Sunday, December 23, 2007

New York Divas: UNIQLO Sample Sale

I recently discovered Japanese retailer, UNIQLO, during one of my recent trips to New York. UNIQLO reminds me of a Japanese version of H&M with slightly to not-so-slightly higher prices. It's a very cute concept, though, and the store itself had a lot of the latest trends and was very bright and colorful.

Starting the day after Christmas they will be having a sample sale with some amazing prices. Check it out!

546 Broadway (between Prince and Spring)
New York, NY 10025
12.26.07 - 12.31.07
starting at 9am (they'll go until the merchandise runs out!)

Here is a snapshot of some of the items & prices:
Knit tops- $5.00

Sweaters- $10.00

Woven Tops- $10.00

Bottoms- $10.00

Cashmere- $15.00

Jackets- $20.00

Thanks, Budget Fashionista!

Friday, December 21, 2007

New Year's Eve Dresses Under $100

Now that your Christmas shopping is over (wishful thinking, I know), and with New Year's Eve just days away, now is the time to buy the perfect NYE dress without breaking the bank! Check out these amazing finds all under $100!
Steve Madden Puff Sleeve Charmeuse Dress - $52.90 (was $178)
This puff sleeve Steve Madden dress is great, especially since it will hide the bulge left over from holiday eating! Even better - it also comes in petite sizes!

Phoebe Couture Belted Zip Front Dress - $79.90 (was $258!)
What a great deal! This Phoebe Couture dress is elegant and stylish at the same time. Though it looks black, it is actually navy blue.

Laundry by Design Foil Jersey Sheath Dress - $66.90 (was $225)

Add a little shimmer with this gold Laundry by Design sheath dress.

London Times Chiffon Halter Dress - $80
This London Times chiffon halter dress is a great look for a dressy new year's cocktail party. And, at only 80 bucks, you will look like a million bucks without spending it!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Inhabit Online Sample Sale

Inhabit is having an online sale where items are up to 70% off! They're known for their cashmere and cotton sweaters. Included in the sale is this cashmere hoodie (one of their best sellers) for $40. I also like this guava colored cashmere draped cardigan for $50. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New York Divas: More Sample Sales

NYC Divas: Here are some more sample sales courtesy of Charlie Suisman's Manhattan User's Guide (MUG):

Holiday sample sale (up to 70% off) shoes, bags, and accessories by Rafe, 85 5th [16th] 12th Flr., today thru Friday, 10-7. No checks.

Major discounts on Echo/Monsac scarves, gloves, and handbags at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th [6th/7th]: 12/9, noon-5; 12/10, noon-7; 12/11, 8-7; 12/12 and 12/13, 9-8, 12/14, 9-2. V, MC, cash, no Amex.

Eyewear by Alain Mikli, 264 W. 40th [7th/8th] is on sale today and tomorrow, 9-5:45, and Friday, 9-5. Frames that were hundreds of dollars are now $50-$100.

Up to 80% off retail for James Coviello clothing, 12/11-12/13, 11-8. 213 W. 35th #903 [7th/8th].

Menswear by Joseph Abboud is on sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 W. 19th [6th/7th] 12/9, 1-8; 12/10 and 12/11, 8-8; 12/12 8-7. Sportwear, suits, shirts, and more. Update: this sale is also a charity event benefiting our troops! They are also extending another 25% to all active military personnel.

On now, thru tomorrow, the Hayden-Harnett sample sale—apparel, outerwear, handbags, and accessories up to 80% off retail, 16 W. 36th #501 [5th/Bway], 11-7pm.Knitwear from Spring & Clifton, 195 Chrystie #601-F [Stanton/Riv] 212.228.3634 on sale. Cashmere cardigans were $220, now $90. 12/7 and 12/8, 11-7; 12/9, noon-6.

Up to 70% off clothing by Derek Lam, 601 W. 26th [11th/12th] 212.929.1338, tomorrow and Friday, 10-6.

Up to 80% off Tracy Matthews jewelry for men and women, 12/6, noon-9; 12/7, 9-7, 12/8, 10-4. 264 Canal [Bway/Laf] #6E.

Laura Dahl and Wifebeader are up to 80% off retail prices—hand-beaded tees, silk jersey dresses, Italian wool coats, and more. Today thru 12/7, 11-7; 12/8 and 12/9, noon-6. 425 W. 13th [Wash] 4th Flr.

