Thursday, May 28, 2009

TheFind guest post: Glorious Sandals Fit for the Gods

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Try a pair of sandals that even a Aphrodite herself would adore. Matt Bernson's summer sandals will last the season and has the requisite handmade boho appeal, perfect for summer outings. Bernson's gladiator and slip on styles ooze with glamourous goodness that makes them desirable classics. Our faves from the collection include the winged "Talaria", the patent and gold "Flash" and "Love" styles. All are priced under $200 which makes them all the more lustworthy.

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Not so much: Jeggings
Skinny pants were all over the fall 2009 runways, and I read a few weeks ago on Style.com's Style File blog that in the coming months, jeans are getting even skinnier. As someone who avoids salt the day before she wears skinny jeans (I am completely serious), I can tell you this is not really the greatest news. How much skinnier can skinny jeans get? Apparently, so skinny that they're not actually jeans anymore. Let's do the math: jeans + leggings = jeggings. That's right, jeggings. While you attempt to wrap your head around that one, let's take a look at Topshop, which offers jeggings in several different washes. There's the basic, the capri, or the acid denim, which surprisingly don't look as bad as they sound. However, the worst offender comes courtesy of Urban Outfitters, whose acid wash leggings actually look like a pair of acid-washed jeans from the 80s. It's not the acid wash that bothers me; it's the fact that not only are these leggings supposed to look like something they're not (jeans), they're supposed to look like a specific wash of something they're not (in other words, acid-washed jeans). What's next? Body paint jeans? Okay, on someone besides Lady Gaga? The only positive thing I can say about jeggings is that at least they're probably more comfortable than their conventional alternative, ridiculously tight skinny jeans, which, by the way, might cause nerve damage. I love skinny jeans, and I love leggings, but one must draw the line somewhere, and this is one hybrid that truly freaks me out. Thus, jeggings: not so much.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Buy It: Elizabeth and James shoes
I have mentioned before how much I like Elizabeth and James, the contemporary line designed by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen--everything is flattering, well-made and well-designed. If, like me, you can't get enough of E&J, the good news is that they've branched out into shoes. Like the clothes, the shoes are fashion-forward enough to be current but refined enough to not look fashion vicitim-y. In other words, you're going to fall in love with every pair at first sight, but unlike with your other footwear impulse buys, you're actually going to wear these shoes--they're stylish and practical.

My favorite style is the Belle gladiator sandal, which, yes, is pretty basic-looking at first, but there's a cool zipper detail in back, and there's a tiny wedge heel to give you just enough lift. And since they're metallic, you can easily wear them day or night--and I am all about double-duty shoes.


A showier version of the above are the Luella gladiator booties, which have a less practical 4-inch heel, but are miles sexier. Also, take a look at the stacked heel--it has a unique banded effect, and it's attention to detail such as these that really makes Elizabeth and James stand out.


Speaking of attention to detail, check out the buttons along the heel of the Jazz pumps. These are the type of shoes that people stop you on the street to ask about.


Also incredibly sexy: the Jasmine ankle-strap platforms. Pointy-toe platforms are not an easy shape to pull off, but this pair does it beautifully.


I also really like the Haley platform wedges, which, in spite of their height, look pretty comfortable. I would not recommend wearing these with skirts or dresses if you don't have stem-like legs, but the chunkiness would be perfect under flared or wide-leg pants.


Of course, not everything about these shoes can be perfect, which brings me to the prices, which tend to straddle the $300 mark. This puts Elizabeth and James in league with Pour la Victoire and Belle by Sigerson Morrison, two lines that I love but tend to buy only on sale. Considering they're a bit more refined and conservative, E&J might qualify as full-price-worthy for many, so I wonder if they'll even make it to sale. It's a gamble, but I'm willing to bet E&J shoes are worth the price.
The week in shopping
Julie Haus & Gustto are teaming up for a sure-to-rock sale, with up to 80% off the latter's bags and racks of clothes from the former for less than $55. 5/27-5/29; 11-7; 39 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

Charlotte Ronson's cute separates, dresses, and shoes are up to 80% off retail. 5/27-5/29; 10-7; 1071 6th Ave. (at 41st St.), ste. 301.

Spring 2009 collections--stock and samples--for men and women are 50-75% off at Nicholas K. 5/29–5/31; 10-8 Fri., 11-7 Sat., 11-6 Sun.; 208 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Emanuel Ungaro dresses start at $360 (hey, they're designed by Esteban Cortazar now!). 5/27-5/29; noon-6 Wed., 9-6 Thurs & Fri.; 65 W. 54th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Find the house line, plus Vena Cava, Boy, and other super-hip brands for up to 50% off at Opening Ceremony. Ongoing; 11-8, noon-7 Sun.; 35 Howard St. (Crosby St. & Broadway).

Be part of the MCM revival; score one of their logo-ed handbags and accessories for 30%-50% off. Ongoing; 11-7, 11-6 Sun.; the Shops at the Plaza, 1 W. 58th St. (at 5th Ave.).

Hundreds of bridal gowns--think Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Kenneth Pool, and more--are up to 70% off at Saks Fifth Avenue's bridal sale. 5/27–6/9; 10-8, noon-7 Sun.; 611 5th Ave. (49th & 50th Sts.).

Vera Wang ready-to-wear is available at sample sale prices. 5/28–5/30; 9-7, noon-4 Sat.; 225 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 9th fl.

Type FINALSALE50 for 50% off everything on the Lutz & Patmos website, except basic items in basic colors, through 7/5.

Spring and summer denim & related clothes are 30%-50% off at G-Star locations throughout the city. Ongoing; click here for store locations.

Spring items are 40% off at Cheryl Shops fave Daryl K (and Kerrigan too). Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 21 Bond St. (Lafayette St. & Bowery).

Select merch is 40% off at Kirna Zabete in store and online; think everything from Alexander Wang to Lanvin. Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 96 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Incredibly well made leather bags and accessories are 20%-70% off at Mulberry stores and online. Ongoing; 387 Bleecker St. (at Perry St.), 605 Madison Ave. (at 58th St.).

