Wednesday, March 31, 2004

L.A. "Fashion" Week
It ain't Paris, but I will allow that it is indeed more than jeans and T-shirts. Plus, Yoanna walked the runway at Petro Zillia and Custo Barcelona! Read more about it in the L.A. Times (which is actually a quality newspaper and has the most extensive coverage), WWD, and at Elle.com.
Gross, but cool
Warning: If you're incredibly squeamish, I'd suggest not reading this posting. But if you're like me and you like gross stuff, read on.

Even though every magazine in the world tells you not to do it, I still pick at my skin (as do most people I know). Because my nose is particularly prone to blackheads, I really enjoy squeezing my pores. (See, I told you it was going to be gross.) Those Biore pore strips work, but for me, they're just not as satisfying. Now, I used to use my fingernails, but, thanks to my friend Marcy, I was introduced to the extractor. A fine piece of steel, the flat end is for blackheads and the wire end is for whiteheads. Just a bit of pressure and ahhhh! Out comes the gross stuff! For optimal results, I suggest first steaming or putting a hot washcloth over your face to loosen up the gunk. Mmm, sebum!

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Labels I Love: Banana Republic
Once upon a time, I thought that, much like The Gap, pricier older sister Banana Republic was stodgy and boring. I don't know what's in the water over at Gap Inc. headquarters--maybe their designers can just pull off spring's romantic look well--but suddenly I want to buy everything in the store (and while not as inexpensive as runty youngest sibling Old Navy, that notion is not entirely out of the question). Banana's jewelry has always been top-notch (and as of late, the accessories have been, too), but now the clothes are incredible as well. Plus, any store where I can comfortably wear a size 8 is A-OK with me.

Some of my favorites for spring: This sequined miniskirt makes me want to go dancing. Pretty quick with the knockoffs, this dress reminds me of Madonna's Grammy dress (also see this ruched top). These cropped pants are perfect for spring-transitional weather. The shoulder ties give this top a nice spin on the layered look. My lace-trimmed boy shorts are one of my favorite pairs of underwear, and they're virtually invisible under pants. (That was a pun.) I'm a big fan of whimsical shoes (well, okay, of shoes in general), and these suede leaf shoes certainly qualify. Finally, the jewelry I'm lusting after: the pearl cluster necklace, the enamel and stones cuff, the jade drop earrings, and the enamel flower brooch (trust me, brooches are the new chandelier earrings).

And, as if you needed any more incentive to shop, spend $125 and get free shipping (not a hard thing to do).
In the papers
NYT: The Chanel jacket is the new Murakami bag; Che Guevara is trendy; and (thank god), finally, Daryl K has reopened her Bond Street store (2nd item). Now if only former neighbor Katayone Adeli could reopen hers...

WWD: Sick of Tom Ford yet? Either way, he's still thinking about designing clothes; CFDA nominees; and Wal-Mart might start selling cashmere.

NYP: A paper after my own heart, the Post reports the negative effect of L.A. fashion on New York wardrobes; and a writer road-tests a typical L.A. outfit--to disastrous results.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Website of the Week
Since America's Next Top Model is off the air until next year, I'm having to come up with new and entertaining ideas for postings here at Cheryl Shops. (It's amazing how much time I have now that I'm not constantly obsessing about Shandi, Yoanna, et al.) Hence, Website of the Week, Labels I Love, and other new and exciting features coming soon.

This week's inagural Website of the Week is VernYip.com, official website of my favorite Trading Spaces designer, Vern Yip. (Yes, okay, I am a bit embarassed about how much I love this show, but I felt much better when I was getting my hair done a few months ago and one of the super-hipster hairstylists rushed in clutching an autographed copy of Ty the Carpenter's new book and raving about how hot he is in person.) Anyway, Vern offers some useful design tips ("Installing a large mirror with an interesting frame is often a great and economical way to create visual interest in a room with otherwise little artwork") and in his online shop sells a variety of cool, affordable home accents, including this lacquered bowl and this black silk pillow. Take that, Doug!
The week in shopping
Sale of the week: Girlshop, one of my favorite websites, is having its spring sample sale this week, with everything 40%-70% off--and the sale usually has items currently for sale for full price on the website. Expect Von Dutch hats, Havianas flip-flops, Circle by Mara Hoffman, Priorities, T-Bags, and more. 3/30-4/3; noon-8 Tue., 10-6 Wed.-Fri.; noon-6 Sat.; 154 W. 14th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 9th fl.

Bloomingdale's is having a "private" sale Tuesday and Wednesday, details of which can be found here. (Not so private, eh?) Being a store-charge-card-holder, I got a plethora of coupons in the mail, which I fully plan to use (they're along the lines of "spend $100, get $15 off").

This sale was mega-crazy last time (i.e., lines out the door and into the street), so go at your own risk: Mella’s ubiquitous terry flip-flops are up to 70% off. 3/31-4/1; noon-7:30; 25 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

J. Rosen Showroom has swimwear and more from Vix, Bella Brazil, Lisa Curran, and others for up to 60% off; suits are $35-$65 (originally $125-$150); Havianas flip-flops are $8. Through 4/2; 8-7; 250 W. 39th St., Ste. 510.

Working girls, take note: Elie Tahari's office-friendly clothes are up to 80% off. 4/1-4/4; 11-8 weekdays, 10-8 Sat., 11-4 Sun.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Bra Tenders, an excellent place to buy, well, a bra, is having a hosiery sale, featuring Wolford, Gerbe, and Donna Karan for $2-$30 (up to 50% off). 4/1-4/15; noon-6 weekdays; 630 9th Ave., near 44th St., room 601.

