Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Shameless plug
Come see my better half, Michael Weinreb (also known as MW), at the Court Street Barnes & Noble tomorrow night (6/30) at 7 p.m., as he reads from his excellent book, Girl Boy Etc.. He'll also be autographing copies after he reads, so buy a book and bring it to the reading!
Cheryl shops...Century 21
Since the weather was so nice last weekend, instead of going to a museum or doing something else of cultural interest, MW and I decided to walk to Century 21. This was MW's first time, and I think he was slightly overwhelmed. "Everything is either for Eurotrash or golfers," he remarked as we walked through the men's department--and it was a pretty fair assessment. If you're a guy, it also helps if you're ridiculously skinny (size 30) or on the large side (38), as we discovered when sifting through the Diesel and Seven jeans. MW was impressed with the men's underwear selection, but he turned up his nose at most of the "ugly" button-down shirts.

I then hustled us up to the third floor (I like to work my way down at Century 21), which was an absolute zoo. MW hung out by the escalators and read his book as I ventured into the fray. Pretty much everything in the European designer section is on sale, and thus everything is grouped by item of clothing and size, rather than by designer. If you have patience for this sort of thing, go for it; I prefer to shop by designer, so I lasted about five minutes before I headed over to the "contemporary" side of the floor. They have a lot of Earl Jeans, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Juicy, Seven, and Joe's Jeans; that section is still mostly grouped by designer. But nothing really caught my eye.

We then hit the second floor, only to discover the shoe section had been moved. Now, before I bitch about the new shoe section, I will say that in Century 21's defense, the second floor is a lot more orderly and less cramped without the shoes. However...you have to follow these red footprints, which lead you through the children's section to the stairway. You then descend two full flights of stairs in an all-gray, dingy, poorly lighted stairwell, to emerge in the "new and improved" shoe department. One good thing I will say is that now all the shoes (men's, children's, and women's; regular and athletic) are in one place. Also, you can reach the shoe department from the street. But the rest of it sucks. The department is even more cluttered than before, with sometimes 10 different styles in one section of shelving. The sale shoes are spread all over the place, along the walls. The shoes are in no order whatsoever, even though the walls read "pumps," "sandals," etc. And speaking of sandals, you have to descend yet another flight of stairs for women's sandals--although I certainly spotted several pairs of sandals on the main floor. The "lucky size section" is nowhere to be found, and the designer shoes are set back in hard-to-reach shelves (they were way more accessible when they were on tables). Finally, the only ways to reach the shoe department are down through the weird stairwell or directly from the street--so if you want to go back into the main store, it's up two steep flights for you. ("What if you're handicapped?" I wondered. "Well, you probably don't need to buy a lot of shoes," MW said.) So, "new and improved" shoe department: not so much.

Sadly, this was the first time ever that I went to Century 21 and didn't buy anything. Granted, I'm not a big fan of clearance-sale time, and I didn't want MW to be bored to tears--I can easily spend two or three hours there. But, of course, to quote everyone's favorite governor, I'll be back.
Buy it: moccasins
If you're a regular Cheryl Shops reader, you know that I've been on a mad, unsuccessful search for the elusive Miu Miu high-heeled moccasins, which, after this post, I will stop talking about, because I realize I'm being a bit OCD about the whole thing. Anyway, Miu Miu was also offering a flat version, which some stores still have in, like, size 36, but most are sold out of as well. While the flat ones are nowhere near as cool as the high heels, they're a hell of a lot comfier. Also, they're $300. So I found these on the Minnetonka website, for less than $30. They also carry the Thunderbird, which I wore religiously when I was in elementary school. Or there's the two-button boot, favored by Doi, my favorite babysitter. (Her name was actually Carrie, but for some reason I called her Doi. Don't ask.) I'm going to venture to say that moccasins are the new Uggs. They're both very comfy and a bit on the ugly side. But like I said with the Uggs, when trendy yet comfortable footwear comes along, run with it, no matter how aesthetically unappealing it is. And that, dear readers, concludes my last-ever mention of the Miu Miu high-heeled moccasins.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Website of the week
While on my hunt (in vain) for the high-heeled Miu Miu moccasins (by the way, if anyone knows where to find these in, say, a size 38.5, please let me know), I came across Raffaello Network. While at first glance this appears to be your typical random website offering slight discounts on Gucci bags from five seasons ago, Raffaello is slightly different: It offers slight discounts on this season's luxury merchandise, as well as that of seasons past. Witness this season's "sold out" Gucci It Bag, $100 off its original price of $800. Prada travel bag? Check. Chanel crystal logo sunglasses? Check. Miu Miu high-heeled moccasins...er, not quite. But they have practically every other style from Miu Miu's spring line.

Now, you're probably thinking, "Why tell me about this site now when spring/summer merchandise is 50% off in the stores already?" Well, first, because sometimes the stores don't have what you want, and, second, because Raffaello already has fall/winter merchandise--some of which is up to 30% off, and most of which isn't even in stores yet. See how that works? You can be carrying next season's It Bag even before Vogue's editorial assistants duke it out in the fashion closet. You can thank me in a month or two.
The week in shopping
Sale of the week: Eberjey's feminine, understated lingerie is 50%-75% off. Through 6/29; 9-7; 40 E. 34th St., ste. 610.

O lucky day! Stella McCartney's spring/summer line is now 60% off for two days only. 6/29-6/30; 10-7; 429 W. 14th St. (9th and Washington Aves.).

Duty Free Apparel is one of the best-kept secrets in this town, because they're located in a nondescript garment district building, but they carry designer accessories for 20%-50% off. They have a new shipment of bags from Jimmy Choo, Balenciaga, and Marc Jacobs--check it out! 10-6 Tues.-Fri.; 204 W. 35th St., 2nd fl.

Get up to 50%-80% off on Seven, Yanuk, James Perse, Juicy Couture, Joey & T, Von Dutch, and Betsey Johnson at this cash-only sale. Through 7/1; 11-5; 232 W. 37th St.(btwn. 7th and 8th Aves.) 4th fl.

Judith Leiber's sparkly minaudieres (that's a fancy way of saying "jeweled evening handbag") are $450-$3,000; if that seems rather expensive to you, keep in mind that that's 50% off. 6/29-6/30; 8:30-5; 20 W. 33rd St., 2nd fl.

Colette Malouf’s organically shaped hair accessories and jewelry are $5-$100--a very good bargain. 6/29-7/1; 11-8; 594 Broadway (at Houston St.), ste. 1202.

Need a fun dress? Alice & Trixie's summer collection is $20-$80 at this sample sale. Through 6/30; 10-7; 231 W. 39th St., ste. 909.

