Monday, December 29, 2008

More posts coming next week
Sorry for the sparse posts; I have year-end-itis, so I think this will be my last post for this week (and for 2008!), but I will be back in full effect next week. Thanks for reading Cheryl Shops, and please check back soon!
MasstigeWatch: Thakoon for Target
Yesterday I dragged MW to the Atlantic Center Target; it was the first day for the Go International collaboration with Thakoon, and I was so excited about it, I wanted to go to the store instead doing my usual online ordering. Since our neighborhood (and Manhattan, for that matter) had been dead since we got back to the city on Saturday, I was assuming Target would also be deserted; I was wrong. I was, however, glad I went to the store, because not only is this the best collection since Rogan, but the dress I had wanted is already sold out online, so I'm lucky to have grabbed it while in the store. The dress in question is the shibori shirtdress; I initially wanted the navy/white style featured in the ads, but I ended up with the black/white, whose pattern kind of resembles spiderwebs, giving it a kind of goth look. Also sold out online is the cyber floral dress; I think Target only had small and extra-small left by the time I was there, so I didn't bother trying it on. I didn't even see the chevron-stripe dress, but that's okay, because all of the other chiffon pieces in the collection are polyester and incredibly cheap looking (stick with the cottons). I also bought this zip-back floral top, which is nearly sold out online; the fit is kind of voluminous and makes me look pregnant from the side, but belting it or tucking it into a high-waisted skirt or pants seems to resolve the problem. The print is gorgeous, too, and I like the exposed back zipper. There are a lot of floral and striped tops; normally I am sucker for the latter, but the fit of what I tried on was on the boxy side (more on fit later), and since I already own so many stripes, I convinced myself to pass. I tried on the tunic, which was not bad, but the fabric felt kind of crappy to me (I thought it was polyester; I was shocked that it was cotton--it's kind of stiff and janky). The other piece I really liked was the shibori skirt; I thought it was incredibly flattering and well made, but since I was buying the dress in the same print, I figured one piece was enough. I recommend staying away from the tie-waist skirts, however, as they suffer from too-much-fabric syndrome and amplify whatever hippiness you may have tenfold.

So, like previous Go International collections, sizing is a bit wonky, but, if anything, it's on the side of being too large, rather than too small. In previous collections, a size 11 has often been too small on me (I wear a 6 or an 8 in real life), but when I tried on the shibori skirt above, even the size 9 was too big. I ended up with a large in the dress, but that was due more to inventory than anything else, and I think the slightly looser fit will allow me to wear a turtleneck underneath for the time being. I really, really love the dress, and at least for the cotton pieces, the quality and fit seems to be of much higher quality than recent collections (I'm looking at you, Jonathan Saunders). Since many of these pieces are selling out already, I highly suggest ordering now, or hitting your local Target ASAP.

Sadly, the Atlantic Center store did not appear to have any Hayden-Harnett bags; they are available online for pre-order, but early word on the street is that, like previous handbag collections, they're kind of cheap-looking.
The week in shopping
Nearly every store is having a sale at the moment; here are some of note.

Cheryl Shops neighborhood fave Bird is taking up to 75% off Mayle, Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, and more at all three of their Brooklyn locations. 1/2-1/5; visit shopbird.com for hours; 220 Smith St. (at Butler St.), Cobble Hill, 316 5th Ave. (at 2nd St.), Park Slope, and 203 Grand St. (at Bedford Ave.), Williamsburg.

Agent Provocateur, the sexiest lingerie around, can be yours for 50% off. Through 1/10; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 133 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Hawaiian import Aloha Rag has Alexander Wang, Ksubi, and other tempting designers for 70% off. Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 505 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.).

Cheryl Shops fave Daryl K is taking 75% off both her namesake collection and the lower-priced Kerrigan. Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 21 Bond St. (Lafayette St. & Bowery).

Did someone say Muse? Yves Saint Laurent clothes, shoes, and bags are up to 60% off. Ongoing; 10-7 weekdays, 10-6 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 3 E. 57th St. (5th & Madison Aves.).

Leather goods, jewelry, and accessories are up to 50% off at Links of London. Through 1/17; visit website for store hours & locations.

Buy two sale items, receive 50% off at Calypso. Ongoing; 10-7, noon-6 Sun.; 815 Madison Ave. (68th & 69th Sts.).

