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Lots of Jason Wu in Harlem & Warehouse Sale Extended

27 Feb

On the heels of the Marni for H&M collection (Racked.com posted the whole lookbook with prices, so I’m not bothering), Jason Wu for Target is still on the racks. I usually only hit Target in New Jersey, but I happened to check out the East River Plaza location and, to my surprise, there was a lot of Jason Wu left, mind you most were size 10 or larger or size 2. I bought the shirt that I pictured in an earlier post.

But if the clothes don’t fit, bags will: There were tons of small print canvas ones for $29.99 (left) and a large white canvas  for $49.99 (below). I was quite tempted by it, but white will turn to black too easily; not worth it.

Meanwhile, I also checked out the Barneys Warehouse Sale (finally), and at the perfect time to go: first thing on a weekday morning. The one word I’d use to describe it: pathetic! I usually focus on shoes. Well, I pictured one of a very small assortment of favorites and they were only 25% off something like $229. I went Friday not knowing the sale had been extended, because the markdowns on the last weekend could be up to 75% off the lowest price.

The imperfections on the damaged rack were, at least I think, not repairable. However, that rack had the best deals. There was much more CO-OP merchandise than designer. A plus: home items such as Philippe Starck Lucite Kartell stools (about $245 each) and chairs, some accent tables and, if you have nuptials to attend soon, some good wedding gifts.

The two gems I found were hardly a bargain: A Fendi cross-body satchel for $2,075 and a Marni bag for about $775 (you can tell how thrilled I was because I didn’t bother to get the exact prices on items or take photos). There’s word stock from the Los Angeles sale is coming to New York, so maybe another trip before March 4 (when it ends in New York) may be worth it.

I didn’t bother going to the sale in the summer, so I don’t know if they already had what I found to be the most pleasant surprise: a women’s fitting room. Mind you it’s open so you can’t be self-conscious. But it’s better than trying on in the isles, which always made for more congestion.

Meanwhile, I think you can find better designer deals at TJ Maxx, which I will detail in my next post, so stay tuned!

 

Ok, I’ll Jump on the Jason Wu Bandwagon

11 Jan

I reported and was excited to hear that Jason Wu would be the next designer collab with Target. And because I was busy with my day job Tuesday, I defer to the lookbook on one of my favorite sites, as always, Racked. The clothes and bags look great and I love that everything is under $60 (one of my favorite and affordable outfits I’ve pictured here). But thanks to Pulsed, I have something you can use now. I’m not usually a coupon person, but what the heck. Jamba Juice is offering select 12 oz. and 16 oz. smoothies for $1 and $2 (plus tax) through January 19.

Meanwhile, Target currently has the Bullseye Bodega (if a real bodega had what Target has stocked, it would be a Costco). It’s not the same as the pop-ups that the retailer set up throughout New York City some time back. What it is: multipacks of everything, supersized shampoos, etc…. You get the idea. So if you don’t belong to a warehouse club, hit Target now. I even saw some infant items and kitchenware as well.

 

 

 

All Wrapped Up

21 Dec

So you’ve bought your Christmas or Hanukkah gifts and now you have to wrap them–or you’re still waiting to shop last-minute. If the stores where you shopped or plan to shop don’t have free gift-wrapping, don’t buy wrapping paper or bows or even tape at a Hallmark store–even Target or Walmart. This is an area where you can–and should–save money. If you haven’t been to a Dollar Tree, now is the time to go.

If you are inept at wrapping, they have tons of gift bags, packs of tissue
paper or shredded paper filler and even pre-decorated gift boxes. But if you can wrap, there are 10-yard rolls of paper (they aren’t all ugly or tacky), plenty of tape, gift tags, stickers (in packs of no less than 30), cards, tape-on bows and regular spools of ribbon. And not only are they all a dollar, sometimes they’re two or three or even four for a dollar.

What popped into my mind when I went was, if you’re really tight on money, why not give homemade baked goods? And Dollar Tree has tins and decorated cellophane bags that are perfect for that.

