Thursday, December 17, 2009

And, I'm out...

As the holidays loom (and, um, I still have shopping to finish and Christmas cards to write), I'm heading to Chicago for a bit and taking the next two weeks off from blogging. I'll be back in 2010 with more sales and other awesome things for you to spend money on, but in the meantime, you can follow my comings and goings on Twitter. Happy holidays!

MasstigeWatch! Rodarte for Target

Rodarte's Go International collection for Target is probably one of the most anticipated in months, at least in fashion circles, considering that the Mulleavy sisters who design the line are huge critical darlings. Inspired by Harold & Maude, Bonnie & Clyde, and Rosemary's Baby, the collection definitely retains Rodarte's signature deconstructed-glamour aesthetic while totally appealing to a wider audience--in other words, it's a marriage made in masstige heaven. I love the leopard-print dresses and the lace cardigans, and there are also pretty tulle skirts and lingerie-inspired dresses. The collection is perfect for the holidays, and I think you can expect to see several, if not most, of these looks out on the town on New Year's Eve. These are my favorite looks of the collection (I definitely have my eye on the lace cardigan and leopard-print dress ensemble).





Of course, if photos alone don't get you excited about the collection, here's a cute video narrated by Tavi, a.k.a. Style Rookie.



Rodarte for Target hits stores this Sunday, December 20th! I'm considering having my parents drive me straight to Target from the airport (I'm heading home to Chicago), but I suppose I can wait a day, or at least a few hours. Chicagoans might not know who the Mulleavy sisters are yet--they're not quite on the familiarity level of, say, Anna Sui--but after this awesome collection, I think they will.

TheFind Guest Post: Mistletoe Worthy Winter Uniform

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Snowy days can present a wardrobe challenge if you are not properly prepared. For me a combination of military coat plus waterproof dressage boots and cossack faux fur hat are my standard snowy day uniform. This tailored look works for city streets and a few handpicked snowy mountaintop occasions. It may not work for sub zero temps, but it works for most winter days. A cossack hat covers your ears, keeps your hair in place and you won't need to wear muffs. I own a cossack faux fur hat and I love how it adds a bit of cold weather whimsy and wintertime luxe to my look.

Dressage boots are the real deal, worn by equestrians during their romps in the ring. French bootmaker Aigle's Dressage Rubber boots are sturdy and are made to slosh in the rain and mud. I picked up a pair of Aigle boots from Tal-Y-Tara, a local polo/dressage gear and tea shop here in San Francisco. The Aigle boots pictured here are also available from J.Crew for $195.

A military inspired coat adds a tailored appeal to this wintery 'uniform' and pairs perfectly with the dressage boots for a sleek look. Go long with this Marc by Marc Jacobs Wool-felt military coat ($399 at Net-a-Porter). Or opt for a shorter belted version like this charming Latte by Coffee Shop Double Breasted Military Coat with Belt ($285.60 at Bloomingdales).

Accessorize your winter Doctor Zhivago inspired look with the cossack fur hat and a pair of long lined leather gloves. You'll be glad you dressed up for the snow days ahead, you never know when you'll get caught under the mistletoe!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

The week in shopping

Note: I will be taking a break from Cheryl Shops for the last two weeks of December, so this week I'm including sales for the next few weeks, if available.

Expect long lines and women of all ages at Tory Burch's sample and stock sale; V-neck cardigans are $85, totes are $195, and boots are $195. 12/16–12/18; 11-7 W-Th, 11-6 F; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

For four hours only, score Rachel Comey's hipster-coveted designs for up to 60% off retail. 12/16; 5-9; 335 W. 35th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 7th fl.

Be&D handbags and shoes are 30%-75% off. 12/17-12/18; 9-7; 35 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 10th floor west.

Mackage coats are up to 50% off (many hovering around the $275-$325 range). Cash only. 12/15–12/17; 11-7; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Eryn Brinie, Blue Notch denim, plus Kai-aakmann and Kaylee Tankus are teaming up for a group sample sale. All Blue Notch jeans are $40, and Eryn Brinie prices are 70% off retail. 12/17–12/19; 10-8; Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St. (at Kenmare St.).

A sale I've been waiting for: A.P.C.'s always awesome end-of-season sale, where prices are 30%-50% off. 12/17–1/31; 11-7, noon-6 Su; 131 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Just in time for holiday parties, Betsey Johnson dresses and separates are up to 75% off retail. 12/15–12/17; 10-8; Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W. 44th St. (6th Ave. & Broadway), 6th fl.

