Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving: Feast On This Designer Sale

Once the Tryptophan sets in, it's time to get comfortable and start shopping. There's so many stores and so little patience. For the beast designer deals head this way to Amuze where you will find the most exclusive fashion designers-- Louboutin, Chanel, Valentino-- and prices up to 90% off retail. The inventory includes items for men, women and children.

Lets take a look at some of the highlights: Right now, the entire Christian Louboutin and Chanel collections are discounted an extra 15%. These Chanel heels come to about $425 from $875. Louboutin Follies Cabo pumps are about $660 from $1395.

Among the bags, which are an additional 30% off, we found this Valentino studded bag is about $1300 from $4745, a Saint Laurent Lutetia Flap clutch is $350 from $995 and this Gucci tote for $700 from $1930. In addition, the site also includes a variety of handbags, shoes, accessories and clothing from Wolford, Alexander McQueen, Tory Burch, Miu Miu and more.

Seems good? We agree. But the deal gets better. For Black Friday, Amuze will continually add new inventory and items will be priced even better. Shipping is even free.

So, gobble ... gobble... gobble and rest assured that this type of of consumption will not add a millimeter to your waiste line.

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Where to Shop on Black Friday

This week, the biggest friends and family event is Thanksgiving. The difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost indistinguishable. There are great deals whether you're looking for the excitement of crowds or prefer to shop solo from your computer. Below are our top picks for Black Friday but rest assured that the deals are almost identical if you are shopping online.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Prices for the shopping extravaganza will be reduced up to 60% off if you can get to the store before noon. (The discount is available online now.) An Alice & Olivia print skirt is $120 from almost $300 and Alexander Wang wedges are $260 from $650. Just a warning, the early Saks crowd can be overwhelming. This is a great time to shop for beauty items. Right now you can get a $25 gift card for every $100 you spend. Just remember to use the code BEAUTY at checkout.

Gap/Banana Republic/Athleta
Stock up on all your basics and hats, gloves and pajamas for the kids. Everything is 50% off in honor of Black Friday. Women's denim jacket is $35 from $90 and girl's pom-pom hat is $10 from $20. Banana is offering 50% off sweaters and an extra 40% off already reduced items. Athleta is offering 20% off through Monday.

It's hard to list out which items are the best deals because there are so many. Here is a laundry list of our favorites: Ultra Light Down jackets for your entire family (women's now $50 from $80). The Carine [Roitfeld) blazer is very nicely constructed and is reduced to $120 from $150 and cashmere sweaters are reduced to $50 from $80. Shipping is free and online shoppers save $15 for every $100 they spend.

Designer discounts are up to 40% off and there is an extra 25% off sale items. Take note that the Nordstrom collaboration pop-up with Opening Ceremony is now live/open. There are no discounts but the collection is stocked with great gift items. Lots are bound to go on sale but it's always nice to start stalking what you want early.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saks Pre-Sale Begins With Crazy Bag Discounts

The Saks Fifth Avenue pre-sale for Black Friday is officially underway. The big news is that a huge assortment of bags are included in the sale. Saint Laurent bags are reduced 30%, Valentino and Gucci bags are discounted 40% and Prada bags are 50% off this season.

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Among the discounted Valentino bags included in the sale is the Rocklock Micro Multicolor Camouflage that's $1257 from almost $2100, a clutch in the same pattern comes to $387 from $645 and the My Rockstud Single-Handle Satchel is $1827 from $3045.

Among the Prada sale bags are the Saffiano Double-Zip in Navy for $1215 from $2430, the Daino tote in cream, blue, grey, red and navy is $800 from $1600 and the City Sport Shopper in red, white or blue is $925 from $1650.

Heading over to the houses of Gucci and Saint Laurent the stock lists are extensive. A black or red Gucci Interlocking shoulder bag is $925 from $1550 in the small version or $1350 from $2100 in the larger size. The Gucci Soho Shoulder Bag is on sale in almost every color variation and is $990 from $1625.

There aren't any Saint Laurent Sac du Jours included in the Saks sale but there are lots of other good options. The Universite Medium Patchwork Reptile-Embossed Leather Crossbody is $1400 from almost $2000 and a Y Chain leather wallet is $945 from $1350.

Take note that the Gucci bags are final sale. Most shoes in the shoe department are discounted 30% but the Valentino sale assortment is 40% off. Designer clothing is on sale for 40% off. Customers can begin taking home their pre-sales Wednesday.

Net-a-Porter Sale Begins Up to 50% Off

Net-a-Porter just set live their first holiday season promotion. Even though this isn't the 'real' markdown there are some really interesting finds.

Head this way to see the bags on sale. This Tony the Tiger Anya Hindmarch is half-off and comes to just $600, an uncharacteristically classic Charlotte Olympia leather tote is $1800 from almost $3000, a Chloe Faye in python for $2660 and a Nancy Gonzalez red croc tote is $1895.

Among the clothing is a large assortment discounted 50%. Here's a Tod's black-and-white sweater for $650, a Marcus Lupfer sweater is $205 and a Peter Pilot coat for $300. This Simone Rocha embroidered dress is really quite striking.