Get fold skirts for $140 and check out the new Lanvin collaboration at ACNE (sadly, Lanvin is not on sale). Through 1/31; 11-7, noon-7 Sun.; 10 Greene St. (Canal & Grand Sts.).

Catherine Malandrino's fall collection is now 75% off. Ongoing; 11-7 Mon-Wed., 10-8 Thurs.-Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 652 Hudson St. (at 13th St.).

Among the excellent deals at Barneys Co-Op: 7 For All Mankind jeans for a mere $39. Ongoing; visit Barneyscoop.com for store hours & locations.

Take an extra 20% off sale items at Pink Mascara with code 20offsale through 12/30.

Hit the post-holiday sale for new markdowns of 30%-70% at Shopbop.

Enter code NYEAR for 25% off the entire site (including sale) through 12/30 at Cheryl Shops fave Barefoot Tess.

Clearance items are a ridonkulous $1.99 and up at Delia*s.

Save up to 60% at the Bliss post-holiday sale.

Take an extra 30% off all sale apparel at eLuxury through 1/5.

Banana Republic's winter sale features discounts of up to 60% off through 1/1.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The week in shopping
I'm done with my Christmas shopping. Are you?

Jimmy Choo shoes are a mere $150 and up at this sure-to-be-packed sale. 12/17; noon-7; 236 W. 27th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Score incredibly stylish workout gear for 75% off at the Y-3 sale (women's pants are $65, bags and sweaters are $55). 12/16-12/18; 10-6; 610 Broadway (at Houston St.), 3rd fl.

If I had a boyfriend who had not yet bought me a Christmas present (ahem, MW), I'd send him to the Slane & Slane sample sale, where their gold & silver jewelry (favored by celebs like Mary-Kate Olsen) is 50%-60% off. 12/17-12/18; 10-7 Wed., 10-6 Thurs.; 48 W. 25th St. (6th Ave. & Broadway), 11th fl.

Betsey Johnson dresses are $50-$75 and separates are $35 at this blowout sale. 12/17-12/19; 10-8; Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W. 44th St. (6th Ave. & Broadway), 6th fl.

Tory Burch is hitting Clothingline: pants and shirts are $65-$75, sweaters are $85, dresses are $95-$105, outerwear is $135-$235, and shoes are $99-$250. 12/17-12/21; 10-7 Wed. & Thurs., 10-6 Fri., 11-5 Sat. & Sun.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Dress like an intellectual downtown girl for up to 85% off (blouses are $110, jackets are $200, coats are $240) at the United Bamboo sale. 12/17-12/19; 10-7; 217 Centre St. (at Grand St.), 6th fl.

Whoops--forgot to mention Showroom Seven's sample sale last week; find Orla Kiely, Issa London, Charlotte Ronson, and more for at least 50% off. Through 12/19; 10-7; 263 11th Ave. (at 28th St.), 3rd fl.

Pretty silky tops and dresses are just $25-$150 at Miguelina's sale. 12/18-12/19; 10-6; 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

In case you missed The News showroom's sale last month (here's my take), you've got a second chance to score Cheap Monday, Clu, and more for 50%-70% off. 12/18-12/20; 10-6, 10-5 Sat.; 495 Broadway (at Broome St.), 5th fl.

Who doesn't love James Perse knits? Find men's & women's tees, sweaters, and more for up to 75% off. 12/18-12/20; 1-8 Thurs., 10-8 Fri. & Sat.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Find ladies-who-lunch shopping for Carolina Herrera and Rena Lange for up to 85% off, plus Judith Leiber bags. 12/19-12/22; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

80's revival luxury bags and accessories from MCM are up to 80% off. Through 12/18; 9-7; 519 8th Ave. (at 36th St.), 21st fl.

IT Holding has Galliano, Ferre, and Malo for men & women. Through 12/21; 11-8, 11-6 Sun.; 17 Battery Pl. (at West St.), 5th fl.

Stock up on costume jewelry for $5-$90 at the Noir sale. 12/17-12/19; 10-7; 350 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.

Going somewhere fancy for New Year's Eve? Find a party dress from Marc Bouwer, Lela Rose, Donald Deal, Melinda Eng, or Heidi Weisel for up to 80% off. Through 12/18; 9-7; 519 8th Ave. (at 36th St.), 21st fl.

Pink Tartan has separates, dresses, and coats (not necessarily pink nor tartan) for 60% off. 12/16-12/17; 8-7; 416 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 303.

