Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I asked him this weekend to give me an "Asian Rocker Chick" hair do. And after attempting to heed my wishes, we both agreed that it was not to be. So he really went to work and created this artistic but not too over-the-top up-do the likes of which I have never seen. It was a first for me - getting an actual "do" like girls do, and it was a big hit at the wedding I attended that night. Had it not been for the bride, my hair might have ended up getting married.
He also colored my hair (single process + highlights). And while the whole experience was not what I would call "inexpensive," it was worth every penny. And likely less cashish than if I had gone uptown (read: Madison Ave.)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wax Around the Clock
Hair Party 24 Hours Beauty Salon
Notice how most places open 24 hours a day 365 days a year — casinos, brothels, precincts, McDonald’s — are the kind that get you in trouble.
The one to get you out of it? Hair Party 24 Hours, a new Murray Hill Korean spa and salon where you can make the most of your preening hours — be they in the still of the night or break of day.
We tried a 5 a.m. pedicure for an 8 a.m. flight, a 9 a.m. blowout for a 1 p.m. meeting, and a 2 a.m. wax for a 3 a.m. booty call. Even tested an eyebrow shaping.
It’s not a total steal (what is?), but service is swift, efficient, and skilled. Wine and champagne get you in the mood for whatever’s next.
Like getting into trouble.
Hair Party 24 Hours, 76 Madison Avenue, at 28th Street (212-213-0056 or hair24hours.com).
Monday, July 28, 2008
What: Daryl K and Kerrigan
Why: Current spring and summer collections, one-of-a-kind pieces, and more, starting at $50.
When: Aug. 2 & 3. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 21 Bond St., b/t Lafayette St. & Bowery (212-529-8790).
What: Proenza Schouler
Why: Unsold stock from spring/summer ’08 (tops, dresses, bottoms, shoes) $80-$1,125 (reg. $325-$4,500).
When: July 30 & 31. Wed. & Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 120 Walker St., b/t Centre & Baxter Sts.
What: Zero + Maria Cornejo
Why: Cashmere tops, charmeuse blouses, linen dresses, and cotton pants start at $65.
When: July 28-30. Mon., noon-7:30 p.m.; Tues. & Wed., 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: 225 Mott St., b/t Prince & Spring Sts. (212-925-3849).
What: La Perla
Why: Take 75 percent off lingerie, swimsuits, and things you can wear in public.
When: July 29-31. Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 93 Greene St., b/t Prince & Spring Sts.; 803 Madison Ave., b/t 67th & 68th Sts.; 425 W. 14th St., b/t Ninth & Tenth Aves.
What: Rebecca & Drew Manufacturing
Why: Classic button-down shirts (sized by bra size and height) are $20-$50 (reg. $165-$255).When: July 28-Aug. 3, online. Aug. 5-16, in-store. Daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 344 W. 13th St., b/t Eighth Ave. & Hudson St. (212-647-8901).
What: Diptyque Paris
Why: First-ever sample sale with discontinued candles, room sprays, burning essences, eaux de toilette, soaps, gels, and more for 50-90 percent off.
When: July 30-Aug. 1. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 11 E. 26th St., b/t Madison & Fifth Aves., ste. 600.
What: Christopher Deane and Sophia Eugene
Why: Sweet, femme designs at up to 80 percent off. Plus save up to 75 percent on Melanie Dizon clutches.When: July 28-Aug.4. Daily, noon-8 p.m.
Where: Sophia Eugene Boutique, 37 Cornelia St., b/t Bleecker & W. 4th Sts. (212-488-2124).
What: Dempsey & Carroll
Why: The fancy stationer offers box sets for $10, as well as note sheets and correspondence cards at up to 75 percent off.
When: July 28-Aug. 1. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 136 E. 57th St., at Lexington Ave., ste. 401.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
"Honey, Bring ALL those messy little STUD MUFFINS in your red hott rolodex!"