Chuckies has shoes from Givency, Marc Jacobs, D&G, and others for 40%-60% off. Through 7/5; 10:45-7:45, 12:30-7 Sun.; 1073 Third Ave. (at near 63rd St.).

Norma Kamali has new and vintage items on sale, starting at $50. Through 7/31; 10-6 weekdays; 11 W. 56th St.

Save up to 90% on Italian bed, table, and bath linens at Poggesi; Egyptian cotton 330 thread-count sheet sets are now $179-$199 (were $600-$660). Through 7/04; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 156 Wooster St. (at Houston St.).

At A|X Armani Exchange's semi-annual sale, save up to 50% on spring/summer merchandise for men and women. Through 7/5; visit website for locations.

As you all know, I love gift-with-purchase, and the latest website after my own heart is drugstore.com: Click here for a full list of freebies.

This week at the Shop at Style.com, Roxy swimsuits, Love This Life tees and tanks, Piaffe beauty, and Buzz by Jane Fox bags.

Starting 6/30, it's 2nd Take (whatever that means) at Lord & Taylor; click here for coupons.

Save up to 80% on luxury goods at the Ashford outlet.

This week at Bergdorf's: A personal appearance and trunk show from Lambertson Truex 6/28-6/29 on the main floor; an Escada trunk show 6/28-6/29 on the fourth floor; and a Loulou de la Falaise trunk show 6/29-6/30 from 11-4 on the fourth floor.

One more gift with purchase: Order from Bliss and get a whole box full of samples!

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Weekend shopping
DisRespectacles, the most amusingly named eyewear store ever, has glasses from Dita, Bevel, and Martine Sitbon for up to 45% off (starting at $80). Through 6/27; 11-7, 11-6 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 117 West Broadway.

Classic Kicks has old-school Puma, Reebok, and Nike sneakers, as well as Lacoste and Fred Perry clothes, for 50%-70% off. 6/25-6/27; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 298 Elizabeth St.

At Only Hearts' summer sale, get girly underpinnings for wholesale prices and below. 6/26-6/27; 11-7 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 230 Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Because you really need another bag, visit the Felix Rey sale, where his bags are 75% off. Through 6/25; 11-5; 611 Broadway (at Houston St.), suite 604.

It's summer sale time at the Gap, plus spend $100 and get free shipping when you enter code SUMMERFS at checkout.

Gap's sibling Banana Republic is also having a summer sale, with prices up to 40% off (and get free shipping when you spend $125).

Art.com is having a "blockbuster sale"; get 25% off when you enter code SUMMERFUN through 6/26.

Venture into the actual store at your own risk: Scoop is having a sale. (Shopping on the website instead is highly recommended.)

Get 5% off of all Gucci items (hey, every little bit helps) at Metroluxury.com when you enter code MLGS through 6/30.

Save up to 60% at La Redoute's clearance section.

Tonight, head over to the Soho Bloomingdale's to meet Heatherette designers Richie Rich and Traver Rains and drink some free wine. Plus, spend $50 and you get a free T-shirt customized by the designers themselves. 6-8; 504 Broadway, 3rd fl.

Or, if you're lazy, get 20% off items on sale at the Bloomingdale's website when you enter code XX4PCC through 7/1.

Apparently Bluefly has been having some technical difficulties, so to make up for it, get 10% off a $100 order from the designer summer sale section when you enter code SUMMERSALE at checkout through 6/28.

At Gloss.com, get a free La Mer sample duo when you spend $75 on La Mer products and enter code LMSET at checkout. Also, all orders receive a sample of Clarins Total Double Serum; all Clarins orders receive a Clarins Relaxing Body Balm sample as well; and all Chanel orders receive a sample of Chanel Eye Cream No. 1.

Sale items are now up to 65% off at eLuxury.com.

Neiman Marcus is having a Pink Sale on linens and other home accessories.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

News digest
WWD: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jamie Bell to model for Miu Miu, photographed by Terry Richardson; yet another couture dropout: now Hanae Mori is out; Karl Lagerfeld will design for H&M officially; Gap is developing an H&M competitor and everyone is skeptical; Soho is "rebounding"; and the new 34th Street American Eagle store.

NYT: From the "Who would've thought?" department, Chicago is stylish; and more on Lagerfeld and H&M.

NYP: Makeovers, Chelsea Clinton style; cool kids shop on Crosby Street; and sales.

VV: Lynn Yaeger's guide to pride fashion.

The Daily: Ashley Judd wears way too much Armani; Bloomingdale's to carry Heatherette; Carven returns; and the scoop on Bottega Veneta.

Style.com: Asia = major; I want this tray bad; Bambi is in for fall (bring on the letters, PETA supporters!); and five great summer hair products.

Elle.com: Hamptons chic; a limited-edition Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket; and dress like a Betty.

Hintmag.com: A new installment of Shop Tart, featuring Belgians, Diesel, and more.

Daily Candy: A new Brooklyn market for emerging designers; and selling crap on eBay for lazy-asses.
Cheryl shops...Forever 21
To make up for the fact that I was extremely lazy yesterday (i.e. no postings), I'm introducing a new feature here at Cheryl Shops called, well, Cheryl shops... It's a more clever way of saying "Cheryl reviews," basically. Since so many new stores open here on a regular basis, I'll, of course, be reviewing them. I'll also revisit places that have been around for awhile, just to see how they're doing. Hey, it's an excuse to go shopping as "research."

So, first up, I went to the brand-spanking-new Forever 21 store (on 34th St. between 5th & 6th Aves.). Forever 21 started in--where else?--California in the '80s and, after much national expansion in the mid- to late-'90s, is finally hitting Manhattan. (I believe the 34th St. store is the first to open in Manhattan, and one in Union Square is coming soon.) To sum up the store in one sentence, I'd say it's Bebe style at sub-H&M prices. That's right, I said sub-H&M prices. I did not see one thing in the store that cost more than $20, and, believe me, I looked. However, as I can tell you from having worked at Contempo Casuals for two summers, cheap prices come at the cost of fabric--i.e. the clothes are freaking tiny. I'd say 90% of the stock is sized small/medium/large; I'm a size 8 in big-girl clothes and I was, shall we say, straining many of the larges. Also, I had butt-cheekage in several skirts (seriously, who wears 14-inch-long skirts?). So if you're a size two or four and petite, jackpot for you!