Attention, brides: Don't make your bridesmaids pay retail; they can score dresses from Nicole Miller, Alvina Valenta, and other designers for $165 and up at the Wedding Atelier sale. 12/19-12/30; call 646-638-3263 for an appointment; 103 5th Ave. (at 17th St.), 2nd fl.

Bags, accessories, and belts from Carlos Falchi are 50%-80% off. Through 12/16; 10-7; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Matta's neo-bohemian clothes, accessories, and housewares are on sale; find scarves for $20, dresses for $79, and pillows for 50% off. 12/18-12/19; 11:30-7; 241 Lafayette St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Rebecca & Drew's ingeniously sized button-down shirts and dresses are 30%-50% off through the end of the month, but stop by on 12/18 from 6-9 p.m. for free cocktails and an extra 30% off both full-price and sale merch. Through 12/31; 344 W. 13th St. (8th Ave. & Hudson St.).

Chloe + Reese coats are $250 at their sale. Through 12/19; 10-7 through Thurs., 10-4 Fri.; 330 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Fur coats and accessories are up to 85% off at Adrienne Landau. Through 12/18; 9-7; 519 8th ave. (at 36th St.), 21st fl.

Amanda Uprichard/Cutie Room has dresses for $65. Through 12/24; noon-7 weekdays, noon-8 weekends; 236 Mulberry St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Everything from hair accessories and jewelry to bags and scarves is below $25 at the Gabi D accessories sale. Through 12/24; 10-6:30 (closed weekends); 40 W. 37th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 905.

12/16-12/17 only, take 30% off all regular-priced items at shopbop.com with code HOLIDAYLOVE (note: this code will not work until 12:01 a.m. on 12/16!).

Take 25% off everything at Ravinstyle.com with code twentyfiveoff through 12/19.

Take 33% off everything at revolveclothing.com with code DEC333 through 12/19.

Find even more new markdowns of up to 70% at Saks.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Buy It: Ben Amun coin necklace
The Long Island-based website Singer22.com sends me daily emails, usually about items they carry that C-list Hollywood starlets and celebutantes have been spotted wearing. And usually I delete them. However, recently they sent one announcing the arrival of Ben Amun jewelry, as seen on Kate Moss, and, you know, anything that Kate Moss wears is good enough for me. Fashionologie had actually reported on Kate and her new necklaces back in August, and I'd been keeping an eye out for them ever since. Looking like something she would've picked up whilst on vacation in Morocco, the necklaces fit so easily into that Kate Moss bohemian-rock-chic look that I try to emulate with varying degrees of success. Luckily, since Singer 22 so conveniently uses paparazzi photography as their product shots, it's easy to steal any star's style. Which brings me to the Ben Amun necklaces (before anyone points it out, yes, I know I missed the Ben Amun sample sale this week). I like the 36" silver coin necklace the best; it's $198, and the site is currently running at 20% off promo sitewide with code HOLIDAY20 through 12/25, conveniently bringing the price down to a totally manageable $158. Hey, it's a lot more affordable than Kate's Balenciaga bag.
Object of Desire: Goyard Trunk by Assouline
With all of the heavy "recessionista" reporting going on in the media lately, leave it to the New York Times to write a rather amusing article about the rich shopping on the down-low in today's Style section. Ridiculous premise aside, the takeaway is that there are still a lot of wealthy people in this city, and they've got money to spend. If I were one of them, I'd spend it on this limited-edition Goyard trunk, filled with 100 Assouline books. Revolve Clothing, a Cheryl Shops favorite normally on par with Shopbop and the like, is offering "The List" this holiday season, a series of one-of-a-kind supergifts, kind of like the random million-dollar gifts in the Neiman Marcus catalog. Their first offering is this pristine white trunk, a collaboration between Goyard, the famed French luggage maker, and Assouline, the French publisher of art books. I've sung the praises of Goyard before, and I love Assouline's little biographic fashion books--they're light on words and heavy on photographs, and you can usually find them in used-book stores, so I pick them up whenever I can, because they make wonderful references. So I don't know what's more appealing--the old-school Goyard trunk or the mini Assouline library. Of course, for $20,000, that money could probably be better spent making a donation to an actual library, but I doubt any library houses its books so stylishly.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The week in shopping
It's a jam-packed one. Pace yourselves.

