Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Beauty of Life: Beauty Deals: Klean Spring KLEAN-Ing Sale

Check out this deal on my Favorite Beauty Blog:

The Beauty of Life: Beauty Deals: Klean Spring KLEAN-Ing Sale

Klean has some really affordable products and at 30% off it would be a shame to pass up this deal.

Joe Want Some Coffee

In these economic times splurging on a daily latte has turned from a small indulgence to big ticket item. If you can’t cut out your Venti Caramel Macchiato out of your daily grind, but feel guilty about forking over $5+ every morning you may want to make the small investment in the Starbucks Gold Card . At a party this weekend I found out about this savings card from a Starbucks aficionado. He enlightened me to the benefits this little card brings java addicts. For a nominal, annual fee of $25 you reap some amazing benefits. First off when you purchase this card in store you get a free drink; yes at first it seems like a $25 cup of coffee. I see this, but the benefits out weigh the costs. However, it is Starbucks way of saying thank you for being such a loyal customer. Once you activate the card you receive 10% off all purchases, such as drinks, coffee makers, travel mugs, etc. This way you can enjoy their goodness at home and on the way to the office. If you have a daily habit the card will only cost you about 6 cents per visit. Need a 2nd one to make it through the day, and the daily cost drops even more.

In addition to not feeling incredibly guilty on drinking designer coffee you will receive free Wi-Fi per day for 2 hours in any Starbucks locations that offer the service. A non-gold card holding customer has to shell out over another $4 just to enjoy surfing the net while sipping on his Mocha, but you my friend will get the added perk. On your birthday you are treated to a free beverage of your choice. Throughout the year Starbucks will notify you when they have exclusive offers and discounts for card holders only. Even if you can’t think of spending $25 for a discount of 10% this is a great gift for someone who can’t kick their Starbucks habit. Wrap one up for your highly caffeinated friend or relative. They will truly appreciate the savings for the next year to come.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Besides their coveted bras Victoria Secret has some great basics for your everyday dressing. They are offering 20% off their tees and tops by entering the code TOPS20 when checking out. Stock up on basics to layer under low cut tops. Pick up a bright pink tank to peek out of your blacks and white. This is a great way to try out the neon trend that was all over the spring runways without being too obvious. I can't imagine spending $200 on a neon yellow dress for me to wear 2 or 3 times this summer. With a tank top for under $15 I can attempt to be my inner fashionista. Pick up some cami's with the shelf bra inside for added support. Basic cottons are the essentials to every wardrobe and should be updated from time to time so you look clean and fresh. We all know that yellowed pitties of your white t-shirts are NOT attractive. So you have no excuse.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Revisit the Classics?

The 80s are back in full swing whether you would like to admit or not. Trust me that you will be seeing plenty of acid washed jeans on the city streets come fall. To complete this look you need a pair of Knockaround Sunglasses. These are the classic shades that every prepster wore on the beaches with white zinc to protect their noses. I suggest indulging in a pair of these classics, but trade the zinc for a spf that is not so obvious.

Don’t want to spend $100 on this trend? Me neither. The Originals only go for $7. You can pick from a rainbow of colors. Stock up and have a pair for each mood. This model features classic lines, a rugged, rubberized plastic frame, lenses that can pop in and out, and hinges that can take a beating. Perfect for when you nail that dig at your beach volleyball game. Need something a little more serious? The Premium version at a steeper $12 comes in basic colors. Pick the option that goes best with your skin tone and hair color. Options are Black, Brown, Clear and White. This version has a higher quality plastic, and smoother hinges. Also featuring a slightly edgier lens line and a key-hole notch at the top of the nose bridge Both versions have Knockaround’s logo etched into the side. The grandiose typeset is a fun and rich. In addition to looking fabulous the lenses are scratch-resistant lenses and have UV400 protection. Domestic shipping is free for orders over $21. Can't rack up a bill that high, anything under is a flat rate of $1.99. Which is basically free shipping compared to sights that get away with charging a whopping $10 (highway robbery). These are a fun pair of summer shades for those who don’t necessarily take themselves too seriously. I love how fun and bold they are. Be proud the 80s are back, just throw out those shoulder pads. Now go knock around a few ideas how you want to rock these shades come springtime.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Deals and Steals

