Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mario Badescu: My Spa Gift to...ME

I decided to get myself yet another gift for the holidays: a spa treatment. I looked online at a few spas I've been to over the years, including Bliss, Soho Sanctuary and Mario Badescu. I decided to go with M.B. because they have a package called the "Quick Pick Me Up" that includes an hour massage, a facial, and a mani/pedi all for $165 (which is pretty good). And I walked there and back, so I got a pre- and post workout too. Happy New Year to me!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Gift Cards and Returns and Cash...Oh My!

I asked for a red scarf for Christmas. And I got it. And then when I brought it home I thought, "why did I ask for this?" So I returned it (sorry mom) - but I got something so much better! A gold (OK, not real gold) Skagen watch. I can't get enough of these Skagen watches, I have four! Then I also had a gift card from Bloomingdale's, so I went there and bought some Laura Mercier makeup...and then with the remainder put a small dent in a Elie Tahari coat that I couldn't say no to. It is so great - the style I have been seeking, 30% off, and...IT FITS! Then I headed to the Apple store where I bought a new iPod (an 8GB Nano) that I love - they have made some vast improvements over the one I bought about a year and a half ago. And since I gave them my old one back for "recycling," I got 10% off. THEN I went to Sephora because I had another gift card (thanks mom) and I bought a bunch of other fun makeup odds and ends from Make Up For Ever, Smashbox and Stila. I swear that store is a candy store for women.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Casket Jewelry by Mariam Aryai-Rivera

The other night, my friend's friend was wearing a necklace with a giant gold clasp in the shape of an octopus. I was charmed, moved and...I found out the name of the designer. It's Mariam Aryai-Rivera.

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!)

website: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=104420
blog: http://thehandoffatima.blogspot.com/
portfolio: http://www.etsy.com/shop_sold.php?user_id=104420
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/6/406/6b4

Post Xmas Sales

Hi ladies, sorry I've been gone so long but I have been burning the holiday candles at both ends. But here are a couple of sales going on right now right now:

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

Room & Board: Sample Event Dec. 26 - Jan 3

Room & Board
Not entirely my style, but I did buy a great dresser on clearance from them a couple of years ago (and blogged about it)...go check it out, because believe me, furniture stores NEED your money these days more than most kinds of stores...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Til Dec. 24: Neiman Marcus Last Call stores

If you are in a last-minute bind, you might want to check out the event taking place at all Neiman Marcus Last Call stores (http://www.nmlastcallclearancecenter.com/) going on until December 24th. Also, if you use a Neiman Marcus credit card you will save an additional 20% off on top of the sale prices. There will also be an after Christmas sale.

Dec. 27: Housing Works Thrift Shops’ Steven Alan Sale!

Housing Works Thrift Shops’ Steven Alan Sale!

Acclaimed New York-based designer Steven Alan has generously donated more than 1,000 items of brand-new women’s and men’s clothes to Housing Works. Every item in the entire Steven Alan donation—which also includes dozens of items from labels Lulu, Willa, Sophie, Sea and Reve Seam—will be priced at an incredible 70 percent off retail. Don’t miss racks and racks of women’s tops, dresses, shorts, camisole-shorts sets and sweaters and men’s shirts, pants and light jackets.

WHEN: Entire Steven Alan donation goes on sale December 27 at 11am

WHERE: Housing Works Thrift Shop, 143 W. 17th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues

PRICE: Sale is free. All items are 70 percent off retail.

BENEFITS: All Housing Works Thrift Shops profits go to lifesaving services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. For more information on Housing Works’ mission and services, visit http://www.housingworks.org/.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Bill Blass - Gone for Good?

The company that bears the name of designer Bill Blass is closing its doors according to an announcement on December 17. Blass retired a decade ago and the latest company designer departed in October.The label was put up for sale earlier this year by its parent company, NexCen Brands Inc., which announced in May that it was facing a severe cash squeeze. NexCen is still trying to sell the brand.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Portolano Sample Sale: Dec, 8 - 23, 2008

Since everyone always seems to love this sale, it is currently "on" again:

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.)
NYC 10018

Major credit cards accepted

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Boerum Hill: 1-BR w/Private Garden for Rent


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

RUN DMC Limited Edition T-Shirt from Marc Ecko

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

Dec. 12-14: Spend $20, Save 20%...Duane Reade!