And if you haven’t gotten those stockings hung or decorated a tree, they have a variety of sizes in stockings and plenty of ornaments.

The only negative is the service. But you get what you pay for. I think it’s worth trading good customer service for the value. And don’t just consider going around the holidays; they have wrapping paper and cards for all occasions and even party supplies, including balloons. Again, everything is a dollar or less. You can’t beat that!

 

A Deal with a Mouse

5 Dec

I’ve been meaning to post about a wonderful deal from a talented guy. Sam Wilson of With a Mouse Design, who I’ve known for years, is offering 20 percent off custom design work. While it may be a little late for holiday cards, it’s never too late to get a head start on next year or still get invites to your New Year’s eve party. And with the new year approaching, if you need anything related to your business, including cards, media kits, logo design, advertisements…. why wait for next year to get those tax deductions!

Sam has done work for companies like Nike, Target, Sony and American Express, so you can be sure you will get the best work possible. See some of what he’s done by visiting WithAMouseDesign.com. Just “Like” With a Mouse Design on Facebook by clicking here and mentioning the promotion. The work must also be completed by December 31, so no procrastination!

 

 

Kardashian Kollection Has Nothing on French Connection

4 Oct

There are so many celebrity clothing lines out now, including the much-publicized Sofia Vergara collection for Kmart and Jennifer Lopez’s for Kohl’s. Wow, have discount department stores come a long way from Jaclyn Smith (which is still going strong at Kmart). While I haven’t seen the Vergara or Lopez lines in person, they look OK. Some fun pieces; the dresses and jackets seem to be the best. The materials in the Vergara line are lower-quality than those in Lopez’s (like if you wear a dress with a bag, the side you wear your bag on starts to pill or wear easily–cotton knits, cotton blends, acrylics). But the price reflects that, and rightly so. However, J.Lo’s line is way overpriced; by better materials, I don’t mean silk and cashmere. Who is willing to buy pleather shoes for more than $100? If you’ve read previous posts, you know it’s not me–well, maybe if they were from an actual designer.

One celebrity collection I think didn’t get much ink is the line from the Kardashians for Kmart’s larger sibling, Sears, which launched August 25. My theory is that Kim Kardashian’s engagement and wedding to Kris Humphries overshadowed publicity for it. So I figured I’d check it out because I saw some items online that looked great. And they do look great, with many well-fitted dresses and jackets. But I also have a few problems with the line, the first being that it, like J.Lo’s, is overpriced. The other is that none of the dresses (which can be very flattering, especially for curvy women) aren’t lined–you need to wear a Spanx slip or nothing at all under them to prevent unseemly undergarment lines. My last complaint is very specific: There’s a cute romper (above, right) with a sheer back, but cut way too low in the front that you’d either need to wear a camisole under it (which takes some of the sexy out of it) or double-sided tape. However, I especially like this ribbed shift with a mesh plunge cutout in front (left), which was originally priced at $99, but is now $68.99. In fact, everything is 30% off, but much of the collection is still more than $50. Many pieces have great details like grosgrain ribbon or interesting cutouts. I liked two of the shoes, especially the faux-suede Washington wedge (below, right) and
Atlanta heels (below, far right), both reduced from $51.99 to $41.99 (less
than what they cost online).

After looking through that collection, I discovered around the corner that Sears carries French Connection (rather, a version for Sears called UK Style by French Connection). I remember as a teenager it was a very popular–and expensive–brand, with a store on West Broadway we could only browse through at the time. Apparently, according to Sears, it launched earlier this year. So I got a little excited, and even more so when I saw the pieces and prices. To see a strong contemporary brand with more than 1,500 outlets around the world, according to the retailer, in Sears was unbelievable!

The whole collection–even the newest items, which included wide-leg pantsuits, tweed blazers and secretary blouses–was already reduced by either 30% or 50%. And then there was the clearance rack with items ranging from $4.99 for a floral-print tie-waist blouse (left) that was originally $26.90 to a metallic woven bolero (below, right) for $7.99 that was originally $59.90.