Taste: The sale rack in the back right of this Atlantic Station boutique is stocked with wear-now pieces, including a cropped, scalloped-sleeved jacket from Sass & Bide, Young Fabulous & Broke tops, and jeans from Raven Denim. 265 18th St., Ste. 4160404-347-0211 Mon.-Sat., 10-9; Sun., 12-6

Genetic Denim at Rhinoceros: This Buckhead newcomer is having a trunk show of Genetic Denim's newest cuts and styles this Friday. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and a 20 percent discount on Genetic Denim purchases. 3400 Around Lenox Rd. 404-842-0942 Event: Fri March 27, 11-8 Regular hours: Mon.-Sat., 11-6; Sun., 1-5

Labels Resale Boutique: Located in the west Buckhead shopping district, this new consignment and resale boutique offers a constantly rotating range of high-end designer clothing—including Chanel, Prada, Theory, St. Johns, and Gucci—all significantly reduced. 3202 Paces Ferry Pl. 404-446-6700 Mon.-Sat., 10-7; Sun., 1-5

Jac: Check out Inman Park's e-shop reveals some serious deals on shoes, like black platforms by Charlotte Ronson and buckle-strap leather flats from F-Troupe, reduced 75 to 90 percent. 245 N. Highland Ave. NE, space 120 404-681-4696 Mon.-Fri., 12-7; Sat., 11-8; Sun., 11-5

Liv's Clothing & Accessories: Today, March 24, Liv's is offering complimentary makeup sessions and 15-minute massages. Plus: The first 20 ladies through the door receive a beauty gift bag with coupons, discounts, and freebies. 3794 Roswell Rd. 404-869-6555 Event: Tues., 5:30-8 Regular hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-6


Silken Tent: Take advantage of these specials all month long at the eco-wellness spa: Save $15 on a 60-minute massage, $20 on a 75-minute massage, and $25 on a 90-minute massage (including Reiki treatments and Sacred Stone, Relaxation, and Deep Tissue massages); save $20 on all facials 60 minutes or longer. 2300 Chestnut Ave., Glenview 847-510-1240 Tues., 9-5; Wed.-Thurs., 9-7; Fri.-Sat., 9-6; Sun., 11-5

Hubba-Hubba: Hubba-Hubba and Paint the Town Red, a local interior styling and painting company, are partnering for a shopping event this Thursday, March 26. Enjoy wine and appetizers and savings of 20 percent as you shop, and enter to win one of many gifts, including a color consultation ($250 value) and a Michael Stars top ($65 value). 3309 N. Clark St. 773-477-1414 Event: Thurs., 5-8 Regular hours: Mon.-Fri., 12-7; Sat., 11-6; Sun., 12-5

BrilliBrilli Salon is offering highlights for only $50 (regularly $128) through Wednesday, April 1. Take advactage to brighten up your do for the upcoming spring months. 3334 N. Ashland Ave. 773-755-4247 Tues.-Thurs., 1-8; Fri., 10-5:30, Sat., 9-4:30

Le Dress: Now through Saturday, April 4, bring in gently used dresses, clutches, jewelry, shoes, and unopened makeup; the Glass Slipper Project will give them to needy girls for prom. Those who donate receive 20 percent off one regular-price item in the store. Clean out your closet and help make a girl's prom night one to remember for years. In these hard economic times, they are going to need the donations more than ever. 1741 W. Division St. 773-697-9855Mon.-Wed., 11-7; Thurs., 11-8; Fri., 11-7; Sat., 11-6; Sun., 11-5

Material Possessions: Save 10 percent on the Gilmore Glassware featured for Table of the Month at Material Possessions, through the end of March. 704 N. Wabash Ave. 312-280-4885 Mon.-Sat., 10-6; Sun., 12-5


J.Crew: In-store-only Make a Break For It promotion offers a range of discounts, including 30 percent off select tees, shorts, and flip-flops. And for my students and teachers, remember you ALWAYS get 15% off your J Crew purchases. 8687 N. Central Expy. 214-987-9700 2609

