Monday, December 30, 2019

A Decade of Shopping Mania Induced Trends Part 2

There is a heartwarming nostalgia that occurs when sifting and sorting through a decade of posts. More than once I gasped while reading about brands that have come and gone and fads that hit hard and fizzled.

Who can forget the slogan Homies (Hermes) tees or the final days of Scoop? How about when Decades used to have epic pop-up sales in NYC or when Target dropped Missoni and then later opened in Harlem?

In the same vein, it's comforting to see how much has stayed the same. We still love Rimowa luggage as much as we did in 2010. A Cartier Love bracelet is as cherished as it was in 2012 even if it will cost you 75% more. How about the staying power of the Gucci loafer, which first appeared in a gift guide in 2014? The mini-designer bag was first mentioned on the blog in 2012 but only last year did Jacqumus really amplify the trend with the Chiquita.

Below is the second half listing the top 10 the most talked-about fashion moments of the decade. (Click here to read part I):

Vetements was the first brand to introduce the fashion public to overpriced basic tees and sweatshirts but Virgil Abloh sealed the trend. Kanye West's former stylist released his first collection for the Italian streetwear brand in 2014 but it wasn't until Hershliefers and Barneys started carrying the merchandise did Americans really take notice. At warp speed, luxury streetwear enveloped the fashion dialogue. The $600 sweatshirt has since become ubiquitous and lead to an entire fashion genre. Women particularly were roped in with the Binder Clip bag. Where will streetwear go from here? It's hard to say but there will have to be an evolution that expands than overpriced hoodies and sneakers to keep customers engaged.

It was tempting to combine Supreme and Off-White but their fashion contributions are much different. Supreme grabbed the attention of the luxury audience with its Louis Vuitton collaboration but it's the weekly fashion drops that really changed the fashion ecology. In 2017, Thursdays at 11am became a ceremonial fight to outsmart the bots and cop the latest drop. Those who succeeded were rewarded greatly by the resale economy. Some items immediately grew in value by several multiples. The Supreme brand may have started to fizzle but the drop strategy continues to transform into a fashion norm.

The nicotine conversation has evolved since the advent of Juul but various styles of smoking slippers have dominated the decade. Charlotte Olympia’s spiderweb embroidery, Tom Ford's plush velvet, Del Toro's kitschy icons, and Stubbs & Wootton's customized version gave us a great alternative to the standard ballet flat. This might also be a good time to throw in the advent of the Gucci fur slide, which arguably falls within the 'smoking' category of footwear. The fur-lined slipper was introduced as part of Alessandro Michele’s Fall 2015 Gucci collection. The shoe was also an early participant in the Instagram influencer gifting strategy. It proved to be a brilliant move for this Gucci bourgeois signature item that still seems mildly relevant today.

The concept of fusing two brands together started in the early '00s with the likes of Steven Sprouse's graffiti designs on Vuitton bags but it's hard to look back into the 2010s and not remember some of the most exciting fashion combinations. Sonia Rykiel x H&MMissoni x TargetM. Versace x H&M, Stella McCartney x Gap Kids, Supreme x Louis Vuitton, Balmain x H&M, Riccardo Tisci x Nike and DVF x Gap are some of my favorite collaborations of the decade. The hi-lo concept has fizzled but designers are still fusing together brands to create buzz. Moncler Genious and Nike are still able to attract huge collaboration attention and I don't see that ending any time soon.

Video killed the radio star and Instagram influencers killed the fashion magazine. Who could have ever imagined independent women creating and constructing fashion shoots ranging from the fantastical to the attainable? Women all over the world have hit a nerve with just about every fashion focused eyeball. From benign unboxings to outfit of the day shoots, Instagram influencers everywhere took control of the fashion visual. On any given day, you can spot a dozen photoshoots taking place throughout Soho.  After almost a decade of hashtags, a pretty little picture won't cut it. To maintain their position at the top, fashion influencers will need to do more than stike a pose and provide depth and authority to hold the attention of audiences.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

A Decade of Shopping Mania Induced Trends (Part 1)

There is a heartwarming nostalgia that occurs when sifting and sorting through a decade of posts. More than once I gasped while reading about brands that have come and gone and fads that hit hard and fizzled.

Who can forget the high hopes of Coach veteran Reede Krakoff or the final days of Henri Bendels? Can you remember Moshi Moshi phones from Lesters?  There's even a 2013 post about Rainbow Loom. (I still have zip locks filled with tinny rubberbands if anyone needs.)

In the same vein, it's comforting to see how much has stayed the same. We still love Rimowa luggage as much as we did in 2010. A Cartier Love bracelet is as cherished as it was in 2012 even if it will cost you 75% more.  How about the staying power of the Gucci loafer, which first appeared in a gift guide in 2014? The mini-designer bag was first mentioned on the blog in 2012 but only last year did Jacqumus really amplify the trend with the Chiquita.

Below is half of a two-part series listing the top 10 the most talked-about fashion moments of the decade:


1. Christian Louboutin Shoes
Trends have started moving so quickly that it's almost unimaginable that any brand could maintain the frenzied desirability of Christian Louboutin. The French brand was the footwear leader at the start of the decade. Not until 2017 did shoppers show any sign of red sole fatigue. The brand has lost considerable relevancy among the fashion set but discount shoppers are celebrating in the demise as markdowns become more frequent. An influential shoe buyer recently confided that the Louboutin department store footprint would be tremendously diminished if the spaces weren't leased by the brand.  Even Louboutin's recent sample sale revealed inventory levels that literally hit the ceiling even on the last day of the sale. Let's hope for Mr. Louboutin that Cardi-B breaks out another song and keeps the feeding tube connected while Loubs remain on-trend life support into 2020.