As for the store and what's actually in it, there are two floors, with a third still under construction. The first has a lot of black club-type clothing (halters, backless tops, slinky fabrics) in the front, and a section best described as "Juicy knockoffs" in the back. They have a pretty good rendition of the linen tie-dyed ruffle skirt, the velour tube (although their version--I hope--seems more like a top, too short for a dress), and various tees and tanks. The second floor has lingerie (microscopic underwear, definitely too small for my ass); handbags, most of which are vinyl, but cute; accessories, of which they have a much better selection than H&M, at even better prices; a pretty big denim section (which is where I found clothes with actual numeral sizes); workout-type clothes; and some dressier clothes. Way in the back, it looks like they literally raided my closet: sheer button-down shirts, frilly camisoles, pleated skirts. They also have a rather impressive selection of ponchos for $12.80, which is an unbeatable price, especially in light of its trendiness. I also spotted some Ella Moss-type striped tops, skirts, and dresses, and, as you can imagine, they have a big selection of cropped cargo pants.

I didn't buy anything (I was a bit pressed for time), but judging by the lines at the cash register, their business was not hurting. I do want to go back for a few tops and maybe some accessories, though. Forever 21 is a virtual goldmine if you're tiny; for the rest of us, it's a good bet for trendy, disposable clothing at ridiculously cheap prices. Yes, that sounds a lot like H&M, but, hey, at least now we have options.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Labels I love
It's true what they say: Once you drive a Mercedes, you can't go back to a Ford. Once you live in a 3,000-square-foot townhouse, you can't go back to a 300-square-foot studio. Along those lines, but not on such a grand scale, is the lingerie situation: Once you wear La Perla, you can't go back to Victoria's Secret. Created in 1954 by Italian Ada Masotti and her son Alberto, La Perla combines the art of corsetry with the science of physiology to make the most flattering, gorgeous, best-fitting undergarments around. Moreover, they're made with the finest silk and lace, in incredibly innovative designs. So not only do you get undergarments that fit like a glove, but that make you feel like a goddess as well.

Of course, the gold standard in lingerie doesn't come cheap. Thankfully, La Perla has a range of lines, from Black Label (the most expensive; a bra-and-panty set runs about $400) to Occhi Verdi (the least expensive; you can get a set for under $100). And while there is quite a difference between the low and high ends, all the La Perla lines are higher-quality than anything you'd find at Victoria's Secret. That said, it's still pretty expensive. So I look for La Perla on eBay, Overstock.com, and Bare Necessities, which often has good sales. Other places to look for La Perla: Century 21, sample sales (of course I'll always list 'em), and the La Perla outlet store at Woodbury Commons, where I once bought a set for $40. (Of course, if you can afford full price, Barneys, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and eLuxury.com are all good bets.)

A note on sizing: Italian lingerie is sized 1-4, with the standard cup size a B (1=32, 2=34, 3=36, 4=38). If there's no cup size tag, assume it's a B; otherwise, you have to look for your cup size. Panties, slips, and such also follow the Italian sizing: 1=XS, 2=S, 3=M, 4=L. Knowing how the sizing works is almost like a secret language among lingerie afficionados. Ahh, cachet.

There's something to be said for lingerie that's so sexy and yet flattering and comfortable--wear a La Perla bra and you won't be worrying all day about whether you'll suffer a "wardrobe malfunction."

Monday, June 21, 2004

Website of the week
Last year, my friends in Chicago were pretty damn excited about getting an H&M store on Michigan Avenue. "H&M?" I said. "We've had those since 2000." And that's the way it usually is: Cool stores open in New York and migrate westward. One notable exception, however, is CB2, which has been open in Lincoln Park for several years now but is finally launching a website (and, rumor has it, expanding to New York, Boston, and other cities). Of course, opening in Chicago makes sense because 1) parent company Crate & Barrel started in Chicago and 2) they probably wanted to see how their product would "play in Peoria" (or Chicago--whatever, they're both in Illinois--close enough). Their experiment must've been a success, judging by the incredibly cool--and, for the most part, affordable--stuff on the website.

Basically, it's a younger, hipper, slightly cheaper, more colorful version of Crate & Barrel, much like Pottery Barn's younger sibling West Elm. The website is organized into cheeky, slightly unconventional categories: live, eat, work, sleep, splash, party, and me (or, living room, kitchen, office, bedroom, bathroom, entertaining, and personal accessories). As you can see, they have pretty much every aspect of your home design covered, and the volume of products certainly backs this up. In general, the design of the furniture is modern, with clean, simple lines (yes, as you probably guessed, I'm drooling over much of it). The flip-flop convertible sofa is a futon for grownups; the odyssey coffee table evokes Saarinen; and the elevaton bed is, design-wise, a step up from anything West Elm makes. The accessories are incredibly fun: I like the colored rings clock; the kado rib vases; and the shallow bowl. The "eat" section also has some great finds, like the mod pop dinnerware, Tokyo snack dishes, and red flower zombie glass. There are many more cool products; the site is definitely worth exploring (I've been taking a break every few hours to click through another section). CB2 has taught me a humbling, valuable lesson: Not all good stores start in New York.
The week in shopping
Sale of the week: CFDA accessories design winner Eugenia Kim makes fun, crazy hats and shoes; at this sale, they're 30%-40% off. 6/24-6/27; 10-5, noon-8 Sat., 1-7 Sun.; 204 E. 4th St.

Girly Tracy Reese womenswear is 60% off. 6/23-6/25; 10-6; 275 W. 39th St., 11th fl.

Nine West shoes and handbags are $40 per pair (three for $99) at this blowout sale. 6/22-6/25; 9-6; Parsons School of Design, 560 7th Ave. (at 40th St.), 2nd floor.

Uptown girls love Michael Kors; at this sale, find separates, dresses, pants, skirts, suits, gowns, leather coats, and more for up to 75% off retail ($49-$500, were $200-$2,500). Sizes range from 2-14. 6/23; 9-7; 124 E. 58th St. (Park & Lexington Aves.).

Whenever I compliment my friend Ann on her cute jewelry, nine times out of 10, she'll say, "Oh, thanks, I got it at the Alexia Crawford sale." At this incarnation, find women's accessories like Lucite cuffs and bangle bracelets for $10; sterling silver earrings, necklaces, and bracelets for up to 80 percent below wholesale (that's $5-$25); brooches for $5-$12 (were $40); and embroidered handbags and sarongs for $10-$15 (were $38). Through 7/2; 11-7 (closed Sun.); 35 W. 36th St.(5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

Gen Art is hosting a sale featuring 35 hip, independent, emerging accessory and womenswear designers offering their current wares at discounted prices. Admission is $15, $20 at the door, or $10 if you're a Gen Art member, but there will also be spa treatment services, hair touch-ups, make-up applications, free drinks, a DJ, goody bags, and giveaways--so it's a small price to pay to support emerging designers. 6/23; 6-10; the Puck Building; 293 Lafayette St. (at Houston).

Having an AbFab moment? Check out the Patricia Underwood sale, where you'll find the designer's dramatic garden hats, straw hats, beach hats, occasion hats and knit hats for wholesale and below, from $20-$350. 6/22-6/23; 9-6; 498 7th Ave. (36th & 37th Sts.), 24th fl.

