Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Presales galore!

Presales have started at several places... from Bottega Veneta to Barney's New York.  Better hit the store ASAP before everything is picked over and then some.  Sometimes sales people hold items that they think their best clients may want so don't afraid to ask if they have more sizes available in the back (as they always do)!

First up, Barney's New York.  Presale started today.  You can tell which pieces are on sale or not by looking at price tags; if there is a dot on the tag (look at the back of the tag), it's in the presale pile.  All major brands (think Balmain, Thom Browne, Givenchy, Saint Laurent Paris) are at about 40% off.  Probably the best deal so far.  You can pick up your purchases after December 2.  And no, Moncler is not on sale at this time as usual.

Bloomingdales started their pre-sale last weekend.  Also around 40% off.  Better hop to it quick.

Prada's pre-fall and fall are on sale at 40% off.  Started last weekend as well.

Saint Laurent Paris is pre-saling at 30% off.  Not as good of a markdown... but then again, it's the hottest brand right now so what can you expect.

Saks started earlier last week but selection isn't so good.  Selection meaning Lanvin, Givenchy level goods are not discounted...

Lastly, Bottega Veneta started presale as well.  But unless you are a regular at the boutique, you won't be able to access the discounted items (unless you want to pay full price) as sales people check their computers to see if you qualify for presale or not.  If you don't qualify, check back December 1 when the presale goes public (Actually I would check back November 30th because I bet the staff would be able to bend the rules then).  Leather goods 30% off and clothes/shoes at 50% off.

Happy Shopping!!  :)


Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Holidays! It's another Giveaway edition!

Well, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and to thank you for continuing reading my blog, I'm giving away a leather Marc by Marc Jacobs coin and key purse.  Outside is black on one side and taupe on the other side.  The leather is soft and zipper on top is matte gold with black leather.  Inside features a matte gold key loop attached to a leather string.  All in all, a very versatile little purse to use daily or giveaway as a Christmas/ birthday gift if you decide to part with it!

Thank you again for stopping by.

Please note: apologies to my international friends - I wish I could extend these giveaways to you but legal restrictions prevent it. Thanks for understanding.   

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You can have what Reese Witherspoon has!

Have you seen that Vogue's 73 question interview of Reese Witherspoon?  If you have, no doubt you enjoyed the fabulous tour of her home.  In case you are wondering where she got that framed Mark Ryden print in her foyer titled Silence, well wonder no more!  You can get it at MOCA's website.  If you can recall, I also wrote about Mark on my May 21 post this year.  I guess if you want something in common with the Hollywood royalty, you might want to get a Mark Ryden print or two....;) 

Monday, September 22, 2014

A limited edition art from Takashi Murakami that won't break your bank

Yoox not only brings everyone gorgeously made clothes at a very reasonable price, but they also from time to time collaborate with artists to beautify one's environment.  Case and point:  The latest Yoox art collaboration is with Takashi Murakami who needs no introduction with fashion crowds.  After all, who can forget Louis Vuitton bags with printed flowers, pandas, and jellyfish eyes?  Takashi made two exclusive prints for Yoox this time around.  Typically his print editions are 300 but in this case, it is only 100!  Usually smaller the edition, higher the price a print commands.  However, in this case, these limited edition prints are only $585 each.  A similar size Murakami prints at 300 editions usually starts from $1000 and up unframed.  These smaller editioned prints are not only cheaper than the price he typically commands, but they are also framed.  I anticipate these prints will go very fast so get them while supplies last!

Friday, September 19, 2014

How to make sure your home always smells wonderful

I have never been very into scented candles until one of my client had a bunch of them.....I have to admit whatever the scent they had burning, it smell good.  Then one day as I was strolling around Abbot Kinney in Venice (California), I came across a store smelling wonderful.  I asked the store owner what is she burning and she pointed out to me Aquiesse's French Oak Currant candle.  The candle has a deep red currant, cassis, citrus, and french oak smell; lots of sweet and citrus-y notes but not perfume-y.  I was in love so I bought my first scented candle with her.  Since then, I have experimented with other brands of scented candles.  So go and buy some candles, not only it will make your home smell good, it may also put you in a good mood!

Friday, September 12, 2014

If I can only have a set of flatware for the rest of my life, I would get this set

Whenever I entertain guests in my home, I always take into consideration which flatware set I will use.  Sometimes I use my Puiforcat ones.  Sometimes I use my vintage American 1960s Reed & Barton set.  But my favorite set is, no doubt, Town & Country from Allan Adler.  This Californian silversmith hand made all his flatware which is rarely seen in this much automation world.  I love the fact that each piece essentially is unique.  The design is classic, streamlined, and restrained. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome to your indoor herb garden

For any city dwellers who likes to cook, it's always wasteful to buy a whole packet of herbs and only ended up using few sprigs.  Aerogarden from Miracle-Gro came up with a compact garden that can go into any kitchen.  Some of them are even equipped with LED lights so that you can grow your herbs indoor while not using a lot of energy.  How cool is that?  Now get your aprons on!