Great porcelain from Klein Reid is on sale 12/8 and 12/15, noon-5pm. 51-02 21st [Borden] 718.937.3828 LIC. Cash only

Thanks, Keesh!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

New York Divas: Matt Bernson Sample Sale

Shoe designer Matt Bernson is having a sample sale which will include sandals, flats, and wedges. Here are the details:

Dec 5,6,7
12pm to 8pm
434 Greenwich St. (in Tribeca – cross street is Vestry St .)
The best part: everything will be under $50!!!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Weekend Diva Dozen

Here are a dozen nuggets of knowledge for my fellow Divas on a Dollar:

  1. Dallas Shopping Buzz talks about Project Runway's Victorya's design at your nearest Steve & Barry's

  2. Stiletto Jungle tells us how to get 40% off Tory Burch flats

  3. Lucky Mag has an under-$50 gift guide
  4. Chic by Nature talks about Hip and Zen's clearance sale
  5. Beauty Secret's Revealed kicks off their 12 Days of Christmas Contest
  6. Fashion Week Daily talks about how you can get greeting cards by Heidi Klum and others at Fakkai's Melrose store
  7. The Cheap Chica finds sweater dresses under $40
  8. Fab Sugar has a Fab Gift Guide which lists all the people you need to buy gifts for to print out and take shopping with you
  9. The Frugal Fashionista helps you find Queen Latifah's leopard look for less
  10. The Bargain Queen finds an Audrey Hepburn-esque dress for under $100
  11. NYC: Lavish Magazine gives details on Detail's block party in NYC today, 12/1 from noon - 5pm
  12. Dallas: Today is filled with a bunch of bargains!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Macy's Friends and Family

Check out Macy's Friends and Family until December 3rd. Print off the coupon or use MACYSFF code at check out on to get your savings! ~ Thanks, Pet!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Shopping season is about to begin!

This Friday, November 23 is Black Friday 2007, the beginning of this year's holiday shopping season! In honor of my favorite time of year, here are links to a bunch of deals for you. Happy Shopping!

Alison Daniel
Black Friday sale online:

Banana Republic <>

Friends & Family on line code- 30% off Dec 1-3QLOV5931S3G5

Bath & Body Works


The Gap Friends & Family
30% off, code: D1L36GG596NL
Online code good from Nov 30-Dec 3

H&M Friends and Family

Old Navy Friends & Family
20% off, codeF8JXXP9RGCNJ
online code good from Nov 27-Dec 3


Restoration Hardware Friends and Family
20% off all non-sale items.Use Code: H07FAF02

Sharper Image

Stila Cosmetics

Did I Forget Black Friday is Coming?

Not at all! I am compiling a list of tons of deals and steals for you. Here are a few to check out in the meantime:

Black Friday Sites:

Premium Outlets will be holding their midnight madness sale at the strike of midnight on Friday (except Branson, MO; Crossville, TN; Kittery, ME locations):

Just a note: I went to the Chicago Premium Outlets at 11:45 PM last Thanksgiving and the parking lot was completely full! Instead of parking across the street a nearby hotel, I decided to go home. So get there early!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Oprah's Favorite Things!

Today was Oprah’s Favorite Things Show. She surprised an audience of loyal fans in Macon, Georgia by presenting them with some of the most expensive favorite things yet! Like always, you know the gazillions of Oprah fans will quickly gobble up entire inventories of all these items. So grab your new toys and holiday gifts fast!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cute Stuff from LuLu's

LuLu's Fashion Lounge is a great site to find great deals on trendy items. Here are some of my favorite items on the site. Even better: punch in code diva on a dollar at checkout for 15% off!!!

B.B. Dakota Jackie O Jacket - $50

This is THE jacket style this season. This Jackie O jacket can be layered over a long shirt or dress for a fresh look.

Bobi Heathered Cowl Turtleneck in Gray - $37.00
This cowl neck turtleneck has all the elements of the latest trends - it's long, it's gray and it has great detailing with the gathering at the bust. This one is great over skinny jeans, leggings, or tights and boots.

Tramp Amanda Top in Emerald - $27

Another trend is anything shiny - patent leather and satiny fabrics are everywhere! This satin blouse is a great piece for a night on the town. There's also a slit down the back for a sexy touch.

Flip Flops for Under a Buck!

Summertime is not the only time to think about summer gear. As a matter of fact, fall and winter are the season where you will find the best bargains for summer items. So go stock up on your flip-flops now! These flip-flops from Old Navy are only $0.99 and come in 6 colors! No wonder they are Old Navy's best seller!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Announcing Beauty Smackdown!

Do you ever become overwhelmed with the amount of beauty products available that all claim to be THE BEST? You need to check out my new blog, Beauty Smackdown! BeautySmackdown is dedicated to giving you the "skinny" on beauty and costmetic items so that you can make an informed purchase decision. In each post I compare two different products in the same category to declare a winner.

