Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Join CouponMountain's Facebook Group and One Dollar Will Go to Toys for Tots

 


The holidays are coming to an end and a New Year is about to begin. Hopefully the season was full of joy for you. But for some kids, Santa doesn’t make a stop at their house to bring them a favorite toy or a gift.  I was painfully reminded of this while watching the news this week.  There were long lines this holiday season at shelters and various charities  giving out food and toys to kids.  That's why its so great that there are programs like Toys for Tots, helping by providing thousands of toys for families in need.

To help this great cause, CouponMountain.com (an online coupon code site) has pledged to give up to $50,000 to Toys for Tots.  And you can help determine how much Toys for Tots will get from Coupon Mountain.  Because they’re going to give $1 to Toys for Tots for every Facebook Fan they have by Dec. 31, 2010.  No donation is required from you, just a simple click.   Now that's a real bargain!

So please – take a minute to log on and “Like” CouponMountain. Then pass it on.

How You Can Give $1 to Toys for Tots:
·      Go to: www.Facebook.com/CouponMountain
·      Select “Like”
·      CouponMountain will donate $1
·      Spread the word to your friends


Coupon Mountain is a great resource for finding deals.  They usually post new deals and coupons everyday in their Facebook group.   I think that you will find the information helpful.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Monday, December 13, 2010

ShopStyle Offers 10 Days of Holiday Giveaways


Love luxury? Most of us do.  We just don't love the credit card bills when we buy luxe.  That's why you might want to check out ShopStyle’s 10 Days of Holiday Giveaways, running through December 18. Each day, the website is unveiling a new prize — and accepting new entries. To enter the daily giveaways, click on over to  www.shopstyle.com/holiday-giveaway


Some of the best prizes are coming up.  My spies tell me that they will be giving away a Classic Burberry Cashmere Scarf, along with a Burberry Fragrance Coffret and Burberry Signature Bear.  Love me some Burberry!  And stay tuned for the "big get", on Wednesday, ShopStyle will be giving away a $1000 gift card to Saks!  You know, the store that has a flagship on Fifth Avenue in New York. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Daily Wish: American Express' online marketplace offers Holiday Deals



Have any of you heard about the special holiday sales from American Express’ online marketplace, Daily Wish, including a half-price new BMW? This week, the site will be offering AMEX card members unprecedented deals on the following items.  Some of these will make great holiday gifts:
 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14:
    • Walmart sales:
      • $100 back when you spend $200 or more at Walmart (think Norma Kamali!)
      • $30 back when you spend $100 or more at Walmart
    • Golfsmith sales:
      • $100 back when you spend $200 or more at Golfsmith
      • $25 back when you spend $100 or more at Golfsmith
 
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15:
    • Samsung sales:
      • Galaxy Tab tablet PC (Verizon-enabled) for $399.99 (regularly $599.99)
      • Interchangeable lens digital camera for $399.99 (regularly $599.99)
      • Dual-view 14.2-megapixel digital camera  for $219.99 (regularly $329.99)
      • 12.2-megapixel, 15x zoom camera bundle for $179.99 (regularly $269.99)
    • Blue Nile sales:
      • Black onyx and silver necklace for $157.50 (regularly $225)
      • 30% off when you create your own charm bracelet
      • Jewel-tone pearl bracelet for $77 (regularly $110)
      • $50 back when you spend $100 or more on jewelry from Blue Nile
 
  • Thursday, Dec. 16:
    • hhgregg sales:
      • $150 back when you spend $300 or more on consumer electronics or appliances at hhgregg.com
      • $50 back when you spend $200 or more on consumer electronics or appliances at hhgregg.com
    • BMW sale:
      • Half-price 2011 BMW 328i for $17,263 (regularly $34,525) from American Express Auto Purchasing Program
All Daily Wish sales are conducted for a limited time, with a limited quantity available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cardmembers can visit DailyWish.com to sign up for weekly alerts to get the sale times in advance and ensure they don’t miss a second of the action, or an unbeatable deal.
 
In addition, it’s also the last week for Daily Wish’s first-ever Wish-A-Day Giveaway program, which integrates Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare to offer card members the opportunity to win valuable prizes like tickets to exclusive events and even a $15,000 ultimate getaway. Card members can sign up and enter at http://wishaday.amexnetwork.com.  I already entered.  Fingers crossed and toes too!
 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Remember to look for Holiday Coupon Codes Before You Buy


When you're doing your holiday shopping this season, remember to look for a coupon code before you buy. Coupons for discounts on all kinds of  merchandise can be found at Coupon Cabin, CouponMountain.com, Sale.com and RetailME.not.  Remember taking a few minutes to search one of these helpful sites, or doing a Google search for your item, plus the key word "coupon code" can result in real savings.  Most websites allow you save items in your shopping cart, and then come back to them to purchase.  So save your items, and then go look for your savings code. Every little bit helps because it all adds up.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Diane von Furstenberg on sale at Haute Look



Online shopping club HauteLook is celebrating their 3 year anniversary today with a special sale.  HauteLook will be offering some special surprise perks to their members throughout the day and is partnering with global luxury brand Diane von Furstenberg  for a special sale event exclusively on the new HauteLook Events on Facebook page beginning at 1pmPST/4pmEST. The 48-hour sale will feature pieces from DVF’s current collection including dresses, tops, skirts, leggings and accessories all at savings of up to 60% off retail. Shoppers who are fans of DVF on Facebook will also be able to access the sale event, directly from a tab on DVF’s Facebook page or from their stream. So if you are a Facebook user, you have a number of ways to shop. 