Gracious Home? Bah! Other Upper East Side institution S. Feldman Housewares has All-Clad, Calphalon, Miele, and more all for 20%-30% off. 3/31-4/30; 9-6, 11-5 Sun.; 1304 Madison Ave. (near 92nd St.).

Or, if you're a downtowner, try Broadway Panhandler’s knife sale, featuring Wüsthof, Chroma, Furi, and others, for $34.95 to $79.95 (usually $48 to $135). 3/31-4/4; 10:30-7 weekdays, 11-7 Sat., 11-6 Sun.; 477 Broome St.

While you're in the neighborhood, check out the Donghia Warehouse Sale, featuring all manner of contemporary furniture for 50%-80% off. Through 4/1; 9-6, 9-8 Tue., 9-3 Thurs.; Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., (at Houston).

Back uptown, hip boutique Nellie M. is hosting a trunk show featuring Tom Nguyen and Nanette Lepore. Get 10% off, plus wine & cheese while you shop! 4/1; 6-9; 1309 Lexington Ave. (at 88th St.).

Finally, it pains me to mention this, but Saturday is the semi-annual Billion Dollar Babes sale. Because this is run by a bunch of idiots from Los Angeles, you have to RSVP in order to attend. Still, the lines are usually ridiculously long, and the good stuff gets snapped up right away. (Of course, you can pay for--yes, that's right, pay for--a platinum membership and get first dibs on the stuff on Friday night. However, this goes against the very ideals upon which sample sales were founded, so I strongly advise against it.)

Friday, March 26, 2004

Weekend shopping
Alvin Valley's well-fitting trousers (recently deemed trendy by the Post--albeit several years late) are 50%-90% off. Pants are $79-$179, (originally $250-$675), jackets are $129-$249 (originally $565-$895), skirts are $79-$139 (originally $232-$360), and dresses are $300-$800 (originally $1,400-$4,000). Through 3/29; noon-6; 632 Broadway (Bleecker and Houston), 6th fl.

Get 10% off and free shipping on orders of $500 or more at Ashford.com through March 29.

Funky vintage boutique Screaming Mimi's is having a one-day yard sale featuring vintage summer clothes for $5-$25. Plus, they'll have free Budweiser and lemonade! Cheap vintage clothes + free beer = my kind of sale. 3/29; 1-7; 382 Lafayette St.

Everything at cool Euro-design furniture store Helten is 30% off. Be sure to note "Easter sale" in the comment box.

All clothing and accessories at Petunia NYC are an additional 35% off their normally below-retail prices. Plus, get free shipping (and if you live in NYC, you'll receive your order within 48 hours).

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Two new labels
Shopbop.com has L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, and I must say that I'm a bit underwhelmed, much like I was with her bags for Le Sportsac. The clothes are a tad pricey (like $198 for this cashmere-blend sweater tank) and very red-white-and-black. However, I did like the sailor pants outfit Gwen wore to the Golden Globes, so I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. No doubt. Ha!

And eLuxury is now carrying Capital Tailors, a much-hyped new line that's most likely receiving a lot of attention because while it's based in Los Angeles, it's not strictly a jeans-and-T-shirts affair. In fact, Capital Tailors' clothes appear to be...rather tailored. Their signature trouser looks like a winner and reminds me of Daryl K's wonderful cut. Of course, the true test is how the pants actually fit...
On the web
The Daily: Tote bags at every price; and how to get your stuff sold at Henri Bendel.

Elle.com: More on Sigerson Morrison's Belle line (love the green metallic flats!); pretty Lollia bath products; and the excellent shopping index.

Style.com: Five great pink nail polishes; W picks the best spring denim; and a preview of the best fall shoes.

Village Voice: Inspired by "Fashioning the Modern Woman: The Art of the Couturiere 1919-1939" at FIT, Lynn Yaeger checks out the stores of contemporary women designers.

Bonus: A special shout-out to new website Manhattan.com, a great resource for New Yorkers and visitors alike.
YoannaWatch
America's Next Top Model is in da house! (Well, not this house, but she's in NYC at least.) The Post reports that today is Yoanna's official first day as a model; indeed, a Gawker Stalker saw her exiting IMG, and later, strangely enough, in Hoboken. If that's not enough for you, check out her final portfolio at UPN.com. Seeing as how I'm veering into stalker territory myself, I think that's enough for today.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Fashion Police
In this week's E! Fashion Police, Angelia Jolie makes me consider switching teams (and, yes, brunettes can wear nude); Courtney the Crack Whore looks like she belongs at the Bunny Ranch; JC Chasez's style certainly is schizophrenic; Lenny Kravitz channels early-'80s Prince, especially with the hair; Paris Hilton has boobs (who knew?); Carmen Electra keeps hers under wraps; Lisa Marie Presley can't pull off the Goth look; and Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller are just plain adorable.
This one's for all the fat girls
So, Yoanna House won America's Next Top Model, and I must say, I'm really happy about the way it turned out. To be honest, ever since she did the nasty with the Italian model dude, Shandi was just phoning it in, and the judges realized this and cut her first. I was not terribly heartbroken. So then it was down to Mercedes and Yoanna; they got to walk in a "real" fashion show (which I'm sure was staged just for the TV show); and then Yoanna won, it appears, on the strength of her face (she is incredibly beautiful) and her passion for fashion--which was so strong that she lost 50 pounds in order to fulfill her dream. Now, speaking as a fashion lover (clearly) and a former fat girl (at one point in college, I blossomed to a heifer-like 170 lbs), Yoanna's victory was incredibly inspiring. It was like, "Hey, fat girls! You too can lose 50 lbs and become an incredibly glamorous fashion model who gets paid ridiculous amounts of money just to look beautiful!" Granted, I'm way too old and slightly too short to be a model (and, okay, I'd probably have to drop another 25 lbs), but it's the sentiment that counts.

