Thursday, November 23, 2017

MyTheresa's Amazing Cyber Weekend

Nobody does European fashion quite like, well, Europeans. The selection is always a little different than what you will find around home and the styling is done with an extra twist of creativity.

We like to surf the European fashion sites whenever we are in need of a little bit of style inspiration. MyTheresa, in particular, offers that special 'Je ne sais quoi' that brings your style game to a whole other rung. Our favorite part of MyTheresa is the great sales, of course!

Right now, shoppers can save 30% off using the code BLACK30. The sale isn't public yet but you can use this private link to start shopping now.

The best part of the sale is that lots of items area already priced less than they would be Stateside. Take a look at these velvet Ellery boots. The retail price is over twice as much from regional retailers. once you take the extra 30% off they come to $560. We've seen similar styles for nearly $1800!

There are other items that are hard to find discounted, like this Loewe Hammock bag that comes to $1000 less than normal and a JW Anderson Pierce bag that's about $1000 from nearly $1500. Over this way is an adorable Alex Chung sweatshirt that's $190 from $260 and Aquazzura suede loafers, which we also don't recall having seen, are $455 from $650.

Mr & Mrs Italy's fur lined coats and jackets haven't even hit markdowns anywhere here yet but MyTheresa has a large assortment that is included in the Black Friday sale. We especially like the fur lined boots ($336 from $480) but aren't sure about how suede will hold up through an NYC winter.  If Mr & Mrs are still priced to high for your budget, opt for Yves Salomon, which is about half the price and also included in the promotion.

Take note, the discount can be applied to items using this link. You can clearly see that the original pricing is better than US retailers and the additional percentage makes shopping overseas extra attractive. We also love that there are no shipping surprises and MyTheresa includes duties and taxes in all its pricing. What's even better? MyTheresa delivers in less than 48-hours! Now, that is service.

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Where to Shop on Black Friday

This week, the biggest friends and family event is Thanksgiving. There are great deals whether you're looking for the excitement of crowds or prefer to shop solo from your computer. Take note, that some of the most attractive promotions are Friday only. Below are our top picks for Black Friday. Rest assured, the deals are almost identical if you are shopping online or if you're thrill seeking in stores.

You'll find discounts upon discounts galore at Shopbop. Sale items are currently discounted up to 75% and most 'full' priced items are 30% off. To sweeten the deal, the site is offering an extra 'buy more, save more' deal where you can save up to an additional 30% off. Use the code MORE17 to activate the extra savings. We have our eyes on these white pumps that we think are even better looking than the Celine version. We just love the heel and they are only $150. A Phillip Lim red cross body is already reduced to $455 from $650 and a smashing red, Giambattista Valli cape dress comes to $700 from $3265.

Neiman Marcus 
For Black Friday only, Neiman Marcus will be offering an additional 33% off sale items. That will bring the total discount on designer fashion to 60% off, which is much more than anyplace else.
We can't say with 100% certainty, which items will be eligible for the additional markdown but we have our eyes on this quilted Saint Laurent bag that is already reduced $1387 from $1850, a mini Dolce & Gabbana bag that's discounted to $417 from $700, velvet Manolo Blahnik BB heels that are $465 from $700 and this red Givenchy dress that's really the perfect shade of the holiday season.
(Bergdorf Goodman won't be offering the same promotion but will offer an additional 20% of sale, starting December 5.)

Saks Fifth Avenue 
Prices for the shopping extravaganza will be reduced up to 60% off if you can get to the store or log in before noon on Friday. An Alice & Olivia print dress is $118 from $300 and Frame high waist jeans are just $66 from $250. Just a warning, the early Saks crowd can be overwhelming. This is one of these days where shopping online can avoid lots of aggravation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Neiman Marcus Extra 30% Off

At this moment, most people are planning their escapes, their menus or their Thanksgiving outfits. With the distraction of family and holiday it's hard to concentrate on, well, shopping. We suggest you take a moment for yourself right now because we have a scoop that you're not going to want to miss.

Most retailers have discounted designer merchandise to 40% off but we got word about a Neiman Marcus promotion that will top everybody else's sales. For Black Friday only, Neiman Marcus will be offering an additional 33% off sale items. That will bring the total discount on designer fashion to 60% off, which is much more than anyplace else.

We can't say with 100% certainty, which items will be eligible for the additional markdown but we have our eyes on this quilted Saint Laurent bag that is already reduced $1387 from $1850, a mini Dolce & Gabbana bag that's discounted to $417 from $700, velvet Manolo Blahnik BB heels that are $465 from $700 and this red Givenchy dress that's really the perfect shade of the holiday season.

We suggest that you place items in your cart now and check out as soon as the additional discount becomes available. On Saturday, the promotion rolls back to an additional 20% off and by Sunday it's all over. The next 'hard' markdown won't come until December 14.

Wishing you and your loved ones a bounty of cheer,  plenty of pie and much to be thankful for. 
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

French Connection Black Friday Sale

The weather is getting cooler and party season is just around the corner. All of last season's purchases seem, blah. A closet full of nothing to wear has never been such a harsh reality.