If you haven't shopped HauteLook, here's my invitation for you to use to check it out! US and Canada:, Join HauteLook as our Guest.  To celebrate HauteLook' s anniversary enter to win a $300.00 HauteLook gift card on our sister site, The Recessionista.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Avoid "Gift Grimmace" with Nokia Facebook Apps: Share Your Holiday Gift Wish List


Nokia has introduced two new Facebook apps that aim to optimize gift buying.  How? By letting you share your wish list with those that may be buying for you.  The goal is to let people know exactly what you want, so they don't get you the wrong gift. Even better, they can carry your gift list with them to the store on their mobile phone so they don't get the wrong gift.   You can also list the items with the best prices, if you are a savvy shopper.  The new Nokia Facebook Apps are designed to put an end to your gift returns, or even worse, gifts that end up unused or in the dustbin.

Gift Together is for people who want to group together to buy a phone for someone. It helps them band together to help spread the cost of the perfect gift.

Help Me Choose is really rather clever. The app allows gift givers to connect with friends of the intended recipient without needing to be their Facebook friend. Buying presents for teenagers is pretty tricky, but with this app you can get advice as to the perfect gift.

If you seek to automate your Holiday gift giving, these free apps maybe worth a look.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Divine Design: Heavenly Shopping for a Good Cause


Project Angel Food's Divine Design starts this week in Los Angeles from December 3rd through the 6th. This unique shopping extravaganza offers fabuless fashion, home, beauty and gift items at 50-90% off. Check their website for details and tickets at Divine by Design.  Click here for details about the Gala Opening Event and VIP shopping party. The sale benefits a cause that is near & dear to my heart: Project Angel Food. Project Angel Food is a free meal-delivery program that serves men, women and children debilitated by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses throughout Los Angeles County. The program literally brings nourishment to the needy. And this week, it will bring retail nourishment to holiday shoppers looking for a bargain. Over 200 designers contributed to this year's sale. Featured designers @ Divine Design include: BCBG, LAMB, Ports 1961, Trina Turk and many more. The sale features men's clothing (Ted Baker), children's clothes & toys, plus designer brands favored by fashioinistas everywhere.

There's also a nice selection of Barbie stuff and kids' toys. I shop the sale for nice gifts for my holiday girlfriend gift packets (stocking stuffers), clothes for work and trinkets for my niece & nephew. I treasure my Trina Turk cashmere sweater that I got at 2 years ago at the sale. I snagged if for well under $100.00.

If you are interested in attending, here are a few things you need to know:

1 ) You need to purchase a ticket to attend the sale at the door. However, there is a coupon available here offering a $10.00 discount on the ticket. If you pay, remember the price of the ticket is tax deductible as it benefits Project Angel Food.

2) Prices on all the goods will decrease as the sale goes on. Yes, each day the price will drop. So, the lowest prices will be on Dec. 6th, the last day of the sale. However, you might not want to wait until the very last day. I usually do wait until after the opening day to make my purchases, so that the prices will be lower.

The sale is open to the general public starting Dec. 3rd at 10:00 am pst. It will be held in the old Robinson-May store adjacent to the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For directions, click here

Saturday, November 27, 2010

HUDSON Jeans Facebook VIP event for Cyber Monday

HUDSON Jeans will host a 24-hour VIP sale event for Facebook Fans ONLY! This exclusive special will offer fans  a good deal: 40% off select HUDSON styles.  To take advantage of the sale, you need to "Like" the HUDSON Jeans Facebook Page and come back on Cyber Monday - 11/29 - to access the promo code.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kate Middleton's Style Essentials

I've been completely charmed by Kate Middleton's fashion sense for some time.  She always looks incredible, but very accessible and down to earth.  Her looks combine couture and off the rack with great taste.  No wonder.  Kate was an accessories buyer for British fashion chain Jigsaw.  Jigsaw sells classic looks that are elegant but not too trendy. It's not your typical club wear.  You can wear it out, but also to the office. Their fashions are well-priced and suitable for the everyday working woman.  I can understand why Kate Middleton was a buyer for them.  She has a classic look that is well pulled together and very chic.  I loved what she wore on the day of her engagement announcement, the simple midnight blue dress paired with Diana's diamond and sapphire engagement ring  was simple and striking.  People Magazine recently featured an pictorial spread on  Kate's Style Essentials.  With the news of her engagement, and the expectation that she will be the future Queen of England, it's worth talking a look at what this young trendsetter likes. Following are some of her top picks:

Hats: She wears them well, whether feathered or pill box. You can't be a member of the British Royal Family without hat skills:)
Gowns: From BCBG to a stunning pink Issa gown Kate has shown style in long evening gowns.


