Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Neiman Marcus Discounts Hit 80% Off

The sale of all designer sales is here.

Neiman Marcus is now offering discounts up to 80% when you take an extra 20% off designer clothing, shoes and bags. This promotion is available in stores and online.





The shoe sale is the most interesting. Checking out the selection, there are a lot of shoes we've been eyeing that are now reduced to irresistible prices. These Tom Ford buckle shoes are reduced to about $400 from nearly $1780. Prada suede sandals are $190 from almost $800, flat slides are $118 from $500,  and  this one with ankle ribbons is reduced to $213 from $890. Jimmy Choo suede heels are about $400 from $1400.

The clothing selection is quite good too. Over here we found a Cushnie Et Ochs jumpsuit that's reduced all the way down to $340 from $1700, a fitted Roland Mouret dress is $440 from $2200 and a Thierry Mugler one-shoulder dress is $460 from $2300.

This sale runs through Wednesday (and then there will be a 'extra bonus day.') We don't expect prices to get any lower. We suggest you grab what you need now and wear it right away. After all, there is nothing better than wearing a great sale find while it's still in-season.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bottega Veneta Sample Sale Disappoints

The Bottega Veneta doesn't open to the public tomorrow but employees got first look this afternoon and didn't leave very happy. Early shoppers say that the selection is lousy and prices are high, which doesn't bode well for the public that doesn't gain entrance until noon on Tuesday.





This evening, shoppers spotted duffles, bags and jackets but 'none were a great deal.' Most bags were priced between $800 and $1500 and any item of clothing that could be described as 'fashionable was $500 or more.' During past sales, bags were 60% off and shoes were priced at $100 a pair. This is clearly not the case. Saks Fifth Avenue currently has better discounts.

If you're looking for the best deals on Bottega merchandise, we suggest you keep an eye on the Bottega outlet, at Woodbury Common. If you hit the outlet correctly, you can find past season clothing discounted 85% off and bags reduced as much as 65%. Calling the outlet just before a holiday weekend is the best plan.

For now, we suggest you steer clear of this sale. Alternatively, you can hold off until the lines and prices dwindle towards the end of the week.

Bottega Veneta Sample Sale
Tuesday, July 25 through Thursday, July 27
Tues 12pm-7pm, Wed & Thurs 9am-7pm
Metropolitan Pavilion / 123 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Manolo's Biggest Markdown of the Year

Monday is the start of the Manolo Blahnik super semi-annual sale. Usually the sale runs for just four days, but this year it's scheduled to run for more than two weeks or through Thursday, August 3. The extra long sale schedule is a clue that the selection will be much larger than usual. It's the perfect opportunity to stock up on classic and ornate shoes from the spring and summer collection at up to 75% off.






Styles are from the exclusive boutique collection and include some alligator. Prices are always marked by sticker dots, which usually range from $195 for a red dot up to $450 for a green dot. Most shoes and low boots-- even highly ornate styles-- are priced at $250. At the last sale, we only found one pair of shoes marked for $195.

The selection of current season “IT” shoes is much better at this boutique sale than at the sample sale or the department stores. Then there's always the increased enjoyment of shopping in the beautiful and wonderfully civilized atmosphere. Last season we attended the final markdown and there was no line. You can click here to see all the details from last season's final markdown.

The store can get crowded but at least there isn't usually a long line to get in. For those who can't make it to mid-town this July, We pulled a few online sales that offer similar pricing. If you're planning on going to the boutique, we suggest trying to attend towards the beginning of the sale week. There is usually no restocking. Styles and sizes always run low quickly.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
212-582-3007 (Don't expect anyone to answer)
Monday-Friday 10:30am to 6pm

The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock

Bottega Veneta Sample Sale

It's hard to think of a lot of benefits to being in the city during a the hottest weeks of Summer. As an external optimist, we are always on the outlook for a silver lining. We suggest you grab an ice coffee and keep an eye on the annual Bottega Veneta sample sale, which kicks off Tuesday.




The sale starts early with a friends and family preview and then opens to the public at noon. At past sales, woven bags were snatched up quickly. Discounts were about 60% off. Shoes tend to also go very quickly, but that shouldn't be a surprise when prices range from just $100 for flats to $250 for boots.