The Most Important Sale of the Week: Recent CFDA winner Alexander Wang is taking up to 80% off fall merchandise; sweaters are a mere $80. Bring cash; you can only charge purchases over $200. 12/11-12/13; 3-7 p.m. Thurs., 10-7 Fri. & Sat.; 386 Broadway (Walker & White Sts.), 6th fl.

Expect a fashionista mob scene at Proenza Schouler; samples and stock are $85-$1,385 (originally $330-$5,525). 12/11-12/12; 9-6; 120 Walker St. (Centre & Baxter Sts.), 6th fl.

Yay, the Mike & Chris sample sale has been rescheduled! Men's & women's clothes (please, leather hoodies, please!) are up to 75% off. 12/11–12/13; 10-6; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.), ste. 53.

Prepare for long lines and big crowds at the DVF sale, where party dresses are $200, blouses are $80, and jackets are $150. 12/9-12/13; 9-6:30 Tues., 9-8 Wed., 9-7 Thurs., 9-5:30 Fri., 9-3 Sat.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Mackage's well-loved coats and jackets are up to 50% off. 12/10-12/12; noon-7:30; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Take 70% off knits of all kinds at Iisli's pop-up shop. 12/11-12/13; 11-8; 25 Bond St. (Bowery & Lafayette Sts.).

Two of my favorite labels, Julie Haus and VPL, have teamed up for a joint sale, where prices are 50%-80% off (or $15 and up). 12/11-12/13; 11-7; 39 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Stock up on holiday party frocks--plus trendy separates like skinny pants and boyfriend blazers--at the Alice + Olivia sale at Clothingline. Prices are up to 75% off retail; all sizes available. Through 12/11; 10-7, 10-6 Wed.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

LeSportsac bags of all colors and sizes are 60%-80% off. Through 12/10; 8-7; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Stock up on Tse (and Tsesay) sweaters for men & women at up to 80% off retail. Leave the strollers at home. 12/13-12/17; 9-7; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Cheryl Shops fave Satya is having a jewelry sample sale this weekend with prices up to 80% off; you can also shop the sale online through tomorrow. 12/12-12/14; 10-6; 253 Centre St. (Broome & Grand Sts.).

Cashmere sweaters and accessories start at 60% off, then go to 70% off, then end up at 80% off at Cheryl Shops fave Lutz & Patmos. 12/10-12/12; 11-7; 425 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 406.

Indie heaven: Tashkent shoes for 80% off, Uluru cashmere for 60% off, and more great deals await. 12/11–12/13; noon-7 Thurs. & Fri., 11-4 Sat.; 939 8th Ave. (at 56th St.), ste 501.

Fragments is taking 70% off their fine and costume jewelry. 12/11-12/13; noon-7 Thurs., 10-7 Fri., 10-4 Sat.; 110 Greene St. (at Prince St.), ste. 1105.

Find Vivienne Westwood dresses for $348, plus Ilaria Nistri, Iodice, Eairth, and Le Full at the Scatola Sartoriale Showroom (try saying that 10 times fast). Through 12/12; 10-8; 544 W. 26th St. (10th & 11th Aves), 6th fl.

Prairie New York has cute tops and dresses for $40, party dresses for $50. Cash only. Through 12/12; 11-7; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 404.

Eugenia Kim's colorful chapeaux, favored by celebs, plus belts and headbands are 50%-70% off. 12/9-12/12; 10-7; 347 W. 36th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 502.

Olive & Bette's famed one-day sale has cashmere sweaters for $70, Tibi dresses for $70, Splendid dresses for $35, and other amazign deals at up to 75% off. 12/9; 8-7; 384 Bleecker St. (at Perry St.).

Find under-the-radar clothes and accessories from Your Slip Is Showing, Tagua, and Caroline Hedaya at the Édité Showroom. Through 12/10; 10-7; 134 W. 29th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), ste. 709.

The Globe Showroom has James Coviello, Luba J, Whistle & Flute, and a bunch of other labels I've never heard of, mostly for under $100. 12/10-12/11; noon-7; 263 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Taking a winter vacation? Lucky for you, Malia Mills's flattering swimsuits are $50 and up at this sale. 12/10-12/12; 10-6; 263 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 16th fl.

Score Nanette Lepore's fall and holiday lines for $40-$195. 12/11-12/12; 9-7; 225 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

Furla's first-ever sample sale (really?) has handbags for 50% off and shoes for $100. 12/10-12/12; 10-6:30; 552 7th Ave. (39th & 40th Sts.), 5th fl.

