Thursday, May 28, 2009

$5 For You @ Urban Outfitters

While browsing the internet I came across some amazing deals at Urban Outfitters. Yes, you heard me right Urban Outfitters. Normally, I don't shop there unless it's for something specific... the hipster teens and high prices make it less than desirable but, now they have an amazing $5 sale section on their website for a limited time. Here are some of my favorite picks:
  • Pearl and Ring Drop Earrings, simple and chic $4.99
  • First Lady Sunglasses, to channel a little Jackie O $4.99
  • The Micro Terrarium would make a nice office/housewarming gift $3.99
  • Kimchi Blue Denim Halter Top, only available in size XS (sigh) $4.99
  • Yes We Can by Paula Munier for the activist in your life $4.99
  • Cut Out Hoop Initial Earrings, I'm always looking for the "I" $4.99
  • Studded Sunglasses for those glam days at the beach $4.99
  • Wide Eyes Sunglasses, basic and chic $4.99
  • Lucha Libre Key Caps, another potential housewarming gift LUCHARAN! $4.99
  • Wizard of Oz Glasses, with original illustrations from the L Frank Baum's classic. $4.99
  • Hello Kitty Vinyl Collectibles, series 2! I wonder what Series 1 looked like? $4.99
  • Pocket Jesus, because that's hilarious! $2.99

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Burberry Day!

In the spirit of New York being the fashion capital of the world or just a major grand opening... Mayor Bloomberg has declared this Thursday, May 28, to be "Burberry Day" in New York City, coinciding with the official lighting of the Burberry logo on the rooftop of the brand's new U.S. headquarters at 444 Madison Avenue. The 50-foot long logo will join the rest of the city skyline with a fĂȘte starring Christopher Bailey, Burberry head Angela Ahrendts, and over 300 guests. Invite lost in the mail? Burberry fans are invited to celebrate along by supporting The Burberry Foundation, an organization which invests in select charities focused on supporting young people in the key cities in regions where the majority of Burberry employees live and work, and where they are able to participate in volunteer roles with Burberry Foundation charity partners on the ground. Twenty percent of all purchases made in Burberry New York stores at 57th Street and Spring Street in SoHo on the Thursday will be donated to the foundation.The company's headquarters at 444 Madison (at 50th Street) opened just last month, and plans are in the works to make the area a bona fide Burberry universe. In addition to the two existing stores in Manhattan, Burberry is planning to open two 1600 square foot stores on either side of the headquarters building in October. So break out your Burberry (or your knock off) and join in the festivities, or just show it off...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Never TOO Old....

Some might think that modeling is a young girls game. We don't see Cristy Turnlington or Cindy Crawford gracing the covers of all major fashion glossies anymore but Daphne Selfe, Britains' oldest model, might beg to differ. She has been modeling since the 50s and continues to work today at a rate of a thousand pounds a day!

Miss Selfe's modelling career blossomed in older age as she promoted the benefits of going grey. "My hair is my fortune, it made me more striking," she said. "Other younger models admire me but they're not jealous as I'm not a threat. I have a niche all of my own."I don't feel a day over 60. It's fantastic. I'll continue modelling until they stop asking. It love it. It's fun and keeps me young. I was never one for wild parties and I've never had any need to get drunk." Check out the rest of the article here.

Considering the fact that many luxury brands are returning to featuring the faces of gorgeous late-30s and 40-something supermodels, I have a feeling that we're going to continue seeing more of Ms. Selfe and other 80 year old models in the future.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Hats Off In Rememberance!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! There are sales everywhere, good luck with all the shopping...

That being said, one of the spring/summer trends that I have been interested in trying out is the fedora. Commonly worn by older Spanish gentlemen wearing guayaberas and playing dominoes the fedora has been in almost every store as I browsed through searching for spring/summer work attire. So, one of my gentleman friends (who knows about these things) bought me a super cute straw fedora at a street fair near his church for $15.00!!! Shocker to me since I was used to seeing the nicest ones at very high price points. Since he picked it up some unknown location, I don't want to send you all on a fedora wild goose chase and have found some similar items for your ordering.

....$7.99 @ Urban Outfitters..................................................................... $11.96 @ NY&Co

...........................................................$12.00 @ Luxury Divas

........$6.49 @ Torrid....................................................................... $12.99 @ Shop2Divas

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bargain Alternative

I love playing this game! Which one is the more expensive one based on the picture alone? Keep reading to find out but keep in mind the choice you made. That being said...

I have been on quite a fervent search for a pair of totally awesome looking (and comfy) snake print flats. Apparently they were only selling the stylish ones for two weeks two months ago. Bummer for me until I found these totally awesome gray ones (left). Alas, they are ridiculously expensive. I love Beirn especially since I got an amazing birthday gift from them last year but $210.00 is too much to spend on something that I am likely to put holes in. So, the search continued until I found a great alternative option. Rocket Dog is one of my favorite shoe brands and I was so excited when I found these shoes (right) at a DSW. Unfortunately, they didn't have them in my size but I was able to track some down on the Rocket Dog website. What I really like about them besides their inexpensive price tag is the fact that they are a whole lots sturdier than the expensive version and from my experience I know would last much longer!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Warm Weather Defense