Anyway, congratulations to Yoanna!

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

In the papers (and on the web)
NYT: The rising prices of luxury clothing; and the dress is the new T-shirt (2nd item).

WWD: What's selling for spring.

NYP: Jessica Simpson: fashion trendsetter? Plus: In a New York Times-like bit of slowness to report trends, the Post discovers Alvin Valley trousers; DIY spring trends; why The Supermodels are still working; cool new bags; and the fedora is the new newsboy cap.

The Daily: Fall's best bags; and beyond Blahniks.

Daily Candy: Folia jewelry.

Hint: A new Shop Tart, featuring punky designer Ziad Ghanem, the Comme des Garcons Guerrilla store, vintage wonderland Frock, and more.
The grand finale
Tonight is the final episode of America's Next Top Model, and let me tell you, I've been anxious about it all day. It's like 9 p.m. can't come quickly enough. Now, to recap, we have Mercedes, the perky, cute one who suffers from lupus; Yohanna, the formerly fat fashion lover; and Shandi, the former drug user/felon who has gone from ugly duckling to swan. My money is still on Shandi, but gossip is that Yohanna is the winner. (If you're really bored at work and/or just want something amusing to read, check out the message boards at fansofrealitytv.com.) Also, here's an article from today's Post. Expect a full report from yours truly tomorrow morning.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Spring sundresses
Now that's it's officially spring (calendar-wise, not outdoor-wise, unfortunately), I can begin my yearly search for a cheap, fun sundress. Some early contenders: Old Navy's bias stripe sundress is cute and, at $20, unbeatable pricewise. Delia's has several options, including the maye dress, for $38. Urban Outfitters has this mixed up stripe tube dress, a knockoff of the Ella Moss original, which is nearly sold out at Shopbop.com.

In other dress news, starting tomorrow, Loehmann's has "the dress event," featuring, uh, dresses by ABS, BCBG, Tahari, and more, for up to 75% off.

Also, all dresses at Oililly are 20% off through 3/27.
The week in shopping
Sorry for the lack of postings on Friday--I was at home with a nasty case of food poisoning. But now I'm back, albeit on a steady diet of applesauce, bananas, English muffins, and saltines. So much for low-carbs.

Henri Bendel has sweaters for up to 35% off. Also, they're having a closeout sale of Agent Provocateur lingerie (my second-favorite lingerie-maker), with bras, panties, shoes, corsets, and more at 60% off. The sweater sale runs through 4/3, Agent Provocateur until everything is sold. 712 Fifth Ave., at 56th St.

My favorite jewelry store, Boucher, has super-girly trinkets for 15%-35% off. 3/23-3/28; noon-8, noon-6 Sun.; 9 Ninth Ave. (13th & Little West 12th Sts.).

This week, Clothingline is hosting a vendor-direct sale, with 20 designer-run booths. So far they have Lulu Guinness, Walter, Deesh, and a few others lined up. Visit the website for updates. 3/23-3/25; 10-6; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Raffia's high-end linens, including chenille throws, jacquard bath sheets, grosgrain ribbon towels, and more, are $20 and up. Through 3/28; 11-7; 241 Lafayette St.

Loro Piana’s ultra-luxe men’s and women’s cashmeres are 40% off. Through 3/23; 9-6:30; Parsons School of Design, 560 7th Ave. (at 40th St.), 2nd fl.

Vizcaya Home has pillows, duvets, linens, and more (sold at Gracious Home and ABC) for 40%-90% off. Through 3/28; 11-7, noon-5 weekends; 227 W. 29th St., 9th fl.

Another cool jewelry store is New York Adorned, and this week, everything in the store is 20% off. Through 3/28; 1-9, 1-10 Fri. & Sat.; 47 Second Ave.

Gump's, one of the most fun places to visit in San Francisco, is having an online sale; items are up to 75% off.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Labels I love: Marc by Marc Jacobs
I'm starting a new feature here at Cheryl Shops, called "Labels I love." It's pretty self-explanatory, really. So the inagural label is my absolute favorite, Marc by Marc Jacobs. (If you read my blog on a fairly regular basis--or if you know me personally--you've probably figured this out already.) A younger, hipper (and cheaper) version of MJ's signature line, Marc is a little bit retro and a little bit rock'n'roll (but not a little bit country). And, seriously, if I could afford to (ahem, ahem), I'd buy the entire collection. But since a raise is not likely in my future, here are some standout pieces.

I love the grommet jacket and red jersey mini here (the tank, sadly, is only available in x-small). I will also be purchasing (hopefully) this eyelet mini, and this terry beach tote would be great for my upcoming trip to Florida.

Saks has the star slide, which I've been lusting after for months (I like the silver color the best--very Jetsons). I also like the polka-dot sweater, although I don't know whether I could pull it off.