2. Celine Luggage Tote
It was love at first sight. The sexy curves, the demure logo stamp, and various color options made the Celine Luggage tote the biggest fashion get of 2011. Kirna Zabรชte had an exclusive with Celine and a waiting list a mile long. Retail prices started at $1800 but three months later the price jumped to $2000. Those who deliberated the purchase were penalized handsomely as the retail price for the Luggage Tote quickly raised to over $3000. This was the first time fashion lovers experienced price increases at such whiplashing speed. Today, it's almost expected that an item's cost will jump in tandem with popularity. The Dior Book tote and Bottega Veneta Pouch are two more recent examples of rapid price jumping.

3. Normcore
If it wasn't published, did it happen? I tried my very best to ignore the Normcore movement but it had an undeniable influence on pop culture and fashion. Basic daddy sneakers led to the craze for the Balenciaga Triple S. Land's End fleece vests now define Finstagram memes --the financial niche of Instagram. Visco girls currently represent the lowest common denominator of fashion or lack-there-of. All play a part in the Normcore culture, which still seems too irritating to even acknowledge but undeniably represent a segment of fashion and trend for the decade.

4. Logomania 
What's the opposite of Normcore? Logomania. It was almost two years ago when we first started discussing the phenomena of covering oneself in head-to-toe logos. Fendi, Gucci, Dior and more, more, more. Logomania has evolved a bit but dripping in your favorite designer duds hasn't really abated. Like everything, a little discretion is advised if you don't want to look like Neiman Marcus exploded all over you.

5. Lashes
When I first conquered the trend of hyper exaggerated lashes, in 2012, I thought of it as an anti-aging strategy. Afterall, sagging cheeks, droopy eyelids, a falling butt, and deflated boobs all require a lot more invasive remedies. Lashes seemed like a safe start. Little did I know that extensions, falsies and a rotating carousel of mascara formulas would dominate the beauty conversation for the better part of the decade. The main topic has more recently moved up the face to eyebrows and made fashion victims out of those still maintaining their spider-leg resembling lashes.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Weekend Shopping: Neiman Marcus Extra 33% Off

It's starting to feel like we've been weekend shopping for nearly a month but it's technically the weekend -- again. Many stores have already pulled the trigger on third markdowns. Discounts nearly everywhere scale towards 70% off but there are still some good deals to come.

This weekend you should keep an eye on Neiman Marcus. Starting Saturday, the site will be running a promotion where sale merchandise is an extra 33% off. The current promotion is 25% off sale, which brings the shoe markdown to about 62% off.  It's unclear if the same promotion will be available at the store.

A few items we are watching include these rose gold Golden Goose, which will ring out below $200 once the extra percentage goes into effect. These Gucci logo high boots will be $490 from about $1300, and Givenchy silver and stretch heels will be $380 from $850.

Surprisingly enough there are still a few handbags worth watching. We would keep watch on this Saint Laurant bucket bag, this Loewe straw beach bag, and this Valentino VRing. The clothing is worth a scroll. We spotted this Balenciaga tee that's currently $200, a royal blue Balmain blazer that's $860 from $2300 and this Zimmerman dress is $330 from $650.

Tessabit, our favorite store on Lake Como, in Italy created an editor of newish merchandise that is 40% off with the code DEALMOON40MH. It's worth a scroll if you're looking for a great staple that wouldn't be available on markdown. There is this Balmain tee in classic white is $180 from US retail of $395 and an oversized one-button blazer is $1160 from US retail of $2200. Here is the classic double-breasted Balmain. A YSLVicky wallet on a chain is about $1000 from $1700 and there are lots of great Roger Vivier options too.

We noticed that Gilt started adding merchandise for the new season. Take note of the plentiful assortment of Dior, which we haven't ever seen discounted. We suggest you snatch up what you like now because it won't be replenished again until the Fall,

Bandier is offering an extra 30% off on sale merchandise. There are a few Aviator Nation and PE Nation pieces that are moving fast. We will be sure to update the selection as the weekend progresses. Happy last weekend of 2019.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Shopbop: Extra 30% Off Sale

For the last weekend of the year, Shopbop is offering an extra 30% off sale items. The extra discount brings the ultimate markdown to about 85% off. Just use the code TREAT at checkout.

This is a great time to grab a new something for your wardrobe,  a sparkly little something for New Year's or a warm-weather vacation something to gift yourself. We suggest starting your browsing through the plentiful 70% off section. It's all final sale but the prices are right to take the risk.

We found this No. 21 Bomber jacket that comes to $350 from $1715. These Alice & Olivia animal print booties are only $100 from $500. One size of the Alexander Birman version remains. If you're a 36.5 you can grab them for only $140. They will look great with a spotted leopard print sweater or even denim and a black blazer. This Marc Jacobs heart print silk pajama shirt is perfect for Valentine's Day and is $95 from $450.

Outside the most reduced items, there is this Zimmerman dress that comes to $518 from $1850, Nili Lotan military pants are $220 from $450 and this ADD puffer is $260 from $530. We are really into this corduroy jacket from AWAKE that's $500 from $900.

The sale is one of the really good Shopbop sales but it will only last two days. The promotion ends Friday at midnight (PT). This is the best deal you can expect, outside of Shopbop's friends and family sale. If you ask us, it seems like a good opportunity to celebrate the end of the year.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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 usually the time of year where you can find a rather good selection of merchandise that's highly discounted.

Many retailers started their markdowns early, which means post-Christmas shopping might not be as robust as usual. Nonetheless, over the course of the week, you'll be able to find great opportunities to pounce on hard-to-find items that may have just been returned. Below are some of our favorite post-Christmas shopping destinations. Share your favorites in the comment section below:

1. Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks always tops our list of favorite places to shop after Christmas but this year the Fifth Avenue store started it's markdowns early. The selection at the store on Thursday might not be as good as usual. To save you some time, we did some preholiday "fieldwork" and grabbed pictures of what you will be able to find at the store for 60% to 70% off.  Click here to see. You can still grab this Givenchy Mystic online for $1046 from $3000 or this Balenciaga rainbow bag for $800 from $2290.

