Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Madison Ave Sale-ing: Balenciaga, McQueen, Pucci, Stella & Lanvin

It couldn't have been a more perfect day to sale down Madison Avenue. The bright sun, changing leaves and ubiquitous sales make it ideal conditions to browse, shop and absorb all the beauty of luxury fashion.

Today, we collected markdown intelligence from some key Madison Avenue boutiques. The best part is that the weather is supposed to remain cooperative through the weekend. That means holiday shopping will be that more enjoyable.

Take note, most stores have officially started sale season. Discounts range from 30% to 50% off. Some boutiques are offering even better pricing than the department stores. Keep an eye out, the Chanel sale will begin in mid-December. Golden Goose and Mr. & Mrs. Italy claim they will not have any markdowns. (We'll see about that.) See below for details and head to the jump for pictures of our favorite sale items.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter for pictures and real-time updates.

Alexander McQueen
Expect to snag a discount of 40% off at the McQueen boutique. Shoes and bags are discounted the same amount. We were most taken by the luscious shearling-lined leather coats and jackets. We also loved this collection for these of hardware. Grummets and d-rings add a great edge to what could otherwise be a flat collection.

Who is gaga for Balenciaga? Clearly everyone. The discounts range from 30% to 50% off. The problem is that the boutique sales people can't really tell you which shoe styles are marked down or the prices. Sizes are also sketchy. Clearly this floral print Knife pump is discounted 50% but we were told that there weren't any pumps included in the markdown. It's better to stick to the bags, which are much more straight forward. Be on the look out for the small selection of Graffiti City Bags. They are from the new Spring collection and not on sale but they will be sold out in a flash. Production is really tight and it's currently the hottest bag on the market.
Ian 212-328-1671

Emilio Pucci
You can soak in all the colorful drama of Pucci's mid-century colorful print at 40% off. Bags, shoes and jewelry are also discounted 40%. We always love Pucci's bright solid coats that are trimmed with big fox collars. Online at Saks, you can find some swim suits that are discounted 50% and perfect for winter vacation.
Ivana 212-230-1135

Stella McCartney
You'll find clothing discounted 50% and shoes and bags marked down by 40%. The bag selection isn't terrific in the store. You should head online to see a better assortment. The boutique has an especially great selection of coats and the markdown tops any department store. We love this long check grey coat that's reduced to $900 from $1800 and platform star sneakers are always classic ($540 from $900).
Dana 786-797-5850

Clothing, shoes, jewelry and most bags are discounted 50% at Lanvin. It's hard to find any rays of sunshine within this collection. If you are a sneaker fan there are lots from which to choose. Most styles are on sale for about $300 from $600. This tailored print coat is quite eye-catching.
Devon 646-439-0380

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christian Louboutin Presale

Many stores have started their sales on contemporary and luxury designer merchandise prior to Thanksgiving. Christian Louboutin remains one of those brand's that trails behind the regular markdown schedule. It's always a big mystery as to when Louboutin will begin their sale.

Wonder no more! Presale has started at Barneys, Bergdorf and Saks. The sale will open to the public on December 1. The first markdown discount at Barneys is 40% off the markdown at Saks and Bergdorf is 30%. We got our hands on the confidential lists from each store.

Highlights include, suede spike pumps that come to $657 from about $1100, sequin sneakers are $600 from $1000, glitter slippers are also $480 from $795 and floral print velvet Moulamax boots are $675 from $1100. (Links are in the jump.)

The sale will even include lots of basic styles like these Pagalle Follies in velvet and these basic black pumps with a leather pom-pom. There are also lots of sneakers and flats like these sparkle mid-tops and this lace sneaker.

You can click on the jump to get links to most of the items that will be available during in the markdown. We suggest you contact your Barneys Louboutin sales person right away to begin presaling the 40% off discount. Online shoppers would be wise to purchase now and call for a price adjustment after checking out.

The markdown at the Louboutin boutique is also 40% but customer service is a disaster. We like to stick  with the department stores unless a preferred style is already sold out.




Bergdorf Goodman
Shoes: (text) Paul 347-504-3269

Saks Fifth Avenue
Contact: Fifth Avenue Club (Eric) 212-753-4000

Louboutin Uptown:
Marina 212-396-1884

Monday, November 27, 2017

A Guide to the Best Markdowns: Saks vs Barneys vs Bergdorfs

Almost all of the seasonal merchandise in department stores are on sale. At most of our local shopping destinations, fall and winter clothing is discounted 40% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary greatly.

Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Take note that no stores are discounting Chanel, Dior, Louboutin or Celine. If you're looking for Balenciaga or Valentino Bergdorfs has the best selection but Barneys has the best prices.