Fresh: The only Fresh boutique in Texas is offering free makeovers on Monday, March 23, and free facials on Friday, March 27. 1030 North Park Center 214-691-1500 Mon.-Sat., 10-9; Sun., 12-6

Solution for Hair: Hairstylist Mark Horn, recently relocated to Westheimer Road in River Oaks, is offering Lucky readers 20 percent off any hair service booked for March. Make sure you mention the promotion when booking at the salon. 1800 Westheimer Rd. 713-526-4545 Tues.,12-8; Wed.-Fri., 10-7; Sat., 9-5

Los Angeles

Archive Agency: Save up to 85 percent at this multidesigner sample sale this Saturday and Sunday, featuring shoes and clothing. Expect an insanely good mix of labels, from Marni, Dries Van Noten, and Stella McCartney to Rory Beca and Yumi Kim. RSVP to info@archiveagency.net. 530 N. Larchmont #3Sat.-Sun., 12-5

Le Pink & Co.: This Silverlake beauty apothecary is offering 25 percent off all salon services through the end of March. Services include brow waxing ($30 and up) and facial treatments ($65 and up) that use Eminence Organic Skincare and Bioelements. 3820 W. Sunset Blvd. 323-661-7465Mon., 12-6; Tues.-Fri., 12-7; Sat., 11-7; Sun., 11-6

Mercado: Save up to 75 percent on clothing, furniture, and jewelry at this trendy Sunset Junction boutique, known for its mix of antique and modern housewares, gorgeous glass vessels, and dainty jewelry. 3517 W. Sunset Blvd. 323-662-2600Mon.-Fri., 11-7; Sat., 10-7; Sun., 12-5

Sheila: This Melrose boutique has the city's most impressive selection of Australian labels—including Sass & Bide, Wish, Mink Pink, and Alice McCall—and the most covetable pieces from each. Select pieces are reduced up to 60 percent. Tell your friends you took a quick trip down under, when you just beared the traffic to be the first one at Sheila 8568 Melrose Ave. 310-360-0033 Mon., 11-7, Sun., 11-5

Madison: The Melrose Avenue location is offering up to 90 percent savings on select clothing and shoes. Look for key seasonal pieces by Twenty8Twelve, Society for Rational Dress, and Yaya Aflalo. 8115 Melrose Ave. 323-651-3662Mon.-Fri., 11-7; Sun., 12-5


Shanghai Tang: Chinese lifestyle brand Shanghai Tang's only Florida location in the Mandarin Oriental, is filled with contemporary designs—from clothing made of Chinese silk and Mongolian cashmere to leather handbags and jade-adorned cases. Through Monday, March 30, mention Lucky to save 25 percent on everything in the store and receive free valet parking. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami 305-913-3870 Mon.-Sun., 10-8:30

Palm Beach Jem: Located inside boutique Rapunzel's Closet, Palm Beach Jem specializes in hard-to-find jewelry, beauty, and home ambience lines. Save 50 percent on everything online and in-store through Thursday, April 30 (type in coupon code "jemrocks" at online checkout). Palm Beach Jem (inside Rapunzel's Closet) 326 South County Rd., Palm Beach 561-832-1225 Mon.-Sat., 10-6; Sun., 12-5

Lace Beauty Lab: This full-service salon, spa, and boutique in the South of Fifth Street district is awash in electric pink and silver decor. Besides the nail salon's famously meticulous manicures ($22) and pedicures ($38), clients can book makeup applications ($65), blowouts ($65), facials, and massages, and shop great designer finds at the on-site retail boutique. Mention Lucky to save 20 percent on everything at the South of Fifth Street location through Saturday, March 28. 500 South Pointe Dr., Miami Beach 305-532-0190 Tues.-Sun., 10-8


Catherine Malandrino and Coup de Coeur: This Thursday, March 26, shopping concierge service Coup de Coeur is hosting a Spring Soiree at Catherine Malandrino's Meatpacking boutique. Expect champagne cocktails and 30 percent off the spring collection. RSVP (required) to RSVP@coupdecoeurny.com. 652 Hudson St. 212-929-8710 Event: Thurs., 6-9

