Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Sale: Neiman Marcus & Saks

As we count down the final hours of 2016, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Madison Avenue Spy family. Our goal has always been to publish luxury sale information that can't be found anywhere else on the Internet. With your support and help, I think we have succeeded in adding transparency to pre-sales and VIP shopping promotions.

I hope you continue to be amused and informed. Wishing you all a joyous, prosperous, healthy and happy New Year. Without further delay, we bring you the final sales of 2016.

Neiman Marcus Extra 33% Off 
You can save an extra 33% on already reduced items. On some items additional discount brings the final markdown to about 70% off. Among the items eligible for the extra markdown, is a Saint Laurent croc embossed Sac De Jour $1500 from $3000, a Valentino reversible tote is $1100 from $2200 and a Dolce & Gabbana tulip print sleeveless sweater is $400 from about $1200. These Saint Laurent studded rain boots are a steal for $200 from $800, those Valentino ballet flats with chains and an ankle strap are $356 from $800 and embroidered thigh-high Laurence Decade boots are show-stoppers and priced $560 from $1200. We know there will also be a third markdown after New Years but, as you can see, inventory is low on some of the more desirable fashions.

Barneys Third Markdown
Discounts are now up to 75% off at Barneys. It's not surprising to anyone that the best deals are among the clothing. A lace Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress is just $370 from $1500, a Sacai gray and ivory sweater is only $200 from $800 and a Haider Ackermann military satin blouse is $319 from $1300. The additional discounts haven't been applied to bags and shoes but we will investigate further following the New Year.

Moda Operandi Discounts 75%
Discounts have hit 75% off but inventory and sizing is running thin. The site is particularly well stocked with exquisite gowns and dresses. Check out this Delpozo gown that's priced at $2600 from $8500. This sunny yellow Rosie Assouline skirt is genius as you can remove tiers and make it the desired length-- from mini to ball. There are also lots of less expensive items like these Frame jeans that are $76 from $230, a Jonathan Simkhai Bonded ">Jonathan Simkhai pencil skirt is $159 from $460 and crushed velvet booties from Carmelinas are $190 from $300.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Disecting Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is back. This is Nordstrom's biggest sale of the year. The discount is 50% to 60% off most all fall and winter merchandise. Take note, the sale only runs through January 2nd.

Some items may not be discounted as much as other department stores but some brands are reduced even more. Nordstrom is also notorious for price matching. If you see an item priced less at another store make sure to contact customer service and Nordstrom will match the price in most situations.

This season we found several items marked down further than in most other stores. A tweed Loewe bag is an unprecedented 60% off. (Not the hottest style but we haven't seen any on sale.) Dolce & Gabbana is discounted just 40% at most retailers but this super chic pant suit and this tulip a-line dress is 60% off or $900 from $2275.

The SPACE sale section (a collection of avant-garde designers) might even be better than Barneys. A Phelan pleated knit dress is $1000 from $2600 and this Stella McCartney embellished jacquard shift dress is $1400 from $3400. We wish she did more versions of these shift dresses because the fit is amazing and the styling is classic. We also absolutely love this Simone Rocha long coat that looks both warm and stylish and is reduced to $1100 from $2700. We are finding it hard to resist this black and pink faux fur coat from Shrimps that's reduced to $450 from $1120.

Most of the best bags and shoes seem to be already gone. There is only one size option for this pair of Proenza boots and these Marni pumps. That's what happens when great style shoes get discounted to 60% off.

 We suggest you snag what you like now because Nordstrom's online discounts don't usually dip below 60%. If you're shopping in the stores-- that's another story.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Finding Designer Discounts of 70% or More

Sale shoppers love this time of year. The discounts are plentiful and so are the options. The slyest sale shoppers are reaching beyond the common 60% off and searching for top designer merchandise that's been reduced 70% or more.

Those looking to spend less than 30-cents-on-the-dollar have come to the right place. We scoured the Internet and have curated a selection of the best designer deals. Scroll through, we're sure you'll be impressed with out ability to sniff out a plentiful assortment of Jason Wu that's marked down 75%. If you haven't yet dipped your toe into an Aquazurra lace-up, now would be the time. On Net-A-Poter there are more than 60 options, many of which are 70% off and are priced at about $200.