Here is your discount cheat sheet:

Contacts: Barneys

Bergdorf Goodman
Handbags & Accessories:

Saks Fifth Avenue
Contact: Fifth Avenue Club (Eric) 212-753-4000

The Best of Cyber Monday

Chances are that you've been shopping or browsing online and offline all weekend. Nonetheless, marketers sill insist that the shopping continues full force though Cyber Monday.

Chuckle as you might, people are clicking and buying more than they are cruising actual stores. Some of the discounts aren't as good as they were over the weekend but some are even better. Be careful, impulse can easily overcome Monday morning shoppers. And whatever you do, don't forget to use the discount code.

ASOS//Cyber Monday 30% off everything
DATE: Until 11.28
Over/Under Black Friday: Same
Standout Item: Silver puffer $89 from $127

BaubleBar// Save 35% off everything
Date: Until 11.29
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Discount has gone from 30% to 35% off everything.
STANDOUT Item: Oversized gold plated hoop earrings $48 from $68

Bandier // 25% off Sitewide
DATE: Until 11.27
CODE: No Code
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Koral leggings $71 from $120

French Connection//40% off Everything, 50% Off full price
DATE: Through 11.28
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Full price 50% off is a new addition for Cyber Monday
STANDOUT Item: Fairy Dust sequined dress $199 from $399

J.Crew//40% off plus 10% off until 12pm EST on Cyber Monday
Date: 11/27 12pm EST
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Extra 10% off for Cyber Monday
Standout Item: Kid's Van's Snoopy sneakers $27 from $50

TheOutnet// Final Clearance Sale Extra 50% Off
CODE: No Code
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Alexander Wang platforms $165 from $750

MyThereasa// Up to 50% off, Extra 30% Off
Date: TBD
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Isabel Marant pumps $450 from $625

Nordstrom//Extra 20% off select sale merchandise
DATE: Until 11.28
CODE: None
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: Girl's Uggs $69 from $129

StyleBop// Save 25% off full price merchandise
DATE: Until 11.28
OVER/UNDER Black Friday: Same
STANDOUT Item: No21 Velvet Slip-ons $280 from $375

Friday, November 24, 2017

What We Really Bought on Black Friday

Are Black Friday deals really that good? Eh, kind of.

We find that holiday hype and the pent up frustration from family overtime, drives much of our consumerism. After investigating the purchases of friends, family, along with our personal shopping, we began to see some trends.

One is that most of what we really bought on Black Friday were minor purchases. There was no extravagant jewelry, no cars, no mega-expensive handbags. Another theme is that people seemed to purchase the items they needed and were holding back to buy. The third, and final observation, is that Starbucks was consistently more crowded than most any store. People are spending more time browsing in shops and shopping online.

Milly high-wasted dress pants ($310 from $400 or buy Gilt credits for more than 50% off): Incredibly flattering and versatile. Plan on pairing them with Frame gold high-neck blouse($300). Just waiting for the top to go on sale.

Gucci Jordaan Loafers ($695): The last pair in my size that hasn't been price hiked to $730.

Precious Moment girl's jacket ($196 from $280): She needed a new jacket and this brand is priced much higher in US stores.

Girl's J. Crew Coat ($82 from $138): She likes the stars.

Mr & Mrs. Italy fur lined boots ($336 from $480): I fell in love with them while writing this post. This can be a dangerous job.

Eye charm necklace ($55 from $102): Needed to stock up on some girl's birthday gifts.

Celine-esque white pumps ($120 from $150): They aren't practice enough to spend lots of money and I really loved the heel on this version.

Diptyque Scented Oval (5 for $190 from $240) : Always a welcomed holiday gift.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

MyTheresa's Amazing Cyber Weekend

Nobody does European fashion quite like, well, Europeans. The selection is always a little different than what you will find around home and the styling is done with an extra twist of creativity.

We like to surf the European fashion sites whenever we are in need of a little bit of style inspiration. MyTheresa, in particular, offers that special 'Je ne sais quoi' that brings your style game to a whole other rung. Our favorite part of MyTheresa is the great sales, of course!

Right now, shoppers can save 30% off using the code BLACK30. The sale isn't public yet but you can use this private link to start shopping now.

The best part of the sale is that lots of items area already priced less than they would be Stateside. Take a look at these velvet Ellery boots. The retail price is over twice as much from regional retailers. once you take the extra 30% off they come to $560. We've seen similar styles for nearly $1800!

There are other items that are hard to find discounted, like this Loewe Hammock bag that comes to $1000 less than normal and a JW Anderson Pierce bag that's about $1000 from nearly $1500. Over this way is an adorable Alex Chung sweatshirt that's $190 from $260 and Aquazzura suede loafers, which we also don't recall having seen, are $455 from $650.

