Wednesday, November 30, 2005

More sales
They keep pouring into my inbox, so until Christmas, I'll probably be posting sales twice a week. Check back often!

Get free shipping on anything that qualifies as a gift at Target.com through 12/3.

Get free shipping on orders of $100 or more through 12/19 at Nordstom.com.

Lord & Taylor's Friends & Family sale starts 12/1; click here for coupons.

Get free shipping on a $125 order at Banana Republic when you enter code BRFREE through 1/28 (yes, that's 1/28/06).

Bloomingdale's is having a private sale 12/1-12/3 from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Click here for details.

Save 20% on non-sale merchandise at Cheryl Shops fave Active Endeavors when you enter code holiday20 through 12/25. Plus, get free shipping on all orders.

Save 25% on all orders over $100 through 12/2 at Daszign.com.

Get free gift wrap, a free sample, and free shipping with any order at Stila when you enter code HOLIDAY through 12/5.

Neiman Marcus has added a bunch of designers (Gucci, Jimmy Choo, etc.) to their sale. Plus, use code HOLIDAY for free shipping on a $175 order through 12/17.

Save up to 40% at Bergdorf's BG Sale. Use code GIFT05 for free shipping on a $175 order through 12/27.

Get free shipping at umbrella website Tray6 when you enter code shipT6 through 12/17.

Get free shipping on your $150 order through 12/11 at Shopbop.com (no code needed).

Get free shipping, free gift wrap, and free samples with your $45 order when you enter code EFS45 at Benefit through 12/3.

Get free shipping, free gift wrap, and free samples with your $75 order at Sephora.com.

Enter code FFHOLIDAY05 at checkout to receive the Macys.com 20% Friends & Family discount through 12/4.

Spend and save at Cheryl Shops fave Girlshop.com: Get $20 off a $100 purchase with code Save20, $50 off a $250 purchase with code Save50, and $100 off a $500 purchase with code Save100, all valid through 12/12.

Get free shipping on a $100 order at Victoria's Secret when you enter code GIVE through 12/6.

Get free shipping on a $100 order when you enter code 78999002 at American Eagle through 12/6.
Website of the week
I saw my dear friend ES over the weekend, and in passing, she mentioned her cousin had started a belt company and asked if I'd mind checking out the website. I said yes, figuring I'd mention the site in the week in shopping or some such, but the site made me laugh so hard, I though I'd make it website of the week. The site is Montana Realty Co., which is neither based in Montana, nor a realty company. It opens with flash animation of, well, two kooky East Village hipsters. You'll just have to watch it for yourself. Anyway, they sell three belt styles, the Bonsai (a kung-fu-inspired style), the Buddha (self-explanatory), and the Sanskrit (which features sanskrit writing). All styles are webbed with a metal logo buckle, and each style comes in several different colors. I'm guessing these are supposed to be men's belts, but, hey, they look unisex to me. Oh, and they're a very reasonable $19 each, which is a small price to pay for the amusement this site provides.
America's Next Top Model recap
Because Kim got kicked off during last week's episode of America's Next Top Model, and since Kim was probably my most favorite contestant since Shandi, it was rather difficult to bring myself to watch this week's episode. Well, not really, but it was sad not having Kim there. (I am taking solace in the fact that a lot of the girls who don't win end up having solid modeling careers, so hopefully that will happen for Kim.) The show certainly made up for her absence by featuring both Simon Doonan, the hilarious creative director of Barneys, and Barbara Hulanicki, the creator of Biba and often considered the godmother of the Mod look (I worship her). Simon gave the girls a history lesson on modern British fashion while alternately hinting that the girls look like strippers and hookers. Love him! The girls were then given 150 quid to purchase four outfits (Mod, punk, preppy, and Bollywood) to wear to four different go-sees. Nik won this challenge, and her prize was 100 frames at the next photo shoot; Nicole got 80 frames; Jayla got 60; and Brie got 50, plus she had to go first and she couldn't look at herself in the mirror. Harsh, no? But before this photo shoot, the girls had to pair off and take a walk with each other through London. Cut to Jayla and Nik settling their differences (remember the "I'm afraid of the dark and I sleep with a nightlight" incident?) and Bree and Nicole kissing and making up. Awww. The next day's photo shoot had a Bollywood theme and was shot by judge Nigel Barker, who, as it turns out, is half Sri-Lankan. Bree had a migraine and, for some reason, took Benadryl for it, so she was totally out of it for her shoot, but Nik and Nicole both rocked it. Jayla, not so much. And while it came down to Jayla and Bree in the end (all of a sudden, the judges are very concerned about Bree's height, even though Nik is the same height--5' 8''--and Nicole is only an inch taller, plus the last two winners, Eva and Naima, have also been on the short side), Jayla got the boot for being a cold fish...which should have happened like three weeks ago, but whatever.