 

 

That is just a sampling. See some more in the slideshow below.

So, for those of us who can’t get to
the Gilt warehouse sale Saturday (which is already sold out it seems) to get some real designer duds because of Yom Kippur, there are other options, like the UK Style by French Connection line. Plus, there’s even more
to look forward to in the discount store–designer collaboration department.
And two of the chains that I think do it the best are Target (minus the Missoni fiasco) and H&M (I also happen to like the Simply Vera Vera Wang line for Kohl’s, much of which happens to be on sale now). And Target confirmed Monday that Jason Wu (remember Michelle Obama’s white inauguration ball gown?) will be the next designer to collaborate with Target. That line will launch February 5, 2012. And of course the Versace collection for H&M is coming November 19 to select stores. More on the Versace and Jason Wu lines to come, when more details are available.

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Missoni at…. Loehmann’s

14 Sep

Well, we all know how crazy and difficult it is now to purchase Missoni for Target! But you can still find some inexpensive Missoni if you’re desperate. Loehmann’s on Seventh Avenue and West 17th Street has some killer heels and flats–with zigzags and all–right when you walk in. The heels are $299.99 and the flats are $249.99. It’s probably less than the prices you’ll find on eBay. Just an FYI! Loehmann’s, 101 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan, (212) 352-0856

Zigzag on the Cheap

18 Aug

Slideshow

Travel Tote, $49.99; Twister Carry-On Luggage, $169.99

I’m a little late on the bandwagon in writing about this, although I’ve known about it for quite a while. And I thought it was great simply getting little Missoni bags for free at Barneys! But very soon, as many already know, you may be able to own much more than a little sack from the famed Italian family’s knitwear empire. Yes, I’m talking about the upcoming Missoni for Target collection.

Sleeveless Sweater, $29.99 (Target.com only); Floral Blouse, $39.99; Pleated Knit Skirt, $39.99; Hat, $24.99 Space-Dye Tights, $16; Slouchy Bag, $34.99; Silk Scarf (tied on bag), $19.99; Ballet Flats, $29.99

I happen to own a Missoni bag that I bought at Loehmann’s ages ago for less than $300 (that is a bargain, considering it was originally closer to $900). It has taken a beating and I could use a new one, so the timing of this collection couldn’t be better–nor the price! According to Target, the line–more than 400 items in all–will range in price from $2.99 to $599.99, with most items selling for under $40. And the company says that it will also include luggage (above), clothes for both adults and children (left), accessories (shoes included; below, right), beauty items and even housewares (below, left). Everything looks amazing.

Pumps, $39.99

Three-piece Ceramic Puzzle Trays, $19.99 each

I’m particularly looking forward to the bedding and towels, tabletop items, rugs and picture frames (clothes, bags and shoes goes without saying). Although the only furniture is really a patio set, if I were to spend the $599.99 (this is the most expensive item), I would plunk that in my living room (below, right). But I’m especially loving the bike ($399.99; below, left); it would look great cruising along all those New York City bike lanes.

Three-Speed Ladies’ Comfort Bike, $399.99 (Target.com only)

Four-piece Patio Sectional, $599.99 (Target.com only)

The line goes on sale starting September 13, and will probably sell out quite quickly. There will be some items available only online. For those who live in New York City, I suggest you go to New Jersey locations (no sales tax on clothes at all) that aren’t easily accessible by public transportation if you want to beat out all the other fashionistas. I’m not giving out the ones I’ll hit; you’re on your own with that. (Hint: one is in a Hudson County town whose name includes the name of another county.)

Because I’m not going to download all 400 images, I’ll refer you to Racked, another great site dedicated to retail that has all the pictures. However, below are just some of the other items I’ve got my eyes on, so stay out of my way (kidding). Happy bargain-hunting!