Ready-to-wear and select vintage merch is up to 75% off at Catherine Malandrino. 12/10-12/12; 8-8 Wed., 10-8 Thurs. & Fri.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves).

Bohemian-chic jewelry from Ben-Amun is up to 75% off retail. 12/9-12/11; 9-7; 246 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

By Francine's feminine dresses and separates from spring, fall, and holiday are up to 60% off. 12/10-12/12; 10-6 Wed. & Thurs., 10-7 Fri.; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), rm. 602.

Lauren Merkin handbags are roughly 50% off. 12/9-12/11; 11-7; 231 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Find Bensoni, Black Halo, Anne Leman, Matt & Nat, and more newish designers at 50%-75% off wholesale. That's right, wholesale. Prices start at $20. 12/10-12/13; 10-7; Joey Showroom, 263 11th Ave. (at 27th St.), 5th fl.

Find Tracy Reese dresses, shoes, other clothes, and home items for 50% off. 12/9-12/11; 8-7 Tues. & Wed., 8-2 Thurs.; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Lyn Devon's fall collection is 50%-80% off. 12/12-12/14; 10-5; 525 Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.), ste. 202.

A Vera Wang Bridal sale during a recession: With samples and overstock at 35%-75% off, proceed with caution. 12/13; 9-5; New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave. (at 34th St.).

Floor models and overstock furniture is 10-70% off at Ligne Roset's Gramercy location. 12/11-12/14; 10-6, noon-5 Fri.; 250 Park Avenue South (at 20th St.).

Find cashmere accessories (great gifts!) for up to 80% off retail at Minnie Rose. Through 12/12; 10-6; 264 W. 40th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 15th fl.

Shop for your nieces, nephews, or even your own kids at the Kidini sale, featuring savings of up to 80% on 3,000 designer kids pieces. 12/10-12/12; 9:30-6:45; 620 Broadway (Bleecker & Houston), ste. 2R.

Find all manner of gifts for up to 65% off at the Daniel Levy Porcelain Studio holiday sale. Cash only. 12/11-12/14; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 155 W. 29th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Find handbags by The Sak, Elliott Lucca, and sakroots for a mere $5-$60. 12/11-12/12; 9-6; 339 5th Ave. (33rd & 34th Sts.), 2nd fl.

Alice & Trixie samples are $10 and up (up to 80% off retail). Through 12/12; 10-7; 265 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 11th fl.

Take an additional 25% off sale items for one day only, only at Scoop's Upper East Side store. 12/9; 9-9; 1273 3rd Ave. (73rd & 74th Sts.).

Great gifts and holiday-entertaining home accessories are 50%-90% off at Kim Seybert's sample sale. 12/9-12/10; 9:30-7; 37 W. 37th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 9th fl.

Find clothes for kids and accessories for moms at Nest's sale; prices are up to 75% off. Cash only. 12/9–12/10; 11-7 Tues., 9-4 Wed.; 325 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

For one day only, find Lia Kes's detailed dresses, coats, and separates for 60% off. 12/10; 11-9; 325 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves), ste. 701.

Classic woolly clothes and coats for men, women, and children are 50%-75% off at Canterbury of New Zealand. 12/11–12/14; noon-7; 2 Great Jones St. (Bowery & Lafayette Sts.).

Find trendy sweaters for $110-$165 and dresses for $175 and up, plus other items for 70% off at Emma & Posh; 12/11–12/12; 10-5; 1400 Broadway (at 38th St.), ste. 305.

Halston ready-to-wear and accessories are up to 75% off. 12/12–12/14; 9-7 Fri., 10-6 Sat., 11-5 Sun.; 96 Spring St. (at Broadway).

Select fall items are 30%-50% off at Cheryl Shops fave (and new Soho arrival) Comptoir des Cotonniers. 12/12-12/21; 11-8, noon-6 Sun.; 155 Spring St. (at Wooster St.).

White + Warren's cashmere accessories are gift=friendly and mostly under $100. 12/11-12/12; 8-6 Thurs., 8-3 Fri.; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.), 3rd fl.

Wendy Mink's semiprecious jewelry is $5-$50. 12/11–12/14; 4-8 p.m. Thurs. & Fri., noon-7 Sat. & Sun.; 72 Orchard St. (at Broome St.).