Suite Orchard's uber-trendy selection of designers--think Alexander Wang and Lover--is on sale. 5/28-5/31; noon-8 Thurs. & Sat., noon-7 Fri. & Sun.; 145a Orchard St. (at Rivington St.).

If his H&M collection only made you want more, hit Matthew Williamson's Meatpacking District boutique for 40% off his namesake line. Ongoing; 11-7, 12:30-6 Sun.; 415 W. 14th St. (9th & 10th Ave.).

Everything is under $60 at Nolita & Rare's cash-only sample sale; find clothes for men, women, and children. 5/28-5/30; 10-7; 39 W. 19th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Find Christofle flatware, crystal, porcelain, gifts, and jewelry, plus Temple St. Clair jewelry is up to 70% off retail. 5/27-5/30; 9-6:30, 9-5 Sun.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Satya's Upper East Side store with 20% off all purchases for one day only. 5/28; 10-7; 946 Lex (at 69th St.).

For all the fast-fashion-starved Upper East Siders out there, H&M is opening a new store at 86th & Lex on THursday. The first 200 shoppers in line get a free T-shirt, an autographed photo of Estelle, and a gift card worth $10-$300. Opening 5/28; the fun starts at noon.

Barneys' Designer Sale has started; save up to 40% on spring/summer merch throughout the site.

His official sale starts 6/2, but hit the Alexander McQueen website to register for the presale; prices are 40% off.

Sale items are 30%-70% off at shopbop.com, including new markdowns on summer items.

Save 20%-60% at Hayden Harnett's Memorial Day sale through 5/30.

Cool designers like Thakoon and Tsumori Chisato are 50% off at Satine.

Shop Burberry's spring/summer collection and get 40% off online or in store.

Scoop
stores have marked down to 40% off; click here for store hours and locations.

Take 20% off your Delia's purchase with code MAY20 through 5/28.

Take 15% off your Alloy.com purchase with code VACAY15 at checkout through 5/28.

Rebecca Taylor shoes are up to 60% off retail online at TheSavvy.com 5/27-5/30.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

TheFind Guest Post: Get Your Sparkle On! Crystal Inspired Handbags

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Crystals seem to be adorning and inspiring all types of accessories this season. We love how the natural iridescent element adds sparkle and added dimension to faceted and crystal embellished handbags. Whether the handbag is embellished with actual crystals sewn onto exotic skins and leather or inlaid with faceted mother of pearl, crystal handbags reflect and sparkle in the sunlight. These unusual and eclectic crystal studded and faceted shape handbags (Roger Vivier) are a pretty summer accessory perfectly paired with white summer shift dresses and flat gold sandals.

Shown clockwise from top:
Roger Vivier "Tejus" faceted clutch, $850 at LuisAviaRoma
Python Clutch with crystals by Gambelle, $660 at Vivre.com
Celestina Pina oakwood clutch, $995 at Net-a-Porter
Sonia Rykiel crystal duffel tote, $2,405 at Intermix

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Love 21: Was that really necessary?
Forever 21 has been in the news recently for its legal woes [subscription required], but in spite of getting sued left and right, they're expanding their business like crazy. They're set to open a huge Times Square location in the former Virgin Megastore, and lately they've been launching new lines like crazy. The first was Faith 21, a "plus size" line (I put "plus size" in quotes, because it only goes up to 2x, which still leaves out a significant portion of the plus-size market). Weird sizing aside, Faith 21 make sense--young plus-size customers are very limited in terms of fashionable clothes, so, hey, cheap and disposable mass-produced clothing for all!

I was a little puzzled, however, when I got an email about Love 21, Forever 21's new "contemporary" line. My first thought was that the line was going to be more expensive--in industry terms, "contemporary" refers to a price point and a customer, like that of Barneys Co-Op, Neiman Marcus Cusp, the 2nd floor at Bloomingdales, etc.--and, really, does anyone want to pay more for clothes from Forever 21? Thankfully, Love 21 does not appear to be more expensive than the rest of the store's offerings, and, at first glance, the clothes really don't appear that different either. But my guess is that Love 21 is aimed at a slightly older customer--the dresses are a bit longer, the cuts more forgiving and covered-up. Or, as the website says, "Love 21 offers a more sophisticated, modest fit than Forever 21." So if the average Forever 21 customer is, well, 21, add another 10 years for Love 21.

There are definitely some standout pieces. The lace detail at the shoulders of this knit top is really pretty, in a cool, downtowny kind of way. The linen side-swept skirt looks flattering, and $24.80 for linen is not too shabby. And I plan on stocking up on the very current-looking basic knit tank. Currently, Love 21 is only available online and at select stores; the only NY location is the 34th Street store. But, much like with Urban Outfitters, I find shopping Forever 21's website a far more pleasant experience than shopping in the store.

Is this all necessary? Probably not. But considering the wackiness of the Forever 21 sizing--I have some tops that are size small, and other times I can't even zip up a large--this is probably a good thing for those of us who love Forever 21 but probably shouldn't be wearing juniors sizes anymore. Hopefully the more generous cut of Love 21 will take the guesswork out of shopping there.
MasstigeWatch!
This one is a quickie! First of all, The Tracy Feith Go International collection is now live (it has been since Sunday) but, sadly, the leather jacket pictured here is already sold out, as are some of the other looks, like the mixed floral-print dress. Who would've thought Feith's quirky floral prints would've been such a big hit? I might order the white dress or the flower power bikini, but otherwise, I'm sitting this one out.