2. Bergdorf Goodman
If the current discounts of an extra 15% off aren't enough, you can pounce on the post-Xmas official third markdown. Discounts on clothing will officially hit 75% off. The shoe department at the store is severely anemic and there are very few handbags worth mentioning. This is the time of year when it pays to pick up an extra special piece of clothing that will enhance your wardrobe. I'm calling dibs on this Prada leather skirt and this Men's Moncler shirt is now just $146 from $250.

3. Nordstrom
Nordstrom's 'best sale of the season' just went live online. The promotion boasts discounts up to 50% off but designer merchandise is reduced much more. Balenciaga bow sandals and this Alanui cashmere belted sweater are 60% off. Here are Givenchy logo leggings that are  $250 from $635 and

4. Neiman Marcus
We suggest you stop refreshing and waiting for the big markdown or discount promotion on designer merchandise. It's not happening today or even tomorrow but give it a few days and we promise you won't be disappointed. Right now, these Givenchy mirror heels are a great deal for $318 from $850 and these Valentino oversized logo sandals are $430 from $775.

5. MyTheresa
We don't usually love MyTheresa's late and slow markdowns but the upside is that they are able to hold on to a lot of good merchandise. Starting at midnight, discounts will hit 70% off. We have our eyes watching this Ascot bag from The Row and this Fendi travel bag that's a few seasons old.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Department Store Holiday Shipping Deadlines

You know it's the holiday season when you need to walk alongside cars to avoid slow-walking tourists. There are few things less appealing than rushing from Saks to Bergdorfs while pedestrian traffic comes to a complete stop.

The hours to take advantage of free shipping is ticking away quickly. Lucky, most New York stores will offer a messenger service for free or a small fee. Store prices tend to range from $15 to $30. Many times, retailers will wave the fee for expensive purchases. It never hurts to ask.

Below is your guide to getting your gift there on time from our local department stores-- along with how much it will cost.

Bergdorf Goodman
Messenger: $30
Get it there: Free two-day shipping BGRUSH
Deadline: 12/23 at 12:00PM CT
Gift Wrapping: Free silver box with lavender ribbon
Returns: Free
Discount: Up to 70%

Get it there free: Express shipping is no longer available
Same-day delivery: ($20)12/24/16 1:00PM EST in California, Illinois, New Jersey & Washington D.C
In-Store pickup deadline: 12/24/16 2PM EST
Gift Wrapping: $5 white bottom and blacktop with elastic bow
Discount: Up to 60%

Neiman Marcus
Get it there free: Free overnight NMQUICK
Deadline: 12/23 Noon CT
Same Day Messenger: $30
Gift Wrapping: $7 Silver box and a red bow with a gift tag
Discount: Up to 60%

Get it there: Expedited Shipping
Deadline: 12/23 12:00PM EST Saturday delivery $20
In-Store Pickup: 12/24 order by 3pm
Gift Wrapping: Not available on all items but the $2 gift set include 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: Express shipping is no longer available
Gift Wrapping: Free black box with snowflakes, red bottom, and red ribbon
Discount: Up to 60%

Friday, December 20, 2019

Weekend Shopping: Finding the Best Discount (Chanel too)

We only have a few days of shopping before Christmas. Tuesday is actually the last day of ground shipping for many retailers. Almost all of our favorite stores have taken a second markdown but discounts vary.

Locally, Bergdorf Goodman is running the steepest markdowns, with an extra 15% off promotion that will run through Christmas Day. Keep your eyes open on the sale section. Just when you think anything good is sold out they drop a few more great pieces. We've quickly posted some great Prada and YSL on Instagram that immediately sold out.

 Saks Fifth Avenue still has some pretty good merchandise but that's only because the discount is still just 40% off on shoes and bags. Nordstrom just took a cut to 60% off on some shoes and bags. Bloomingdales has the best assortment of Chanel shoes and jewelry remaining and there are still size options. (We put some pictures in the jump.) Down over at Neiman Marcus, there is an additional 25% off promotion that will run until Christmas Day.

Above is our updated markdown schematic and below are some of the great finds we recently found online. We will be sure to update the selection as the weekend progresses. You can also click here to see pictures from inside various stores.

Neiman Marcus: Warren 929-458-1439
Nordstrom: Matthew 914-320-3672
Saks: Jaime: 347-850-5526
Bergdorf Goodman:  Stephen 347-986-9597 or Alina

Thursday, December 19, 2019

INTERMIX: Great Finds and New Markdowns

Sponsored by INTERMIX and ShopStyle 

We keep remarking about how great the fashion has been at INTERMIX this season. There are so many amazing on-trend and classic pieces from which to choose that it's topping our list of shipping destinations. Adding to the attraction are the amazing new markdowns and the incredible exclusive and in-house collection items.

From now until December 31 you can shop at INTERMIX and save up to 75% off. To sweeten the deal more, enter the code MADISONSTYLE15 at checkout and get 15% off full-price merchandise. There are some brand exclusions.

Adding to the attraction are the incredible in-house collection items. There are some truly incredible finds throughout the site. We love this silk floral print maxi-dress that's just $368. The drape on the sleeves of this pink alpaca-wool sweater ($298) makes it ideal to dress up with a skirt or keep it casual with jeans. You can really never go wrong with a relaxed v-neck cashmere sweater and there is a full rainbow of color options from which to choose.

INTERMIX consistently offers an elevated, cool, and feminine aesthetic that is always a great resource for finding the best quality items for a great value.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Gift Guide: What to Get the Horace Mann Girl

New York private school girls are the most interesting specimen. They have more academic pressure than most first-year law students but many are more entitled than a Goldman senior VP. You can pick a random weeknight and observe them in their natural habitat at Nobu57 or Serafina.

Shopping for these girls is no easy task. She has a charge account at Sant Ambroeus and Knicks courtside seats. The bar is high but taking a step off the deep end of restraint is easier than ... Serena van der Woodson. Below is a gift guide that can satisfy the private school girl, from Birch to Columbia Grammar.