Showroom Seven's holiday sale features Orla Kiely, Erickson Beamon, Issa London, Tony Cohen, and other hip designers at wholesale prices and below. Through 12/18; 10-7; 263 11th Ave. (27th & 28th Sts.).

One of my favorites, Ben-Amun jewelry, is at wholesale prices and below. 12/15–12/17; noon-7; 246 W. 38th St. (7th & 7th Aves.), ste. 12.

Rebecca & Drew's sample sale promises work-friendly shirts, coats, pants, dresses, and skirts for $100 or less; I highly recommend their shirts, which are sized by bra size. 12/15–12/17; 8-7; 342 W. 13th St. (8th Ave. & Hudson St.).

Find clothes, accessories, home items, candles, fragrances, and more, all with a rich-hippie vibe and up to 80% off, at the Calypso sample sale. 12/15–12/18; 10-7 T-Th, 10-2 F; 260 5th Ave. 928th & 29th Sts.). If you don't make the sample sale, you can take 25% off orders of $200 or more on the Calypso website through 12/18.

Jeffrey Monteiro is having a one-day-only sample sale, where prices are up to 70% off (dresses are $150, jackets $175). 12/21; 11-7; 200 Centre St. (at Howard St.) # 2.

Catherine Malandrino's colorful clothes are up to 80% off retail. Through 12/16; 8-8; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Lee Angel's pretty jewelry is up to 75% off; look for $5 bins too. 12/16–12/18; 11-8 W, 11-7 Th, 10-5 F; 524 Broadway (at Spring St.), 6th fl.

Dress like Sienna Miller at the Twenty8Twelve sample sale, where tops are $40, jeans are $60, dresses are $100, and jackets are $120. Cash only. 12/16–12/19; 10-6; 580 Broadway (at Prince St.), ste. 1200.

Three Dots, Minnie Mortimer, Sophia Eugene, Nellie Partow, and Yosi Samra are teaming up for a group sample sale; shoes start at $30 and dresses start at $50. Cash only. 12/16–12/19; 10-8 Th-F, 11-5 S; 200 Park Ave. South (at 17th St.), ste. 1608.

If you have a deep-pocketed benefactor, send him or her to the Slane & Slane sample sale, where precious and semiprecious jewelry is 50%-70% off retail. 12/16–12/17; 2-8; 48 W. 25th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 11th fl.

Find cashmere dresses, accessories, blankets, and slippers (hello last-minute gifts!) at the Qi sample sale. 12/16–12/18; 11-6; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 200.

Swimwear and cover-ups from such coveted brands as Zimmerman (suits are $75) and Red Carter ($40 bikinis) are at least 50% off at the Salon9 sample sale. 12/17–12/18; noon-7; 241 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 802.

Nanette Lepore is having another sample sale; dresses are $140, skirts are $100, and jackets are $190. 12/17–12/18; 9-7; 225 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

Statement jewelry is on sale at Made Her Think. 12/18–12/19; noon-7 F, noon-8 S; 195 Chrystie St. (at Stanton St.), ste. 301-7.

Go fancy when it comes to last-minute gifts with crystal, porcelain, jewelry, vases, and other gifty items from Lalique, Daum, and Haviland. Thankfully, prices are up to 80% off retail. Credit cards only; leave strollers and children under 12 at home. 12/19-12/22; 9-6:30, 9-5 T; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

If you're not a fan of fur, stay away from Adrienne Landau, where you can score last-minute deals on fur vests, scarves, jackets, hats, and other accessories. Also, evening gowns from Pamela Rolland, Melinda Eng, and more, and exotic skin handbags from Victor Hugo. 12/21–12/23; 10-6; 519 8th Ave. (at 36th St.), 21st fl.

Armand Diradourian has cashmere sweaters, scarves, home items, and other great gift ideas for wholesale and below prices. Men's scarves are $80; blankets are $200. Cash only. Through 12/21; noon-6 (closed Sun.); 19 W. 21st St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

A bridal gown sale the week before Christmas? Why not? Find Angel Sanchez, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, and other coveted designers for up to 75% off at Bergdorf Goodman. Through 12/19; 10-8, 10-7 S; 754 5th Ave. (at 57th St.).

IT USA has Just Cavalli, Galliano, GF Ferre, Malo and C'N'C Costume National for at least 70% off. Through 12/20; 11-7, 11-6 Su; 17 Battery Place South (West Side Highway & Washington St.), 5th fl.