The Row's shoe line might not have been as a big of a success as everyone anticipated. These calf hair boots and these bordeaux loafers are both discounted by two-thirds. This Sonia Rykiel print ruffle dress ($275 from $920)is perfect to take on your New Years tropical vacation and you can sashay while the ball drops wearing this Roksanda tiered taffeta maxi skirt ($450 from $1500). With discounts like these you can afford to take fashion risks.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Neiman Marcus: Spend and Save

Amidst all the heavy markdowns, Neiman Marcus is offering customers a great reason to shop the new collections. Neiman Marcus is offering a promotion where you can save immediately on the purchases you're already making. You can save $50 off your purchase of $200 or $100 off a $400 purchase. The promotion is only online and you can use the code DECSAVE at checkout to engage the savings.

There are many designer exclusions but we found a lot of great items where you can save big. We are so exited to receive these Illesteva mired cat eye-glasses before heading out for our New Years vacation. Speaking of New Years, this Elizabeth and James sequined v-neck shift dress will work perfectly regardless of where you make your midnight toast.

There is no better reason to forgo the black-tie party and enjoy the fireworks while taking a jog though Central Park. You won't miss out on any of the glitter and festivity with these New Balance black and gold glitter sneakers.

It so much fun to shop at Neiman Marcus where you can save even when items are not on sale? Don't hesitate, the promotion only runs through December 27.

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ShopBop Discounts 25% Off Sale (Again)

For the second time this month, Shopbop is offering shoppers an extra 25% off sale merchandise. Use the code TREATYOURSELF when checking out to engage the additional discount.

The Aquazzura shoe selection is exceptionally good with an initial discount of 60%. These suede booties and lace-up open, toe booties are both about 75% off after using the promotion code. If you've got a body you should absolutely rock this Muglar dress for New Years ($1800 from $6000). After all, you've invested enough at the gym.

Perhaps this Mira Mikati handprinted denim jacket is more wearable and a safer purchase at about $400 from $1335. If you haven't added embroidered jeans to your wardrobe this year, it's not too late. We love these 3x1 wide-leg version that are $180 from $625.

The promotion runs through Wednesday. Just like 2016, it's all over at the strike of midnight. That's midnight Pacific Time, which gives us East Coasters a few extra hours to shop for the perfect New Years ensemble.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Five Best Places to Shop After Christmas

Black Friday is for the amateurs. Real shoppers sharpen elbows for the day after Christmas. It's the time of year where you can still find a rather good selection of merchandise that's highly discounted. Over the course of the week you'll also find great opportunities to pounce on hard-to-find items that may get returned.

Below are some of our favorite post-Christmas shopping destinations. Share your favorites in the comment section below:

1. Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks is enticing shoppers with discounts for a total savings of up to 70% off. We suggest you get there when the store opens because when the clock strikes noon the additional savings end. Online shoppers can begin shopping the extra discounts from now through midnight Monday.  Givenchy high Shark Lock boots in nude are reduced to $526 from $1200, Balmain ankle-high boots with a chain are $760 from $1800 and Giuseppe Zanetti studded booties are $540 from $1300.

2. Barneys New York
Barneys still has better markdown opportunities than their competitors. Shortly, the store will begin to lose its competitive edge as other stores reduce accessories and shoes past 60%. The biggest Barneys advantage is their fashion lusty inventory. As an added incentive, our New York favorite is offering an additional 10% off sale prices, which brings the final discount to about 65% off.  A Saint Laurent ruffled and tulle dress is $890 from $2500, a blazer from The Row comes to $1500 from $4100, Acne ankle boots are just $290 from $800 and a Frame jeans are $80 from $230.

3. Net-a-Porter
Luxury e-tailer, Net-a-Porter, already started their second markdown and some items are reduced up to 70% off. Post Christmas, you will notice that a lot more merchandise  reduced to that 70% off mark. Michael Kors 'candies' are  $128 from $425, Tabitha Simmons suede high heel loafers are $218 from $725 and a lace-up Balmain dress is $1000 from $3500.

5. Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik usually starts their first markdown immediately after New Years. The discount is normally 33% off but if you can wait three weeks, prices get slashed to 50%. Then, right when you think your winter blues can't get any worse, Manolo starts their February clearance sale where shoes are discounted up to 75% off.

5. Ralph Lauren
When Ralph Lauren slashes over 70% off we've been known to raid the Rhinelander Mansion for cashmere sweaters for loved ones and ourselves. The best part is that most of the leftover men's stock is a size XS, which is just perfect for you. Just be careful, prices in the store don't always match up online. So you might be better off just staying at home and shopping online.  Right now, online shoppers can save an additional 30% off already reduced merchandise.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Saks Takes Shoes to 50% Off

Saks Fifth Avenue, finally, started a markdown on shoes that we can shop on. The standing discount was 40% but many styles are now an additional 20% off. The total savings is now about 50% on many brands.

Taking a closer look we found classic Jimmy Choo knee-high boots that are now $600 from $1250, Giuseppe Zanetti crystal-studded jagged mule pumps are $600 from $1850 and Provenza Schouler studded calf-high boots are $588 from $1050. The additional markdown does not apply to Valentino, Givenchy, Prada or Manolo.

The fine print says that prices will return to the 40% discount at the conclusion of business on December 24. We all know once stores open after Christmas, the discount may even be less. Just watch out for items with low stock.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gifts: Time For You

Make. It. Stop.

The holiday season has peaked, plateaued, spun out of control, landed on the sun and ... died. We get it and we are done. No more attitudes. Enough demands. It's time to turn away, throw your arms akimbo and demand the focus be put on you.

We are thinking spa days, facial masks and exuberant indulgences that warm your own heart. Here are a few self-gift ideas to help you recover from the madness. After all,  if you're not happy ... nobody is happy.

1. Grab a bottle of Perrier-Jouët and set it on ice in this ultra chic Resin Champagne Bucket ($215)

2. Get away, warm up and burn calories at a Infrared Sauna Session ($49 Gilt City)

3. Just get the damn bag already -- Gucci Dionysus bag with blooms ($1690)

4. While you're at it, get the shoes too-- Gucci Princetown slippers ($595)

5. Take yourself for a much needed massage at the The Sisley- Paris Spa (50-minutes $169 Gilt City)

6. Go for a another piercing and a mini diamond hoop from Maria Tash ($1200)

7. Dealing with in-laws? Hide behind these Miu Miu cat-eye frames ($390)

8. The glasses happen to match perfectly with this Bottega Veneta velvet bag ($1800)

9. Take a 100-dollar bill and light it on fire in the form of  Cire Trudon's Balmoral candle ($95 sold out everywhere but Saks)

10. Vitalize your skin with with a Hydra Therapy face treatment masks from Erno Laszio ($80)

Barneys: Extra 10% Off Sale Items

Retailers are fighting for those last end-of-season customers and Barneys has taken an unprecedented step of offering customers an extra 10% off sale items. The designer discounts are already 60% and the extra discount brings the total savings to 65% off original prices.

We admit the additional savings isn't huge but an extra 10% off this Chloe mini Hudson bag saves you $130 and brings the total price to $1160 from $2150. A small Marni hobo bag comes to $719 from $2000 and the total for Gianvitto Rossi furry lace-up ankle boots is $585 from $1625.

Take note, free holiday shipping from Barneys ends today. Buy it now if you want delivery before the weekend or you'll end jump blowing your savings on shipping fees.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Online Holiday Shopping Deadlines

The holiday shopping season is quickly coming to a crescendo. Online shopping has been complicated by the fact that Christmas starts on Sunday. Those waiting until the very last minute will have to use a messenger or pay for Saturday delivery. The hours to take advantage of shipping is ticking away quickly.

As a special note, Uber Rush has been a life-changer. We usually pay between $6 and $12 to have packages picked up and hand delivered throughout much of the city. Many stores and boutiques though out the city also offer messenger services. Prices tend to range from $15 to $30. Some stores will wave the fee for expensive purchases.

Below is your guide to getting your gift there on time-- along with how much it will cost.

