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Monday, November 30, 2009

World Aids day!

Shop for a good cause at M.A.C. Cosmetics on World AIDS Day. The company will match 100 percent of the sales for all Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass ($14 each) and donate it to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund. M.A.C. Columbus, 148 Columbus Ave., nr. 66th St. (212-769-0725); 10–7. M.A.C. Harlem, 202 W. 125th St., nr. Seventh Ave. (212-665-0676); 10–8. M.A.C. Flatiron, 1 E. 22nd St., nr. Broadway (212-677-6611); 10–8.
Enjoy,
Love, Kelie.

Recessionista files: Sample Sales.

Black Friday is long gone. But one thing New Yorkers can always count on is: sample sales. Shop on New York!
• Couture bridal dresses and evening-gown samples by Kelima K are 30 to 60 percent off. An ivory sheath with chiffon ruffles is $960 (originally $2,400), a silk taffeta ballgown with a shirred bodice is $895 (originally $1,695), and a short embossed silk dress is $575 (originally $895). Through 12/5. 229B Mott St., nr. Prince St. (212-334-6546); T–S (3–7).
• Handbags from L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers, and Kidrobot are up to 70 percent off. Prices range from $5 for small Kidrobot accessories to $150 for large L.A.M.B. handbags. The Keaton bag is $150 (originally $495), the Fisher clutch is $75 (originally $495), and the Kidrobot Slinger is $20 (originally $98). Through 12/3. 42 Greene St., nr. Broome St., second fl.; T (8–8), W–Th (10–7).
• Cashmere, cashmere-blend, and cotton apparel is up to 75 percent off at the Autumn Cashmere sample sale. 12/1–12/4 and 12/7–12/11. 231 W. 39th St., nr. Seventh Ave., ste. 924 (212-398-2244); T–F (9–7) and M–F (9–6).
Thanks ny mag!
Love, Kelie

Friday, November 27, 2009

Just because we love it!

Raffia bag. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere, $1,080. Available for purchase at Barneys New York.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Just because we love it and because it's Chanel!

Sunglasses by Chanel, $510, at select Chanel Boutique nationwide.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kick it!

If you live in New York, you know all about street walking. When you first move out here it's like being on an instant diet that actually works. Personally I lost at least 10 pounds on what we'll call: the "street walker" diet. On the flip side however walking this much is terrible for your heels! I am and will always be a die hard supporter of the high heel no matter how much walking I have to do. But this season a more casual kind of footwear caught my attention. The kick game is playing hard and everyone is tuning in.
DJ Mark Ronson for Gucci.
Comme des Garçons' take on Chuck Taylors. 212-604-9200 UES Upper Echelon Shoes.

We are loving the metallic finish, retro lines and hardware used on these fun styles. Everyone should consider adding at least one pair to their staples. There is a sneaker out there for every budget! So kick back, relax and enjoy the walk.

Love, Kelie

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just because we love it...and own it! Boot edition.

Ebbe cutout booties by BCBGMAXAZRIA, $275. Purchase here. Ok, let me explain. Yes, you read properly. I simply could not help myself. I went on a little shopping spree last weekend and bought these sky high BCBGMAXAZRIA booties! I know the economy is at a low but how will it ever recover if we don't give it a little push? Somehow this last statement helps dissipate all of my guilt. :) My wish list was long: chain purse, satchel, red wool coat, black skinny jeans, blue skinny jeans (the skinnier the better), boyfriend distressed jeans, button-down shirts, pearls, aviator shades, and on the very top of that list, boots - all kinds of boots: flat knee-high boots, rain boots, high heel boots, over-the-knee boots and of course booties. My spirits were high and so was the tab. But who cares? My Ebbe cutout booties were totally worth it! I did my part for the economy, will you do yours?
Love, Kelie
P.S.: I might let you in on some other great buys! Who knows? This might inspire you to give the economy a boost with a shopping spree of your own!

Monday, November 16, 2009

OMG Moment: So jealous!

Chanel has it's own magazine! Hip hip hurray! Here is your first look at the first issue of 31 rue Cambon. (the magazine was named in honor of the first Chanel store. Pretty classy! We like it!) Love, Kelie. P.S.: We're so jealous of purple Diary who collaborated with our idol, Karl Lagerfeld on the project! :) Good jealousy, of course.