Do some last-minute shopping at Eryn Brinie and get 20% off, plus enjoy Svedka vodka and a performance by Erin McCarley. 12/17; 7-9; 501 Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.).

Balmaniacs, wake up at the crack of dawn on 12/15 (tomorrow!) for theOutnet's Balmain pop-up sale, where prices are up to 85% off retail. Granted, most are still in the mid-to-high four figures, but jeans are only $238!

Use code GIFTFORYOU for 20% off orders of $250 or more at Pink Mascara.

Use code Holiday09 for 60% off everything at Lewis Cho's website 12/15-12/16.

Tuesday is the last day for Friends & Family at Lord & Taylor--take 25% off with code FRIENDS through 12/15.

Ultracool designers like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, and Kimberly Ovitz are now 30%-80% off at Forward by Revolve.

Get a free Ultimate Starter Kit and free shipping on orders over $25 at blissworld.com with promo code 129930 now through 12/31.

Shop new sale arrivals at Free People.

Rogan and Loomstate are now up to 50% off.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The better-late-than-never Cheryl Shops Holiday Gift Guide

I had totally grandiose plans for a multi-part gift guide, but, well, that didn't quite happen. So this gift guide, while not thorough, will at least hopefully give you ideas for everyone on your list. In other words, this is not one of those "gift guides" that's really just directed toward you and thus causes you to spend the first two post-Thanksgiving weeks shopping for yourself. Um, not that anything like that happened to me. But if you, like me, suddenly realized that Christmas is two weeks away and you haven't bought any gifts for anyone and you started to panic, well, then this one is for you. (But not really for you--stop shopping for yourself! Wait till the after-Christmas sales!)

For Mom, who has everything
My mom is always the hardest person on my list to shop for, a situation not made easier by the fact that she rarely gives me any gift suggestions. But I think I can beat her at her own game with the DKNY cozy, an ingenious cardigan that can be worn so many ways, it has its own iPhone app to show you how.


For Dad, who loves gadgets
He has a phone, an iPod, a GPS...and sometimes he forgets to charge them. This handy power pack and case features a device that charges nearly everything, perfect for the frequent traveler (or just the technologically challenged).


For the tween girl Twi-hard
Because she likely already has the Edward sheet set, get her these journals, which come in a nice tin box. They're mostly blank, but contain quotes from both the Twilight books and the works of literature that inspired them, so perhaps your tween will feel inspired to write her own epic romance, hopefully one in which the heroine is not passive and caught in an obsessive relationship with an emotionally manipulative 107-year-old. (That said, Team Edward!)


For the tween boy, a future hipster
Toddland makes quirky, colorful vinyl wallets with a definite ironic bent; this "I just want to ride bikes with you" model will give your tween a cool place to stash his allowance.


For the college girl, who is all about conformity
It's ok--when I was in college, I wore a uniform of North Face jackets and black stretchy pants, just like everyone else. For college girls nowadays, it's all about Pink, from Victoria's Secret. While I can't, in good conscience, endorse anything with "Pink" across the butt, I think these convertible gloves are really cute (and practical too, if your recipient is a stealth smoker, like many college girls are).


For the college guy, who's the life of the party
When he throws his umpteenth house party, your college guy can stay (somewhat) out of trouble by playing DJ for the night with this really cool mixer, which holds two iPods (or other MP3 players).


For your sister, who works too hard
Rebecca Minkoff is best known for her chic Morning After bags, but, little known fact: She also makes cute laptop bags, such as the Virginia, so your sister can at least look chic while traipsing to and from the office.


For your brother, who's working on being responsible
He has a cell phone with a clock, yes, but a watch will make him look a little more adult. And if he's traveling all over the country for his new consulting job, the dual-face design lets him keep time in multiple zones.


For your aunt, who's waspy but eco-friendly
Lily Pulitzer's coral necklace is chic enough for the ladies at the country club, but proceeds support SeaWeb's Too Precious To Wear campaign (which discourages designers from using actual coral), so it's the best of both worlds.


For your uncle, who has a wacky side
I have a family member who, every year, hands down, asks for underwear or socks. And while he prefers the basic white variety, I think he'd really like these Paul Smith striped socks, which are just fun enough.