Cartier string bracelet ($580): Holding out for eighth-grade graduation to get her the Love bracelet? This should make her happy... for now.

MadHappy ($135) or Off-White hoodie: She might ask for Off-White but show her that you're the OG of cool. MadHappy recently got LVMH investment and is primed to become a luxury fashion household name.

Glossier ($40): The object of the game is to keep her away from your makeup drawer and out of you $250 La Mer creams.

Apple IPad Pro : ($799 with the Bestbuy $150 coupon): The trend seems to be ditching the laptop and going fully IPad. Not sure I'm ready to ditch anything but they are tech natives, or so they claim.

Golden Goose Sneakers: (20% Off): You don't need a gift guide to tell you she loves GG but the object is to not spend $550.

Brandy Melville: I don't get it. I wait outside. It's inexpensive. Fine. Enjoy.

Moncler Hat ($196 from $320): She needs it to match her Winter jacket.

Dior Friendship Bracelets ($420): Perfect content for her Insta.

Gucci Rubber Slides ($210): For St. Barths

Lululemon Warmup Jacket ($128): Bundle it with some 305Fitness classes and she will be all set for a healthy start to the new year.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Bergdorf Goodman: Extra Discounts on Sale 80% Off

As many New Yorkers are beginning to escape for the holidays, Bergdorf Goodman is giving shoppers an extra good reason to celebrate at home. Right now you can save an extra 15% off all sale items.

The promotional discount brings the total savings to over 80%  off on clothing and nearly 65% off on shoes and bags. The selection is still pretty great at the store. We spotted a healthy assortment of Givenchy, Valentino, and The Row bags. You can see pictures over here.

Online we spotted this Bea Vaidas Bella jeweled bag that's $1756 from $4135. There will be a huge designer push for this tulip shape for Summer. This Loewe Gate bag totals out at $845 from $1990 and this Off-White crossbody is a great gift at just $335 from $790.

Most shoes are 50% to 60% off and we can't believe how many shoes have sold. (Extra points for Bergdorfs keeping the racks in nearly perfect condition. We noticed that the shoes were even organized by the brand!) Depending on your size, you can still find a few winners but most of the best options are gone. There is still an assortment of Chanel shoes but we would wait for a second markdown at this point. You can take a peek at what we saw in our pictures.

The online shoe selection is non-existant. There are absolutely no designer shoes remaining. Take a look for yourself. It's difficult to believe but true.

The discounts on clothing might make up for the other disappointments. After the additional markdown, some items are reduced 50% to over 80% off.  Rosetta Getty pants are $180 from $1090 and a Gabriela Hearst cashmere sweater is only $188 from $900.  This Balenciaga floral print top is $400 from nearly $1600, and this Jacquemus animal print trench is $825 from nearly $2500. We are looking at sample-sale style discounts without the hassle or anti-return policy.

Word on the Street, Fifth Avenue & 57th Street to be precise, is that Bergdorfs will be ending its sale at the store in early January. All the remaining inventory will subsequently be moved online. Gone but not forgotten.

Contact:  Stephen 347-986-9597 or Alina

Monday, December 16, 2019

Ssense Second Markdown 60% Off

Ssense started a second markdown today. Discounts are now scaling up to 60% off. If you take time to sort and scroll through the site you will find plenty of surprises.

We were initially struck by this new style Bottega Veneta tote that's discounted 50% off. We've never seen it so reduced. Here is a Saint Laurent small bucket leather bucket bag now  $880 from $1990, this logo shoulder bag is $1283 from $2550 and little camera bags are $660 from $995.

The Balenciaga options are good too. This Shift style is $750 from $1390 and a pink Ville is nearly 50% off. This Givenchy GV3 bag is over 50% off and comes to $1140 and this Fendi mesh bucket bag is $1090 from $2100. This Jacquemus belt bag is a great gift at $190 from $225. Fendi tights are down to $166. This Balmain belt is $400 from $600 but still seems expensive.

The best style shoes aren't as reduced as some other items on the site. Most styles are limited to one or two sizes. It's really best to sort for your size and then choose the designers you like best. These Giuseppe Zanotti boots with a chunky chain seem to be overlooked by shoppers and are still available in several sizes.

There will be additional merchandise added to this markdown. Just keep your eyes open because when prices go down the best items tend to disappear in a flash.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sale Reminder: Global Fashions Sample Sale

UPDATE: New Markdowns!!!!

Global Fashions is opening its showroom to the public starting Monday. A vast assortment of Italian designer handbags, shoes and accessories will be discounted 65% off 70% off. All clothing will be 85% off. We have pictures and detailed pricing here.

Some of the highlights include pastel rainbow nylon Rockstud totes that are $875 from $1945 and coordinating Rockstud shoes are $537 from $1195. Thong sandals with studs are $335 from $795. An understated handbag with a chain shoulder strap is $1032 from $2295. There are also lots of designer sneaker options for both guys and gals. Don't miss the great clothing selection some items are truly a treasure and at 80% off it's like striking gold. Click for pics.

Global Fashions Sample Sale
Monday, December 16 through Thursday, December 19
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Neiman Marcus Extra 25% Off

We are less than a week into second markdowns but that doesn't seem to be enough. Starting Monday, Neiman Marcus will be offering an extra 25% off designer clothing in stores and online. (Right now, the online promotion is 20% off sale items.)

We took a spin through our not-so-local local Neiman Marcus to see what we could find. The sale assortment is actually pretty good. There are several options for Balmain blazers that after a second markdown and an extra 25% off come to $860 from $2295.

There is a very good selection of sale items from The Row. A floor-length cashmere robe-style sweater is $1300 and a leather trench style is $4100 from $8390. Online you'll find this a-line skirt with a front slit for $760 from $1950.  This cream cashmere sweater is under $450 from nearly $1300 and a charmeuse top is discounted 80%.  Here is an Erdem dress from this past summer that's only $350 from $1740,

The shoes and bags won't be an additional percentage off until Thursday but there is a lot to stalk. There is a large Gucci, Louboutin, Saint Laurent, and Manolo selection. You can see pictures over here. At the store, almost every style of Christian Louboutin shoe is reduced and there is still a small selection of Chanel options.

