Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tip: Holiday Shopping for Dad in June!

I know it is hard to think about Christmas or Hanukkah in the summer months, but it could save you a lot of $$$! Fathers Day has passed and all of the gifts that were left unsold are now on sale for a fraction of original prices! Why not buy the special men in your life something now and tuck it away in your closet until December? These deals are also great if birthdays for your brother, father, or husband have not passed yet this year! And they're all from Red Envelope.

Excursion Tie Case - Was $60, now $19.99!

Does that man in your life travel often? This is a great way to protect his ties from getting wrinkled while he is on the road!

Excursion Shoe Shine Kit - Was $68-73, now $14.99 - 19.99!

Another great gift for a male traveler. This shoe shine kit comes in black and brown and can be engraved as well (without engraving is $14.99, with engraving is $19.99).

Double-Walled Beer Glasses - Was $78, now $39.99

These beer glasses are insulated to keep cold drinks very cold and prevent hot drinks from burning your hands. They were even featured on The Today Show! They come in a set of six.

English Shaving Set - Was $225, now $59.99!

This shaving kit was crafted in Sheffield, England and includes a razor (uses Gillette® Mach3 blades), brush and stand. Great gift idea!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

New York Sample Sales!

Here are some sample sales going on in New York this week (thanks, DailyCandy!):

Designer: Catherine Malandrino
What: Dresses, skirts, tops, and so on from the spring/summer collection, all up to 80% off.
When: June 21-23. Thurs., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves., 5th flr

Designer: Miguelina
What: Billowy cover-ups are $75; tunics are $125; eyelet tops are $80; mini dresses are $65.
When: June 20-22. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 20 W. 36th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., 6th flr. (212-290-2996)

Designer: Alexander Wang
What: Load up on pants, sweaters, tops, and dresses — at wholesale and below.
When: June 21-23. Thurs., 3-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: W Hotel Union Sq., 201 Park Ave S., at 17th St., 2nd flr., studio 3 (212-253-9119).

Designer: Matta and Pastec
What: Up to 75 percent off gorgeous sarongs, dresses, sandals, bags, and home accessories.
When: June 20-23. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 459 Broome St., b/t Mercer & Greene Sts. (212-343-9399).

Designer: Rebecca Taylor
What: Dresses, were $280-$400, now $165-$175; pants, were $275, now $120; blouses, were $265, now $120.
When: June 27 & 28. Wed., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 336 W. 37th St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves., 11th flr. (212-388-0339).

Designer: Shoshanna
What: Swimsuits, were $150, now $50; tops, were $250, now $75.
When: June 19 & 20. Tues. & Wed., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 231 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., ste. 422. (212-719-3601).

Designer: Olga Kapustina
What: Ultra-femme jersey and cotton dresses at 70 percent off.
When: June 21-23. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 161 W. 22nd St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves., 3rd flr.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Going to a Wedding? Dresses for Under $100!

Summer is definitely wedding season. If you are like me, you may have that one dress that is perfect for a summer wedding that you have been able to wear multiple times. The problem is, you can't really wear that dress to weddings of people who know each other - you don't want people to say "didn't she wear that to 's wedding"? Costs accumulate so quickly with flights, gifts, and hotels that you hardly have any cash left for a dress! Don't fear, here are some great dresses all for under $100!

Afternoon Weddings

Daisy Embroidered Spaghetti Strap Dress - $89.99

I absolutely LOVE this dress! With some strappy sandals or peep toe heels, this dress is bound to look fabulous!

Leaflet Tube Dress - $22.80

This strapless dress from Forever 21 really looks cute. The problem is, we can't really see how long the dress is. Since Forever 21 sometimes borderlines on "club gear only," this one may or may not be appropriate for a wedding.

Ruched Leaf Print Dress - $29.99

Run, don't walk to get this dress! Originally $89, this is a STEAL! The cinched waist and bow really bring some detailing to the dress. Great find!

Velvet Torch Corset Dress - $62.00

I think I saved the best for last in this section. I LOVE THIS DRESS (despite it being in the juniors section)! The colors are so fun and the corset waist pulls everything in. Nordstrom knows how to do it right.

Beach Weddings

Beach weddings are great. They are usually more casual and I love doing a bohemian chic look.

Long Floral Smocked Halter - $21.99

What a great deal from Mossimo at Target. This dress is particularly great for you taller divas.

Gap Bubble Dress - $34.99

I think this dress is so darling. With the right accessories, this will be perfect for a beach wedding. It's at the Gap and even better - it is available in petite and tall sizes.

Evening Weddings

Evening weddings tend to be more formal. I would stay away from a normal "little black dress" but instead would wear another color instead or a black dress with colorful accessories.

Lace Halter Dress - $46.90

What a great deal! This dress is feminine and elegant. The metalic accents really jazz it up. Also available in petites.

Strapless Sheath Dress - $89.99

Isaac Mizerahi really knows how to make Target clothing chic. This dress actually would be a great bridesmaid dress. I think it is so elegant. You could even get another sash in a different color to overlay the dress.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Deals for Dad

Father's Day is just one week away - what are YOU getting your dad? If you have not found the perfect gift for your dad yet, here are some ideas for you that won't break your wallet:

Golf Ball Display Case: Red Envelope - $24.99 (was $99!)

Is your dad a golfer? This display case can allow him to commemorate his favorite golfing moments (first hole in one, perhaps?).

Tommy Hilfiger Passcase with Cellphone Stand: Macy's - $19.99

Dads love functional style. This not only has multiple card slots and a removable ID holder, but also includes a fold-out cellphone holder that carries most any phone.

Outdoor Adventure Set: Macy's - $39.99

This outdoor adventure set is equipped with a two-band alarm clock radio with earbuds, a stainless steel multi-tool with pliers, knife, and bottle opener, high-powered mini binoculars, adjustable beam LCD flashlight and an ABS compass. It even has a detachable shoulder strap.

Ralph Lauren Velour Robe: Macy's - $56.25

This soft robe is embroidered with the Polo logo and comes in black, white and navy. What a great deal!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads in your life!