For your cousin, whom you see once a year at Christmas
When you have to get a present for someone that you don't know terribly well, I feel like you can't go wrong with a candle, especially one from Laduree's new line. It's the next best thing to hopping a plane to Paris and marching yourself straight to Rue Bonaparte for some macaroons.


For little kids, who like to get silly
Their parents are going to kill you (hyper singing, dancing children are always so much fun), but to the lucky recipient of the Yo Gabba Gabba DJ Lance Dance Hat, you are going to be the coolest aunt/uncle ever. Hey, if it's good enough for the Brangelina clan, it's good enough for yours.


For your grandma, who's still elegant
Scarves are making a resurgence for younger folk, but for women of a certain age, they've never gone anywhere. I think Grandma would love to update her look with a lovely new scarf, such as this one from Judy Ross.


For your grandpa, the original Don Draper
Your grandpa was wearing a fedora before it was ironic to do so, and if he's anything like mine, he's probably still wearing a hat that he bought in 1964. So treat him to a new style, like this one from Bailey Barr.


For the grab bag at work
If I had to make one blanket statement about my coworkers, it's that they like to eat. Seriously, whenever anyone brings in food to share, it's gone in about 3 minutes. So encourage your coworkers to create something new to share with this so-gross-you-know-it's-awesome bacon chocolate chip pancake mix from Vosges. Yes, I said bacon chocolate chip.


For your boyfriend, who claims he's not metrosexual
MW likes to blame me for exposing him to the finer things in life, but I think his GQ-reading self always had an underlying appreciation for the good stuff. I might have introduced him to Steven Alan shirts, but I have a feeling he would've eventually discovered them on his own. Needless to say, I do not know one man who does not love these shirts. They are pricey, yes, but they wear incredibly well and they have that effortlessly cool look that guys are always after.


For your girlfriend, when you are a guy
This entry is for my limited number of male readers. Now, you may think that women want jewelry, or perfume, or lingerie, but I can tell you, what women really want are handbags. Specifically cute, somewhat petite ones that we'd never buy for ourselves because they're not really practical. I fell in love with this studded baby ball bag from Olivia Harris, which is Joy Gryson's lower-priced line; I have a feeling your lady will too.


For your best friend, whom you never see enough
Part of the appeal of Sex and the City, for me at least, is that Carrie and her girlfriends are always together for cocktails, brunch, shopping...and when it comes to my friends, sometimes it takes a month of coordinating schedules in order for us to meet for dinner. The real luxury is being able to spend quality time with your friends, so I suggest getting your bestie a gift certificate to Swarovski Crystallized, and then you two can spend an afternoon making sparkly jewelry (ask for Courtney to help you--she's the best), then perhaps retiring to the cafe in the back for a cappuccino. When you're done, you'll have some brand-new bling and, more importantly, the satisfaction of having spent girl time together. And isn't that really what the holidays are all about?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

New shopping news! Pop-up edition

There's a fresh crop of pop-up stores, well, popping up all over Manhattan just in time for the holiday shopping home stretch. Here are the latest arrivals.

Just in time for the party season, Alisha Trimble's flirty frocks and handmade jewelry are on sale at Arrojo Studio on Saturday 12/12 from 10-5, 56 King Street (6th Ave. & Varick St.).

For the athlete on your list, you can find everything from $9.99 socks to $39.99 waffle tees up to super-high-tech jackets for $549.99 at the Under Armour pop-up shop. It's open now through 1/24 from 10-8 (11-7 Sun.) at 3 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Find luxe, menswear-inspired gifts like silk and cashmere scarves, cashmere throw blankets, and stuffed animals at the Bryce & Co. pop-up shop. Hours are 11-8 M-Th and 11-9 F-Su at 92 Perry Street (at Bleecker St.).

Mackage makes some of the most flattering, chic, and yet still warm and comfortable coats around. They've moved on from the Meatpacking District and have opened a new pop-up shop in Soho. The new location is open through the end of December from 11-8 (noon-7 Sun.) at 148 Spring St. (W. Broadway & Wooster St.).

Finally, Twinkle by Wenlan is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a pop-up shop this weekend at Cadillac's Castle in the East Village. Expect to find fall clothing and bedding items, plus reissued classic pieces and limited-edition items created just for the pop-up store. 12/10-12/12; noon-6 Thurs., noon-8 Fri. & Sat.; 333 E. 9th St. (1st & 2nd Aves.).