Online we spotted these Givenchy lace-up boots that are $703 from $1300, this Rosetta Getty sweater is $400 from nearly $2000, and this Sally LaPoint sweater with fur accents is about $450 from $1500.

The handbag selection isn't very good online or in the NY store but a good sales associate can always search through the national inventory to find the item you want. We heard rumors that there were some discount Dior saddlebags floating around.

Click here to see all of our pictures from inside the store or click over to the site to shop some more.

Contact: Warren 929-458-1439 or DM on Instagram

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Gifts for the Woman Who Shops (a Lot)

The old adage is that it's better to give than to receive but who says you can't enjoy both? A gift is exponentially better when it is accompanied by thoughtfulness. A considerate gift gives the recipient permission to relax, feel joy and indulge in the experience of being doted upon.

Before we jump right in, I hope you don't mind if I offer a little bit of relationship advice. Whatever he buys you-- don't return it! Once you return enough gifts he will feel defeated and stop buying them. Keep it-- even if it's too expensive, not the right color or completely not your taste. If it's actually that bad, secretly return it but never let him know.

The same rule goes for your children. Give them the opportunity to enjoy the experience of giving even if it means wearing it just once and hiding it for the rest of your days.

So, now, we present the definitive gift guide on getting it right so that she wears it often, loves it, and cherishes it forever. (As if that actually exists.) Just in case, always shop where purchases can be returned for a full refund and never throw out the receipt.

Bottega Veneta puffy Cassette bag ($2480): The Pouch is Bottega Veneta's more popular style but an oversized clutch isn't that practical for everyday use. Go with the Cassette bag for optimum utility and on-trend style.

Gucci Tights ($100): The perfect "stocking stuffer." The Gucci store offers free shipping, which makes them the most economical online purchase destination unless you're loading up a cart from another retailer.

Embroidered Dior sandals ($690): Or go for the grand slam and get her the Dior Booktote ($3000) that she has been too cautious to purchase herself. [Shipping is free. No duties or sales tax. Most gorgeous gift box presentation.]

Bea Bongiasca enamel ring ($675): Handmade in Italy, this ring is sculpted from blue enamel ring is a playful squiggle that wraps around your finger. It's tipped with a sparkling pear-cut crystal set in gold, so it almost resembles a serpent. Wear multiples on additional fingers or stack it with other pieces.

Celine Shopper tote ($1350): How does she do it all? We will never know but the lines and simplicity of this tote are as streamlined as all of her personal efforts. [Shipping is free. No duties or sales tax. Most gorgeous gift box presentation.]

Riki Skinny Mirror ($205): She lights up your life and why not brighten hers. This mirror is surrounded by LED lights, which allows you to see what you're actually doing. It's light, thin and doesn't have a warped reflection, which makes it the holy grail among professional make-up artists.

Dyptique perfumed ceramic tiles ($55): She appreciates life's little luxuries. Opening a drawer and receiving a lovely unexpected whiff of fragrance when sifting for my desired item is a gift that will continue to give.

Comme des Garcons Play Hoodie ($250, normally $300 US retail): She is casual but that doesn't mean you need to compromise on style.

Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti small Bone cuff ($995): She doesn't need Instagram to be an influencer because she is bold and fearless and that intrigues others.

Golden Goose Sneakers ($318 from $530): She says she doesn't need anything fancier than her tried-and-true Adidas but you know she has been dying to kick around in something new.

Riki Skinny Mirror ($195): She lights up your life and why not brighten hers. This mirror is surrounded by LED lights, which allows you to see what you're actually doing. It's light, thin and doesn't have a warped reflection, which makes it the holy grail among professional make-up artists.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Global Fashions Holiday Sample Sale

Just in time for the holidays, Global Fashions is opening its showroom to the public starting Monday. A vast assortment of Italian designer handbags, shoes and accessories will be discounted 65% off. All clothing will be 80% off.

There are some great gift options for men and women throughout the sale. We spotted cashmere and wool scarves, jewelry items and, of course, shoes and bags. Among the handbags and shoes, you will find a modest selection of Rockstud featured items.

Some standouts include several pastel rainbow nylon Rockstud totes that are $875 from $1945 and coordinating Rockstud shoes are $537 from $1195. Thong sandals with studs are $335 from $795. An understated handbag with a chain shoulder strap is $1032 from $2295. There are also lots of designer sneaker options for both guys and gals. (You can click here to see lots of pictures of what we found.)

Despite the attractive accessories options we are always drawn towards the amazing fashion at this sale, which is quite remarkable at 80% off. There are exquisite jackets, coats, and outerwear for men and women. Couture gowns that were showcased on the runway and even less formal items from the designer's leisure collections.

Who needs to rent high-end fashion when you can own it for even less? Check out this embroidered buttery soft leather jacket that is a " lifetime" item and it's $1260 from nearly $6300. A mid-length fur jacket is $2000 from over $10,000. Some more casual items include a track jacket that's $380 from $1990 and coordinating silk track pants are about the same price. The ensemble was a key component of the 2018 resort collection. You can click here to see pictures of the amazing fashion we spotted.

There are also numerous items for men. A single-breasted cashmere and wool tweed coat is about $900 from $4560. Can you imagine the look on his face when he unboxes such an exquisite item? Then the reaction when he hears it costs less than a polyester coat from Bloomingdales? #Priceless. You can click here to see some of our favorite options for men.

This sale will only be open to the public for three days. It's the perfect shopping designation if you need a gift, have an event or just want to add something beautiful to your closet.

Global Fashions Sample Sale 
Monday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 18
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Neiman Marcus 2nd Markdown-ish (Dior / Chanel )

In place of second markdowns, Neiman Marcus added an extra shopping incentive of 20% off sale merchandise today. You will also see some newcomers in the markdown area, including Dior and Cuccinelli.

