Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sashay, Shantay! Chance To Win Tickets To NYC Fashion Week

It's that time of year again: New York Fashion Week! Don't have entree into the billowing white tents at Bryant Park?

Don't despair--you could be one of the fashionable elite, thanks to Hayden-Harnett.

Register at haydenharnett.com to enter their online auction for 10 exclusive invites to their show and a chance to be star in HH's spring 10 collection film.

Of course, you'll need something to wear, so after registering, check out the designer deals at this week's online sample sales:

WEDNESDAY, 9/2

Gilt Groupe: Kate Spade, mixed designer denim, Greenbeads and Adina Reyter jewelry
ideeli: Matisse shoes
Billion Dollar Babes: Multi-Designer Sale (featuring Emanuel Ungaro, Vivienne Westwood, Rosa Chá, Doo.ri, Kaufman Franco, Alexis Mabille, Notify, Lyn Devon, and Enza Costa) & Borba Skincare
Editors’ Closet: Via Spiga handbags
Beyond the Rack: French Connection watches
Hautelook: Neil George haircare, Heather Hawkins bags
Rue La La: James Perse, Superga sneakers


THURSDAY, 9/3

Gilt Groupe: Milly,Notte by Marchesa, Gurhan jewelry
ideeli: London Fog handbags, Tadashi, Lucca
Editors’ Closet: designer clothing Labor Day blowout sale
Beyond the Rack: Balenciaga handbags
Rue La La: 7 For All Mankind, MD Skincare


FRIDAY, 9/4

Gilt Groupe: Jewelry from Mary Louis Designs, Cintrine and the Stones and more, Labor Day Accessories sale, Paige Black Label, Y-3 Adidas
ideeli: Tahari
Billion Dollar Babes: Heidi Merrick & Local Celebrity
Editors’ Closet: designer clothing Labor Day blowout sale
Hautelook: Lollia beauty

SATURDAY, 9/5

ideeli: Red Sale

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hello, Avon Calling!

My vanity and bathroom counters are littered with TONS of tubes and bottles and jars of beauty items from Chanel to Gucci and Revlon to Wet and Wild. Basically, it's like Sephora exploded all over my apartment.

But out of all the hundreds of brands I've tried, Avon somehow never made it into the mix. I remember the "Avon calling" commercials how-ever-many-eons-ago, but for whatever reason, it never really popped up on my radar. And my perception of their products was that they were kind of fuddy-duddy, like your grandma's upholstered sofa encased in protective plastic and frosted blue eyeshadow.

Robin, a friend of mine, recently started selling Avon though so naturally it's the perfect excuse for me to play with all kinds of new beauty goop! Eye shadow, perfume AND they have fashion accessories--heaven. Plus, since I'm going to buy new beauty stuff anyway, why not spend my cash to 1): help out and friend and 2) help support a company that's helped empower women all around the world for 122 years. In a small way, it kinda makes me like Angelina Jolie when you think about it.

Checking out her website, I was really surprised that the range is really comparable to what you'd find at a really good drugstore that has higher-end offerings. And from word-of-mouth and perusing beauty editor picks, Avon doesn't scrimp on quality.

Oh, and did I mention the prices? Pretty much everything is in the $8 - $10 range (excluding fragrance and skincare) and the clearance deals are in-cred-ible. Total guilt-free splurging.

On my shopping list so far:





















Mark Flip For It Urban Neutrals palette ($20)














Supershock Mascara ($4.99)





















Shine-on multi-task weekender ($35)


















Precision glimmer powder eyeshadow ($8)





















Dip dye scarves - 2 pack ($14.99)

All that and I haven't even cracked $100 bucks yet. Major score! I think this is the start of a beautiful (pun somewhat intended) relationship.

Do you use Avon products? What are your faves? If not, what's stopped you?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Exclusive Preview: Cover Girl LashBlast Length - To The Extreme!


Long, luscious, full and flirty.

No matter what's haute on the runway, out-to-there lashes are always in fashion.

Cover Girl is launching a brand new mascara that your lashes are going to love! The new leader in mascara, thanks to #1 LashBlast, will have a lash-lengthening partner in a slim, yellow tube.

LashBlash Length promises 80% longer lashes that won't clump or flake thanks to an advanced nylon brush that delivers a smooth application and a nifty Elasta-Nylon formula for extreme drama and definition.

It doesn't hit stores until September but you have the opportunity to get it early. Click here. Quantities are limited, so act fast!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Essentials To Fall Up Your Summer Staples

The appearance of back-to-school sale signs at your local mall can mean only one thing: reading, 'riting and retail--it's time to shop for fall fashions!

But wait!

There's no need to retire all of your summer staples for the annual closet switchover. You can winterize your look with just a few key items.



Layer, layer, layer. An oversize, slouchy boyfriend jacket/blazer thrown over your favorite warm weather dress or skirt is comfy, cozy and a chic must-have this season (and has even more appeal if you actually snagged it from your guy's closet).



