Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Not only sea creatures, she also makes bracelets out of metal tags taken off of caskets...yes, caskets. Here's a bit about those: http://thehandoffatima.blogspot.com/2008/12/im-not-morbidreally.html
Here's what else I found out about her: "I am a jewelry designer from New York City, specializing in reconstruction of antique and vintage parts into one-of-a-kind pieces. I sell my work on http://www.thehandoffatima.etsy.com/. My work has been featured in BUST magazine, and newsday.com, along with several reputable blogs." (oooo, now she can include Guerilla Shopper too!)
- Cole Haan 30% off sale until Jan. 1, 2009 - Stuff is already on sale and now it's even more on sale.
- Crate&Barrel Winter Clearance Sale started December 26 with savings up to 60%. Including ornaments, glassware, kitchenware, furniture and more...
Also, if you received any gift cards, remember to spend them quickly - not only are a lot of stores going out of business fast and furiously, but also gift cards often lose their value over time until they are completely worthless. I got a couple and am planning to spend them within the next week.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Portolano Sample Sale
Many items below wholesale
December 8 - 23
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(closed Saturday & Sunday)
15 W. 37th St. (11th Fl.)
Major credit cards accepted
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Looking to move into a solid one-bedroom apartment...SOON? The shopper may have your answer:
Recently renovated very large 1BR w/ great private garden. Brand new washer/dryer & dishwasher. Huge, wide open, eat-in kitchen. High ceilings. Exposed brick wall in BR. Wood floors. Great location - steps away from Smith street restaurants/shopping. Two blocks from F&G trains. Tons of space. Very clean. New appliances. Dogs/cats are OK. Ideally looking for January 1st til April 30th. Can start new lease with landlord as well.
See photos and full listing on Craigslist: http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/sub/956428215.html
Friday, December 12, 2008
Did you know that it's RUN DMC's 25th Anniversary? How old do you feel now!?
So check it out: the Ultra Limited Edition Commemorative T-Shirt co-designed by Marc Ecko and Marco. Shirts will be on shopecko.com next week
My sources tell me that only 1,000 of these were made - and about 100 of them were sold last night at the industry where they were unveiled. I believe they are about $45 each.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
In more sad retail news, SoHo, New York fave Te Casan, the
shoe shop famed for carrying Natalie Portman's vegan pumps, recently folded.
Personally, I've enjoyed many a party 'n' cocktail at this space and simply
adored the sales staff (I even did a photoshoot there once) but alas, Bluefly.com
comes to the rescue--Te Casan shoes anyone?
Special Yves Saint Laurent Event at Housing Works Thrift Shops!
Nearly 500 gorgeous YSL pieces available from from $45 to $250. Get the pictured vintage YSL evening dress for $150.
WHAT: Housing Works Thrift Shops recently received a generous donation of nearly 500 vintage Yves Saint Laurent pieces from a single donor. This amazing collection—including leather skirts, slinky evening gowns, pinstriped power suits, flirty blouses and elegant coats—will be unveiled in its entirety at a free and open-to-the-pubic cocktail party.
A sampling of what’s available (click on links to see photos!):
Black evening dress: $200
Fuchsia evening dress: $150
Red leather skirt: $90
Double-breasted pinstripe suit: $150
Floral blouse and matching jacket: $65
Sheer ruffled blouse: $50
Metallic cocktail jacket: $125
WHERE: Housing Works Thrift Shop at 157 East 23rd St. between Lexington and Third Avenue, 212-529-5955
WHEN: December 11, 6pm to 9pm
Thursday, December 04, 2008
60%-80% off Current and Past Collections
Cash, Mastercard, Visa and American Express accepted. No checks. All sales final. No exchanges. No refunds.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Nooka Sample Sale
40-60% off select Nookas
December 3rd, 4th and 5th
9am until 9pm
Location: 262 West 38th street, Suite 1002 NY, NY 10018, 212-842-2763
Cash and Credit Cards accepted!
This in from the KING KONG of guerilla shoppers (one of my stringers):
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
At midtown restaurant Rouge Tomate, less is more
Tuesday, December 2nd 2008
There are 393 calories in the rabbit Fleischnacke at Rouge Tomate. The nutritionist counted. How many restaurants do you know that have a nutritionist?
Fleischnacke is German for minced meat rolled in pasta and cooked in a stock. At Rouge Tomate, this means farm-raised, braised rabbit rolled up in chestnut pasta and sautéed in rabbit jus. None of the ingredients requires quotation marks.