A rarity these days: This true sample sale (sizes 4-8 and small only; actual samples) features Joe's Jeans, Left of Center, and Follies; prices start at $20. Cash only. Through 6/25; 9-6, 9-5 Fri.; 231 W. 39th St.(7th & 8th Aves.), suite 200.

The much-overlooked Lingerie on Lex has La Perla, Aubade, and more for 50% off. 6/23-7/30; 10-7, 11-6 Sat. (closed Sun.); 831 Lexington Ave. (at 63rd St.).

Domain's traditional home furnishings are 30%-60% off. Through 6/27; 10-7; 1179 3rd Ave. (at 69th St.), 938 Broadway (at 22nd St.),and 101 West End Ave. (at 65th St.).

Need a party frock? Kathlin Argiro's glitzy cocktail dresses are 50%-80% off (now $25-$200). 6/23-6/25; noon-7, 10-5 Fri.; 488 7th Ave. (at 36th St.), ste. 2G.

Michael Dawkins' handcrafted silver and gold jewelry with semiprecious stones is wholesale and below at this sale. Through 6/30; 10-6 (closed Sun.); 33 E. 65th St. (5th & Madison).

Kim Seybert's upscale beaded home accessories are 60%-75% off. 6/23-6/24; 9:30-6:30; 20 W. 33rd St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 11th fl.

Slane & Slane, a line of architecurally inspired gold/silver/semiprecious jewelry, is 50%-70% off (now $65-$3,000). 6/24-6/26; 11-8, 10-3 Sat.; Swissotel the Drake, 440 Park Ave. (at 56th St.).

This week, Clothingline has Tocca, Calypso, Kulson, Iisli, and Alice + Olivia; see website for hours and pictures. 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

You can get up to 40% off at the Crate & Barrel summer sale, now on.

This week at Bergdorf's, it's summer beauty week! Spend $200 and get a phat gift bag. Also: Akris trunk show through 6/24 from 11-6 on the fourth floor; Celine trunk show through 6/22 from 10-5 on the third floor; Etro trunk show 6/24-6/26 from 11-4 on the sixth floor; and a Roland Mouret personal appearance and trunk show 6/24 from 11-6 on the third floor.

Get up to 70% off at Red Envelope's summer sale, officially starting 6/24.

Lord & Taylor's weirdly named "1st Take" sale starts 6/23; click here for 20% off coupons.

This week at the Shop at Style.com, Smashbox cosmetics, Yigal Azrouel clothing, 30vandam clothing, and Temple St. Clair jewelry.

Through 6/25 at Bop, take $20 off every $100 you spend on summer essentials when you enter code SUMMER4 at checkout.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Weekend shopping
Incredibly loaded and need to decorate? Ligne Roset’s modern furniture is up to 70% off; we're still talking four figures for most items. Through 6/19; 10-6; 155 Wooster St.

While you're in the neighborhood, check out design master Knoll, where samples and slightly damaged midcentury modern furniture are up to 85% off. Through 6/19; 11-7, 11-5 Sat.; 105 Wooster St.

Vintage-inspired Loungewear Betty lingerie is $18 and up at this sample sale. 6/18-6/23; noon-7; 219 E. 10th St.

The much-overlooked Stephane Kelian makes sexy shoes and soft leather handbags; they're now up to 50% off. 6/19-7/31; 158 Mercer St, 717 Madison Ave. (at 63rd St.).

Need a raincoat? Sanyo New York has men's and women's coats in all sizes for $49-$250. 6/18; 9-5; 525 7th Ave. (38 & 39th Sts.), suite 904, 9th fl.

Get up to 80% off UncommonGoods', um, uncommon goods (home accents, gifts, jewelry, etc.). Through 6/18; 3-7; 303 W. 10th St. (Washington & West Sts.), 2nd fl.

Former Cheryl Shops website of the week Yoox is having a sale, with up to 50% off their already discounted designer clothes and accessories.

Get 15% off at Searle when you enter code spring (that's lower-case) at checkout through 6/27.

Advance warning: The next Billion Dollar Babes sale in NYC is 6/26 at the Altman Building. Visit the website to register...if you dare.

It's time for the summer clearance sale at Chefs.com; get up to 70% off kitchen supplies from Kitchenaid, Cuisinart, Sabatier, and more.

Shout-out to my hometown #1: Super-girly Chicago lingerie store Isabella is having a summer sale (you can also shop online).

West Elm is having a summer sale with prices up to 30% off, at the DUMBO store and on the website.

Shout-out to my hometown #2: Active Endeavors, where fashionable Northwestern University students shop, has redesigned its website and is offering 20% off all non-sale online items when you enter code active20 through 6/23.

Starting tomorrow (6/18), get up to 50% off spring/summer merchandise at Oililly.

Pottery Barn is having an online sale, with items up to 50% off.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

News digest
WWD: A report from the Isaac Mizrahi fashion show featuring designs from both his couture and Target collections (runway special Target designs can be bought here); Gianni Versace's niece (and Donatella's daughter) Allegra Beck to inherit 50% stake in Versace; religious teens want to cover up; from the oh Jesus department, Curious Britney Spears debuts; and you have no idea how much I'm salivating over a Prada fragrance.

NYT: More on Allegra Beck and the future of Versace; and more on Isaac Mizrahi's two collections.

NYP: Women are mad for sales; where to find the good stuff; animal prints; and blazers are the new cardigans.

VV: How to get the Stepford Wives look in the East Village (ironically, of course).

NYO: Opening Ceremony, the most patriotic store in the city.

The Daily: Hamptons slippers, ironic tote bags, and more; and the scoop on Elsie Katz Couture.

Style.com: Fashionista fave illustrator Jeffrey Fulvimari; more on Isaac Mizrahi; a stylish speaker for your iPod; great summer medallions; and the timeless appeal of Charlotte Rampling.

Elle.com: Beauty experts' favorite products; and Sand bar, by Bobbi Brown.

Daily Candy: New concept boutique Missbehave.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Not so much: jelly explosion
Last summer, Steven Stolman a boutique in Southampton, began selling an Italian-made knockoff of Hermes' revered Birkin bag--but made from rubber, not leather (or ostrich, or crocodile, etc.). The bags flew out of the store, and Hermes responded with a lawsuit, which made the contraband bags even hotter. Retailers, who, due to the limitations of the design/manufacturing/distribution process, were somewhat slow to respond. Fast forward a year, to summer 2004: Jelly is everywhere. Sure, you can drop $165 on an "original" Jelly Kelly--which, due to Hermes' lawsuit, barely resembles its namesake anymore--but why bother when you can get this jelly clutch for $5 at Old Navy? And, hey, while you're at it, why not accessorize with a pair of jelly thongs from the Gap, sure to make your feet sweat? How about a jelly belt? Where are the jelly tank tops and jelly skirts? Coming soon to a store near you, no doubt.

