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    June 14, 2011

    Louboutin: Champagne, Macaroons and Markdown

    Don't feel bad if you didn't snag an invite to the Louboutin because you now have an official invitation to the Christian Louboutin presale. The event starts Tuesday (but some friends reported shopping the sale today.) The markdown on shoes are 30% to 40% off. The real deal, however, are bags that are marked down to 50% off.



    To mark the sale event, the Madison Avenue store will be serving champagne and macaroons. Now all you need are your dancing shoes and you'll be the toast of the town.

    Christian Louboutin Presale
    Tuesday, June 14th
    4pm to 6pm
    965 Madison Avenue...
    June 13, 2011

    Philosophy Friends & Family

    This time of year is so much about hospitality and the art of being a good guest should never be underestimated. Bring flowers to a dinner party and you might overwhelm your host. Cheap wine is definitely another big no-no.



    That's why we like to bring something to indulge our host with a gift that's more personal and requires some pampering. Philosophy products are always well received and from now until June 16 you can save 25% off your order. Check out this perfumed hand wash and body lotion set that's normally $35 or this shower gel, which is appropriately named "gratitude" and doubles as a shampoo and bath wash for $22....
    June 10, 2011

    Mulberry Preview Sale

    We just love the names brands call their unofficial first markdown. Most company's call it a presale, others call it a private sale, we've even heard the phrase "customer loyalty" but Mulberry has coined their unofficial first markdown a "preview sale." Persoanlly, we just call it a sale.



    Now, Mulberry alerted customers about their unofficial sale today. Shoes, accessories and bags are 30% off. Clothing is up to 50% off. Mulberry fans will be very excited to know that even the iconic Alexa is included in the markdown.

    An oversized Alexa is $1015 from $1450, a patant leather Bayswater is $690 from $1150, a D-Ring Wrap Wedge is $486 from $695 and a Twist Dress is $837 from $1675. You can use this link to view the sale online. The official markdown starts next week but we doubt there will be enough discount Alexas to go around.

    Photo credit: Chictopia
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    June 8, 2011

    Alexander McQueen 40% Off

    One might argue that Alexander McQueen has never had such a successful season. First Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen dress designed by Sarah Burton. Then the Metropolitan Museum's Savage Beauty McQueen exhibition was the biggest opening ever for the museum with over 150,000 visitors through the month of May.



    Fortunately, the house's fashion has been a big hit too. What's even better is that the boutique has started their spring sale and all seasonal merchandise is discounted 40%. Inventory is running low quickly, so we suggest hopping downtown asap. An iconic knuckle box clutch is now $1539, skull ballerina flats are available in limited sizes for $329, a skull ring is $144 and skull mini dress is $839.

    If you're having problems finding your size, you can also try the Vegas boutique, which tends to have more sale stock than NY. In addition, most department stores have reduced McQueen merchandise to 30% off. Even Zappos has a wide range of sale McQueen.

    Mosell 212-645-1797...
    June 7, 2011

    Jewelry Matchmaker Extraordinaire

    Throughout life, there are all different types of matchmakers. There are those who help you find the perfect apartment, others who set you up with your dream mate and then there's Missy, who assists in finding a new home for your unused jewels.

    DivorceYourJewels.com is a full service company with the ability to bring joy to all parties. If there's a diamond not being utilized Missy will find the perfect match. Have old gold jewelry laying around? Missy will buy what you have for cash so that you can get what you want. Own presious antique jewels of unknown value? Missy can match those too.

    Authentic Chopard Floating Diamond Love Ring

    With a network of matches already formed, Missy is able to offer her clients the best deals and highest value for their jewels. If you’re not in the market to sell, you can always browse the DivorceYourJewels.com online store. Missy always has a revolving cast of wonderfully discounted jewels looking for their perfect match.

    DivorceYourJewels.com
    Missy Schorr
    917-846-9999

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    June 7, 2011

    A Shoe-Addicts’ Guide to Spring Sales

    By ManhattanMataHari

    All of our major department stores--Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barney’s--have started their semi-annual shoe sales. This presents savvy shoppers with the inevitable dilemma of where to go for the best deals on that pair of heels we have been pining over all season long. We’ve done all the legwork and formulated our first Shoe Addicts’ Shoppers Guide:

    Barney’s
    We would suggest starting any shoe shopping at Barney’s because their discount is at the most 40% off. Stock is going fast and quickly disappearing. Fan of Lanvin, Proenza Schouler, Fendi, Alaia and Jil Sander will also find the best selection at this Madison Avenue department store.

    A shoe source tells us that Louboutin and Chanel shoes will be going on sale at 40% off on June 15th, but that presale orders can be placed this week. Eventually, Barney’s shoe discounts do go to 50% to 60% off, but sizes and styles may be limited. We suggest keeping a watch on Barneys.com, which sometimes has an even better selection than the flagship store.
    Jennifer: 212-833-2141



    Saks Fifth Avenue
    The next obvious stop has to be Saks Fifth Avenue, where the designer shoe department is so big that it has its own zip code. As of now, the selection is still fantastic but the discount is just 30% off.