Mr & Mrs Italy's fur lined coats and jackets haven't even hit markdowns anywhere here yet but MyTheresa has a large assortment that is included in the Black Friday sale. We especially like the fur lined boots ($336 from $480) but aren't sure about how suede will hold up through an NYC winter.  If Mr & Mrs are still priced to high for your budget, opt for Yves Salomon, which is about half the price and also included in the promotion.

Take note, the discount can be applied to items using this link. You can clearly see that the original pricing is better than US retailers and the additional percentage makes shopping overseas extra attractive. We also love that there are no shipping surprises and MyTheresa includes duties and taxes in all its pricing. What's even better? MyTheresa delivers in less than 48-hours! Now, that is service.

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Where to Shop on Black Friday

This week, the biggest friends and family event is Thanksgiving. There are great deals whether you're looking for the excitement of crowds or prefer to shop solo from your computer. Take note, that some of the most attractive promotions are Friday only. Below are our top picks for Black Friday. Rest assured, the deals are almost identical if you are shopping online or if you're thrill seeking in stores.

You'll find discounts upon discounts galore at Shopbop. Sale items are currently discounted up to 75% and most 'full' priced items are 30% off. To sweeten the deal, the site is offering an extra 'buy more, save more' deal where you can save up to an additional 30% off. Use the code MORE17 to activate the extra savings. We have our eyes on these white pumps that we think are even better looking than the Celine version. We just love the heel and they are only $150. A Phillip Lim red cross body is already reduced to $455 from $650 and a smashing red, Giambattista Valli cape dress comes to $700 from $3265.

Neiman Marcus 
For Black Friday only, Neiman Marcus will be offering an additional 33% off sale items. That will bring the total discount on designer fashion to 60% off, which is much more than anyplace else.
We can't say with 100% certainty, which items will be eligible for the additional markdown but we have our eyes on this quilted Saint Laurent bag that is already reduced $1387 from $1850, a mini Dolce & Gabbana bag that's discounted to $417 from $700, velvet Manolo Blahnik BB heels that are $465 from $700 and this red Givenchy dress that's really the perfect shade of the holiday season.
(Bergdorf Goodman won't be offering the same promotion but will offer an additional 20% of sale, starting December 5.)

Saks Fifth Avenue 
Prices for the shopping extravaganza will be reduced up to 60% off if you can get to the store or log in before noon on Friday. An Alice & Olivia print dress is $118 from $300 and Frame high waist jeans are just $66 from $250. Just a warning, the early Saks crowd can be overwhelming. This is one of these days where shopping online can avoid lots of aggravation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Neiman Marcus Extra 30% Off

At this moment, most people are planning their escapes, their menus or their Thanksgiving outfits. With the distraction of family and holiday it's hard to concentrate on, well, shopping. We suggest you take a moment for yourself right now because we have a scoop that you're not going to want to miss.

Most retailers have discounted designer merchandise to 40% off but we got word about a Neiman Marcus promotion that will top everybody else's sales. For Black Friday only, Neiman Marcus will be offering an additional 33% off sale items. That will bring the total discount on designer fashion to 60% off, which is much more than anyplace else.

We can't say with 100% certainty, which items will be eligible for the additional markdown but we have our eyes on this quilted Saint Laurent bag that is already reduced $1387 from $1850, a mini Dolce & Gabbana bag that's discounted to $417 from $700, velvet Manolo Blahnik BB heels that are $465 from $700 and this red Givenchy dress that's really the perfect shade of the holiday season.

We suggest that you place items in your cart now and check out as soon as the additional discount becomes available. On Saturday, the promotion rolls back to an additional 20% off and by Sunday it's all over. The next 'hard' markdown won't come until December 14.

Wishing you and your loved ones a bounty of cheer,  plenty of pie and much to be thankful for. 
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

French Connection Black Friday Sale

The weather is getting cooler and party season is just around the corner. All of last season's purchases seem, blah. A closet full of nothing to wear has never been such a harsh reality.

This season, we are determined to not be paralyzed by closet fatigue and are sprucing things up. We've found that French Connection is the ideal intersection of price, quality and style. What's even better is that the company is hosting a Black Friday event where everything on the site is be discounted 40% off.

We are told that this is the best sale of the season and we aren't going to spend a moment hesitating. We've been searching for the perfect party outfit and found this head-turning sequin dress that's $136 from $228. As a matter of fact, the entire Party Glamour Collection is pretty amazing.

Over this way we found  a floral print top that works well for day, night, work or Sundays. It is comes to just about $58 from $98. You can top anything off with this check wool coat and create a dramatic outfit ($256 from $428).

What ever you do, don't skip the accessories, shoes and jewelry. We immediately fell in love with these suede blue open-toe booties. They are perfect for adding a splash of color in a sea of black and come to only $94 from $158.