Find mom-friendly gifts like scarves, gloves, and handbags at the Echo sample sale. 12/12-12/15; noon-8 Fri., 10-8 Sat. & Sun., 8-4 Mon.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Pono's bold jewelry is on sale; get a free gift when you spend $100. Through 12/12; 9-7; 132 W. 36th St. (Broadway & 7th Ave.), 8th fl.

Asmar Group has clothes from Generra, Covet, Case Study, and a bunch of other brands for women, men, and children. Through 12/22; 10-7 weekdays only; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.

Don't forget your four-legged friend! Hit Kwigy-bo for a Howl-iday Blowout Bonanza (their words, not mine). Most items are $5; dog carriers are $20-$40. 12/9-12/12; 9:30-6:30; 501 7th Ave. (37th & 38th Sts.), ste. 506-508.

LAI's exotic-skin accessories, normally found at swank department stores, are on major sale. 12/9-12/12; 10-6, 10-4 Fri.; 12 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 403.

Maxx New York handbags are 40%-60% off retail; prices are primarily under $100. 12/9-12/13; 10-6 Tues. & Wed., 10-7:30 Thurs., 10-6 Fri., 10-5 Sat.; 385 5th Ave. (at 36th St.), 10th fl.

Armand Diradourian's cashmere sweaters and accessories are about $200 and under (except cashmere throws--those are $200 and up) at this sale for men and women. 12/10-12/22; noon-6 (closed Sun.); 19 W. 21st St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 1001.

Hit Owl's Lab for a trunk show on Genetic Denim; you'll save 15% on your purchase. 12/13; 1-6; 20 E. 12th St. (5th Ave. & University Pl.). RSVP to amanda@owlslab.com.

Save 40% storewide at nationaljeancompany.com. 12/12-12/14; visit website for store locations.

Take 25% off regular-priced items with code gift25 or 20% off sale items with code 20offsale at Pink Mascara.

Take 20% off all regular-priced items at shopbop.com with code SNOWDAY through 12/9.

Take 30% off orders of $50 or more at Flight001.com through 12/10.

Take $10 off a $75 order at dELiA*s with code XMAS75 through 12/24.

Save 40% off everything at LuckyBrandJeans.com when you enter code 8DFFM through 12/14.

Take 40% off a $125 purchase at Banana Republic with code BRHOLIDAY through 12/15.

Take an extra 25% off sale items with code 5T3V2 at WHotelsTheStore.com through 12/11.

Tops are now 25% off at the quirky-cool site Locher's.

Use promo code DECEMBER8 for a gift card of up to $2,000 with your Saks purchase 12/9-12/11.

Take 30% off reglar-priced items at Tobi.com through 12/25 with code HOLIDAYTIME.

Take $10 off your Alloy.com order of $75 or more with code XMAS10 through 12/24.

Finally, if you can't make it to LeSportsac's sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion this week, you can still take 25% off everything on the website (except Stella McCartney) with code THANKU through 12/24.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cheryl Shops...Mulberry and LaROK/Elizabeth & James
Encouraged by Racked's glowing report of the Mulberry sample sale, I headed over to the Metropolitan Pavilion after work. The good: The sale is not crowded, there's a ton of merchandise organized neatly on tables, and Mulberry bags are gorgeously made out of buttery leather. But while prices are really good considering what they usually retail for (ballpark: $1,200), they were still way out of my reach. The least expensive purse is $199; most were around $499; but my favorite, the Roxanne, was still a painful $799. But considering how much inventory was left at 7 p.m., I'm guessing prices will be marked way down tomorrow, which is the last day. Hours are 10-7, and it's at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 5th floor.

