Thursday, February 18, 2021
Saturday, December 17, 2016
|Workin' it at ANNA in the East Village
Hi all. Realized I hadn't posted one thing all year, and well, this year is almost over. Good Riddance!
Anyway, this Guerilla Shopper doesn't shop as much as she did "back in the day." Retail has changed tremendously since I started this blog, with online shopping taking over and so many off-price stores declining in quality or going out of business entirely. I was particularly sad when Loehmann's shut down, as I had recently moved to the Upper West Side and found it to be a great go-to spot for many of my needs. Apparently it still exists online, which I just only found out when I looked up the URL!
Now I primarily shop at three stores...and I even help out at one of them from time to time! ANNA, 330 E. 11th St., East Village, NYC; meg, with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (I go to the ones in the East Village or the newest location in the West Village); and Lingo, 257 W. 19th St., Chelsea, NYC.
So why do I still shop like it's 1999?
I rarely shop online, especially if it's for clothing and shoes, because even the thought of having to ship stuff back and forth annoys me. I spend HOURS trying stuff on in stores, there's little chance something I pick from a web site is going to fit or look like I want it to the first, second or nineteenth time. Additionally, the environmental impact of packing and shipping seems (is) massively wasteful.
But the real reason I have honed in on these three stores is definitely something the Internet cannot provide: a community of LIVE HUMANS that I interact with IN PERSON. I realize this is an old fashioned notion, but I suspect it will be making a comeback. It HAS to.
I can't tell you the number of awesome women I have met and interacted with at these stores - employees and customers alike. Comedians, authors, filmmakers, musicians -- one woman I talked to a few months ago I soon noticed is on NY1 every other week with Neil Rosen talking about films (I KNEW she looked familiar!). It inspires creativity, discussion, hope, happiness. Better than a book club; better than Starbucks!
And yes, granted, I spend more money than I might if I shopped at H&M or hunted down every last online discount. 'Cuz I'm Worth It. Aren't you?
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Thursday, July 02, 2015
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK.
Yes, yes, I have been off doing baseball things for years, but today I was inspired...no, REQUIRED to share with you what I sort of accidentally saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You must visit the China: Through the Looking Glass couture fashion exhibit, open until September 7, 2015.
With no plan this morning, I spontaneously figured out how I could get myself and a friend into the museum for free through my day job, kind of saw a headline about this particular show in the New York Observer...and well, it was one of those perfect days that you had no idea was ahead of you. Those folk over there at the museum sure do know how to curate themselves an exhibit! Breathtaking.
And I even got 10% off on a Chinese-inspired beaded necklace in the museum shop! Everyone wins!
|I knew this had to be ALEXANDER McQUEEN upon first sighting.
|Do I hear the Nutcracker?
|McQueen. If the shoe fits...
|Punk Rock + French Couture + China + Goth = be still my beating heart.
|Tom Ford. This and...(scroll down)
|...this had me at "nobody would ever put this together and yet it's the most fabulous combination in this show.
|Beading, glorious beading
|I'm a long, tall, fabulous teapot. Don't you dare tip me over.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
TOCCA’s Winter Sample Sale is happening December 4 – 6 from 11:30am – 7:30pm at their showroom at 542 West 22nd Street; 3rd Fl. (that's WAY west, kids). Candles, fragrances and TOCCA Collection pieces designed by Emma Fletcher at up to 85% off. www.tocca.com/
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Guys, if you are looking for tights, thigh highs, socks, heck even LEG WARMERS, I implore you to check out Filnoir. Tights that were $46 are $8. I ordered some and they arrived THE NEXT DAY. They do charge for delivery, but the prices are like Crazy Eddie: INSANE. And the quality is way above the norm.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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