Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rug Sale at Stickley Audi & Co: Oct 2-5

This week Stickley Audi is having a 5-day rug sale in Manhattan (207 W. 25th St.) and White Plains (50 Tarrytown Rd.), 50-70% off retail. This may mean that they are $10,000 instead of $20,000, but come on now! Wall Street bankers need a break! :)~

Monday, September 29, 2008

Here Comes Your Man: Eisenberg & Eisenberg

You know, the boys want to look nice at their wedding too, even if it is only to cruise chicks all decked out James Bond-style.

So where does a dude who doesn't happen to own a tuxedo but needs to rent one for his nuptials go? Besides the thrift store? Well he can check out Eisenberg & Eisenberg on W. 17th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues, where perhaps a Joseph Abboud tuxedo, with shoes even, can be had for around $140.
As the photos of our featured groom reveal, you can stand and sit (almost) in this fine bevested penguin suit that stands up splendidly from day-to-night.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Gotta Go to Mo's

OK, it's neither fancy nor fabulous but I have decided that when it comes down to buying sneakers in NYC, Modell's is the joint. Mainly because they have the best deals and you can join their rewards club to get money off and special deals, etc. And today I bought this pair of Nike Edge for $39.99, so zipadeedooda.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bloomingdale's Private Sale Sept. 23-25, 2008

Yes, it's that time of year. Not as good as Lord & Taylor's sales I don't think, and too many people go to Bloomingdale's, but not a bad score if you are needing to buy stuff:

Take $25.00 off any purchase of $100.00 or more.

You need the coupons though, which I received in the mail.

"Certificate valid for one-time use only and must be presented at time of purchase. Limit four certificates per customer, please. Exclusions apply."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Raving About Saving

So while we're on the topic of economic turmoil, might I suggest you stash your cash? I may have written about the merits of ING Direct a while back and have successfully saved some money there. But at 3.00% interest - a far cry from where it had been - I was becoming de-motivated. So I searched around for alternatives. I was initially drawn to CDs, but I hate not having immediate access to cash. So I have just opened a savings account with FNBO Direct, which offers 3.5% interest - with no minimum deposit or fees. I have just turned over an initial small deposit until I feel comfortable about my new found friend. And then once everything is settled, I will move at least half of my money from ING to FNBO and let them fight over me, like all the boys do.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Marc by Marc Sale on Gilt.com: Tomorrow at Noon

OK so apparently the Chloe sale on Gilt.com that I mentioned before was already over by the time I mentioned it. So, to make it up to you I had the following link created for you so that you can become Gilt Groupe members and get some Marc by Marc action at noon tomorrow (Sept. 24, 2008): www.gilt.com/guerillashopper.

The above Broderie Anglaise Dress, for example, retails for $368 and sells on Gilt for $138.

Recession Shopping

So unless you live under a rock, you are painfully aware that the world is trying to endure the worst economic turmoil since the great depression (that's a really long time ago for you yoots). So while large chain stores like the wretched Steve & Barry's, The Gap, etc. continue to close stores or report negative growth, it seems that some of our friendly neighborhood shops are thriving. I have been told by a few of my NYC boutique friends, such as Les Nanas and Anna, that this past summer was their most lucrative ever. Shocking, isn't it? Is it because they are having sales? Better merchandise? Better customer interaction? More European (or at least non-U.S.) capital flowing to specialty shops? What could it be? I still don't have my answer, and probably never will, but I am happy that in some sectors of the economy, those who deserve to be making good money are doing just that.

Oh, and for some so-called recession busting sales, check out the Chloe ruffle blouse on Gilt - on sale for $198 (usually $695, which is completely mental and proves the world is screaming for an "adjustment.")

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lord & Taylor Shoe Sale Success Story

OK, I suck because I didn't tell you in time. The big shoe sale just ended today at Lord & Taylor, where if you bought one pair you got 20% off, two-to-three pairs, 25% off and four pairs, 30% off! I tried - hard - to buy four pairs, but before I got locked inside for the night I had to make a final purchasing decision. So while you can no longer benefit from the sale, I suggest going and checking out the newly revamped shoe department, which has some great stuff from Jil Sander, Coach, Donald J. Pliner, Frye and other fancy European brands that I can't yet pronounce correctly.

P.S. These Donald J. boots are freaking excellent. The other shoes you see pictured here are of the new high heeled-shoe shoes that all the kids are wearing. Think a modern day Little House on the Prairie. In this case Via Spiga and Tahari hooked me up.

I was also fortunate enough to have gotten an L&T gift card from my day job to put toward my purchase. So while I wouldn't describe my score as inexpensive, I feel somehow triumphant.

Vive le SHOE!

Friday, September 19, 2008

New York Times Trend Alert: Wristbands

September 18, 2008
In Name of Fashion, Embracing a Trend
The New York Times

Giants linebacker Danny Clark recently saw a basketball player use his wristband to — get this — wipe sweat.
“I said, ‘That’s what those are for?’ ” Clark said. “I had forgotten that.”
Clark wears wristbands, too. But he does not wear them to wipe sweat, and he does not wear them on his wrists. Like a growing number of fashion-conscious N.F.L. and college football players — and countless kids who emulate them — Clark wears his wristbands well above his elbows.
“I’ve got all sorts of biceps and triceps busting out of there,” Clark said. “It’s a good look.”
Wristbands, like their stretchy ringed cousin, the headband, have long performed dual (if not dueling) roles of form and function for athletes. Depending on the sport, the era and the hipness of the wearer, they have not always been worn to good reviews.
But only in the past few years, it seems, have wristbands dared migrate north, past the elbow.
Some football players, like Jets defensive end David Bowens, pull fat 2-inch wristbands up into the crook of the elbows. Some, like Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson, use scissors to cut a skinny edge from the elastic band for a thin strand. Some even use sliced old socks, swatches of stretchy material or athletic tape to create the wrap-around look.
Some wear the bands at the elbow. Some wear them across the middle of the biceps. Some, like Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery, wear them over the top of a long-sleeved shirt.
A few wear a band only on one arm, a look popular in the N.B.A. Fewer wear two on each arm.
Most do not wear the bands to practice, signaling the vanity of their use. All admit that they wear the bands only because they think it looks good, which would be the only plausible reason.
“There is absolutely no benefit from a performance standpoint or a medical standpoint,” said Ralph Reiff, a certified athletic trainer and director of St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis. He has seen the upper-arm bands become popular on football players from the N.F.L. down to middle school. “It’s purely a fashion statement.”
Ronnie Barnes, vice president for medical services for the Giants, agreed.
“There is no medical benefit or purpose,” said Barnes, who has about 10 players on his team wearing versions of the bands. “A lot of players wear them because they believe it enhances the muscular definition in their arms. At the end of the day, you can attribute this increasing trend to the old adage: look good, feel good, play good.”
It has become trendy enough that Nike sells thin, swoosh-logoed “bicep bands.” The N.F.L. this season began supplying players with 1-inch wristbands — too thin to be cool that far down the arm — with the league’s red, white and blue logo on them.
The look is so popular that college football games could double as fashion shows for arms, and the nation’s high school football rule-making body has cracked down. The National Federation of State High School Associations, which establishes the football rules for all states except Massachusetts and Texas, sees upper-arm bands as just another frivolous product to sell to kids, and another piece of unnecessary equipment to be policed by officials.
“The last thing we want is our kids looking like walking billboards,” said Bob Colgate, the federation’s assistant director.
Last year, noticing the rampant use of upper-arm bands, the federation made the enforcement of Rule 1-5-3k one of its points of emphasis for officials around the country. The rule addresses illegal uniform adornments and is specific about the only kind of wristband allowed: those “worn on the wrist beginning at the base of the thumb and extending no more than 3 inches toward the elbow.”
Yet wristbands have edged upward into prime real estate, perhaps the last vacant visible swaths on a football player — the arms that hold the ball or throw it, the bulging biceps of the strong men who block and tackle. Arms are the last uncovered body part, one that seems to find its way into the middle of every television angle or photo frame.
“You look at those things,” Colgate said of the bands, “and they are positioned just right.”
The high school federation has talked to the N.C.A.A. about the issue — “It doesn’t help our cause on Saturdays when you see them all over television, and then even more so on Sunday,” Colgate said — but the N.C.A.A., which has banned bandanas that are visible out the back of a helmet, is not yet concerned about the mismatched striping on the arms of football players.
“We have not discussed arm bands in any great detail, and we don’t see any issue with them,” said Ty Halpin, the N.C.A.A.’s associate director of playing rules administration.
The N.F.L. has no concerns, either. Despite its reputation for strict sartorial rules, the league has seemed to encourage the use of the latest piece of equipment that can prominently display the N.F.L. logo.
In the middle of the locker room at the Jets’ new headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., socks, towels and N.F.L. wristbands sit in separate bins for the players to use. Safety Kerry Rhodes is one of about eight Jets who wear wristbands above his elbows, a look he has harvested since high school, he said.
“It was just a fashion statement at first,” Rhodes said. “Now it’s just a thing I do as I get dressed.”
Over at Giants Stadium, tight end Kevin Boss saves his bands for last when he puts on his Giants uniform. He wears his just above his elbows.
“I feel naked without them,” he said.
He looked over at tight end Michael Matthews, who was wearing wristbands, too.
“I always make fun of Mike for wearing them on his wrist,” Boss said. “That’s old school.”

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Yankees Same as the Old Yankees?

OK so it's hardly a Guerilla Shopping moment, but if you live in NYC you have to pay some kind of attention to baseball, especially because the Mets are still in it and both old stadiums are making way for new stadiums, as illustrated in my photo above. Yes the new Yankee Stadium is that close to the House that Ruth Built. You could chuck a baseball to it.
So perhaps the GS point to all of this is: find friends who get tickets to sporting events through their jobs (as I did last night), because those tickets - let alone the food and drink - are expensive!

te casan...30% off all new arrivals

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

F-Off Sarah Palin T-Shirts!

While Guerilla Shopper NYC is a family blog, sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind. This is one of those times. The GS is ever so fortunate to have cool and industrious friends, such as the talented lady behind the T-shirt you see pictured above.

Here's the genesis of this brand new business. My friend couldn't have put it better herself:

the story: this palin bitch just pissed me off so i made myself a shirt-- just me, some transfer paper and a hot iron. i wore it out and the rest is history; never intended to sell them!

the shirts are natural-colored, 100% organic cotton (yes, i know global warming is not our fault-HA! but i thought it would be a good idea to take the enviro route nonetheless) with black ink. they're being printed locally (perhaps even some by me).

i plan to offer girlie and unisex tees, and even onesies for the littlest activists among us. buttons too. sizes will be the usual s,m,l,xl in both girlie and unisex.

they're $25 each, including shipping. buttons will be $2.

to order, email: iwantapalintshirt@gmail.com

taking cash & checks right now, but plan to get some ordering capabilities up on the site asap.


Get them while they still exist! I have a feeling they are going to be flying off the e-shelves.

Always looking out for your fashion interests,

Hey Punkin

I think I need to eat Ben & Jerry's Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream, which apparently has a Graham Cracker Swirl.
I would like to be eating some right now, in fact.
This flavor can be found in select retail stores for a limited time.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Coco Chanel

I am watching the Coco Chanel story on Lifetime, as all shoppers, guerilla or otherwise should be doing as well. Since I'm in the middle of watching it I don't have a review, but so far it is an inspirational tale for all women trying to move and shake.

Friday, September 12, 2008

15% Off Sale at Lord & Taylor

Seems as though my readers dig the L&T coupons, so here's another: http://lt.lordandtaylor.us/ltdocs/coupons/lt_091008_shoe_coupon.pdf
...for 15% off on sale merch, Sept 10-15.

Not Heelarious

It is officially the end of the world as we know it.

Have you heard about Heelarious shoes?: "Your little one will look fabulous in these soft crib shoes designed to look like high heels! Each pair of heelarious heels is packaged in a darling purse-shaped gift box, complete with a rhinestone closure. Leopard satin heel with black satin lining for infants size 0-6 months."

What's next? Brazilian bikinis for 2 year olds? "Your toddler will be ready to hit the tropics wearing this mini-ass-floss so that all the boys on the beach can get a glimpse into the one place on the island where the sun don't shine!"

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Target Bullseye Bodegas: 4 Days Only, Sept. 12-15

Since Target proper refuses to open a store in Manhattan (although a store in the Bronx is in the works), they threw us citypeople a bone for the next four days with four limited-time Bullseye Bodegas staged throughout Manhattan where you can shop for chic deals in home, fashion, accessories and beauty from their roster of design partners.

My escort for the night and I frolicked about the bodega, oooing and ahhing at the affordable "wears" from Converse, Sigerson Morrison, Thomas O'Brien, and THE GNOMES!!! BEHOLD THE MIGHTY MIGHTY GNOMES. For just $19.99 you too can live among the gnomes.

Midtown: 101 W. 57th Street at 6th Ave.
Union Square: 813 Broadway between 11th and 12th Sts.
SoHo: 489 Broome Street between Wooster and West Broadway
West Broadway East Village: 325 Bowery at 2nd St.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Orla Kiely High Summer Sale

Orla Kiely's High Summer Sale is on at ww.orlakiely.com/usa.

Not exactly a ton of sale merch, but if you look under "clothing" "bags" and "accessories" you will find a few items for up to 50% off. The pictured 'multi flower check dress' was $311, now $155.50, for example.

SALE ENDS - Sunday 21st September


Saturday, September 06, 2008

Housing Works on 23rd St. Has Good Jeans

Hi girls - I spied lots of goodness at Housing Works 23rd St. today - 2 pairs of Paper Denim & Cloth Jeans and 1 pair of Marc Jacobs pinstriped jeans - all about size 6 for $30-$35 a pair - and in grand condition. I would run over there now and wait until they open in the a.m. to make a score of epic proportions.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

custo barcelona shirt at auction

In the spirit of the paternal grandfather I never met, I thought I'd try my own auction for anyone interested in this worn, but in fine condition, Custo Barcelona top.

If you are not familiar with Custo, it's a Spanish company that creates clothing akin to wearable pop art. I bought several pieces at the now closed Aaron's in Brooklyn and am now ready to pass this one shirt on to an eager taker.
I have to say that the sizing is a bit on the small side for us giant Americans, and one of the reasons I've decided to part with this top is that it is frankly too short on me. But for those of you who are Custo collectors, or 5' 5" or shorter, this may be the item for you!
Just public comment or send me a private email (schoolied@gmail.com) with your "bid" and I shall award the highest figure!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Gilt Groupe

Did I mention Gilt Groupe recently? Gilt Groupe provides fashion enthusiasts online access to designer fashion from top brands at sample sale prices. You’ll find apparel, accessories and jewelry for women, men and children at prices up to 70% off retail.

And now I have a customized Guerilla Shopper link by which I can invite you to become a member:
Www.gilt.com/guerillashoppernyc - just click and sign up!

All items are guaranteed to be authentic and sourced directly from the brand. This week Gilt is featuring designers such as Amrita Singh and Ports 1961 to "it girl" brands like Philip Crangi and Charlotte Ronson. All sales will be up to 70% off retail and available only at www.gilt.com.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Fall/Winter Arrivals at Personal Affairs

Personal Affairs
102 E. 7th St.(A & 1st Ave.)
NY, NY 10009
open Monday: late afternoon (appointment only)
Tue-Friday: 2:00-9:00p.m.
Saturday: 1:00-9:00
Sunday: 1:00-8:00

236 E. 80th St. (2 & 3 Ave.)
NY, NY 100121-212-288-0192
open Mon-Friday: 1:00-8:00p.m.
Sat & Sunday: 12:00a.m.-7:00p.m.