Pictured: Kate in a a fall favorite : boots, black tights, jacket and slim skirt.

Boots and slim skirts;  Kate likes to wear the classic fall uniform of plaid skirt, black tights, boots, turtle necks and a short jacket.
Tailored Coats:  Living in England  tailored coats and jackets, are essential this time of year.
Wrap Dresses: Kate likes wrap dresses that according to People are " figure-flattering yet ladylike.
Blue Jeans: Like Diana before her, she likes a casual jeans look, paired with a good looking top or sweater.
Long Necklaces:  Kate has a preference for long beaded necklaces worn with everything from jeans to sheath dresses.

Prints: Think DVF. Kate has been spotted in some great print dresses. Celia Birtwell was made for her!
Kate's style essentials can be found at reasonably priced stores like H&M, Black and White Market,  The Limited,  New Look, Selfridge, Macy's,The OutNet.com, BCBG (which she has worn) and of course, JigSaw.  So far, excepting some of her Ascot races type hats, everything she has worn is available at off the rack prices. Could this be the new Princess style?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sophie Dahl's Designer Frocks on eBay for Auction


Want to wear Prada to the Christmas Party? How about gracing the festive scene in Chanel and Jimmy Choos? The Roald Dahl Museum will be holding a charity eBay auction this festive season with a little sprinkling of seasonal magic. They have a phizz-whizzing collection of designer clothes donated by our patron, the writer and former model, Sophie Dahl, with the intention of selling these on eBay to raise money for the Museum. The auction will take place from 25 November to 5 DecemberClick here for the sneak preview.

 Pictured: Sophie Dahl's Issa dress will be on auction on eBay.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Enter Maggiano's Holiday Banquet to win Dinner for 20


The holidays can be such a busy time, especially if you are a shopaholic like moi! That's why I entered to win Maggiano's Holiday Banquet for 20 people. I need to conserve my time for shopping, and let someone else help with the cooking.  Our family sincerely likes the food at theMaggiano's restaurants, the reasonable prices and the family style sharing.  Some of our favorites are the Chicken Piccata, the Stuffed Mushrooms. Pepperoni Flatbread,  Mom's Lasagna and Eggplant Parmigiana.  Everyone can share the dishes, its always so much fun.  The contest is on now until  Wednesday, Dec. 1.  What a great opportunity to host a large group but not have to work?  The winner will be announced on Dec. 3.  Click here to enter.   I already entered :)  I love a traditional Italian feast on Christmas Eve or earlier.
Did you know Maggiano's has Gluetin free pasta, and it's delicious? My nephew is on a wheat free  diet loves it, and I do too!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Deal Watch: Pre Black Friday Look-Out


As the holidays approach, we no longer needs a crystal ball to forecast where the best deals are. So much is now available via the Internet.  The Internet and Google have become our new best shopping friends. A few simple searches, can yield some great savings. Here are a few I have my eye on:

* Lanvin for H&M: The french design house launches their budget line with H&M on Nov 20th in the US & Canada, and Nov 23 in Europe.
* e-Bay is really gearing up for the holiday season.  Their prices are competitive with major retailers, and they are now offering coupons. You know all the Toys from Black Friday sales will turn up on eBay right away, and then they will be sold out at Toys R Us and other retailers.  eBay becomes the black market for toys.  Click here to get all the cool new eBay coupons for savings, on well, everything.
*In-Style's holiday coupons. Check out the deals and coupons on the In-Style site.  I just discovered this via an ad, and there as some good deals here.
* Black Friday deals.  It goes without saying that if you have the inner strength and good shoes, you might be able to snag some good deals the day after Thanksgiving.  Of course, Black Friday is now almost of whole month of savings, really look at the prices and compare using a tool like NexTag or BizRate. Follow the Black Friday deals online to see all the specials.
* Gettington: Have you heard about this website and catalog store? I found out about them at BlogHer.  Their Black Friday deals start tomorrow, and they have just about everything.  But here's the unique twist on Gettington.  The site show you what kind of finance fees you will be paying over time of your items.  I really like that they show you how the finance charges add up.   I added a big screen TV to my shopping cart, and Gettington shows the buyer  how to weigh the real cost of their  purchase by factoring in  payment options and financing.


Pictured: An example of payment options for a big screen TV at a cost of $599.95 can double to $1,1195 with some finance fees if you don't pay it off right away. 
* Sears Friends &  Family Sale : Click here for the savings!  Sears Family & Friends flyer that details all offers and Sears In-Store Bonus Savings Passes.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

H&M Releases a Super Holiday Collection

Pictured: I'm loving this long red dress priced at $39.95 US from the H&M holiday collection 2010.