In other news, yesterday's WWD [subscription required] had some more info on the upcoming Gap Design Editions collection, which I reported on earlier this month. They've released the ads, which feature hot models Raquel Zimmerman, Anna Jagodzinska, Arlenis Sosa and Coco Rocha. Also, the abundance of hats has been explained: They're designed by Albertus Swanepoel, who is the CFDA Fashion Fund recipient for accessories. As stated before, Vena Cava and Alexander Wang are the other designers, and everything is khaki; prices run a very reasonable $39.50 to $88. Most importantly, the collection hits stores June 16th. Because I pretty much want everything pictured at left (especially that Vena Cava sheath!), I'm there.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The silver lining in the Henri Bendel cloud
In case you haven't heard, Henri Bendel will no longer sell clothes, starting this fall. This is sad for several reasons: For one, Bendel's was the hippest place to shop on 5th Avenue in the 70s; for another, they championed unknown designers with their open calls. The store will close its top floor; the remaining two will sell only gifts, beauty, and accessories, which, if you think about it, is not surprising: Limited Brands--which owns Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, and C.O. Bigelow--has owned Bendel's since 1986, and in recent years has sold all of its women's clothing businesses (The Limited, Express). Of course, the silver lining is that at some point, Bendel's will have to get rid of all its clothing, and the unsold merch will end up somewhere. And according to Madison Avenue Spy, that place is Gabay's in the East Village. They have a shipment arriving later this week. Consider yourself warned!
Cheryl Shops...Gilt Groupe sale at Samples for (eco)mpassion
I love Gilt Groupe and I love Samples for (eco)mpassion, so when I got invited to a preview of Gilt's warehouse sale (hosted at Samples for (eco)mpassion), I scurried on over. The sale is nowhere near as organized as Gilt's online sales--some digging is definitely in order--but I spotted quite a few gems. There are several racks of Malo and Valentino; lots of Gryson bags (prices top out at $200 for the big ones); quite a few Ali Ro and Lauren Moffatt dresses; some White + Warren sweaters; and a bunch of jeans that I think were Rich & Skinny, but can't quite say for sure. A little digging, however, unearthed several treasures: a great studded DVF dress, in size 8; a huge studded Be&D Garbo bag (it was $400, I believe); two Thakoon dresses, both in size 4; and several Marc by Marc Jacobs black leather flight bags (which were not listed on the price list, but I think I overheard the register guy say they were $130). Sadly, I walked out empty-handed (I'm saving myself for the 3.1 Phillip Lim sale tomorrow), but if any of the items I listed interest you, I suggest stopping by ASAP. Samples for (eco)mpassion is at 2 Great Jones St. (Broadway & Lafayette); the sale runs from noon-7 5/20-5/24. Or, if you'd rather shop from the comfort of your own home, you can join Gilt Groupe here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The week in shopping
I am anticipating long lines for the 3.1 phillip lim sale, featuring his lines for women, men, and children at up to 50% off retail. 5/20-5/21; 10-5; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 17th fl.

Miss Sixty and Energie are cheapity cheap at this sale: Jeans are $20, tops are $15, dresses are $25, shoes are $25, and skirts and shorts are $15. See? Cheap! Through 5/21; 9-7 Tues. & Wed., 9-3 Thurs.; 435 Hudson St. (at Leroy St.), ste. 400.

Prices are 50% off wholesale at Prairie New York: dresses are $65, skirts and tops are $40. Cash only. Through 5/21; 11-7; 306 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Lingerie is 50% off, swimsuits are $40, and undies are $10 at the Araks sample sale. 5/21-5/22; 8:30-7:30 Thurs., 9:30-6:30 Fri.; 137 Grand St. (Lafayette & Crosby Sts.).

Iisli's great knits are up to 75% off. 5/19-5/20; 10-7; 416 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 201.

Women's and men's Cole Haan shoes, bags, accessories, and outerwear are up to 75% off. Through 5/21; 9-6:30, 9-6 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Cotton tees are $25, cardigans are $50, and cashmere tees are $55 at White + Warren. 5/19-5/20; 8-8 Tues., noon-8 Wed.; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.), 3rd fl.

MINT Jodi Arnold is 75% off: Pants are $80, tops are $120, and dresses are $160. 5/20–5/22; 9-6; 230 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl. Save 75 percent on the MINT Jodi Arnold spring collection, a great sale to hit if y

Nanette Lepore dresses are $150, pants are $100, tops are $95, and shorts are $75. 5/20-5/22; 9-7; 225 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

Just at the weather is warming up, Mackage is having a sample sale; get a head start on your fall wardrobe with leather jackets and trench coats for 50% off. Cash only. Through 5/19; noon-7; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Dresses are up to 80% off and candles are $20 at Tocca's sample sale. Through 5/19; 11:30-7:30; 542 W. 22nd St. (10th & 11th Aves.).

Trendy glasses are majorly reduced at Selima Optique; think Prada for under $100, Chloe for $150, and the house label for $100. Through 5/20; 10:30-7; 899 Madison Ave. (72nd & 73rd Sts.).

Find Simon Alcantara jewelry at wholesale prices. Through 5/20; 10-4; 584 Broadway (Houston & Prince Sts.), ste. 1007.

Luca Luca's socialite-favored cocktail dresses are up to 90% off. 5/20-5/22, 5/26-5/31; 9-6 weekdays, 11-5 weekends; 19 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Alain Mikli eyewear for men and women is at wholesale prices and below (now $60-$95). 5/19-5/22; 9-6:45, 9-5 Fri.; 28 Wooster St. (at Grand St.).

Tomorrow is the last day for the PONO jewelry sale, where prices are 60%-80% off. Through 5/19; 9-4; 132 W. 36th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 8th fl.

Evening and cocktail dresses from Pamella Roland, Marc Bouwer, Heidi Weisel, and a bunch of other designers are up to 75% off. Plus Giuliana Teso pre-fall fur coats for up to 70% off. Through 5/20; 10-6; 584 Broadway (Houston & Prince Sts.), 5th fl.

Take 10% off everything at Amarcord's Soho store for one day only (plus free champagne too!). 5/20; 11-7:30; 252 Lafayette St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Hit TG-170 for Charlotte Pinson artwork, drinks & refreshments, and 10% off all non-sale TG-170 merch. 5/19; 7-9 p.m.; 170 Ludlow St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).

Use code 20INLUV for an extra 20% off sale bags and belts at the Linea Pelle website through 5/20.

Spring items are up to 50% off at Net-a-Porter.com.

Because it's been far too long (what, a month?) the next Saks gift card event starts Tuesday. Earn a gift card worth up to $450 with code MAY9 5/19-5/21.

Use code DRESSES for 25% off all full-priced maternity dresses at IsabellaOliver.com through 5/31.

Save up to 80% at Delia*s clearance.

