Tuesday, July 31, 2007
But I am still old-school in that I feel like "sample sale" should mean really inexpensive. This stuff was not that. A skirt for $170 does not an unbelievable deal make. A small leather make-up-type tote for $60?
I'm sure it's all way cheaper than it would be at retail (they didn't show the retail prices), but I'm still not jumping for joy. Figures it's all London-based where everything is overpriced.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Shoe Therapy (TM) with Meghan Cleary officially debuts Monday, August 20 at 8 p.m. during HSN's Fall Fashion Week.
With 89 million viewers, and an amazing new website launching August 2, the amount of shoe fun we can have together will be absolutely limitless!
So whether you are a Stiletto girl, a Wedge girl, a Ballet Flat or a Loafer girl, whether you are a shoe size 12 or 5 1/2, tune in to Shoe Therapy (TM) to find something special you won't find anywhere else.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I kind of want to keep this info to myself, but since it is already in New York magazine, may as well share the wealth of knowledge:
Orla Kiely's sample sale has cheery pinafore dresses (now $156), patent-leather shoulder bages (now $83), and laminated shopper totes (now $74).
446 Broadway near Grand St., 5th floor
A/E, MC, V
July 30 - Aug. 4, 9a - 7p
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
So what is a Guerilla Shopper supposed to do? Write about her second favorite topic: FOOD. I am somewhat astonished by the high price of food on the UES. I guess I shouldn't be, but I can't manage to get take out - my favorite kind of food - for less than $17 (and that's only if I pick it up myself so that I don't have to tip a delivery guy!). Does anyone have any suggestions for me - outside of eating pizza and bagels every night? Why isn't there a Teriyaki Boy up there, for example?
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
I don't know if it's just me, but dresses just don't seem to fit or flatter me most of the time. I would like to wear more of them, but I am particularly conscious of my mid-section, which tends to get chubbier faster than the rest of me when I am eating and drinking like a viking. You can hide that area better with separates. However the pictured dress does a good job of being flattering and not fattering at the same time. You can also easily wear it with pants/leggings, which I intend to do as soon as the temperature and humidity wane a bit. I even got a complimented on it by another woman on the subway when I wore it.
But back to America's Next Top Model. You know the part where Tyra calls out the names of the girls who get to move onto the next stage of the competition? She always says, "The next name I am going to call is..." This drives me insane! Why doesn't she just say, "The next name is..." or "The next girl is..."?? I guess this is a pet peeve matter of semantics but I want someone to chainsaw her to bits whenever she does this.
Wow. Keep that Guerilla in a cage!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
From: Michael Thomas
Phone: 215.367.4000 x246
REF: # 361
As part of their ongoing effort to ensure that they are providing the best possible experience for their customers, Té Casan is inviting select customers to share their feedback in a roundtable discussion at their Soho store on Wednesday, July 25th.
As a valued customer, your point of view would be invaluable to this study!
If you are interested, please reply with a name and phone number or call Michael at 215.367.4000 x246 to be screened for this study.
The study involves participating in a 3 hour focus group on Wednesday, July 25th.
To thank you for your time and opinions, participants receive an honorarium in the amount of $300
When you call, please reference Study # 361.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Punky but Chic
Get your masstige on: the Libertine collection arrived in Target stores yesterday. The punk-prep clothing, priced from $12.99 to $39.99, includes a lot of of-the-moment stitchery (knits, embroidery) on shorts, skirts, dresses, striped trousers and printed tops. Get it before the cheap-fashion fan Heidi Klum does.
Target, Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Brooklyn; (718) 290-1109.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
"We want to let you know that all four Mexx retail stores in the U.S. will be closing:
- Georgetown, DC - Closes June 24
- Soho, NY - Closes June 24
- Tysons Corner Center, VA - Closes July 31
- Fifth Avenue, NY - Closes early-September
This is simply a business decision we have made to focus corporate resources on other proven brands within our Liz Claiborne Inc. portfolio. It does not, however, change our global commitment to Mexx, which is a leading global lifestyle brand."
Yada yada yada. So, I'm thinking there will probably be some significant sales at the Mexx on Fifth Avenue between now and Labor Day. Might I suggest you take advantage?
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
What: Find Outlet Store Closing Sale
When: From July 11th to July 12, 2007; Wednesday and Thursday 11am to 7pm
Where: 144 West 36th Street (btw Broadway and 7th Avenue)
The end of an era!
It has been an amazing 8yrs but Find Outlet, the company who introduced civilized sample sale shopping, is finally closing all of its retail stores.
Come join us for our last sale in our warehouse. Prices will be marked way way down. Everything must go so don’t miss your chance to snatch up those items you have been eyeing from the beginning of the season at rock bottom prices.
We would like to thank all of you for supporting us for the past 8 years.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Open Monday - Saturday, 7a - 7p, the Lexington Candy Shop is a step into the past, save the PRICES, which are more of a step into the future, but I'll get to that later. Whether sitting at the counter or one of the booths, you can order sandwiches, shakes, sodas and the like - they even mix their own soda! I ordered a diet coke and watched as the guy squirted syrup followed by seltzer into my glass. They also make lemonade the old-fashioned way, although I didn't order it seeing how a large costs $5.70! And a turkey club?...$12.75! Along with my diet coke, I ordered a cheese omelet, which came with toast (but no potatoes). Skeptical at first, it was actually quite tasty. But my order costs $10.40 (and remember, no potatoes), which is a bit on the high side, seeing that you can get the same and more at most diners throughout the city for $3-$4 less.