We have sale pictures from the Hudson Yard's Neiman Marcus over this way. Most bags are about 40% off once you account for the extra discount. In the bag section online is a Valentino V-ring reduced to $2036 From $3400. (Nordstrom had this bag reduced down to $1360 but it's sold out online.) This Tom Ford shoulder bag is $1170 from $1990 and this Balenciaga xs camera bag  is $670 from $950.

Most shoe options come range from 45% to 60% off. Balenciaga denim botties are $540 from $1350, Givenchy slingbacks are $360 from $900, and Manolo leopard pumps are $470 from $800. Here are some pictures from the store.

This promotion is scheduled to run through Monday but these sale schedules are continually changing. The next big push will be a real second cut of designer clothing to 60% off, plus an extra 25%. We'll be sure to keep you posted. For now, you can see what's left at the store via our pictures.

Contact: Warren 929-458-1439

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Inside: Nordstrom's Second Markdown (Pics)

Nordstrom started its second round of markdowns this morning. A great assortment of merchandise is now reduced up to 60% off. The selection online and at the store is very similar but you'll do much better online if you're shopping for bags.

The bag selection at the store is limited to only one small table. Online you can still snag this Valentino Vring bag for $1360 from $4300. It's available in white too. This Givenchy pouch is $444 from $1110. You can see pictures from inside the store over this way.

The shoe selection is much better at the store and online. There are lots of Manolo Blahnik options. Here are blue velvet Hangisis for $409 from $1025 and tweed Mary Jane's for $310 from $775. This Gianvitto Rossi heel with an elastic strap is a great shoe and for under $300 from $745. At the store, you'll also find an assortment of Prada shoes discounted 60% off and several great classic Dior options at 40% off. Click to see pics.

The designer clothing options at 60% off aren't stellar. The designer selection is better online. An Undercover x Valentino sweater is $470 from $1185, an Acne pleated skirt is $227 from $570, and a Versace silk dress is $562 from $1125. Here are a few pictures from the store.

Nordstrom usually has one more markdown after Christmas. We don't believe there will be much great merchandise at the store at that time. We are just hoping those Dior shoes go down to 60% off.

Contact: Matthew +1 (914) 320-3672

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale Is NOW

Markdown season has turned our attention away from most sample sales but the Christian Louboutin sample sale raising so many questions that it's too hard to ignore. Before you get too excited, you must remember that this sale is by "invitation only." (That's despite the fact that CL employees have been goating our Instagram DMs. I think they miss the attention.)


The sale officially kicked off to the most "important fashion insiders" on Monday. That's mainly Instagram stars and magazine editors. The sale extends through the rest of the week as the invited guest list expands to allow the general press and "friends and family."

During past seasons, prices start at $200 but most styles are in the $300-range. The most expensive style of shoes are $750. A majority of the heels and studded variety pumps are priced between $250 and $400. For example, Pigalle black studded heels were $300 from about $1100. Last season, there were options for men's sneakers and shoes too. **You can see pictures from inside the sale here. **

Remember, it's no longer 2008 and Christian Louboutin no longer dominates the shoe section. Prices at the sample sale have scaled back over recent years but there is still a buying limit. Last season customers were allowed to buy up to 12 pairs of shoes. Men were reported to buy more than most women. We would suspect that most of these shoes are resold on Poshmark or the like.

The appointment system makes it so that the wait isn't very long. To RSVP you will need to have a validated email address, which will be used as an access code. The good news is that each invitee can have TWO guests but they must be registered under the host's account. If you do attend, be sure to pack a credit card with a high spending limit.

Louboutin fans who don't have an invite can wait for the department store markdowns, which should be in about two weeks. Fear not, we found some other-- less obvious-- options to shop for red bottoms online right now. Use the above scroll to see what we found.

Before heading out, you can browse the Christian Louboutin in-store sale section in this post. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to get up-to-the-minute updates and (fingers crossed) pictures from inside the sale.

Christian Louboutin Invite Only Sample Sale
Monday, Dec 9 through Friday, Dec 13
11am to 6pm
342 West 37th Street

Monday, December 9, 2019

Second Markdown Alert: Net A Porter

Net-A-Porter  started its second markdown early Monday morning.  Prices are reduced up to 70% off and some popular style bags and fashion are still in stock.

Among the bag selection, you can expect to find most styles discounted 40% to 50% off. Some items we've been watching include this Valentino canvas style that's highly underrated. It's now $837 from $1400.  We also think this Valentino VSling bag is highly underrated. It hasn't gone on sale anywhere in the US market but it's reduced to $1545 from $2557.  This round logo style hit 50% off.

Other options include this Loewe hammock that's still $1855 from $2650,  a Balenciaga graffiti bazar bag is $1354 from $1935 and a Tom Ford velvet bucket bag is $945 from $1890.

It's time we move on to shoes. This has been a very popular season for shoe shopping. Most of the best styles only have one size remaining. It's best to sort by your size. Naturally, start with Golden Goose. They are already 30% to 50% off. This pair is $230 from $460. These Bottega Veneta slingbacks are from last year but are still gorgeous and priced right at 40% off.

As far as gifts go, nobody has ever turned up their nose at Missoni. Here is a scarf that's reduced to $tk from $205. We love this Isabel Morant sweater and these Petar Petrov wide-leg leather pants. Well, maybe the former is more a "gift for myself" idea.

This markdown is our favorite of the season. It usually offers great prices with very good assortment. Better get scrolling now before all the good stuff gets snatched up. The next price cut usually comes after Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

ShopBop Discounts Exceed 75% Off

Shopbop is offering a deal that might be hard to refuse. Right now, sale merchandise is already discounted 70% off but for three days you can save an extra 25%. Use the code JOY19 at checkout to engage the additional savings.