This season, we are determined to not be paralyzed by closet fatigue and are sprucing things up. We've found that French Connection is the ideal intersection of price, quality and style. What's even better is that the company is hosting a Black Friday event where everything on the site is be discounted 40% off.

We are told that this is the best sale of the season and we aren't going to spend a moment hesitating. We've been searching for the perfect party outfit and found this head-turning sequin dress that's $136 from $228. As a matter of fact, the entire Party Glamour Collection is pretty amazing.

Over this way we found  a floral print top that works well for day, night, work or Sundays. It is comes to just about $58 from $98. You can top anything off with this check wool coat and create a dramatic outfit ($256 from $428).

What ever you do, don't skip the accessories, shoes and jewelry. We immediately fell in love with these suede blue open-toe booties. They are perfect for adding a splash of color in a sea of black and come to only $94 from $158.

The discount can even be applied to sale items! With prices and style like this, there is really no excuse to subject yourself to your current options. The French Connection Black Friday sale will only run through November 27. After that, you're on your own.

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Inside Bloomingdales Presale (Private Gucci Link)

The Bloomingdales presale is in full swing. Discounts range up to 50% off. The sale officially starts on Friday, whether will be lots of extra incentives too.

Obviously, we started in the shoe department About a dozen styles of Gucci shoes are discounted 50% off. The sale is also online. You can use this private sale link to access the goodies. We suggest you get clicking fast. Sizes are running low and the store even has less inventory.

Some of our favorite sale styles are these ribbon pumps that are $365 from $730. The Jacquard print bootie is $825 from $1650 and overly embellished heels are $925 from $1850. This serpent flat and heel is actually discounted in the store. We suggest you make the purchase while there is size inventory and then call for a price adjustment. (You can click here to see pictures of all the shoes included in the Gucci sale.)

Other brands included in the resale are Ferragamo, Chloe and Fendi. We have pics here. The discount shoes markdown is 40% off. The Dior sale is set to start December 7 and the Chanel markdown will be a few days later.

One other standout markdown are the Herve Leger dresses. Two full racks are discounted 60% off. The brand isn't what it used to be but there are some really (surprisingly) stylish options. One such dress was adorned in safety pins and another was a simple black and white. You can see pics over here.

Going in to Black Friday, Bloomingdales shoppers can earn $25 off every $200 you spend. Beauty shoppers 10% off cosmetics, fragrances and the like. On other merchandise there will be a tiered discounts up to an additional 20% off -- 'The more you spend, the more you save.'

Who can keep up?

White Winter Hot with Sunglasses

Winter isn't usually considered high sunglass season but fashion insiders know that eyewear trends begin during the coldest months of the year. Finding the right shades shouldn't be difficult regardless if you're planning on hiding behind them on slopes of Vail, on  the beaches of Mayakoba, or yes, even the side streets along Madison Avenue.

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The general idea is to find glasses that flatter your face, but true fashionistas tends to skew away from conventional wisdom. We prefer the esthetic of something that offers 'eye-popping' intrigue. Generally, we are suckers for anything a bit different. Nordstrom hands down has the best selection of sungglasses than any other store.

Take heart shape glasses, for instance. The look is iconic, full of personality and perfect for great Instagram images.  Our absolute favorite are these hearts from Takesh ($169). They come in black, black/blue and red. Of course, you should opt for the red. Saint Laurent is also offering a little love for the eye in clear or black heart shaped frames ($490). Over this way, is a less expensive option form Preverse ($55).

If you're not feeling the love for heart shapes, then you might want to consider something in rainbow. Here is a pair of classic Ray-Bans with a rainbow mirrored lens ($178). These Gucci glasses offer some Roy-G-Biv with colored crystals ($1175) around the oversized frames. Our favorite-favorite, are not traditional rainbow but colored enough: square frame Gucci glasses with colored stripes ($400).

The other big trend going into next season is space age shapes. Like these rimless shield glasses from Givenchy ($495), this funky all frame style from Balenciaga ($495), the angular Rockstud from Valentino ($420) and  these from Gucci ($1105). they which look like they were stolen from Elton John in 1975?

Online shoppers should take advantage of the free shipping and free returns offered by Nordstrom. If only all stores had such a great selection and were as easy to shop as Nordstrom.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Inside the Sale at Saks (There is Gucci)

The windows have been revealed and there is only one final detail to make the holiday season official. Designer markdowns, of course. Saks Fifth Avenue has been hosting a presale for the past few days and the seasonal markdown ritual will be officially public starting Tuesday morning.

The biggest highlight of the Saks sale is the Gucci merchandise. No other store seems has publicly offered any discount on Gucci merchandise-- yet. The markdown assortment isn't wonderful but 40% off is the equivalent of two shots of toquilla-- makes almost everything more attractive.

Among the Gucci merchandise that's discounted 30% to 40% off are there print Gucci loafers, pumps with the removable jeweled bow, Zebra Princetowns with black fur, various colors and prints of the Marmont Double G Block Heels, some Marmont slides and Blossom pool slides. The sale also includes some styles of Gucci bags, including Blossom prints, Padlock bags and some styles of pouches. You can see pictures of more styles over here.