The clothing selection is always a big draw too. During past sales tops were priced at just $100, dresses were $200 and coats were $300. The problem is always that the early shoppers scoop up all the best items. Security only allows between 20 to 30 people into the sale at a time, which means the wait times can be very long.

When we first started covering the BV sale, it was employees only and the merchandise assortment was epic. Now, shoppers can expect to find long lines and a questionable selection. Heading to this sale is somewhat of a crapshoot. If you do venture out, we suggest you apply extra sunscreen and abort the mission if the lines are too long.

Bottega Veneta Sample Sale
Tuesday, July 25 through Thursday, July 27
Tues 12pm-7pm, Wed & Thurs 9am-7pm
Metropolitan Pavilion / 123 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Goes Public

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public Friday. We like to think of the promotion as a Fall pre-presale. It's a great opportunity to stock up on items that you will need as soon as temperatures start heading south or even some fun items you can enjoy now.

This year's prices and the assortment are stellar. We sorted through the entire inventory from the women's and kid's sale sections. Below are some of our favorites items:




Alice & Olivia lace top $256 going to $385

Trouvé lace-up corset sweatshirt $52 going to $79

S'well water bottle $29 going to $45

DL1961 skinny jeans $99 going to $178

Bell-sleeve poplin top $58 going to $90

Beachwaver Pro Rotating Curling Iron $167 going to $250

Kid's Adidas Superstars $60 going to $80

Girl's bomber jacket $41 going to $69

Sam Edelman faux fur sneakers $29 gong to $49

Chantecaille morning collection $298 with a $427 value

Tom Ford eye and lip set $91

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Zadig & Voltaire Private Clearance Sale

Zadig & Voltaire is hosting it's biggest clearance sale ever. To access this private sale you must use this link. The best part is that there are no lines and everyone can participate because-- it's online!




The sale consists of a large assortment of Summer and previous Winter merchandise that is discounted between up to 70% off. At this time of year we are looking for key pieces to to transition from cool August nights to crisp September mornings. Check out this teal lambskin jacket that's $319 from $898, a black 'Rock' sweatshirt with gold lettering that's $54 from $180 and this cashmere sweater with leather fringe sleeves is $219 from $548. How sexy is a mini leather skirt with a camisole top? We think so too.

The sale will only run for a week and there will be no restocking. We suggest you snag what you can and can start enjoying what you buy right away.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury & Diptyque Sals

Makeup artist extraordinaire, Charlotte Tilbury, is hosting a sale of her fabulous cosmetic line. Prices are discounted about 30% off of retail-- which may not seem like a ton-- but there are lots of great (classic) items from which to choose.



We went for the Smokey Eye Evening look that's reduced to $52 from $75. It includes eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick-- basically everything you need for a night out. Here is the Daytime Chic look, which is the same price and includes our favorite primer "Wonderglow', eyeliner, mascara and a lip/chic stick combo. The sale section also includes a selection of brushes, gorgeous makeup bags and this contouring palate, which is a fan favorite.

The keen eyes over at Practically Haute, found a way to avoid sample sales lines and gave us reason to celebrate Christmas in July. The flash sale site, HauteLook, is hosting a sale of Diptyque holiday candles that are all reduced 50% off. The small size of Oliban is reduced to $17.50 from $35, the full size of Epices et Delices/Delicious Spices is $35 from $70 and the Oud Palao Eau de Parfum & Candle set is $99 from $200.

Just think of the memories you will have of shopping in July when you begin to enjoy these spicy scents. We can call that a bit of July in December.

Monday, July 17, 2017

MatchesFashion Discounts 70%

We've sorted and browsed through so many sales that it's hard to get excited. There is only so much one person needs-- no matter what the discount. We reluctantly cruised over to MatchesFashion and was quite surprised by the variety that's still available.






The discount hit 70% off and some items are even reduced 80% (but not much). Among the sale items, we found Rosie Assouline discounted 80%. Here is a pair of trousers reduced to $280 from $1400. (The brand is only discounted 60% off at Bergdorf Goodman.) There are also some very nice Christopher Kane pieces, like this folded pink-and-black dress that's $371 from $1400. For the beach, we found this adorable Lisa Marie Fernandez ruffle dress that comes to only $217 from $715, a Zimmerman deep-V one-piece is $150 from $375 and a tasseled beach poncho is $186 from $465.