The discount can even be applied to sale items! With prices and style like this, there is really no excuse to subject yourself to your current options. The French Connection Black Friday sale will only run through November 27. After that, you're on your own.

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Inside Bloomingdales Presale (Private Gucci Link)

The Bloomingdales presale is in full swing. Discounts range up to 50% off. The sale officially starts on Friday, whether will be lots of extra incentives too.

Obviously, we started in the shoe department About a dozen styles of Gucci shoes are discounted 50% off. The sale is also online. You can use this private sale link to access the goodies. We suggest you get clicking fast. Sizes are running low and the store even has less inventory.

Some of our favorite sale styles are these ribbon pumps that are $365 from $730. The Jacquard print bootie is $825 from $1650 and overly embellished heels are $925 from $1850. This serpent flat and heel is actually discounted in the store. We suggest you make the purchase while there is size inventory and then call for a price adjustment. (You can click here to see pictures of all the shoes included in the Gucci sale.)

Other brands included in the resale are Ferragamo, Chloe and Fendi. We have pics here. The discount shoes markdown is 40% off. The Dior sale is set to start December 7 and the Chanel markdown will be a few days later.

One other standout markdown are the Herve Leger dresses. Two full racks are discounted 60% off. The brand isn't what it used to be but there are some really (surprisingly) stylish options. One such dress was adorned in safety pins and another was a simple black and white. You can see pics over here.

Going in to Black Friday, Bloomingdales shoppers can earn $25 off every $200 you spend. Beauty shoppers 10% off cosmetics, fragrances and the like. On other merchandise there will be a tiered discounts up to an additional 20% off -- 'The more you spend, the more you save.'

Who can keep up?

White Winter Hot with Sunglasses

Winter isn't usually considered high sunglass season but fashion insiders know that eyewear trends begin during the coldest months of the year. Finding the right shades shouldn't be difficult regardless if you're planning on hiding behind them on slopes of Vail, on  the beaches of Mayakoba, or yes, even the side streets along Madison Avenue.

📸 @aickysab

The general idea is to find glasses that flatter your face, but true fashionistas tends to skew away from conventional wisdom. We prefer the esthetic of something that offers 'eye-popping' intrigue. Generally, we are suckers for anything a bit different. Nordstrom hands down has the best selection of sungglasses than any other store.

Take heart shape glasses, for instance. The look is iconic, full of personality and perfect for great Instagram images.  Our absolute favorite are these hearts from Takesh ($169). They come in black, black/blue and red. Of course, you should opt for the red. Saint Laurent is also offering a little love for the eye in clear or black heart shaped frames ($490). Over this way, is a less expensive option form Preverse ($55).

If you're not feeling the love for heart shapes, then you might want to consider something in rainbow. Here is a pair of classic Ray-Bans with a rainbow mirrored lens ($178). These Gucci glasses offer some Roy-G-Biv with colored crystals ($1175) around the oversized frames. Our favorite-favorite, are not traditional rainbow but colored enough: square frame Gucci glasses with colored stripes ($400).

The other big trend going into next season is space age shapes. Like these rimless shield glasses from Givenchy ($495), this funky all frame style from Balenciaga ($495), the angular Rockstud from Valentino ($420) and  these from Gucci ($1105). they which look like they were stolen from Elton John in 1975?

Online shoppers should take advantage of the free shipping and free returns offered by Nordstrom. If only all stores had such a great selection and were as easy to shop as Nordstrom.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Inside the Sale at Saks (There is Gucci)

The windows have been revealed and there is only one final detail to make the holiday season official. Designer markdowns, of course. Saks Fifth Avenue has been hosting a presale for the past few days and the seasonal markdown ritual will be officially public starting Tuesday morning.

The biggest highlight of the Saks sale is the Gucci merchandise. No other store seems has publicly offered any discount on Gucci merchandise-- yet. The markdown assortment isn't wonderful but 40% off is the equivalent of two shots of toquilla-- makes almost everything more attractive.

Among the Gucci merchandise that's discounted 30% to 40% off are there print Gucci loafers, pumps with the removable jeweled bow, Zebra Princetowns with black fur, various colors and prints of the Marmont Double G Block Heels, some Marmont slides and Blossom pool slides. The sale also includes some styles of Gucci bags, including Blossom prints, Padlock bags and some styles of pouches. You can see pictures of more styles over here.

Beyond Gucci, there is a healthy selection of Balmain. This logo sweatshirt isn't crazy expensive and is almost reasonable after the 40% discount. The logo Muscle tees come to just about $150 after the markdown and this 'archival-worthy' studded leather jacket is $2900 from about $5000.

Moving on to the shoe floor, we suggest you nab some Manolo Hangisi satin mules and satin pumps that ring out for about $540 from about $900. You can see lots more shoe pictures this way.