Add some cardigans, turtlenecks and lightweight sweaters to your wardrobe mix to warm things up when temps dip and use as layering pieces for extra cold protection. Anything that's cashmere with a bit of feminine frou frou will become your new best friend. Throw stuff on and off to suit the temperature and still dress like a the epitome of feminine chic.

Unless you live in an igloo, skip the puffy Michelin Man coat and look for something made of heavy wool or cashmere that's fully lined. Black, camel, off-white, heather gray, or navy are your best bets for a coat that goes with everything. If you're afraid of looking shapeless, there's no better way to combat that than with a belt cinched at the waist.

I wrote about the versatility of a great pair of peep toe ankle boots on "Heels Are A Girl's Best Friend," but if the forecast calls for snow, you're going to have to get a pair of great warm boots, too--I suggest something that looks really sleek with a cute skirt and tights or with a pair of skinny jeans tucked into 'em, but will still keep you warm and toasty without forsaking style.



Rev up your cold weather look with a pair of seriously funky colored tights or dress up your no-nonsense snow boots with a textured or patterned pair. Why not try a footless version on for size? Very retro modern! And if you dare, try on the latest trend: grunge-y, ripped tights. Subscribing to this very cheap chic trend means that hole-y pair of tights you ripped in approximately 48 minutes after purchasing because you were in a rush to get out the door can be salvaged. They're not ruined, they're supposed to look like that!



Of course an outfit is not complete without a fantastic bag! Gray is definitely the new black this season from gritty dark pavement hues, earthy-grey tints and light grey tones. The shade is soft and sophisticated, but with a bit of an edge without looking too goth-y.



How to wear these pieces: Pair a cold-weather piece with a warm-weather piece and you are good to go. Some of my favorite combinations are a wool turtleneck with a miniskirt, a pair of shorts with a long-sleeved cardigan, a black leather jacket with a floral dress, or an oxford-style button down shirt and cashmere sweater with a short denim skirt.

It works for a few reasons, most importantly because it allows you to mix pieces you already own from other seasons with the few fall items (like lightweight sweaters) you'll actually buy, so your wardrobe stretches much farther. It also creates a contrast, which is widely accepted to be a fashion DO.

What are you fall must-haves? Have you started shopping for fall clothes or still living in your favorite maxi dress?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Beauty and the Bag

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


And what better way to behold all that beauty than in an adorable make-up case? Not only can you get one of these "Lola" cosmetics carry-alls custom-designed to match all your handbags, they can also double as a clutch.

It's like a free gift with purchase!

Why bother putting your lip gloss and concealer in something so fancy, you ask? This makes me feel more stylish. And like a present with beautiful wrapping paper, it gets me excited about the stuff inside the bag.

Besides, when you lug around as many ICOME (in case of makeup emergency) supplies as I do, time is of the essence--I can't waste time digging around in the bottomless pit of my ginormous tote.

And for all you cruelty-free cosmetics cuties, check out this fab bag:


I think my gal at My Beauty Bunny would approve.

Ladies, isn't it time to update your makeup bag?

Do you use a makeup bag or just toss your gloss and powder in your purse and go?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Affordable Sample Site Shopping: Gilt Fuse Launches Aug 12!


Do you love Gilt Groupe but end up doing more browsing than charging up the old credit card since even 70% off designer clothes still leaves a huge price tag?

Prepare to experience the thrill of bargain-scoring at its cheaper, yet still super chic, little sister site, Gilt Fuse.

On August 12, Gilt Fuse ("fusing fashion and affordability") goes live with its first sale. The site is about contemporary brands and has "a deeper inventory and significantly lower prices." I'm talking $75 to $150 here, ladies!

Gilt Fuse will work very much like the Gilt Groupe model, featuring looks from a single designer for just 36 hours at a time. The launch kicks off with sales from Plenty by Tracy Reese, Kova & T, Modern Amusement, CC Skye, TKO Orologi, RJ Graziano, and BCBG, all at prices up to 70% off retail.

UPCOMING SALES:

  • Kelsi Dagger, 8/13 - The new little-sister line to footwear collection Pour la Victoire known for its platform booties, peep-toe Mary Janes and studded riding boots.
  • LaROK, 8/14 - A Gossip Girl fave, the RTW line is all about mixing chic with rocker-chick. Spotted on New York-meets-Hollywood starlets ranging from Blake Lively to Scarlett Johansson, LaROK’s trendy jumpsuits, tunic tops, distressed skinnies and high-waisted minis exude a cool, downtown vibe.

All I can say is...thank you!

Gilt Fuse's first sale starts on Wednesday, August 12 at 12pm EST. Membership is by invitation only, but if you're already a Gilt Groupe member, you're in. And if you're not, click here for your exclusive shopping invite.

I know where I'll be at noon--who needs food when there is shopping to sustain me? Are you excited to check out Gilt Fuse?