This offer may be worth enduring poor service and one open register per 15 customers. Duane Reade!!

Lord & Taylor: Bellwether that the Retail Sky is Falling

So I knew something was up when I started getting coupons from Lord & Taylor almost everyday. But then yesterday I got the ultimate Friends and Family coupon offering 25% off of pretty much everything and 10% off of fragrances and cosmetics. I didn't think I had ever heard of such a thing, and my instincts were confirmed when a GS stringer sent me an email noting her shock of the same. She also indicated that she was getting similar sky-is-falling sales notices from Neiman Marcus and Bendel's!

And by the way, anyone know the origin of the word "bellwether?"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vinegar Hill House is Both Cool & Good...

... in fact, it is definitely cooler than I am. A stunning feat in itself.

Somewhere near the York F stop dwells this new, charming restaurant, apparently brought to the good people of Brooklyn by former employees of Freeman's. The food is very similar - both in selection and quality. I.e. it is really good MEAT. My friend and I ate sausage, chicken, etc. And while my photos are funnier than they are illustrative of the grandness of the place or the food, please take my word for it. It's really good. And will be a superb place to go when it's freezing and snowing outside. Actually, it's kind of a perfect spot for a holiday dinner.

They are getting their liquor license on Tuesday, December 16, but you can BYO or call a nearby liquor store to deliver wine to your table in the meantime. Which is what we did.

And even though the crowd was so damn hip that they could have shot a movie or an ad campaign in there without changing a thing, the vibe was welcoming and the staff down to earth and attentive - from the hostess, to the waiter, to the always affable bartender (Ryan from Hotel Delmano).

Oh and it's pretty cheap too! We had an appetizer, two entrees and dessert (an amazing spice cake that was to die for, by the way), and it ran around $47. Once the liquor license is in effect, I'm sure this average bill will expand, however.

Save 25% at Century 21

Century 21 - the Department Store, not the real estate company with bright yellow polyester sport coats... Click here for the coupon, which is good through December 14.

Get Money Off at Calypso

And since everything at Calypso costs about $500 or more, you are sure to save $100!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas Tips: Filene's Basement 15% off

OK, so you may have heard that the off-price department stores are chock full of amazing inventory because the retailers need to unload unload unload. So now is a better time than any to visit TJ Maxx, Daffy's and Filene's Basement (15% off coupon ). I've been to 2 out of 3 and have made some incredible scores.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Barneys: The End of the $700 Shoe is upon us

I remember a couple of years ago when I started noticing that it had become "normal" for stores to charge $700 for a single pair of shoes. It wasn't just at the highest-end boutiques, it was rampant. I remember thinking, "No way, this is insanity." And now that the economic "adjustment" is upon us, I am happy to have been proved correct (for now). Apparently it also caused me to use "quotation marks" without pause, but I digress...

OK, so these are by no means "cheap," but I thought everyone would like to know about the huge shoe sale going on at Barneys, including everyone's favorite over-the-top designers.

As pictured above:
Prada : was $750, now $450
Christian Louboutin (red): was $865, now $520
Robert Clergerie (turquoise platform): was $695, now $415

Friday, December 05, 2008

Te Casan Folds!: Am I the Last to Know?

I am just reading this tragic news on Bluefly:
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,
comes to the rescue--
Te Casan shoes anyone?

Dec. 11: Yves Saint Laurent Event at Housing Works Thrift Shops

This is some crazy sh*t!:

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

Get Fitty Dollars from Club Monaco, 12/5-12/8

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dec. 7-10: LeSportsac Sample Sale


"Return to Classics"Sample Sale
December 7-10, 2008
Sunday: 10am to 7pm
Monday: 8am to 7pm
Tuesday: 8am to 7pm
Wednesday: 8am to 7pm

Metropolitan Pavillion123 West 18th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
4th Floor Gallery
212-736-6262 x 2007

60%-80% off Current and Past Collections

Classics - Beach - Artist in Residence - Men's - Guys'
Visit LeSportsac.com

Cash, Mastercard, Visa and American Express accepted. No checks. All sales final. No exchanges. No refunds.