So now it's down to Bree, Nik, and Nicole, and next week is the finale. MW thinks Nik has it in the bag; I don't care, just as long as Bree doesn't win. I still don't like the girl, sorry. But, even though next week is the last episode of ANTM, it's also the season premiere of...Project Runway! Yay! Look for recaps of both next week.

Monday, November 28, 2005

The week in shopping: four weeks till Christmas...
...and here the crazy season begins.

I love the new-agey, semiprecious Satya Jewelry line; save up to 80% at this cash-only sale. 12/2-12/4; 10-6; 95 Christopher St. (at Bleecker).

Joseph cuts a mean trouser; find 'em (plus sweaters, coats, and more) for up to 85% off at this sale. Through 12/3; 11-7:30; 106 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

The TSE sale has been kind of hit-or-miss for me in the past, but with their high-quality cashmeres for $200-ish, this is a sale worth checking out. 11/29-12/4; 10-7, 11-6 Sun.; 72 Greene St. (Spring & Broome Sts.).

Stylish cashmere sweaters by Whim (usually sold at Barneys and Intermix) are a nice 75% off. Through 12/2; 8-6; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1016.

Another great option (in the same building, no less!) is Autumn Cashmere; their sweaters, scarves, hats and more are up to 70% off. Through 12/2; 9-6; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 10th fl.

But one of my favorite cashmere lines, Inhabit, is conveniently having a sample sale across the street from me. I'm so there. 11/29-12/2; 10-6:30; 1441 Broadway (40th & 41st Sts.), 31st floor.

Say hi to my friend AK at the Derek Lam sale (she works for him), where his fancy schmancy designer line is roughly 50% off (we're talking mid to high three figures here). 12/1-12/2; 11-6; 416 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 315.

Sexy but cool shoes by Due Farina are roughly 50% off. 11/30-12/3; 11-7; 325 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 712.

If you like to party like it's 1999, check out the Versace sale, where all lines are represented and prices start at $50. Through 12/1; 10-7; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.). l

If you aspire to be an Upper East Side trophy wife, score a trophy of your own at the Judith Leiber sample sale; the famous minaudieres are up to 50% off. 11/30-12/1; 10-4 Wed., 9-3 Thurs., 20 W. 33rd St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Opening Ceremony has Alexandre Herchcovitch, Hussein Chalayan, and the house label for 30%-50% off. 12/1-12/31; 11-8, noon-7 Sun.; 35 Howard St. (at Crosby St.).

Pretty silk dresses and separates by Miguelina are $35-$275. 12/1-12/7; 11-6 (closed Sat. & Sun.); 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

Lela Rose's feminine tops, jackets, and gowns are 50%-75% off. 11/30-12/1; 10-7 Wed., 9-5 Thurs.; 144 W. 37th St. (7th Ave. & Broadway), 3rd fl.

MZ Wallace's practical but cute totes and handbags are $50 at this cash-only sale. 11/30-12/1; 10-8; 93 Crosby St. (Prince & Spring Sts.), 2nd fl.

This Thursday, the Girlshop store is hosting a trunk show for LaRok's winter collection (yes, cocktails will be served). 12/1; 6-9 p.m.; 33 Little W. 12th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.).

Who knew, but Molton Brown is so much more than toiletries. At this sale, they have an array of glassware, leather accessories, home and travel goods. Through 12/9; 10-6; 515 Madison Ave. (53rd & 54th Sts.).

Multi-designer showroom Metropolitan Design Group has home and fashion accessories for $10-$300 at this cash-only sale. 11/30-12/1; 8:30-7; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.), 8th fl.

Adam+Eve's cotton and cashmere knits are up to 75% off. 12/1-12/3; 3-8 weekdays, 11-4 Sat.; 450 W. 15th St. (9th & 10th Aves.), 4th fl.

If it's always been your dream to be married in a Vera Wang gown, it's your lucky day: dresses for brides and bridesmaids are up to 75% off. 12/3; 8-5; Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Ave. (32nd & 33rd Sts.), at Hotel Pennsylvania.

Pretty tops by MarieMarie are half-price. 12/1-12/2; noon-7 Thurs., noon-8 Fri.; 257 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 10th fl.

Select fall merchandise is 30%-40% off at Barneys. Plus get free shipping on orders of $200 or more through 12/16 (website only).

Get free shipping when you spend $100 at eLuxury.com through 12/14; enter code WISH at checkout.

Get free shipping on a $150 order when you enter code SNWFLKE5A through 12/15 at Saks.

Get free shipping on a $100 order at Macys.com, and starting Wednesday, save 20% on your order (Friends & Family discount). Also, I wrote the homepage this week! Yay!

Enter code HSHIP75 at checkout through 12/19 for free shipping on a $75 order at excellent gift website WishingFish.com.