Enough already. Retailers love jelly because it's incredibly cheap to produce (meaning they make a greater profit on it); that's why it's everywhere. And thus, you end up looking like a fashion victim. Accessories are one of the easiest--and most affordable--ways to show your individuality. While last summer Jelly Kellys said, "I summer in the Hamptons," this summer, they say, "I'm a fashion victim." So, Jelly: Not so much.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Website of the week
My coworker Andrew has this amazing-smelling lotion (a gift from his former coworkers) by mark. I did a little investigating and found mark.'s website...and lo and behold, it's a division of Avon! While it's an overt attempt to appeal to a newer, younger generation, it's a welcome one: mark. has a ton of cool products, and they're all cheap. There's Andrew's Garden Blu lotion for $10; much-needed butt-fixing cream (at $8, the cheapest cellulite cream I've ever encountered); and the interesting hair-minimizing deodorant for a whopping $2.50! As for makeup, the Story Book is a Stila-like kit (and at $20, half the price); crystal shimmer hook-up powder seems to encourage the aforementioned action ($5!); and I'm in love with the packaging for C-Thru-U Tint. There's also a skincare section with more affordable finds. But my favorite part is the jewelry and accessories: I love this cheeky In Love We Trust tote; this incredibly cheap and summery Beach Beauty bracelet; and the sequin wristband watch--perfect for a night of debauchery. Now I wonder what my mom is going to say when I tell her I'm an Avon fanatic.
The week in shopping
Sale of the week: A.P.C. is like a French version of the Gap: Well-cut basics for men and women (although, since it's French, prices are a bit steep). At this sale, spring clothes and accessories are 30%-50% off. 6/15-8/10; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 131 Mercer St.

At The Shoe Box's spring/summer sale, find shoes by Chloe, D&G, Pucci, Kate Spade, Sigerson Morrison, and more for up to 50% off retail. Through 6/30; 9:30-8. 9:30-7 weekends; 1349 3rd Ave. (at 77th St.).

Quintessential British designer Ben Sherman and crazy Japanese brand Evisu Genes are hosting a joint sample sale: Evisu runs $30 for footwear to $100 for jeans; Ben Sherman T-shirts are $10, shirts and pants are $29 (4 for $100), and outerwear is $35-$100 (prices are 75% off retail). 6/16-6/18; 11-7 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 1466 Broadway (41st & 42nd Sts.), suite 604.

Save up to 70%--and support MoMA--at MoMA Design Store's summer sale. Through 7/12; 44 W. 53rd St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 81 Spring St. (at Crosby).

After last week's TSE sale, apparently cashmere in July isn't so far-fetched: Autumn Cashmere is offering cashmere and cotton tops for $25-$119. 6/16-6/18; 9-6; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 10th fl.

Sure, people laughed at Puff Daddy/P.Diddy when he said he was starting a clothing line, but last week he won a CFDA award for his Sean John menswear, and now nearly every hip-hop artist is starting his/her own clothing line. At this sale, everything his Diddyness designs is up to 75% off, with most items under $50. 6/16-6/19; 10-6, 10-7 Thurs., 10-4 Sat.; Clothingline, 261 W. 36th St., (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Issey Miyake’s architectural, intellectual men’s and women’s lines are 40% off. 6/17-7/31; 992 Madison Ave. (at 77th St.), 119 Hudson St.

Felissimo Design House has quirky home and fashion accessories for up to 80% off. 6/16-6/19; 11-6; 10 W. 56th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Jill Stuart’s girly frocks are 30% off. Through 6/30; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 100 Greene St.

If you've got cash to blow and like clean, elegant furniture, check out Armani Casa, where the designer's home furnishings are up to 50% off. Through 6/30; 11-7, 11-6 Sun. (closed Mon.); 97 Greene St.

Lately, Parsons has been hosting some weird-ass sales. (Uh, Beretta hunting-wear, anyone?) This week, they have Rosenthal fine china and crystal, for up to 80% off. Through 6/18; 9-6:30, 9-5 Fri.; Parsons School of Design, 560 7th Ave. (at 40th St.), 2nd fl.

For the knitters out there, the Yarn Company is having its annual summer sale, where yarn is up to 30% off. Through July 2; 12-6, 12-8 Wed., closed Sun. & Mon.; 2274 Broadway, (81st and 82nd Sts.).

Got a formal event coming up? Check out Stylebug's sale, where designer gowns are $49-$799 (originally $500-$8,900), dresses are $39-$259 (were $200-$1,790), and handbags by Chanel, Lambertson Truex, Gucci, and more are up to 70% off. (If you can't make it to the sale, shop online.) Through 6/19; 10-7, 10-4 Sat.; 242 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 10th fl.

Today through 6/16, Bloomingdale's is having a private sale; click here for details.

Not to be outdone, Lord & Taylor is also having a private sale 6/15-6/18; spend $50 and get a $10 gift certificate for later use.

Jumping on the Private Sale bandwagon as well, CityModa.com is offering 10% off orders of $350 or more when you enter code MODAPS through 6/17.

Daszign.com is hosting a spring sale, with 30%-50% off C&C California, James Perse, and more.

This week at Bergdorf's: Preview the Dolce & Gabbana fall collection from 11-6 on the 2nd floor through 6/15; Isaac Mizrahi will host a trunk show for his couture collection (what, you were expecting the $24.99 Target dresses?) 6/15-6/16 on the fourth floor, with a personal appearance by Isaac himself from 2-4 on 6/15; on the fourth floor, a Dior trunk show and a Nina Ricci trunk show, both 6/16-6/17.

This week at the Shop at Style.com, Diane von Furstenberg dresses, Buzz by Jane Fox bags, and Godeva loungewear.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Weekend shopping
Nobody does fun, flirty dresses like Diane von Furstenberg; here, they're $10-$200. Through 6/11; 9-3 (open till 8 tonight); 260 5th Ave., (at 29th St.).

Broadway Panhandler, purveyor of excellent kitchen supplies by All-Clad, Le Creuset, Cuisinart, and more, is having a sale of up to 75 percent off (now $3.95-$164.95). Bonus: free hot dogs and lemonade on Saturday. 6/12-6/13; 11-5; 477 Broome St.

The summer sale at Kirna Zabete has begun, with 30% off almost everything. 96 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

I have a feeling that, still, no one will be able to afford Maurice Villency's contemporary furniture, but with prices 40%-70% off, at least he's trying. 6/13; noon-5; 200 E. 57th St.