Dec. 4-8:Canterbury of New Zealand Sample Sale

What the hell is Canterbury of New Zealand? Well it looks like it's some kind of rugby gear. If you're into that kind of thing. Overprice preppy nonsense. But hey! Get it for cheaper here!

Another Mediocre Sale from BoConcept, Dec. 1-24

Unimpressive sale pricing is as follows:

Queen Size Walnut Veneer
Was $999 Now $899

Black-Stained Oak
Was $1,099 Now $899

King Size and California King Size Walnut Veneer
Was $1,099 Now $999 (WHOA! A WHOLE HUNDRED DOLLARS!)
Black-Stained Oak
Was $1,199 Now $999

To find your nearest BoConcept location, visit http://www.boconcept.com/

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Dec. 3-5, Nooka Sample Sale: Damn These are Ugly Watches!

But what do I know? If you're into this kind of stuff, check it out:

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!

Exclusive Bare Escentuals Offer from Sephora

This in from the KING KONG of guerilla shoppers (one of my stringers):

Exclusive Bare Escentuals Offer from Sephora!
Buy a full size Bare Escentuals foundation from Sephora (your choice of 5 shades) and get a full-size kabuki brush for FREE ($53 Value) for $25! Limited quantities so buy now!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Rouge Tomate: 4 Stars / Barneys: $2,500

I wrote about this fabulous-yet-health-conscious restaurant a few weeks ago. The raves continue. So if shopping at Barneys (or just ogling at Barneys), eat here afterwards!

Speaking of which, did you know you can sign up to win a $2,500 shopping spree at Barneys by just providing them with your email address? The winner will be notified on or about January 15, 2009.

New York Daily News Restaurant Review
At midtown restaurant Rouge Tomate, less is more
Tuesday, December 2nd 2008

The interior of Rouge Tomate.10 E. 60th St., between Fifth and Madison, (212) 237-8977;
Open seven days, noon-4:30 p.m., 5:30-10:30 p.m.;
CUISINE: Modern American;
VIBE: Glossy culinary spa;
OCCASION Midtown lunch, business dinner, detox dining;
DON'T MISS DISH: Arctic char, yellowjack crudo, rabbit with chestnut pasta; PRICE: Appetizers $10, entrees $20, desserts $10;
RESERVATIONS Accepted in downstairs dining room. Different menu in upstairs cafe; both equally good.

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.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Showroom Seven Holiday Sample Sale: Dec. 8-19

Massive reductions! Lowest prices ever!!
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

Black Friday: I told you so

I really can't stand Black Friday, or perhaps I just don't really like Saks. I ran in there this morning to check out the coat sales, and if they had my size in an army green Searle wool jacket, I would have bought it - I think it was only $136 with all the sale reductions. But otherwise I'm just not into Saks, I suppose. There are other sales going on today - Lord & Taylor, Cole Haan, Century 21, Daffy's, Bloomingdale's...if you're into that kind of thing. However, I'm guessing that the sales will continue and even improve between now and Christmas with the state of the economy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Brooklyn Flea and Time Out New York Present: Gifted: A Holiday Market

OK, so I'm pretty much pulling this all straight from the press release:

Gifted: A Holiday Market
4 Sundays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21
Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Ave. (at Lafayette Ave.), Fort Greene (across from the Flea)

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.
Gifted will take place inside the majestic auditorium of the Brooklyn Masonic Temple—a historic, gorgeous building located directly across the street from the Flea—on the 4 Sundays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 + 21, from 11am to 6pm.
(The “regular” Flea will continue at the schoolyard during this time; Dec. 21 will be the last date of the season.) The mix of vendors at Gifted is similar to the Flea: stuff you can only find there; folks selling beautiful, unique items they made themselves; vintage/antique objects that are distinctive and affordable; snazzy jewelry; cool, quality art; and of course yummy foodstuffs.

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.)
DJ Moosaka will provide holiday tunes from the stage, and surprise holiday-theme events will pop up every Sunday.
Make a connection with the person you’re buying from; support someone who lives in your neighborhood; give a gift there’s only one of. That's what 2008 New Yorkers want, right? Right.

For images, interviews, and all other info, contact Eric Demby: edemby@gmail.com; 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

Dome Ring: $165

I have to hand it to The New York Times' Urban Eye for finding this one - the Dome Ring by Kenneth Jay Lane for just $165. "Faceted Swarovski crystals line domed curve of faux hematite paved ring. Inner tab adjusts to fit. Choose from green or crystal. Measures 1" wide."

