Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reed Krakoff Discounts 85% Off

It's quite clear that Reed Krakoff's days are coming to an end. The not so well kept secret is hard to keep silent when the designer's website is selling merchandise for over 80% off.

Right now, Reed Krakoff is offering a 60% discount with the code EXCLUSIVE60. That promotion applies to the newest summer collection and the past winter collection that is already reduced 50% off. The final discount on the already reduced collection comes to an amazing 85% off after using the code!

Check it out: Those silver ankle-strap shoes are $100 from $750, this white leather panel tee is $125 from $950 and this leather skirt is $200 from almost $1700.

Many of the sale items are already sold out but there are still lots of lucky sizes. We would also suggest browsing the Madison Avenue store before it closes and calling the outlet.

Weekend Shopping: Nordstrom, Lilly x Target, Saks F&F

Spring is finally here, which means that it will be the perfect weekend to stretch your legs, take a walk and, of course, shop. There happens to be three upcoming shopping opportunities. Follow along for more details:

Saks Friends and Family
Start your presale engines now. Saks Fifth Avenue's friends and family sale will afford customers 25% off most contemporary designer items. The sale will first go live online Friday and then begins in stores Monday, April 20th. The sale will run for a full week and ends on April 27. Designer merchandise will have their first markdown mid-May.

Nordstrom ended the tradition of half-yearly sales and instead hosts six smaller sales. This weekend marks the next of those mini-promotions. Online we found merchandise discounted up to 60% off. This DVF sleeveless wrap dress is $160 from $400 and this Rachel Zoe one shoulder goddess cut dress is $140 from $275.

Lilly Pulitzer x Target
It's about time you change out your Theory wardrobe of black, white and gray for some Palm Beach happy prep. Lilly Pulitzer's collection for Target drops on Sunday. Be sure to scope a Target that's out of the city, we mean Palm Beach county, to score the most desirable items. Shift dresses are bound to go fast but past experience has taught us that most items make a reoccuring surprise appearance. A 14-day return policy is also poised to help the situation.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Google Express vs Amazon Prime Now vs Instacart

Back in the dark ages of, say 2010, you needed to go to your local Gristedes or D'Agostino and pay top prices for household basics. If you needed a Barbie or toy for a birthday you went to the neighborhood side-street toy store and paid 50% to 100% more than you would from a big box store. But hey, city living isn't easy and you have to pay for convenience.

That was way back when. Now, the game is changing. This year, a variety of personal shopping and same day delivery services have started to change the shopping landscape for many New Yorkers. Technology-based services like, Google Express, Amazon Prime Now and Instacart are offering city dwellers delivery of basic (and not so basic) household items within just a couple of hours.

Unlike Fresh Direct, these services offer a lot more than cereal and milk. Google Express and Instacart employ shoppers that physically shop the aisles of participating stores. Amazon Prime Now makes overnight delivery look like the Dark Ages with their fully stocked warehouses that's stocked with everything from food to Play-Doh to technology and workout gear. The options are truly mind- boggling.

We've been ordering and consuming through all three companies for the past several months. These services all offer same day delivery within Manhattan but their specialties and fees slightly differ. Above is a handy cheat sheet that breaks down the major differences and our opinions. You can click on the image to enlarge the text.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lisa Perry Celebrates With 33% Off

Lisa Perry is barely a toddler among Madison Avenue's institutions. as brand continues to get its walking legs it is celebrating its third year on the Avenue by offering shoppers 33% off everything in the store.

The sale started today and is also accessible online with the code 3YEARS. This season's apparel highlights include these wide-leg pants with a racing stripe, the two-color Wow dress and the rainbow windowpane Jamie top.

Lisa Perry
988 Madison Ave
(212) 431-7467

This Week's Best Sample Sales

This week's sample sale line-up appears  to be bit of a snooze but we found just a few sales that are worthy of further investigation. Below is a carefully curated a selection of our favorite sample sales for the week. Be sure to share your experience in the comment section below.

Through Tuesday, April 14
Mon & Tues 11am to 7pm
Store & Showroom 220 Lafayette Street (btwn Spring & Kenmare)
Expect to find bras and panties exclusively at the Cosabella sample sale. We are told that thongs will be $13, soft bras will be $30 and underwire bras will be $35. Take note, only major credit cards are accepted.

Costume National
Tuesday, April 14th through Thursday, April 16th
11am—7pm daily
151 Wooster St (btwn W Houston & Prince sts)
Hosted by 260 Sample Sale
According to our records, this is the first time Costume National is hosting a standalone sample sale. It is hard to predict pricing but we are sure that it will considerably less than the current prices at Barney's. If you plan on poking your head in, please let us know what you find.