Bop has this amazingly cute papillon dress (that's "butterfly" in French), which must be mine at some point--it's the perfect throw-it-on-and-go-to-brunch summer sundress. I also am in love with the flight sateen skirt.

Now all I need is a big, big raise...
Tidbits
Today through Sunday is Friends & Family Weekend at Steve Madden. Enter code FRIFM304 at checkout for 30% off your order.

West Elm's Brooklyn store has received spring new arrivals (which I mentioned yesterday). 75 Front St. (at Main), Dumbo, Brooklyn.

If you're heading up to Woodbury Common Outlets anytime soon, you can take an extra 25% off bakeware, glassware, and table linens at the Williams-Sonoma Marketplace (where I once spent $300 on All-Clad pots). I haven't been to Woodbury Common in ages and I'm dying to go.

Today is giftcard-with-purchase day at Saks! You know the drill: Spend $250-$499, get $25; spend $500-$999, get $50; and so on. Enter code SPRINGSAVE4C at checkout.

Get 15% off your order at Art.com when you enter code BASEBALL at checkout.

More info on the Alice + Olivia sale at Find Outlet: Pants (in all sizes) are $79; cashmere sweaters are $89; skirts and shorts are $59-$69. Also, the sale is at the Chelsea location only. 361 W. 17th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Designer Tracy Reese is making a personal appearance tonight from 5-8 on the 5th floor at Bergdorf's.
On the web
New York magazine's Best Bets Daily raves about La Redoute, a kickass French catalog that's kind of like "Newport News" crossed with H&M. The best thing, though, is that they commission French designers to create supercheap stuff for the catalog, such as this Isabel Marant dress. Yesterday was an ode to these Isaac Mizrahi for Target shoes, which, coincidentally, I bought (in tan) when I went to Detroit in February.

Today's MUG has sample sales, many of which I've already listed.

Style.com's item of the week is an incredibly cute pearl necklace with ribbon from AV Max, which carries the unfortunate price tag of $95. My suggestion: Get a cheap strand of fake pearls from Claire's or the like, then hit M&J Trimmings on 6th Ave. and 36th St. for ribbon of your choice, and make one yourself.

In this week's Village Voice, Lynn Yaeger checks out the spring merchandise at H&M, Old Navy, and the Gap, and finds knockoffs galore, with H&M being pretty heavy on Prada's "jolie laide" look. (I love the term "jolie laide"--it's French for "pretty/ugly.")

The Daily looks at Vivienne Westwood's influence on the fall collections.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Beauty bits
At Sephora, get a free .5 oz. DDF Ultra-Rich Moisturizing Cream deluxe sample when you enter code TIMELESS at checkout. And if you're starting to freak out about your skin like I am (or if you're already there), check out N.V. Perricone Prescription Starter Kit, with a plethora of anti-aging products.

Today's Daily Candy features a pair of funny-looking, $234 anti-cellulite sneakers that you can purchase here at Blissworld. Now, I will admit that I've shelled out $60 on several occasions for anti-cellulite creams (which, I've found, don't work), but I think this is taking it a bit too far.

Hey, health nuts! All Kiss My Face products are 20% off at Drugstore.com. Or, if you're more of a Middle East kind of girl, buy two Ahava products and get a 1.1 lb. jar of Dead Sea Bath Salts (a $9 value) free.

Apothia.com has new products from hard-to-find brands like Dr. Comenge, Monyette Paris, and Sjal.

To celebrate the redesign of their website, Estee Lauder is offering free shipping, plus a deluxe skincare trio sample of your choice.

Stila has a new idiot-proof product: smudge pots, for sexy, smudgy eyes.

Get free shipping at Maccosmetics.com when you enter code FAV34 at checkout, now through 3/27.
Fashion Police
In this week's E! Fashion Police, Beyonce wears an incredibly sexy dress (it seems demure at first, but take a closer look...); Kylie Minogue grabs an outfit from Heidi Fleiss' closet; I'm not even going to comment on Cybill Shepherd (watch The Last Picture Show and wonder where it all went wrong); Tyra Banks wears an amazing dress but ruins it with freaky eyeshadow; Christina Aguilera shows definite progress; Catherine Zeta-Jones puts her best boobs forward; Marisa Tomei sports a cute (but ill-fitting) pink dress; and from the "I don't know how she does it" department, Jennifer Garner looks sexy even in Ralph Lauren.
Ciao, April
It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for my America's Next Top Model rehash. So, the girls had an orgy in the hot tub (although most of it was edited out), Shandi had sex with some Italian stallion, the girls had to work at the "sexy Italian look," the girls were paired up for a fully nude photo shoot (when the judges analyzed the photos at the end, we saw only the faces and legs)...it would be safe to say that the theme of last night's episode was "sex." So it's fitting that robo-model April was eliminated. Next week is the last episode, and it's down to Merceds, Yohanna, and, of course, Shandi. I'm quivering in anticipation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Home bits
Design Within Reach has items on sale for up to 50% off. I like the Pop panchette and Constructor shelving.

Retromodern's March specials include 10% off glassware and vases, and a free Philippe Starck BuBu stool when you buy six or more Slick Slick chairs. Regardless of whether or not you like Starck, you have to admit it's pretty fun to say the names of his designs.

Europe by Net is introducing two weekly offers; one of this week's specials is a Barcelona Chair for 1,100 pounds (that's $1,900), but first-time customers get 150 pounds off their order, so that's actually $1,700--much less than anywhere else in the states, plus you can get crazy colors like bright blue. Can you tell I really want a Barcelona Chair?