Monday, December 07, 2009

The week in shopping

All styles are now an extra 30% off at the Theory sample sale; tees are now $25, dresses are $77, pants are $70, and outerwear tops out at $140. Not bad! Through 12/9; 11-7; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Past- and current-season Proenza Schouler ranges from $100-$1,450 at this sample sale (note: usually lots of smaller sizes). 12/10–12/11; 8:30-6:30; 495 Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.).

Samples and stock are up to 75% off at Diane von Furstenberg's always bountiful sample sale, and new merch arrives daily. 12/8–12/11; 9-6:30 Tues., 10-8 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 9-3 Fri.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Some of my favorite sweaters are $150 and under at the Lutz & Patmos sale; cashmere scarves are $50. 12/10–12/11; 11-7; 425 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.).

Ohhh yes: men's & women's clothing and accessories are mega-discounted at the Rag & Bone sale: tees are $40 and under, jeans are $80 and under, dresses are $170 and under, blazers are $190 and under, and leather jackets are $450 and under. 12/10–12/13; noon-8 Thurs.-Sat., noon-6 Sun.; 100 Christopher St. (Bleecker & Bedford Sts.).

Ports 1961
, which I always drool over during Fashion Week, is having a ridiculously affordable sample sale, with prices starting at 85% off retail: Coats are $75, jackets are $40, tops are $20, and shoes are $75. 12/11; 11-7; 601 W. 26th St. (11th & 12th Aves.), ste. 875.

Hayden-Harnett bags are 40-80% off, plus find other cool accessories from The Collective Showroom at this sure-to-be-awesome sample sale. 12/8-12/10; 11-7; 16 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 501.

James Jeans of all shapes are $80, and samples are $15-$50. 12/8-12/11; 9:30-7:30 Tues.-Thurs., 9:30-2 Fri.; 500 Greenwich St. (Spring & Canal Sts.), ste. 202.

Alice + Olivia has party dresses for $179, pants for $99, and tops for $89 (up to 75% off retail). 12/8–12/11; 8-8; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Moody-chic minimalist pieces are up to 60% off at Helmut Lang; jeans are $95 and tees are $65. 12/9–12/13; 11-8; 819 Washington St. (at Gansevoort St.).

Everything is $50 or less at the Rachel Leigh sale, featuring colorful costume jewelry for 50%-80% off. Through 12/9; 9:30-6; 252 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves).

Tops are $20 and coats are $50 at the Julie Haus sale. 12/9-12/11; 10-8; 39 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Score all manner of giftable knits and sweaters at the Autumn Cashmere sale; prices are up to 75% off. Through 12/11; 9-6; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 924.

Carolina Herrera and Rena Lange are up to 85% off retail. Credit cards only. 12/12-12/16; 9-6:30, 9-5 Wed.; 317 W. 33rd. St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Erica Weiner and TG-170 are joining forces for a holiday sale. Prices start at just $10 for vintage jewelry, and there will be free wine while it lasts. 12/8; 6-9 p.m.; 170 Ludlow St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).

Hats and accessories for men and women are 60%-80% off at Eugenia Kim. 12/8–12/12; 10-7, noon-6 Sat.; 347 W. 36th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Olive & Bette's always-awesome one-day sale has Splendid, Velvet, Theory, and other contemporary designers for up to 75% off. 12/10; 8-7; 384 Bleecker St. (Perry & Charles Sts.).

Fall, winter, and holiday clothes are up to 80% off at Mara Hoffman. 12/10-12/12; 10-7, 11-6 Sat.; 120 W. 28th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), #4B.

Handbags and accessories are up to 70% off at Lauren Merkin; the Ava is $125, the Tatum is $130, and the Stella is $295. 12/8–12/12; 11-7, 11-4 Sat.; 231 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 201.

Pretty silky things are $25-$300 at Miguelina; accessories are $10-$50. 12/9–12/11; 8-8; 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Prices are up to 75% off at the Vera Wang sample sale. 12/13-12/17; 10-6; 225 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 9th fl.

Furla's Italian leather bags are up to 80% off retail. 12/9-12/11; 8-8 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-7 Fri.; 307 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Prairie New York
's sample sale has been extended; dresses are $60, tops are $40, and skirts are $40 (up to 75% off retail). Cash only. Through 12/11; 11-7; 306 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Gifty accessories like scarves, gloves, and handbags from Echo Design are on sale. 12/9–12/12; noon-8 Wed., 7:30-8 Thurs. & Fri., 9-4 Sat.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

The Sak, Elliott Lucca, and sakroots bags are just $5-$60. 12/10; 9-7; 339 5th Ave. (at 33rd St.), 2nd fl.