As we all wait for the release of H&M for Lanvin (now happening Nov. 20, not Nov. 23 as first reported), H&M has undercut itself with a low-priced holiday collection available in stores now. There are great party dress, tuxedo jackets and event a jacket with old fashioned tails for women. “Tailcoats can be worn with a long skirt and a lingerie-inspired top,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Head of Design. “Or over a feminine dress, or even with jeans and a T-shirt glammed up with bright red high heels.” Ann-Sofie says the details are key. “Hair accessories add a special twist this winter. I love the sequin and feather accessories, and there’s also a lot of beautiful jewelry”. For men, it’s all about the tuxedo. “Wear it the classic way with matching pants, a crisp white bib shirt, bow tie and patent leather shoes; be daring and combine a color and pattern mix with a checked shirt and tartan bow-tie, or wear it with jeans, a printed T-shirt and high-tops.”


Pictured: A sampling of the H&M holiday 2010 looks.

I'm loving the pictures of this collection and I'll be looking for it in stores. The Tuxedo jackets are just $50.00 US and there are great dresses for little girls for under $10.00 US.  Stay tuned for an in-store evaluation, as I will be shopping this line!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Deal Alert: Fashion Savings Coming-up!


There's been so much going on this week in the world of fashion, news and sales that it's time for a round-up post on all the news I want to share.  This round-up spans the planet in an attempt to bring you the best for less.   Here we go!



 Pictured: The November selection from Christian Siriano's new accessories website.

Christian Siriano Launches Accessories website: People Magazine reports that Project Runway Alumni Christian has just launched an accessories website called Send the Trend.  The site features sunglasses, jewelry, scarves and more.  You might want to give it a look, as accessories remain a great, low cost way to update your wardrobe. Christian's idea is to website visitors take a quick style quiz. After their purchase, they will receive personalized product recommendations on the first of every month.  The cost of the items is under $30.00, so it might be worth a look.

International: Save the Date: The OutNet's Friends and Family sale is coming up November 12th.  The OutNet is promising savings of 80% off, so you might want to check this one out on the 12th.  Click here to get the alert on the sale. Remember this sale last year? It was pretty hard to get the goods, but those who got in early scored BIG savings on designer goods.  I'll be visiting the sale this year to see if I can snag some deals! The OutNet ships internationally, so many readers will be able to benefit from the savings.

US: The Nordstrom's Half- Yearly sale for Women & Kids has begun. Get FREE SHIPPING on online orders of $100 or more. Use promo code HOLIDAY10.

UK Designer Sale:  Website Designer Sales UK ( www.designersales.co.uk) tells me they will be offering a 90% off sale on Nov. 26 & 27.  Shop that day for special holiday savings.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Limited Friends & Family Sale Featuring Jodi Arnold

Pictured: The Limited Sale is on this weekend!

The Limited Friends & Family Sale has begun:  Look for special savings this weekend at your local Limited store.  I already placed an order for items from the Jodi Arnold collection that I love. I just ordered the Cabernet Tunic and the Lace Print Dolmain.  Of course, the sale prices are so attractive, I may be going back soon to order the Chiffon Applique Jazz Top and the Boyfriend Jacket.  Use code 202 to save if you order online.

 Pictured: Jodi's Arnold 1920's Style Chiffon Top is part of The Limited's Sale

If you're in the Los Angeles area, the Glendale Galleria store will have a special event with a DJ, photo ops, gift card raffles and more. Everyone will be there! On  Tuesday, 11/9  The Limited at Glendale Galleria  is hosting an exclusive fashion event with special guests like celebrity stylist Jeannie Mai.  Click here for details.  There will be an exclusive fashion and shopping event hosted by: Celebrity stylist and host of The Style Network's "How Do I Look", Jeannie Mai; best-selling author and career style expert, Nicole Williams; and Senior VP of Design for The Limited, Elliot Staples.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Derek Lam to Design Crowd Sourced Collection for eBay from NYFW

 Pictured: One of my favorites from Derek Lam's Spring 2011 collection at New York Fashion week. (photo:  Getty Images)

This just in from The Recessionista's radar alert system.  High-end designer Derek Lam has announced plans to design and produce the first-ever crowd sourced collection exclusively on eBay.  Coach previously crowd sourced a handbag collection by letting customers vote online for their favorites. Lam will unveil a ready-to-wear collection of original designs at a presentation during New York Fashion Week in February 2011 and invite shoppers to vote for their favorites on eBay.com. The voting will allow consumers to raise their collective voice about which pieces are produced for the exclusive collection. This is quite a different approach than the usual fashion week routine of exhibiting for retailers, who choose which pieces from a designer's collection to stock in  stores.  I like this approach.  Fashion Week should be for the end-user, the customer who wears the clothes, not the buyer for the department store.  The final collection will be available for purchase in Spring/Summer 2011 at  fixed price points (read that as "Buy It Now").  The goal is to deliver shoppers immediate, in season access to Lam’s signature designs at prices that will presumably be below his collections at Barney's, exclusively on eBay.   Kudos to Derek Lam for taking an innovative approach to fashion week. I look forward to voting on the collection!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Kate Moss for Topshop Collection in Stores Nov, 2nd