Head this way for your Aquazzara lace-ups for 50% off or Gianvito Rossi shoes shoes in a similar style. Nude Lanvin wedges are over here for $345.

Last season, the real sale went live December 1. We would suggest snatching up anything you see now that's 50% off and then continuing to stalk the items you covet from this season.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gifts for the Woman That's All IT

Here are a few gift ideas even the most jaded woman won't shear at. As always, we suggest you hold on to the receipt. And PS, feel free to forward these ideas if you know someone you know needs some "guidance."
Fendi Baguette Monster Clutch ($1550) Aquazura Pointed Toe Flats ($675) Louboutin Lipstick ($90) Valentino Garden Print Boots ($1496 on sale soon) Dolce & Gabbana Child's Print Skirt ($1695 selling out) Roaches Embellished Shoes $1526 Maiyet Peython Mini-Tote ($1395) Nicopanda Ruffled Skirt ($300) Valentino Coat ($5290)

6 Upcoming Black Friday Sales

It's hard to pay attention to anything but food and shopping when you're heading into a three-day week. This season, there are some very worthy online shopping distractions. We started doing some undercover research compiled a list of upcoming shopping promotions:

When: Friday 11/27- Tuesday 12/1
Discount: 20% Off site-wide and in store
Favorite item: Derek Lam 10C collab

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty
When: Friday 11/27 – Sunday 11/29
Discount: about 30% on gift set of Fallen Angel Luxury Palette & Rock n Kohl Bedroom Black set ($65 from $92)
Favorite item: Wonderglow

Moda Operandi
When: Monday 11/23 - Monday 11/30
Discount: 50% off select styles, plus an additional 30% off with the promo code EXTRA30
Favorite item: Marni skirt with fur items

The Outnet
When: Sunday 11/22 - Monday 11/23
Discount: Additional 20% off sitewide
Favorite item: Valentino mini-dress

When: Wednesday 11/27 - 11/30
Discount Everything in store will be under $50 (excluding a few outwear items)
Favorite item: Ultra light down jacket

Shopbop When: Until November 30 Discount: tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000: GOBIG15
Favorite item: Denim Jacket

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Barneys Pre-sale Begins

Barneys shoppers can begin to pre-sale for the first markdown starting Monday. The discount is 40% across the board-- clothing, shoes and bags for men, women and children. Besides the outstanding selection, 40% discounts make Barneys the best department store to shop for holiday deals.

Among the reduced items are Saint Laurent Sac du Jours in several shades, like red, purple and embossed croc black. Among the Fendi sale bags is the 2Jours in wine. There is also a large assortment of Givenchy bags included in the markdown like the Antigona, the Pandora and a variety of shoppers. In the shoe department, you can count on lots of Manolo Blahnik and Valentino, Gianvito Rossi, Aquazzara and yes, select styles of Christian Louboutin.

The sale goes public on December 1. Barneys' sales associates aren't always forthcoming with pre-sales. If there is an item you want to secure, we suggest that you give your name and number to the respective brand associate and have them call you when the discount becomes available. You can usually expect a call within hours of leaving the store.

Gift Alert: Mansur Gavriel Available Now

In a sea of bags priced over $2,000, Mansur Gavriel has become one of the most talked about brands in fashion. The Italian-crafted minimalistic bags have dominated the market partly because of their moderate prices, which range from about $500 to $700.

Like good wine or great coffee, the bags are produced in small batches. That means that there is always more demand than supply. We wouldn't categorize the MG shopping experience as difficult but we loath the waitlist experience. What's why we are giving you a heads up that Net-A-Porter has a selection of MG bags available now.

The inventory includes an assortment of styles including the popular tote and bucket bag in a variety of colors. Head this way to snag the popular black tote with the red interior ($585). Here's a bucket bag style in Black/Ballerina inside combo ($595) or a Camel/ Rose combination. Other available colors include Sand and Emerald.

If you're in the market, we suggest you snag one of these styles now. It will become increasingly more difficult to track down these MG bags as the holidays draw closer.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gucci Private Sale Live Online

Gucci has stated their online fall/winter presale, or private sale--as they like to say. The markdown is about 50% on clothing and shoes. Bags are reduced about 30%. You can use this link to access the sale merchandise.

The bucket bag with a bamboo handle is now $1500 from $2500 and the larger interlocking Gs pocketbook is $1260 from $2100. (We happen to really like this style.) The sale selection of clothing isn't stelar but this wool a-line is $2000 from $4000 and some strange style of loafer is $290 from $675.

It seems as if Alessandro Michele has been able to kick it up a notch but we don't see people welcoming Gucci back into their homes. What do you think?

Moda Operandi: 50% Off Private Sale

Moda Operandi is hosting a private sale where a large assortment of designer bags, clothing and shoes are discounted 50% off. To access the sale you must use this link and enter the code HALFOFF at checkout. The promotion ends Saturday, November 22.

According to the sort mechanism there are more than 4000 items included in the sale. Some highlights include a JW Anderson sweater that comes to $400, an embellished No. 21 skirt is about $500 and an embroidered Delpozo top is $1300.

Some merchandise are leftovers from prior seasons but there are some great items if you take the time to sort through it all. Take note, the stewed Moda Operandi sale usually starts Black Friday and markdowns are 30% to 50% off.