the boots that are priced $125 to $225. There is a lot more options from the contemporary line, Jill Jill Stuart. Skirts are all $100 and day dresses are $120.
Through Friday, April 29
10am-7pm daily
201 West 39th Street (btwn 7th & 8th)

Jonathan Adler
Lifestyle guru, Jonathan Adler was just named the creative director of Fisher-Price Baby and we can't wait to see what playful ideas he has to bring to the playroom. Those of us looking to channel our inner child through design should check out the designer's two-day warehouse sale. The inventory will include brand-new merchandise including furniture, rugs, lighting, pillows, and accessories at discounts of up to 70% off retail prices. We are told that the Capri table lamp will be $200 from $350, the Electra vase will be $50 from $150 and letter pillows will be $25 from $145. Parking is free and delivery is available at an additional price.
Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30
9am-5pm daily
The Bronx: 885 E 138th St Btwn (Walnut & Locust Aves)

Jimmy Choo
The Jimmy Choo sample sale is somewhat of a nightmare. There are lines, waits, hoarding, chaos-- everything we despise about sample sales. The one redeeming quality is the great pricing. At the last sale, shoes started at $200 and topped out at $375 for boots. We suggest avoiding the sale all together on Tuesday and taking a peak around on Wednesday afternoon if you're really that curious.
Tuesday, May 3 though Thursday, May 5
Tues 11am-7pm, Wed 8am-7pm, Thurs 8am-4pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave.)

Sandro & Maje
Sandro & Maje are always a favorite for those who want a mid-priced fashion option with French flair. It's chic and casual at the same time. At past sales, the discounts weren't great but the assortment was quite nice. We suggest holding out until the last days to snag the best prices.
Tuesday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 8th
Tue—Sat 10am—8pm, Sun 10am—5pm
Sample Sale 260: 260 Fifth Ave btwn 28th & 29th st.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Get Your Waiting Shoes On: Manolo Sample Sale

Ladies get your waiting shoes on. The Manolo Blahnik spring sample sale is Wednesday, April 27 and is open to the public, according to a tipster. As is tradition, the second floor salon of the Warwick Hotel will be the site of the event.

This sample sale is a bi-annual highlight for shoe lovers. As you can imagine, the wait time can be worse than a passport agency. Personally, we prefer the boutique sales even if prices are a bit more expensive. Those who are up for the Manolo sample sale challenge should read our survival guide.

We expect that prices will run along the same lines as last season. Plain shoes, including leather, suede satin, and printed fabric start at $125 and go up to $150. Shoes with embellishments like glitter and studs were priced $175. Boots started at $200 for basic versions and went up to $400 for over-the-knee styles.

Over the past few seasons the assortment has been dwindling. Manolo Blahnik & Co. recently added a fundraising component to their overstock strategy. A sale to benefit Arethusa Farm Scholarship Fund for University of Connecticut Agricultural Studies. A good amount of stock that would show up at the bi-annual sample sale has gone to the, so called, farm.

Remember, the sale is only one day. That's a good indication that there will not be much merchandise. If you attend the sale, please keep us all posted in the comment section below.

Manolo Sale Sample Sale
Wednesday, April 27
Sale opens: 11am
The Warwick Hotel
54th Street and 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cash only!

Monday, April 25, 2016

50+ Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Flowers and chocolates are the most classic way to celebrate Mother's Day. This year, celebrations of moms occur on Sunday, May 8 and we couldn't be more excited to be the beneficiary of pampering and praise. The first thing you have to know about Mother's Day is that moms don't want you breaking the bank to say, "I love you." They also don't want a thoughtless card with a scribbled signature.

Finding the perfect gift can take a bit of determination and thought. In order to get a jump start on the task (and give some hint to loved ones) we compiled a Mother's Day guide of over 50 items that are sure to inspire even the most impaired of gift givers.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Grand Opening: Flying Tiger (the Almost $1 Store)

We've been saying for years that the Upper East Side needs an old-fashioned dollar store. Sometimes you get what you wish for and other times your dreams are answered with interest.

This week, Flying Tiger opened at 1282 Third Avenue (@ 73rd Street) and we are officially addicted. Flying Tiger is a Danish concept store that's focused on offering customers useful items that are also beautifully designed. The best part, is the prices. Nothing in the store is priced over $20 and most everything we saw was under $10.

