Friday, September 26, 2008

Sales Sales Every Where, and Too Many Pennies to Spend

Sales Sales Every Where, and Too Many Pennies to Spend

Here is a list of sales happening around the country:

DressCodes ( is offering 30% off all in-store purchases today. They are located at 201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur (404-343-2894).

New York:

Honey in the Rough ( is selling their vintage pieces for $40-$80. Some of the pieces date back to the 1890s. There is also up to 75 percent off Alice McCall, Tsumori Chisato, Emma Cook, Samantha Pleet, United Bamboo, and more. They are located at 157 Rivington St., b/t Suffolk & Clinton Streets.

Luca Luca ( is having a sample sale with ridiculous deals—up to 90 percent off pants, tops, jackets, etc. Hours: Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Sample Sale is located at: 19 W. 36th St., between Fifth & Sixth Aves., 4th floor

White + Warren's sample sale features their iconic cashmere sweaters and accessories at low low prices. Sweater coats are $150 (originally $330), and men’s thermals are $125 (originally $285). Today at 80 W. 40th St., nr. Sixth Ave., third fl. (212-398-3295); 8–5.

Dalaga, located in Brooklyn, is hosting a sale on remaining summer stock, including denim for men and women. This sale lasts until 10/5. They are located 150 Franklin St., nr. Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-4049); Tues.–Sat. (noon–9), Sun. (noon–8).

The men need new clothes too. Treat your man to 50% off Italian suits, blazers, shirts, and sweaters by Pal Zileri until 10/3. Drop by 29 W. 57th St., near. Fifth Ave., Ste. 700. (212-751-8585); 10–5:30.

Coco & Delilah is reducing prices on summer summer goods from designers like Tibi, Alice + Olivia, J Brand, and Joie, up to 75 percent. This sale lasts through 9/28 and is located at 115 St. Marks Pl., near. Ave. A. (212-254-8741)

Luxurious Christopher Fischer is hosting a sample sale on his line of cashmere sweaters just in time for cooler fall temperatures. Running through 9/28 at 80 Wooster St., near Spring St. (212-965-9009)

This sunday only the Brooklyn Flea for the St. Kilda Jewelry sample sale, featuring 50 to 80 percent off original prices on gold and silver pieces, including those with precious stones. Hope for no rain and stop by Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, 176 Lafayette Ave., near Clermont Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 10–5.

Classic Jean company Earnest Sewn is having its sample sale, offering discounts on apparel for men, women, and kids. This is going on through 9/28. 831 Washington St., nearr. Gansevoort St. (212-242-3414)


The Click 4th Anniversary Party ( where you can Enjoy 20 percent off jewelry by Frances Smersh and receive a free Roost champagne glass with purchase (while they last). There will be a sampling of cupcakses and champagne as you shop for goods from Urbancase, J. Mendicino, and Lollipop Pottery. The party lasts from 6-9 PM at : 2210 California Ave. (206-328-9252).
JJ Grand ( is celebrating their grand opening by offering 20% off clothing by Sretsis, Cloak & Dagger, Publika, Henrik Vibskov, etc. Join in the celebration from 6 to 8 P.M. this Saturday at 606 E. Pine St. (206-329-1105).

Los Angeles:

Dolan is having a warehouse sale where you can stock up on collections for 75% ($341 sweaters are now $60) of retail this Friday from 8 to 4 at : 1407 Paloma St., b/t E. 14th St. & E. 14th Pl., Downtown (213-748-4401).


Beekman 1802 ( is offering a 15 % off on orders placed on their website. Simply enter "Thanks" in the coupon-code box at checkout. This sale lasts until 10/9

Stock up on sports gear by Nike ( with an extra 20% off clearance items. Enter the code "septclear" at checkout by 9/28.