There was a chick in my class at Parsons last semester who worked for Circle by Mara Hoffman; stop by this sale and see if she's working. Bikinis are $60-$100, tops are $45-$100, and dresses are $100-$300. 6/11-6/13; noon-7 Fri., 10-7 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 195 Chrystie St., ste. 602A

Spend $50 at Benefit and get a free full-size Benetint lip gloss when you enter code FLGB through 6/13.

The Half-Yearly Sale at Nordstrom has begun!

Get 15% off at Searle when you enter code spring (must be lower-case for some reason) at checkout through 6/20.

It's the First Call sale at Neiman Marcus and I have two words for you, ladies: Manolo Blahnik.

In honor of Father's Day, get 20% off everything at Art.com when you enter code GIFTFORDAD, through 6/14.

Victoria's Secret's semi-annual clothing sale is now on; spend $100 and get free shipping. (I think their clothes are kind of tacky, but they do excellent designer shoe knockoffs.)

The No Diggity sale has begun at Bop; get 30%-50% off C&C California, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Juicy, and more, plus 60%-80% off closeout items (I saw a cool pair of Paul & Joe pants for $50).

Have a good weekend!
Administrative notes
A special shout-out to reader Charlly, who let me know that TJ Max was selling my favorite Loop bag. Thankfully I hadn't ordered it from the website yet, so I was able to get it for $20 instead of $55. So if you want to cop my style, head on over to 6th Ave. and 18th St.

I finally got a chance to go to the Theory sample sale at Clothingline today on my lunch hour. If you haven't made it over there yet, I'd definitely recommend checking it out. They have a ton of merchandise and now it's all 75% off retail. There are a lot of pants, jackets, tops, even leather jackets. However, Clothingline claims it's this season's merchandise; that's definitely not the case, but Theory's designs are pretty classic, so nothing looks "so last year" or anything like that. But tomorrow's the last day, so hurry!

Pimp my ride
Last night when I was walking home from work, I saw an Escalade painted to look like the Gucci monogram fabric, complete with red and green stripe running down the middle. I looked around to see if anyone else noticed, but everyone was going about normally. I felt like I was on an episode of Chapelle's Show. The car was driving west on 37th Street, presumably back to Jersey.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The long-overdue Father's Day gift guide
Hey, you still have 11 days to find a present! But if you've bought one already, I'm very sorry for my tardiness. I'm going to take the low road and blame my job, which I'm not too fond of as of late. So if you or anyone you know is looking for a fashion writer/editor, please e-mail me. Anyway, on to the gift guide...For the sake of simplicity (and saving time), all of these gifts are good for pretty much any dad--as long as yours is as low-maintenance as mine is. Good luck, and happy shopping.

How many guys you know use a money clip for their bills but put a rubber band around their credit cards? (Sadly, I know quite a few.) Red Envelope's leather card case + money clip puts it all together without the bulk of a wallet.

The one appliance in our kitchen that my dad can operate is the coffee machine, however it's a Mr. Coffee circa 1976. For an updated, yet user-friendly, version, check out this Salton Melitta One coffeemaker, for which you pop in a cartridge and have a freshly brewed cup o' joe 60 seconds later.

Out on the course, nothing screams "My daughter is a fashionista!" like Burberry golf accessories. (Neiman Marcus also carries wood covers and golf gloves.)

Whenever it rained when we were up at our cottage, my dad and I would play cards (poker, double solitaire, hearts, etc.), and this 160-chip poker set would've come in handy.

Or if you're a board-game-playing family, any dad would appreciate this travel three-in-one game box.

I saw this and started laughing, only because it's so appropriate. In fact, it doesn't need much of a description, other than monogrammed steak brand. See?

You get the brand, and have your sibling buy this Smith & Wollensky gift set, which includes knives, a cookbook, and steak sauce.

Does Dad complain about going all the way upstairs to the kitchen for a snack while he's downstairs at his workbench? Get him this Hot+Cold Snack Box for beer and sandwiches at close reach.

Last time I was in Napa Valley, I brought back some Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for my dad and he was so happy, he almost cried (except men don't cry). Do the same for yours with this gift set featuring Mondavi's 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon reserve, a fancy-schmancy corkscrew, and a nice wood box.

Real dads don't drink beer out of the can; real dads drink out of a Stag Horn mug.

Get Dad to ditch the Old Spice when you introduce him to the wonderful world of Kiehl's, via their Ultimate Men's Collection gift set.

Finally, if all else fails, get your dad what I'm getting mine: this book, about the U.S. Naval air campaign in WWII (my dad loooves WWII).
News digest
WWD: Bendel's is adding a lingerie department; the new Kidston store in Nolita; CFDA winners (the CFDAs are like the Oscars of the fashion world); CFDA behind-the-scenes report; T-shirts for Jews; and new, young L.A. designers.

NYT: Teenagers are covering their shit up finally; the Tonys = way matronly; and Cathy Horyn's take on the CFDAs.

NYP: A $100 outfit from Heatherette, those wacky ex-club kids; everyone's wearing terry; and boots with minis; and choice beach gear.

VV: Lynn Yaeger goes shopping for the el cheapola stuff on 14th Street.

The Daily: Their take on the the CFDAs; sloppy fashion at the MTV movie awards; and more on CFDA after-parties (who was there, who wore what, etc.).

Lookonline: Yes, more CFDAs: Who wore what.

Style.com: Are you sick of the CFDAs yet? Plus, new beauty products; and some funky shoes.

Elle.com: The best sun products.

Daily Candy: Sample sales, most of which I listed already; and town coats for Stepford wives.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

My job blows big time
Coming tomorrow (God willing): News digest and the long-awaited Father's Day gift guide.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Website of the week
Every summer, I set out to buy three things, the more whimsical the better: 1) a sundress, 2) sandals, and 3) a fun bag. Sandals are never a problem, the sundress rarely happens, and the bag is, well, a mixed bag. But this year, only a few days into June, I have found my bag at Loop. New York-based Loop has been around since 1997, designing functional and, most importantly, affordable bags for many purposes. Their materials range from vinyl to satin to suede; prices rarely go above $100; and the styles are so cute, I could buy at least one from each line. Some of my favorites: My inner 8-year-old loves this Delux Travel Kit; the Joji Sling is a little bit disco; the Corrine Shoulder bag comes with a little version and looks like cool retro wallpaper; the Courtney Guitar Strap Bag is perfect for the girl rock star in your life (or within you); the Shenyang long clutch is great for a night on the town; and this PVC tote is just plain cool. You can also find crazy stuff like this light box and pubic stencils. Loop is a company that clearly, happily captures the eccentric styles of NYC (and, for the record, I'm buying this bag).
The week in shopping
Sale of the week: French label Plein Sud makes incredibly sexy--but by no means trashy--clothes; at this special showroom sale, they're 60%-70% off. Through 6/18; 10-5 (weekdays only); 370 Greene St., 2nd fl.