Hermès: Ready-to-wear, accessories, bags, shoes, and housewares from the famed French label are on offer from Wednesday, March 25, to Sunday, March 29. Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. Wed., 9-6; Thurs., 9-8; Fri.-Sat., 9-6; Sun., 1-5

Wink: Starting Thursday, March 26, through Saturday, March 28, some great labels from —Ya-Ya, Gryphon, Sam Edelmen—are up to 80 percent off. 188 Columbus Ave. 212-877-7727 Event: Thurs.-Sat., 11-7

Marchesa: Marchesa Couture gowns, cocktail dresses, and silk jackets, pants, and tops—which regularly retail from $3,000 to $7,000—are marked $400 to $2,650, and eveningwear from the label's Notte line is $295 to $450 (regularly $650 to $1,800). Stop by and get a great dress from this celebrity coveted brand. Sale runs from Wednesday, March 25, to Thursday, March 26. The Warwick Hotel, 65 W. 54 St., Kent Suite, Second Fl. Event: Wed., 8-7; Thurs., 8-6

Cynthia Rowley: Save up to 80 percent on the New York–based designer's clothes and accessories—including a 20 percent discount on all current, full-price items—from Thursday, March 26, to Saturday, March 28. 376 Bleecker St. 212-242-3803 Event: Thurs.-Sat., 10-9

La Perla: Today, March 24, preview the new spring 2009 collection, sip cocktails, and save 25 percent on all purchases made that night. RSVP is required to laperlarsvp@starworksny.com. 425 W. 14th St. 212-242-6662Event: Tues., 7-9

Built By Wendy: This weekend only, buy Wendy Mullin's comfy-cool designs on sale in Soho and Williamsburg. 7 Centre Market Pl. 212-925-653846 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn 718-384-2882

Roberto Cavalli: Save up to 85 percent on new spring 2009 samples, including a floral sundress for $255 (was $1,950) and a tie-dye halter maxi dress for $330 (was $3,900), in Cavalli's showroom through Sunday, March 29. 50 W. 58th St., Eighth Fl. Mon.-Fri., 10-6; Sun., 10-6

Sample Sale: Marc Bouwer, Valentino, Lela Rose, and more--All week long, designer gowns and evening-worthy cocktail dresses are 75 to 90 percent off. 50W. 57th St., Eighth Fl. 212-920-1211Mon.-Fri., 10-6; Sun., 10-6


Scarlett Alley: Starting tomorrow, March 25, through the end of the month, this eclectic Old City gift and accessory shop is offering jewelry from designers such as Alexis Bittar, John Wind/Maximal Art, and Catherine Weitzman at half-price. You need that perfect necklace for your special date next weekend. 241 Race St. 215-592-7898Mon.-Tues., 11-7; Wed., 11-8; Thurs., 11-7; Sat., 10-6; Sun., 12-5

Vagabond: Right now at this Old City clothing, accessory, and vintage-goods shop, fall and winter shoes, boots, clothing and accessories—from Frye, Anzevino and Florence, J Brand, and others—are discounted up to 50 percent, and new batches of vintage spring finds are filling the shelves. 37 N. Third St. 267-671-0737 Mon.-Sat., 11-7; Sun., 12-5

Trina Turk at Per Lei: From Thursday, March 26, through Saturday, March 28, this well-edited Media boutique is holding a Trina Turk trunk show; meet the sales rep and receive 20 percent savings on all Trina Turk purchases. 2 E. State St., Media610-566-1252Mon.-Tues., 9-7; Wed., 9-9; Thurs.-Fri., 9-7; Sat., 9-6

Ame Salon & Spa: Through the end of the month, this oasis-like Main Line spa is offering 15 percent savings on the super-pampering Active Pureness Facial, Oriental Body Glow, and Spa Pedicure. 111 Waynewood Ave., Wayne610-995-AME1 Mon., 9-9; Tues., 12-9; Wed.-Thurs., 9-9; Fri., 9-5; Sat., 8-4; Sun., 9-4


Sole: The Pearl's chic outpost for stylish urban accessories continues its monthlong March Madness string of sales with markdowns on new handbags from Thursday, March 26, to Sunday, March 29. Save 20 percent on all bags in the store, including brands such as Hobo and Latico. 1033 NW Couch St. 503-222-SOLEMon.-Fri., 11-7; Sat., 10-7; Sun., 12-6