Same Day: $25
Get it there: Next business day $20
Deadline: 12/20 at 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box and black & white ribbon
Discount: Up to 60%

Bergdorf Goodman
Messenger: $30
Get it there: Free two-day shipping BGGIFT
Deadline: 12/20 at 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free silver box with lavender ribbon
Discount: Up to 60%

Get it there: Express shipping
Shipping deadline: 12/22 12:00PM EST
Same day delivery: 12/24/16 10:00AM EST (California, Illinois, New Jersey & Washington D.C.)
In-Store pickup deadline: 12/24/16 2PM EST
Gift Wrapping: $5 white bottom and black top with elastic bow
Discount: Up to 60%

Same day (within Manhattan): $25
Get it there: Next business day $20
Deadline: 12/22 5:30PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free, sale items come wrapped in tissue paper but full priced merchandise is eligible for their iconic matte black boxes
Discount: Up to 70%

Get it there: Free Rush
Deadline: 12/22 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Not available on all items but the $2 gift set includes a gift box, tissue paper, a silver ribbon and a gift tag
Discount: Up to 60%

Saks Fifth Avenue
Messenger: $10 within NYC
Get it there: Free shipping with the code HOLIDAY
Deadline: 12/23 12:00PM EST
Gift Wrapping: Free black box with snowflakes, red bottom and red ribbon
Discount: Up to 70%

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Neiman Marcus' First Ever Friends & Family Sale

Neiman Marcus has never hosted a friends and family sale but there is no time like the present. Right now, shoppers can save 20% off a selection of full price items. Use the code FRIENDME to engage the discount.

We weren't expecting to find many designer items included in the promotion but we were surprised to see an assortment of VBH bags including, a classic Pandora tote and this python tote. There are also plenty of Anya Hindmarsh options, including the popular sticker tote bag and the Space Invader flap bag. Another great option is a Les Petits Joueurs bag.

Among the shoes, you can apply the discount to Manolo Blahnik . We suggest you use this opportunity to snag your favorite style Hangisi, which often don't go on sale in the full assortment of colors and hight options.

Although this friends & family promotion is novel, Neiman Marcus is boasting major sale discounts. Right now, the designer markdown is 55% off plus an additional 25%, which brings the total savings so 65% off. Tom Ford leather pants are $900 from $2400, Laurence Dacade studded ankle boots are about $400 from $1400 and an Edie Parket clutch is $850 from $1700.

All these items would make amazing gift options too!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gift Guide: Lets Get Techie

We know that you are at least slightly tech competent if you're a blog reader. Techie gifts used to be geared towards men but women enjoy modernization as much as the next guy. This holiday season there is a full corp of wanna-try and must have techie and  travel items. Below is a compilation of some of our favorites.

1. If you updated your iPhone to a 7, chances are you miss using your favorite headphones. Without a headphone jack we've been forced to experiment with bluetooth speakers but many of us just want old pair back. If this is the case, there is the Mpow's Bluetooth Adaptor, a nifty little attachment that bridges the gap between your bluetooth device and your favorite plug-in. The beat part is that it's just $32 and can be used with any speaker.

2. Everyone has a thing for Alexa these days. The Echo Dot is Amazon's award winning smart hands-free, voice-controlled device that plays music, controls smart home devices, provides information on demand, reads the news, sets alarms and cooks dinner. (Just kidding about the last feature.) Basically, for $40 you can have a fantastic speaker and order your Prime items just by vocalizing your order. (Be careful of the kids getting wind of this feature!)

3. Okay, the Rimowa Salsa is just a suitcase. It won't even charge your phone but it looks great and you can pack all your techie gear inside. As a packing tip, we always take a large bag and a smaller one. Spreading your belongings among two cases will assure that you're never overweight. We especially like the combination of the 29" with the 26". Take note, Louis Vuitton purchased the Rimowa brand earlier this year and we wouldn't be surprised if prices began to quickly rise.

4. There are a lot of things we put on a pedestal. So why shouldn't your phone charge on a marble base? The Native Union marble iPhone charger ($130) looks super chic on a kitchen counter and assures you don't drop your phone in the sink.