Just to note: These are my honest options. Companies don't pay me to say their items are good.

What I need from you: Tell me what products you want to see in a smackdown! Feel free to email them to me at

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dallas Divas: Pre-Holiday Sale at Accents West Village

To all of my loyal Dallas readers... Accents boutique located in the West Village is hosting a pre-Holiday Happy Hour tomorrow, November 16th where all of their items will be 20% off! They will have treats and cocktails for you to enjoy while you shop!

The Scoop: Accents is a great boutique with really affordable clothing in the latest trends. It also carries some great handbags and a wide jewelry selection. The owner, Lucy (from Naperville, IL - big up to DuPage county!), has a great eye. She even helped me find a really cute sweater dress to fit my shape well. There is a really cute shoe shop two doors to the right (I think it's called Accomplice) that has some great items as well (I bought these Seychelles "In the Knick of Time" shoes there for $65)!

Accents is located in the West Village, across from the Avalon Salon at 3699 McKinney Avenue #502.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

eBay's 7th on Sale to Benefit HIV and AIDS

Here's another way to be fashionable for a great cause. From November 15 - December 6th a bunch of top designers (think Oscar, Michael K, Marc, Calvin, Donna and more) will be auctioning off some of their items to benefit AIDS during the 7th on Sale. The items featured will be one of a kind and ALL of the proceeds will go to providing care, services and housing to those living with HIV and AIDS. Even better, MAC AIDS Fund has agreed to match every dollar raised up to $500,000. Gotta love MAC!

Do you live in New York? Check out items in person. More information on the 7th on Sale NYC shopping days can be found here.

Read a story about the sale here.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sephora Friends and Family

The holidays are approaching quickly and I will continue to give you ideas on how to shop efficiently and economically. Right now is offering 20% off from November 3 - 21. All you have to do is enter promotion code FF2007 at checkout. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Holiday Style: Latest Impressions e-Magazine

As some of you know, I write a style column for an e-magazine called Impressions every few months. Impressions offers lifestyle advice for professional women on health, beauty, style, and more. In the latest issue I wrote an article called "Holiday Style: Getting More for Less." In this article, I give some good tips on how to frugally find the latest trends for to wear to those holiday parties coming up soon. Read the latest Impressions here.

Friday, November 02, 2007

D.C. Divas: Bargain Shop and be on Oprah!

It looks like the Oprah show is going to be in the DC area featuring a warehouse sale for an upcoming show on hoarders. Tomorrow is the last day, so check it out if you can and PLEASE tell me about it!

16728 Oakmont Avenue in Gaithersburg, Maryland.Warehouse is 1/4 mile NORTH of I-370.
Thursday, November 1 10am-5pm
Friday, November 2 10am-5pm
Saturday, November 3 10am-3pm
There's no guarantee that you will definitely be on the show, but it's worth a try, right? More information on the Oprah warehouse sale can be found here.

Fashion at the Park Dallas 2007

Those of you who have never visited Dallas may not know this, but surprisingly, Dallas is quite the fashion epicenter of the South. As the home of Neiman Marcus (as well as JC Penney), the city's style and fashion savoir faire continue to amaze me. Yesterday started Fashion at the Park, which is Dallas’ version of Fashion Week. I have been covering the event for The Dallas Morning News’ Fashion Buzz blog and it has been amazing! Last night I was able to cover the Oscar de la Renta and Billy Reid shows.

Oscar de la Renta
Oscar’s show was ultra feminine, with a lot of resort and safari influences. Some of the trends I saw were lots of wide leg pants, ruffled skirts/dresses, and more pocketed dresses. What one item should you invest in for the spring? This belt was THE accessory of the show. It was seen with everything from formal dresses to career wear to blouses. Find a knock-off and wear it freely!
Tonight I will be attending both Diesel and bebe shows. Tomorrow I will attend shows for Dillard's and Macy's. For continued coverage of the blog, check out the Shopping Buzz Blog.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Not Too Late to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The one time a diva should not try to get the best deal is when giving towards a deserving cause. Though Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2007 is almost over, it is not too late to purchase some products whose proceeds go towards awareness, prevention and cures for this sometimes deadly disease. Take a look at some of my favorites and show your support!

Estee Lauder

Jeweled Pink Ribbon Compact and Brush Set

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This Weekend: Lucky Shops NYC!