Use code ROSE for a free gift with a $95 purchase or code FLORAL for a free gift with $60 purchase, both at L'Occitane through 5/31.

Get an awesome Lela Rose makeup bag filled with $160 worth of samples with a $100 purchase at Beauty.com while supplies last.

Take 30% off select styles at Piperlime’s sweet deal event through 5/31.

Buy the new Body Butter Lite at Blissworld.com and get a free Hanky Panky thong when you enter code HANKY, while supplies last.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

TheFind Guest Post: Bridal Shower Gift Inspiration: Stella McCartney Knickers for Every Day of the Week

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Wedding season is fast approaching and the bridal shower invites have hit your mailbox en mass. Not to worry, we have found the ideal gift for the bride-to-be, a sweet set of knickers for every day of the week. The Stella McCartney knickers of the week pack contains seven pairs of briefs with the days of the week embroidered sweetly on the front. Made of a silk-blend, these pretty lace trimmed panties will set the stage for romance and the multi-drawer labeled box will keep her trousseau in order as well.

Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Pack, $195 available at Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus



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Guilty Pleasure: Aerosoles Zenacious sandals
Two summers ago, I wore an incredibly uncomfortable pair of platform shoes to work. By lunchtime, I decided I couldn't take it anymore, so I hobbled to the closest shoe store, which happened to be an Aerosoles. I was in so much pain, I would've settled for orthopedic granny oxfords, but I managed to find some braided black leather sandals with studs and a tiny wedge heel--on sale--and after the Platforms of Death, they felt like walking on marshmallows. Fast-forward a couple of months, and my Aerosoles ended up being one of my favorite pairs of shoes. People on the street told me how much they liked them; I took them to Europe and wore them all over Paris and Amsterdam. However, after two summers of heavy wear, they're starting to look a little grungy, and so I've been trying to limit their wear to occasions when I know I need my feet to be comfortable. But the other day I got an email from Aerosoles that featured...my shoes! They're back! They're called Zenacious; they also come in white and light and dark brown; and they're currently on sale for $51.75--worth every penny, if you ask me. I am totally going to get a new pair. Because as much as I love the look of my clunky, chunky platforms, it's shoes like these that I end up wearing everywhere. Sad, but true.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

On the Blueprint Cleanse
On the advice of my dear acupuncturist JL, I tend to do a detox diet every spring to clean out my system and prepare my body for summer (and summer clothes). In the past, this has generally meant only whole grains, fruits and vegetables (with a little fish thrown in), but this year, having packed on an extra five pounds that just would not budge, I decided more extreme measures were in order. Enter Blueprint Cleanse, which is currently all the rage among fashion and media types. You can do it for anywhere from one to six days; testimonials boast of glowing skin, increased energy, and, yes, weight loss. The cleanse is raw, vegan, and gluten-free, and consists of six juices consumed throughout the day. There are three levels; being a fairly healthy eater, I chose three days of the second level, Foundation, but in retrospect, probably should've gone with the "easiest," the Renovation--but more on that later. If you live in NYC, you can have your cleanse delivered; I chose to pick mine up (there are multiple locations throughout the city).

I started last Thursday, and most likely due to the novelty of it all, the first day was a breeze. I started with hot water and lemon, then moved on to my first juice, a green juice. Then, throughout the day, I drank the rest of the juices: a pineapple/apple/mint (my favorite), another green juice, a "spicy lemonade" (my least favorite), another green juice, and, finally, the vanilla-cinnamon cashew milk, which, after all that green juice, tastes like manna from Heaven, also drinking lots of water and green tea in between. Thankfully, I didn't have any headaches--I drink coffee only on the weekends--and I managed to make it to my Core Fusion class on Thursday night. I was hungry at times but so full of liquid, it didn't bother me too much. Note: As you might imagine, consuming an all-liquid diet causes you to pee like crazy. Not only was I going every hour, but I felt like that scene in Austin Powers when he wakes up from the cryogenic freezing, if you know what I mean.

I woke up hungry on Friday, and that feeling pretty much stuck with me all day. I became totally obsessed with food; while on Thursday I experienced weird cravings (the strongest being for hummus and falafel), by Friday I was keeping a mental list of foods I would eat once I was done with the cleanse--everything from cheeseburgers to chicken parmesan. Whenever a coworker was eating food, I instantly got a craving for it, or I would start thinking about eating it. It's funny--I never thought I'd miss the physical act of chewing. I began berating myself for deciding to do the cleanse in the first place. By the time I got home from work, however, I was giddy, dissolving into fits of giggles at the least provocation. Friday night was also where I ran into one of my biggest temptations; I live with my boyfriend, MW, who wasn't doing the cleanse with me, and eating in front of me made him feel incredibly guilty (he ordered nasty, greasy Chinese food so as not to tempt me). Also, I hate to say it, but after a week at work, I totally look forward to coming home on Friday night (or going out with friends) and having a glass of wine (or two, or three). Not partaking in that ritual was incredibly hard; that cashew milk is tasty, but a cool glass of pinot gris it is not.

By Saturday--my third and final day--I felt like I had the flu: I was lightheaded, weak, completely out of it, and suffering from an upset stomach. In retrospect, these are obviously detox symptoms, but at the time, I was too miserable to notice. MW dragged me to brunch, and while I fully intended to sip green tea while he tore into his sandwich, I ended up caving and ordering a summer roll (which was not on Blueprint's list of sanctioned list of cheats, but I rationalized it, since it was all raw). I beat myself up a little, but since it caused me to not be hungry for the first time in three days, I let it slide. After walking around Brooklyn a bit, I came home and noticed something amazing: My face glowed like it had been artfully highlighted with Nars Copacabana, two pimples had miraculously disappeared, my forehead wrinkles had greatly diminished, and my hair even looked shiny. Perhaps this was the euphoric glow that everyone has been talking about? I was also thrilled to see my concave stomach and protuding hipbones (I know, I know, it's all water weight, but it still looks awesome). I went to sleep Saturday night after consuming my final cashew milk, with thoughts of food dancing in my head.