I've been so excited about the upcoming H&M collection from Lanvin, that I almost forget Topshop will launch a new Kate Moss collection on Nov. 2nd.  The collection arrives just in time for the holidays.  If you're in London, the collection will launch at Topshop tomorrow, Nov. 1st at the Oxford Circus store.  Click here to get the details, and learn about Vogue's Shopping Event. I'll be interested to see what the new collection is all about.  I expect to see evening wear and holiday sequins and bling.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ZYNC FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS PRESENTS LUCKY SHOPS 2010




If you love to shop, and you have the new American Express ZYNC card, there's a special shopping event in NYC coming up  that you may wish to get in on.  American Express’ newest charge card ZYNC is partnering with Lucky, to present the seventh annual LUCKY SHOPS event, an ultimate shopping experience. Lucky Shops 2010 will feature over 60 designers and retailers from fashion icons and cult favorites to up-and-coming brands. Favorite fashions, handbags, shoes, jewelry and more will be available with items selling at up to 70% off retail.  There will be music, refreshments, giveaways plus...bargains!


In November, ZYNC will be hosting an exclusive ZYNC Card boutique on-site where shoppers can stop by and check out some of Lucky’s favorite designers, including Tucker, Alex Woo, Twinkle by Wenlan, Tina Tang, and Yumi Kim. The Boutique will also offer guests a chance to win signature pieces from Yumi Kim, Tina Tang and Alex Woo.


ZYNC Card members will enjoy exclusive perks and privileges, including:

· Entry tickets 15% off the regular price at www.LuckyShops.com

· Quick pass to the event via a VIP entrance

· One hour early access prior to doors opening on both days

· Personal shoppers on-site to assist with any shopping and fashion queries

· A trendy purple scarf gift with any purchase on-site

· Immediate ZYNC Card member access and special gift via on-site acquisition


ZYNC is also taking the shopping experience beyond the event by providing consumers with access to shop the ZYNC Lucky Shops on-site designer boutique online at boutiques.refinery29.com through April 2011. Fashionistas will be able to seek advice from Lucky Alpha Shopper Bloggers via e-mail while perusing the online store. ZYNC Card members will have the additional benefits of accessing a Cardmember-only ZYNC Boutique and having early access to the Daily Deals.


WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), NYC

WHEN: November 4-6, 2010

VIP Shopping Party – November 4 6PM-9PM

Friday Preview Pass – November 5, 11AM-8PM

Friday General Admission – November 5, 12PM-8PM


Saturday General Admission – 11AM-5PM

*ZYNC Cardmembers will be allowed VIP access ONE HOUR prior to doors open both days*

Kohl's One Day Sale: Halloween Savings + More

If you're still looking for a Halloween costume, or some decorations for your home, you might want to check out Kohl's 1 day sale today.   You can save an extra 15% to 30% and get Kohl's cash too.

Coming Attractions: Lanvin for H&M

Pictured: From an H&M advertisement, the new Lanvin collection. (photo H&M)

The bible of Women's fashion, Women's Wear Daily has the scoop on the upcoming Lanvin for H&M Collection. According to WWD,  " Lanvin will stage a fashion show in New York on Nov. 18 showcasing designer Alber Elbaz’s creations for Swedish fast-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, including some one-off customized outfits that will be sold for charity afterward. "  The New York show will be held at The Plaza Hotel.  The next day, H&M will host an exclusive preview at their store in Las Vegas.  I will be attending the Las Vegas event along with my two friends, my two Olympus cameras, including the new Pen. My spies tell me that the new H&M Las Vegas store is the largest H&M on the planet. Naturally, I'll be shopping and snapping away to give you all exclusive views of the collection along with my reviews of the pieces vis`-a-vis´ quality for price. Stay tuned! Lanvin for all!

Friday, October 22, 2010

StyleWatch A-Listers: Save 20% and Check Out the Exclusive Outfit Makers at Henri Bendel!

People Stylewatch has an interesting 20% off offer on fashion accessories at Henri Bendel.   People Stylewatch editors have chosen 10 pieces from Bendel's to update your existing wardrobe items including handbags, scarves, jewelry and even a unique pair of Cheetah gloves.  You can print out the coupon above to use it in-store for the discount, or use code STYLEWATCH at henribendel.com.  Needless to say, some of the items might make nice holiday gifts!  This offer ends Nov. 22nd.

Bloggers Unite to Help Los Angeles Designers Exhibit their Fashions


It's sad when up and coming designers invest to show their designs to the public, and their exhibit is canceled via no fault of their own.  According to the Los Angeles Times, "Designers, publicists and fashion fans are baffled by the sudden cancellation of World Coast Management's L.A Fashion Week, which had been slated to take place Oct. 20-25 at L.A. Production Studios. Fourteen designers were listed on the roster of WCM's website to show their collections for spring/summer 2011 during three nights of runway shows which were to be bookended by a party and a trade show. But many of them found out only on Wednesday night that the events had been canceled."