5. We all know that New York winters are brutal. The lack of sunshine only makes the sub-zero temperatures even more unbearable. Many people find that mornings are a lot easier with gradual natural light rousing you from your sleep. The Verily Rise & Shine( $49) allows you to choose your light level, slumber sounds and will help you count down the days to Spring.

Department Stores: Finding the Best Discount

There are just a few days before Christmas and there isn't a lot of time to pick up last minute gifts. Almost all of our favorite stores have taken a second markdown. One can expect to universally save 60% on women's clothing but if you're in the market for shoes are bags, the discounts vary greatly.

Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. The next and final markdown usually happens mid-January.

Here is your discount cheat sheet: 

Annabelle Fur Parkas for Under Wholesale Prices

Baby it's cold out side!

Warm up with top quality down jackets for $200 and fur lined fur parkas priced at about $400. Knit hats with fox pom-poms are just $25 and make an excellent holiday gift. The sale also includes lots of full luxe furs. Get moving now because  showroom is only open to the public through Friday and Winter hasn't even started.

Annabelle Sample Sale
Wednesday, December 14 through Friday, December 16
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Shopbop: Extra 30% Off Sale Items

Just in time for the last minute holiday rush, Shopbop is offering an additional 30% off sale items. We've actually never seen the online retailer offer such a large discount at this time of year. The extra shopping incentive brings the ultimate markdown up to 80% off. Just use the code EXTRA30 at checkout.

Browsing through the 70% off section, which is final sale, we found a Moschino 'Shop' dress from the spring capsule collection that is just $400 from nearly $1400 and an Antonio Berardi lace trim multi-length blouse is $520 from $2500.

Moving down the discount food chain to 60% off, there is a Misha Collection bodysuit with bell sleeves that is about $60 from $225 and a Rag & Bone cocoon coat is $180 from $700. These Mira Mikati rainbow sneakers are adorable and priced at $230 from from $640 and a Stella McCartney denim dress is $350 from $965.

The sale is only for three days and ends on Thursday at midnight. The discount promotion is also a great opportunity to pick up last minute gifts. Second-day shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime. Joshua Sanders pom pom sneakers, a personalized bomber jacket and Illesteva mask sunglasses are just a few of our favorite gift ideas. You can scroll through the slideshow above to see more of our favorite sale items and gift picks.

Warm Up at the Annabelle Fur Sample Sale

Staying warm and stylish is never easy when it's this cold. When temperatures drop there is no better way to keep warm than in fur.

Just in time for the cold snap, Annabelle is hosting what's sure to be an amazing sample sale of high quality fur coats, vests, jackets and accessories.  We are told that prices will be well under wholesale.

The three-day sale will include a variety of luxury furs and outerwear that will be priced up to 80% off. The sale will include fur-lined parkas priced at just $400 and down parkas will be priced from $200.

The sample sale will also include a vareity of cold winter accessories, like knit hats with fur pom-poms for under $40. (Seems like a perfect holiday gift to me!) Of course, you will also be able to find an assortment of high quality coats ranging from a full mink to fox and other exotic skins.

Once you're geared-up and looking great, it won't matter even if it's cold, cold, freezing.

Annabelle Sample Sale
Wednesday, December 14 through Friday, December 16
247 West 30th St, 2nd Floor

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Second Markdown Alert: Net A Porter

'Tis the season of markdowns and shopping. Net-A-Porter started their second markdown today. The online luxury retailer has reduced prices up to 70% off and many popular style bags and fashion are still in stock.

Among the bag selection we found lots of popular styles discounted 50%. This Chloe Hudson bag is reduced to $1175 from $2350. This Drew bag is also discounted 50%. A pink Lanvin shoulder bag is about $600 from nearly $1200 and the Christopher Kane bag with flower appliqués is reduced 70%-- $239 from about $800.

The discounts on shoes range from 40% to 70% off with most styles getting the 60% markdown treatment. Among the most heavily reduced shoes are Aquazurra styles. Lace-up flats are $225 from $750, over the knee suede boots are $450 from $1500. Other well-discounted shoe options include, Tabitha Simmons flower embroidered ankle boots that are $250 from $850 and those Raf Simon- Stan Smith sneakers we love are $166 from $415.