Flying Tiger is set up in a maze configuration of themes. This layout coupled with the low displays, allows customers to easily explore the gardening center, office supplies or arts and crafts projects without going up and down traditional aisles. For instance, among the youthful desk supplies are pencils with wooden clown heads ($1), folders with a strawberry print cover ($2) and giant mushroom shape erasers ($1).

Stocking up in the art supply section will make you the number one playdate in the neighborhood. Large blank canvases are just $4, brightly colored no-spill paint cups are $4 (for a set of 4) and a rainbow pack of acrylic paint is also $4. There are glow-in-the-dark paints ($3) and create your own puzzle kits ($1). Along the same theme but in a different section are DIY string cards ($3), packages of mini markers ($2) and sets of blow markers ($3).

Shoppers will be tantalized by the dress-up section were colorful wigs are $5 and funky party glasses are $4. There is a wall of brightly colored greeting cards that are 2-for-$1, gift bags ($1) and wrapping paper. In one of the kitchen set-ups there are brightly colored silicone colanders for $2, cheeky cheese graters are $2, and an apple shape scrubbing sponge is also $2. Stoneware salad plates, coffee mugs and bowls are all $2 each. There are about six different themes and prints. It's going to be hard to have a party and not buy real serving ware to match the theme.

You can click here to browse through lots more pictures of what Flying Tiger has to offer: electronics, bathroom accessories, organizing necessities, party supplies, exercise equipment and everything else you need and didn't know you needed. State News and Gracious Home better take note because when you spend $100 in Flying Tiger, you will have more than one bag to show for it.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The IT-It: Aerin's Rose de Grasse

The world is generally divided into two types of people: those who love fragrance and those who get a migraine from walking through a beauty department. Those who fall into the latter category can click away, swipe left or do whatever the kids do when they are done reading. If smell ignites a spark into your inner soul then Aerin Lauder's Rose de Grasse is a direct connection to heaven.

Launched in Spring 2015 at this fragrance has slowly caught the attention of perfume lovers. Rose de Grasse continues to sell out almost as quickly as it comes into stores. The scent is a beautifully blended rose fusion that results in the perfect balance of fruit and musk.

We can list all the ingredients but it's more important to know that it makes men (and woman) stop in their tracks. Wearers are often stopped in the street and one expert fragrance reviewer said, "This beautifully blended floral is the kind of scent worn by a complex woman who inspires men to create great works.”

If we didn't already own this perfume, it would be on the top of our wish list. Shoppers should be sure not to confuse Rose de Grasse ($185) with Aerin's other fragrances. This premium product comes in a white opaque bottle and is currently only available locally at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Breaking News: Bloomingdales to Undergo Major Changes

The retail environment is forever changing and luxury stores are increasingly challenged to reinvent themselves and titillate shoppers. We've recently learned that Bloomingdale's is the latest department store to revamp its flagship in order to keep up with the competition.

According to insiders, the recharged store will include a gourmet food market, a full floor mega-shoe department and several categories swapping spaces. The first phase of the changes are already complete as the children's department was recently moved from the eighth and ninth floors to the fifth floor. A Mario Batali mini-Eataly concept will soon occupy the former children's department, on the ninth floor.

The new plans call for merging the two separate shoe departments and creating a giant shoe experience on the fifth floor. Currently, shoppers can purchase designer shoes, like Chanel, Dior and Stuart Weitzman, from the fourth floor and contemporary brand shoes, like SJP, Ivanka Trump and Ugg from the second floor.

The home department, which currently shares floor space with the new children's department on the fifth floor, will be moved to the eighth floor.

This isn't the first major renovation in the Bloomingdales timeline. In 2011, the flagship store completed a $50 million renovation that involved rebuilt shops and overhauled departments. The updates included a revamped contemporary sportswear department, additional designers on its fourth floor, an upgraded the bedding department and overall modernized decor to include more open spaces and natural light.

It's not surprising that Bloomingdale's is shifting departments and updating its concept. The luxury retail environment is reaching competitive levels the city has never seen. Bergdorf Goodman, which is only three avenues away, is in the middle of a five year renovation plan that includes a completely revamped first floor and the expansion to the sixth floor to includes modern luxury brands, like The Row, Preen and Tomas Maier. Bergdorfs also recently built out a shoe emporium that spans the majority of the second floor of the luxury store.