Following the cancellation of Official  World Coast Management's ( "WCM")  LA Fashion Week, due to permitting issues, Fashion Los Angeles has organized a community movement through its Bloggers’ Café program, to ensure that the designers are given an opportunity to exhibit the fashions they have worked so hard to produce.

Designers who are confirmed to present their works are Daisy Gonzalez, L’une, and Paulina Lopez from Mexico City. Since this is a community service event, individuals and groups able to donate time and products (models, hair, makeup, mannequins, etc.) should contact Fashion Los Angeles via email immediately at bloggerscafe [at] fashionlosangeles [dot] org.


The Los Angeles Fire Department called off the WCM event due to several outstanding citations on the venue dating back to March 2010. This unfortunate situation left 18 local and international designers without a venue to present their SS2011 collections.  It's very sad that something as routine as a  permit was not secured far in advance of the show, so that the show could proceed as planned.

The only bright spot in this sad story is that local organizations and bloggers are stepping up to help the stranded designers. Fashion Los Angeles, the group behind the new Los Angeles fashion presentations set to debut February 2011, has joined forces with Two Point Oh LA, an organization that unites 80  Los Angeles’ fashion and beauty bloggers, to offer the displaced designers an opportunity to meet with local media. The Bloggers’ Café event, known by the Twitter hashtag “#bc911,” will take place at Fashion Los Angeles headquarters [600 S. Spring St., Suite 1708 Downtown Los Angeles] from 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

Help spread the word about the events, or RSVP to attend to help these designers show their designs as planned!

Monday, October 18, 2010

WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers Book Party

 Pictured:  Bianca Jagger and Francisco Costa at the WWD Book Party last week at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.  (photo: Patrick McMullen)

Last week Women’s Wear Daily, (WWD) hosted a book party entitled: 100 Years, 100 Designers at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Executive Editor, Bridget Foley hosted the  launch for WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers.  As indicated by its name, this is a commemorative book for the 100 year anniversary at Bergdorf Goodman. "100 Years, 100 Designers" pays homage to a century of WWD news and coverage, and 100 designers who have who have each left an indelible mark on the history of fashion and style.  The designers recognized in the book are among the most influential style icons and taste makers of our time.  The book is filled with hundreds of stunning photographs, lavish illustrations and also acknowledges the photographers, editors and illustrators who have made invaluable contributions to WWD for the past 100 years.  Some of my favorite designers, Norma Kamali, John Bartlett and Vera Wang, were on hand for the launch.  Also on hand, one of my favorite style icons, Bianca Jagger.  Bianca looked amazing ( and real)  as you can see from the picture!

Way, way before Twitter and the Blogs, the fashion feet on the street, and the voice heard around the world was Women's Wear Daily. I'm so glad to see a beautiful book like this on the market to celebrate the anniversary,

Sunday, October 17, 2010

South Bay Galleria 25th Anniversary 80's Inspiration Contest!

Pictured: My updated  version of 80s' style with Lauren Conrad at Kohl's Pleather Jacket, foral top and tulle mini-skirt. (picture: M. Hall)

The month marks the 25th Anniversary of the South Bay Galleria.  I appreciate the Galleria being in my neighborhood and offering some great stores like Nordstrom's, Macy's, Banana Republic, The Gap, The Limited, Express and Kohl's.  Living in Los Angeles, I spend way too much time driving around in my car, so I want to say a big thanks to the Galleria for offering some great shopping just 10 minutes from my home.  Many malls in the beach cities have closed, so it's amazing that South Bay Galleria continues and still brings us great style and events close to home!

A group here in LA of fellow bloggers, Two Point Oh LA  is having an 80's inspiration contest to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the South Bay Galleria.  The Galleria got started in the 80's so just picture the mall with all those leather jackets, leggings and big hair filling the scene.  I have to be honest, the 80s weren't my favorite period of fashion.  My chief memories of the period are of Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan in her leather jacket, black  lace bow headband, mini-skirt , tights, and heels.  So, where to go in the Galleria to replicate that look? Well, Kohl's of course, because they always have a little bit of everything.  For my inspiration, I went first to the Lauren Conrad collection and paired the pleather/ faux leather jacket with the olive green floral top and the short peach/pink tulle skirt.  The whole look is under $150.00.  Here's a close up:

Pictured: My up close LC Collection look, Kohl's thanks for lending me a mannequin to style! (photo M. Hall)

But there's way more than Lauren Conrad at Kohl's to complete the 80's vision of chic.  I took at stroll over to the Candies' department and the new Britney Spears collection screams 80s.  So do the Candie's jewelery and accessories.
Pictured: Candie's Pink Top with Black Skirt and Glitter belt (photo M. Hall) , Kohl's thanks for lending me a mannequin to style!

And if you really want to get 80s inspired, check out the Candie's bling and the same black lace headband Madonna wore in the Holiday video.   It's like a  Madonna time capsule.  Check these out.