Her business may be in trouble, but I still love her designs and now, possibly, I can afford them: Stella McCartney's spring line is 40% off. 6/10-7/1; 11-7, 12:30-6 Sun.; 429 W. 14th St. (9th & Washington Aves.).

Then, bop a few doors down to fellow Gucci Group designer Alexander McQueen’s store, where his spring collection is also 40% off. Through 7/1; 11-7, 12:30-6 Sun.; 417 W. 14th St. (9th & Washington Aves.).

Cashmere in June? Why the hell not? TSE sweaters are $50-$300 (originally $250-$420) at this excellent sample sale. 6/9-6/12; 1-8 Wed., 11-8 Thurs. & Fri., 10-6 Sat.; The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Hey, hipsters! Vice Magazine and Find Outlet are hosting a sale with 50%-80% off FrostFrench, J. Lindeberg, Charlotte Corday, and more. 6/10-6/13; noon-7, noon-4 Sun.; 361 W. 17th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

One of my favorite (of many) toiletry stores, Italian importer Lafco New York is taking 40% off Korres products. 6/9-6/30; 11-7, 11-8 Thurs., closed Sun.; 285 Lafayette St.

Trendy uptown girls shop at Cantaloup, where Cacharel, Y & Kei, and others are 30%-70% off, starting at $10. Through 6/30; 11-6, noon-7 Sun.; 1036 Lexington Ave., (at 74th St.).

Inca’s colorful beachwear is 50%-70% off. 6/7-6/11; 9:30-6; 53 W. 36th St., ste. 901.

Once you sleep on Frette sheets, you'll never go back to the crap you can buy at Bed Bath & Beyond. Frette's linens are $50-$600 and loungewear is $50-$200 (that's 50%-70% off) at this sale. Through 6/11; 9-6:30, 9-5 Fri.; Parsons School of Design, 560 7th Ave. (at 40th St.), 2nd fl.

Oprah loves Jay Strongwater, so you should too; his jeweled frames, compacts, and other gifts are $50-$600. 6/10-6/12; 8:30-4; 11 E. 36th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), 8th fl.

LAI's luxe leather accessories are 20%-70% off. 6/9-6/12; 10-6; 35 E. 65th St.

Orrea focuses on lip products only, and does them pretty darn well. Their lipsticks and glosses are now 50% off. Through 6/16; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 314 E. 9th St.

Walking home from MW's apartment Sunday afternoon, I realized that pretty much every fancy-pants Fifth Ave./Madison Ave. boutique is having some sort of spring sale (generally 30%-40% off). A brief list of stores and locations:
Prada: 525 Madison Ave., 724 5th Ave., 575 Broadway, 45 E. 57th St.
Versace: 647 5th Ave., 815 Madison Ave.
Sergio Rossi: 772 Madison Ave. (at 66th)
Giorgio Armani: 760 Madison Ave.
Burberry: 9 E. 57th St., 131 Spring St.
Miu Miu: 100 Prince St., 831 Madison Ave. (Sadly, they're completely sold out of the high-heel moccasins--I asked.)

This week at Bergdorf's: Preview fall 2004 Armani 6/9-6/11 on the 2nd floor from 11-4; Vicky Tiel makes a personal appearance all week long on the fourth floor; there's a Moschino trunk show 6/10-6/11 on the third floor from 11-6; and Eric Gaskins makes a personal appearance 6/10-6/11 on the fourth floor from 11-4.

It's also fall trunk shows galore at Barneys: Balenciaga 6/9-6/10 from 10-5 on the 5th floor; Rochas 6/8-6/9 from 10-5 on the 5th floor; and Behnaz Sarafpour (who lives in my building, in case anyone cares) 6/11-6/21 from 10-6 on the 5th floor.

Just a reminder, the Theory sale is still happening at Clothingline through Friday; they're to receive another shipment of 4,000 units tomorrow morning, plus they've restocked. 261 W. 36th (7th & 8th).

Everything is 20% off at Oililly 6/10-6/13.

This week at the Shop at Style.com, Tocca, Amy Chan, Ben Sherman, and Rosa Cha.

At Beauty Cafe, the entire Nyakio line is 25% off.

Delia*s, where I shopped fervently in high school, is having a sale of up to 75% off.

It's Herman Miller sale time! Get 10% off the entire line (hey, when furniture is this expensive, every little bit helps) at Retromodern.com, Highbrowfurniture.com, Design Within Reach, and any other authorized Herman Miller dealer.

eLuxury.com has added designer clothes and accessories to its nice sale section.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Weekend shopping
Today through 6/12 is the "Summer Must-Haves" sale at Lord & Taylor; click here for 15% off coupons.

Through 6/4, get a full-size rouge pot in water lily (a nude-pink shade) when you make a $75 purchase at Stila Online; enter code WATERLILLY at checkout.

At Sephora, get a deluxe-size sample of Demeter's new Kahala Papaya perfume with any-size order when you enter code PAPAYA at checkout.

The lower-case brothers and sisters showroom has Sanctuary cargos, Only Hearts lingerie, Priorities screened tees, and more, for 50% off. Through 6/9; 9-4; 499 7th Ave. (at 36th St.).

The Act One sale at Saks has begun! Sportswear is 40% off, shoes are 30% off, handbags are up to 40% off, and everything else is 25%-40% off. Woo-hoo!

Accessories are an extra 15% off this week at Bluefly. Click here to get started.

Pretty much everything spring/summer at Seven New York is a generous 35% off; the sale goes 'til all the merchandise is gone.

Everyone's favorite weird-acronym neighborhood, Nolita, is hosting a "shopping event," featuring 10%-30% off at such boutiques as Mixona, Hollywould, and Erica Tanov. Through 6/5.

The groovy stylists from Bumble + Bumble are offering free hairdos (not sure if this includes cut, color, or just styling) at Bigelow Apothecary (414 6th Ave. btw. 8th & 9th Sts.) and Jeffrey (449 W. 14th St. btw. 9th & 10th Aves.). 6/5-6/6.

Loehmann's has a new shipment of Italian shoes by Anna Sui, Rudolphe Menudier, and more, for $39.99-$119.99 (originally $90-$285).

Saturday is Denim Days at Bloomingdale's Soho store. Buy a pair of jeans and get a gift card good toward $100 off a $300 purchase.

Spend $35 at Gloss and get a free Chanel sample duo featuring an Aqualumieres sample and Radiance Revealing Serum, when you enter code CHSUM. (You can alternatively get free shipping if you enter code TRAVEL, but, personally, I prefer samples.)

