Sunday, July 5, 2015

Net-A-Porter and TheOutnet Extra Discounts

It's now or never if you want to grab what remains on Net-A-Porter. As an extra bonus, the site is offering an additional 20% off select remaining items.

So what's left? White Fendi track pants come to $200 after the extra 20% from $850, A Dolce & Gabbana blouse is discounted to $320 from over $1000 and a Rick Owens vest is $800 from $2600.

After tomorrow the sale section disappears and the next stop is TheOutnet. Speaking of which, the discount site is now offering an additional 40% off items that are are already heavily reduced. This Iris and Inc drawstring bag is an amazing deal at just $177. The same goes for this light weight cashmere sweater that comes to just $95. Here's a Valentino bag for just $600 from $2500. Here's a pretty Herve Leger dress for just $400 from an original price of $1640.

We love both these sales because there are plenty of inexpensive items that offer a cheap thrill and a variety of more haute merchandise that would otherwise be cost prohibitive. Just remember look at the small print. Sometimes the most discounted merchandise is final sale and it's no deal if you're not going to be able to enjoy your purchase.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Amuze July 4th Spectacular

July 4th is almost here and it's the perfect time to grab some great deals at our favorite online designer discount store, Amuze. The holiday sale boasts discounts up to 80% off of great designer merchandise from Tom Ford, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Prada, Gucci and more. The best part is that you can use the code JULY4 and save an additional 25%.

Check out these Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes that come to nearly $200 from $735, a Valentino pouchette is just $380 from almost $2000 or an Alexander McQueen dress comes to $280 from almost $1200 and a wine color Balenciaga moto jacket is just $725 from over $2700. (Now, that's a deal!) There is even a great selection of clothing for men and children.

We couldn't imagine anyone not loving all these discounts but it's also good to know that Amuze allows returns for either store credit or refund (minus shipping, of course). But shop fast, these deals will disappear as quickly as the fireworks.

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Bergdorf Goodman & Barneys Slash Prices to 75% Off

We are coming into the home stretch of markdown season. In baseball they would call it the bottom of the ninth. (I think.) Both Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman have slashed prices to 75% off, which means all bets are off. It's time to throw down those white gloves and get shopping.

Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Take note that the shoe discount at Barneys ranges from 60% to 75% off. It's rare to see markdowns on footwear that top 75% off. We suggest snagging anything that looks vaguely like something you might wear.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Saks Starts Final Markdown-Consolidation

Saks Fifth Avenue started their final markdown today. The discount, which is being titled a 'Consolidation Sale,' is up to 80% off. The one problem is that all merchandise that's reduced 60% or more is final sale. That means you need to really consider your options before making a purchase.

You can click here to see all the great items we found in the store earlier this week or head online. Some of our favorite items include an Alexander McQueen red flared dress that's now $900 from $3000, Chloe scalloped flats for $200 and Manolo BBs are $280 from almost $700.

If you're holding out for an even better discount you might be disappointed. Since new management took over, the discounts stopped at 70%. Perhaps that means more of a bounty for the Off Fifth stores but we haven't confirmed that.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Moda Operandi 75% Off

Moda Operandi is hosting a summer sale where some of the most stylish designer items from the season are discounted 75%. That means you can shop some of the most fashionable pieces of the season for prices that don't even fall into the splurge category.

A Harvey Faircloth tulip skirt is just $110 from almost $400, Thakoon pleated dress is $266 from almost $1000 a print Saloni romper is $98 from $350 and a Kenzo knit dress is $124. Among the shoes are Brian Atwood snakeskin sandals for $280 from about $1000, Pierre Hardy wedges for $222 and Mother of Pearl lobster embroidered espadrilles for $110.

This is M'O and, of course, there is the more expensive stuff too. Check out this Preen by Thorton Bregazzi print skirt that's $600 from almost $2000, an Ellery silk print dress that's $630 from $1700 and a Delpozo flamingo print top for $600 from $1500.

There are really a lot of great pieces in the sale section. You can scroll through the photos above to see our favorites. Take note, a lot of these items are final sale.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Henri Bendel Hostess Gifts 50% Off

This is among the biggest getaway weekends of the year. If you don't have a retreat of your own it's likely you will be finding refuge with friends and family. The only thing harder than hosting guests is figuring out what to buy a hostess.

Fear no more, Henri Bendel is fully stocked with thoughtful and fashionable gifts for your hostess. The best part is that most everything is 50% off, which means you can buy twice as much. After all, a hostess never complained of a guest that was too indulgent.

Some standout items include this multi-layer charm bracelet that's now $99, stripped canvas tote bags that are $44, a large fold-out cosmetic/jewelry bag is $64. Online shoppers can save an extra 20% by forking over their email addy. The selection in the store seems slightly larger and purchases can be messengered in Manhattan for about $25. Here are some pics to browse what's in the store.

Although we love a little $12 'wet bikini' pouch as much as any girl it is really unfortunate to see this incredible space not being used to its full potential. We loved the days of turning into a nook and falling in love with a design or item that was truly unique and fashion forward.