Further west, Nordstrom will open a 285,000 square-foot, seven-level flagship store in Columbus Circle, in 2018. There is also increasing competition from downtown retailers like the new-again Chelsea Barneys, Brookfield Place and company owned stand alone boutiques that span the five mile stretch of Madison Avenue.

We are sure that Bloomingdale's new design will be wonderful but wish the store would put more emphasis on customer service. Unfortunately, there always seems to be a lot of employees available but none capable of or willing to assist customers. This, my friends, must be updated too.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Worthy Sample Sales: Nest, Suno, Westwood

It appears as if Winter has finally hit the road. The skies are blue and warmer weather is here. We couldn't think of a more inviting environment to hit the sample sale track. This week, there are several sales occurring. Below are some of our favorites:

Hanro of Switzerland
We always love a true sample sale. The only pitfall is the sizing. Expect to find discounts of about 75% off retail at this Hanro sale. The selection includes loungewear, sleepwear, and underpinnings for men and women. Unfortunately, most everything is a sample size, which is a woman's waif (small) and a men's skinny (medium).
Through Wednesday, April 20th
Tue 8am—6pm, Wed 8am—5pm
358 Fifth Ave (btwn 34th and 35th), 6th fl

Here's another great opportunity to shop direct from the designer's showroom. At the last sale everything was priced under $200. Shoppers should expect to have to mine through cardboard boxes and disorderly racks but these types of shopping conditions make finding a diamond even more rewarding.
Wednesday, April 20th through Friday, April 22nd
Daily 10am—6pm
260 W 39th St (btwn 7th & 8th Ave), 4th floor

Nest Fragrances
The last Nest sample sale was at 260's SoHo sample sale space. Prior to the sale closing we were able to stock up on standard size candles and fragrant liquid soaps for just $15 each. The West Side Highway is bit of a journey from the Upper East Side but we suggest recruiting someone who already works in the building. (It's so big, you must know someone!)
Wednesday, April 20th through Thursday, April 21st
Daily 9am—6pm
601 W 26th St (btwn 11th & 12th Ave), Suite 1340

Vivienne Westwood
We are told that this four-day Westwood sale will include clothing, shoes, bags, small leather accessories, scarves, jewelry, and sunglasses. We anticipate that more recent collections (last year's) will be discounted 60% and older collections could be reduced up to 90%. Expect to find assorted merchandise from the Anglomania, Red Label, and Gold Label lines.
Thursday, April 21st through Friday, April 24th
Daily 10am—6pm
20 W 36th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), 6th floor

Monday, April 18, 2016

Saks Friends & Family Sale Creates Enemies

The Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family sale started online today and loyal customers are irate. Over the past several years, the bi-annual discount promotion has been plagued by a growing number of designer exclusions. Last year we counted over 200 designers who didn't participate. This season, Saks threw out the designer list and discount code and has opted to designate opt-in on an item-by-item basis.

Online shoppers must shop a designated section on the site to find all the discounted items. Customers shopping in the store need to ask for sales assistant help to see which items are included in promotion. After digging in, we found some very interesting findings: Iro is out, Adam Lippes is in. All Burberry is out, Coach (clothing) is in. Yigal Azrouel's designer collection is in but many Derek Lam 10 Crosby items are out.

Saks might be able to make up for all these inclusion and exclusion irregularities. We were sent the code SAKSAPR where you can save an extra 10% off the 'Special Event Pricing.'

Remember, this isn't a bad time to plan ahead for Mother's Day. If you're looking for savings on designer brands you are going to have to sit on your hands until the end of May.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Marimekko Launches at Target

It was this time last year that Lilly Pulitzer swept its way through Target. Shoppers were enraged by the lack of inventory and at how quickly the collection sold out. This year, Target teamed up with the Finnish design house Marimekko but this launch didn't break the Internet as it did last year.

As of Sunday night, most of the collection is still available. The most popular items appear to be the beach towels ($24) and print salad plates ($20). Some of our personal favorite items are the flip-flops ($16), the girl's kaftan ($20), a woman's coverup ($30), the outdoor sun umbrellas ($119) and the stand up paddle board ($499).