I love PB Teen (Pottery Barn Teen) because everything is fun and comes in wacky colors, and now they're having a sale with items up to 50% off. I like the Asian-style Rice Pattie sheets.

Topdeq is doing a bit of spring cleaning on their website. Click on Special Offers for clearance items.

West Elm has a spring preview, and believe it or not, they've finally moved away from the brown, purple, and green!

The week in shopping
It's slim pickings this week, but there are a ton of sales coming up this weekend and next week, so sit tight. Until then...

Find Outlet has Alice + Olivia minis, pants, and sweaters at below-wholesale prices. 3/18-3/21; noon-7; 361 W. 17th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Shelly and Renee host a multi-designer sample sale featuring clothes and accessories from Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi, Armani, and more. Through 3/18; 9:30-7; Park Lane Hotel on 58th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 503.

Starting Wednesday, Loehmann's has a new shipment with items from Miss Sixty, Theory, BCBG, Rosa Cha, Free People, and others (i.e. it'll be on the second floor); prices are up to 75% off retail. 7th Ave at 17th St.

Apparently Language hasn't sold all of their merchandise yet (hmm, at only 50% off, I wonder why). Thus the store-closing sale is going on through the end of the month. May the Force be with you. 238 Mulberry (Prince & Spring).

If you have a fan-cee bathroom, check out Digs, which has bathroom accessories for up to 90% off. For example, you can get a $600 towel rack for $60. Not bad! 3/17-3/21; 11-7; 115 Wooster (Prince & Spring), buzzer 2R.

For the love of Pete, go to Clothingline and buy all of their merchandise so they can stop sending me e-mail about it. Need convincing? They have Joie jeans for $25, plus Tocca, Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, and more. Go. Now. 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

If you live near Neiman Marcus, you're lucky, because it's "the hip event". Click on the store nearest you for specific events.
In the papers (and on the web)
Sorry I didn't post anything yesterday--I got stuck with the lovely task of editing my company's oh-so-exciting internal newsletter. Oh, how I love my job. Anyway, onto some news...

WWD: The much-anticipated Michael Michael Kors collection (debuting in August) will include coats and handbags; a staffer goes shopping at the Big Three; the new Garrard store in Soho; the new La Perla store in the Meatpacking District; and coming soon to a department store near you: Britney's cosmetics line.

NYT: A heartfelt ode to Tom Ford; and critics' choices from the fall collections.

NYP: The fashion industry thinks Gucci's four-designer team is a bad idea; the 50s are in for spring; a 50s look; some 50s accessories (gee, is this a package feature?); 50s dos and don'ts; Petra Nemcova is this week's shopaholic; custom Reeboks; political clothing (love the "I can't stand Bush" thong!); bolero jackets; and the perennial classic Jackie O sunglasses.

The Daily: Bloomingdale's to feature an exclusive line of designer dresses; new Bottega Veneta jewelry; and smart people in fashion.

Daily Candy: Today, sample sales; yesterday, cute underwear.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Weekend shopping
There's a sale for everyone this weekend, from Upper West Siders to Brooklynites, and from pregnant chicks to brides-to-be.

Gruen Optika has shades from Blinde ($40-$60) and others on sale.
3/12-3/14; noon-5; 1076 Third Ave (at 64th St.), 2009 Broadway (at 69th St.).

Find Outlet has a new shipment of Seven, Joe's, Blue Cult, Catherine Malandrino, Tracy Reese, and more. 361 W. 17th (8th & 9th Aves.) and 229 Mott (Prince & Spring Sts.).

I've never heard of this place, but it sounds pretty good to me: Diane T. has Sigerson Morrison, Milly, Cacharel, and other labels for up to 80% off. Through 3/23; 174 Court St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Gabay's has a new shipment of clothes from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kors by Michael Kors, Theory, Joie, and more, for 60% off. 225 First Ave. (13th & 14th Sts.).

This weekend, antiques dealer (and my neighbor) Steven Sclaroff is taking 30%-75% off American, French, and Italian vintage home furnishings. 3/12-3/14; 11-7; 801 Greenwich St. (at Jane St.).

I am a big fan of linens from Portico. You can get sheets, towels, and home accessories for up to 70% off, and furniture for up to 50% off at their warehouse sale. 3/13-3/28; 10-7, noon-6 Sun.; 72 Spring St. (Lafayette & Crosby). Say hello to Lenny Kravitz (he lives across the street).

Fancy yourself a cowboy? Check out Buffalo Chips' sale, where their western-style clothes and accessories are 50%-80% off. It's cash only, but since it's being held at Hogs & Heifers, you can get a beer and dance on the bar while you're there. 3/14; 1-5; Hogs & Heifers Saloon, 859 Washington St. (at 13th St.).

Tomorrow, meet Vince designer Micheline Ip at Bergdorf's on the 5th floor from 2-5. There will be free drinks (!) and a DJ as well.

Preggers? Pumpkin Maternity has A-line skirts ($24), slinky camis ($28), suits ($88), and more, at up to 80% off. Through 3/28; noon-7, noon-5 Sun.; 407 Broome St.