Again, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Celine and other designers aren't part of the markdown yet. Usually those brands are added in early December and within days prices are cut to 50% off. Just don't expect to find those Opium pumps hanging around waiting for you.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Net-a-Porter Sale Begins; Up to 50% Off

The Net-a-Porter  sale went live with it's first sale of the holiday season this Morning. The sale scales up to 50% off. Even though this isn't the 'real' markdown there are some good finds.

Generally speaking, most popular bags styles are discounted 30%. Some of the most interesting sale items include this Off-White tote bag that's $332 from $475 or that brand's classic Paperclip bag is 50% off in bright yellow or blue. A more classic option is this Bottega Veneta cross body in slate gray that's $1100 from $1580 or this variation of the Loewe Hammock bag.

There happen to be an extensive assortment of bags from Tom Ford reduced 40%. Here is the Natalia bag in classic black that's reduced to $1374 from $2290 and the Jennifer bag is offered up in black for $1470 from $2450. Over this way you'll find a variety of bags from Mark Cross Grace styles.

Take note, that the most highly reduced items in the sale section are usually poor sellers or merchandise from last season. The hottest items from the season are normally reduced just 30% off and tend to disappear quickly.

We are still waiting for brands like Chloe, Fendi and Valentino to be added to the sale list. Last year, the more attractive discounts started December 13. We would suggest snatching up the items you most like now and then continuing to stalk the merchandise you covet from this season. Then you pounce like a leopard (pump).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Styling Manhattanite Minis

Getting yourself party ready is nothing in contrast to styling budding teens and a mini-me. The demands of a New York child's social calendar, combined with an evolving personal style, and questionable media influences could be rather, um, challenging.

Styling these children is a full time job. To make matters worse, there aren't many dress-up options once your girls leave the toddler years. The choices are generally segregated to poor-quality bedazzled styles, 'hootchie' bondage-esque varieties and crazy-crazy-expensive shrunken designer labels. It's really slim pickings.

After extensive research we have found that Milly is the ultimate destination to wardrobe our girls. The SoHo and Madison Avenue boutiques have everything you need to get your mini-Manhattanite ready for just about any social obligation.

Some of our favorites include this pom-pom coat, which caused a fight between my 11-year-old and 6-year-old. My 13-year-old didn't want to take off this lipstick red dress after trying it on. It's no doubt Gotham Hall-ready. This bell sleeve dress comes in a variety of colors and looks good on everyone!

Milly and Milly Minis is sold in a variety of boutiques and department stores but the SoHo and  Madison Avenue  stores have so much more than anyplace else. There are also lots of exclusives, like this 'Uptown Girl' sweatshirt.

Remember  Milly  successfully dressed Blair Waldorf for many seasons. Your Sacred Heart child should be no problem either.

Milly SoHo
158 Mercer St
(212) 921-1682

Milly Madison Avenue
900 Madison Ave
(212) 395-9100

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Roundup: Sale-ling Along Madison Avenue

There is still a bit of warmth in the air, which means it's perfect weather to cruise along Madison Avenue to begin our seasonal presale shopping. Today, we collected markdown intelligence from some key Madison Avenue boutiques.

Take note, some stores can be a bit cagey about their pre-sales. It's best to ask for a particular sales associate or call ahead to see if an appointment is necessary. It's still early in the season for great boutique discounts, so we'll just call this our shopping amuse bouche. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter for pictures and real-time updates.

Pre-sale will begin by appointment now and the sale officially begins on November 22. Clothing will be discounted 40% and shoes and a few select handbags will be discounted 30%. Unfortunately, none of the new style Bracelet bags will not be included in the markdown.
Jane 212-717-8220

Chanel sales always take place a in early to mid-December. Prices on clothing, shoes and accessories will be discounted 40%. Leather bags are almost never marked down, but keep your eyes open for seasonal styles, which are occasionally discounted.
Amy: 212-535-5505

Dolce & Gabbana
The pre-sale at Dolce has quietly started. Most of the fall and winter collection of clothing and shoes are discounted 40% off. There are some bags included in the markdown. The sale officially begins November 26.
Stephanie text 201-951-2597

Prada boutiques only do one markdown each season. Shoppers can begin to presale this weekend. Shoes and clothing are 50% off and handbags are reduced by 40%. Public sale starts the day after Black Friday. We were told that Ribbon bags are included in the markdown but there aren't many velvet bags.
Betty- 212-327-4200

Tom Ford
Markdowns at Tom Ford are a straight 50% off clothing. The sales people are extremely cautious about sharing sale information. We were told that certain style bags are included in the markdown including totes in non-classic colors.
Veronica 212-359-0300 or text 917-710-7922

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bergdorf Goodman Presale Begins Friday

The holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman are twinkling with life but inside, everything is hush-hush. Most sales people are unwilling to even acknowledge that sale season is upon us. One even had the audacity to claim that Bergdorf will not having a sale this season.