    We especially appreciate Saks' wide selection of on-trend shoes. We found Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo 105 pumps available in “Buffalo Iridescent” (a brown leather) and metallic gold and bronze for $557, as well as in a nude Python version for $906. There were also Brian Atwood Maniac pumps available in patent leather, although the color options are only lime green and bright orange.

    Louboutin and Chanel will be included in the sale within a few weeks, and Presale will begin on June 17th at a 30% discount. The next markdown in Saks’ shoe department is usually 50% at the end of the month and then drops even lower during clearance season.
    Francisco: 212-940-7241



    Bergdorf Goodman
    This year the Bergdorf Goodman shoe sale is so massive that sales racks have taken over almost the entire department. If you are looking for Roger Vivier, Alexander McQueen, Dior, or Givenchy, this is the best store for your shopping excursion.

    One issue we have with Bergdorf is the size of the shoe department, which seems evens smaller when it’s taken over by grabby and pushy shoppers bargain shoppers. The discount is currently 30% off but will increase to 40% in few weeks. Chanel and Christian Louboutin, will be added to the markdown on June 15th but the discount will be just 30%.

    Jeffery
    While not a department store, Jeffrey does have quite an impressive shoe department. The discount is currently 30% off. Louboutin and Chanel are excluded from the sale but that may change in a few weeks.

    If you are looking for real deals, why not wait until the end of summer when Jeffery begins their wonderful clearance sale. In the past, we've snagged Chloé's leather ballerina flats for 70% off.
    Michelle: 212-206-1272

    Nordstrom
    If you are looking for a specific item and already know sizing, it is good to note that Nordstrom has marked down designer shoes 40%. We are told that Chanel and Louboutin will be added to the sale on June 15th.

    If you like avoiding the sales crowds and don’t mind paying extra for shipping, this may be a good alternative. Not all Nordstrom stores carry very high end designers. Locally, you can contact the Paramus store, but if you are feeling a bit more adventerous, try searching outside the NY-metro area by calling Boston, MA (listed below), Scottsdale, AZ or Houston, TX.
    Katie: 781-345-7800



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    June 6, 2011

    Upgrading Your Heels Louboutin Red

    We all know about the fake Internet Louboutins and the Chinatown black market. We also heard about red stickers being used to color your soles red. Well, we found an even more interesting bag of tricks to pimp your shoes.

    Our local shoe repair man says that customers are purchasing a variety of shoe brands and requesting he restyle the footwear with the red rubber he uses to resole his customer's Louboutins. The red vinyl, which is purchased in large rolls, was initially intended to help Louboutin owners to repair their shoes fashionably. The big business, however, has been red-soleing less expensive footwear.



    The "red sole upgrade" at Andrade costs $22 to $32 , depending on the extent of the work needed. To say the least, this service has been hotter than Ugg reconditioning. We are told that many companies have started producing red rubber for shoe repair but Vibram's red is the closest match to Louboutin Red.

    If your local cobbler doesn't stock the favored Vibrum red rubber, you can always turn to eBay. We found an eBay seller charging just $6 for a 5.5" x 4" piece of red rubber. The eBay ad reads, "Protect your investment!!! Perfectly desing to fit your shoe, so your COBBLER will cut and shape these rubber soles to the exact size needed. Great for weather prooffing...With this soles nobody will notice any sign that your shoe was repaired."

    In other words, nobody will notice you've pimped your shoes. For the record, Payless is around the block from Andrade Shoe Repair. So who is in for an upgrade?

    Andrade Shoe Repair
    210 East 85th Street
    212-988-0539...
    June 3, 2011

    Lindsay Lohan’s Famous Dress $200

    By ManhattanMataHari

    Many of us may know designer Kimberly Ovitz for her infamous white knit “Glavis” dress worn by Lindsay Lohan to her very public court date. The infamous dress was $575 and was completely sold out the following day.

    Forget about the five finger discount, it's obviously way too much trouble especially when you can get the same dress on sale. This week, Kimberly's designs are available to the public at her New York showroom. The sale will include ready-to-wear from the current spring and summer collection as well as past collections. Prices will be up to 75% off.



    The legendary “Glavis” dress will be available for just $200 and a white sleeveless version is just $100. Quantities of both these items are extremely limited, so we suggest you get to the sale early. Shoppers can also expect to find the “Hankock” dress that was featured in Marie Claire and the “Wesley” dress that was recently worn by Khloe Kardashian for $200. Most of the dresses included in the sale range from $100 to $200 and separates go for as low as $25.

    To sweeten the deal the designer will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the ASPCA.

    Kimberly Ovitz Sale
    401 Broadway, Suite 503
    Friday, June 3rd from 12pm to 7pm
    Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 5pm
    Cash and credit...