Getting married? (Hey, the last sale plus this one reminds me of the episode of Friends when Monica, Rachel, and (pregnant) Phoebe all wear their bridal gowns!) Reva Mivasagar has lovely bridal gowns for up to 80% off (now $109-$3,000).
3/12-3/21; noon-6, 11-7 Sat.; 28 Wooster St.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Gucci Gucci goo
In case you haven't heard, PPR officially announced Tom Ford's replacements today. I think it says a lot that it's taking four people to replace one man. Anyway, The Daily has links to all the coverage. Plus: Who is this Stefano Pilati?
My new favorite website
A special shout-out to Jamie Yeh for introducing me to Overstock.com. I thought it was going to be, like, tires and cables and stuff (which they do have), but there are some major high-fashion deals to be had. Check out this Fendi bag (okay, it's $800, but that's still 60% off!), Prada brocade skirt for a whopping 81% off, and these cool Colombian earrings. Not to mention these 800-thread count sheets for $90--they're normally $500! Woohoo! I am in love.
Fashion police
In this week's E! Fashion Police, Jessia Simpson tries the Jackie O look; Halle Berry goes for a sexy librarian outfit; Ashley Judd's dress matches her crutches; and Britney wears the most demure dress I've ever seen on her.
Shandi-licious
Okay, Mina and Heather, prepare to make fun of me! I was totally disappointed by Tuesday night's rehash episode of America's Next Top Model. Hello, filler! But, today the ever-gossipy Post has an article stating that next week's episode had to be edited to remove an orgy scene. From the looks of the preview snippet, Shandi gets it on with some dude in a hot tub, but then has remorse and wants to go home. Please don't, Shandi!
The Sex & the City sale
A reader writes:

"I went to the SEX sale today and some of the stuff was ridiculous--like five grand for a Chanel dress. They didn't stick under the $600 mark, but there was some cute jewelry for $10. At quarter to 10 I was number 130 on the line."

Yikes stripes. Did anyone else check out the sale? If so, please comment!

Also: Yet another story about the sale in the Post.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

In the papers (and on the web)
WWD: Hopefully the last Paris review; Suzy has the international best-dressed list.

Lookonline: A snar-kee story about the real reason Tom Ford is leaving Gucci (apparently it is about money, according to this reporter) and a rather scathing look at so-called star designers. Whoever this Timothy Hagy fellow is, I think he needs to get laid.

Village Voice: Lynn Yaeger investigates 30 Vandam, a sort of indie-designer mini-mall; plus, Steven Alan and Abercrombie & Fitch's anonymous protester.

The Daily: Spring It Bags and who should be carrying them.

Style.com: Their item of the week is a pair of $55 KangaROOS sneakers. I had a pair of these when I was about seven. Ah, the memories...

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Spring accessories
Because the temperature has dipped back down into the 30s and because I'm aching to spend money I don't have, here are some spring accessories on my wish list.

I don't own any Manolo Blahniks, but I intend to someday. These d'Orsay pumps would be an excellent starter pair.

MW makes fun of my big plastic sunglasses, but ha! these Dior glasses are even bigger!

Now's the time to invest in Gucci, kids. I think this small flap bag is destined to be a classic.

Meanwhile, in things I can actually afford, check out this pink tote from Old Navy. Fifteen buckaroos!

Back to things I can't afford: Parisian brand Paul & Joe has come out with a line of incredibly cute shoes, including this ribbon pump that you can wear now.

Being a Pisces, I like anything with fish on it, like this crazy necklace from Oscar and Nancy.

I'm feeling the green this season, so Banana Republic's lizard-embossed slides are right up my alley. Likewise, these jade drop earrings.

Finally, I've been lusting after an Hermes twilly scarf forever. At $95, they're one of the more affordable items in the store, sadly.
In the papers
Are you sick of fashion shows yet? I am! Thankfully Paris fashion week is just about over...

WWD: Lacroix, Lanvin, Nina Ricci, and Loewe; Dries Van Noten, Hussein Chalayan, Givenchy, Veronique Branquinho, and Martin Grant; and Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens (solo and for Revillon), Martine Sitbon, and Sonia Rykiel.

NYT: Guy Trebay's Paris roundup; plus the Tijuana sweater, Riley Keough, and the Ina Sex and the City sale.

Monday, March 08, 2004

The week in shopping
Saturday I went to check out the Language closing sale. I had to wait in line for 15 minutes to get in the door, then there was a security guard who insisted on checking everyone's purse (which I absolutely cannot stand). Even still, I went inside. My verdict: Eh. They still have a ton of merchandise from Language's private-label spring collection, but it's only 60% off, and considering most of the clothes are originally in the $200-$500 range...There's very little non-Language merchandise, but what they do have is 50% off. I saw a few corduroy Marc by Marc Jacobs skirts, the Stella McCartney cherry shoes (I think those were only 30% off, actually, otherwise I would've bought them, 'cause they're damn hot), and Yanuk jeans (but nothing bigger than a 28). So, in my opinion, not worth it. But if you wat to check it out, the sale runs through Friday. 238 Mulberry (Prince and Spring Sts.).

I have a Lauren Merkin bag and I always get a ton of compliments on it. Now she's having a sample sale; all bags are under $90. 3/10-3/11; 11-7; 231 W. 29th St., ste. 201.

Downtown resale shop Ina bought the remaining clothes and accessories from Sex and the City's wardrobe department and is selling them for $10 to $600. Expect long lines. 3/11; 10-10; 21 Prince St. (Mott & Elizabeth Sts.).