Recessionista files.

Samples sales starting on 11/17/2009. Enjoy! ;) 1. Samples and stock are 70 percent off at the Marlies Dekkers lingerie sale. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl.; T–Th (10–6).
2. Shirts and hats are 70 percent off and hoodies are 75 percent off at the Kidrobot sample sale. Hoodies are $25, T-shirts are $15, and hats are $10. Through 11/18. 56 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave., second fl.; T–W (11–8). 3. Kooba handbags from current and past seasons are up to 80 percent off. Through 11/19. 141 W. 36th St., nr. Seventh Ave., nineteenth fl.; T–Th (10–2) and (3–8).

4. Classic crocodile clutches are 50 percent off at the Nancy Gonzalez sale. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl. (212-920-1211); T–Th (10–6).

5. Handbags, totes, clutches, and wallets are up to 80 percent off at the MCM sample sale. New merchandise will be added throughout the week. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl. (212-920-1211); T–Th (10–6).

6. Outerwear, sportswear, and dresses are up to 80 percent off at the Strenesse sample and stock sale. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl. (212-920-1211); T–Th (10–6). 7. Fall merchandise from Vivienne Westwood, Iodice, Bliss Lau, and Ilaria Nistri is up to 75 percent off. Prices range from $50 to $300. Through 11/29. Scatola Showroom, 544 W. 27th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., sixth fl.; Tu–F (10–7). 8. Receive 75 percent off women's ready-to-wear and men's suits, shirts, and accessories at the Christian Lacroix and Isaia Napoli sample sale. Through 11/21. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St.; T–F (10–7), S (10–2:30). Love, Kelie

Book it!

How could we not have known about mrs-o.org? This blog by Mary Tomer has been tracking Mrs. Obama's fashion sensibilities and has now compiled all her wardrobe picks in a book. Mrs. O, the face of fashion democracy includes Michelle's fashions from her wedding to the White House on top of interviews with designers like Isabel Toledo, Maria Pinto and of course, Jason Wu. Click here to order. You know we are! ;) Love, Kelie

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bill Blass to Reveal New Designer Soon

After filing for bankruptcy and shuttering about a year ago, Bill Blass is finally readying for a comeback that will hopefully beat the one Christina Aguilera attempted. Peacock Holdings bought the label for $10 million in late December of last year. Now the rumor is that Jeffrey Monteiro will be appointed head designer of the women's collection. Monteiro moved to New York from Australia to design for Mayle. He later was design director at Derek Lam, and launched his own collection in the fall. Peacock says they'll reveal a new designer in a few weeks. Maybe we'll see them on the runway soon. [WWD] [THE CUT]

Today's events and sales

EVENTS • Bare Escentuals opens a new 1,600-square-foot boutique in Times Square. The first 100 visitors on Friday and Saturday will receive a free T-shirt. 1585 Broadway, nr. 47th St. (212-220-0414); daily, 9–11. • Meet handbag and accessories designer Carlos Falchi at Bergdorf Goodman. Falchi will be signing handbags for all who attend. 754 Fifth Ave., at 57th St. (212-753-7300); 10–5. SALES STARTING TODAY • Clothing, shoes, jewelry, and bags by Surface to Air are 50 to 60 percent off. Through 11/15. 5 Crosby St., nr. Grand St., Ste. 6D; F–Su (noon–7). ENDING TODAY • Save up to 70 percent at the Tibi fall 2009 sample sale. The paisley tie-waist dress is $100 (originally $328), the silk strapless dress is $105 (originally $345), and the beaded shift dress is $168 (originally $528). 409 W. 39th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; W (1–7), Th (9–6), F (9–5). • Merchandise from Martin Margiela, DSquared, and Viktor & Rolf is discounted at the Staff USA sample sale. 220 W. 19th St., nr. Seventh Ave., eleventh fl.; Th–F (10–7). • Current samples and past-season items are up to 80 percent off at the Lewis Cho sample sale. 225 W. 36th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 702 (212-629-9329); Th (11–8), F (11–7). • Patricia Field and Baileys Irish Cream are pairing up to launch the Baileys Holiday Shoe Store to benefit the Clothes Off Our Back charity. Designer shoes from L.A.M.B., Barbara Bui, Sergio Rossi, and more are $75 apiece (originally $300 to $1,200). 421 W. Broadway, nr. Spring St.; W–F (11–7). • Bathing suits start at $30 and men's button-down shirts start at $50 at the Kathleen Cook and Orlando Carreras sample sale. 147 W. 35th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 1003; Th (10–8), F (10–7). • Sportswear is 75 percent off at the Lafayette 148 sale. 148 Lafayette St., nr. Grand St.; T–F (9–8). (THE CUT)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Spotlight on the Sartorialist