Pictured: You can get the Madonna "Like a Virgin" Accessories at Candie's at your local Kohl's

 Pictured: Candie's also features plenty of  80's style bling with their jewelry collection.

 Pictured: For 80's style footwear, these Simply Vera, Vera Wang platforms might just fit the bill.

For more 80s inspiration, check out my Polyvore storyboard of 8'0s looks from Kohl's.  I could see Pat Benatar in any one of these!


Pictured: My 80s styles from Kohl's using Polyvore.

So Happy Birthday South Bay Galleria.  Here's to 25 more years of fashion trends!  I hope to see all my fellow Two Point Oh LA members in South Bay at the mall from 1-3 pm on Oct. 30, 2010 for the styling contest to see which 80's trend is the winner.   And special thanks to Kohl's in the South Bay Galleria for letting me bring my camera into the store and play with the clothes to get my 80's groove on.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Project: Style Live Style-Off with Nick Verreos at South Bay Galleria



 

 My local mall, the South Bay Galleria is turning 25 years old!! Happy Birthday to the premier shopping spot in the Beach Cities.  If you are in the South Bay on Saturday, Oct. 16th, join Nick Verreos, fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant to name the Project: Style Top Trendsetter for South Bay Galleria. Nick Verreos will be available to answer your fashion questions and reveal the secrets behind the hit show, Project Runway.
  • 2:00pm | Center Court
  • Only at South Bay Galleria, Redono Beach, CA  
I love Nick's  fashion line Nikolaki and it's elegant gowns.  South Bay Galleria is offering attendees the chance for a private meet and greet with Nick.  Here's what you need to do. Simple Text TWEET to 55800 to be invited to a PRIVATE Meet & Greet with Nick Verreos of Project Runway.

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Dine LA Restaurant Week : Oct. 10-15


    If you live in Los Angeles, you may want to take advantage of DineLA Restaurant Week.  Some terrific restaurants are offering meals for $26, $34 or $44.00, that would usually cost much more.  It's an opportunity to eat at some great spots, for less than regular prices.  Click here for details.  As part of LA Restaurant week, dine 3 times at participating restaurants and get an American Express $20.00 statement credit .

    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Hudson Jeans Blues Traveler Campaign offers Fabuless Prizes

    Pictured: Mick's girl, Georgia May Jagger in Hudson Jeans.

    HUDSON Jeans has launched "The Blues Traveler," campaign in collaboration with Nordstrom and Vogue The program began Saturday, October 2, 2010 and will extend through November 15, 2010. Shoppers will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes, courtesy of HUDSON Jeans, including a grand prize Mini Cooper with custom HUDSON branding; a second prize five-night trip to and third prize behind the scenes at a "Vogue Studio" advertising campaign shoot. Register at www.promotions.vogue.com/hudson.

     Plus.... Look for a special event at South Coast Plaza (November 6th) hosted by HUDSON Jeans and Vogue.

    Calling California and Nevada Cooks: Albertson's Cookware Intervention Contest


    In the current economy, more of us are dining at home and experimenting with new recipes. You name it, people are cooking from the Food Network, Bravo's Top Chef, Rachael Ray, Martha, Epicurious and of course food bloggers, becoming a  frugal foodie is a new art. So  it's a brilliant time for a contest offering entrants new cookware.  Albertsons Super market will be awarding a prize called a “Cookware Intervention” (an 8-piece set of professional cookware) to five lucky winners in celebration of the new professional cookware now being offered in  their stores.  (The contest is open to CA and NV residents, only.) To enter, simply visit www.albertsons.com/intervention and upload a photo of your worst “cookware catastrophe”, along with 50 words describing why you need a cookware intervention. If you burned the stew, or your favorite dish, now it the time you might be able to make that disaster pay off. The full rules and details are on that site.   Good luck bargainistas!

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Starbucks I LOVE Fall Sweepstakes: Enter to win a free shopping spree


    So I'm looking through People Magazine this weekend, as is my custom, and I see one of my Los Angeles Blogger Buddies, Barbara Horowitz, featured in Starbucks Ad/Contest! Starbucks is having an I Love Fall Sweepstakes. If you're interested in a free trip to Hollywood, California, and a free $1, shopping trip with Stylist Barbara Horowitz, click here to enter. Oh yes, what are the fall trends? Well according the the Starbucks ad, they are:

    • Miltary Style, 
    • Boots
    • Men-inspired
    • Bold Lips, Smoky Browns and of course Mocha (like Coffee, surprise!)
     I'm a big fan of contests, and games of chance.  After all, check out the laptop I won, and enter to win the one I'm giving away!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    Jodi Arnold's Fall Collection for The Limited Goes On-Sale


    Good news if you're starting to look around for Holiday party wear.  The amazing Jodi Arnold Fall collection has just been reduced by 30%.  I reviewed the collection when it launched on August 8th, and it's divine.  The inspriration for the pieces was 1920s glamour and Jodi's trademark embellishments combine well with the period feel.  My top picks for the sale, at the Cabaret Tunic and the Embellished Jacket.  You can't go wrong with these pieces.  They can take you from the office, to after office going out.  And check the reader reviews.  They are rated 5 stars!  That's good enough for me.