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.

Friday, November 21, 2008



More than 1,000 Hats, Belts, Headbands, Scarves, all 50-70% Off

Silk headscarves, feathered headbands and skinny belts

Felt velour fedoras and cloches
Equestrian caps
Straw fedoras
Hand knitted berets and skull caps
Men's engineer caps, linen and cashmere porkpies

WHEN: Tuesday, December 9th – Friday, December 12th: 10AM – 7PM.

WHERE: Eugenia Kim Showroom

347 West 36th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Suite 502
New York, New York 10018

Nearest subways: 1/9, A/C/E, B/D/F/V to 34th Street/Penn Station

HOW: Acceptable forms of payments: Cash, Visa, AMEX, Mastercard.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jutta Neumann Fall Sale: 30% Off, Nov. 28 - Dec. 6

Jutta Neumann
Nov. 28 - Dec. 6
Storewide Sale
(Sandals up to 65%)
158 Allen Street

It's your big chance to finally afford some of Jutta's outstanding handcrafted sandals, handbags and shoulder bags, wristbands, belts, and accessories...run there now, as if the blob is after you!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Trans-City Quest: Club Monaco Jacket

So as I think I told you, Club Monaco had a 30% off sale on coats and other outerwear this past weekend. And as you may also know, they always have stuff on sale in the back left section in the Flatiron location (my favorite locale). Well, I tried on about 33 items and fell in love with this jacket. Hard to tell from this photo, but it evokes a certain military + Adam and the Ants circa 1981 feeling that just grabs me. However, they didn't have my size. So I asked if they could find out if another store in NYC had one. One salesman called to find out. I'm not sure what was going on, but it took no less than 15 minutes for him to get an answer, which was, "Yes, we have it at our store on Columbus. They are holding it for you."

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

Shoes and Boots and Gloves! Oh My!

Hi y'all, I have two sample/warehouse sales for ya:

1. Delman - Yes, everyone's conservative-and-overpriced shoe brand is having a shoe & boot warehouse sale (60-70% off retail) starting Weds. Nov. 19 thru Fri. Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., 4th Fl. (between 6th & 7th Aves.). Fall '08 merch. Credit cards accepted. All sales final.

2. Portolano - Started yesterday, but runs through Fri. Nov. 21. Go to 15 W. 37th St. (11th Floor) and get yourself some new leather gloves - the selection is huge. The prices are OK. Credit cards accepted. All sales final.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dec. 11, 2008: SoHo Holiday Stroll To Benefit the Homeless

Shopping for a Cause: SoHo Holiday Stroll To Benefit the Homeless on Dec. 11
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.

Friday, November 14, 2008

WSJ: Drop in Consumer Spending Creates Glut of Name Brands

I knew it would happen! I think 2009 will be my best year ever! Heart, GSNYC.

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.
Bargain Hunting

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.

Dakota Martin Trunk Show 11/19‏

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Case Study: Guerilla Shopper Works!

See the note from an avid GSNYC reader, regarding how my guerilla shopping tips helped her to achieve 'maximum sexy' at a reduced price on the pictured RL dress from Bloomingdale's:

"Got a great deal online 20% off, then another 20%, then another 10%...now I just hope it fits!!! Do you think it will make me look like the girl in the picture??
Originally $144.00 got it for $93.00 and free shipping...
Thank you oh wise and wonderful guerilla!!!"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lord & Taylor becomes Crazy Eddie

They really are practically giving it all away! Click here for all kinds of sales and money off, including 15% off storewide pass and $50 off if you spend $200 or more. Now through November 18, 2008.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cheap Ralph Lauren Sweater at Bloomingdale's!

I did a little Web crawling today and found a great deal on a cute red sweater/jacket for all of you "small" ladies, thanks to Bloomingdale's. Depending on where you buy it (online vs. in-store) it will end up costing you somewhere between $26.00 and $36.00. Until November 16, if you are shopping online enter promotion code "BDFF," otherwise, find yourself a 20% off in-store coupon - they are out there!

Lauren Ralph Lauren Women's Ariane Double-Breasted Cotton Sweater:
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!