Strangely enough, downtown-style uptown boutique Cantaloup is having a sample sale...downtown. And at a nightclub, nonetheless. They're taking 30%-70% off Sass & Bide, Petro Zillia, Cacharel, and other groovy labels. 3/11-3/13; noon-6 weekdays, noon-5 Sat.; Nocturne, 144 Bleecker St.

My 400-thread-count sheets have changed my life. Frette's luxe Italian linens are 50%-75% off. I highly recommend a set. Through 3/12; 9-7, 9-2 Fri.; 4 W. 58th St. (5th and 6th Aves.), 9th fl.

Like the magazine? Check out the store. Vice has Evisu and others for 50% off. Through March 15; noon-8, noon-6 Sun.; 252 Lafayette St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Steve Madden offshoot Steven (hey, remember when it was called David Aaron?) has some shoes for 75% off; others are buy two, get one free. I walked by on Saturday and it was a zoo. 529 Broadway (Spring).

Finally, Gabay's has bags by Chloe, YSL, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Fendi, and more for 55% off retail. Not bad. 225 First Ave. (13th & 14th).
In the papers
It's a Tom Ford bonanza!

WWD: A review of Tom Ford's last YSL show (like it wouldn't be anything but overwhelmingly positive), plus, the industry's reaction and Serge Weinberg responds to Ford's interview with WWD. Also: It's still Paris Fashion Week! Reviews for Chanel and Louis Vuitton; Viktor & Rolf, Gaultier for Hermes, and Alexander McQueen; and Valentino, Galliano, Chloe, and Stella McCartney.

NYT: Cathy Horyn raves over YSL, Hermes, and McQueen; Ginia Bellafante raves about Galliano, Lanvin, and Chloe, and pans Valentino, Nina Ricci, and, predictably, Stella McCartney. Plus: Fashion as investment.

NYP: Coverage of the Paris shows? Hell, no! The Post is all about service journalism, dearie. This week: Jeans for every body type; tights are big; so are trench coats; a Carrie Bradshaw accessory of a few years hence, silk flowers are back in style; and axed Apprentice Ereka is a shopaholic.

The Daily: Reviews.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Rest in punk
Innovative downtown designer (and Marc Jacobs collaborator) Stephen Sprouse passed away yesterday. My sympathies to his family.
More Paris fashion reviews
WWD: Helmut Lang, Gaultier, and Ungaro; Lagerfeld Gallery, Celine, and Rochas (helmed by the excellent Olivier Theyskens); and Costume National and Akris. Plus: God knows how, but WWD scored an exclusive interview with Tom Ford. Warning: It's quite long, but very interesting, and Tom is snar-kee!

NYT: Ginia Bellafante loves Rochas and Dries van Noten, pans Celine, Ungaro, and Issey Miyake.

The Daily: Reviews.
It's humid today...
...And my hair is friggin' huge!

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Breakin' the law
In this week's E! Fashion Police, Ashton Kutcher goes '70s porn director; Alicia Silverstone puts "Buttgirl" way behind her; holy shit--Alicia Keys in a dress!; and Michelle Trachtenberg pulls off a crazy bright color (canary).

Bonus: In E!'s Oscar Fashion Police, they're a bit stingy with the good ratings: Nicole Kidman is good (but not excellent); on-again, off-again, on-again couple Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger definitely look better together; Renee Zellwegger is tightly wound; Scarlett Johansson needs some shapewear (not that there's anything wrong with that); Jennifer Garner's dress has definitely grown on me; Diane Keaton needs to ditch the tux; Julia Roberts is still a very pretty woman; Bill Murray rocks Helmut Lang; Samantha Morton's dress reminds me of the couches in my grandparents' living room; Patricia Heaton, a blonde, should not wear nude; Marcia Gay Harden reminds me of Violet, the girl in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory who turns into a blueberry (okay, okay, I know, she's pregnant!); Keisha Castle-Hughes looks very age-appropriate; I think Catherine Zeta-Jones' dress is tacky, but she still looks good in it; Sofia Coppola in Marc! Yay!; Sandra Bullock belongs on the top of a wedding cake; Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis are beyond cool; and, finally, big winner Charlize Theron and Stewart Townsend (who is this guy, anyway?) make a handsome couple.
Paris fashion week...
...is in full effect.

NYT: Cathy Horyn sees much androgny.

WWD: Heavy-hitters Dior, Balenciaga, and Comme Des Garcons; avant garde Junya Watanabe and Vivienne Westwood. Plus: Gucci is expected to name four lesser-knowns to take over for Gucci and YSL.

The Daily: Reviews.
Ding, dong, the bitch is dead
Finally, Camille got booted from America's Next Top Model (yes, I know I'm a day late with my recap, but I missed it on Tuesday due to birthday festivities). I say good riddance! I mean, how bitchy was it for Camille to pretend to be friends with Yohanna, then insinuate in front of Tyra and everyone else that Yohanna has an eating disorder? Speaking of which, Yohanna, while she's no Shandi (Shandi kicked ass this week!), is becoming more and more endearing to me. I think of all the girls, she wants to win the most--because she clearly loves fashion, not just to win. And the fact that she lost 45 pounds just to be in the competition...my heart goes out to her as the judges and agents and such constantly criticize her body. Believe me, I've probably got 15 pounds on her (granted she's probably four inches taller than me), and I hear it enough from my mom. Anyway, for more commentary, check out this article in The Daily.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Home bits
Get 15% off everything when you enter code SPRING (obviously) at Art.com through 3/10.

