Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Cheryl Shops will return...
...Tuesday, January 3rd. I assume you've figured that out by now. In the meantime, enjoy the post-holiday sales!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Websites of the week
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, don't worry. There are still a million websites offering free shipping, free expedited shipping, free expedited shipping upgrades, and so on. But since there's a huge transit strike happening right now, why not use that as an excuse to take your time and finish up your holiday shopping properly? Here are five all-purpose gift websites and my favorite gifts from each, plus if you really want the gift by Christmas or Hanukkah, your expedited shipping options.

Website: Fredflare.com
Favorite gift: Cell phone receiver, $20
Last-minute shipping options: UPS 2nd Day or Next Day

Website: Henry & Lulu
Favorite gift: Jessie Steele hostess apron, $50
Last-minute shipping options: Regular ol' UPS (cross your fingers)

Website: World Shoppe
Favorite gift: Recycled telephone wire basket, $120
Last-minute shipping options: UPS 2nd Day or Next Day

Website: ArtBrat.com
Favorite gift: Yoshitomo Nara "Too Young to Die" ashtray, $50
Last-minute shipping options: UPS 2nd Day or Next Day

Website: Jonathan Adler
Favorite gift: Bargello Waves needlepoint pillow, $110
Last-minute shipping options: UPS 2nd Day or Next Day

Good luck!

Monday, December 19, 2005

(Last week's) Project Runway recap
I will admit, I totally fell for last week's Project Runway tease: The designers would be creating an ensemble for an international fashion icon. As Tim Gunn led the designers up Broadway, my mind was racing. Was it Anna Wintour? Madonna? Or were they pulling a fast one on us, having them design for the pregnant Heidi Klum? (Hey, a girl needs maternity clothing!) But as soon as they entered the Toys R Us at 44th Street, I knew: They were designing for Barbie. Now, Barbie's had a tough time these last few years, losing ground to the (in my opinion) skankily dressed Bratz dolls. Hence the "My Scene" Barbie, a trendier, more stylish doll (however still with the ridiculous 38-18-32 proportions). The designers, being the good sports that they are, were quite enthusiastic about the challenge. So aside from a brief episode that involved Kara losing her Barbie's hat on the escalator, the challenge got off to a good start. Of course, the main dramatic points in this episode were that 1)Daniel Franco is such a perfectionist, plus he does this (kind of annoying) thing where he takes a few steps away, then steps back, which, as one of the contestants pointed out, wastes a ton of time. 2) Marla can't drape, can't sew, and is otherwise technically challenged. I think her days are numbered. 3) Tim Gunn took Andrae into his office for a chat regarding last week's crying jag; Andrae got flustered but made no amends. (And after the way he sassed Nina Garcia after the runway show, I'm expecting his days are numbered too.)

At the runway show, the winners and losers were pretty clear. Andrae made a totally bizarre pouf-skirt dress, and Marla made an outfit suited for, well, a fortysomething hooker. Both squeaked by the judges. Santino totally thought he was a shoo-in to win, and when Heidi announced his name--to say he was "in"--he almost totally embarrassed himself; when Best Gay Uncle Ever Nick won with his colorful creation, the cameras cut to Santino sitting in the corner with his head draped on his knees. Hear those violins, Santino? They're playing for you. The big loser was Raymundo, whose totally bizarre outfit was best described by Michael Kors as "Barefoot Appalachia Lil' Abner." Priceless.

Next week (aka this week): The designers create lingerie. Oh, baby!
The week in shopping: five days till Christmas...
...and I've spent the past two weeks drinking and eating...and drinking...and exchanging presents...and eating...and drinking. Merry Christmas, dolls!

Three things that get me to Brooklyn: Peter Luger, Target, and Butter. Why the latter? They've got a well-chosen selection of Marni, Dries Van Noten, Mayle, and others, now 30%-50% off (bonus: My friend AH lives on the same block). 12/21-1/5; noon-7, noon-6 Sun.; 389 Atlantic Ave. (at Hoyt St.), Brooklyn.

Cute, feminine clothes by my fellow Chicago native Cynthia Rowley are up to 70% off. Through 12/22; 9-7; 486 Broadway (at Broome St.).

Score United Bamboo's ironically preppy line for up to 85% off. Tees are $20. Through 12/22; 217 Centre St. (Howard & Grand Sts.), 6th fl.