This weekend Lucky Magazine is hosting Lucky Shops - a fabulous shopping event with TONS of designer items for up to 70% off (check out the designer list)! Though I have never attended myself, it sounds absolutely fabulous! It gets better: this is a charity event! This year's charity partner is Baby Buggy.

And, not only will you get great discounted designer items, they will also have music, cocktails and fun gift bags!

Here's an excerpt from

FIRST DIBS FRIDAY - Friday, October 26, 12 pm - 7 pm:
$75 in advance, $85 at the door (while supplies last)*

Get first crack at the goods. There will be fewer shoppers, more shopping, and more chances to get what you love before anyone else. Plus, you’ll get complimentary cocktails, a FREE gift bag ($100+ value!), special offers and more**.

SATURDAY SHOP-A-THON - Saturday, October 27, 10 am - 7 pm:
$40 in advance, $45 at the door
Think you’ve got the stamina? Come in early and shop all day. Prices will be dropping, and we’ll be refreshing stock throughout the event (really!), so you won’t miss a thing. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday! Don’t forget the discounts, offers and your FREE gift bag (100+ value, while supplies last)!
Purchase tickets to Lucky Shops here.

Thanks, Lucky!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Brooklyn Fashion Weekend

Do you live in New York and are looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the Brooklyn Fashion Weekend (10/19-21). Though I have never attended, it looks like it could be a great time! What is it? 21 up-and-coming designers selected by the BK Style Foundation will showcase their 2008 Spring/Summer collections.
Location: Tobacco Warehouse at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park


Friday, 10/19: 7pm Show

Saturday, 10/20: 7pm Show

Sunday, 10/21: 6pm Show

For more info check out:

Thanks, SpreeMail!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hot Deal Alert: Dresses Neiman Marcus

Here are a few more fab deals I found from Neiman Marcus:

How fabulous is this??? Unfortunately only two sizes are left - small (4-6) and large (12-14).

Printed Kimono Dress - $63 (was $250!)

This Phoebe Couture printed kimono is adorable! And at 75% off, you can't beat it!

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Bombay Company's Going out of Business!

Sad for them, sales for us! Unfortunately the Bombay Company recently announced its bankruptcy. As a result, the company has decided to close all U.S. locations (Canadian locations will remain open). The U.S. stores will stay open throughout the holiday season but look for the major sales right around the 1st of the year.

I checked out their site to see if there were any major sales yet, to no avail. Make sure to check out their clearance section often, though, as I am sure they will be liquidating a lot of their items very soon.

For more information about The Bombay Company's store closings, check out this article on

Update: has already shut down! You will have to check out the sales at your local stores.

What Every Woman Needs: A Hot Clutch

Payless continues to give itself a facelift. I saw this sleek red patent leather clutch today for just $14.99. What I love about this clutch is not only that it is sleek and in one of the season's hottest materials, but also that it can totally transform an outfit. Imagine some black leggings and black satin mod dress with this bag and some hot red shoes. Or maybe even that little black dress, an understated red bracelet and some red matte lipstick. Priceless! By the way, the clutch also comes in black.

Update: if you don't like patent leather and would rather go with faux lizard skin, for $20 more eBags has this Prezzo frame clutch that comes in black, red, blue and mustard. Fabulous!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Couture Line by Forever 21

Forever 21 started a new line called Twelve by Twelve and talk about some cute items! What does "Couture by Forever 21" mean, you ask? It means slightly higher prices than regular Forever 21 clothing but in very fashion forward styles. Here are a few of my faves:

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Get Expert Eyes from Smashbox!

As many of you know, Smashbox has some great make-up - especially if you're going for the "smokey eye look". Now, from Sephora, you can get this Smashbox Master Class Expert Eyes set (that would separately sell for $174, by the way) for just $59!

The set includes (as shown) three eyeshadow trios, two eyeliner duos, That's a Wrap mascara in black, some great brushes, and an instructional DVD led by Smashbox makeup artist, Patrick Tumey, for exclusive tips & tricks! What a great set (or gift)!

Even better? Their products are animal cruelty-free!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Bunch of Blowout Bargains at Bliss

Many people swear by the many bath and body products that Bliss has to offer. If you are one of those people, I have some good news for you! They are having a big blowout sale with some items as much as 80% off! Here are a couple of my favorites:

Bliss 'Spaahh'-kling Body Butter on sale for just $6.40!

Now why it was $32 for a 7 oz. tube in the first place is beyond me! Granted, I don't really wear the sparklies anymore, but it's a great deal if you do.