4 Stroke jeans are $25 and up. 12/8-12/10; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Affordable handbags from Bill Blass, Hype, Rampage, and London Fog are even more so, with prices $25-$80. 12/8-12/9; 8:30-7 Tues., 8:30-6:30 Wed.; 320 5th Ave. (32nd & 33rd Sts.), 9th fl.

Handbags of all shapes, sizes, and colors are on sale at Maxx New York's annual holiday sample sale. Through 12/19; 10-6 Mon.-Thurs., 10-5 Fri., 10-5 Sat., closed Sun; 385 5th Ave. (at 36th St.), 10th fl.

Hit Rogan on Tuesday night for a special Ladies' Shopping night, featuring "one night stand prices," makeovers, drinks, gift bags, and more. RSVP to rsvp@rogannyc.com to attend. 12/8; 5-9; 330 Bowery (at Bond St.).

Hit Henri Bendel for a VIP shopping night with Swarovski Crystallized. Make a purchase and get a free gift bag; take 25% off purchases over $150 and get a Henri Bendel candle when you spend $250. 12/9; 5-9; 712 5th Ave. (at 56th St.).

Send your man shopping at Lord & Taylor and Details Magazine's Guys' Night Out. Most purchases are 25% off throughout the men's store, and there are various other promotions, plus beer from local breweries and blackjack tables. 12/10; 6-9; 5th Ave. at 39th St.

Get 20% off stocking stuffers at Blissworld.com with promo code 129901 through 12/9.

Take 20% off orders over $75 with code ONBLAST at Karmaloop.com through 12/31.

Take 15% off any order at Alloy.com with code DISC15A through 12/17.

It's time for another gift card event at Saks.com; use code DECEMBER9 and receive a gift card of up to $2,000 12/8-12/10.

Take an extra 25% off sale merch at Intermix with code SALE25.

Use code BRHOL20 for 20% off a $100 purchase at Banana Republic through 12/13.

The fall-winter sale has begun at Elizabeth Charles; prices on cool designers like Rachel Comey and Elise Overland are 30%-50% off.

At New York & Company, take $90 off a $200 order (code 4708), $60 off a $150 order (code 4707), or $25 off a $75 order (code 4706) 12/8-12/13.

Take 15% off orders of $400 or more with code SAVE, and an additional 15% off an $1150 purchase with code SAVEMORE, both at Searle.

Get a holiday gift with any $100 purchase at L'Occitane when you enter code CELEBRATE.

Use code 50OFF200 for $50 off every $200 you spend at Tobi.com through 12/9.

TheFind Giveaway - Vivre Suede Jacqueline Tote

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Grey is on trend for this winter's most stylish palette. That is why TheFind is excited to giveaway this classic and luxe Jacqueline Suede Tote from our friends at Vivre.com. The Jacqueline Tote is the ideal classic handbag for your everyday essentials and would make an amazing holiday gift for yourself or a friend. This classic gray suede tote is both functional and fabulous is named after Vivre.com founder Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti's mother. The Jacqueline tote is made of a refined suede and features brushed gold hardware, double straps, a magnetic button closure and a detachable zip pochette. It measures 17 1/2" x 6" and is available in gray.

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The contest begins Tuesday November 30th 12:01am and ends Wednesday Dec 21st, 2009 11:59 p.m. PST.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Object of Desire: Mulberry for Apple laptop bags

My laptop bag is so hideously ugly, it tends to inspire either gasps of horror or fits of giggles. It's purple faux croc--yes, it's as bad as it sounds--and most people are incredulous that I can carry something so unsightly. My response is usually that, really, there are no attractive laptop bags out there. And, also, I figure potential thieves will be so put off by my cheap-looking bag, they won't even imagine there's a $2,000 laptop inside. That said, my laptop bag is damn ugly. And after seeing the beauties that Mulberry has designed for Apple laptops, I'm thinking it might be time for an upgrade. The real showstopper is the Bayswater bag, which, at $1,200, costs more than the basic Macbook that goes inside it. The more masculine Brynmore holds a 15-inch Macbook Pro; a series of chic but not entirely practical Daria and Bayswater sleeves are $550; my favorite, however, is the elegantly understated Seth, for $895. Of course, if I carry my computer in this bag, it might make it a magnet for theft. But considering how classic and chic it is, that's a risk I'm willing to take.