I am so unbelievably excited that summer is here. Too bad that this Memorial Day weekend will be such a cloudy rainy mess... But, thinking forward to all those warm sunny days I am reminded that with summer comes one major concern: defending my skin from the harsh rays of the sun. After last years pink stripe incident I will definitely be more vigilant when it comes to applying sunscreen etc. While looking for SPF options I found this really cool kit from Sephora.The Sephora Sun Safety Kit brings you an awesome sampling of summer skincare must-haves! It's perfect for me because I'm always unsure of what I need, hence pink stripe. And of course there is always the lingering fact that sun exposure is the #1 cause of wrinkles and skin damage. What I also like about this product is that 100% of the net profits from the sales of this set will be donated to The Skin Cancer Foundation. It's like Product Red but for your skin! And, there is also a beach bag made from recycled plastic. The kit includes a whole bunch of awsome beauty products and for $22.50 is a frugalicious bargain. Here's to having (safe) fun in the sun.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bargain Beauty

We talked about the inexpensive vibrating mascara but, let's face it ladies, that is not the only kind of make up we use. If only it could be that simple... But, I digress. One of the product lines that I was very eager to try was Sally Hansen's Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy. Unfortunately, in my area it is a bit difficult to find but, finally last weekend I was able to pick up some items. Having previously purchased Sally Hansen Airbrush foundation I was eager to try the newest one from Sally Hansen. I definitely was not going to purchase the other alternative. So this morning I tried it out. I recommend spraying it onto a sponge so you can stipple it onto your face. That is much more accurate than just spraying it directly onto your face and blends better than using you hands. Check out this video of Carmindy doing it. It is so light and not noticeable I really like it. The Beige/Dark color I got is perfect for summer when I'm a little tanner.

I have also been on the search for a new blush because the shades that I was using before were
kind of dark. Plus for the summer I was gifted a super sheer pink Acerola Rush lipgloss from my old boss and the combo just looks funny. So, while I was shopping for foundation I came across some awesome blush. It's light enough that it actually makes me look flushed but, not unnaturally so and it's perfect for the summer. I recommend using a big fluffy brush for blush. Overall, I am super happy with my Natural Beauty purchases. For the cost and ease of use they fit the bill perfectly and I would highly recommend these products I can't wait to try out the other products.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Affordable Designer...

Who knew khaki could be so exciting? The Gap has partnered up with the hippest designers to remake something basic into something absolutely covetable. Simple is Sexy! This year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees (including Vena Cava and Alexander Wang) have reworked Gap’s classic khaki fabric into fabulous creations which will launch in stores on June 16th. Personally, I can't wait because these pictures look like come of the items could be work worthy.

And speaking of a designer collaboration that is not so work worthy. Tracy Feith for Target's Go International line hit stores on Monday and although I haven't had a chance to take a look I would bet that it is flying of the shelves. Perfect for bumming around at the beach on those warm summer says when I'll probably be sitting in my office working. O well, There are always weekends.

There are also some sample sales going on that I think are worth checking out:
  • J Rosen is having their fabulous designer bathing suit, flip flop, and jewelry sample sale with new merchandise arriving daily. The swimsuit designers include Vix, Sofia by Vix, Hermanny, and Lisa Curran, who are normally sold at Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdale's, Scoop, and Intermix. The designer jewelry includes earrings with semi-precious stones, gold bangles, and necklaces. Cocobelle Sandals normally $95 only $40!!.There is always something fun and exciting to find at this sale with a wide variety of bikinis, one-pieces, and tankinis. Mix and match sizes to find the perfect fit! And when J Rosen has a sample sale most of the other showrooms in the building do as well.
  • Clothingline is having a theory sample sale, with over 5000 units of mostly new merchandise and some restock including shirts, knits, shorts, pants, denim, dresses & more
    tees $29 knits, shirts & sweaters $69 - $89 shorts, skirts & pants $59 - $89 dresses $99 blazers $139 sizes 00 - 12 / petite - xlarge
  • Opening yesterday was the Gilt Groupe sample sale at my fav eco sample sale location. Follow the map and find the treasure.
  • Burberry has the goods and starting today they're giving you 40% off that's nearly half off select items from the 2009 spring and summer collections for men and women. and it doesn't end there accessories are included in the bundle.

I'll Let You In On A Secret...

With the new vibrating mascara trend, it’s only natural that the more affordable brands get on the bandwagon. I definitely would not spend $34.00+ to try this out. I will however shell out a cool $15.00 or so. Maybelline has entered the arena with a vibrating version of their own. The Maybelline Pulse Perfection puts out 7,000 vibrations per minute, which results in longer, thicker lashes, without clumping but while still mimicking the zig zag motion of mascara application performed by professional makeup artists.

Here's what has enticed me to take the leap. Unlike other vibrating mascaras that come vibrating the second you free the wand from the tube, Maybelline’s Pulse is manual, so you control when it should vibrate. Also, the vibration is relatively faint, and easy to control.

The Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara comes in “black” and “very black”, retails for $14.95, and will make its debut in stores in June. Can’t wait that long? You’re in luck: select retailers will be selling this amazing item starting May 18th. Simply go to, which will take you to one of four retailers: CVS, Target, Walgreens or Walmart to purchase the mascara. Naturally, Walmart is the cheapest overall with their 97 cent shipping. Check back for more updates, I'm going to try my hardest.