Get free shipping with a $175 order when you enter code HOLIDAY through 12/17 at Neiman Marcus. Ditto for Bergdorf's--enter code GIFT05 through 12/17.

Get free shipping on all U.S. orders at Cheryl Shops fave vintage site Vintage Cool Things.

Save 20% on everything at Figleaves.com through 11/30.

Get free shipping on your Kiehls order of $30 or more when you enter code GIVING through 12/8.

Save 30% sitewide at recent Cheryl Shops website of the week Sun Walters when you enter code Marie Claire through 11/30.

Get free shipping on awesome gifty stuff when you spend $50 at JonathanAdler.com through 12/8.

Get free shipping through 11/30 when you enter code GIVING at Vivre.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy shopping!
I am too traumatized over Kim's loss on tonight's America's Next Top Model to do a full recap of the show. Hopefully, by next week, I'll have recovered. Anyway, eat some turkey, and rest up for Black Friday. (For a non-fashion preview of the deals, hit this site.) I'll be shopping in New Hampshire (tax-free!) and Boston, and will have a full report next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2005

The week in shopping: five weeks till Christmas...
It's the calm before the storm. Think of it as your rest period before Black Friday...

Resort season is coming up, so get your swimsuit at the By the Sea Showroom sale--they have Inca, Rosa Cha, Rosa Ferrer, and others for 60% off. Through 11/23; 10-5; 112 W. 34th St. (Broadway & 7th Ave.), ste. 1606.

Carolina Herrera, Rena Lange, and Nina Ricci fancy clothes are up to 85% off. Through 11/22; 9-6:30; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

For the ladies with buns in their ovens, Liz Lange's famously flattering maternity clothes are up to 40% off. 11/22; 10-7; 958 Madisono Ave. (75th & 76th Sts.).

Sadly, ABC Carpet & Home is closing its Dumbo and Tanger Outlets locations, but, happily, reducing prices on everything from furniture to rugs to linens. Through 12/31; 20 Jay St. (at Plymouth St.), Dumbo, Brooklyn, and 1947 Old Country Rd., Riverhead, Long Island.

For the totally batshit crazy shoppers out there, 40 stores at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are opening at midnight on Friday (the rest will open at 7 a.m.). There's even a bus leaving from Port Authority at 11 p.m. Yep, crazy.

Clothingline's Ben Sherman & Evisu sale has been extended for two more days. Through 11/22; 10-7; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Get a free Gabi makeup bag and free shipping with a $60 order at Benefit when you enter code FGEG60 at checkout through 11/28.

Get free shipping on a $175 order at Neiman Marcus when you enter code HOLIDAY through 12/21, plus get an extra 30% off select sale merchandise.

Shop Lord & Taylor's Wednesday-only sale with these coupons.

When you enter code EARLYBIRD at checkout at Shopbop.com, get $20 off a $100 order, $50 off a $250 order, or $100 off a $500 order through 10/28.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sample sale report
I was really looking forward to the Sigerson Morrison warehouse sale; apparently so were a lot of other girls. Due to quarterly strategy meetings at work, I knew I wouldn't be able to get down there until today after work, but thanks to my coworker JB, I didn't even have to make the trip! The intrepid JB was there at 9 a.m. yesterday morning...and the line was three blocks long (girls toward the end of the line reportedly waited two hours to get in), so JB figured she'd try again today. This morning, there was no line, but there was also no merchandise left at all, and they're not restocking--yes, Sigerson Morrison is completely cleaned out. But, hey, that's okay--I'll hit the store during their "crazy sale" (or the 50% off week right before) in January.

Still feeling the need to hit a sample sale, I swung by Lutz & Patmos, which is probably my favorite cashmere label--they make really flattering cuts in cool styles. I also like this sale because it's totally civilized--there were about three or four other women there, quietly browsing the racks while jazz music played softly in the background. Anyway, the sale started Tuesday, but they still have a lot of stuff left--Friday is the last day, and prices go down to 70% off. They have two racks' worth of fall 2005 merchandise (you can preview it on the website), and while I had a hard time making a decision, I ended up going with a two-tone gray striped sweater from a past collection. Yes, it was probably a bit more than what I wanted to pay (most of the sweaters are $150 and up), but these are sweaters that retail for like $500 and up, so it ends up being a pretty good deal. At least, that's what I like to tell myself.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