Oh Baby!: This scrumptious designer lingerie shop is celebrating spring with free professional bra-fitting consultations, and 15 percent markdowns on all bra purchases with each one. Book an appointment for Saturday, March 28, or Sunday, March 29, at the Broadway location or Saturday, April 4, or Sunday, April 5, at the Nob Hill shop. Irvington: 1811 NE Broadway503-281-7430Mon.-Sat., 11-7; Sun., 12-5Nob Hill: 722 NW 23rd Ave. 503-274-4190

San Fran

Eden & Eden: Save up to 50 percent on all items by Finnish designer Ivana Helsinki at this North Beach boutique. Expect Scandinavian-inspired pieces with bold prints and handmade touches—we love the Diamond Print Clutch ($70). 560 Jackson St. 415-983-0490Mon.-Fri., 10-7; Sat., 10-6; Sun., 12-6

Cocoon Urban Day Spa: Through the end of March, deals at this Soma District spa include a free spa manicure when you purchase a Cocoon facial or Cocooning pedicure (Tuesday through Friday before 5 PM), and $10 off a first-time Brazilian wax. 330 First St., Second Fl. 415-777-0100 Tues.-Fri., 10-8; Sat.-Sun., 10-6

BellaPelle Skin Studio: Save 15 percent on BellePelle's 50-minute Foundation Facial ($95 value) through the month of March. This is the ultimate service for dry winter skin: It includes skin analysis, deep cleansing, exfoliation, a mask, and moisturizer. 9 Maiden Ln. 415-362-6384Mon.-Fri., 8-8; Sat., 9-5; Sun., 11-5


77th Street Imports: For her site, the native Houstonite Chelsea Dreyer unearths chic bags, sandals, and jewelry from every corner of the world. Save 20 percent site-wide; enter "LOCALDEALAPR" at checkout to redeem the offer, good through April.

Bailey Doesn’t Bark: named after the designer’s well-mannered pooch, is making us want to reassess our hatred of all things creepy and crawly. Ants on mugs and roaches on plates are just as adorable as the collection’s postcard mugs with hearts. Take 25% off your order.
Enter code CANDY25 at checkout.

Oots!: This site is offering 25% off their homewear items. Enter code DCOOTS at checkout.

Blue & Cream: Take 25% off the litenay of brands this website offers. Stock up on hanky panky's or treat yourself to a Zac Posen piece. Enter code DC2009 at checkout.

Shuella: Just like it sounds, and umbrella for your feet. These are so much easier than wearing your rainboots and toting your Louboutain's to the office. Just slip these ingenious item over your shoes and hit the ground running. Save your back from shleping your boots to the office. Save $15 dollars on these bad boys. Originally $49.95, you can now snag a pair for $34.95, plus free shipping.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Healthy Dollar Menu

Leave the house this morning without eating breakfast? There is no excuse for not having the most important meal of the day. Do you feel guilty for spending almost 10 bucks on that latte and bagel? Click on this link http://www.oatmealforabuck.com/coupondc1.aspx and head over to Jamba Juice for a breakfast of champions for only $1. Its a hearty portion for a mini price. This promotion lasts until the end of the month, so print out enough copies so you will have a healthy breakfast for the remainder of march. You won't be getting that nasty instant oatmeal that comes out of a package; you will get slow cooked, stick to your ribs oatmeal that will keep you satisfied until lunch hits. Not to mention, your $1 breakfast comes in 3 flavors: Blueberry-Blackberry, Apple Cinimmon, or Fresh Banana. They are great, healthy ingredients that are fresh and nutrient packed. Now there is no excuse to not start the day off right.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fresh Faced

Last minute date? Were you also caugt in the rain and look like a drowned rat? Chances of this happening in London are high. So head over to The Powder Room , in the Shoreditch part of town for a quick fixer-upper at an affordable price. For £15, you can have either your hair or makeup done. You can’t even pick up a new lipgloss at Selfridge’s Chanel counter for £15. Have your cuticles seen better days? Try a manicure starting for the same low price.