Lucky we know better and have insiders who are willing to share the truth. Presale will start Friday at the Fifth Avenue store. The sale will go public on-line and in stores this Tuesday. Parent company, Neiman Marcus will officially start sale season on today.

The discount at Bergdorf Goodman will be 30% off most shoes and bags. Many clothing brands are marked down 40% off. Chanel and Celine, Christian Louboutin, Dior and a few other brands will not be included in the markdown--just yet.

Over in the handbag section, we spotted a lot of Bergdorf/Neiman Marcus exclusive styles that will be included in the markdown. Sales people will not be given the official sale list until this evening, so we may be off by a style or two. (You can click here to see lots of pictures from inside the store.)

We were told that the entire main wall of Valentino bags will be eligible for the markdown. We are anticipating on finding this Valentino floral bag and the Rockstud top handle among the sale selection. Among the Balenciaga variety will be several colors in the Velo and City bags. There will be some older color options of Prada Saffiano and bags and the bi-color saddle bag. Among the Saint Laurent options will be the Monogram heart-style bag, some colors of the Chain Bags and  the College cross body.

Plan on finding an extensive sale selection in the shoe department. We hear that the abundance of expensive shoes is making for a highly competitive market. We are told that the shoe sale will roll out in stages. As the season goes along, more styles will continually be added to the markdowns. To start, you can expect to find Balenciaga booties and it's expected that sock tights and Jersey pumps will be added to the sale lineup in a few weeks.

We are told the sale selections of Valentino will be extensive. It might even include the new quilted styles, plenty of Rockstuds and slides. Almost the entire selections from Gianvitto Rossi and Aquazzura will be included in the first round of markdowns.

You can scroll above to see the sale items that will be available online on Tuesday or click here to see  pictures of shoes and bags that we anticipate will be included in the presale sale.  We will continue to update the post as more information becomes available. Feel free to share information in the comment section too.

Handbags & Accessories:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Moda Operandi 50% Off

Presale season is just kicking off but Moda Operandi isn't wasting a moment. The fashion site just started a private sale where nearly everything is 50% off. To access the private sale you must use this link and use the code FRIENDS50. This private promotion only runs through Sunday.

You're not alone if you're feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of markdown options. It gets a little crazy when you start to realize the possiblilties. Right here is a JW Anderson Pierce bag that comes to $740 from $1480 and a really gorgeous Roksanda tote that comes to $1250 from $1500.

Shoes are always our next stop. The heel on these Ellery booties gets us every time ($850 from $1775). Aquazzura work boots come to about $600 from $1200 and this Lanvin version with chains is just about the same price. You really can't go wrong with these Giuseppi ankle boots that are $350 from almost $700.

Moving along to the clothing there is a wide assortment from which to choose. Moda is so fashion forward that you really need to have your own strong sense of your own style. How about wearing this Delpozo dress ($1500 from $3000) to a Christmas party? No doubt it would be a huge hit. A red Brock frock is no less festive but probably a bit more functional. This smoking dress from Lanvin ($1150 from $2300) is the perfect length to wear with thigh-high boots.

Some less expensive items include this Courreges skirt that comes to $500, a JW Anderson shirtdress that's $350 from $700 and this Vivetta blouse is perfect for $240 from $480.

This private promotion only runs through Sunday. Usually prices go back up for a bit and then the sale goes public. Before the season is over, Moda discounts easily hit 75% to 80% off but by then the pickings are quite slim.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Perfect Cold Night Snuggle

Days are continually getting shorter and colder and there is nothing more delicious than getting home, kicking off your heels and suiting up in soft, warm pajamas. As a matter of fact, we look forward to it almost all day.

I've been on a personal mission to get the most out of my cozy time at home. I've found that Bloomingdales has the best loungewear options and Splendid has become my most beloved brand when I'm dying to snuggle-up and cozy-down.

These printed thermals are my absolute favorite. One in each print just isn't enough. We love these cropped jogger pants because all you need to do is throw on a coat and you're in a perfectly acceptable ensemble for school drop-off. On nights when the pre-war building heat is pumping, the windows are open and it's still boiling, I opt for this simple short pajama set.

The right robe is the last remaining component before you settle in to Netflix binge. I find thin silk robes and oversized terrycloth styles to be a bit overrated. I prefer something thin and soft for Winter. Check out this flannel style from Henro or this heather knit version from Ugg.

You can click this way to see more terrific options from Bloomingdales. The best part is that you can always count on Bloomingdales to offer  great promotion to make your wallet as cozy as your winter jammies.