America's Next Top Model recap
From last week's preview, I knew this week's episode of America's Next Top Model would include a scene where all of the girls gang up on Kim for talking about them behind their backs. I was a bit taken aback, however, when the scene turned into full-on Kim-hatin'. And then I got worried, because when they feature a girl a lot, she's in danger of getting kicked off. Kim seemed genuinely upset about all of this, cried, apologized, and even wrote a letter of apology to Nik. Meanwhile, Bree cradled her head and told her to "give some lovin' to Mama" or something ridiculous, while later, deviously, saying how she was keeping her eneimes closer. (If you could see me right now, I'm rolling my eyes.) Anyway, after last week's cruelly delivered "We're going to London" announcement, the girls were kind of in limbo about when they were actually going to go. First they were paid a visit by gender-bending model Jenny Shmizu, then they learned that the paparazzi would always be watching them when they become famous (riiiight), and then they had to do "one last photo shoot," where they were judged on how good their passport photo was. Personally, I thought Kim's was the best, but somehow Bree, who looked kind of retarded in her photo, won. (It seemed random at the time, but we learned where this came from later: Young Tyra was sitting on a trans-Atlantic flight next to photographer, and since she didn't have her portfolio with her, she booked a job based solely on her passport photo.) So they arrive in London, and immediately they have "paparazzi" following them as they try to check in to their hotel. Lisa tries to be all Lindsay Lohan about it by covering her face, but everyone else handled it pretty good naturedly. Bree's prize for winning the contest was to have dinner with Nik and two handsome, well-spoken British bachelors (probably male escorts or playboys). The next day's photo shoot had a rather complicated conceit involving being naked, having hair and makeup half done, and squeezing all six models into a phone booth. All were brats about it, except for Nicole, who amusingly farted in the booth. Also, Bree was really getting on my nerves, because she pretends to be all high and mighty, but really, she's judgmental and a snob. At judging, Kim was called first (yay!), followed by Bree (yuck!), and while I thought we were going to have a Jayla-Nicole repeat from last week, Lisa and Jayla were in the bottom two, the former for being too crazy and the latter for being too dull. But the judges saw their chance and ran with it, taking the "too crazy" excuse for kicking Lisa off (when, really, we all know that's she's too old and, um, "weathered"). Ding-dong the fug is dead!

Next week, the girls have to pose like statues and get attacked by London's infamous pigeons (this is going to be difficult for me to watch, since I hate pigeons), and Bree and Kim continue their war of the words.
Website of the week
If I were a celebrity, I think the thing I'd enjoy the most is getting free clothes. I've always found this fact of life a bit ironic, because it seems like when you can finally afford designer clothing (well, and you're famous), then you get it for free. Anyway, I think it would be wonderful to call (or have my assistant call) Gucci or Prada or Chanel and get a sexy dress to wear out that night. So I was pleased to read about eDressMe: While their selection isn't super-designer, if you're a Manhattan girl, $20 gets your dress delivered to you by the end of the business day. Convenient, yes, but free, no. Still, this site is great for everything from impromptu cocktail parties to prom dresses to wedding and bridesmaid dresses (LB, this one's for you). You can shop by occasion, or by brand, and the site also carries a selection of separates, shoes, and accessories. Designer brands include Anna Sui, Cynthia Rowley, Jill Stuart, Shoshanna, and Tracy Reese, and there are more than 1,000 dresses on the site, so you're bound to find something you like. I'm in the market for a holiday party dress, so here's what I found. If I were an Olsen twin, I'd wear this cute, poofy Tracy Reese dress. If I were Kirsten Dunst, I'd wear this lace Anna Sui dress. If I were a little gutsier and more confident, I'd wear this hot Betsey Johnson sequined red dress. But since I'm me, I like this simple but sexy green velvet dress the best. I don't know that I quite need it by the end of the day tomorrow, but regular shipping should have it to my place in time for the party season. Sadly, unlike a celebrity, I'll be wearing the same dress to multiple events, but then again, it's not like paparazzi will be taking my picture everywhere either...a good reason not to be famous.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Cheryl Shops for...skinny jeans
Ever since I was so horribly shut out from the Stella McCartney bonanza last week, I've been obsessed with skinny-leg jeans, which I did not have the luxury of trying on (or even buying). Now, we've been seeing skinny jeans (or "stovepipes") for a few months now, mainly on starlets like Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, and Sienna Miller, and for awhile on Kate Moss, who, regardless of whether she has a coke addiction, is still a very stylish woman. Anyway, I grabbed MK and hit Barneys on Saturday on a mission. I enlisted a salesgirl, Stacey, and was soon trying on every pair of straight-leg jeans on the 8th floor. I tried on a ton of pairs by new brands--Rag & Bone, Earnest Sewn, Radcliffe--and while I absolutely loved the Envy from Gold Sign (Adriano Goldschmied's new line), I decided I did not want to cross the $200 threshold for a trend that might be fleeting (if, however, it decides to stick around for awhile, I might cave in, because they're super-flattering, lightweight, and they run huge, which always makes me feel better about myself). I decided to go with Citizens of Humanity's Sienna jean, which, thankfully, was on sale. I'm still not 100% sold on whether they're going to be a lasting trend, but it's nice to have a non-bunchy pair of jeans to tuck into my boots, and MW said I looked sexy, which is always nice to hear. Now my dilemma is what to wear with them: tunics? Sweater coats? Whatever I wear with my normal jeans? I'm taking suggestions...
The week in shopping: six weeks till Christmas...
...and so the sample sale season begins. For the next four or five weeks, expect a full sample-sale schedule. Shop now for yourself without the post-Thanksgiving guilt!

My favorite shoe label, Sigerson Morrison is having its first-ever warehouse sale; expect ridiculous deals, like boots for $100, pumps for $60, and totes for $85. Even though I promised MW I wouldn't buy any more shoes this season...well, I'm so there. 11/16-11/20; 9-7 weekdays, 10-6 weekends; 180 Lafayette St. (Broome & Grand Sts.).

Kickass sweaters by Twinkle are on super-sale--cashmere sweaters are a mere $55. 11/17-11/19; 4-9 p.m. Thurs., 3-9 Fri., noon-5 Sat.; 401 Washington St. (at Laight St.), ste. 4C.

If you love the Italians (and who doesn't?), hit Aeffe USA for men's and women's clothing and accessories from Moschino, Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, and Pollini for 60% off. 11/16-11/19; 10-6, 10-5 Sat.; 30 W. 56th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

I think Alexis Bittar has a cool name, and he also makes cool hand-carved Lucite jewelry. Score it for 60% off ($5-$250) at this cash-only sale. 11/18-11/19; noon-8 Fri., noon-6 Sat.; Pop Shop, 292 Lafayette St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

MK's favorite store (right, MK?), Steven Alan, has Trovata, Wrangler47, Prudence, the house label, and more for 30%-75% off retail. 11/17-11/19; 8:30-8 Thurs. & Fri., noon-7 Sat.; 87 Franklin St. (Broadway & Church Sts.), ground floor.

Get your sexy on at the Dolce & Gabbana sample sale, also featuring D & G. Save up to 80% on clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. 11/19-11/20; 10-6 Sat., 11-5 Sun.; 85 Spring St. (Broadway & Crosby Sts.), 2nd fl.

Get work-ready clothes from Chaiken for mid-to-low $100s at their sample sale. 11/16-11/18; 10-7 Wed., 10-8 Thurs., 9-noon Fri.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Sexy knits and cocktail dresses are $100-ish at the Yigal Azrouel sale. 11/15-11/17; 9-7 Tue. & Wed., 9-5 Thurs.; 225 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Lutz & Patmos makes fancy, fancy cashmere sweaters normally found at Barneys and Jeffrey; but at this sale, they're 50% off for the first two days, 60% off on Thursday, and 70% off on Friday. Count me in. 11/15-11/18; 11:30-7:30; 425 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste 406.

For slightly more affordable cashmere, check out Central Park West Cashmere and save 40%-50% off wholesale. 11/16-11/18; 9-6 Wed.-Thurs., 9-3 Fri.; 234 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.

Girly dresses, tunics, sweaters, and such by Tracy Reese (and her lower-priced line Plenty) are mostly under $100. 11/16-11/18; 10-6; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 11th fl.

Frenchy sportswear from Philippe Adec is 60% off. 11/17-11/19; 9-7 Thurs. & Fri., 11-5 Sat.; 213 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Clothingline has Ben Sherman & Evisu for men & women this week. Ben Sherman shirts are 4 for $100 and Evisu "genes" are $195 (usually up to $595). 11/15-11/18; 10-7 Tue. & Thurs., 10-6 Wed. & Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Bono's fair-trade label Edun and organic cotton line Loomstate are wholesale and below at their first-ever sample sale. 11/17-11/20; 10-7; 89 Franklin St. (Church & Broadway), 2nd fl.

Ladylike dresses, skirts, and more from Beth Bowley and Tabitha are $35-$85. 11/16-11/18; 10-7 Wed. & Thurs., 10-5 Fri.; 234 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.

Score a spacious Botkier bag for 40% off. 11/17-11/19; 11-7 Thurs. & Fri., noon-5 Sat.; 13 Crosby St. (near Grand St.).

Ladylike Delman shoes are 60% off. 11/16-11/18; 10-7; 730 5th Ave. (at 56th St.), 8th fl.

Ultraflattering Susana Monaco knitwear is 60% off. 11/15-11/17; 9:30-7; 263 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th ffl.

Sexy, under-the-radar Parisian clothes from Barbara Bui are $50 and up. 11/15-11/16; noon-8; 115-117 Wooster St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

For men's and women's clothes in the vein of Ben Sherman, check out Ted Baker and save up to 70%. 11/16-11/18; 11-6 Wed., 9-6 Thurs., 10-3:30 Fri.; 215 Park Avenue South (at 17th St.), ste 2001.