New shopping news!

I am always getting emails about pop-up shops and new websites, and I tend not to write about them because I never know where to put them. But sometimes the news is too exciting not to pass along, so I'm starting a new feature, called New Shopping News! (yes, the redundancy is intended), wherein I will mention anything new and noteworthy in the realm of shopping, whether it's a new store, a new line, a new website...you get the picture.

So that Upper East Side girls don't have to trek down to 40th Street to score their sparkly party frocks, Alice + Olivia has opened a pop-up shop in the Scoop at 1275 3rd Avenue (at 73rd St.). Hours are 11-8 weekdays, 11-7 Sat., and noon-6 Sun., now through 1/1. But even more exciting is the fact that Alice + Olivia has launched an online shop, so not only do you not have to leave your own neighborhood--you don't even have to leave your apartment.

Also joining in on the e-commerce fun is Vince Camuto, who makes trendy but unique shoes at very wallet-friendly prices. All orders ship for free through 12/6, and starting next week, you'll be entered to win up to $1,000 in shoes when you sign up for emails. I have my eye on the Desmond wedges, pictured here.

Finally, the quintessentially Parisian line Paul and Joe has delved into its archives to create a special line for one of my new favorite websites, The Outnet. Sort of a Paul and Joe's greatest hits, the collection includes slim plaid shirts, sleek tuxedo jackets, and some great-looking military coats. The best part? This being the Outnet, the prices are way below what Paul and Joe normally retails for--from $125 for plaid blouses to $300 for coats. Do I really need a new coat? No. Am I tempted to buy this slightly metallic Peter Pan-collar princess style? Yes.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

MasstigeWatch!

Lots of exciting news today in the world of masstige! First and foremost, Zac Posen is doing a Go International line for Target [subscription required]. The collection hits stores April 25th and will be available through the end of May (I'll have more details in a few months). This comes on the tail of the announcement that Posen will launch an exclusive line for Saks, called Z Spoke [subscription required], also in the spring. While I was at first concerned that Posen was courting the edgy contemporary customer (in the WWD article, he notes an "urban hipster quality" and the desire to reach new women), Z Spoke will live on the 4th floor at Saks (home to Tory Burch, Tahari, M Missoni, and the like), and the accompanying photos give me hope that Posen won't forsake his retro-feminine vibe in order to chase the cool girls.

In other Target news, Rodarte officially hits stores December 21st, but Racked reports that select items will be available at the Target To-Go pop-up shop, which will be open December 11-13th, from 10-8, at Washington & Gansevoort Streets, right next to the High Line entrance. The To-Go shop will feature 50 pre-wrapped gifts, making your holiday shopping simple--and saving you a trip to the dreaded Atlantic Terminal Target.

We might have Victoria's Secret, but France has Sonia Rykiel, and so perhaps to compete with the former, the latter staged a lingerie fashion show today to promote her collaboration with H&M, which hits stores Saturday. As of now, you can watch the video here; in a few hours, full collection photos should be posted. While the models don't seem to be having nearly as good of a time as the Victoria's Secret Angels, this lingerie is actually wearable. The 70-piece collection hits 1,500 H&M stores worldwide on 12/5, and retails for $12-$114.50.

Anthropologie continues to impress me with their thoughtfully under-the-radar masstige collaborations; their latest is Lawan, a secondary line from knitwear designer Koi Suwannagate [subscription required]. The four-piece capsule collection retails for $228-$298 and includes two cardigans (one of which is pictured), a gown, and a sleeveless top, and three of the pieces are available now at Anthropologie.com. The collection is small, yes, but it looks very Koi, and yet very Antropologie at the same time (in other words, it's a perfect fit).

Finally, this isn't exactly Masstige per se, but it's certainly mass, and, so, well, I'm including it here: MNG by Mango is partnering with JCPenney. 75 stores will carry the brand as of fall 2010 (expanding to 600 stores by the following year), and JCPenney is planning on making Mango the centerpiece of its contemporary fashion department, which also includes Charlotte Ronson's I Heart Ronson and the Olsens' Olsenboye line (and, soon, Liz Claiborne, of which JCPenney will soon be the exclusive retailer). While Mango is a somewhat unexpected choice, I think it's a welcome one--Mango gets to expand rapidly across the U.S., and JCPenney greatly ups its fashion game. I have always been a big fan of Mango, and I hope it catches on in the rest of the country. Well played, JCP!