Of course, when you're done with the cleanse, it's not like you can go straight back to steak and martinis. Blueprint suggests starting out with fruit and watered-down juice on your first day of breaking the cleanse; I opted for a raw salad for brunch, and for a raw-vegetable lettuce wrap for dinner. Yesterday I ate all raw foods again, and today, desperate for protein, I finally had some quinoa for dinner. Tomorrow I might be adventurous and have some steamed fish. My cravings haven't gone away; to be honest, a cheeseburger still sounds pretty fantastic, but, strangely, I don't necessarily want one--at the moment, fruits and vegetables are what my body needs. I am also happy that I haven't had an alcoholic beverage in over a week, as this is probably a record for me.

If you had asked me on Saturday if I would do the Blueprint Cleanse again, my answer would've been an unequivocal no. But, much like how the mind makes the body forget the pain of childbirth, now I can't say I wouldn't do one again. Maybe not for three days--people who do the five- or six-day cleanses are insane, if you ask me--but one day would not be so bad. A nice bonus is that I've lost six pounds; as of this morning, I've gained a pound and a half back, but my stomach is still incredibly flat, and so far, I feel like my digestion has greatly improved. My hair and skin still look healthy. I have yet to experience the uptick in energy, but I expect it to come back as soon as I start eating a normal amount of protein again. I hope.

The Blueprint Cleanse is $75 for 1 day, or $65 per day for multiple-day cleanses. Learn more at Blueprintcleanse.com.
Object of Desire: Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag
Proenza Schouler has been in the news recently more because of Kiefer Sutherland's head-butting of co-designer Jack McCullough's nose, but the duo definitely deserve attention for their new line of handbags. Which, if you think about it, is kind of ironic, because unlike the flashy, logo-heavy designs of the past decade, Proenza Schouler's PS1 bags are understated, clean, and almost anonymous--which is key in these recessionary times, where flaunting one's luxury accessories is seriously declassé. The bags are, however, quite luxurious, with prices to match: a small leather clutch is $895, medium day bags are $1595, and large bags are $1995; python versions of these range from $1735 to $4250. All are gorgeous, of course, but if you want to really splurge, why not go for the $14,400 large PS1 croc bag? Yes, for that price you could get a Birkin, but the PS1 doesn't have a years-long waiting list, nor does it shout conspicuous consumption. With its crossbody strap, it's also much more youthful--a sought-after quality among the fashion flock. It bags may be dead--or perhaps hibernating--but if there's any bag that can rouse us from our deep sleep, I think it's the PS1.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The week in shopping
Get ready to fight the hipster fashionistas: It's time for Steven Alan's semiannual sample sale. Find the namesake label, plus Sophomore, Rachel Nasvik, and Matt Bernson shoes at wholesale prices. 5/14-5/17; 8:30-8 Thurs. & Fri., noon-7 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 87 Franklin St. (Church St. & Broadway).

Tibi swimwear is $55 and dresses are $99 at this promising-sounding sale. 5/13-5/15; 1-7 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 409 W. 39th St. (9th & 10th Aves.).

Find dresses for $125, tops for $100, and pants for $75 at Cheryl Shops fave Yigal Azrouël. 5/13-5/15; 9-7 Wed. & Thurs., 9-3 Fri.; 225 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Find LaRok for up to 90% off (and samples starting at $20), plus Elizabeth & James (!). 5/15–5/17; 11-7 Fri. & Sat., noon-6 Sun.; 72 Wooster St. (Spring & Broome Sts.)

Theory men: everything is under $200, with pants for $99, shirts for $49, and blazers for $179. 5/15–5/18; 8-8 Fri., 10-6 Sat.-Mon.; 139 5th Ave. (20th & 21st Sts.).

Theory women: Pants are $89, dresses are $99, shirts are $75, and blazers are $139. 5/16–5/21; 10-5 Sat., 11-5 Sun., 11-7 Mon.-Thurs.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Buttery leather bags (including the awesome studded Garbo), plus shoes and belts, are 30%-75% off at Be & D. 5/13–5/14; 9-7; 35 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 10th fl.

Prices start at $20 for tanktops at Cheryl Shops fave Inhabit. 5/14-5/15; 10-6; 1441 Broadway (40th & 41st Sts.).

Memorial Day will be here before you know it, so hit J Rosen Showroom for Vix and Lisa Curran swimsuits for $65 and up, plus cover-ups for $30 and up and flip-flops for $10 and up. Cash only. Through 5/22; 10-8 weekdays only; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 510.

Make a $10 donation and shop the POSH sale, which features clothes and accessories from everyone from Coach to DVF, and profits benefit Lighthouse International. 5/14–5/17; 11-7, 11-5 Sun.; 110 E. 60th St. (Park & Lex).

Shop for your man at the Hickey & Original Penguin sample sale, where prices are 60-85% off retail. 5/14-5/17; 10:30-7; Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave. (15th & 16th Sts.).

Showroom Seven's sample sale promises Erickson Beamon, Orla Kiely, Issa, Tony Cohen, and other hip labels at steeply discounted prices. Through 5/22; 10-7 daily (closed Sun.); 263 11th Ave. (27th & 28th Sts.).

Preppy British sportswear and activewear from Fred Perry is $40-ish. Through 5/17; 10-7 weekdays, noon-5 weekends; 547 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.).

Fancy party frocks and read-to-wear is 50%-75% off at Lela Rose. 5/13-5/15; 9-6; 224 W. 30th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 13th fl.

Find summer dresses, candles, and kids' clothes for up to 60% off at Tocca. 5/13–5/15; 11:30-7:30; 542 W. 22nd St. (10th & 11th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Favored by design snobs everywhere, John Robshaw's neo-bohemian linens are up to 75% off. 5/14-5/16; 10-8:30 Thurs. & Fri., 10-3 Sat.; 245 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 6th fl.

Robert Clergerie's first-ever sample sale has actual samples (sizes 5.5-10) for $100-$150. 5/15-5/16; 10:30-5:30; 19 E. 62nd St. (5th & Madison Aves.).