Smart clothes from German label Strenesse are 50%-75% off. 11/15-11/17; 9-7; 50 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 8th fl.

Pretty knitwear from Maya is 60% off. 11/15-11/17; 11-7; 58 Thomas St. (at Church St.).

ck Calvin Klein dresses, leather jackets, and more are cheap cheap cheap at this cash-only sale. 11/15-11/16; 9-4; 360 Park Avenue South (at 26th St.).

Modern-living wonderland Conran Shop is taking 20% off select furniture. 11/17; 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.; 407 E. 59th (at 1st Ave.).

No word on whether Diddy himself will show, but you can at least head to Girlshop's Meatpacking District store on Thursday for a Sean by Sean Combs trunk show and free cocktails. 11/17; 6-9 p.m.; 819 Washington St. (Little W. 12th & Gansevoort Sts.).

Neiman Marcus's First Call Sale is in full effect, with prices up to 40% off. Plus, get free shipping on a $175 order when you enter code FIRST at checkout.

Save 10% on your Target.com order when you enter code EMLEXCLS at checkout through 11/16.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Sellout Stella
I just got back from the debacle known as Stella McCartney for H&M, and let me tell you, I was about four hours too late. All that was left at the store at 34th and 7th was two racks' worth of clothes, all in size 42 (a 12, according to H&M), which about 30 women were fighting over like the clothes were made out of spun gold. Apparently that store had received three truckloads' worth of clothes. I tried on the black pants and the bubble skirt, both in size 42, both of which fell off my hips. I got lucky, though, and on my second round, I spotted the blue silk cami with rhinestone trim and the teal flutter-sleeve blouse, the former in a 40 and the latter in a 38. (I don't know where they get these sizes from, but I can assure you, I've never worn a size 38 in anything in my life.) The cami is a bit huge on me, but it will be perfect after a visit to my tailor. And the flutter-sleeve blouse is gorgeous. I asked the checkout girl about the display clothes in the window; she said they'd be taking them down first thing in the morning, and whoever was there first would get them. She also said that they might get another shipment tomorrow morning. But otherwise, the collection is completly sold out. Everywhere. Seriously.

For more takes on the situation, here's MK's report, the scene at the Oxford Circus H&M in London, and according to Fashion Wire Daily, fashion editor bitches got first dibs at 8 a.m. this morning. Bitches.

The good news? There are already items for sale on eBay.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

MasstigeWatch!
So, tomorrow is the big day! For those of you who find that confusing, the "big day" would be the debut of Stella McCartney's line for H&M. (Funny story: My coworker said to me today, "So are you going before work, at lunch, or after work?" and without her even mentioning H&M, I totally knew what she was talking about.) So here's the deal. You can preview the entire collection here, which is a really nice feature that allows OCD people like me to plot their course of action (I'm interestied in the dress that looks like a bathrobe, the skinny jeans, the blouson sweater, and the metal mesh belt). There are 40 pieces in all, and all are for women (sorry, boys). Stores open at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning; I'm going before work (I think), so expect a report by the end of the day. Here are the stores in the U.S. that are carrying the line:

640 Fifth Avenue, at 51st Street, NYC
731 Lexington Avenue, at 59th Street, NYC
435 Seventh Avenue, at 34th Street, NYC
1328 Broadway, at 34th Street, NYC
558 Broadway Soho, NYC
515 Broadway Soho, NYC
1530 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
1025 F Street, Washington, D.C.
840 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
350 Washington Avenue, Boston
150 Powell Street, San Francisco (starting November 19)
150 Post Street, San Francisco (starting November 19)