After Mulberry, I headed over to the LaROK/Elizabeth & James sale, which is a few doors down the street. The space is large and well organized and labeled by size; all of the E&J is wisely in the front, with the LaROK in the back--I think Elizabeth & James (the Olsen twins' contemporary line) is really great, whereas LaROK is a bit too...Los Angeles for my taste. Anyway, while there was a lot of merchandise, none of it totally rocked my boat, especially in light of the prices: For E&J, tees are $25, shirts are $99, dresses are $125, and jackets are $175. LaROK had already marked down their prices by the time I got there--tops were $49-$69, dresses were $79-$99, and prices topped out at $109 for outerwear. Since the sale has two days left, hopefully more reductions are on the way. Through 12/6; 10-8; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Cheryl Shops...Helmut Lang/Rag & Bone and Hanky Panky (sort of)
I love me some Rag & Bone, so I headed over to Clothingline during my lunch hour today for the first day of their sale, which also features Helmut Lang and Gryphon. I was really surprised that there was not a line to get in; thank god this sale wasn't advertised in Daily Candy. The good news is that there was a lot of merchandise, the sale wasn't crowded at all, and you can try on clothes to your heart's desire. The bad news is that while prices are reasonable, especially in light of what Rag & Bone retails for, they're not as cheap as I was expecting. Shirts and jeans are $79, sweaters and pants are $99, skirts are $109, dresses are $149, and blazers are $175. The Helmut Lang prices were a bit lower (there were two racks of even lower-priced samples too), but aside from some great-looking coats and jackets for $249, I wasn't too jazzed by the offerings. Gryphon coats were $179-$299. And, oh, for the men in your life, at least a third of the sale is men's Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone (be forewarned that most of the small sizes are already gone, however). While I contemplated buying a striped boyfriend shirt and some knit jodhpur-type pants, I ended up leaving empty-handed. But if prices get slashed, I will definitely go back.

After work, I headed over to the Hanky Panky sale, thinking that, at 6:30 p.m., I'd breeze right in, stock up on low-rider thongs, and be on my merry way. Wrong! This is what the line looked like when I got there--it wrapped around the corner of 28th Street. And as much as I love waiting outside in 40-degree weather, I decided to head home instead. So...I will try again tomorrow on my lunch hour instead. Check back for an update tomorrow!

Monday, December 01, 2008

The week in shopping
I will be stocking up on my favorite thongs at the Hanky Panky sale; thongs and boy shorts are a mere $10 each. 12/2-12/5; 8:30-8 Tue. & Wed., 8:30-7 Thurs., 9-1 Fri.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Always a Cheryl Shops favorite, Inhabit has cashmere sweaters for men & women at up to 80% off. 12/4-12/5; 10-6; 1441 Broadway (40th & 41st Sts.), 24th Fl.

Mulberry scarves, gloves, wallets, and, of course, handbags are 75% off. 12/4-12/5; 10-7; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 5th fl.

Savvy showroom has LaROK and Elizabeth & James (!) for up to 70% off. 12/4-12/6; 8-8 Thurs., 10-8 Fri. & Sat.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Boots, bags, and accessories are up to 75% off at Botkier. 12/4-12/7; 10-7 Thurs. & Fri., 11-6 Sat., noon-6 Sun.; 117 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

I will definitely be hitting Clothingline for Helmut Lang, Gryphon, and Rag & Bone (!) for 60% off. 12/2-12/5; 10-7 Tue. & Thurs., 10-6 Wed. & Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

In case you missed the last Frette sale, you have another chance to score their famous linens for up to 80% off. Credit cards only; leave the strollers and kids under 12 at home. 12/7-12/11; 9-6:30, 9-5 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Select fall items are now 30% off at A.P.C.

Head over to the Eileen Shields Footwear Annual Shooze & Booze Party, where shoes are $150-$300 (that's 50%-75% off) and the cocktails and chocolates are free. 12/5; 5-8 p.m.; O.G. Restaurant, 507 E. 6th St. (Aves. A & B).

Simon Showroom has Paul & Joe, C&C California, and Wren for 50%-70% off. 12/3-12/5; 11-7; 95 5th Ave. (at 17th St.), 3rd fl.

Dress like Posh Spice with a trip to the Giambattista Valli sale, where, even at 50% off, most items are four figures (but worth it). 12/3-12/4; 10-7; 2109 Broadway (at 73rd St.), ste. 9157.

I love Alexis Bittar's big Lucite jewelry; score it for $20-$200 at this cash-only sale. 12/5-12/6; 9:30-7; 153 E. 60th St. (3rd & Lexington Aves.).

Dwell's downtown-cool linens--duvets, sheets, crib sets, and more--are up to 80% off. Through 12/24; 11-8 daily; 54 Greene St. (at Broome St.).

Hanro's supersoft, supersimple loungewear, undies, robes & more for men and women are 75% off. Cash only. 12/2-12/3; 8-6 Tues., 8:30-4 Wed.; 40 E. 34th St. (at Madison Ave.), ste. 207.