Stock up on party dresses and other cute clothes at Thread Social's sample sale. 5/14–5/17; 9-8 Thurs. & Fri., noon-4 Sat. & Sun.; 26 W. 17th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Get all preppied out at Gant, where clothes for men and women are cheap: $95 jackets, $35 sweaters, and $20 swimsuits. 5/13–5/15; 8:30-6:30 Wed. & Thurs., 8:30-5 Fri.; 20 W. 55th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 11th fl.

Find buzzy labels like Shipley & Halmos, Lorick, and Digby & Iona for up to 50% off at Archetype Showroom's sample sale. 5/14–5/16; 10-7 Thurs. & Fri., noon-6 Sat.; 676 Broadway (at Great Jones St.), 2nd fl.

Missed Ted Rossi's last sample sale? You're in luck: Find jewelry and handbags for up to 75% off for one more day. 5/15; noon-7; 15 E. 30th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), ste. 300.

Temperley London is taking 50% off cruise and spring collections (note: still quite expensive!). Starts 5/16; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 453 Broome St. (at Mercer St.), 2nd fl.

Find all manner of gifts and clothing at Fred Flare's one-day blowout sale. 5/17; 11-5; 131 Meserole Ave. (at Leonard St.), Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Bangles are $8 at Anita Storr. Through 5/13; 10-6:30 Tues., 10-5 Wed.; 1359 Broadway (36th & 37th Sts.).

Dresses are $129 at Scatola Showroom. Through 5/15; 10-8; 544 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.).

Find everything form cocktail dresses to shoes and accessories at the Escada sample sale. No strollers or kids under 12, please. 5/15-5/17; 10-8 Fri., 10-6 Sat., 10-5 Sun.; the Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Spring items from McQ, Kerrigan, Lauren Moffat, and more are 20%-50% off at Cheryl Shops fave TG-170. Ongoing; 170 Ludlow St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).

Nolita menswear boutique SEW is hosting another sample sale, featuring 50% off select items and free booze. 5/13; 7-9 p.m.; 229A Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Got a car? Head out to Seacaucus for DWR's Annex sale 5/16-5/17. Details here.

Or head to the Clarins Warehouse Sale for all manner of skincare. 5/15-5/16; 8-8 Fri., 9-6 Sat.; 15 Olympic Dr. Orangeburg, NY. (Here's a map.)

I have a swimsuit from Delia*s, and I get so many compliments on it. Swimwear is on sale for up to 40% off, so I might get another one for this year!

Already? Already! It's time for the First Call sale at Neiman Marcus, where prices are up to 50% off.

Not to be outdone, you can also save 30%-40% (these are permanent markdowns) at Saks.

Use code anothersale for 20% off everything at BuyDefinition.com.

Save up to 40% on new designer markdowns at eLuxury.com.

Use code finalsale50 for 50% off everything (except basic-color items) at Cheryl Shops fave Lutz and Patmos.

Save 40% on pre-spring markdowns at Cheryl Shops fave shopjake.com.

Select (read: high-end) designers are 40% off online and in-store at Intermix; use code DE40 online through 5/15.

In honor of national melanoma month, take 20% off all Shady Day products at Ricky's NYC (online and in-store) with code SHADYLOVE through 5/31. Also get a free sunscreen stick with purchase.

Use code SPRINGSALE for 25% off your purchase at LeSportsac through 5/26.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

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Recommended Reading
I highly recommend checking out this inspiring story about Norma Kamali, written by the excellent Ruth LaFerla in today's Thursday Styles section. I've always wanted one of her sleeping-bag coats, and as much as I am loathe to shop at Wal-Mart, how awesome is this $18 (yes, $18) batwing cardigan from her NK line? While you're on the Times website, I also recommend Cintra Wilson's spot-on assessment of Zadig & Voltaire.

The Cut reports that one of my favorite websites, Ravinstyle.com, is shutting down as of May 31st. Founded way back in 2000, it survived the dot-com crash but, sadly, not the current economic crisis. Shop there now for the next few weeks, while you can.

Finally, I am doing a Blueprint Cleanse; today is my first day (and, yes, I am freaking hungry). I'll write about it here next week, but in the meantime, you can read all about in real time on my Twitter.
MasstigeWatch!
The big news this week is that Anna Sui will design a Designer Collaborations collection for Target [subscription required]! Even more awesome is the fact that the collection is inspired by Gossip Girl, specifically the four female leads. While Sui's namesake collection is more contemporary-priced than that of most of Target's designer collaborators (her dresses are downright affordable if you can find them on sale), this masstige outing will definitely let her reach a broader audience. No word on prices--and no pictures yet--but the line will hit a select 250 Target stores (and target.com) on September 13th, just in time for back to school (and, one would guess, the new season of Gossip Girl).

Speaking of Target, the Tracy Feith Go International collection hits stores next Sunday, May 17th!

Today, the Shipley & Halmos and Gilded Age collaborations hit Uniqlo, but, as Racked reports, well, no one really cared.

Finally, the summer portion of the Matthew Williamson for H&M collection hits most H&M stores next Thursday, May 14th. Unlike the previous portion, this less luxurious, more mainstream batch will be available in nearly every H&M store worldwide, and it also includes men's looks. You can preview the collection on the H&M website--it's indeed very summery, with caftans, swimsuits, and lots of great dresses, many with a peacock motif. It's very luxe-bohemian, which makes it perfect for summer. While Williamson is generally not quite my cup of tea, I have my eye on several pieces from this line. Hopefully it won't sell out as quickly as the last!
Buy It: Alexander McQueen skull ring
I recently started subscribing to the Alexander McQueen website's mailing list, and every time I open an email, I wonder what kind of extravagantly beautiful yet totally unaffordable gem it will contain. So when I got an email about his skull cocktail ring, I clicked through out of morbid curiosity (pun intended). I was expecting something north of $1,000, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the actual price: $330--definitely not cheap, of course, but a veritable bargain by McQueen's standards. As for the ring, it's definitely a statement-maker: oversized, with pearl eyes and Swarovski crystals at the mouth and the bee's wings. I'm also glad skulls aren't so trendy anymore (remember when they were plastered on everything from socks to bermuda shorts?)--thus the ring just looks badass, not fashion victim-y. This is definitely the type of accessory that could become a signature piece. Maybe it can become mine.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