I'm actually very surprised about how many great items I found. This Off-White puffer comes to just $560 from $1500 after the extra discount. Here is another color option if that one is sold out in your size. I've been stalking this leopard blazer from Nili Lotan and now it's quite reasonable at $262 from $700. How about this Giuseppe di Morabito sequined blazer for $316 from $825. Check out these Isabel Morant shearling-lined boots that are  $660 from 1475.

There are also some less expensive gift options. This Acne winter hat is adorable for about $70 from $160 and a Jocelyn feather bolero is $165 from $300. Here it is in black but only a size small remains.  These Off-White earrings are $182 from $350, Y-3 sneakers are $180 from $300 and a Lele Sadoughi headband is $67 from $150.

As far as sales go, ShopBop's selection seems to be pretty on point. There is a large assortment of price points and even sizes that are still available. Seems like a good opportunity to pick up a cute gift for yourself, or even someone else!

Saks Fifth Avenue 2nd Markdown + 15%

'Tis the season of markdowns and shopping. Saks Fifth Avenue will start its second markdown on Monday morning. Prices will be reduced up to 60% off.

On top of the new markdowns, Saks is offering an additional 15% off some items (or 10% off beauty and fragrance). You can use the code SAKSDAY to engage the additional savings. The promotion is only valid for online purchases.

Saks reductions haven't been as aggressive as some other retailers, which means there is still a lot of assortment from which to shop. Some items we've been watching include this Givenchy quilted GV3 that's currently about $1800 from $2590, a Chloe Annie that's currently reduced to about $1400,  and a Mini Eden from Givenchy is now $945. You can see pictures from inside the store over here.

Among the shoes, you will find plenty of Manolo styles still in stock. We have our eyes on these lace Hangisi. and here are flats. There are still several sizes left of these Fendi print loafers but this stacked heel Givenchy loafer is almost completely sold out. Grab it if your size remains. There is a larger selection at the store. Click here to see assorted pictures.

Saks sales sometimes go live in the evening before it's scheduled. We suggest you pile up that cart and edit while the luxury of time. We will continue to check back and keep tabs of updates.

Contact:  Jamie 347-850-5526

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Weekend Shopping: Obsessions & Impulses

It's the weekend and it's time to get your scroll on. We've endured self-inflicted carpel tunnel syndrome to bring you the best items on sale and on-trend this weekend.

Some sites worth a swipe include TheOutnet, which just released a Louboutin drop. Most styles are from last year but a discount of 50% off. It's a perfect excuse to add some red bottoms to under the tree. We are head-over-heels for this unique 'Black Bag Boot' that's $428 from $854 and this more wearable loafer that's $374 from nearly $750.

If you're still on the hunt for a Moncler jacket we found a few good options. Here is a new season silver puffer that's $957 from $1735 US retail. This more basic black Chena Grenoble style is $755 from US retail of  $1445. The Grenoble Lemoura is $800 from US retail of $1530. Here it is on the Moncler site right now at full price. Here is a boy's jacket for $316 from US retail of $815 (more sizes) and a girl's long black and white style is $491 from $870.

We've become a little obsessed with Gucci tights this week. The fishnets are only $100 but can revamp an entire look without much investment. We also found them for $85 right here but the $12 shopping negates the savings unless you're reaching the $200 free shipping threshold.

Below are some standout items for this week. Continue to keep your eyes on this space. We'll be sure to add new finds as we scroll through. Also, feel free to send over any hot tips.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Gift Guide: What to Buy the Guys

Figuring out what gifts to give the men in our lives can be stressful. We expect the world from our husbands-boyfriends-significant others and need to deliver.

This is just one idea but we searched Madison Avenue and the cyber universe for the best gifts for all types of guys. Below are a few more of our favorites:

Get ahead of the curve and secure your man a seat at the cool kid's table with a hoodie or tee from Mastermind. This Mastermind puffer ($1740) is considered "dope" but this logo puffer ($6800) is "next level."

Off-White Hoodie ($352 from $585): Maybe Mastermind is pushing the envelope and an Off-White hoodie is a good beginning for your hype starter kit.

Brunello Cucinelli Sweater ($634 from $1295): Let the kids play in their streetwear. Real men wear Cucinelli.

Gucci Double G Belt ($460): A fashion belt is the hottest item of the season and the matte version is a little bit less flashy if that's even possible.

Moncler winter hat ($250): Assuming he had a Moncler hat last winter and lost it. He probably feels bad buying a replacement. Give him what you know he already likes.

Moose Knuckles puffer ($1150): He's already had three Moncler jackets and asked for something different. (Stone Island is another great alternative with a little bit of street cred.)

Bose Sunglass frames ($199): We would all love to tune out the world. This is one way he can make sure the kids aren't setting the house on fire while still listening to his own jams.

AirPod Pros ($250): Get them now because you don't want to have to deal with finding them when they sell out.

Rimowa Carry-on ($700): He doesn't fly coach and pays for his biz class seat when points don't make sense.

Montegrapa pen ($180 from $395): In essence, he is the one who signs the credit card bills (or will in the future).

Bergdorf Goodman 2nd Markdown (Inside Pics)

Bergdorf Goodman started its second markdown today. Shoes, handbags, and clothing are up to 60% off. You will also see some newcomers in the markdown area, including Dior and Cuccinelli.

Usually, shoes and bags aren't reduced as much as the top discount but this season Bergdorf is all in. You'll find a significant assortment reduced to a fraction of the retail price and it's only the beginning of December! We suggest go to Bergdorf right now and purchase whatever you like before word gets out. We snapped a few sale pictures from inside the store right here.

The handbag selection is much better at the store, as you can see in our pictures. Online, there is a very small assortment of  Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Saint Laurent. There is no Valentino left on the website but there is a lot at the store.

You should also take this opportunity to start shopping from Dior. We have a few images of the sale selection right here. The discount is 30% off. Dior clothing and shoes aren't sold online so you will need to contact a sales associate.