The clothing options that are discounted 70% off seem infinite. From a Balmain minidress that's perfect to ring in the New Year or this Balmain black-and-white coat that's as on trend as you can get. It's really hard to choose. We even found this very popular Mr. & Mrs. Italy fur parka that was just reduced 40%.

The new markdowns just launched this morning but we already see items low in stock and selling out. We suggest you pile up that cart and edit before you're done.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bergdorfs Goodman's VIP Second Markdown

This is a huge week for retailers and your last chance to finalize your holiday shopping list and not pay extra for shipping. Retailers are only adding to your temptation by taking second markdowns. Bergdorf Goodman is the latest store to start promoting additional discounts. The sale hasn't gone public yet but you can access the additional discount with this VIP link.

Handbags are now 50% off, which is excellent except the online selection isn't very good. A Valentino Rocketed bag is $2000 from $4000 and a Givenchy Shark satchel is $800 from $1600. The shoe collection, on the other hand, is excellent. The markdown is 50% off and the selection is top-notch. Valentino ballet flats are about $500 from $1000 and Gianvito Rossi nude pumps are about $317 from $635. Careful, some styles are still only 30% off.

Lets sink our teeth, or wallets, into where we can find the deals. Clothing! That Dolce & Gabbana tulip print dress is now $1290 from $2145, a Diane von Fursternberg dress is $160 from $400 and a Vince lace-up sweater is $138 from $345. Don't miss this sweater from The Row that's $460 from $1150.

We suggest you pounce on this second markdown right away. It's not often that Bergdorfs goes toe-to-toe with Barneys this early in the season. (Shoe pun intended.)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Barneys Takes Their Second Markdown

Barneys started their second markdown today online and in stores. Most sale merchandise is now 60% off. There is still a wide assortment of fall/winter shoes, bags and ready-to-wear. Another markdown will come after the holidays but much of the stuff you want will be gone by then.

The Barneys markdown is great because it includes an impressive assortment of shoes and bags. This Anya Hindmarsh clutch is $579 from $1450 and makes a great gift. A minimalistic Valextra tote that fits a laptop is $1800 from $3400 and a Valentino Rockstud saddle bag is $1700 from $4300. Among the shoes are Gianvitto Rossi classic black knee-high boots that are $580 from $1460, Chloe lace-up boots are $560 from $1400, Valentino lace-up flats are $360 from $900 and Prada platform pumps are $380 from $950.

If you're in the store and looking for discount bags, head to the right as you walk into the store.  At this point in the sale season you can usually find a variety of Balenciaga, Chloe and Givenchy bags.

We suggest you don't procrastinate before buying holiday gifts. This will be the last markdown before the holidays. The third, and final markdown, doesn't usually occur until mid-January. Just remember to not blow your whole shopping budget. You're going to want to leave some money to grab something nice for yourself when the markdowns hit 75% off.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Exclusive Chanel & Hermes Sale

Looking for a great deal on a Chanel or Hermes bag? 

A Modern Take is hosting an online Instagram sale that starts right now. The shopping event includes a great assortment of new and preowned designer bags by Chanel, Hermes, Celine and more.  Click here to to watch a stream of available merchandise and you can email if you have any questions.

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The IT-it: Skiwear Jumps Off the Lift

The handbag market has reached a tipping point where $3000 bags have become a bore. The newest status luxury item is outerwear but the best part is that prices are still quite affordable.

Those living in cold weather climates wear heavy coats and jackets for almost five months straight.  Now more than ever, fashion customers are demanding items that provide performance as well as fashion. Moncler and Canada Goose have heard the cries of consumers and grown exponentially.

More designers are beginning to take note and are enticing woman with a variety of colorful and dramatic winter jackets spanning from Balenciaga's oversized quilted shell to Perfect Moment's retro designs. Some big hits of the season include, Stella McCartney's oversized denim jacket, Fendi's monster collection and Dsquared2 who has introduced a full assortment of ski items including, boots, pants and accessories.