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Take Note: Gucci Price Hike

We are always on the lookout for sales but every once in a while we are surprised by a price hike. Just in time for the holiday season, Gucci has quietly raised it's prices on some of its most popular items.

We noticed that the ubiquitous Jordaan and Brixton Loafers are now $730 from $695. Customers are reporting that other styles of shoes and bags have gone up as much as a staggering 20%.

The good thing is that not all sites have raised their prices-- just yet. We did a little roundup of online stores looking for the best deals. We decided to use the classic Jordaan as a litmus test. Take note, velvet styles are now priced everywhere for $695.

Neiman Marcus: Leather styles are $730 but jacquard versions, like  with stars or leopard are $695.

MyTheresa: Brown loafers are $695, black is $730 and brightly print jacquard styles are $670.

MatchesFashion: Black and brown loafers are $730 but red (our favorite) is $695. A floral jacquard is $670. In contrast, a pineapple print jacquard is $760.

Net-A-Porter: There have been no price hikes on the Jordaan loafer on NAP-- yet. Black, brown and the velvets are all priced at $695. The best part is that there is a full size range still available. We all know that won't last long. On the downside, all of the Brixton's have been adjusted to the new price of $730.

Gucci: All prices on leather loafers have been updated to $730. As a matter of fact, this jacquard print is 795.

Saks Fifth Avenue: All basic leather style loafers seem to be sold out. The print jacquard versions from this season are $695 but this new style on per-order is $890.

Barneys: There are no Gucci deals at Barneys this season. They do happen to have a cool cat print Jacquard that we haven't seen everywhere. It's priced at $670. New style prints are $890.

FarFetch: Sadly, there aren't many deals at Farfetch either. We found one red Jordaan priced at $695 but there is only one size left. Here is that cat print again for $670 and many sizes are available We did happen to find a Brixton in pink for $630!

If you're on the prowl, and still can't find what you want for the old price, we suggest you call some smaller designer boutiques that carry Gucci. You might have more luck finding your size or getting a price concession.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Inside Barneys First Markdown Presale

Some people are excited by a Saturday night dining at Le CouCous others prefer to clink glasses at the Boom Boom Room. This spy, especially loves kicking a weekend evening touring a fine Barneys presale.

Saturday started the beginning of Barneys designer presale. As usual, an abundance of designer merchandise will be discounted 40% off, designer bags will be reduced by 30%. The sale officially goes public on November 21 but we suggest that shoppers begin to call in their most desired purchases right away.

Among the designer bags included in the first markdown are an assortment of Balenciaga City and Bazar. Also included are several styles of the classic City bags, extra large, medium and small Arena Bazar shoppers.

You can click here to see pictures of all the sale bags and shoes we found at the Barneys on Madison. Online shoppers can use the above scroll bar to preview the styles that will be included in the markdown starting on November 21.

We noticed a hefty assortment of Fendi bags included in the presale. Take note, some of the sale styles are from last season. We spotted, this bag with pom-poms, a variety of Lei Selleria bags, By The Way mini satchels and a mini Peekaboo with colored flowers. Among the straps included in the markdown is this fur style and some mini versions.

There are just a few Saint Laurent bags included in the upcoming markdown but this ribbed Sac du Jour in black and a brown version with snake skin handles are two popular styles that will be reduced. Also look out for the black soft Envelope medium chain bag that will be $1649 from $2350. Both black and red are on the sale list. Our favorite is the Monogram College large shoulder bag.

The Givenchy brand has had better years. It's no surprise that lots of classics are included in the presale. Look out for the Studded black Nano Antigona that's $1699 from $2290. A small red Antigona is $1599 from $2280 and a baby blue mini is $1249 from $1790.

Of all the designer bags on presale, Chloe has the largest selection. There are plenty of Faye bags, Marcia styles, Lexas, a Drew bag in black and white and all black.

Moving upstairs to the shoe department, the only designers excluded from this round of markdowns are Celine, Dries Van Noten and Christian Louboutin. All other sale shoes are 40% off. It's no surprise there are no Speed Trainers  included in the sale but you can snag 40% off on Balenciaga velvet ankle boots, floral print booties and slippers. We also like the Maison Margiela drawstring ankle boots, Loewe loafers. Click this way to see a full assortment of shoes included in the markdown.

We suggest you grab what you can during presale or have your trigger finger ready for online shopping on November 21. There will be another wave of markdown merchandise after Thanksgiving and second markdown beings the day after Christmas.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Updated: Fendi Sale Opens to the Public

The LVMH-owned Fendi has been hosting an employee sample sale all week. Usually, to get into these sales you need to have an employee ID and get past several layers of security. Starting Thruday afternoon, the company began allowing a small amount of public customers into the sale.