Despite the fact that Marimekko didn't spark the excitement of Lily Pulitzer, all the bright prints and accessories are fun to shop. You should also take note that items that sell out during the most popular launches tend to trickle back in the return bins. We are going to keep a watchful eye on those towels and maybe even get one of those paddle boards if they get marked down.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Barneys Purple Card Promotion

If you haven't explored Barneys Downtown we have the perfect opportunity for you to head South. Starting today and through Sunday, Barneys shoppers can earn a $25 gift card, or "Purple Card', for every $250 they spend. Accrued gift cards are redeemable starting Monday, April 18, 2016 through Sunday, May 22, 2016.

We know that shopping incentive programs aren't the best way to save money but a gift card for your purchase often feels like chocolate cake after great meal. While, Saks Fifth Avenue is offering 30% off during friends and family but almost every high-end designer is excluded. The difference with this gift card event is that almost every brand is included. The only exceptions are Brunello Cucinelli, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna and Mansur Gavriel. (We don't get the MG exclusion either.)

Even though a trip downtown can be fun, the Purple Card promotion is available at Barneys stores nationwide. 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 and eat all your dessert.

Reed Krakoff Lands at Kohls

Last year, Reed Krakoff abruptly pulled the plug on his namesake 'empire.' We heavily documented the merchandise liquidation and the store closings. (You can read a riveting in-depth story about the fall of Reed Krakoff in this month's Vanity Fair.)

Some New Yorkers might confuse Kohl's with a popular power source in the 1800s but today many suburbanites shop at Kohl's for their affordable (read: quite inexpensive) designer collections. Where many cost conscious retailers have struggled to stay relevant, Kohl's has found success with its continually changing designer partnerships. Some of the more successful collections include, Vera Wang, Thakoon, Michelle Smith (Milly) and Juicy Couture.

Now the man behind Coach and one of the most expensive fashion flops is landing at Kohl's. The "Reed" collection, which consists of bags and clothing went live on the Kohl's site today and will be available in stores on April 21. The prices of bags and apparel range from $15 to $129.

The bag designs are exactly the same as bag versions sold on Madison and in Bergdorf Goodman. The style names haven't even been changed. Shoppers can find versions of the Boxer ($119), the Atlantique ($109) and the popular RK40 ($15-$129). Luggage tags are adorable and just $15.

In an interview with Fashionista Krakoff said "he sought out soft but super durable materials that wouldn't lose shape when filled with belongings, and that could hold up to saturated colors." (It would have been nice if he found a leather that wouldn't lose shape when he was designing for the luxury customer.)

For the clothing, Reed went back to the designs he planned to execute for his luxury line before he closed up shop.  For Kohl's, Krakoff used "unique production through new custom prints and fabrications." The asymmetrical skirt was a mainstay in the designer's original line and has been conceptualized here for just $79. Scuba fabric is always popular within Kohl's collections and was used in this sheath dress that's $68. This shift dress is also $68 and this watercolor top is $50.

We aren't doubtful that this collection will be considered a success but takes a lot of effort to keep customers continuously engaged.  This is true on the top of the market and at the lower rungs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Saks Friends and Family Sale: PreSale Begins

Friends and Family doesn't officially start at Saks Fifth Avenue until April 18th but in-the-know shoppers can start curating their discount purchases now. It's officially pre-sale. The markdown will be 30% off on clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Speaking of sale exclusions, the list is quite extensive. Generally speaking, all luxury designer brands are excluded. The friends and family discount can be applied to most contemporary lines like Alice & Olivia, DVF, Rag & Bone, Milly, Red Valentino and most denim collections. We were told that Donna Karan will actually be discounted 40%, as it's the last season the collection will be sold. Brands like Valentino, Proenza, Alexander Wang and Chloe are all excluded.

The sale officially begins on Monday in stores will run for four days. Online shoppers are usually given a code to begin shopping the sale two days early. We will update the post when the sale goes live and you can being shopping online.

Clothing: Delphine 646-370-0032
Shoe Salon: Gilbert 646-206-0618

Monday, April 11, 2016

Worthy Sample Sales: Yigal, Oscar & Loro Piana

It's been a few weeks since there's been a sample sale worth mentioning. Lucky for us, spring break is over and sample sale shopping can resume. Below is a carefully curated selection of our favorite upcoming sample sales.