If you are entranced by Perfect Moment's form and function, you should shop around. We found that Matchesfashion retails the brand for about 30% less than NetAPorter. This red, white and blue jacket is $311 on Matches but $420 on NAP. Ski pants are $400 on NAP and just $300 on Matches.

See! It always pays to shop around.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Skull Cashmere & 360Cashmere Sample Sale

Save 70% off at the Skull Cashmere and 360Cashmere sample sale. The sale will include clothing and accessories for women and men.

Skull Cashmere & 360Cashmere
Monday, December  12 through Wednesday, December 14
10am to 5pm daily
231 West 39th Street, (btw 7th & 8th Ave) Suite 1001

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gift Ideas: The Best Holiday Beauty Sets

The holiday season is always an exciting time to shop. If you're a beauty addict it's even better. Cosmetic, fragrance and beauty companies always put together the most value packed gift packages during the holiday season.

This is an opportune time to try something new or stock up on the items you love.
Below are some of our favorite beauty packages that you can buy as gifts or beautify yourself:

Marc Jacobs Five Piece Mini Lipsticks $49
No Angel (apricot nude)
Slow Burn (creamy nude rose)
OH Miley! (strawberry spice)
Miss Scarlet (deep ruby)
Scandal (intense plum)
VALUE: $82

Dior ($29.50)
Mascara & eyeshadow combo
VALUE: Mascara alone is usually $30

Kevin Aucoin lip kit $48
Lipstick, lipgloss and lip pencil
VALUE: Lipsticks are $35, lipgloss is usually $30 and pencil is $25= $90

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Brush Gift Set $65
Mini Powder Brush for blusher, powder and sculpting
Mini Blender Brush for blending eye shadow
Mini Smudge Brush to apply eye shadow
Mini Precision Brush for perfecting lips and eyes
VALUE: $72

The French Pharmacy Set $77
Bioderma Sensibio H20
Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré
Avéne Cold Cream Lip Cream
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
VALUE: Business class ticket to France?

Saint Laurent Lips & Lash Set $60
Touche Eclat in #2 Luminous Ivory
Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll in #1 Black
Rouge Volupte Shine Lip Color in #49 Saint Germain (mini size)
Pink cosmetics bag
VALUE: Mascara $32, Eclat $42...

Makeup Forever Holiday Eye Shadow Palette on sale for $39 from $49
VALUE: $95

Beauty Blender $32
Two beauty blenders
VALUE: $40

Pat McGrath Labs Eye Kit $60
Mehron mixing liquid
Dual-Ended Marker in Black
VALUE: These kits sell out too quickly to price

Trish McEvoy the power of makeup planner collection $225
Eye Base Essentials Bare
24-Hour Eye Shadow And Liner Smokey Quartz
Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner
Lash Curling Mascara
Instant Eye Lift Made
Eye Brightener Shell
Light & Lift Eye Palette
Eye Shadow Snow
Eye Shadow Pink
Eye Shadow Glamorous
Eye Shadow Pebble
Eye Shadow Nude
Eye Shadow Rose Quartz
Glaze Eye Shadow Bronze Gold
Eye Definer Blackberry Granite
Eye Definer Paris Nights
Translucent Finishing Powder
Bronzer Golden
Blush Pink Glow
Brow Mascara Natural
Beauty Booster Lip & Cheek Perfect Plum
Ultra-Wear Lip Gloss Berry
Makeup Planner
Brush 65 Eye Blending
Pencil Sharpener

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide: What to Get the Trinity Girl

New York private school girls are a most interesting specimen. They have more academic pressure than most first year med students but many are more entitled than a managing director at Goldman. To watch them in their natural habitat one only need to sip coffee at any bakery or on Madison Avenue coffee shop.

Shopping for these girls is no easy task. The bar is high and it's so easy to go too far. Below is a gift guide that can satisfy the private school girl-- from Chapin to Columbia Prep.

Glossier Lip Stain $18 | SanYes LED Sneakers $30 | Adidas track pants $60 | Mophie charging case $99 Bose Bluetooth noise canceling headphones $299 | Balenciaga envelope clutch with a cross body strap $1335 | Bow choker necklace $28 | Maria Tash hoop earring $360 | Kenzo x HM silk dress $129