Jill Jill Stuart
Wednesday, April 15th through Friday, April 17th
10am—7pm daily
550 Seventh Ave (btwn 39th & 40th St.), 24th floor
We are huge fans of Jill Stuart's main-line brand and are often puzzled why the designer hasn't opened a store on Madison. Besides being closer than traveling to Soho, this sale is poised to be a lot more affordable. We are told that prices will be up to 80% off retail. The stock is primarily women's sample size dresses but there is a a small selection of open stock.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The IT-it: Lace-Up Sandals

After a long bitter Winter it's about time we let our toesies take a deep breath of fresh air. For Summer 2015, designers are still pushing Birkenstock-like sandals, flat-forms and even Teva-inspired styles but our favorite are lace-up sandals.

These cagy lace-ups tend to make your gams look longer and leaner. Gladiators on the other hand, are only wearable by featherweight goddesses who tower above us mere mortals. Our favorite of all the lace-ups is a version by Isabel Marant. It's the perfect mixture of naughty and nice.

There are lots of other great styles, click through the lookbook above to see more than 15 great lace-up options ranging in price from $200 to over $1200.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shopbop Friends & Family 25% Off

The hugely popular Shopbop friends and family sale has kicked off today. Shoppers can use the code SPRING25 and save an additional 25% off most items on the site. Of course, there are designer exclusions and Shopbop's list isn't too bad but it's growing. You can click here to see the full list of what items to avoid.

The best part of this sale is that you can apply the discount to previously reduced merchandise. For this reason, we always like to start our browsing in the sale section. This Jill Jill Stuart jacquard dress comes to just $100 from $278, this Clover Canyon off the shoulder dress is $120 from $277 and a Dannijo ear cuff is about $80 from $210.

Another option is to always use the savings to get a jump ahead of the trends. Take fringe as an example: Here's a fringe bag, fringe earrings, a fringe skirt, a bikini and sandals. Were you thinking of overalls? Of course you were. Try these in leather if you're daring, classic Levis, shorts or super prim Red Valentino.

Remember, the trendiest of items go fast at this sale. Better to snatch them up now than to wait until the sale ends on Thursday. Get shopping.

Monday, April 6, 2015

J Crew: Extra 50% Off Final Sale Items

Spring is finally starting to show it's bright yellow face. It's time for a transitional wardrobe and metamorphosize your look into something lighter and brighter.

J. Crew's current promotion should help put a bit of spring into your step. Right now, you can save an extra 50% off final sale items or an extra 40% off non-final sale items. Just use the code SHOPNOW at checkout.

Sometimes we find J. Crew can be hard to shop but some items are attractive basics. This Resin coated cotton twill jacket is perfect for April showers, especially for $50 from almost $200. A collection bonded denim coat is $380 from almost $800 and Italian satin belted shorts are $48 from $168.

The deals for kids are even better. Here's one of Crew Cuts signature girls sweatshirt with a satin ruffle hem for $12 from $62 and skirt with hearts is $26 from $55.

It might seem counterintuitive but when confronted with a sale like this we prefer to spend an extra 10% and have the luxury of returns. That is, unless you're sure of what you're buying. Hurry, this sale ends midnight on Tuesday. (Good thing is that you always know there will be another soon.)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ralph Lauren: Save 25% and Support Cancer Research

Ralph Lauren is running a sales promotion where you can save 25% off all your purchases until April 8 with the code GIVE15. In addition, the company is giving 10% of the proceeds to Pink Pony, which supports women's cancer or the Ralph Lauren Center for cancer care and prevention.

Seems like a double great deal, right? Well, there is a snag in the small print: Only select merchandise is eligible for the 25% discount and the discount is not available in stores. The good news is that the discount will afford you additional savings off already discount merchandise. Be sure to check out the RXL collection and customizable polo collections.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Sale Hunt: 90% Off Surprises

While the children play with food coloring and hard boiled eggs, you can spend your time hunting for some great designer deals. The fashion discount site, Amuze, is hosting an Easter sale where their amazing designer merchandise is discounted an extra 25% using the code EASTER25.

The sale includes hundreds of amazing shoes, bags, clothing and accessories for men and women. These Nicholas Kirkood mule sandals come to just $185 from a retail price of $850. This Nancy Gonzalez croc and lizard satchel is now about $850 from $3450 and this Valentino stud leather tote is just about $900 from over $2700. And really, how can you pass up these Saint Lauren cat eye sunnies for around $80 from $275. Seriously?

For men, there is a full selection of Saint Laurent shoes and tons of Gucci clothing. Don't hesitate too long, the best items are already selling out. Use the discount code before it expires on Monday.

Last one to check out is a rotten egg...

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