Yigal Azrouƫl
This has historically been one of our favorite sample sales of the season. We love the wearable and sexy clothing that is stylish but still classic. We admit we now have more than enough Yigal in our closets but a good markdown could be hard to resist. We are told that most everything will be priced at 80% off retail. Most of we snapshots we were given were from this past winter collection but you might be able to get a wearing or two if the weather continues to be schizophrenic. A sleeveless structured dress will be $175 from $1390, a leather jacket with a detachable fur collar will be $475 from $1950 and a fringe sweater will be $150 from almost $500.

Tuesday, April 12th through Thursday, April 14
Tues 11am – 7pm, Wed & Thurs 9am – 7pm
225 West 39th Street, 5th Floor

Oscar de la Renta
Six days in sample sale world is an eternity. We can only imagine how much merchandise will be available at Oscar's upcoming sale. During past sales the discounts were 80% off retail and included a range of bridal, ready-to-wear and accessories. This season, It's a new venue and a new host, so it's hard to speculate the sale assortment and pricing. Considering the length of the sale-- did we mention it was SIX DAYS!-- we would expect there to be lots of merchandise and periodic price reductions. This could be an opportune time to pick up what the last few pieces that were made under the tutelage of the master himself. Remember, the Met Ball and the Spring social season are right around the corner.

Tuesday, April 12 through Sunday, April 17
Tues 10am-8pm, Wed-Sat 11-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm
150 Greene St. (btw Houston & Prince)

Loro Piana
Expect to be blanketed by a sea of fine cashmere at the Loro Piana sample sale. We've often been disappointed by the steep prices from this sale. Last season discounts range from 40% to 60% off. Despite the dismal discount, loyal fans never leave dissatisfied and continue to come back year after year. Expect to find a variety of clothing and accessories for men and women.

Through Thursday, April 14
Tues & Wed 9am-6:30pm, Thurs 9am-5pm
317 W. 33rd St. (@ 8th Ave.), Soffer Haskin

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.

The best part of choosing a denim bag is that they are usually a bit expensive and less heavy than their leather counterparts. Some of our favorite denim bags, this season, include Stella McCartney's quilted and chain top handle bag ($1000), a Medium Foldover YSL bag ($1790) and the more elaborate embroidered version from Valentino ($3445) and a beaded style Fendi Peeckaboo ($4850). We also love these less expensive options offered by Michael Kors in fringe ($258), quilted ($228) and patchwork ($278). (Promise, the Michael Kors versions are really nice.)

There is also a great selection of denim shoes this season. Check out these versions from Gianvito Rossi ($670), Jimmy Choo ($895) and Christian Louboutin ($895).

Update: Lord & Taylor's friends and family sale will afford you a savings of 25% off those Michael Kors bags and Nordstrom will price match L&T's promotion. Take your pick.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Weekend Shopping: Sample Sales, Uniqlo and Rag & Bone

Chilly April showers really don't help Spring feel like Spring. We might have to settle with shopping for Spring until those grey rain clouds part and May flowers bloom. This weekend, there are a few noteworthy shopping destinations. See below for details.

Maiyet and DL& Co Sample Sale
Maiyet, which is basically a curator of goods from international artisans has discounted much of their collection to about 80% off. The brand's popular bags range in price from $150 to $250 from retail prices that go from about $1000 to $2000. During the preview, the bags were the biggest hit and we would be surprised if there are any still left over. Instead direct your attention towards the shoes and jackets. Sandals are priced at $100, shoes are $200 and boots are $250.

The other, more aromatic, part of this sample sale duo is DL & Co. The candle company is best known for their skull candles and colorful crystal scalloped glass candles. They have long been a favorite of ours. Prices range from $10 to $25. We suggest waiting until Sunday to snag the best deals on candles. If you don't make it, keep an eye open at Homegoods and TJ Maxx where DL & Co. items are usually priced about the same as this sale.
Through Sunday, April 10
Fri & Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
150 Greene Street

It's no secret that we are huge Uniqlo fans. It's our first and last stop for basics for the entire family and it's a really fun store to shop. Through the weekend, the Japanese mega-store is hosting an anniversary sale with lots of crazy inexpensive prices. Ultra Stretch Jeans, which are really just skinny jeans are $40 from $50, women's pajamas are $15 from $30 and cotton-cashmere blend sweaters are $15 from $30 too. While you're shopping be sure to check out the store's basic tees that are just $10, the famous Ultra Light Down jackets that come in 12 colors and Liberty of London prints, which we like best for little kids.