MasstigeWatch!
For the last two years, the Gap's Design Editions have been variations on the classic white shirt, but this year, designers are taking on one of its other old standbys: khaki. Racked has leaked photos, and while there are only two designers participating this year, those designers are Alexander Wang and Vena Cava, which are two of my favorites, which means I am incredibly excited about this collection. The obvious pick is the Wang motorcycle jacket, but my absolute favorite is the dress pictured at right, from Vena Cava (I'm assuming). There are no other details--like when it's hitting stores--available at the moment, but as soon as I hear anything, I'll post it right here.
Best & Worst Dressed at the Met 2009 Costume Institute Gala Ball
The thing about the Costume Institute ball is that, this being arguably the biggest fashion-industry event of the year (except for maybe the CFDA awards), there are always models there, and the models almost always look better than everyone else in attendance. (Of course, that's what they're paid to do.) This year's theme being "The Model as Muse," there were even more models there than usual, and, refreshingly, some of them made some rather questionable fashion choices, including several crotch-flashingly high dresses. (See, they don't look good in everything!) So, without further ado...

Best
Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, and especially Kate Bosworth all look so lovely in Stella McCartney, I am not even commenting on what the designer herself is wearing. And that's saying something.


Ashley Olsen is truly the best advertisement for her own label, The Row. This dress makes me forget that I have boobs too big to pull something like this off.


Jessica Stam could make a garbage bag look hot (and she is paid accordingly), but year after year, she is one of the best-dressed people at this event. And now she's making me want to wear Rodarte.


The models love Rag & Bone, and from Maryna Linchuk's sexy colorblocked minidress to Lake Bell's even-sexier tuxedo, you can see why.


Of all the blast-from-the-past models that showed up at this event, I think I was most excited to see Cheryl Tiegs. Bonus: She looks freaking amazing.


Honorable Mention
I am definitely in the minority here, but I actually like Madonna's outfit, especially the to-die-for thigh-high leather boots. But, then again, if she hadn't worn the Donnie Darko rabbit ears, would we be talking about it as much?


As you all know, co-chair Kate Moss can do no wrong in my book. However, if I had to change one tiny thing about her outfit, it would be the turban. Was it really necessary?


I love Rachel Bilson's Bally dress; her Angelina Jolie hair, not so much. Thankfully, the dress wins.


Erin O'Connor's Gaultier dress is not for everyone, and, yes, she looks a bit Goth in it, but if anyone can lead the '90s minimalism revival, she can.


My first thought upon seeing Claudia Schiffer's Versace gown was, wtf? My second thought was, hmm. My third was, what a gorgeous dress--a thought that might've been influenced by the sheer smokin'-ness of the wearer.


Dishonorable Mention
I love Lara Stone, and I love Alexander Wang, but I do not love Lara Stone in this Alexander Wang dress, which is ill-fitting and slit up to the hoo-ha.


I actually think Agyness Deyn's Burberry dress is quite lovely, and I think it's awesome that she came with Twiggy, but, I'm sorry, I just cannot get past the hair and makeup--it's like the illegitimate child of Barbara Bush (sr.) and Edie Sedgwick.


Oh, Jessica Alba, why did you wear this lovely Jason Wu frock with black opaque tights and chunky black platform shoes--in May?


Anne Hathaway is wearing Marc Jacobs, a designer who readily admits he doesn't do red carpet well. This dress--which makes the otherwise skinny actress look incredibly hippy--is proof. Also, why the Jacqueline Susann hair?


Daria Werbowy is one of my favorite models (MW will bemusedly tell you how I drunkenly shouted "Look, it's Daria!" every time I saw one of her H&M billboards in the Prague subway last year), but, I'm sorry, her Balmain dress is just too damn short.


Worst
Leighton Meester's Vuitton dress wouldn't have been so bad if she had just worn it with bare legs, but, whew! Those Liberace-meets-gymnast leggings are just killing me.


Can someone tell me why Emmy Rossum keeps showing up at these things, especially when she's wearing snoozers like this Carolina Herrera, which looks about 25 years too old for her?


The nicest thing I can say about Jessica Biel's Versace dress is that at least she looks like an expensive French can-can dancer/kept woman.


I can't decide whether I'd like Helena Christensen's Zac Posen dress any better if the uber-cheesy sequined "Vogue" lettering weren't there. I'm going to go with a smidge, but not much.


Blake Lively is quoted in this month's Allure as saying that she feels like a tranny a lot of the time. With dresses like this, I can see why.


Photos from style.com and wwd.com

Monday, May 04, 2009

Coming tomorrow
Best & Worst dressed at the Met Costume Institute ball (a teaser: Madonna was wearing cat ears!) and a super-awesome MasstigeWatch! involving Vena Cava and...wait for it...Alexander Wang. And, oh yeah, the Gap. Check back tomorrow!
The week in shopping
There are so many good sales this week, my wallet is quivering in anticipation.

Cheryl Shops fave Twinkle by Wenlan is offering spring clothes and jewelry for up to 70% off; dresses are $90-$95, tops are $70, and accessories are $20. 5/7–5/8; 11-8 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 545 8th Ave. (at 37th St.), 17th fl.

Loeffler Randall shoes, clothes, and handbags are up to 50% off; shoes are $125 and up, clothes $78 and up, bags $80 and up. Take all the size 8.5's and I'll kill you. 5/6–5/9; 10-7, 11-6 Sat.; 525 Broadway (at Spring St.), ste. 202.

I just walked by this sale tonight (it starts Wednesday), and it's already stocked with Swedish awesomeness: Acne, Filippa K, and Nudie Jeans for men, women, and children are up to 75% off. Cash only. 5/6-5/7; 11-8; 290 Lafayette St. (at Jersey St.).

Score at least 50% off Rebecca Minkoff's coveted handbags. Also find retro swimwear from Abaete. 5/6–5/10; 10-8 daily; 33 W. 17th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Stock up on dresses for the upcoming wedding season at Betsey Johnson's sale: Evening styles are $75, day dresses are $50, and sportswear is a mere $35. 5/6-5/8; 10-8; Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W. 44th St. (at Broadway), 6th fl.