November 9Th post: The Sartorialist for Burberry's Art of The Trench (London) We could not resist these two cuties in matching trench coats!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Just because we love it! Boot edition.

Multi zipper ankle boots by Guiseppe Zanotti, $975. Purchase here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I heart revolution. I've seen it, now what?

Helen Keller said: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
I have to tell you about the film I just saw: I heart revolution, we're all in this together. I don't quite know how to put into words the emotions this movie stirred up inside of me. It touched me in ways that I can't explain, but will try any way.
About the film: Hilsong United, a worship team out of Australia, goes on a world tour and sheds light on the social issues they encounter along the way. In those 120 minutes, we see the life of the broken, the forgotten and the abused. The film is not so much about the immensity of the problems we have in this world but more so about the beauty of a single soul. In short, the film is about love.
About a week ago, a friend of mine asked me if I had ever been in love. He then proceeded to tell me what love was: "love is doing everything you can for the other person without expecting anything in return." The I heart revolution is not about charity, it is not about visibility but simply about humanity. It is one human being coming alongside another to offer help with no expectations. It's sitting down with a homeless person, it's helping a child in need with no fanfare, no announcement, no reward. Trying to fix everything that is wrong in this world is terrifying and overwhelming. "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Here, Nelson Mandela is saying that to fear is nothing but another human emotion that needs to be felt and overcome.
Remember that the goal is not for one person to bring an end to social injustice or stop natural disasters like hurricane Katrina and the tsunami from bringing devastation. But the focus is on that one person in need of a special and unique touch. It's not about the end but about the start. To find out the many cool ways you can join the revolution, start here.
Love, Kelie

Monday, November 2, 2009

Upcycling!

"Out with the old and in with the new", they say. But, how about taking the old and making it new? Now there's a concept worth looking into. In this economy, every little bit helps. Some pretend that the economy is doing great and continue to shop away. Some choose to shop their closets and add a few fashion pieces to it. Others choose not to shop at all which we do not recommend- there is nothing more depressing then wearing the exact same outfits as last season. No matter which category you fall under, here is something that you might want to consider: upcycling! Upcycling is recycling your clothes upward! "How?" you ask. Our latest contributor, Gloria's closet, will help you embrace the upcycler in you. Follow her as she tells you how to make a bubble skirt from a pair of old pleated trousers. Here is what you will need: - A pair of pleated trousers - Scissors - Elastic - Seam ripper - Thread (same color as trouser) - Sewing machine - Tape measure - Pins - Chalk Procedure: 1. Decide how long you want your skirt to be. It should be above the knee but not too short since this style rides up a bit while walking. Add 2" to that measurement to allow for the elastic to which we will sew to the hem to create that bubble effect. Fold pants, measure and cut. 2. Remove the inseam stitch using a seam ripper. Sew fronts of legs together at Center Front seam and backs together at Center Back, mimicking the original seam. 3. Measure length of elastic. Should be long enough to walk comfortably, but short enough to create a cool gathered effect. Add 1" to overlap the ends when you sew them together. 4. Sew the elastic ends together, overlapping 1". 5. "Quarter" the elastic into 4 equal sections, marking with pins or chalk. Pin to the bottom of the skirt on the inside folding 1/2" of fabric from the bottom of the skirt over the edge of the elastic and lining up the pins on quartered elastic with the four seams of the skirt (2 sides, center front and center back). Elastic should be narrower than the skirt bottom. 6. Sew elastic, stretching it as you sew and using zigzag stitches. 7. Turn over and sew again using zigzag stitches. And voila! Love, Gloria's Closet

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn