Sunday, December 30, 2012

E. Vill's Change of Season Closing End of January!

I feel like my child is leaving me.  I came across Change of Season the week it opened some 3+ years ago and became friends with Clinton and Marco...and now, they are leaving for Amsterdam.  Weep.

Good news is everything is on sale-is major-is, however word has it that things are vanishing fast!

Hope to visit my semi-retail pals soon in Europe.

Wow time flies when you are shopping.
xoxo GSNYC

Change of Season, a boutique outlet
341 East 9th St. NYC

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Filnoir Italian Hosiery: 50% Off Promo

Hey gals, my friend's fancy hosiery company is offering a 50% discount when you use the following promo code: Laura50

Tights, thigh highs, knee highs, leg warmers, etc.

Yes, MY name will save YOU money. Hooray!

Go here:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Everybody! Come on...Dance and Sing!

Everybody Shoes
I wanted low-heel, below-the-calf boots, and I found some by Everybody Shoes that I like a bunch in grey (which I was not expecting) at Tani shoes on W. 72nd St.  I really dig them, but have found that they are not all that comfortable as I got heel blisters and cuts below my ankle bones. Easily rectified using big Band-Aids, but I am hoping they break in without breaking me first...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Adidas Walk Through Concert Doors

I have a little bit of a problem, in that when I see retro-looking sneakers on sale...I MUST BUY THEM.  In this case, I bought a pair of men's size 8 Adidas Neos (I didn't realize Justin Beiber was the brand spokesperson, which may be why they were on sale) at DSW on Broadway & 79th St., where the Filenes Basement used to be.  They were on sale for $38.50, and I had a $10 off coupon -- so if you do the math...that makes them: REALLY CHEAP.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Matt Bernson Shoes: Mood Altering

In an effort to alleviate what was certainly the worst mood of the year, I visited Matt Bernson shoes in Tribeca (near Staple St??) for the first time.  Definitely unique.  Not "shoe" expensive.  And I can't wait to see what they bring out next.  I did not intend to buy these.  But I did.  And have been wearing them around the house like they're slippers (believe it or not they are comfy, and this from a Guerilla who can no longer wear high-heels).  What a relief!

Matt Bernson
20 Harrison St.
Tribeca, NYC

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Big Sale at Catherine Malandrino

Holy Moly!  60% at Catherine Malandrino in the Meatpacking.  A day of surprises ended with this one. Hint: If your size isn't on the floor, they might just have it in back.  My $260 bill was whittled down to $104. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Linge Shoes: Ballet Flats that I Love, Want, Desire

I am a big sucker for ballet flats.  Always have been, always will be.  I haven't seen these Linge flats in person (yet), but from the photos I'm pretty sure I love the style and colors.  And only $59 when I rarely see a flat for less than $125?  Key attributes:
-soft leather full-sole ballet shoe
-leather interior lining
-elastic ankle strap can be worn inside or outside foot
-elastic tie can be tightened for perfect fit

Max Mara Atelier: Fall/Winter 2012 collection

Dress coat with travel pillow collar in goose down, kimono sleeves with maxi cuffs

Linear egg-shaped frequent flyer coat in pure double face cashmere, with matching small bon ton mink collar
MaxMara Atelier is a special project focusing on the coat. The above coats are my least and most favorite from the Fall/Winter 2012 collection.  In that order.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ANNA Moves on Up...Still on the East Side


Store left

Store right

Store counter

ANNA Store window: ALL RIGHT!!

My favorite store in all the land has relocated 8 blocks north and 1.26 blocks west.  I visited last week and bought a great dress while visiting with Heather who assured me that I didn't look as "Rubenesque" as I thought I appeared in the mirror (I do, but thank you for being nice).

But I digress...With double the dressing room space, you and your alter ego can try on everything in the store in half the time!  There's also more floor space covered by a freshly lacquered wood floor that will come in handy when you need to check out how the dress you're trying on will look while you are dancing - preferably BREAK dancing, although you should probably buy the dress before you go and do that. 

With the finishing touches almost complete, the apparel is as fresh as always! (Although there is no expiration date on ANNA-gear).

And if that doesn't convince you to visit: the neighbors are not unworthy either: Pas de Deux and Veniero's, in particular.

330 E. 11th St.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fuzzy Blackberry photo
The mighty foyer has finally come together this weekend.  I was going a little bit for the black & white art deco (loosely defined).  I brought the mirrors over from my old apartment (Target), the table, which I mentioned the other day, is from Pottery Barn.  The vintage glass vase from Damon Crain.  The old photos c/o my mom thanks to my long-departed relatives Schlaffer and Anderson, as is the silver (stainless?) tray on the lower shelf.  The silver key dish picked up years ago at Daffy's, and candle holder...hmmm...I believe I received that as a gift.  And in closing the glass spinning picture frame thanks to my friends for my birthday on Friday.  Yay!
Hidden: white glass light fixture hanging from a black chain, from Lowe's.

Flowers from bodega on Broadway & 93rd St.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Betsey Johnson Starts Its Liquidation Sale

See if you can guess...
Betsey Johnson Starts Its Liquidation Sale
For those of you who knew me in the 80s you may remember (because you made fun of me) my 8th grade grad dress, or the gun skirt, or my eyeball sweater.  Or even the bright yellow skirt with the giant silver zippers that prohibited me from sitting, or the red snakeskin belt.  They were all Betsey Johnson.  God I love(d) the 80s.  She was ahead of her time and then everyone else caught up, yet watered down. And then she got watered down.  I knew when I saw her clothes in Lord & Taylor it was all over.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pottery Barn: Entry way table

Entry way table featuring vintage glass c/o Damon Crain
Who knew finding a table for the foyer would be one of the biggest challenges of the renovation?  Well, I finally found something close to perfect at Pottery Barn, except it almost slipped away into the black hole of online retail...

I found it!  It's perfect!  Glass top with a glass shelf, almost black frame, not too wide (14") and the price...well, not too bad ($399).

Except when I proceeded to try and order it online, I learned that:

a. tax was not yet included ($40)
b. shipping was not yet included ($40).
c. "special handling" was not yet included ($40), and...
d. it would not be delivered until mid-July.

So my practically perfect table went from $399 to $520 and I wouldn't even see it for 2 months?  Not acceptable.

Cutting to the chase I printed out the page, went with my helper and explained the predicament to the salesperson in one of the NYC locations.  After a phone call, my table was on its way to that store IN TWO DAYS and ended up costing me $347 (all in).  All I had to do was get it from the store to my apartment, which I did with the help of my helper.  And although the photo I took with my Blackberry above pretty much stinks, I can assure you that the table does not.

I hope that this puts the Guerilla Shopper back in your good graces. 

Monday, May 07, 2012

DSW to open in old Filene's Basement space on 79th & B'way

DSW to open in old Filene's Basement space on 79th & B'way.  I just noticed this as I traversed the expanse of my new 'hood yesterday.  Stay tuned for an Upper West Side survival guide as my eons-long renovations come to a conclusion.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ceiling Medallion

How else to make your room look like an olde English estate while covering up the empty unpainted spot on the ceiling when you switch out your lighting fixtures?  THE MEDALLION.  They sell tons of these things online for cheap.  This one (Soleil 20 in. Ceiling Medallion) is from Home Depot and cost $43.  I ordered it online and picked it up in the store on 23rd St.  While it's basically just made of plastic, when it's up high on the ceiling (9 feet in this case), you can't tell that it's not wood.  And I didn't even paint it!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Random Things: Will this ever end??

Light fixture above medicine cabinet in bathroom from Lowe's

Drawer pulls in kitchen. Also from Lowe's.

Counter-height stool from Room & Board, Soho.  Dark Brown Leathaaaa.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Custom Made Shower Curtains

Forget about custom clothing, what everyone needs is a custom shower curtain...I am getting it shortened another 2.5 inches, but what a stately piece!  Thanks to Colette who hand makes shower curtains for those difficult-to-fit old tyme tubs/showers:

Colette Ringmeier
Pond Lily Shower Curtains

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Towelie Bar

What is normally not an exciting thing becomes one when it's extra wide and was hand made out of mahogany!  I (or actually my contractor) present to you: The Towel Bar. 

Stay tuned for soap and shampoo dishes next...oooooo...ahhhhh.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sconce de Leon

Ta da!  The living room wall fixtures that had been all but lost behind sheet rock have been resurrected and sconced up.  LET THERE BE LIGHT (albiet on a dimmer switch).

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's No Joke, My Refrigerator Really IS Running

My very own refrigerator with an ICE MAKER!!  I know this seems standard to many Americans, but you kids who have been renting in NYC for a while will appreciate this new-found technology...  Thanks GE Cafe!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kitchen Sink Faucet from

Procured from  Not sure if I love the quality of it but it does have the aspects I was seeking: polished chrome, pull-down sprayer, one on/off-hot/cold faucet handle.  Oh and you can press a button on the sprayer to change the water flow from regular to "spray". 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

One Giant Leap for Bathroom Kind

Marble-topped sink, all the way from...SECAUCUS, NJ!

Elvis' Chair

Bathtub / Shower Faucet
Holy shit I'm moving on Tuesday into half a construction site.  Good news is I have running water in the bathroom!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Inchin' Kitchen

Dry Run: Cabinets, meet Floor; Floor, Cabinets

Kitchen Floor Designed!

...And just so it doesn't feel left out: The New Closet Floors

Bathroom: Coming Together, Over Me

Floor: Spaceship w/Lt. Gray Center

Shower/Bathtub Wall w/Pinstripe, pre-grout

TP Holder: In Wall

Kitchen Floor Design

I love this so much that if it was the only new thing I was doing in the new pad it might be enough.