There's not a mock anything anywhere in this dish. Those 393 calories also include a celery root purée, roasted celery root, roasted chestnuts, chestnut foam and a salad of apples, celery leaves and tarragon.
And that's one of the more caloric dishes on the menu.
My favorite appetizer - the celery root and almond panna cotta - is only 155 calories. The panna cotta is made with unhomogenized whole milk and topped with lots of peekytoe crab, grapefruit segments and fresh tarragon. The calories matter, but only because the food is so exceptional.
Usually the thought of self-consciously healthy food makes me depressed - so depressed I get the urge to curl up with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon.
But I don't feel that way at Rouge Tomate, even though they've replaced most of the fats we associate with haute cuisine. Take butter, cheese and cream away from most chefs and they would throw their hands up in despair. But Jeremy Bearman, chef at Rouge Tomate, has had a few good mentors, including Joel Robuchon and Daniel Boulud.
Here's how it works: Take the lobster à la plancha with green fennel risotto. Usually, what binds a risotto together is butter and cheese. Instead, Bearman uses fennel stock, fennel purée, fennel juice and fennel-fronds purée - the quintessence of fennel. He finishes the dish with sauce Americaine, a brandy-spiked lobster stock with a splash of Pernod. These are robust flavors and you never pine for the absent fats.
Rouge Tomate adheres to an 85-page S.P.E. charter - Latin for Sanitas Per Escam. That means health through food, a phrase that comes from Emmanuel Verstraeten, the founder of the original Rouge Tomate in Brussels. What this really means is sourcing, preparation and enhancement. It's the cult of culinary balance - the balance of taste and nutrition - not a bad cult to be in. But it's bigger than that.
Rouge Tomate may be a prototype for a restaurant of the future - a new way of thinking, a new way of eating, a new way of dining out.
Let me just point out some of the highlights of this wonderful menu: squab and slow-roasted faro salad; Arctic char with smoked sea salt and Asian pear sorbet; and yellowtail amberjack crudo with vanilla salt, a mung bean salad, crispy ginger, kaffir lime and fresh tropical fruit.
There's also dessert, which is where you would really mourn the missing calories. Except you don't here. The chocolate and banana tasting is 272 calories - a chocolate and caramelized banana napoleon, roasted baby banana split and a teacup of rich hot cocoa. James Distefano, the pastry chef, makes a terrific parfait with yogurt, fresh huckleberries, candied lemon and a chamomile crisp. In fact, the only dessert that doesn't work is the Hudson Valley apple soup.
I hope Rouge Tomate is going to be here for a long, long time. Especially if Jeremy Bearman stays in the kitchen.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
263 Eleventh Avenue (btwn 27th & 28th St.), 3rd Floor
Designer sportswear and accessories at wholesale and below
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Closed Sunday)
Credit cards accepted
Orla Kiely, Issa London, Erickson Beamon, Charlotte Ronson, Bloch London, Soundgirl, Tony Cohen, A&G Cashmere, Sharon Wauchob, Robin, Andy & Debb, Tee Party
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Gifted: A Holiday Market
Brooklyn Flea has partnered with Time Out New York to present "Gifted: A Holiday Market," featuring 40 vendors curated by Flea co-founder Eric Demby and Time Out Seek Editor Erin Wylie.
Highlights include: Layla, the gorgeous jewelry and Indian textiles shop in Boerum Hill; Acorn, the classy toy shop on Atlantic Ave.; Els Walleyn’s beautiful mohair teddy bears—all the way from Belgium!; Flea regular David Sokosh, who will be featuring amazing antique clocks (“the gift of time for Christmas”)...The full lineup is below; visit http://www.brooklynflea.com/ for images and weblinks.)
For images, interviews, and all other info, contact Eric Demby: firstname.lastname@example.org; 917.579.7435.
