Friday, November 14, 2008

Auntie Anya

anya hindmarch anya hindmarch anya hindmarch
anya hindmarch anya hindmarch anya hindmarch
Can you guess which bags are Anya Hindmarch for Target & which are Anya Hindmarch?

Another "friends and family" sale has arrived in my inbox. And this time I have been personally invited by my dear Auntie Anya Hindmarch. Haha, I kid. This whole "friends & family" thing is such a joke. But I did receive an email inviting me to preview the warehouse moving sale this upcoming Monday 11/17. Here's the deal, you have to go to the sale website and register in order to enter the sale at their showroom. From my past experiences with Anya, she clearly loves to make her shoppers register for sale events; i.e. for the "I'm not a plastic bag" craze you had to register to even have the chance to try to purchase one of these totes online. Exclusivity should be her middle name. Anya "Exclusivity" Hindmarch. That has a nice ring.

I really like her line for Target but before I make any rash purchases I want to check out this sale Monday to see what the price differences are; target anya vs warehouse anya. Quality wise no comparison can be made between amazingly soft calf leather with naplack detailing and vinyl, but when it comes to style the're very similar & the anya for target is just as cute. The only downside to her target line is that it says "for target" on the exterior of the bags... that was just unnecessary!

key: top row is her line for target; and bottom is her designer line. The shine of the target line kind of gives it away!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Am I Chloe's friend and family?


November really is the best shopping month in NY. Not only are Barneys, Bloomies, and Saks having amazing sales, but there's also a designer sample sale almost every day of the week. Could a girl ask for more? YEESS....But she doesn't have to bc there's always "Friends and family". And thanks to Lila Delilah at Madison Ave Spy , I'm "friends and family" more often.

So I'll be at the Chloe sale tonight with all my fellow friends n family. I will be sure to let you know how it goes. For more info.

The Lucky shops sale (sponsored by Lucky Mag) that I mentioned last week was an overwhelming disaster. Its partially my fault because it started at 10 am and I got there at 4 (work always gets in the way of my There were just way too many people and the designer booths were teeny tiny. I couldn't be bothered fighting for the already picked over goods, so I walked away with only a pair of black leggings from Clu & 2 jersey layering tops from Twinkle by Wenlan. I know, pathetic...but when in doubt I go for the basics. My disappointment was soon reconciled by free gelato and full size giveaways from Garnier's new face product line, turning my frown upside down!
UPDATE 11/14/08: I went last night, mostly clothes, 60-85% reductions, obvi still expensive, my mom got a beautiful leather bag for $500 (pictures and plans for me borrowing it to follow), go early or theres a chance you won't get in, they randomly put out a few bags and shoes at a time (beware of pouncers).... Take it or leave it? Leave it.

Thursday, November 6, 2008



Even though I am going to Lucky shops sale this Friday, I could not bare the thought of missing another Tibi sample sale (I went to a gallery opening instead of the spring/summer sale... bad idea bc i was super jealous of my friend's amazingg finds). I am actually wearing the black crochet dress i bought (pic above) with a pair of super mod sigerson morrison mauve/ barney purple tall boots.

Also had to have this red silk blouse

Everything at the sale was 60-75% off retail and from the pre-fall & fall 2008 collection. Saks has some of the same pieces on sale now, but alot are still full price. Weird. Mostly everything from Tibi's pre-fall & fall 2008 look book was at the sale.

Tibi is one of my favorite designers, I love every pattern Amy Smilovic designs/uses. That is why I was surprised when I looked at Tibi's look book. Its kind of ridiculous. Tibi can definitely afford a model that knows how to do more than put her hands on her hips. Or is this look they were going for and i just don't get it? let me know what you think.

Anyway, be sure to check out the sale before its over on friday

days & time: Thursday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
location: Penthouse 15, 336 W. 37th St., btwn Eighth & Ninth Aves., 15th fl (212-966-3773)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Barista: what can I get you?
Me: tall coffee please
(I hand money to barista)
Barista: this ones on the house
(I look down to make sure my top isn't undone, and then look back at barista puzzled)
Barista: all tall coffees are on the house today to encourage people to vote
Me: Oh why didnt you say that to begin with, thanks
Free Election day coffees at Starbucks today!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Storming through Halloween

cred: Karl Lagerfield Spring 2009

I dressed as a tornado friday night. And for some reason still wasn't able to twist my way downtown in time to make the village halloween parade; but I definitely brought the storm to gramercy twirling and making wind sound effects at everyone who dare ask what I was and why there were barn yard animals and miniature cars dangling from my frock. I had the tornado from the film Twister more on my mind than that of the The Wizard of Oz, if you were wondering.

My motivation for an original costume always involves the parade, but for some reason the past two years I have missed it and that makes me really sad. So sad that I had to do brunch on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. It was my first time going to both of these lower east side brunch spots and I most definitely recommend them. Ok, here it is, my first "brunch review":

145 Avenue C (Northwest corner of 9th street)

On Saturday, after serious halloween celebrating/ tornado spinning the previous night, I was in serious need of an amazing breakfast. The first idea was an unlimited mimosa brunch, but the wait at Sunburnt Cow was an hour & a half and down the block was a cute place with outside seating and amazing looking food with only a 20 minute wait. Esperanto's brunch is only $10 including coffee and a choice of mimosa, bloody mary, or screwdriver. I had a mimosa (clearly) and the huevos rancheros. Everything was delicious, especially the home fries or as they called them 'home potatoes'....they had spicy seasoning and were perfectly crispy. I definitely recommend this place. I hope you like it, but if you don't I really wont feel that bad because its only $10 for food + a drink, and you cant beat that.

while you wait: Pick up a coffee at Ninth Street Espresso and wander into the beautifully maintained community park across the street

The Smith
55 Third Avenue (between 10th & 11th streets)

Quick Sunday breakfast at a diner turned into brunch at the Smith. Luckily for me my friend tricked me into thinking it was like a diner; I mean I guess she has only been to really amazing diners because if the smith can even be categorized as a diner then its a really F-ing good diner. If you chose a brunch item, it also includes a "morning" cocktail in the price. My friend and I both had to try the passion punch which was described as a passion fruit mojito. Delicious. I had the poached eggs potato waffle with spinach and caramelized onions. I am not even going to entertain the thought of explaining a potato waffle to you; You can figure that one out on your own.

while you wait: have a blood orange mimosa at the bar, be sure to over tip the extremely hansom bartender, he deserves it.