Made to Save

If you are in the New York metro area on October 2nd stop by Madewell's in soho. They are having an after hours denim event, called "Denim After Dark" at their 486 Broadway from 7 to 9PM. Take an additional $25 off a pair of jeans and the hemming is included. DJ Elhaam will be spinning tunes and martinis will be passed out. All you need to do is RSVP to

Never heard of Madewell before? It is a sister company of J.Crew that specializes in roughwear and casual clothes. Check out their website at: They offer jeans in a range of styles, cuts and colors. In addition they offer sweaters, and button downs to make their jeans have a complete outfit. A signature of Madewell is the rainbow of scarves offered as a decrative piece or actually to keep warm. Their prices are reasonable and the quality is great. This is a small brand that has the potential to grow fast. Tell all your friends about the event and stock up on some new jeans for this fall.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Keep These Sites in Your Back Pocket

Working in an office where everyone else is looking to save has helped fuel my blog posts. Today I was enlightened to 2 websites that help the customer save. The sites are ( and Retail Me Not ( Freeshipping is a database for all websites that are offering free shipping on purchases. It can be so annoying when you find a great deal online to then pay a ridiculous fee for shipping. So before you check out see if the site you are about to purchase something is offering free shipping. Let your friend’s know and share the deal. The website lists hundreds of retailers. Test your luck and see if this week Banana Republic is offering free shipping in addition to their great sale prices.

Retail Me Not is a collection of codes and deals that websites are offering, but sometimes the information is not widely spread. The website compiles codes that are sent to people on mailing lists or posted on advertisements and spreads the good fortune to others. There are codes listed for websites across the globe. One listed today is for Ebay India. This site is a rare find and should be shared with everyone you know, on all corners of the globe. At any given time there are over 100,000 coupons listed for one to use. It would be a shame to forget to visit this site before you press process order

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Save on a Splurge

Contemporary fashion can be so overpriced that it is hard justiying spending so much on a little blouse or a pair of jeans. And now that the economy is tanking we need to spend our money in more important places, i.e. food to feed the family or gas to get to work. But sometimes you just want the latest fashions. Coco's Shoppe is offering 30% off all full priced items when you enter "DCDEALS" at check out. The site stocks all the latest brands from Loomstate to J Brand. Now this little deal may help you justify why you need that edun Althea tank. It is still warm and I can wear a blazer in the winter. Just make sure you drink some Caribou coffee to stay warm.


Need an extra kick to get started in the morning? No coffee in the house? Caribou Coffee is running a promotion for 20% off any purchase online. Enter the code: FALLSALE when checking out. What is great is that there is no minimum. So go ahead and try their selections of coffees and teas to see if their roasts and blends get you going in the morning.
Caribou’s coffee is an artisanal blend of beans from all over the world. It is socially responsible coffee, so while you are sipping your morning joe a farmer is able to provide for his family. Just this makes me want a stronger caffeine high. In addition, they are helping to preserve the environment with their harvesting practices. This just means we will be able to drink Caribou’s brands for much longer. Go ahead and stock up on hot coca for those cold winter days that are just over the horizon. Sorry to burst your summer bubble, but its going to get cold sooner than later.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Revisit The Past

It is one thing to spend your whole weekend scouring every second hand store and goodwill to find the perfect 1970s gown or sequined top that no-one has, but it is even better when someone has already done the work for you. However when this someone has already found the needle in the haystack the customer ends up paying through the roof for their rare find. I have seen vintage t-shirts that are held together by a fraying seam sell for upwards of $100. There is no way I can afford a ratty concert-t for that price.
I was pursuing the finds and crafts on Etsy when I came across Redux’s shop. Stocked in their shop are great vintage finds at reasonable, affordable prices. The clothing is more expensive then those at The Salvation Army, but they are nowhere near boutique prices. The pieces are vintage, fashion forward and in excellent condition. The styles look current and wearable for any occasion. You may mistake some for those on the racks at Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom. However these dresses, tops and skirts have a charm that mass production cannot capture. .
My favorite piece is a Black Lace 80’s dress. The craftsmanship looks impeccable and is incredibly interesting. The front is plain and simple with a high neck; however when you turn around the low back with rosettes and ruffles is a hidden surprise that adds intrigue to any outfit. Oh and I forgot to mention it is only $42. If the dress is in the condition Redux claims, this dress is an absolute steal. You couldn’t get something like this on sale at a department store. Another favorite of mine is the 1980s Flirty Fall Floral-Print Skirt. This is a great piece for the office. It combines many of the trends from the fall runway: volume, pockets and florals. You may find a knock-off at H&M or Forever 21, but will it actually last through a wash? This one probably will. With a black top and cardigan and a great strappy wedge your outfit will be killer. This one is even better, $23.
These may seem high prices to pay for clothes someone else wore; however they are beautiful and different from anything you can find in your local mall. Vintage is a great way to look current with an edge. Every designer references the past. Stay current with the good ole days. Redux’s items are incredible. His or Her eye knows how to pick what will stand the test of time. Treat yourself to vintage that will look great for years to come.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Clothes your wardrobe GAP