Gifted Vendors (note that not all vendors sell every Sunday):
A.S.I.S.Els WalleynMilton CarterAcorn Toy ShopFlubber GalleryMollie DashAlison TauberHeartisansMoontree LetterpressAlyssa EttingerI LampeOrnaments + ObjectsBien HechoJaybird AntiquesPatrick KeeseyBirdhouse JewelryJezebel StationeryPerch! DesignBlue Canary VintageJohn MurphyPinecone + ChickadeeBrooklyn JuniorJonathan BlumPop JudaicaCastor + PolluxKatie DiamondReiter8David SokoshL is for LinenRick's PicksDavina FeinbergLaylaSara + Mike StraussDeadly SquireLocal LabelsSpecies by the ThousandsErica Weiner JewelryLon Black PostcardsSpecimenFact + FancyMarcie McGoldrickStudio RoxasFarfallaMarilyn HitchcockTreasures + PleasuresFine + Raw ChocolateMast Bros. ChocolateWhimsy + SpiceFoxy + WinstonMcClure's PicklesWinter Water FactoryGeralyn ShukwitMegan CedroWrecordsByMonkeyGreenjeansMelody's AddictionYova Design
Monday, November 24, 2008
I think this would make for an excellent fancy pants ring. Or even if your pants aren't that fancy, this ring will crank up your cool and/or groovy factor exponentially.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Silk headscarves, feathered headbands and skinny belts
Men's engineer caps, linen and cashmere porkpies
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: P. 212.674.1345
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Great! I asked for the cross street and he told me, "87th St."
So I walked to the subway and off I sped underground to be united with my (on sale) jacket. But when I got to 87th and Columbus guess what? Right. No Club Monaco. But I found one on 87th and Broadway. Oh joy! This must be the place! Wrong. They had it, but only in size "XS." However, they informed me that there was a store on Columbus...and 70th!
"Sigh, well, since I'm all the way up here I may as well check it out." So I walked the 19 blocks over and down, got to the store, explained how someone at their Flatiron store called to reserve this jacket for me.
Unfortunately they had no idea what I was talking about and looked at me like I was a wee bit nuts. My mission was probably too overwhelming to comprehend.
BUT! Just when I thought all hope (and an entire day) was lost, they found one in their basement! I tried it on, liked it, bought it and got back down to my apt. in time to construct a whole outfit around it for my evening plan.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
100 Stores, Restaurants and Galleries Expected to Participate
The Association for Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (A.C.E.) and the SoHo Partnership are hosting a shopping event to raise money for homeless men and women.
The SoHo Holiday Stroll will take place throughout SoHo on Thursday, December 11, 6:00 - 11:00 pm. Participating businesses will stay open late and shoppers will have exclusive access to discounts and promotions in each store, gallery or restaurant. Promotions will range from shopping and dining discounts to free samples to complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The businesses participating in the SoHo Stroll will raise money to support homeless men and women.
At this time, participating venues include: AK Anne Klein, the Apple store, Alex Beard Studio, Balthazar, Barolo, Cardboard Design, Design Within Reach, Design Within Reach: Tools For Living, Esprit, Fragments, Guess, Housing Works Bookstore & Café, Hugo Boss, the Hugo store, ILORI, Kiteya, Lacoste, L'Orange Bleue, Lure, Marciano, Mimi Fertz Gallery, Molton Brown, Nine West, the PUMA store, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, Spring Lounge, Theory, Tretorn Shop and Versani (two locations).
Shoppers can check in to http://www.sohoholidaystroll.com/ closer to the event for a more complete list of stores.
To attend the SoHo Stroll, shoppers will purchase a $20 silicone bracelet, which will qualify them for discounts and promotions. A $150 V.I.P. ticket will also be available; it will grant access to the same discounts and admission to a V.I.P. after-party. Bracelets will be for sale at participating stores. For more information, call (212) 274-0550 x17.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Bright Side: Deep Discounts From Retailers --- Drop in Consumer Spending Creates Glut of Name Brands; 31% Off a Croc-Embossed Tote
By Jennifer Saranow and Christopher Lawton
13 November 2008
The Wall Street Journal
Financial markets are in the tank, and the economy is grinding to halt -- a great time, it turns out, to shop.
Shoppers can find a bonanza of deals on everything from Prada shoes to premium jeans and smart phones. Discounters like T.J. Maxx and Overstock.com and outlet stores like Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth are all stocking some of the best selections of apparel, accessories and electronic goods -- at some of the best prices -- due to the sharp falloff in consumer spending that has forced full-price stores to unload excess inventory.
Shoppers like Kristle Bonfield, a 23-year-old nurse technician and regular T.J. Maxx customer, have noticed the difference. The store she frequents in Manhattan has lately been stocking a wider selection of high-end jeans from labels such as True Religion, Joe's Jeans and Paper Denim & Cloth, she says. Ms. Bonfield says she was able to pick up a pair of 7 for All Mankind jeans for about $80 that she later saw at Bloomingdale's for more than $200.