LVMH employee sales are notorious for offering the most epic discounts. Today we stopped by this sale at 5pm and there wasn't much of a crowed and the door policy was pretty lax. Attendees are required to show ID in the lobby and when checking-in. As predicted, the discounts range from 80% to 90% off.

There are really no bags left to speak and very few small accessories. There are lots of Fendi key chains and charms--  Fendirumis, Micro Monsters, Abcharms, Cookie Bugs and more. All are priced between $100 and $200. There are also iPhone cases and other small gadget gizmos. All sunglasses are $70 and jewelry is 80% to 90% off too. (Pictures are right this way.)

The best selection is the shoes, which are priced as marked at about 85% off. Most shoes are from last winter's collection. We spotted Karlito Fendi sneakers for $180 from $1550,  there were lots of ruffled mules in various colors priced at $120 and ankle boots were $180 from $1300. (You can click here to see pictures.)

Take note,  'opening-to-the-public' is subject to change at any time. The door policy this afternoon seemed inconsistent. Some people seemed to get in while others complain about being turned away. The crowed was very light early in the evening. We expect that the final two hours, tomorrow, will be busier.  Good luck! Please leave comments below about what you see, find and buy.

Fendi Showroom Sample Sale
Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10
Thurs 4:30pm-6:30pm, Fri 9am-11am
598 Madison Avenue, (57 Street) 16 Floor

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale

Most people have been so distracted by the news that shopping has been brushed aside. As part of the back-to-reality process we started to surf online stores while still keeping an eye on current events. We were excited to find that Nordstrom is hosting a Fall clearance sale where discounts are about 40% off.

The limited-time promotion runs through Sunday in stores and online but we suggest you start browsing now before weekend shoppers begin to attack. These very cool Opening Ceremony boots with a lucite heel are now $270 from almost $450. We are surprised to see them online at all since some stores have sold out.

We just love the assortment of stylish denim. Here is tuxedo pair from Frame that's $146 from $245. We just love this 'Wild Child' leather bomber jacket from Alice & Olivia that's reduced to $600 from $1000. It's 40% off and reduced to $890 from $1500. This bomber jacket from The Kooples isn't leather and is a lot less expensive at $270 from $450.

As the saying goes, 'See something, Say Something.' If you see an item for less at another store, we suggest calling Nordstrom operators and they will price match and even sometimes even add an extra shopping incentive. It's just a nice little perk.

Matches Boasts Discounts of 70% Off

t's not too often that we find discounts pushing 70% anywhere before Thanksgiving. Outside of discount stores, these types of markdowns are usually saved for temporary special promotions. We were very happily surprised to find a large assortment of merchandise at the UK-based Matches discounted a full 70% off.

Head this way to browse pages of items selling for just a fraction of their retail price. Here is a floral print Sophie Theallet dress that's $355 from $1350, a Sonia Rykiel mini skirt is $169 from $566 and this classic Marco De Vincenzo metallic skirt is $195 from over $650. Among the items that are less discounted, but no less desirable, we found this embellished 'Hot Stuff' clutch that's reduced to $$283 from $567. It's not too expensive and it's a great conversation piece. Over here, is a classic Miu Miu bag that's reduced 50%.

Matches offers free delivery and returns and even this highly reduced merchandise can be shipped back if it isn't right. That's even better than a sample sale-- and some boutiques-- where you have no recourse.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The IT-It: Gold and Diamonds

In a sea of $5000 bags and $1000 pumps it's hard to get excited about almost any accessory. These types of price tags make it hard to justify a new purchase every season. It's actually become a bit of a bore. The thrill just isn't there.

We have found ourselves abandoning the shoe floor and luxury handbag department as we browse items with more sparkle and shimmer. A new necklace or bracelet seems a lot more appealing than a purse. After all, classic jewelry pieces can be worn for a lifetime day-in-and-day-out. Even a Chanel 2.55 can look worn and tired after a few years of use.

At Nordstrom, we found a Roberto Coin diamond pendant that is just about the same price as Vetements awful star platform boots. You can afford to buy three gold and diamond sticking rings from Bony Levi for less than one pair of aqua Balenciaga sky-high neoprene boots. Oversized gold hoop earrings are more fashionable than  Valentino Rockstuds and they cost half as much. We bet that you wear them twice as often too.

What do you think you will get bored of first? This David Yurman stackable ring or a Fendi Peekaboo? Don't even bother guessing which is more money. You already know. If you can't live a season without Gucci, go for this 18k gold Gucci hoursebit necklace. It's priced tless than the Dionysus top handle bag.

This season, simply put, we are leaving the shoes and going for the gold (and diamonds). As always, shoppers should take advantage of Nordstrom's great customer service. We never have any doubt of the quality and authenticity of jewelry purchased at Nordstrom. The best part is that there is always free shipping and free returns. If only shopping was as gratifying.

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