Rag & Bone Private Sale

You can save 25% off nearly everything at Rag & Bone through the weekend TK. Use the code PRIVATE25 when checking out. Usually we associate Rag & Bone with jeans but this season they have a great collection of fashionable items. Some favorites include, this mesh shirt, this perforated dress and this perforated bag. (It appears I have a fixation with anything holy)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Friends & Family Sales: Tamara Mellon, Sandro, Maje & Beauty

This week is turning out to be very friendly. We've already detailed the goings on at Bloomingdales and Shopbop but there are lots of other sales to shop with friends.

Tamara Mellon, Sandro, Maje, Bobbi Brown and Perricone are all hosting friends and family sales where you can save. Details for each brand are below:

Tamara Mellon
It doesn't look like things are going so well for the ex-Jimmy Choo designer. Tamara Mellon is now hosting a 'VIP' sale where most everything is 50% off, which brings the discount to 80% on some merchandise. The only exception seems to be items that are already marked 80% off.  Just use the code TMVIPSALE50 at checkout. These Goddess sandals are $400 from $800 and over-the-knee suede boots come down to $450 from $2200 and this sandal comes to just $125 from $625. There are clothing options too. Here's a jumpsuit that's $200 from $1000 and a leather jacket that is only $215 from $1450. (You shouldn't pass on that jacket!) We're having Reed Krakoff flashbacks.

Maje & Sandro
It's hard not to bundle these sister brands together. Right now, both fashion lines are offering a friends and family promotion of 25% off. You can use the code FF25 on both sites to prompt the discount. Maje's denim romper comes to $225 from $300 and a Sandro lace top comes to $243 from $325.

Perricone MD
You can now get your derm on. Perricone MD's friends and family sale runs only through Wednesday. You can use the code FRIENDS16 at checkout to save 20%. Fan favorites include the No Blush Blush, Cold Plasma and Face Finishing Moisturizer.

Bobbi Brown 
You can save 20% off when you shop Bobbi Brown's friends and family sale online. The promotion runs through Saturday and no code is necessary. Some of the most popular products are Shimmer Brick compact, Foundation Stick and Smokey Eye mascara.

Monday, April 4, 2016

ShopBop Friends & Family 25% Off

The hugely popular Shopbop friends and family sale kicked off today. Shoppers can use the code INTHEFAM and save an additional 25% off most items on the site. Of course, there are designer exclusions. Shopbop's list isn't usually very bad but it seems to be blossoming. You can click here to see the full list of what items to avoid.

The best part of this sale is that you can apply the discount to previously reduced merchandise. For this reason, we always like to start our browsing in the sale section. This Preen print dress comes to $753 from $3350, this Rodarte fleece hoodie is $79 from $265 and a Phillip Lim dress is $350 from $900.

Another option is to always use the savings to get a jump ahead of the trends. Take espadrilles as an example: Here's a Kenzo pair with a tiger, Mochino's version are perforated, a beaded version from Zanotti, Chiara Ferragni's eyelash embellished version and of course, a kitten version from Charlotte Olympia. (Despite the exclusion list all the designer brands were discounted in the shopping cart.) Were you thinking of festival-wear? Of course you were. Try this Free People stripped dress, a Kate Spade raffia hat with raw edges, or a pretty perfect Black Denim jean jacket.

Remember, the trendiest of items go fast at this sale. Better to snatch them up now than to wait until the sale ends on Thursday. Get shopping!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Scoop: Shop, Save & Give

Scoop has partnered with St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital for an amazing shopping promotion. From now until April 16 you can save 25% off your purchase in stores and online. What's even better is that Scoop will also donate 5% of all purchases to the world's leading children's hospital.

The discount is automatically applied at checkout. We were super surprised that we didn't find any items online that were excluded from the promotion-- that includes Missoni, Stuart Weitzman and even Tom Ford sunglasses. The discount even works on items already marked down. For instance, this white Carven sweatshirt that comes to $150 from $490.

We suggest you use this sale as a great opportunity to stock up on your Spring fashion needs. Some of our favorite items to transition to warmer weather are this white Veronica Beard blazer with a stripped dicky, a frayed denim top from IRO and this Sonia Rykiel rainbow tweed jacket.