The Accidental Bargain

26 Jul

I think I’m just getting lucky these days. It seems I am saving money all over the place. My 100 calorie sandwich flats were on sale today at Target, reduced from $2.44 to $2.24. I made money at Jamba Juice the other day. They didn’t tell me when I ordered that they were out of the milk-and-Splenda mix for the Strawberry Nirvana. I went to pay at the checkout line (this Jamba Juice is in a Whole Foods). When I returned, that’s when one member of the staff told me they couldn’t make it. They made some other concoction (with more calories than I wanted). Then I walked over to customer service and told them what happened. I didn’t have the receipt because you have to give it up to prove you paid when you receive the drink. So the woman gave me $4 and change. I said I paid less than that, but she told me to just keep it for the trouble. Ask and you shall receive! That should really be the tagline of this blog. But I digress.

Some time ago I started receiving invitations to free movie screenings–for movies that have yet to be released. I haven’t participated (I think I can’t because I’m in the media industry), but maybe some of you can. I must have bought tickets at MovieTickets.com at some point. And its CEO Joel Cohen tells me that the screening program is part of being a member. However, there is a very small catch.

“The screenings are free of charge, but they are often research screenings,” says Cohen. “So, if you decide to attend a screening, you are sometimes asked to complete a brief survey giving your opinions on the movie you just saw.”

But you could have a say in the final product when it is released, according
to Cohen.

“During the screening, the attendees sometimes have opportunities to share opinions on many aspects of the movie, such as alternate endings, character development and special effects,” he says.

If this interests you, visit MovieTickets.com and register for free. The screenings I’ve been invited to have been Wednesday nights in various location. They are not nationwide just yet, but are in the New York metropolitan area.

Before We Start…. The Virtues of eBay!

14 Jul

Welcome to Bloggains. I would say it’s a way of life. What I’m about to share with you each day is what I do in my own life, to make sure my nails are done, my refrigerator is stocked with good and healthy food and wine, etc., while still having money left over to enjoy the best city in the world and its surroundings. So here it goes.

What woman doesn’t like shoes, bags, clothes and accessories! I love them all. But while my closet is bursting, my wallet isn’t. I decided I needed to get rid of some things to reverse that situation. And while we can all justify keeping an item by telling ourselves it will come back in style, sometimes it’s just worth letting go. I used to try to sell my old clothes, shoes and bags first at consignment stores like INA, and then at places like Beacon’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange. But I realized you will never get the price you deserve, if anything at all; the latter two are getting very picky as they get more popular and only take items seasonally. Many moons ago, I sold stuff on eBay. Well, I decided it was time to do it again. And it’s going well. What I’m about to tell you I should charge money for, but that wouldn’t be fair.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve sold so far (and then I’ll tell you how I did it): a Foley + Corrina Silk Trapeze Dress for $72.00 and Chloe Ballet Flats for $64.99.

  • First, see how similar items are selling and what price they’re selling for.
  • If it’s clothing, and you don’t have a form to photograph it on, take a picture of you wearing it (I’d crop your head off the picture, though). If you don’t have someone to take the picture, take it yourself. I used a $15 tripod I got at Target (a place I will mention a lot in this blog) and placed it in front of a mirror so I could frame myself in the display–these are talents you learn as a VJ (a one-man-band TV reporter).
  • Then, yes, you have to give your measurements in addition to the size so the buyer has a better idea of how it will fit on them.
  • With shoes, if you have the box and dust bag, include it in your pictures. Make sure you show the condition of the soles, and be honest about the condition of the shoes overall.
  • Find out how much it will cost to ship it before you list the item. I like Priority Mail because it takes the weighing out of the equation; flat-rate is the way to go.
  • I think it’s worth the $.45 to add three extra pictures.

EBay gets a 9% cut of your total sale, including shipping, and if you use PayPal (I highly recommend it), they charge a minimal fee too. But it’s worth it compared to what you would get from consignment or place that buys clothes.  If anyone’s interested, click here to see what I’m currently selling (less than three days left in some of the auctions as of today, so bid fast–yes, I’m shameless, but you could get a good deal buying on eBay too.)

Tomorrow: What I did with the money I made….