This new salon is a great addition for us ladies who need a little extra help looking our best. The stylist are dressed in retro garb referencing the 1950s. The decor matches the throwback vibe as well. Its as if you are stepping back in time when women honored their weekly beauty apointments. Using only the best products from Bumble and Bumble and Mavala you will get excellent services that will leave some dough over so you can pick up a hot new dress at top shop for that special someone. Remember first impressions are important, so head over to the Powder Room and put your best face forward.


136 Columbia RoadLondon E2 7RG

Phone: 0207 729 1365

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Big Easy on the Wallet

After my trip to New Orleans a few weeks ago, I still have the taste of dinner at Boucherie on my lips. My friend who I was visiting had heard great things about this place. He heard the food was on par with some of NYC’s best restaurants, but had the price tag of Chili’s. Fresh off the plane from New York, I needed to enjoy this meal on the time-honored porch in the night’s spring air. The inside of this traditional New Orleans home has plenty of tables to seat you at.

Our adorable waitress greeted us and uncorked the bottle of wine we brought; the night was off to a good start. Sipping the red wine we studied the menu having a hard time deciding what to order. There were too many options for us to pick. For appetizers we settled on traditional dishes from New Orleans. We had the Blackened Shrimp and Grit Cake with Warm House Made Fudge Farms Bacon Vinaigrette ($8) and Boudin Balls with a Garlic Aioli ($5). This was my first experience with Boudin and wasn’t my last of the trip. The first explosion of flavor was with the appetizers, but did not end until the check was paid. Then for our second course I ordered Smoked Black Angus Beef Brisket with Garlicky Parmesan Fries ($13). The brisket I am used to from back home is of a different origin, which my mother cooks to perfection, but this dish was an intense experience. The fries had the right amount of garlic; not too much that I needed to inhale altoids. Anticipating dessert I left a bit over, which my friend swooped in to clean my plate. He started his entrée with Pulled Pork Cake with Potato Confit and Purple Cabbage Cole Slaw ($12) which was far better than our other pulled pork experiences. The crisp slaw was the perfect compliment to the pork. For both dishes the meat was tender, while melting in your mouth. To cap the evening off we finished with House Made Fudge Farms Bacon Brownie ($5) and Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding ($5). Not the biggest donut coinsure I was skeptical about this dish, but it was the perfect desert. It tasted like warm French toast with maple syrup. While the brownie’s concept was interesting, the bacon added the perfect amount of smoke to the chocolate flavor to set it apart from the Betty Crocker mix you make at home.

This dining experience is one that I will remember for a while. The food was absolutely incredible and ridiculously affordable. My 3-course meal was under $30 with tip. I have no idea where else you could have gotten such a great meal for such a low price. The presentation was beautiful, the staff was incredibly friendly and the food was out of this world. So next time you are in New Orleans, put your drink down and pull yourself away from Bourbon St and head to this uptown restaurant for a memorable meal.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Not From Condensed

Winter seems to be coming to an end? That’s what us North Easterners thought last week when we turned the calendar over to March. Then we got slammed with the biggest snow storm of the season. I got let out of work early and all I wanted was a steaming cup of soup to sip on as I caught up on Oprah and soap operas. I could have called the Chinese place down the street to deliver me some hot and sour soup for the 2nd night in a row, but feeling like Miranda was not the confidence boost I was looking for.

Then I was reading my bible Daily Candy and they had featured a great soup place. Trouble was this soup shack was 3,000 miles away in Seattle. So now I am employing all my Seattle readers to go out and try Lect’s Soup Stop (http://lectssoupstop.com/) and tell me what I am missing. Lect’s serves two fresh varieties of soup every day; everything is local, natural ingredients and never made from that condensed nastiness. Stop in next Tuesday for Georgetown Beer Broccoli Bacon Cheddar or Friday for this original chowder Smoked Salmon Chowder. For just a fiver, you get a pint of soup to warm your soul, with some bread for dunking. Not only do you fill up on fresh ingredients, profits from your tasty lunch go to city charities. Now you don't have to feel guilty about chowing down. Head over to 5327 Denver Avenue South, to stock up on some soup before the March madness of snow creeps up on Seattle.