Kimberly Greenberger, an analyst at Citigroup Inc., expects the deals to only get better into next year if consumer spending stays weak, which industry-watchers are expecting. In a survey of 1,000 people earlier this month by America's Research Group, nearly half of the respondents who said they've shopped at luxury stores in past Christmas seasons say they won't be shopping at those stores this year -- meaning more merchandise could be headed to off-price stores, online discounters and outlet stores.
Overstock.com, an online discounter based in Salt Lake City, will be selling items at 15% to 45% off full retail price for the holidays. Even now a gray crocodile-embossed tote bag from Yves Saint Laurent sells for $1,300 on the site, a discount of 31% from the retail price of about $1,900. Since mid-September, the company has been snapping up high-end apparel, boots, shoes and handbags from brands such as Prada, Gucci and Jimmy Choo that it has never carried before. Its inventory of shoes alone has swelled to 55,000 pairs from fewer than 2,000 before September.
Retail Ventures Inc.'s DSW stores are offering up to 75% off designer shoes from brands like Ralph Lauren and Sergio Rossi, compared with discounts of up to 50% last year, while Loehmann's recently advertised a "big fashion event," with discounts of up to 70% off on apparel from designers, including Nanette Lepore and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
"We are really seeing more and better brands across the board, in all categories of apparel, accessories, footwear, bath and body, and home fashions," says Sherry Lang, spokeswoman for TJX Cos., which owns T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores, two of the largest off-price retailers.
Rival Ross Stores Inc. has also "been able to take advantage of an increased supply of better merchandise, including getting some new brands in our stores," says spokeswoman Bobbi Chaville. And Stein Mart Inc., which recently rolled out a premium jeans section in all its stores, says it now carries at least half a dozen premium jeans brands, up from one or two last year.
Many of the stores generally won't name the new brands for fear of being cut off by the labels, which face a delicate balancing act in times like these. The ability of designer brands to command high prices depends on their image as luxury items sold exclusively at high-end stores. But if orders are canceled or the goods don't sell once they hit a store, the labels often show up in "off-price" stores.
Shopping at off-price retailers, of course, isn't easy. Most of the stores try to create a treasure-hunt atmosphere that requires sorting through racks crammed with a jumble of brand names. And some of the merchandise is so picked over that it is damaged, like a Vince cashmere cardigan with a hole near the collar that was being offered recently by T.J. Maxx for $149.99.
But Maria Elena Friskel, a retiree from Kansas City, Kan., and a regular shopper at B&H Factory Outlet Inc. on eBay, says she likes the fact that the site starts bidding on all dresses at just 99 cents. Last month, she purchased a Calvin Klein velvet evening dress that was originally priced at $198 for just $25, a price that included shipping.
Today's deals aren't limited to fashion. Dyscern LLC, an Amazon.com and eBay seller of handheld electronics, says it is now getting good prices on MP3 players, smart phones and portable DVD players that have been returned to big-box electronics stores. Dyscern then passes along the savings to consumers. For example, a Palm Inc. Treo smart phone, which retails normally for $579, is selling for $189 on the site, a discount of 67%.
And TigerDirect.com, a unit of Systemax Inc., has been snapping up TVs, laptops and LCD monitors from manufacturers in the past three to four weeks, in part because of big box retailers canceling orders, says Chief Executive Gilbert Fiorentino.
Such deals, at savings of up to 20% off retail prices, can be found near the bottom of the Web site under the "e-deals" section and usually sell out in 24 to 48 hours, he says. On the site, a 46-inch high-definition liquid-crystal-display television set that would retail for about $1,300 is discounted 30% to $900.
Tips for cost-conscious consumers:
Expect bargains throughout the holidays and even into the new year if sales continue to disappoint retailers.
Markdowns extend to more designer brands and a greater selection of items than in the past.
At some stores, be prepared to sift through racks of picked-over merchandise.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Originally $144.00 got it for $93.00 and free shipping...
Thank you oh wise and wonderful guerilla!!!"
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A classic sweater is updated with a chic double-breasted front and rendered in soft combed cotton for refined, easy wearability. Shawl collar. V-neckline. Single toggle closure at the front. Ribbed collar, cuffs and hem. And it's machine washable!