Good luck and godspeed.
America's Next Top Model recap
There was an interesting (and kind of mean) article in the Times on Sunday, about how America's Next Top Model is unrealistic, because all the contestants are too old, too fat, and too American (yes, the world at large really does hate us) to be actual top models. And while this article is clearly, as my coworker AW would say, "yucking my yum," it has a point. Of course, I'm still going to keep watching it forever, but this week's episode of America's Next Top Model was just so exemplary of how the modeling world as portrayed on the show is nothing like the real modeling world. But I did laugh a lot this week, at least. The episode started off with the girls visiting season three winner Eva at a photo shoot for Elle Girl (sponsor alert!). Eva basically gave the girls a big pep talk in her fake, diva-esque way, and that somehow got them all fired up to win. And the girls were irritated with Lisa because while they were all sitting around looking bored, Lisa was (smartly) talking up the stylists and makeup artists. Later that night, Lisa lost a few more fries from her Happy Meal and tried to cheer up the girls by dressing in some incredibly kooky costumes. Right. The next day, the girls got to pick out an "entourage" of stylists and makeup artists who, of course, used (sponsor alert!) Cover Girl cosmetics. (Note to Tyra: the people who get you ready for a photo shoot are your "team"; your "entourage" is a group of hangers-on who, like, come with you to clubs and stuff.) The point of this is that the girls then had to go to a go-see for a walk-on role on (sponsor alert!) UPN's Veronica Mars show. Here's where that "reality/non-reality" thing comes in: Instead of reading lines like one would normally do at an audition, the girls had to make a collage and explain it to the casting director, who, in the real world, would also be hitting on everyone. Lisa was on the verge of tears, which quickly alterted the casting people to the fact that she's bananas, and, happily, Kim won the challenge! (I'm DVRing Veronica Mars as we speak!) The photo shoot, which I'm not going to go into too much detail about, involved screaming, crazy wardrobe, and the guys from MTV's Wildboyz. And when the boyz appeared to be paying too much attention to Nicole, Lisa, eager to grab the spotlight, borrowed one of the guys' stunt diapers and actually peed in it. Did I mention she's bananas? So, at judging, the girls had to pose with stuff and improvise a commercial, which was all very dumb. Then Tyra did one of the cruellest things I've ever seen her do. It was down to Jayla and Nicole at the end, and just as it was beginning to appear that they were both being sent home, Tyra told them they both had to pack their bags because...they were all going to London! Ha! Cue streamers and marching Buckingham Palace guards. Um, right. I thought Kim was going to bitch-slap Tyra. That was really, really cruel. But, hey, the good news is that they're going to London, which actually has a fashion scene (as opposed to, say, South Africa). I was afraid they were going to get sent to some random place like Singapore.

So, next week, the girls gang up on Kim for being a gossip. Um, like Jayla should be so judgmental...
Website of the week
After three and a half awesome years in my current West Village apartment, I am ready to move on. Well, not totally--I love my apartment, but MW and I have decided to move in together, which requires that I move out of my apartment (which is a studio and thus too small for the two of us). I think we've found a new place, and while it's not quite ours yet (long story), I'm already thinking about decorating it. Yes, I know, you're thinking, "Way to put the cart before the horse, Cheryl." But I can't help it. For example, since this place has such a big living room, I want to get a sectional sofa (or as MW calls it, a "sexual sofa"). And the living room has these sconces on the wall for lighting, which is nice in theory, but the fixtures are so not my taste. And since the closet space is not great, MW and I are going to need a big dresser for the bedroom. So after my boss caught me browsing Room and Board's site while I should've been, um, working, he instead referred me to HomePortfolio, the most comprehensive furnishings-and-fixtures home site I've ever seen. Seriously, you can find anything from bathroom tiles to Louis XIV-style chairs. Aside from the sheer volume of products, which is very helpful for people like me who value selection, the cool part is that this stie is a resource only--nothing here is for sale, although they will refer you to where you can buy everything. In other words, the site is an incredibly in-depth free resource for researching furniture, fixtures, objets d'art, etc. You can browse by category, brand, or room, or search for something specific; for example, I know Artemide makes nice light fixtures, so I found this lovely sconce. I also found this awesome sectional sofa that's, sadly, a little too awesome for our budget (of course, I also like the Chelsea, a slightly more tolerable model from Room & Board). Now, the really fun part about this site is that you can create a portfolio (uh, hence the name of the site) and basically create your dream house. (They say you can use it to show your friends or your designer, but, come on, we know it's all for fun.) So now we all know what I'll be doing for the next few weeks. A girl can dream, right?

Monday, November 07, 2005

The week in shopping
It takes a lot to get me out to Brooklyn, but my beloved A.P.C. for 60%-70% off is a good enough reason. 11/11-11/13; noon-7; North Side Bank, 33 Grand St. (near Kent Ave.), 1st fl., Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

alice + olivia is more than just pants--score swimwear, cashmere, and more for 50%-70% off. 11/10-11/12; 9-7, 10-5 Sat.; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.).

I doubt they'll have the metallic wedge boots I've been lusting after at the Calypso sale, but I think I'm going to check it out anyway, for boho-chic accoutrements. 11/11-11/13; 10-6, 11-5 Sun.; 148 Lafayette St., 3rd fl.

Everyone should shop at DisRespectacles just for the fun name--or for the fact that they've got eyewear from Theo, Alain Mikli, and the house label for up to 75% off. 11/10-11/13; 11-7, noon-5 Sun.; 117 West Broadway (near Duane St.).

Shop at Find Outlet and look like you should be on The OC: They've got Original Penguin and Generra for 50% off. 11/10-11/13; noon-7; 361 W. 17th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Jewelry and accessories by Malene Birger and other Danish designers is on sale at the Sineh D Showroom. 11/11-11/13; 10-6, 11-6 Sun.; 151 Hudson St. (at Hubert), #3F.

Lord & Taylor coupons are back.

Enter code PN5GFK2D0JD5 to get 15% off your order at the newly retooled Gap.com through 11/11, and enter code FREE100 for free shipping on a $100 order.