Best of Bliss Set for 50% off at $22.50!
This set has all of their best selling products: 2 oz bottles of lemon+sage soapy sap and vanilla+bergamot bubbling bath+shower gel, 1.7 oz tubes of lemon+sage body scrub, vanilla+bergamot body butter and high intensity hand cream, and a mini herban jungle exfoliating soap. Great for gifts and great for travel (they all meet the 3.4 oz standard!).

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Shiny Things

There are so many cute items this season in silk, satin, and patent leather. Here are a couple great deals on shiny things :).

French Connection 'Mystify Me' Satin Shift Mini Dress
This French Connection Satin Mini Dress is so cute! And even better, it's on sale for 60% off at $62.90.

Steven by Steve Madden 'Audryy' Peep Toe Pump
These Steve Madden Audryy peep toe pumps are super cute. At under$50 ($48.90), they are a great deal! They also come in red, ivory, and silver.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Quick Hits

Does this mean there will be some fabulous furniture sales to look forward to from Bombay Company? Update: It actually looks like they've started already with a 72 hour sale!

Ever wonder how to safely clean your sponges? Save money by nuking them!

Discover Queens, NY Restaurant Week 9/17-20 and 9/24-27

Zara and H and M FINALLY in Atlanta

I lived in Atlanta for over 10 years and used to hope and pray that one day, just one day, I would see a sign for an H&M or Zara to open up in the city (okay, maybe just H&M since I didn't start liking Zara until recently, but you get the point). Well the day has finally come. On August 31, 2007 Zara finally opened its doors at Lenox Mall. And, in Spring 2008 (at least that's what they're saying now), H&M will be opening its doors in the Atlantic Station shopping center.

Never been to these stores before? Well here's the scoop:
H &M

H&M has often been called the IKEA of clothing retailers. I absolutely love H&M but, as I have also found with Zara, not every H&M is the same. It is great for inexpensive, basic items and some trendy items as well. I have also bought some cheap, basic costume jewelry from there.
Some negatives about H&M are that their sizing is not very consistent (a size 6 in one item may be completely different than a size 6 in another item), and the quality level is not necessarily consistent either (I have some earrings that broke on the 2nd wear, but I have a blazer that I am still wearing after 2 years). All that aside, I have found some really fabulous items at H&M and I always love going to the 5th Ave and 51st St location when I'm in NY. Unfortunately you can't purchase any H&M items online, but they do have a cute magazine that you can flip through.
Zara is another one whose quality of clothing is inconsistent. Though I had visited many Zaras around the NY area, I was never really impressed even though some of my friends swore by the store. Then I went to Europe and oh my goodness! I fell in love! What I love about Zara is that they pay attention to all the latest trends and release the items that are most popular. The problem is they have their best merchandise in Europe and a lot of their items never make it over here to the States. Also, they don't really give any love to us petite girls. If you have long legs, however, they have great pants for you! I particularly love Zara for trendy items that really stand out and can last a season or two (but not longer than that). You can't purchase Zara clothing online either, but they do have a Trends section that's kind of cool.
My wish for you ATLien Divas out there is that both Zara and H&M have fabulous selection to make you all happy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cute Sale Items from Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus does not often have deals worthy enough for me to feature. However, these were just too cute to pass up. By the way, Neiman Marcus is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, so they will be featuring some fabulous, yet anti-frugal, exclusive items from top designers.

Wyath Plaid Jacket

Though it is hard to see in this picture, this jacket by Wyath is indeed plaid. Granted, $75 is not necessarily a steal, but at 50% off of its original price as well as its fabulous cut, it is worth checking out!

Strapless Jersey Dress

Okay, this one really is a steal! This Twelfth Street Cynthia Vincent strapless jersey dress was originally $195 and is on sale for $68.

New Frontier Pleated Skirt

This New Frontier pleated skirt almost couldn't be a better deal! It's almost $100 off at $32 (it was $129)! Here's the catch: it's only available in a size 6. So, if you are indeed a size 6, you should jump on this one before it's gone!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

When Did This Happen?

Over the years I have noticed that prices at some retailers formally known for reasonable clothing have increased. Below are some comparisons that really surprised me.

Which do you think costs more?

Express Striped Pencil Skirt

Ann Taylor Loft Pencil Skirt
Answer: Express Striped Pencil Skirt: $69.50, Ann Taylor Loft Pencil Skirt: $69. And you know the quality is not the same!

What about these?

Banana Republic Woven Leather Triangle Tote

Charles David Patent Hobo
Michael Kors Brookville Hobo
Banana Republic Woven Leather Triangle Tote - $398

Charles David Chapman Hobo - $346
Michael Kors Brookville Hobo - $268

I would have thought BR would have been less than both Michael and Charles.