    The  breathtaking boyfriend jacket has "studded" details around the collar that you will fall in love with. Remember to check The Limited Facebook group for coupons to use to bring those prices down below further.

    For more Jodi Arnold news, check out her new website design featuring her online magazine "Shared Discovery." Shared Discovery is a daily source of Joid's perspective on art, music, books, and other culturally relevant topics.  The magazine is a way of engaging customers in the movement of ideas, and an ongoing narrative of the hidden cultural gems that motivate the designer and spark the creativity behind her designs.

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Special Event: Oct 7th Michelle of Beverly Hills Beauty Event to Benefit Breast Cancer





    Please join Elisa Hallerman and Michelle O’Neill for an afternoon to support BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

    Thursday October 7th
    12-4pm
    417 N. Canon Dr,
    Beverly Hills, Ca.
    90210

    A few hours of beauty!
    Hair blowouts and style, masseuse, make up, manicures, waxing….and more…
    Cocktails and food will be served.
    Come and go and bring your friends!!!

    A percentage of the proceeds will go to THINK PINK ROCKS….

    Think Pink Rocks is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about early detection of and genetic testing for breast cancer and to provide funding for screening, treatment and research.

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Givenchy and ELLE unite to launch Givenchy's Play fragrance Oct. 2 at South Coast Plaza

    Invitation, Givenchy & Elle

    Givenchy and ELLE will “celebrate the latest Givenchy fragrance, Play” at Macy’s South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, 2 October from 12 noon to 6 pm. The event includes drinks and sweets and renowned DJ SynCity. Local graffiti artist, Mrs. Five will be on hand to customize bottles of Play purchased at the event. The event is free and open to the public, simply RSVP to justplay@hfmus.com.

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Erin Fetherston is Juicy Couture's New Guest Designer

    Whimsical designer Erin Fetherston made a special appearance in the Los Angeles area today at Neiman- Marcus, Topanga,  to show off her new Holiday Collection for Juicy Couture.  Some of you may remember the super-talented Erin's Holiday Collection for Target a few years ago.   It was truly adorable.  I'm still wearing her 1920's inspired winter white Target coat with the amazing shawl collar and covered buttons.

    Pictured: Erin Fetherston's Black Velvet Holiday Party Dress for Juicy Couture.

    Now Juicy Couture, owned by Liz Clairborne, has hired Erin to elevate their holiday clothing. One thing is for sure, Erin's 11 piece collection for Juicy won't feature any velour pants with the words "Juicy" of the back side.  Thank god for small favors.  Instead you'll find holiday bling and cheer in the form of jewelry, silky blouses and velvet dresses.  The collection will range in price from $216 to $688.  This explains why the line will be sold at high-end department stores like Neiman-Marcus.  If you want a special holiday dress, and budget is not an obstacle, look for Erin's Juicy collection at Neiman's and Bloomingdales. For lower-priced Erin Fetherston, check out her Edition collection for QVC.  Some of the pieces are on clearance, and they are really well priced.  The Edition line  for QVC features her trademark touches, like the built-in necklace, embellishments and ruffles.   I'm glad to see several different price and style options available for buying Erin Fetherston clothing off the rack.

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Los Angeles: Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama Thursday 9/16




    HAUTE FASHION, HOTTER MUSIC, HOTTEST CELEBRITIES
    Buy Your Tickets to Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama
     Proceeds to Benefit Project Angel Food


    Thursday, September 16 at the Orpheum Theatre, Downtown LA
    starring Eric Hutchinson & Macy Gray
    This spectacular evening of fashion, fantasy, music and magic will be held at the Orpheum Theatre in downdown L.A. to benefit Project Angel Food and APLA, featuring designers Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Material Girl, Felina, 2(x)ist and more. 

    Tickets Are Still Available (especially for the $75 level). Get Yours Online HERE

    Sneak Peak: Milly's Spring 2011 Sketches and Inspiration


    Have you heard of the design house Milly? Milly is sold at fine department stores like Bloomingdale's. The label  is the adorable feminine brainchild of designer Michelle Smith. The super stylish Michelle worked at Paris fashion houses Hermès and Dior.  I've long been a fan of Milly.  Check out Milly designer Michelle Smith’s sketch and inspiration quote above along with a swatch of a featured print in the spring 2011 collection, which will debut on the runway on Wednesday, September 15 at The Stage at Lincoln Center.  Michelle says she is inspired by the fashion eccentric Peggy Guggenheim.  Peggy G was an heiress and the ultimate art lover, collecting  fine art and offering patronage to some great artists. Amy Madigan  played the part of  Peggy in the movie Pollock (2000),  based on the life of  artist Jackson Pollock.

    Below is a swatch from the collection, showing a poppy print. Love it!

    Pictured: A swatch from one of Milly's prints for her Spring 2011 collection.