So you go here and pay for the nostalgia. Which isn't a bad thing in this day and age of chain stores and fast food. So maybe it's worth it. And the sign over the Lotto machine which reads, "Please, Lord let me prove to you that I can win the lottery and still remain humble" may make it even more worthy.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
There's a good saki bar on 76th & 1st (Haru-across from the restaurant). I like the Heidelberg (86-ish & 2nd Avenue) for awesome polka fun. Sushi of Gari (78th btwn 1st & York) is awesome for sushi. J.G. Melon's (74th & 3rd) is the best burger I've had in the city, but it's always packed. La Tour is a cool Belgian/French place on 3rd Ave between 75th & 76th (see photo). My favorite Irish bar is on 85th and York (don't remember the name but it's a great Irish bar). My favorite trash bar is Cabin Fever at 76th and York. Best Mexican food in the city is El Paso at 97th St. between Park and Madison. I love going for swankie drinks at Lexington Bar & Books at 74th and Lex (or 73rd?) or at the hotel bar at the Carlyle (Madison and 76th St--sometimes a cover charge).
The New York Times
July 2, 2007
In Land of Khakis, a New Focus on High Style
By LIBBY SANDER
CHICAGO, July 1 — Mayor Richard M. Daley — who moves about town in perfectly nice, but not overly nice suits — is hardly the picture of fashion-forward dress with his blue shirts and the occasional striped tie.
But no matter: Mayor Daley, now serving his sixth term, has made the nurturing of Chicago’s fledgling fashion industry one of his pet projects. He is determined to remake the city as a fashion hub, even though it has often seemed to display a fashion sense that reflects his own, with all the flair of a golf shirt and khakis.
“These are great artists,” Mr. Daley said recently of the young designers whose careers he hopes will take off — and remain — in Chicago. Fashion, the mayor said quite sincerely, “is the heart and soul of the city.”
So, with strong guidance from City Hall, the city has started an ambitious plan to support young fashion designers and to try to prevent them from leaving for the coasts, where design jobs are more plentiful. Some of the 250 or so designers here are in the beginning stages of their careers, sewing samples in their living rooms, while others are more established.
In response to a reporter’s question on Friday, Mr. Daley elaborated on the reasons for his support: “Fashion designers add excitement and flair to the city. They attract attention from around the nation and the world.” “And,” he added, “they create jobs.”
Last year, the mayor created a position in the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs to focus on helping fashion designers and linking them with the local industry they need to thrive. Melissa Turner, a former lawyer turned fashion advocate who took the job, has since become the city government’s official face of fashion.
Ms. Turner plans Fashion Focus, Chicago’s equivalent of Fashion Week. She organizes shopping trips to some of the neighborhood boutiques selling items by emerging designers. Later this summer, she will start a Web site compiling industry and business resources for designers, a must-have in a city with no centralized fashion district, she said.
Ms. Turner acknowledges that the city’s hands-on approach to fashion is unusual. Unlike the established fashion capitals, where the industry is ingrained in the local economy and history, a city like Chicago needs a little more help from local government to get things moving, she said.
“It is a different approach to cultivating artistic talent,” Ms. Turner said. “The goal is definitely to get a very good, solid foundation laid, and then to keep building on that to support the different levels of designers here.”
Though Fashion Focus’s weeklong whirlwind of fashion shows and shopping tours has been well-received since its inception in 2005, its debut in a Midwestern city known for sharp-elbowed politics — but not quite for style — was met with some amusement back East.
“At first there was a sort of snicker,” said Lee Trimble, the fashion director for Gen Art in New York, a group that promotes emerging artists, including fashion designers, and has an office in Chicago. “It seemed an oxymoron for a city in the Midwest to have a fashion week. Not to sound snarky, but honestly, that was the feeling.”
Undeterred, Mr. Daley pressed on. The next year, he appointed Ms. Turner and created the Fashion Advisory Council, a group of designers and industry experts.
The last time a Chicago mayor tried to jump-start the city’s flagging apparel industry, acid-washed jeans and shoulder pads reigned. That was in 1987, when Mayor Harold Washington created a city agency to promote the sewn products industry here. Mr. Daley’s plan “is simply taking Mayor Washington’s vision to the ultimate,” said Dorothy Fuller, the president of the Apparel Industry Board Inc., the agency created by Mr. Washington. “To have a city agency behind you is a great deal of help, and it’s unique.”
Lara Miller is just the kind of designer Mr. Daley hopes will stay in Chicago. Ms. Miller, 27, a native Chicagoan, began selling her free-form hand-loomed garments at local boutiques while still a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
“Chicago is just part of who I am,” said Ms. Miller, who often listens to Cubs games while working in her studio. “In New York and Los Angeles, it’s a lot more competitive. You’re a little fish in a really, really big sea.”
At Habit, a boutique in the Wicker Park neighborhood that features emerging designers, about half of whom are based in Chicago, the owner, Lindsey Boland, said she was content to market her clothing line, superficial inc., locally.
“I’m not pursuing a national market,” said Ms. Boland, 34, a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City who grew up near Chicago and moved back here a few years ago. “I’m happy with my Chicago market.”
She welcomes the city’s involvement. “It’s really exciting to feel there are people trying to put programs out there that will help you, give you forums to show your work.”
And though Ms. Miller now sells her clothing line in 16 states, including New York and California, hometown pride keeps her in Chicago.
“I don’t expect it to be glamorous,” Ms. Miller said. “I just want it to be fun.”
As for the mayor, even he says the city has only just begun to perfect its strut down the proverbial catwalk. “We’re going to keep working at it,” Mr. Daley said. “We’re not going to say we’re there yet.”