And, best for last, Clothingline's Theory sale starts tomorrow (the official date is Saturday, but people on the e-mail list get a preview day), with everything from the current spring/summer collection 60% off retail, and a new line called Theory Tailor, at 40% off retail. They reportedly have an absolute ton of merchandise, so go early and often. 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

News digest
NYT: How to dress today's Stepford wives; and quirky cosmetics and what's in store for Paris.

WWD: The scoop on Stefano Pilati's vision for YSL; details on Paris Hilton's perfume, tenatively titled "Eau de Ho" (just kidding); all about brand recognition; another crazy Comme des Garcons store, this one in London; and UK retailer Reiss to open a Soho store to compete with H&M, Zara, Mexx, et. al.

WP: A long pontification on flip-flops.

VV: Similarly, Lynn Yaeger shops for cheap flip-flops and other summer thrills.

The Daily: An interview with Michael Kors; coming soon to Soho, a temporary Kangol store (it's the British invasion all over again, apparently); and info on the maternity superstore.

Lookonline: Marilyn Kirschner praises YSL and hopes for the best with Stefano Pilati.

Style.com: A color-specific summer shopping guide; mother of pearl is great for summer; how to get the Marc Jacobs look, beauty-wise; and leopard is in for fall. (Bring on the nasty letters, PETA-philes!)

Daily Candy: A Father's Day gift guide (mine is coming soon, hopefully this week, in case you were wondering).

MUG: Sales.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Website of the week
I will admit I'm a bit of a dreamer. I dream about being able to go into a store like Jeffrey and just point at the stuff I want while salesgirls follow me around the store like puppy dogs. I dream of having an oceanfront beachouse, preferably in Montauk. And I dream of having a huge loft apartment that I can fill with midcentury and contemporary modern furniture from stores like Unica Home. The store, located in Las Vegas, is a beacon of style amidst so much bad taste. And the website is even better: well organized--browse by category or by designer--and with a gift registry. While Unica has typical offerings from design giants Knoll, Kartell, Herman Miller, et. al., they also have stuff you won't see anywhere else, like this incredible (and, yes, a bit Vegas) mood light wall, garland light, and origo dinnerware. They also have incredibly rare (and, okay, expensive) items like this very mod ball chair. If you sign up for the e-mail list, you receive notice of monthly specials; this month, get 20% off all Cassina furniture designed by Le Corbusier (including the iconic chaise lounger). Plus, most orders over $100 ship for free--a nice way to avoid hefty furniture delivery costs. Now all I need is a few million dollars and I can start making my dreams come true...
The week in shopping
Sale of the week: Home to Jeffrey, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and a host of other designer boutiques, the Meatpacking District is now holding its first-ever Meatpacking District Sale, featuring eveningwear, sportswear, accessories, and couture for men and women by such up-and-coming designers as Cloak, Tani Keller, Scatola, Alexander McQueen, La Boheme, Vestirium, and more; prices are up to 75% off retail. 6/3-6/7; 10-10, 10-7 Sun. & Mon.; 416 W. 13th St., (9th & Washington Aves.), 2nd floor.

Fashionistas love the incredibly expensive Balenciaga; for those of us who actually pay retail, the store is having a sale, with 40% off spring must-haves. 6/3-6/23; 11-7, noon-5 Sun.; 542 W. 22nd St.

In case you missed it a few weeks ago, Aeffe USA is extending its sample sale, featuring Moschino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, and Pollini, with prices now 40% below wholesale. They have new merchandise, including suits, sportswear, knits, eveningwear, dresses, leather, lingerie, and accessories, with prices starting at $15 for intimates to $600 for evening dresses, with sample sizes and limited quantities of other sizes available. Through 6/3; 10-5:45; 30 W. 56th St.(5th & 6th Aves.), 1st fl.

Stuart Weitzman's shoes are both stylish and comfortable, and at this sale, they're 30%-50% off. 6/4-7/30; 625 Madison Ave. (at 59th St.), and the Shops at Columbus Circle (a.k.a. "the mall").

This is a good sale, and I'm bummed it's no longer right around the corner from my office: Metropolitan Design Group's showroom sale features fashion and home accessories from Colette Malouf, Tocca, and Mark Snider at 40%-65% off. 6/2-6/3; 8-7; 1196 Lexington Ave. (at 81st St.).

Your chance to invest in Tom Ford's second-to-last collection for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche: Men's and women's clothes and accessories are up to 40% off. 6/3-7/18; 855 Madison Ave. (at 71st St.), and 3 E. 57th St. (at 5th Ave.).

If this is all a bit too "designer" for you, check out 30vandam's Emerging Designers Sample Sale, where you can snag one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories for 50%-70% off. 6/04-6/05; 10-8; 30 Vandam St. (Varick St. & Ave. of the Americas).

Hey, Levi's lovers (that would be the Japanese and Europeans): Selvedge's selection of Levi's Red, Levi's Premium, and Levi's Vintage Clothing is 30%-50% off. 6/1-8/1; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 250 Mulberry St.

Expect a lot of Upper East Side moms at G.C. William's sale, featuring Michael Stars, Lacoste, Blue Cult, and other labels for cool kids and their even cooler moms, for 25%-40% off. Through 6/30; 10-6:30, noon-5 Sun.; 1137 Madison Ave. (at 85th St.).

When you're a homeowner, you get excited about things like drawer pulls. Seriously. Lucky for you, D.I.G.S. has wrought-iron bath knobs, marble vanity sets, votives, and more for up to 90% off (that's $7 to $60). Through 6/6; 11-7; 115 Wooster St.

Scarily enough, I know several ladies who are currently with child; for them, and anyone else who has a bun in the over, Cadeau's non-frumpy maternity wear is up to 75% off. 6/2-6/3; 10-7; 254 Elizabeth St.

Hey, like to shoot stuf? Get the NRA-chic look at Beretta's sale, featuring hunting-inspired men's and women's "fashion" for up to 70% off. 6/2-6/4; 9-6:30, 9-5 Fri.; Parsons School of Design, 560 7th Ave. (at 40th St.), 2nd fl.

This week at The Shop at Style.com: Club Monaco clothes, T. Anthony luggage, and Proxima swimsuits. Plus, get a free tote bag with your order through 6/30.

Starting today at Built by Wendy, get 30% off select men's and women's spring clothing and accessories, in store and online. 7 Centre Market Place.

This week at Bergdorf's: Preview Tom Ford's final YSL Rive Gauche collection 6/3-6/4 from 11-6 on the 2nd floor; while you're there, check out the Gianfranco Ferre trunk show on the fourth floor. Maggie Norris will also make a personal appearance on the 4th floor on 6/2.