For now, we will be satisfied with Henri Bendel warming the heart of our hostess but hope that it will continue to transform.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stalking Sales at Saks

Second markdown occurred at Saks Fifth Avenue more than two weeks ago and a third and final markdown isn't far away. If you're wondering what items are still available we have all the answers and lots of pictures too.

Before we dive into what's on sale, we should point out that Saks is running a circus theme beauty incentive. When you spend more than $175 on fragrance or beauty products you receive a red and white clutch filled with lots of premium products. On top of that, many brands are offering brand specific incentives. So this would be a great time to stock up on cosmetics before you head out on holiday.

Targeting handbag markdowns, we headed behind the elevators on the main floor to find lots of Valentino, Lanvin, McQueen, and Stella discounted 50%. You can see pictures of sale bounty right here. Most notable were the Dee Ocleppo (Hilfiger) bags. The fringe on the rattan styles are increasingly growing on us. The idea of not having an easily identifiable bag is also growing more attractive. Another markdown would make it even more attractive.

Heading upstairs to designer clothing, there is a little bit of something for everyone. The discount is a steady 60% off and traffic is dying down as customers wait for the final cut. Some unique standouts are a Sacai trench with lace sleeves (very practical) that's reduced to $1600 from $4000. There are also lots of Christopher Kane's patchwork items including sweaters and jeans. The dress version is still available online here for $252 from over $630. Among the evening wear there is a large assortment of Carolina Herrara. None of the good stuff is online but we have pictures here.

The eighth floor of Saks is more like a canyon of shoes. All of the Chanel shoes are 30% off. (Chanel boutiques are 40%.) Louboutin were reduced to 40% on Friday and there is still a great assortment. Clique for piques. Dior has an entire table of discounted shoes. There are also lots of Aquazurra shoes, which were a hot item this season.

Overall, we wouldn't say there were many surprises at Saks but there is considerably more in the store than what you will find online. As a matter of fact. It's about prime time that Saks gives its website an update. The styling is off, the sorting options are horrible and it's just looking old. Every girl needs a little refresher at some point. Best not to neglect your online presence.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Neiman Marcus Clearance 75% Off

Neiman Marcus started a clearance sale where select reduced items are an additional 40% off. The extra markdown brings the total savings to 75% off original prices. This promotion is only online and ends on Sunday, June 28.

A pretty pink J. Mendel dress with lace detail comes to $735 from $3500, a suede Versace dress is under $400 from $1870 and an effortless aqua Halston Heritage dress is $82 from almost $400. There is a small shoe and handbag selection included in the clearance but it feels more like an expensive DSW than a great sale hunt. Spoiler alert: Lots of Sergio Rossi shoes and Jason Wu handbags.

Outside of the clearance section, normal summer sale merchandise is an extra 25% off. In the handbag area the added promotion brings the discount to 55% off. There are lots of the same bags we've been seeing throughout the sale season from Tom Ford, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen. Actually, this McQueen envelope bag/pouch is adorable for under $200.

Shoes still aren't reduced enough for our liking. For now, we are going to keep our eyes on these Chloe gladiator wedges and these Jimmy Choo studded pumps.

Clothing is the same 60% off as most any other department stores. We are still waiting for these Dolce & Gabbana floral prints to dip under $1000 but this Alice & Olivia graphic maxi shirt dress is just about perfect at $313 from $700. (It's the same print worn by First Lady, Michelle Obama.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Net-A-Porter Discounts Hit 80%

Net-A-Porter has started to aggressively discount its summer merchandise. Most merchandise has been discounted again and a small amount of merchandise is now 80%.

Among the most discounted clothing is a spattering of sweaters, dresses and shorts. This Vineet Bahl dress is reduced to $100 from $500, a Suno stretch dress is $260 from $1300 and an Ephemera one piece bathing suit is $76 from $380. Among the shoes are magnificent Antonio Berardi patent sandals for $350 from $1750 and Red Valentino star sandals are $150 from $750.

The winner of the most ridiculous item on Net-A-Porter is the Dolce & Gabbana boxed doll that's reduced to $575 from $2875. It's only outdone by the Jennifer Behr face mask that's currently discounted $500-ish from the original price of $675. Not every toy can be as popular as a Karl.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ShopBop 25% Off Sale Items

Just in time for the last minute beach season, Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off sale items. The extra discount brings the ultimate markdown to about 85% off. Just use the code 25MORE at checkout.

This is a great time to stock up. Browsing through the 70% off section, which is final sale, we found a Mary Katrantzou shoes that come to about $250 from $1080. (Perhaps it was priced too high to begin with?) We love this dramatic open front full-length skirt that checks out at about $190 from $770. Keeping within the same section of 70% off there is a romper that comes to just $65, a Rodarte dress that's $6000 off the original price and lots and lots of swimsuits.

The sale ends on Thursday at midnight. This is the best deal you can expect, outside of Shopbop's friends and family sale. Last season a similar promotion only offered customers an additional 20% off. If you ask us, seems like a good opportunity to celebrate July 4th.