To my Jersey peeps, Crate and Barrel is opening a new store at 504 Route 17 North in Paramus. It's open 10-9:30 Monday through Saturday.

The Container Store claims to have trash cans that inspire. Hey, whatever floats your boat.

Pottery Barn's new spring merchandise is available online.
Beauty bits
Sephora has new arrivals for spring, including this cool triple gloss from Paul & Joe.

Spend $75 at Saks Beauty Place and get a cute white terry makeup bag filled with travel accessories. Enter code BEAUTY4A at checkout now through March 6.

If you're a registered Estee Lauder user, you can get a free sample of Idealist (enter code 0302IDEAL at checkout), Advanced Night Repair (0302ANR), or Perfectionist (0302PERF) when you make a purchase on the website. Through March 8.

When you purchase two items from Stila's Spring collection, get free shipping and a sample of Stila's tinted moisturizer (choose from four shades).

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

The week in shopping
Hopefully sometime this week I'll be checking out the Language Closing Sale. If you want to check it out first, they have both fall and new spring merchandise by Chloe, Stella McCartney, Pucci, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Paper Denim & Cloth, and more, at up to 90% off. Through 3/12; 11-7, 11-8 Thurs., noon-6 Sun.; 238 Mulberry St. (Prince and Spring Sts.).

While you're in the neighborhood, check out the Nahbee sample sale, with their designer shoes by L'Autre Chose, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Giuseppe Zanotti, and others, priced from $29-$199 (boots start at $100). 262 Mott St.

Loaded? Check out the ABC Carpet & Home rug liquidation sale. Their luxurious rugs are up to 75% off, but be forewarned that most regular prices are in the four-figure range. Through 3/14; 10-8, 10-7 Sat., 11-6:30 Sun.; 888 Broadway (at 19th St.), 6th floor.

Starting today, it's the Italian Event at Loehmann's, featuring clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, and more from such designers as Chloe, Helmut Lang, Narcisco Rodriguez, Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. Strangely enough, not all of those designers are, in fact, Italian, but with prices up to 80% off retail, I don't think we should argue too much.

Clothingline has brought back Plenty, Joie, Vince, and others to popular demand. Tocca dresses are $55, Joie silks are $20, and Vince cashmeres are $50 and up. Not bad. Through 3/5; 10-6; 261 W. 36th (7th and 8th), 2nd fl.

West Elm's sale items are up to 40% off.

Gabay's has shoes by Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Gucci, Prada, YSL, Christian Louboutin, Tod's, Michel Perry, Robert Clergerie, and Marni for 60% off retail. Whew! 225 1st Ave. (13th and 14th Sts.).
In other news...
NYT: Why Alexander McQueen turned down the YSL job. Plus: stars and designers make some deals.

WWD: Hussein Chalayan is leaving Asprey, and Michael Kors is rumored to be taking his spot; legwarmers will be back for fall; the Paris fashion week schedule; and Lucy Barnes moves to the Meatpacking district.

The Daily: Fall's must-have accessories from Milan.
Milan fashion week
Okay, so it's kind of over already, but now it's catch-up time.

WWD: various designers; Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum, and Missoni; Cavalli, Miu Miu, and Moschino Cheap & Chic; Etro, Ferragamo, Krizia, and Ferre; Versace, Fendi, and Jil Sander; and, finally, Marni, Blumarine, DSquared, and Trend Les Copains.

NYT: Cathy Horyn's big Milan roundup.

The Daily: Reviews galore.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Oscar fashion
Much like the ceremony itself, Oscar fashion this year was pretty boring. With the exception of Uma Thurman, there were no major missteps. There was a lot of sparkles, nude tones (again, bad for blondes!), and satin. Just kind of eh. Have I become that jaded? Apparently so.

Best:
Charlize Theron: I can't say anything bad about her, and she gave props to the departing Tom Ford by wearing a Gucci dress. Let's face it, she looked amazing.
Diane Lane: This was one of the more interesting dresses of the evening--I loved the mod cutouts.
Angelina Jolie: Reportedly Ms. Jolie has "taken a lover," and whoever he is, he's doing her good. Not to mention her dress was gorgeous.
Sofia Coppola: Any girl who wears Marc Jacobs on the red carpet gets props from me.
Vanessa Paradis (wife of Johnny Depp): I love her Parisian Bohemian look, and she was one of the few people who showed any individuality whatesoever.

Honorable Mention:
Renee Zellweger: The white satin gown with train was a marked improvement over the basic black dresses of the past. Still, it helps to try a new designer every now and again.
Nicole Kidman: Again, the Chanel Couture gown was much better than her Golden Globes YSL disaster. The color was beautiful.

Worst:
Uma Thurman: Was her billowy maiden fair getup a nod to The Lord of the Rings?
Kelly Lynch: Three words: too much organza.
Sandra Bullock: Her Oscar de la Renta appeared to be an attempt at the Sarah Jessica Parker pink feathers look. She can't pull it off.
Samantha Morton: The vintage Givenchy didn't work for her; I think a more avant garde designer would've better suited her personality.
Diane Keaton: I know, I know, it's her "signature look." Whatever. I'm over it.

Dishonorable mention:
Scarlett Johansson: Lovely dress, ill-fitting. Get a stylist.
All the blondes wearing nude: All together now: "It washes you out and doesn't look good on TV."

More Oscar fashion coverage:
NYT
NYP
NYDN
The Daily
Lookonline