Hit Archetype Showroom for men's & women's clothing from super-hip labels like Lorick, Shipley & Halmoss, Fremont, and more. 12/4-12/6; 10-7; 676 Broadway (at Great Jones St.), 2nd fl.

Buy yourself a new swimsuit for your holiday vacation at the Vix Swimwear and Lisa Curran sale; suits are $65-$125, jewelry is $10-$45. Cash only Through 12/12; 9-8; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 510.

James Jeans has jeans for $50-$90 at this sample and stock sale. 12/2-12/5; 9-7, 9-2 Fri.; 500 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.), ste. 202.

Find swimsuits for $40, chemises for $25, and undies for 3 for $25 at the Eberjey sale. 12/2-12/3; 9-7 Tues., 9-5 Wed.; 180 Madison Ave. (33rd & 34th Sts.) ste. 1101.

Mint Jodi Arnold's sale is still going, and prices are now up to 70% off. Through 12/5; 9-6; 230 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Lulu DK's luxe linens are favored by high-end interior decorators; score them here for 50% off (and up). 12/2-12/5; 10-6; 675 Madison Ave. (at 61st St.), 4th fl.

Melissa Shoes makes jelly shoes for Vivienne Westwood and Alexandre Herchcovitch; get them for at least 50% off at this sale. 12/4-12/6; noon-8; 520 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.), 6th fl.

Made Her Think, the thinking woman's jewelry line, has select items for up to 80% off retail. Cash only. 12/6-12/7; noon-6; 195 Chrystie St. (at Stanton St.), ste. 301-7.

Brian Reyes's fall line is now at sample-sale prices. 12/3-12/4; 9-7; 101 5th Ave. (17th & 18th Sts.).

Men's and women's Autumn Cashmere clothes & accessories are up to 75% off. 12/2-12/5, 12/8-12/12; 9-7 this week, 9:30-6 next week; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 924.

Find indie labels like Grey Ant, Iro, Spring & Clifton, Richard Ruiz, and more for up to 75% off at eM Productions Showroom. Prices are $5-$100 at this cash-only sale. 12/3-12/5; 10-7; 1 Bond St. (Broadway & Lafayette Sts.), no. 5C.

Ted Rossi's exotic-skinned and leather jewelry is up to 75% off (think bracelets for $20 and bags for $40). 12/3-12/5; 10-6; 15 E. 30th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), ste. 300.

Hawaiian import Aloha Rag is now taking up to 60% off Golden Goose, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Thomas Wylde, and other designers you wouldn't expect Hawaiians to wear. Through 12/26; 505 Greenwich St. (Spring & Canal Sts.).

Maternity wear is up to 70% off at Cadeau Maternity's sample sale. 12/4; 10-7; 254 Elizabeth St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Butter by Nadia's wraps and dresses are now up to 80% off. 12/6-12/7; 11-6 Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 405 Van Brunt St. (at Van Dyke St.), Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The Deggie Carma: Weird name, cool stuff (French Connection, Diesel, Free People) for up to 90% off. 12/1-12/9; 10-7 weekdays, 10-5 weekends; 212 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Jill Platner's earthy silver jewelry is 15%-30% off. 12/3; 11-7; 113 Crosby St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Shop for the children in your life at Kit+lili; prices are 40%-80% off. 12/4-12/5; 11-7; 55 Washington St. (at Front St.), ste. 728., Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Good enough for Oprah, good enough for you: Charles Chang-Lima's first-ever sample sale has sizes 0-20 available at 80% off retail. 12/3-12/4; 1-7; 330 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 511.

Stock up on holiday gifts at the Cullen and Whim sample sale, where sweaters for men and women are $20-$125. Through 12/5; 9-7; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1016.

Shop Cynthia Rowley's fall collection and take 10% off everything; likewise, 10% of the evening's proceeds will go to benefit Planned Parenthood of America. 12/2; 7-9 p.m.; 376 Bleecker St. (at Elizabeth St.). RSVP to k.maddox.recchia@ppfa.org or call 212-261-4766.

Check out new arrivals at shopjake's sale department; prices are now up to 60% off.

Take 20% off all purchases at Flight001.com with code WINTER08 through 12/2.

Shop Gucci's fall/winter sale here.

Select fall/winter items are 25%-50% off at Shopbird.com.

Select items are now 30% off at Oak.

Sale prices are now up to 85% off at revolveclothing.com.