I was at my local GAP today to stock up on fall and winter clothes.  I have passed the window on my way to work everyday wanting to go in and shop.  Their clothes look really great and are perfect to follow the trends straight of the runway.  I was willing to go in and pay the full retail price, but everything is on sale.  Everything is up to 40% off.  The clothes are great.  I picked up wide leg trousers to wear with a cowl neck short-sleeved sweater.  The high wasted wide leg jeans were incredibly flattering.  There were very cute sweater dresses.  Plaids were huge on the runways and now assessable at the gap.  They have flattering patterns with great ruffles on the front.  It is the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.     Everything was a neutral color pallet:  black, brown and grey.  Its a perfect sale to stock up on basics that you have worn to their last seams.  Head over to your local branch or pick up your basics online at

Friday, September 19, 2008

If the shoe fits

If the shoe fits buy it in every color. Well I wish I could do that. Steve Madden is enticing customers to live by this mantra. Here is a coupon code for 20% off your entire order. Upon check out enter the code "extra20" and enjoy a little savings.

The shoes this season are great and it is hard to narrow down what you really need. I personally love the "Reins" which have a great distressed look. They are practical and funky. Great news is that they have been reduced in price. I may have to start this fall season with one great booted foot forward.

Top This

Any girl living the life on a budget across the pond lives and breathes for the Mecca Topshop. This is every fashionistas one stop shop for the latest, cutting edge looks. They stock everything from basic t-shirts, candy colored jeans, flowy frocks, killer heels and all types of undergarments to boot. Styles change weekly and prices stay consistently low. Walk into the Oxford Street flagship store in central London and it appears as if every young chic woman has descended up the store.
Tempted to jump in and swim across the pond? There is no need to scour for the cheapest flight into Heathrow. As I write this post construction on the first U.S. outpost is off the ground running in downtown Manhattan. Can’t wait? Live in Portland, Oregon? 3000 miles too far to travel? Well you are now have the luxury to be as fashionable and trend worthy as our counterparts in the U.K. The online store recently started pricing their items in U.S. dollars and listing the sizes in American measurements. There is no need to figure out what the daily exchange rate is or convert your size to the British size system. To top things off shipping is a flat rate of $15 from the U.K. That is very reasonable. It may seem steep for one item, but pool your friends together and split the cost of shipping to equate to only pennies.
Most of the jeans are under $100. You can have 3 evening tops for the price of one from a major department store. Pick up a t-shirt in every color of the rainbow and never say I have nothing to go with this again. This change is encouraging Americans to dress more fashionable, have more fun picking out a wardrobe and be at the forefront rather than following trends.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More Savings

I found another website with codes: I like this site a bit more because it is aesthetically pleasing in comparison. It looks a bit cleaner and more organized. Another great feature is that it has codes for Canada and the UK. Why not spread the love of saving. They offer printable coupons and online codes. There is a section of the top ten hottest offers on and off the web, new offers and ones about to expire. All the major retailers are featured. No code for the store you want to buy something for? Check out the free shipping tab, the retailer maybe offering that promotion.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Don't miss this rare deal

One of my favorite stores on, the Atelier is having a summer clearance sale. The designer has the most exquisite jewelry that are unique and intriguing. The prices range from the very affordable to the more desirable. The pieces are original, classic, and creative. Colors are vibrant and will spruce up any outfit. To make everything better the Atelier is having a promotion, 40% off everything in stock. That necklace that may have been a bit of a reach could now be super affordable.

I purchased Lapis earrings that I have had my eye on for over a year. I am so happy The Atelier ran this promotion or I may have not purchased. Another great plus to this shop, is that The Atelier accepts returns.