Most of the shoes can be found less expensively at many other stores. One of the few standouts are these adorable Charlotte Olympia fruity slides reduced to $152 from $380. The same can be said for the bags, but we do like this rainbow Loewe piece that's reduced 50%.

As sale season winds down, it's good to keep an eye on some of the European sites. There is a lot more inventory from which to choose and prices must come down at some point.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekend Shopping: NAP, Intermix & The Outnet

After a sweltering hot week, the forecast is showing lots of rain. That's bad news for beach lovers but it also means you can shop without FOMO. This weekend, there are several wonderful sales. We are looking at discounts that are topping 85% off retail, which is major. Below are three of our favorite sales of the weekend.

Happy shopping and we'll keep our fingers crossed that Janice Huff is wrong and the sun will come out tomorrow...



Intermix
I don't think many people realize how amazing this season's collection was at Intermix. There were so many pieces we've been tracking and now is the opportunity to pounce. We especially love the items from designers that aren't overly distributed. Right now, the discounts are topping 75% off. We've been like a hawk-eyeing this Maticevski top that's now just $190 from $1220 and this 'latte' dress looks even better on the body than in the pictures. A Cinq a Sept dress is about $70 from nearly $400. There are several pairs of Frame jeans that come out to $60 or less. This pair is just $35!!! Take note, all sales are final but you can't blame them when the discounts are this low.




TheOutnet
The discount site, TheOutnet is hosting a clearance sale and the discounts are up to 85% off. Here is a Maison Margiela maxi dress/gown for only $350 from over $2300 and leather sandals for $200 from $1045. Steela McCartney sunglasses are $100 from $400 and a  one-shoulder jumpsuit is $326 from $1630. Trolling the site is definitely worth the time.




Net-A-Porter
The Summer sale at Net-a-Porter is about to wrap up and you're not going to do any better then the extra 20% off. If you can't find a particular item, we suggest you flip through the international sites. The UK site has discounts of 70% off. There are also lots of items that aren't (or were  never) available in the US.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Presale

Nordstrom is known for having great sales. There are two in particular that can send a city girl shopping in the burbs: The "Half-Yearly Sale" and the "Anniversary Sale." The Half-Yearly sale is clearance, usually towards the end of the season. (Like, now.) The Anniversary Sale is a presale before the new collection hits the department store floor.






Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale starts today. The sale consists of a catalog of pre-Fall merchandise that is discounted 25% to 40% off. Each department has its own special items that are featured in the pre-Fall sale. You can sift through the catalog right here.

The presale runs from July 12th to July 21st but is limited to customers who have a Nordstrom credit card holders. Afterwards, on July 21, the sale opens to the general public. Prices return to normal once the sale ends in August.

Back-to-school items are especially attractive during this Nordies sale. For example, you know your kids want new Adidas sneakers for the start of school and they are right here for $40 from $54. Big kid Stan Smiths are $80 from $110. (There is really no reason not to get them!) Over here are Converse with ruffles that are a-door-able. We love this rose gold bomber jacket for back-toschool and it's just  $45 from $68. There is also a large amount of swimwear in case you need to do a mid-season refresh. We even spotted Bugaboo Cameleon that's discounted nearly $400.

We are a bit choosier when picking pre-season items for ourselves but a classic Veronica Beard jacket with a removable sweatshirt lining is $500 from $750. We really like this oversized wool and mohair jacket that's  $600 from $900 and there is an really amazing selection of activewear with great discounts. We even found a S'well for $15.

The selection this season is the best we can remember. It seems as if designers are realizing that pre-gaming sale season is better than post-season markdowns. Don't forget to also check out the beauty deals. We are always a sucker for a new shade of lipstick or an updated nail polish

It's a novel idea to have the opportunity to buy new season merchandise at a significant savings. Identifying what you want for Fall can be difficult but surely worth the effort. Sometimes it pays to plan ahead.