Give a unique gift with something vintage: Psyche's Tears's collection is 20% off. Through 12/24; 1-8, 1-6 Sun., closed Mon.; 350 E. 9th St. (1st & 2nd Aves.).

Belly Dance Maternity, right down the street from Cheryl Shops HQ, has maternity clothes from Liz Lange, Diane Von Furstenberg, Chaiken, and other fancy designers for $25 to $100. 12/21-12/28; 11-7 Mon.-Thurs., 11-7 Fri. & Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 548 Hudson St. (W. 11th & Charles Sts.).

For the hip-hop guy in your life, all Sean John lines are up to 75% off. Or as Diddy might say, "We invented the sample sale." Through 12/22; 8-8; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Zero Maria Cornejo's sculptural wool pants, dresses, knitwear, and more are now on sale. Through 1/10; 12:30-7:30 weekdays, noon-6:30 weekends; 225 Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Save up to 50% at Cheryl Shops fave Active Endeavors' holiday sale.

Also, check out the sale at former Cheryl Shops website of the week Le Train Bleu.

Yet another Cheryl Shops fave, American Apparel, is opening stores, well, like rabbits. They've got new ones at 181 8th Avenue in Chelsea and Columbus Circle, at 1841 Broadway.

Save up to 50% at Gap's end-of-season sale.

American Eagle has also jumped on the holiday-sale bandwagon.

Save up to 50% at Banana Republic's winter sale.

Use coupon code MERRY for 25% off a $100 order at Daszign.com through 12/21.

Clothingline is open through Friday and still has Tory Burch, Free People, White + Warren, Tocca, and more. See website for details and hours.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Sorry sorry sorry
Again, my social life is a bit out of control this week. More posts will be coming, so please check back throughout the weekend.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The week in shopping: two weeks till Christmas...
...and I have only one more gift to buy. Also, I predict this will be the last good week of sales. So shop now or be sorry later.

Oh, how I love Y-3. Clothes and accessories for men and women from Yohji Yamamoto's collaboration with Adidas are 60% off at this heaven-sent sale. 12/15-12/18; 11-7 weekdays, 10-6 weekends; 599 Broadway (at Houston), 2nd fl.

Versace is reportedly in huge financial trouble, but, hey, that means clothing and accessories for men and women for 60%-70% off (this is Versace ready-to-wear, not just Versus and Jeans)! 12/13-12/16; 9-7, 9-5 Fri.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Sadly, I remember when Catherine Malandrino's clothes were rather affordable. At this sample sale, it's back to the good ol' days (prices are roughly $300 and under). Through 12/16; 9-7; 589 8th Ave. (at 39th St.), 2nd fl.l

Make like Ashley Olsen and hit the Proenza Schouler sample sale; gowns, tops, skirts, annd more are $50-$600. What's the catch? Cash or check only. 12/13-12/16; 9-5; 120 Walker St. (Centre & Baxter Sts.), 6th fl.

Select items from Balenciaga's fall men’s and women’s lines are 40% off. Sadly, bags are not included. Through 1/5; 11-7, noon-5 Sun.; 542 W. 22nd St. (10th & 11th Aves.).

While you're in the neighborhood, hit Ports 1961 for more affordable, ladylike frocks. 12/15-12/16; noon-8 Thurs., 10-7 Fri.; 601 W. 26th St. (11th & 12th Aves.), ste. 875. i

Got cash to burn? Nanette Lepore's cute, feminine separates are $95 and up at this cash-only sale. 12/14-12/15; 9-6; 225 W. 35th St.. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

If, after the H&M debacle, you're still lusting for Stella McCartney merch, you're in luck: Select fall/winter clothes and accessories are 40% off. Through 1/1; 11-7, 12:30-6 Sun.; 429 W. 14th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.).

PrettScore party frocks and more for 80% off at Betsey Johnson. 12/15-12/16; 10-9; 263 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Asian-inspired clothing is up to 75% off at Vivienne Tam's sale. 12/14-12/16; 10-8 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 550 7th Ave. (at 39th St.), 20th fl. s

Because you can never get enough cashmere this time of year, Meg Cohen Design's hats, scarves, and gloves are $25-$155. 12/13-12/17; 11-7; 920 Broadway (20th & 21st Sts.), ste. 905.

Arrive early for the Hanro sale: Loungewear, sleepwear, underwear, and robes are $6-$50. Cash or check only. 12/13-12/14; 8-6 Tue., 8-4 Wed., 40 E. 34th St. (Park & Madison), ste. 207.