The Atelier uses various materials from gold to semi-precious gemstones. Since the materials are of the earth, they will be different and have character all on its own. I am sure if you purchased a piece your friends would think that your husband or boyfriend broke the bank for your anniversary. But you can keep the secret to yourself that you were able to afford this incredible glamour on a budget.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Stand Out In The Crowd

Are you looking for a distinctive item to set you apart from everyone else? Then check out Etsy, the Mecca for all things unique. is an online market place where artists have a platform to sell their handmade and creative items. Items run the gamut from intricate necklaces to ceramic place settings for 8. There are too many items to choose from, you just may spend your whole day on the site.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Is that even possible? Etsy has a feature called Alchemy where a potential buyer can explain what they are looking for. Then artists bid on the project explaining how they can fill the buyers need.

I have used this site since last summer as both a buyer and seller. I sell my limited edition photographs from my travels. Here is a little self promotion; take a look: I have also bought some nice items on the website. I absolutely feel in love with this necklace by SkyDreams: I had never actually seen anything like and saved money to purchase it. Whenever I wear it I get tons of compliments and people always ask where it is from. I then send them to I have also purchased bath products that feel and smell like they are from a department store but for a fraction of the price.

Etsy is a great website that gives artists a chance so showcase their creative works to a larger audience. It helps promote individuality and supports the artists who want to express their visions. Not to mention, the prices are very reasonable and often too hard to believe. These artists put their heart and sole into many of these items and we benefit by looking great and not loosing too many pennies. Take a look at this ring: It is only $20. If you went into Barney’s New York on Madison Ave, you would spend upwards of $200. You can look at it as a savings of 90%. That is crazy! Go ahead shop to your hearts content, and make everyone jealous of your unique look.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sing to Your Hearts Content

I am passing on this information about:

Come Karaoke to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Watering Hole 106 E 19th Street - between Park Ave South and Irving Place

The evening will be filled with off-tune melodies, a raffle, silent auction and drink specials!Some items to be auctioned off include a Roundabout Theatre Company Subscription, products you'll "dye" for - you could even win a date with any member of TEAM BROADWAY BOOBIES!

Only $5 to enjoy the festivities!

This event was created in memory of our team captain's mother, Kelly Eldridge, who spent countless hours singing with Kara on Grandma's eight-track karaoke machine. Kelly lost her battle with breast cancer eight years ago at age 43.

All proceeds benefit TEAM BROADWAY BOOBIES for our walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 14th.

Bring your friends, and help combat Breast Cancer. This is a great way to kick back and pretend you were on stage at this weekend's VMA's

For more information check out this website:

Friday, September 5, 2008

Save a few pennies here and there

I was cleaning out my inbox and found a great link my father sent me. It is a compilation of all the promos and coupon codes on the Internet. I know there are countless websites that list all the codes but it is great to have one saved as a favorite or bookmarked. is great because it organizes it by merchant, alphabetically, or category. So if you know exactly what you want and from where you can see if that website has a special running. Or if you need to send a friend or lover flowers you can see what online florist is running a special. It makes life so much easier. It also has a ticker, with the most recent codes that might tickle your fancy for a less guilty impulse purchase.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

So the time has come for me to step out on my own and become the adult I have always dreamed of. I recently graduated college and have become a member of America’s vast work force. Going to school in Tennessee I was living off my parent’s money and enjoying the typical American College Experience. There were the football tailgates, sorority formals, Thursday nights down town etc. I was having the time of my life and not watching my pocketbook as closely as I should have been. But now reality hits.....

It is my time to start paying my way. At the beginning of next month I will be on my own in more ways than one. I will be moving into the big city trying to support myself and establish a place for me in society. Moving into the most expensive city in America an entry level salary is going to be the reality check that I desperately need. It is time for me to learn how to budget and truly know the meaning of a hard earned dollar.

Of course I can afford rent, but what about the extras? What will be left over for fun? Will I actually lose the weight I have so desperate tried to shed since puberty? Will I be forced into mandatory anorexia? I doubt it. Will my social life cease to exist? The purpose of me moving into the city is to have one; another weekend in suburbia may force me to go insane.

This brings me to my mission. I am going to live the life of a fashionista, celebutant, socialite, you name it, without going into debt. I may not have the latest Seven Jeans or Christian Loubutain heels but I am going to find the best alternative. Sipping champagne at Buddahkahn every weekend? It will be more along the lines of the occasional appearance on a special night out. However there are countless inexpensive gems in this city, and I am going to unearth them. With the money I have saved I maybe able to eat a balanced meal or slip into some Lavin flats. I am going to find a way to live the life….on a budget!