Refinery29's pop-up shop, Save Fashion, features indie labels like Rachel Comey and Steven Alan for up to 50% off. There is also a rumored rack of Rick Owens. Through 5/28; Port Authority, 41st St. & 8th Ave.

Monica Botkier's excellent shoes and bags (I love my James hobo) are over 75% off; the James tote is $275, the Sasha duffle is $150, and the Bianca satchel is $100. Wow. 5/7–5/10; noon-8 Thurs., 11-8 Fri., 11-7 Sat., 11-5 Sun.; 172 Mercer St. (Prince & Houston Sts.).

Shoes from Butter, Bettye Muller, Tibi, and Something Bleu were $250-$650, but you can score them for $80-$150 at this cash-only sale. Through 5/15; 10-7 weekdays (closed weekends); 307 7th Ave. (27th & 28th Sts.), ste. 2307.

Pre-order fall 2009 Daryl K and Kerrigan and get 200% off, or shop spring 2009 and get 25% off for one day only. 5/6; 11-8 (wine served 4-8); 21 Bond St. (Bowery & Lafayette St.).

Staff USA has high-fashion spring/summer clothes and accessories for men and women from Dsquared2, Maison Martin Margiela, and Sophia Kokosalaki; expect to pay $100-$200 for shirts and skirts, $100-$300 for pants, and $200-$800 for jackets. 5/6-5/7; 10-7; 220 W. 19th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 11th fl.

Domenico Vacca has a shop at the doomed Plaza Retail Collection, but now you can score men's shirts for $159 (were $590) and pants for $140 (were $780) at this sale. 5/5–5/7; 10-6; 14 E. 60th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), ste. 900.

Delman shoes are $89-$109 (that's up to 75% off). 5/6–5/8; 10-7 Wed. & Thurs., 10-3 Fri.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Take 20% off Katy Rodriguez's spring collection during her trunk show at Resurrection; meet the designer and vintage enthusiast in the flesh on 5/7. 5/6–5/9; 11-7 (personal appearance 2-7 on 5/7); 217 Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

For every $150 you spend at Henri Bendel, get a $25 gift card, valid 5/16-5/30. Through 5/10; 10-8, noon-7 Sun.; 712 5th Ave. (56th & 57th Sts.).

Lighthouse International has lined up 30 jewelry designers--think Bulgari, Boucheron, Garrard--for their Hush sale, where the goods are 50%-90% off, and proceeds help benefit this worthy organization. 5/7-5/9; 9-7 Thurs. & Fri., 10-5 Sat.; Lighthouse International, 110 E. 60th St. (Park & Lex).

Clothingline has spring Iisli clothes, Kooba bags, Gryphon womenswear, Milly samples, and footwear from BE&D and Repetto. Through 5/7; 11-7; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Treat your kids (sizes 2-12) to fancy stuff from Kicokids at 60% off. 5/8–5/9; 10-7; Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave. (15th & 16th Sts.).

Or if you're more of a traditionalist, Bonpoint children's clothes (newborn-preteen sizes) are 60%-70% off retail: $44 for baby dresses, $60 for girls' dresses, $33 for girls' pants, and $45 for boys' pants. 5/7-5/9; 9-5; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

This almost sounds too good to be true, but apparently Tiffany, Gucci, Damiani, Coach, and more fancy jewelry is 50%-70% off. 5/7–5/9; 10-8 Thurs., 10-6 Fri. & Sat.; Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave. (at 28th St.).

Find a last-minute gift for Mom at Judy Ross's sale, where pillows, linens, rugs, and furniture are up to 60% off. 5/7–5/9; noon-7 Thurs., noon-6 Fri., noon-5 Sat.; 41 Union Square West (at 17th St.).

Another Mother's Day possibility: Armand Diradourian cashmere clothing and accessories are available at below-wholesale prices. Cash only. Through 5/9; noon-6; 19 W. 21st St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 1001.

If your mom likes...ornate things, then she'll love something from Jay Strongwater, where picture frames, boxes, and other tchotchkes are at below-wholesale prices, or $20-$750. 5/6-5/7; 8-7; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Find fancy Italian labels Incotex, Zanone, Montedoro, and Glanshirt for men and women for at least 65% off at the Slowear showroom sale. Through 5/8; 10-6; 135 5th Ave. (at 20th St.), 9th fl.

Precious jewels from John Hardy--silver, enamel, gold, gemstones, and diamond pavé--are 60% off retail at this one-day sale. Limit of 8 pieces per person. 5/5; 10-7; Westin Times Square, 270 W. 43rd St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 9th floor pearl room.

Find work-friendly separates at Lafayette 148 New York's warehouse sale: jackets are $50, leather is $75, pants are $35, and blouses and skirts are $30. 5/7-5/9; 9-8 Thurs., 9-7 Fri., 10-3 Sat.; 148 Lafayette St. (how about that!), (Howard & Grand Sts.).

Luxe, Italian-made Jaz sportswear for men is up to 80% off retail. 5/6-5/8; 10-7; 601 W. 26th St. (11th & 12th Aves.), 5th fl.

Get a head start on fall shopping with the Graey trunk show and sample sale. Cocktails and live music too. 5/9; 11-7; 3 Lincoln Center, 160 W. 66th St. (Broadway & Amsterdam), #34B.

Hit Bloomingdale's 59th Street store for a Robindira Unsworth trunk show and get a free gift with purchase, plus enter to win a raffle for the necklace Bar Refaeli wore on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. 5/7; 1-7 p.m.; 59th St. at Lex.

Score Via Spiga shoes for up to 60% off retail online at TheSavvy.com, from noon Wednesday through midnight Saturday.

Take an unprecented 20% off and get free shipping at the new Shu Uemura website with code NEWSITE through 5/7.

Save up to 40% on wear-now spring looks at eLuxury.com.

Tons of offers at L'Occitane: Get $20 off your next purchase when you spend $100 with code MOM, get a free gift with an $85 purchase with code PEACHY, or a smaller gift with a $60 purchase with code CHERRY.

Take $10 off your purchase when you spend $50 or more with at Old Navy with code 10FORYOU through 5/17. (I'm going to buy more yoga pants!)