Get free shipping with a $125 purchase at macys.com when you enter code SHIP4FREE at checkout through 11/14.

Save 30% at Bop's fall sale.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

When did J.Crew get cute?
Ever since college, I have lived in fear of J.Crew. This was not because the preppy retailer's clothes were ubiquituous on my college campus (although they were); rather, I was always spooked out beyond belief, because whenever I arrived in my new dorm room, there was a brand new J.Crew catalogue with my name on it waiting for me. It's like J.Crew knew where I was living before I did. J.Crew then fell on some hard times, but Mickey Drexler, the former head of Gap Inc., has since taken over and the company's sales have definitely rebounded. Still a bit afraid of the 'Crew, I've tried to ignore them as much as possible, but even though I was freaked out to see a catalogue in my mailbox last week, I decided to flip through it in the name of research. And I'm glad I did, because, damn, the clothes are cute. Gone are the random color names (moss, pond, etc.); and instead of shapless basics, J.Crew now offers modern, stylish takes on preppy classics. H&M it ain't, but that's exactly the point. And while I'm hesitant to order anything, for fear I'll get a new catalogue every week like I used to in college, I think I might just have to bite my tongue and get on with it. I love this Wellesley cable blazer, a kind of hybrid between the cable-knit cardigan and the blazer (Isli makes a similar version for $368). The beaded officer jacket is a little trendier (and more expensive), but the beading is adorable and helps to soften the military styling. I hate to say it, but it's almost better than anything Marc Jacobs could do. Speaking of Marc, this ballet flat reminds me of the quilted style he put out for fall--except I like this one way better, because it's a bit less trendy and more classic, meaning you can wear it for more than one season, without people saying, "Isn't that the Marc ballet flat from fall 2005?" Even the flannel-lined chino, a J.Crew classic, looks fresh to me--instead of a boring plaid, the flannel lining is a fun cherry print. I was also pleased to find that, just like they used to, J.Crew still offers $20 off your $100 order with a coupon from the catalogue. Because not only does J.Crew always know where I live, they also know I'm a sucker for coupons.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Five things I learned on tonight's otherwise useless recap episode of America's Next Top Model

1. Kim has mad harmonica skills. (Well, not really...)

2. Nicole is hilarious. Why they choose to portray her as this boring, sullen teenager, I have no idea.

3. Coryn wrote Lisa a note of apology after the "drunk bitch" episode, and the girls kissed (literally) and made up.

4. Lisa comes across as wacky, not bitchy. Her exercise routine around the house was particularly amusing.

5. The true bitch in the house is...Jayla! With her no-inner-monologue comments, she started pissing off the other girls from day one. Funny how, for some reason, the bitchiness wasn't shown on camera until the "I sleep with a nightlight" incident. Conspiracy?

Thankfully, next week is the first week of sweeps, so the show will be back with a brand-new episode, in which the girls meet Eva the Diva and frolic with Wildboyz for a photo shoot. Also, I'd like to note that Kim was voted Cover Girl of the Week. I swelled with pride. Yay, Kim!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Website of the week
This week's website of the week is in honor of Halloween, which was yesterday, but at lunch today, I heard all about the big Goth ball that was transported to NYC from New Orleans, where it usually takes place. (Believe it or not, one of my coworkers is way into the Goth scene--who knew?) Goth has been a big buzzword this fall, with magazines citing Marc Jacobs and Rochas' fall collections repeatedly (it also ties in to that whole Edwardian trend). So after reading a story in the October W, I knew I had to make D.L. & Company website of the week. The creator, Douglas Little, is a bit bananas, but in a cool, accessible way. His line got its start with a line of candles scented with poisonous flowers like Thorn Apple, Mandrake, and Oleander (the candles themselves aren't poisonous, obviously--he's not that Goth). These candles are fancy-schmancy and come in very intricate packaging--which at least helps to justify their $75-$125 cost, prices at which Diptyque candles start to look like a bargain. Anyway, you can read all about the candles on the site--the scents and the packaging. On the website (which, sorry, is all in Flash, so I can't link to anything in particular), D.L. & Co. has branched out into skull plates and paperweights, candy jars, skull stationery, and a candle inspired by the upcoming Memoirs of a Geisha movie. (And, coming soon, a collaboration with Harry Winston for a fine jewelry line.) Sadly, you can't shop online, but there is a very extensive selection of retailers listed, and if there still aren't stores close to you, Barneys.com carries many of the candles. For those of you actually in NYC, the Barneys on Madison Avenue reportedly has a whole D.L. & Co. boutique installed in the Chelsea Passage section on the 9th floor (aside from candles and skulls, you can reportedly buy vintage coffins and other vampire-friendly wares). Think of the line as a nice way to dabble in Goth--without powdering your skin and adopting an all-black wardrobe.