If somebody were to ask me "what is your perfect day?", I would say "shopping, while sipping cocktails and spotting celebrities." Amazingly, this is exactly what I did over the weekend. And this wasn't just any shopping...this was designer discount shopping! Heaven. So what am I talking about? OCRF's celeb-studded Super Saturday event. Hosts Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan and InStyle rolled out the red carpet for us commoners and celebs alike for the 16th annual fundraising event in the Hamptons. Everyone from Nicky Hilton and Lisa Rinna to Issac Mizrahi were there perusing booths of discounted clothing, beauty products, home goods and more- all benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Being a savvy (read: cheap) shopper, I was in my glory as prices were slashed as the day went on. My major score? A DVF dress that I ended up getting for $50! Like, what? A fab and fashionable time was had by all!
Hitching a free ride with the folks from Top Shelf Clothes
Fashionable friends- getting our shop on
Some people do drugs, sky-dive, get tattoos or gamble. Me? I shop. To me, finding a great deal is the greatest thrill, but the other day I upped the ante. For what I believe to be the first time ever, I bought a final sale dress, that I've never tried on, online. What would possess me to play such a game of fashion roulette? Well, the payoff is an amazing deal on an adorable Milly dress. One of my fave sites, Rent The Runway, is having their clearance event. You can buy high-end (and I do mean high) designer dresses for a fraction of the cost. RTR is already known for amazing rentable dresses for special occasions at a great price, but this clearance event is genius! Even though the dresses are previously worn, you know the quality will be great because of RTR's reputation and phenomenonal customer service. And, because all the dresses already have reviews, ratings, styling tips, and user photos online, you can do your research before clicking "purchase". The cost was already low, but with my credits, I was able to snag the dress fro about $60. Talk about a high!
As If you didn't know I was going to post about this sweater. It's not even that I love it, but I love what it represents. Wildfox has been on point lately ("shopping is my cardio"), with another winner in Aria's sweater from this week's "Pretty Little Liars" episode. Cher would be proud. Also, how obsessed are you with Caleb and Toby teaming up?? #Caloby
Aria in Wildfox "As If" sweater
A funny thing happened. Last week I told you about my contempt for the fashion industry forcing a new season upon me as I try to enjoy my pina colada poolside. I meant it. Until I walked into Nordstrom. A sucker for a sale, I popped in to one of my fave spots to see what scores I could snag. Their anniversary sale, called the N sale, is deemed a "fashion bash"- and it is. Everything from high-end to moderately priced just-in fall pieces on sale now before the season even starts (shoes, too!)! It started innocently enough, I thought maybe a new top to throw into the mix of my stale summer wardrobe, until a beyond beautiful leather shirt beckoned me from the corner. I tried to resist. "No, beautiful oxblood leather shirt," I said, "it's 97 degrees outside. Leave me alone!". But, I couldn't. I headed to the dressing room, with the sales girl trailing, "It's real leather!" she called after me, and it felt like butter. Ultimately, I left it on the rack knowing that the sale continues for a couple more weeks. I am still lusting after it, and several other studded stunners, that I imagine will probably end up in my closet. Don't worry, I didn't leave empty-handed, though. I picked up a Wildfox "Shopping is My Cardio" t-shirt that was the one item in the store not on sale, natch. The N sale is on until August 4th, then it's back to full price.
The shirt I almost (and might still) bought- Halogen Leather Front Top
Absolutely need this- so cute!- Steve Madden Tweed Peplum Trench Coat
Been drooling over these for a while, time to buy? Black or Brown??- Frye Melissa Harness Boot
The perfect excuse to buy some accessories? Loving these gloves!- Nordstrom Covered Stud Fingerless Leather Driving Gloves
Don't forget beauty deals! Voluspa candles are a staple in my house- the crisp champagne scent is one of my faves!- Voluspa Two-Wick Tin Candle Trio
Sunday Quickie Tip: One of my fave places for wardrobe staples is J Crew Factory. The quality of J Crew, but simplified (and at a lower price point). It's my go-to for everything from basic T's to adorbs dresses, like the one I wore on this week's The Rhode Show "Rhody Roundup". And I almost exclusively buy things when they're on sale since the site runs promos pretty much every week. Click fast though, they go quickly!
above: Me in J Crew Factory polka dot print dress with Pop Sugar Live host, Matthew Rodrigues, and comedian, Andrew Williams. Watch the segment below!
We all know the fall season is the holy grail of women's fashion. It's then that we really get to sink our teeth into new styles, layering techniques and, well, hot boots. I, like most who enjoy shopping, think fall is the absolute best time of year. That being said, can I please enjoy summer for 5 freakin' minutes? The summer sun has barely made a dent in warming up the chilly New England water temps, and already I'm seeing sweaters on racks. Relax, Anna Wintour, I'd like to at least wear a couple of my maxi dresses before banishing them to the back of the closet. But we, as shop-a-holics, can take advantage of the fashion industry's over-zealousness by shopping the summer sales going on now in the very height of this heat wave. Get your debit cards out, we're going sale-surfing!
Piperlime is offering an additional 25% off sale items through 7/16 with code "summer". Above: Young,Fabulous & Broke "Hamptons Sunset Ombre Dress"
J Crew Factory has their "clear the clearance" event with 50% off final sale items. Above: Factory "Paisley Tunic"