This week, Clothingline has Tory Burch, White + Warren, and Tocca. Visit website for hours. 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Malo's luxe cashmeres for men and women are up to 75% off retail. Through 12/14; 9-6:30 Tues., 9-5 Wed.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Save 30%-75% on select fall items at Downtown designer powerhouse Kirna Zabete.

Pretty beaded home accessories by Kim Seybert are 40%-75% off. 12/15-12/16; 9:30-7; 37 W. 37th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 8th fl.

When in doubt, buy handbags! Get 50% off The Sak and Elliott Lucca at this sale. 12/15-12/16; 10-5; 339 5th Ave. (at 33rd St.), 2nd fl.

Cantaloup has denim on sale, plus Sass & Bide, La Rok, Gauge, and in-demand labels for 30%-50% off. Through 1/3; 11-8, 11-7 Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 1036 Lexington (at 74th St.), 1359 2nd Ave. (at 71st St.).

If you missed last week's sale and you're pregnant, you're in luck: Diane Von Furstenberg's maternity clothes are 50 %-70% off; dresses are now $125. Through 12/14; 9-7 Tues., 9-6 Wed.; 389 W. 12th St. (at 9th Ave.).

Petit Bateau tees and stylish French Stephane Kelian are on sale at this cash-only event. Through 12/13; 11-7; 41 Great Jones St. (Lafayette & Bowery), 2nd fl.

Enter code SNOW to save 20% on full-priced merchandise through 12/18 at Blush.

Save 20% on all orders of $100 or more when you use code HOLIDAY at Daszign.com through 12/15.

Hit Ula day spa on 12/13 for an evening of shopping from the Sineh d showroom, plus wine & cheese. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Save 15% at the holiday-shopping night at Girlshop's meatpacking district store. 12/15; 4-9 p.m.; 819 Washington St. (Little W. 12th & Gansevoort Sts.).
Project Runway recap
How convenient: Just as America's Next Top Model ends, a new season of Project Runway begins. And I finally got around to watching this season's two premiere episodes last night. The first episode was a bit American Idol meets America's Next Top Model, combining the "look at all these crazy rejects" aesthetic of the former (also featuring guest judges from the first season) with the "we've narrowed it down to semifinalists, but we're only getting rid of two of them" mindset of the latter. The 16 semifinalists were sent 6 yards of muslin (a really lightweight, boring cotton that's primarily used for draping, experimenting, and testing patterns) in the mail, and they had a week (plus $20 for trim) to create something fabulous. There were varying degrees of what I would call fabulous, but I definitely agreed with the choices: Santino Rice, an L.A. designer who reminds me of Miguel Adrover in both looks and disposition, created this gorgeous party dress with handmade floral-looking trim; I'd say even this early in the game, he's a frontrunner. Heidi, a Southern girl who made a dress consisting mostly of trim, and John, who appeared to dye his dress with Rit and call it a day, were the semifinalists who didn't make it to the finals. Also, I should mention that Daniel Franco, the obnoxious designer who was the first to go in the first season, is back for more, and almost didn't make it to the finals (his dress, while gorgeous, had not been fitted to the model). While I think it's interesting that he's back, I think the "Oh my god, will Daniel get kicked off this week?" storyline is going to get boring after awhile. Also, he's still obnoxious.

The next episode started with the designers all going to a cocktail party together...and finding out their next challenge is to design an outfit based on the clothes they're wearing at that very moment. Some designers, as one might imagine, handled this better than others. Emmet (the older, wiser menswear designer), for example, didn't hesitate for a moment about cutting up what was probably a $300 pair of True Relgion jeans; whereas Andrae (the crazy intellectual artist guy) almost lost his sewing needles over cutting up his favorite vintage denim jacket. Chloe, the non-dorky Asian girl, created this gorgeous, minimalist minidress out of her jacket and dress to win the challenge, although the judges also liked Daniel's jacket and skirt (made from his jacket and jeans) and Santino's deconstructed leather jacket/skirt combo (very Rick Owens). Kirsten, the lawywer-cum-swimwear designer, made an outfit that was, in a word, trashy, and got the auf wiedersehen from Heidi Klum.

Several items of note, so far in the series:
*Nina Garcia is as icy as ever and Michael Kors is as bitchy as ever, god love 'em both.

*The designers are stuck with one model for the entire season. I suppose this eliminates the whole humiliation factor felt by the model who, in effect, gets voted off by the final designer who didn't choose her. Interesting.

*Already there are complaints about 1) the forms and 2) the sewing machines. Zulema (the crazy woman who won't share closet space) blamed her super-short dress on the fact that her dress form didn't have an ass; Kara, the (talented) South African, was complaining about the sewing machines, and couldn't figure out how to thread it. As a Parsons graduate, I can tell you that none of the dress forms have asses, so you have to pad them with cotton batting. And, yes, the sewing machines are, as I once remarked to one of my classmates, designed to sew 100 pairs of trousers a day in a sweatshop. They're fast. Get over it.

*Speaking of Zulema, I think she's going to be the Wendy Pepper of this season. No, I take that back--I know she's going to be the Wendy Pepper of this season.

*I think I'm going to start a Project Runway drinking game; e.g., when Tim Gunn says, "Make it work," you get to chug!

Next week (er, this week): The designers have to create something for one of fashion's most stylish icons. Hmm...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

More sales
Virtually every website out there is offering free shipping of one kind or another. So from now on, I'm only mentioning free shipping for notable websites (like ones that usually charge high shipping rates, or sites that rarely have sales or promo codes, or sites that I just like a lot).

For example, Cheryl Shops fave Ravinstyle is offering free shipping through 12/12 when you enter code HolidayShip at checkout.

Spend $75 at Cheryl Shops fave Beautyhabit and, when you enter code GIFTGUIDE at checkout through 12/12, you'll receive a deluxe 11-piece sample set, plus a coupon for $10 off your next $75 order.

Designer shoe-and-bag wonderland Duty-Free Apparel is offering $50 off any pair of shoes, $50 off any bag under $575, and $75 off any bag over $600.

Did you miss Lord & Taylor coupons? I did.

Save 20% at Bloomingdales.com when you enter code CANDLE at checkout through 12/15 (exclusions apply).

The Art of Shopping is holding its last sample sale of the year, featuring the usual designer denim & tees, and, by god, they're taking Visa and Mastercard this time! 12/9-12/18; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 59 Crosby St. (Spring & Broome Sts.).

Save 20% at MoMa Store when you enter cod 5VIP6 at checkout through 12/11.

Save 15% at American Eagle when you enter code 36952645 at checkout through 12/14.

J.Crew is having a shoe sale.

From the "Why do they have sales like this when I'm supposed to be buying stuff for other people?" department, Find Outlet is having a Paul & Joe sample sale, also with Malini M, Twinkle By Wenlan, Salt Works, and Sean (aka Diddy's women's line). Through 12/11; noon-7; 361 W. 17th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

My adored American Apparel has set up a "Pop-Up Shop" at 140 W. Broadway in Tribeca (Between Duane & Thomas Sts.). Click here for daily updates on what's happening at the experimental shop.

Save up to 60% on fall and holiday styles at La Redoute, one of my favorite masstige websites (check out their Designer Studio).

Lifesize has a bunch of adorable, giftable items for kids on sale (like mini Uggs).
Website of the week
When I read this week that Nick Denton and his Gawker empire were starting a shopping blog, my heart dropped a little. I love Gawker, and read it and its L.A. sibling Defamer daily (MW loves their sports blog, Deadspin), but you just can't compete with 'em. Not that it's a competition, but, you know, I'm an overachiever, so everything's a competition with me. Anyway, the new shopping blog is called Consumerist, and as one can sort of infer from the name, it's more about consumerism, rather than shopping. What does that mean? Well, instead of telling you about cool clothes or accessories, or even home products or books or whatever, the focus is more on being ripped off by shady companies (or, more accurately, legit companies that do shady things), with a little dash of sales thrown in. In other words, it's no Cheryl Shops (or I Am Fashion or Closet Therapy, for that matter). I think the main reason for this is that the writer, Joel Johnson, is a guy, and also a former editor of Gizmodo, Gawker's techie blog (this explains Consumerist's electronics-heavy focus). I just get the feeling that when Consumerist feels compelled to talk about the girly stuff, they just don't get it right. Take this post, a review of the Anthropologie "solstice" catalogue--it talks about how "stunning" the models are, the artistry of the photography, and the quality of the paper stock, but there is scant mention of what's really important: the products featured in the catalogue. Also, you can tell a guy wrote this post, because, for christ's sake, it talks about reading the catalogue on the can. And this post, about the Bliss sample sale, features copy lifted word for word from Bliss's email, then a reader comment complaining about how Bliss's products smell. Um, and the point of that is...? As my coworker AW would say, "Don't yuck my yum."

So, is this a blog worth reading? Well, it remains to be seen. I'll probably keep reading it, just to keep up with the Joneses, but I'm not going to be green with envy over it--it is quite different than Cheryl Shops, and comparing them would be like apples and oranges (or, to paraphrase my friend CK, apples and pencils, because, really, apples and oranges aren't so different after all). I feel like the (straight) male Cheryl Shops readers might enjoy the Consumerist, due to its focus on stuff that women don't really care about (like XBoxes), but I can't quite figure out their editorial focus, so I don't really know. My only recommendation: Keep reading Cheryl Shops!
America's Next Top Model recap
I didn't go to bed until well after midnight last night, but it was worth it, because Bre didn't win this season of America's Next Top Model, thank god. The episode started out with a whole bunch o' product placement, i.e. the girls filmed a Cover Girl TV ad and shot a print ad that would end up being the actual winner's campaign. Nik, who had previously sucked at talking on camera, rocked it, while Bre and Nicole both choked big time. So at judging, Nik was a shoo-in for the top two, and the judges finally came to their senses about how dumb Bre is and got rid of her. Phew! The next day's task was shooting the cover of Elle Girl magazine (again, both girls had to shoot the cover)--with Tyra, it turns out. Both girls appeared to be doing well, although they seemed a bit weirded out by (admittedly bizarre) Gilles Bensimon, the oft-mentioned editor-in-chief of Elle who photographed the shoot. The next day was the big runway show, for a British design team that no one's heard of (but who makes quite lovely frocks). Nicole obviously got a rush from catwalking, because she was, to use Tyra's favorite word, fierce. Nik looked great too but...well, more on that later. Funny side note: Past two winners Eva and Naima also walked in the show; Naima was wearing the most unflattering mullet (or femullet, if you will), and she still doesn't seemed to have developed any personality whatsoever in the past six months. (Eva, on the other hand, is still quite the diva, and has a kooky walk--a lot of the time, it kinda looks like she's drunk or she has to go to the bathroom or something.) Also, Tyra, who was sitting in the audience, looked like she was wearing a fruit basket made out of hair on her head. Talk about kooky. Anyway, all the judges were kind of shocked by Nicole's fierce spin down the runway, while they all decided that Nik's walk was "bouncy." What that actually meant was that her boobs were bouncing all over the place--which they were. I never really noticed what a rack Nik had; being a model, where proper lingerie is often an afterthought, you can't really have boobs (unless you're a lingerie or swimsuit model, of course). So, really, I think the bouncing boobs did Nik in, because Nicole was announced the winner. And I am okay with that. Honestly, I think Nik's Cover Girl photo was better (she obviously did way better on the TV spot), but I was pretty neutral about both of them all along; I just didn't want Bre to win. I don't know, I think Nicole's cute. So, yay, Nicole!

Next week, one final episode with behind-the-scenes dish; expect Tyra to get at least one of the girls to cry.

And: Once I get around to watching last night's Project Runway episodes, thus begin my recaps!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Posts coming tomorrow
Sorry for my delinquency with the posts--my social life is a bit out of control this week. I am halfway through tonight's episode of America's Next Top Model as we speak, and I'll post my recap tomorrow. But I think I know who won, and her name starts with N-i....

Monday, December 05, 2005

The week in shopping: three weeks till Christmas...
...and I'm nowhere near done with my shopping.

We all know the song and dance about Alvin Valley's pants; get gowns, coats, and more too 50%-80% off. 12/7-12/12; noon-6; 632 Broadway (at Bleecker), 6th fl.

MW alert: I love Fragments jewelry, and it's $5-$50 at this sale. Just a hint, babe. 12/9-12/11; 5-7 Fri., 11-4 Sat. & Sun.; 110 Greene St. (at Prince St.), ste. 803A.

Bliss beauty products are $1 and up at this made-for-gifting sale. 12/8-12/10; 8-8 Thurs., 9-6 Fri. & Sat.; 345 Hudson St. (at Charlton St.).

Eberjey lingerie does not fit my ass so well, but if it fits yours, it's 50%-75% off at this sale. 12/8-12/9; 9-7; A. Gerber Showroom, 40 E. 34th St. (at Park Ave.)., ste. 610.

I bet my boss is psyched about the Earnest Sewn sale; their fancy denim is $40-$90. Through 12/9; 9-7; 71 Gansevoort St. (at Greenwich St.), 3rd fl.

Because I now have all these kids to shop for (um, not my own), I'm probably going to hit the Kidini sale for children's clothing from Tartine et Chocolat, Charabia, and Lucy Sykes Baby for 20%-80% off. 12/7-12/9; 9:30-7; Soho Dance Studio, 598 Broadway (at Houston), 6th fl.

The sale started last week for those in the know, but Clothingline's Theory sale is still a-rockin' at roughly 60% off retail. Through 12/9; 10-6 Wed. & Fri., 10-7 Tue. & Thurs.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Kathy Erteman's modern, handmade ceramics are $10 and up, and they make excellent gifts. Cash only. 12/9-12/10; 11-7; 16 E. 18th St. (5th Ave. & Union Square West), 2nd fl.

If you're a fur-wearing Cheryl Shops reader--and it's okay if you are--Adrienne Landau's affordable furs are 50%-75% off. 12/7-12/21; 10-6 (closed weekends); 519 8th Ave. (at 35th St.), 21st fl.

Are people still wearing Tocca? If so, ready-to-wear, beauty, and kids’ items are up to 70% off at this cash only, inconveniently located sale. 12/7-12/8; 10-7; 542 W. 22nd St. (10th & 11th Aves.), 3rd fl.

The thought of buying a swimsuit right now horrifies me, but if you're jet-setting this holiday season, J. Rosen Showroom has Vix, Lisa Curran, and Bella Brazil for 40%-60% off (that's $65-$85). Through 12/9; 8-7:30; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 510.

Adorable Lauren Merkin bags are on sale. 12/6-12/8; 11-8; 231 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 201.

Awesome Lilla P tees are $5 and up at this cash-only sale. Through 12/8; 9-6, 9-8 Thurs.; 420 W. 14th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), 3rd fl., buzzer 5.

For those of you with lots o' pocket change: Cashmeres by Armand Diradourian are 40% off at this cash-only sale. Through 12/20; noon-6 (closed Sun.); 160 5th Ave. (at 21st St.), ste. 901.

Colorful, gifty Liora Manne fashion and home accessories are up to 70% off. Through 12/11; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 91 Grand St. (Greene & Mercer Sts.).

The weak dollar makes buying Frette linens a daunting task, but at this sale, they're up to 70% off. Through 12/9; 9-6, 9-5 Fri. and Sa., 3-7 Sun.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Maxx New York handbags: nicer than you'd expect, and 40%-60% off at this sale. Through 12/12; 10-6 weekdays, 10-5 weekends; 385 5th Ave. (at 35th St.), 10th fl.

Fancy jewelry from M+J Savitt is 30%-60% off; call 212-684-4221 to make an appointment; 12/6-12/8; 9:30-5 (by appointment only); 475 5th Ave. (at 41st St.).

For wrap dresses, sportswear, coats, and more, I have three words for you: Diane von Furstenberg. The goods are 50%-70% off. 12/6-12/9; 9-6 Tues., 10-7 Wed. & Thurs., 9-3 Fri.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Pretty Wendy Mink jewelry is on sale. 12/8-12/10; 4-7 Thurs. & Fri., noon-4 Sat.; 10 Morton St. (Bleecker & 7th Ave.).

The cleverly named Wifebeader by Laura Dahl has current-season beaded tanks for 50% off and past-season tops for $20. If you can't make the sale, enter code "mistletoe" at checkout on the website for 50% off through 1/15/06. 12/7-12/9; 11-7; 126 W. 26th St. (6th & 7th Aves.) #203.

Iconic Herman Miller furniture is 10% off through 12/17 at every modern furniture store that carries it: Room & Board, Design Within Reach, Highbrow Furniture, and the like.

Gucci's fall winter sale is now in effect. Major La Pelle Guccisima action.

Just in time: Save 10% on all outerwear at PinkMascara.com, plus free shipping through 12/12.

It's "beauty rewards weekend" at Bergdorf's; get all manner of gifts with purchase, plus $25 off a $100 purchase. 12/8-12/10; 10-8; 57th Street at 5th Avenue.