Outside of the Dior shoe selection, there is still an enormous variety but not many sizes. Most of the shoes on the site are limited to one or two sizes. Again, you will do much better at the store. Click for pics. These Hangisi heels are still over $600  from $1025 but these two-tone Manolos come to just $266 from $665. These Givenchy loafers with a stacked heel are worth a second look at $380 from $950.

This latest markdown is all we are going to see until Christmas Day. The big promotions will begin again after Santa arrives back in the North Pole.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

MatchesFashion Second Markdown

Ready for round two of markdowns? The wait isn't very long. Starting at noon on Thursday, MatchesFashion will begin the second round of discounts with sale prices up to 60% off retail.

We always love the ability to pregame a big markdown. The extra little bit of time allows for less panic buying and more reflective purchasing, which leads to less remorse and fewer returns.

Some items, we've been considering is a classic Valentino Rockstud tote bag that you can carry your life inside and never go without. It's currently 40% off and the extra discount will make it a good buy. This Saint Laurent tote with just a little more discount will be under $1000, This Balenciaga "Shift" logo bag is already reduced to $800 and it will be mine if it closes into the $500-range.

There are only a few sizes left in these Balenciaga B crystal slingbacks. If your size remains, cart it up now. Check out Alexandre Vauthier’s ankle boots, Givenchy loafers, and classic Church's lace-up ankle boots.

We've been watching this Saint Laurent blazer all season and it's now sold out in my size. It's one of those pieces you can wear for decades. I might just go for the wool version because it's less money, my size remains, and the velvet can be too formal on some occasions. Other considerations are a Herno puffer that's now 40% off and this double-breasted wool coat from Ganni that's $270 right now.

Sizes are running low among some of the more well-priced items. If an item catches your eye, cart it now and dial a friend.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Amicale Cashmere Sample Sale

Fine cashmere specialist, Amicale is hosting a sample sale where a vast array of cashmere and cashmere blend items are priced significantly under retail. Customers can choose from an assortment of hats, gloves, scarves, wraps, throws, and sweaters for men and women.

Prices start at $20 for cashmere scarves and top out at $135 for large cashmere blankets. Some of the highlights included boxed items from John Varvatos, Hicky Freeman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. There are even a few higher-end brands, which we've been restricted from naming.

In the men's sweater 'room' there is a rack of samples where most items are priced at just $50. Other standouts include a men's cashmere quilted jacket for $95, cashmere baby blankets for $50, women's cardigans and loungewear for $95 (or three for $250) and hats with fur poms for just $40. Cashmere scarves are priced at just $40 (or three for $100) and many still had retail tags with prices upwards of $250. Click here to see lots of pictures from inside the sale.

This sale is a wonderful opportunity to pick up a luxurious item for yourself but it is really ideal if you need to buy gifts. Boxed items are ideal for office gifts and an extra something nice to accompany a holiday tip. You can click here to see some of our gifting suggestions.

We suggest you attend this sale during the first or second day because the best items tend to go quickly. It's best to buy extra. After all, who hasn't left a hat or gloves in a cab.

Amicale Sample Sale
Wednesday, December 4 through Friday, December 6
Wed & Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-3pm
148 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Chanel Private Sale Details

Chanel is one of the hardest brands to track during the markdown season. The company is secretive and riddled with rules that are always changing. This season, Chanel is hosting a private sale of last year's merchandise with a discount of 40%.

Chanel sales are comprised of merchandise over one year old and this season's markdown will follow the same formula. The sales selection is comprised of Pre-Fall 2018, Fall "Act 1" 2018, Fall runway 2018 and some Coco Neige styles from late winter 2018 deliveries.

The sale will officially go live on Friday, December 6. Some stores are allowing presale. Other stores won't allow the merchandise to even be previewed until Friday. Before you get too excited, there are no bags included in the markdown. Most of the sale selection is comprised of clothing. There is also a bit of jewelry and shoes.

Today's snow slowed down our "fieldwork" but we were able to gather some pictures. You can click here to see what we put together. We will be sure to update this post as we assemble more details. Below is a list of salespeople who specialize in Chanel.

Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards: Warren 929-458-1439
Neiman Marcus Paramus: Christina: 201-417-2848
Neiman Marcus: Rachel 917-324-5578
Chanel boutique 57th Street: Christina 347-851-1684
Saks NYC (RTW): Sook 646-236-5336
Saks Shoes: Jaime 347-850-5526
Hirshleifers: Tova 516-627-3566
Jeffery NYC: Michelle 212-206-1272
SF Chanel Philip: 650-492-9072
Stacy Saks Phoenix: (610) 637-1429

Sunday, December 1, 2019

What I Really Bought During Thanksgiving Weekend

This is usually my favorite post of the year. I like to reveal the items I shopped and purchased for the upcoming holiday season. Thie idea is to help inspire your seasonal shopping. I usually pick up a few gifts for my girls, something nice for my husband and a few nice things for myself.

This year, however, I got NOTHING. I didn't' make a single purchase all weekend. As far as I'm concerned, Black Friday sales were a flop. I'm not even sure what I will buy my kids for the holidays because they don't need another Brandy Melville sweatshirt or anything Glossier (20% off now).

Maybe Cyber Monday will feel more inspiring. The kids will be in school and I can focus on my scroll. For now, I've listed a few places I'm browsing. I will continue to update the post if purchases are made and promotions emerge.

Bandier Warehouse Sale
Deal: Extra 50% off a selection of sale merchandise
Code: n/a- extra discount is taken at checkout
Considering: Monrow sweatpants $50 from $155

J Crew
Dea; 50% off nearly everything
Carted: Kid's PJ's $19 from $45

Deal: Extra 15% discounts
Code: BlackFriday15
Considering: Gucci suede and leather square bag $1513 from $2390

Deal: Sale up to 65% off
Code: n/a
Carted: Off-White Carry-on $575 from $1065

The Outnet
Deal: Extra 20% 0ff Sale
Considering: Zimmerman Dress $180 from $640