Beyond Gucci, there is a healthy selection of Balmain. This logo sweatshirt isn't crazy expensive and is almost reasonable after the 40% discount. The logo Muscle tees come to just about $150 after the markdown and this 'archival-worthy' studded leather jacket is $2900 from about $5000.

Moving on to the shoe floor, we suggest you nab some Manolo Hangisi satin mules and satin pumps that ring out for about $540 from about $900. You can see lots more shoe pictures this way.

Again, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Celine and other designers aren't part of the markdown yet. Usually those brands are added in early December and within days prices are cut to 50% off. Just don't expect to find those Opium pumps hanging around waiting for you.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Net-a-Porter Sale Begins; Up to 50% Off

The Net-a-Porter  sale went live with it's first sale of the holiday season this Morning. The sale scales up to 50% off. Even though this isn't the 'real' markdown there are some good finds.

Generally speaking, most popular bags styles are discounted 30%. Some of the most interesting sale items include this Off-White tote bag that's $332 from $475 or that brand's classic Paperclip bag is 50% off in bright yellow or blue. A more classic option is this Bottega Veneta cross body in slate gray that's $1100 from $1580 or this variation of the Loewe Hammock bag.

There happen to be an extensive assortment of bags from Tom Ford reduced 40%. Here is the Natalia bag in classic black that's reduced to $1374 from $2290 and the Jennifer bag is offered up in black for $1470 from $2450. Over this way you'll find a variety of bags from Mark Cross Grace styles.

Take note, that the most highly reduced items in the sale section are usually poor sellers or merchandise from last season. The hottest items from the season are normally reduced just 30% off and tend to disappear quickly.

We are still waiting for brands like Chloe, Fendi and Valentino to be added to the sale list. Last year, the more attractive discounts started December 13. We would suggest snatching up the items you most like now and then continuing to stalk the merchandise you covet from this season. Then you pounce like a leopard (pump).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Styling Manhattanite Minis

Getting yourself party ready is nothing in contrast to styling budding teens and a mini-me. The demands of a New York child's social calendar, combined with an evolving personal style, and questionable media influences could be rather, um, challenging.

Styling these children is a full time job. To make matters worse, there aren't many dress-up options once your girls leave the toddler years. The choices are generally segregated to poor-quality bedazzled styles, 'hootchie' bondage-esque varieties and crazy-crazy-expensive shrunken designer labels. It's really slim pickings.

After extensive research we have found that Milly is the ultimate destination to wardrobe our girls. The SoHo and Madison Avenue boutiques have everything you need to get your mini-Manhattanite ready for just about any social obligation.

Some of our favorites include this pom-pom coat, which caused a fight between my 11-year-old and 6-year-old. My 13-year-old didn't want to take off this lipstick red dress after trying it on. It's no doubt Gotham Hall-ready. This bell sleeve dress comes in a variety of colors and looks good on everyone!

Milly and Milly Minis is sold in a variety of boutiques and department stores but the SoHo and  Madison Avenue  stores have so much more than anyplace else. There are also lots of exclusives, like this 'Uptown Girl' sweatshirt.

Remember  Milly  successfully dressed Blair Waldorf for many seasons. Your Sacred Heart child should be no problem either.

Milly SoHo
158 Mercer St
(212) 921-1682

Milly Madison Avenue
900 Madison Ave
(212) 395-9100

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Roundup: Sale-ling Along Madison Avenue

There is still a bit of warmth in the air, which means it's perfect weather to cruise along Madison Avenue to begin our seasonal presale shopping. Today, we collected markdown intelligence from some key Madison Avenue boutiques.

Take note, some stores can be a bit cagey about their pre-sales. It's best to ask for a particular sales associate or call ahead to see if an appointment is necessary. It's still early in the season for great boutique discounts, so we'll just call this our shopping amuse bouche. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter for pictures and real-time updates.

Pre-sale will begin by appointment now and the sale officially begins on November 22. Clothing will be discounted 40% and shoes and a few select handbags will be discounted 30%. Unfortunately, none of the new style Bracelet bags will not be included in the markdown.
Jane 212-717-8220

Chanel sales always take place a in early to mid-December. Prices on clothing, shoes and accessories will be discounted 40%. Leather bags are almost never marked down, but keep your eyes open for seasonal styles, which are occasionally discounted.
Amy: 212-535-5505

Dolce & Gabbana
The pre-sale at Dolce has quietly started. Most of the fall and winter collection of clothing and shoes are discounted 40% off. There are some bags included in the markdown. The sale officially begins November 26.
Stephanie text 201-951-2597

Prada boutiques only do one markdown each season. Shoppers can begin to presale this weekend. Shoes and clothing are 50% off and handbags are reduced by 40%. Public sale starts the day after Black Friday. We were told that Ribbon bags are included in the markdown but there aren't many velvet bags.
Betty- 212-327-4200

Tom Ford
Markdowns at Tom Ford are a straight 50% off clothing. The sales people are extremely cautious about sharing sale information. We were told that certain style bags are included in the markdown including totes in non-classic colors.
Veronica 212-359-0300 or text 917-710-7922