So consider yourselves my messy little stud muffins and join me if you can for his art opening:
Wednesday, July 30
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Steven Broadway (artiste and FIT/Parson's school professor) + The Sunday Seven
135 W. 29th St.
(Exhibit July 30-Aug 2, 2-6 p.m.)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
So get going!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
By Teri Agins
17 July 2008
The Wall Street Journal
(Copyright (c) 2008, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)
[Fashion reporter Teri Agins answers readers' questions]
Q: Before the weather even got warm this spring, a lot of department stores were already putting spring clothes on sale for 40% off. I just went to the mall and saw signs for prefall sales. Summer clothes just went on sale. What is going on?
-- M.J., Evanston, Ill.
A: Retailers today work to turn over their inventory as often as possible. Long gone is the era when stores received only a couple of big seasonal deliveries. Now, most stores get fresh merchandise monthly -- or as often as weekly at some fast-fashion chains. Frequent deliveries keep the stores looking fresh and inspire shoppers -- led by the trendiest -- to get into the habit of shopping early and often for the latest novelties.
Compounding the seasonal confusion, high-end designers now aggressively market "pre-collections," such as the fall items that are now in stores, well in advance of each season. In addition, stores may offer "special purchase" and "special value" items that are depicted as deals but were never really marked down.
Retailers typically start marking down goods after nine weeks on the sales floor -- or sooner when retail traffic is sluggish or when they have very unpopular items to clear out. Now that sales are slow, vigilant, frequent shoppers can find better bargains earlier than usual.
To navigate the store floors, develop a deft strategy. Wait it out for the markdowns, if you must, but make exceptions for exceptional finds. Right after July 4, I bit the bullet and paid full price for a distinctive fall dress that fit perfectly.
Contrary to myth, the best-dressed people typically don't have closets bursting with clothes; they have smaller, exquisite wardrobes of carefully picked items. After years of buying too many middling markdowns that I never wore, I now buy far less. Most of the time, I walk away from the markdown rack empty-handed. I buy only what I adore, no matter how cheap it is.
To temper your impulses, don't remove tags on new clothes until you've given them another audition in front of the mirror at home. If the merchandise doesn't pass muster, take it back.
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
These T-shirts from Glarkware are funny. As is the way they encourage your purchase: "Let this year be the year you don't get arrested for public lewdness: buy a t-shirt and hide your shame. All shirts include two sleeves and a neck hole." I figured it must be a British company, but in fact they hail from the great state of Canada. Toronto, that is.
While considering some of the delicate clothing and jewelry masterpieces, created by designers such as Istanbul's Umit Unal, I had to ask, for example, "how do you wash this dress?" I was sternly advised to wear the dress a couple of times until it was unwearable and then hang it on my wall...I assume by a curator. And no I am not even being my usual sarcastic self. This is literally what a salesperson said to me.
Oh, the name of the store you ask? I shouldn't say, but since you can kind of see it in the photo above anyway, guess I will relent: Robin Richman on N. Damen.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Anyway, I spend my days on N. Damen (see photo of empty store front for any of you entrepreneurs), N. Milwaukee and W. Division and found some pretty good spots, including:
So let's go back to this tax issue and compare and contrast NY vs. Illinois, shall we?
New York has a 4% state sales tax. There is no New York City sales tax imposed on the purchase of clothing and footwear regardless of the amount. As of September 1, 2007, New York State has eliminated sales tax on all clothing and shoes if the single item is priced under $110. Most counties and cities have not eliminated their local sales taxes on clothing and shoes. There are however, 11 counties and 5 cities (most notably New York City) that have done so. So this means when you buy clothes and shoes that cost more than $110 in New York City, you only pay the 4% New York State sales tax.
Much to my shock, the combined tax rate in Illinois therefore varies from the State minimum of 6.25% to a current high of 10.25% in Cook County.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Bebe Tank Dress with Convertible Color Blocking
Original Retail Price: $350
Sale Price: $245
Abby Empire-Waist Dress with Pleat detail (see photo)
Original Retail Price: $335
Sale Price: $235
Annie Boat-Neck Pleated Top with Empire Waist
Original Retail Price: $215
Sale Price: $150
Rebecca & Drew
344 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
How great is all of this jewelry, custom made by Naoyo Tareda and available at Kifka + Heller on W. 49th St? I am in love love love with the hoop earrings with the dangling rubies (yes, real live rubies) for $225.